Funding Alert Vol. 28 No. 1 Alert # 3 - January 17, 2017

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Funding News and Grant Tips

EMS Local Projects Grant Application Process for FY 2017 is Being Redirected 
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Office of Emergency Medical Services Trauma Systems Coordination (OEMS/TS) announces that there will be a new process for EMS Local Project Grant (LPG) funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. Instead of going through the state contract process, the funds will go through your local Regional Advisory Council. Watch for an announcement from your local Regional Advisory Council (RAC) for information on the process to provide support and enhancement to the pre-hospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and trauma care systems. 
Information on Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) can be found at: http://dshs.texas.gov/emstraumasystems/etrarac.shtm.
For general information about the Local Projects Grant Program go to: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/emstraumasystems/LPGfunding.shtm
From DSHS email, 12/30/16icon

Popularity of Cash Transfers Could Create New Paradigm
The growing popularity of direct cash transfers to people in need could eventually force donors and development organizations to rethink their approach to poverty alleviation, The Atlantic reports.
Admonitions to avoid direct relief for the poor go back at least as far the Gilded Age and Andrew Carnegie's "Gospel of Wealth," in which the Scottish-American industrialist declared "indiscriminate" almsgiving to the poor "one of the serious obstacles to the improvement of our race." Over time, Carnegie's views helped shape the technocratic model of philanthropy that came to dominate the twentieth century, one in which individuals with advanced professional training and credentials are empowered to decide how charitable resources are best used to address poverty.
But a report from the Center for Global Development and the Overseas Development Institute cites rigorous research showing cash transfers to be an inexpensive and "highly effective way to reduce suffering" and something that should be thought of "as the 'first best' response to crises." Indeed, Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen made the case for cash transfers as a response to humanitarian crises as early as 1981, while Latin American governments began implementing conditional cash transfer programs in the 1990s. Following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, a number of large aid agencies began to experiment with cash transfers as an alternative to in-kind assistance, and subsequent evaluations have found that whereas a lot of in-kind aid is wasted, poor people tend to spend cash responsibly on what they need most. That conclusion is backed by a four-country study which found that direct cash transfers could benefit nearly 20 percent more people than a similar amount of food aid, at no additional cost.
The mounting research evidence combined with advances in digital payment systems, widespread cell-phone ownership, and increased access to financial services helps explain the growing popularity of GiveDirectly, a nonprofit that has aggressively promoted the efficacy of direct cash transfers to poor people. Moreover, cash transfers have shown great promise as an evaluative tool. Respected charity evaluator GiveWell, among others, has begun to use such transfers as a baseline against which to compare other charities, while GiveDirectly co-founder Jeremy Shapiro likens the potential of cash benchmarking to index funds, in that someday it could force aid organizations to actually demonstrate that their favored approaches to poverty alleviation are doing more good than just giving the money to the poor directly.
Cash "keeps us honest," Radha Rajkotia, the senior director of economic recovery and development at the International Rescue Committee, told The Atlantic. "It helps really hone in on how we might design our programs differently so that we might reduce time and cost and be just as effective."
From The Foundation Center's this Week in Philanthropy News Digest email, 1/3/17icon
 
