External Funding Opportunities

Avon Foundation for Women Seeks Letters of Intent for Breast Cancer Research Projects

· Deadline: January 31, 2014 (Letters of Intent); Full Proposal Due February 28, 2014

· Amount: up to $300,000 over 2 yrs

The Avon Foundation for Women continues its search for new preventive strategies to address the growing number of breast cancer cases around the globe. To develop new strategies to prevent breast cancer, the 2014 Avon Foundation Research Program seeks proposals for projects seeking to understand the causes of breast cancer in people; changes in breast cells that give rise to cancer; markers for the disease; and how breast cancer progresses.

Priority will be given to research focused on new preventive strategies; the role of endogenous and exogenous environmental factors in the development of breast cancer; metastases and new treatments for metastatic breast cancer; and clinically applicable assays or diagnostic tests that are predictive of breast cancer risk or that can be used to monitor changes in healthy breast tissue over time.

Proposals may request up to $300,000 over two years. Applications involving multiple institutions or collaborators in need of a higher level of funding are encouraged to contact the foundation.

Investigators at academic, nonprofit, and government institutions in the United States are eligible to apply. Applications also will be accepted from for-profit diagnostic, device, and biotechnology companies if they are clearly developing new tests or assays relevant to breast cancer detection or risk assessment.

The foundation will choose by February 28, 2014, a small set of LOIs it would like to see proceed. Invited organizations will be required to submit a full proposal by March 28, 2014.


CRDF Global Accepting Proposals for Chemical Security Programs

· Deadline: January 31, 2014 by 11:59 P.M. E.D.T.

· Amount: up to $30,000

On behalf of the U.S. Department of State's Chemical Security Engagement Program, CRDF Global, an independent nonprofit organization that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration, is seeking proposals for projects designed to improve the physical and procedural security of chemical laboratories and facilities.

The program supports projects that aim to contribute to the safety and security of industrial and academic chemical facilities, including their employees and surrounding communities, as well as efforts to prevent the accidental or intentional misuse of chemicals.

To that end, the program, which is open to applicants in CSP partner countries, will award one-time grants of up to $30,000.


Iacocca Family Foundation Invites Proposals for Type 1 Diabetes Research

· Deadline: January 31, 2014 by 5:00 P.M. E.S.T.

· Amount: up to $500,000

The Iacocca Family Foundation was established in 1984 to fund diabetes research programs and projects that will contribute to a cure for the disease and alleviate complications caused by it.  To that end, the foundation is accepting proposals from investigators for promising research projects.

In 2014, the foundation will support projects designed to directly accelerate a cure for type 1 diabetes or inform the understanding of the disease by a related or complementary mechanism of action. Grants of up to $500,000 will be awarded for qualified projects.

Investigators in traditional type 1 diabetes research, as well as investigators currently working on other autoimmune diseases, are encouraged to apply, provided that the proposed project focuses directly on type 1 diabetes and supports the mission of the foundation.


2014 National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program Invites Applications

· Deadline: February 5, 2014 @ 11:59 P.M.

· Amounts:  up to $50,000

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is inviting applications for the Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program, a public-private partnership designed to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships for wetland, forest, riparian and coastal habitat restoration; stormwater management, outreach, and stewardship, with a particular focus on water quality; and watersheds as well as the habitats they support.

The program is supported by the National Association of Counties and the Wildlife Habitat Council, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southern Company, and PG&E. Each funder in this Request for Proposals has specific requirements for projects supported by their program. NFWF will match every application with all funding sources applicable to that project's activities, location, and project type.

· EPA Five Star Program: Approximately $186,000 is available from EPA to fund on-the-ground restoration projects as well as environmental outreach, K-12 education, and training initiatives.

· EPA and USFS Urban Waters Program: Approximately $600,000 is available to improve urban water quality, increase public access to water resources, and restore riparian habitat and urban forests in developed watersheds across the United States. Priority will be given to projects with an environmental justice focus as well as those that benefit underserved and economically distressed communities in urban areas.

