Funding Alert Vol. 24 No. 9 Alert # 4 - September 24, 2013

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Funding News and Grant Tips

Grants.gov Website Has New Look: Performance, Patience Go Hand-in-Hand during Transition
Grants.gov announced July 25 in its blog that it planned to unveil a new look for its busy website, with the transition taking place before Aug. 2. Visitors who frequent the site will have already observed the change-over.
“Although the look and feel of the site will be different,” the blog stated, “the content and its functionality will remain the same.” The early days of the new site, however, have revealed some issues.
Links
Functionality of the links to grant announcements, for example, has posed some challenges, particularly if visitors had saved links from the site's prior format. New links to announcements that were posted after the site's update became effective seem to be working seamlessly, taking users directly to the grant announcement.
Applicants who had saved links that were created under the former site, or who use links sent in email “notifiers” from the former site, will find that clicking on a former link no longer takes applicants directly to the grant announcement. Instead, applicants are taken to the search screen.
Search Screen
The site has an enhanced search screen that now displays on the home page along with a chart of open opportunities. Clicking on the links to the open opportunities directs users to the announcement summary, with the exception of some search and interface difficulties at this time for prior links from the old site.
Users who seek a particular opportunity can still do so by searching on key words, funding opportunity number or Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number. Users can also search by federal agency, program categories and eligibility as with the prior site.
Technical Difficulties
On Aug. 2, Nicole Daniel, communications lead in the Grants.gov program management office, emailed users about technical difficulties the site was having with some of the features within the user interface. The technical difficulties did not affect Adobe or application submissions, according to Daniel, who also assured users that the site would be at full capacity as soon as possible.
Discrepancies
There also seems to be some potential issue between the printed grant announcements and the electronic documents on the new site as evidenced by a warning message that currently appears on each announcement summary page stating, “Any inconsistency between the original printed document and the disk or electronic document shall be resolved by giving precedence to the printed document.”
As with any massive technical update, a transition period should be anticipated as the new site refines its launch. Applicants would be well-served to plan for additional time to prepare proposals and complete the submission process, as well to compare the Federal Register notice and the electronic notice on Grants.gov.
Applicants and Grantors
The website now displays useful buttons across the top of the screen. Two buttons, one for applicants and another for grantors, help the different user groups of the site quickly access the functions most appropriate for their needs. The full row of options include: home, about, search grants, applicants, grantors, system-to-system, forms, outreach and support. Each button includes drop-down menus for additional choices.
Training Video
On July 30, Grants.gov released a new training video about finding opportunities and applying for grants using the new site. Information about registering on Grants.gov is also provided for new users. Additional information is available in the applicant resources section of Grants.gov.
Plan for More Time
As users become familiar with the new design and functionality of the Grants.gov site, it would be beneficial for applicants to allow a little additional time to prepare applications and submit proposals.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Federal agencies would also be wise to plan enough time in the event of any new processes relating to posting opportunities on the site and becoming familiar with package templates, tracking numbers and other administrative functions.
From Local/State Funding Report Web site, accessed 9/20/13icon

HHS Offers Look at Future Plans
The Department of Health and Human Services asks for comments on its draft 2014-2018 strategic plan.
The document offers a look at projected HHS initiatives, including possible changes in funding programs and grant priorities. It’s a good guide to see where HHS hopes to award funds in the future.
The four basic themes of the plan are:
* Strengthening health care services;
* Advancing scientific knowledge and innovation;
* Advancing the health, safety and well-being of the American people; and
* Ensuring the efficiency and effectives of HHS programs.
The plan is available at http://www.hhs.gov/open/recordsandreports/strategic-plan/. Comments are due by Oct. 15 to strategicplanning@hhs.gov.
From Community Health Funding Report, 9/16/13icon


Public Funding Opportunities

2013 Awards for Excellence in Texas School Health - The Texas Health Institute Awards - Reaching for Excellence Grants
SOURCE: Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Texas Health Institute 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10/4/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Four grants of $1,200 each.
ELIGIBILITY: To be considered for any of the following three awards sponsored by the Texas Health Institute, you must have or plan to have an effective school, multi-campus, or district-wide program, initiative or activity designed to address specific health needs of school students, staff, and/or parents and the community.
PURPOSE: For any school or district that would like to begin a new health program or initiative using the funds from their grant, to improve the lifelong physical, mental and/or social well-being of students, staff or the greater school community.
CFDA: none
CONTACT: Ellen Smith, (512) 776-2140, e-mail: ellen.smith@dshs.state.tx.us. For more information see http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/awards.shtm
From DSHS School Health Program, Friday Beat e-mail, 9/20/13icon
Subject(s) school health

