Funding Opportunities


W.W. Smith Charitable Trust

Internal proposals must be submitted by 5 PM Wed August 29, 2012.

The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust ( supports basic medical research in heart-related research; grants seeking such support are due at the foundation Sept 15, 2012. (Please note that cancer and AIDS research has a different deadline)...Read More

USAID Centers of Excellence - Drexel Planning Meeting February 15, 9:30 - 10:30 AM, Bossone 630-A

Deadline: March 22, 2012

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) recently released a call for proposals to establish university-based centers of excellence: consortium centers that will be funded at $4-5 million/year for 5 years; and single institution centers that will be funded at $1-2 million/year for 5 years. The timeline to prepare a proposal for either category is short - concept proposals are due March 22, and full proposals, if invited, are due July 17, 2012.

If you or any of your colleagues are interested in joining one or more teams organizing to prepare a proposal, please join us at our Planning Meeting on Wednesday February 15, 2012 from 9:30 - 10:30 AM in Bossone 630-A.

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USAID seeks to establish centers of excellence in higher education that in turn will form a USAID Higher Education Solutions Network. In this way, USAID will create and leverage a virtual network of leading experts who will help them solve distinct global development challenges. This network will help USAID identify new solutions and by working together, save money and improve results over time.

By leveraging the capacity and knowledge of universities and research institutions, USAID seeks to broaden the capacity of development institutions more broadly, including USAID, developing countries, and other donor organizations. Academic institutions involved in the partnership will serve as virtual centers of knowledge that will help USAID and the larger development community better understand problems, and evaluate and develop new solutions to development challenges.

Centers will foster innovations in science and technology, and engage and inspire a new and broader community of scholars and students involved in the complex issues of international development planning, execution, and assessment. Specifically, through the resultant cooperative agreement(s), the academic community will support USAID and other development organizations to improve their analytical capabilities in understanding development challenges and core barriers to addressing them, catalogue solutions to different challenges, catalyze and bring forward novel approaches to addressing development problems, and encourage the development and application of new tools within science, technology, and engineering to improve the efficacy and decrease cost of development interventions.

Centers will serve as analytical hubs for USAID providing evidence-based objective assessments of development problems, their local contexts, and the barriers to their solution. The analysis and data provided by the Centers will inform its policy development, programming and evaluation functions, as well as allow for better, faster decisions to be made. The Centers will help USAID better understand demands of the developing world to ensure that USAID programming and development community practice targets critical needs. This analytic capacity, in turn, will position the agency to best deal with future development challenges.

For more information, please view the call for proposals and USAID's policy framework.

Call for Proposals: Drexel University - Hebrew University/Institute for Drug Research

Deadline: February 25, 2012

The mission of this Translational Research Partnership is to develop health care solutions that address unmet clinical needs and lead to improvements in patient health care. Examples of desirable translational research goals and outcomes include systems and devices for the improvement of disease diagnosis and treatment, and therapeutic solutions. Projects should have the potential for commercialization.

The successful proposals will receive seed funds, up to $50K for a period of no more than one year. The funding is the first mechanism available to joint DU-HU projects. It is anticipated that the proposal teams will have a plan and will apply for follow-on funding through the Coulter Translational Research Partnership program fund, a dedicated translational research program fund and/or other sources of translational research funding.

As part of this ongoing collaboration and in effort to identify joint research synergies a second research HUB symposium will be held in Jerusalem, Israel on January 29-31, 2012. Funding for four proposals in the upcoming cycle will be made available, by Drexel University and the Institute for Drug Research of the Hebrew University. The research funding secured by both institutions will also include the essential component to facilitate bi-lateral exchange of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working on these joint projects.

We look forward to the Oversight Committee participation in this inaugural phase in hopes of building a critical mass of joint translational research capacity necessary to launch a fund raising campaign that will sustain and expand our translational partnership.

For details, download the Call for Proposals.

IGERTS Solicitation 2012

Deadline: March 7, 2012

The IGERT program has been developed to educate Ph.D. scientists and engineers with interdisciplinary backgrounds, deep knowledge in chosen disciplines, and technical, professional, and personal skills.

In this competition it is required that the training program explicitly propose new models in graduate education in which students are engaged in an environment that supports innovation; learn through hands-on experience how their own research may contribute in new ways to benefit society; and learn the processes for the successful implementation of such contributions.

Continuing the revision begun last year, NSF has no preliminary proposals in this competition. A letter of intent is due to the NSF for administrative, not evaluative purposes, on May 1. The full proposal is due July 2. The complete IGERT description may be found at

Submissions are limited to 1 proposal per lead institution.