IRS Cracks Down on Pre-Packaged Conservation Easement
The Internal Revenue Service is cracking down on the use of pre-packaged conservation easements to lower the tax bills of wealthy investors, Forbes reports.
Conservation easements, as attorney Jay Adkisson explains on the Forbes site, "are meant to further the public good by encouraging folks with certain types of property to donate property rights (usually easements promising not to change the character of the property) to charitable organizations so that the property stays...in its current form." The potential for abuse is created when a tax shelter promoter identifies a piece of land that is a candidate for a conservation easement, forms an LLC or limited partnership, rounds up investors to purchase the property, and then has the property appraised by a "friendly" appraiser on the basis of a hypothetical development plan. According to the IRS, "[t]he promoters obtain an appraisal that purports to be a qualified appraisal as defined in § 170(f)(11)(E)(i) but that greatly inflates the value of the conservation easement based on unreasonable conclusions about the development potential of the real property." With the inflated appraisal in hand, the property is then donated to a nonprofit organization, thus "conserving" it while generating a sizable deduction (often in excess of the original investment) for the investors.
Those days could be over. Earlier this month, Adkisson writes, the IRS issued a notice that in effect flags such deals as "listed transactions." As such, any investor entering into such a deal on or after January 1, 2010, has to file what amounts to the tax shelter disclosure statement as found in Form 8886 by the participant(s) and Form 8918 by the promoter. Failure to file carries severe penalties. The goal is to help the agency determine whether the deal has been arranged by promoters who do this kind of transaction over and over. "If you have a one-off real estate deal that ends in a conservation easement donation, that is one thing," writes Adkission, "but if you have the same promoter where pretty much every deal ends in a conservation easement where the tax benefits greatly exceed the original investment, well, then good luck defending that."
"Conservation easements have provided, and will continue to provide, a valuable incentive to permanently protect certain property," he adds. "But when folks start selling them primarily for the tax benefit, then the slaughterhouse opens."
From The Foundation Center's this Week in Philanthropy News Digest email, 1/3/17icon


Public Funding Opportunities

Animal Friendly Grants
SOURCE: Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Zoonosis Control Branch 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2/15/17 at 2 pm.
$ AVAILABLE: The total amount of state funding available for the Animal Friendly Grants Sterilization Services for Dogs and Cats is approximately $200,000 and it is DSHS's intention to make multiple awards to eligible respondents. One (1) grant award per project period will be awarded per agency for the sterilization of dogs and/or cats in a minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of $20,000 per contract period. These minimums and maximums may increase or decrease at the sole discretion of DSHS. The maximum amount awarded per agency for the total life of the contract is $40,000. Large requests for state funding may not be fully funded in order to ensure that funds are available for the broadest possible array of communities and programs. 
Grants awarded as a result of this RFP will be funded on a cost reimbursement basis. Under the cost reimbursement method of funding, grant recipients are required to finance operations with their own working capital with grant payments made by DSHS to reimburse the grant recipients for actual cash disbursements to be supported by adequate documentation. 
ELIGIBILITY: Please see URL for complete eligibility information.
PURPOSE: The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) on behalf of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS or Department) Zoonosis Control Branch (Program) announces the expected availability of Animal Friendly funding for the State Fiscal year (FY) 2017. This funding is for Spay and Neuter Projects, and to make grants eligible for organizations that sterilize dogs and cats owned by the general public at minimal or no cost. 
CFDA: none
CONTACT: John Stewart, (512) 406-2539, email: John.Stewart@hhsc.state.tx.us. For more information see http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=129898
From ESBD web site, accessed 1/11/17icon
Subject(s) animal welfare, veterinary medicine

Farmers Market Promotion Program: USDA-AMS-TM-FMPP-G-17-0002
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 3/27/17.
$ AVAILABLE: $13 million.
ELIGIBILITY: Please see URL for eligibility information.
PURPOSE: The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) is a component of the Farmers Marketing and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP), which is authorized by the Farmer-to-Consumer Direct Marketing Act of 1946, as amended (7 U.S.C. 3005). The goals of FMPP grants are to increase domestic consumption of and access to locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of domestic farmers’ markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. 
CFDA: 10.168
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html
From USDA email, 1/11/17icon
Subject(s) nutrition/food services 

FY17 National Lupus Outreach and Clinical Trial Education Program: MP-CPI-17-002
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 3/31/17.
$ AVAILABLE: $2 million for four awards.
ELIGIBILITY: State governments, county governments, special district governments, public and state controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (federally recognized), public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments), nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institution of higher education), private institutions of higher education, for-profit organizations (other than small business), small businesses, minority businesses, and women-owned businesses.
PURPOSE: The purpose is to reduce lupus-related health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations, particularly groups underrepresented in clinical research. The NHELP aims to increase and improve awareness, diagnosis and treatment outcomes for individuals living with lupus; and to develop and begin the implementation of an education program on clinical trials that educates and recruits minorities populations, particularly groups underrepresented in clinical research.
CFDA: 93.137
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=289374
From Office of Minority Health email, 1/9/17icon
Subject(s) health disparities, health promotion/wellness, medical research, minority health