2013 Awards for Excellence in Texas School Health - The Texas Health Institute Awards - Discovery Award
SOURCE: Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Texas Health Institute
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10/4/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Three grants of $1,500 each.
ELIGIBILITY: To be considered for any of the following three awards sponsored by the Texas Health Institute, you must have or plan to have an effective school, multi-campus, or district-wide program, initiative or activity designed to address specific health needs of school students, staff, and/or parents and the community.
PURPOSE: For schools or districts with current health initiatives that have been in place for at least one full school year that address the lifelong physical, mental and/or social well-being of students, staff or the school community.
CFDA: none
CONTACT: Ellen Smith, (512) 776-2140, e-mail: ellen.smith@dshs.state.tx.us. For more information see http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/awards.shtm
From DSHS School Health Program, Friday Beat e-mail, 9/20/13icon
Subject(s) school health

2013 Awards for Excellence in Texas School Health - The Texas Health Institute Awards - Vanguard Award
SOURCE: Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Texas Health Institute
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10/4/13.
$ AVAILABLE: One grant of $1,000 each.
ELIGIBILITY: To be considered for any of the following three awards sponsored by the Texas Health Institute, you must have or plan to have an effective school, multi-campus, or district-wide program, initiative or activity designed to address specific health needs of school students, staff, and/or parents and the community.
PURPOSE: For schools/districts that have won a Discovery or Vanguard Award for Excellence in Texas School Health in a previous year, applicants will be expected to show expansion, enhancements or growth to their currently operating, winning program.
CFDA: none
CONTACT: Ellen Smith, (512) 776-2140, e-mail: ellen.smith@dshs.state.tx.us. For more information see http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/awards.shtm
From DSHS School Health Program, Friday Beat e-mail, 9/20/13icon
Subject(s) school health

2013 Awards for Excellence in Texas School Health - The Texas Pediatric Society Foundation Award - Award of Achievement
SOURCE: Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Texas Health Institute
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10/4/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Three grants of $1,000 each.
ELIGIBILITY: To be considered for any of the following three awards sponsored by the Texas Health Institute, you must have or plan to have an effective school, multi-campus, or district-wide program, initiative or activity designed to address specific health needs of school students, staff, and/or parents and the community.
PURPOSE: To be considered for this award you must have innovative and effective school or district-level programs or initiatives currently in place that have been successful in reducing obesity in adolescents by promoting nutrition and physical activity.  If the requirements in the description above are met, applicants applying for the Discovery or Vanguard awards would be eligible to receive the Award of Achievement and will be enrolled automatically – no application is necessary.
CFDA: none
CONTACT: Ellen Smith, (512) 776-2140, e-mail: ellen.smith@dshs.state.tx.us. For more information see http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/awards.shtm
From DSHS School Health Program, Friday Beat e-mail, 9/20/13icon
Subject(s) school health

2013 Awards for Excellence in Texas School Health - The Texas Health Institute Awards - Robert M. Bernstein, M.D. Special Recognition Award
SOURCE: Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Texas Health Institute
APPLICATION DEADLINE: No application is necessary.  You are automatically enrolled when you receive a Reaching for Excellence grant.
$ AVAILABLE: Winners will be given a Dr. Robert Bernstein Special Recognition Award plaque, an all-weather, 3X5 banner for display and their school’s/district’s name will be permanently displayed on a perpetual plaque in the lobby of the Texas Department of State Health Services.
ELIGIBILITY: To win this award, a school or district must be awarded a Reaching for Excellence grant (first year), use year two to implement and evaluate your new program for one entire school year; apply for and win a Discovery Award in year three and then apply for and win the Vanguard Award in year four or five - all with the same program or initiative.
PURPOSE: Dr. Robert Bernstein was a former commissioner of the Texas Department of Health, former president of the Texas Health Foundation and board/executive committee member of the Texas Health Institute. One of Dr. Bernstein’s favorite projects was the Awards for Excellence in Texas School Health program. He started the award program in 1989 and presented awards to winners at every annual awards ceremony until his death in 2007.
CFDA: none
CONTACT: Ellen Smith, (512) 776-2140, e-mail: ellen.smith@dshs.state.tx.us. For more information see http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/awards.shtm
From DSHS School Health Program, Friday Beat e-mail, 9/20/13icon
Subject(s) school health

