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Deadlines are looming for numerous research grants and awards worth millions of dollars. Among them are:

Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation has both grant and fellowship awards available to support investigators working in the field of dystonia research. The objective of the fellowship is to assist post-doctoral students to establish careers in dystonia research. The annual amount is $50,000, which will be awarded for each of two consecutive years.

The annual budget for a research grant is $35,000 for one year.

For a copy of the guidelines, call the Office of Development 442-2358. For scientific or academic-related questions, please contact Richard Lolley, associate dean for research, at 442-1607 or by e-mail at lolley@hsc.usc.edu.

American Foundation for AIDS Research

The American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmfAR) has announced the availability of special targeted-research grant support for awards of up to $75,000, plus not more than 20 percent for indirect costs, of basic research in biomedical methods to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV.

These projects will have a one-year period of performance, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

AmfAR invites Letters of Intent for research projects in the following areas:

· Exploration of innovative approaches to specific anti-HIV agents, or microbicides capable of blocking STDs associated with facilitation of HIV infection;

· Research in microbicidal biotherapeutics in prevention of HIV transmission;

· Role of mucosal humoral and/or cellular immunity in blocking transmission of cell-free and cell-associated HIV; and differences in mucosal immunity in intestinal vs. vaginal tissues;

· Role of hormones and cytokines in facilitating or impeding mucosal HIV transmission; and

· Design of experimental models to test the validity of microbicides.

Proposals may involve any and all of these topics discussed above, as well as other issues not specifically raised here, but within the field of microbicide research.

The deadline for receipt of Letter of Intent is 5 p.m., September 15, 1999.

Letter of Intent applications may be downloaded from http://www. amfar.org or contact the Office of Development at 442-2358

For scientific or academic-related questions, please contact Richard Lolley, associate dean for research, at 442-1607 or by e-mail at lolley@hsc.usc.edu.

American Lung Association: Clinical Career Investigator Award 2000-2001

Clinical Career Investigator Awards from the American Lung Association of California Research Program are designed to provide stable salary support for clinical investigators who are making a transition from junior to mid-level faculty. These awards are intended to enable promising individuals to pursue their work in an atmosphere free of financial distractions.

The award amount is $35,000 per year for three years, provided satisfactory progress is demonstrated. The ALAC-RP is interested in encouraging meritorious research in areas including, but not limited to: the health effects of air pollution; asthma; tobacco control; and tuberculosis.

Awards are limited to candidates who:

· hold a degree of M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent;

· have not attained the rank of full professor and do not have more than eight years of faculty experience;

· have external and adequate funding for support of their project.

This award is for salary support only. External project funding is a pre-requisite for consideration. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is October 1, 1999.

For a copy of the guidelines, call the Office of Development at 442-2358. For scientific or academic-related questions, please contact Richard Lolley at 442-1607 or by e-mail at lolley@hsc.usc.edu.

Applicants are encouraged to apply to ALA National for the same project. For a national application visit www.lungusa.org, or contact: ALA Medical Affairs Division, 1740 Broadway, New York, NY 10019-4374.

Robert Ellis Simon Foundation

The Robert Ellis Simon Foundation is interested in receiving proposals that foster “successful transitions,” programs that link or combine psychological interventions with developing or enhancing independent living skills.

These programs help people prepare for dealing with the transitions in life either before or while they are occurring; rather than providing treatment for the non-successful navigation of these transitions. The maximum amount for this award is $50,000.

The Foundation in looking for projects that directly benefit people and result in an end project that can be used by other professionals. It requires outcome measures demonstrating intervention impact to be built in to all proposals.

Proposals are due by 1 p.m. on October 7, 1999.

For a copy of the guidelines, call the Office of Development at 442-2358. For scientific or academic-related questions, please contact Richard Lolley, associate dean for research, at 442-1607 or by e-mail at lolley@hsc.usc.edu.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers three-year graduate research fellowships in science, mathematics, and engineering, including Women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science awards. Fellowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science and the philosophy of science, and to research-based Ph.D. degrees in science education.

