Below are links to resources to help you with your proposal development.

Take the RAMSeS Tutorial


Click here for resources that will assist in your search for funding.


You have found your potential funding source. What is next?


F&A? Cost Sharing? Fringe? Find answers to your questions here.


Before we send your proposal to a sponsor, here are a few things you need to know...


Answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions.


Sponsor announcements and changes to systems and forms.


Deadlines Posted for 2014-2015

Next year’s grant program deadlines are now posted on the NCBiotech website. For more information, go to


Spotlight: Technology Enhancement Grant (TEG)

The Technology Enhancement Grant Program supports the licensing activities of NC university technology transfer offices. Specifically, a TEG award provides up to $50,000 that allows an applicant tech transfer office to obtain data required by a potential commercial licensee of a university technology. A TEG-funded project may be conducted by a non-academic contract research provider or at the university, at the discretion of the applicant. Prior consultation is required, and preproposals are considered on a rolling basis. For more information, please see the TEG webpage.

Final Deadline for 2013-2014 Meeting Grants

The final quarterly deadline for the Biotechnology Event Sponsorship (BES) and the

Biotechnology Meeting Grant (BMG) programs is noon, Friday, March 14, 2014. Please visit the websites for more information about the special deadline requirements. If you have any questions about these programs, contact the Center.

Grant Writing Tip: Is your project a good fit?

A grant proposal must support the mission of the funding organization and match the purpose of the program to which you are applying. Your first step should be to review the mission of the sponsor and read the program guidelines. At NCBiotech, we are happy to provide a consultation to help you make sure your project is a fit for our programs.


(visit for additional deadlines)


Refer to program websites for further information on eligibility and application instructions.


Biotechnology Event

Supports events advancing the understanding or
application of biotechnology to benefit North Carolina.

Quarterly deadlines
(see BES webpage for details)

Biotechnology Meeting

Supports national and international meetings which advance the understanding or application of biotechnology and focus national and international attention on the North Carolina scientific community.

Quarterly deadlines
(see BMG webpage for details)


Technology Enhancement

Funds research through university or research
institution technology transfer offices.


Business Loans

NCBiotech offers several types of business loans.
See the website for further information on deadlines and application procedures.

See website for details

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Student Science Enrichment Program
Support for creative, hands-on science and mathematics education activities

Application Deadline: April 10, 2014

  • Awards provide up to $180,000 over three years to improve primary andsecondary students’ competence in science, nurture their enthusiasm for science,and interest them in pursuing careers in research or other science-relatedareas.
  • Limited to North Carolina and intended to support projects that provide creative science and mathematics enrichment activities for primary and secondary students who have shown exceptional skillsand who are perceived to have high potential and interests in science.
  • Eligible organizations include public and private schools, colleges anduniversities, community groups, museums, zoos, scientific groups, and othersthat can provide experiential activities for K-12 North Carolina students.
  • Programs must take place outside of standard school time.

See for complete information and deadlines.

Philanthropy News Digest

Upcoming Deadlines

Boston Foundation Invites Submissions for 2014 Collaborate Boston Competition (Due: March 28, 2014)

Russell Sage Foundation Seeks Applications for Intergenerational Mobility Research Projects (Due: March 28, 2014)

Lupus Foundation of America Accepting Applications for 2014 Career Development Awards (Due: March 28, 2014)

International Foundation for Ethical Research Invites Applications for Graduate Fellowships (Due: March 30, 2014)

New RFPs


Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Seeks Proposals for Guest Artists Program
POSTED: MARCH 16, 2014
The SDCF Guest Artist Initiative is designed to support the hiring, by American colleges and universities, of professional directors and choreographers as guest artists....



Geist Foundation Invites Applications From Hawaii Foster Care Organizations
POSTED: MARCH 17, 2014
DEADLINE: MAY 15, 2014
Grants up to $40,000 will be awarded in support of projects designed to increase the capacity of organizations to deliver services to foster children and their families in Hawaii....



Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Minigrant Applications Deadline Extended
POSTED: MARCH 19, 2014
Grants of up to $500 will be awarded to educators to create special activities and events outside the standard curriculum....

Target Accepting Applications for K-12 Arts Education Programs
POSTED: MARCH 19, 2014
Grants of $2,000 will be awarded in support of programs that enhance the K-12 classroom curricula by bringing arts and cultural experiences to schools....

Blandin Foundation Invites Applications for Scholarships for High School Students in Rural Minnesota
POSTED: MARCH 20, 2014
Through its Education Awards scholarship program, the foundation will award college scholarships of up to $4,000 to high school students and home-schooled students in Minnesota's Itasca County....

