Funding Alert Vol. 24 No. 10 Alert # 1 - October 1, 2013

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Funding News and Grant Tips

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Releases New Package of Research Materials on Latino Children, Obesity
Latino kids consume more soft drinks, fruit-flavored drinks, and other sugary drinks on average than do their White or African-American peers.
Sugary drink consumption contributes to increased rates of obesity and diabetes, studies show.
Strategies to alter sugary drink prices-such as sugary drink taxes, exclusion of sugary drinks from food assistance programs, and subsidization of healthier beverages-have been suggested to reduce sugary drink consumption among Latino kids, and potentially improve weight outcomes, according to a new package of research materials produced jointly by Salud America! and Bridging the Gap, two national research programs funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
Download the new Salud America! "Sugary Drinks & Latino Kids" research materials:
* A research review with the latest science;
* An issue brief;
* An infographic;
* An animated video .
"One study found that higher sugary drink prices were linked to lower body weight in school children, with a greater impact on Latino kids," said Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America!.
From RWJF e-mail, 9/30/13icon

Time out for Recess
Time for recess is at an all-time low for many American students. This, despite mounting research pointing to the cognitive benefits of physical activity, as outlined in an Action for Healthy Kids report “The Learning Connection: What You Need to Know to Ensure Your Kids are Healthy and Ready to Learn”. Access the report at http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/storage/documents/pdfs/afhk_thelearningconnection_digitaledition.pdf.
From DSHS School Health program Friday Beat e-mail, 9/7/13icon


Public Funding Opportunities

Notice of Provider Enrollment - Adult Day Care/Day Activity and Health Services (ADC/DAHS): 53900-14-0002
SOURCE: Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities (DADS)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 8/31/14.
$ AVAILABLE: See URL for funding information.
ELIGIBILITY: See URL for eligibility information.
PURPOSE: The Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities (DADS) accepts provider enrollment for licensed day activity and health services (DAHS) facilities that provide daytime services to people who live in the community as an alternative to living in a nursing home or other institution. Services, which usually are provided Monday through Friday, address physical, mental, medical and social needs. Sometimes, this is called adult day care or adult day services. The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) licenses and surveys facilities to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations to protect Texans who are receiving long-term care services.
CFDA: none
CONTACT: Should you have any questions regarding the enrollment process for these programs, please go to the URL. For more information see http://www.dads.state.tx.us/providers/ALRC/howto.html
From Electronic State Business daily Web site, accessed 9/30/13icon
Subject(s) aged/seniors, housing/homeless

Notice of Provider Enrollment - Adult Foster Care (AFC): 53900-14-0003
SOURCE: Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities (DADS)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 8/31/14.
$ AVAILABLE: See URL for funding information.
ELIGIBILITY: See URL for eligibility information.
PURPOSE: The Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities (DADS) accepts provider enrollment for Adult Foster Care which provides a 24-hour living arrangement with supervision in an adult foster home for people who are unable to continue living independently in their own homes because of physical, mental or emotional limitations. AFC providers and residents must live in the same household and share a common living area. With the exception of family members, no more than three adults may live in the foster home unless it is licensed by the state. The client pays the provider for room and board.
CFDA: none
CONTACT: Should you have any questions regarding the enrollment process for these programs, please go to the URL. For more information see http://www.dads.state.tx.us/providers/afc/howto.html
From Electronic State Business daily Web site, accessed 9/30/13icon
Subject(s) aged/seniors, housing/homeless

Notice of Provider Enrollment – Assisted Living and Residential Care (ALRC): 53900-14-0001
SOURCE: Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities (DADS)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 8/31/14.
$ AVAILABLE: See URL for funding information.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to provide services and receive reimbursement for these services, an individual or provider agency must meet certain eligibility criteria.
PURPOSE: The Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities (DADS) accepts provider enrollment for licensed day activity and health services (DAHS) facilities that provide daytime services to people who live in the community as an alternative to living in a nursing home or other institution. Services, which usually are provided Monday through Friday, address physical, mental, medical and social needs. Sometimes, this is called adult day care or adult day services. The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) licenses and surveys facilities to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations to protect Texans who are receiving long-term care services.
CFDA: none
CONTACT: Should you have any questions regarding the enrollment process for these programs, please go to the URL. For more information see http://www.dads.state.tx.us/providers/adc/howto.html
From Electronic State Business daily Web site, accessed 9/30/13icon
Subject(s) aged/seniors, housing/homeless


