Funding Alert Vol. 25 No. 1 Alert # 2 - January 14, 2014

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Funding News and Grant Tips

Year-End Online Giving Increased 16 Percent
Online charitable giving during the last two months of 2013 rose 16 percent over 2012 levels, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports.
According to Network for Good, a nonprofit that processes online donations, gifts made between November 1 and December 31 totaled $77.9 million, up from $67.1 million for the same period in 2012. The survey also found that the average gift size increased 10 percent, to $172 from $157 in 2012. Network for Good told the Chronicle that the number of donations it handled increased 6 percent during the two-month period, with the Giving Tuesday campaign on December 3 providing a boost despite concerns among some nonprofit observers that it would cannibalize end-of-year giving.
Instead, as has been the case in recent years, online donations made during the last few days of 2013 represented about 10 percent of total giving for the year. "Giving Tuesday and all of those giving activities earlier in the giving season didn't seem to impact the total dollars or the number of donations in the last three days of the year," said Caryn Stein, director of content strategy at Network for Good.
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest e-mail, 1/7/14icon

Large Gifts in 2013 Suggest Rebound
Charitable gifts of at least $100 million from America's wealthiest philanthropists totaled more than $3.4 billion in 2013, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports.
Fifteen individuals and couples made single nine-figure gifts or pledges in 2013, up from eleven in 2012. The largest of those came from Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, who donated 18 million shares of Facebook stock, valued at more than $990 million, to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation; Zuckerberg and Chan are the youngest philanthropists to top the list. Next on the list of the ten largest publicly announced gifts — including six who tied for tenth place — were Nike chairman Phil Knight and his wife, Penelope, who pledged $500 million to the Oregon Health & Science University Foundation, followed by former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who made a $350 million gift to Johns Hopkins University. Colleges and universities were the main beneficiaries of the largest gifts of the year, with twelve of the fifteen nine-figure donations going to institutions of higher education.
According to the Chronicle's data, gifts of $1 million or more also were up in 2013, totaling nearly $9.6 billion, compared with $6.1 billion in 2012. Still, giving by the wealthiest Americans has yet to return to pre-recession levels; in 2007, the ten biggest gifts from individual philanthropists — all of $100 million or more — totaled $4.1 billion.
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest e-mail, 1/7/14icon


Public Funding Opportunities

Actuarial Consulting Services: RFP # 529-15-0003
SOURCE: Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2/11/14.
$ AVAILABLE: Please see URL for funding information.
ELIGIBILITY: Please see URL for eligibility information.
PURPOSE: HHSC seeks to obtain the services of a qualified vendor who can assist the State with quality Actuarial Consulting Services by providing analysis, opinions, and financial calculations on services provided by HHSC programs to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
CFDA: none
CONTACT: Steve R. Bailey, (512) 206-4653, e-mail: steve.bailey@hhsc.state.tx.us. All communications relating to this RFP must be directed to the HHSC contact person. For more information see http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/contract/529150003/docs/529-15-0003.pdf
From HHSC Procurement and Contracting Services Division e-mail, 1/7/14icon
Subject(s) health care services

Consulting Services Regarding DADS Rider 39 and DSHS Rider 83: RFP # 529-14-0066
SOURCE: Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2/7/14 at 3 pm CST.
$ AVAILABLE: Please see URL for funding information.
ELIGIBILITY: Please see URL for eligibility information.
PURPOSE: HHSC seeks a consultant to perform a comprehensive study and provide recommendations regarding the provision of services in Texas state supported living centers (SSLC) and state psychiatric hospitals.
CFDA: none
CONTACT: Mike Labinski, (512) 424-4545, e-mail: michael.labinski@dars.state.tx.us. All communications relating to this RFP must be directed to the HHSC contact person. For more information see http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/contract/529140066/docs/529-14-0066.pdf
From HHSC Procurement and Contracting Services Division e-mail, 1/7/14icon
Subject(s) health care facilities, health care services

