UK Proposal Development Office

Limited Submissions - Foundations

Allen (Paul G.) Family Foundation - Allen Distinguished Investigator (ADI) Artificial Intelligence (AI) Focus

Description:  The Allen Distinguished Investigator (ADI) Program seeks 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. The most promising proposals will incorporate novel, creative, and ambitious approaches. For this reason, the program is especially interested in proposals that are unlikely to receive funding from traditional governmental sources.

This 2014 request for proposals (RFP) focuses on three fundamental Artificial Intelligence topics: (1) Machine Reading (2) Diagram Interpretation and (3) Spatial and Temporal Reasoning. These topics are aligned with the vision of the Allen Institute for AI (www.allenai.org), but the AI ADI program is a distinct program funded and administered by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.

It is expected that there will be between 5 and 8 projects funded with total funding of $1M-$2M, for each project, spanning a 3-year period. The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has a 0% indirect cost policy. Funding is intended to provide a sustainable funding stream for one or more investigators allowing them sufficient time to investigate big questions in-depth using risky, novel approaches.

Limited Submission: Institutions may submit proposals from up to three applicants.

Link to Funding Opportunity

Internal Competition: Because the Allen Foundation limits the number of proposals that can be submitted, individuals interested in submitting an application should send the following information to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, April 29, 2014:

  • Principal Investigator name and department and any partners or collaborators;
  • Title of the program (Paul G. Allen Family Foundation – Allen Distinguished Investigators (ADI) Program
  • Brief project description including goals and activities (maximum 2 pages).

A committee will be appointed to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s applicant.Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

Deadline: May 30, 2014

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American Diabetes Association - Pathway to Stop Diabetes Research Initiative

Description: Pathway seeks to bring new perspectives to diabetes research by supporting innovative basic, clinical, translational, epidemiological or health services research that is relevant to any type of diabetes, diabetes-related disease state or complication. Nominations of candidates in diverse disciplines, from medicine, biology and chemistry to engineering, mathematics and physics, are encouraged.

Diabetes Research Career Initiator(INI) This two-phased award is designed to support the transition from mentored training to independent research faculty

  • Eligible applicants must currently be in research training positions (post-doctoral fellow, research fellowship) and have no more than seven years of research training following terminal doctoral degree.Applicants cannot concurrently hold an NIH K99/R00 grant.
    Awards provide two distinct phases of research support. Phase 1 provides up to two years of support for mentored training at a maximum of $100,000 per year (including 10% indirect costs). Phase 2 provides up to five years of support for independent research at a maximum of $325,000 per year (including 30% indirect costs).

Diabetes Research Accelerator(ACC) These awards are available to individuals with established records of independent productivity in research, in two distinct categories:

  • Early Investigator: Early-career diabetes investigators proposing innovative and ambitious diabetes-related research programs. Applicants must hold faculty positions and have demonstrated independent productivity in diabetes research. Applicants may currently hold independent NIH funding (K, U or R awards, including an initial R01/U01) but must not have applied for, or received, an R01/U01 renewal or a second R01/U01 award.
  • Established Investigator New to Diabetes Research: Established investigators with exceptional productivity in fields other than diabetes research who would like to apply their expertise to innovative diabetes-related research topics. Applicants must hold faculty positions and have demonstrated independent productivity. Applicants cannot have previously received national grant support in diabetes research.

Both Awards provide five years of research support at a maximum of $325,000 per year (including 30% indirect costs), for a total of $1,625,000.

The ADA requires that all applicants dedicate 75% of their time to research (i.e. 75% effort).

Link to Guidelines

Limited Submission: Each institution is allowed a maximum of one nomination. The nomination can be in either of the two available Pathway award types:

  • Diabetes Research Career Initiator
  • Diabetes Research Accelerator

Internal Competition: Because there is a limit of one nomination per institution, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to submit the following materials (2 pages max) electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, March 11, 2014:

  • Name and department of the candidate being nominated
  • Description of candidate’s research interests, career goals
  • Brief narrative of research project (objectives and strategy)

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review this material and make recommendations. The ADA deadline is July 1, 2014.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

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American Heart Association (AHA) – Strategically Focused Prevention Research Network Request for Applications

The American Heart Association has issued a Request for Applications (RFA) with the intent to fund four prevention research centers. Center proposals should address the topic of cardiovascular disease and stroke prevention via a continuum of prevention research from primordial (the prevention of risk factors) to primary (the prevention of CVD and stroke), to secondary (the prevention of recurrent disease and complications) prevention, which can bring together multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary teams.

Amount: The AHA will support Research Centers at a total of 3.7 million (10% indirect costs) over a period of four (4) years. 

Website: http://my.americanheart.org/idc/groups/ahamah-public/@wcm/@sop/@rsch/documents/downloadable/ucm_457368.pdf

Limited Submission:  Only one Center proposal, including multiple research project proposals, may be submitted by an institution.

Internal Competition: Because the AHA limits the number of applications an institution may submit, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Eligible researchers who wish to be considered for this program should send the following information to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Monday, December 16, 2013:

  • Title of the program and funding opportunity (American Heart Association – Strategically Focused Prevention Research Network);
  • Names and departments of the PI, key personnel and any partners;
  • Project description/overview of 3 research projects and training program (1-2 pages max.).

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make recommendations as to the University's nominee. All applicants will be notified of the results.

(Requested) Letter of Inquiry deadline: December 16, 2013
Full proposal deadline: February 4, 2014

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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American Honda Foundation – Grants Program

Description: The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. It supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment.

Funding Priorities: Youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy

Amount: The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period.

Funding Opportunity Announcement

Institutional Limit: Organizations may only submit one request in a 12-month period. This includes colleges and universities with several departments/outreach programs.

Internal Competition: Because the American Honda Foundation only allows applicants to submit one proposal in a 12-month period, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to submit the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, May 6, 2014:

  • Names and departments of UK Project Director, key personnel,
  • Title of Program (American Honda Grants Program)
  • Project overview –identify the proposed theme(s), objectives, and brief description of activities (1-2 pages max.)

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make a recommendation. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

Sponsor Deadline: August 1, 2014.

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***American Society of Hematology – Research Scholar Grant***

The ASH Research Training Award for Fellows (RTAF) is designed to encourage junior researchers in hematology, hematology/oncology, or other hematology-related training programs to pursue a career in academic hematology. The RTAF awards $55,000 to fellows in training so they will have protected time for research and is to be used primarily for salary support for the applicant. Awards are targeted to two separate groups of researchers: a Junior Investigator RTAF for second and third-year fellows (apply in years one or two of fellowship) and a Senior Investigator RTAF for fourth or fifth-year fellows (apply in years three or four of fellowship).

Link to Funding Announcement

Amount: Up to six awards of $55,000 each will be given each year.

Deadline: January 15, 2014

Institutional Limit: Applicants doing research in the same department of an institution are eligible to apply; however, no more than one applicant from any one department at any one institution will be selected.

****Individuals interested in this program should contact their Department Chair***

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ArtPlace America – 2014 Innovation Grants

ArtPlace America invites letters of inquiry for their Innovation Grants program from initiatives involving arts organizations, artists and designers working in partnership with local and national partners on place-based strategies that can transform communities.

Amount: Grants will range between $50,000-$500,000 for an 18 month period beginning July 1, 2014.

Website: http://www.artplaceamerica.org/loi/

Limited Submission: An organization is only allowed to submit one letter of inquiry per grant cycle.

Internal Competition: Because the sponsor limits the number of letters of inquiry an institution may submit, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Eligible researchers who wish to be considered for this program should send the following information to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Monday, November 18, 2013:

  • Title of the program and funding opportunity (ArtPlace 2014 Innovation Grants);
  • Names and departments of the PI, key personnel and community partners;
  • Project description (1-2 pages max.)

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make recommendations as to the University's nominee. All applicants will be notified of the results. The individual selected will be given sufficient time to complete the online letter of inquiry by the December 13, 2013 deadline.  ArtPlace America will invite selected applicants to submit full proposals that will be due in March/April 2014.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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Asian Cultural Council - 2014 Grants

The Asian Cultural Council (ACC) supports international dialogue, understanding, and respect through cultural exchange and nurtures the individual talents of artists and scholars in Asia and the United States. Asian Cultural Council grants are open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States or citizens and permanent residents of the countries of Asia, from Afghanistan eastward through Japan and Indonesia. Each year, ACC funds about a hundred established masters in their fields as well as tomorrow's rising stars in areas as diverse as archeology, architecture (design, theory, and history), art history, arts administration, arts criticism, choreography, composition, conceptual art, conservation, crafts, dance, design (non-commercial), filmmaking, installation art, literature, museology, music, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, theater, video art, video conservation, and work that defies categorization.

Grant purpose: to research contemporary art, meet artists and curators, and create new work while participating in an artist residency program in the United States

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: Only one application per organization will be accepted.

Link to Funding Opportunity Announcement

Limited Submission: Because the sponsor limits the number of applications an institution may submit, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Eligible researchers who wish to be considered for this program should submit the following information electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, October 15, 2013:

  • Title of the program (Asian Cultural Council 2014 Organization Grants)
  • Names and departments of the PI, key personnel and community partners;
  • Project description (1-2 pages max.)