· Fish Wildlife Service Urban Refuges Partnership Program: Approximately $180,000 is available to fund projects that include partner organizations (public and private) with the demonstrated ability or an articulated strategy to work with specifically identified urban cultures and communities. Proposals will describe how the partnership with Fish and Wildlife Service staff can help achieve common goals of connecting people with nature.

Grants will be $20,000.00 to $50,000.00 and will vary in size, duration and scale. In general, most smaller-scale, one-year projects will be in the $20,000-$30,000* range. Two-year, larger-scale urban projects will be eligible for grants up to $50,000. Only a very limited number of projects meeting the highest competitive criteria will be awarded $50,000. We anticipate the average grant award will be $25,000-$35,000.

To be eligible, applicants must fully address the project elements for each applicable funder. Projects should be completed within one to two years of the award.  For USFS urban waters funding, preference is given to projects that take place on, or directly benefit, public lands.


Spencer Foundation Invites Proposals for Education Research Projects

· Deadline: February 6, 2014 for small grants; April 29, 2014 for large grants

· Amounts: up to $350,000 for large grants; up to $50,000 for small grants

Established in 1962, the Spencer Foundation is dedicated to the belief that research is necessary to the improvement of education. The foundation supports high-quality investigations of education-related topics through its research programs and works to strengthen and renew the educational research community through its fellowship/training programs and related activities.

Through its New Civics initiative, the foundation is accepting research proposals that ask critical questions about how education can more effectively contribute to the civic development of young people. Of special interest are projects designed to improve understanding of the avenues for and impediments to civic learning and civic action among young people who do not attend college, who reside in marginalized communities, who are recent immigrants or immigrants of different legal statuses, or who are less economically privileged.

The program awards grants of up to $350,000, typically extending over periods of one to four years.

Scholars in education, the social sciences, and the humanities are invited to apply.

For grant requests of up to $50,000, proposals must be received no later than February 6, 2014. For projects that require a higher level of funding (up to $350,000), the deadline for preliminary proposals is April 29, 2014.


American Association for Cancer Research Seeks Applications for Innovator Award for Research in Tumor Microenvironment

· Deadline: February 10, 2014  by 12:00 P.M. E.S.T.

· Amount: $100,000 over 2 yrs

With support from the Landon Foundation, the American Association for Cancer Research is accepting applications from early career investigators for the Landon Foundation-AACR INNOVATOR Award for Research in Tumor Microenvironment.

Proposed projects may be basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological in nature and must focus on the study of various aspects of the tumor microenvironment, including but not limited to the role of stroma and extracellular matrix in tumor development, angiogenesis, immunity and inflammation in the tumor microenvironment, as well as approaches to therapeutically target the tumor environment.

The grant provides $100,000 over two years for expenses related to the research project, including travel for attendance at an AACR annual meeting, any AACR tumor microenvironment-related conference, or other AACR meeting for the purpose of participating in scholarly exchange about the funded research. AACR expects to award one grant in 2014.

To be eligible, applicants must have a medical and/or doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., D.O., D.C., N.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., Sc.D., D.N.S., Pharm.D., or equivalent doctoral degree)  in a related field and not currently be a candidate for a further doctoral or professional degree. At the start of the grant term on July 1, 2014, applicants must hold a full-time, tenure-track faculty position with the title of instructor, research assistant professor, assistant professor, or an equivalent full-time faculty position; have held a full-time faculty position or the equivalent for no more than five years; and work at an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world. AACR membership is required.

Non-members interested in this grant opportunity must submit a satisfactory application for AACR active membership by February 12, 2014.


State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE) - Coverage Provisions of the Affordable Care Act

· Deadline: February 13, 2014, 3:00 p.m. ET

· Amount: between $50,000 to $150,000

State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE) is a RWJF national program that supports rigorous research on issues surrounding state health reform. The SHARE program is managed by the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), an RWJF-funded research center in the Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. To learn more about the history of SHARE and about the impact and implications of SHARE-funded research to date, visit

Total Awards

- Up to $1.5 million will be available under this call for proposals.