Household Water Well Grant Program: RDRUS-17-01-HWWS
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2/6/17.
$ AVAILABLE: $1,192,081 for 10 awards.
ELIGIBILITY: Please see URL for eligibility information.
PURPOSE: The Household Water Well System (HWWS) Grant Program has been established to help individuals with low to moderate incomes finance the costs of household water wells that they own or will own. 
Eligible Grant Purposes: 
a. Grant funds must be used to establish and maintain a revolving loan fund to provide loans to eligible individuals for household water well systems. 
b. Individuals may use the loans to construct, refurbish, rehabilitate, or replace household water well systems up to the point of entry of a home. Point of entry for the well system is the junction where water enters into a home water delivery system after being pumped from a well. 
c. Grant funds may be used to pay administrative expenses associated with providing household water well loans.
CFDA: 10.862
CONTACT: Derek Jones, (202) 720-9640. For more information see http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html
From USDA email, 1/11/17icon
Subject(s) health promotion/wellness
 
Increasing Organ Donation Awareness: HRSA-17-104
SOURCE: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2/17/17.
$ AVAILABLE: Please see URL for funding information.
ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants include public and nonprofit private entities. Faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply. 
PURPOSE: The overall purpose of the program is to reduce the gap between the demand for organ transplants and the supply of organ donors. For the FY 2017 grant cycle, the program seeks proposals related to living organ donation and vascularized composite allograft (VCA) donation, specifically hand and face. The specific goals of the 2017 grant program are to identify successful strategies that can serve as model interventions to: Increase public knowledge about opportunities for, and risks and benefits of, living donation, or Increase public knowledge about VCAs and willingness to become a VCA donor and/or authorize a deceased relative to be a VCA donor.
CFDA: 93.134
CONTACT: Venus Walker, (301) 443-7578, email: VWalker@hrsa.gov. For more information see http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=290568
From Health Resources and Services Administration email, 1/6/17icon
Subject(s) public health

Local Food Promotion Program: USDA-AMS-TM-LFPP-G-17-0001
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 3/27/17.
$ AVAILABLE: $13 million.
ELIGIBILITY: Please see URL for eligibility information.
PURPOSE: Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) is a component of the Farmers Marketing and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP), which is authorized by the Farmer-to-Consumer Direct Marketing Act of 1946, as amended (7 U.S.C. 3005). LFPP offers grant funds with a 25percent match to increase domestic consumption of and access to locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets, by: developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to Local and Regional Food Business Enterprises, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of Local and Regional Food Business Enterprises.
CFDA: 10.172
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html
From USDA email, 1/11/17icon
Subject(s) nutrition/food services 

Ryan White HIV AIDS Part C Capacity Development Program: HRSA-17-042
SOURCE: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2/28/17.
$ AVAILABLE: $2,250,000 for 15 awards.
ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants include public and nonprofit private entities. Faith-based and community-based organizations, and Tribes and tribal organizations are eligible to apply for these funds. 
PURPOSE: This announcement solicits applications for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Part C Capacity Development Program to strengthen organizational infrastructure to respond to the changing health care landscape and to increase capacity to develop, enhance, or expand access to high quality HIV primary health care services for low-income, uninsured, underinsured, and underserved PLWH. The FY 2017 RWHAP Part C Capacity Development Program provides one-time funds to build local capacity to support an activity that addresses a gap in the local HIV care continuum.
CFDA: 93.918
CONTACT: Mindy Golatt, (301) 443-0717, email: mgolatt@hrsa.gov. For more information see http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=290882
From Health Resources and Services Administration email, 1/6/17icon
Subject(s) HIV/AIDS services


