Funding Opportunties

Week of July 18, 2018


West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI) Funding - The West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI) has released requests for applications (RFA) for the CollaborativeLaunch Pilot Grant, and Small Grant funding opportunities. For information on Letter of Intent and full proposal deadlines, visit the WVCTSI funding page.

Faculty Research Opportunities

Time-Sensitive Obesity Policy and Program Evaluation (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) - This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) establishes an accelerated review/award process to support time-sensitive research to evaluate a new policy or program that is likely to influence obesity related behaviors (e.g., dietary intake, physical activity, or sedentary behavior) and/or weight outcomes in an effort to prevent or reduce obesity. This FOA is intended to support research where opportunities for empirical study are, by their very nature, only available through expedited review and funding. All applications to this FOA must demonstrate that the evaluation of an obesity related policy and /or program offers an uncommon and scientifically compelling research opportunity that will only be available if the research is initiated with minimum delay. For these reasons, applications in response to this time-sensitive FOA are not eligible for re-submission. It is intended that eligible applications selected for funding will be awarded within 4 months of the application due date. However, administrative requirements and other unforeseen circumstances may delay issuance dates beyond that timeline. Upcoming Application Deadline Date(s): September 13, 2018; October 10, 2018; November 13, 2018; December 11, 2018; January 10, 2019.

NIST Disaster Resilience (DR) Research Grants - The Disaster Resilience (DR) Research Grants Program (click on Related Documents tab) seeks applications from eligible applicants to conduct research aimed at advancing the principles of resilience in building design and building codes and standards. Research proposals must support the overall effort of developing science-based building codes by evaluating potential technologies and architectural design criteria to improve disaster resilience in the built environment. Research projects must be aligned with existing NIST Engineering Laboratory (EL) Disaster Resilience programs, as described in Section I. of this NOFO/Full Announcement, and any application that is non-research related (such as developing a product) will be disqualified. Application Deadline Date: August 27, 2018.

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp) - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) hereby notify Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) holding specific types of research grants (activity codes listed above) that funds are available for administrative supplements to improve the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, postdoctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research. This supplement opportunity is also available to PD(s)/PI(s) of research grants who are or become disabled and need additional support to accommodate their disability in order to continue to work on the research project. Administrative supplements must support work within the scope of the original project. Application Deadline Date(s): Submission dates vary by awarding IC. See Table of IC-Specific Information, Requirements and Staff Contacts for more details.

The National Health and Aging Trends Study (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) - This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) invites applications for the next five-year cycle of the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS), the leading nationally representative, longitudinal data resource in the US for research on trends, dynamics, and disparities in late-life disability, and for studies of the social and economic consequences of late-life disability for individuals, families and society, including caregiving and end-of-life issues. NHATS has conducted seven annual rounds of data collection to date (an eighth round is in process) and is linked to the separately funded National Study of Caregiving (NSOC). The goals of the next cycle are to: 1) Continue the current structure and design elements of NHATS; 2) Permit studies of long-term trends in disability prevalence; 3) Enrich measurement of cognitive capacity; 4) Enhance measurement of physical activity and sedentary behavior; 5) Continue linkages with administrative records; and 6) Augment data dissemination and user support. Application Deadline Date: October 1, 2018.

Innovative Mental Health Services Research Not Involving Clinical Trials (R01) - The purpose of this funding announcement is to encourage innovative research that will inform and support the delivery of high-quality, continuously improving mental health services to benefit the greatest number of individuals with, or at risk for developing, a mental illness. This announcement invites applications for non-clinical trial R01-level projects that address NIMH strategic priorities for mental health services research (see  Application Deadline Date(s): Standard dates apply.


Health Disparities and Alzheimer's Disease (R01) - This FOA invites applications proposing to study health disparities in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and related disorders. Health-disparities research related to AD should include the study of biological, behavioral, sociocultural, and environmental factors that influence population level health differences. Research approaches of interest include 1) improving recruitment and retention of populations underrepresented in AD research, 2) identifying priority factors or locating pathways and mechanisms that create and sustain AD health disparities, 3) addressing the challenges faced by informal/family caregivers from diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds that are associated with the growing population of individuals with Alzheimer's Disease, and 4) understanding the disparities in access to and utilization of formal long-term supports and services for those with dementia. Companion Funding Opportunity is PAR-15-350R03 Small Grant Program. Application Deadline Date(s): Standard dates apply.