This award will provide a $15,000 stipend, for 12-month tenures, and a cost-of-education allowance of $10,500 per tenure year. An international research travel allowance of $1,000 is available to Fellows who have arranged to conduct full-time advanced study or research at appropriate international sites for at least three continuous months.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States. Those eligible to apply in fall 1999 are college seniors, first-year graduate students, and others who have completed a limited amount of graduate study in science, mathematics, or engineering.

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is November 4, 1999.

For a copy of the guidelines, call the Office of Development 442-2358. For scientific or academic-related questions, please contact Richard Lolley, associate dean for research, at 442-1607 or by e-mail at lolley@hsc.usc.edu.

 

General Motors Cancer Research Foundation

It is a pleasure and honor to invite you to nominate one or more candidates for the 2000 General Motors Cancer Research Foundation Awards. There are three Prizes:

The Charles F. Kettering Prize is awarded for the most outstanding recent contribution to the diagnosis or treatment of cancer. The Charles S. Mott Prize is given for the most outstanding recent contribution to the causes or prevention of cancer. The Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. Prize is awarded for the most outstanding recent basic science contribution to cancer research.

Nomination and supporting material are due on October 1, 1999.

For a copy of the guidelines, call the Office of Development 442-2358. For scientific or academic-related questions, please contact Richard Lolley, associate dean for research, at 442-1607 or by e-mail at lolley@hsc.usc.edu.

ISOA/AFAR Program

American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), in partnership with the Institute for the Study of Aging (ISOA), created the ISOA/AFAR Research Grants directed towards promoting translational research and drug discovery for new agents in the treatment of cognitive decline and dementia.

The program is designed to stimulate preclinical and clinical research in the discovery, design, development and testing of new agents aimed at slowing, reversing or preventing the progressive cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

The goal is hasten the development of innovative and effective treatments through two mechanisms: the development of new lead compounds through rationale, targeted drug discovery and the conduct of proof of concept studies for new applications of existing therapeutics.

Two grants for $50,000 will be awarded with funding to begin in January 2000.

The program provides support for junior faculty (M.D.s and Ph.D.s) with innovative drug discovery projects who are interested in a career in drug discovery in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Deadline for receipt of application and all supporting material is October 15, 1999.

For a copy of the guidelines, call the Office of Development 442-2358. For scientific or academic-related questions, please contact Richard Lolley, associate dean for research, at 442-1607 or by e-mail at lolley@hsc.usc.edu.

American Federation for Medical Research Foundation

The AFMR Foundation grants awards of $10,000 to two outstanding investigators in recognition of meritorious research.

One award is selected on the basis of basic science research involving investigations with and without human tissue or cells; the other award is based on clinical science research involving intact human subjects.

These awards are presented during the AFMR’s annual meeting, to be held next year at Experimental Biology 2000 (EB 2000), April 15 – 17, 2000 in San Diego.

Deadline for receipt of application and all supporting material is November 1, 1999.

If you have any questions or need a copy of the guidelines, please contact the AFMR Foundation office by phone (202) 543-7032, fax (202) 543-7062 or email admin@afmr.org.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Innovation Awards in Functional Genomics

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) has announced announce the Innovation Awards in Functional Genomics. Genomic sequencing and structural mapping projects for may organisms, including human beings, are nearing completion.

The next and greater scientific challenge will be to define not only the functions of genes but also how they interact within the context of the whole organism.

The goal of this award is to accelerate the integration of the vast amount of genetic sequence and expression data being generated in the world’s laboratories into functional and clinically relevant information that will yield insight into mechanisms of human disease.

BWF has committed to $3 million to support from eight to 20 awards.

Awards are offered in animal model development and in computational methods development.