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make recommendations as to the University's nominee. All applicants will be notified of the results. The individual selected will be given sufficient time to complete the full application by the November 1, 2013 deadline.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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***Beckman (Arnold and Mabel) Foundation - 2014 Beckman Scholars Program Award***

Description: The purpose of the Beckman Scholars Program is to help stimulate, encourage and support research activities by exceptionally talented undergraduate students at our nation’s universities and colleges; young people who ultimately will become prominent leaders in their scientific and professional pursuits. The research activities are to be centered in chemistry, biochemistry, the biological and medical sciences or some interdisciplinary combination of these subjects. The Beckman Scholars Program is a merit-based program; issues of gender, race and financial need should not be considered contributing factors in the application process. We believe that the generous student financial support which provides for in-depth, sustained undergraduate research experiences and the related Beckman Scholars Annual Symposium offer an academically stimulating and very distinctive educational experience.

Institutional Limit: The University of Kentucky may submit one application for an award.

Application Guidelines:  Beckman Scholars Program

Internal Competition: Because the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation limits institutions to one proposal, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to submit the following material electronically to Ms. Kris Hobson (hobson@email.uky.edu), Office of the Provost, and a copy to their Dean by Friday, March 29, 2013:

  • Names and departments of UK Project Director, key personnel
  • Project overview and brief description of activities and potential mentors (1-2 pages max.)

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make a recommendation.

Deadline: June 14, 2013.

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Blavatnik Family Foundation - Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the Physical Sciences and Engineering, Chemistry and Life Sciences

The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences announce the national expansion of the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists competition.  Effective 2014, the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists will be open to faculty-rank scientists across the United States age 42 or under.  The expanded national program will be comprised of three overarching disciplinary categories: Physical Sciences and Engineering; Chemistry; and Life Sciences.  Every year, one winner in each category will be awarded $250,000 in unrestricted funds.

Eligibility is limited to candidates:

  • who were born in or after 1972,
  • have earned a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.),
  • are currently holding a faculty research position at one of the US-based eligible institutions, and
  • have made significant contributions to the Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and/or Chemistry.

The University of Kentucky has been invited to nominate up to three candidates, one in each of the three categories.  The nominator must be the institution’s President, Provost, or the President's official designee.  Each candidate works directly with the nominator and does not fill out the Nomination Form him/herself.  In addition to the online application form for each candidate, the nominator submits the names and email addresses of two recommenders who are contacted and asked to submit online letters of recommendation.  Access this website to view the detailed guidelines, frequently asked questions, and additional information about this new funding opportunity.

President Capilouto has requested the Office of the Vice President for Research to coordinate the nomination process.  Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Friday, October 11, 2013:
  • Candidate’s name, date of birth, primary department appointment
  • Category (Life Sciences; Physical Sciences & Engineering; Chemistry) and specific discipline (use the sponsor’s eligible disciplines list)
  • Statement (1/2 to 1 page) that explains how the candidate’s research has broadly impacted science in terms of quality (extent to which the work is reliable, valid, credible, and scientifically rigorous), impact (addresses an important problem and is influential in the field) and novelty (challenges existing paradigms, employs new methodologies or concepts, and/or pursues an original question).
  • Research statement (1/2 to 1 page).that addresses how the candidate’s research has broadly impacted science and how it meets the following criteria in terms of quality (extent to which the work is reliable, valid, credible, and scientifically rigorous), impact (addresses an important problem and is influential in the field) and novelty (challenges existing paradigms, employs new methodologies or concepts, and/or pursues an original question).
  • Biographical sketch (4 page maximum), preferably in NSF format.

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the materials and make recommendations as to the University's nominees.  All applicants will be notified of the results.  Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

Nominations for the 2014 competition open Monday, September 16th, and close Friday, November 22nd at 11:59PM PST.  The candidates selected for nomination will be contacted to provide the required application material in sufficient time for the closing deadline.

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Blue Grass Community Foundation – Community Grants

Description: Community Grants will be awarded in amounts up to $5,000 and are for 501(c)3 agencies serving Anderson, Bourbon, Fayette, Franklin, Harrison, Jessamine, Madison, Montgomery, Scott and Woodford Counties. This year’s grantmaking area of focus is family literacy and early childhood education.

Funding Opportunity Announcement

Institutional Limit: one request per agency

Internal Competition: Because the Foundation only allows applicants to submit one proposal for this opportunity, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to submit the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Wednesday, July 17, 2013:

  • Names and departments of project director(s), key personnel and any partners
  • Title of program and/or funding opportunity announcement number
  • Project overview – include objectives and a brief description of activities (1-2 pages max.)

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make a recommendation. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

Sponsor Deadline: August 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm

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Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award (SIA)

The Brain Research Foundation has invited the University of Kentucky to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the 2015 Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). The Brain Research Foundation’s SIA Program provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, exploratory, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators. The objective of the SIA is to support projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important 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.

Eligibility: The nominated candidate must be a full-time professor or associate professor, in the area of studies of brain function in health and disease. Current major NIH or other peer-reviewed funding is preferred but evidence of such funding in the past three years is essential. Studies should be related to either normal human brain development or specifically identified disease states. This includes molecular and clinical neuroscience as well as studies of neural, sensory, motor, cognitive, behavioral and emotional functioning in health and disease. The grant proposal must detail a new research project that is not funded by other sources. This grant is not to be used as a source of bridge funding.

Funding and Award Period: Each total award is limited to $150,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period from the specified dates only (January 2015-December 2016)

Link to guidelines

Because only one Letter of Intent per institution is allowed, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send the following information electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, April 29, 2014:

  • PI’s name, academic rank, and department
  • Title of Program/Opportunity
  • Proposed project summary (1-2 pages) – include the long-term goals and objectives, anticipated contribution of the project to the field, and why the project should be selected as UK’s nomination
  • Current Biosketch

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make recommendations. The on-line application deadline for the letter of intent and the institutional nomination is July 1, 2014.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS)

Description. Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) provide $700,000 over a minimum of five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service. Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research. Proposals in health services research or involving large-scale clinical trials are ineligible. The ideal candidate will be two years away from becoming an independent investigator, have at least two years or more of postdoctoral research experience, and have a significant publication record.

Guidelines. A detailed description of the CAMS program and complete guidelines including the eligibility requirements are available at http://www.bwfund.org/pages/188/Career-Awards-for-Medical-Scientists/.

Limited Submission. The University of Kentucky may nominate up to five candidates. If a woman or underrepresented minority is included among the initial five nominees, a sixth candidate may be nominated provided that candidate is also a woman or underrepresented minority (i.e. African American, Hispanic, or Native American).

Internal Competition. Eligible UK researchers who wish to be considered for this program should submit a nomination packet electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research to limitedsubmissions@uky.edu, their Associate Dean for Research, and department chair by Tuesday, August 6, 2013. The nomination packet is to include:

  • Candidate’s name and biosketch (4 pages maximum)
  • Abstract of proposed research (one page maximum)
  • A letter from the faculty member under whom the candidate will work during the mentored portion of the award describing the candidate’s qualifications and potential for contributing to medical science, highlighting specific skills or expertise

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the materials and make recommendations as to the University's nominees. All applicants will be notified of the results. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

The sponsor’s deadline is October 1, 2013, 4:00 pm ET.

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

Five-year awards provide $500,000 to support accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology, shedding light on how human and microbial systems are affected by their encounters. The awards are intended to give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry and higher-risk research projects that hold potential for significantly advancing the biochemical, pharmacological, immunological, and molecular biological understanding of how microbes and the human body interact.

Eligibility: Candidates will generally have an M.D., D.V.M., or Ph.D. degree. (References to degrees include all types of medical and scientific doctoral level degrees.) BWF particularly encourages human health-relevant applications from veterinary scientists. Candidates must have an established record of independent research and hold a tenure-track position as an assistant professor or equivalent (at the time of application). They must also be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada at the time of application.

Conference Calls: BWF staff will hold three conference callsbetween August and October, 2013 forapplicants who havequestions about the program or eligibility to apply for the grant. Dates of calls: August 22,September 18, October 15. See link to funding opportunity announcement below for more details.

Institutional Limit:

  • A U.S. or Canadian institution— including its medical school, graduate schools, and all affiliated hospitals and research institutes—may nominate up to two candidates.
  • Institutions that nominate a researcher who holds the D.V.M. will be allowed three nominations.
  • Institutions may have a single additional nomination if they nominate a researcher working in pathogenic helminths, mycology, or reproductive science.

Link to Funding Opportunity Announcement

Because the sponsor limits the number of applications an institution may submit, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Eligible researchers who wish to be considered for this program should submit the following information electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to his or her Associate Dean for Research by Monday, September 30, 2013:

  • Title of the program (Burroughs Wellcome Fund – Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Nomination)
  • Candidate’s Biosketch – use the current NIH format of 4 pages
  • Scientific Abstract – one page max.
  • Letter of Nomination – Include a letter from the candidate’s dean or department chair that verifies that the candidate meets the award’s eligibility requirements and has the required 75% protected time for research. The letter should describe the focus and direction of the institution’s research programs that are relevant to the proposed work and discuss how the applicant’s research fits into the organization.

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make recommendations as to the University's nominee(s). All applicants will be notified of the results. The individual(s) selected will be given sufficient time to complete the full application by the November 1, 2013 deadline.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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***Dana Foundation - Brain and Immuno-Imaging Grant Program***

Description: Dana Foundation supports research on imaging innovations that help reveal how the human brain functions normally, how disorders and injuries alter these functions, and how various therapies affect these conditions. Since immune cells are often integrally involved in the development of, protection against, or responses to brain diseases and injuries, funded research also can focus on immune cell interactions with brain cells.

Scientists using conventional brain imaging techniques, cellular and molecular imaging technologies, or a combination of both, are supported to undertake pilot tests of novel hypotheses. These data then can be used to compete for larger-scale funding from other sources. Studies tend to focus on how imaging can enhance understanding of normal brain functioning; improve diagnosis; expand understanding of disease or injury processes; and assess treatment effects. Additionally, studies designed to refine existing imaging techniques, or to further develop new techniques to address specific clinical questions, are supported.

