August 2011 Grant Announcements
National Science Foundation (8/31/2011)
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP)
- The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) seeks to increase the number of students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) receiving associate or baccalaureate degrees in established or emerging fields within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Type 1 proposals are solicited that provide for full implementation efforts at academic institutions. Type 2 proposals are solicited that support educational research projects on associate or baccalaureate degree attainment in STEM.
- Deadline: September 27, 2011
U.S. Department of Education (8/29/2011)
Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Grant Program
- Only states are eligible to apply for awards; however, UTC could be a partner / subawardee if TN submits a proposal.
- The purpose of the RTT-ELC program is to improve the quality of early learning and development and close the achievement gap for children with high needs. The RTT-ELC grant competition focuses on improving early learning and development for young children by supporting States' efforts to increase the number and percentage of low-income and disadvantaged children in each age group of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers enrolled in high-quality early learning and development programs; and designing and implementing an integrated system of high-quality early learning and development programs and services.
- Deadline: October 19, 2011
National Science Foundation (8/22/2011)
Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grants in Engineering (BRIGE)
- The BRIGE program is intended to be a vehicle to promote the participation of engineers from all segments of the engineering community, especially from under-represented groups. These BRIGE grants provide an opportunity to support engineering researchers early in their careers who share NSF's commitment to diversity in the following ways:
- Fund engineering research projects that use innovative ways to attract and retain members of underrepresented groups to careers in engineering.
- Increase the number of engineering researchers at minority serving institutions actively and competitively engaged in research as independent investigators, thereby creating new research opportunities for students from underrepresented groups.
- The purpose of the BRIGE program is to broaden the participation of and increase opportunities for the engineering workforce of the future including those from underrepresented groups in research activities, and to encourage individuals to become actively and competitively engaged in research as independent investigators in all disciplines of engineering. For purposes of this program, NSF defines the term underrepresented groups to include the following: women, persons with disabilities, and ethnic/racial groups which are in the minority in engineering such as African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Pacific Islanders.
- The BRIGE awards are for beginning investigators to undertake activities such as exploratory investigations, acquisition of preliminary data, and development of collaborations. It is a specific goal of the BRIGE program that these activities will lead beginning investigators to formulate future competitive grant applications. Investigators are encouraged to develop future long-term research goals. Research proposed in this program must be within the scope of areas supported within the Directorate for Engineering.
- Deadline: January 20, 2012
- Abstracts of funded projects: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503160
- Link to the full solicitation: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11576/nsf11576.pdf?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) (8/22/2011)
Office of Research and Analysis: Grants to Research the Value and Impact of the Arts
- Last fall, when the NEA put forward a new strategic plan, the agency identified research as a mission-critical goal. Reflecting that new emphasis, the NEA’s Office of Research & Analysis is announcing the availability of grants to conduct research into the value and impact of the U.S. arts sector on the nation, whether on individuals or communities.
The NEA is interested in novel and significant research questions that will lead to greater public understanding of the contribution of the arts. Grantees may use either existing or newly established datasets to conduct their research, for example:
- Longitudinal databases of Early Childhood and High School education (National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education)
- American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau)
- Current Population Survey and related supplements (U.S. Census Bureau)
- American Time Use Survey (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor)
- Cultural Data Project (The Pew Charitable Trusts)
- The NEA anticipates awarding up to 25 grants in the range of $10,000 to $30,000.
- Deadline: November 8, 2011
- For more information, go to http://www.nea.gov/news/news11/research-art-works.html.
National Science Foundation and Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (8/22/2011)
NSF-NIST Interaction in Basic and Applied Scientific Research in BIO, ENG & MPS (NSF-NIST)
- The National Science Foundation (NSF) has partnered with the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to facilitate collaboration among NSF awardees and NIST scientists and engineers.
- NSF's directorates for mathematical and physical sciences, engineering, and biological sciences have signed a memorandum of understanding with NIST to encourage current NSF awardees to request supplemental support that will allow principal investigators, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate and undergraduate students to have access to NIST facilities and participate in interagency research in areas of mutual interest.
- Proposals will be accepted on an ongoing basis.
