Funding Alert Vol. 25 No. 2 Alert # 3 - February 18, 2014

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Funding News and Grant Tips

Facebook Founder Zuckerberg, Wife Most Generous American Philanthropists in 2013
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were the most generous American philanthropists, with a donation of 18 million shares of Facebook stock, valued at more than $970 million, to a Silicon Valley nonprofit in December according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Zuckerberg’s donation was the largest charitable gift on the public record in 2013 and put the young couple at the top of the magazine’s annual list of 50 most generous Americans in 2013.
The second-biggest giver was the estate of George Mitchell, the late Houston oilman who pioneered drilling in the Barnett Shale. The founder of Mitchell Energy, which was sold to Devon Energy for about $3 billion, left approximately $750 million to the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation following his death in July.
Lyda Hill, a Dallas granddaughter of the oilman H.L. Hunt, was ranked No. 35 for her $50 million pledge to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, a $7 million pledge to the Nature Conservancy, $4 million to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and $2 to the Center for BrainHealth in Dallas.
Fort Worth financier Robert Bass and his wife, Anne, were ranked 42nd on the list after making a $50 million pledge to Duke University which will be used to establish Bass Connections, a program designed to encourage interdisciplinary study and collaboration between the university’s students and faculty members.
The top 50 contributors made donations last year totaling $7.7 billion, plus pledges of $2.9 billion.
The Chronicle’s editor says the most significant fact from the list was the amount of money coming from living donors, which totaled about the same amount as the two previous years combined.
“It’s a sure sign that the economy is getting better and people are getting a lot less cautious,” said Stacy Palmer, Chronicle editor.
Some of the nation’s biggest givers do not appear on the 2013 list, not because they stopped being generous, but because their donations in 2013 were counted as pledges in previous years.
For example, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, gave their foundation slightly more than $181.3 million last year, but they were paying off a pledge of about $3.3 billion they made in 2004. CNN-founder Ted Turner and Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett also made large gifts toward previous pledges.
It took gifts totaling at least $37.5 million to make the list this year. Forty-two of the top 50 made gifts of $50 million or more.
Thirty made big gifts to colleges and universities, but Palmer noted most college gifts went to science and research this year, not to buildings, as in previous years. Ten of the 50 made the list because of bequests after their deaths.
Ranked third on the list are Nike chairman Philip Knight and his wife, Penelope, of Portland, Ore., who made a $500 million challenge grant to Oregon Health & Science University Foundation for cancer research. The Knight pledge requires the university match it within the next two years.
No. 4 was philanthropist and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, who made gifts totaling $452 million in 2013 to arts, education, environment, public health and other causes.
Nineteen people or couples on the list have signed the Giving Pledge, started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010. More than 120 of the world’s wealthiest individuals and families have pledged to give at least half their wealth to charity since the movement began.
Although most people on the list were prominent wealthy people who have given generously in the past, Palmer said a few were surprises, including Jack MacDonald, a Seattle lawyer, who gave $139 million to three nonprofits upon his death.
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 2/10/14icon


Public Funding Opportunities

AHRQ Health Services Research Projects (R01): PA-13-045
SOURCE: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2/5, 6/5, 10/5. Expires 11/6/15.
$ AVAILABLE: The number of awards is contingent upon AHRQ appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
Because the nature and scope of the proposed research will vary from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary.
ELIGIBILITY: Public or nonprofit private institution, such as a university, college, or a faith-based or community-based organization; units of local or state governments; eligible agencies of the federal government; Indian/Native American tribal governments (federally recognized and other than federally recognized); and Indian/Native American tribally designated organizations.
PURPOSE: The Research Project Grant (R01) is an award made by AHRQ to an institution/organization to support a discrete, specified health services research project. The project will be performed by the named investigator and study team. The R01 research plan proposed by the applicant institution/organization must be related to the mission and portfolio priority research interests of AHRQ.
CFDA: 93.226
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-045.html
From AHRQ Grant Announcements Update e-mail, 2/10/14icon
Subject(s) medical research

