Funding Alert Vol. 29 No. 11 Alert # 3 - November 20, 2018

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Funding News and Grant Tips

Corporate Giving Increased 15 Percent Between 2015 and 2017
Charitable giving by the largest global corporations totaled $23.8 billion in 2017, up 15 percent from 2015, an annual report from CECP and the Conference Board finds. 
Based on a survey of more than two hundred and fifty of the world's largest companies, the report, Giving in Numbers: 2018 Edition, found that corporate giving increased for the third consecutive year, with the top quartile of corporations collectively giving at least $55.3 million, or 1.82 percent of their pre-tax profit, up from $53 million and 1.7 percent in 2016. Nearly six in ten companies (56 percent) in a three-year matched set increased their giving between 2015 and 2017, including 31 percent that boosted giving by more than 25 percent, while 41 percent reduced their giving, including 14 percent that reduced their giving by more than 25 percent. Median giving in 2017 among all respondents — which rose 15 percent over the three-year period — was $19.2 million, or 0.87 percent of pre-tax profit, compared with $19 million and 0.91 percent in 2016.
According to the report, multiple natural disasters in 2017 contributed to a 306 percent increase in median cash giving in support of disaster relief over the three-year period, from $212,000 in 2015 to $862,000 in 2017, as well as a 208 percent increase in total cash giving in that area. Well over half (62 percent) of the increase in total aggregate giving was driven by healthcare companies. 
The report also found that more companies are focusing on signature or core programs and awarding fewer but larger grants to deepen their impact; that the practice of measuring social outcomes and impact is becoming more widespread; that employee volunteer programs and corporate giving teams continue to expand; that more companies had open matching- gift programs, which generated more contributions in 2017 than those with limited matching-gift programs; and that companies that measured the social impact and the business value of giving and volunteering secured greater commitment from their employees both in terms of contributions and volunteer participation rates. 
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest News email, 11/6/18icon

Average Giving by HNW Americans Rose 15 Percent Between 2015 and 2017
High-net-worth (HNW) households in the United States gave $29,269 to charity on average in 2017, up 15 percent from 2015, a report from U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy finds. 
Based on a survey of more than sixteen hundred U.S. households with a net worth of $1 million or more (excluding the value of their primary home) and/or an annual household income of $200,000 or more, the 2018 U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy found that 90 percent of wealthy Americans gave to charity in 2017 and 48 percent volunteered time to a nonprofit organization and/or cause. Wealthy Americans in the survey were most likely to support basic needs (54 percent of households), religious or spiritual organizations (49 percent), health care or medical research (36 percent), combined charities (31 percent), youth- and family-serving nonprofits (29 percent), and disaster relief efforts (25 percent). In terms of total dollar amounts, the lion's share of giving went to religious or spiritual organizations (43 percent), followed by basic needs (19 percent).
The biennial study also found that women were at the forefront of philanthropic engagement, with 93 percent of HNW women in the survey saying they give to charity, 56 percent saying they volunteer, 6 percent saying they've made impact investments, and 23 percent saying they serve on a nonprofit board. 
In addition, the majority of survey respondents said they expect to maintain (84 percent) or increase (4 percent) the amount they give to charity in 2018. High-net-worth donors also reported having the most confidence in nonprofit organizations (86 percent) to solve societal or global problems, while confidence in the federal government and the public sector was down from 2015 levels.
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest News email, 10/30/18icon
 
