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Spencer Foundation: Large Research Grants on Education

Grant Amount: Between $125,000 and $500,000
Deadline: Intent to Apply Due January 26, 2022
Category: Education,
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The Large Research Grants on Education Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets ranging from $125,000 up through $500,000 for projects ranging from one to five years.

This program is “field-initiated,” meaning that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, or method. Our goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education. We seek to support scholarship that develops new foundational knowledge that may have a lasting impact on educational discourse.

This program supports proposals from multiple disciplinary and methodological perspectives, both domestically and internationally, from scholars at various stages in their career. We anticipate that proposals will span a wide range of topics and disciplines that innovatively investigate questions central to education, including for example education, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, law, economics, history, or neuroscience, amongst others.

Please contact Gwen Allouch if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Simons Foundation: Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians

Grant Amount: Up to $42,000 over five years
Deadline: January 26, 2022
Category: Mathematics,
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The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences division invites applications for Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians to stimulate collaboration in the field primarily through the funding of travel and related expenditures.

The goal of the program is to substantially increase collaborative contacts between accomplished, active mathematicians in the United States who do not otherwise have access to funding that could provide support for travel and visitors.

Awards will be based on the quality and significance of the applicant’s previous research and the likely impact the collaboration grant will have on future research, both for the applicant and the applicant’s graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows. Other criteria include publication in high-quality journals, the applicant’s current and recent Ph.D. students, as well as the applicant’s travel goals and general research activity.

Each collaboration grant provides $8,400 per year for up to five years: $6,000 per year for collaboration, travel and research funds for the awardee; $1,000 per year in discretionary funds for the awardee’s department to enhance the research atmosphere of the department; and 20 percent ($1,400) per year in indirect costs. The five-year grant will commence September 1, 2022.

Please contact Daniel Hadley if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Rising Tide Foundation: Freedom in Practice Grants To Improve Quality of Life

Grant Amount: Commensurate with project scope
Deadline: Letters of Inquiry accepted on a rolling basis
Category: Societal Change; Quality of Life,
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The Rising Tide Foundation, which aims to promote freedom to improve the quality of life everywhere, was created with the belief that those who are most vulnerable to critical issues and who are willing and ready to take on responsibility are the most effective agents of change and should contribute as members of society with a spirit of freedom to solve their own problems.

To that end, the foundation invites applications for its Freedom in Practice program, which will award grants in support of projects that articulate and promote the core beliefs of the foundation, have the potential to eliminate obstacles that impede creative individuals, and give a “hand-up” rather than just a “hand-out.” Specifically, the foundation seeks projects aimed at developing private-sector solutions to societal problems; offering solutions to the problems created by government and “crony capitalist” interventions; offering strategies for making such interventions unnecessary and unattractive going forward; enhancing individuals’ capacities for self-determination, individual choice, and peaceful, voluntary cooperation in society; and discovering methods to teach freedom in more effective ways or to new audiences.

Letters of Intent are accepted on a rolling basis, and selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Please contact Daniel Hadley if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Ploughshares Fund: Projects to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

Grant Amount: Up to $75,000 for one year
Deadline: Concept Note due February 15, 2022
Category: Indigenous impact, Nuclear Weapons; Environmental impact; nuclear policy,
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Ploughshares Fund is looking for any project that makes progress on nuclear issues toward the eventual elimination of weapons. Projects may cover a wide range of subjects and produce varying outputs. To improve the long-term health of the nuclear policy community, the RFP is focused on providing support for a stronger and more diverse pipeline of leaders who are new in their careers and/or new to the nuclear field, and widening the network of voices working together to eliminate nuclear weapons, with an emphasis on supporting grassroots and frontline community leaders.

Projects submitted for consideration should meet the following criteria:

The project should demonstrate a connection to or rationale for how it either advances nuclear weapons issues (such as, but not limited to, arms control, disarmament, the impact of nuclear weapons production or use on Indigenous and other frontline communities, environmental impact, current nuclear policies or posture, or nonproliferation); or changes the environment surrounding nuclear weapons issues (such as the internal transformation of nuclear policy civil society institutions).