The value of IGERT programs to Drexel goes beyond the simple dollar value of support. These are highly sought-after, and provide great prestige and visibility. Thus, while we shall begin via competitive mechanisms to select the best proposal or combination of proposals, we encourage the entire research community to view this as a joint enterprise, in which success under the leadership of any of us will ultimately benefit all of us.

Teams who wish to compete must submit a 3 page proposal, in pdf format, 11 pt Arial or larger font. In addition to the text, a title page, a page of names, and a reference page are permitted. The names need to be separated into Investigators, who are contributing to the design of the IGERT, and Participants, who may be resource faculty in an ultimate program, but who are not actively shaping the present submission. NSF-style biosketches should be provided for the Investigators ONLY.

The document, as a single pdf, titled with the name of ONE single PI, should be sent to, with the subject line containing the word IGERT.

(Please note the leadership structure of the IGERT proposed may be more complex; the single name is a simple device that helps us to track the document.)

Our deadline for receipt is 5:00 PM on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.

Call for Letters of Intent for Novel Medical Research Projects from the Margaret Q. Landenberger Foundation

Deadline: January 27, 2012

The Margaret Q. Landenberger Foundation provides initial funding for innovative research projects in the medical sciences, with the expectation that this will help the investigator further expand their research through additional grants from other sources. Because only one proposal can be submitted to the Margaret Q Landenberger Research Foundation from each institution, Drexel will hold an internal competition to determine which proposal will be submitted on behalf of the University.

The application requires that the Principal Investigator is a full-time Drexel or Drexel University College of Medicine faculty member at either the assistant professor or associate professor level. The proposal requires the full support of a scientific mentor (Chair, Section Chief, or Center/Institute Director) within Drexel University or Drexel University College of Medicine.

The research proposal must represent a novel medical research project requiring initial funding. The maximum budget allowed for direct costs is $150,000. This current application is for one year of funding. The submission application to the Foundation is February 20, 2012.

Download the LOI template for full details.

The internal LOI must be submitted by Friday, January 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM ET by email to The subject line of the email should say Landenberger internal LOI and the name of the PI. The LOI template in the attachment should be used in all LOI submissions. Please direct questions to Maryann Skedzielewski at

Call for Proposals: Interdisciplinary Community Based Participatory Research in Stress and Wellness

Deadline: February 1, 2012

Open to faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Drexel University with significant community health-related research experience, working in collaboration with community partners who presented at Community Driven Research Day (CDRD).

The program goals include: Foster interdisciplinary, community-based research at Penn, Temple, and Drexel that will have meaningful results at the community level; Assist in developing meaningful community-academic partnerships that lead to long-term, mutually beneficial research and service initiatives; Assist in garnering external support for large-scale studies; and Identify innovative methodologies in health related research that have the potential of informing local, state, and national policy and programming.

Application and Letter of Intent
Drexel-affiliated researchers looking to apply should send a letter of intent and any questions you may have to Amy Confair at Grants will be considered in amounts up to $10,000.When invited to submit a full proposal, all full proposals should be sent as Word document attachments via email to with "CDRD" in the subject line.

For details, download the full Call for Proposals.

USDA International Science and Education Program

Deadline: December 7, 2011

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the International Science and Education Competitive Grants Program (ISE) for fiscal year (FY) 2011 to support the internationalization of food, agriculture and related programs at U.S. universities and colleges.

Proposals that do not show benefit to the U.S. will not be reviewed. Since the ISE program is an integrated program, proposals should have an integrated approach - focusing on at least 2 of the 3 main components — agricultural research, extension and teaching. NIFA priority areas include adaption/mitigation to climate change, sustainable bioenergy, reduction in childhood obesity, increased food security and increased food safety.

A full description may be found at

Drexel may submit only one proposal.

Any faculty interested in submitting for this call must submit a proposal for an internal competition. The subject line must include ISE. NSF style biosketches of PI's are required. The scientific portion of the proposal is limited to 2 pages, 11 point Arial type; this does not include cover page, references, or bios. The entire submission must be a single pdf document, with the name of the PI in the title.

A budget page is not required.

The proposals chosen from Drexel will be due at the NIFA by January 26, 2012.

For our competition, the pdf must be emailed to no later than 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 7, 2011.


Deadline: December 6, 2011

The MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of shared research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. Instruments are expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period.

Any faculty interested in submitting for this call must submit a proposal for an internal competition. The subject line must include NSF MRI. NSF style biosketches of PI's are required, but please do not include those of others who may be involved, but will not be listed as PI or coPI. The scientific portion of the proposal is limited to 3 pages, 11 point Arial type; this does not include cover page, references, or bios. The entire submission must be a single pdf document, with the name of the PI in the title.

Drexel may submit only two proposals for instrument acquisition, and one for instrument development.

The upper limit per proposal is $4 million. A budget page is required. 30% cost-sharing is required.