Private Funding Opportunities

A Kids' Brain Tumor Cure Accepting LOIs for PLGA Tumor Research
SOURCE: A Kids' Brain Tumor Cure (AKBTC)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Submit a Letter of Intent at any time during the year. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. 
$ AVAILABLE: Grant amounts will be based on the size, complexity, and potential impact of project. Funding can be awarded over a one-, two-, or three-year period.
ELIGIBILITY: Investigators from around the world are invited. Investigators in the early years of their careers are encouraged to apply.
PURPOSE: A Kids' Brain Tumor Cure, a national nonprofit organization, was founded in 2007 by a group of dedicated parents, physicians, and friends to improve the treatment, quality of life, and long-term outlook for children with brain tumors through research, support, education, and advocacy.
The number-one priority of the foundation is to act as a catalyst for researchers worldwide to focus their attention on pediatric low-grade glioma (PLGA) brain tumor research and to award research grants for the most promising programs and studies in that area. It is hoped that the research will lead to a better understanding of the causes of PLGA as well as the discovery of more effective treatments and a cure for the most common forms of brain tumors in children.
To that end, the foundation is accepting Letters of Intent related to basic and translational projects with the potential to advance understanding of the underlying biology of the development and treatment of PLGA tumors. 
CONTACT: A Kids' Brain Tumor Cure, (914) 762-3494, email: contact@akidsbraintumorcure.org. For more information see http://akidsbraintumorcure.org/medical-research-on-childhood-brain-tumors/apply-for-a-plga-sponsored-grant/
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest web site, accessed 1/11/17icon
Subject(s) cancer care, cancer research, children's health

Clinical Scholars
SOURCE: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 3/8/17 at 2 pm.
$ AVAILABLE: The total award to the grantee organization will be up to $105,000 per team member for the three-year fellowship program. Teams may be between two and five individuals. For example, the award for a three-member team would be for a total of up to $315,000. The size of the team may not increase during the grant term. This amount includes grant funds to support the ongoing participation for all team members for all three years, including salary support, project funding, and project travel. In keeping with RWJF policy, grant funds may not be used to support clinical trials of unapproved drugs or devices, to construct or renovate facilities, for lobbying, for political activities, or as a substitute for funds currently being used to support similar activities. 
ELIGIBILITY: The applicant must be an organization based in the United States or its territories.
Applicants should have the administrative and financial capacity, as well as the experience, to accept the award and to be able to distribute funds consistent with the permitted use of funds described herein, and within the approved budget.
To apply, applicant organizations must assemble an interprofessional team of two to five members representing different health professions. Teams may consist of members from within the same or across different organizations. Teams may have a history of working together or be newly formed to address the wicked problem impact project.
PURPOSE: The Clinical Scholars program is a three-year leadership program for clinically active health care providers and practitioners spanning a range of professions (see eligibility criteria for additional information). The program aims to provide providers with the opportunity to build and develop the unique skills they need to lead communities and organizations toward a Culture of Health. Strong applicants include a team that will bring a knowledge of and experience in the art and science of health care services, a unique perspective as providers in health and health care systems, and understand the special professional status and relationship with patients and communities.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2017/clinical-scholars.html
From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation email, 1/4/17icon
Subject(s) health professions training

Culture of Health Leaders
SOURCE: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2/15/17 at 2 pm.
$ AVAILABLE: The program will select up to 50 leaders for the 2017 cohort. Each leader will have access to up to $20,000 per year for three years (total of up to $60,000). Additional tools and resources will be available for year 3 project-related activities. Leaders may also be eligible to receive additional financial support, if needed, to facilitate their participation in the program.
ELIGIBILITY: The program is open to individuals from a variety of disciplines—such as technology, the arts, public policy, business, community development and planning, education, transportation, public health, health care, and others—who are committed to working with organizations, communities, health systems, and policymakers to build a Culture of Health in America.
Applicants must be at least 21 years old as of September 1, 2017.
Federal, state, tribal and local government employees who are not considered government official under Section 4946 of the Internal Revenue Code are eligible to apply.
PURPOSE: The Culture of Health Leaders program provides cross-sector leadership development based on evidence, informed by experience, and grounded in principles of equity and social justice. These principles inform all aspects of the program design, tools, recruitment, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination—and more importantly, they guide how the program will be in relationship with participants.
The program will develop a large group of leaders from diverse sectors (e.g., for-profit/business, government, nonprofit, social enterprise) to work with organizations, communities, health systems, and policymakers to build a Culture of Health in America. Within each of these sectors, leaders focused on technology, education, housing, transportation, business, the arts, and many other disciplines and focus areas play key roles in building a Culture of Health. We welcome applications from individuals who are highly motivated and ready to lead and collaborate within and across sectors.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2017/culture-of-health-leaders.html
From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation email, 1/4/17icon
Subject(s) community health services, health promotion/wellness