The project should fit within one or more of the following areas of focus: challenging racism and white supremacy in nuclear policies and institutions; building actionable connections between nuclear weapons issues and other issue areas (such as climate, labor, immigration) to address militarism’s influence on foreign and domestic policies, globally; and examining and dismantling the military-industrial complex.

The project should work to address the current diversity and equity imbalance in the nuclear field and amplify and expand the use of an intersectional lens in nuclear issues. This can be demonstrated through project staff composition or through the project goals.

Please contact Daniel Hadley if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Hearing Health Foundation: Emerging Research Grants

Grant Amount: Up to $50,000 per year, with possible extension of one year
Deadline: February 25, 2022
Category: Early-career; Audiology; Hearing Loss; Balance,
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Through the Emerging Research Grants (ERG) program, Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) provides seed money to researchers with innovative approaches to hearing and balance science. HHF now welcomes applications for the 2022–2023 grant cycle.

Early-career Researchers are invited to apply under the General Hearing Health grant opportunity. (ECRs are also invited to apply to any topic-specific grant opportunities listed below.) Under “General Hearing Health,” HHF welcomes proposals on any topic in hearing or balance research, including but not limited to:

  • Age-related hearing loss
  • Auditory and vestibular implants; hearing aids
  • Central Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of hearing loss and balance disturbance
  • Epidemiology of auditory and vestibular disorders
  • Hearing loss in children and pediatric hearing disorders
  • Human genetics and mouse models of peripheral and central auditory/balance dysfunction
  • Human otopathology
  • Hyperacusis
  • Innovation in cellular and molecular therapies
  • Ménière’s disease
  • Physiology of hearing and balance
  • Tinnitus
  • Usher syndrome
  • Vestibular disorders

General Hearing Health grants are restricted to Early Career Researchers, which HHF defines as researchers no more than 7 years from their most recent terminal degree or medical residency as at the application deadline.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute: Neuroscience and Stem Cell Early Career Research Awards

Grant Amount: $1.5 Million over 5 years
Deadline: February 16, 2022
Category: Neuroscience; Stem Cells; Early Career,
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Robertson Neuroscience Investigator Award 
NYSCF is soliciting applications from early career investigators for awards in neuroscience. The goal of this initiative is to foster innovative scientists whose pioneering approaches have the potential to transform the field of neuroscience.

For the 2022 application cycle, applicants are invited to apply from all fields in neuroscience. NYSCF is committed to supporting a broad range of neuroscience research areas representative of the field, taking into account the immense progress and changes in the field in the last decade. To that end, NYSCF especially encourages applications from neuroscientists whose research areas may be under-supported by traditional funding mechanisms and/or underrepresented in the field as a whole or underrepresented by previous recipients of the Awards.

Link to Complete RFP

Robertson Stem Cell Investigator Award 
NYSCF is soliciting applications from early career investigators for awards to be used for exploring the basic biology and translational potential of stem cells. The aim of this initiative is to support highly innovative, emerging scientists whose pioneering approaches have the potential to transform the field of stem cell research, and advance understanding and use of stem cells in the development of treatments for human disease.
NYSCF is eager to support scientists who have just started their independent laboratories, and we strongly encourage applicants looking to secure their first major grant funding as an independent investigator.

Link to Complete RFP

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Charles Koch Foundation: Trade Policy Research Grants

Grant Amount: Commensurate with project scope
Deadline: Rolling
Category: Trade; Policy; Economy,
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The Charles Koch Foundation partners with social entrepreneurs to remove the barriers that prevent people from reaching their potential and supports research that explores the key issues of society and funding innovations in postsecondary education.

To that end, the foundation invites proposals for research and related projects aimed at bridging the gap between theory and practice and contributing to contemporary debates around important trade-policy issues. The foundation is especially interested in research related to the following topics:

Getting Our Approach to Trade with China Right: This includes examining the potential impact of China’s mega-initiatives on the United States, such as the Belt and Road Initiative or China’s large-scale investments in Africa. Efforts could be along economic, social, diplomatic, and/or security lines; exploring issues and topics related to U.S-China trade and foreign direct investment and implications for national security; examining how to better protect U.S. intellectual property in China and other markets; exploring the impact of Chinese tech theft and commercial espionage on American businesses; examining the real threat of China as compared to the threat claimed by domestic interest groups, businesses, think tanks, and the media; exploring opportunities for U.S.-China economic cooperation; and exploring the role of the WTO in dispute settlement.

