Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) PROGRAM SOLICITATION

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) application period is now open! NSF is soliciting applications for the GRFP until the posted deadlines in late October and early November 2014. Since 1952, GRFP has provided Fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Three years of support is provided by the program for graduate study in science or engineering and leads to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree. The NSF expects to award 2,000 Graduate Research Fellowships under this program solicitation pending availability of funds:


Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) PROGRAM SOLICITATION (NSF 14-590)


GRFP is also soliciting reviewers for the GRFP applications.  Disciplinary and interdisciplinary scientists and engineers, and other professionals with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate education expertise, are invited to serve as reviewers for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). This opportunity is described in a Dear Colleague Letter:


Dear Colleague Letter – NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program – Invitation for Reviewers (NSF 14-107)

PCORI Fall Funding Cycle Pre-Announcement

Applicant Resources Aim to Support Latest Round of Funding Opportunities 

We’ve opened the online application system for our Fall 2014 funding cycle and will issue our third call for proposals for large pragmatic clinical studies on Monday, Aug. 18. Required Letters of Intent (LOIs) for all of our funding announcements are now “competitive,” meaning potential applicants will be invited to submit full applications only after a review of their LOIs. We offer potential applicants an abundance of information and resources to help them prepare the best possible LOIs and applications.

  • Applicant resources are listed in each PFA in our Funding Center.
  • Informational “town hall” webinars hosted by our Contracts Management and Administration team provide helpful tips on how to apply for PCORI funding. Visit our Applicant Training page to find links to upcoming webinars and additional resources.
  • A free workshop Sept. 22-23 in San Diego will offer sponsored project administrators tips and tools for developing responsive proposals. Register here.

Alton Ochsner Award Relating to Smoking & Disease

Nominations Due:  March 31, 2014
Award amount:  $15,000

An annual award of $15,000 will be presented to one to three investigators without regard to age, race, gender, or nationality for outstanding and exemplary original scientific investigations that relate tobacco consumption with disease. This scientific work may be clinical, fundamental, epidemiological or prevention in scope. The prime criterion for award selection is its scientific context and impact on this major health threat. All nominations, whatever the category of scientific inquiry, must be supported by letters and copies of peer-reviewed scientific publications as detailed below.

Institutional Sponsor:
Ochsner Clinic Foundation

Nominations must be made by a letter that describes in detail, but concisely, the scientific work and major contributions of the investigator to the field. Self-nominations are excluded. All nominations must include and be supported by: (1) the candidate’s curriculum vitae (containing an active mailing address, office telephone and cellular telephone numbers, and e-mail address, and bibliography; (2) at least two additional supporting letters of recommendation by scientific peers from outside the candidate’s institution; and (3) reprints of at least three pertinent major scientific contributions. The Award Committee is now accepting nominations and supporting material in PDF format only by e-mail sent to Ochsner at Documents submitted in a format other than PDF by e-mail will not be considered. No books or bound journals will be accepted with the nomination. Each nominee will be restricted to a one three year term; and the candidate must wait at least two years before being proposed again. Any nominees not receiving the Award will automatically be considered for the two remaining years. Submission of additional supporting letters and updated materials are strongly recommended.

Deadline for Nominations:
Nominations must be submitted via e-mail as attached documents in PDF format, e-mailed to no later than March 31, 2014.

Endorsed by:
The American College of Chest Physicians

Presentation of Award:
The Award will be presented in person, at a special Symposium at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans in the Fall of 2014.

If you have any questions regarding submissions please contact the office of Edward D. Frohlich, MD, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, (504) 842-3700 or send an e-mail to