Funding Opportunity Announcements

Below is a list of BBI-related FOAs:

  • The Maryland Catalyst Fund program – formerly known as the Faculty Incentive Program – is the University of Maryland’s internal faculty research support program and a key resource in the university’s overall effort to expand its research activity, visibility and impact. The program aims to enable innovative research, to incentivize the pursuit of large, complex, and high-impact research initiatives, and to increase our competitiveness for extramural research awards.
    • The Big Opportunity Fund for Proposal Support offers proposal preparation support to incentivize faculty to pursue and be more competitive for large, high-visibility, externally-funded research opportunities (typically ≥$2M/year for multiple years). Such awards contribute to the university’s overall research volume, impact, and reputation. Applications due October 21, 2019.
       
    • The Reinforcement Grants for Operational Support provide operating support to cover activities critical to the execution of a proposed large-scale externally-funded research award, when grant funding is not available to cover certain operational expenses. Such operating support is intended to help build infrastructure for new center-level research awards whose establishment improves the university’s overall impact and reputation. Reinforcement Grants aim to make major funded research programs more productive and more competitive for future renewal. Applications due October 21, 2019.
       
    • The Strategic Growth Fund for Proposal Support aims to incentivize faculty to pursue and be more competitive for high-visibility, externally-funded research awards in areas in which the University seeks to quickly build capacity and/or visibility. SGFs support proposals that are not large enough to qualify for Big Opportunity Funds but have high strategic potential for the University. They also broaden and diversify the base of faculty who can be supported by proposal development funds. Applications due October 21, 2019.
       
    • The New Directions Fund aims to enable important new lines of research and creative work with high potential for impact. There are two competition tracks: Proof of Concept awards support researchers pursuing a new line of research or collaborative partnership, to help them be competitive for external funding; and Limited External Grant Opportunity (LEGO) awards support particularly innovative research, writing, and/or creative work in fields where external funding is scarce. Applications due November 1, 2019.
       
    • The Fearless Ideation Workshop awards support organized events with each of the following goals: to identify complementary research strengths and explore potential collaborations; to develop high potential, innovative research ideas that require the involvement of multiple disciplines and leverage unique strengths within UMD; to facilitate new and enhance existing collaborations among faculty; and to generate “competitive intelligence” analyses to identify gaps in the current body of research, assess future funding opportunities, and generate insights on next steps. Applications due November 1, 2019.
       
  • NIDA and NIAAA invite applications to Accelerating the Pace of Drug Abuse Research Using Existing Data (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) (PAR-19-368) for innovative analysis of existing social science, behavioral, administrative, and neuroimaging data to study the etiology and epidemiology of substance using behaviors (defined as alcohol, tobacco, prescription and other substances) and related disorders, prevention of substance use and HIV, and health service utilization. Applications due October 16, 2019.
     
  • NIH invites applications for the Development of Animal Models and Related Biological Materials for Research (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (PAR-19-369)  to develop, characterize, and improve animal models, biological materials, and novel technologies to better understand human health and disease. Applications due October 16, 2019.
     
  • National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research invites applications for their Small Grant Program for New Investigators (R03 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (PAR-19-370). This program supports pilot or feasibility studies and developmental research projects with the intention of obtaining sufficient preliminary data for a subsequent investigator initiated Research Project Grant (R01) or equivalent application. Applications due October 16, 2019.
     
  • The National Cancer Institute invites R01 (PAR-19-353) and R21 (PAR-19-354) applications to its Neural Regulation of Cancer program encouraging collaborative, transdisciplinary research with both neuroscience and cancer research elements, which together will advance the current understanding of the nervous system's contribution to cancer. Applications due October 21, 2019.
     
  • The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) seeks applications from outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. Applications due October 21-25, 2019, depending on discipline.
     
  • NIH invites R61/R33 applications for the Implementation Research on Hypertension Control to Prevent Dementia and Cognitive Decline to conduct research involving pragmatic clinical trials on dissemination and implementation of practical approaches to hypertension treatment and control strategies among older adults with multimorbidity in order to prevent sequelae, including mild cognitive impairment and dementia. Application due: October 22, 2019.
     
  • The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke invites U24 (RFA-NS-19-038) applications to support its Human Cell and Data Repository by maintaining the current collection of fibroblast and induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) lines as well as developing, characterizing, expanding source cells and iPSCs, and distributing human cell resources broadly to qualified academic and industry researchers. Applications due October 22, 2019.
     
  • The National Institutes of Health invites R21 applications for the Regulation of Brain Regional and Cell Type Specific Proteome Dynamics in Alzheimer’s Disease project. This FOA invites early stage innovative and exploratory research focusing on understanding the regulation of brain regional and cell type-specific protein dynamics in Alzheimer's disease. Application due: October 23, 2019.
     
