Vol. 27, #5
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
SPEAKER SHELDON SILVER
Grants for stem cell research
Grants to encourage the installation of end-use wind energy systems
Awards for individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exemplary service in mentoring persons underrepresented in STEM fields
Funding to support the study of the fluxes of water in the environment
Funding to support drama club programs in middle and high schools
Scholar Awards for research in neurobiological behaviors and antisocial disorders
Scholar Awards for research addressing relevant theories, policies or practices affecting the surroundings of youth within the U.S.
Grant writing classes
Grants Action News
New York State Assembly
Alfred E. Smith Building
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On the state level...
New York State Department of Health
The Empire State Stem Cell Board (ESSCB) is requesting applications for funding of basic, applied, translational and other research designed to advance scientific discoveries in fields related to stem cell biology. The ESSCB aims to stimulate and support basic, applied (mechanistic, technological), translational, pre-clinical and clinical scientific investigations on any aspect of stem cell biology that will lead to a better understanding of the unique properties of stem cells and allow their utilization to treat disease. There are two tracks researchers may apply for:
1. Investigator Initiated Research Project (IIRP), which is designed to:
Investigate a well-developed problem or research hypothesis; or
Develop technologies or resources that are essential to overcome existing barriers to progress toward therapeutic applications
2. Innovative, Developmental or Exploratory Activities (IDEA), which is designed to:
Open a new area of investigation;
Test a novel or innovative hypothesis;
Produce viable data for preparation of a
full-scale research application; or
Apply or develop state-of-the-art technologies, tools or resources for stem cell research.
Applicants must be a not-for-profit or governmental organization located in New York State that has a major research component, i.e. a research organization or an academic research institution. All projects must have a Principal Investigator. The eligible Principal Investigator (PI) is designated by the applicant institution, has the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed Workplan, and is not a postdoctoral fellow or other dependent research staff. At the time of application and award acceptance, the PI must not be restricted from receiving Public Health Service (PHS) funding or be debarred by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or any other federal or New York State government entity.
Approximately $25,000,000 is available to support approximately 34 awards
Letter of Intent due by June 5, 2013; Application due by July 30, 2013.
Bonnie Jo Brautigam
Extramural Grants Administration
New York State Department of Health
Wadsworth Center, Empire State Plaza, Room D350
P.O. Box 509, Albany, NY 12201-0509
Phone: (518) 474-7002
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announces the availability of approximately $13.8 million in incentives to encourage the installation of end-use wind energy systems for residential, commercial, institutional or government use. The incentives, of up to $100,000 per site/customer, will be paid to Eligible Installers who install new approved grid-connected wind energy systems using qualified equipment, in accordance with the eligibility requirements. An on-site wind energy system is connected on the customer’s side of the electric meter and electricity generated by the system offsets the customer’s electricity purchases.
Installers must demonstrate that they have adequate training and experience installing wind energy systems, including wind turbines and towers, and must be authorized by the wind turbine manufacturer or distributor to be an installer of the Eligible Wind Turbine. Installers must be approved by NYSERDA before they may submit an application on behalf of a customer.
Approximately $13.8 million
Deadline: The program will continue through December 31, 2015 or until funds are fully committed, whichever comes first.
NYSERDA PON 2439
17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-6399
Phone: 1-866-NYSERDA (697-3732)
On the federal level...
National Science Foundation
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are now accepting nominations for the 2014 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). The NSF seeks nominations for individuals and organizations that have demonstrated at least five years of excellence in mentoring students, trainees, and/or early career scientists and engineers from groups that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Groups that are underrepresented in STEM include women, people with disabilities, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, as well as individuals from low socio-economic backgrounds and certain geographic regions (i.e. urban and rural).
Any U.S. citizen, permanent resident or U.S. organization that has done exemplary, measurable mentoring in STEM is eligible, including state and federal employees and individuals or organizations in the private sector.
$10,000 per award (up to $160,000 total)
Deadline: June 5, 2013
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
Phone: (703) 292-8640
National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces the new solicitation for the Hydrologic Sciences Program which focuses on the fluxes of water in the environment that constitute the water cycle as well as the mass and energy transport function of the water cycle in the environment. The Program retains a strong focus on linking the fluxes of water and the components carried by water across the boundaries between various interacting components of the terrestrial system and the mechanisms by which these fluxes co-organize over a variety of timescales and/or alter the fundamentals of the interacting components. This context for the Hydrologic Sciences Program is based on the National Academy of Sciences (2012) report entitled “Challenges and Opportunities in the Hydrologic Sciences” as well as other documents including “Basic Research Opportunities in Earth Science” (NAS, 2001); and “Geovision Report (NSF, 2009). These documents identify multiple questions whose answers are central to the understanding of temporal and spatial variability of the water cycle across Earth’s landscapes. The NSF is committed to supporting the most meritorious research in the relevant areas, including interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, as well as research involving international collaboration. A proposal should present the (1) objectives and scientific, engineering, or educational significance of the proposed work; (2) suitability of the methods to be employed; (3) qualifications of the investigator and the grantee organization; (4) effect of the activity on the infrastructure of science, engineering and education; and (5) amount of funding required. The Hydrologic Sciences program is not interested in case studies or applied studies that examine site specific problems where knowledge gained will have only limited transferable value.