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Accepting Applications for Fellowship Awards
SOURCE: Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 3/15/17.
$ AVAILABLE: The award provides a stipend of $223,000 over four years. The award may not be used for institutional overhead or indirect costs. Fellows also receive an annual $2,000 expense allowance for educational and scientific expenses.
ELIGIBILITY: The proposed research must be conducted at a university, hospital, or research institution. Candidates who have already accepted a postdoctoral research fellowship award are not eligible. Candidates applying to work in foreign-based or U.S. government laboratory may be awarded a fellowship if they are considered to be especially meritorious or if the program represents an unusual opportunity for postdoctoral training. Foreign candidates may apply to do their research only in the U.S.
Applicants must have completed one or more of the following degrees or its equivalent: M.D., Ph.D., M.D., Ph.D., D.D.S., and/or D.V.M. 
PURPOSE: The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation seeks to accelerate breakthroughs in research by providing the best young scientists with funds to pursue innovative cancer research.
To that end, the Damon Runyon Fellowship Award is designed to provide early-career scientists with resources to hone their cancer research skills and explore their own ideas while working with mentors in top universities and cancer research centers. Candidates must apply for the fellowship under the guidance of a sponsor — a scientist (tenured, tenure track, or equivalent position) capable of providing mentorship to the fellow. Awards are made to institutions for the support of the fellow under direct supervision of the sponsor.
The foundation encourages all theoretical and experimental research relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies, and prevention.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see https://www.damonrunyon.org/for-scientists/application-guidelines/fellowship
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin email, 1/6/17icon
Subject(s) cancer care, cancer education/prevention, cancer research

Health Policy Research Scholars 
SOURCE: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 3/29/17 at 2 pm.
$ AVAILABLE: The Health Policy Research Scholars program will award stipends for up to 50 scholars for the 2017 cohort. Each scholar will receive an annual stipend of $30,000 for up to four years. Participants may continue in the Health Policy Research Scholars program, without the annual stipend, for a fifth year, or until they complete their doctoral program, whichever occurs first. Scholars will also be eligible for dissertation grants of up to $10,000 if the proposed dissertation is related to health policy research.
ELIGIBILITY: The Health Policy Research Scholars program is open to full-time doctoral students from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds, entering the first or second year of their doctoral program (by September 2017), from any research-focused discipline. Students must be interested in learning to apply their discipline-based research to affect health policy research. Prior experience or knowledge in health policy is neither required nor expected. Health Policy Research Scholars is not intended for students pursuing a clinical doctorate without a research focus. Rather, the program is designed for doctoral students from any academic discipline (e.g., urban planning, political science, economics, ethnography, education, social work, sociology) in a research-focused program.
Examples of eligible individuals include, but are not limited to, first-generation college graduates, individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, individuals from racial or ethnic groups that are underrepresented in doctoral programs, and individuals with disabilities.
PURPOSE: The goal of Health Policy Research Scholars is to create a large cadre of diverse doctoral students from a wide variety of research-focused disciplines—students whose research, connections, and leadership will inform and influence policy toward a Culture of Health. Specifically, we aim to recruit doctoral students from a variety of field/disciplines (e.g., urban planning, political science, economics, ethnography, education, social work, sociology) who are training to be researchers. For the 2017 cohort, the Health Policy Research Scholars program will enroll up to 50 scholars interested in learning to translate their research into health policy and who are from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds. Examples of eligible individuals include, but are not limited to, first-generation college graduates, individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, individuals from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in doctoral programs, and individuals with disabilities. Scholars in this program — which is designed to enhance and enrich the doctoral program — will complete the Health Policy Research Scholars program concurrently with their doctoral program.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2017/health-policy-research-scholars.html
From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation email, 1/4/17icon
Subject(s) health policy research