- Project funding will range from $50,000 to $150,000. 

- Project lengths will range from 12 to 18 months. 

- Up to twelve studies will be funded.

Key Dates

- February 13, 2014 (3 p.m. ET) - Deadline for receipt of online brief proposals.

- March 21, 2014  - Applicants notified if they have been invited to submit a full proposal.

- April 25, 2014 (3 p.m. ET) - Deadline for receipt of online full proposals.

- July 31, 2014 - Finalists notified of funding recommendations.

- October 1, 2014 - Grants initiated.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Researchers, as well as practitioners and public and private policy-makers working with researchers, are eligible to submit proposals through their organizations. Projects may be generated from disciplines including health services research, economics, sociology, program evaluation, political science, public policy, public health, public administration, law, business administration, or other related fields.

The Foundation may give preference to applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations. Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.


Kenneth Rainin Foundation: Accepting LOI’s for Innovator Awards 

· Deadline:  February 15, 2014

· Amount: $100,000

This program awards $100,000 grants for one-year proof of principle cutting edge research projects that are potentially transformative to diagnosing, treating and curing Inflammatory Bowel Disease. To learn more and to submit a Letter of Inquiry online, please visit website.
 
Innovations Symposium & Call for Abstracts

I also want to tell you about our exciting Innovations Symposium: Taming the Microbiome in San Francisco on July 15-16, 2014. This year, the symposium will feature poster sessions. The Call for Abstracts closes on March 3, 2014. I am asking for your help in promoting this opportunity.

In addition to getting the latest research insights from the Foundation's current Innovator Award recipients, we have assembled a distinguished group of keynote speakers and topics for our Symposium, including:

- Michael A. Fischbach, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco - Insights From a Global View of Secondary Metabolism: Small Molecules From the Human Microbiota

- Rob Knight, Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder – Meta-Analyses & Cross-Cohort Studies of the Human Gut Microbiome With Application to IBD

- W. Ian Lipkin, M.D., Columbia University – Small Game Hunting

- Margaret McGall-Ngai, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison  – Using Animal Models to Discover the ‘Rules’ of Epithelial-Surface Colonization by Bacteria

New Grant Opportunity

Each year our Symposium attracts researchers from around the world who are interested in networking with the IBD research community and accessing resources to advance their research. We want to encourage this type of collaboration, which is why we are announcing our new Synergy Award. This exclusive grant opportunity is available only to Innovations Symposium attendees. This grant will provide $100,000 in research support for one year to each investigator participating on a team, up to a total of $300,000. Get the details about the Synergy Award.

Travel Awards & Registration

To encourage students and post-doctoral fellows to participate in the Innovations Symposium, the Foundation is offering travel awards to attend the conference. For more on the Symposium or to register, go to rainin-symposium.com. Early registration is encouraged, as seating is limited.


Korean American Community Foundation Accepting Applications for 2014 Community Grants

· Deadline: February 17, 2014 by 5:00 P.M.

· Amount:  up to $30,000

The Korean American Community Foundation was founded in 2002 to strengthen the lives of individuals and families in the Korean American community and beyond.

To that end, the foundation works to transform and empower communities through philanthropy, voluntarism, and inter-community bridge building. KACF pursues these goals through grantmaking that promotes self-sufficiency for the underserved and underresourced, raising awareness of needs and issues, and by fostering a culture of giving.

KACF is particularly interested in organizations that address the critical needs of underserved and underresourced communities; work to help individuals and families move towards self-sufficiency; engage in partnerships with other community organizations and stakeholders; have quality support services with the intention of providing comprehensive support; have limited access to ongoing traditional funding sources such as foundations, government, corporations, etc.; and are working with Korean Americans either as a target population or within the larger group of constituents served by the organization/program.

Grants typically range from $12,000 to $30,000 per year.