Report Details Foundation's Impact Investing Journey
A willingness to collaborate with others and an ability to take calculated risks are essential to successful impact investing, a report from the Russell Family Foundation (TRFF) finds. 
The report, The Impact Investing Journey: Aligning Portfolio with Purpose, details the Washington-based foundation's experiments with impact investing, starting with a pilot project in 2004 designed as a hands-on, interactive, and engaged learning process, followed by a series of additional mission-related investments. After testing various approaches, the foundation created a Mission Related Investment Committee (MRIC) that brought together program staff and investment advisors, and in 2014 developed a "tug of war" exercise designed to identify the best investment strategies in terms of financial gain compared with the best strategies for return on mission. In just four years, the resulting menu of investment approaches enabled the foundation to boost the share of mission-aligned investments in its portfolio to nearly 75 percent. In the years since, the portfolio has outperformed its blended benchmark by nearly three percent. 
According to the case study, the foundation's appetite for experimentation opened up a range of field-building opportunities. The foundation also learned from the DivestInvest movement, which has called on private endowments to divest from fossil fuels and re-invest that capital in more climate-friendly solutions. As one of the original signatories of the 2014 DivestInvest Philanthropy Pledge, TRFF fully divested itself of its holdings in the 15 U.S. coal companies identified by the Energy Action Coalition to be the most harmful to public health and the environment, but at the same time had to reconsider its entire portfolio management strategy, given that some of its coal stocks were held in mutual fund and commingled structures.
Among other things, the report outlines the foundation's efforts to build a comprehensive and diversified impact portfolio across all asset classes, using a framework that encompasses a broad spectrum of impact approaches — from the lowest level of negative ESG (environmental, social, and governance) screening, to positive ESG screening and shareholder engagement, to thematic place-based investing, to the highest level of capacity building and program-related investments. 
In addition, the case study highlights nine processes and activities TRFF found to be of benefit, including rethinking its investment policy statement; choosing between total portfolio activation and a carve-out approach; committing to shareholder engagement; making incremental (as opposed to dramatic) changes; engaging in peer-to-peer collaboration; conducting an audit of its portfolio; and finding the right partner.
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest News email, 10/30/18icon


Public Funding Opportunities

Medications Development for the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder (U01 Clinical Trial Optional) - Reissue of RFA-AA-18-009: RFA-AA-19-005 
SOURCE: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 1/11/19. Application: 2/11/19 by 5 pm local time of applicant organization.
$ AVAILABLE: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
NIAAA intends to commit $3 million in FY 2019 to fund four awards.
ELIGIBILITY: * Public/state/private controlled institutions of higher education.
* Hispanic-serving institutions.
* Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
* Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs).
* Alaska native and native Hawaiian serving institutions.
* Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs).
* Nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institutions of higher education).
* Small businesses.
* For-profit organizations (other than small businesses).
* State governments.
* County governments.
* City or township governments.
* Special district governments.
* Indian/Native American tribal governments (federally recognized and other than federally recognized).
* Eligible agencies of the federal government.
* U.S. territories or possessions.
* Independent school districts.
* Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities.
* Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments).
* Faith-based or community-based organizations.
* Regional organizations.
* Non-domestic (non-U.S.) entities (foreign institutions).
PURPOSE: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite cooperative agreement applications for research that advances promising compounds through the drug development pipeline for the treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). 
NIAAA is seeking applications for medications development research projects from both for-profit and not-for-profit entities, including academic institutions, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, private and public foundations, small businesses not eligible for the SBIR/STTR program and single entities able to demonstrate significant resource commitment to the proposed project. A resource commitment from a single entity could, for example, consist of salary support for key personnel or production and formulation of clinical trial material. 
CFDA: 93.273
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AA-19-005.html
From NIH web site, accessed 11/15/18icon
Subject(s) substance abuse research

The GAIN (Greater Access and Impact with NAT) Study: Improving HIV Diagnosis, Linkage to Care, and Prevention Services with HIV Point-of-Care Nucleic Acid Tests (NATs): RFA-PS-19-001
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2/15/19.
$ AVAILABLE: $9 million for three awards.
ELIGIBILITY: * State governments.
* For profit organizations other than small businesses.
* Small businesses.
* County governments.
* Native American tribal governments (federally recognized).
* Public and state controlled institutions of higher education.
* Independent school districts.
* Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education.
* Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education.
* Private institutions of higher education.
* Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments).
* Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities.
* City or township governments.
* Special district governments.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this research project is to develop feasible and effective models for using HIV point-of-care nucleic acid tests: (1) to improve pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) initiation and maintenance among persons at high-risk for acquiring HIV infection; (2) to improve viral suppression among persons diagnosed with HIV infection; and (3) to reduce the time between testing in community-based settings, linkage to HIV care and ART initiation.
CFDA: 93.941
CONTACT: Paul Smutz, email: POS1@cdc.gov.
From CDC National Prevention Information Network's (NPIN) HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Funding Information email, 11/15/18icon 
Subject(s) HIV/AIDS education/prevention, HIV/AIDS research, HIV/AIDS services