Private Funding Opportunities

Pancreatic Research Leadership Grant
SOURCE: American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10/29/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Please see PURPOSE section.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, applicants must have a medical and/or doctoral degree in the biomedical sciences or in a field applicable to health science research and not currently be a candidate for a further doctoral or professional degree. Applicants must have started their postdoctoral or clinical research fellowship on or after July 2, 2009 (i.e., the grant recipient must be in the first five years of their fellowship at the start of the grant term and not already have a full-time tenure track assistant professor position or equivalent). In addition, applicants must not be a current recipient of a K08 or any other research grant in which the applicant has committed to a percentage of effort that conflicts with the 75 percent research time commitment mandated by the Pathway to Leadership Grant.
Employees or subcontractors of a government entity or for-profit private industry are not eligible.
AACR membership is required. Non-members interested in this grant opportunity must submit a satisfactory application for AACR associate membership by October 31, 2013. The application will be applied to 2013 membership dues.
PURPOSE: The American Association for Cancer Research is seeking applications from AACR members for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Pathway to Leadership Grant, a joint effort with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to support outstanding early career investigators beginning in their postdoctoral cancer research positions and continuing through their successful transition to independence.
Research projects must have direct applicability and relevance to pancreatic cancer; may be in any discipline of basic, clinical, translational, or epidemiological research; and may fall within at least one of the categories of the Common Scientific Outline (biology; etiology; prevention; early detection, diagnosis, and prognosis; treatment; or cancer control, survivorship, and outcomes research).
The program provides up to five years of support, for a total of $600,000, consisting of two phases. The initial Mentored Phase lasts up to two years, during which time the recipient will receive $75,000 per year and is expected to work closely with one or more mentors to develop a strong research project. It is expected that during the mentored phase, the recipient will dedicate at least 75 percent of his/her time to completing the proposed research plus additional time fulfilling the career development plan. During the subsequent three years, the recipient is expected to be in an independent research position and will be funded at $150,000 per year.
It is anticipated that one Pathway to Leadership Grant will be funded.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://www.aacr.org/home/scientists/aacr-research-funding/current-funding-opportunities-for-postdoctoral-or-clinical-research-fellows.aspx#pathwayopen
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest e-mail, 9/20/13icon
Subject(s) cancer research

Preterm Birth Initiative
SOURCE: Burroughs Wellcome Fund
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 12/2/13.
$ AVAILABLE: The fund has committed $3 million for the initiative and anticipates making five grants of up to $600,000 over a four-year period ($150,000 per year).
ELIGIBILITY: The principal investigator must have a faculty appointment at a degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada. Researchers working at research institutes, national laboratories, within the federal government, or outside of North America may be partners or collaborators but all funding must be channeled through the U.S. or Canadian degree-granting institution of the principal investigator. Proposals should address the biomedical causes and mechanisms underlying preterm parturition, including but not limited to peri-implantational events, placentation, fetal determinants, fetal-maternal immune responses, biological basis for racial-ethnic disparities, mechanisms relating preterm birth to other adverse pregnancy outcomes, biology of normal labor, etc. Proposals seeking to identify biomarkers predicting preterm birth are welcome.
PURPOSE: The Burroughs Wellcome Fund's Preterm Birth Initiative was created to increase the understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying parturition and spontaneous preterm birth.
The initiative is designed to bring together diverse interdisciplinary groups with expertise in genetics/genomics, immunology, microbiology, and proteomics, along with the more traditional areas of parturition research such as maternal fetal medicine, obstetrics, and pediatrics, to address scientific issues related to preterm birth.
Proposals must have an interdisciplinary approach. One member of the team must have training and expertise outside the traditional areas of reproductive science. Proposals that cross institutional boundaries (partnerships between multiple universities or collaborations within larger universities) are encouraged.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://www.bwfund.org/grant-programs/reproductive-sciences/preterm-birth-initiative
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest e-mail, 9/20/13icon
Subject(s) medical research