  • The Office of Research Infrastructure Programs encourages grant applications aimed at developing, characterizing or improving animal models of human diseases; improving access to information about or generated from the use of animal models of human disease; or improving diagnosis and control of diseases of laboratory animals (RFA-OD-19-027). Applications due October 28, 2019, January 27, 2020, May 27, 2020, September 28, 2020.
     
  • *New!* The Brain Research Foundation is inviting eligible US institutions to nominate one faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program. BRF provides start-up money for new and innovative research projects that have the potential to become competitive for an NIH grant or other external funding sources. Applications must be submitted through the UMD VPR's office. Materials due November 4, 2019.
     
  • The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and National Institute on Aging Social invite applications for Epigenomics Research Focused on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01-Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (PAR-19-372). The purpose of this FOA is to support and accelerate human epigenomic investigations focused on identifying and characterizing the mechanisms by which social experiences at various stages in life, both positive and negative, affect gene function and thereby influence health trajectories or modify disease risk in racial/ethnic minority and other health disparity populations. Applications due November 6, 2019.
     
  • PrEP for HIV Prevention among Substance Using Populations. (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) (RFA-DA-20-013). Application due: November 8, 2019.
     
  • The U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA) invites applications for Hearing Restoration Research Program’s Focused Program Awards to support promising research that will accelerate drug discovery and therapeutic development for hearing restoration or accelerate advances in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of auditory dysfunction. Application due: November 14, 2019.
     
  • The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. The LRPs counteract that financial pressure by repaying up to $50,000 annually of a researcher's qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. Applications due November 15, 2019.
     
  • NIH invites applications for Mobile Health: Technology and Outcomes in Low and Middle Income Countries (R21/R33 - Clinical Trial Optional) (PAR-19-376). The purpose of this FOA is to encourage exploratory/developmental research applications that propose to study the development, validation, feasibility, and effectiveness of innovative mobile health interventions or tools specifically suited for low- and middle-income countries that utilize new or emerging technology, platforms, systems, or analytics. Applications due November 19, 2019.
     
  • *New!* The National Institute of Nursing Research invites applications for Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes and to Reduce Disparities in Rural Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) (RFA-NR-20-001). This RFA encourages research to promote a greater understanding of the challenges faced by rural population groups, for the development (or adoption/adaptation) of evidence-based interventions that can reduce health risks faced by rural Americans. Applications due December 13, 2019.
     
  • The NIH Research Education Program (R25) will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Short Courses on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (RFA-AG-20-031). Letter of Intent due December 21, 2019. Application due January 21, 2020.
     
  • National Institute on Aging invites applications for Complex Integrated Multi-Component Projects in Aging Research (U19 Clinical Trial Optional) (PAR-19-374). This FOA allows for applications that propose large-scale, complex research projects with multiple highly integrated components focused on a common research question relevant to aging. Applications due January 25, 2020.
     
  • National Institute of Nursing Research invites applications for Omics-guided Biobehavioral Interventions for Improved Health Outcomes (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) (PAR-19-377). The purpose of this FOA is to stimulate clinical research that harnesses the wealth of advances in the fields of genomics and other omics (e.g., metabolomics, microbiomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, etc.) to incorporate these advances into translatable, personalized biobehavioral interventions for improved health outcomes. Applications due February 5, 2020.
     
  • The purpose of the Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00) (PAR-19-343) program is to support a cohort of early career, independent investigators from diverse backgrounds conducting research in NIH mission areas. The long-term goal of this program is to enhance diversity in the biomedical research workforce. Application due February 12, 2020.
     
  • NIH solicits applications in the area of Explainable Artificial Intelligence (R01) (PAR-19-344) applied to neuroscientific questions of encoding, decoding, and modulation of neural circuits linked to behavior. This FOA encourages collaborations between computationally and experimentally-focused investigators. Application due March 10, 2020, March 10, 2021, and March 10, 2022.
     
  • NIH invites applications for Research on biopsychosocial factors of social connectedness and isolation on health, wellbeing, illness, and recovery (R01 Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required) (PAR-19-384) for studies that prospectively assign human participants to conditions (i.e., experimentally manipulate independent variables) and that assess biomedical and/or behavioral outcomes in humans to understand fundamental aspects of phenomena related to social connectedness and isolatedness. Applications due March 17, 2020.
     
  • NIH invites applications for Research on biopsychosocial factors of social connectedness and isolation on health, wellbeing, illness, and recovery (R01 Clinical Trials Not Allowed) (PAR-19-373) for projects that seek to model the underlying mechanisms, processes, and trajectories of social relationships and how these factors affect outcomes in health, illness, recovery, and overall wellbeing. Both animal and human subjects research projects are welcome. Applications due March 17, 2020.
     
  • The National Institutes of Health invites R03 applications for its Behavioral Science Track Award for Rapid Transition (B/Start) program to support studies that apply cognitive and behavioral science approaches to research questions relevant to substance use disorders (SUD). Application due: January 7, 2022