Time-Sensitive Obesity Policy and Program Evaluation (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) - Reissue of PAR-15-346: PAR-18-854 
SOURCE: National Institutes of Health (NIH) 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Please see URL for multiple new due dates through 2021. Expires 9/11/21.
$ AVAILABLE: 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.
* Hispanic-serving institutions.
* Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
* Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs).
* Alaska native and native Hawaiian serving institutions.
* Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs).
* Nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institutions of higher education).
* Small businesses.
* For-profit organizations (other than small businesses).
* State governments.
* County governments.
* City or township governments.
* Special district governments.
* Indian/Native American tribal governments (federally recognized and other than federally recognized).
* Eligible agencies of the federal government.
* U.S. territories or possessions.
* Independent school districts.
* Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities.
* Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments).
* Faith-based or community-based organizations.
* Regional organizations.
PURPOSE: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) establishes an accelerated review/award process to support time-sensitive research to evaluate a new policy or program that is likely to influence obesity related behaviors (e.g., dietary intake, physical activity, or sedentary behavior) and/or weight outcomes in an effort to prevent or reduce obesity.
CFDA: 93.847, 93.399, 93.393, 93.865 
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-18-854.html
From U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health FYI Weekly Health Resources email, 11/14/18icon 
Subject(s) medical research, obesity

Using Real-time Prescription and Insurance Claims Data to Support the HIV Care Continuum: RFA-PS-19-003
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1/22/19.
$ AVAILABLE: $4.4 million for two awards.
ELIGIBILITY: * Private institutions of higher education.
* For profit organizations other than small businesses.
* Small businesses.
* Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities.
* Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education.
* County governments.
* Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments).
* Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education.
* City or township governments.
* Public and State controlled institutions of higher education.
* State governments.
* Special district governments.
* Native American tribal governments (federally recognized).
* Independent school districts.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this research project is to use medical and pharmacy claims data in real-time to: 1) identify HIV-infected patients who have stopped filling anti-retroviral (ARV) prescriptions and to target these individuals for adherence and retention intervention(s) (Category A); and 2) identify persons living with HIV (including pregnant women) and to ensure these individuals are receiving ARV therapy - Medical and Pharmacy Claims (Category B).
CFDA: 93.941
CONTACT: Paul Smutz, email: POS1@cdc.gov.
From CDC National Prevention Information Network's (NPIN) HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Funding Information email, 11/15/18icon 
Subject(s) HIV/AIDS services


Private Funding Opportunities

Angelman Syndrome Foundation Accepting Proposals for Research Projects
SOURCE: Angelman Syndrome Foundation 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4/15/19.
$ AVAILABLE: One- or two-year grants will be awarded for various amounts of up to $100,000 per year.
ELIGIBILITY: Researchers from all countries are encouraged to apply.
PURPOSE: The Angelman Syndrome Foundation advances awareness and treatment of Angelman syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by deficiency of the ubiquitin protein ligase UBE3A in the brain. The foundation advances this mission through education, research, and support for individuals with Angelman syndrome, their families, and other concerned parties.
As part of this mission, the foundation is accepting proposals for pre-clinical, translational, and clinical research projects that investigate any or all aspects of Angelman syndrome. Priority will be given to pilot projects that test new ideas about pathogenesis and therapeutics of Angelman syndrome, translational research, and clinical research studies. Of particular interest to ASF are studies related to communication, behavioral issues, and identification of issues and treatments that impact the daily life of people with Angelman syndrome and their families. 
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see https://www.angelman.org/research/call-for-proposals/
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin email, 11/9/18icon
Subject(s) medical research

