Weekly digest of funding opportunities & news
Research Development Services

NOVEMBER 16, 2022 | 11:00a - 12:00p | 
Flinn Foundation: 2023 Seed Grants for Translational Medicine Info Session

In 2023, the Flinn Foundation Seed Grants to Promote Translational Research Program will fund up to 10 research teams affiliated with an Arizona university, research institution, or health-care system that are advancing new products or services to improve patient care. Awardees will each receive a $100,000 grant over 18 months, plus programmatic benefits. At the end of the grant period, up to two of the most successful projects may receive up to an additional $100,000 over the following year. Each supported team will use the 18-month grant period to de-risk its product/process, refine its design, and/or acquire key validation data and stakeholder feedback—and secure, or have a well-defined plan to secure, new sources of funding to advance toward positive patient impact. Each application requires an institutional letter of support which can be downloaded from the application website. The LOS should be emailed to Research Development Services at for the required signature. For more information, please contact Bruce Burgess, Director, Venture Development, Tech Launch Arizona. Info Session Registration and Full Details

NOVEMBER 16, 2022 | 11:00a - 12:00p | 
ReDATA Research Data Repository Training

Learn how to use the University of Arizona Research Data Repository (ReData) to archive and share research datasets after the conclusion of your research in compliance with funder and journal data sharing policies as well as university data retention policies. ReDATA provides digital object identifiers (DOIs) and can be used by PIs to comply with the new 2023 NIH Data Sharing Policy. Registrants will receive a Zoom link prior to the event. Registration and Full Details

NOVEMBER 16, 2022 | 3:00p - 5:00p | In-Person | ECE Building
STEAM FORGE Grand Opening

In partnership with the College of Engineering, Arizona FORGE is celebrating the opening of our second campus location: STEAM FORGE (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). Please join us to mark this special occasion on Wednesday, November 16th 3-5pm. Celebratory remarks from Dean David Hahn, Associate Dean Mark Van Dyke and Arizona FORGE Founding Director Brian Ellerman at 3:15pm. Lite fare and beverages served, please register by November 11th. Our campus locations are dynamic spaces where University of Arizona and community resources collaborate to offer the university community entrepreneurial education, mentoring and coaching. Working in partnership with colleges across campus, Arizona FORGE (Finding Opportunities and Resources to Grow Entrepreneurs) locations provide resources for students where they are – making entrepreneurial education accessible and relevant to their specific field of study. Registration and Full Details

NOVEMBER 18, 2022 | 9:00a - 5:30p | In-Person | ENR2
Covid, Climate Change, and Preparedness: Lessons Learned

Social and environmental systems are threatened by multiple stressors, including climate change. This workshop will address lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic that can be applied in managing future climate-driven events. Join public health and health practitioners and climate experts in identifying strategies and solutions to inform public health, climate preparedness, and resilience. Lunch will be provided. For questions please contact Amanda Leinberger. Registration and Full Details

DECEMBER 1, 2022 | 12:00p - 1:00p | 
Expanding Undergraduate Research: Identifying Federal Funding to Support Student Involvement

The Undergraduate Research & Inquiry Collaborative and Research Development Services (RDS) invite you to join a discussion of how to plan for and get federal funding to support undergraduate researchers. Faculty who successfully obtained funding to support undergraduate research will share tips on designing meaningful experiences and how they secured funding. RDS staff will review some federal funding mechanisms, such as NSF REU sites and supplements, including how to apply. Finally, staff from the Office of Societal Impact and the Undergraduate Research & Inquiry Collaborative will outline resources available for designing experiences that maximize benefits for students. Registration and Full Details

DECEMBER 6, 2022 | 2:30p | In-person | HSIB 531
Bioeconomy Initiative Workshop

The U.S. Federal Government is committed to coordinating a “whole-of-government approach to advance biotechnology and biomanufacturing towards innovative solutions in health, climate change, energy, food security, agriculture, supply chain resilience, and national and economic security.” Join Lewis-Burke & Associates and BIO5 as we discuss the opportunities emerging through the bioeconomy and potential avenues for University of Arizona research teams to leverage these opportunities. Hosted by Research Development ServicesPlease register by December 1, 2022. Registration

