Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities provides a selection of the latest programs relevant to the CIDR community from a wide range of sponsors.

Note: NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards - FY2014 issued Feb 10, 2014

Internal - CUNY

Conference Presentation Support for PhD Students <pdf> (Graduate Center) (Deadline: on/after Feb. 4, 2014) Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
The 2013-2014 Conference Presentation Support fund will provide funds to Graduate Center doctoral students in Ph.D. programs (Audiology, Physical Therapy, Public Health, and Nursing not eligible) for travel to professional meetings and conferences to present invited papers and posters or to participate in scheduled sessions. The 2013-2014 Conference Presentation Support fund will provide more than 300 awards, to a maximum of $300 each. The grant may be used for travel, lodging, or other expenses related directly to research presentation or participation. Applicants may only apply for one conference in the academic year.

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships and Grants (Graduate Center) (Deadline: not listed; contact the Office of the Provost)
Dissertation Fellowships and awards are available on a highly competitive basis for advanced doctoral candidates who are close to completing their dissertations. Students who are at Level III may apply for a Dissertation Fellowship through a yearly competition. Many Dissertation Fellowships provide a Level III tuition scholarship. Award amounts vary between $5,000 and $22,000. Applications are available through the Office of the Provost.


Most NIH programs are subject to the Standard Due Dates (annually in Feb/Mar, Jun/Jul, and Oct/Nov) unless otherwise noted below.
Parent Announcements PA-13-302 (R01), PA-13-304 (R03), PA-13-303 (R21)
These programs support investigator-initiated or 'unsolicited' applications. Parent announcements are NIH-wide, but some NIH institutes may limit their participation, so check the announcement's statement of interest.
The Research Project Grant (R01) supports a discrete, specified, circumscribed project to be performed by the named investigator(s) in areas representing the specific interests and competencies of the investigator(s). The proposed project must be related to the programmatic interests of one or more of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) based on descriptions of their programs.
The Small Research Grant (R03) funding opportunity supports small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources. Types of projects include pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology.
The Exploratory/Developmental Grant (R21) supports the development of new research activities in categorical program areas. The R21 activity code is intended to encourage exploratory and developmental research projects by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of these projects. Studies may involve considerable risk but may lead to a breakthrough in a particular area, or to the development of novel techniques, agents, methodologies, models, or applications that could have a major impact on a field of biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research.

Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities PA-13-292 (R01), PA-13-288 (R21)
The purpose of this program is to encourage behavioral and social science research on the causes and solutions to health and disabilities disparities in the U. S. population. Health disparities between, on the one hand, racial/ethnic populations, lower socioeconomic classes, and rural residents and, on the other hand, the overall U.S. population are major public health concerns. Emphasis is placed on research in and among three broad areas of action: 1) public policy, 2) health care, and 3) disease/disability prevention. Particular attention is given to reducing “health gaps” among groups. Applications that utilize an interdisciplinary approach, investigate multiple levels of analysis, incorporate a life-course perspective, and/or employ innovative methods such as systems science or community-based participatory research are particularly encouraged.

Behavioral and Social Genomics of Aging: Opportunities in the Health and Retirement Study PA-11-318 (R01)
The purpose of this FOA is to encourage applications that will use the genotype data from the HRS for new and innovative research purposes. Phenotype data is accessible through an application to the HRS, while genotype data can be accessed through an application to dbGaP. Application instructions are available on the dbGaP website. Applications on the following topics encouraged; Population genetic studies of relevance to aging and aging phenotypes (e.g., population structure, influences of haplotypes on aging phenotypes); Use of the longitudinal data to optimize behavioral and social phenotypes and explore the role of genetic influence over time; The use of longitudinal data allows for different types of phenotypes to be examined; e.g., rate of change, variability over time; Use of genetic data to explore mechanisms linking social behavior and health outcomes; Investigation of the effects of previously identified “disease genes” in a normal population, including phenotype mining (aka reverse phenotyping) approaches; Studies of the role of social and environmental factors in modulating genetic effects on health and well being; Efforts to harmonize and pool data across studies to maximize power for association studies; Collaborations between HRS survey data and laboratory research to better identify behavioral and social phenotypes and to identify functionality of the gene(s) identified in association studies.

Chronic Condition Self-Management in Children and Adolescents PA-14-029 (R01), PA-14-030 (R21)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages research to improve self-management and quality of life in children and adolescents with chronic conditions. Managing a chronic condition is an unremitting responsibility for children and their families. Children with a chronic condition and their families have a long-term responsibility for self-management. This FOA encourages research that takes into consideration various factors that influence self-management such as individual differences, biological and psychological factors, family and sociocultural context, family-community dynamics, healthcare system factors, technological advances, and the role of the environment.