Association of American Medical Colleges Invites Nominations for David E. Rogers Award
SOURCE: Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1/25/19.
$ AVAILABLE: $10,000 award. 
ELIGIBILITY: Nominations may be made by any faculty or staff member of a medical school or teaching hospital or by any member of an academic society. The award is limited to an individual who has spent the majority of his or her career in academic medicine in the United States.
PURPOSE: Founded in 1876 and based in Washington, D.C., the Association of American Medical Colleges is a nonprofit association representing all hundred and forty-one accredited U.S. and seventeen accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly four hundred major teaching hospitals and health systems, including fifty-one Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and ninety academic and scientific societies. Through its many programs and services, AAMC strengthens the world's most advanced medical care by supporting the entire spectrum of education, research, and patient care activities conducted by its member institutions.
Sponsored by AAMC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the David E. Rogers Award honors David E. Rogers, MD, a former president of the foundation and an exemplar of academic medicine's commitment to meeting the healthcare needs of the nation.
The annual $10,000 award recognizes a medical school faculty member who has made major contributions to improving the health and health care of the American people. Nominees will be evaluated based on demonstrated evidence that their contributions have improved the health of society; shaped public policy; and helped redirect the medical profession and/or academic medical centers to experiment with a variety of educational and delivery modes to achieve important societal objectives.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see https://www.aamc.org/initiatives/awards/rogers/
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest web site, accessed 11/15/18icon
Subject(s) medical research

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Accepting Applications for Postdoctoral Enrichment Program
SOURCE: Burroughs Wellcome Fund 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1/16/19.
$ AVAILABLE: Up to 12 grants of up to $60,000. 
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, applicants must have no more than 36 months of postdoctoral research experience (in a research laboratory) at the time of application and not be more than five years from his/her PhD; be nominated by a qualified mentor at the degree-granting institution where the applicant will receive his/her postdoctoral/fellowship training; have secured a postdoctoral position with funding (including support by the mentor’s existing research grants) at a degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada; and be an underrepresented minorities (i.e., American Indian or Alaska Native, black or African American, Hispanic, or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander).
PURPOSE: The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is accepting applications for its 2018 Postdoctoral Enrichment Program.
Through the program, grants of up to $60,000 over three years will be awarded to support career-development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution (including its affiliated graduate and medical schools, hospitals, and research institutions) in the United States or Canada whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance to stellar careers in biomedical or medical research.
Up to 12 grants annually will be awarded in support of enrichment activities. Grants are meant to supplement the training of postdocs whose research activities are already supported. 
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see https://www.bwfund.org/grant-programs/diversity-science/postdoctoral-enrichment-program
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin email, 11/9/18icon
Subject(s) medical research

Health Data for Action: Leveraging Health Data for Actionable Insights (Data Access Award)
SOURCE: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: DEADLINE: Deadline for receipt of brief proposals: 12/14/18. Applicants notified whether invited to submit full proposals: 2/22/19. Deadline for receipt of full proposals: 4/5/19.
$ AVAILABLE: Successful applicants will be given access to the selected dataset at no cost to the grantee. 
No financial awards of any kind, including salary support, will be given. 
Data access will accommodate studies of up to 12 months. 
We anticipate awarding up to nine projects using HCCI data; up to six projects using Optum Labs data; up to six projects using Care Journey data; and up to five projects using Athena health data.
ELIGIBILITY: Researchers, as well as practitioners in the public and private sector working with researchers, are eligible to submit proposals through their organizations. See data provider descriptions in the CFP for specific eligibility criteria.
Projects may be generated from disciplines including health services research; economics; sociology; program evaluation; political science; public policy; public health; public administration; law; business administration; or other related fields. Use of the data under this CFP is restricted to noncommercial purposes.
Preference will be given to applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations. The Foundation may require additional documentation. 
Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.
PURPOSE: The Health Data for Action: Leveraging Health Data for Actionable Insights (Data Access Award) (HD4A) program will support innovative research that uses the available data to answer important research questions. Applicants under this Call for Proposals (CFP) will write a proposal for a research study using data from one of the following four data providers: the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), Optum Labs, Care Journey, or Athena health. The proposed studies should enable relevant, innovative, and actionable research that uses the available data to answer important, policy-relevant questions. Successful applicants will receive access to these data.
CONTACT: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, email: healthdataforaction@rwjf.org. For more information see https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2018/health-data-for-action-leveraging-health-data-for-actionable-insights.html?rid=0034400001rlpkgAAA&et_cid=1524223
From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation email, 11/8/18icon
Subject(s) medical research