To be eligible, all applicants must be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or have a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3); be located within the greater New York metro area; have been operational for at least six months; have an established and working board of directors; and have filed an IRS Form 990 and/or be able to provide audited financials. 


Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Invites Grant Applications for Data-Intensive Research Projects

· Deadline: February 24, 2014 by 5:00 P.M. P.T. (Pre-applications)

· Amount: up to $1.5Million over 5 yrs

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is inviting pre-applications for data-driven research projects through its Data-Driven Discovery Initiative, which seeks to advance the practice of data-intensive science and take advantage of the increasing volume, velocity, and variety of scientific data available to spur new discoveries.

The goal of the program is to support research by individuals who exemplify multidisciplinary, data-driven science. These innovators are striking out in new directions and are willing to take risks that have the potential to deliver a huge payoff with respect to some aspect of data-intensive science.

Successful applicants must make a strong case for developments in the natural sciences (biology, physics, astronomy, etc.) or science-enabling methodologies (statistics, machine learning, scalable algorithms, etc.); applicants that credibly combine the two are especially encouraged. (Please note: the program does not fund disease research.)

The foundation expects to award about fifteen five-year grants of up to $1.5 million each.


AstraZeneca Healthcare Foundation Invites Proposals for Community Cardiovascular Health Projects

· Deadline: February 27, 2014 by 5:00 P.M. E.T.

· Amount: $150,000 per year minimum

The AstraZeneca Healthcare Foundation, the philanthropic arm of biopharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca,  is inviting proposals from nonprofit organizations in the United States for projects/initiatives designed to improve cardiovascular health in their communities.

The foundation's Connections for Cardiovascular Health program supports projects that address unmet needs related to cardiovascular health in the community; respond to the urgency around addressing cardiovascular health issues, including cardiovascular disease or conditions contributing to cardiovascular disease; and/or improve quality of life for patients and non-professional caregivers.

The minimum grant award typically is $150,000 per year.

To qualify for a grant, nonprofit organizations must be engaged in charitable work that addresses cardiovascular health at the community level.


Christopher Reeve Foundation Invites Applications for 2014 Quality of Life Grants

· Deadline: March 1, 2014

· Amount: up to $25,000

The Christopher Reeve Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for programs that improve the daily lives of people with paralysis caused by spinal cord and other injuries, diseases, and birth conditions, including (but not limited to) stroke, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Quality of Life grants are intended to recognize and support organizations that help disabled individuals, their families, and caregivers in ways that give them increased independence, day-to-day happiness, and improved access. Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations that provide life-enhancing and life-changing programs and services that improve the physical and emotional health of disabled individuals, their families, and caregivers.

The foundation gives special consideration to organizations serving returning wounded military and their families, and to those that provide targeted services to diverse cultural communities. Quality of Life grants are most often awarded to nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, but they may also be awarded to other organizations such as community parks, schools, veterans hospitals, and tribal entities.


Kessler Foundation Invites Proposals to Conduct Employment Status Survey of People With Disabilities

· Deadline: March 3, 2014 by 5:00 P.M. E.S.T.

· Amount: up to $500,000

The Kessler Foundation is seeking proposals from qualified public and nonprofit teams experienced in survey research and design to conduct a comprehensive survey on the employment status of working age persons (ages 18 to 64) with disabilities. 

The objective of this nationally representative survey is to inform the general public, disability advocates, the business community, government, funders, and others about the status of employment for individuals with disabilities. This information can be used for research, employment recruitment and hiring, policy development, and grantmaking. Candidates are expected to design the survey instrument as well as sampling and data collection methodologies; select or acquire survey samples; collect, process, and analyze data; and prepare a written report of survey results.

The project is expected to begin on or about June 1, 2014, and must be completed by April 30, 2015.  Survey results will be released publicly in July 2015 for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Organizations may apply for a one-year grant of up to $500,000.

To be eligible, applicants must be tax-exempt entities under the Internal Revenue Code, including U.S.-based nonprofit organizations, public/ private schools, and public institutions such as universities and government.


Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation Invites Letters of Intent for Biomarker-Based Clinical Trials in Humans

· Deadline: Quarterly (March 5, June 5, September 5, and December 5)

· Amount: up to $1.5Million

Alzheimer’s disease treatments have been shown to be safe and have some positive effect when tested in animal models. However, many of these potentially successful drugs have not been brought to human trials because of the increased cost and risk.

The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation is responding to this problem through the Program to Accelerate Clinical Trials, an initiative to increase the number of innovative drugs tested in humans for Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias, and cognitive aging.

The program will fund biomarker-based pilot clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease and in some cases will also support Phase I safety testing and IND-enabling studies to accelerate new drugs into trials. ADDF also is interested in supporting targeted pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to prevention and clinical biomarker development programs.

ADDF is particularly interested in projects to test drugs approved for other indications in Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials, as well and therapies that address the following targets: energy utilization/mitochondria function, insulin sensitivity, protein degradation/autophagy, ApoE function and cholesterol metabolism, vesicular trafficking, inflammatory pathways, synaptic function/morphology, calcium regulation, myelin changes, ischemia and oxidative stress, vascular injury, and the blood-brain barrier interface.

Grants of up to $1.5 million will be awarded to selected projects.

Applications may be submitted by nonprofit academic institutions and for-profit biotechnology companies, both public and private, around the world.

In 2014, ADDF will be accepting applications on a quarterly basis (March 5, June 5, September 5, and December 5). A Letter of Intent is due two weeks prior to each deadline.


Kessler Foundation Offers Grants for New Jersey-Based Job Programs for People With Disabilities

· Deadline: March 14, 2014 by 4:00 P.M.

· Amount: up to $50,000

The Kessler Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities through discovery, innovation, demonstration, application, and dissemination. To that end, the foundation has announced a Request for Proposals focused on supporting projects, primarily in New Jersey, that increase employment and career opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

The program seeks to support projects, programs, capacity-building efforts, pilot initiatives, and creative solutions focused on job placement, education, training, and retention for New Jersey citizens with disabilities. These solutions must be designed to improve the employment landscape and lead to full- or part-time employment, thereby providing life-enhancing independence and economic self-sufficiency. Priority will be given to projects serving individuals with mobility disabilities, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, epilepsy, and other impairments caused primarily by neuromuscular disorders. The RFP requires that 65 percent of the target grant population meet these criteria.

Tax-exempt organizations serving New Jersey residents are eligible to apply. This includes nonprofits, public/private schools, and public institutions. The foundation will accept applications from groups based outside of New Jersey as long as the proposed grant projects take place in New Jersey and serve New Jersey residents.

The program typically awards one-year grants of up to $50,000. 


Foundation Fighting Blindness Invites Applications for Early Career Development Awards

· Deadline: March 15, 2014

· Amount: up to $375,000 over 5 yrs

The Foundation Fighting Blindness invites applications from outstanding early career clinical research scientists for its Career Development Award program, which is designed to encourage junior investigators to pursue vigorous research designed to identify therapies and cures for retinal degenerative diseases such as inherited orphan retinal degenerative diseases and non-exudative age-related macular degeneration.

The goal of the program is to facilitate advances in laboratory and clinical research; to elucidate the mechanisms for the etiology and pathogenesis of RDDs; to develop innovative strategies to prevent, treat, and cure these diseases; and to jump-start the careers of highly-qualified junior clinical researchers.

At least two five-year awards of up to $375,000 will be available. All award recipients must be mentored by one or more senior clinician-scientist.

Eligible applicants include clinician-scientists possessing an M.D., D.O., or recognized equivalent foreign degree and who are in their first, second, or third year of a junior faculty appointment. Applicants do not have to be citizens of the United States.


