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January 15, 2016
In This Week's Issue
6th International Symposium on Gait and Balance in Multiple Sclerosis

Sensory contributions and rehabilitation to improve Gait and Balance in MS

September 9 and 10, 2016
World Trade Center Portland
25 SW Salmon Street, Two World Trade Center
Portland, OR 97204

Symposium description

This conference focuses on how inputs from the visual, vestibular and somatosensory systems influence gait and balance in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). The morning session will examine the contributions of these sensory systems to gait and balance and specifically the impact of each sensory system on people with multiple sclerosis. The afternoon sessions will focus on current evidence-based interventions that use sensory system input to improve mobility and balance in people with MS. In addition, the impact of multimodal sensory inputs provided by virtual reality will be explored.

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The Graduate College invites proposals from faculty and graduate students for 2016-17 Focal Point projects. The full Request for Proposals (RFP) is available on the Graduate College website at Focal Point seeks to stimulate the formation of new intellectual communities and interdisciplinary research activities among faculty and graduate students. Proposals should be uploaded to the Graduate College website by March 18, 2016.

The 2016 Focal Point RFP solicits proposals on a broad range of topics. We especially encourage new proposals for:

  • collaborative research communities addressing issues of domestic under-represented minorities in graduate education, aligning with the campus’s diversity initiatives. Such projects may also propose collaborations with domestic institutions to strengthen diversity in graduate education.
  • project teams who collaborate with international institutions or NGOs to establish new partnerships for graduate education in the pursuit of innovative topics with international/global impact.

We welcome Phase II proposals that build upon successful projects and provide new directions and opportunities for graduate students.

Phased Innovation Award for Mechanistic Studies to Optimize Mind and Body Interventions in NCCIH High Priority Research Topics (R61/R33)

APPLICATION DUE DATE: January 15, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date. No late applications will be accepted for this Funding Opportunity Announcement .

Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.


Retirement Research Foundation Accepting Applications for Projects to Improve Lives of Aging Americans

Awards in 2015 ranged from $7,500 to $214,000

The Retirement Research Foundation is accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations for local and national projects designed to improve the quality of life for older Americans.

Grants will be awarded in support of projects that provide direct services, advocacy, and education and training for professionals working with elders, as well as for research that investigates causes of and solutions to significant challenges faced by older adults.

Applicants who want to discuss a project before submitting a full proposal should send a brief Letter of Inquiry to the foundation at least three weeks prior to each deadline.

See the RFF Web site for eligibility and application guidelines, as well as examples of previously awarded grants and grant amounts: Complete RFP.

Deadlines: February 1, 2016, May 2, 2016 & August 1, 2016

$50,000 for Educational Projects that Benefit, Serve, and Enhance the Quality of Life of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury/Disease, Their Families and Caregivers

Paralyzed Veterans of America advocates for better health care and benefits for paralyzed veterans, aids them in the search for a truly satisfying career, and provides them with a path to adventure through adaptive sports. Through its charitable arm, the Paralyzed Veterans of America Education and Training Foundation, the organization supports educational projects that benefit, serve, and enhance the quality of life of individuals with spinal cord injury/disease, their families, and caregivers.

The foundation has five topic categories for funding consideration: consumer, caregiver, and community education; professional development and education; research utilization and dissemination; assistive technology; and conferences and symposia. Projects in any of these categories should be designed to improve the quality of life for individuals with SCI/D, educate consumers about the consequences of and complications associated with SCI/D, improve the knowledge and skills of SCI/D healthcare professionals, and aim to prevent the occurrence and complications of new SCI/D.

The foundation supports one-year projects with a maximum of $50,000; conferences and symposia are supported with a $15,000 maximum award.

For complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a list of grant recipients from previous years, see the PVA Education and Training Foundation website.

Deadline: February 1, 2016 @ 11:59 p.m.


Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Announces 2016 Funding Opportunities for Nonprofit Organizations that Improve Quality of Life for Individuals Living with SCI

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation is pleased to announce its 2016 funding opportunities, ranging from $25,000-$100,000, for qualifying nonprofit organizations that strive to improve the quality of life for individuals living with spinal cord injury (SCI).