This FOA is restricted to studies of children and adolescents ages 8 to 21 with chronic conditions as children younger are less likely to manage their health conditions. Researchers can focus on any age group within this range but investigators must demonstrate that the approach is appropriate to developmental stage. Studies of chronic mental illness or serious cognitive disability are beyond the scope of this FOA.

Economics of Retirement PA-11-138 (R01), PA-11-139 (R03), PA-11-140 (R21)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages research on the economic and health-related factors that influence older persons’ choices on labor force participation as they near typical retirement age and throughout the later stages of life. The interaction of health, work, family status, and economic wellbeing is enormously complex, and the direction of causal effects among those factors is often unclear. Because of those complexities, the FOA especially encourages innovative approaches to (1) modeling the dynamic processes underlying labor force decisions over the life-cycle, and (2) enabling valid causal inference regarding the effects of economic and health factors on work decisions as well as the effects of work on health status. The FOA calls for analysis of secondary datasets, development of new datasets, observational and experimental analysis, cross-national comparisons; and quasi-experiments enabled by changes in public policy. Research that identifies disparities between population segments or emphasizes at-risk groups is encouraged.

Establishing Behavioral and Social Measures for Causal Pathway Research in Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Health PA-14-144 (R01), PA-14-143 (R21)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages the establishment of psychometrically-sound measures of specific behavioral or social phenomena that can be used to test causal hypotheses about behavioral and social contributors to dental, oral or craniofacial diseases. Measures can be developed de novo, or adapted from existing measures, e.g., those used in other fields or for different purposes. In either case, applications should include appropriate psychometric tests of the measure(s), and testing for acceptability of use with the target population. This announcement calls for the development of two types of measures: 1) measures of the health behaviors, social interactions, community characteristics, built environments, etc., targeted by behavioral or social interventions to improve oral health; and 2) measures of the hypothesized moderators and mediators of a behavioral or social intervention's effect.

Macroeconomic Aspects of Population Aging PAR-12-186 (R01) (Deadline: Oct 3, 2014)
This program invites research on the macroeconomics of aging - the impact of population aging on macroeconomic factors and how in turn macroeconomic factors impact health and well-being of populations. See FOA for suggested list of specific questions and topics of interest.

Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children PA-14-033 (R01), PA-14-034 (R21)
This initiative is designed to stimulate research that targets the reduction of health disparities among children. For purposes of this initiative, "health disparities" applies to children who have limited access to resources and privileges that impact their health. As such, this initiative includes a focus on ethnic and racial minority children and populations of underserved children to include: children from low literacy, rural and low-income populations, geographically isolated children, hearing and visually impaired children, physically or mentally disabled children, children of migrant workers, children from immigrant and refugee families, and language minority children. The NIH defines children as individuals 0-21 years of age. The primary purpose of this initiative, therefore, is to encourage intervention studies targeting one of the aforementioned groups. Rather than a singular approach, interventions using a multilevel approach (individual, health system, community, societal) are encouraged. In addition, basic studies designed to further delineate mechanisms/pathways of disparities that lead to the development of interventions are also encouraged. Specific targeted areas of research include biobehavioral studies that incorporate multiple factors that influence child health disparities such as biological (e.g., genetics, cellular, organ systems), lifestyle factors, environmental (physical and family environments) social (e.g. peers), economic, institutional, and cultural and family influences; studies that target the specific health promotion needs of children with a known illness and/or disability; and studies that test and evaluate the comparative effectiveness of health promotion interventions conducted in traditional and nontraditional settings. Strategic Plans on Reducing Health Disparities are located at: NINR, NIAAA <doc>, NIDCD.

Regional and International Differences in Health and Longevity at Older Ages PA-13-125 (R01), PA-13-123 (R03), PA-13-124 (R21)
The R01 program encourages applications proposing to advance knowledge on the reasons behind the divergent trends that have been observed in health and longevity at older ages, both across industrialized nations and across geographical areas in the United States. This FOA is intended to capitalize on provocative findings in the literature which have been insufficiently understood and addressed; capitalize on NIA’s investment in the development of cross-nationally comparable datasets that can be harnessed to study these research questions; these include the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), the English Longitudinal Study on Ageing (ELSA), the Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), and the Human Mortality Data Base. Applications proposing secondary analysis, new data collection, calibration of measures across studies, development of innovative survey measures, and linkages to administrative sources are encouraged.
The R03 grant mechanism supports discrete, well-defined projects that realistically can be completed in two years and require limited levels of funding. Examples of types of projects are: pilot or feasibility studies, secondary analysis of existing data, small, self-contained research projects, calibration of measures across studies, linkages to administrative data sources, and development of research methodology.
The R21 grant mechanism is intended to encourage new exploratory and developmental research projects. For example, such projects could pursue novel explanations for the divergent trends that have been observed in health and longevity at older ages; the unique and innovative use of an existing methodology to explore this question. These studies may involve considerable risk but may lead to a breakthrough in a particular area, or to the development of novel techniques, methodologies, models, or applications that could have a major impact on social and behavioral research. Proposed studies should break new ground or extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications. Projects of limited cost or scope that use widely accepted approaches and methods within well-established fields are better suited for the R03 small grant mechanism.

