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NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards: NIH

Letter of Intent due: December 30, 2012

Application deadline: January 30, 2013

The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period.


New Methods for Understanding the Functional Role of Human DNA Sequence Variants in Complex Phenotypes (R01) : NIH

LOI due: January 21, 2013

Application deadline: February 21, 2013, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

“We are soliciting R01 applications that utilize biochemical, cellular, bioinformatic, statistical, and/or high-throughput methods to elucidate new principles underlying the interpretation of DNA sequence variation in a well-phenotyped population. Proposed research may link human studies to complementary high-throughput or other biological studies in model organisms. The emphasis of projects proposed in response to this FOA should be on designing and validating creative, efficient experimental approaches to determining the functional relevance of human DNA sequence variants. Investigators developing computational strategies are encouraged to link their work to experimental validation approaches.This announcement is not meant to support large-scale DNA sequencing or phenotyping efforts. It is expected that proposed studies use existing human DNA sequence and phenotype data.”


Utilizing the PLCO Biospecimens Resource to Bridge Gaps in Cancer Etiology and Early Detection Research (U01): NIH

Letter of Intent Due Date(s)
30 days before the application due date
Application Due Date(s)
February 20, 2013; June 20, 2013; February 20, 2014; June 20, 2014; February 20, 2015; June 19, 2015, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

“The purpose of this FOA is to stimulate areas of cancer research that require prospectively collected pre-diagnostic blood specimens available from the PLCO Biorepository. The proposed research project should not only involve use of PLCO biospecimens and data, but take advantage of their unique characteristics, in large part by focusing on research questions that cannot be adequately addressed by using clinical samples (samples collected following a diagnosis). In some cases, it may be necessary to include specimens from other sources in order to carry out the proposed research. In that case, the investigator should obtain approval from the other source to access the specimens and provide evidence of the approval. “


Evaluation of Multi-‘omic Data in Understanding the Human Microbiome’s Role in Health and Disease (U54) : NIH

Letter of Intent Due Date(s) January 8, 2013
Application Due Date(s) February 8, 2013

This FOA invites applications for projects that will: 1. generate microbiome taxonomic, metagenomic and functional data from clinical biospecimens obtained from a cohort(s) of carefully-phenotyped subjects with a specific disease or health state; and 2. combine the microbiome and host data to produce a community resource. This program is a component of the NIH Common Fund Human Microbiome Project (http://commonfund.nih.gov/hmp/).


Continuously Open Announcement: Army Research Labs Core Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Scientific Research for Fiscal Years 2012 through 2017

“Research proposals are sought from educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and commercial organizations for research in materials sciences; ballistics and aeromechanics sciences; information sciences; human sciences; survivability, lethality, and vulnerability analysis and assessment; chemistry; electronics; physics; environmental sciences; life sciences; mechanical sciences, mathematical sciences, computing sciences and network sciences. Proposals will be evaluated only if they are for scientific study and experimentation directed toward advancing the state of the art or increasing knowledge and understanding.”

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All NHGRI funding opportunities


NIH-wide opportunities related to genomics


A list of publicly available grant proposals in biological sciences