March 2011 Grant Announcements
Dow Corning (3/31/11)
Hemlock Semiconductor Internships
- Hemlock Semiconductor is an important industry partner with TN-SCORE. They are actively seeking four engineering interns from Tennessee to support their Clarksville facility this summer.
- The pay scale depends on graduation dates. It is approximately: Winter 2011: $26.97/hr.; Spring 2012: $25.38/hr.; Winter 2012: $23.80/hr.; and Spring 2013: $22.21/hr.
- Position Descriptions: Chemical Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, and Electrical Engineer
- Links: www.dowcorning.com/careers/
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Health Resources and Services Administration (3/30/11)
Health Careers Opportunity Program
- Notice seeking applications that would build diversity in the health fields by providing students from disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity to develop the skills needed to successfully compete, enter and graduate from health professions schools.
- Applications are due by May 25, 2011. Approximately $9.8 million is available to support 14 awards. Public or non-profit private schools that offer graduate programs in behavioral and mental health, programs for the training of physician assistants, and other public or private nonprofit health or educational entities eligible to apply.
- LINKS: Solicitation https://grants.hrsa.gov/webExternal/FundingOppDetails.asp?FundingCycleId=E094A5D3-EF6A-4E0E-8D1D-4E6D4C79F99A&ViewMode=EU&GoBack=&PrintMode=&OnlineAvailabilityFlag=&pageNumber=&version=&NC=&Popup=
- Grants.gov notice: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=82134
U.S. Department of Education (3/24/11)
Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) Comprehensive Program
- The Comprehensive Program is the central grant competition of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). The competition is designed to support innovative reform projects that hold promise as models for the resolution of important issues and problems in postsecondary education.
- What makes a successful FIPSE Comprehensive Project?
- Projects are innovative in goal, method, scope, target population, cost, or efficiency.
- Projects possess clear and specific goals that relate to student learning, faculty development, or institutional change.
- Projects articulate specific objectives that can be assessed for success, partial success, or failure in a manner that an educated non-specialist would find convincing.
- A successful application should have a clear statement about how the proposed project is expected to impact the campus and/or the field five years after it has been completed.
- Projects, if demonstrated to be successful, have game-changing implications for how some aspect of postsecondary education is done on a regional or a national level.
- Projects are well-managed and meet all specific grant requirements.
- Project directors demonstrate that they have made efforts to summarize activities, procedures, and results and then disseminate them to the target audience within the postsecondary education community either through presentations, publications, Web sites, or training workshops.
- Deadline: May 23, 2011
- Program webpage: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/fipsecomp/index.html
U.S. Department of Energy
ORAU (Oak Ridge Associated Universities) Opportunity (3/23/11)
Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Postdoctoral Fellowships
- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Announces Funding to Support the Next Generation of American Scientists and Engineers Fellowship Programs to Support Innovative Research and Ensure U.S. Leadership in Clean Energy
DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has launched two new fellowship programs designed to attract the country's best and brightest scientific minds to work on advanced clean energy technologies. The two fellowship programs include:
- EERE Postdoctoral Fellowships Program: DOE is seeking up to 20 postdoctoral fellows whose academic careers have focused on specific topics in the following technology areas: building efficiency, industrial efficiency, vehicles, fuel cells, biomass, geothermal, solar energy, and wind or water power. EERE Fellows will have access to unique education and training opportunities, top scientists in their field, and state-of-the-art projects and equipment. Applications are due by June 30, 2011, and the fellowships will begin by mid-November 2011 and last up to two years. Applications for EERE Postdoctoral Fellowships are due by June 30, 2011; Fellowships will begin by mid-November, 2011, and last up to two years. More information on the program can be found at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/postdoctoral_fellowships/.