National Industrial Policy: This includes assessing the historical track record of national industrial policy in the United States; conducting a comparative analysis of countries’ industrial policies, with a focus on possible lessons for the United States; and exploring alternative means of achieving the stated goals of national industrial policy, e.g., increasing innovation, productivity growth, unemployment gains, etc.

Free Trade and Flourishing: This includes examining the impact and value of free trade agreements, especially in comparison to managed trade agreements, and presenting solutions to any concentrated costs that free trade agreements may cause.

Please contact Daniel Hadley if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood

Grant Amount: Up to $50,000
Deadline: Letters of Inquiry due January 31, 2022
Category: Child; Education; Welfare; Parenting,
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The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports promising research and development projects that appear likely to improve the welfare of young children, from infancy through 7 years, in the United States. Welfare is broadly defined to include physical and mental health, safety, nutrition, education, play, familial support, acculturation, societal integration and childcare.

Grants are only made if a successful project outcome will likely be of significant interest to other professionals, within the grantee’s field of endeavor, and would have a direct benefit and potential national application. The Foundation’s goal is to provide seed money to implement those imaginative proposals that exhibit the greatest chance of improving the lives of young children, on a national scale.

Grants are made in the areas of:

  • early childhood welfare
  • early childhood education and play
  • parenting education

Grants typically range between $25,000 and $50,000. LOIs are due January 31, 2022.

Please contact Gwen Allouch if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Global Innovation Fund: Innovative Impact Grants

Grant Amount: $50,000 - $15 Million
Deadline: Rolling
Category: Global; Innovation; Development,
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The Global Innovation Fund invests in the development, rigorous testing, and scaling up of new products, services, business process, or policy reforms that are more cost-effective than current practice and targeted at improving the lives of the world’s poorest people.

GIF defines ‘innovation’ broadly to include new business models, policy practices, technologies, behavioural insights, or ways of delivering products and services that benefit the poor in developing countries — any solution that has potential to address an important development problem more effectively than existing approaches.
We accept applications working in any sector in any developing country.

Any type of organisation may apply. It is recommended that individual innovators, entrepreneurs, or researchers apply through an affiliated organisation.

We seek out innovations we believe have the greatest potential to improve the lives of millions of people living in poverty and only select those innovations which:
1. Are focussed on the poor.
2. Are novel approaches which are not commonplace.
3. Can improve upon alternatives solutions.
4. Are backed by evidence of potential impact.
5. Can be widely applied in many different settings.
6. Have the potential to scale to reach millions of people.
7. Are led by strong and dynamic teams.
8. Are ready for investment.
9. Will generate new knowledge on what works.
10. Have a clear role for GIF.

Please contact Daniel Hadley if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: Therapeutics Development Award Program

Grant Amount: $600,000 or $3-5 Million
Deadline: Rolling
Category: Cystic Fibrosis; Therapeutics; Drug Discovery,
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The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is accepting Letters of Intent for its Therapeutics Development Award Program.

By supporting early to mid-phase drug development activities with both financial and technical support, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Therapeutics Development Award (TDA) program is designed to stimulate and de-risk CF drug development of novel therapies for cystic fibrosis. The program provides companies with funding and other resources in support of studies that may include drug discovery, pre-clinical safety, pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics (PK/PD), and clinical studies in people with CF through Phase 2 development. Awards will be made for either discovery or preclinical and initial clinical development activities (all therapeutic areas relevant to CF).

Applications will be considered in any therapeutic area that could benefit people with CF but are particularly encouraged in areas related to treating CF infections, CFTR modulation, mucus clearance (mucolytics and airway surface hydration), inflammation, chronic lung allograft dysfunction, CF-related diabetes, CF liver disease, and nutrition.

The TDA program provides two mechanisms of support:

Component I Awards: Funds up to $600,000 over two years will be awarded for early exploratory, discovery, and/or preclinical development studies.

Component II Awards: Considered for more advanced programs that generally have identified a clinical candidate and are moving into investigational new drug (IND)-enabling studies such as PK/PD, GLP toxicology, and Phase 1/2 clinical trials in CF patients. Component II awards are typically supported at a level of up to $3 million to $5 million for two or more years and require substantial matching funds. Only direct costs are covered.

