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April 6, 2021 Research Bulletin

Volume 2, Issue 7

Featured Funding Opportunities


NIH Funding Announcements


NIH funding opportunities and notices are presented weekly. Please see the current and past updates below.

Limited Funding Opportunities


Currently we are seeing an increase in the number of limited institutional grant opportunities in which we can nominate a single applicant from our institution. Due to the short turn-around time we will have a modified and shortened process for these types of grant opportunities.

For the limited institutional grant opportunities below, please submit a brief summary (one page or less) and biosketch by the date indicated.

2022 Scientific Innovations Award

Brain Research Foundation has an opportunity for 1 senior full-time associate/full professor working in the area of neuroscience and brain function health and disease for the 2022 Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). The objective of the program is to support projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings.

  • Materials due to Internal Review Committee:  April 26, 2021
  • Sponsor Letter of Intent – Phase 1 Due Date:  June 24, 2021

Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to limited.submissions@cuanschutz.edu by April 26, 2021.

Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation has announced this year’s Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program. Institutions are limited to one nomination.

Providing support and encouragement for young scholars who have demonstrated their abilities in terms of both scholarly research and teaching in the chemical sciences is the aim of this award program. An institutional nominee will hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment, has been in an academic career between four and twelve years, and is engaged in research and teaching primarily at the undergraduate level. Awardees are typically in departments that do not grant doctoral degrees.

  • Materials due to Internal Review Committee: May 4, 2021
  • Sponsor Full Application Due Date: August 5, 2021

Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to limited.submissions@cuanschutz.edu by May 4, 2021.

Primary Care Dental Faculty Development Program

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released guidelines for the Primary Care Dental Faculty Development Program (HRSA-21-018). Institutions are limited to one application.

  • Materials due to Internal Review Committee: April 23, 2021
  • Sponsor Full Application Due Date: May 21, 2021

Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to limited.submissions@cuanschutz.edu by April 23, 2021.

Program to Advance the Career Development of Scientists from Diverse Backgrounds Conducting Nutrition, Obesity, Diabetes and Related Research

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) has released a Request for Applications (RFA) titled “Program to Advance the Career Development of Scientists from Diverse Backgrounds Conducting Nutrition, Obesity, Diabetes and Related Research (U24 Clinical Trial Optional) (RFA-DK-20-034). Institutions are limited to one application.

  • Materials due to Internal Review Committee: May 7, 2021
  • Sponsor Full Application Due Date: July 17, 2021

Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to limited.submissions@cuanschutz.edu by May 7, 2021.

The 2022 Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research

The Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of a cure for cancer.

The award provides $300,000 in flexible support - $75,000 per year for a four-year period. For the 2022 award, one nomination will be invited from each of the participating institutions.

If you would like to be considered for this opportunity, please review the eligibility criteria outlined.

If you have any questions regarding the criteria, please contact the Pew Program Office for clarification Pew-Stewart@pewtrusts.org.

Eligible individuals should prepare a 1 to 2 page summary of the intended aims, rationale and significance of the proposed project.  Submit the project summary and an NIH-style biosketch as one pdf document to the CU Cancer Center.

The deadline for consideration for this opportunity is 5:00 pm April 26, 2021.

Chemical and Materials Sciences Research on Rare Earth and Platinum Group Elements

US Department of Energy (DOE) has released a funding opportunity DE-FOA-0002483: Chemical and Materials Sciences Research on Rare Earth and Platinum Group Elements – limited to two pre-applications and full applications as lead institution (pg 8 of solicitation).

  • Materials due to Internal Review Committee: April 9, 2021
  • Pre-Application: April 12, 2021

Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to limited.submissions@cuanschutz.edu by April 9, 2021.

Data Science to Advance Chemical and Materials Sciences

US Department of Energy (DOE) has released a funding opportunity titled “Data Science to Advance Chemical and Materials Sciences” (DE-FOA-0002474). The University is limited to two pre-applications and applications as the lead institution.

  • Materials due to Internal Review Committee: April 9, 2021
  • Pre-Application: April 14, 2021
  • Sponsor Full Application Due Date: June 1, 2021

Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to limited.submissions@cuanschutz.edu by April 9, 2021.

Data-Intensive Scientific Machine Learning and Analysis

US Department of Energy (DOE) has released a funding opportunity titled “Data-Intensive Scientific Machine Learning and Analysis” (DE-FOA-0002493). Institutions are limited to two pre-applications and applications for this program.

  • Materials due to Internal Review Committee: April 16, 2021
  • Pre-Application: April 23, 2021
  • Sponsor Full Application Due Date: May 27, 2021

Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to limited.submissions@cuanschutz.edu by April 16, 2021.

EXPRESS: Randomized Algorithms for Extreme-Scale Science

US Department of Energy (DOE) has released a funding opportunity titled “EXPRESS: Randomized Algorithms for Extreme-Scale Science” (DE-FOA-0002497). Institutions are limited to three pre-applications and applications.

  • Materials due to Internal Review Committee: April 16, 2021
  • Pre-Application: April 26, 2021
  • Sponsor Full Application Due Date: May 19, 2021

Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to limited.submissions@cuanschutz.edu by April 16, 2021.