Effects of In Utero Alcohol Exposure on Adult Health and Disease (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) - This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), is intended to support novel research on how prenatal alcohol exposure may contribute to the etiology of chronic diseases and health conditions later in life. Central to this theme is the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD) concept which suggests that fetal adaptations in response to adverse intrauterine conditions may increase the risk for childhood and adulthood disease. The goal of this FOA is to stimulate a broad range of research to: 1) leverage existing prospective birth cohorts to define the role of maternal alcohol consumption in the DOHaD process; 2) investigate the biological, cellular, and molecular mechanisms by which prenatal alcohol exposure may impact disease outcomes later in life; and 3) identify biomarkers associated with gestational alcohol exposure that may predict adult disease susceptibility in exposed offspring. Studies supported by this FOA will provide fundamental insights into a possible fetal-basis to adult disease that is influenced by maternal alcohol use. Companion Funding Opportunity is PA-18-508, R21 Exploratory/Developmental Grant. Application Deadline Date(s): Standard dates apply.

Increasing Social Connectedness for Older Adults RFP - AARP Foundation works to end senior poverty by helping vulnerable older adults build economic opportunity and social connectedness. We are the charitable affiliate of AARP, serving AARP members and nonmembers alike. Through our grantmaking, we collaborate with partner organizations to identify evidence-based programs that can become sustainable -- real-world solutions to the challenges facing low-income older adults. We are seeking applicants with evidence-based, innovative solutions positioned for exponential growth to bring to scale proven approaches that increase social support and connectedness among hundreds of thousands of low-income older adults. Application Deadline Date: September 28, 2018.

Secondary Analyses of Existing Alcohol Research Data (R01) - This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages the submission of investigator-initiated research grant applications to support the secondary analysis of existing data sets with the goal of enhancing our understanding of patterns of alcohol consumption, the epidemiology and etiology, including genetics, of alcohol-related problems. Research grants for the Secondary Analyses of Existing Alcohol Research Data are intended to provide support for studies that utilize currently available data sets to increase our understanding of the incidence, prevalence and etiology of alcohol related problems and disorders in the population, as well as the risk and protective factors associated with them. Research that employs analytic techniques which demonstrate or promote methodological advances in alcohol-related epidemiologic and Genetics/Genomics research is also of interest. Companion Funding Opportunity is PA-17-468R03 Small Grant. Application Deadline Date(s): Standard dates apply.

Leveraging Population-Based Cancer Registry Data to Study Health Disparities (R01) - The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to efficiently use the existing cancer registry infrastructure by augmenting data already collected with additional information needed to understand health disparities among people diagnosed with cancer. Specifically, this FOA will support the study of factors influencing observed health disparities within the framework of population-based cancer registries by the inclusion of data not routinely collected by or linked to the registries. The studies should be hypothesis-driven and multidisciplinary approaches are encouraged. Investigators are encouraged to leverage the data already collected by the registries to investigate the determinates of health disparities. The goal of these analyses will be to understand why disparities in cancer treatment and outcomes persist by identifying factors contributing to disparities and their relative importance. Companion funding opportunity is PA-17-288R21 Exploratory/Developmental Grant. Application Deadline Date(s): Standard datesapply.

Integration of Individual Residential Histories Into Cancer Research (R01) - The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support substantive investigation of the role of individual residential histories in cancer etiology and outcomes, and to encourage the development of complex analytical strategies in support of substantive investigation. Companion funding Opportunity is PA-17-295R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant. Application Deadline Date: Standard dates apply.

Linking the Provider Recommendation to Adolescent HPV Vaccine Uptake (R03) - This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages research on how the healthcare delivery system enhances or inhibits the effectiveness of a provider's recommendation of the adolescent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Characteristics of the provider, parent/patient, and clinical setting, can all affect whether a provider makes a recommendation, and whether that recommendation results in uptake of the HPV vaccine. This research requires expertise in cancer prevention, adult and childhood behavior, immunization promotion, and healthcare delivery. Companion Funding Opportunities are PAR-16-338R01 Research Project Grant and PAR-16-336R21 Exploratory/Developmental Grant. Application Deadline Date: Standard dates apply.

Major Opportunities for Research in Epidemiology of Alzheimer's Disease and Cognitive Resilience (R01) - This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages investigator-initiated applications addressing the epidemiology of Alzheimer's disease (AD) as well as protective factors for cognitive health and resilience. All projects in cognitive epidemiology and genetics/genomics relevant to AD are welcome. NIA especially encourages projects or revisions to projects that propose: augmenting existing longitudinal cohort studies; enabling precision medicine for AD; enhancing the power of multi-ethnic cohort studies; exploring trends in the risk of AD and their explanation via putative risk and protective factors; collecting and sequencing DNA samples from well-characterized cases and controls; electronic archiving of cohort studies; harmonizing complex data sets relevant to AD; and harmonizing dementia assessment to enhance cross-national comparisons. Application Deadline Date: Standard dates apply.