Exploratory and Developmental Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through Health Information Technology (IT) (R21): PA-14-001
SOURCE: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2/16, 6/16, 10/16. Expires 11/17/16.
$ AVAILABLE: The number of awards is contingent upon AHRQ appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. AHRQ is interested in funding projects of varying sizes and lengths.
ELIGIBILITY: Public or nonprofit private institution, such as a university, college, or a faith-based or community-based organization; units of local or state governments; eligible agencies of the federal government; Indian/Native American tribal governments (federally recognized and other than federally recognized); and Indian/Native American tribally designated organizations.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to fund exploratory and developmental research grants that will contribute to the evidence base of how health IT improves health care quality. This FOA supports the use of a wide variety of research designs in order to generate information regarding the design and development, implementation, use, or impact of health IT on quality. Depending on the research design and intent of the project, applicants may receive support for: (1) pilot and feasibility or self-contained health IT research projects; (2) secondary data analysis of health IT research; or (3) economic (prospective or retrospective) analyses of a health IT project. Each grant application must clearly state which type of the three types of studies is being proposed.
CFDA: 93.226
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-001.html
From AHRQ Grant Announcements Update e-mail, 2/10/14icon
Subject(s) medical research, technology

Health Information Technology (HIT) Capacity Building for Monitoring and Improving Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum - Capacity Building Sites: HRSA-14-057
SOURCE: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5/31/14.
$ AVAILABLE: $2 million for four awards.
ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are limited to current Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part A (Eligible Metropolitan Areas and Transitional Grant Areas) and Part B (States and Territories) grantees of record seeking to enhance their capacity to better collect, monitor and track relevant measures to improve health outcomes of PLWH along the HIV Care Continuum.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this program is to support four (4) current grantees of record awarded under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Parts A or B to enhance the health information technology (HIT) systems in their States or Eligible Metropolitan Areas (EMAs) or Transitional Grant Areas (TGAs). These enhancements will allow a State or EMA/TGA’s HIT infrastructure to more fully integrate and utilize relevant measures of HIV treatment, surveillance, laboratory and other program data, in order to build the HIV Care Continuum (formerly known as the HIV Treatment Cascade) for people living with HIV (PLWH) in their jurisdictions.
CFDA: 93.928
CONTACT: Contact HRSA Call Center at 877-Go4-HRSA/877-464-4772 or email CallCenter@HRSA.GOV. For more information see http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=250867
From CDC National Prevention Information Network's (NPIN) Funding Database e-mail, 2/10/14icon
Subject(s) HIV/AIDS services, technology

Ryan White HIV AIDS Program National HIV Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreements: HRSA-14-035
SOURCE: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 3/3/14.
$ AVAILABLE: $1,282,500 for three awards.
ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants under this cooperative agreement include public, nonprofit, and private entities. Faith-based and community-based organizations, schools, and academic health science centers involved in addressing HIV/AIDS related issues on a national scope are eligible to apply.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement initiative is to fund a group of organizations to undertake a series of activities to provide support to grantees, providers, and consumers served by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP). These activities will support several program focus areas intended to enhance access to and quality of HIV clinical care and care completion services for underserved persons with HIV disease.
CFDA: 93.145
CONTACT: Contact HRSA Call Center at 877-Go4-HRSA/877-464-4772 or email CallCenter@HRSA.GOV. For more information see http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=250698
From CDC National Prevention Information Network's (NPIN) Funding Database e-mail, 2/10/14icon
Subject(s) HIV/AIDS services

Ryan White HIV AIDS Program National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreements - Establishing AIDS Service Organization Service Models and Engaging in Marketplace Insurance Plans under the Affordable Care Act: HRSA-14-102
SOURCE: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 3/6/14.
$ AVAILABLE: $570,000 for two awards.
ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants under this cooperative agreement include public, nonprofit, and private entities. Faith-based and community-based organizations, schools, and academic health science centers involved in addressing HIV/AIDS related issues on a national scope are eligible to apply.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement initiative is to fund two organizations to undertake a series of activities to provide ACA implementation support to grantees, subgrantees, and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) served by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. These activities will support two program focus areas intended to enhance access to and quality of HIV clinical care and care completion services for underserved persons with HIV disease.
CFDA: 93.145
CONTACT: Contact HRSA Call Center at 877-Go4-HRSA/877-464-4772 or email CallCenter@HRSA.GOV. For more information see http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=250865
From CDC National Prevention Information Network's (NPIN) Funding Database e-mail, 2/10/14icon
Subject(s) HIV/AIDS services