The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (8/18/2011)
Increase Teacher Quality (ITQ) Program
- This program seeks to fund high-quality teacher professional development that strengthens content knowledge and understanding of the Common Core Standards.
- Some important dates for this program include:
Thursday, September 1, 2011 – Technical Assistance call at 3 pm EST. OPSP welcomes anyone interested in applying to join us in our offices for this Technical Assistance call. Please RSVP to Angie-Johnson@utc.edu. If you choose to listen in from your own office, the call-in information can be found on page 5 of the RFP.
Friday, September 9, 2011 – Deadline to notify OPSP of your intent to submit.
Monday, September 12, 2011 – Notice of Intent to Submit due to THEC by 5:30 pm EST. See RFP for additional details.
Monday, October 10, 2011 – Deadline to get final proposal materials to OPSP for internal approvals, copying and shipping.
Monday, October 17, 2011 – Proposal deadline.
- The full Request For Proposals (RFP) can be accessed here:
National Institutes of Health (8/17/2011)
Translational Research for the Prevention and Control of Diabetes and Obesity
- NIDDK, NICHD & OBSSR support research demonstration dissemination projects (R18) to test the effectiveness of interventions to prevent & control diabetes & obesity that have a high potential to be adopted & sustained in applied health care settings. Approaches must be based on widely accepted interventions previously demonstrated to be effective in clinical trials. Research must target prevention or reversal of obesity, prevention of Type 2 diabetes, improved care of Type 1 & Type 2 diabetes or the prevention or delay of complications of these conditions. Expires 3/2/12.
- Next Deadline: November 1, 2011
- See http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-09-176.html
National Science Foundation (8/15/2011)
Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects
- The Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) supports fundamental research and related activities designed to promote understanding of complex living systems at the molecular, subcellular, and cellular levels. The Division is soliciting proposals for hypothesis-driven and discovery research and related activities in four core clusters:
- Biomolecular dynamics, structure, and function
- Cellular processes
- Genetic mechanisms
- Networks and regulation
- Deadline: Full proposals due September 6, 2011. Another round of applications will be considered on May 21, 2012.
- The full solicitation may be found here: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11545/nsf11545.pdf
American Antiquarian Society (8/15/2011)
Fellowships for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers
- Supports visiting fellowships for historical research by creative and performing artists, writers, film makers, journalists, and other persons whose goals are to produce imaginative, non-formulaic works dealing with pre-20th Century American history. Work should focus on the general public rather than academic audiences. Fellowships last four weeks and provide a stipend of $1,350 for those who stay rent free on campus or $1,850 for those who stay off campus at their own expense.
- Next Deadline: October 5, 2011
- See http://www.americanantiquarian.org/artistfellowship.htm for details.
National Institutes of Health (8/10/2011)
Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program
- Encourages applications from institutions that propose research education programs to increase the pool of community college students from underrepresented backgrounds who go on to research careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences and will be available to participate in NIH-funded research. This initiative promotes partnerships/consortia between community colleges or other two-year post-secondary educational institutions granting the associate degree with colleges or universities that offer the baccalaureate degree. The program expects that the joint efforts of baccalaureate degree-granting and associate degree-granting institutions will foster the development of a well-integrated institutional program that will provide students from underrepresented groups with the necessary academic preparation and skills to enable their transition and successful completion of the baccalaureate and subsequently more advanced degrees in biomedical and behavioral sciences.
- Deadline: September 25, 2011
- Additional information can be found here:
U.S. Department of Defense; Department of the Navy; Office of Naval Research; Department of the Army; Army Research Office; Department of the Air Force; Air Force Office of Scientific Research (8/10/2011)
Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)
- Notice seeking proposals to improve the capabilities of U.S. institutions of higher education to conduct research and to educate scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense, by providing funds for the acquisition of research equipment costing $50,000 or more. Approximately $40 million is available. Colleges and universities are eligible to apply.
- Deadline: September 20, 2011
- Grants.gov notice http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=107039
National Science Foundation: Directorate for Engineering (8/10/2011)
Energy for Sustainability
- Notice seeking proposals for fundamental research and education that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and transportation fuels. The average annual award size for the program is $100,000. Colleges and universities are eligible to apply.
