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June 2012 Grant Announcements:

 

U.S. Department of Defense (6/29/2012)

  • STEM for K-12 and Institutions of Higher Education
  • Supports projects that foster an interest in, knowledge of, and study in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to ensure an educated and well-prepared workforce, which meets the naval and national competitive needs.  Approximately $10 million is available.
  • Deadline: September 30, 2012
  • See http://tinyurl.com/23rc3lm for details.

 

National Science Foundation (6/29/2012)

  • Biosensing
  • Supports innovative investigations of problems with long-term impact and applications that require novel use of bio-inspired engineering principles and sophisticated devices. The program targets research in monitoring, identifying, and/or quantifying biological phenomena and supports potential technological breakthroughs that exist at the intersection of engineering, life science, and information technology. 
  • Deadline: September 18, 2012
  • See http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503353 for details.

 

National Science Foundation (6/29/2012)

  • Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering (BBBE)
  • Supports research on problems involved in the processing and manufacturing of products of economic importance through use of renewable resources of biological origin and genomic and proteomic bioinformatics. Emphasis is on basic engineering and biological research contributing to understanding of cellular and biomolecular processes (in vivo, in vitro, and/or ex vivo) and to the development of generic enabling technology and practical application.
  • Deadline: September 18, 2012
  • See http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=501024 for details.

 

National Science Foundation (6/22/2012)

  • General and Age-Related Disabilities Engineering (GARDE)
  • Supports research leading to development of new technologies, devices, or software for persons with disabilities. Research may be directed at the characterization, restoration, and substitution of human functional ability or cognition, or to the interaction of persons with disabilities and their environment. Areas of particular interest are disability-related research in neuroscience/neuroengineering and rehabilitation robotics. Undergraduate Engineering Design Projects are also supported.
  • Deadline: September 15, 2012.  Annual proposal window: 8/15 - 9/15.
  • See http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=501021 for details.

 

National Institutes of Health (6/22/2012)

  • 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.
  • Deadline: September 19, 2012
  • See http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-11-131.html for R01 details.

 

U.S. Department of Defense: The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) (6/21/2012)

  • Air Force Fiscal Year 2013 Young Investigator Research Program
  • AFOSR’s Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) supports scientists and engineers who
    have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years (on or after 1 May 2007) and who
    show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The objective of this
    program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career
    development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young
    investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and
    engineering.
  • Deadline: August 15, 2012
  • http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=174233

 

U.S. Department of Education (6/20/2012)

  • Personnel Development To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities: Early Childhood Personnel Center
  • Notice seeking applications to support the establishment and operation of an Early Childhood Personnel Center to improve professional development for personnel working with infants, toddlers, and preschool children with disabilities and their families. The center will also: (1) Serve as a national resource on personnel standards; (2) assist States in aligning their personnel standards to national professional organization standards; (3) assist State agencies and IHEs in developing partnerships with each other to support alignment between preservice and inservice training; and (4) assist States in developing integrated early childhood professional development systems to ensure that IDEA Part C and Part B preschool programs and personnel in each State are included within the State's professional development initiatives.
  • Deadline: July 18, 2012
  • Grants.gov notice

    http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=177555

 

U.S. Department of Education (6/20/2012)

  • CONNECT
  • Supports development of new energy communities and technologies through conferences, workshops, and other events; student engagement in those events; technology transfer to the private sector; education of targeted audiences; promotion of business opportunities; and new partnerships, collaborations, and networks among researchers, technologists, entrepreneurs, and investors.
  • Deadline: September 3, 2012
  • See https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/Default.aspx?Search=CONNECT&SearchType= for details.

 

U.S. Department of Education (6/19/2012)

  • Accelerating the Academic Achievement of Students with Learning Disabilities
  • New program plans to support research to develop and evaluate interventions (e.g., instructional approaches, curricula, technology) to accelerate the academic achievement of students with or at risk for learning disabilities in grades three through eight. The A3 Initiative will take a comprehensive approach to tackling the problem of improving the academic achievement, namely reading and mathematics achievement, of students with or at risk for learning disabilities. In FY 13, three centers will receive five-year awards for up to $10 million each. 
  • Deadline: September 20, 2012
  • See http://ies.ed.gov/funding/index.asp#current for details.

 

U.S. Department of Education (6/19/2012)

  • Cognition and Student Learning
  • Supports research that uses recent advances in cognitive science to address significant educational problems in order to establish a scientific foundation for educational practice by supporting research on key processes of attention, memory, and reasoning that are essential for academic achievement.
  • Deadline: September 20, 2012
  • See http://ies.ed.gov/funding/ for Education Research Programs for details including the special education version of this program (84.324A).