New York Community Trust Invites Proposals for 2014 Heiser Program for Research in Leprosy

· Deadline: March 20, 2014

· Amount: up to $70,000 over 2 yrs

The New York Community Trust is accepting applications for the 2014 Heiser Program for Research in Leprosy, a grant program established by the late Dr. Victor Heiser to support basic laboratory research directed at a better understanding of leprosy and its bacterial agent.

The program provides support to basic scientists to allow them to contribute to the global goal of true leprosy elimination — in particular, the application of new and available tools toward diagnosis and blocking transmission, but also to investigate mechanisms of nerve damage and reactions; the development of more effective chemoprophylaxis, immunoprophylaxis, and rapid bactericidal drugs to treat active disease; and a better understanding of the organism, its origins, its pathogenicity, and the immunological spectrum the bacilli can induce. The program also supports investigations related to the use of the genome of M. leprae to identify new drug targets and immunologically important molecules.

In 2014, the program will award two-year research grants of up to $70,000 in support of qualified projects.

To be eligible, applications should come from laboratories that have experience in leprosy research and have demonstrable ongoing, productive interactions with corresponding laboratories in endemic regions and/or leprosy field sites.


Human Frontier Science Program Invites Applications for Innovative Life Science Research

· Deadline: March 20, 2014 (Registration-required); March 27, 2014 for Letter of Intent (required)

· Amount: up to $1,350,000 over 3 yrs

The Human Frontier Science Program, which supports international collaborations in basic life science research, is inviting grant applications in support of innovative approaches to understanding complex mechanisms of living organisms.

HFSP offers two areas of funding — Program grants and Young Investigator grants. Program grants are designed for independent scientists at all stages of their careers, while Young Investigator grants are for members of research teams who are within five years of establishing an independent laboratory and within ten years of obtaining their Ph.D.s. Both provide three years of support for two- to four- member teams, with no more than one member from any one country (unless that is critical for the innovative nature of the project). Applicants are expected to develop novel lines of research distinct from their ongoing research.

Awards are dependent on team size; successful teams will receive up to $450,000 per year. The principal applicant must be located in one of the HFSP member countries, but co-investigators may be located in any country.

Once applicants are registered and receive a reference number, they must submit Letters of Intent by March 27, 2014. Applicants will be notified in July 2014 whether they are invited to submit a full application, which will be due in September 2014.


International Foundation for Ethical Research Invites Applications for Graduate Fellowships

· Deadline: March 30, 2014

· Amount: $15,000

The International Foundation for Ethical Research supports the development, validation, and implementation of innovative scientific methodologies that advance science and replace the use of animals in research, testing, and education. To that end, the foundation is accepting applications for the IFER Graduate Fellowship Program from graduate students whose program of study shows the greatest potential to replace the use of animals in science.

Grants of up $15,000 will be awarded for the development of alternatives to the use of animals in research, testing, and education to students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs in the sciences, and human or veterinary medicine. The fellowships are renewable annually for up to three years. Continued funding is dependent on student progress and availability of funds.

Fellowships also will be considered for graduate students in other fields (e.g., education, psychology, humanities, journalism, and the law) for projects that show promise to increase public awareness of or promote changes in the legal system or public policy regarding the use of animals in research, testing, and education.


Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws That Improve Health - 2014 Call for Proposals

· Deadline: April 15, 2014, 3:00 P.M. E.T.

· Amount: up to $200,000

Purpose

Public Health Law Research (PHLR) is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The goal of this program is to build the evidence for and increase the use of effective regulatory, legal and policy solutions—whether statutes, regulations, case law or other policies—to protect and improve population health and the public health system. This program contributes to the Foundation’s commitment to creating a culture of health in our country by providing the best possible evidence and examples of the impact of legal strategies on health.

Total Awards

· Awards up to 18 months and up to $150,000 each will be funded through this round. Applicants may request up to $200,000 with strong justification for additional study expenses.

· Up to $1.25 million will be available under this Call for Proposals (CFP).

· Mapping studies–legal research that creates a multi-jurisdictional dataset of laws suitable for quantitative research--may also be funded in this category, but budgets for these mapping projects should not exceed $50,000 or 12-months duration.