Accredited Universities, Colleges, and Academic Institutions located in the U.S.; State and Local Governments including state educational offices or organizations and local school districts; Non-profit, non-academic organizations including independent museums, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies and similar organizations located in the U.S. that are directly associated with educational or research activities; as well as For-profit organizations including U.S. commercial organizations, especially small businesses with strong capabilities in scientific or engineering research or education. NSF rarely provides support to foreign organizations or Federal agencies, however, proposals may be considered under certain circumstances. Please refer to the announcement for more information.
Total funding for this program is $10,000,000. The expected number of recipients is 35, with funding awards between $30,000 and $1,000,000.
Deadline: June 3, 2013
Contact: Thomas Torgersen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ni Bin Chang: email@example.com
Shemin Ge: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (703) 292-8549
On the private level...
Pioneer Drama Service
The Pioneer Drama Service is accepting video contest entries from middle and high schools to support drama programs nationwide. Through The Show Must Go On contest, Pioneer Drama will award more than $10,000 in scripts and royalties to middle and high schools for three-minute videos created by students and staff that demonstrate why “the show must go on” at their school. Videos should demonstrate what the drama club or program is like now and why it wants to win the contest. In addition, entries should address how the drama club or program helps the school and students, the obstacles it has overcome, and how putting on a play will touch other lives. Middle school and high school entries will be judged separately.
Entries will be accepted from accredited public and private schools in the U.S. and Canada that have at least two grades between 6th and 12th grades. Only one entry per school may be submitted. Past recipients of a Pioneer Drama Service Touching Lives Through Theatre™ grant are not eligible to enter. Only entries submitted with an official contest entry form will be considered. Go to http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e78dzjkeheljiw7p/a0133hg42ifxw/questions for an official entry form. Videos submitted more than one time or submitted both online and via mail will be disqualified.
One Grand Prize-winner from each category, middle and high school, will be selected to receive $2,000 worth of Pioneer Drama scripts and royalties. Two People’s Choice prize-winners in each category will receive scripts and royalties valued at $1,000. The four remaining finalists in each category will each receive a total of $250 in scripts and royalties. Every eligible entry will receive a $20 Pioneer E-view subSCRIPTion, good for three free electronic preview scripts.
Ellison Medical Foundation
The Ellison Medical Foundation is accepting Letters of Intent for its 2013 EMF Neuroscience Scholar Awards, a program designed to provide researchers with the support and resources they need to gain insight into the fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie normal biological function and, when dysfunctional, lead to illness. Up to five New Scholars and five Senior Scholars will be awarded grants to stimulate and nurture research that seeks to gain an understanding of the neurobiological basis of aggression and related behaviors, and of the environmental and genetic factors that contribute to violence and antisocial disorders. Note that the program is intended to support basic research projects rather than clinical interventions, and for the 2013 application cycle, only projects directly related to the study of aggressive behaviors will be considered.
To be eligible for the New Scholars award, applicants must be within the first three years of their independent research career. All other applicants are eligible for the Senior Scholar award. Candidates must hold regular full-time appointments (tenure or non-tenure) on the faculty of the sponsoring institution by June 15, 2013.
Each New Scholar will receive a grant of up to $100,000 per year, total costs, for a four-year period. Senior Scholar awards will be made for up to $150,000, direct costs, per year, plus full indirect costs at the institution’s NIH-negotiated rate, for up to four years. Funding for years two, three, and four is contingent on submission of an acceptable progress report. Note that a budget is not required at the letter of intent stage but will be requested of those candidates that are invited to submit a full proposal following the initial review.
Deadline: Letter of Intent due June 21, 2013
Contact: Kevin Lee, Ph.D.
Phone: (212) 577-9255
William T. Grant Scholars Award
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. Candidates are nominated by a supporting institution and must submit five-year research plans that demonstrate creativity, intellectual rigor, and a commitment to continued professional development. Research must address issues that have a compelling relevance for theory, policies or practices, affecting the settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States or a vulnerable subpopulation of those youth.
The Foundation’s current research interests are:
How youth settings work, how they affect youth development, and how they can be improved; and
When, how, and under what conditions research evidence is used in policy and practice that affect youth, and how its use can be improved.
The program is designed for early-career researchers. Investigators at all nonprofit institutions, both in the United States and abroad, are eligible as long as their research bears strong relevance for youth in the United States. Applicants must have received their terminal degree within seven years of submitting their application and be in a career-ladder position. This is calculated by adding seven years to the date the doctoral degree was conferred. In medicine, the seven-year maximum is dated from the completion of the first residency. The award may not be used as a post-doctoral fellowship.
Award recipients are designated William T. Grant Scholars. Each year, four to six Scholars are selected and each receives $350,000, distributed over five years.
Deadline: July 8, 2013
Contact: William T. Grant Foundation
570 Lexington Avenue, 18th Floor,
New York, NY 10022-6837
Phone: (212) 752-0071
The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes in
New York City during June 2013.
Grant-seeking Basics: June 12
Attendees will learn how the Center’s resources help make them more effective grantseekers. For beginners, this introduction to the library provides instruction in foundation research and identification of potential funders. A tour of the library will follow.
Introduction to Finding Funders: June 1, 12
This class provides a hands-on introduction on how to use the center’s comprehensive online database – The Foundation Directory Online – to research and identify potential funders. The Foundation Directory Online contains over 100,000 profiles of grant-making institutions.
Proposal Writing Basics: June 5
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organization.
Proposal Budgeting Basics:June 5
Attendees will learn how to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. This session is geared toward novice grantseekers.
Classes are held at The Foundation Center, located at:
New York Library
79 Fifth Ave. 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003
Space is limited, so register as soon as possible.
For additional training opportunities, to register, or for more information, call 212-620-4230 or visit
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