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The goal of the Parkinson’s Foundation Research Centers is to provide funding for innovative teams of scientists working on a thematic area of Parkinson’s disease. The Foundation is interested in proposals that tackle critical issues or problems that are impeding progress in the field of PD research.

Amount: $2,000,000

Deadline: Dec. 1, 2021 (LOI); March 21, 2022 (full application)

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UGA research labs have reported issues with deliveries of liquid nitrogen (LN2) from Airgas, the State of Georgia’s mandatory supplier. Today Airgas informed UGA that they are experiencing shortages of 230L containers as well as labor challenges. While Airgas is low on 230L liquid nitrogen cylinders, they have a surplus of 180L cylinders. Airgas is working to resolve both of these issues. In the meantime:

Consider ordering 180L cylinders: Please consider temporarily ordering 180L cylinders of LN2 rather than 230L cylinders. This will help to balance supply and demand and expedite deliveries. In UGAmart, you can use the search term “liquid nitrogen” in the Airgas punchout to view various quantities and grades of LN2. A short video on the LN2 purchasing process is available here.

Be aware of emergency backup options: UGA’s Central Research Stores will continue to maintain emergency stock of LN2 to ensure that our researchers are protected in the event of delayed deliveries. In UGAmart, you will see a section at the top for “UGA Internal Stores & Forms.” UGA Central Research Stores (CRS) is listed as a punchout option, and they can provide emergency stock of LN2 in 10-liter increments. If you have a same-day emergency, please call the CRS warehouse at 706-542-2411.

Thank you for your partnership and collaboration as we work to resolve these issues.

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The Biodiversity on a Changing Planet program is a cross directorate and international program led by NSF that invites submission of interdisciplinary proposals addressing grand challenges in biodiversity science within the context of unprecedented environmental change. The program supports a comprehensive and integrative approach to understanding planetary biodiversity from a functional perspective, and it encourages the use of new technology and team science approaches. Research supported by this program will improve modeling and forecasting of the consequences of functional change in biodiversity in response to environmental change.

Amount: $2,500,000

Deadline: March 25, 2022

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The purpose of this NOFO is to support research to improve national capacity to address the growing problem of vector-borne diseases (VBDs) via continued support for regional Centers of Excellence (COE) for Vector-Borne Diseases. The primary focus of each individual COE should be on the regionally most important arthropod vectors, particularly ticks and mosquitoes, and their associated human disease agents. Applications should include a strong focus on ticks and tickborne disease agents, if relevant to the applicant’s geographic region.

Amount: $10,000,000

Deadline: Dec. 17, 2021 (LOI); Jan. 18, 2022 (full application)

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As I’ve spoken with individuals and read survey input, I note that research infrastructure concerns are uniformly on the radar of most. Research is housed under the umbrella of the Office of Academic Affairs and Provost, while facilities is housed under the Office of the President, so conversations about research infrastructure are complex and require many important perspectives.

To this end, I’m pleased to announce the launch of the FMD-Research Working Group to address these issues. The group will solicit feedback from campus; develop a list of issues and opportunities with respect to research infrastructure, brainstorm solutions and prioritize action items; consider best practices and processes for planning and repairing infrastructure, and strategize ways of improving communications (for example, FMD to PIs, FMD to research leadership, PIs to research leadership, etc.).

The group’s recommendations will be shared with me and provided to the Provost and the Vice President for Finance and Administration for consideration.

In short, the working group will be asked to offer defined ways that we, as a campus, can work collaboratively in positive, forward-thinking fashion to support research and innovation as we address our many challenges. There will be ample opportunities for input from you, the research community.

Working Group members are:

  • Rob Clark (co-lead), Director of Operations, Maintenance and Projects, Facilities Management Division
  • Michelle Momany (co-lead), Associate Dean; Professor of Fungal Biology, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
  • Michael Bartlett, Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Pharmacy; Associate Dean for Science Education, Research and Technology, College of Pharmacy
  • Carl Bergmann, Associate Vice President for Research Facilities; Associate Director, CCRC; Executive Director, Animal Health Research Center
  • Krista Coleman-Silvers, Assistant Vice President for Facilities & Administration and Director of Space Planning and Management
  • Chas Easley, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Science; Graduate Program Coordinator, College of Public Health
  • Melanie Ford, Director of Construction, Office of University Architects for Facilities Planning
  • Sharron Quisenberry, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty and Graduate Affairs; Director of the Veterinary Medical Experiment Station, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Bob Stougaard, Assistant Dean for Research, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

A group of individuals, with collective expertise in budget and finance, communications and marketing, and development and fund raising will serve as resource experts as necessary.

Please join me in thanking all members of the working group for their commitment of time and energy. Watch for opportunities to contribute to this important and exciting discussion.

Karen J. L. Burg
Vice President for Research
Harbor Lights Chair in Biomedical Research

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NSF’s Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Big Idea is a national-scale activity to enable new modes of data-driven discovery that will allow fundamental questions to be asked and answered at the frontiers of science and engineering. Through this NSF-wide activity, HDR will generate new knowledge and understanding, and accelerate discovery and innovation. The HDR vision is realized through an interrelated set of efforts in foundations of data science; algorithms and systems for data science; data-intensive science and engineering; data cyberinfrastructure; and education and workforce development. Each of these efforts is designed to amplify the intrinsically multidisciplinary nature of the emerging field of data science. The HDR Big Idea will establish theoretical, technical and ethical frameworks that will be applied to tackle data-intensive problems in science and engineering, contributing to data-driven decision making that impacts society.

Amount: $10,000,000

Deadline: Nov. 16, 2021 (LOI); Jan. 18, 2022 (full application)

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The Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Community Research Infrastructure (CCRI) program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating divisions—Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF), Computer and Network Systems (CNS), and Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS)—by funding the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure. This research infrastructure will specifically support diverse communities of CISE researchers pursuing focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering.

Amount: Up to $5,000,000

Deadline: Jan. 11, 2022 and June 23, 2022

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The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to support research that will advance the understanding of how the microbiome affects radiation injury and to develop medical countermeasures (MCMs) that target the microbiome to prevent or mitigate radiation injury.

Amount: $2,642,500

Deadline: Feb. 9, 2022

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This program supports proposals that: (1) build upon the foundation established by MBON, ATN and the US IOOS Regional Associations to work across sectors and disciplines towards an integrated, sustained marine life observing capability for the U.S. ocean, coasts and Great Lakes, from estuaries to the deep ocean; (2) advance technologies for efficient and/or automated collection of species and associated habitat observations; (3) enable open access to biodiversity data and information; and (4) utilize these observations, technologies, and data to address place-based management, conservation and restoration needs.

Amount: $2,500,000

Deadline: Dec. 17, 2021

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The purpose of the Funding Opportunity Announcement is to support research that employs systems biology approaches to human pathogens. The approach will generate and integrate large datasets into models that guide in vitro, in vivo and clinical studies, with the goals of predicting disease severity, predicting responses to vaccines and therapeutics, and identifying candidate targets for interventions.

Amount: $11,325,000

Deadline: Dec. 14, 2021 (LOI); Jan. 14, 2022 (full application)

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