Private Funding Opportunities

2014 Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program
SOURCE: Mary Kay Foundation
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4/30/14.
$ AVAILABLE: With the exception of staff travel, funds awarded by the foundation may be applied to the applicant’s operating budget. The foundation will award a grant to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state. Any remaining funds will be distributed based on state population.
In 2013, the foundation awarded grants of $20,000 to more than 150 women’s domestic violence shelters across the nation.
ELIGIBILITY: Only applicants operating an emergency shelter (i.e., immediate overnight housing) for survivors of domestic violence are eligible to apply. Applicants must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
PURPOSE: The goal of the Mary Kay Foundation is to eliminate domestic violence. To that end, the foundation makes grants to organizations in the United States that assist survivors of domestic violence by operating emergency shelters. The grants are announced each October in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
CONTACT: The Mary Kay Foundation, (877) 652-2737, e-mail: MKCares@marykayfoundation.org. For more information see http://www.marykayfoundation.org/Pages/ShelterGrantProgram.aspx
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin e-mail, 2/7/14icon
Subject(s) women's health

2014 Harry Estill and Bernice Milburn Moore Fellowship
SOURCE: Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2/20/14.
$ AVAILABLE: Moore Fellows receive a one-time unrestricted award of $20,000. Fellow are not required to work as a condition of the award. However, upon completion of the dissertation, fellows must submit a copy of the dissertation with an abstract and/ or summary.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, candidates must be in the process of completing a dissertation on the human experience in crises, including those resulting from natural or other major disasters or, more broadly, stress and adversity. Candidates should have a primary research interest in the mental health impact of crises, stress, and adversity.
Applicants must have successfully defended their dissertation proposal by the time of their application and have a strong research background with a primary interest in the mental health impact of crises, stress, and adversity. Only doctoral candidates in nursing, psychiatry, psychology, social work, sociology, and other fields relevant to mental health programs at the University of Texas at Austin may apply. Dissertations may be quantitative or qualitative in design.
PURPOSE: The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health works to advance recovery and wellness in Texas by funding mental health services, policy analysis, research, and public education. Developing a highly trained, culturally diverse and consumer-oriented mental health workforce is one of the foundation’s current priorities.
To that end, the foundation is inviting students from the University of Texas at Austin who are pursuing a doctorate to submit proposals for the Harry Estill and Bernice Milburn Moore Fellowship. The fellowship was established in 1995 by the estate of Bernice Moore in memory of her husband, Harry Estill Moore, a professor and sociologist at the university who specialized in disaster-related studies, including the impact of tornadoes and hurricanes on the state of Texas.
CONTACT: Questions must be submitted by e-mail to: Hogg-Grants@austin.utexas.edu. No phone calls please. For more information see http://www.hogg.utexas.edu/initiatives/rfpmoorefellow.html
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin e-mail, 2/7/14icon
Subject(s) health professions training

Career Awards for Medical Scientists
SOURCE: Burroughs Wellcome Fund
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10/1/14.
$ AVAILABLE: Awards of $700,000 over a period of five years are made to degree-granting institutions in the U.S. or Canada on behalf of the awardee.
ELIGIBILITY: The ideal candidate will be two years away from becoming an independent investigator, have at least two years or more of postdoctoral research experience, and have a significant publication record.
In addition, program candidates must have an M.D., D.D.S., or D.V.M. degree. Candidates must be a fellow, resident, or a postdoctoral researcher and have at least two years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of application.
Candidates must be nominated by accredited, degree-granting institutions including medical schools, graduate schools, and affiliated hospitals and research institutes in the U.S. or Canada. Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada.
PURPOSE: The Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Career Awards for Medical Scientists program provides support for physician-scientists to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service.
By increasing the number of physician-scientists and keeping them in research, BWF believes that this bridging award, supporting the last year(s) of a mentored position in addition to supporting the beginning years of an independent position, will facilitate their transition to a career in research and buy time from service commitments. Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research. Proposals in health services research or involving large-scale clinical trials are ineligible.
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see http://www.bwfund.org/grant-programs/biomedical-sciences/career-awards-medical-scientists
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin e-mail, 2/7/14icon
Subject(s) health professions training, medical research

