A unique opportunity to benefit military veterans has just been announced by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The NSF wants to promote new collaborations, innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies, collaborative technologies, training, broadening participation, and development of community standards for data and meta-data through its Research Coordination Networks grant. Combating the Opioid Overdose at the Community Level is a research grant the Office of National Drug Control Policy has published. Funds will be provided to conduct research activities that entail implementing and evaluating community-based efforts to fight the opioid overdose epidemic.
National Endowment for the Humanities
Grant Title: Dialogues on the Experience of War
Grant Info: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=296998
Details: The National Endowment for the Humanities offers the Dialogues on the Experience of War program as part of its current initiative, Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War. The program supports the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war, in the belief that these sources can help U.S. military veterans and others think more deeply about the issues raised by war and military service. Although the program is primarily designed to reach military veterans, men and women in active service, military families, and interested members of the public may also participate. The program awards grants of up to $100,000 that will support • the convening of at least two discussion programs for no fewer than fifteen participants; and • the creation of a preparatory program to recruit and train program discussion leaders (NEH Discussion Leaders). Discussion programs may take place on college and university campuses, in veterans’ centers, at public libraries and museums, and at other community venues.
National Science Foundation
Grant Title: Research Coordination Networks (RCN)
Grant Info: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=296913
Details: The goal of the RCN program is to advance a field or create new directions in research or education by supporting groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic and international boundaries. The RCN program provides opportunities to foster new collaborations, including international partnerships, and address interdisciplinary topics. Innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies, collaborative technologies, training, broadening participation, and development of community standards for data and meta-data are especially encouraged. RCN awards are not meant to support existing networks; nor are they meant to support the activities of established collaborations. RCN awards also do not support primary research. Rather, the RCN program supports the means by which investigators can share information and ideas, coordinate ongoing or planned research activities, foster synthesis and new collaborations, develop community standards, and in other ways advance science and education through communication and sharing of ideas. Additional information about the RCN program and its impacts may be found in Porter et al. 2012 Research Coordination Networks: Evidence of the relationship between funded interdisciplinary networking and scholarly impact. Bioscience, 62: 282-288 Proposed networking activities directed to the RCN program should focus on a theme to give coherence to the collaboration, such as a broad research question or particular technologies or approaches. Participating programs in the Directorates for Biological Sciences(BIO), Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Geosciences (GEO), Education and Human Resources (EHR), Engineering (ENG) and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) will accept RCN proposals. PIs are encouraged (for CISE required) to discuss suitability of an RCN topic with a program officer that manages the appropriate program. Several other NSF solicitations accept RCN proposals, or support research networking activities if appropriate to the solicitation. Please see section IX. Other Information of this solicitation for a listing of these programs. PIs are strongly advised to contact the appropriate Program Director before submitting an RCN proposal.
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Grant Title: Combating Opioid Overdose through Community-Level Intervention
Grant Info: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=296976
Details: The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Executive Office of the President, is seeking applications from public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals) to: (1) Undertake research activities that would entail implementing and evaluating community-based efforts to fight the opioid overdose epidemic; and (2) Support and promote the partnership of law enforcement and public health agencies, whose collaboration is critical to reducing overdose and other harms of opioid (mis)use. The opioid epidemic continues to escalate throughout the United States, claiming an alarming number of lives each year. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, surpassing automobile crashes since 2009. According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug overdoses accounted for more than 52,000 U.S. deaths in 2015 and, of those, more than 33,000 (63%) involved an opioid. This ongoing opioid overdose epidemic presents new challenges to public health and public safety officials, medical professionals, local communities, and other stakeholders invested in curbing rates of accidental death. Preparing regional and community leaders to respond effectively to the public health emergency that is today’s opioid overdose crisis (and be prepared to take on that crisis as it evolves tomorrow) is essential for achieving the shared goal of preventing fatal overdose and saving lives. ONDCP expects to award one Federal grant under the Combating Opioid Overdose through Community-Level Intervention Initiative for a 1-year period, beginning approximately September 2017. The successful non-Federal entity (NFE) will conduct research activities that entail implementing and evaluating community-based efforts to fight the opioid overdose epidemic. These activities will be focused on the regions of the United States with some of the highest rates of fatal and non-fatal opioid-related overdoses and will work to coordinate the often decentralized state and local efforts to assess and respond to opioid-related overdoses. Efforts will also support and promote the partnership of law enforcement and public health agencies, as coordination and collaboration between these two groups is proving critical to addressing this epidemic. Efforts will also align with and be informed by related projects currently being conducted by ONDCP and CDC, and both agencies will work closely with the successful NFE. Goals, Objectives and What the Government is Supporting The assistance provided under this award will support the NFE’s performance of the award and fulfillment of the following performance areas: • Research and analyze 1) a range of existing community-based efforts to address the opioid epidemic and 2) current evidence-based and proven strategies to reduce opioid-related overdose deaths; • Using the evidence-based approaches previously identified, implement or enhance community-based new or ongoing programs that aim to reduce opioid overdose particularly in the regions of the United States with the highest rates of fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses; • Once implemented, evaluate these community-based efforts to assess their efficacy in reducing opioid overdose and other harms of opioid (mis)use, particularly in the regions of the United States with the highest rates of fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses; and • Support and promote collaboration between public safety and public health agencies to ensure that overdose reduction efforts are aligned and that communities benefit from a comprehensive and coordinated response.