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Request for Proposals: California Table Grape Commission 2015-16 Health Research Grant Program

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Request for Proposals: California Table Grape Commission 2015-16 Health Research Grant Program

This year we will be reviewing Letters of Intent for $30,000 grants that may be applied toward any relevant health issue in which grape consumption may have a beneficial impact.

The major goal of this program is to fund studies that examine the potential health benefits of grape consumption. To facilitate such studies, the California Table Grape Commission developed a freeze-dried grape powder made from fresh California table grapes, which is to be used for work funded by this grant program. It is not an extract. The powder is a composite of seeded and seedless red, green and black California grapes. As with fresh grapes, the powder is known to contain simple phenolics, resveratrol, flavans (including catechins), flavonols (including quercetin), and anthocyanins.

Once again, we are soliciting Letters of Intent first. Following the review of submitted Letters of Intent, finalists will be invited to submit a complete proposal to the commission. Please note: Letters of Intent must be submitted electronically, in a single pdf file.

Deadline for submission of Letters of Intent is Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST).

For the Letter of Intent Guidelines please visit www.grapesfromcalifornia.com/healthresearchgrants.php.

Gerber Foundation Grant Program

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Gerber Foundation Grant Program

The Gerber Foundation’s mission focuses on the nutrition, care and development of infants and young children. Therefore, grant-making interests are focused on health and/or nutrition-related research having a significant impact on issues facing infants and young children from the first year before birth to age 3.

The Foundation is particularly interested in fresh approaches to solving newborn or pediatric problems or emerging issues with a predictable time frame to clinical application. Projects should be focused on issues faced by care providers that, when implemented, will improve the health, nutrition and/or developmental outcomes for infants and young children. Projects may include:

• Etiologic mechanisms of disease

• New, improved or less invasive diagnostic procedures

• Reduction or elimination of side effects

• Alleviation of symptoms

• New, improved or less invasive therapies, care, or treatments

• Dosage or dosing requirements or mechanisms for drugs, nutrient supplementation or other therapeutic measures (under or overdosing)

• Preventative measures

Competitive requests will be focused in a way to achieve measurable outcomes that could result in systemic practice changes within a reasonable period of time.

The Foundation gives priority to projects of national or regional impact. Foundation support is not typically ongoing. Project outcomes should be of sufficient impact, if successful, to generate long-term support from other sources.

When To Apply

For the May grant round, concept papers should be submitted by December 1. If accepted, full proposals are due February 15.

For the November grant round, concept papers should be submitted by June 1. If accepted, full proposals are due August 15. 

If due dates fall on a weekend, the papers or proposals are due the next business day.

Gerber Foundation Grant Program

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Gerber Foundation Grant Program

The Gerber Foundation’s mission focuses on the nutrition, care and development of infants and young children. Therefore, grant-making interests are focused on health and/or nutrition-related research having a significant impact on issues facing infants and young children from the first year before birth to age 3.

The Foundation is particularly interested in fresh approaches to solving newborn or pediatric problems or emerging issues with a predictable time frame to clinical application. Projects should be focused on issues faced by care providers that, when implemented, will improve the health, nutrition and/or developmental outcomes for infants and young children. Projects may include:

• Etiologic mechanisms of disease

• New, improved or less invasive diagnostic procedures

• Reduction or elimination of side effects

• Alleviation of symptoms

• New, improved or less invasive therapies, care, or treatments

• Dosage or dosing requirements or mechanisms for drugs, nutrient supplementation or other therapeutic measures (under or overdosing)

• Preventative measures

Competitive requests will be focused in a way to achieve measurable outcomes that could result in systemic practice changes within a reasonable period of time.

The Foundation gives priority to projects of national or regional impact. Foundation support is not typically ongoing. Project outcomes should be of sufficient impact, if successful, to generate long-term support from other sources.

When To Apply

For the May grant round, concept papers should be submitted by December 1. If accepted, full proposals are due February 15.

For the November grant round, concept papers should be submitted by June 1. If accepted, full proposals are due August 15.  

If due dates fall on a weekend, the papers or proposals are due the next business day.

