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The ORAU Events Sponsorship Program offers up to $4000  to support events that involve participants from more than one ORAU institution.

For a list of Oak Ridge Association of University (ORAU) consortium schools see:

Typical events might include visits to an ORAU institution by a renowned speaker, conferences or workshops with a focused theme, or a technology transfer/business plan competition.

 Criteria for decisions to award Event Sponsorship grants include:

  • Potential engagement of others, especially students
  • Probability of a long-term collaboration
  • New or enhanced collaboration (proposed partners to an identified opportunity, a white paper in anticipation of future funding, or a publication as a result of data collected during the event.

 How to Apply:

  • Contact Jeanne Cochran ( in OVPR for the Microsoft Word application form.
  • Applications must be returned to Jeanne Cochran by 5:00 pm on Sunday, March 1, 2015 (late applications will not be accepted).  Applications may not be submitted directly to ORAU.





CDC and UGA investigators are invited to submit proposals for seed funding in support of collaborative research infectious diseases. Letters of intent are due August 22, 2014.

Investigators must be either a full-time CDC employee or a tenured / tenure-track UGA faculty and member of the UGA Faculty of Infectious Diseases.

Successful proposals responsive to the CDC/UGA guidelines for seed award funding will have collaborative, interdisciplinary infectious disease research in at least two of the three following broad priority areas: i. public health (e.g., infectious diseases, biostatistics and modeling, surveillance and epidemiology, diagnostics and clinical/public health laboratory science or practice, and environmental health); ii. veterinary medicine (e.g., wildlife, companion animals, surveillance, risk analysis, disease detection and prevention, and human interface); iii. ecological science (e.g., climate change, entomology, spatial analysis, mathematical and environmental modeling, environmental exposures/conditions, informatics, and infectious disease ecology)

Up to three seed awards will be funded. The maximum award amount is $50,000 per project year ($25,000 for each institution) for one- or two-year durations. Seed proposals should approach existing problems from a new perspective and/or use new avenues of investigation.

It is strongly encouraged that proposals should align where possible with CDC Winnable Battles, which is a CDC initiative addressing public health priorities with large-scale impact on health and with known, effective strategies to address them. Proposals should be based on a rational hypothesis derived from critical review and analysis of the literature and/or logical reasoning and should demonstrate a collaborative relationship between UGA and CDC research scientists.

Letter of Intent: Due August 22, 2014. 

Full proposals: Due September 1, 2014. 

See UGA CDC Call for Proposals 2014 for complete details.


NIH’s Center for Scientific Review (CSR) has launched two America COMPETES Act challenges to help identify new methods to detect bias in peer review and strategies to strengthen fairness and impartiality in peer review.
NIH will award a first place ($10,000) and a second place ($5,000) prize in both competitions. The contests close June 30, 2014, and winners will be announced September 2.  Details on the rules and submission procedures for these two challenges are on the CSR Challenge website.

In addition to the competition, a complementary set of initiatives will allow NIH to look at the problem from multiple angles.

Read more from NIH Office of Extramural Research.


A decision by the University of Georgia to invest $300,000 in its faculty could pay dividends for years to come through increased grant support and research advances in human health, education and other fields.

Six proposals have been funded through the university’s new Interdisciplinary Proposal Development program, which provides cross-disciplinary teams of faculty with seed money that allows them to generate preliminary data that can give them a competitive edge as they apply for grants from federal agencies and private foundations.

“This program is another indication of the University of Georgia’s commitment to giving its faculty the resources they need to succeed,” said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and the proposals we received were so promising that we increased this year’s funding pool from $200,000 to $300,000.”

Vice President for Research David Lee, whose office administers the program, noted that faculty representing nearly every school and college submitted a total of 50 proposals.

“We have been promoting interdisciplinary collaborations for some time now, knowing that these are high on the priority list for federal agencies that fund university research,” Lee said. “Now, this IPD program gives us an important tool with which to help faculty jumpstart interdisciplinary programs.”