Both U.S.-based and non-U.S. based (i.e., international) companies engaged in research and development are invited to apply.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Innovative Research to Advance Racial Equity

Grant Amount: Commensurate with project scope
Deadline: Rolling
Category:
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Evidence for Action prioritizes research to evaluate specific interventions (e.g., policies, programs, practices) that have the potential to counteract the harms of structural and systemic racism and improve health, well-being, and equity outcomes. Our focus on racial equity means we are concerned both with the direct impacts of structural racism on the health and well-being of people and communities of color (e.g., Black, Latina/o/x, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, and other races and ethnicities), as well as the ways in which racism intersects with other forms of marginalization, such as having low income, being an immigrant, having a disability, or identifying as LGBTQ+2 or a gender minority.

This funding is geared toward studies about “upstream” causes of health inequities, such as the systems, structures, laws, policies, norms, and practices that determine the distribution of resources and opportunities, which in turn influence individuals’ options and behaviors. Research should center on the needs and experiences of communities exhibiting the greatest health burdens and be motivated by real-world priorities. It should be able to inform a specific course of action and/or establish beneficial practices, not stop at characterizing or documenting the extent of a problem.

While RWJF will consider research on various aspects of health equity, we prioritize studies of interventions that are designed to reduce race-based disparities (e.g., by confronting a root cause of disparities or targeting benefits to those experiencing the greatest burdens). RWJF is particularly interested in strategies focused on developing healthy and equitable communities; supporting the needs of children, families, and caregivers; and fostering alignment among health care, public health, and social service systems.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Simons Foundation: Targeted Grants in Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Grant Amount: Commensurate with project scope
Deadline: August 31, 2022
Category: Mathematics; physical sciences,
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The New York-based Simons Foundation was co-founded in 1994 by Jim and Marilyn Simons to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences.

To that end, the foundation invites applications for its Targeted Grants in Mathematics and Physical Sciences program, which is intended to support high-risk theoretical mathematics, physics, and computer science projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis. It provides flexible funding for up to five years. The foundation strongly encourages applications from scientists from underrepresented groups.

Candidates must be established U.S. or international public and private educational institutions or stand-alone research centers. Principal Investigators and co-Investigators must have a PhD and a tenure-track or tenured position at said institutions or centers. There are no citizenship or department requirements for PIs.

Applicants will be notified of a decision within two months of the LOI submission and those selected will be invited to submit a full proposal.

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Charles Koch Foundation: Foreign Policy Research Grants

Grant Amount: Commensurate with project scope
Deadline: Rolling
Category: Social Science; Foreign policy,
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The Charles Koch Foundation partners with social entrepreneurs to remove the barriers that prevent people from reaching their potential and supports research that explores the key issues of society and funding innovations in postsecondary education.

To that end, the foundation welcomes applications for its Foreign Policy Research Grants program, which provides support to scholars and research institutions interested in challenging the current foreign policy approach of the United States, providing alternative visions for U.S. foreign policy, and engaging in research that can bridge the gap between ideas and policy. While the foundation is especially interested in foreign policy research projects from the fields of political science, international relations, history, or economics, proposals from all fields will be considered on their merits.

The foundation is especially interested in work that explores topics and issues related to a grand strategy of restraint; examines the role of values and ethics in the formulation of U.S. foreign policy; addresses the unintended consequences of U.S. military actions abroad and explores the costs and impact of engagements in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and other places where significant counterterrorism efforts have been conducted; considers the impact of U.S. military engagement abroad on American society — for instance, the effect of our foreign policy decisions on civil liberties or the health and welfare of veterans; explores the concept of threat inflation and identifies the problematic nature of theories of credibility and reputation in relation to U.S. foreign policy; analyzes executive–legislative relations in foreign policy, including the constitutional division of war powers; examines the impact of domestic interest groups, businesses, think tanks, and the permanent national security bureaucracy on U.S. foreign policy; explores the growth of the intelligence and national security establishments since 9/11; surveys the costs, risks, and impacts of foreign aid and alliance commitments; studies the costs and benefits of burden-sharing and burden-shifting with current allies; scrutinizes Pentagon spending, force structure, and the strategic demands of U.S. defense policy — including structural incentives for military expenditures; considers the consequences of an increasingly multipolar world, especially as concerns principal geostrategic regions (e.g., Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and the Western Pacific); and explores how changes in technology (such as anti-access and area deferral, commonly referred to as A2/AD) that impact the offense-defense balance can be leveraged to support a sound approach to grand strategy.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health

