Of potential interest – Schmidt Ocean Institute – Call For Expressions of Interest

Just got this:

Dear Colleague:
We are pleased to announce that Schmidt Ocean Institute and Marine Science & Technology Foundation have opened calls for Expressions of Interest in collaborative oceanographic research and technology development. Further details and submission guidelines are available at the following links:

Schmidt Ocean Institute – Expressions of Interest in collaborative research cruises on R/V Falkor in 2016

Marine Science & Technology Foundation – Expressions of Interest in collaborative oceanographic research and development.

Please feel free to forward this information to any your interested colleagues.

Thank you.

Sloan Research Fellowships in Ocean Sciences

Sloan Research Fellowships in Ocean Sciences

Just received this …

Dear colleague,

As a long-time consultant to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, I am reaching out to you today with the hope that you will join us in identifying the next class of remarkable scholars studying the Earth’s oceans. I am hopeful you will share this email and information about the Sloan Research Fellowships in Ocean Sciences with senior leaders at the science programs you support and others at the Moore Foundation.

The Alfred P. Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Sloan Research Fellowships. The Sloan Research Fellowships in Ocean Sciences, now in their third year, encompass ocean-related disciplines as diverse as microbiology and zoology, chemistry and Earth science. To be considered, the online nomination and submission process must be completed no later than September 16, 2013. To begin the online nomination and submission process, visit http://www.sloan.org/sloan-research-fellowships/apply-online/.

The two-year, $50,000 fellowships are awarded annually to researchers in the U.S. and Canada in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their fields.

To be eligible, candidates must:

· Hold a Ph.D. or equivalent in chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences (including marine biology), physics, or a related field;

· Hold a tenure track or equivalent position at a college, university or other degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada, and;

· Be no more than six years from completion of their most recent Ph.D. or equivalent, as of the nomination year, with some exceptions for candidates whose careers were disrupted due to military service, child-rearing, or change of field.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation welcomes nominations of all candidates who meet the traditional high standards of this program, and strongly encourages the participation of women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

Your help in spreading the word is greatly appreciated.

RFA Announcement – International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups (ICBG)

Forwarding this from ASM


ASM Society

RFA Announcement – International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups

Dear Colleague:


The Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) have requested that ASM bring to the attention of interested members the following RFA:


Limited Competition: International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups (U19)


Application Due Date(s): November 20, 2013, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.


URL:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-TW-13-001.html


Synopsis: The National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation invite applications for the establishment or continuation of “International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups” (ICBG).  The program is built on the observation that natural products derived from organisms in nature remain the most productive source of new therapeutics, yet the biodiversity on which discovery of these drugs depends is rapidly disappearing around the world.  Consequently, the ICBG program supports international, public-private, interdisciplinary research teams in the exploration and discovery of novel compounds and extracts with potential for development as therapeutic agents for multiple disease targets, at the same time as it builds research capacity in partnering countries to support sustainable exploration and use of biodiversity and the knowledge to conserve it.  These goals are advanced through fair and equitable partnership frameworks among research organizations in the U.S. and in low and middle income countries (LMICs).


This competition of the International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups (ICBG) program continues several new emphases that began with the previous FOA, RFA-TW-08-010, including an emphasis on microbial and marine organisms, greater involvement of funded consortia with government contract resources, and greater use of molecular and genomic tools. This FOA also introduces some new features, including some new target health areas (neurological disorders and stroke, pain and inflammatory processes, and others, see Interests of NIH institutes and Centers, below) and an emphasis on supporting the scientific basis for integrated conservation and development efforts through research and research training rather than through direct implementation activities.


Award Information:


Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: Issuing agencies and partner components intend to commit an estimated total of $3.3 mil for Fiscal Year 2014, corresponding to an estimate of 3-4 awards. The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and funds availability as well as the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Future year amounts will depend on annual appropriations.


Award Budget  

An applicant may request a budget for direct costs up to $700,000 per year.


Award Project Period   

An applicant may request a project period of up to five years.


Ronald M. Atlas, Ph.D.

Chair, Public and Scientific Affairs Board


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Further signs that microbiome work is getting hot: more $$ from NIH

Just got an email about this NIH program: RFA-RM-12-021: Evaluation of Multi-omic Data in Understanding the Human Microbiomes Role in Health and Disease (U54)

Some key points

  • Up to 3$ million per year
  • 1 or 2 awards
  • U54 Specialized Center
The human microbiome is, well, hot, and there continues to be money available to work on it …

ASM Career Development Grants for Postdoctoral Women

American Society for Microbiology:Career Development Grants for Postdoctoral Women.

Career Development Grants for Postdoctoral Women

The Membership Board is pleased to announce that the Career Development Grants for Postdoctoral Women Committee is accepting applications for its 2013 grant program.