Funds support pilot-testing by investigators who are early in their research careers of promising but high-risk innovative ideas that have direct clinical application and that, when successful, are competitive for larger-scale support from other funders. Grant amounts may be up to $200,000 total, payable over three years.

Support is focused on faculty researchers who have demonstrated the potential for independent research careers who are at the assistant professor level, or in the first few years of their associate professor appointments (investigators who have not yet been awarded more than one independent research grant --R01 from the NIH or equivalent from another Federal agency).Post-doctoral fellows are not eligible to apply. Applications from junior investigators that are an extension of the work of a senior mentor, particularly if from the same institution, are discouraged.

Website: http://www.dana.org/grants/imaging/ 
(Eligibility and additional information on previously funded projects)

Deadline: February 28, 2012 at noon.

Institutional Limit: Each US medical school dean may nominate one applicant.

For more information, contact Prof. Alan Daugherty, Senior Associate Dean of Research in the College of Medicine (adaugh@uky.edu).

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Dreyfus (Camille and Henry) - Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained within the first five years of their appointment as independent researchers, and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching.

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program is open to academic institutions in the States, Districts, and Territories of the United States of America that grant a bachelor's or higher degree in the chemical sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering. Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment, and are normally expected to have been appointed no earlier than mid-year 2008. Awardees are from Ph.D. granting departments in which scholarly research is a principal activity. Undergraduate education is an important component of the nominee's activities.

Amount: The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.

Link to website

Institutional Limit: Institutions may submit only one Camille Dreyfus nomination annually.

Internal Competition: Because this sponsor limits the number of applications that may be submitted, UK will hold an internal competition. Individuals interested in submitting an application should send the following information electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to his or her Associate Dean for Research by Friday, January 17, 2014:

  • Name, Department, and Year of Appointment
  • Title of program  (Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program)
  • CV
  • A brief description of the nominee's research accomplishments, research plans for the award period, and a statement of the nominee's dedication to education in the chemical sciences (2-pages max)

An internal panel will review applications and will select UK's nominee. The selected individual will be notified in time to prepare a full proposal by the February 10, 2014 deadline

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

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Dreyfus (Camille and Henry) - Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program

The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program is based on accomplishment in scholarly research with undergraduates, as well as a compelling commitment to teaching.

Amount The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $60,000.

Link to Guidelines

Institutional Limit: Institutions may make only one nomination annually for the Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program.

Internal Competition: Because each institution may submit only one Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award nomination annually, UK will hold an internal competition. Researchers wanting to submit an application are to send the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, April 29, 2014:

  • Name, Department, and Year of Appointment
  • Title of Program (Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards)
  • CV
  • A summary description of the nominee's educational efforts and scholarly research achievements with undergraduates (1-2-pages max.)

An internal panel will review applications and make a recommendation.

Deadline: May 19, 2014

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

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Ellison Medical Foundation - New Scholar Award in Aging

The University of Kentucky has been invited to nominate two candidates for the Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar Award in Aging.  The objective of this award is to support new investigators of outstanding promise in the basic biological sciences relevant to understanding lifespan development processes and age-related diseases and disabilities.  The award provides $100,000 per year for a four year period to enable new investigators to become established in the field of aging. 

Eligible candidates are investigators who are in the first three years of their research career following their post-doctoral fellowship experience.  As of March 1, 2013, nominees must hold regular full time appointments (tenure or non-tenure) on the faculty of the sponsoring institution and they must not have been in such an appointment, at the sponsoring institution or other institution(s), for more than three years as of July 15, 2013, i.e. the appointment having been made no earlier than July 15, 2010.  Time spent in clinical internships, post-doctoral training, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of the three-year limit.

Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholars may hold one similar award from a private source concurrently for up to one year.  The guidelines include a list of conflicting career development or new faculty awards as examples.  New Scholar Awards will only be made for the full four-year term.  If a conflicting award is accepted prior to the New Scholar Award, this must be resolved by either declining the Ellison Medical Foundation award or arranging to terminate the conflicting award within one year.

Nominees for the New Scholars Award are expected to have great promise as potential leaders of biomedical science with relevance to aging. Each nominee's potential for scientific innovation, leadership, and relevance to aging will be evaluated by the Ellison Medical Foundation’s Aging New Scholar Review Group and the Scientific Advisory Board, based upon the nominee's research proposal, scientific contributions to date, and the reference statements provided by those who know the nominee and his/her work well. The quality and relevance of the nominee's publications and the importance to aging of the nominee's proposed research will be significant factors in the evaluation process.  Depending upon the number of nominations submitted and the qualifications of the nominees, up to 25 scholars will be selected.

See the following website for information about the goals and objectives of the Aging Program and lists of previously funded New Scholars: http://ellisonfoundation.org/program/aging-new-scholar

UK has established an internal selection process.  Eligible faculty interested in submitting an application should send the following information electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu  and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Monday, December 10, 2012:

  • Candidate’s curriculum vitae not to exceed 2 pages
  • Letter of reference from the department chair
  • Abstract (1 page) of the proposed research
  • Description of the candidate’s most significant research contribution to date (1 page)

A committee will be convened to review the applications and make recommendations as to the University’s nominees.  The Office of the Vice President for Research will notify all applicants of the outcome.  By mid December, the two nominated candidates will receive an email with instructions and a password to access the application website.  The application must be completed online by February 28, 2013.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

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***French-American Jazz Exchange - Applications for Collaborative Projects***

A partnership of the Cultural Service of the French Embassy, the French-American Cultural Exchange, and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the French-American Jazz Exchange 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, music concepts, and professional relationships.

FAJE supports projects jointly conceived by French and American professional jazz artists that encourage artistic exploration, foster inter-cultural dialogue, and contribute to the dynamism of the art form. Projects must consist 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 between September 1, 2013, and December 31, 2014.

FAJE will award a total of up to $100,000 annually, with no grant exceeding $25,000. Funding may be used for 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.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: One (1) - 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. Ensembles may represent an established group or musicians brought together specifically for the proposed project. Projects can include artists working together for the first time or those having a prior working relationship. Lead Partners are limited to participation in one application. Ensemble members of Lead Partners and Collaborating Partners may individually participate in more than one application.

See the full program solicitation for more information: http://www.midatlanticarts.org/funding/artists_programs/FAJE/FAJE%202013%20Guidelines%20FINAL.pdf

***Internal coordination will be handled by University of Kentucky, College of Fine Arts

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Gordon (Jeff) Children's Foundation - Promise Circle Grant

Description: The Promise Circle seeks to fund patient support programs focused on pediatric cancer. Funding is provided to programs that help patients and family members cope with diagnosis, treatment and the emotional challenges they face, financial assistance programs and survivorship programs that address the needs of children in remission. Programs must be based in the United States.

Funding Opportunity Announcement

Institutional Limit: Only one request per year will be accepted from a non-profit organization

Internal Competition: Because the Foundation only allows applicants to submit one proposal in a 12-month period, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to submit the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Monday, July 15, 2013:

  • Names and departments of project director(s), key personnel and any partners
  • Project overview – include objectives and a brief description of activities (1-2 pages max.)

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make a recommendation. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

Sponsor Deadline: August 5, 2013

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Grant (William T.) Foundation - Scholars Program

Description: The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports promising early-career researchers from diverse disciplines, who have demonstrated success in conducting high-quality research and are seeking to further develop and broaden their expertise.

In 2014, the William T. Grant Foundation has a new focus on reducing inequality, which will replace the social settings initiative. For the 2014–2015 transition year, this program will accept Scholars applications on all three topics: (1) reducing inequality, (2) understanding the use of research evidence, and (3) understanding social settings.

Amount: William T. Grant Scholars receive $350,000 distributed over a five-year period.

Link to Guidelines

Limited Submission: Applicants must be nominated by their institutions. Major divisions (e.g., College of Arts and Sciences, Medical School) of an institution may nominate only one applicant each year.

Eligibility: Candidates must have received their terminal degree within seven years of submitting their application. In medicine, the seven-year maximum is dated from the completion of the first residency.

  • Applicants must be employed in career-ladder positions. For many applicants, this means holding a tenure-track position in a university.
  • The award may not be used as a post-doctoral fellowship.
  • Applicants outside the United States are eligible.
  • Applicants of any discipline are eligible.

Internal Competition: Because the William T. Grant Foundation will accept only one application from each college, individuals interested in submitting an application should contact their Associate Dean for Research for information on their college’s internal deadlines and procedure.

All nominations from each college must be submitted by the Associate Dean for Research to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu by Tuesday, June 17, 2014 to enable the Vice President for Research to prepare appropriate documentation.

Foundation Deadline: July 9, 2014.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

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Hughes (Howard) Medical Institute - Sustaining Excellence: New Awards for Science Education to Research Universities

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has invited the University of Kentucky to submit a grant proposal for HHMI’s 2014 undergraduate science education program. As stated in the invitation, “Much of the responsibility for sustaining our nation’s scientific excellence resides in our research universities, which are home to some of the world’s best scientists and recruit the nation’s most talented students whose backgrounds reflect the dynamic demographics of the country. The 2014 competition, “Sustaining Excellence,” will encourage research universities to develop effective strategies that lead to significant and sustained improvement in the persistence in science by all students, including those students who belong to groups underrepresented in science. Successful proposals will effectively present the rationale for each of the proposed activities so that it is clear how the activity will contribute to the objective of student persistence at the institution. We seek bold ideas grounded in evidence-based strategies.”

