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DOD, Spinal Cord Injury, Clinical Translation Research Award Varies

The SCIRP CTRA is intended to support high-impact and/or new/emerging clinical research that may not be ready for a larger-scale clinical trial and for which feasibility/pilot studies are necessary. Projects should demonstrate potential to impact the standard of care, both immediate and long term, or contribute to evidence-based guidelines for the evaluation and care of military Service Members, Veterans, and other individuals living with SCI.• One goal of the FY23 SCIRP CTRA is to translate current and emerging techniques and interventions into the clinical space to de-risk and inform the design of more advanced trials.• Another goal is to identify the most effective diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation options available to support critical decision-making for patients, clinicians, care partners, and policymakers.The application should clearly articulate the scientific and strategic steps and/or preparations the research team will take during AND after the project’s period of performance to advance the research to the next stage of clinical development/implementation.The proposed studies may be interventional or observational and may involve some retrospective data analysis. Note that purely retrospective or database-related research will not be supported under this funding opportunity, some element of prospective human enrollment should be included in the project. Small/pilot clinical trials with human subjects are allowable. Alternative trial designs to traditional randomized clinical trials are allowed but should be appropriate to the objective of the trial. If a clinical trial is proposed, utilization of decentralized clinical trial strategies that leverage virtual elements/tools for participant enrollment, communication, and data collection is especially encouraged.The FY23 SCIRP CTRA differs from the FY23 SCIRP Clinical Trial Award (Funding Opportunity Number HT9425-23-SCIRP-CTA) in that the CTRA allows for the execution of both clinical research projects and clinical trials, whereas the Clinical Trial Award is restricted to the execution of clinical trials only.The FY23 CTRA differs from the FY23 SCIRP Translational Research Award (Funding Opportunity Number HT9425-23-SCIRP-TRA) in that the study proposed within an application to the FY23 SCIRP CTRA may consist entirely of a clinical trial. In contrast, if a clinical trial is proposed within a Translational Research Award application, it must make up only a portion of the project’s Statement of Work.Applications to the FY23 SCIRP CTRA mechanism must support prospective clinical research or clinical trials and may not be used for animal research. Investigators seeking support to conduct studies involving animal research should consider applying to the FY23 SCIRP Translational Research Award mechanism (Funding Opportunity Number HT9425-23-SCIRP-TRA) or FY23 SCIRP Investigator-Initiated Research Award mechanism (Funding Opportunity Number HT9425-23-SCIRP-IIRA).

Somalia Counter-VBIED Mobile Vehicle Check Point Program $2,962,500.00

The Bureau of Counterterrorism (CT) of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to utilize existing Somalia Police Force (SPF) MVCP cadre to create three to four additional SPF mobile vehicle checkpoint (MVCP) teams to expand operations throughout Mogadishu intended to disrupt terrorists’ ability to use VBIEDs and to move lethal aid.

DOD, Spinal Cord Injury, Investigator-Initiated Research Award Varies

The SCIRP IIRA is intended to support studies that have the potential to make an important contribution to SCI research, patient care, and/or quality of life.Important aspects of this award mechanism include:• Impact: Applications should articulate the short- and long-term impact of the proposed research on both the SCI research field as well as the SCI community. Projects must address one or more of the FY23 SCIRP Focus Areas.• Relevance to Military Health: Projects should be relevant to spinal cord-injured military Service Members, Veterans, and/or their family members and care partners. Collaboration with military and VA researchers and clinicians is encouraged.• Preliminary Data: Observations that drive a research idea may be derived from laboratory discovery, population-based studies, a clinician’s first-hand knowledge of patients, or anecdotal data. Applications must include preliminary and/or published data that are relevant to the mission of the SCIRP and support the proposed research project.IIRA applications may focus on any phase of research from basic through translational, though studies focused exclusively on target identification are discouraged. Permitted research includes preclinical studies in animal models (except where otherwise specified), research with human subjects or human anatomical substances, as well as ancillary studies associated with an existing clinical trial.Clinical trials are not allowed under this funding opportunity. Applications including animal studies must have a clear justification for the animal model chosen, including relevance to human SCI.