Save the Date! JANUARY 27, 2023 | 9:30a - 5:30p | Hybrid
5th Annual reimagine Health Research Symposium

The 5th Annual reimagine Health Research Symposium on Translating Big Science and Big Data into Better Health Care concerns the most important and basic tenets of translational research, which are how we move discoveries in the research laboratory setting forward to clinical application and improving healthcare. Since its sequence was solved, the human genome has become the basis of translational research leading to personalized medicine, a new revolution in healthcare that promises to improve clinical outcomes. However, there exists a huge gap between the acquisition of genetic data sets and their use in patient-specific precision medicine-based applications. The main objective of the 5th Annual reimagine Health Research Symposium is to learn from experts in big data management and precision medicine who have bridged this gap in scientifically and clinically powerful ways.

The symposium will be hosted as a hybrid event both on our campus in downtown Phoenix, Arizona and virtually via our event platform, Whova. The event is open to the public. We highly recommend researchers and healthcare professionals attend. We also welcome students, educators, and the general public to attend this valuable symposium. Thanks to our generous sponsors, the Arizona Biomedical Research Centre and the Flinn Foundation, there is no cost to attend the symposium. Visit the symposium website to learn more! Registration and Full Details


NOVEMBER 16-17, 2022 | 1:00p - 2:30p ET | 
NSF Mid-scale Research Infrastructure-1 Town Halls

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Mid-scale Research Infrastructure (Mid-scale RI) Activity is intended to provide an agile, Foundation-wide process to fund experimental research capabilities in the mid-scale range, between the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program upper limit and Major Multi-user Facilities lower threshold. Recently, solicitation NSF 22-637 was published for the Mid-scale RI-1 program, one of two Foundation-wide funding opportunities that span the mid-scale range. The deadline for preliminary proposals is January 5, 2023. The NSF will host townhalls with information about the latest Mid-Scale RI-1 funding opportunity.

  • Session 1: a general Mid-scale RI-1 information session (1:00 p.m. -1:40 p.m. EST) with Q&A
  • Session 2: a Project Management and Directorate-specific breakouts (1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST) where more technical questions will be addressed.
Information on Day 1 will be repeated on Day 2 (there is no need to attend on both days). To access the main plenary Town Hall and a follow-on Project Management or Directorate-specific breakout, please Register to Attend

DECEMBER 12-16, 2022
UArizona at the AGU Fall Meeting

Are you or your students attending the AGU Fall Meeting in Chicago December 12-16, 2022? Please let us know your plansResearch Development Services is coordinating with UArizona departments who are participating. The University of Arizona will have a booth within the exhibit hall designed to provide a space for visiting, recruitment, and discussion. We hope that you'll provide us with your information so that we can feature your poster or talk and that you'll stop by the booth to meet with us, bring collaborators, have a spot to meet with program officers, and enjoy a taste of Tucson in Chicago. Contact RDS with questions. Let RDS know you’re going!

Meet the RDS Team - Leslie Hawthorne Klingler, M.A.

Leslie Hawthorne Klingler, M.A., is Content Creator and Writer for Research Development Services. She employs writing, design, and photography to translate technical information into materials that persuade broader audiences to support research and innovation at the University of Arizona. Focusing on communication for causes that improve human health and well-being, she has worked in a variety of contexts: sole-proprietorship, not-for-profit, and academic settings, including six years in Latin America. Outside of work, she co-leads small group trips to the Galápagos, writes fiction, and reads novels. Contact RDS

October Research Development & Grant Writing News

Research Development Services provides institutional access to the Research Development & Grant Writing News by Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC (ARFS). The UArizona research community may access each monthly newsletter with a free UArizona Box account (NetID login). Download the October edition to learn more about:

  • What is a Humanities Program Officer and When Should You Contact Them?
  • NIH Expands Role of AI Funding Solicitations
  • ARPA-H: A New Funding Agency is Born!
  • NIH Faculty Readiness & Submission
  • In Proposals, Less is Often More
  • What is the Significance of Your Proposed Humanities Project
  • Writing a Successful White Paper to NEH