FY14 Mobilization for Health: National Prevention Partnership Awards (NPPA) Program: OS-PAW-14-001
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 3/3/14. Non-binding letters of intent are due 1/21/14 by 5 pm ET.
$ AVAILABLE: $7.7 million for 35 awards.
ELIGIBILITY: County governments; for profit organizations other than small businesses; nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; state governments; small businesses; special district governments; independent school districts; Native American tribal governments (federally recognized); public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; public and state controlled institutions of higher education; nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments); private institutions of higher education; city or township governments.
PURPOSE: This funding opportunity is designed to assist the offices within HHS/Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) to fund activities with the OASH-wide mission, as well as their office mission. HHS/The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) oversees nine core public health offices, as well as 10 regional health offices, and 10 Presidential or Secretarial advisory committees. More information about OASH can be found at: http://www.hhs.gov/ash/. OASH Offices consisting of the National Vaccine Program Office and the Office on Women's Health, and the Regional Health Offices contributed in developing this announcement. A number of OASH offices contributed to developing the funding program (National Vaccine Program Office, Office on Women's Health, and the Regional Health Offices). In addition, the Office of Minority Health, within the Office of the Secretary, contributed to developing the OASH funding announcement and may support activities that align with both the Office of Minority Health mission and the OASH-wide mission OASH is interested in leading by example through this funding opportunity announcement to truly tackle the systemic issues that present barriers for many Americans to access preventive services. OASH is interested in working across traditional categories to meet priority needs because people most at risk for missing preventive services often fit more than one category, and systemic approaches in reaching underserved populations need to be more effective in achieving a healthier population.
CFDA: 93.311
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=249324
From U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Office of Minority Health, FYI: Minority Resources...Money & More e-mail, 1/8/14icon
Subject(s) health care services, health policy research, minority health

Implementation Cooperative Agreements for Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program (System of Care (SOC) Expansion Implementation Cooperative Agreements): SM-14-002
SOURCE: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 3/21/14.
$ AVAILABLE: $23 million for 23 awards.
ELIGIBILITY: Eligibility for this program is statutorily limited to public entities such as: state governments; Indian or tribal organizations (as defined in Section 4[b] and Section 4[c] of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act); governmental units within political subdivisions of a state, such as a county, city or town; District of Columbia government; and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (now Palau, Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands).
PURPOSE: The purpose of this program is to improve behavioral health outcomes for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families. This program supports the operation, expansion, and integration of SOC through the creation of sustainable infrastructure which allows for the provision of and access to required services and supports that adhere to the values, principles, and practices comprising the system of care approach to become the primary way in which children’s mental health services are delivered throughout the nation.
CFDA: 93.104
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see http://beta.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-14-002
From U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Office of Minority Health, FYI: Minority Resources...Money & More e-mail, 12/31/14
Subject(s) children's health, mental health

NIH Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Initiative (U54): RFA-RM-13-016
SOURCE: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 2/18/14. Application: 3/18/14.
$ AVAILABLE: The NIH Common Fund intends to commit $30 million to fund approximately 10 awards, contingent on the number of meritorious applications received and availability of funds.
ELIGIBILITY: Public/state/private controlled institutions of higher education, Hispanic-serving institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), Alaska native and native Hawaiian serving institutions, Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs).
PURPOSE: The NIH encourages institutions that seek to engage undergraduate students in innovative mentored research training programs to submit applications for cooperative agreement awards through the NIH Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) initiative, one of three new Common Fund initiatives that together aim to enhance diversity in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences research workforce. Addressing a major leakage point in the research workforce pipeline, BUILD awards are intended to support the design and implementation of innovative programs, strategies and approaches to transform undergraduate research training and mentorship. BUILD awards will also support institutional and faculty development to further strengthen undergraduate research training environments.
CFDA: 93.310
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-13-016.html
From U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Office of Minority Health, FYI: Minority Resources...Money & More e-mail, 1/8/14icon
Subject(s) health professions training, medical research

NIH National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) (U54): RFA-RM-13-017
SOURCE: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 2/18/14. Application: 3/18/14.
$ AVAILABLE: The NIH Common Fund intends to commit $2,225,000 in FY 2014 for a single NRMN award, contingent upon availability of funds.
ELIGIBILITY: Public/state/private controlled institutions of higher education, nonprofits with and without 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institutions of higher education), small businesses, for-profit organizations (other than small businesses), state governments, U.S. territories or possessions, Indian/Native American tribal government (federally recognized and other than federally recognized), Indian/Native American tribally designated organizations, non-domestic (non-U.S.) entities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), Alaska native and native Hawaiian serving institutions, regional organizations, eligible agencies of the federal government, and faith-based or community-based organizations.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage organizations with experience in the mentorship of individuals from diverse backgrounds as they pursue careers in biomedical research to submit grant applications for the NIH National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). The NRMN will be a nationwide consortium to enhance the training and career development of individuals from diverse backgrounds who are pursuing biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social science research careers (collectively termed biomedical research careers), through enhanced networking and mentorship experiences.
CFDA: 93.310
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-13-017.html
From U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Office of Minority Health, FYI: Minority Resources...Money & More e-mail, 1/8/14icon
Subject(s) health professions training, diversity, medical research


