July 2014
Vol. 28, Issue 7
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Funding to develop energy-efficient low-rise residential dwelling units
  • Funding to support research of chronic overlapping pain conditions
  • Funding to support clinical trials for spinal cord injuries
  • Funding to support hands-on environmental projects for children
  • Funding to support lung cancer research
  • Postdoctoral training award for prostate cancer research
  • Funding to support fellowship programs at independent research institutions to advance the study of the humanities
  • Grant-writing classes


Grants Action News
New York State Assembly
Alfred E. Smith Building
80 S. Swan St.
Suite 1710
Albany, NY 12248

On the state level...

All not-for-profit applicants must now pre-qualify on the NYS Grants Reform website at grantsreform.ny.gov/grantees in order to apply for certain New York State grant solicitations. Potential not-for-profit applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the process of registering and prequalifying immediately, as this is a lengthy process.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is accepting applications for the Low-rise Residential New Construction Program. This opportunity is intended to encourage the construction of highly energy-efficient single-family homes and low-rise residential dwelling units which will be more durable, more comfortable, and provide a healthier environment for their occupants than would otherwise be achieved. NYSERDA's new program incentives specifically target homes designed to achieve net zero energy performance, helping to support and accelerate adoption of this level of performance in the residential new construction marketplace.

  • Eligibility: Dwelling units must be located in one of the supported electric or gas utility service territories. See Program Opportunity Notice for more information. Other utility service territories may be added at the discretion of NYSERDA. Low-rise residential new construction is defined as the ground-up new construction of dwelling unit(s) contained within residential buildings of not more than three stories in height. Residential buildings which are more than three (3) stories in height and determined to be eligible to participate in the EPA's ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program, as well as dwelling units in eligible buildings which will be "gut-rehabbed" or fully rehabilitated, will also be considered by NYSERDA for eligibility on a case-by-case basis. Buildings that are primarily transient in nature such as hotels or motels are not eligible to apply.

  • Funding: $13.5 million is available for new projects as of June 2014

  • Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015

  • Contact: Patrick Fitzgerald
    Phone: (518) 862-1090 Ext. 3385
    Email: pgf@nyserda.ny.gov
    Website: www.nyserda.ny.gov/PON2309

On the federal level...

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a solicitation for Research on Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions. NIH seeks to encourage epidemiological, clinical and translational research that will increase our understanding of the natural history, prevalence, biological mechanisms, psychological variables, and clinical risk factors responsible for the presence of multiple chronic pain conditions that co-occur in an individual. The main objective of this opportunity is the formation of research groups with interests bridging expertise in pain mechanisms with translational and clinical expertise to address important unresolved questions about overlapping pain conditions. Applicants are encouraged to include researchers with complementary expertise from outside the pain field in their research teams who will enhance the breadth of research and understanding of comorbid chronic pain conditions.

On the private level...

Department of Defense

The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, under the direction of the Department of Defense, is now accepting applications for their Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (SCIRP) Clinical Trial Award. SCIRP provides support for research that has the potential to make a significant impact on improving the health and well-being of military service members, veterans and other individuals living with a spinal cord injury (SCI). The program challenges the scientific community to design innovative research that will foster new directions for and address neglected issues in the field of SCI-focused research. Though the SCIRP supports groundbreaking research, all projects must demonstrate solid scientific rationale. Funding from this award must support a clinical trial and may not be used for preclinical research studies.

Captain Planet Foundation

The Captain Planet Foundation has grants available for activities that conform to their mission, which is to give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live. The program funds and supports hands-on environmental projects designed to encourage innovative initiatives that inspire and empower children and youth around the world as they work individually and collectively creating environmental solutions in their homes, schools and communities.

Uniting Against Lung Cancer

Uniting Against Lung Cancer (UALC) announces funding opportunities for research aimed at increasing survival rates of patients with lung cancers. Last year, UALC funded over $1.5 million in research grants, and looks forward to increasing their support this year. UALC places a high priority on funding research that has a clear path to clinical application and/or therapeutic development. Proposals for basic science are greatly aided by a forward-looking research plan outlining clinical potential. UALC funding is intended primarily as seed money for promising and potentially transformative new projects, rather than funding projects that already receive considerable support. Cross discipline collaborations are strongly encouraged.

Scholars Awards…

Department of Defense

The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, under the direction of the Department of Defense, has announced funding for their Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) Postdoctoral Training Award. The mission of the PCRP is to find and fund research that will lead to the elimination of death from prostate cancer and enhance the well-being of men experiencing the impact of the disease. Specifically, the PCRP seeks to promote highly innovative, groundbreaking research; high-impact research with near-term clinical relevance; multidisciplinary, synergistic research; translational studies to support the fluid transfer of knowledge between bedside and bench; research on patient survivorship and quality of life; the next generation of prostate cancer investigators through mentored research and research on disparities in the incidence and mortality of prostate cancer. The Postdoctoral Training Award supports prostate cancer research training opportunities for recent doctoral graduates.

National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting applications for their Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) grant to support fellowships at institutions devoted to advanced study and research in the humanities. The FPIRI program offers fellowships that provide scholars with research time, a stimulating intellectual environment, and access to resources that might otherwise not be available to them. Fellowship programs may be administered by independent centers for advanced study, libraries, and museums in the United States; American overseas research centers; and American organizations that have expertise in promoting research in foreign countries. Grantee institutions must ensure the fair and informed selection of recipients of FPIRI fellowships by relying on the recommendations of an external committee composed of qualified scholars drawn from outside the institution's staff and governing bodies.

The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes.
Grant writing

Grant-seeking Basics: August 28
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: August 14
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: August 7
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organization.

Proposal Budgeting Basics: August 7
Attendees will learn how to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. This session is geared toward novice grantseekers.

In addition:

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 www.foundationcenter.org.

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