The Neilsen Foundation’s Quality of Life Project Grants are one year grants that target innovative approaches that empower individuals with SCI to live independently and enjoy improved emotional and physical well-being. Funding categories include Assistive Technology, Education, Employment, Independent Living, Rehabilitation, and Sports and Recreation.

Since the Foundation’s inception in 2002, Quality of Life Grants have supported a variety of projects that include, but are not limited to: adaptive driving, adaptive sports, artist’s residencies, home modifications, housing initiatives, patient navigator/assistance programs, rehabilitation services and equipment, SCI-related mentoring and educational initiatives, scholarships, telemedicine initiatives, and vocational programs.

The Quality of Life Project Grant application process begins with submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI). The 2016 Project Grant LOI application process will open on proposalCENTRAL ( on Friday, January 15, 2016. The 2016 Application Guide and deadline information will also be available on our website ( by January 15. Contact Jane Otto, Program Officer, at for further information.


Deadline: February 17, 2016 @ 5:00 p.m. EST (LOI)


Established in 2002, the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation is the largest private foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) by supporting innovative programs, specialty training and research on effective therapies and treatments. Craig Neilsen, a successful business entrepreneur and philanthropist, lived with a high-level spinal cord injury for 21 years until his passing in November 2006. Today, the Foundation funds SCI scientific research (preclinical, translational, clinical and psychosocial research); quality of life programs; scholarships for students with SCI; postdoctoral and SCI medicine fellowships; and other projects to support the SCI community throughout the United States and Canada.
For more information, please visit:


$500,000 for Disabled Employment Research

The Kessler Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities through discovery, innovation, demonstration, application, and dissemination.

To that end, the foundation is inviting Concept Applications from nonprofit organizations for its annual Signature Employment grants program, which supports new pilot initiatives, demonstration projects, or social ventures that lead to the generation of new ideas aimed at solving the unemployment and underemployment of individuals with disabilities.

Innovation lies at the core of all signature employment grants. Preference will be given to interventions that overcome specific employment barriers related to long-term dependence on public assistance, advance competitive employment in a cost-effective manner, and/or launch a social enterprise or individual entrepreneurship project. Projects must be collaborative, serve a large geographic area, and include multiple funding partners and stakeholders. In addition, initiatives or projects must have the potential for growth, scalability, and/or replication.

Grants of up to $500,000 over two years will be awarded to qualified pilot projects (15% match required). Signature grants are not intended to fund project expansions or bring proven projects to new communities.

All interested candidates must submit an online concept application no later than March 18, 2016. Upon review, select candidates will be invited to submit a full proposal by July 1, 2016.

See the Kessler Foundation website for complete program guidelines, information about previous grant recipients and application instructions: Complete RFP.

Deadline: May 18, 2016 @ 5:00 p.m. EDT

Fall Prevention Grants for AoA
Most Recent Update: 12/28/2015 10:30
Funding Opportunity Number:  HHS-2016-ACL-AOA-FP-0132
Forecast ID Number:  ACL-2016-FCAST-0017
Fiscal Year:  2016
Funding Opportunity Title:  Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Programs Financed Solely by 2016 Prevention and Health Funds (PPHF-2016)
CFDA Number:  93.761
Funding Activity Category:  Health
Funding Instrument Type Code(s):  Cooperative Agreement
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement:  No
Affordable Care Act (ACA):  Yes
Estimated Funding Information:
Estimated Funding:  $3,762,139
Expected Number of Awards:  8
Estimated Award Ceiling:  $600,000
Estimated Award Floor:  $300,000
Estimated Milestone Dates:
Estimated Post Date:  2/2/2016
Estimated Application Due Date:  4/4/2016
Application Due Date Explanation:  Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.
Estimated Award Date:  8/1/2016
Estimated Start Date:  8/1/2016
Eligibility Category:  · State governments
· County governments
· City or township governments
· Special district governments
· Independent school districts
· Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
· Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
· Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
· Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
· Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
· Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
· Private institutions of higher education
· Individuals
· For profit organizations other than small businesses
· Small businesses
· Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility"
Additional Eligibility Information: 
Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.
The Administration on Aging (AoA) within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) forecasts the possible availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 funds to make two-year grants to approximately 8 entities to bring to scale and sustain evidence-based falls prevention programs that will reduce the number of falls, fear of falling, and fall-related injuries in older adults and adults with disabilities.
Goal 1: Significantly increase the number of older adults and adults with disabilities at risk of falls who participate in evidence-based community programs to reduce falls and falls risks; and
Goal 2: Implement innovative funding arrangements (e.g. contracts with integrated health care systems) to support community-based falls prevention programs beyond the grant period, while embedding the programs into an integrated, sustainable evidence-based prevention program network.
Federal Agency Contact Information: 
Federal Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Name: Shannon Skowronski
Email Address:
Phone: (202) 795-7438
OpDiv: ACL
Sub OpDiv: Administration on Aging”


