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					                                   OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND SPONSORED PROGRAMS
                                                                                                                         NEWSLETTER
                                                                                                                         OCTOBER 2006


ANNOUNCEMENTS ........................................................................................................ 4

  ACADEMIA INDUSTRY CONSORTIA                              .............................................................................................4
  ORSP WEBSITE .........................................................................................................................................4
  HAVE YOU COMPLETED YOUR GENIUS/SMARTS PROFILE IN INFO ED? ...............................................4
  FIND FUNDING AT YOUR CONVENIENCE ....................................................................................................4
  ORSP PROGRAM: STUDENT TRAVEL AWARDS .........................................................................................4
  ORSP PROGRAM: FACULTY TRAVEL AWARDS .........................................................................................5
  GRANTS.GOV AT FGCU.............................................................................................................................5
  COUNCIL ON UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH...............................................................................................5
CONGRATULATION$ ..................................................................................................... 6
  AWARDED PROPOSALS FOR SEPTEMBER 2006: ..........................................................................................6
  SUBMITTED PROPOSALS FOR SEPTEMBER 2006: ........................................................................................7
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIE$ ......................................................................................... 8
ACADEMIC/INDUSTRIAL CONSORTIUM ................................................................ 8
  EPA UNCERTAINTY ANALYSES OF MODELS IN INTEGRATED ENVIRONMENTAL
       ASSESSMENTS ...................................................................................................................................8
  NSF INNOVATION AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE (IOC) .......................................................................8
  SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH (SBIR) & SMALL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY
       TRANSFER (STTR) PROGRAMS - PHASE I SOLICITATION FY 2007 ...................................................9
  SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH (SBIR) & SMALL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY
       TRANSFER (STTR) - FY 06.2 SOLICITATION...................................................................................10
  UPWARD BOUND PROGRAM ....................................................................................................................11
  REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL PRIORITIES ................................................................................................11
  ISSUES IN TRIBAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND HEALTH PROMOTION: NOVEL
       APPROACHES FOR ASSESSING AND MANAGING CUMULATIVE RISKS AND IMPACTS
       OF GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE .......................................................................................................12
  HEALTHY TOMORROWS PARTNERSHIP FOR CHILDREN PROGRAM...........................................................12
  COASTAL PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE.........................................................................................................13
  INNOVATION AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE (IOC)..............................................................................13
COMPUTER SCIENCES ............................................................................................... 14
  NSF CISE PATHWAYS TO REVITALIZED UNDERGRADUATE COMPUTING EDUCATION
      (CPATH) ........................................................................................................................................14
ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS ............................................................................... 15

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  COASTAL PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE.........................................................................................................15
  RESEARCH & RESTORATION PARTNERS GRANT PROGRAM .....................................................................15
  DEVELOPMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH OUTCOME INDICATORS ...................................................16
  REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL PRIORITIES ................................................................................................17
  NATIONAL STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION FOR SUSTAINABILITY FOCUSING ON PEOPLE,
      PROSPERITY & THE PLANET ............................................................................................................17
  EPA UNCERTAINTY ANALYSES OF MODELS IN INTEGRATED ENVIRONMENTAL
      ASSESSMENTS .................................................................................................................................18
  ENVIRONMENTAL GENOMICS (EN-GEN) ..................................................................................................19
  SHORT TERM EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES FOR RESEARCH (STEER) IN THE
      ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES FOR UNDERGRADUATES AND HIGH SCHOOL
      STUDENTS .......................................................................................................................................20
  RESEARCH IN SUPPORT OF DOI SCIENCE PLAN ADMINISTERED BY EVERGLADES
      NATIONAL PARK .............................................................................................................................21
  ARCTIC RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES ........................................................................................................21
HEALTH CARE .............................................................................................................. 22
  HEALTHY TOMORROWS PARTNERSHIP FOR CHILDREN PROGRAM...........................................................22
  DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION RESEARCH PROJECTS AND CENTERS PROGRAM -
      ADVANCED REHABILITATION RESEARCH TRAINING (ARRT) PROJECTS ........................................22
HUMANITIES.................................................................................................................. 23
  DIGITAL HUMANITIES START-UP GRANTS ..............................................................................................23
  COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH GRANTS .....................................................................................................24
INNOVATION AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE .............................................. 24
  INNOVATION AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE (IOC)..............................................................................24
INTERDISCIPLINARY .................................................................................................. 25
  JOINT INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT RESEARCH IN THE AREA OF MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY ..........................25
  INTERDISCIPLINARY PARTNERSHIPS IN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES .........................................26
  HUMAN AND SOCIAL DYNAMICS (HSD)..................................................................................................27
  UNCERTAINTY ANALYSES OF MODELS IN INTEGRATED ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS ......................28
  RESEARCH AND EVALUATION ON EDUCATION IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING .......................................28
MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY ..................................................................................... 29
  RESEARCH IN MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY ................................................................................................29
MENTAL ILLNESS ........................................................................................................ 30
  AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC FOUNDATIONCALL FOR PROPOSALS ................................................................30
MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH.......................................................................... 30
  FY 2007 NATIONAL RESEARCH INITIATIVE (NRI) COMPETITIVE GRANTS PROGRAM .............................30
STEM................................................................................................................................. 31
  RESEARCH AND EVALUATION ON EDUCATION IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING .......................................31


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STUDENT TRAVEL ....................................................................................................... 32
  THE GERALD A. SOFFEN MEMORIAL FUND TRAVEL GRANT ...................................................................32
SUICIDE PREVENTION ............................................................................................... 32
  THE AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION GRANT AWARDS ............................................32




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                                                              ANNOUNCEMENTS
Academia Industry Consortia
       Join the FGCU Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Research and Sponsored
Programs in a Federal Grants Seminar on Thursday, October 19th from 12:30 – 3:00. It will be held at
FGCU’s SBDC on Westlinks Drive. 40 area agencies will attend this seminar to learn how to
collaborate with FGCU to successfully compete for federal awards. College representatives will provide
overviews of the expertise provided in each college. ORSP will explain its role in facilitating consortia
applications to federal agencies. Register at http://cli.fgcu.edu/sbdc. There is a $30 fee which
includes a buffet lunch.
ORSP Website
       The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs’ website, http://www.fgcu.edu/orsp,
provides easy access to the forms, announcements, and other useful materials pertaining to research and
sponsored programs at FGCU. We would like to include links to websites associated with the many
externally funded projects currently active. Send the URLs to dstremke@fgcu.edu and the link will
be added to ORSP’s site.

Have You Completed Your GENIUS/SMARTS Profile in Info Ed?
        In order to process your proposals, ORSP needs a GENIUS/SMARTS investigator profile on file
in our web-based database system. To edit a Genius profile click on
http://fgcu-mako.primary.ad.fgcu.edu/
         Click on ―Login‖;
         Click on ―Profile‖;
         Proceed to edit the information contained in your profile.
For further assistance or if you any questions about these Info Ed products please contact Lucia
Soria at asoria@fgcu.edu.

Find Funding at Your Convenience
       If you are a GENIUS/SMARTS investigator you can search InfoEd’s SPIN Plus from your office
computer (not your home computer) to find funding. Call Lucia in the ORSP office at ext.7020 to send
you instructions. You can also search the Grants.gov web site for all federal funding opportunities. See
www.grants.gov.

ORSP Program: Student Travel Awards
        The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs supports enrolled FGCU students by providing
funds on a first-come, first-serve basis so they can present their scholarly works at conferences. ORSP
staff will assist the students with the necessary paperwork, both before and after the travel. Within 30
days of travel completion, all awardees are required to submit a one-page report to ORSP describing the
benefit of the award and the overall experience. Awardees will be required to participate in the ORSP



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Research Day event on April 20, 2007.        See the complete guidelines and application form at:
http://www.fgcu.edu/orsp/internalPrograms.html

ORSP Program: Faculty Travel Awards
        The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs provides travel awards up to $1,000 for faculty
to attend technical workshops or other related activity that may lead to new funding from external
sources. The travel must be for the purpose of increasing chances of obtaining a grant and a proposal
must be submitted through ORSP as a result of the travel. The application package consists of the
following items: a 50-100 word abstract of the proposed project; information regarding the technical
workshop or the specific purpose of the trip; and an estimated budget for travel expenses. Complete
guidelines and application are available from ORSP’s office and the web page at:
http://www.fgcu.edu/orsp/internalPrograms.html

Grants.gov at FGCU
        The Federal government will soon require all grants to be submitted through Grants.gov. ORSP
has completed the credential process and is accustomed to using Grants.gov on a regular basis. For your
convenience, the Grants.gov instructions are located on the marlin_share drive/Research and Sp
Prog/Grants.gov. The Grants.gov icon is shown next to this month’s Funding Announcements that
require this submission process.
        If you wish to apply for a grant through grants.gov, ORSP will send you the instruction manual
and the downloaded application forms with the institutional information already entered. Please contact
Beth Rieger at brieger@fgcu.edu to assist you in setting up your budget and completing your
application package. If ORSP has assisted you with creating our Internal Budget, we will enter the
budget information into the sponsor’s budget form for you and provide you with a copy to assist you in
preparing the budget justification.
        ORSP needs to receive your completed proposal package three business days before the
submission deadline. We ensure all the required forms are attached and that your proposal is compliant
with the specifications outlined in the RFP/RFA. Remember that additional forms, releases, and
contracts may be required so make sure you allow enough time for these documents to be prepared. If
ORSP receives the completed proposal with less than the three business days’ lead time, we cannot
guarantee that the proposal will be submitted.
Council on Undergraduate Research
        The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and its affiliated colleges, universities, and
individuals share a focus on providing undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students at
predominantly undergraduate institutions. CUR has initiated a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers
to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates with research experience and a desire to pursue an
advanced degree, and graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research.
The Registry is open to students and graduate schools/employers in the fields of Astronomy, Chemistry,
Biochemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Geosciences, Engineering,
Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology/Archaeology. The registry is free of charge to students.
http://www.cur.org