Paul B. Beeson Clinical Scientist Development Award in Aging (K08): RFA-AG-14-013
SOURCE: National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 10/14/13. Application: 11/14/13 by 5 pm local time of applicant organization.
$ AVAILABLE: The National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke intend (in combination) to commit approximately $1 million in FY 2014 to support five to seven awards. The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations, and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
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 National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), are pursuing this initiative to encourage and assist the development of future leaders in the field of aging by supporting clinically trained (primarily physician) faculty members early in their careers to gain additional research training and to establish independent programs in aging research.
CFDA: 93.866, 93.853
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more informtion see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-14-013.html
From NIH Web site, accessed 9/18/13icon
Subject(s) health professions training, aged/seniors, medical research

Paul B. Beeson Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award in Aging (K23): RFA-AG-14-014
SOURCE: National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 10/14/13. Application: 11/14/13 by 5 pm local time of applicant organization.
$ AVAILABLE: The National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke intend (in combination) to commit approximately $1 million in FY 2014 to support five to seven awards. The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations, and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
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 National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) are pursuing this initiative to encourage and assist the development of future leaders in the field of aging by supporting clinically trained (primarily physician) faculty members early in their careers to gain additional research training and to establish independent programs in aging research.
CFDA: 93.866, 93.853
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more informtion see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-14-014.html
From NIH Web site, accessed 9/18/13icon
Subject(s) health professions training, aged/seniors, medical research


Private Funding Opportunities

Group Therapy Research Projects
SOURCE: Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11/1/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded based on the importance of the research to the field, the seniority of the investigators, and the number of research applications received.
ELIGIBILITY: Please see URL for complete eligibility information.
PURPOSE: The Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health is dedicated to changing lives through therapeutic group work by advancing the most effective and innovative approaches to group therapy education, training, research, and community outreach. To that end, the foundation is seeking research-focused applications in support of group psychotherapy research focused on one of five clinical populations: children, the elderly, the chronically mentally ill, substance abusers, and significantly ill patients with marked functional impairment.
Funding can be used to support the basic costs of research (e.g., supplies, research equipment, photocopying, postage, computer services, statistical consultation and research assistant salaries); investigator salaries and travel expenses will not be funded. (Equipment purchased for use during a research project must be donated to an institution at the completion of the project.)
CONTACT: Please direct inquiries to: phone: (212) 477-2677 or e-mail: info@agpa.org.
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy news Digest Web site, accessed 9/19/13icon
Subject(s) medical research, mental health

Public Health Law Education Fellowships
SOURCE: Center for Law, Health & Society, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 12/13/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Expenses for each fellow and their dean related to attendance at the 2014 Summer Institute, including travel, lodging, and meals at the institute site, will be covered by the fellowship program. The expenses for an additional required two-day meeting for fellows and their mentors (a closing ceremony in May 2015) will also be covered.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, applicants must have a J.D. degree and be employed in a full-time faculty position at a law school or school/program of public health, or be a full-time faculty member affiliated with a law school or school/program of public health, with a tenure-track, tenured, clinical-track, joint, or comparable faculty appointment.
Applicants must also have at least three years of full-time teaching experience at a graduate- or professional-school level by July 2014. In addition, the applicant's dean must attend the initial part of the summer educational institute (July 16-19, 2014) in Park City, Utah.
PURPOSE: The Center for Law, Health & Society at Georgia State University College of Law is leading an initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a faculty fellowship program to promote public health law education. Future of Public Health Law Education fellowships are designed to promote the innovative teaching of public health law nationally by creating new curricular offerings in law schools and schools/programs of public health; create a dynamic and supportive community of practice among the faculty fellows, their deans, faculty mentors, and leaders in public health law; and share and build resources that foster model approaches and best practices for teaching public health law.
Ten faculty members with full-time appointments in law schools or schools/programs of public health will be selected to participate in the yearlong program, which is designed to foster innovations in educational programming and build a strong learning community. All fellows, with their deans' support, will design and implement a project for curricular change in public health law education at their home institutions. Each fellow will be paired with a faculty mentor in public health law.
Selected applicants will begin their fellowship year by attending an intensive ten-day educational Summer Institute on July 16-26, 2014, in Park City, Utah. Over the course of the academic 2014-15 fellowship year, the fellows and their mentors will regularly share ideas, experiences, and models for public health law teaching, providing opportunities for professional growth and leadership development. The fellowship program will be enhanced by an electronic library on substantive topics and best practices in teaching public health law. Fellows and their mentors will be able to contribute to the library throughout the fellowship year.
The fellowship is designed for faculty who are passionate about teaching and have the support of their home institution for creating new courses, externships, clinics, or other curricular offerings or educational programs in the field of public health law.
CONTACT: Stacie Kershner, (404) 413-9088, e-mail: skershner1@gsu.edu. For more information see http://law.gsu.edu/clhs/8830.html
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy news Digest Web site, accessed 9/19/13icon
Subject(s) public health, health professions training