- Deadline: Proposals are due from January 15, 2012 to February 17, 2012.
- Solicitation http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=501026
Grants.gov notice http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=98374
National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) (8/10/2011)
- Awards multidisciplinary grants to faculty and students of NCIIA member institutions for collaborative programs to promote invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Course and Course and Program Grants (deadlines in May and December) of up to $50,000 may be used for equipment, supplies, travel, technical services, stipends and direct expenses. Advanced E-Team Grants (deadlines in May and Dec) of up to $20,000 may be used for further development or commercialization. Sustainable Vision Grants (October deadline) of up to $50,000 support innovative educational programs based at U.S. IHEs.
- Next Deadline: October 14, 2011
- See http://nciia.org/grants for details.
National Education Association Foundation (8/10/2011)
NEA Foundation Grants
- Provides grants to improve academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). Student Achievement Grants ($5,000) support initiatives to improve academic achievement. Learning and Leadership Grants support high-quality professional development--$2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups. Higher education faculty and staff may apply.
- Next Deadline: October 15, 2011
- See http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/educators/grant-programs/grant-application/ for details.
Spencer Foundation (8/10/2011)
Research Grant Program
- Small Research Grants up to $40,000 help scholars and teachers in a broad range of academic institutions to pursue pilot research and the initial phases of larger investigations. Major Research Grants (no deadlines) support projects up to $500,000. Foundation focuses on five areas of interest: Education and Social Opportunity; Organizational Learning; Teaching, Learning, and Instructional Resources; Purposes and Values of Education; and Field-Initiated Proposals. Deadlines refer to required preliminary proposals for Small Research Grants.
- Next Deadline: October 3, 2011
- See http://www.spencer.org/content.cfm/research for details.
National Institutes of Health (8/10/2011)
Enhancing Zebrafish Research with Research Tools and Techniques
- NIDDK & several NIH institutes support investigator-initiated applications designed to exploit the power of the zebrafish as a vertebrate model for biomedical & behavioral research. Applications to develop new research tools or techniques that are of high priority to the zebrafish community & that will advance the detection or characterization of genes, pathways and phenotypes of interest in development and aging, organ formation, neural processes, behavior, sensory processing, and physiological processes are welcome. Expires 9/20/13.
- Next Deadline: September 19, 2011
- See http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-11-131.html for R01 details.
National Science Foundation; National Institutes of Health; National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and U.S. Department of Agriculture (8/10/2011)
The National Robotics Initiative
- The National Robotics Initiative, one arm of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, announced by the White House in late June, is officially underway. The National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have announced the availability of up to $50 million annually to support research, development, manufacturing, and deployment of next generation robotics, with particular emphasis on the development of robots designed to work alongside humans. Public briefings beginning in September will provide additional details. In the meantime, NSF has issued a solicitation <http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11553/nsf11553.htm> and NIH has published a companion notice <http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-EB-11-006.html> to help applicants begin preparing proposals.
- NSF is taking the lead, but it's evident from the diversity of the participating agencies and their approaches how broadly this initiative is conceived. As NSF says, the goal is to "make the next generation of robotic systems able to safely co-exist in close proximity to humans in the pursuit of mundane, dangerous, precise, or expensive tasks." The robots, or "co-robots" in the modern vernacular, are supposed to be created in the image of the very best humans: hardworking, accessible, and non-judgmental. Physical and computer scientists will need to work closely with ethicists and social scientists, since it is anticipated that an influx of robotic partners could "exacerbate disparities among social, linguistic, and demographic groups."
Each of the sponsoring agencies has defined several mission-specific research areas. All proposals will be submitted to NSF and evaluated according to the NSF merit review criteria. Successful proposals will then be recommended for funding by NSF, NASA, NIH, or USDA, at the agencies' discretion, and the applicant will be expected to comply with the grant administration procedures of the awarding agency.
Funding will support small projects ranging from about $100,000 to $250,000 per year and large, multidisciplinary projects of up to $1 million per year or more for exceptional proposals. Letters of intent are required by October 1 for small projects and December 15 for large projects. Annual proposal deadlines are November 3 for small projects and January 18 for large projects.
