Why a mysterious black briefcase follows the US president everywhere

According to Bill Gulley, a former director of the White House Military Office, the ubiquitous Football does not contain a doomsday red-button keypad but rather four items:
  • a 75-page black book of retaliatory nuclear-strike options printed in black and red ink 
  • another black book with a list of classified sites to shelter the president 
  • a manila folder containing 10 pages of instructions on how to operate the Emergency Broadcast System 
  • an index card with authentication codes 
via businessinsider.com

Innovation Grants: Exploring the potential for HIV eradication

Funding and Performance Period
  • $200,000 (including indirect costs at a maximum rate of 20%)
  • Two-year performance period beginning on July 1, 2017


Registration Deadline: Feb 16, 2017, 3:00 PM ET
LOI Submission Deadline: Feb 22, 2017, 3:00 PM ET

Purpose of RFP

To fund biomedical research necessary to inform and design interventions to 1) cure HIV, defined by the eradication of all pathogenic virus from the body, or 2) bring about a state of remission whereby the virus is controlled in the absence of ART and the person is no longer infectious.

Specific areas of interest

In order of priority:
  1. Proof-of-concept clinical studies testing cure interventions
  2. Disabling or eradicating the HIV reservoir
  3. Discovery and targeting of novel mechanisms to disrupt HIV reservoir persistence
Expected outcome

Research findings that provide strong preliminary data that inform next-stage clinical or preclinical studies testing curative interventions.


HIV researchers holding a doctoral degree and affiliated with nonprofit research institutes are eligible to apply.

Please share this announcement with colleagues who may be interested in applying for this funding opportunity.


Call for entries: “Through young eyes” - photo competition for UN World Wildlife Day 2017

WWD2017 will be a day to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild animals and plants, to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that wildlife provides to people, and raise awareness of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, in particular, the role of the youth in this cause. We would like to see expression of all of these through your eyes!

You can either show us the beautiful features of wildlife using your artistic skill or to depict how the youth is actively engaged in the conservation of these amazing species that people are sharing the ecosystem with.

Anyone aged between 10 and 24, which is the age range defined by the United Nations as “youth”, can participate in this competition. Those below the age of 13 will need to have their parents’ permission, and will need to have parents (or a legal guardian) help with their submissions.

Find out more at https://cites.org/eng/WWD2017_photo_competition_call_for_entries_14012016

Competition begins: 14 January 2017

Contest Ends: 13 February 2017

Call for applications: Funded volunteering in Nepal, Nicaragua & Tanzania

Organization: Raleigh International
Country: Nepal, Nicaragua, United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 03 Feb 2017

We’re looking for passionate Team Leaders to join Raleigh International Citizen Service (ICS) in Nepal, Nicaragua and Tanzania for three months from this June.

Support teams of UK and in-country volunteers on a community-based sustainable development project.

It’s a government funded volunteering programme, so it won’t cost you a penny.

ICS is led by VSO and funded by the UK government. It’s a development programme that brings together young people from the UK and developing countries to volunteer in some of the poorest communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

What will you do?
  • Spend 3 months in Nepal, Nicaragua or Tanzania
  • Live and work with people in rural communities and become immersed in the local culture
  • Help to improve people’s access to water and sanitation
  • Or support young people and women to set up small businesses and improve their livelihoods
  • Create lasting change.
  • Use your leadership skills.
  • Challenge yourself to change your world.
"If you´re thinking of applying for ICS you´ll have to put in a lot of effort to make your project successful, but you´ll gain so much on a personal and professional level it´ll be one of the best decisions you´ll ever make." – John, Team Leader, Nicaragua.

Interested? To apply, please complete the online application form through our website via the button below. We have limited places available, so we recommend applying as soon as possible.

Additional information

We will cover expenses of your flights, visas, vaccines, food, accommodation and training. All we ask is that you fundraise a minimum of £800 to show your commitment to the programme. This goes towards the programme as a whole.

We will book your outbound and return flights.

Please call us if you have any questions on 020 7183 1295.

How to apply:

Please apply via the ICS website and complete the online application form. If you're successful you'll be invited to an assessment day.