Key Dates

February 5, 2014 (2:30-3:30 p.m. ET)
Optional applicant Web conference call. Please visit the program’s website for complete details. Registration is required.

April 15, 2014 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of full proposals.

Mid-September, 2014
Finalists notified of funding recommendations.

November 1, 2014
Grants initiated.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Preference will be given to those applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or a tribal group recognized by the U.S. federal government, or affiliated with a tribal group recognized by the U.S. federal government. Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories at the time of application. The focus of this program is the United States; studies involving other countries will be considered only to the extent they directly inform U.S. law and policy.

Consistent with RWJF values, this program embraces diversity and inclusion across multiple dimensions such as race, ethnicity, gender, age and disadvantaged socioeconomic status. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who will help us expand the perspectives and experiences we bring to our work. We believe that the more we include diverse perspectives and experiences in our work, the better able we are to help all Americans live healthier lives and get the care they need.


American Cancer Society Requests Proposals for Research on Role of Health Care, Insurance in Improving Cancer Prevention/Treatment

· Deadline: April 1, 2014

· Amount: up to $800,000 over 4 yrs

The American Cancer Society has issued a Request for Proposals designed to stimulate research that will generate new knowledge of the effects of the United States healthcare system structure and the role of insurance on both access to and outcomes of cancer screening, early detection, and treatment services.

Studies investigating how one or more factors affecting access and outcomes interact — such as insurance status, costs, capacity, personal characteristics, provider characteristics, components of the healthcare delivery system, and other known factors — are encouraged. Studies may be at the state, multistate, or national levels, or otherwise involve large populations.

Potential areas of investigation include but are not limited to how the structure and capacity of the healthcare system affects appropriate and timely access to cancer screening, early detection, treatment, and palliative care services; the provider and system factors that affect treatment patterns and quality of cancer care within the current healthcare systems; and the exploration of life course patterns across the entire spectrum of cancer care (from prevention and screening through diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and supportive/palliative care) by linking diverse data sources for broad patient populations.

The program will award grants of up to $200,000 per year. Projects may not exceed a period of four years, although it is anticipated that most grantees will require no more than two years to complete the research.


Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation Seeks Applications for Innovative Youth Programs

· Deadline: April 30, 2014 (Pre-Applications)

· Amount: $25,000

Founded in 1997, the Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation aims to help underprivileged youth reach their full potential by supporting youth-serving organizations.

To that end, the foundation awards grants of $25,000 to untested youth programs that lead to breakthrough results in supporting underprivileged youth. In the past, funded programs have ranged from credit union savings projects, intensive tutoring, afterschool daycare and  art classes, health workshops, and neighborhood tour guide programs.

To be eligible, organizations must be considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and serve youth in the greater metropolitan areas of Philadelphia (including Camden), Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, Madison (WI), San Francisco, and/or Washington, D.C.


ASPB Plant Biology Learning Objectives, Outreach Materials & Education Grant

· Deadline: May 1, 2014

· Amount: up to $50,000

 The ASPB Education Foundation is accepting proposals from members of the American Society of Plant Biologists for education and outreach activities that advance knowledge and appreciation of plant biology.

In the past, ASPB’s plant biology education grants were capped at $30,000. This year, grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to support education and outreach projects that enrich and promote youth, student, and general public understanding of the importance of plants. Projects can cover a wide range of concepts, including the use of plants for sustainable production of medicine, food, fibers, and fuels; the critical role plants play in sustaining functional ecosystems in changing environments; the latest developments in plant biotechnologies, including genetic modifications that improve the quality and disease- and stress-resistance of crops; discoveries made in plants that have led to improved human health and well-being; and careers related to plant biology.

To be eligible, the project's manager must be a current member of ASPB. Applications will be accepted beginning February 1, 2014.  Winning projects must spend all grant funds by September 1, 2014; in special cases, an extension of this deadline will be considered if requested by August 1, 2014.