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation Accepting Applications for Certification Research Grants
SOURCE: Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 7/1/19.
$ AVAILABLE: A single grant of up to $15,000 will be awarded annually.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, the principal investigator must be actively involved in some aspect of hospice and palliative care practice, education, or research; hold a master’s or doctoral degree or be enrolled in a doctoral program; and have a project that is consistent with the purpose of the research grant. Preference will be given to HPNA members.
PURPOSE: The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation, the charitable arm of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, is accepting applications for its Certification Research Grant program.
The HPNF Certification Research Grant is intended to provide investigators with resources to conduct exploratory, pilot, or feasibility studies that will lead to larger-scale projects linking certification with patient outcomes. Examples include the collection of preliminary data about the distribution of certification qualifications among staff of different types of organizations or the analysis of data sets from healthcare systems for patterns of staffing and outcomes.
CONTACT: None.
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest web site, accessed 11/15/18icon
Subject(s) medical research, nursing

Leadership for Better Health: National Program Center
SOURCE: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Deadline for receipt of brief proposals: 12/13/18. Deadline for receipt of full proposals: 3/6/19.
$ AVAILABLE: The total anticipated annual funding level at full implementation and full enrollment will be up to $8 million, which includes the annual program center funding of up to $3.2 million and scholar stipends. The stipend for the current program participants is $30,000 per scholar, per year, for up to four years. The applicant is expected to propose a stipend amount that adequately supports the participant and, coupled with other program costs, does not exceed the up-to-$8 million budget for the program at full enrollment. 
ELIGIBILITY: Organizations must have experience developing and/or mentoring doctoral students from diverse backgrounds.
The national program director must be aligned with the goals of Health Policy Research Scholars Program (HPRS) and willing to work in a collaborative capacity to foster the leadership development of doctoral students from a range of disciplines. 
Applicants must be either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or nonfunctionally integrated Type III supporting organizations. The Foundation may require additional documentation.
Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.
PURPOSE: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health Policy Research Scholars Program (HPRS) is a four-year national leadership development program for full-time doctoral students from nonclinical, academic disciplines with a policy focus—students who are committed to ensuring their research is aligned with the health needs of communities. The program is focused on researchers who want to improve health, well-being, and equity; challenge long-standing, entrenched systems; exhibit new ways of working; collaborate across disciplines and sectors; and engage others outside of the research community. By providing leadership development training, supporting opportunities to practice new behaviors, and learning to work in teams, HPRS will develop a new cadre of research leaders who will build a Culture of Health in their disciplines and communities.
CONTACT: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, email: hprsnpc@rwjf.org. For more information see https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2018/leadership-for-better-health-npc.html?rid=0034400001rlpkgAAA&et_cid=1524223
From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation email, 11/8/18icon
Subject(s) health policy research, health professions training

National Psoriasis Foundation Issues RFP for 2019 Discovery Grant
SOURCE: National Psoriasis Foundation 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1/18/19.
$ AVAILABLE: Grants of up to $75,000. 
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, the principal investigator must be personally and actively responsible for the conduct of the proposed research and eligible to apply for research grants under the guidelines of the applicant's host institution. The principal investigator need not be a United States citizen.
PURPOSE: The National Psoriasis Foundation is seeking applications that encourage the advancement of innovative research into psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded in support of researchers while they explore preliminary ideas and conduct proof-of-concept experiments. The goal of the program is to stimulate the development of new research programs in psoriatic disease capable of competing for long-term funding from the National Institutes of Health or other agencies in the future. Researchers with a specific focus on psoriatic arthritis, public health, and co-morbidities are strongly encouraged to apply.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see https://www.psoriasis.org/sites/default/files/2019_discovery_rfp.pdf
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest web site, accessed 11/15/18icon
Subject(s) medical research