Grant Amount: Commensurate with project scope
Deadline: Rolling
Category:
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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is working alongside others to help build a better, more equitable future where everyone living in the United States has a fair and just opportunity to live the healthiest life possible. We call that future a Culture of Health.

Pioneer investments explore emerging cultural, scientific, technological, environmental, economical and healthrelated trends, and support cutting-edge ideas in and beyond the fields of health and health care that have the potential to help and/or hinder our progress toward advancing health equity. We do this with the explicit goal of understanding and influencing the trajectory of these trends, by accelerating positive outcomes and averting or mitigating negative consequences.

Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health welcomes proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. We seek ideas that address any of RWJF’s Pioneer team’s four current areas of focus described below: 1) Future of Evidence; 2) Future of Social Interaction; 3) Future of Food; and 4) Future of Work. Additionally, under Open Exploration, also described below, this call for proposals seeks ideas that might fall outside of these four focus areas but which offer unique approaches to advancing health equity and our progress toward a Culture of Health.

Please let Lynn Wong know if you are planning to apply for this opportunity.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health

Grant Amount: Commensurate with project scope
Deadline: Rolling
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Evidence for Action (E4A), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), funds research that expands the evidence needed to build a Culture of Health. A Culture of Health is broadly defined as one in which good health and well-being flourish across geographic, demographic, and social sectors; public and private decision-making is guided by the goal of fostering equitable communities; and everyone has the opportunity to make choices that lead to healthy lifestyles. RWJF’s Culture of Health Action Framework, which was developed to catalyze a national movement toward improved health, well-being, and equity, guides E4A’s program strategy.

E4A’s mission is to support rigorously designed quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research that yields convincing findings about the population health, well being, and equity impacts of specific policies, programs and practices. We primarily target research that directly tests the impacts of interventions on health outcomes. Evidence generated through E4A should be useful to practitioners and policymakers in making decisions, setting priorities, and allocating resources. Accordingly, projects we fund should yield findings that are generalizable to other sites and/or populations. We are especially interested in research examining the health impacts of program or policy interventions that address factors outside the domain of health care services or public health practice.

Please let Lynn Wong know if you are planning to apply for this opportunity.

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The Commonwealth Fund: Grants to Improve Health Care Practice and Policy

Grant Amount: ~$180,000 for one year
Deadline: Letters of Inquiry accepted on a rolling basis
Category: Health Equity; Health Policy; Medicare; Medicaid,
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The mission of the Commonwealth Fund is to promote a high-performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, and people of color.

Funding program areas include:
Health Care Delivery System Reform
Health Care Coverage and Access
Advancing Health Equity
Controlling Health Care Costs
Federal and State Health Policy
International Health Policy and Practice Innovations
Advancing Medicare
Tracking Health System Performance
Medicaid

Within these programs, preference is given to proposals that seek to: clarify the scope of serious and neglected problems; develop, test, and evaluate the impact of practical, innovative models for addressing such problems; disseminate tools and models of care that have been proven to be effective; or analyze the impact of particular policies or trends. To review descriptions of funding priorities and lists of recently approved grants, please click on the programs above.

Please let Gwen Allouch know if you are planning to apply for this opportunity.

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Cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Newborn Screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Grant Amount: $100,000
Deadline: Rolling
Category: Health Sciences; Pediatrics; Spinal Muscular Atrophy,
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Cure SMA works for a world without spinal muscular atrophy, the number-one genetic cause of death for infants, and funds and directs research that drives breakthroughs in treatment and care and provides individuals with SMA and their families the support they need.

To that end, the organization invites applications for funding to Implement Newborn Screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded in support of activities that enable states to pre-symptomatically identify and treat pediatric SMA patients through the implementation of newborn-screening programs. Through this funding, Cure SMA intends to facilitate the ability of state laboratories to implement and conduct newborn screening for SMA.