Glenn/American Federation for Aging Research Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging

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Glenn/American Federation for Aging Research Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging

The deadline for applications for the 2015 awards is January 15, 2015.

It is a well-known fact that America’s population is aging dramatically – it is estimated that 20% of the population will be 65 years of age and older by 2030.  This aging population poses unique scientific and medical challenges that must be met if people are to live long, healthy, and productive lives.  Significant research findings in the biology of aging can lead to advances that help people live longer and healthier lives.

In order to continue to attract new generations of talented investigators, the Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging have been established.  The program is designed to give students enrolled in MD, DO, PhD, or combined-degree programs the opportunity to conduct a three-to-six-month research project focused on biomedical research in aging.  The program aims to give students the chance to learn more about the field of aging research, as well as increase their understanding of the challenges involved in improving the quality of life for older people.

The Program

Up to ten scholarships will be awarded in 2015.  They will enable PhD, MD, and DO candidates at any level to undertake a three-to-six-month research project on a subject related to the basic sciences and aging.  Students are encouraged to make their proposals as focused as possible – the strongest projects are those that focus on a particular subject area.  Clinical, epidemiology, health services, and outcome projects will not be considered.  Examples of promising areas of research include, but are not limited to:

• Aging and immune function

• Stem Cell Aging

• Inflammation

• Genetic Control of longevity

• Neurobiology and neuropathology of aging

• Invertebrate or vertebrate animal models

• Cardiovascular aging

• Aging and cellular stress response

• Metabolic and endocrine changes

• Age-related changes in cell proliferation

• Caloric restriction and aging

• DNA repair and control of gene expression

• Biology of the menopause

• Aging and apoptosis

• Biodemographic analysis of aging

• Comparative gerontology

• Evolutionary biological aspects of the biology of aging

• Macular degeneration

• Regenerative biology

• RNA control of gene expression in relation to age-related diseases

The research project must be carried out under the supervision of a faculty mentor.  It may be carried out in any not-for-profit setting, such as universities, medical schools, hospitals, or non-government agencies.  Applicants who also receive NIH, NSF or DOD stipend support are eligible to receive the Glenn/AFAR Scholarship. However, recipients cannot hold any other awards or scholarships concurrently with the Glenn/AFAR Scholarship.  Each scholarship is $5,000.  No indirect costs or overhead are allowed.  Pending available funds, award recipients will be invited to attend the 2016 AFAR Grantee Conference.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be MD, DO, PhD, or combined degree students in good standing at a not-for-profit institution in the United States.  If accepted, applicants will be asked to submit a Proof of Enrollment form confirming their enrollment at a U.S. institution.  Applicants may not hold another award or participate in another scholarship program concurrently with the Glenn/AFAR Scholarship.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated by an AFAR Scientific Committee on the basis of:

• The qualifications and ability of the applicant, as demonstrated by academic performance, statement of purpose, and letter of reference

• The merit and feasibility of the proposed research project and its relevance to aging

• The qualifications of the designated mentor, his or her endorsement of the research project, assurance of active supervision, and demonstrated commitment to aging research and to the student

• Likelihood that the project will advance the applicant’s interest and career in aging research

• Quality of the research environment

Application Procedures

The deadline for receipt of all applications and supporting materials is January 15, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. EST. 

Applicants will be notified on funding decisions or around April 30, 2015. If funded, the project start date must be before December 31, 2015.

Reporting Requirements

The Scholarship recipients will be required to submit a full report detailing their research methods and findings within 90 days of completing the research projects.  Similarly, the mentor will be required to provide an evaluation of the student’s performance and impressions of the impact of the program on the student’s career.  Instructions on how to format and submit these reports can be found here.

Annual Meeting

The award recipients are expected to attend the AFAR Grantee Conference which convenes AFAR grant recipients and leaders in the field to review and disseminate the research progress and findings of the grantees.  The meeting encourages networking, facilitates collaboration, and enhances the development of leadership.