- EERE Science and Technology Policy Fellowships (SunShot Initiative) Program: This program will serve as the next step in the educational and professional development of scientists and engineers interested in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy. The EERE STP Fellows will apply the expertise gained from advanced degrees and history of conducting research to new and ongoing EERE initiatives. Two levels of Fellowships – Fellows and Senior Fellows – will allow both recent graduates (M.S. or Ph.D.) and experienced scientists and engineers to participate in the EERE STP Fellowships. Applicants selected as Fellows will have the additional distinction of guiding the implementation of the new solar SunShot Initiative in the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program. The SunShot Fellows will have a key leadership role in beginning new R&D programs to achieve the goal of $1/W installed photovoltaics by 2020. The initial cohort is targeted to be 3-5 Fellows. Applications for the SunShot Initiative Fellowships Program are accepted on a rolling basis. More information on the program can be found at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/stp_fellowships.html.
U.S. Department of Education (3/22/11)
National Professional Development Program
- Purpose of Program: Section 3131 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), provides for a National Professional Development (NPD) program that will award grants on a competitive basis, for a period of not more than 5 years, to institutions of higher education (in consortia with State educational agencies or local educational agencies). These grants support professional development activities that are designed to improve classroom instruction for English Learners (ELs) and will assist educational personnel working with such children to meet high professional standards, including standards for certification and licensure as teachers who work in language instruction educational programs or serve ELs.
- Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 2, 2011. Eligible Applicants: IHEs, in consortia with local educational agencies (LEAs) or State educational agencies (SEAs). Estimated Range of Awards: $275,000-$400,000 per year, for each year of the grant. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $337,000. Estimated Number of Awards: 53.
- Additional information is available online at:
U.S. Department of Energy (3/18/11)
Research and Development for Hydrogen Storage
- DOE is requesting proposals for applied R&D of innovative materials and engineering solutions for hydrogen storage in light-duty vehicles and niche applications for material handling, off-board bulk storage, and stationary backup power applications.
Projects must address one of the two following topics:
Topic 1 - Reducing the Cost of Hydrogen Storage Tanks Topic 2 - New Materials Discovery
Funding: Up to $12 million is available to fund an anticipated 12 awards. Individual awards will be in the $1 to $2 million range and team awards will be in the $2 to $4 million range.
Period of Performance: three years
- Deadlines: A letter of intent (highly encouraged but not required) is requested by 4/8/11. Proposals are due 4/29/11.
- Use the following link to view this opportunity:
U.S. Department of Justice: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) (3/16/11)
Gang Field Initiated Research and Evaluation Programs
- This solicitation will fund research and evaluation studies to produce practical findings for policymakers and practitioners for the development of evidence-based programs, policies, and strategies that effectively address at-risk and gang-involved youth.
- Deadline: May 9, 2011
U.S. Department of Justice: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) (3/16/11)
Child Protection Research Program
- This program seeks to expand the understanding of how technology is used to commit crimes against young victims. OJJDP will support a program of research on technology-facilitated crimes against children to inform policy and to support the development of effective responses to children at risk for exploitation and other adverse outcomes with funds authorized by 42 U.S.C. 5775.
- Deadline: May 10, 2011
National Institutes of Health (NIH) (3/15/11)
Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA)
- Supports renewable awards (R15) up to $300,000/3 years for projects in biomedical & behavioral sciences conducted by faculty & students in health professional schools, & other academic components that have not been major recipients of NIH funds. Purpose is to strengthen institutional research environment & support active involvement of undergraduate (preferred) & graduate students in research. Reviewers consider whether the project will expose students to meritorious research. Students may be paid full time during summer &/or part-time during the semester.
- Next deadline: June 25, 2011
- See http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/area.htm
Gerber Foundation (3/15/11)
- Supports specific nutrition-related interventions to improve infant health and development from first year before birth to age three. Projects should have a specific nutrition focus with defined outcome parameters. Preference given to projects with national or regional impact that are sufficiently focused to make a difference in field of interest. A maximum of $20,000 per project will be awarded under the Novice Researcher Award program.
- Deadlines refer to required concept papers; full proposals due 2/15 and 8/15 by invitation only.
- Next deadline: June 1, 2011
- See http://www.gerberfoundation.org/ for details.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (3/15/11)
New Connections: Increasing Diversity of Programming Initiative
- This initiative is designed to expand the diversity of perspectives that inform RWJF programming and introduce new researchers and scholars to the foundation while simultaneously helping to meet staff needs for data analysis. The New Connections program includes two “tracks”: (1) the Junior Investigator program for researchers who have earned a doctoral degree within the last 10 years and (2) Midcareer Consultants for scholars who have 10-15 years of research/evaluation experience.