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) Invites Letters of Intent for Pilot and Research Awards -- Pilot Awards
SOURCE: Simons Foundation
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 10/11/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Please see PURPOSE section.
ELIGIBILITY: All applicants and key collaborators must hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree and have a faculty position or equivalent at a college, university, medical school, or other research facility. Applications may be submitted by domestic and foreign nonprofit organizations; public and private institutions such as colleges, universities, hospitals, laboratories, units of state, and local government; and eligible agencies of the federal government. There are no citizenship or country requirements. Applicants whose Letters of Intent are approved will receive notification in mid-January. Full proposals are due February 14, 2014. Visit the SFARI Web site for complete program guidelines and application procedures.
PURPOSE: SFARI Pilot Awards are intended for innovative, high-impact proposals requesting support for small-scale projects or early-stage experiments that build on preliminary data or a prior track record and lead to competitive applications for funding by SFARI or other organizations. Investigators new to the field of autism are encouraged to apply for pilot awards. The maximum budget is $125,000 (including indirect costs) per year for up to two years.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://sfari.org/funding/grants/pilot-and-research-award-rfa/pilot-research-award-rfa-index
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest e-mail, 9/20/13icon
Subject(s) mental health, medical research

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) Invites Letters of Intent for Pilot and Research Awards -- Research Awards
SOURCE: Simons Foundation
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 10/11/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Please see PURPOSE section.
ELIGIBILITY: All applicants and key collaborators must hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree and have a faculty position or equivalent at a college, university, medical school, or other research facility. Applications may be submitted by domestic and foreign nonprofit organizations; public and private institutions such as colleges, universities, hospitals, laboratories, units of state, and local government; and eligible agencies of the federal government. There are no citizenship or country requirements. Applicants whose Letters of Intent are approved will receive notification in mid-January. Full proposals are due February 14, 2014. Visit the SFARI Web site for complete program guidelines and application procedures.
PURPOSE: SFARI Research Awards are designed for investigators with demonstrated expertise conducting compelling high-impact research on an experimental hypothesis for which, in most cases, preliminary data have already been gathered. The foundation also will consider projects focused on a central hypothesis where success depends on close collaboration between two or more labs. The initiative expects to fund proposals for a maximum of $250,000 per year (including indirect costs) for up to three years, but under exceptional circumstances will consider proposals at higher levels.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://sfari.org/funding/grants/pilot-and-research-award-rfa/pilot-research-award-rfa-index
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest e-mail, 9/20/13icon
Subject(s) mental health, medical research

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) Invites Letters of Intent for Pilot and Research Awards -- Explorer Award
SOURCE: Simons Foundation
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 10/11/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Please see PURPOSE section.
ELIGIBILITY: All applicants and key collaborators must hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree and have a faculty position or equivalent at a college, university, medical school, or other research facility. Applications may be submitted by domestic and foreign nonprofit organizations; public and private institutions such as colleges, universities, hospitals, laboratories, units of state, and local government; and eligible agencies of the federal government. There are no citizenship or country requirements. Applicants whose Letters of Intent are approved will receive notification in mid-January. Full proposals are due February 14, 2014. Visit the SFARI Web site for complete program guidelines and application procedures.
PURPOSE: SFARI Explorer Award program accepts applications at any time for rapid review and support through a rolling award program. The Explorer Award program provides timely resources on a one-time basis, not to exceed $60,000, including indirect costs, to support focused experiments highly relevant to SFARI's mission.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://sfari.org/funding/grants/pilot-and-research-award-rfa/pilot-research-award-rfa-index
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest e-mail, 9/20/13icon
Subject(s) mental health, medical research