23.PMWRA.EuropeAssessmentMANPADS.NOFO $350,000.00

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) is pleased to invite eligible organizations to submit applications for a cooperative agreement to conduct proliferation mitigation of Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) and Anti-Tank/All-purpose Tactical Guided Missiles (ATGMs) programming in and around Ukraine during fiscal year 2023. Specific goals, objectives, and technical requirements for application packages are detailed below. PM/WRA anticipates awarding up to $350,000 under this funding opportunity.

Media Small Grants Program $50,000.00

While media in the Kyrgyz Republic is the most open in the region, few outlets are truly independent and the industry suffers from self-censorship, a lack of professionalism, and financial sustainability issues. Misinformation and disinformation are regularly disseminated by both local and international actors through local media. Independent media outlets have been subjected to harassment, threats, and unfounded defamation lawsuits by subjects of reporting. The Media Small Grants Program advances the U.S. Embassy goal of supporting a more inclusive and accountable democracy. It seeks to expand the capabilities of independent media, resulting in increased production of balanced and locally relevant media products as well as diverse and alternative media narratives. The program also supports the development of the Kyrgyz Republic’s nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and associations working in the media-related areas. Through local innovative strategies, the program may address policy priorities such as: Promoting freedom of speech and press. Increasing journalistic professionalism and sustainability of independent media organizations. Fostering government transparency and advocacy and fighting corruption. Informing the public regarding the work and contributions of civil society organizations to the Kyrgyz Republic’s social and economic development. Raising public awareness and participation in efforts to combat climate change and air pollution. Raising public awareness of and increasing resiliency to misinformation and disinformation.

University Innovation (UI) Project Varies

Amendment 2 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2023 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES web site.NASA Aeronautics recognizes that to develop the new air transportation ecosystem, it has to focus not just on the new forms of aircraft but also on the wider system in which these aircraft will operate. This program element focuses on one of the prominent issues likely to be faced by the future air transportation industry – Aviation Maintenance. It is important to identify the new and unique maintenance issues that will crop up with these new forms of air transportation and also develop the workforce for it.Research proposals are sought to address key maintenance and training challenges facing the next-generation of air transportation in Appendix D.6. Notices of Intent (NOIs) are encouraged, although not required, to be submitted by April 21, 2023. An Applicant’s Workshop will be held on Wednesday April 26, 2023; 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. The meeting link will be posted on NSPIRES. Proposals are due May 31, 2023, 5 pm ET.

Veterans Legacy Grants Program $500,000.00

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) is awarding grants for a maximum of $500,000 per awardee through the Veterans Legacy Grants Program (VLGP), authorized under 38 U.S.C. 2400 note to provide funding to educational institutions and other eligible entities to conduct cemetery research and produce educational tools for the public to utilize and learn about the histories of Veterans interred in VA national cemeteries and VA grant-funded State and Tribal Veterans’ cemeteries. This notice includes information about the process for applying for a VLGP grant; criteria for evaluating applications; priorities related to the award of grants; and other requirements and guidance regarding VLGP grants.

FY2023 Creative Arts Exchange $3,550,000.00

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational Cultural Affairs announces the Creative Arts Exchange (CAE) open competition for up to three cooperative agreements to support thematic projects in film, music, and musical collaboration as civic engagement. Thematic projects under the Creative Arts Exchange (CAE) are arts-based, international people-to-people exchanges that create partnerships through artistic collaboration and professional development activities, encourage inclusive economic opportunities, demonstrate the power of free expression to strengthen democratic values, and support U.S. Department of State foreign policy objectives. Eligible themes and/or artistic genres under the CAE vary and are determined based on Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) strategic priorities. In FY 2023, CAE will focus on the following themes:Theme One: Film (American Film Showcase) Theme Two: Music (American Music Abroad) Theme Three: Musical Collaboration as Civic Engagement (OneBeat)Only one proposal will be considered by ECA from each applicant organization. In cases where more than one submission from an applicant appears in grants.gov, ECA will only consider the submission made closest in time to the NOFO deadline; that submission would constitute the one and only proposal ECA would review from that applicant. Please see the full announcement for additional information.

