March 2018 Grants Newsletter

This month, Arizona small businesses, colleges, and nonprofits were awarded over $1.1 million in grants to help improve Arizona kids’ STEM education, study drug-resistant tumors, and enhance artificial intelligence research.

Congratulations to this month’s grant recipients!

Available grant opportunities include grants to improve Arizona kids’ computer science education, study dementia, and inspire students by bringing NASA into the classroom.

New grants continuously become available through various offices of the federal government. To stay up to date, please register with and request notifications about funding opportunities. If you have suggestions or questions, please contact our Constituent Affairs and Community Liaison, Ms. Michelle Coldwell at

Grants Awarded in CD9 and Arizona

National Science Foundation 

Arizona State University awarded $299,922 for EAGER: Developing a Culturally Responsive Computing Instrument for Underrepresented Students

This grant will be used to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of innovative resources, models and tools (RMTs).

BioSyntagma, LLC awarded $735,139 for SBIR Phase II: High multiplex visual mapping of heterogeneity in FFPE biospecimen

This grant aims to help facilitate a better understanding of cellular diversity in tumors, a phenomenon that contributes to acquired drug resistance.

Arizona State University awarded $101,523 for CAREER: Visual Recognition with Knowledge

This grant will be used to help fund a project that will address the problem of Visual Recognition with Knowledge (VR-K): a challenging Artificial Intelligence task to enable a seeing machine to identify unknown visible concepts from previous encounters (annotated data samples) and knowledge (other contextual information).

Arizona State University awarded $25,000 for Student Travel Support for the Doctoral Colloquium at IEEE VIS 2018

This grant provides support for approximately 18 U.S.-based graduate students to participate in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Visualization Doctoral Colloquium to be held in conjunction with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Visualization Conference (VIS 2018) from October 21 to October 26 in Berlin, Germany.

Desert Botanical Gardens awarded $11,500 for Meeting: Biology of CAM Plants, April 9-13, 2018, Phoenix, Arizona

This grant will be used to help hold a forum on crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) photosynthesis, which is one of the principle carbon concentrating mechanisms in terrestrial plants, and is the major means by which land plants achieve superior levels of resource-use efficiency.

Grant Opportunities

National Science Foundation

Computer Science for All

This grant aims to help provide all U.S. students with the opportunity to participate in computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) education in their schools at the preK-12 levels.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Lewy Body Dementia Center Without Walls (CWOW) (U54 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

This grant looks to help systematically and comprehensively characterize alpha-synuclein and amyloid-beta subspecies present in human Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) post-mortem brain tissue, identify toxic subspecies and potential mechanisms of toxicity, and characterize any interactions between the proteins that may contribute to increased toxicity and/or explain selective vulnerabilities of cells/circuits.

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Developmentally Tailored HIV Prevention and Care Research for Adolescents and Young Adults (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

This grant looks to aid with HIV prevention and treatment in adolescents and young adults.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

2018 NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions

This grant solicits proposals led by Informal Education Institutions (IEIs) to provide inquiry- or experiential-based educational opportunities with direct alignment with major NASA missions for students and the public. These opportunities shall utilize partnerships with major networks of other IEIs, youth-serving organizations, libraries, and/or K-12 schools along with commercial entities, higher education institutions, and/or other agencies that support Federal STEM education goals.

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