Interdisciplinary Research Leaders 
SOURCE: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 3/8/17 at 2 pm.
$ AVAILABLE: Total awards will be up to $350,000 per grantee organization for the duration of the three-year program. This amount includes grant funds to support the ongoing participation of all team members for all three years and a research project award. Note that additional resources, in the form of training, collaborative opportunities, and travel expenses, are also provided independent of this award.
ELIGIBILITY: The applicant must be an organization based in the United States or its territories.
Applicants should have the administrative and financial capacity and experience to accept the award and to be able to distribute funds consistent with the permitted use of funds described herein, and within the approved budget.
Applicants must be represented by a three-person team that will participate in grant activities. Each team must be comprised of three mid-career individuals: two researchers and one community partner. We define “researchers” as people with a terminal degree in their field (e.g., PhD) or extensive research or evaluation experience. The third individual must be a non-researcher “community partner.” We define community partners as individuals with close ties to a community of interest who do not regularly engage in research as a main function of their job; these individuals must have the potential to take action on the issue themselves or have relationships with entities that can take action. There are no strict rules for who is or is not mid-career, but we anticipate that mid-career applicants have approximately five years of high-quality experience and are not within 10 years of retirement.
PURPOSE: This call for applications seeks teams of researchers and community members who are committed to working together to produce community-relevant, action-oriented research to improve health and well-being. The applicant organization will be represented by the teams listed on its application.
The broad goal of the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL) program is to produce diverse interdisciplinary leaders who conduct and apply high-quality, community-engaged, action-oriented, equity-focused health research in order to drive improvements in the health of communities. Accordingly, the program will recruit and select applicants represented by teams of three people (“IRL team”): two mid-career researchers and one community member to become IRL program fellows. IRL teams will represent the grantee in this program and join together as a diverse cohort of fellows that will participate in a three-year program. During this time, fellows will receive: leadership training; the opportunity to learn and apply cutting-edge research methods; expert mentoring; networking opportunities; and fellowship and research funds, so that they may better effect change and become the next generation of leaders in population health and health equity research.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2017/interdisciplinary-research-leaders.html
From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation email, 1/4/17icon
Subject(s) medical research

Kenneth Rainin Foundation Seeks Letters of Inquiry for Innovative IBD Research
SOURCE: Kenneth Rainin Foundation Seeks 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than 2/15/17. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.
$ AVAILABLE: Grants of $100,000.
ELIGIBILITY: Researchers from any scientific discipline worldwide are eligible for funding. Researchers should hold an advanced degree (M.D., Ph.D., or the equivalent) and an academic position at a university, medical center, or research institution. Projects may have only one principal investigator, and funding will be awarded to their home institution; additional investigators may be listed as co-investigators.
PURPOSE: The Kenneth Rainin Foundation supports high-risk research and challenges investigators to push boundaries with the aim of predicting and preventing inflammatory bowel disease.
Through its Innovator Awards program, the foundation provides one-year grants in support of basic, translational, and clinical research projects that test novel ideas in the area of IBD.
CONTACT: Laura Wilson, email: laura.wilson@krfoundation.org. For more information see http://krfoundation.org/health/grants/innovator-awards/
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest web site, accessed 1/12/17icon
Subject(s) medical research