 

U.S. Department of Education (6/19/2012)

  • Early Learning Programs and Policies
  • Program intends to contribute to improvement of school readiness skills (e.g., pre-reading, early mathematical skills, language, vocabulary, social skills) of prekindergarten children.
  • Deadline: September 20, 2012
  • See http://ies.ed.gov/funding/ for Education Research Programs for details including special education version of this program (84.324A--Early Intervention and Early Learning in Special Education).

 

U.S. Department of Education (6/19/2012)

  • Education Technology
  • Supports research on education technology tools that are designed to provide or support instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, or science (including pre-reading, pre-writing, early mathematics, and early science) or to provide professional development for teachers related to instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, or science.
  • Deadline: September 20, 2012
  • See http://ies.ed.gov/funding/ for Education Research Programs for details including the special education version of this program (84.324A). 

 

U.S. Department of Education (6/19/2012)

  • Effective Teachers and Effective Teaching
  • This program will identify effective strategies for improving the performance of classroom teachers in ways that increase student learning and school achievement in reading, writing, mathematics and the sciences for K-12 students. The long term outcomes of this program will be an array of programs, assessments, and strategies that have been demonstrated to be effective for improving and assessing teacher quality in ways that are linked to increases in student achievement.
  • Deadline: September 20, 2012
  • See http://ies.ed.gov/funding/ for Education Research Programs for details.

 

U.S. Department of Education (6/19/2012)

  • English Learners
  • IES intends to contribute to improvement of academic achievement in reading, writing, mathematics, or science, as well as other school outcomes (e.g., graduation rates, access to postsecondary education) for students who are English learners (EL). The long-term outcome of this program will be an array of tools and strategies that have been documented to be effective for improving academic outcomes for EL students.
  • Deadline: September 20, 2012
  • See http://ies.ed.gov/funding/ for Education Research Programs for details.

 

U.S. Department of Education (6/19/2012)

  • Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies
  • Supports rigorous evaluations to determine the overall impact of fully developed education programs or policies implemented under conditions of routine practice by a state, district, or consortium of states or districts and to determine the impact across a variety of conditions (e.g., different student populations, different types of schools). 
  • Deadline: September 20, 2012
  • See http://ies.ed.gov/funding/ for details.

 

U.S. Department of Education (6/19/2012)

  • Improving Education Systems: Policies, Organization, Management, and Leadership
  • Supports the improvement of student learning through direct improvements in the organization and management of schools and education systems and through the establishment of policies intended to foster such improvements.
  • Deadline: September 20, 2012
  • See http://ies.ed.gov/funding/ for Education Research Programs for details including the special education version of this program (Special Education Policy, Finance, and Systems--84.324A).

 

U.S. Department of Education (6/19/2012)

  • Mathematics and Science Education Research
  • Supports research that will identify and support new and ongoing interventions in mathematics and science education that improve math achievement for all students in K-12 and close the achievement gap in these academic areas.
  • Deadline: September 20, 2012
  • See http://ies.ed.gov/funding/ for Education Research Programs for details including the special education version of this program (84.324A).

 

U.S. Department of Education (6/19/2012)

  • Postsecondary and Adult Education Research
  • Supports the improvement of reading, writing, and numeracy skills of learners in adult education programs; the enhancement of targeted learning outcomes of postsecondary students; and the increase in access to, persistence in, and completion of postsecondary education. The long-term outcome of this program will be an array of tools and strategies that have been documented to be effective for improving education outcomes of adult learners and postsecondary students at the college level.
  • Deadline: September 20, 2012
  • See http://ies.ed.gov/funding for Education Research Programs for details.

 

U.S. Department of Education (6/19/2012)

  • Reading and Writing Education Research
  • Supports projects to expand scientific knowledge of how students develop proficient levels of reading and writing comprehension, how reading and writing comprehension can be taught most optimally, and how it can be assessed in ways that reflect and advance current understanding of reading and writing comprehension and its development.
  • Deadline: September 20, 2012
  • See http://ies.ed.gov/funding/ for Education Research Programs for details, including the special education version of this program (84.324A) which includes language development.

 

U.S. Department of Education (6/19/2012)

  • Researcher and Policymaker Training Program in the Education Sciences
  • New IES program that offers grants in two tracks: Researcher Training projects are intended to help current education researchers maintain and upgrade their methodological skills. The specific intent of this type of project is to prepare researchers to be able to conduct the type of research that IES funds. Policymaker Training projects are intended to provide evidence from rigorous education research to education practitioners and policymakers working on a specific program or policy.
  • Deadline: September 20, 2012
  • See http://ies.ed.gov/funding/index.asp#current for details.