Pipelined Reasoning Of Verifiers Enabling Robust Systems (PROVERS) Varies

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of proof engineering, to include proof development, maintenance, deployment, and management. Proposals that will drive advances in proof engineering, providing for the development of knowledge, methods, and tools enabling integration of capabilities into a continuous software development pipeline accessible to traditional software developers and engineers, ensuring that critical DoD systems remain free of categories of defects and vulnerabilities.

Space Pavilion at Science Fair $25,000.00

Funding Opportunity Title: Space Pavilion at Science Fair Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-MOROCCO-FY23-08 Deadline for Applications: May 12, 2023 Assistance Listing Number: 19.040 Total Amount Available: $25,000 A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The U.S. Embassy Morocco is pleased to announce an open competition for organizations to submit applications to manage Embassy Rabat’s Space Pavilion at the Moroccan Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication’s Science Fair taking place in November 2023 for ten days. This would be a U.S. Embassy branded space-themed booth that will consist of an interactive exhibit that showcases the wonders of the universe and the latest advancements in space technology. All program activities should have a strong American focus and should include U.S. models, examples, and precepts. The pavilion will feature engaging displays, demonstrations, and hands-on activities that showcase the latest advancements in space technology and the wonders of the universe. From virtual reality to building your own mini-rocket, visitors of all ages will leave the pavilion with a deeper appreciation for the cosmos and a greater understanding of U.S. leadership in this field. In addition to the pavilion, workshops and public talks delivered by U.S. speakers and USG alumni of STEM programs will be organized on the margins of the festival. Priority Region: Morocco Proposed Themes: The space pavilion will cover various aspects of space exploration, including: - The history of space exploration - Recent NASA achievements and advancements in the field - The solar system and celestial bodies - Astronaut training and life in space - The role of telescopes and observatories (James Webb Telescope) - The importance of international collaboration in space missions Potential Activities/Features: To create an immersive experience for visitors, below are potential activities and features of the space pavilion: - Interactive activities about space exploration, the solar system, and celestial bodies - Virtual reality (VR) simulations of spacewalks and planetary surface exploration - A mock-up of a spacecraft cockpit, allowing visitors to experience the role of an astronaut. - A scaled-down version of a Mars rover with remote control features for visitors to operate - Telescope demonstrations and live streaming of images from observatories around the world - Public talks and workshops with space experts and alumni of State Department programs. Target Audience: The pavilion is designed to cater to a diverse range of visitors, including: - General public: The booth will be accessible and engaging for visitors of all ages and backgrounds, providing information and activities that can be enjoyed by everyone, including individuals with physical disabilities. Visitors will gain insight into the world of space exploration and its significance, regardless of their prior knowledge. - Students and youth: A key focus of the pavilion will be to inspire young visitors and students. The activities and learning experiences will be tailored to make complex concepts more approachable and foster a curiosity for space and related sciences. - Educators and teachers: The pavilion will serve as a resource for educators and teachers, providing them with ideas and materials to incorporate space-themed lessons into their classrooms. Teachers will be able to explore the different activities and gather ideas to engage their students in the world of space exploration. - Aspiring space professionals: Visitors with a keen interest in pursuing careers in the space industry will find the pavilion particularly beneficial. They will have the opportunity to interact with experts, explore the various facets of space exploration, and gain a deeper understanding of the field. - Space enthusiasts: The pavilion will cater to space enthusiasts who are passionate about learning more about the universe and the advancements in space exploration. These visitors will appreciate the detailed information, VR simulations, and live interactions with experts that the pavilion offers. Program Objectives: 1- To provide a fun and educational experience that teaches visitors about space, astronomy, and the latest advancements in space technology. 2- To inspire the next generation of scientists and explorers by showcasing the possibilities of space exploration and discovery. 