The Disability Determination Process (DDP) Small Grant Program



The Disability Determination Process (DDP) Small Grant Program

awards $10,000 stipends for graduate-level research on improving disability determination processes.

The DDP Small Grant Program is a one-year stipend program that allows graduate students, both full and part-time, to conduct supervised independent research on improving the efficiency and reducing the complexity of disability determination processes. Policy Research, Inc, (PRI) is pleased to announce the sixth round of this federally-funded stipend program. This program is directed by PRI of Delmar, NY, and is funded through a grant (#IDD11000001) from the Social Security Administration.

We will be holding two informational conference calls titled “DDP Application Overview “on Thursday, January 28th 2016 (ET) and Wednesday, February 3rd 2016 (ET). All students interested in submitting an application to the DDP Small Grant Program are invited to attend. We will provide a brief introduction to the program, review the elements of a successful application and answer questions.

Please click here to register for the call on January 28th:

Please click here to register for the call on February 3rd:       

For more information and to view the Request for Applications (RFA), please visit  Contact us at with any questions.

Impact of the Use of Glucose Monitoring and Control Technologies on Health Outcomes and Quality of Life in Older Adults with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) (DP3)

APPLICATION DUE DATE: March 3, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.


Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program: Projects for Translating the Findings and Products of Disability and Rehabilitation Research and Development into Practice

The following grant opportunity posting was made on the Find Opportunities service:

Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Community Living
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program: Projects for Translating the Findings and Products of Disability and Rehabilitation Research and Development into Practice

To stay up-to-date on NIDILRR grant opportunities, please visit the HHS Grants Forecast database at and use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433.

General Information

Document Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACL-NIDILRR-DP-0135
Funding Opportunity Title: Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program: Projects for Translating the Findings and Products of Disability and Rehabilitation Research and Development into Practice
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation:  
Expected Number of Awards: 2
CFDA Number(s): 93.433 -- ACL National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes
Posted Date: Jan 13, 2016
Creation Date: Jan 13, 2016
Original Closing Date for Applications: Mar 14, 2016  Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.
Current Closing Date for Applications: Mar 14, 2016   Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.
Archive Date: May 14, 2016
Estimated Total Program Funding: $300,000
Award Ceiling: $150,000
Award Floor: $150,000
ANNOUNCEMENT: Policy Changes in Campus Research Board Programs

Colleagues, there are several important new changes associated with UIUC Research Board grants and the Scholar’s Travel Fund that you need to know about as it may affect how you strategize submissions. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Dear Colleagues:

I am writing to call your attention to Campus Research Board policy changes taking effect in 2016.  These changes are the result of Research Board recommendations and have been approved by Vice Chancellor for Research, Peter Schiffer.

Effective January 2016:

Changes pertaining to the Campus Research Board Research Support Programs:

  • Any individual, whether PI or co-PI, is allowed to submit only one application per funding round.
  • Applications that do not adhere to the existing funds disclosure policy will not be sent for peer review.