Possible funded activities include but are not limited to:

Screening Implementation Support — Such as pilot screening, assay validation, additional personnel and staff training, equipment needed to perform the assay, and IT resources to perform the assay.

Data Gathering/Patient Follow-up and Support — Such as collection of data on infants identified as SMA positive via NBS, including but not limited to collaborations with Cure SMA and appropriate personnel/resources needed to ensure adequate patient referral/counseling.

See the Cure SMA website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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Dr. Howard W. Jones, Jr. Public Policy, Medical Education, or Scientific Advancement Prize

Grant Amount: $10,000
Deadline: Rolling
Category: Health Sciences; Reproductive Medicine, Public Policy; Medical Education,
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The Jones Foundation supports vital research in reproductive medicine through annual and multi-year funding grants. At the direction of the Board of Directors, the Jones Foundation currently supports translational research projects, educational programs and ethical seminars.

This prize is designed to recognize those whose contributions to public policy and/or medical education have significantly advanced the specialty of reproductive medicine.

The Foundation strives to provide resources to the scientific community so that there may be intellectual, creative and well prepared scientific leaders in the global environment of the 21st century by:

  • Fostering the development of innovative, high-quality research by new and established investigators in the field of reproductive medicine.
  • Educating the general public, including physicians, administrators and legislators, about the issues of public policy topics that will assist the general public and others in making informed decisions regarding fertility treatment and reproductive medical issues.
  • Serving as catalyst to scientific investigators by reviewing and selecting for an annual Award, one or more significant research projects that advanced the field of reproductive medicine.

The Medical Executive Committee of the Howard and Georgeanna Jones Foundation will review the credentials of the nominees and the awardee will be notified.

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Postdoctoral Enrichment Program in Biomedical Sciences

Grant Amount: $60,000 over three years
Deadline: January 14, 2021
Category: Health Sciences; Biomedical Sciences,
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The Postdoctoral Enrichment Program provides a total of $60,000 over three years to support the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution in the U.S. or Canada whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance to stellar careers in biomedical or medical research.

Generally, up to 12 awards will be granted for enrichment activities annually. This grant is meant to supplement the training of postdocs whose research activities are already supported. It is not a research grant.

The program provides a total of $60,000 over three years as follows:

– Year one: $20,000 to support enrichment activities of postdoctoral fellow ($10,000 for research supplies or equipment uniquely required to enhance postdoctoral fellow’s research and $10,000 for education and training, including for mentors in research lab where postdoctoral fellow is assigned.)
– Year two: $20,000 (same as year one)
– Year three:  $20,000 to help postdoctoral fellow advance research efforts towards the professoriate.  Funds must be used to develop independent, innovative areas of research.

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Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI): Supplement to Enhance Equity and Diversity Award

Grant Amount: Up to $300,000 over three years
Deadline: Open/Rolling
Category: Diversity, Health Sciences; Autism; Equity,
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The mission of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance.

Objectives
With the understanding that diversity in the scientific workforce is an important element for the goal of advancing autism science, SFARI announces a new program that will provide supplements to existing grants for the recruitment of new lab members from American underrepresented minority groups at the postdoctoral level. For the purposes of this supplement, eligible groups include the following: African American/Black; Latin American/Hispanic; Native American/Alaskan Native; Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander (including Filipino).

The goal of this award is to increase diversity and fight inequity. SFARI Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to recruit candi­­­­­­­­dates for this supplement not only at their home institution, but also at historically Black colleges and universities and other institutions with high minority enrollment. SFARI will not award supplements to fund current lab members, even if they are not funded by the original SFARI award.

To facilitate the academic success and independence of selected postdoctoral research associates, SFARI will organize networking opportunities with peer awardees, other SFARI grantees (including both early career and senior investigators) and SFARI staff.

As a condition for accepting the grant, the mentor and candidate must agree to work together to submit one or more applications for federal and/or non-federal postdoctoral fellowship awards before the end of the second year. Continuation of the award for a third year of funding is not contingent on success in these applications, but writing such proposals is an important part of training for future in science.