In the 2014 competition, HHMI encourages strategies that introduce large numbers of students to authentic research at an early stage of their undergraduate career. In this competition, traditional apprentice-based student research will not be funded without an accompanying approach designed to engage larger numbers of students as part of their introductory science experience. The online application requires tables of institutional data on faculty and student activity in the STEM fields most relevant to the proposal.

Amount: HHMI expects to make up to 35 awards of up to $2.5 million each over five years.

Program Announcement (9 pages): http://www.hhmi.org/grants/pdf/2014-hhmi-universities.pdf. Details on the proposal requirements are in the attached 13 page Proposal Guidelines.

Institutional Limit: Each invited university is limited to one proposal.

Internal Competition: Because of the institutional limit, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to send an email with the following proposal description to the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Friday, June 21, 2013:

  • Name and department of the principal investigator/director;
  • List of participating departments, key faculty participants, and/or other partners;
  • Project overview or description (2-3 pages), including the discipline area(s), PI’s/team’s past history or experience in undergraduate STEM education, and major proposed activities.

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review this material and make a recommendation. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

Sponsor Deadline: October 1, 2013

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Institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP) and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation - Education and Training to Professionalism Grant Program

The objective of the grant program is to enhance undergraduate and graduate medical education about the ideals of professionalism and lead to students and professionals who will incorporate those ideals throughout their careers.  IMAP and Macy seek to enable faculty at academic medical centers (medical schools and teaching hospitals) to design and implement innovative programs in this area.

IMAP and Macy will support faculty-directed programs that address one or several of these critical concepts of professionalism. These concepts include but are not restricted to:

  • Putting Patient Interests First: As professionals, physicians must not allow their own interests or that of their institutions to take precedence of patients’ well-being. Conflicts of interest must be resolved in favor of the patients.
  • Enhancing Social Justice: Physicians should work actively to eliminate discrimination in service delivery, whether based on race, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, religion, or other social categories.
  • Promoting a Just Distribution of Finite Resources: Physicians are required to provide health care that is evidence based and cost effective. Physicians’ professional responsibility demands scrupulous avoidance of unnecessary tests and procedures so as to protect patients from harm and preserve health care resources.
  • Promoting Self-Regulation: Physicians are responsible for their own performance as well as that of colleagues and other team members. 

Eligibility:  Applicants must be faculty members at accredited medical schools, hospitals, or health care systems, and/or participating in approved residency programs.  Applications from surgery and medical sub-specialties are especially encouraged. 

Matching:  Each project proposal must have matching support (external funding or in-kind) over the grant period in a grant: match ratio of at least 1 : 1.

Amount: Grants will be provided for a two year period at $25,000 per year.

For more information click on 2012-IMAP-Macy-Education-and-Training-to-Professionalism-RFP:  http://www.imapny.org/home/Site_Search?k=education%20and%20training%20to%20professionalism%20grant%20program

Internal Competition:  Because only one application per sponsoring institution is allowed, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Researchers interested in applying are to submit the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and to their Associate Dean for Research by Monday, November 12, 2012:

  • Names and Departments of Project Personnel and partners
  • Brief description of program to include: background, curriculum, and intended audience. (maximum 2 pages)
  • A budget with the proposed cost share and potential sources of funding for that match. Note:  Because of ongoing commitments, the Office of the Vice President for Research is unable to provide matching funds and suggests faculty effort be proposed as an in-kind match. The guidelines state that “Grant funds may not be used to support indirect costs. However, applicants may include indirect costs of up to 10% in the matching funds budget.”

A committee will be convened to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s submission.  Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

External deadline:  December 10, 2012

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JBS International, Inc. - Request for Proposals Support for Evidence Based Adult Immunization and HPV Health Projects

Description: JBS International, Inc. seeks to competitively award evidence-based projects that enhance disease prevention initiatives and improve health outcomes by:

  • Increasing routine HPV vaccination coverage for adolescents and persons up to 24 years
  • Increasing the proportion of adults vaccinated annually against seasonal influenza
  • Increasing the percentage of adults vaccinated against pneumococcal, zoster, or Tdap

Proposals are requested for two categories of funding: (1) Community Interventions and (2) Systems Interventions

Amount: Community Intervention proposals will be funded up to a maximum amount of $10,000. Systems Intervention proposals will be funded up to a maximum amount of $50,000.

Limited Submission: Eligible applicants are invited to submit a proposal for one of the following funding opportunities specific to either (i) Community Interventions or (ii) Systems Interventions. Applicants may apply for one award only.

For more information: Link to Guidelines

Internal Competition: Because only one application is allowed per institution, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Researchers interested in applying are to submit the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and to their Associate Dean for Research by Thursday, December 13, 2012:
  • Type of proposal (Community Interventions or Systems Interventions)
  • Names and departments of PI, mentor, and key partners
  • Statement of proposed activities (1 page, max.) – include goals and approach

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make a recommendation. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

Agency Deadline:
December 21, 2012

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Johnson (Robert Wood) Foundation/Pew Charitable Trusts - Health Impact Project

Description: TheHealth Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and The Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew), promotes the use of Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) and related approaches to help policy-makers in a wide range of fields incorporate health considerations into new policies, programs, plans, and projects, and make decisions that reduce unnecessary health risks, improve health, and decrease costs.This call for proposals supports two types of initiatives: 1) HIA demonstration projects that inform a specific decision and help to build the case for the value of HIA; and 2) HIA program grants to enable organizations with previous HIA experience to conduct HIAs and develop sustainable, self-supporting HIA programs at the local, state, or tribal level

Amount: Demonstration Projects: up to $100,000 for 18 months; Program Grants: up to $250,000 for program grants for 24 months.

Matching Funds: Grantees will be asked to provide a minimum of $100,000 in matching funds for Program Grants, either through in-kind contributions or through outside funding sources. The Health Impact Project will accept only one proposal per organization.

Institutional Limits: An applicant organization may submit up to two brief proposals total under this solicitation. For example, an applicant may submit two Demonstration Project brief proposals, two Program Grant brief proposals, or one brief proposal for each grant type. However, the Health Impact Project will fund no more than one full proposal per organization.

Link to Funding Announcement

Internal Competition: Because the Health Impact Project limits the number of applications that may be submitted, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program should send the following information to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, March 18, 2014:

  • Names and departments or institutional affiliation of the PI, co-PIs, and other key personnel or partners
  • Provide title of announcement or funding opportunity and specify type of project: Demonstration or Program grant.
  • Project overview: (1-2 pages) identify the objectives, and a brief description of activities
  • For Program Grants, provide a budget, including the matching funds or potential sources. Note: Because of ongoing commitments, the Office of the Vice President for Research is unable to provide matching funds.

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make recommendations. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

External Deadlines:

  • April 2, 2014 (6 p.m. ET)—Deadline for receipt of brief proposals.
  • June 25, 2014 (6 p.m. ET)—Deadline for receipt of full proposals.

Webinars:

March 5, 2014
Demonstration Project informational webinar on HIA, the CFP, and application process. Registration is required. Please visitwww.healthimpactproject.org/project/opportunitiesfor details.

March 6, 2014
Program Grant informational webinar on the CFP and application process. Registration is required. Please visitwww.healthimpactproject.org/project/opportunitiesfor details.

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***Johnson (Robert Wood) Foundation - Nurse Faculty Scholars***

The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars (NFS) program is to develop the next generation of national leaders in academic nursing through career development awards for outstanding junior nursing faculty. The program aims to strengthen the academic productivity and overall excellence of nursing schools by providing mentorship, leadership training, and salary and research support to young faculty.

Link to Funding Announcement

Amount: Up to 12 awards of up to $350,000 each over three years will be available in this round of funding.

Deadline: February 12, 2014

Institutional Limit: A school of nursing can nominate one candidate annually, but may have no more than two active scholars in the program at any time.

****Individuals interested in this program should contact the College of Nursing***

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Kellogg (W.K.) Foundation - Family Engagement Initiative

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation now seeks initial submissions of intent from organizations and groups striving to build innovative, equitable, and effective family-engagement approaches. We are particularly interested in strategies that build upon the strengths of families and focus on engaging them during their children’s earliest years, from birth through age 8.

Amount: Organizations may apply for grants totaling up to $500,000 and for a grant period ranging from one to three years.

Institutional Limit: Organizations may submit only one initial submission on which they are the lead applicant.

Link to Funding Opportunity Announcement

Limited Submission: Because the sponsor limits the number of applications an institution may submit, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Eligible researchers who wish to be considered for this program should submit the following information electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Thursday, September 12, 2013:

  • Title of the program (W.K. Kellogg Foundation – New Family Engagement);
  • Names and departments of the PI, key personnel and community partners;
  • Project description (1-2 pages max.) to include: project need, targeted populations and program activities.

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make recommendations. All applicants will be notified of the results. The pre-application deadline is September 23, 2013. Kellogg will invite selected applicants to submit a full proposal due in November, 2013 and will give “priority consideration …. to applicants whose organizations show evidence (if selected to submit a full proposal) of committed financial resources that would leverage W.K. Kellogg Foundation resources with a cash match of at least 20 percent of the proposed amount.”

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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LUNGevity Foundation, The —Career Development Awards

Description: LUNGevity’s Career Development Awards for Translational Research program was created to support a cohort of future research leaders who will keep the field of lung cancer research vibrant with new ideas. Projects that will be funded are expected to have a direct impact on the early detection of lung cancer or on the outcomes of lung cancer, or to provide a clear conceptual or experimental foundation for the future development of methods for early detection and/or individualized treatment. The Career Development Awards are mentored awards; a mentoring plan will be part of the required submission.