Download the October edition


Application due NOVEMBER 28, 2022
2023 NEH Fellowships Writing Group Application

NEH Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients of the award generally produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. NEH Fellowships are for a period of six to twelve months. During this time, teaching and administrative assignments or other major activities may not be undertaken. As such, a notice of support from your department head acknowledging their support should you be successful in obtaining the fellowship is required as part of the RDS preparation program. Participants in the writing group will consider recent trends in NEH funding and the agency’s increased focus on rigor and impact. Faculty participants will:

  • Explore methods to situate humanities research within a mid-21st century funding context;
  • Examine strategies to adapt individual research goals to effectively address NEH guidelines and review criteria
  • Review tools and resources available to strengthen proposals.
The RDS facilitated writing group and preparation program will begin in early December 2022 and conclude at the submission of the NEH Fellowship opportunity on April 12, 2023. Participants are expected to participate in group meetings that will take place two times per month. 
Application and Full Details

Application due DECEMBER 1, 2022 | 5:00p
Fund to Unequivocally Recover Research Careers after COVID-19 at the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine (FUTURRE-Careers@UArizonaCOM) Round 2

The goal of FUTURRE-Careers@UArizonaCOM is to provide support for early-stage faculty (physician-scientists and non-clinician scientists) at both the University of Arizona College of Medicine Tucson (COM-T) and University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix (COM-P). This program is initiated through a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through its COVID-19 Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists initiative (which excludes animal research), and expanded to include additional lines of research as described below (Track 2) with matching institutional support from COM-T, COM-P, UAHS and RII.

  • Track 1: For early-career physician-researchers (assistant professors or associate professors with <1 year at the higher rank) who hold an MD, DO, or foreign equivalent degree with a minimum of 50% effort allocated to research. The recipient must conduct clinical research (see definition below). Animal research will not be funded as part of this track as per Doris Duke Charitable Foundation requirements.

  • Track 2: For all early-career researchers (assistant professors or associate professors with <4 years at the higher rank) who hold an MD, DO, PhD or foreign equivalent degree with a minimum of 30% effort allocated to research. The recipient may conduct clinical, translational or basic research. Animal research may be funded as part of this track.

Application and Full Details

Application due DECEMBER 1, 2022 | 5:00p
October 2022 Making Action Possible Dashboard White Paper Grants

The Economic and Business Research Center in the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management is pleased to announce a call for proposals for Making Action Possible (MAP) Dashboard White Paper grants. The funding will be $7,500 per grant. Proposals are welcome from all University of Arizona faculty. The Making Action Possible Dashboard stems from a partnership between the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, Pima Association of Governments, Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Sun Corridor Inc., and the University of Arizona. The Dashboard website is intended to provide the Southern Arizona community with a trusted source of information on 36 social and economic indicators that the community can use to measure progress and inspire action. As part of this effort, the Making Action Possible Dashboard Advisory Board seeks proposals from University of Arizona faculty to prepare white papers on topics relevant to one of the six categories currently featured on the website:

  • Economy
  • Education
  • Health and Social Well‐Being
  • Infrastructure
  • Quality of Place
  • Workforce and Demographics

White papers are expected to provide residents of Southern Arizona with insight into critical social and economic issues from an academic perspective. Proposals relating to the availability of low-income housing, growth of startup companies (with demographic analysis of founders), and the accessibility and equity of solar power in Tucson would be especially welcome. Application and Full Details

Proposal due DECEMBER 19, 2022 | 5:00p
University of Arizona Foundation, Board of Trustees- Small Grants Committee – University Strategic Priority Awards

The Small Grants Committee Award is sponsored by the University of Arizona Foundation, Board of Trustees. The Committee recognizes the importance of the university strategic priorities. For the January 2023 grant cycle the Committee is focused on supporting projects and research directly related to Pillar Two of the University’s Strategic Plan. The deadline is 11:59 on Monday, December 19, 2022. The system will not accept applications after the deadline. Proposals will be accepted from faculty at any career level within the University. Notifications of selections and/or request for clarification of information will be sent following the Committee meeting in late January. Application and Full Details

