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November Featured Funding Opportunities

Please review the following featured funding opportunities. Be sure to also check the University of Michigan Find Funding Portal for access to more comprehensive resources: http://funding.research.umich.edu.
Email subscriptions to resources like Pivot or Grants.gov will yield more external opportunities specific to your research area.


Description & Research Areas


Internal University of Michigan Funding Opportunities

Economic Growth Institute The Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) is now accepting applications for technology development projects between Michigan small businesses (<500 employees) and public universities for 2018.  Apply at economicgrowth.umich.edu/scip/ .
This is a first come, first served process and interest is already high. Kristin Burgard, burgardk@umich.edu, 734.998.6626
First come, first served.

University of Michigan Poverty Solutions

 Joint funding program between
U-M Poverty Solutions and the Detroit Urban Research Center.

Research Areas: Evaluating and strengthening interventions, programs and policies in the State of Michigan. Action-based research focused on preventing and alleviating poverty. Must equitably involve community and academic partners in all aspects of the research process.

Amount: Up to $220,000

Faculty Project Development

Eligibility: Faculty at the U-M Ann Arbor Campus.Applies to projects in and outside of the State of Michigan.

Amount: Up to 5 awards of up to $20,000

Research Areas: Self-contained research projects or as seed funding to pursue larger external awards.

November 13, 2017

Both projects are to be completed within one year (January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2018).

External Funding Opportunities

American Heart Association


American Heart Association

The American Heart Association new programs are open to all academic disciplines.

Eligible applicants: Biology, chemistry, mathematics, technology, physics, etc.) and all health-related professions (physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, dentists, physical and occupational therapists, statisticians, nutritionists, policy scientists, etc.). Clinical, translational, population and basic scientists are encouraged to apply. AHA strongly encourages women to apply, underrepresented minorities in the sciences, and those who have experienced varied and non-traditional career trajectories.

Award Offerings:

  • Institutional Undergraduate Student Award
  • AHA Predoctoral Fellowship
  • AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • AHA Institutional Research Enhancement Award (AIREA)
  • Innovative Project Award
  • Transformational Project Award
  • Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine Grants - visit http://institute.heart.org to learn more.
  • Strategically Focused Research Networks
  • Career Development Award

2017 - 2018 Offerings:

Various - see AHA website



Request for Proposal (RFP)

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Cisco Research has released several new RFPs and seeks proposals from leading academic research groups to propose innovative approaches to address issues for hardware, software, firmware and architecture for Secure and Private Internet of Things (IoT).

Visit Cisco IoT site for additional information on innovative approaches.

Contact: research@cisco.com


NIH Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO)


Letter of Intent

The Child Health Advances from Research from Women (CHARM) is announcing two grants up to $37,500 per grant for two one-year pilot studies that make use to any of the three cohorts (ARCH, MMIP, and MARCH) to local scientists. 

All scientists affiliated with Henry Ford Health System, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, and Wayne State University.

MI ECHO-specific Criteria:

  • Responsiveness to letter of intent feedback.
  • Feasibility of completion (less than or equal to 1 year).
  • Degree of fit with MI ECHO aims.
  • Potential for development into NIH-funded investigator-initiated research projects.
  • Inter-institutional collaboration. Applications that make use of investigators from more than one of our participating institutions will receive priority in funding.
November 15, 2017
National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Foundation

Request for Proposal

The NCCN Foundation announces the 2018 Young Investigator Award (YIA) for young investigators with innovative ideas and interest in improving the quality of care to cancer patients. Two-year grants of $150,000. A separate administrative allowance will be provided for up to $575 for mandatory 2020 NCCN Annual Conference


Physicians, scientists, nurses and others working in an oncology laboratory, clinical research or clinical setting, or cancer control program in NCCN's Member Institutions who have:

  • First full-time appointment as an Assistant Professor, Instructor, or equivalent level,
  • Are MDs, PhDs or, for nurses and other, have an advanced degree.

To submit nominations for two candidates, and for additional questions, email foundationproposals@nccnfoundation.org.

November 22, 2017 (nominations)

January 17, 2018 (RFP)

The U.S. Air Force Research Lab

Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFF)

Qualified faculty members interested in conducting research at Air Force (AF) Research Labs/Centers.

Research Areas:
U.S. colleges and universities to perform high-quality and meaningful research at AFRL Directorates, the Air Force Test Center (AFTC), the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), or the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) during the summer months (May-September) for full-time research in the science, technology, mathematics, and engineering fields.


Contact: Mr. Clarence Brown (AFSFFP.PMO@Sysplus.com)

November 30, 2017 (early application encouraged)

Rally Foundation - A Collaborative Pediatric Cancer Research Awards Program

Letter of Intent

Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research Collaboration invites applications for funding of projects in the following areas:

  • Basic Science Research
  • Clinical Translational Research
  • Survivorship and Palliative Care Studies
  • Alternative Therapy Studies (using natural agents, integrated, personalized or holistic approaches)
  • Designated funding for rhabdomyosarcoma, osteosarcoma, Ewing's sarcoma and targeted therapies; however all types of childhood cancers will be considered.

For more information go to the Rally Foundation website.

December 1, 2017


Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)

Request for Applications

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) announces the 2018 Pilot and Research Awards. The grants are intended to provide funding for investigators conducting bold, creative and rigorous research into the underlying biology, causes and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

Pilot Awards: Investigators who are requesting support for small-scale projects or early-stage experiments that will build on preliminary data or a prior track record and lead to competitive applications for funding. $330,000 for two years.

Research Awards: Investigators with demonstrated experience who are requesting support for compelling, high-impact research on an experimental hypothesis for which preliminary data have already been gathered.

Amount: $975,000 for three years.

For more information and to apply go to SFARI website.