William T. Grant Foundation Invites Applications for Youth Social Setting Research Projects

· Deadline: May 6, 2014 by 3:00 P.M. E.S.T. (Letters of Inquiry)

· Amount: up to $600,000

The William T. Grant Foundation is accepting applications from organizations looking to understand how youth settings work, how they affect youth development, and how they can be improved.

Grants of up to $600,000 will be awarded for research projects that address theory, policy, and/or practice affecting the settings of youth between the ages of 8 and 25 in the United States. Social settings are defined as the social environments in which youth experience daily life. This includes environments with clear boundaries such as classrooms, schools, and youth-serving organizations, as well as those with less prescribed boundaries such as neighborhoods or other settings in which youth interact with peers, family members, and other adults.


Horses and Humans Foundation Issues Call for Research on Therapeutic Effects of Horses on Veterans

· Deadline: May 15, 2014

· Amount: $50,000 over 18 months

Through investment in rigorous research, the Horses and Humans Research Foundation serves as a catalyst to advance knowledge of horses and their potential impact on the health and wellness of people.

With support from the Caisson Platoon Equine Assisted Programs, the foundation has announced an open call for grant proposals for research projects designed to investigate the therapeutic effects of equine-assisted activities on military veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury.

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis, taking into account scientific merit, scientific and clinical significance, and relevance. Priority will be given to investigators with solid credentials and research experience.

The average grant award is $50,000 for up to an eighteen-month period.

Information for applicants, including application materials, previously funded projects, and review guidelines, are available at the Horses and Humans Research Foundation Web site.


French-American Jazz Exchange Invites Applications for Collaborative Projects

· Deadline: May 30, 2014

· Amount:  $25,000

The French-American Jazz Exchange, a partnership of the Cultural Service of the French Embassy, the French American Cultural Exchange, and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, seeks to foster the creative and professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States through the collaborative investigation of artistic practice and exposure to new audiences, musical concepts, and professional relationships.

FAJE supports projects jointly conceived by French and American professional jazz artists that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue, and contribute to the dynamism of the art form. Each FAJE project consists of a lead partner from one country working with a collaborating partner from the other country. Lead and collaborating partners may be either individual artists or ensembles. Projects may take place either in France or the U.S. and their respective territories within a sixteen-month period (September 1, 2014, to December 31, 2015).

FAJE will award grants of up to $25,000 per project.  Funding may be applied toward artist stipends, communications, equipment and space rentals, fiscal sponsor fees (if applicable), marketing, project-related agent/management fees, recording and production fees, shipping, travel-related expenses (international airfare, domestic travel, accommodations, and per diem costs), and visa fees.

Additional support will be available to artists who previously received funding through FAJE for touring in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. Presenters in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia will be eligible to receive fee subsidies for booking selected artists funded through the program beginning in the 2014-15 season.


Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Seeks Proposals to Strengthen Secondary Education

Deadline: Ongoing

Amount: between $100,000 to $200,000

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations supports innovative professional development programs that strengthen teachers in grades 9-12 and their teaching.

Projects may cover a wide range of initiatives intended to improve teaching.  For example, projects might be designed to improve professional development for in-service and pre-service teachers, strengthen teaching skills, support practical research in teacher and high school education, or encourage innovative use of technology and new techniques for presentation of classroom materials in high schools.

Projects should aim to develop solutions with potential for wide application or replication by others. Requests to support well-established programs should be for initiatives with the potential to improve the program significantly.  Special consideration will be given to projects in their early stages that address the concerns and problems of secondary education on a national level.  In considering proposals to support high school teaching, sustained partnerships between the faculties of colleges (e.g., arts and sciences and education) and school districts, or collaborative efforts involving reform organizations, colleges/universities, and high schools are encouraged.

Eligible institutions include but are not limited to public and private colleges and universities, graduate schools of education, and freestanding educational institutes.

Grants will range from $100,000 to an upper limit of $200,000