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PREFACE: Funding Sources and Initiatives
The RWBC is always on the outlook for funding. Fortunately, the NIEHS has provided a long-term source of funding through UCSD's Superfund Basic Research Program, Research Translation Core and Community Outreach Core (2000-2010). But most of this funding is dedicated to specific tasks linking basic science (cellular and molecular biology) to policy and planning. The RWBC needs additional funding to develop enabling cyberinfrastructure (i.e., technical as well as social capital necessary for regional data/information integration and collaborative knowledge networking).

Grant opportunities relevant to the RWBC's mission

  • Collaborative Science and Technology Network for Sustainability - Opens: January 2006 Ecosystem Services - Opens: March 2006
  • How Do Lifestyle and Cultural Practices of Tribal Populations Affect Risks From Toxic Substances in the Environment - Opens: March 2006
  • Integration of Biomarkers and PBPK & PBPD Modeling - Opens: March 2006
  • New Technologies for Quantitative Identification of Pathogens - Opens: March 2006
  • Outcomes and Accountability - Development of Novel Public Health Indicators - Opens: April 2006
  • Development of Predictive Toxicogenomics Approaches with Computational Toxicology - Opens:
    October 2006

    EPA Empowering Communities to Reduce Risks from Toxic Exposure
    EPA is launching a new grant program to help communities understand and reduce the risk of exposure to toxic chemicals.  The Community Action for a Renewed Environment program is a community-based, community-driven, multi-media demonstration program.  Through the Community Action for a Renewed Environment program, EPA is offering financial and technical assistance to help communities understand and reduce risks caused by toxics from multiple sources.  The program will award $1.65 million in grant money through two levels of funding.  Under Level I, communities will receive approximately $75,000 to establish collaborative partnerships and set priorities for reducing toxic risks in their local areas.  Level II offers pproximately $300,000 to communities that already have a broad-based collaborative partnership, have identified priorities, and are ready to implement risk reduction strategies. A total of 10 projects were funded in in FY05. Check on status of this opportunity for FY2006.
    Contact: John Millett: 202-564-7842, [email protected]

NSF and other key grants

NSF ( Directorate for Biological Sciences)
Cyberinfrastructure for Environmental Observatories: Prototype Systems to Address
Cross-Cutting Needs (CEO:P)
Full Proposal Target Date:  January 25, 2006

Spatially extensive observing systems for environmental research, together with the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of research on the dynamics of complex environmental systems, create the need for a sophisticated information infrastructure to support these observing systems and to facilitate the integrated use of data from them. There are a number of questions about how to best construct such a cyberinfrastructure. To help answer these questions and to promote planning for Cyberinfrastructure for Environmental Observatories (CEO), this solicitation requests proposals for the development of practical environmental cyberinfrastructure prototypes along with a demonstration of their capability to answer significant environmental research questions. Proposals should be for projects that pursue an end-to-end approach to an information infrastructure prototype. Proposals should identify the types of data involved and the ways in which users might wish to use such data. The proposed projects should include the careful exploration of use cases followed by deployment of a prototype that implements these use cases. .

NSF Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs
Phase I Solicitation FY-2006 (SBIR/STTR)
The SBIR/STTR Programs stimulate technological innovation in the private sector, by strengthening the role of small business concerns in meeting Federal research and development needs, increasing the commercial application of federally supported research results, and fostering and encouraging participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses.

NSF Division of Computer and Network Systems
Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS)
Computer and communication networks are among society's most important infrastructures. Networks are vital to the operation of many sectors of our society — from financial and manufacturing to education and healthcare — and they are engines for economic growth. However, with the existing network architecture stressed and reaching the limits of its capabilities, significant innovations are necessary to give rise to new applications and to meet current and future demands on the existing Internet.