Amount: Career Development Awards may be for a maximum of $100,000 per year for three years, for a maximum award of $300,000

Limited Submission: LUNGevity will only consider one Career Development Award application per institution.

For more information: LUNGEVITY Webpage and: Link to Guidelines

Internal Competition: Because only one application for the Career Development Award is allowed per institution, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Researchers interested in applying are to submit the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and to their Associate Dean for Research by Friday, December 7, 2012:
  • Names and departments of PI and mentor
  • Statement of proposed research (1 page, max.) – include objectives and research approach

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make a recommendation. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

Agency Deadlines:
Mandatory Letter of Intent: December 17, 2012
Full Application (if invited): March 1, 2013

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***Machemer (Robert) Foundation, The – Vitreoretinal Research Scholarships***

The scholarship provides support for one year of research training at the institution for a single fellow in scientific, medical and/or surgical research to improve knowledge of the causes and treatment of vitreoretinal diseases. Because the trainee will be working in research, he or she cannot spend more than 25% time in clinical care.

Link to Funding Announcement

Amount: The scholarship provides support for one year of research training at the institution for a single fellow in scientific, medical and/or surgical research to improve knowledge of the causes and treatment of vitreoretinal diseases. Because the trainee will be working in research, he or she cannot spend more than 25% time in clinical care.

Deadline: January 18, 2014

Institutional Limit: Institutions are limited to two applications per year. Only one scholarship will be granted to an institution each year.

***Individuals interested in this program should contact the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science***

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*** Macy, Jr. (Josiah) Foundation - Macy Faculty Scholars***

The Macy Faculty Scholars Program is designed to identify and nurture the careers of promising educational innovators in medicine and nursing. The goal is to develop the next generation of national leaders in medical and nursing education. The program will support the Macy Faculty Scholars in leading new educational innovations at their home institutions and will provide opportunities for further career development through national meetings and participation in other Macy activities.

Under the program, the Foundation will select up to five faculty leaders each year. Each Scholar will receive salary support at $100,000 per year over two years. Scholars must be nominated by the Dean of their institutions, who must commit to protecting at least 50% of the Scholars’ time to pursue education reform projects at their institution.

Institutional Limit: Each school may nominate only one candidate each year, and will be expected to provide a senior faculty member to mentor the Scholar.

Link to funding opportunity announcement

Deadline: February 26, 2014

Qualified candidates in the Colleges of Medicine or Nursing interested in applying should contact the Dean or Associate Dean for Research for information on the internal selection process.

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Mallinckrodt, Jr. (Edward) Foundation - Grant Program

The mission of the Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation is to support early stage, highly promising investigators engaged in basic or clinical research that has the potential to advance the understanding, diagnosis or treatment of disease. The funds are designed to provide to tenure track faculty members at American Institutions who hold M.D. and/or Ph.D. degrees start-up support to move the project forward to the point where R01 or other independent funding can be obtained. The regular grants program provides grants of $60,000 per year for a period of up to three years. The grants are not renewable.

Principles and Guidelines for Grant Applications

Because the Foundation will accept only two (2) applications per institution per session, UK will hold an internal competition to determine the University's applicants. Individuals interested in submitting an application should send the following information electronically to the Vice President for Research at to limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Thursday, January 17, 2013:

  • Name, department and email address of applicant
  • Statement from department chair that the applicant is a tenure track faculty member
  • Applicant’s project title and one page lay summary of the project

A committee will be convened to review applications and make recommendations. The Foundation’s next deadline for receipt of full proposals is August 1, 2013. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

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***Mary Kay Foundation - Innovative/Translational Cancer Research Grant Program***

***This submission process will be handled by the College of Medicine, and/or the College of Public Health***

The Mary Kay Foundation℠, a funding source for cancer research, is currently accepting applications for innovative grants for translational research in ovarian, uterine, breast, or cervical cancer.

Announcement: (Please contact the Proposal Development Office for guidelines.)

Amount: The program will offer between ten to fifteen grants.  The awards will be up to $100,000 each (combined direct and indirect costs).  The grant period is for two years.

Deadline: February 3, 2014

Institutional Limit: Only one grant application will be accepted from each accredited medical school and schools of public health in the United States.

***To apply, contact the Associate Dean of Research, Alan Daugherty (Medical School), or Richard Crosby (College of Public Health).***

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Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship Program

The objective of this program is to stimulate and support creative research undertaken by promising researchers who have the potential to make a profound impact in their research disciplines. The focus of this fellowship program is on novel approaches, with computing “at the heart of the research.” Here are the key characteristics of the research the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship program is intended to support:

  • Advance of computing research in novel directions (“computing at the heart of the research”)
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Novel area of research with high value and potential for publication
  • Technical depth
  • Thought leadership
  • High potential for impact on the discipline
  • Interdisciplinary approaches
  • Relevance to the research areas of Microsoft Research

Eligibility and Limits: Nominees must hold a tenure-track faculty position and should have completed their most recent PhD or ScD in 2007 or later and must be new faculty members in the first, second, or third year of their first tenure-track faculty appointment.

No more than one nomination from each research institution will be accepted. For instance, a university cannot nominate both a candidate from the Department of Computer Science and a candidate from its medical school.

  • An emphasis is placed on nominations from departments working on computing research areas and on areas that involve the innovative application of computing.

For more information see: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/collaboration/awards/msrff.aspx

Limited Submission: Candidates for the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship program must be nominated by their research institution, and their nominations must be confirmed by a letter from the head of the institution (office of the Provost).

Because UK is limited to ONE nomination that must be confirmed with a letter from the Provost’s office, interested candidates are asked to submit the following material to Ms. Kris Hobson (hobson@email.uky.edu), Office of the Provost, with a copy to their dean by Wednesday, September 4, 2013:

  • Candidate’s name, department, academic rank, date of appointment and year doctorate was awarded
  • Statement of proposed research (maximum 2 pages) – include the hypothesis, objectives, and methodology of the research work and plans, and provide a brief description of how the funds would be used

A committee will be convened to review applications and make recommendations for UK’s nominee. The online application is due September 30, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Pacific Time.

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National Lung Cancer Partnership and Uniting Against Lung Cancer - Impact Award

Description: The National Lung Cancer Partnership and Uniting Against Lung Cancer announce a new funding opportunity intended to accelerate the movement of promising ideas in lung cancer research into clinical application. They are partnering to offer a single award of $200,000 to rapidly bring new advances to the clinic and positively impact patient care. This award is intended to support clinical translational research that will promote significant improvements over current approaches to lung cancer prevention, detection or therapy, moving observational studies to clinical practice.

Eligibility:

  • PIs must be independent investigators at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent).
  • Sponsoring Institutions are limited to not-for-profit institutions located within the United States.
  • Collaborations with industry partners are encouraged; however the PI must be an academic researcher.
  • PIs may not have knowingly received any research funding from the tobacco industry, its parent companies, or subsidiaries within the last 5 years.
  • PIs must demonstrate compelling preliminary data and proof of concept at the time of submission.
  • PIs must present a clear experimental plan for translational studies intended to result in tangible clinical relevance and patient impact.
  • PIs must demonstrate a strategic plan and timeline for clinical implementation in 5 years or less from the start of the two-year award.

Funding is intended for lung cancer research only, including both non-small cell and small cell lung cancers. The sponsors will not consider research related to mesothelioma, thymic or other thoracic malignancies, or smoking prevention/cessation.

For more information see: http://www.unitingagainstlungcancer.org/sites/default/files/u6/RFA%20FINAL.pdf

Internal Competition: Because only three (3) pre-applications are allowed per sponsoring institution, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Researchers interested in applying are to submit the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and to their Associate Dean for Research by Thursday, November 1, 2012:

  • Names and departments of PI(s) and key personnel or partners
  • Statement of proposed research (1 page, max.) – include hypothesis, specific aims, and research approach

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s applicants.

Agency Deadlines:
Pre-application - November 12, 2012 – required and submitted through the ONLINE GRANT SUBMISSION SYSTEM
Full applications - by invitation only - February 11, 2013

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

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Neilsen (Craig H.) Foundation - Quality of Life Grants

Description: Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Quality of Life Program Grants are one year grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 awarded to organizations/institutions clearly demonstrating impact on people with a spinal cord injury. Any request of $50,000 or more must describe other funding sources that have been secured or are pending for the same program/project. Requests of $75,000 or more must also be for extremely innovative program/projects that serve a large SCI population. These applicants should also have an established relationship with the Neilsen Foundation through previous funding.

Awards are given in the five categories below:
  • Assistive Technology
  • Education
  • Independent Living
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sports and Recreation

Quality of Life Program Grants have supported a wide variety of projects that include, but are not limited to, access to assistive technology, access to rehabilitation and therapy services, clinical equipment, transportation initiatives, adaptive sports and recreation, home modifications, adaptive driving, vocational programs, SCI-related education initiatives, patient assistance programs, scholarships and conferences. The Foundation is interested in having a broad impact on as many people as possible, affecting people across their lifespan, collaborating with community agencies and giving people with SCI options for meaningful independent living opportunities.

Link to Guidelines 

Institutional Limit: Each institution is limited to only one Quality of Life Program Letter of Intent (LOI) per annual grant cycle.

Internal Competition: Because the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation limits the number of LOIs that can be submitted, individuals interested in submitting an application should send the following information to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.eduand a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, March 5, 2013:

  • Name and department of the PI
  • Title of the proposed project
  • Provide a brief statement of the goals and rationale for the proposed project including its relevance to the mission of the foundation.(one page max)
  • Proposed budget; if requesting $50,000 or more, identify the source of funds that have been secured or are pending. Because of ongoing commitments, the Office of the Vice President for Research is unable to provide any funds.

