Great NIH Resource: Expenditures by Category

NIH recently published a very interesting and useful table detailing the funding allocated over recent years by research, condition, or disease category. This data includes estimated amounts for 2016 and 2017. You can click through on any year and category to see what projects were funded. Follow those links as you would use results from a RePORTER query to identify program officers, study sections and FOAs. A great resource for PIs trying to figure out where at NIH their research fits! Click here to go to NIH's table.

NOAA Science Collaboration Program

The NOAA Science Collaboration Program (NSCP/$75 million) represents an effort to support the development of undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers and scientists with expertise in NOAA-related sciences. This will be accomplished through collaborations between these scientists and professionals in areas of mutual interest across the full spectrum of NOAA sciences. It is expected that some of the scientists will collaborate onsite at NOAA facilities and laboratories. NOAA will also support associated workshops that will serve to further enhance collaborative relationships. Through this funding opportunity, NOAA is also interested in supporting complementary earth-systems modeling efforts in areas such as hydrology and coastal dynamics which can serve as a catalyst for collaborations between NOAA professionals and scientists supported through this program. NOAA will support social science research that evaluates the impact of NOAA-related science to society and seeks to find ways to determine how environmental and related sciences can be communicated and utilized more effectively to protect life and property, assist decision makers, and enhance economic development. See NOAA-NWS-NWSPO-2017-2004858 NOAA Science Collaboration Program Due June 13.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter lists International Funding Mechanisms

A recent NSF Dear Colleague letter was issued to remind researchers involved in the BRAIN initiative of funding programs and mechanisms that support international cooperation. Most of these programs are equally applicable to international collaborations in other research topics funded by NSF and bear repeating:

Who Funds What: A Quick Guide

This table (in pdf) gives an overview of the agencies (and a few foundations) that are most active in funding academic research and what types of research they fund. The links take you to the funding page of the agency (which can sometimes to be difficult to find for agencies where funding research is not a major part of their mission), not just to the agency's home page.

Video: How to Use the NSF Website to Identify the Core Program that Fits Your Research

When pursuing research funding from NSF, it's extremely important that you identify the program or programs within NSF that best fit(s) your research. A good place to start is the NSF website. This video shows how to the use the website to identify the program (and program director) that is most likely to be interested in funding your research. The next step will be to contact the program director to discuss whether your research fits their program.

Video: How to Use NIH's RePORTER to Identify the Study Section and Program that Fits Your Research

NIH's RePORTER awards database has been around a while now, but many researchers aren't aware that NIH has been adding a number of nifty new capabilities that make this a powerful research tool that you can use to identify the IC, program and study section that best fits your research. This video shows how to do that.