Cancer Center at Illinois Tissue Engineering and Phenotyping Utilization Grants

The Cancer Center at Illinois is providing funding support to researchers for their utilization of the Tumor Engineering and Phenotyping (TEP) shared resource to advance cancer research. Via this initiative, the CCIL will provide up to $5,000 in support for the use of TEP services which include, but are not limited to: tumor cell bank, cell line authentication by STR analysis, mycoplasma test, Seahorse Xfe96 analyzer, NanoString nCounter, and PFGE. Did you know you can request any tumor cell line from TEP at $120/cell line? All CCIL members are eligible for free consultations with TEP staff.

Deadline: Proposals accepted on a rolling basis.

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Health Services Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities

The overarching purpose of this FOA is to promote research to generate new knowledge to improve health care access, delivery, utilization and quality, and health outcomes of racial and ethnic minority populations and other groups affected by health disparities. Research encouraged under this FOA includes the examination of population-specific clinical presentation and/or manifestation of diseases and their complications within the context of health care settings; services within health care systems and non-clinical settings linked to health care systems (e.g. personal residences, school-based health centers, the workplace, and criminal justice settings); etiologies and reduction of health care disparities; structure and organization of health care systems and coordination of health care; impact of healthcare and non-healthcare policies on health care and health disparities; and system-wide interventions or multi-level interventions. Projects may address health services pertaining to health promotion, screening for disease or risk factors, prevention at any level, diagnosis and the treatment of particular health conditions (including chronic diseases, mental and substance abuse disorders, and infectious diseases such the 2019 Novel Coronavirus), specific segments of populations affected by health disparities (e.g. pregnant women, children, persons with disabilities, older adults), or more general indicators (e.g., access to primary care services or specialty care) that may not be condition-specific. Projects may include observational/descriptive, or interventional studies (including randomized clinical trials, pragmatic trials and others) and may involve primary data collection and/or secondary analysis of existing datasets. Projects should involve the use of relevant health system-level data in some way. Projects should include a focus on one or more NIH-designated US populations affected by health disparities, which include Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minorities. Projects that include populations that identify across more than one health disparity group are encouraged.

Deadline: See RFP.

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Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Core Programs

The NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) supports transformative research and education projects that develop new knowledge in all aspects of computing, communications, and information science and engineering, as well as advanced cyberinfrastructure, through multiple research programs across one office and three divisions. This RFP is a revision of NSF 20-591, the solicitation for the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE): Core Programs. As part of this revision, proposers are encouraged to pay particular attention to the following:

  • Innovating and migrating proposal preparation and submission capabilities from FastLane to is part of the ongoing NSF information technology modernization efforts, as described in Important Notice No. 147 . In support of these efforts, research proposals submitted in response to this program solicitation must be prepared and submitted via or via, and may not be prepared or submitted via FastLane.
  • The budget limits for Small projects and OAC Core projects have been increased to $600,000.
  • Large project class submissions will not be accepted in response to this solicitation; CISE anticipates issuing a separate solicitation for such submissions.
  • Instructions for submitting Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) plans have been revised, along with special award conditions and reporting requirements for BPC activities.

Deadline: varies depending on project scale.

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COVID-19 Research Grant Program

The COVID-19 Research Database enables public health and policy researchers to use real-world data to better understand and combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The database is a pro-bono, cross-industry collaborative, composed of institutions donating technology services, healthcare expertise, and de-identified data. The database holds a wide array of different data types, including claims data, EHR data, mortality data, consumer data, and lab data. The data includes over 5 billion records across over 250 million people and over 2 million people who have had documented COVID-19.

The Consortia has released a request for grant proposals to support studies that will use data in the COVID-19 Research Database to address major research questions and reduce the harm of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The program seeks to accelerate insight that will lead to best practice medical interventions and appropriately targeted mitigation policies for COVID-19 patients and health care systems. It also seeks to meaningfully contribute to the understanding of COVID’s effects on health care economics, the uptake of new technologies, and other dynamics in communities, systems and across countries.

Proposal deadline: varies.

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