Level and Duration of Funding
Current PIs may request up to $100,000 per year for up to three years. This is intended to cover the full salary and fringe benefits of the selected postdoctoral research associate, travel and other professional development opportunities for the postdoctoral research associate, and the associated indirect costs. Funds may also be used to purchase additional lab supplies needed to accommodate the research plan but are limited to $10,000 per year.

PIs will be required to provide annual updates to SFARI on the new lab member’s productivity as part of their required project progress reports.

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The Laura and John Arnold Foundation: Demonstrating the Power of Evidence-Based Programs on Major U.S. Social Problems

Grant Amount: $1M to $5M
Deadline: Continuous
Category: Social Science, Social Work,
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A central goal of U.S. evidence-based policy reform is to focus government and philanthropic funding on social programs and practices (“interventions”) that have credible evidence of meaningful positive effects on people’s lives. The imperative for doing so is clear: Most social interventions are unfortunately found not to produce the hoped-for effects when rigorously evaluated – a pattern that occurs not just in social spending but in other fields, such as medicine and business. Thus, without a strong focus on evidence-based interventions, it is hard to see how social spending can successfully address poverty, educational failure, violence, drug abuse, and other critical U.S. problems.

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation’s (LJAF) Moving the Needle initiative seeks to spur expanded implementation of such interventions in order to make significant headway against U.S. social problems. Specifically, the initiative is designed to encourage state or local jurisdictions, or other entities, to:
1. Adopt social interventions shown in well-conducted randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to produce large, sustained effects on important life outcomes;
2. Implement these interventions on a sizable scale with close adherence to their key features; and
3. Determine, through a replication RCT, whether the large effects found in prior research are successfully reproduced so as to move the needle on important social problems.

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Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics

Grant Amount: Less than $4M
Deadline: Continuous
Category: Science, Social Science,
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The program’s primary aim is to build bridges between the two cultures of science and the humanities and to develop a common language so that they can better understand and speak to one another–and ultimately to grasp that they belong to a single common culture.

The Foundation has established a nationwide strategy that focuses on books, theater, film, television, radio, and new media to commission, develop, produce, and distribute new work mainstreaming science and technology for the lay public.

– Books
– Film
– New Media
– Radio
– Television
– Theater

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Carnegie Corporation of New York: Education

Grant Amount: Upper $1,250,000
Deadline: Continuous
Category: Education,
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American public education prepares all students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they need to be active participants in a robust democracy and to be successful in the global economy. Under this program, Carnegie has the following Focus Areas.

1. Leadership and Teaching to Advance Learning. Improving systems of preparing, recruiting, and developing teachers and education leaders to serve the needs of diverse learners;

2. New Designs to Advance Learning. Developing whole-school models that provide more effective learning environments for diverse learners;

3. Public Understanding. Supporting research on strategies that can drive parent and family engagement in education;

4. Pathways to Postsecondary Success. Improving alignment in student learning expectations between K-12 and postsecondary education; improving postsecondary education

5. Integration, Learning, and Innovation. Advancing integrated approaches across the Corporation’s portfolios and the field that enable greater collaboration, coherence, and dynamism;

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Evidence for Action

Grant Amount: up to ~$500,000
Deadline: Open/Rolling
Category: Health Sciences, Social Science,
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Evidence for Action, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, funds research that expands the evidence needed to build a Culture of Health. A Culture of Health is broadly defined as one in which good health and well-being flourish across geographic, demographic, and social sectors; public and private decision-making is guided by the goal of fostering equitable communities; and everyone has the opportunity to make choices that lead to healthy lifestyles. The foundation’s Culture of Health Action Framework, which was developed to catalyze a national movement toward improved health, well-being, and equity, guides program strategy. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; there is no deadline. Applicants are notified within 6-9 weeks of their submission. Applicants invited to the full proposal stage will have 2 months to submit their proposal once they receive notification. There is not an explicit range for allowable budget requests. You should request the amount of funding you will need to complete your proposed research project – including both direct and indirect costs for the entire duration of your study. Typical grant durations may be up to 36 months, with some exceptions when durations of up to 48 months are justified. Visit the Grantee section of this website for a sense of the number and size of grants funded by E4A at http://www.evidenceforaction.org/grantees.

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