American Federation for Aging Research Research Grants for Junior Faculty

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American Federation for Aging Research Research Grants for Junior Faculty

Deadline: December 15, 2014

AFAR provides up to $100,000 for a one- to two-year award to junior faculty (M.D.s and Ph.D.s) to conduct research that will serve as the basis for longer term research efforts. AFAR-supported investigators study a broad range of biomedical and clinical topics including the causes of cellular senescence, the role of estrogen in the development of osteoporosis, the genetic factors associated with Alzheimer's disease, the effects of nutrition and exercise on the aging process, and much more. Since 1981, over 690 AFAR Research Grants have been awarded.

The Program

The major goal of this program is to assist in the development of the careers of junior investigators committed to pursuing careers in the field of aging research. AFAR supports research projects concerned with understanding the basic mechanisms of aging. Projects investigating age-related diseases are also supported, especially if approached from the point of view of how basic aging processes may lead to these outcomes. Projects concerning mechanisms underlying common geriatric functional disorders are also encouraged, as long as these include connections to fundamental problems in the biology of aging. Projects that deal strictly with clinical problems such as the diagnosis and treatment of disease, health outcomes, or the social context of aging are not eligible.

Examples of potentially fundable areas of research include, but are not limited to:

Aging and immune function

Stem cell aging

Inflammation

Genetic control of longevity

Neurobiology and neuropathology of aging*

Mechanisms of dementia*

Invertebrate or vertebrate animal models

Cardiovascular aging

Aging and cellular stress response

Metabolic and endocrine changes

Age-related changes in cell proliferation

Caloric restriction and aging

DNA repair and control of gene expression

Biology of the menopause

Aging and apoptosis

Biodemographic analysis of aging

Comparative gerontology

Evolutionary biological aspects of the biology of aging

*Applicants proposing a project in Alzheimer's Disease or healthy brain aging research should apply for the New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease. Applicants proposing other dementia-related research should apply for the AFAR Research grant.

It is anticipated that approximately 10 grants of up to $100,000 each will be awarded in 2015. Applicants may propose to use the award over the course of one or two years as justified by the proposed research. Up to 8% of funds may be budgeted for overhead or indirect costs (not to exceed $7,407). Funding will begin July 1, 2015.

Eligibility

The applicant must be an independent investigator with independent research space as described in a form completed by the Dean or Department Chair, and must be no more than 10 years beyond start of postdoctoral research training as of July 1, 2015. Exceptions to the ten year rule may be requested for unusual circumstances by emailing an NIH-style biosketch to AFAR at grants@afar.org at least one week prior to the deadline date.

The AFAR Research Grant for Junior Faculty Program does not provide support for:

Postdoctoral fellows in the laboratory of a senior investigator

Investigators who have received major extramural funding for research in any area (such as an R01 or NSF equivalent grant) prior to and including the start date of this award

Senior faculty, i.e. at the rank of Associate Professor level or higher

Former AFAR Research Grant for Junior Faculty recipients

NIH Intramural program employees

Applicants for the 2015 Glenn/AFAR Breakthrough in Gerontology (BIG) award

Applicants who are conducting research at a for-profit institution, or at an institution outside of the United States

Application Guidelines

Four criteria are used to determine the merit of an application:

Qualifications of the applicant;

Quality of the proposed research;

Excellence of the research environment;

Likelihood that the project will advance the applicant's career in aging research.

Application Procedures

The deadline for receipt of all Letters of Intent is December 15, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Please refer to the AFAR  LOI instructions. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.  All Letters of Intent and Institutional Commitment forms must be submitted through the website www.afar.org/grants/.  The Letters of Intent will be reviewed by a committee.  Applicants will be notified by January 31, 2015, and a subset of applicants will be invited to submit a full application by March 18, 2015.

All LOI candidates who are invited to submit applications must have it endorsed by their institution. Final awards are announced by early June. The award start date is July 1, 2015. AFAR will not provide reviewer critiques to any applicants at any review level.

Reporting Requirements

Investigators will be required to submit a brief narrative report on the progress of their research five months after the start date of the award. Final narrative and financial reports are required within three months following the end date of the award.

Annual Meeting

The award recipients are expected to attend the AFAR Grantee Conference which convenes AFAR grant recipients, mentors and leaders in the field to review and disseminate the research progress of the grantees and their findings. The meeting encourages networking, facilitates collaborations, and enhances the development of leadership.