Congenital Heart Disease Research
SOURCE: Children’s Heart Foundation
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 6/6/14.
$ AVAILABLE: Grants of up to $100,000 per year for a maximum of two years will be awarded for new research in the areas of molecular genetics/biochemistry, devices/procedural research (catheterization & surgical), and long-term care of children with congenital heart defects as they become adults.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, investigators must be affiliated with an educational institution or nonprofit organization considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
PURPOSE: The Children's Heart Foundation is accepting proposals from investigators for clinical research projects related to discovering the cause of and improving methods for diagnosing, treating, and preventing congenital heart defects.
CONTACT: The Children’s Heart Foundation, (847) 634-6474. For more information see http://www.childrensheartfoundation.org/sites/default/files/filemanager/For_Scientists/Call%20for%20proposals%202014.pdf
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin e-mail, 2/7/14icon
Subject(s) cardiovascular/heart disease, children's health, health professions training, medical research

Research on Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome
SOURCE: Progeria Research Foundation
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5/2/14.
$ AVAILABLE: Please see PURPOSE section for funding information.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, principal investigators must hold a postdoctoral position or beyond. PI’s wishing to have a project conducted by a postdoctoral associate must act as a co-principal investigator. Awards will be granted only to applicants affiliated with institutions with 501(c)(3) status, or the equivalent for foreign institutions.
PURPOSE: The Progeria Research Foundation is seeking proposals from principal researchers for projects related to Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS), a rare, fatal, “premature aging” disease that affects children who die of heart disease at an average age of 13 — the same heart disease that affects millions of normal aging adults (atherosclerosis).
The program supports research projects with specific relevance to HGPS and that show promise for contributing to the scientific or clinical advancement in this field of study. Grants are awarded in three categories: Innovator Awards, Established Investigator Awards, and Specialty Awards.
1) Innovator Awards: Two-year grants of up to $75,000 a year are available to investigators eager to embark on new lines of investigation and produce enough preliminary data to be competitive for longer-term funding by NIH and/or other agencies.
2) Established Investigator Awards: Three-year grants of up to $100,000 a year are available to senior investigators established either in the field of HGPS or a field that can be directly applied to it.
3) Specialty Awards: These grants are awarded for smaller, more technology-driven projects, including sequencing, screening potential drugs, obtaining cell lines (including IPSCs), and preparation of antibodies. Funding amounts and lengths are flexible.
CONTACT: Progeria Research Foundation, (978) 535-2594, e-mail: info@progeriaresearch.org. For more information see http://www.progeriaresearch.org/grant_application.html
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin e-mail, 2/7/14icon
Subject(s) health professions training, medical research

Research on Role of Healthcare in Cancer Prevention
SOURCE: American Cancer Society
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4/1/14.
$ AVAILABLE: Awards will not exceed $200,000 per year (direct costs) for up to four years.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, applicants must be affiliated with a nonprofit institution located in the United States, its territories, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident of the United States. Independent investigators at all stages of their career are encouraged to apply.
PURPOSE: The American Cancer Society has issued a Request for Proposals designed to stimulate research that will generate new knowledge of the effects of the United States healthcare system and the role of insurance on access to and outcomes of cancer screening, early detection, and treatment services.
Studies investigating how one or more factors impacting access and outcomes interact — including insurance status, costs, capacity, personal characteristics, provider characteristics, components of the healthcare delivery system, and other known factors — are encouraged. Studies may be at the state, multi-state, or national levels, or otherwise involve large populations. If cross-sectional studies are proposed, analysis of both demographic and outcomes data is preferred.
Potential areas of investigation include but are not limited to how the structure and capacity of the healthcare system affects appropriate and timely access to cancer screening, early detection, treatment, and palliative care services; the provider and system factors that affect treatment patterns and quality of cancer care within the current healthcare systems; and the exploration of life course patterns vis-a-vis the entire spectrum of cancer care (from prevention and screening through diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and supportive/palliative care).
CONTACT: Joseph Cotter at e- mail: joseph.cotter@cancer.org. For more information see http://www.philanthropynewsdigest.org/rfps/rfp4488-american-cancer-society-seeks-proposals-for-research-on-role-of-healthcare-in-cancer-prevention
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin e-mail, 2/7/14icon
Subject(s) cancer research, health policy research