- New Connections Junior Investigators Program: The program invites Junior Investigators — scholars from historically disadvantaged and underrepresented communities — to submit brief proposals that address programming priorities for one of RWJF's program areas. In this round of funding, up to five of the total number of grants selected will be designated for Public Health Law Research awards. New Connections Junior Investigator program applicants must: have completed a doctoral degree (including a J.D. for PHLR-NC applicants) within the last ten years (obtained by November 15, 2001 or later); be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its territories; be affiliated with or sponsored by a nonprofit university or an organization that is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is not a private foundation as defined under Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code; be from a group that has historically been underrepresented in research activities, such as people from ethnic or racial minority groups, first-generation college graduates, and people from low-income communities; provide evidence of research skills addressing various aspects of health and health care (research fellowship or equivalent training or experience); and be committed to the goals and mission of RWJF's New Connections initiative and its specific interest areas. Up to thirteen Junior Investigator grants (including up to five grants for Public Health Law Research) of up to $75,000 for twenty-four months will be awarded.
- New Connections Midcareer Consultants Program: The program invites Midcareer Consultants — scholars from historically disadvantaged and underrepresented communities who have between ten to fifteen years of research and/or evaluation experience -- to conduct research and evaluation projects for RWJF's teams and portfolios. Midcareer Consultants applying for the New Connections program must: have no less than ten and no more than fifteen years of research and/or evaluation experience related to relevant health and health care fields; be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or its territories; be from a group that has been historically underrepresented in research activities, such as people from ethnic or racial minorities or low-income communities and/or first-generation college graduates; be a first time principal investigator/program contract grantee of RWJF; demonstrate how a New Connections Midcareer Consultant award would impact their career development; and be committed to the goals and mission of RWJF's New Connections initiative and its specific interest areas. The foundation will award up to five Midcareer Consultant grants of up to $75,000 each for twelve months.
- Deadline: May 5, 2011
- For complete program information and specific eligibility requirements and application procedures, visit the RWJF Web site: http://www.rwjf.org/about/.
- For application information: http://www.rwjf.org/applications/solicited/cfplist.jsp
U.S. Department of Defense (3/15/11)
University Engineering Design Challenge Program
- Notice seeking proposals to promote and sustain university research and education focused on innovative military systems and related technologies.
- Proposals are due by April 25, 2011. Approximately up to $20,000 per year for three years is available in support for each project. Colleges and universities are eligible to apply.
- Grants.gov noticehttp://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=77436
Longview Foundation (3/15/11)
Grants Program (Global Education/International Understanding)
- Foundation makes grants to promote learning about world regions, cultures, international affairs and global issues in K-12 schools in the United States. Funding priorities include: State Coalitions for International Education; Internationalizing Teacher Preparation; and Innovations in International Education. Longview's grants are typically between $15,000 and $30,000. Deadlines refer to required LOIs. Full proposals by invitation only.
- Next Deadline: June 15, 2011
- See http://www.longviewfdn.org/page.php?lev=page&no=3
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation (TTDC) (3/14/11)
Tennessee NEXT Conference
The Tennessee Technology Development Corporation (TTDC), an organization whose mission is to increase the formation and expansion of science and technology businesses in Tennessee, is hosting the 2011 Tennessee NEXT Conference May 5 - 6 in Nashville (the conference was previously known as the Tennessee Innovation Conference and Venture Showcase).
On May 6 from 10:15 – 12:15, a showcase will feature 18 presentations of early stage innovations from Tennessee universities and non-profit research institutions to panels of venture capital investors, business executives and intellectual property experts. Researchers will have 10 minutes to present their technologies and commercialization plans, and panelists will provide feedback on the commercialization strategies, helping to illuminate pathways to investments that could be 18 to 36 months in the future.
