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The program supports research on incorporating biomedical and data sciences to address challenges. The agencies recognize that fundamental biomedical challenges could benefit greatly from multidisciplinary approaches that involve experts in quantitative disciplines, such as mathematics, statistics, and computer science.
The program supports studies that lead to a broad understanding of the natural history of disorders that already do or could potentially benefit from early identification by newborn screening. A comprehensive understanding of the natural history of a disorder has been identified as a necessary element to facilitate appropriate interventions for infants identified by newborn screening.
The program supports research on the healthcare delivery systemís handling of the adolescent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. These studies require expertise in cancer prevention, adult and childhood behavior, immunization promotion, and healthcare delivery.
The grantees will start new, community-based Womenís Business Centers in the selected states. These centers provide technical assistance to women entrepreneurs in the areas of finance, management and marketing.
The program supports the establishment of overseas research centers that promote postgraduate research, exchanges and area studies. Grants may be used to pay all or a portion of the cost of establishing or operating a center or program. Generally, OPE really wants to hear from efforts that involve community colleges and minority institutions.
The program supports research on biosphere processes and their complex interactions with climate, land use and invasive species at regional to continental scales.
The program supports states in implementing and planning for several of the federal health insurance market reforms and consumer protections under the Public Health Service Act. States will ensure their laws, regulations and procedures are in line with the federal law.
The program supports overseas projects in training, research and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for groups of teachers, students and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Short-term projects may include seminars, curriculum development or group research or study. Funding for long-term projects also is expected.
The program supports centers to focus on the research and development of new and improved therapeutics for chemical threats. Chemical threats are toxic chemicals that could be used in a terrorist attack or accidentally released from industrial production, storage or shipping. For this solicitation, chemical threats include traditional chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals and pesticides.
The program will fund projects with the demonstrated ability to enhance the resiliency of marine and coastal ecosystems to meet the impacts of extreme weather and changing environmental conditions. Proposed projects should demonstrate collaboration among stakeholders, as evidenced by recommendations and strategies outlined in multi-stakeholder studies, coastal vulnerability assessments or comprehensive planning efforts designed to address ecosystem resiliency.
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