 

U.S. Department of Education (6/19/2012)

  • Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research

  • New program that will fund partnerships composed of research institutions and state or local education agencies. These partnerships are to identify an education issue with important implications for improving student achievement that is of high priority for the education agency, carry out initial data analyses regarding the education issue, and develop a plan for further research on the issue culminating in an application to one of IES' research grant programs. Projects are for two years and up to $400,000.
  • Deadline: September 20, 2012
  • See http://ies.ed.gov/funding/index.asp#current for details.

 

U.S. Department of Education (6/19/2012)

  • Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning
  • Supports research on interventions designed to improve social skills and behaviors that support academic and other important school-related outcomes (e.g. attendance, high school graduation rates) in typically developing students in K-12.
  • Deadline: September 20, 2012
  • See http://ies.ed.gov/funding/ for Education Research Programs for details including the special education version of this program (84.324A--Social and Behavioral Outcomes to Support Learning).

 

U.S. Department of Education (6/19/2012)

  • Special Education Research: Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Supports research that contributes to the improvement of cognitive, communicative, academic, social, and behavioral outcomes of children identified with autism spectrum disorder in preschool through high school.
  • Deadline: September 20, 2012
  • See http://ies.ed.gov/funding/ for Special Education Research Programs for details.

 

U.S. Department of Education (6/19/2012)

  • Special Education Research: Early Career Development and Mentoring Program
  • Supports new investigators in special education and early intervention during their first years in IHEs. An important aspect of this program is the requirement that the research and training be guided closely by a scientist experienced in the study of infants, toddlers, children, or youth with or at risk for disabilities, and/or their families or teachers. The program intends to provide new investigators with protected time in their faculty positions during which they can concentrate more intensively on developing research skills and their program of research.
  • Deadline: September 20, 2012
  • See http://ies.ed.gov/funding/index.asp#current for details.

 

U.S. Department of Education (6/19/2012)

  • Special Education Research: Families of Children with Disabilities
  • The purpose of this research program is to identify effective strategies for improving family involvement/support in the education of their child with a disability in ways that ultimately improve educational or transition outcomes for K-12 students with disabilities.
  • Deadline: September 20, 2012
  • See http://ies.ed.gov/funding for Special Education Research Programs for details.

 

U.S. Department of Education (6/19/2012)

  • Special Education Research: Professional Development
  • Supports research to identify effective strategies for improving the performance of current teachers, other instructional personnel, and related services providers in ways that increase reading, writing, language, mathematics, science, social, behavioral, or secondary transitional outcomes, as well as functional skills that improve the educational outcomes of K-12 students with disabilities or at risk for disabilities.
  • Deadline: September 20, 2012
  • See http://ies.ed.gov/funding/ for Special Education Research Programs for details.

 

U.S. Department of Education (6/19/2012)

  • Special Education Research: Transition Outcomes for Secondary Students
  • The purpose of the research program is to contribute to the improvement of transition outcomes for secondary students with disabilities. Transition outcomes include the behavioral, social, communicative, functional, occupational, and academic skills that enable young adults with disabilities to obtain and hold meaningful employment, live independently, and obtain further education and training.
  • Deadline: September 20, 2012
  • See http://ies.ed.gov/funding/ for Special Education Research Programs for details.

 

National Endowment for the Humanities (6/19/2012)

  • Enduring Questions
  • This grant provides support for the development of new humanities courses at the undergraduate level. These courses 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 and draw on readings from different periods. NEH Enduring Questions grants can provide up to $25,000 to support professor salary and institutional costs.  The new course must be taught at least twice.
  • Deadline: September 13, 2012
  • Additional details about the program and the complete guidelines may be found here: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/EnduringQuestions.html

 

National Endowment for the Humanities (6/19/2012)

  • Summer Stipends
  • This grant provides $6,000 for two consecutive months (normally, but not always, in the summer) of full-time, advanced research and writing that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the public's understanding of the humanities. Awards usually result in publications. Recipients of fellowships of over $15,000 in the past 3 academic years are not eligible.   
  • Deadline: September 20, 2012
  • See http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/stipends.html for additional details.