Systems Science and Health in the Behavioral and Social Sciences PAR-11-314 (R01), PAR-11-315 (R21)
These Funding Opportunity Announcemnts (FOAs) are intended to increase the breadth and scope of topics that can be addressed with systems science methodologies beyond those encouraged by existing open FOAs. These FOAs calls for research projects that are applied and/or basic in nature (including methodological and measurement development), have a human behavioral and/or social science focus, and feature systems science methodologies.
Systems science methodologies are specific methodological approaches that have been developed to understand connections between a systems structure and its behavior over time. “Systems science methodologies” is an umbrella term to refer to a variety of such methodologies including (but not limited to), agent-based modeling, microsimulation, system dynamics modeling, network analysis, discrete event analysis, Markov modeling, many operations research and engineering methods, and a variety of other modeling and simulation approaches.

Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy PAR-13-130 (R01), PAR-13-131 (R03), PAR-13-132 (R21)
The goal of this program announcement is to encourage methodological, intervention and dissemination research for understanding and promoting health literacy. Health literacy is defined as the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions (Ratzan and Parker, 2000). Researchers are strongly encouraged to review the illustrative examples of topics relevant to health literacy provided in the FOA, as well as the specific research interests of the participating organizations supporting this announcement. Applications should address health promotion, injury or disease prevention, environmental exposure reduction; treatment or management of injuries, diseases or health conditions, and/or the improvement of health or health care outcomes within specific populations (e.g., children, older adults, lower income or vulnerable and underserved populations). Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the relevant program administrator listed for this FOA, Section VII, Agency Contacts section.


Decision, Risk and Management Sciences (DRMS) PD 98-1321 Research (Deadlines: Jan 18 or Aug 18)
The Decision, Risk and Management Sciences program supports scientific research directed at increasing the understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, doctoral dissertation research, and workshops are funded in the areas of judgment and decision making; decision analysis and decision aids; risk analysis, perception, and communication; societal and public policy decision making; management science and organizational design. The program also supports small grants that are time-critical (Rapid Response Research - RAPID)and small grants that are high-risk and of a potentially transformative nature (EArly-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research - EAGER).

Economics Program PD 98-1320 (Deadlines: Jan 18 or Aug 18)
The Economics program supports research designed to improve the understanding of the processes and institutions of the U.S. economy and of the world system of which it is a part. This program also strengthens both empirical and theoretical economic analysis as well as the methods for rigorous research on economic behavior. It supports research in almost every area of economics, including econometrics, economic history, environmental economics, finance, industrial organization, international economics, labor economics, macroeconomics, mathematical economics, and public finance.

The Economics program welcomes proposals for individual or multi-investigator research projects, doctoral dissertation improvement awards, conferences, workshops, symposia, experimental research, data collection and dissemination, computer equipment and other instrumentation, and research experience for undergraduates. The program places a high priority on interdisciplinary research. Investigators are encouraged to submit proposals of joint interest to the Economics Program and other NSF programs and NSF initiative areas. The program places a high priority on broadening participation and encourages proposals from junior faculty, women, other underrepresented minorities, Research Undergraduate Institutions, and EPSCoR states.

The program also funds conferences and interdisciplinary research that strengthens links among economics and the other social and behavioral sciences as well as mathematics and statistics.

Sociology Program PD 98-1331 Research (Deadlines: Jan 15 or Aug 15), Dissertation (Deadlines: Feb 15 or Oct 15)
The Sociology Program supports basic research on all forms of human social organization -- societies, institutions, groups and demography -- and processes of individual and institutional change. The Program encourages theoretically focused empirical investigations aimed at improving the explanation of fundamental social processes. Included is research on organizations and organizational behavior, population dynamics, social movements, social groups, labor force participation, stratification and mobility, family, social networks, socialization, gender roles, and the sociology of science and technology. The Program supports both original data collections and secondary data analysis that use the full range of quantitative and qualitative methodological tools. Theoretically grounded projects that offer methodological innovations and improvements for data collection and analysis are also welcomed.