New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease

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New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease

Deadline: December 15, 2014

Funded by The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, the major goal of this partnership program is to support important research in areas in which more scientific investigation is needed to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Alzheimer's disease. The program also serves to encourage junior investigators in the United States and Israel to pursue research and academic careers in the neurosciences, and Alzheimer's disease in particular.

Projects in basic and translational research related to Alzheimer's disease (AD) that are clinically relevant, will be considered. For one of the awards, priority may be given to an investigator with a research project that has high translational potential.

Examples of promising areas of research include, but are not limited to:

Genetic and environmental risk/protective factors

Cellular and molecular pathways

Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular factors

Neuro-inflammation

Neuroimaging and other biomarkers

Cellular, animal and in silico models

Diagnostic and prognostic markers

Exercise, nutrition, and dietary factors

Drug discovery  and other therapeutics

In addition, proposals will be accepted that relate to the basic mechanisms of central nervous system (CNS) aging, such as:

Learning and memory

The biology and pathobiology of synapses

Neurogenesis, neural and glial progenitors

It is anticipated that up to 3 grants of $100,000 each will be awarded in 2015. Applicants may propose to use the award over the course of one or two years as justified by the proposed research. Up to 8% of funds may be budgeted for overhead or indirect costs (not to exceed $7,407). Funding will begin July 1, 2015.

Eligibility

The applicant must be an independent investigator with independent research space as described in a form completed by the Dean or Department Chair, and must be no more than 10 years beyond start of postdoctoral research training as of July 1, 2015. Exceptions to the ten year rule may be requested for unusual circumstances by emailing an NIH-style biosketch to AFAR at grants@afar.org at least one week prior to the submission deadline. The proposed research must be conducted at any type of not-for-profit setting in the United States or Israel.

The New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease do not provide support for:

Postdoctoral fellows in the laboratory of a senior investigator

Investigators who have already received major extramural funding (such as an R01 or NSF equivalent grant) prior to and up until the start date of the award

Senior faculty, i.e. at the rank of Associate Professor level or higher

NIH Intramural program employees

Applicants who are conducting research at a for-profit institution, or at an institution outside of the United States or Israel

Applicants cannot apply for the 2015 AFAR Research Grant for Junior Faculty or the 2015 Glenn/AFAR BIG Program. Applications for this program will be considered for the AFAR Research Grant for Junior Faculty if deemed competitive.

Application Guidelines

Five criteria are used to determine the merit of an application:

Qualifications of the applicant;

Quality of the proposed research;

Relevance of the proposal to how mechanisms of aging may lead to AD or encourage healthy brain aging;

Excellence of the research environment;

Likelihood that the project will advance the applicant's career in Alzheimer's Disease

For one of the awards, priority may be given to an investigator with a research project that has great translational potential provided the application is deemed to meet the highest standards set by AFAR's Review Committee.

If you are using animals in your research, please review Principles of Animal Use for Gerontological Research.

Application Procedures

The deadline for receipt of all Letters of Intent is December 15, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Please refer to the New Investigator LOI instructions. Incomplete LOIs cannot be considered.  All Letters of Intent and Institutional Commitment Forms must be submitted through the website www.afar.org/grants.  The Letters of Intent will be reviewed by a committee.  Applicants will be notified by January 31, 2015, and a subset of applicants will be invited to submit a full application by March 18, 2015.

All LOI candidates who are invited to submit applications must have it endorsed by their institution. Final awards are announced by early June. The award start date is July 1, 2015. AFAR will not provide reviewer critiques to any applicants at any review level.

Reporting Requirements

Investigators will be required to submit a brief narrative report on the progress of their research five months after the start date of the award. Final narrative and financial reports are required within three months following the end date of the award.

Annual Meeting

The award recipients are expected to attend the AFAR Grantee Conference which convenes AFAR grant recipients, mentors and leaders in the field to review and disseminate the research progress of the grantees and their findings. The meeting encourages networking, facilitates collaborations, and enhances the development of leadership. In addition, grant recipients of the New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's are expected to attend a special session at the grantee conference.

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