NSF Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences
Next Generation Cybertools
Researchers in the social and behavioral sciences and computer and information sciences have many important synergistic relationships.One way in which this is manifest is in the development and utilization of data. On the one hand, social and behavioral scientists find new ways to create and analyze data in their endeavors to describe human and organizational behavior. On the other hand, computer and information scientists conduct research that yields new ways to improve both domain-specific and general-purpose tools to analyze and visualize scientific data -- such as improving processing power, enhanced interoperability of data from different sources, data mining, data integration, information indexing and data confidentiality protection - or what we have termed cybertools. This solicitation invites proposals for "information infrastructure testbeds", each of which would include the development of the next generation of cybertools applied to data from various sources collected in two areas of research fundamental to social and behavioral scientists: organizations and individuals. The tools that are developed on these platforms must not only change ways in which social and behavioral scientists research the behavior of organizations and individuals, but also serve sciences more broadly.

NSF Sociology Grants

NSF Regional Science and Geography Grants

UC Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program (TSR&TP)
Collaborative Research Grants, Request For Proposals
2006-2007 Funding
Deadline: January 31, 2006
The UC Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program (TSR&TP) announces the availability of up to $100,000 (total, two year project period) in grant funds for Collaborative Research Grants for innovative research projects in the biological, physical, engineering or social sciences relevant to problems of toxic substances in California.

Assessment and Watershed Protection Program Grants (AWPPGs)
Agency: United States Environmental Protection Agency Announcement Title: Announcement Type: Request for Proposals (RFP) for FY 2005 Announcement Number: AWPPG 2005-1
Due Date for Proposals: February 16, 2005
SUMMARY: Assessment and Watershed Protection Program Grants (AWPPGs) provide eligible applicants an opportunity to conduct projects that promote the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects (including health and welfare effects), extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution. These grants will be awarded under the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 66.480, which can be found at
The goals of this program include supporting a watershed approach to better address water quality problems in the U.S. and building the capacity of all levels of government to develop and implement effective, comprehensive programs for watershed protection, restoration, and management. These are tied into goals two and four ( clean and safe water) of the EPA Strategic Plan (, which includes restoring and maintaining watersheds and their aquatic ecosystems and oceans in order to protect human health, support economic and recreational activities, and provide healthy habitat for fish, plants, and wildlife. States and local governments, federally recognized Indian Tribes, territories and possessions of the U.S., including the District of Columbia, interstate associations or intertribal consortia, public or private nonprofit, nongovernmental institutions and individuals are eligible to apply.

Heinz Endowments,E5,E5a
The environment program's goals include the following:
Protect watersheds and ecosystems - The program works to protect the integrity of critical ecosystems and watersheds as complex, integrated systems.

Compton Foundation, Inc. Environment and Sustainability
March 15, 2006
September 7, 2006
In its Environment and Sustainability grantmaking, the Compton Foundation seeks a balanced and healthy relationship between humans, other life, and the planet. The Foundation believes it is possible to pursue a holistic and sustainable vision that blends concern for environmental conservation and economic viability, links urban and rural priorities, and views humans as one part of the natural world. The foundation has chosen three focus areas in which we feel we can make a meaningful contribution to realizing this vision in the United States. The goals are to advance ecologically healthy, economically sustainable, and socially just visions for the management and use of fresh water in the western United States, reduce the U.S. contribution to global climate change, and promote community-based strategies to support healthy ecosystems and thriving rural communities.

Microsoft opportunity: Digital Inclusion Through Mobile and Wireless Technologies
Research Funding Initiative
Deadline = January 13, 2006
 For additional RFPs in Science/Technology, visit:
There has been growing recognition that the power of computing and information technology must be, and can be, extended beyond its traditional user base to reach people who until now have not had access to such technology. Being digitally connected has become ever more critical to economic, educational, and social advancement. The term “Digital Inclusion” is used in this document to describe the goal of expanding the capabilities of computing technology worldwide to better serve social and economic challenges of underserved communities, both rural and urban. (The term “Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D)” is also often used in the academic research community to describe the same goal.)







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