Private Funding Opportunities

2014 Established Investigator Grant Program
SOURCE: Scleroderma Foundation
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 9/14/14.
$ AVAILABLE: Applicants may request up to $75,000 per year for up to two years (total for two years not to exceed $150,000). These awards are not renewable.
ELIGIBILITY: Applications may be submitted by U.S. nonprofit organizations, as well as public and private institutions such as universities, colleges, hospitals, and laboratories. Foreign organizations are eligible. Applicants must have a doctorate degree in medicine, osteopathy, veterinary medicine, or one of the sciences; must have completed a postdoctoral fellowship; and have been principal investigator on grants from the Scleroderma Foundation or other national, private, or government agencies in the past.
PURPOSE: The Scleroderma Foundation seeks applications from promising, established investigators both inside and outside the field of scleroderma research who wish to propose pilot studies to obtain preliminary data related to the disease. This grant will support pilot research that is likely to lead to more substantial, unlimited research grants from federal or non-federal sources.
CONTACT: Scleroderma Foundation at (800) 722-4673. For more information see http://www.scleroderma.org/site/PageServer?pagename=prof_research_types#.Urbt4OIsBcY
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin e-mail, 1/3/14icon
Subject(s) medical research, health professions training

2014 Request for Proposal (RFP), Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs
SOURCE: Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs (BEN Center)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: "Short" Letter of Intent: 1/21/14.
$ AVAILABLE: $150,000 for five to `12 awards ranging from $5,000 to $40,000.
ELIGIBILITY: University faculty, senior research associates, post-doctoral fellows, and doctoral candidates (doctoral candidates must apply with their faculty advisor as a Co-PI on the proposal).
PURPOSE: This is an annual award program that seeks to support research involving the applications of behavioral economics in child nutrition programs, particularly those focusing on the National School Lunch Program.
CONTACT: Please contact the BEN Center at ben@cornell.edu. For more information see http://ben.dyson.cornell.edu/pdfs/rfp.pdf
From CDC e-mail, 1/6/14icon
Subject(s) children's health, nutrition/food services, health policy research

Biomarker-Based Clinical Trials in Humans
SOURCE: Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: In 2014, ADDF will be accepting applications on a quarterly basis (March 5, June 5, September 5, and December 5). A Letter of Intent is due two weeks prior to each deadline.
$ AVAILABLE: Grants of up to $1.5 million will be awarded to selected projects.
ELIGIBILITY: Applications may be submitted by nonprofit academic institutions and for-profit biotechnology companies, both public and private, around the world.
PURPOSE: Alzheimer’s disease treatments have been shown to be safe and have some positive effect when tested in animal models. However, many of these potentially successful drugs have not been brought to human trials because of the increased cost and risk.
The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation is responding to this problem through the Program to Accelerate Clinical Trials, an initiative to increase the number of innovative drugs tested in humans for Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias, and cognitive aging.
The program will fund biomarker-based pilot clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease and in some cases will also support Phase I safety testing and IND-enabling studies to accelerate new drugs into trials. ADDF also is interested in supporting targeted pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to prevention and clinical biomarker development programs.
ADDF is particularly interested in projects to test drugs approved for other indications in Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials, as well and therapies that address the following targets: energy utilization/mitochondria function, insulin sensitivity, protein degradation/autophagy, ApoE function and cholesterol metabolism, vesicular trafficking, inflammatory pathways, synaptic function/morphology, calcium regulation, myelin changes, ischemia and oxidative stress, vascular injury, and the blood-brain barrier interface.
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see http://www.alzdiscovery.org/assets/content/static/2014_PACT_RFP.pdf
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin e-mail, 1/3/14icon
Subject(s) medical research, mental health