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                                                                      CONGRATULATION$
Awarded proposals for September 2006:
 College of Arts & Sciences                                                                                   Award Amt.
                                                               Florida State Touring Program 06-07, Core
 WHITEHOUSE, Glenn             Florida Department of State                                                      $1,667.00
                                                               Ensemble
                                                               Biochemical, Biological, Effectiveness,
 ALBERTE, Randy                HerbalScience Singapore
                                                               Safety and Synthesis Probability Assessments   $249,475.00
 Michael, Scott                PTE LTD
                                                               of Bioactivies
                               Kevin L. Erwin Consulting       2006 Hydrological Monitoring for Six Mile
 EVERHAM, Win                                                                                                  $10,000.00
                               Ecologist, Inc                  Cypress Slough
 College of Business
 REGELSKI, Dan               University of West Florida        PTAC 2006-2007                                  $50,011.00
 College of Professional Studies
                                                               Effectiveness Analysis of Less Lethal
 MESLOH, Charlie               National Institute of Justice                                                   $36,103.00
                                                               Technologies: TASER vs. STINGER
 College of Education
                            Florida Department of
 GREENE, Marci                                                 Graduation Plus Migrant Summer Institute II    $153,732.00
                            Education
 College of Health Professions
 BUETTNER, Linda            Various Private Sponsors           Center for Positive Aging (Dementia Care)        $1,000.00
                            Department of Health and           Primary Health Care MSN Program
 POLK, Marydelle                                                                                               $25,621.00
                            Human Services                     Traineeship
 Coastal Watershed
                            South Florida Water                Coordination of Environmental Efforts in the
 SAVARESE, Michael                                                                                             $21,000.00
                            Management District                Big Cypress Basin
 EVERHAM, Win               Lee County Parks and               Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve Plant
                                                                                                                $4,000.00
 Wilder, George             Recreation                         Inventory
 Student Affairs
                            Florida Department of
 YOVANOVICH, Michele                                           CROP 2006-2007                                 $189,044.00
                            Education




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 Submitted proposals for September 2006:
College of Arts & Sciences
                          Thomas Jefferson Agricultural
MCDONALD, Michael                                           Food and Society Policy Fellowship                 $30,000.00
                          Institute
                          Center for Respect of Life and
MCDONALD, Michael                                           Animals and Society Course Award                    $1,500.00
                          Environment
                                                            Collaborative Research: The Functions of
BOURGEOIS, Martin           National Science Foundation                                                        $43,426.00
                                                            Social Influence
                            State of Florida / Florida      Center of Excellence for Biomedical
ALBERTE, Randy                                                                                                $400,000.00
                            International University        Nanotechnology
WATANABE, Ken
                            NASA                            INTEGRAL Key Program                                $9,328.00
Teegarden, Bonnard
BARRETO, Jose
                                                            A cohort model for recruiting minority students
Isern, Sharon               National Institutes of Health                                                     $277,646.00
                                                            into the biomedical sciences
Schmidt, Diane
                                                            SW FL Partnership for Fostering Innovation and
ZALEWSKI, Janusz            National Science Foundation     Developing Workforce and Infrastructure in        $198,249.00
                                                            Software Engineering
College of Business
                                                            INSOURCE: In-Sourcing Operations Resources
RODRIGUEZ, Walter           National Science Foundation                                                       $199,485.00
                                                            to Enhance US-Competitiveness
                            Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
                                                            A Study of Tool Qualification for Complex
ZALEWSKI, Janusz            University / Federal Aviation                                                      $55,086.00
                                                            Electronic Hardware
                            Agency
College of Education
                                                            EdPLUS: FASTTRACK TO Certification in
ELLIOTT, Elizabeth          US Department of Education                                                        $222,068.00
                                                            Math and Science 2006-2007
                            Florida Department of
SULLIVAN, Peg                                               SW FL Professional Development Partnership        $190,000.00
                            Education
GREENE, Marci               Florida Department of
                                                            PTO, Initial Teacher Preparation Program           $10,000.00
Wachholz, Pat               Education
                            Florida Department of
GREENE, Marci                                               FMIP 2006-2007                                    $350,000.00
                            Education
GREENE, Marci               University of South Florida     Center for Autism 06-07                            $26,000.00
Library Services
                            Southwest Florida Library
FINNUCAN, Louise                                            Library Cooperative Grant 2006-2007               $400,000.00
                            Network
                            Southwest Florida Library
FINNUCAN, Louise                                            Training and Resource Sharing 2006-2007            $67,944.00
                            Network




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                             FUNDING OPPORTUNITIE$
                   ACADEMIC/INDUSTRIAL CONSORTIUM
EPA Uncertainty Analyses of Models in Integrated Environmental Assessments
        The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to
Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing
interdisciplinary research in the formal treatment of uncertainty when models are used to conduct
integrated environmental assessments. Integrated assessments use findings, data, and methods across
different disciplines to generate information about a particular issue. For example, to assess the impact
of mercury on public health and the environment, EPA integrated results from air dispersion models,
exposure models, health effects models, and economic models (EPA 2005). To facilitate integrated
assessments, models are used either (1) as a single, overarching model that integrates all pertinent
information; or, as in EPA's impact assessment for mercury, (2) as a suite of multiple models, with each
model focusing on a specific aspect of the integrated assessment. In either case, NCER is interested in
research that explores two types of uncertainties: (1) uncertainties within the models themselves, i.e.
within their underlying data and hypotheses; and (2) uncertainties that arise during decision-making, as
stakeholders discuss the weight of scientific evidence embodied within these models.
        Public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and
hospitals) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher
education and hospitals) located in the U.S., state and local governments, Federally Recognized Indian
Tribal Governments, and U.S. territories or possessions are eligible to apply. Profit-making firms are not
eligible to receive assistance agreements from the EPA under this program.
Proposal deadline: December 13, 2006.
http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2006/2006_star_uncertainty.html


NSF Innovation and Organizational Change (IOC)
         The NSF Innovation and Organizational Change (IOC) program supports scientific research
directed at advancing understanding of innovation and organizational phenomena. Levels of analysis
may include (but are not limited to) individuals, groups and/or institutional arrangements. Research may
involve industrial, educational, service, government, not-for-profits, voluntary organizations or inter-
organizational arrangements.
         IOC-funded research must be grounded in theory, relevant to an operational or applied context,
and generalizable. It must advance our scientific understanding of innovation and organizations.
Proposals that aim to implement or evaluate innovations or particular organizational changes rather than
to advance fundamental, generalizable knowledge about innovation and organizations are not
appropriate for IOC.
         Proposals may only be submitted by the following: Universities or colleges, including two- and
four-year colleges and community colleges, acting on behalf of their faculty members may submit
proposals. Non-profit organizations in the US that are directly associated with educational or research
activities, such as independent museums, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies and
similar organizations, may submit proposals. NSF encourages proposals for collaboration with
international researchers, for-profit corporations, and national laboratories. For-profit organizations,
government laboratories, and foreign organizations may not apply directly; however, they may


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participate in subawards. Subawards should be justified by explaining the unique capabilities being
made available.
        Proposers may opt to submit proposals in response to this Program Solicitation via Grants.gov or
via the NSF FastLane system.
Proposal deadline is February 02, 2007.
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf06610


Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) & Small Business Technology Transfer
(STTR) Programs - Phase I Solicitation FY 2007
        Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer
Programs(SBIR/STTR) stimulate technological innovation in the private sector by strengthening the role
of small business concerns in meeting Federal research and development needs, increasing the
commercial application of federally supported research results, and fostering and encouraging
participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses.
        The significant difference between the SBIR and STTR programs is that STTR requires
researchers at universities and other research institutions to play a significant intellectual role in the
conduct of each STTR project. These university-based researchers, by joining forces with a small
company, can spin-off their commercially promising ideas while they remain primarily employed at the
research institution.
        NSF’s SBIR/STTR program is in a unique position to meet both the goals of NSF and the
purpose of the SBIR legislation by transforming scientific discovery into both social and economic
benefit, and by emphasizing private sector commercialization. Accordingly, NSF has formulated broad
solicitation topics for SBIR/STTR that conform to the high-technology investment sector’s interests:
         Biotechnology (BT)
         Electronics (EL)
         Emerging Opportunities (EO)
         Information Technology (IT)
Successful proposers will conduct Research and Development (R&D) on projects that:
     Provide evidence of a commercially viable product, process, device or system, and
     Meet an important social or economic need.

