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NC Humanities Council

Call for Submissions: 2014 Linda Flowers Literary Award - Deadline July 15

The North Carolina Humanities Council invites original entries of fiction, nonfiction, or
poetry for the 2014 Linda Flowers Literary Award. The postmark deadline for submissions is July 15, 2014. There is no entry fee.

The Linda Flowers Literary Award is given annually by the Humanities Council for previously unpublished writing that portrays North Carolina, its people, and cultures. While authors do not have to be North Carolinians, entries are expected to draw on North Carolina connections and/or memories.

The Council will award the author of the winning entry a cash prize of $500 and support towards a weeklong writer’s residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines.

About Linda Flowers

The Linda Flowers Literary Award honors former Council trustee Linda Flowers. Flowers was a humanist, professor, and writer who achieved the extraordinary despite extraordinary odds. In 2000, a colleague eulogized that Linda Flowers was a “woman who loved the felicitously written word." Another colleague at her funeral remembered her “tenacious” commitment to truth-telling, “not being polite, but telling the truth." Flowers reflected on her experience with cancer in “I Have Come Home,” published in the Humanities Council’s NC Crossroads (May 1999). Flowers’Throwed Away: Failures of Progress in Eastern North Carolina was published in 1993.

The award recognizes writers now who care, as Flowers did, about writing truthfully and well.


Entries should be no longer than 2,500 words and five copies of an entry should be submitted. Entries should be mailed to the North Carolina Humanities Council, Attention: Donovan McKnight, Program Officer, 122 N. Elm Street, Suite 601, Greensboro, NC, 27401. Electronic submissions will not be accepted.

For more information and full submission guidelines for the Linda Flowers Literary Award, go here or contact Donovan McKnight at or (336) 334-4770.


Deadlines Posted for 2014-2015

Next year’s grant program deadlines are now posted on the NCBiotech website. For more information, go to

biotechSpotlight: Collaborative Funding Grant (CFG) Cycle 1 – Deadline July 23, 2014

The proposal deadline for the 1st cycle of the Collaborative Funding Grant (CFG) Program for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 will be noon, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Co-sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science, the CFG program supports university-company partnerships that help to transfer technology from the lab to the market. Grant funds pay for a postdoctoral researcher or technician in a university research laboratory who, under the guidance of a principal investigator, performs research that will help the company partner achieve a commercially significant milestone. University/Company relationships must be established prior to submitting CFG proposals. Partnering companies must have a significant presence in North Carolina and an established management team. Visit the CFG webpage for more information. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Center to discuss potential project ideas.

biotechSpotlight: NCBiotech Event and Meeting Grants – First FY2015 Deadline June 11, 2014

NCBiotech offers two grant programs focused on events and meetings – the Biotechnology Event Sponsorships (BES) and the Biotechnology Meeting Grants (BMG) . These popular grants encourage and support the lively life science community in North Carolina and help bring information and networking opportunities on diverse topics to a broad audience across North Carolina. Note that the BMG program targets national or international meetings. Both programs have quarterly deadlines based on the date of the event or meeting (see the guidelines for details). For more information, contact the Center.

Check out the NCBiotech Grant Writing Resources Webpage

Science and Technology Development Program Staff maintain a collection of grant writing guides on the NCBiotech website. These tips can assist you with preparing proposals to our grant programs or to other agencies.


(visit for additional deadlines)


Refer to program websites for further information on eligibility and application instructions.


Biotechnology Event

Supports events advancing the understanding or
application of biotechnology to benefit North Carolina.

Quarterly deadlines
(see BES webpage for details)

Biotechnology Meeting

Supports national and international meetings which advance the understanding or application of biotechnology and focus national and international attention on the North Carolina scientific community.

Quarterly deadlines
(see BMG webpage for details)

Collaborative Funding Grant

Supports university-company partnerships that help to transfer technology from the lab to the market.

July 23, 2014 at NOON


Technology Enhancement

Funds research through university or research
institution technology transfer offices.