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make recommendations as to the University’s submission. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

Deadlines:  LOI (required) April 1, 2013; Full application: July 1, 2013

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Pew Charitable Trusts/Johnson (Robert Wood) Foundation - Health Impact Project: Advancing Smarter Policies for Healthier Communities

Description: This collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts encourages the use of health impact assessments (HIA) to help decision-makers identify the potential health effects of proposed policies, projects, and programs, and make recommendations that enhance their health benefits and minimize their adverse effects and any associated costs. This call for proposals supports two types of initiatives: 1) HIA demonstration projects that inform a specific decision and help to build the case for the value of HIA; and 2) HIA program grants to enable organizations with previous HIA experience to conduct HIAs and develop sustainable, self-supporting HIA programs at the local, state, or tribal level

Amount/Institutional Limits

Demonstration Projects Applicants may request grants of between $25,000 and $75,000 for demonstration projects that will be completed within 18 months. An applicant organization may submit up to two proposals. However, the Health Impact Project will fund no more than one proposal per organization.

Program Grants Applicants may request grants of up to $250,000 for program grants that will be completed within 24 months. Grantees will be asked to provide a minimum of $100,000 in matching funds, either through in-kind contributions or through outside funding sources. The Health Impact Project will accept only one proposal per organization.

Solicitation: http://www.healthimpactproject.org/project/opportunities/document/2012-Health-Impact-Project-CFP.pdf .

Internal Competition: Because the Health Impact Project only allows applicants to submit two (2) proposals for a Demonstration Project and one (1) proposal for a program grant, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to submit the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at vpr@email.uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Wednesday, August 1, 2012:

  • Names and departments or institutional affiliation of the PI, co-PIs, and other key personnel or partners
  • Specify type of project – Demonstration or Program.  For Program Grants, indicate the amount and the source of the required match.  Note:  Because of ongoing commitments, the Office of the Vice President for Research is unable to provide matching funds.  However, the use of salary as a cost share would be allowed for this specific funding opportunity.
  • Project overview: (1-2 pages) identify the proposed theme(s), objectives, and brief description of activities

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make a recommendation. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

External Deadlines:

For Program Grants:

  • September 14, 2012 (5 p.m. PT)—Deadline for receipt of brief proposals.
  • December 14, 2012 (5 p.m. PT)—Deadline for receipt of full proposals.

For Demonstration Project Grants:

  • September 28, 2012 (5 p.m. PT)—Deadline for receipt of proposals.

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Pew Charitiable Trust - Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

Description: The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and innovative approaches. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but brings in concepts and theories from more diverse fields, are encouraged to apply. Risk-taking is encouraged.

Amount: The award provides $240,000 in flexible support - $60,000 per year for a four-year period.

Eligibility: The Pew Scholars Program is open to individuals with a doctorate in medicine or biomedical sciences. As of November 1, 2013, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor. On July 1, 2013, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years (not appointed before July 1, 2010), whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track. Time spent in clinical internships, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of this three-year limit. Candidates may be nominated by their institution two times in total.

Individuals with committed awards from the Searle Scholars Program, Rita Allen Scholars, Burroughs-Wellcome Career Awards, Beckman Young Investigators Program, Ellison New Scholar Award, Keck Foundation, Damon-Runyon Early Career award, and the Kimmel Scholars Award that overlap for the first two years of the Pew Scholarship are not eligible. Funding from the NIH, other government sources, and project grants from public charities and nonprofit associations such as the American Cancer Society do not pose a conflict with the Pew Scholars Program.

Link to Program Description

Internal Competition: Since the sponsor will accept only one candidate from each institution, UK will hold an internal competition. Eligible UK faculty who wish to be considered for this program should submit a nomination packet electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to his or her Associate Dean for Research by Friday, June 7, 2013. The nomination packet is to include:

  • Candidate’s Name, Department, Academic Rank, and Date of Appointment
  • Abstract of proposed research (1 page)
  • A brief description of the applicant's most significant research contribution to date, highlighting particularly creative and risk-taking aspects of the proposed research, and a statement of how the receipt of the Pew Scholarship would benefit the applicant. (1-2 pages)
  • Current CV

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make a recommendation as to the University's ONE nominee. All applicants will be notified of the results. After UK submits the required nomination information to the Pew program office by the designated deadline, the sponsor will email login information to the online application web site directly to UK’s selected applicant. The web site will open August 1, 2013 and the submission deadline is November 1, 2013.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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***Pfizer, Inc. - Fellowships in Amyloidosis***

Description
This fellowship represents an opportunity for young investigators to spend 2 years of their career adding to the science of the amyloidoses. Applications for this fellowship are welcome from programs and institutions that focus on educating clinicians on the recognition, diagnosis and treatment of patients with amyloidosis, especially those of the hereditary/familial type.

Since Pfizer will accept only one application from each division/department of the University, any individual interested in applying should contact his/her unit head for information about the internal selection process before submitting an application.

Link to Full Announcement: http://www.pfizerfellowships.com/AwardDetails.aspx?AwardID=2303

Deadline: February 10, 2012

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Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships (Informatics and Pharmacology/Toxicology)

Description

Informatics

The goal of the Informatics Program is to promote the use of informatics in an integrative approach to the understanding of biological and disease processes. Informatics awards are intended to support career development for scientists engaged in cutting-edge research in information technology and experimental validation, thus advancing the integration of molecular and clinical approaches into problems of pharmacological concern.

Institutional Limit: two applications per academic institution.

Pharmacology/Toxicology

Pharmacology/toxicology awards support career-development activities of scientists prepared to engage in research that integrates information on molecular or cellular mechanisms of action with information on the effects of an agent observed in an intact organism, either in experimental animal or clinical studies or both.

Institutional Limit:  one application per academic institution.

Amount: Pharmacology/Toxicology and Informatics awards provide a stipend of $20,000 a year payablequarterly for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years.

Website for more information

Internal Competition: Because PhRMA Foundation restricts the number of proposals that can be submitted, UK will hold internal competitions to determine the University's applicants for each category (Informatics and Pharmacology/Toxicology). Individuals interested in submitting an application should send the following information – in no more than one page – to the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Monday, August 12, 2013:

  • Title of program (PhrMA Foundation Pre Doctoral Fellowship)
  • Category of Funding (Informatics or Pharmacology/Toxicology)
  • Name and affiliations of Predoctoral Student and Mentor(s)
  • Title and brief rationale of the proposed project
  • Relevance to the mission of PhRMA Foundation

A committee will be convened to review applications and make recommendations as to the university’s applicants.

Foundation Deadline: September 1, 2013

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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Powe (Ralph E.) - Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

Description: The Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) is a consortium of 109 research colleges and universities institutions, including the University of Kentucky, that cultivates collaborative partnerships that enhance scientific research and education. The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards provide $5,000 to full-time assistant professors within two years of their initial tenure track appointment (1/10/2012 through 1/10/2014) at the time of application.These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities.

Research projects must be in one of the following five areas:

  • Engineering and Applied Science
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics/Computer Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Policy, Management, or Education

Matching: The applicant’s institution is required to match the award with at least an additional $5,000. This is a one-year grant (June 1 to May 31).

Limited Submission: Each ORAU member may submit up to two applications each year.

See the complete announcement for additional details and requirements: http://www.orau.org/university-partnerships/faculty-student-programs/powe/default.aspx 

Internal Competition: Because the ORAU only allows each member institution to submit two applications, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Researchers interested in applying are to submit the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and to their Associate Dean for Research by December 4, 2013:
  1. Name and department of the PI;
  2. Title of the Program;
  3. A two page resume;
  4. An abstract or two-page description of the proposed research;
  5. A budget and justification for the $5,000 requested from ORAU; and 
  6. The proposed source of matching funds.  Note:  Because of ongoing commitments, the Office of the Vice President for Research is unable to provide matching funds.

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review this information and make recommendations as to the University’s submissions. The individuals selected will be notified and the proposal will be submitted electronically to Oak Ridge by the Office of the Vice President for Research for the January 10, 2014 deadline. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

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***Princess Grace Foundation USA - The Princess Grace Awards Program (Dance Performance and Choreography)***

Purpose: The Princess Grace Awards is a national program dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging theater, dance, and film

artists who are at the outset of their careers or at early stages of professional development. Working in conjunction with nominating schools and non-profit companies, the Princess Grace Awards recognize the talent of individual artists in theater, dance, and film.This unique collaborative process fills vast voids in the artistic community: scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships give emerging artists the financial assistance and moral encouragement to focus on artistic excellence; monetary support for the nominating organizations eases fund raising challenges, directing resources toward the creative process.

2014 Dance Performance Application and Guidelines | April 30, 2014 Deadline

Institutional Limit: An organization or school may submit only one nominee per category (1-2 below)

  • Scholarships – grants are based on tuition costs only; no other expenses (i.e., room and board, materials, books, costumes, etc.) may be included
  • Fellowships – for salary assistance for an apprentice or a new member of a non-profit dance company. Applicant may not have been with the nominating company for more than five years at time of application

2014 Choreography Application and Guidelines | April 30, 2014 Deadline

Institutional Limit: Only one nomination per company is permitted.

***Individuals interested in this program should contact Nancy Jones in the Department of Theatre***

Agency Deadlines
April 30, 2014 (for both programs)

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***Princess Grace Foundation USA - The Princess Grace Awards Program (Theater and Playwriting Grants)***

Purpose: Working in conjunction with nominating schools and non-profit companies, the Princess Grace Awards recognize the talent of individual artists in theater, dance, and film.
This unique collaborative process fills vast voids in the artistic community: scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships give emerging artists the financial assistance and moral encouragement to focus on artistic excellence; monetary support for the nominating organizations eases fund raising challenges, directing resources toward the creative process.