GreenPal Lawncare Accepting Applications for Annual Business Scholarship
POSTED: MARCH 21, 2014
DEADLINE: MAY 31, 2014
Scholarship funds of $2,000 will be awarded to a motivated, driven student who owns and operates his/her own small business or has put together a business plan to start a business while in college....



Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Seeks Proposals for Woman to Woman Support Groups
POSTED: MARCH 21, 2014
Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded for support programs designed to improve the quality of care for gynecologic cancer patients through a patient-to-patient support model....

CHCF Seeks Applications From Companies for Community Health Centers Initiative
POSTED: MARCH 21, 2014
DEADLINE: MAY 6, 2014 (Open)
Grants of up to $1.5 million will be awarded to companies with technology- or service-based solutions that enable community health centers and clinics to stretch their resources, increase patient access to care, and/or lower the cost of providing care....

Gates Foundation Issues Call for Applications for Round 13 of Grand Challenges Initiative
POSTED: MARCH 21, 2014
Initial grants of $100,000 will be awarded in support of bold approaches aimed at improving the lives of the world's poorest people....

Donaghue Foundation Invites Letters of Intent for Projects to Improve Institutional Senior Care
POSTED: MARCH 21, 2014
DEADLINE: MAY 12, 2014 (Letters of Intent)
Through its Another Look program, the foundation will award grants totaling $450,000 for projects that address a particular problem affecting the elderly in care facilities....



Autism Speaks Issues RFP for Gut-Brain Interactions and Treatment of Autism-Associated GI Disorders
POSTED: MARCH 19, 2014
DEADLINE: APRIL 16, 2014 (Letter of Intent)
Grants of up to $500,000 will be awarded for research that advances understanding of the relationship between gastrointestinal health and autism, along with associated therapies....

March of Dimes Invites Applications for 2015 Research Program
POSTED: MARCH 20, 2014
DEADLINE: APRIL 30, 2014 (Letter of Intent)
Grants will be awarded for research projects relevant to the organization's mission of helping pregnant women carry to full term and supporting research on problems that threaten the health of babies....

United States Pharmacopeial Convention Accepting Applications for Global Fellowship Awards
POSTED: MARCH 15, 2014
Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to students whose proposed research directly addresses a specific USP scientific or research need....

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Seeks Applications for 2014 AARC Awards
POSTED: MARCH 17, 2014
DEADLINE: MAY 15, 2014
Up to six awards of $5,000 each will be awarded to junior-level faculty in support of clinical practice research focused on the prevention, diagnostics, treatment, implementation, and outcomes measurement of communication, swallowing, and balance disorders....

PhRMA Foundation Accepting Proposals for Research Assessing the Social Benefits of Treating Cancer
POSTED: MARCH 21, 2014
DEADLINE: MAY 16, 2014
Grants of $100,000 will be awarded to support research aimed at quantifying the benefits to society that have accrued from innovations in cancer treatment....



Dreyfus Foundation Invites Letters of Inquiry for Projects That Advance Chemical Sciences
POSTED: MARCH 18, 2014
DEADLINE: JUNE 5, 2014 (Letters of Inquiry)
Grants will be awarded in support of projects with the potential to significantly advance the chemical sciences....


Department of Defense (DoD)

The Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Defense Appropriations Act provides research funding for the peer reviewed programs managed by the Department of Defense (DOD) office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). 

This e-mail is to notify the research community of the recently released pre-announcements ( from the following programs:

Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP)                                                                                                                                                                                                            Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)

Descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, eligibility, key mechanism elements, and funding can be found in the respective Program pre-announcement.  FY14 pre-announcements can be found in the CDMRP home page features at

BMFRP at       

NFRP at                                                





Subsequent notifications will be sent when the program announcements/funding opportunities are released.

New for 2014 - CDMRP’s New Application Receipt System (eBRAP)
For FY14, CDMRP has replaced eReceipt with the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP). As in the past, application submission is a two-step process requiring both (1) pre-application submission through the eBRAP ( and (2) application submission through (, with application status available on eBRAP.

A key feature of eBRAP is that organizational representatives and PIs will be able to view and modify the application submissions associated with them, but only if their organization, Business Officials, and PIs are registered and affiliated to their organization in eBRAP.

Submission of either the pre-application to eBRAP or the application to does not require registering an organization and affiliating its Business Officials and PIs in eBRAP; however, the ability to view and modify the application in eBRAP is contingent upon this registration and affiliation process.