Events

Crucial Conversations
SPONSOR: Center for Community Based & Nonprofit Organizations at Austin Community College (CCBNO ACC)
WHEN: February 27-28, 9 am to 5 pm.
WHERE: ACC Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, (Austin, TX).
DESCRIPTION: Whenever you’re not getting the results you’re looking for, it’s likely a crucial conversation is keeping you stuck. Whether it’s a problem with poor quality, declining organizational support, or a strained relationship—whatever the issue—if you can’t talk honestly with nearly anybody about almost anything, you can expect poor results.
What is Crucial Conversations Training?
Crucial Conversations is a two-day course that teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics—at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll begin to surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment.
What is a Crucial Conversation?
A crucial conversation is a discussion between two or more people where the stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. These conversations—when handled poorly or ignored—lead to strained relationships and dismal results.
Crucial Conversations teaches participants how to:
* Speak persuasively, not abrasively.
* Foster teamwork and better decision making.
* Build acceptance rather than resistance.
* Resolve individual and group disagreements.
Who Needs Crucial Conversations Training?
Does your organization suffer from taboo topics, deference, disagreement, analysis paralysis, information hoarding, office politics, or alienation? Is your organization battling declining productivity, safety violations, low morale, reduced quality, poor customer satisfaction, or other bottom-line concerns? Then you, your team, or your organization needs Crucial Conversations Training.
COST: $235.
CONTACT: Lisa Dent, (512) 223-7051, e-mail: lisa.dent@austincc.edu.
From Center for Community Based & Nonprofit Organizations at Austin Community College Web site, accessed 2/12/14icon

Grow Your Business with E-mail
SPONSOR: Center for Community Based & Nonprofit Organizations at Austin Community College (CCBNO ACC)
WHEN: March 5, 10 am to noon.
WHERE: ACC Highland Business Center, Highland Mall, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, (Austin, TX).
DESCRIPTION: This session is designed to give small businesses and nonprofit organizations some simple ideas for growing their organizations using email marketing. Topics include what to write about, how to get more people to stop and read your messages and how to get more action, or reaction, to your messages and offers. We will discuss what it means to run a campaign and tactics for measuring success without spending a lot of time or money.
COST: $10.
CONTACT: Lisa Dent, (512) 223-7051, e-mail: lisa.dent@austincc.edu.
From Center for Community Based & Nonprofit Organizations at Austin Community College Web site, accessed 2/12/14icon

Getting Started with E-mail Marketing
SPONSOR: Center for Community Based & Nonprofit Organizations at Austin Community College (CCBNO ACC)
WHEN: March 19, 10 am to noon.
WHERE: ACC Highland Business Center, Highland Mall, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, (Austin, TX).
DESCRIPTION: This session will give participants a live, guided demonstration on how to create a promotional email that brings measurable response, how to manage a list of contacts for mass email, how to write a subject line, manage an editorial calendar and timing your emails for the best response. We will discuss list segmentation, graphics, branding, colors and adding links, the importance of tracking and what works best in terms of special offers and promotions.
We will use the leading email marketing service, Constant Contact, as a platform for the class and participants will have a sixty-day trial account at no cost in order to try some of the strategies and best practices covered in this session.
COST: $10.
CONTACT: Lisa Dent, (512) 223-7051, e-mail: lisa.dent@austincc.edu.
From Center for Community Based & Nonprofit Organizations at Austin Community College Web site, accessed 2/12/14icon


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