Playwriting Guidelines

Theater Guidelines

Institutional Limit: Eligible applicant institutions may only submit one application per category (scholarships, apprenticeships or fellowships).

***Individuals interested in this program should contact the Department of Theater***

Agency Deadline
March 31, 2014

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RGK Foundation Grants Program

Description: RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of Education, Community, and Medicine/Health.

The Foundation's primary interests within Education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education.

Within Community, the Foundation supports a broad range of human services, community improvement, abuse prevention, and youth development programs. Human service programs of particular interest include children and family services, early childhood development, and parenting education. Youth development programs supported typically include after-school educational enrichment programs that supplement and enhance formal education systems to increase the chances for successful outcomes in school and life. The Foundation is also interested in programs that attract female and minority students into the fields of mathematics, science, and technology.

The Foundation's current interests in the area of Medicine and Health include programs that promote the health and well-being of children, programs that promote access to health services, and Foundation-initiated programs focusing on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Institutional Limit: The Foundation limits an institution to only one electronic Letter of Inquiry (LOI) in a twelve-month period.

Link to Guidelines

Internal Competition: Because RGK limits the number of proposals that can be submitted, individuals interested in submitting an application should send the following information to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, April 29, 2014:

  • Principal Investigator name and department and any partners or collaborators;
  • Funding Opportunity Title (RGK Foundation Grants)
  • Project title and area (i.e., Education, Community, or Medicine/Health);
  • Brief project description (maximum 1-2 pages).

A committee will be convened to review the applications and make recommendations. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

Deadline: June 13, 2014

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***Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), The – Research Scholar Grant***

To support junior faculty members who have completed the conventional resident/fellowship training program(s); but have not yet been recognized as independent investigators. The purpose of the funding is to help establish the recipient as an independent investigator, and to collect preliminary data that could lead to further funding through established mechanisms such as the NIH. Recipients will devote a minimum of 40% of their time in the approved research project.

Link to Funding Announcement

Amount: $75,000 annually for 2 years ($150,000 total) to be used as salary support for the scholar. Funds are intended to secure protected time for the recipient and may not be used for non-personnel research expenses. An additional $1,000 will be paid to the institution each year to help cover costs associated with the Scholar Advisor Program.

Deadline: January 15, 2014

Institutional Limit: While applications are accepted from departments that currently host Scholar Grant recipients, only one new nomination may be submitted per department per year.

***Individuals interested in this program should contact their department chair.***

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Reeve (Christopher & Dana) Foundation - Quality of Life Grants

Description: Quality of Life grants (up to $25,000) are awarded to programs or projects that improve the daily lives of people with paralysis, with some emphasis on but not limited to paralysis caused by spinal caused by spinal cord injuries. Funding is awarded twice yearly to nonprofit organizations that provide critical life-enhancing and life-changing programs and services that improve physical and emotional health. Funded projects offer a diversity of services and approaches: improving access; providing education and job training; sponsoring organized sporting opportunities; and more to individuals living with paralysis and their communities.

Limited Submission: Only one request per cycle should be submitted for an organization.

Link to Funding Opportunity

Internal Competition: Because the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation limits the number of proposals that can be submitted, individuals interested in submitting an application should send the following information to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Wednesday, February 5, 2014:

  • Principal Investigator name and department and any partners or collaborators;
  • Title of the program (Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation – Quality of Life Grants)
  • Brief project description including goals and activities (maximum 2 pages).

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make a recommendation. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Kathy Stanwix-Hay (stanwix@email.uky.edu or 257-5090).

Deadline: March 1, 2014

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Runyon (Damon) Cancer Research Foundation - Clinical Investigator Award

Description: The Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award supports young physician-scientists conducting patient-oriented cancer research. The goal is to increase the number of physicians capable of moving seamlessly between the laboratory and the patient’s bedside in search of breakthrough treatments.

Link to Funding Opportunity Announcement

Amount: The $450,000 award will be for a period of three years.

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident.
  • The applicant must have received an MD or MD/PhD degree(s) from an accredited institution, completed his/her subspecialty training and be board-eligible.
  • The applicantmust apply within the first four (4) years of his/her initial full faculty appointment (cut-off July 2009).Adjunct or acting positions are not eligible.
  • Candidates holding or awarded R01s at the time of application are not eligible to apply.
  • The applicant must commit to spending 80% of their time conducting research.
  • The applicant is required to apply in conjunction with a mentor who is established in the field of clinical translational cancer research, cancer prevention and/or epidemiology and can provide the critical guidance needed during the period of the award. No more than two Damon Runyon Clinical Investigators will be funded to work with the same mentor at any given time.

Institutional Limit: Three (3) nominations per institution, including its affiliated schools, will be accepted.

Internal Competition: Because the sponsor limits the number of applications that an institution may submit, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Researchers interested in applying are to submit the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, January 22, 2013:

  • Name of the candidate, the department, date of academic appointment, and the name and department of the mentor
  • A statement from the department chair, confirming that the candidate is a tenure-track assistant professor within the first four years of initial appointment and can commit 80% effort to the proposed research activity
  • A brief description of the proposed research (maximum 2 pages) - include specific aims, significance of the research goals, experimental design strategies, and methods.

A committee will be convened to review the material and make recommendations as to the University’s submission. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

Deadline: February 15, 2013

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SIR Foundation - Dr. Ernest J. Ring Academic Development Grant

Description: The Dr. Ernest J. Ring Academic Development Grant is designed to provide support to junior interventional radiology faculty members early in their academic careers to allow time for the conduct of research. The goal of this grant is to have the recipient subsequently obtain additional funding from other peer-reviewed sources, (e.g., National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants).

Link to announcement: http://www.sirfoundation.org/pdf/Ring.pdf

Amount: This grant provides $50,000 a year for two years. The second year of funding is contingent on satisfactory review of a first year progress report.

Eligibility: Grant funding will be made to junior full-time faculty members, with a MD, DO, PhD, or equivalent degree in educational institutions in the United States and Canada. Applications from non-Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) members will be considered, but such applications are required to have significant input and involvement by an SIR member.

Internal Competition: Because only one (1) application is allowed per institution, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Researchers interested in applying are to submit the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and to their Associate Dean for Research by Monday, November 26, 2012:

  • Names and departments of the PI and project team
  • Project description overview to include objectives and overall approach (1 – 2 pages maximum)

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review this information and make recommendations as to the University’s submission. The individual selected will be notified in time to submit for the December 14, 2012 deadline.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

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Searle Scholars Program for Outstanding New Faculty

The University of Kentucky is one of 155 institutions invited to submit ONE application to the highly competitive Searle Scholars Program for outstanding new faculty.  This program normally awards 15 new grants each year.  The current grant level is $300,000 for a three-year period.  Applicants should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2012.  The appointment must be their first tenure-track position.  Applicants are expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences.  The Searle Scholars Program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components.  Potential applicants who are unsure if their research is appropriate for the Search Scholars Program are encouraged by the sponsor to examine the research interests of present and former Searle Scholars on the website (http://www.searlescholars.net/). 

Eligible UK faculty who wish to be considered for this program should submit a nomination packet electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.eduand a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Friday, July 26, 2013.  The nomination packet is to include:

  • Name, department, and complete curriculum vitae of the candidate
  • Letter of support to the Searle Scholar Selection Committee from the department chair
  • Title of the candidate’s proposed research and an abstract which describes the research and its significance (250-300 words).  

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review the material and make a recommendation as to the University’s ONE nominee.  All applicants will be notified of the results.  The individual selected will be given the username and password to download and complete the application for transmittal to the Searle Scholars Program for the September 27, 2013 receipt deadline.  The application requires an abstract, completion of the 12 page application form, a statement from the department chair, three letters of reference, and the first page of each of five selected publications.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

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***Sloan (Alfred P.) Foundation – Sloan Research Fellows***

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

Candidates for Sloan Research Fellowships are required to:

  • Hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, economics, neuroscience, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, ocean sciences or in a related interdisciplinary field;
  • Be members of the regular teaching faculty (i.e., tenure track) of a degree-granting college or university in the United States or Canada; and
  • Normally, be no more than six years from completion of the most recent Ph.D. or equivalent as of the year of their nomination.

While Fellows are expected to be at an early stage of their research careers, there should be strong evidence of independent research accomplishments. Candidates in all fields are normally below the rank of associate professor and do not hold tenure, but these are not strict requirements.

Further information can be found at: Sloan Research Fellowships

Limited Submission: No more than three individuals may be nominated from any one department.

***Those interested in being nominated should contact their department chair.***

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South Arts - Literary Arts Touring Grant Program

Description: Literary Arts Touring grants support literary arts presenting organizations for engagements by guest writers (fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry) from outside the presenter’s state. These touring funds support publicly accessible readings and educational activities that provide opportunities for people to participate in the arts.

Amount: The maximum request is 50% of the writers’ fee(s), up to a total grant of $2,500.

Cost Sharing: South Arts requires a dollar-for-dollar cash match. (Indirect and additional project costs are not supported by this grant.)

Link to guidelines

Institutional Limit: UK is limited to one Literary Arts Touring grant per South Arts fiscal year.

Internal Competition: Because the South Arts Literary Arts Touring Program limits an institution to one application per year, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Researchers interested in applying are to submit the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmission@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, April 22, 2014:

  • Names and departments of Project Director and project personnel
  • Name of Program (South Arts: Literary Arts Touring)
  • Project description (1 page max.), including names of writer(s), touring locations, and scope of work, including educational outreach component
  • A budget showing matching funds and/or potential sources of funding for the match. Note: Because of ongoing commitments, the Office of the Vice President for Research is unable to provide matching funds.