PI’s must develop a plan for this cost sharing, and appropriate approvals are needed before the internal review. For our internal competition, email from the approving personnel (Deans, Dept. Heads, etc) MUST be included in the pdf submitted. Verbal assurances, or separate documents, will not be accepted.

The proposals chosen from Drexel will be due at the NSF by January 26, 2012.

A full description of the opportunity may be found at For our competition, the pdf must be emailed to no later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday, December 6, 2011.

Internal Competition for Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars Program

Deadline: December 1, 2011

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars Program seeks young faculty who demonstrate leadership in research and education. It is open to academic institutions that grant a bachelor's or higher degree in the chemical sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering. Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment, appointed no earlier than mid 2006 in Ph.D. granting departments in which scholarly research is a principal activity. Undergraduate education also is an important component of the nominee's activities.

Nominations must provide compelling evidence of the advance of important knowledge in the chemical sciences by the nominee. Further, the nomination should describe dedication and contributions to education in the chemical sciences, particularly with respect to undergraduates. Other factors in the selection include awards and honors, publication of research achievements in leading journals, and success in attracting funding of research. 3 letters of recommendation are also a part of the full application package.

The award provides a 5-year $75,000 unrestricted research grant. $7,500 of that is for departmental expenses associated with research and education. Indirect costs and support of academic-year salary are prohibited.

A full description may be found at

Since Drexel may submit only one nomination, we are holding an internal competition. Interested faculty should submit a 2 page research proposal, CV, and the names of persons who will provide supporting letters (3). The actual letters are not requested. No budget is requested. The proposal page limit does not include references or a title page. Font may be no smaller than 11-point Arial. These documents must be submitted as a single pdf with the name of the nominee in the title. The email subject line should contain the words Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar. This material should be sent to no later than 5:00 PM on December 1, 2011. The foundation's deadline is February 9, 2012.


New Opportunities by Agency

New Opportunities by Category

Funding Opportunities
from Corporations & Foundations

Cancer Center’s American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS-IRG)

Submission is due by March 15, 2013.

The Kimmel Cancer Center’s American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS-IRG); Richard Pestell, PI and Marja Nevalainen, co-PI, is accepting applications for pilot project grants in cancer research. The intent of this support is to allow awardees to obtain preliminary results that will enable them to compete successfully for peer-reviewed national grants in cancer research. Applications will be accepted from beginning investigators, within 6 years of their first independent faculty appointment, who do not yet have RO1 funding. All applicants will need to identify a senior faculty member who will serve as their mentor.Instructions and application forms.

2013 Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

Submission is due by Noon Eastern Standard Time on Friday, January 18, 2013.

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is requesting proposals for the Fiscal year 2013 competition for the Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program. Through this competition, the Program expects to make awards in several specific research topic areas. All submissions undergo a rigorous competitive evaluation and are selected based on merit, relevance to the IC mission, and available funding. More information on requested research topics and eligibility requirements.

The Kaufman Foundation Grants

The deadline for the initial Letter of Intent is Tuesday, January 15, 2013.

The Kaufman Foundation will award annual research grants to researchers at Pennsylvania universities to carry out fundamental research in the areas of biology, chemistry, and physics. Grant programs include: New Investigator Research Grants - Up to six awards at a maximum of $150,000 for two years ($75,000 per year); New Initiative Research Grants - Up to three awards at a maximum of $300,000 for two years ($150,000 per year). Please forward any questions to or 412-394-2617. Read More

The Michelson Prize & Grants

Grant funding of up to $250,000 per year per grant is available through the Michelson Grants to fund research in pursuit of non-surgical sterilants for cats and dogs. Investigators are encouraged to submit for "proof of concept" studies in cell culture, rodents, and/or target species. The $25 million Michelson Prize will be offered to the first entity to provide Found Animals Foundation with a single dose, safe and effective non-surgical sterilant for male and female cats and dogs.Read More

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Applications must be submitted by June 13, 2012.

The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for these fellowships. Note that you must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident to be eligible to apply, and you should be either a rising Senior planning to pursue a research-based masters degree or PhD in graduate school, or a 1st year or 2nd year PhD candidate. Eligible fields of study are: Chemistry, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Geosciences, Life Sciences, Material Science, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning Research.

If you are interested in applying for Graduate Research Fellowship support, please try to attend an info session and the workshops offered by the Drexel Fellowships Office. They will help you gain a greater understanding of the program and they will help you prepare a strong application. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

Additionally, students will be able to set up individual appointments with Rachel Wenrick, Associate Director of the Writing Center, for additional support. Students are also always welcome to set up a time to meet with Rona Buchalter or Cindy Schaarschmidt in the Fellowships Office.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute(HHMI) Investigator Program Announces National Competition

Applications must be submitted by June 13, 2012.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) seeks to appoint up to 30 new biomedical researchers through a national open competition. The initiative represents an investment of approximately $200 million in basic biomedical research by the Institute.

