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Brain Research Foundation
Deadline: May 26th, 2014 Funding: $150,000 The Brain Research Foundation has invited eligible US institutions to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). The Brain Research Foundation’s Annual Scientific Innovations Award Program provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, exploratory, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators.
The Brain Research Foundation’s Scientific Review Committee will review the SIA proposals and make recommendations for funding to the Foundation. The Committee consists of senior scientists broadly representing the various neuroscience-related programs. Two or more representatives of the Brain Research Foundation are also present when the Committee meets.
The objective of the SIA is to support projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings. It is expected that investigations supported by these grants will yield high impact findings and result in major grant applications and significant publications in high impact journals.
Deadline: Rolling Funding: $25,000 Emerging Technologies
While emerging technologies now being developed and commercialized may result in useful applications, they can also have serious negative social, environmental and political consequences. That's why emerging technologies need precautionary assessment, regulation and oversight – including those that are fast tracked and marketed as "techno-fixes" or "green" panaceas to climate change and other crises.
CSF and WML focus on developments in three emerging and converging technologies in particular:
Nanotechnology – the creation and commercialization of tiny bits of matter (a nanometer is one billionth of a meter) Synthetic biology – the design, manufacture and release of artificially created DNA Geoengineering – intentional, large-scale climate manipulation through a range of methods
Deadline: Rolling Funding: 500,000 Research in Sustainable Solid Waste Management
Submissions of scientific research proposals related to sustainable solid waste management practices are invited in the following areas:
Waste conversion to energy, biofuels, chemicals or other useful products. This includes, but is not limited to, the following technologies:
Other thermal or biological conversion technologies
Strategies to promote diversion to higher and better uses (e.g. organics diversion, market analysis, optimized material management, logistics, etc.)
Desirable aspects of the above topics, in addition to or as part of hypothesis driven applied research, also include:
economic or cost/benefit analyses,
feasibility studies for untested technologies or management strategies,
life cycle analysis or inventory, and
analyses of policies that relate to the above (e.g. extended producer responsibility, recycling goals, carbon legislation, bottle bills, etc).
There are two annual deadlines for solicited proposal submissions:
National Geographic Society Offers Environmental Research Grants
Deadline: Rolling Funding: $20,000 Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration offers grants for conservation and education programs promoting sustainable use and preservation of the Earth. The funding efforts support cutting-edge programs that might be overlooked by other organizations. Applicants are expected to have Ph.D.'s or other advanced degrees. Funding is not restricted to U.S. citizens. Grants of up to $20,000 are available. Each year, about 250 grants are awarded. National Geographic Society grants may not be used for indirect costs, overhead and other expenses not directly related to the project. Fringe benefits are also excluded, as are salaries. Further, funds may not be used for travel to scientific/professional meetings or conferences, legal actions, land acquisition, endowments, construction of permanent field stations, or publication of research results. The committee strongly encourages applicants to seek additional, concurrent funding from other funding agencies. Committee grants tend to act as seed money and are given for one year.
Deadline: April 30, 2014 Funding: $15,000 Founded in 1969, the Society for Neuroscience is the world’s largest organization of scientists and physicians devoted to understanding the brain and nervous system, with nearly 42,000 members in more than 90 countries and 130 chapters worldwide.
SfN's Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions by a young neuroscientist who has demonstrated scholarly independence. The awardee will receive a $15,000 award and complimentary registration, transportation (economy air or ground), and two nights hotel accommodations for the SfN annual meeting.
To be eligible, applicants must be actively engaged in research at the time the award is given; show evidence of heading an independent research laboratory; and have received a Ph.D. or M.D. (or equivalent) within the past ten years.
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