Medical Library Association Seeks Applications for Research, Development, Demonstration Project Grant
SOURCE: Medical Library Association 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 12/1/17.
$ AVAILABLE: Grants of up to $1,000.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, applicants must hold a graduate degree in library science; be a practicing health sciences librarian with at least two years of professional experience; and be a citizen of or have permanent residence status in either the United States or Canada. Priority will be given to individual MLA members.
PURPOSE: The Medical Library Association is seeking applications for its Research, Development, and Demonstration Project grant program.
Grants will be awarded in support of research, development, or demonstration projects designed to promote excellence in the field of health sciences librarianship and information sciences. The program does not support activities that are operational in nature or have only local usefulness. More than one award may be granted in a year.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see https://mla.socious.com/p/cm/ld/fid=302
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest web site, accessed 1/11/17icon
Subject(s) health literacy

National MS Society Accepting Applications for Pilot Programs
SOURCE: National Multiple Sclerosis Society 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4/5/17.
$ AVAILABLE: One-year grants of up to $44,000 will be awarded for the testing of innovative, cutting-edge ideas or untested methods and/or to gather sufficient preliminary data to apply for longer-term funding.
ELIGIBILITY: Researchers who have completed their postdoctoral training are invited to apply. Individuals who are currently postdoctoral fellows or the equivalent, or who are graduate/medical students are not eligible for support under this program.
PURPOSE: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of people affected by MS.
To that end, the society is accepting applications for its Pilot Grant Program, which provides high-risk pilot grants for the testing of novel ideas that may serve to advance its mission of stopping MS progression, restoring function, improving quality of life, and preventing MS. The program supports fundamental as well as applied studies, non-clinical or clinical in nature, including projects in patient management, care, and rehabilitation.
CONTACT: Elisabeth Mari, email: Elisabeth.Mari@nmss.org. For more information see http://www.nationalmssociety.org/For-Professionals/Researchers/Society-Funding/Pilot-Research-Grants
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest web site, accessed 1/11/17icon
Subject(s) medical research

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Issues RFP for Precision Medicine Targeted Grant Program
SOURCE: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2/15/17.
$ AVAILABLE: Grants of up to $1 million total (direct, plus a maximum of 20 percent indirect costs).
ELIGIBILITY: Applications from academic institutions or for-profit biotechnology or pharmaceutical firms will be accepted. There are expectations for reasonable cost- and profit-sharing in contracts with for-profit agencies. The principal investigator must have a doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., D.O., Pharm.D. or equivalent) in a biomedical science or in a field applicable to health science research.
PURPOSE: In 2017, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will invest $12.8 million in innovative pancreatic cancer research, a 33 percent increase over last year. This investment includes both competitive, peer-reviewed Research Grants and the organization's internal research initiatives.
To that end, the network has issued an RFP for its Precision Medicine Targeted Grant program. Grants will be awarded for research projects relevant to pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, including treatments for respectable, locally advanced, metastatic, or recurrent disease.
CONTACT: Lynn M. Matrisian, (202) 772-3373, email: lmatrisian@pancan.org. For more information see https://www.pancan.org/static/2017_PrecisionMedicine_Grants_Guidelines_and_Application_Instructions_new.pdf 
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest web site, accessed 1/12/17icon
Subject(s) cancer research

Thrasher Research Fund Invites Concept Papers for Early-Career Grants
SOURCE: Thrasher Research Fund 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Concept papers must be received no later than 3/14/17. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by 4/28/17.
$ AVAILABLE: Grants of up to $25,000. 
ELIGIBILITY: The program is open to physicians in a residency/fellowship training program or who have completed such a program no more than a year before the date of submission of the concept paper, as well as postdoctoral researchers who received the doctoral-level degree no more than three years prior to the date of submission of the concept paper.
PURPOSE: The Thrasher Research Fund provides grants for clinical, hypothesis-driven research that offers substantial promise for meaningful advances in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of children's diseases, particularly research that offers broad-based applications.
The fund is inviting concept papers for its Early Career Awards Grants program. Through the program, the fund awards small grants to new researchers to help them gain a foothold in the area of pediatric research. The program will consider a variety of research topics important to children's health. However, priority will be given to applicants that show great potential to impact their particular field of children's health through medical research. Both an applicant's aptitude and inclination toward research will be considered.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see https://www.thrasherresearch.org/SitePages/early-career-award.aspx?PageView=Shared&InitialTabId=Ribbon.WebPartPage&VisibilityContext=WSSWebPartPage
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin email, 1/6/17icon
Subject(s) children's health, medical research