       Projects should have the following: High potential commercial payback and High-risk efforts.
Projects may also address: Research tools which meet significant commercial market needs; or
Applications that result in multipurpose commercially viable functions.
       Under this solicitation, SBIR Phase I proposals may be submitted for funding up to $100,000;
STTR Phase I proposals may be submitted for funding up to $150,000. SBIR Phase I projects run for 6
months and STTR Phase I projects for 12 months. The program expects to make approximately 125
SBIR Phase I awards plus an additional 25 STTR Phase I awards.
       Only firms qualifying as a small business concern are eligible to participate in the SBIR/STTR
programs. Socially and economically disadvantaged small business concerns and women-owned small
business concerns are particularly encouraged to participate. For an SBIR Phase I Proposal, a minimum
of two-thirds of the research, as measured by the budget, must be performed by the small business
concern and the balance may be outsourced to a consultant or subcontractor or a combination of the two.
For an STTR Phase I Proposal, a minimum of 40% of the research, as measured by the budget, must be


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performed by the small business concern and a minimum of 30% of the research, as measured by the
budget, must be performed by the collaborating research institution.
        Proposals from joint ventures and partnerships are permitted, provided the entity created
qualifies as a small business in accordance with this solicitation. Proposing firms are also encouraged to
take advantage of research expertise and facilities that may be available to them at colleges, universities,
national laboratories, and from other research providers. Such collaborations may include research
subcontracts, consulting agreements or the employment of faculty as senior personnel and of graduate or
undergraduate students as assistants by the small business.
        The primary employment of the Principal Investigator (PI) must be with the small business
concern at the time of the award. A PI must spend a minimum of one calendar month of an SBIR Phase I
project and a minimum of two calendar months on an STTR Phase I project. Employment releases and
certifications of intent shall be required prior to award. Limit on Number of Proposals per
Organization: 4. This submission is via NSF’s FastLane.
The application submission window is November 4-December 4, 2006. Do not submit proposals
prior to November 4th.
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2006/nsf06598/nsf06598.html


Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) & Small Business Technology Transfer
(STTR) - FY 06.2 Solicitation
       The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) invites small business firms to submit proposals
under this solicitation for its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business
Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
       Phase I SBIR proposals should be a six-month or less effort at no more than $100,000 in cost.
Phase I STTR proposals may not exceed one year and are limited to $100,000. Topics of interest to the
DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) may be awarded up to $150,000.
SBIR/STTR science and technology topic areas of interest for this solicitation are:
    System for designing and evaluating chemical or biological agent sensor networks
    Mobile peripheral device for biological analysis
    Advanced unattended group sensor (UGS) technologies
    Next generation credentialing system technologies
    3-D visualization system to show first responders and assets with building structures in urban
       areas for situational awareness
    Automated scenarios/script builder for simulation-based training systems
    High quantum efficiency fast detectors for the readout of cintillators for gamma ray detection

        Under the STTR program, small businesses, universities and research institutions partner for
research and development efforts. The program encourages the transfer of intellectual concepts and
ideas from research institutions through the entrepreneurship of small business concerns; while the
primary goal of this cooperative effort is to develop innovative solutions to challenging DHS scientific
and engineering problems.
Proposals will be accepted beginning October 12, 2006. Deadline for receipt of proposals is 4 p.m.
Eastern Time NOVEMBER 13, 2006.
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Upward Bound Program
        The Upward Bound                                   program is one of seven programs known as the
Federal TRIO programs. There are three types of grants under the Upward Bound program: Regular
Upward Bound grants; Veterans Upward Bound grants; and Upward Bound Math and Science grants.
        The regular Upward Bound projects are designed to generate in participants the skills and
motivation necessary for success in education beyond secondary school. The Veterans Upward Bound
projects are designed to assist veterans in preparing for a program of postsecondary education. The
Upward Bound Math and Science projects are designed to prepare high school students for
postsecondary education programs that lead to careers in the fields of math and science.
          Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education; public or private agencies and
organizations; and combinations of institutions, agencies, and organizations.
Proposal deadline is November 6, 2006.
http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2006-3/092206c.html


Regional Environmental Priorities
         The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 announces the availability of funds and
solicits proposals through its Regional Environmental Priorities (REP) program. The goal of this funding
is to help the Region, states, local government and communities address priority areas and issues
because of their complexity, extent, threat to ecosystems or human health, and/or because of the
significant need to protect, improve or restore specific environments.
         EPA will not fund routine implementation projects under this solicitation, but may award funds
for demonstrations of new or innovative technologies, tools or approaches to accomplish the funding
goals. Because total funding for this solicitation is limited, Region 4 strongly encourages applicants to
request funding for projects that identify opportunities for collaboration and leveraging of other funding
sources.
         The total estimated funding expected to be available is approximately $400,000. EPA anticipates
award of approximately 6-9 grants. The average range of awards will be between $15,000 and $100,000.
Performance periods will not exceed two years.
         The Region 4 Regional Environmental Priorities (REP) for FY 2006/2007 funding are:
      Implementing sustainable agricultural practices
      Reducing exposure to ozone and particulate matter
      Protecting children’s health
      Improving water quality
      Promoting environmental excellence
      Encouraging environmentally sustainable energy use and energy conservation

    Proposed projects must benefit human health or the environment or public health in at least one of
the states in the Region 4 geographic area (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, North
Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee).
    Assistance under this announcement is accessible to a wide range of applicants as shown below:
              States and territories and possessions of the United States and government agencies
              FederallyRecognized Indian Tribes
              State, local, county, city or township government agencies
              Interstate government agencies


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           Public and private universities and colleges
           Nonprofit organizations having a 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code
Proposals must be received by 4 p.m. Eastern Time NOVEMBER 15, 2006, via U.S. Postal Service
or commercial delivery or electronic submission through Grants.gov.
http://www.epa.gov/region4/financial/grants.html


Issues in Tribal Environmental Research and Health Promotion: Novel Approaches
for Assessing and Managing Cumulative Risks and Impacts of Global Climate
Change
        There is an increased awareness that subsistence tribal populations may be
differentially impacted by two ubiquitous phenomena: (1) cumulative chemical exposures and (2) global
climactic changes. EPA is interested in supporting community-based participatory research to generate
data which identify (a) subsistence resources, (b) sensitive subpopulations within tribal communities, (c)
complex chemical exposures from multiple sources and routes, and (d) links between environmental
stressors and health outcomes. In addition, EPA is interested in research proposals which develop
culturally relevant strategies for exposure mitigation and/or health promotion.
        Applicants must demonstrate tribal engagement and participation in designing the research aims,
objectives, and methods and also demonstrate an ability to integrate traditional knowledge and practices
in conducting the research. Successful proposals must demonstrate the ability to engage the community
of concern in implementing culturally relevant exposure reduction/prevention and/or health promotion
strategies.
        Public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and
hospitals) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher
education and hospitals) located in the U.S., state and local governments, Federally Recognized Indian
Tribal Governments, and U.S. territories or possessions are eligible to apply. Profit-making firms are not
eligible to receive assistance agreements from the EPA under this program.
        Eligible nonprofit organizations include any organizations that meet the definition of nonprofit in
OMB Circular A-122. However, nonprofit organizations described in Section 501(c) (4) of the Internal
Revenue Code that lobby are not eligible to apply.
Proposal deadline is January 23, 2007.
http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2006/2006_star_tribal.html


Healthy Tomorrows Partnership For Children Program
       The purpose of this program is to stimulate innovative community-based programs that employ
prevention strategies to promote access to health care for children and their families nationwide. HTPC
funding supports direct service projects, not research projects. It is anticipated that HTPC grants will be
awarded to approximately 12 recipients.
       The intent of HTPC-General grants are:
       1) to support the development of family-centered, community-based initiatives that plan and
           implement innovative and cost-effective approaches for focusing resources to promote
           community defined preventive child health and developmental objectives for vulnerable
           children and their families, especially those with limited access to quality health services;
       2) foster/promote collaboration among community organizations, individuals, agencies,
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         3) involve pediatricians and other pediatric health professionals in community-based service
            programs;
         4) build community and statewide partnerships among professionals in health, education, social
            services, government, and business to achieve self-sustaining programs to assure healthy
            children and families.

        The program encourages the use of innovative health information technology to increase access
to a wide variety of stakeholders in communities.
        Eligible Applicants: As cited in 42 CFR Part 51a.3 (a), any public or private entity, including an
Indian tribe or tribal organization (as those terms are defined at 25 U.S.C. 450b) is eligible to apply for
Federal funding. Community-based organizations, including faith-based organizations, are eligible to
apply.
Proposal deadline is October 20, 2006
https://grants.hrsa.gov/webExternal/SFO.asp?ID=BDC7C277-9B24-49A8-ADBB-521CC21CF086

Coastal Partnership Initiative
        The Florida Coastal Management Program (FCMP) of the Department of Environmental
Protection announces the availability of funds for innovative coastal projects under its Coastal
Partnership Initiative for FY 2007-2008.
        The purpose of the Coastal Partnership Initiative is to inspire community action and promote the
protection and effective management of Florida’s coastal resources in four specific categories:
         Working Waterfronts
         Access to Coastal Resources
         Remarkable Coastal Places
         Community Stewardship
    Financial assistance is available as reimbursement grants ranging from $15,000 to $50,000.
Recipients are required to provide 100% (one-to-one) matching contributions in the form of goods and
services that directly benefit the specific grant project.
    Eligible applicants include local governments with the 35 coastal counties, national estuarine
research reserves (NERR), and national estuary programs (NEP). Also eligible are public and private
colleges, universities, regional planning councils and non-profit groups as long as an eligible local
government, NERR or NEP agrees to participate as a partner in the application and project.
    Applications must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time OCTOBER 24, 2006.
Selected proposals will be included in the FCMP application to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) for FY 07-08.
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/cmp/grants/