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative Issues RFP for 2019 Research Program
SOURCE: Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1/11/19.
$ AVAILABLE: The maximum budget of a Research Award is $1.3 million (including 20 percent indirect costs), over a period of up to four years. Investigators are encouraged to take advantage of the flexibility in budget and duration to tailor the scope of the award as appropriate for their specific aims. For projects that propose four years of research, progress will be critically evaluated at the end of year two before support for the remaining two years will be approved.
ELIGIBILITY: All applicants and key collaborators must hold a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree and have a faculty position or the equivalent at a college, university, medical school, or other research facility. Eligible applicants must also have independent lab space at their institution. Applications may be submitted by domestic and foreign nonprofit organizations; public and private institutions such as colleges, universities, hospitals, laboratories, and units of state and local government; and eligible agencies of the federal government. There are no citizenship or country requirements.
PURPOSE: The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative improves the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance.
To that end, SFARI is inviting applications for its SFARI Research Awards from individuals ready to conduct bold and rigorous research.
The goal of the award is to provide support for investigation of key unresolved research questions in autism, particularly those that connect genetic etiologies to brain function and behavior. The program welcomes risk and novelty, but they are not required criteria for a proposal to be considered meritorious. Competitive applications will have preliminary data or other relevant groundwork that justifies substantial investment in the proposed topic. In some cases, projects may include those focusing on a central hypothesis where success depends on close collaboration between two or more labs.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see https://www.sfari.org/grant/research-awards-request-for-applications
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest web site, accessed 11/15/18icon
Subject(s) medical research


Events

Grant Writing Basics: Write. Apply. Repeat.
SPONSOR: Center for Nonprofit Studies at Austin Community College
WHEN: December 4, 9 am to 4 pm.
WHERE: ACC Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Room 411, (Austin, TX). 
DESCRIPTION: Yes, there is a formula for crafting winning grant applications! This class will share this framework with you using a combination of presentation, discussion and exercises. We’ll also reveal many secrets of grant application success – including: it is more important to be a good strategist than a good writer. Get ready to look at grant writing in a new way – and energize your fundraising efforts! We’ll cover the basics of applications that support nonprofit organizations; and join us if your level is anywhere from beginner up to intermediate.
COST: $79.
CONTACT: Katelyn Tolliver, (512) 223-7080, email: katelyn.tolliver@austincc.edu.
From Center for Nonprofit Studies at Austin Community College web site, accessed 11/15/18icon

Nonprofit Employment: The Search, The Resume, The Job
SPONSOR: Center for Nonprofit Studies at Austin Community College
WHEN: December 18, 10 am to noon.
WHERE: ACC Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, (Austin, TX). 
DESCRIPTION: Join Barry Silverberg, a 40-plus year veteran of the nonprofit sector, for a non-traditional perspective to finding, getting and keeping a job in the nonprofit sector.
Transitioning from the corporate workforce or seeking another position in the nonprofit sector can be a tricky feat. This discussion will give you a new perspective on your career, your resume and your job search. Gain insight on how to make the transition, how to write a nonprofit resume, and how to identify your competencies.
You will leave with a new perspective and useful tools to achieve all of the above.
COST: $10.
CONTACT: Katelyn Tolliver, (512) 223-7080, email: katelyn.tolliver@austincc.edu.
From Center for Nonprofit Studies at Austin Community College web site, accessed 11/15/18icon

Webinar - Give Your Faith-Based Group's Funding a Boost – Even in Uncertain Times 
SPONSOR: CD Publications 
WHEN: December 12, noon to 1 pm.
WHERE: Webinar.
DESCRIPTION: Tax Reform Has Changed the Charitable Giving Game: Don't Be Stymied
Equip your funding toolbox with help from grant-writing consultant Frank Klimko. In this detailed webinar, he outlines the current status of giving for faith-based organizations and how to sail over the hurdles you now face—including the new tax code’s downward effect on the number of Americans able to claim a charitable deduction. Even though your faith-based group can’t apply directly for some grants, you still play an important part in funding, whether private, corporate, or federal. Klimko explains how attractive your presence as a partner in a grant proposal can be to funders and grant reviewers.
Sure, you can look to private, faith-specific funders. But there are so many other potential funding sources, including foundations and corporations, Klimko notes. He'll show you how to go after these and other hidden opportunities—and find success. After attending this session, you’ll understand how federal tax reform has changed your funding stream and how you can cope. Plus, you’ll never fall for the most common grant application pitfalls again.
COST: $129.
CONTACT: CD Publications, (855) 237-1396, email: info@cdpublications.com.
From CD Publications email, 11/13/18icon


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