Texas Mental Health Policy Projects
SOURCE: Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10/16/13.
$ AVAILABLE: The number and size of awards will be based on the quality of proposals. The foundation has released an RFP for this grant program for the past several years, awarding a total of 24 grants for policy-related projects. The level of funding awarded ranges from $30,000 - $180,000. Please visit the foundation’s website at http://www.hogg.utexas.edu/initiatives/policy_grants.html to view examples of previous policy project grant awards.
ELIGIBILITY: Nonprofit 501(c)(3) and governmental organizations in Texas are eligible to submit proposals. Respondents must be Texas-based or have offices, chapters or affiliates in Texas. Examples of eligible organizations include nonprofit mental health and consumer advocacy organizations, colleges and universities, research-based organizations, and state, regional and local government agencies.
Proposals submitted as a collaborative project between multiple entities are welcome, but the lead applicant must be based in Texas and the role of each entity must be clearly defined in the proposal.
The foundation will not fund an organization to subcontract with another entity to carry out the project. Grants will only be awarded to organizations that are directly responsible for implementing the project.
PURPOSE: The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health invites eligible organizations in Texas to respond to this request for proposals (RFP) for the Texas Mental Health Policy Projects Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to improve mental health policy in Texas by supporting important state and local policy projects that can lead to meaningful, systemic change.
CONTACT: Questions about the RFP may be emailed to hogg-grants@austin.utexas.edu. The foundation will not accept phone calls regarding the RFP except for questions related to technical issues with the online submission process. For technical inquiries, call grants management staff at (512) 471-5041. For more information see http://www.hogg.utexas.edu/uploads/documents/PPG_RFP_Final_2013.pdf
From Hogg Foundation for Mental Health e-mail, 9/16/13icon
Subject(s) mental health, medical research


Events

A Model Grants Development Office
SPONSOR: Harris County Department of Education
WHEN: November 6, 1:30 to 3 pm.
WHERE: Webinar.
DESCRIPTION: This session covers how to create the structure and processes of a successful grants acquisition program within an organization. The session also equips you with the measurements for assessing the effectiveness of your grants office.
COST: $35: Harris County School Districts can register at no charge, please call for discount code.
You can register at http://wms.hcde-texas.org. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing details about attending the webinar.
CONTACT: For more information: contact Center for Grants Development at grantinfo@hcde-texas.org or (713) 696-8296.
From Harris County Department of Education e-mail, 9/24/13icon

Using a Logic Model to Create Your Grant Project Design
SPONSOR: Harris County Department of Education
WHEN: October 16, 1:30 to 3 pm.
WHERE: Webinar.
DESCRIPTION: This session covers the elements of a logic model and how it can be used by your grants team to create your project. The session will walk you through strategies to engage your grant writing team to conceptualize a project.
COST: $35: Harris County School Districts can register at no charge, please call for discount code.
You can register at http://wms.hcde-texas.org. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing details about attending the webinar.
CONTACT: For more information: contact Center for Grants Development at grantinfo@hcde-texas.org or (713) 696-8296.
From Harris County Department of Education e-mail, 9/24/13icon

Effective Approach to Grant Writing
SPONSOR: Harris County Department of Education
WHEN: October 2, 1 to 4 pm.
WHERE: Webinar.
DESCRIPTION: This session covers the elements of a logic model and how it can be used by your grants team to create your project. The session will walk you through strategies to engage your grant writing team to conceptualize a project.
COST: $35: Harris County School Districts can register at no charge, please call for discount code.
You can register at http://wms.hcde-texas.org. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing details about attending the webinar.
CONTACT: For more information: contact Center for Grants Development at grantinfo@hcde-texas.org or (713) 696-8296.
From Harris County Department of Education e-mail, 9/24/13icon


Awards in Texas

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health in Austin has awarded $1.1 million to East Texas Coalition for Mental Health Recovery to add six mental health service providers as members.
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 9/12/13icon

Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston has received $5 million from the Huffington Foundation, also of Houston, for the Neurodegeneration Consortium, a collaboration of three research institutions to study and treat Alzheimer's and other brain diseases.
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 9/12/13icon

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded $350,000 to the University of Texas Health Science center at Houston to enable doctors and people with diabetes to access electronic health records through Smartphones.
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 9/12/13icon

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas located in Dallas has received $1 million from the Perot Foundation in Plano to provide health care to low income and uninsured residents of Texas.
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 9/12/13icon


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