Innovation and Organizational Change (IOC)
        The NSF Innovation and Organizational Change (IOC) program supports scientific research
directed at advancing understanding of innovation and organizational phenomena. Levels of analysis
may include (but are not limited to) individuals, groups and/or institutional arrangements. Research may
involve industrial, educational, service, government, not-for-profits, voluntary organizations or inter-
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         IOC-funded research must be grounded in theory, relevant to an operational or applied context,
and generalizable. It must advance our scientific understanding of innovation and organizations.
Proposals that aim to implement or evaluate innovations or particular organizational changes rather than
to advance fundamental, generalizable knowledge about innovation and organizations are not
appropriate for IOC.
         Proposals may only be submitted by the following: Universities or colleges, including two- and
four-year colleges and community colleges, acting on behalf of their faculty members may submit
proposals. Non-profit organizations in the US that are directly associated with educational or research
activities, such as independent museums, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies and
similar organizations, may submit proposals. NSF encourages proposals for collaboration with
international researchers, for-profit corporations, and national laboratories. For-profit organizations,
government laboratories, and foreign organizations may not apply directly; however, they may
participate in subawards. Subawards should be justified by explaining the unique capabilities being
made available.
         Proposers may opt to submit proposals in response to this Program Solicitation via Grants.gov or
via the NSF FastLane system.
Proposal deadline is February 02, 2007.
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf06610


                                                        COMPUTER SCIENCES
NSF CISE Pathways to Revitalized Undergraduate Computing Education (CPATH)
        Computing has permeated and in many cases transformed almost all aspects of our everyday
lives. As computing becomes more important in all sectors of society, so does the preparation of a
globally competitive U.S. workforce with knowledge and understanding of critical computing concepts,
methodologies, and techniques. Unfortunately, despite the deep and pervasive impact of computing and
the creative efforts of individuals in a small number of institutions, undergraduate computing education
today often looks much as it did several decades ago.
        Through the CISE Pathways to Revitalized Undergraduate Computing Education (CPATH)
program, NSF's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is
challenging its partners – colleges, universities and other stakeholders committed to advancing the field
of computing and its impact - to transform undergraduate computing education on a national scale, to
meet the challenges and opportunities of a world where computing is essential to U.S. leadership and
economic competitiveness across all sectors of society.
        The CPATH vision is of a U.S. workforce with the computing competencies and skills
imperative to the Nation’s health, security and prosperity in the 21st century. This workforce includes
a cadre of computing professionals prepared to contribute to sustained U.S. leadership in computing
in a wide range of application domains and career fields, and a broader professional workforce with
knowledge and understanding of critical computing concepts, methodologies and techniques.
        To achieve this vision, CISE is calling for colleges and universities to work together, and with
other stakeholders in undergraduate computing education including industry, professional societies and
other types of organizations, to formulate and implement plans to revitalize undergraduate computing
education in the United States. The full engagement of faculty and other individuals in CISE disciplines
will be critical to success. Common challenges - such as fluctuating enrollments in traditional computer
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computing innovations into the curriculum, and the need to integrate computing concepts and
methodologies into the undergraduate curriculum at large – must be identified, and goals and strategies
developed to address them. Successful CPATH projects will be systemic in nature, address a broad
range of issues, and have significant potential to contribute to the transformation and revitalization of
undergraduate computing education on a national scale.
CPATH will support four types of projects:
     Community Building (CB) Grants;
     Evaluation, Adoption, and Extension (EAE) Grants;
     Transformation (T) Grants; and
     CISE Distinguished Education Fellow (CDEF) Grants.
Deadline: January 23, 2007
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2006/nsf06608/nsf06608.pdf


                                            ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS
Coastal Partnership Initiative
        The Florida Coastal Management Program (FCMP) of the Department of Environmental
Protection announces the availability of funds for innovative coastal projects under its Coastal
Partnership Initiative for FY 2007-2008.
        The purpose of the Coastal Partnership Initiative is to inspire community action and promote the
protection and effective management of Florida’s coastal resources in four specific categories:
         Working Waterfronts
         Access to Coastal Resources
         Remarkable Coastal Places
         Community Stewardship
    Financial assistance is available as reimbursement grants ranging from $15,000 to $50,000.
Recipients are required to provide 100% (one-to-one) matching contributions in the form of goods and
services that directly benefit the specific grant project.
    Eligible applicants include local governments with the 35 coastal counties, national estuarine
research reserves (NERR), and national estuary programs (NEP). Also eligible are public and private
colleges, universities, regional planning councils and non-profit groups as long as an eligible local
government, NERR or NEP agrees to participate as a partner in the application and project.
    Applications must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time OCTOBER 24, 2006.
Selected proposals will be included in the FCMP application to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) for FY 07-08.
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/cmp/grants/


Research & Restoration Partners Grant Program
        The Charlotte Harbor (FL) National Estuary Program (NEP) is soliciting proposals for Research
and Restoration Partner Grant projects. Projects must have long-term applicability and transferability,
and serve as models for addressing NEP priority actions such as water quality, hydrologic and habitat
restoration.
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      Restore the hydrologic and natural habitat conditions of the study area by such methods as the
       backfilling of ditches, removal of spoil piles, exotic species removal, planting of native
       vegetation, mangrove restoration, etc.;
    Reduce contaminants from marina and dock operations;
    Reduce non-point source pollutants associated with stormwater runoff; and
    Identify and map oyster bars to improve fish/shellfish resource protection.
   Grants are for $20,000 and require a minimum 50% in-kind or cash match.
Proposals will be received until 5 p.m. Friday, OCTOBER 27, 2006. For application instructions,
mailto:ccorbett@swfrpc.org

Development of Environmental Health Outcome Indicators
         The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency seeks applications proposing research that uses
existing databases of environmental (ambient), biological and/or health-related data to develop
indicators that reliably signal the impact of changes in environmental conditions, management
approaches or policies on human health. Key to the development of such indicators is a clearer
understanding of the sequence of events that link changes in the environment to human exposure and
adverse health outcomes.
         Applications should propose research on one or more of the following:
     Relationships between concentrations of chemicals in environmental media (e.g., personal air,
         dust and diet) and concentrations of chemicals or metabolites in biological samples (exposure
         and/or dose biomarkers) that can signal or predict changes in human health outcomes;
     Relationships between concentrations of chemicals or metabolites in biological samples and
         early indicators of disease that can signal or predict changes in human health outcomes;
     The temporal and spatial congruence of existing environmental monitoring and health
         surveillance data systems to determine how they might be combined in assessing the impact of
         changes in environmental conditions or human exposure on acute and/or chronic health
         conditions; and
     Relationships between an environmental health or exposure indicator and an environmental risk
         assessment, decision or policy change implemented at the national, regional, state or local level.
         Applications that propose to investigate these relationships are of special interest.
    EPA anticipates approximately 6 awards with a maximum award of $500,000, including direct and
indirect costs, and project may not exceed 3 years.
    Eligible Applicants: Public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of
higher education and hospitals) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private
institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the U.S.; state and local governments; Federally
Recognized Indian Tribal Governments; and U.S. territories or possessions are eligible to apply. Profit-
making firms are not eligible to receive assistance agreements from the EPA under this program.
    Eligible nonprofit organizations include any organizations that meet the definition of nonprofit in
OMB Circular A-122. However, nonprofit organizations described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal
Revenue Code that lobby are not eligible to apply
    Forms and instructions for paper applications can be found on the NCER web site:
http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/forms/. For electronic submissions, please use grants.gov.
    The closing date for submission of applications is 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time DECEMBER 14,
2006.
     http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2006/2006_star_ephi.html


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Regional Environmental Priorities
         The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 announces the availability of funds and
solicits proposals through its Regional Environmental Priorities (REP) program. The goal of this funding
is to help the Region, states, local government and communities address priority areas and issues
because of their complexity, extent, threat to ecosystems or human health, and/or because of the
significant need to protect, improve or restore specific environments.
         EPA will not fund routine implementation projects under this solicitation, but may award funds
for demonstrations of new or innovative technologies, tools or approaches to accomplish the funding
goals. Because total funding for this solicitation is limited, Region 4 strongly encourages applicants to
request funding for projects that identify opportunities for collaboration and leveraging of other funding
sources.
         The total estimated funding expected to be available is approximately $400,000. EPA anticipates
award of approximately 6-9 grants. The average range of awards will be between $15,000 and $100,000.
Performance periods will not exceed two years.
         The Region 4 Regional Environmental Priorities (REP) for FY 2006/2007 funding are:
      Implementing sustainable agricultural practices
      Reducing exposure to ozone and particulate matter
      Protecting children’s health
      Improving water quality
      Promoting environmental excellence
      Encouraging environmentally sustainable energy use and energy conservation
     Proposed projects must benefit human health or the environment or public health in at least one of
the states in the Region 4 geographic area (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, North
Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee).
Proposals must be received by 4 p.m. Eastern Time NOVEMBER 15, 2006, via U.S. Postal Service
or commercial delivery or electronic submission through Grants.gov.
http://www.epa.gov/region4/financial/grants.html


