Proposal Deadline March 25, 2019

Jump ARCHES is soliciting proposals for an Autism Challenge Planning Grants with a focus on Autism. Researchers can request a planning grant of up to $10,000.

These planning grants are awarded to assist researchers overcome logistical barriers and improve communication and collaboration for developing a full proposal in response to a Jump ARCHES RFP on the same topic in a subsequent RFP cycle. Planning grant activities may involve establishing partnerships, which may include travel, to build new technological advances fitting the Jump ARCHES program requirements.

Future Jump ARCHES cycles will consider programs specifically serving and identifying individuals with autism that have an exploratory technology or have expressed an interest in starting a program. Use of mobility platforms or other scalable technology tools will be attractive to grant reviewers.

Awardees will receive direct technical assistance from Jump ARCHES leaders and up to 10 months of funding to plan a full Jump ARCHES proposal.

Applications will be considered for any technology tools and/or training that improve learning outcomes or performance, or assist in the recognition and screening of children with autistic characteristics.

Effective proposals will:

  • Identify two Co-PIs (one from UI Engineering and one from OSF/UICOMP).
  • Define a track towards exploration of technology or technologies that create solutions for the recognition and diagnosis of autism and related syndromes.
  • Define a track towards the engagement, education, and training/treatment of children with autistic spectrum disorders.
  • Include technologies which may have the potential to lead to groundbreaking discoveries

Examples include but are not limited to AR/VR, sensors, AI, voice assisted systems, cognitive measurements, NLP, simulation, tele-interactions.

What will make your proposal stand out?

  • A story that demonstrates the impact the grant funds will make
  • Brevity goes a long way (not more than 2 pages of technical description-not included references, faculty bios, and budget justification)
  • Anticipated measurable results – how will these funds assist in building collaboration?
  • A detailed project budget – Outline the whole picture and be specific to how these funds will be administered and other funding sources obtained or in the pipeline
  • Demonstrate your plan for collaboration & the creation of a Jump ARCHES proposal
  • Organization and thoroughness of the proposal itself
  • A timeline towards the submission of a Jump ARCHES proposal

Submission and Contact Information:

A single pdf file should be submitted that contains the entire proposal package (proposal, references, budget justification, Investigators’ CVs)

Please include the Submitting PI’s last name in the filename of the document (ex. LastName_ARCHES_Planning Grant.pdf).

DEADLINE: Submit proposals by email, no later than 5:00pm CST, on March 25, 2019, to Tony Michalos (, using “ARCHES Planning Grant Proposal Submission” in the Subject line.

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The Military Service Knowledge Collaborative Seed Funding Program provides support to establish partnerships with Military/Veteran communities to create reciprocally beneficial relationships that result in innovative design and implementation of research. Aims of this seed program are for projects to both positively impact the health and well-being of this unique population and to facilitate the development of proposals capable of attracting external funding. The MSKC will fund three projects this academic cycle; proposal deadline is March 15, 2019. Please review the following links:

MSKC Seed Funding Call for Proposals

Learn more about and join the MSKC here.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting grant proposals for the following Grand Challenges initiatives:

Grand Challenges Explorations:

Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, April 10, 2019 11:30 am PDT. Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) grants have already been awarded to over 1420 researchers in more than 65 countries. Initial grants are for USD $100,000 and successful projects are eligible to receive follow-on funding of up to USD $1 million. Proposals are solicited twice a year for an expanding set of global health and development challenges. Applications are only two pages, and no preliminary data is required. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any type of organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.

Grand Challenges: Neglected Tropical Diseases Data Innovation Incubator seeks innovative ideas for how to improve the quality, completeness, and timeliness of routine neglected tropical disease data to help target interventions to all at-risk populations and achieve high intervention coverage and maximal impact on infection and morbidity. Application deadline is March 25, 2019 11:30 am PDT.

In addition, the following funding opportunity is currently open:

WHO TDR (Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases): TDR Clinical and Research Development Fellowship is for mid-career scientists and clinicians in low- and middle-income countries to learn about infectious diseases clinical research. Selected fellows have an opportunity to spend one year working in a pharmaceutical company or product development partnership in a high-income country. Application deadline is March 7, 2019 16:00 GMT.

We invite you to read summaries of the GCE grants funded to date and to explore an interactive world map of projects across the global Grand Challenges funding partner network. We look forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world. If you have a great idea, please apply. If you know someone else who has a great idea, please forward this message.

The Grand Challenges Team

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