Flow Battery Systems Manufacturing

US Department of Energy (DOE), through its Golden Field Office, has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled Flow Battery Systems Manufacturing” (DE-FOA-0002453). Entities are limited to one Concept Paper and one Full Application as the lead institution (see page 26 of the FOA).

  • Materials due to Internal Review Committee: April 16, 2021
  • Concept Paper Due: April 29, 2021, 5 p.m. ET
  • Sponsor Full Application Due Date: June 30, 2021, 5 p.m. ET

Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to limited.submissions@cuanschutz.edu by April 16, 2021.

Digital Forums on Terrorism Prevention & Insider Threats in American Law Enforcement

US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released two funding opportunities, both limiting the institution to one application each.

  1. Digital Forums on Terrorism Prevention (DHS-ST-108-FR03):
    • Materials due to Internal Review Committee:  April 16, 2021
    • Sponsor Full Application Due Date:  May 8, 2021
  2. Insider Threats in American Law Enforcement (DHS-ST-108-FR02):
    • Materials due to Internal Review Committee: April 16, 2021
    • Sponsor Full Application Due Date: May 16, 2021

Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to limited.submissions@cuanschutz.edu by April 16, 2021.

2021 Build to Scale Program

US Economic Development has announced their 2021 Build to Scale Program including a Venture Challenge and Capital Challenge.   

  • Materials due to Internal Review Committee: April 13, 2021
  • Sponsor Letter of Intent – Phase 1 Due Date: April 29, 2021

Interested candidates must send a one-page summary of their research proposal and their biosketch in pdf format to limited.submissions@cuanschutz.edu by April 13, 2021.

Just Released


Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) pre-announcements and funding opportunities for the Department of Defense (DoD) programs managed by the office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) are below.

FY21 Pre-announcements released:

  • Melanoma Research Program
  • Idea Award
  • Mid-Career Accelerator Award
  • Team Science Award
  • Translational Research Award with Collaborator Option
  • New for FY21: Melanoma Academy Director Award
  • New for FY21: Academy Scholar Award

FY21 Funding Opportunities released:

  • Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program
  • Behavioral Health Science Award
  • Career Development Award – Fellow Option
  • Idea Award
  • Impact Award
  • Translational Team Science Award

Ovarian Cancer Research Program

  • Omics Consortium Award

Spinal Cord Injury Research Program

  • Clinical Trial Award
  • Translational Research Award
  • Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Junior Faculty Funding & Review Opportunities


CCTSI K to R (KTR) Transition Program Request for Applications

The K to R program is a pre-submission mock grant review process for faculty who are submitting their first R-level application. This CCTSI program provides the opportunity for anyone to submit their R-type grant proposals for internal review prior to submission to the NIH or other funding agency. Participants of this program will receive insight into the grant review process and help to improve the science and format of their applications thereby increasing their chances for success. The process requires internal submission of planned R application, or equivalent, approximately 6 weeks in advance of NIH deadlines. Core reviewers will then discuss the applications and provide verbal, as well as, written feedback for incorporation into the final proposal. Both the proposed PI and his or her mentor(s) are required to attend the mock study section where the grants are discussed. Specialty content reviewers will also participate in study sections on an "ad hoc" basis.

Who is eligible?

Participants must be planning to submit an R type application or equivalent. Acceptable grant types include RO1, RO3, R21, VA Merit, subspecialty type research applications (e.g. ADA, AHA, JDF, ATA). Candidates must also have a faculty appointment at a CCTSI affiliated institution.   

LOI Due: April 9

Application Due: April 23

NIH Deadline: June 5

For more information, please contact KTR Program Director: Maggie Wierman, MD

For uploading/format issues contact: Galit Mankin


CCTSI Pre K Grant Review Program

Assists postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty and their mentors in the writing of successful career development awards by providing a local pre-review of K applications (and their equivalents). Equivalent CDAs should meet the following criteria and include the RFA with the LOI/Application:

Protected time - budget should cover most, if not all, of the PI salary (at least 50% of effort).

Research support - budget should provide resources to perform the research.

Mentored proposal, with both a research plan and a training plan.

As a part of this program, mock grant reviews will be conducted on a rolling basis, corresponding with NIH deadlines, and will enable post-docs, fellows, new faculty, and others to take advantage of internal expertise in writing mentor letters, career development plans, and specific aims. This program is intended for grants that are being submitted in the current NIH cycle!

Please note: Grants that have already been reviewed by study section will be accepted to the PreK program only if the proposal has been revised in response to the critiques, and the summary statements and Introduction page are included with the submission.

Online Letter of Intent due: April 19, 2021

Full Proposal Due: May 3, 2021

Mock Study Section (attendance required)
May 20, 2021 from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

NIH Deadlines for K Awards: June 12

For questions contact: Galit Mankin

Special Announcements


The Movement Disorders Center Annual Research will be hosted on June 9, 2021 at 1:30 PM. All are invited to attend and/or apply to present research.

Submit your RSVP and/or apply to present.

Whether or not you can make it, please tell us about your movement research.

For additional information and any questions, contact Nicole Leith.

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