National Student Design Competition for Sustainability
Focusing on People, Prosperity & the Planet
        The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites submissions for the 4th
Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability. P3 is the next step
beyond P2 – pollution prevention – and focuses on the three components of sustainability: People,
Prosperity and the Planet. P3 Awards will be given to the winners of a national, intercollegiate design
competition among interdisciplinary student teams for their research, development and design solutions
to the scientific, technical and policy challenges of sustainability.
        This Phase I competition is purposely designed to provide flexibility for creativity, allowing the
interdisciplinary teams of students to: (1) define a technical challenge to sustainability; (2) discuss the
relationship of the challenge to people, prosperity and the planet; and (3) develop a design approach to
address the challenge.
        Challenges from a wide range of categories will be considered. Proposals can include, but are not
limited to, the technical challenges listed as examples in the category descriptions below. All projects,
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        Categories include:
     agriculture (e.g., irrigation practices, reduction or elimination of pesticides)
     materials and chemicals (e.g., materials conservation; renewable, bio-based feedstocks;
        inherently benign materials and chemicals through green engineering and green chemistry;
        biotechnology; recovery and reuse of materials through product, process or system design)
     energy (e.g., reduction in air emissions through innovative strategies for energy production and
        energy distribution; energy conservation; inherently benign energy through green chemistry,
        green engineering; biotechnology)
     information technology (e.g., delivery of and access to environmental performance, technical,
        educational or public health information related environmental decision-making)
     water (e.g., water quality, quantity, conservation, availability and access)
     built environment (e.g., environmental benefits through innovative green buildings,
        transportation and mobility strategies, and smart growth as it results in reduced vehicle miles
        traveled or reduces storm water runoff)
    The P3 Awards program aims to generate research outputs in the form of innovative, inherently
benign, integrated and interdisciplinary designs that will advance the scientific, technical and policy
knowledge necessary to further the goals of sustainability. The desired outcomes of the P3 research are
to minimize the use and generation of hazardous substances, utilize resources and energy effectively and
efficiently, and simultaneously advance the goals of economic competitiveness and human health and
environmental protection for societal benefit.
    EPA anticipates funding approximately 50 grants for Phase I under this RFA. The projected award
per Phase I grant is up to $10,000 for one year. Requests for amounts from EPA in excess of a total of
$10,000 including direct and indirect costs, will not be considered, although total project costs may
exceed $10,000. The total project period for an application submitted in response to this RFA may not
exceed one year.
    Based on the completed Phase I design, the proposal for additional funding under Phase II, and
recommendations from the judging panel convened by the National Academies, EPA will select up to 10
P3 Award winners. These P3 Award winners will be eligible to receive the additional Phase II funding
of up to $75,000 each from EPA.
The closing date for submission of P3 Phase I applications is 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time DECEMBER
21, 2006.
http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2007/2007_p3_4thannual.html

EPA Uncertainty Analyses of Models in Integrated
Environmental Assessments
        The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results
(STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing interdisciplinary research in the formal treatment of
uncertainty when models are used to conduct integrated environmental assessments. Integrated
assessments use findings, data, and methods across different disciplines to generate information about a
particular issue. For example, to assess the impact of mercury on public health and the environment,
EPA integrated results from air dispersion models, exposure models, health effects models, and
economic models (EPA 2005). To facilitate integrated assessments, models are used either (1) as a
single, overarching model that integrates all pertinent information; or, as in EPA's impact assessment for
mercury, (2) as a suite of multiple models, with each model focusing on a specific aspect of the
integrated assessment. In either case, NCER is interested in research that explores two types of


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uncertainties: (1) uncertainties within the models themselves, i.e. within their underlying data and
hypotheses; and (2) uncertainties that arise during decision-making, as stakeholders discuss the weight
of scientific evidence embodied within these models.
        Public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and
hospitals) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher
education and hospitals) located in the U.S., state and local governments, Federally Recognized Indian
Tribal Governments, and U.S. territories or possessions are eligible to apply. Profit-making firms are not
eligible to receive assistance agreements from the EPA under this program.
Proposal deadline December 13, 2006
http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2006/2006_star_uncertainty.html


Environmental Genomics (En-Gen)
         The Environmental Genomics Program invites the submission of proposals in which
investigators plan to use genomic information and tools to further our understanding of how organisms
of all types—plants, animals, and microbes--interact with their environments. Although genomics-
enabled methods are beginning to be utilized to address questions in this area, the Environmental
Genomics Program is intended to enhance the development of fundamental knowledge and strengthen
the capacity to apply these methods in research on organisms in their natural environments.
         Proposals may address any of a wide range of questions about organisms and their environments
in a variety of sub-fields, including ecology, evolutionary biology, physiological ecology, microbial
ecology, biogeochemistry, and biogeology. Genomic approaches and methodologies must be applied in
a logical and necessary manner to address these questions. Hypothesis-based research projects are
welcome as are discovery-based projects that focus on compelling questions for which hypothesis-based
research is not possible or practical. The Environmental Genomics Program encourages proposals that
include substantial training activities that will serve to increase the numbers of investigators prepared to
take advantage of genomic approaches.
         Research foci should be appropriate to the themes of interest or purviews of the Directorates for
Biological Sciences (BIO) and Geosciences (GEO). If related to polar biology, proposals should be
responsive to the themes and goals of the IPY, and be submitted to the NSF FY 2007 IPY solicitation
[http://www.nsf.gov/od/opp/ipy/ipy_prog_opps.jsp].
         Examples of projects that would be appropriate for the Environmental Genomics competition
include, but are not limited to:
     Application of genomic approaches to quantify and model gene expression and control
         mechanisms in response to abiotic and biotic factors (e.g., temperature, pressure, desiccation,
         light, nutrients, hosts and symbionts, quorum sensing, cell differentiation, starvation/survival,
         apoptosis, or viral infection), or in response to predicted scenarios of environmental change.
     Examination of variance in gene expression within and among populations and/or species that
         experience different ranges or extremes in environmental conditions, as a means to test
         hypotheses about the evolution of the capacity to acclimate to environmental change.
     Use of genomic tools to address fundamental questions about how the environment interacts with
         genomes to produce a range of phenotypes.
    Proposals submitted to En-Gen should address scientific topics that are consistent with those areas of
environmental research supported by the Directorates for Biological and Geological Sciences. Proposals
that primarily seek support for sequencing, studying systematic relationships, using standard genetic
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should be directed to other programs. Investigators who are interested in holding workshops on topics
related to environmental genomics, or who wish to conduct training in genomic approaches as a means
to build capacity in these methods should discuss their ideas with a member of the En-Gen working
group, or a program director in a relevant core program. Requests for support for work on environmental
problems that fall within the mission of other federal agencies are also unlikely to be competitive in this
program.
Proposal deadline is January 29, 2007.
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf06611

Short Term Educational Experiences for Research (STEER) in the Environmental
Health Sciences for Undergraduates and High School Students
        This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) solicits Research
Education Project (R25) grant applications from organizations that propose an organized short term
program for high school and undergraduate students of research experiences and informational
exchanges designed to impart to participants an appreciation of research on the environmental impacts
on human health.
        Educational programs supported by this Funding Opportunity Announcement are expected to
consist of both an introduction to environmental health sciences research through experience on a
research project with the participating faculty and a summer program of organized educational
experiences designed to acquaint the participants with the larger field of the environmental health
sciences. The focus of both the laboratory experience and the educational experiences/seminars should
be on human health aspects of environmental exposure. Programs which propose only the laboratory
experience within the context of a university wide summer program for undergraduates and/or high
school students will not be considered responsive to this announcement.
        Student research projects supported by these education grants should have a defined focus in the
environmental health sciences, and be responsive to the mission of the NIEHS, which is distinguished
from that of other Institutes by its support of research programs seeking to understand how
environmental exposures alter biologic processes and affect the risk of either disease development or the
distribution of disease in populations. Examples of environmental exposures relevant to the mission of
the NIEHS include industrial chemicals or manufacturing by-products, metals, pesticides, herbicides, air
pollutants and other inhaled toxicants, particulates or fibers, fungal or bacterially derived toxins due to
ambient exposures. The proposed research education program may complement other, ongoing research
training and education occurring at the applicant institution, but the proposed educational experiences
must be distinct from those research training and research education programs currently receiving
federal support.
        This FOA will use the NIH Research Education Grant (R25) award mechanism. The total project
period for an application submitted in response to this funding opportunity may not exceed 5 years.
Although the size of award may vary with the scope of research proposed, it is expected that
applications will stay within the budgetary guidelines outlined. Direct costs are limited to $55,000 in any
single year.
This is a limited application. Only one application may be submitted per school or college within a
university in response to the RFA. Those interested in applying are asked to contact Donna
Stremke, ext 7029 or dstremke@fgcu.edu by October 26, 2006 for internal coordination.
Letter of Intent deadline is December 11, 2006.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-06-009.html