 

National Institutes of Health (6/19/2012)

  • Enhancing Developmental Biology Research at Undergraduate Institutions
  • This program supports applications (R15) to strengthen the developmental biology research environment at campuses that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees, but have not received much NIH support. Projects must foster research experiences in developmental biology for undergraduates in order that they understand the molecular and cellular basis of embryonic development. NIH is not interested in behavioral development or intellectual disabilities for this specific FOA. Applicants may request up to $300,000 in direct costs.
  • Deadlines: Letter of Intent due August 10, 2012.  Full Proposal due September 10, 2012.
  • Additional information may be found here: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-057.html

 

REVIEWER OPPORTUNITY: U.S. Department of Education (6/14/2012)

  • Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement (McNair) Program
  • The Department of Education is seeking reviewers to evaluate discretionary grant applications for the FY 2012 Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement (McNair) Program competition. 
  • The technical review of eligible applications received under the McNair Program competition will be conducted using one review session which will consist of two phases.  Phase One of the review session will consist of the on-line review of applications and will utilize the Department’s G-5 electronic field reading system (G-5 System).   Phase Two of the review session will consist of federally-subsidized travel to the Washington, DC metropolitan area for the paneling and finalization of the technical review forms for each of the assigned applications.  The schedule of activities for the session planned is as follows:

    Reviewers Notified        Phase One Begins       Phase Two Begins

    June 18, 2012               June 27, 2012            July 9, 2012         

  • Deadline for registration: June 15, 2012
  • Registration web site: http://reviewgrants.com/mcnairavailability
  • More information: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/triomcnair/index.html

 

U.S. Department of Education: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (6/12/2012)

  • Comprehensive Centers Program
  • Through the Comprehensive Centers Program, OESE will support 15 regional centers and seven content centers to help SEAs improve learning outcomes for all students. Colleges, universities, and other education organizations are eligible to compete for the $50 million available to fund new centers. There is an invitational priority for applicants that propose at least a 15 percent cost share. Letters of intent are strongly encouraged by June 26, and applications are due by August 6, 2012.
  • Under this new competition, the first in seven years, applicants must address key focus areas:
    • Implementing college- and career-ready standards and aligned, high-quality assessments for all students;
    • Identifying, recruiting, developing, and retaining highly effective teachers and leaders;
    • Turning around the lowest-performing schools;
    • Ensuring the school readiness and success of preschool-age children and their successful transition to kindergarten;
    • Building rigorous instructional pathways that support the successful transition of all students from secondary education to college and careers without the need for remediation;
    • Identifying and scaling up innovative approaches to teaching and learning that significantly improve student outcomes; and
    • Using data-based decision-making to improve instructional practices, policies, and student outcomes.
  • Deadline: August 6, 2012
  • http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-06/html/2012-13735.htm

 

U.S. Department of Education: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (6/12/2012)

  • Teacher Incentive Fund
  • This is an excellent opportunity for colleges and universities to develop partnerships with state and local educational agencies (SEAs and LEAs) working to increase teacher effectiveness and student success while providing access to college-level content and increasing students’ college- and career-readiness.
  • The $284 million Teacher Innovation Fund (TIF) supports the efforts of high-need schools to implement performance-based teacher and principal compensation systems. Up to 30 awards averaging $10 million each are expected this year under a two-fold competition: one for general TIF awards and the other for TIF projects with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
  • Deadline: July 27, 2012
  • http://www2.ed.gov/programs/teacherincentive/applicant.html

 

Tennessee Solar Conversion & Storage using Outreach, Research, & Education (TN-SCORE) (6/6/2012)

  • Research Stimulation Awards
  • There are three strategic research themes within TN-SCORE:
    • Advanced Solar Conversion and Innovation
    • Components and Devices for Energy Storage and Conversion
    • Nanostructures for Enhancing Energy Efficiency
  • Purpose of TN-SCORE Research Stimulation Awards
    • Support the development of junior investigators so they can obtain other major funding.
    • Encourage universities and industry to work cooperatively on renewable energy research.  
  • Deadline: Proposals will be reviewed beginning July 15, and awards will be made on a rolling basis until available funding is exhausted.  Awards will range from $5,000 to $50,000.
  • Additional information is available at this link: http://www.tnepscor.org/programs/research_stimulation_awards.aspx

 

National Science Foundation (6/4/2012)

  • International Collaboration in Chemistry between US Investigators and their Counterparts Abroad
  • Notice seeking proposals to enhance opportunities for collaborative activities between U.S. and foreign investigators. The NSF Division of Chemistry will accept collaborative research proposals in basic research in chemistry, written in English, which establish bilateral collaborations between US investigators and investigators from other countries. 
  • Deadlines: Preliminary Proposals are required and due August 1, 2012. Proposals are due October 16, 2012. Approximately $10 million is available to support 10 to 40 awards. Colleges and universities are eligible to apply.
  • Solicitation

    http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf12562

 

U.S. Department of Transportation: Federal Highway Administration (6/4/2012)

  • Technology Transfer of Concrete Pavement Technologies
  • Notice seeking applications to build upon previous work in the areas of interest to FHWA and to strive to make new technologies and innovations part of the everyday solutions engineers and practitioners will use to create long lasting concrete pavements.
  • Deadline: June 30, 2012.  Approximately $2 million is available to support one award. Eligibility is unrestricted.
  • Grants.gov notice

    http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=173273

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