- Deadlines: Letters of Intent due October 1 and December 15, 2011; Proposals due November 3, 2011 and January 18, 2012
U.S. Department of Energy (8/10/2011)
Office of Science Early Career Research Program
- The purpose of this program is to support the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and to stimulate research careers in the areas supported by the DOE Office of Science.
- Deadlines: Pre-applications due September 1, 2011; Full Proposals due November 29, 2011
- Use the following link to view this opportunity:
U.S. Department of Defense; Department of the Navy; Office of Naval Research (8/10/2011)
Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)
- Notice seeking proposals focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional disciplines interact to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the Department of Defense.
The Office of Naval Research, Army Research Office, and Air Force Office of Scientific Research have each listed seven to eight topics of interest for this year's competition.
- Total amount of funding for five years expected to be $250 million for several awards ranging from approximately $1 million to $1.5 million. Colleges and universities are eligible to apply.
- Deadlines: White papers due September 15, 2011; Proposals due November 10, 2011.
- Grants.gov notice http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=106913
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (8/9/2011)
German Chancellor Fellowship Program for Prospective Leaders
- Awards 10 scholarships each to young (under 35) professionals from the U.S., China and Russian Federation private, public, not-for-profit, cultural and academic sectors. The program sponsors individuals who demonstrate the potential to strengthen ties between Germany and their own country through their profession or studies. It provides for a stay of one year in Germany for professional development, study, or research.
- Next Deadline: October 15, 2011
- See http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/4074.html for details.
American Council of Learned Societies (8/9/11)
ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowships
- Provides approximately 10 fellowships for six to 12 months of humanistic research and writing on the societies and cultures of Asia, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union. Stipends are set at three levels based on academic rank: up to $35,000 for Assistant Professor and equivalent; up to $45,000 for Associate Professor and equivalent; and up to $65,000 for Full Professor and equivalent.
- Next Deadline: September 28, 2011
- See http://www.acls.org/grants/Default.aspx?id=380&linkidentifier=id&itemid=380 for details.
Association for Asian Studies (8/9/2011)
Asian Studies Grants and Fellowships
- Offers several grants to support the research of North American scholars to improve the quality of teaching about Asian cultures at the college and precollege levels. Grant amounts, details and deadlines vary according to program.
- Next Deadline: October 1, 2011
- See http://www.asian-studies.org/grants/main.htm for details.
Center for Hellenic Studies (8/9/2011)
Fellowships in Ancient Greek Studies
- Offers residential fellowships to scholars working on various aspects of ancient Geek civilization. Program is designed for applicants who hold the Ph.D. and are at the early stages of their careers. Fellowships provide scholars with varying levels of financial support depending on the nature of their proposals and needs. The maximum stipend is $34,000 plus free housing and other benefits such as one year of access to Harvard's library. Also offers CHS/DAI Joint Fellowships.
- Next Deadline: October 21, 2011
- See http://tinyurl.com/3ap6mkr for details.
Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation (8/9/2011)
- Provides support for research on Chinese studies in the humanities and social sciences. Fellowships include: Scholar Grants (up to $40,000) for full professors and associate professors and Junior Scholar Grants (up to up $30,000) for postdoctoral scholars and assistant professors without tenure. Deadline is October 15 annually.
- Next Deadline: October 15, 2011
- See http://www.cckf.org/e-dornation.htm for details.
American Academy in Berlin (8/9/2011)
- Supports independent study in Berlin for an academic semester. Prizes have been awarded to scholars working in a variety of disciplines, including history, political science, literature, economics, art history, musicology, anthropology, law and linguistics. Benefits include a stipend up to $5,000 per month. Only candidates based permanently in the U.S. are eligible to apply. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent professional degree by the time of application. Also offers Berlin Prize in Music Composition.
- Next Deadline: October 7, 2011
- See http://www.americanacademy.de/home/fellows/applications/for details.