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Research in Support of DOI Science Plan Administered by Everglades National
Park
         The U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) provides support for a collection of scientific information
for use in ecosystem restoration decision-making and to guide its own land management responsibilities
for South Florida Ecosystem Restoration. The primary mechanisms for science support are the Critical
Ecosystem Studies Initiative (CESI), administered through the National Park Service at Everglades
National Park.
         The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) Programmatic Regulations require that
the Restoration, Coordination and Verification group (RECOVER) recommend a set of estimated
Interim Goals. The Interim Goals are to be composed of measurable indicators to support planning
activities and the mandated tracking of restoration progress. General guidance for the development of
indicators was established through the Interim Goals Agreement, which is signed by the State of Florida,
the Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
         This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is a call for projects that further develop predictive
methods for developing interim goals and sheet-flow and sediment transport in the tree island/ridge-and-
slough landscape relevant to technical aspects of monitoring and assessment specific to Interim Goal
indicators.
         Primary areas of interest are the following:
    A. Validated hydrologic and ecological models and empirical research that will interface with
         regional hydrologic simulation models to assist in predicting potential changes in indicator
         status, such as habitat suitability, species density, productivity, sheet-flow and sediment transport
         in a "decompartmentalized" ridge-and-slough landscape, etc.
    B. Studies that propose to investigate the linkages between monitoring data and restoration goals.
    C. Improvements of the quantitative estimation of the Interim Goals at the 5-year intervals required
         by the Programmatic Regulations.
    Award size is variable; there are no pre-set limits for overall costs. It is strongly recommended that
the total cost of the project be competitive and include in-kind funding opportunities.
All applications to this BAA are due no later than October 27, 2006, at 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Standard Time.
http://ideasec.nbc.gov/j2ee/solicitationdetail.jsp?serverId=NP144302&objId=2098539

Arctic Research Opportunities
        The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites investigators at U.S. organizations to submit
proposals to conduct research about the Arctic or that is best done in the Arctic. Arctic research includes
field and modeling studies and data analysis. Arctic research is supported at NSF by the Office of Polar
Programs (OPP), Arctic Sciences Section (http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=ARC), in the Office of
the Director, as well as by a number of other programs within the Foundation.
        The goal of the NSF Arctic Sciences Section is to gain a better understanding of the Earth's
physical, biological, geological, chemical, social and cultural processes, and the interactions of ocean,
land, atmosphere, biological, and human systems in the Arctic. The Arctic Sciences Section and other
NSF programs support projects that contribute to the development of the next generation of researchers
and scientific literacy for all ages through education, outreach and broadening participation in science,
technology, engineering and mathematics. Program representatives from OPP and other NSF programs


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that support arctic research coordinate across NSF, including joint review and funding of arctic
proposals and mutual support of special projects with high logistical costs.
         The International Polar Year begins in 2007, with NSF designated as the lead agency for the U.S.
Proposals may be submitted to the Arctic Opportunities solicitation for International Polar Year
activities, as outlined in the National Academy of Science vision document (http://www.us-ipy.org), and
should be consistent with the program descriptions and requirements described in the Arctic
Opportunities solicitation.
Proposal deadline is December 08, 2006.
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf06603


                                                                         HEALTH CARE
Healthy Tomorrows Partnership For Children Program
       The purpose of this program is to stimulate innovative community-based programs that employ
prevention strategies to promote access to health care for children and their families nationwide. HTPC
funding supports direct service projects, not research projects. It is anticipated that HTPC grants will be
awarded to approximately 12 recipients.
       The intent of HTPC-General grants are:
       5) to support the development of family-centered, community-based initiatives that plan and
           implement innovative and cost-effective approaches for focusing resources to promote
           community defined preventive child health and developmental objectives for vulnerable
           children and their families, especially those with limited access to quality health services;
       6) foster/promote collaboration among community organizations, individuals, agencies,
           businesses, and families;
       7) involve pediatricians and other pediatric health professionals in community-based service
           programs;
       8) build community and statewide partnerships among professionals in health, education, social
           services, government, and business to achieve self-sustaining programs to assure healthy
           children and families.

        The program encourages the use of innovative health information technology to increase access
to a wide variety of stakeholders in communities.
        Eligible Applicants: As cited in 42 CFR Part 51a.3 (a), any public or private entity, including an
Indian tribe or tribal organization (as those terms are defined at 25 U.S.C. 450b) is eligible to apply for
Federal funding. Community-based organizations, including faith-based organizations, are eligible to
apply.
Proposal deadline is October 20, 2006
https://grants.hrsa.gov/webExternal/SFO.asp?ID=BDC7C277-9B24-49A8-ADBB-521CC21CF086

Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program - Advanced
Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Projects
       This program supports grants to provide advanced research and experience to individuals with
doctoral or similar advanced degrees who have clinical or other relevant experience. Grants are awarded




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to institutions of higher learning to enhance the capacity for research on rehabilitation and disability
issues.
         ARRT projects must--
    (1) Recruit and select candidates for advanced research training;
    (2) Provide a training program that includes didactic and classroom instruction, is multidisciplinary,
         emphasizes scientific methodology, and may involve collaboration among institutions;
    (3) Provide research experience, laboratory experience, or its equivalent in a community-based
         research setting, and a practicum that involve each individual in clinical research and in practical
         activities with organizations representing individuals with disabilities;
    (4) Provide academic mentorship or guidance, and opportunities for scientific collaboration with
         qualified researchers at the host university and other appropriate institutions; and
    (5) Provide opportunities for participation in the development of professional presentations and
         publications, and for attendance at professional conferences and meetings, as appropriate for the
         individual’s field of study and level of experience.
    It is estimated that six awards of approximately $150,000/year will be made for project periods of up
to 60 months.
    This proposal may be submitted via grants.gov or via printed forms available on the web site.
Proposal deadline is November 20, 2006.
http://www.ed.gov/programs/rtg/applicant.html


                                                                              HUMANITIES
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
    NEH invites proposals for the planning or initial stages of digital initiatives in all areas of the
humanities. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants may involve:
     research that brings new digital approaches to the study of the humanities or that examines the
        implications of the use of emerging technologies for humanities scholarship;
     new digital modes of publication facilitating the dissemination of humanities scholarship in
        advanced academic as well as informal or formal educational settings at all academic levels;
     exploration of digital methods or approaches to preserve, archive, and make accessible
        traditional (i.e., analogue) and new media resources in the humanities;
     planning new digital tools for preserving, analyzing, and making accessible humanities data; and
     programs addressing the innovative use of emerging digital technologies in formal and informal
        educational settings, including public forums such as museums, libraries, historic sites, and
        broadcast media, and K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions.
    Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants should result in plans, prototypes, or proofs of concept for long-
term digital humanities projects prior to implementation.
    These grants support full-time or part-time activities for periods up to eighteen months. Support is
available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related
travel; and technical support and services. Up to 20% of the total grant may also be used for the
acquisition of computing hardware and software. All grantees are expected to communicate the results
of their work to appropriate scholarly and public audiences. In order to facilitate dissemination and the
maximum usage of the projects that are ultimately developed through the Digital Humanities Start-Up
Grants, applicants are strongly encouraged to base their projects on open source and fully accessible
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    Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants can comprise up to $30,000 in outright funds. The grant period
may extend to eighteen months.
Proposal deadline is November 15, 2006.
http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/digitalhumanitiesstartup.html

Collaborative Research Grants
        Collaborative Research grants support original research undertaken by a team of two or more
scholars or research coordinated by an individual scholar that because of its scope or complexity
requires additional staff or resources beyond the individual’s salary.
Eligible projects include:
     Research that significantly adds to knowledge and understanding in the humanities.
     Archaeology projects that interpret and communicate the results of archaeological fieldwork.
        Projects may encompass excavation, materials analysis, laboratory work, field reports and
        preparation of interpretive monographs.
     Translations into English of works that provide insight into the history, literature, philosophy,
        and artistic achievements of other cultures.
     Research that uses the knowledge, methods, and perspectives of the humanities to enhance
        understanding of science, technology, and medicine.
     Conferences on a topic of major importance in the humanities that will benefit ongoing research.
    Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants;
project-related travel; field work; applications of information technology; and technical support and
services. All grantees are expected to communicate the results of their work to the appropriate scholarly
and public audiences.
    Awards are made for one to three years and normally range from $25,000 to $100,000 per year. The
use of federal matching funds is encouraged. Federal matching funds are released when a grantee
secures gift funds from eligible third parties. Normally NEH support will not exceed eighty percent of
total costs. The balance of the costs is to be shared by the applicant’s institution or other non-federal
sources. Previously funded projects should expect a progressively larger share of the costs to be borne
by the host institution or third parties.
Proposal deadline is November 1, 2006.
http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/collaborative.html


                       INNOVATION AND ORGANIZATIONAL
                                             CHANGE
Innovation and Organizational Change (IOC)
        The NSF Innovation and Organizational Change (IOC) program supports scientific research
directed at advancing understanding of innovation and organizational phenomena. Levels of analysis
may include (but are not limited to) individuals, groups and/or institutional arrangements. Research may
involve industrial, educational, service, government, not-for-profits, voluntary organizations or inter-
organizational arrangements.
        IOC-funded research must be grounded in theory, relevant to an operational or applied context,
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Proposals that aim to implement or evaluate innovations or particular organizational changes rather than
to advance fundamental, generalizable knowledge about innovation and organizations are not
appropriate for IOC.
         Proposals may only be submitted by the following: Universities or colleges, including two- and
four-year colleges and community colleges, acting on behalf of their faculty members may submit
proposals. Non-profit organizations in the US that are directly associated with educational or research
activities, such as independent museums, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies and
similar organizations, may submit proposals. NSF encourages proposals for collaboration with
international researchers, for-profit corporations, and national laboratories. For-profit organizations,
government laboratories, and foreign organizations may not apply directly; however, they may
participate in subawards. Subawards should be justified by explaining the unique capabilities being
made available.
         Proposers may opt to submit proposals in response to this Program Solicitation via Grants.gov or
via the NSF FastLane system.
Proposal deadline is February 02, 2007.
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf06610



