Weekly digest of funding opportunities & news
Research Development Services

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


Pre-Application due JANUARY 5, 2023 5:00p ET
Department of Energy Announces Early Career Research Program for FY 2023

A webinar on this opportunity will be held on November 30 at 3:00p ET. Registration

The Department of Energy has announced it is accepting proposals for the 2023 DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program to support the research of outstanding scientists early in their careers. The program will support over 80 early career researchers for five years at U.S. academic institutions, DOE national laboratories, and Office of Science user facilities.

To be eligible for the program, a researcher must be an untenured, tenure-track assistant or associate professor at a U.S. academic institution or a full-time employee at a DOE national laboratory or Office of Science user facility. To address special circumstances and challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Science is extending the eligibility window for this competition from 10 to 12 years for all applicants.

Awards to an institution of higher education will be approximately $875,000 over five years and awards to a DOE national laboratory average around $2,500,000 over five years. The funding level for institutions of higher education has been raised to encourage these institutions to increase graduate student stipends.
Pre-applications are mandatory and are due on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at 5:00p ET. Applications will be due on Thursday, March 23, 2023, at 11:59p ET. Only those applicants that receive notification from DOE encouraging a formal proposal may submit full proposals. Full Details

Full Proposal due FEBRUARY 9, 2023
HSI Funding Opportunity: NSF HSI Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE)

The goals of NSF’s Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) IUSE program are to:

  1. Enhance the quality of undergraduate STEM education, and
  2. Increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of students pursuing associates or baccalaureate degrees in STEM fields at HSIs.
Outcomes of the HSI Program include broadening participation of students that are historically underrepresented in STEM and expanding students' pathways to continued STEM education and integration into the STEM workforce. Track 2, Implementation and Evaluation (IEP) projects, have no institutional limit on submissions. Track 3, Institutional Transformation Projects (ITP) must be coordinated through UArizona’s Office of HSI Initiatives. UArizona is not eligible for Track 1.

If you plan to submit a Track 2 proposal, please contact Riley McIsaac, Associate Director, HSI Grants Development. Full Details of the Updated Solicitation

NEH Special Initiative - American Tapestry: Weaving Together Past, Present, and Future

The American Tapestry Initiative encompasses a number of newly launched NEH grant programs that explore the three themes of “Strengthening Our Democracy,” “Advancing Equity for All,” and “Addressing Our Changing Climate":

  • Dangers & Opportunities of Technology: Perspectives from the Humanities
    Many of today’s global challenges, such as climate change, pandemics, wealth inequality, and artificial intelligence, are driven in part by the complex relationship between rapidly evolving technology and the people and institutions it affects. This new NEH grant program asks researchers to tackle these key societal challenges through the lens of the humanities to help gain a better understanding of not only the promises of technology but its dangers as well.  (Application deadline: February 2, 2023)
  • Cultural and Community Resilience Program 
    A new NEH grant program that supports efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change and health crises on communities while safeguarding their cultural resources, especially among historically disadvantaged communities. (Application deadline: January 12, 2023) 
  • Climate Smart Humanities Organizations 
    A new NEH grant program to support America’s cultural stewards in assessing how their facilities and cultural holdings may be threatened by climate change and developing strategic plans to address these threats. (Application deadline: January 17, 2023) 

Full Details

November 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 November edition to learn more about:

  • Select List of Humanities, HSS, and Arts Opportunities & News
  • NSF Reproducibility and Replicability in Science
  • NSF Webinar Report: The New NSF ExLENT Program
  • DOE Guide for the Submission of Unsolicited Proposals 
  • The Dos and Don’ts of Writing the Statement of Purpose for a Humanities/Social Sciences Funding Application
  • Make Your Case for Value-Added Benefits

Download the November edition

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!


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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White Paper due DECEMBER 19, 2022
ML-RCP Opportunities: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Library

General research topic to investigate automated, high gain RF collection and processing of L-band (950 MHz - 1650 MHz) GNSS signals to create an indexed data library for long term GNSS trust evaluations. A satellite pass and collection schedule to be developed and maintained to ensure acquisition and revisit of all GNSS satellites visible from WPAFB over various azimuth and elevation angles several times a week. Once properly implemented, it is envisioned that the system will only require minimal, periodic (weekly) user input to validate/verify measurements. Full Details

Application due FEBRUARY 16, 2023 | 5:00p
Using Innovative Digital Healthcare Solutions to Improve Quality at the Point of Care (R21/R33 - Clinical Trial Optional)

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used. This FOA invites applications that propose research projects that test promising digital healthcare interventions aimed at improving quality of care and healthcare services delivery at the point of care. Full Details

Application due FEBRUARY 16, 2023 | 11:59p ET
Pfizer Global Hemophilia Grant - Equity in Therapeutic Patient Education

Recent studies show there are significant gaps in treatment engagement and comprehension among people living with hemophilia (PLwH), which require the delivery of robust accessible education and support for novel therapies. As part of Pfizer’s long-established interest in health promotion strategies, the Global Hemophilia Grant - Equity in Therapeutic Patient Education encourages Patient Advocacy Groups (PAGs) to identify and overcome barriers to learning for PLwH. Through this grant program, it is expected one component of the proposed project will address the cultural, socio-economic, geographic location and/or linguistic barriers and any other factors contributing to PLwH’s limited access to novel treatment information and understanding of their clinical needs and role in the decision-making process. Full Details

Application due FEBRUARY 17, 2023 | 5:00p
Health Services Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01- Clinical Trial Optional)

Although scientific and technological discoveries have improved the health of the U.S. population overall, underserved populations, continue to experience a disproportionate burden of disease and risk factors, unmet health care needs and other adverse health conditions. The purpose of this FOA is to encourage health services research that can directly contribute to the improvement of minority health and/or the reduction of health disparities, while taking into consideration the interaction between system-level healthcare, individual clinical care and social determinants of health, including the role of structural systemic factors, place and neighborhood factors. The focus of this FOA is on all services provided in the healthcare setting where individuals from health disparity populations seek care with a clinician for preventive services, chronic disease management, urgent symptomatic care, emergency care, and hospital care. Full Details

Letter of Intent due MARCH 8, 2023 | 12:00p EST
Neuroscience Collaborations Vision Statements Call

The Simons Foundation seeks vision statements to identify new, emerging breakthrough areas of neuroscience that are poised for high-impact funding. The foundation is interested in bold and cutting edge, idea-generating research that focuses on basic principles of brain function and may be overlooked or too risky for other funding organizations. Cross-disciplinary collaborations that integrate many levels of analysis, methodologies, ways of thinking, and scientific communities will be prioritized. Conversations within and across fields while bringing together diverse groups of researchers to investigate important questions about the basic principles of brain function are encouraged. Investigators in a Simons Collaboration are expected to openly share data, code, analysis pipelines, protocols and reagents. Proposals should include junior investigators and investigators from a diversity of academic disciplines, genders, races and ethnicities in a Simons Collaboration. Full Details

Concept Paper due MAY 15, 2023 | 4:00p ET
Gerber Foundation Pediatric Research Grants

Projects should focus on issues faced by care providers that, when implemented, will improve the health, nutrition and/or developmental outcomes for infants and young children. The board is particularly looking for practical solutions that can be easily and rapidly implemented on a broad scale with a predictable time frame to clinical application. Major target areas for research include:

  • New diagnostic tools
  • New treatment regimens that are improved or novel
  • Symptom relief
  • Preventative measures
  • Assessment of deficiencies or excesses
  • Risk assessment tools

Note that the Foundation is looking for projects that will result in ‘new’ information, treatments or tools that will result in a change in practice. 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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