Business Loans

NCBiotech offers several types of business loans.
See the website for further information on deadlines and application procedures.

See website for details


Burroughs Wellcome Fund

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund's grantmaking strategies support biomedical scientists at the beginning of their careers and areas of science that are poised for significant advancement but are currently undervalued and underfunded.  

BWF has programs which support primary and secondary students, science and mathematics teachers, institutions, and academic scientists: postdoctoral-faculty bridging awards and faculty awards.

The majority of the BWF ’s grantmaking is through competitive award programs. Most awards are made to degree-granting institutions in the United States and Canada on behalf of individual researchers, who must be nominated by their institution.  All institutions receiving awards must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations.

Each program has an Advisory Committee consisting of members who are external peer reviewers that lend their expertise and time to reviewing and assessing applications for BWF programs.  BWF selects members of these committees for their scientific and educational expertise in the program areas.  The committee meets, for some programs, to interview potential nominees, and make recommendations based on their experiences to the BWF Board of Directors.  Members of the various advisory committees are complete and separate bodies from the BWF Board of Directors.

To apply for the competitive award programs, select the program below and follow the guidelines and application requirements.  All applications must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on the deadline date provided for the indicated program.

To complement these competitive award programs, we also make modest grants on an "ad hoc" basis to nonprofit organizations conducting activities intended to improve the general environment for science. These noncompetitive grants are for activities closely related to our focus areas identified above.

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is committed to supporting science education for primary and secondary students and has partnered with various organizations to help develop an infrastructure for improving science, mathematics, and technology education across North Carolina.

Philanthropy News Digest

Upcoming Deadlines

French-American Jazz Exchange Invites Applications for Collaborative Projects (Due: May 30, 2014)

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Accepting Applications for 2014 Reach Awards
(Due: May 30, 2014)

GreenPal Lawncare Accepting Applications for Annual Business Scholarship
(Due: May 30, 2014)

PANO Accepting Nominations for 2014 Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health
(Due: May 30, 2014)

New RFPs

Animal Welfare

International Rhino Foundation Invites Pre-Proposals for Research Projects

POSTED: May 19, 2014
DEADLINE: June 15, 2014 (Pre-proposals)

Grants of up to $35,000 each will be awarded in support of research that is directly applicable to the management, propagation, and conservation of rhinoceros species....

National Canine Cancer Foundation Invites Letters of Intent for Canine Cancer Research

POSTED: May 21, 2014
DEADLINE: June 30, 2014 (Letter of Intent)

Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded in support of projects that have the potential to transform our understanding and approach to canine cancer....


Arts and Culture

Alexia Foundation Accepting Proposals for 2014 Women's Initiative Grant

POSTED: May 21, 2014
DEADLINE: June 30, 2014

One $25,000 grant will be awarded for a documentary photographic or multimedia project on a significant issue involving and affecting women....

Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Invites Applications for 2014 Choreography Commissioning Awards

POSTED: May 20, 2014
DEADLINE: August 7, 2014

Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded in support of projects that encourage the creative endeavors and professional development of promising choreographers in California....

D. Kim Foundation Invites Applications for Fellowships/Grants for Research on Science, Technology in East Asia

POSTED: May 17, 2014
DEADLINE: December 15, 2014

Fellowships and grants ranging in amount from $2,500 to $55,000 will be awarded in support of graduate students and young scholars pursuing studies in the history of science and technology in East Asia from the beginning of the 20th century to the present....



International Reading Association Accepting Nominations for 2014 Literacy Awards

POSTED: May 21, 2014
DEADLINE: June 15, 2014

Two grants of $2,500 each will be awarded in recognition of literacy service projects jointly undertaken by Rotary clubs and IRA-affiliated reading councils....

FEDCO Charitable Foundation Invites Applications for K-12 Teacher Grants

POSTED: May 22, 2014
DEADLINE: June 30, 2014

Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded for classroom projects that promote engaging and creative experiential learning, community involvement, and academic achievement in a Los Angeles-area school....