Science of Organizations (SoO) PD 11-8031 (Deadlines: Feb 2 or Sep 3)
The Science of Organizations (SoO) program funds basic research that yields a scientific evidence base for improving the design and emergence, development and deployment, and management and ultimate effectiveness of organizations of all kinds. SoO funds research that advances our fundamental understanding of how organizations develop, form and operate. Successful SoO research proposals use scientific methods to develop and refine theories, to empirically test theories and frameworks, and to develop new measures and methods. Funded research is aimed at yielding generalizable insights that are of value to the business practitioner, policy-maker and research communities. Any and all rigorous, scientific approaches that illuminate aspects of organizations as systems of coordination, management and governance are welcomed.

Science, Technology, and Society (STS) NSF 12-509 Research, Scholars Awards, Postdoctoral Fellowships, Doctoral Dissertation, or Conference and Workshop Support (Deadlines: Feb 1 or Aug 1)
The Science, Technology, and Society program (STS) considers proposals for scientific research into the interface between science (including engineering) or technology, and society. STS researchers use diverse methods including social science, historical, and philosophical methods. Successful proposals will be transferable (i.e., generate results that provide insights for other scientific contexts that are suitably similar). They will produce outcomes that address pertinent problems and issues at the interface of science, technology and society, such as those having to do with practices and assumptions, ethics, values, governance, and policy.


Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) RIDGE Center for National Studies 2014-2015 Small Grants Program Request for Proposals <pdf> (Notice of Intent Deadline:  April 18, 2014 / Proposal Deadline: May 2, 2014)
This national small grants program is intended to stimulate innovative research related to food assistance programs. The maximum award is $40,000. The award period is from July 1, 2014, to December 31, 2015. The research theme is: The Impacts of Food Assistance Programs on Food Security, Consumption Patterns, Food Choices, Nutritional Outcomes, and Other Diet-Related Health Outcomes.

NBER Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in Disability Policy Research (Proposal Deadline: April 30, 2014)
To encourage research on the economics of labor market activity by older workers, the NBER, with the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is sponsoring a program of dissertation fellowships for doctoral students in economics. Fellows will be selected based on the panel's assessment of their potential to make an important contribution to our understanding of work behavior at older ages.

The subject matter for fellowship research can be any labor market issue that affects older workers, such as the determinant of work and retirement behavior of this group, the role of public policies or workplace attributes in facilitating or discouraging work, age discrimination, or the economic impact of older workers on workplace productivity or broader economic aggregates.

The fellowships will be awarded for a two-year period, with a review at the end of the first year and the second year award conditional on satisfactory progress in the first year. Four fellowships will be awarded for the academic year 2014-2015. Each fellowship will provide a stipend of $25,000, and will cover the fellow's tuition at his or her home institution, up to a limit of $12,000 for the academic year.

SRDC-PCRD RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies 2014-2015 Small Grants Program Request for Proposals <pdf> (Proposal Deadline: May 8, 2014)
This national small grants program seeks to invest in innovative social sciences-based research that explores the food and nutrition assistance challenges of rural people and places. The maximum award is $35,000. The award period is from August 1, 2014, to December 31, 2015.

SRDC-PCRD RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies Dissertation Grants Program Call for Dissertation Research Proposals <pdf> (Proposal Deadline: May 15, 2014)
This grant program is intended to invest in graduate students attending universities in the U.S. who are pursuing doctoral research in areas that closely align with the research priorities of the RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies. The maximum award is $17,500.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Economic Performance and Quality of Life (Application Deadline: Open)
This program supports research on the structure, behavior, and performance of the U.S. economy with the goal of providing objective and nonpartisan insights that can inform and strengthen critical decisions facing leaders, policymakers, and the public. Grantmaking is divided into four thematic sub-programs:
- Economic Implications of the Great Recession
- Behavioral Economics and Household Finance
- Economic Analysis of Science and Technology
- Empirical Economic Research Enablers
The Foundation encourages projects by multidisciplinary teams where appropriate.
Interested researchers with a relevant project idea should email a one page letter of inquiry to Daniel Goroff, VP and Program Director or Gail Pesyna, VP for Human Resources and Program Management. When submitting a letter of inquiry to the program, please indicate which sub-program best fits your research project. Before submitting a letter of inquiry, please review the Foundation's guidelines on what we do not fund.

Please contact Peh Hsia regarding any planned submissions or if you require any assistance with funding searches or sponsor guidelines.

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