                                                         INTERDISCIPLINARY
Joint Initiative to Support Research in the Area of Mathematical Biology
        The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF)
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences and the National Institute of General Medical
Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) plan to support research in mathematics
and statistics related to mathematical biology research. Both agencies recognize the need and urgency
for additional research at the boundary between the mathematical sciences and the life sciences. This
competition is designed to encourage new collaborations at this interface, as well as to support existing
ones.
        This competition is designed to support research on mathematical problems related to biological
problems in areas supported by NSF/DMS and NIH/NIGMS. A direct relationship between a biological
application and the mathematics is expected. Research teams, which include scientists from both the life
sciences community and the mathematical sciences community, are encouraged.
        Successful proposals will identify innovative mathematics or statistics needed to solve an
important biological problem. Research which would apply standard mathematics or statistics to solve
biological problems is not appropriate for this competition and should be submitted directly to NIH.
Similarly, proposals with research in mathematics or statistics that is not tied to a specific biological
problem should be submitted to the appropriate DMS program at NSF. Proposals designed to create new
software tools based on existing models and methods will not be accepted in this competition.
        Examples of areas of research that are appropriate under this competition include the following:
     Evolutionary theory and practice arising from genomic advances;
     Statistical and other approaches to the discovery of genes contributing to complex behavior and
        their environmental interactions;
     Explanatory and predictive models of the cellular state;
     Growth, motility, cell division, membrane trafficking and other cellular behavior;
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        Population dynamics;
        Signal transduction;
        Development of new algorithms for phylogenetic analysis;
        Design principles and dynamics of pattern formation in development and differentiation;
        New approaches to the prediction of molecular structure;
        Improved algorithms for structure determination by x-ray crystallography, NMR and electron
         microscopy;
     Simulations of the human systemic responses to burn, trauma and other injury;
     New approaches to understanding system-wide effects of pharmacological agents and
         anesthetics, and their genetic and environmental modifiers.
    These areas of research are examples only. They are not meant to be inclusive. Mathematical
scientists, both pure and applied, and others capable of developing the mathematical and statistical tools
envisioned are encouraged to apply. The work that is supported under this initiative must impact biology
and advance mathematics or statistics. Thus, collaborations between the mathematical scientists and
appropriate biological scientists are expected.
    It is estimated that approximately $5 million ($2 million from NSF and $3 million from NIGMS)
will be available for each year of this competition. Award sizes are expected to range from $100,000 to
$400,000 per year (total costs) with durations of 4-5 years.
Proposal deadline is DECEMBER 15, 2006.
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2006/nsf06607/nsf06607.htm

Interdisciplinary Partnerships in Environmental Health Sciences
        The mission of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is to promote
research that will ultimately reduce the burden of human illness and dysfunction from environmental
causes. The objective of this initiative is to foster scientific collaboration between clinical and basic
investigators to accelerate the application of basic research results into the clinical setting to improve
human health in those areas where environmental factors are known or expected to influence the
development or progression of human disease. Scientific knowledge achieved through this research
program is expected to move the field of environmental health sciences into new directions and
approaches for the identification, treatment, and prevention of environmentally-related diseases or
disorders. Through this initiative, the NIEHS will support both the development of new collaborations
between researchers with basic and clinical expertise and the continued efforts of existing
collaborations. Both activities must directly support the integration of clinical and basic science
research.
        Applications to this solicitation may be either exploratory in nature, laying the foundation of
long term collaborations or attaining proof of principle for an innovative collaborative approach, or they
may be continued development of established collaborations. In either instance, applications must focus
on a specific human disease or disorder where there is evidence or a strong rationale for the involvement
of environmental factors in its etiology or phenotypic expression and must involve research at both the
basic and clinical levels.
        This funding opportunity will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental Grant (R21) and
Research Project Grant (R01) award mechanisms. The NIEHS intends to commit approximately
$2,500,000 to fund grants through this initiative in each of the three years that the PAR is announced.
Eight to ten awards are anticipated, with roughly equal numbers of R21s and R01s. An applicant may
request a project period of up to three years with direct costs limited to $450,000 over a three-year


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period for an R21 grant. R01 awards are expected to average $250,000 in direct costs per year. NIEHS
will not accept applications that request $500,000 or more in direct costs in any year. The applicant may
request a project period of up to 4 years.
        Submissions are to use the PHS 398 forms.
Letter of Intent deadline is December 11, 2006.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-05-168.html


Human and Social Dynamics (HSD)
         The Human and Social Dynamics (HSD) priority area fosters breakthroughs in understanding the
dynamics of human action and development, as well as knowledge about organizational, cultural, and
societal adaptation and change. HSD aims to increase our collective ability to (1) understand the
complexities of change; (2) understand the dynamics of human and social behavior at all levels,
including that of the human mind; (3) understand the cognitive and social structures that create, define,
and result from change; and (4) manage profound or rapid change, and make decisions in the face of
changing risks and uncertainty. Accomplishing these goals requires multidisciplinary research teams and
comprehensive, interdisciplinary approaches across the sciences, engineering, education, and
humanities, as appropriate.
         The FY 2007 competition will include three emphasis areas (Agents of Change; Dynamics of
Human Behavior; and Decision Making, Risk and Uncertainty). Support will be provided for Full
Research projects and for shorter-term Exploratory Research and HSD Research Community
Development projects.
         NSF encourages HSD projects that provide insight into social processes such as globalization
and migration and factors that promote innovation, at levels from the molecular functioning of the
human brain to the organizational. Such research is important for enhancing the ability of the country to
maintain its competitive edge in a globalized world.
         PI Limit: An individual may appear as Principal Investigator (PI), co-PI, other senior personnel
or investigator on only one HSD proposal submitted in FY 2007 in response to this Program
Solicitation. This limitation includes proposals submitted by a lead organization, any sub-award
submitted as part of a proposal, or any collaborative proposal, and this includes all types of projects: i.e.
an individual may participate in only one Full Research proposal (either Type 1 or Type 2), or one
Exploratory Research proposal, or one HSD Research Community Development proposal. Proposals
that do not meet this requirement will be returned without review. These restrictions apply to this HSD
solicitation only and are not meant to inhibit submissions of proposals by investigators to other NSF
activities or programs.
         All proposals must include three or more senior personnel from at least two different fields.
Proposals involving fewer than three senior personnel will be returned without review. For the purposes
of this solicitation, senior personnel include the Principal Investigator (PI), any co-PIs, and any other
researchers actively involved in the scientific or technical management of the project. It does not include
students, post-docs, or consultants who provide specific expertise on a limited portion of the project.
         This proposal may be submitted via NSF FastLane or via grants.gov.
         Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time): January 23, 2007.
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Uncertainty Analyses of Models in Integrated Environmental Assessments
         The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development, National
Center for Environmental Research (NCER), announces this call for interdisciplinary research in the
formal treatment of uncertainty when models are used to conduct integrated environmental assessments.
Integrated assessments use findings, data and methods across different disciplines to generate
information about a particular issue. For example, to assess the impact of mercury on public health and
the environment, EPA integrated results from air dispersion models, exposure models, health effects
models and economic models.
         To facilitate integrated assessments, models are used either (1) as a single, overarching model
that integrates all pertinent information; or, as in EPA’s impact assessment for mercury, (2) as a suite of
multiple models, with each model focusing on a specific aspect of the integrated assessment. In either
case, NCER is interested in research that explores two types of uncertainties: (1) uncertainties within the
models themselves, i.e., within their underlying data and hypotheses; and (2) uncertainties that arise
during decision-making, as stakeholders discuss the weight of scientific evidence embodied within these
models.
         The research issue in which NCER is primarily interested is: "How can scientific research —
through models used for integrated assessments — be linked to decisions that stakeholders view as
legitimate and credible, in particular because they understand uncertainties associated with the
models and their use?" In posing this question, NCER emphasizes the following four points: (1) NCER
is primarily interested in policy applications or case studies that illustrate conceptual and practicable
issues; (2) NCER highly encourages interdisciplinary research, in which researchers come from more
than one discipline and use the methods and approaches from more than one discipline (e.g., statistics,
ecology, economics, toxicology, law); (3) NCER is interested in uncertainties within individual models
and across multiple models, as well as uncertainties associated with the institutional and social context
in which models are used to help formulate decisions; and (4) While this main issue may be parsed into
the following sub- issues, NCER is primarily interested in the interactions among them:
     How can one analyze the impacts of uncertainties — both aleatory and epistemic — on the
         results generated by models used — individually or within an ensemble — to conduct integrated
         environmental assessments?
     How can analysts engage policy makers and other stakeholders in better understanding integrated
         assessments through the use of environmental models?
     What approaches help analysts, policy makers and other stakeholders reach consensus-based
         environmental decisions because they have a shared understanding of the models, model results
         and uncertainty analyses used for integrated environmental assessments?
    EPA anticipates funding approximately 3 grants under this RFA. Requests for amounts in excess of a
total of $350,000, including direct and indirect costs, will not be considered. The total project period for
an application may not exceed 2 years. Institutional cost-sharing is not required.
Closing date for submissions is DECEMBER 13, 2006, 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2006/2006_star_uncertainty.html

Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering
       The Division of Research, Evaluation and Communication (REC) in the Directorate for
Education and Human Resources (EHR) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) supports basic and
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(STEM) learning and teaching. This solicitation calls for two types of proposals—synthesis and
empirical.
     Synthesis Research and Evaluation Project proposals should identify areas where the knowledge
         base in either evaluation or research is sufficiently robust to support strong scientific claims,
         identify areas of importance to education research and practice, and propose rigorous methods
         for synthesizing findings and drawing conclusions. Proposals for workshops and other meetings
         are permitted.
     Empirical Research and Evaluation Project proposals should identify areas that have the
         potential for advancing discovery and innovation at the frontiers of STEM learning. These
         proposals are expected to be based deeply in the STEM disciplines and be theoretically and
         methodologically strong with the potential of contributing to theory, methodology, and practice.
    For either type of proposal, areas of interest include behavioral, cognitive, social, and technological
aspects of learning and education; learning in formal and informal settings; diffusion, implementation,
and the role of context in educational and learning innovations; and theoretical, methodological, and
statistical issues of importance in advancing research and evaluation. Investigators from across the broad
range of disciplines supported by the NSF are invited to submit proposals. Interdisciplinary proposals
are particularly welcome.
    Submission may be via NSF FastLane or grants.gov. Collaborative proposals must be submitted via
FastLane.
Proposal deadline is January 29, 2007.
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf06609


                                            MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY
Research in Mathematical Biology
        The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) within the Directorate of Mathematical and
Physical Sciences (MPS) and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) anticipate
supporting research in the mathematical sciences with biological applications. Appropriate application
areas are those currently supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.
        Proposals which are not appropriate for funding by NIGMS or NSF will be returned without
review. Investigators are strongly encouraged to talk with an NIGMS contact person before submitting a
proposal. Other questions should be addressed to the appropriate person in the list of contacts.
    Examples of areas of research that are appropriate under this competition include the following:
     Evolutionary theory and practice arising from genomic advances;
     Statistical and other approaches to the discovery of genes contributing to complex behavior, and
        their environmental interactions;
     Explanatory and predictive models of the cellular state;
     Growth, motility, cell division, membrane trafficking, and other cellular behavior;
     Metabolic circuitry and dynamics;
     Population dynamics;
     Signal transduction;
     Development of new algorithms for phylogenetic analysis;
     Design principles and dynamics of pattern formation in development and differentiation;
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       Improved algorithms for structure determination by x-ray crystallography, NMR and electron
        microscopy;
     Simulations of the human systemic responses to burn, trauma and other injury;
     New approaches to understanding system-wide effects of pharmacological agents and
        anesthetics, and their genetic and environmental modifiers.
    These areas of research are examples only. They are not meant to be inclusive. Mathematical
scientists, both pure and applied, and others capable of developing the mathematical and statistical tools
envisioned are encouraged to apply. The work that is supported under this initiative must impact biology
and advance mathematics or statistics. Thus, collaborations between the mathematical scientists and
appropriate biological scientists are expected. Other mechanisms to ensure impact are also possible and
should be specified in the proposal.
Proposal deadline is December 15, 2006.
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf06607


                                                                 MENTAL ILLNESS
American Psychiatric FoundationCall for Proposals
         The American Psychiatric Foundation is making up to $750,000 in grant funds available over the
course of three years (2005-2007) to fund public education, information and outreach initiatives that
promote the early recognition and treatment of mental illness. Grants from the foundation can support a
wide variety of public education activities in this arena.
         Untreated mental illness can lead to reduced functioning, needless suffering, and results in an
unnecessary economic and societal burden on patients, families and society. Research clearly shows that
the earlier an illness is detected and treated, the better the treatment outcome.
There remains a remarkable lack of knowledge in the public about mental illness, the effectiveness of
treatment and how to access proper treatment. The American Psychiatric Foundation is committed to
promoting early recognition of and treatment of mental illness.
         The foundation is looking to fund new and innovative ideas and programs that promote public
awareness of mental illness, the effectiveness of treatment and the importance of early intervention.
Grants may be sought for new initiatives or expansion of current programs. Requests must be for
educational, informational or outreach efforts. Efforts may focus on a specific mental disorder, mental
illness in general, or target a specific population.
         Average grants are in the $50,000 range; however, there are no minimum or maximum limits.
Proposal deadline is December 22, 2006.
http://www.psychfoundation.org/call_for_proposals.cfm


                                   MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH
FY 2007 National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program
        The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Cooperative State
Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) announces the FY 2007 Request for Applications
for the National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program. This RFA is being released
prior to the passage of the FY 2007 Agricultural Appropriations Act. Therefore, this should be
considered an "initial announcement" for the NRI program. Depending on the outcome of the FY 2007
Appropriation Act, CSREES may issue a supplemental RFA at a later date.


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        The purpose of the NRI Program is to support research grants and integrated research, extension
and education grants that address key problems of national, regional and multi-state importance in
sustaining all components of agriculture (farming, ranching, forestry including urban and agroforestry,
aquaculture, rural communities, human nutrition, processing, etc.). Providing this support requires that
NRI advance fundamental sciences in support of agriculture and coordinates opportunities to build on
these discoveries. Building on these discoveries will necessitate new efforts in education and extension
that deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions.
        In FY 2007, the NRI Program will accept applications for fundamental research, mission-linked
research, and integrated research, extension and education projects. Application due dates vary by
program. CSREES anticipates that approximately $181 million will be available for support of this
program. Of this amount, no more than 22% will be made available to fund integrated projects. The
remaining funds will be used to fund research projects.
        In FY 2007, 11 NRI programs will REQUIRE a Letter of Intent prior to submission of a full
application. For these 11 programs, applications submitted without prior approval of the Letter of Intent
by the cognizant National Program Leader will be returned without review.
Submission deadlines vary by program. Please see the RFA for specific deadlines.
        In FY 2007, NRI will only accept electronic applications submitted through Grants.gov.
Applicants should be aware that additional time is required to complete the electronic application
process. Applications must be submitted via Grants.gov by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on the program
deadline as noted.
http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/rfas/nri_rfa.html


                                                                                             STEM
Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering
         NSF’s Division of Research, Evaluation and Communication in the Directorate for Education
and Human Resources supports basic and applied research and evaluation that enhances science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning and teaching. This solicitation calls for two
types of proposals—synthesis and empirical.
     Synthesis Research and Evaluation Project proposals should identify areas where the knowledge
         base in either evaluation or research is sufficiently robust to support strong scientific claims,
         identify areas of importance to education research and practice, and propose rigorous methods
         for synthesizing findings and drawing conclusions. Proposals for workshops and other meetings
         are permitted.
     Empirical Research and Evaluation Project proposals should identify areas that have the
         potential for advancing discovery and innovation at the frontiers of STEM learning. These
         proposals are expected to be based deeply in the STEM disciplines and be theoretically and
         methodologically strong with the potential of contributing to theory, methodology, and practice.
    For either type of proposal, areas of interest include behavioral, cognitive, social, and technological
aspects of learning and education; learning in formal and informal settings; diffusion, implementation,
and the role of context in educational and learning innovations; and theoretical, methodological, and
statistical issues of importance in advancing research and evaluation. Investigators from across the broad
range of disciplines supported by the NSF are invited to submit proposals. Interdisciplinary proposals
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    Submission may be via NSF FastLane or grants.gov. Collaborative proposals must be submitted via
FastLane.
Proposal deadline is January 29, 2007.
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf06609


                                                                 STUDENT TRAVEL
The Gerald A. Soffen Memorial Fund Travel Grant
        This sponsor is pleased to announce the 2006 Travel Grant application opportunity for
undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in fields of space science and engineering. Please
distribute this announcement to deserving undergraduate and graduate students in your
university/department.
        The $500 Travel Grants enable students to attend professional meetings to present their research.
The deadline is October 16, 2006. The electronic application materials and instructions are located on
the Soffen Fund website: http://nasa-academy.org/soffen/travelgrant/
        Questions regarding the application or its process may be sent to: travelgrant@nasa-academy.org


                                                          SUICIDE PREVENTION
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Grant Awards
         The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) provides research grants to
investigators conducting clinical, biological, or psychosocial research on the problem of suicide. Grant
applicants compete in five categories:
         Young Investigator Grants for up to $60,000 over a two-year period to the Principal
Investigator, plus a $5,000 per year stipend for a mentor. Awarded to investigators at the level of
Assistant Professor or lower.
         Standard Research Grants for up to $60,000 over two years are awarded to individual
investigators at any level.
         Pilot Grants of up to $20,000 over one or two years, which provide seed money for new
projects, are awarded to individual investigators without regard to academic rank or pervious research
experience with suicide.
         Distinguished Researcher Awards for up to $100,000 over two years are awarded to
investigators at the level of Associate Professor or higher with a proven history of research in the area of
suicide. The purpose of this funding is not to supplement existing research, but to fund new directions
and initiatives in suicidology.
         Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are awarded for full-time training projects by investigators
who have received a Ph.D., M.D., or other doctoral degree within the preceding three years and have not
had more than three years of fellowship support. Fellowships provide an annual stipend of $42,000 in
the first year, and $46,000 in the second year (if applicable), plus an institutional allowance of $6,000
per year.
Proposal deadline is December 15, 2006.
http://www.afsp.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewPage&page_id=0535FDA2-FA7D-AAE8-
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