Woodard & Curran Foundation Invites Applications From Environmental Organizations

POSTED: May 19, 2014
DEADLINE: June 15, 2014

At least two grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to projects that demonstrate environmental stewardship through community involvement and that promote a clean and sustainable environment....



Hogg Foundation Announces RFP for Mental Health Awareness Projects in African-American Faith-Based Communities

POSTED: May 22, 2014
DEADLINE: June 30, 2014

The program will support projects designed to improve awareness and perceptions of mental health, recovery, and wellness in African-American communities....

NIHCM Foundation Seeks Letters of Inquiry for Healthcare Management Research Projects

POSTED: May 23, 2014
DEADLINE: July 14, 2014 (Letter of Inquiry)

The foundation will award grants totaling $250,000 to three to five projects with the potential to advance the existing knowledge base in the areas of U.S. healthcare financing, delivery, management, and/or policy....

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Invites Applications for Public Health Services and Systems Research Projects

POSTED: May 23, 2014
DEADLINE: July 23, 2014

Grants of up to $350,000 for up to twenty-four months will be awarded to research projects designed to strengthen the evidence base for what works in public healthcare administration, financing, and delivery of care ....


Human Services

Navy Seal Foundation Issues RFP for Projects That Support Naval Special Warfare Community and Family

POSTED: May 22, 2014
DEADLINE: June 30, 2014

The foundation supports nonprofit organizations that provide immediate and ongoing assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families....


Medical Research

Lupus Research Institute Seeks Applications for Distinguished Innovator Awards

POSTED: May 19, 2014
DEADLINE: July 31, 2014

Four grants of up to $250,000 each will be awarded to outstanding scientists in support of novel research into the fundamental causes of lupus....

American Academy of Neurology Institute Invites Applications for 2014 Medical Education Research Training Fellowship

POSTED: May 20, 2014
DEADLINE: August 1, 2014

One-year grants of up to $65,000 will be awarded to support education and research activities by an AANI member....

Lupus Research Institute Seeks Applications for Novel Research Projects

POSTED: May 20, 2014
DEADLINE: August 4, 2014

Grants of up to $100,000 a year will be awarded to investigators from diverse disciplines in support of exceptionally creative and innovative approaches to major challenges in lupus research....

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society Announces 2014 Research Grant Guidelines

POSTED: May 20, 2014
DEADLINE: December 1, 2014

One-year grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded for projects designed to advance foot and ankle research....

American Acne and Rosacea Society Accepting Applications for Clinical Research Projects

POSTED: May 17, 2014
DEADLINE: December 31, 2014

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to support projects conducted by early-career investigators that aim to advance research on acne and rosacea....


Philanthropy and Voluntarism

NetHope Accepting Applications for Visa Innovation Grants

POSTED: May 18, 2014
DEADLINE: June 2, 2014

Grants of up to $250,000 will be awarded to international development and nonprofit organizations seeking to adopt or expand the use of electronic payments in their programs and operations....


Department of Defense (DoD)

The Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Defense Appropriations Act provides research funding for the peer reviewed programs managed by the Department of Defense (DOD) office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). 

Detailed descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the respective Program Announcements. Each Program Announcement is available electronically for downloading from the website (, the CDMRP website ( and the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) (


Autism Research Program (ARP)
Clinical Trial Award
Idea Development Award

Gulf War Illness Research Program (GWIRP)
Clinical Trial Award
Innovative Treatment Evaluation Award
Investigator-Initiated Research Award
New Investigator Award

Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)
Career Development Award
Idea Award with Special Focus

Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)
Clinical Trial Award
Discovery Award
Focused Program Award
Investigator-Initiated Research Award
Technology/Therapeutic Development Award

Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program (PRORP)
Clinical Trial Award
Clinical Trial Development Award
Idea Development Award
Outcomes Research Award
Translational Research Award

Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP)
Biomarker Development Award
Idea Development Award
Synergistic Idea Development Award
*Note: The PCRP Clinical Exploration, Health Disparity Research, Laboratory-Clinical Transition, Population Science Impact, and Prostate Cancer Pathology Biospecimen Resource Site Award funding opportunities will be released in late May 2014. The PCRP Collaborative Undergraduate HBCU Student Summer Training Program, Exploration Hypothesis Development, Physician Research Training, and Postdoctoral Training Award funding opportunities will be released in early June 2014.