Proposal due JANUARY 11, 2023 | 5:00p
FY23 Publication Grant

The Publication Grants are designed to augment the research resulting from a prior RII Research Development Grant by providing support to offset publication costs that were not allowable during the initial period of performance due to timing between research activity and publication. Applicants must be a previous recipient of any hosted grants through the TRIF initiatives or RII. The proposed publication must be related to a previous internal grant, and the submission must be within three years from the date of the original Research Development Grant. The maximum amount is $3,000 per award and may be used for any costs associated with publication, data storage, and other well-justified costs. A copy of the publication-related contract must be included in the grant as funds will be paid directly to the publisher/contractor/institution, and not disbursed to the recipients. No more than two publications will be funded for any single internal grant. Application and Full Details

Proposals due APRIL 3, 2023 | 5:00p 
FY23 Mineral Resources Research and Innovation Initiatives - Request for Proposals

The Mineral Resources Research and Innovation Initiative is a new program from the School of Mining and Mineral Resources that provides both seed funding and strategic investments toward fundamental and/or collaborative, interdisciplinary team research and education related to significant or interdisciplinary problems in mineral resources. A total of $0.4 million is anticipated to be committed to 10-20 projects over the course of the fiscal year 2023. Funding for future years is contingent upon available funding. The program seeks to support initiatives that align with the School mission to “transform the way students, professionals, and communities work across boundaries to meet the complex challenges of economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable mineral resources.” Successful proposals will align with the School’s scope to “use education, training, research, and community outreach and engagement to encompass responsible and sustainable production and use of mineral resources including one or more of the following:

  • The entire scope of mineral resources from their natural occurrence to primary production to circular economy, including the life cycle of mining from exploration and discovery through development and production, to closure, reclamation, and repurposing,
  • And the associated technical, economic, social, and environmental aspects including public health, policy, law, supply security, and sustainability throughout the entire mining and mineral resources lifecycles.”

Initiatives proposed may be to support research, university or K-12 educational programs, or outreach activities, or a combination of these. Eligibility: University of Arizona faculty and staff; students must have faculty co-PIs. Proposals will be reviewed monthly on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. Application and Full Details

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Math, Computational, & Data Science Opportunities
Physical Sciences & Engineering Opportunities
Health & Medicine Opportunities
Agriculture and Food Science Opportunities

Required LOI due DECEMBER 15, 2022
DOE - Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: Long-Duration Energy Storage Demonstrations FOA

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is releasing this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit emerging Long-Duration Energy Storage (LDES) demonstration projects capable of delivering electricity for 10-24 hours or longer to support a low-cost, reliable, carbon-free electric grid. This $349 million effort seeks LDES demonstration projects that will validate new technologies, enhance the capabilities of customers and communities to integrate LDES more effectively, and sustain American global leadership in energy storage. LDES demonstration projects are encouraged to have substantial engagement with local and regional stakeholders to ensure that they generate local, regional, and national benefits. Demonstration projects will be expected to carry out meaningful community and labor engagement; invest in America’s workforce by creating good-paying jobs with the free and fair choice to join a union; advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility; and contribute to the President’s Justice40 Initiative goal that 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments, including those in climate change, clean energy and energy efficiency, flow to disadvantaged communities. Full Details

Application due JANUARY 23, 2023
DARPA Strengthening Resilient Emotions and Nimble Cognition Through Engineering Neuroplasticity (STRENGTHEN)

The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of neurobehavioral protective factors and wellbeing to prevent and mitigate the effects of traumatic stress leading to suicidality and behavioral health disorders in warfighters. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice is specifically excluded. Full Details

Full Proposal due FEBRUARY 16, 2023
NSF Research and Mentoring for Postbaccalaureates in Biological Sciences (RaMP)