Nominations for David E. Rogers Award
SOURCE: Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5/2/14.
$ AVAILABLE: The annual $10,000 award recognizes a medical school faculty member who has made major contributions to improving the health and health care of the American people.
ELIGIBILITY: Nominations may be made by any faculty or staff member of a medical school or teaching hospital or by any member of an academic society. The award is limited to an individual who has spent the majority of his or her career in academic medicine in the United States.
PURPOSE: Founded in 1876 and based in Washington, D.C., the Association of American Medical Colleges is a nonprofit association representing all 141 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and 90 academic and scientific societies. Through its many programs and services, AAMC strengthens the world's most advanced medical care by supporting the entire spectrum of education, research, and patient care activities conducted by its member institutions.
Sponsored by AAMC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the David E. Rogers Award honors David E. Rogers, M.D., a former president of the foundation and an exemplar of academic medicine's commitment to meeting national healthcare needs.
CONTACT: Sandra Gordon, (202) 828-0472, e-mail: sgordon@aamc.org. For more information see https://www.aamc.org/initiatives/awards/rogers/
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin e-mail, 1/3/14icon
Subject(s) health promotion/wellness, medical research

Research Grant in Reproductive Medicine
SOURCE: Jones Foundation (JF)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2/28/14.
$ AVAILABLE: An award, not to exceed $100,000, will be made annually. A second year of funding may be requested upon receipt and review of a report and reapplication.
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be working actively in areas related to reproductive medicine at an accredited medical school in the United States. Funds may be used for support of a new or ongoing research/clinical investigation project. No age requirement. The Candidate must spend at least 80 percent of his/her time in research.
PURPOSE: The Jones Foundation (JF) invites submission of application for its Research Grant in Reproductive Medicine to support an innovative research project dedicated to attempting to identify the human fertilized egg that has pregnancy potential.
CONTACT: Mary Davies, (757) 446-8932, e-mail: mary.davies@jonesfound.org. For more information see http://www.jonesfound.org/research-grant-guidelines
From U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Office of Minority Health, FYI: Minority Resources...Money & More e-mail, 1/8/14icon
Subject(s) medical research, women's health


Events

Webinar -- Grant Budget: It’s Not Just About the Math (Registration #13-04419)
SPONSOR: Harris County Department of Education, Center for Grants Development
WHEN: January 22, 1:30 to 3 pm.
WHERE: Web-based for office, school or home in Anywhere, USA.
DESCRIPTION: This training teaches participants the elements of budget preparation and planning while taking them through the development of a detailed line-item budget.
COST: Starting at $35. Free for qualifying school districts. To register go to http://wms.hcde-texas.org/.
CONTACT: See http://www.hcde-texas.org/default.aspx?name=Divisions3 for contact information.
From Harris County Department of Education, Center for Grants Development e-mail, 1/7/14icon

It Takes Planning to Save the World! (Registration #13-04427)
SPONSOR: Harris County Department of Education, Center for Grants Development
WHEN: January 23, 1 to 4 pm.
WHERE: Harris County Department of Education, 6300 Irvington Blvd, (Houston, TX).
DESCRIPTION: This session helps beginning grant professionals understand the fundamentals of program planning. Participants learn about: 1) defining program design; 2) stages of program planning; 3) components of successful program plans; and 4) using a logic model to plan programs.
COST: Starting at $35. Free for qualifying school districts. To register go to http://wms.hcde-texas.org/.
CONTACT: See http://www.hcde-texas.org/default.aspx?name=Divisions3 for contact information.
From Harris County Department of Education, Center for Grants Development e-mail, 1/7/14icon

Grants Across the Curriculum - STEM (Registration #13-04428)
SPONSOR: Harris County Department of Education, Center for Grants Development
WHEN: January 28, 9 am to noon.
WHERE: Harris County Department of Education, 6300 Irvington Blvd, (Houston, TX).
DESCRIPTION: Need funding for your STEM program? This hands-on workshop will provide participants with the information needed to get started. Learn how to plan, write and secure grants from various funding agencies and sustain your grant program.
COST: Starting at $35. Free for qualifying school districts. To register go to http://wms.hcde-texas.org/.
CONTACT: See http://www.hcde-texas.org/default.aspx?name=Divisions3 for contact information.
From Harris County Department of Education, Center for Grants Development e-mail, 1/7/14icon


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