All funding opportunities, both recently and previously released, are available on the CDMRP website (

Subsequent notifications will be sent when the program announcements/funding opportunities are released.
New for 2014 - CDMRP’s New Application Receipt System (eBRAP)
For FY14, CDMRP has replaced eReceipt with the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP). As in the past, application submission is a two-step process requiring both (1) pre-application submission through the eBRAP ( and (2) application submission through (, with application status available on eBRAP.

A key feature of eBRAP is that organizational representatives and PIs will be able to view and modify the application submissions associated with them, but only if their organization, Business Officials, and PIs are registered and affiliated to their organization in eBRAP.

Submission of either the pre-application to eBRAP or the application to does not require registering an organization and affiliating its Business Officials and PIs in eBRAP; however, the ability to view and modify the application in eBRAP is contingent upon this registration and affiliation process.

NIH eSubmission Items of Interest

NIH and AHRQ Announce Updated Policy for Application Submission

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announce a change in policy on application submissions. Effective immediately, for application due dates after April 16, 2014, following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application, applicants may submit the same idea as a new (A0) application for the next appropriate due date. The NIH and AHRQ will not assess the similarity of the science in the new (A0) application to any previously reviewed submission when accepting an application for review. Although a new (A0) application does not allow an introduction or responses to the previous reviews, the NIH and AHRQ encourage applicants to refine and strengthen all application submissions.


Unicode is coming to NIH. It is important, and complicated, and important…

Unicode is a way that computers can understand all the modern characters of almost all the written languages in the world. Greek characters are particularly important to people communicating about their science. This upgrade will allow eRA to be able to recognize Greek characters in the attachments that you submit with your grant applications, progress reports, etc.

So all systems, including eRA Commons, ASSIST, and IAR will be offline over Memorial Day weekend, 2014. The systems will be brought down on Friday, May 23 at 9:00 PM ET and full service is anticipated to be restored by Tuesday, May 27 at 7:00 AM ET.

For more details about the Unicode project, please see Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-071 and the related notice in the impact of submission dates: NOT-OD-14-070.


NASA's Office of Education has amended the NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships [EDUCATION01SP13] to reflect a new response date. The new response date is Jan. 23, 2014. NASA's Education portfolio is being strategically rescoped. NASA anticipates reissuing the Announcement. NASA will not accept Responses to this Announcement after Jan. 23, 2014.

To access the Announcement home page, please visit


March 19, 2014


Since October 2012, Principal Investigators (PIs) have used to successfully submit over 47,000 project reports to the National Science Foundation (NSF). Over that time, NSF has received feedback and suggestions from NSF awardees and Program Officers (POs) on how to further improve project reporting. The following enhancements, based on awardee and NSF staff feedback, were implemented on March 17th:

- POs will view project reports in HTML rather than PDF, which will allows POs and PIs to view the same layout for a project report.

- NSF will pre-populate the Products, Organization and Participants sections of a project report from information previously submitted in This will save awardees time and reduce redundant data entry.

- The progress report pages will be redesigned to optimize space, minimize scrolling efforts, and become more user-friendly. The default setting for non-critical sections will be "hidden", users will be able to click "Show Report and Progress Summary" to view sections as needed.

- PIs will be able to edit reporting periods for an Interim Project Report (IPR). This will allow PIs to accurately report specific dates applicable to the task(s) being reported upon.

If you would like to stay up-to-date on upcoming events or future enhancements to and/or FastLane, subscribe to our new System Updates NSF listserv. This listserv is available to both NSF staff and awardees. To subscribe, simply email: and you will be automatically enrolled.

Where should PIs go for help with project reports?

- Online Help: Help System

Project Report Informational Page

NSF Help Desk


If you have any additional feedback on project reporting, please email


Thank You,


The Team

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