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Investing in Science, Engineering and Education for the Nation’s Future (2014-2018)


NSF is interested in developing a new generation of globally-engaged scientists and provides funding for international activities and collaborations. Below are a few formal programs but you should call your program officer to discuss other opportunities that might not be published.

Catalyzing New International Collaborations: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12815. Target dates January, April, July and October. Funds short international planning visits by US-based researchers or small workshops that are expected to result in submission of follow-on full research proposal(s) to NSF.

Partnerships for International Research and Education: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12819. RFP out in June 2014 for award in August 2015.

Research Coordination Networks: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11691. Refer to the specific program website for submission dates.

International Research Experiences for Undergraduates:   http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5517. Deadline August 2014.

International Research Experiences for Studentshttp://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12551/nsf12551.htm. Deadline August 2014. Support for U.S. students to conduct high-quality research abroad in collaboration with foreign investigators

The NSF has published its summary of it’s performance and financial highlights for FY 2013. Please click here for the complete report: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14003/nsf14003.pdf?WT.mc_id=USNSF_125

NIH 2014 budget

For fiscal year 2014, NIH has a budget of $30.15 billion, an increase of $1 billion over fiscal year 2013.

According to NIH’s Extramural Nexus newsletter,  ”Because of the increased NIH budget as compared to last year, and due to the cycle of out-year commitments, we should ultimately be making more competing awards in FY 2014. This is very positive news as it should result in reversing the trend of RPG success rates sliding lower each year. Remember, however, the success rates are dependent on the number of applications received, so as long as application numbers stay near or below where they were last year, combined with a higher number of awards, success rates should go up.”

See more at: http://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2014/02/14/fiscal-policies-and-more-for-2014/?utm_source=nexus&utm_medium=email&utm_content=nihupdate&utm_campaign=feb14#sthash.PGoKiWsZ.dpuf


The National Science Foundation (NSF) is a partner in President Obama’s “Brain Research Accelerated by Innovative Neurotechnologies” (“BRAIN”) Initiative. As part of a broader range of activities related to the BRAIN Initiative, the Divisions of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) and Biological Infrastructure (DBI) in the Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO) seek Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals with the potential to transform our ability to analyze brain function underlying behavioral and cognitive processes. These high impact short-term projects must transcend approaches typically supported by the core research programs at NSF and would ideally bring together novel combinations of expertise to make the largest advances possible towards understanding the properties of neural circuits that drive and underlie behavior and cognition.

Examples of suggested projects (a list that is not exhaustive) is available at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14044/nsf14044.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click .

Interested PIs must email a two-page summary of their research ideas to BIO-BRAIN@nsf.gov  by close of business, May 1, 2014. The two-page summaries will be reviewed internally by the NSF, and those ideas that best meet the goals of this Dear Colleague Letter will be invited to submit EAGER proposals.

The Science Experts Network, or SciENcv, allows PIs to  easily maintain and generate biosketches for federal grant applications and progress reports, and, as of September, is available to the public in a beta version. This site was developed collaboratively between the NIH, the DOD,  the DOE, the EPA, the NSF, the USDA, the Smithsonian, the Federal Demonstration Partnership, and the extramural research community.  To give it try please visit: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/account/?back_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov%2Fbooks%2FNBK3842%2F%23MyNCBI.Signing_in_to_My_NCBI.

The Office of Corporate, Foundation and Government Grants is pleased to announce a new resource for grant funding seekers, InfoEd Global’s SPIN. To access SPIN please visit: https://spin.infoedglobal.com/Home/GridResults . The tabs allow you to create your search using a number of filters. You may access SPIN without a log on from any campus computer. If you wish to access the database from an off-campus location you will need to create a sign in.  The site does offer training videos; the link to which can be found in the upper right hand corner.

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