Events

Essential Grant Skills 
SPONSOR: The Grantsmanship Center
WHEN: March 14-15, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
WHERE: United Way of Greater Houston, 50 Waugh Drive, (Houston, TX). 
DESCRIPTION: Essential Grant Skills training uses The Grantsmanship Center’s Listen & Discuss, Do & Review® curriculum, combining presentations, discussion, and practical, hands-on exercises. You immediately put new knowledge into practice, build powerful skills, and retain what you learn. 
In this two-day training you learn to:
* Identify the key practices for developing effective programs and successful proposals.
* Understand the types of information that are a "must" for every proposal.
* Recognize the four most crucial elements of a proposal and how they fit together.
* Identify and document the situation your organization wants to change.
* Spell out the specific, measurable outcomes you plan to achieve.
* Show that your organization can deliver what it promises.
* Build a basic, doable evaluation plan (and know when to call in an expert).
* Create a bulletproof budget.
* Plan ways to make your program sustainable—even before it gets off the ground.
* Put it all together in a logic model.
* Understand the grant proposal review process.
* Find and work with the funders that are right for you.
You return to your organization with a work product in hand—a logic model that lays out your case for funding and an outline to guide you in developing a complete proposal.
COST: $445 before January 31. $545 after January 31. To register go to https://www.tgci.com/trainings/houston-essential-grant-skills-march-2017
CONTACT: Becky Jasso, (713) 685-2815, email: rjasso@unitedwayhouston.org or Gail Brauner, (213) 482-9860, email: gail@tgci.com for information or registration. 
From The Grantsmanship Center email, 1/6/17icon

Words into Dollars! - Find Your Best Funders - Write $uccessful Proposals  
SPONSOR: University of Texas at Austin, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
WHEN: February 15-16.
WHERE: Community Engagement Center, 1009 East 11th Street, 1st Floor Conference Room, (Austin, TX).
DESCRIPTION: Day One - 9 am to noon. 
Grantsmanship 101: Developing Strategies for Successful Proposals. 
In this highly competitive world, it takes more than good writing skills to achieve fundraising success. This workshop will introduce you to the funding landscape and the trends that define philanthropy in America today. You will learn best practices for communicating with donors and how to create a fundraising “Tool Kit,” including how to refine your message, develop strategies for approaching funders, and craft a comprehensive plan for successful grant writing.
Day One - 1 to 4:30 pm.
Quest for the Best: How To Find Your Best Potential Funders and Write to Them.
This session will focus on the basics of drafting a cover letter and targeting prospective funders. We invite attendees to come with a proposal or a project to be funded. Participants will be introduced to the vast and comprehensive resources of The University of Texas at Austin’s Regional Foundation Library, a repository of the national Foundation Center. The librarian and presenters will work with you on accessing the Foundation Directory Online, identifying potential funders, and conducting research on strategies for approaching them.
Day two - 9 am to 4 pm.
The Write Stuff: Preparing Your Grant Proposal. 
This intensive full-day seminar will focus on strategies for approaching your donor prospects and drafting a powerful cover letter for your project with the support and guidance of the presenters. You will also begin to develop an outline for an executive summary and a basic narrative. As an added benefit, you will be provided with a 24-hour Guest Pass to the Foundation Directory Online, allowing your organization to continue your research for potential funding. You will leave our two-day workshop with a cover letter draft, the basics for an executive summary and proposal narrative, tools for developing a formal proposal, and a list of potential funders to approach.
COST: $300 registration fee includes both days. Free on-site parking. To register go to http://nonprofitsolutionsconsultants.com/words-into-dollars-workshop/ 
CONTACT: Ellen Moutos Lee, (512) 475-7373, email: ellenml@austin.utexas.edu
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