NIH eSubmission Items of Interest

March 24, 2014

If Three’s Company…

…then it is getting very crowded on the eRA Video Tutorials page!
We proudly announce the posting of three new videos for your viewing enjoyment (and if not enjoyment, then at least you might learn something new from them).

Here are the newest videos to “hit the streets…”

Status for PD/PIs (PD/PI Only)
This video reviews the steps for accessing the features available to a Program Director (PD) / Principal Investigator (PI) in the Status module. The video also examines the search options and organization of the Status Result screen table.

Detailed Status Information (SO & PD/PI)
Video 5 of this series looks at the Detailed Status Information screen. The Detailed Status Information screen is the culmination of the latest information about your grant application, including critiques, scores, NIH contact information, award information, and more.

Accessing the Summary Statement (PD/PI Only)
Video 6 of the Status series looks at the steps a Principal Investigator (PI) takes to access the Summary Statement. Additionally, the video summarizes, at a high level, the review process for grant applications. It is this review process that generates an evaluative document called the Summary Statement. Because the Summary Statement is considered an evaluation, it is only

Save It, and They Will Come

The web team is at it again…

You can now save your searches when looking for Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) and/or Guide Notices.

This is cool, simple, and it works.

If you go to the main NIH grants page, in the center of the page you will see a nice blue Funding box. And within that box there is a link called Advanced Search. Set up a search as you normally would, define your parameters using key words, status, issuing organization, etc. and then click the Search button at the bottom of the window.

When you get your results, you will see an option to save the search, and ironically it looks just like the graphic above. When you click Save this Search, you will be prompted to provide an email address and a name for the search. You can also select the frequency of your notifications (daily, weekly, or monthly). Enter this information along with a security code (provided on the screen) and Wa-LA! Presto Magico! You will be alerted when notices and/or FOAs are posted that meet your criteria. After clicking the Save this Search button, you will also receive a confirmation email with a hyperlink for your named search and an unsubscribe button (which is also way easy… one click and done).

And as if that is not enough, you can have an unlimited number of saved searches! Once again, those wild and whacky web folks are working hard to make your life easier!


Unicode is coming to NIH. It is important, and complicated, and important…

Unicode is a way that computers can understand all the modern characters of almost all the written languages in the world. Greek characters are particularly important to people communicating about their science. This upgrade will allow eRA to be able to recognize Greek characters in the attachments that you submit with your grant applications, progress reports, etc.

So all systems, including eRA Commons, ASSIST, and IAR will be offline over Memorial Day weekend, 2014. The systems will be brought down on Friday, May 23 at 9:00 PM ET and full service is anticipated to be restored by Tuesday, May 27 at 7:00 AM ET.

For more details about the Unicode project, please see Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-071 and the related notice in the impact of submission dates: NOT-OD-14-070.


NASA's Office of Education has amended the NASA Announcement for High-Impact, National, Strategic STEM Education Partnerships [EDUCATION01SP13] to reflect a new response date. The new response date is Jan. 23, 2014. NASA's Education portfolio is being strategically rescoped. NASA anticipates reissuing the Announcement. NASA will not accept Responses to this Announcement after Jan. 23, 2014.

To access the Announcement home page, please visit


March 19, 2014


Since October 2012, Principal Investigators (PIs) have used to successfully submit over 47,000 project reports to the National Science Foundation (NSF). Over that time, NSF has received feedback and suggestions from NSF awardees and Program Officers (POs) on how to further improve project reporting. The following enhancements, based on awardee and NSF staff feedback, were implemented on March 17th:

- POs will view project reports in HTML rather than PDF, which will allows POs and PIs to view the same layout for a project report.

- NSF will pre-populate the Products, Organization and Participants sections of a project report from information previously submitted in This will save awardees time and reduce redundant data entry.

- The progress report pages will be redesigned to optimize space, minimize scrolling efforts, and become more user-friendly. The default setting for non-critical sections will be "hidden", users will be able to click "Show Report and Progress Summary" to view sections as needed.

- PIs will be able to edit reporting periods for an Interim Project Report (IPR). This will allow PIs to accurately report specific dates applicable to the task(s) being reported upon.

If you would like to stay up-to-date on upcoming events or future enhancements to and/or FastLane, subscribe to our new System Updates NSF listserv. This listserv is available to both NSF staff and awardees. To subscribe, simply email: and you will be automatically enrolled.

Where should PIs go for help with project reports?

- Online Help: Help System

Project Report Informational Page

NSF Help Desk



If you have any additional feedback on project reporting, please email


Thank You,


The Team

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