The Research and Mentoring for Postbaccalaureates (RaMP) in Biological Sciences program invites the submission of proposals to establish networks to support full-time research, mentoring, and training for recent college graduates who have had few or no research or training opportunities during college in research fields typically supported by the Directorate of Biological Sciences (BIO). A strategic focus of the National Science Foundation is to foster the growth of a globally-competitive and diverse research workforce. To that end, proposals submitted to this program are expected to create strong evidence-based, inclusive and culturally-aware mentorship programs that will advance the goal of creating a competitive and highly representative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce in the U.S. with a focus on the biological sciences. Full Details

Full Proposal due FEBRUARY 17, 2023 | 5:00p
Enabling Discovery through GEnomics (EDGE)

Through the Enabling Discovery through GEnomics (EDGE) program, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes for Health (NIH) support research to advance understanding of comparative and functional genomics. The EDGE program supports the development of innovative tools, technologies, resources, and infrastructure that advance biological research focused on the identification of the causal mechanisms connecting genes and phenotypes. The EDGE program also supports functional genomic research that addresses the mechanistic basis of complex traits in diverse organisms within the context (environmental, developmental, social, and/or genomic) in which they function. These goals are essential to uncovering the rules that underlie genomes-to-phenomes relationships and predict phenotype, an area relevant to Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype, one of the 10 Big Ideas for NSF investment. The goals also support the NHGRI priority to establish the roles and relationships of all genes and regulatory elements in pathways, networks, and phenotypes.
Full Details

Application due FEBRUARY 21, 2023 | 6:00p UTC
Share with Students: Summer of Code

Google Summer of Code is a global program focused on bringing more student developers into open-source software development. Students work with an open source organization on a 3-month programming project during their break from school. Students spend summer break writing code and learning about open-source development while earning a stipend. Accepted students work with a mentor and become a part of the open-source community. Many become lifetime open-source developers. Google Summer of Code occurs entirely online; there is no requirement to travel as part of the program. Full Details

Application due FEBRUARY 24, 2023 | 11:59p ET
Addressing Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Human-Animal Interaction

HABRI is issuing a call for research proposals from institutions and organizations across the globe to investigate the health outcomes of pet ownership and/or animal-assisted interventions (AAI) or therapy, both for the people and the animals involved. Proposals should have a strong theoretical framework and focus on innovative approaches to studying the health effects of companion animals on humans within the following broad categories:

  • Child Health and Development
  • Healthy Aging
  • Mental & Physical Health and Wellness

In an effort to help address larger societal challenges, proposals that have potential to impact current public health crises or issues at the forefront of public concern are welcomed. Topics include (but are not limited to) impacts on diverse and under-represented populations, social isolation and loneliness, suicide prevention, addiction, trauma and/or post-traumatic stress, obesity, and heart health. Full Details

Application due MARCH 25, 2023 | 11:59p ET
DxQI Seed Grant Program

The purpose of this program is to stimulate innovation in a field where quality improvement (QI) activity is lagging, and to elevate the importance of addressing diagnostic error within healthcare delivery systems. If awarded, the grantee will:

  • Be involved in improving healthcare quality in an area that is becoming recognized as the biggest patient safety issue yet often receives little attention;
  • Receive grant funding to identify, develop, and test quality improvement interventions aimed at achieving diagnostic excellence and reducing the harm from diagnostic error;
  • Become a member of the rapidly growing community focused on the number one patient safety problem in health care;
  • Bring visibility to the topic of diagnostic quality and safety in your own institutions;
  • Participate in a community fostering peer-to-peer learning with other grantees;
  • Learn from your peers at quarterly virtual meetings;
  • Have support to submit manuscripts to SIDM’s peer-reviewed journal, Diagnosis; and
  • Present project and findings at QI Summits.

Full Details

Limited Submissions are advertised to campus through a separate newsletter. Please see the RDS Limited Submissions Table for all UPCOMING and OPEN limited submissions, deadlines, and submission process. Unless otherwise noted, internal pre-proposals are due by 5:00p AZ on the RII deadline date. Pre-proposals for all limited submissions are through UA Competition SpaceContact Research Development Services with questions.
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Limited Submissions
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Biomedical, Clinical & Life Sciences
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