December 1, 2017
The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience

Letter of Intent

The 2018 McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards
Research Areas:
Novel and creative approaches to understanding brain function. How a new technology may be used to monitor, manipulate, analyze, or model brain function at any level, from the molecular to the entire organism. Technology may take any form, from biochemical tools to instruments to software and mathematical approaches. Research based primarily on existing techniques will not be considered.
Eligibility: Collaborative and cross-disciplinary applications are explicitly invited to foster collaboration between the neurosciences and other disciplines.
Descriptions of Previous Awardshttps://neuroscience.mcknight.org/award-recipients/technology-awards  
Eligibility: Full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor or higher, e.g., associate professor or professor. 
Not Eligible:

  • Research professor, adjunct professor, professor research track, visiting professor, or instructor 
  • Employees of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Scientists within the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health.
  • Holders of other McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience awards that would overlap with the Technological Innovations award. 

Amount:  Up to $100,000 per year for two years. 

  • Letter of Intent (LOI) is due on December 4, 2017 
  • Full proposals will be due April 23, 2018
  • Funding begins on August 1, 2018. 

Application and Instructions:
(You must copy and paste this URL for it to work.)

December 4, 2018
The Office of Naval Research (ONR)

Request for Application

The ONR Summer Faculty Research Program announces the opportunity for the faculty member to participate in research for 10-weeks at one of the 20 participating ONR facilities.


U.S. citizens who hold teaching or research appointments at U.S. colleges and universities. Travel, housing, and a competitive stipend are provided for awardees. All work must be completed on-site at the sponsoring U.S. Navy Laboratory.

For more information visit the website: (http://onroutreach-summer-faculty-research-sabbatical.com).

December 8, 2017
Leukemia Research Foundation


Amount:  Up to $100,000 for one year.

Eligibility and Research Areas: New Investigators focusing on leukemia, lymphoma, MDS, and multiple myeloma.

Applicants are not required to be U.S. citizens and project undertaken outside the U.S. will be considered.

*within seven (7) years of their first independent position. Years as a resident physician, fellow physician, or post-doctoral fellow are considered to be training years. Applicants with an NIH KO8 or K23 are eligible.

Not Eligible:

A single grant of $175,00 or greater in total direct costs per year, NIH RO1 funding, VA Merit Award or equivalent, career development awards from other national foundations are excluded. Renewal applications will not be accepted..

February 1, 2018

Guidelines for Letter of Intent


Call for Papers

Mass Data Analysis

Call for Papers

The 13th International Conference on Mass Data Analysis of Images and Signals, MDA 2018, with Applications in Medicine, r/g/b Biotechnology, Food Industries and Dietetics, Biometry and Securitry, and Agriculture, Drug Discover, and System Biology.

Date: July 7 – 10, 2018
Place: New York, USA

The scope of conference is to bring together researcher, practitioners, and industry
people who are dealing with mass analysis of images and signals to present and discuss recent research in these fields.

The goals of this conference are to:

  • provide a forum for identifying important contributions and opportunities for research on mass data analysis on microscopic images,
  • promote the systematic study of how to apply automatic image analysis and interpretation procedures to that field showcase applications of mass data analysis in biology, medicine, and chemistry.

For more information go to the MDA website.

February 15, 2018


Partnership Opportunities
NEI Corporation

NEI Corporation is interested in partnership opportunities for the DoD & NASA SBIR / STTR topics listed below. NEI has domain expertise in the topics and can bolster your proposal in any one of the following ways:

  • Subcontractor to develop/provide specialty materials - coatings, powders, films, and bulk.
  • Use of NEI's facilities to produce and characterize materials.
  • Materials characterization and testing.
  • Battery fabrication and testing.

Please feel free to contact us via email: SBIR-NEI@neicorporation.com.


International Research and Studies
Funding Opportunities

International Congress on Clinical Trials in Oncology

The Scientific Committee invites the submission of original abstracts for oral or poster presentation. Abstracts that are not accepted for Oral Presentation will automatically be considered for Poster Presentation.

Topics for submission include:

  • Design of clinical trials in the new era
  • Personalized cancer medicine
  • Immuno-oncology - end point with Immunotherapy
  • Monitoring of Trials and Statistics
  • Regulations - Survival based Medicine

See the website for more information.

December 15, 2017

Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Foundation

Nominations for Programs and Opportunities:

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers
from abroad to sponsor a 6 to 24-month research stay at a research institution in Germany. The value of the award: 2,650 EUR per month.

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers
from abroad to sponsor a 6 to 18-month research stay at a research institution in Germany. The fellowship is flexible and can be divided up into as many as three stays within three years. The value of the award: 3,150 EUR per month.

Sofja Kovalevskaja Award
for successful top-flight junior researchers who may use the award to spend five years carrying out research of their own choice at research institutions in Germany and building up their own working groups. The value of the award: up to €1.65 million.

Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award
for researchers who have already gained international recognition in their fields. Award winners are invited to spend a period of six to twelve months on academic collaboration with specialist colleagues in Germany. The individual stays may be flexible. The value of the award: €45,000.

Humboldt Research Award
for outstanding researchers at the peak of their careers. Award winners are invited to spend a period of six to twelve months on academic collaboration with specialist colleagues in Germany. The individual stays may be flexible. The value of the award: €60,000.

Anneliese Maier Research Award
for internationally established researchers from abroad from the from the fields of the humanities and social sciences. Award winners are invited to spend a period of up to five years cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues in Germany. The value of the award: €250,000.

Eligibility: Doctorate (Ph.D., C.Sc. or equivalent) in any topic of research. Good knowledge of German required for Humanities or Social Science and Medicine; good German or English required for Natural Science and Engineering disciplines.


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