Round 12 of Grand Challenges Explorations
SOURCE: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11/12/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Initial grants of $100,000 are awarded twice a year. Successful projects are eligible to receive a follow-on grant of up to $1 million.
ELIGIBILITY: The program welcomes proposals from a broad spectrum of contributors and encourages cross-disciplinary approaches. The Gates Foundation and an independent group of reviewers will select the most innovative proposals, and grants will be awarded within approximately four months of the proposal submission deadline.
PURPOSE: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is accepting applications for Round 12 of its Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, an accelerated grant program that encourages bold approaches aimed at improving the lives of the world's poorest people. Anyone — students, scientists, entrepreneurs — with a transformative idea is invited to apply.
Topics for Grand Challenges Explorations Round 12 are 1) inciting healthy behaviors; 2) new enabling tools and models supporting development of interventions for enteric dysfunction; 3) innovations in feedback and accountability systems for agricultural development; 4) One Health — bringing together human and animal health for new solutions; and 5) developing the next-generation condom.
Since its launch in 2008, the program has funded more than 850 grants in 50 countries.
CONTACT: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, (206) 709-3400, e-mail: media@gatesfoundation.org. For more information see http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Media-Center/Press-Releases/2013/09/GCE-Round-12-Press-Release
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy news Digest Web site, accessed 9/19/13icon
Subject(s) health policy research, health professions training, medical research

Scholars in Health Policy Research Program
SOURCE: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10/8/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Up to nine fellowships will be awarded in this grant cycle. Scholars will receive annual stipends of $89,000.
ELIGIBILITY: Applications are invited from recent graduates of doctoral programs in economics, political science, and sociology, including junior faculty. The program will give preference to applicants who have not previously worked extensively in health or health policy research. Applicants must have received a doctoral degree after January 1, 2009, but no later than July 15, 2014.
All applicants must be citizens of the U.S. or its territories or have permanent residency status at the time of application. Applications from candidates who come from groups that historically have been underrepresented in the three disciplines are encouraged.
PURPOSE: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research program is designed to develop and support a new generation of creative health policy thinkers and researchers within the disciplines of economics, political science, and sociology.
Each year the program selects up to nine highly qualified individuals for two-year fellowships at one of three nationally prominent universities (the University of California, Berkeley, in collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco; the University of Michigan; and Harvard University) with the expectation that they will make important research contributions to future U.S. health policy. All three universities have nationally recognized social science departments and professional schools whose faculty have significant health policy expertise. Scholars in the program have the opportunity to work closely with faculty from the social sciences — as well as from medicine, public health, and public policy — in an environment conducive to disciplinary and multidisciplinary learning and collaborative research. Scholars will have access to the full range of university resources including libraries, computers, databases, and research support, and will be free from teaching, consulting, and administrative responsibilities during their participation in the program.
CONTACT: Please direct inquiries to: phone: (617) 353-9220 or e-mail: rwjf@bu.edu.
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy news Digest Web site, accessed 9/19/13icon
Subject(s) health policy research, health professions training


Events

Webinar -- Outlook on Steroids III
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WHEN: October 10 at noon.
WHERE: Webinar.
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* Quickly sort and prioritize email.
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