Effective July 2016: 

Changes pertaining to the Scholars’ Travel Fund Program:

  • Please note that the Research Board will not normally award funds to applicants who already have significant amounts of internal discretionary funds (e.g., $20,000 or more in start-up funds or from academic appointments associated with administrative positions or named faculty positions).

Changes pertaining to the Campus Research Board Research Support Program:

  • PIs and co-PIs cannot receive more than $30,000 of funding from the Campus Research Board within any two-year period. 


Mariselle Meléndez
Executive Officer, Campus Research Board
Conrad Humanities Scholar
Professor of Spanish American Literatures & Cultures

Apply Now for the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team

The White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST) is currently seeking new team members to join them in Washington, D.C. for a one-year fellowship beginning in October 2016. Since its inception in 2014, SBST has completed more than 15 randomized evaluations with a diverse set of agency collaborators. Learn more about the President's recent Executive Order "Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People," SBST’s 2015 Annual Report, its team and recent activities by visiting

Fellows and Associate Fellows translate insights from the social and behavioral sciences into concrete recommendations on how to improve Federal programs, policies, and operations. They work closely with agency collaborators to identify the opportunities for improvement and to evaluate the relative efficiency and effectiveness of proposed interventions.

To learn more about the responsibilities and qualifications of Fellow and Associate Fellows, and details on how to apply for this unique opportunity, please visit The deadline to submit an application is 11:59 PM on Sunday, January 24, 2016.

Please contact with any questions.

NIH unveils FY2016–2020 Strategic Plan

Detailed plan sets course for advancing scientific discoveries and human health.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) today released the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2016–2020: Turning Discovery Into Health, which will ensure the agency remains well positioned to capitalize on new opportunities for scientific exploration and address new challenges for human health. Developed after hearing from hundreds of stakeholders and scientific advisers, and in collaboration with leadership and staff of NIH’s Institutes, Centers, and Offices (ICOs), the plan is designed to complement the ICOs’ individual strategic plans that are aligned with their congressionally mandated missions.
Fellowship opportunities for graduate students interested in disability policy research

I am pleased to announce that Mathematica Policy Research has released a request for applications for two fellowship opportunities for graduate students conducting research related to disability policy. These opportunities are funded via the Social Security Administration’s Disability Research Consortium.

The summer fellowship program is an opportunity for students in Master’s programs or early in doctoral programs (pre-dissertation phase) to spend the summer of 2016 at Mathematica’s Washington, DC office to learn more about conducting an independent research project related to disability policy. The last two years of this program have been highly successful, and we are looking forward to another fantastic experience for this year’s fellows.

We are also pleased to offer a new opportunity this year. The dissertation fellowship program will offer financial support via a $28,000 stipend to students conducting doctoral dissertation research on topics related to disability policy. This program is geared to more advanced graduate students, and in contrast with the summer fellows program, dissertation fellows will remain at their home institution.  This fellowship program will run for one year and will begin in or around May 2016.

Applications for both programs are due on February 12, 2016. I have attached a descriptions of each to this email. They contain information on each program’s eligibility criteria and application submission guidelines, as well as contact information for students who may have additional questions. This information can also be found at

You are receiving this email because your university has a graduate program in an academic discipline that routinely conducts disability policy research (including but not limited to: economics, sociology, psychology, public policy, public administration, special education, or counseling) or has a concentration in disability studies. We ask that you distribute this flyer to department chairs or other relevant contacts within your institution who may be able to share this opportunity with interested graduate students.

Illinois Research Connections


The University Library and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research are pleased to announce the BETA launch of Illinois Research Connections searchable web portal of research and scholarship for faculty and researchers at Illinois:

Important notes about this BETA LAUNCH

  • This is an initial, information-gathering introduction.
  • It will expand in both scope and value over time.
  • During initial launch and testing, some profiles will be robust and accurate while others will be incomplete.
  • We will be actively working in the coming weeks and months to develop a resource that is both inclusive and representative of the breadth of research strengths at Illinois.
  • IRC BETA currently limits portal access to Illinois IP addresses only, so be sure to access the site from the University’s network.