Initiation of a Mental Health Family Navigator Model to Promote Early Access, Engagement and Coordination of Needed Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents (R01 Clinical Trial Required) - The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage research applications to develop and test the effectiveness and implementation of family navigator models designed to promote early access, engagement and coordination of mental health treatment and services for children and adolescents who are experiencing early symptoms of mental health problems. For the purposes of this FOA, NIMH defines a family navigator model as a health care professional or paraprofessional whose role is to deploy a set of strategies designed to rapidly engage youth and families in needed treatment and services, work closely with the family and other involved treatment and service providers to optimize care and monitor the trajectory of mental health symptoms and outcomes over time. Applicants are encouraged to develop and test the navigator model's ability to promote early access, engagement and coordination of mental health treatment and services for children and adolescents as soon as symptoms are detected. Of interest are navigator models that coordinate needed care strategies, determine the "personalized match" to the level of needed service amount, frequency and intensity, and harness novel technologies to track and monitor the trajectory of clinical, functional and behavioral progress toward achieving intended services outcomes. Companion Funding Opportunity is PAR-18-429R34 Planning Grant. Application Deadline Date(s): Standard dates apply. 

Rural Emergency Medical Communications Demonstration Project (REMCDP) - This funding opportunity is to fund a demonstration project addressing rural medical communications. The 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) recognizes this evolving landscape with the involvement of new stakeholders and changes in technologies and policies impacting emergency communications Response agencies are becoming more connected to each other, requiring that need to communicate and share information during emergencies, such as public health, medical, and transportation agencies, critical infrastructure sectors, and the public. Emergency responders are not always trained for the types of incidents they encounter but can share valuable information and provide situational awareness during response and recovery efforts. Specifically, medical providers require communications systems and procedures to transmit patient information and coordinate an influx of patients following large-scale disasters. As the whole community increases its engagement during emergencies and as technology advances, the need for medical communications and trained personnel increases to ensure coordinated and effective response. To implement the 2014 NECP, OEC needs to improve its understanding of communications among emergency responders and medical personnel, especially in rural communities. To examine rural emergency medical communications, OEC is reestablishing the Rural Emergency Medical Communications Demonstration Project (REMCDP). The intent of REMCDP is to work with a public health or medical facility to examine communications barriers and identify solutions that enhance existing emergency communications infrastructure. Application Deadline Date: August 10, 2018.

A Program Evaluation of ARC's Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Projects - ARC invites proposals from qualified researchers and consultants to conduct a large-scale program evaluation of approximately 385 water and wastewater infrastructure projects funded by the Commission in the Appalachian Region between fiscal years 2009 and 2016. The evaluation will determine the extent to which these projects have succeeded in achieving ARC's strategic goals; inform ARC of ways to better encourage innovation as well as develop, assess, and manage water and wastewater infrastructure projects; and enhance ARC's ability to document and report program impacts. Application Deadline Date: August 10, 2018.

Kresge Foundation Advancing Health Equity through Housing - This funding opportunity aims to support innovative, multi-sector solutions to housing instability, generated by community residents, that improve housing affordability and quality through policy and practice changes. The Kresge Foundation seeks to identify and accelerate community-led policy and system changes that reduce displacement, segregation and gentrification, support innovative funding strategies that better connect housing and health sectors and recognize multi-sector partnerships that preserve and increase the supply of stable housing for improved health, well-being and health equity in low-income communities. Application Deadline Date: August 13, 2018.

Wellcome Trust Research Leap Fund - The London-based Wellcome Trust has announced the launch of a £250 million ($332 million) fund that will invest in ambitious research programs with the potential to fundamentally change science and transform health over five to ten years. The Wellcome Leap Fund will support scientists, technologists, and innovators from around the world, enabling them to pursue bold ideas that fall outside the scope of conventional life sciences funding because they are deemed too high risk, because they need to overcome a major scientific or technical hurdle, or because the individual with the idea does not have an academic background in the life sciences. The fund, which plans to begin funding projects by late 2020, seeks to support unconventional ideas and bring together outstanding individuals from a range of disciplines and sectors to work in parallel on solving problems. Application Deadline Date: August 7, 2018.