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Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) - Large Grants Funding Opportunities for 2014




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The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) located in the United Kingdom announced it will offer its Large Grants Facility program this year.  “The Humanitarian Innovation Fund supports organizations and individuals to identify, nurture and share innovative solutions to the challenges facing operational agencies in the delivery of effective humanitarian aid.”  The HIF defines innovations as “dynamic processes which focus on the creation and implementation of new or improved products and services, processes, positions and paradigms.  Successful innovations are those that result in improvements in efficiency, effectiveness, quality or social outcomes/impacts.  They consist of 5 broadly defined stages:  recognition, invention, development, implementation and diffusion.” 

The HIF expects that innovations should obviously have the ability to improve operational humanitarian performance.  HIF offers “grants from 75,000 to 150,000 for the:

  • Development of an innovation by creating practical, actionable plans and guidelines.
  • Implementation of an innovation to produce real examples of changed practice, testing the innovation to see how it compares to existing solutions.
04/15/14 05/06/14

HRSA -R40 MCH Autism Intervention Research Program




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The Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau/Office of Epidemiology and Research is accepting applications for a new funding initiative entitled “R40 MCH Autism Intervention Research Program.”   The purpose of this program is to support innovative applied and translational research to advance the evidence base on the effectiveness of interventions to improve the health and well-being of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD).  There are three separate grant competitions offered under this program. The anticipated total annual funding available for this program is $400k. 04/11/14 05/12/14

Allen Distinguished Investigators Program for 2014 - Artificial Intelligence Focus


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This program is seeking to fund a select group of investigators to “pursue new, pioneering research in academic settings that, collectively, ‘move the needle’ towards answering broad scientific questions.”  Successful proposals will incorporate “novel, creative, and ambitious approaches.”  This program is very interested in proposals that are unlikely to receive funding from traditional governmental support sources.  The Foundation expects to fund between five to eight projects with a total of $1M-$2M for each project over a period of three years.  04/21/14 05/30/14

W.W. Smith Charitable Trust Cancer and AIDS Research Grant Program for 2014

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The W. W. Smith Charitable Trust awards medical grants in three areas--heart, cancer and AIDS research.  The Trust provides awards to young investigators in universities, hospitals and research centers in order to pursue innovative basic medical research projects that can attract financial support from other large funding organizations after the Trust’s support has ended.  The Trust strongly encourages new or less recognized investigators to apply for funding and also generally encourages seed funding of unique or high priority projects. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or provide valid visa and alien registration materials. Awards are generally $100k for one year (including institutional overhead, which the Trust limits to 10 percent of the total budget).  05/2/14 06/15/14

Brain Research Foundation - Scientific Innovations Award in Neuroscience for 2015


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The Brain Research Foundation has invited Johns Hopkins to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the 2015 Scientific Innovations Award (SIA) in Neuroscience. The program’s main objective is to support projects in both basic and clinical neuroscience that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of generating key findings.  “It is expected that investigations supported by these grants will yield high impact findings and result in major grant applications and significant publications in high impact journals.”

This grant should not be used for “bridge funding.”  Each award will be limited to $150,000 (direct costs) for a two-year grant period from the specified dates provided by the Foundation upon approval of the proposal/application. 05/02/14 07/01/14


American Diabetes Association's Patheway to Stop Diabetes


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The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has announced the “Pathway to Stop Diabetes” program for 2014-2015. The Pathway program is a bold initiative to radically transform diabetes research with the vision of finding a new generation of brilliant scientists at the peak of their creativity--regardless of their current field of study--and equip them with the freedom, autonomy and resources to set them on the road to breakthrough discoveries.

The Initiator Award offers research support of up to $1.625M over seven (7) years.  This two-phased funding is designed to support the transition from trainee to independent investigator and is available to individuals currently in research training positions with no more than seven (7) years of training following their terminal doctoral degree (Phase I: up to $200K over 2 years; Phase II: up to $1.425M over five years).

The Accelerator Award offers research support of up to $1.625M over five (5) years (including 30 percent indirect costs).  This program is available to individuals with full-time faculty research positions and established records of independent research productivity in two categorie

05/09/14 07/01/14

William T. Grant Scholars Program for 2014


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The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports research conducted by promising young investigators in the social, behavioral, and health sciences, aimed at understanding and improving theory policy and practice for youth.  The Foundation will accept Scholars applications on the following three topics for the 2014-2015 program year:

  • Reducing inequality
  • Understanding the use of research evidence, and
  • Understanding social settings.

In all cases, applicants should include a strong theoretical foundation and a clear conceptual framework that leads to the research questions and data collection plan. 

Awards of $350K are distributed during a five-year period. 05/05/14 07/09/14


Hartwell IBRA 2014


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Limited submission form for Hartwell IBRA 2014

On April 15, 2014,  the Hartwell Foundation selected Johns Hopkins University as one of its top ten centers in Biomedical Research for 2014 which makes Hopkins eligible to participate in the 2014 competition for the Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award Program.  The Hartwell Foundation provides funding for transformative early stage, innovative and cutting-edge biomedical research that has not yet qualified for significant funding from outside sources, and that has the potential to benefit children of the United States.  Faculty members at any level are encouraged to apply.  The Foundation will select individuals to receive an award that will provide research support totaling $300,000 (distributed in increments of $100,000 each year for a period of three years). 05/28/14 09/15/14


Searle Scholars Program for 2014


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The Searle Scholars Program supports the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry at selected academic institutions.  Applicants should be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences and must have started their first appointment as an assistant professor on a tenure track on or after July 1, 2013.  This award is not intended to support purely clinical research but has funded research programs that include both clinical and basic components.

Anticipated funding is $300,000 for three years, with $100,000 paid each year pending acceptance of an annual progress report.  Up to 25 percent of an individual's salary may be charged to the grant, together with allowable fringe benefits.  (The Scholar’s salary plus benefits charged to the grant must not exceed $25,000.)   06/16/14 09/26/14

Pew Scholars Program for 2014-2015

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The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences supports the independent research conducted by young investigators of outstanding promise in sciences relevant to the advancement of human health.  The Pew Charitable Trusts especially encourages proposals that are creative, innovative, and risk-taking.  Applicants must hold a doctorate in medicine or the biomedical sciences.  On July 1, 2014, eligible candidates must have held an appointment as assistant professor for less than three years.  (Time spent at more than one institution and in clinical internships, residencies, or work toward board certification does not count.) 

The award of $240,000 ($60,000 each year for a period of four years) may be used for personnel, equipment, supplies, or travel.  However, no more than $10,000 a year may be used for the Scholar’s salary, including fringe benefits.  Overhead is limited to eight (8) percent of the total award

06/16/14 11/01/14

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