A committee will be convened to review the material and make recommendations. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

Deadline: May 1, 2014

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St. Baldrick's Foundation - Spring 2014 Funding Opportunities

Description: The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a nonprofit organization raising funds for childhood cancer research. Current funding priorities are divided into four categories and three focus areas:

  • Education of new pediatric oncology researchers
  • New discovery research
  • Translational research
  • Phase III clinical trials & infrastructure support of participating institutions (primarily the fall grant cycle)

In addition to research to find cures, topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Adolescents & young adults
  • Survivorship, outcomes and quality of life
  • Supportive care

Funding Types:

St. Baldrick’s Fellows: The Foundation funds years three-four (or four-five) of a pediatric oncology research fellowship, with an opportunity for one additional year of funding. In the past, Fellows were funded for years two-three; this change is to focus on Fellows with a more research-oriented career path. This mechanism is designed to support a Fellow’s salary and benefits only. The Foundation encourages applications from institutions with fellowship programs which have not previously received St. Baldrick’s funding for this grant mechanism.

St. Baldrick’s Scholars: This career development award is to help develop the independent research of highly qualified individuals still early in their careers (no more than five years as a faculty member, post-fellowship). ($110,000/year, three year minimum, with an opportunity for two additional years). This award is for a Scholar’s salary and benefits only; adjustments may be allowed if the Scholar receives other funds after applying, upon Foundation approval.

St. Baldrick’s International Scholars: New in 2013 - This three-five year award is to train researchers from low- and middle- income countries (according to classification made by the World Bank) to prepare them to fill specific stated needs in an area of childhood cancer research.

Research grants: These one-year grants are for specific research projects which are hypothesis driven and may be laboratory, clinical or epidemiological research. While the average grant is $100,000 or less, the proposed budget must be realistic for the project.

Supportive Care Research grants: These are for research projects which are hypothesis driven and focus on areas related to the supportive care of children and adolescents with cancer. Examples include studies related to symptom clusters, patient-reported outcomes/quality of life, health communication, health promotion, and psychosocial support across the trajectory from diagnosis to survivorship or end-of-life care. While the average grant is $50,000 or less, the proposed budget must be realistic for the project.

Consortium Research grants: These grants are for consortia representing multiple institutions and foster collaborations to solve key questions in childhood cancer. These grants may be for up to five years. Applicants should propose a realistic budget to accomplish the project’s goal.

St. Baldrick’s Summer Fellows: These awards offer a $5,000 stipend (one per institution) for a student to work on pediatric oncology research. Summer fellowship program directors can contact Grants@StBaldricks.org for application information.

Link to Funding Opportunity Announcement

Institutional Limits: With the following exceptions, each institution may submit only one application per funding category. Each institution may submit two applications in the Research Grant category. Consortia are considered as separate entities and more than one application may be submitted by an institution, acting as lead. It is possible for an institution to receive funding in more than one funding category.

Internal Competition: Because St. Baldrick’s Foundation limits the number of applications an institution may submit, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting a proposal are to submit the following material electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and to their Associate Dean for Research by Friday, January 17, 2014:

  • Names and departments of the PI, partners, and key personnel
  • Specify the Funding Type for which you are applying (e.g., St. Baldrick’s Fellows, Research Grants.)
  • Project narrative (1 page max) - Brief description of goals and project activities
A committee will be convened to review applications and make recommendations. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663.)

Agency Deadlines:
Required Letter of Intent: January 31, 2014
Full Application: April 4, 2014

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Unites States/India Educational Foundation - Obama Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI) FY 2014

The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) announces an open competition for the support of projects that strengthen collaboration and build partnerships between American and Indian institutions of higher education. The program’s goals are to encourage mutual understanding between the U.S. and India, facilitate educational reform, foster economic development, and engage civil society through academic cooperation with Indian post secondary educational institutions.

Proposals in the following fields are eligible: Energy; Climate Change; Environmental Studies; Education and Educational Reform; Public Health; and Sustainable Development & Community Development. Exchange activities may include but are not limited to curriculum design, research collaboration, team teaching, focused series of exchanges, seminars, among other activities.

The maximum award will be $250,000 for a three-year period.  Cost-sharing respective to institutional capacities is encouraged to demonstrate the commitment of all partner institutions to the proposed project.

Limited Submission: USIEF will only accept one proposal per institution.

See the complete solicitation for additional details and requirements: http://www.usief.org.in/upload/OSI%20RFP%202013.pdf

Internal Competition:  Because USIEF only allows an organization to submit one proposal in this competition, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to submit the following materials electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Tuesday, August 13, 2013:

  • Names and departments of UK Project Director and key personnel
  • The Indian partner institution name, location, and key personnel
  • Title of Program:  Obama Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI) FY 2014
  • A short description (1-2 pages) of the proposed project
  • If cost sharing is offered, a budget with match and potential sources of funding for that match. Note: Because of ongoing commitments, the Office of the Vice President for Research is unable to provide matching funds.

A committee will be appointed to review the information and make a recommendation. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

The USIEF deadline is November 1, 2013.

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USA Funds - Key Transitions in Postsecondary Education

USA Funds® is supporting a new grant-making initiative to further enhance our impact on student access to and success in postsecondary education. USA Funds will accept applications from organizations that provide educational support services, at key transition points in higher education, to students in our target populations in an effort to increase their persistence to complete college. Those key transition points are:

  • For traditional students, between high school graduation and the beginning of postsecondary education.
  • For adult learners, transitioning into a postsecondary education environment.
  • For traditional and nontraditional students, transitioning between the first and second year of college, particularly at the community college level.

Eligible programs must predominantly serve high school seniors or undergraduate students from our target populations, which include:

  • Students from low-income households, defined as students from families with incomes that qualify them for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program or for Pell Grants.
  • Students who are the first in their family to attend college.
  • Students of color.

Amount: USA Funds intends to award up to three (3) separate grants with each grant ranging between $400,000 and $800,000 over the duration of the grant period. Grants may be awarded for two (2) or three (3) years, depending on the scale and scope of the program.

Link for More Information

Key Transitions RFP: http://www.usafunds.org/community/Documents/KeyTransitionsRFP.pdf

Limited Submission: An organization, institution or university system should submit only one grant application.

Internal Competition: Because USA Funds allows an applicant to only submit one application per organization, the University of Kentucky has established an internal selection process. Individuals interested in submitting to this program are to submit the following materials electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research at limitedsubmissions@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Wednesday, May 1, 2013:

  • Name and department of the Principal Investigator, key partners and other project personnel;
  • Narrative description (maximum 1-2 pages) of the project, including the problem being addressed, program design and scalability.

The Vice President for Research will appoint a committee to review this material and make a recommendation. Questions about the submission process may be sent to Ms. Annette Evans in the Office of the Vice President for Research (alevan4@email.uky.edu or 257-1663).

Sponsor Deadline: May 24, 2013.

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V Foundation for Cancer Research, The - 2014 V Scholar Grant

The V Scholar Program is designed to identify, retain and further the careers of talented young investigators. The program provides funds directly to young scientists who are developing their own independent laboratory research projects. These grants enable talented young scientists to establish their laboratories and gain a competitive edge necessary to earn additional funding from other sources. The grants are $200,000, two-year commitments. Guidelines and additional information can be found at the following link: http://www.jimmyv.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/V-Scholar-2014-RFP.pdf.

The eligibility criteria (at the time of application) of candidates are:

  • Be a faculty member at your non-profit academic institution.
  • Have demonstrated expertise and promise in the designated areas of research.
  • Must be nominated by the cancer center director in the formal application.
  • Have completed at least two years of fellowship training.
  • One year of fellowship is acceptable if only one year is required by M.D. program.
  • Currently hold an entry-level faculty position (below associate professor)
  • No more than five years since joining the faculty as instructor or assistant professor
  • No more than 10 years since terminal degree (M.D. or Ph.D.)
  • Not have been promoted to Associate Professor

Researchers who have secured their own RO1 funding (or similar level of independent support) are not eligible for this award. Applicants with institutional or KO8 awards are eligible.

Because The V Foundation limits an institution to one application in response to this solicitation, the University of Kentucky Office of the Vice President for Research and the Markey Cancer Center are implementing an internal selection process and a deadline. Researchers wanting to submit an application are to send the following material electronically as a combined pdf to the Markey Cancer Center at nathan.vanderford@uky.edu and a copy to their Associate Dean for Research by Wednesday, March 12, 2014:

  1. Application cover sheet, which may be obtained from http://www.jimmyv.org/research/VSCHOLARgrant/
  2. One-page letter of introduction from the applicant including:
    • a summary of his/her area of research interest
    • a description of his/her reason for doing cancer research
    • what the applicant would like us to know about him/her
  3. A two-page outline of the proposed research including:
    • hypothesis
    • rationale
    • supporting data (if any)
    • expected outcomes
    • progress specific to the aims for each of the two years
  4. A complete list of current and outstanding funding/grants for this work
  5. Curriculum vitae of the applicant which includes a description of any relevant intra- or inter-institutional collaboration in past research projects.
  6. A one-page budget (NIH format suggested)
  7. If animals are to be used in this research project, please provide rationale and a statement that they will be used in accordance with methods reviewed and approved by IACUC.

The Markey Cancer Center will coordinate the internal review process. The deadline for the complete application is Tuesday, April 7, 2014.

Questions about the submission process may be sent to Nathan Vanderford, PhD, MBA, Assistant Director for Research, MCC (nathan.vanderford@uky.edu  or 323-2622).