3- To engage visitors of all ages and backgrounds and foster a deeper appreciation for science. 4- To promote public engagement and understanding of science, particularly in the field of space and astronomy. The implementer must be able to carry out the following: - Project design and preparation: The Recipient will define, in consultation with the U.S. Embassy, the project scope, main outcomes and outputs including audience profiles. The Recipient will conduct research to identify the space-related themes, technologies, and activities that will be showcased at the pavilion. All program activities should have a strong American focus and should include U.S. models, examples, and precepts. - Staffing and Pavilion Management: Hire and train staff to manage the pavilion, including scientists, educators, and volunteers who have expertise in space and astronomy. Ensure that staff members are knowledgeable, engaging, and prepared to answer visitors' questions. The recipient will also identify organizations, institutions, or individuals who will be involved in participating or managing the pavilion, and establish partnerships and collaborations as needed. - Promotion and Outreach: Promote the space-themed pavilion to potential visitors and media outlets through social media, email campaigns, press releases, and other marketing channels. Provide information about the pavilion's activities, hours of operation, and location, and invite visitors to participate. - Implementation and Evaluation: Implement the space-themed pavilion during the science festival and collect data on visitor engagement, satisfaction, and learning outcomes. Use this data to evaluate the effectiveness of the pavilion and identify areas for improvement in future iterations. B. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION Length of performance period: Six to nine months Number of awards anticipated: One award Award amounts: Awards may range from a minimum of $20,000 to a maximum of $25,000 Total available funding: $25,000 Type of Funding: FY23 Smith Mundt Public Diplomacy Funds Anticipated program start date: July 2023 This notice is subject to availability of funding. Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative agreement. U.S. Embassy staff will: Review and approve implementation timeline which should include specific milestones and deadlines for each stage. Provide standardized logos/branding guidelines for promotional materials. Review and approve marketing materials and participation in promotional activities of the pavilion, and the use of the U.S. Mission’s social media platforms and media contacts. Review and approve the design of the pavilion. Review and approve trainers/speakers’ recruitment and selection. Assist in identifying and contacting alumni of U.S. government exchange programs, representatives of U.S. companies, and U.S. Mission personnel as potential speakers or trainers. Review and approve proposed activities and activity/workshop topics and formats. Review and approve the metrics that will be used to measure the success of the pavilion and ensure that these metrics are clear, measurable, and aligned with the project goals and objectives. Review and approve any partnerships or collaborations that have been established to support the projects. Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in nine months or less. The Department of State will entertain applications for continuation grants funded under these awards beyond the initial budget period on a non-competitive basis subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the program, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the U.S. Department of State. C. ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION 1. Eligible Applicants: The following organizations are eligible to apply: · Only Moroccan associations and committed and organized civil-society organizations having started SAM registration and experience executing youth STEM programs will be eligible to receive funding. For-profit, commercial entities, U.S. organizations, and NGOs are not eligible to apply. 2. Cost Sharing or Matching Cost-share is not required; however, if provided, please detail whether the cost-share is through in-cash or in-kind contributions and the approximate dollar amount. Cost-share will not be included in the criteria for evaluation. 3. Other Eligibility Requirements To be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number issued via www.SAM.gov as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. Please see Section D.3 for more information. Individuals are not required to have a UEI or be registered in SAM.gov. D. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION Submit all forms as PDFs in electronic format to Rabatgrants@state.gov no later than April 8, 2023, at midnight. All questions about this NOFO should be addressed to: Rabatgrants@state.gov For full details of this funding opportunity, please review the NOFO document under "related documents"