UTRF is only allowed to submit a total of six (6) proposals from across all campuses and institutes so an internal competition will be held to select the technologies. To aid UTRF in its deliberations, please send us a ½ page abstract by midnight on Sunday, Sunday, March 27. Following are the guidelines for the content:
- Technologies should be tied to an invention disclosure on file with UTRF.
- Technologies must fall within one of the following categories:
- Healthcare & Life Sciences
- Alternative Energy & Sustainability
- It should not exceed one-half (1/2) page in length.
- It should not include confidential information.
- There are no formatting requirements, but following is information that should be included:
- Project title
- Principal Investigator(s)
- The technology category
- A description of the problem that is being solved in the market. This should include a discussion on who is the customer, and what “pain” they are experiencing with current solutions.
- A non-confidential description of your solution, keeping technical details to a minimum. This should be described in everyday language -- the panelists may or may not have in-depth technical knowledge.
- A description of how your solution solves the problem better than existing solutions, again, written in everyday language.
- Deadline for submission: March 27, 2011
- You can learn more about the conference at http://www.tntechnology.org/conference/
U.S. Department of Education (3/14/11)
Paraprofessional Preservice Program Improvement Grants
- Purpose of Program: The purposes of this program are to (1) help address State-identified needs for highly qualified personnel -- in special education, related services, early intervention, and regular education -- to work with infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities; and (2) ensure that those personnel have the necessary skills and knowledge, derived from practices that have been determined through scientifically based research and experience, to be successful in serving those children.
Applications Available: March 11, 2011.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 25, 2011.
Eligible Applicants: IHEs (as defined in section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965).
Estimated Range of Awards: $145,000-150,000.
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $150,000.
Estimated Number of Awards: 10.
- Additional information is available online at:
U.S. Department of Education (3/11/11)
Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
- IES is the primary research arm of the U. S. Department of Education. Its mission is to provide rigorous and relevant evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and share this information broadly. The IES research programs are extremely competitive with awards generally totaling more than $1 million each. The deadlines are June 23, 2011 and/or September 22, 2011, depending on the specific program. IES will be holding competitions within two subdivisions, the National Center for Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER). A listing of the IES research topics is included below.
- Five competitions will be held by the IES’s National Center for Education Research (NCER):
- Two competitions for education research (due June and Sept); research topics to be considered are
- Reading and Writing
- Mathematics and Science Education
- Cognition and Student Learning
- Effective Teachers and Effective Teaching
- Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning
- Improving Education Systems: Policies, Organization,
- Early Learning Programs and Policies
- English Learners
- Postsecondary and Adult Education
- Education Technology
- One competition for education research training (due Sept.)
- One competition for research on statistical and research methodology in education (due Sept.)
- One competition for evaluation of State and local education programs and policies (due Sept.)
Four competitions will be held by IES’s National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER):
- Two competitions for special education research (due June and Sept.)
- One competition for special education training (due June)
- Note: Be sure to check solicitations for Letter of Intent due dates.
- General information: http://ies.ed.gov/aboutus/
- Competitions and Deadlines: http://ies.ed.gov/funding/12rfas.asp
National Science Foundation (3/11/11)
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
- The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the next round of funding for their Faculty Early Career (CAREER) Development Program. NSF describes this program as “a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty members at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.”
- Deadlines for full proposals vary by discipline: July 22-27, 2011
- For more information, please see the following links:
U.S. Department of Justice: Office of Justice Programs: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (3/7/11)
Second Chance Act Juvenile Mentoring
- Notice seeking proposals to mentor juvenile offenders during secure confinement, through transition back to the community, and post-release; to provide transitional services to assist them in their reintegration into the community; and to support training in offender and victim issues.
- Deadline: Applications are due by May 2, 2011. Approximately $625,000 per award for a project period of as long as three years. Colleges and universities are eligible to apply.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Office of Environmental Education (3/4/11)
Environmental Education Regional Grants
- The purpose of the Environmental Education Regional Grant Program is to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment.
- Deadline: Applications must be postmarked or submitted electronically via www.grants.gov by May 2, 2011, 11:59 pm in order to be considered for funding.
- For more information, click here: http://www.epa.gov/education/pdf/solNotice2011.htm