American Antiquarian Society (8/9/2011)
Long Term/Short Term Visiting Academic Research Fellowships
- Allows researchers to use the AAS library's resources in American history and culture through 1876 for research and writing. Visiting Academic Research Fellowships include various Long Term awards of $35,000-$50,400 for senior and mid-career Ph.D. scholars; Short Term awards, of $1,700 per month for those living off campus at their own expense or $1,200 for those who choose to live rent free on campus, for recent Ph.D.s and doctoral candidates.
- Next Deadline: October 5, 2011
- See http://www.americanantiquarian.org/fellowships.htm for details.
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (8/9/2011)
Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowships
- Awards approximately 20-25 residential fellowships annually to individuals with outstanding project proposals in a broad range of the social sciences and humanities on national and/or international issues. Topics and scholarship should relate to key public policy challenges or provide the historical and/or cultural framework to illuminate policy issues of contemporary importance. Stipends provided in recent years have ranged from $26,000 to $85,000.
- Next Deadline: October 1, 2011
- See http://tinyurl.com/6c55sq for details.
Council for International Exchange of Scholars (8/9/2011)
Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program
- Supports proposals to bring scholars and professionals from abroad to U.S. colleges and universities that infrequently or never have the opportunity to host visiting scholars. In addition to teaching courses, scholars give campus-wide and community lectures, help initiate international programs, and contribute to curriculum development. Program is especially appropriate for small liberal arts colleges, minority-serving institutions, and community colleges. Scholars can also receive awards through the Occasional Lecturer Program which will fund short visits to other IHEs while in the U.S.
- Next Deadline: October 17, 2011
- See http://www.cies.org/sir/ for details.
U.S. Department of Transportation: Research and Innovative Technology Administration (8/2/2011)
University Transportation Centers Program Open Competition 2011
- Notice seeking proposals to advance U.S. technology and expertise in the many disciplines comprising transportation through the mechanisms of research, education, and technology transfer; and to provide a critical transportation knowledge base outside the US DOT and address vital workforce needs for the next generation of transportation leaders.
- Deadline: October 26, 2011
- Grants.gov notice http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=108433
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (8/1/2011)
FLETC College Intern Program
- Supports 12-week residential internships at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) for U.S. graduate students or undergraduates seniors majoring in criminal justice, criminology, criminal justice administration, forensic sciences, psychology, computer forensics or pursuing a juris doctorate. Accounting and information technology majors may also be accepted. Interns are assigned a mentor, spend 50 percent time on FLETC project and 50 percent on basic/advanced training. Application windows are 9/12-9/30/11; 1/17-2/3/12; 4/16-5/4/12.
- Next Deadline: September 30, 2011
- See http://www.fletc.gov/student-information/college-intern-program?searchterm=college+intern for details.
Society for Human Resources Management Foundation (8/1/2011)
- SHRM is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management. Supports high impact HR research, whether the focus is on addressing current challenges or understanding emerging trends. Grant must be for original, rigorous and empirical academic research projects that advance the HR profession or have clear applicability for HR practice. Awards up to $200,000.
- Next Deadline: October 1, 2011
- See http://moss07.shrm.org/about/foundation/research/Pages/default.aspx for details.
National Endowment for the Humanities (8/1/2011)
- Provides support for new humanities courses at the undergraduate level. May be taught by faculty from any field in the humanities or outside the humanities, provided that humanities sources are central to course content. Courses must reflect intellectual pluralism; draw on readings from different periods. Award of up to $25,000--$15,000 to the teacher, remainder to cost for the institution, including indirect costs and optional budget items. The new course must be taught at least twice (requires administrator sign-off).
- Deadline: September 15, 2011
- See http://www.neh.gov/grants/grants.html for details when updated.
Mockingbird Foundation (8/1/2011)
Grants: Music Education for Children, College & Adult Students, & Instructors
- Supports music education, primarily for children. Projects may encourage expression in all musical forms. Preference to projects for disadvantaged children 18 years or younger (those with low skills, income, with disabilities, and/or in foster care, and hospitals). May also target college students, instructors, or adult students. Awards (up to $5,000) are for instruments; texts; materials; learning and performance space; and teachers. Inquiries accepted online.
- Next Deadline: August 1, 2011
- See http://mbird.org/funding/ for details.