Three grants ($1200 each) are given annually to advance the careers of postdoctoral women with outstanding scientific accomplishments and potential for significant research in the area of microbiology.  The fields covered by the award are any of those represented by the scientific divisions of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).  The grants support the career development of the winning candidates by providing funds to attend a meeting (other than the ASM General Meeting or ICAAC), to visit another laboratory, to take a course in a geographically distant place, or for other travel to advance the candidate’s career.

To be eligible for this program, a woman scientist must hold a doctoral degree and have no more than five years of relevant research experience since receipt of her most recent doctoral degree.  Candidates must currently be performing postdoctoral work in microbiology, at an institution in the United States.  The candidate must be a member of ASM.  A letter of support must be provided by a nominator, who should be the candidate’s research project director, Department Chair, or Center Director.  The nominator must be a member of ASM and may only support one candidate for this award per year.  (Other guidelines exist – please check the website cited below for more details.)

Deadline for applications is February 1, 2013.

For more information on the program and the application process, go tohttp://www.asm.org/index.php/career-development-grants-for-postdoctoral-women on the Membership section of the ASM website, or contact Anne Dempsey at ASM Headquarters by email (adempsey@asmusa.org) or telephone (202-942-9381).

ASM Exchange Program for Early Career Scientists

Just got this e-mail – if anyone’s interested in an overseas jaunt!

Dear ASM Member,

Are you interested in traveling to the U.K. to expand your scientific network? Apply for ASM’s Heatley-Payne Exchange Program for Early Career Scientists before November 15, 2012!

This program, offered jointly with the Society for General Microbiology (SGM), provides up to $4,000 in funding for U.S. members, who have received their PhD within the past 5 years, to travel abroad to present their research at the SGM’s Annual Spring Meeting in Manchester, UK, March 25-28, 2013 and spend up to three weeks at a nearby research laboratory in the UK or Ireland.

The grant is designed to benefit young scientists by giving them the opportunity to present their work overseas and experience the best of microbiology in the partner countries.

For more information, please visit www.asm.org/international/heatley-payne.

ASM is pleased to offer these exciting opportunities; if you have any questions please contactinternational@asmusa.org. Good luck!

Best Regards,

May Chu
Chair, International Board (IB)

Fall 2012 C-DEBI Call for Proposals Deadline MONDAY 10/1/12

Forwarding this email to this blog:

Don’t forget! C-DEBI is interested in funding your research and education and outreach – with entrainment of new researchers not previously funded by C-DEBI as a major consideration! Proposals are due Monday 10/1/12.

Fall 2012 Calls For Our Research, Education and Outreach Grants are Now Posted! Apply now for C-DEBI funds in support of deep biosphere research, education and outreach. C-DEBI supports Small Research Grants and Small Education and Outreach Grants up to $50,000. C-DEBI also supports Fellowships for Graduate Students and Postdoctorals! Proposals are due October 1, 2012. See each opportunity for specific deadlines.

All Fall 2012 C-DEBI Calls for Proposals NOW POSTED!

Forwarding this email:

Fall 2012 Calls For Our Research, Education and Outreach Grants are Now Posted!

Apply now for C-DEBI funds in support of deep biosphere research, education and outreach. C-DEBI supports Small Research Grants and Small Education and Outreach Grants up to $50,000. C-DEBI also supports Fellowships for Graduate Students and Postdoctorals! Proposals are due October 1, 2012. See each opportunity for specific deadlines.

Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery 2014: Call for proposals

Email just received:

Dear Colleague,

This is the last call to submit proposals for the 2014 program of the Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS). The deadline for 5-day Workshop and Summer School proposals is Friday, September 28, 2012.

Full information and guidelines are available on the BIRS website: http://www.birs.ca/applicants

Proposal submissions should be made online at: https://www.birs.ca/proposals/.

BIRS will again host a 48-week scientific program in 2014. The Station provides an environment for creative interaction and the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the mathematical, statistical and computing sciences, and with related disciplines and industrial sectors. Each week, the Station hosts either a full workshop (42 people for 5 days) or two half-workshops (21 people for 5 days). BIRS provides accommodation, full board, and research facilities at no cost to the invited participants, in a setting conducive to research and collaboration.

Future applicants may find it useful to know that in last year’s competition for its 2013 program, BIRS received 152 proposals for full workshops, of which 53 were accepted to run at the Station in 2013.


Nassif Ghoussoub
Director, Banff International Research Station

Last call for applications (due March 4): Phylotastic! hackathon at NESCent (June 4 to 8)

Email I just got from Ariln Stoltzfus

Dear Colleague,

Hello. I’m writing to make sure you are aware of the opportunity provided by the Phylotastic! hackathon planned at NESCent in June, a week-long event that will bring together scientist-programmers to develop an open system that will democratize research access to the Tree of Life.

Below is the open call for participation– anyone can apply, and funding is available.

I would appreciate if you could forward this to anyone who might be interested in applying. We especially encourage women and members of traditionally under-represented minorities to apply. The online application takes about 15 minutes (deadline: March 4 at midnight EST).

Thanks for your time. With regards,

Arlin Stoltzfus