This HHMI investigator competition is open to scientists at more than 200 eligible institutions who study significant biological problems in all of the biomedical disciplines, as well as in adjacent field such as biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology. Plant scientists, experimental evolutionary biologists, and patient-oriented researchers are welcome to apply. Those selected in this competition will receive a five-year appointment to HHMI, which is renewable pending favorable scientific review.

The application system will open on March 15, 2012 at 2 PM EDT. Applications must be submitted by June 13, 2012.

To learn more, please visit the HHMI website article.

DARPA Seeking Innovative R&D in the Area of Embedded Power Efficient Computing

Abstract Due: February 23, 2012

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) soliciting proposals for innovative R&D in the area of embedded power efficient computing. For details, visit DARPA-BAA-12-24.

NIST to Fund Pilot Projects that Advance Trusted Identities in Cyberspace

Abbreviated Proposal Due: March 7, 2012

NIST is soliciting proposals from eligible proposers to pilot on-line identity solutions that embrace and advance the NSTIC vision: that individuals and organizations utilize secure, efficient, easy-to-use, and interoperable identity credentials to access online services in a manner that promotes confidence, privacy, choice, and innovation. Specifically, the Federal government seeks to initiate and support pilots that address the needs of individuals, private sector organizations and all levels of government in accordance with the NSTIC Guiding Principles that identity solutions will be (1) privacy- enhancing and voluntary, (2) secure and resilient, (3) interoperable, and (4) cost-effective and easy-to-use. NIST will fund pilot projects that are intended to test or demonstrate new solutions, models or frameworks that do not exist in the marketplace today. For details, visit

Studies to Evaluate Cellular Heterogeneity using Transcriptional Profiling of Single Cells (U01)

NIH Roadmap Initiatives
National Institute of Mental Health
The Common Fund/Office of Strategic Coordination

Application Receipt Date(s): January 23, 2012

Main goal: to solicit applications for projects to examine the transcriptional signatures of individual human cells in order to assess the degree of cellular heterogeneity within a population, including heterogeneity among ostensibly similar cells, and to define specific cell types and/or cell states in the population.

Exceptionally Innovative Tools and Technologies for Single Cell Analysis (R21)

NIH Roadmap Initiatives
National Institute of Mental Health
The Common Fund/Office of Strategic Coordination

Application Receipt Date(s): January 23, 2012

Main goal: to solicit early stage, high-risk/high-impact applications to develop next-generation tools that distinguish heterogeneous states among cells in situ.

Accelerating the Integration and Translation of Technologies to Characterize Biological Processes at the Single Cell Level (R01)

NIH Roadmap Initiatives
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
The Common Fund/Office of Strategic Coordination

Application Receipt Date(s): January 23, 2012

Main goal: to solicit applications that will accelerate the translation of promising technologies for single cell analysis, by taking them through the validation process and establishing them as robust, well-characterized tools ready to transform our understanding of cell-level heterogeneity in a wide variety of clinical and research settings.

Integrated Microphysiological Systems for Drug Efficacy and Toxicity Testing in Human Health and Disease (UH2/UH3)

NIH Roadmap Initiatives
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Application Receipt Date(s): January 26, 2012

Main goal: to solicit applications for projects that will develop accurate cellular and organ microsystems representative of human physiology for the evaluation of drug efficacy and toxicity.

Stem/Progenitor Cell-Derived Human Micro-organs and -tissues (U18)

NIH Roadmap Initiatives
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Application Receipt Date(s): January 26, 2012

Main goal: to solicit applications for the development of human multi-cellular models that can replicate aspects of human organ physiology.

Student Abstract Submission Process for the 2012 ERN Conference in STEM

Deadline: Passed

Undergraduate and graduate students who participate in the following NSF programs are invited to submit abstracts for the 2012 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM: Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP); Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST); Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP); Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP); LSAMP-Bridges to the Doctorate; Research in Disabilities Education (RDE); and Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP).

This conference is cosponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Education and Human Resources Programs (EHR) and the NSF Division of Human Resource Development (HRD), within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR).

The conference will be held in Atlanta, GA, on February 23-25, 2012. All student poster and oral presentations will be scheduled for Friday, February, 24, 2012 or Saturday, February 25, 2012.

Please review the abstract submission guidelines prior to beginning the submission process at

To submit your abstract, please access

A limited number of student conference travel awards will be provided. Travel awards will cover transportation, hotel, and the conference registration fee. (Travel information will be forwarded in a separate email.)

The conference registration fee is $400 per person. This fee covers the cost of conference meals.

For complete conference information, please access the ERN Conference website at For questions regarding the online abstract submission process, please contact Donna Behar at

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