The six proposals selected for funding, along with their investigators and targeted agency for external grant submission, are:

  • Understanding the relationship between maternal obesity, prenatal development, infant growth, and childhood obesity risk; principal investigator Lynn Bailey, professor and head of the department of foods and nutrition, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, with co-principal investigators Leann Birch, foods and nutrition; Richard Meagher, genetics; Stephen Rathbun, epidemiology and biostatistics; Alex Anderson, foods and nutrition; Hea Jin Park, foods and nutrition; Dorothy Hausman; foods and nutrition. Targeted agency: National Institute of Child Health and Development.;
  • Developing RoboSTEM, a collection of open educational resources to help elementary school teachers teach STEM subjects through robotics and design-based learning; principal investigator ChanMin Kim, assistant professor, College of Education; National Science Foundation; with co-PIs Prashant Doshi, computer science; Roger Hill, career and information studies.
  • Developing new animal models for studying tuberculosis infection and transmission, potentially leading to new vaccine development; principal investigator Fred Quinn, professor and head of the department of infectious diseases, College of Veterinary Medicine; National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture; with co-PIs Biao He, Vanessa Ezenwa, Russ Karls, Tuhina Gupta, Mark Tompkins, Balazs Rada, infectious diseases; Christopher Whalen, epidemiology and biostatistics; Kaori Sakamoto, pathology; Steve Harvey, population health.
  • Creating a research and risk-assessment network focused on the challenges of sustainability in the coastal zone; principal investigator Clifton Brock Woodson, assistant professor, College of Engineering; National Science Foundation; with co-PIs Jenna Jambeck, Jason Christian, Luke Li, engineering; Samantha Joye, Christof Meile, Renato Castelao, marine sciences; William Savidge, Catherine Edwards and Aron Stubbins, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.
  • Examining the combined effect of obesity and sleep apnea on gene expression networks that affect cardiovascular disease risk factors; principal investigator Bradley Phillips, professor and head of the department of clinical and administrative pharmacy, College of Pharmacy; National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; with co-PIs Richard Meagher, Jonathan Arnold, genetics; Clifton Baile, foods and nutrition.
  • Examining the history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade in the 17th to 19th century; principal investigator Nicholas Allen, Franklin Professor of English and director of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts; National Endowment for the Humanities; with co-PIs Valerie Babb, African American studies; Stephen Berry, Ben Ehlers, Claudio Saunt, history; David Holcomb, Carl Vinson Institute of Government; Toby Graham, University Libraries.

The proposals were reviewed by a group of faculty and administrators jointly assembled by the provost and vice president for research and judged on the basis of their competitiveness for the indicated funding opportunity. Maximum awards through the IPD program are $75,000, but typical awards are at or below $50,000. In accepting IPD awards, teams commit to submitting a grant proposal for the identified external funding opportunity by the agency deadline. Recipients will be supported by the GrantSMART team, which was established by the Office of the Vice President for Research in 2013 to assist faculty in assembling complex, multi-investigator and multi-institution proposals.


Owing to the unexpected volume, the March 2014 review of Interdisciplinary Proposal Development applications has taken longer than expected.  Winners will be announced on or about 1 May 2014.

The explicit goal of the Interdisciplinary Proposal Development (IPD) program is to support cross-disciplinary teams of faculty, perhaps with partners from other research institutions, government or private sector, in their efforts to prepare competitive proposals for grand challenge-type multi-investigator/multi-institution grants. These grants are jointly sponsored by Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Research.


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Research Announcements now includes links to a database of funding opportunities issued by government agencies in the last seven days.

Find Funding, located in the top right corner of the Research Announcements web page, includes links to the ITECS funding database listing funding opportunities from Air Force,  Army, DARPA,  DHS,  DoD,  DOE, DOT,  HHS, IARPA, NASA,  NIH, and NSF.

New opportunities are added to these links daily.

The Find Funding section also includes links to a list of other external funding resources and a link to Pivot, a subscription database of more than 25,000 funding opportunities from numerous sponsors across all disciplines. Users can create custom email funding alerts based on the their own criteria. Identified funding opportunities can be shared with targeted individuals and with groups, saved and tracked.





After 15 years of funding basic biomedical research and supporting over 600 New and Senior Scholars in Aging, Global Infectious Disease, and Neuroscience, the governing Board of Directors of the Ellison Medical Foundation has decided to establish a new direction for the Foundation’s activities and to discontinue funding these programs. Accordingly, the Foundation will no longer be accepting new applications for New and Senior Scholar awards in Aging, Neuroscience, or other biomedical research topics.

All currently funded awards will continue to be honored under all the terms and conditions established in the original award agreement between the grantee institution and the Ellison Medical Foundation, but no new applications or letters of intent will be accepted for these or other grant programs.