Two levels of awards are offered in each of the targeted areas: $400,000 over a period of up to four years (generally more appropriate for proposals involving the development of animal models) and $200,000 over a period of up to four years (generally more appropriate for proposals involving the development of computational methods). These awards are not intended to support ongoing funded research. Proposals should focus on the modeling of complex multigenic traits, rather than on determining the functions of individual genes.

Applications must be submitted by accredited degree-granting U.S. or Canadian institutions on behalf of individual candidates or small groups of collaborators. An institution may nominate up to two candidates in each of the award areas. Candidates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, have a Ph.D., M.D., or D.V.M. degree, and hold a tenure-track faculty appointment at the assistant, associate, or full professor level. BWF encourages applications from women and from members of underrepresented minority groups.

Complete applications are to be submitted to Richard Lolley, associate dean for research, KAM 110, on or before November 15, 1999. Lolley will notify candidates chosen to go forward by November 22, 1999.

For a copy of the guidelines, call the Office of Development 442-2358. For scientific or academic-related questions, please contact Richard Lolley, associate dean for research, at 442-1607 or by e-mail at lolley@hsc.usc.edu.

The Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund, Inc.

The Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund, Inc., has announced its Fellowship Award Program in Neurosciences for 2000.

These annual awards were established in 1981 to support, in the early stages of their careers, young investigators engaged in basic or clinical research that may lead to a better understanding of epilepsy.

The award of $120,000 is payable over a three-year period. It may be used for salary support, research assistants, equipment, or for any other purpose which promotes the scientific activities of the Klingenstein Fellow. An award is for the exclusive use of the Fellow and may not be used for institutional or department support.

Applications must be received by Tuesday, December 7, 1999; awards will be announced in the Spring of 2000, to commence July 1, 2000.

For a copy of the guidelines, call the Office of Development 442-2358. For scientific or academic-related questions, please contact Richard Lolley, associate dean for research, at 442-1607 or by e-mail at lolley@hsc.usc.edu.

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), Inc.

The AACR would like to announce four major awards designed to foster meritorious cancer research by young scientists. The awards are as follows:

The AACR Young Investigator Awards enhance the education and training of graduate students, medical students and residents, and clinical and postdoctoral fellows by facilitating their attendance at the Annual Meeting of the AACR.

Young Investigator Awards are provided to young scientists who are presenters of abstracts that have been highly rated by the AACR Annual Meeting Program Committee.

The abstract submission deadline is November 1, 1999. Associate Members and persons who are not yet members of AACR are eligible for Young Investigator Awards. Information on other awards with additional eligibility requirements is enclosed.

The Gertrude B. Elion Cancer Research Award is open to Assistant Professors who do not yet have tenure and who are conducting research in clinical, basic, translational, or prevention research.

This one-year grant provides $30,000 and may be used for the salary of the recipient, for expenses related to the proposed research, and for limited domestic travel. A separate travel grant to the AACR Annual Meeting is also provided. The application deadline is December 15, 1999.

The AACR Career Development Awards are available to researchers in their first or second year of a full-time, primary faculty appointment anywhere in the world. The two-year grants provide $50,000 per annum. The grant covers direct research expenses, including payments to research assistants, but it is not intended to supplement the salary of the primary investigator. The application deadline is December 15, 1999.

The 1999 AACR Research Fellowships are provided to scientist who have been postdoctoral or clinical fellows for at least two , but not more than five years. The AACR Research Fellowships provide a one-two, or three-year grant of $30,000 per annum. Each fellowship also includes a supplemental travel grant to support the fellow’s participation in the AACR Annual Meeting. Beginning in 2000 AACR will offer a new 3-year fellowship in translational colon cancer research. The application deadline for all Fellowships is December 15, 1999.

If you need a copy of the guidelines, please call the Office of Development 442-2358. If you have any scientific or academic-related questions, please contact Dr. Richard Lolley at 442-1607 or by e-mail at lolley@hsc.usc.edu.

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