April 2015 Announcements


National Science Foundation (4/30/2015)

  • Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) 
  • The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally. Only three proposal submissions - two for equipment acquisition and one for equipment development - are allowed per institution, so OPSP will be conducting an internal review and selection process. If you are interested in submitting an NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) proposal for the upcoming competition, please plan to submit a 2-3 page abstract and any needed supporting documentation to the Office of Partnerships & Sponsored Programs at opsp@utc.edu by September 15, 2015. 
  • Deadline: Internal competition submissions due to OPSP by September 15, 2015; Full proposals due to NSF by January 13, 2016
  • https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5260


National Endowment for the Humanities (4/29/2015)

  • Summer Stipend Program 
  • Summer Stipends are opportunities for individuals to pursue advanced scholarly work in the humanities. Projects may contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public’s understanding of the humanities.  Recipients might eventually produce scholarly articles, a monograph on a specialized subject, a book on a broad topic, an archaeological site report, a translation, an edition, or other projects that are scholarly in nature.  The NEH Summer Stipends support projects that can be completed during the tenure of an award or those that are part of a long-term endeavor.  The stipends are awarded to individual scholars, not to UTC. NEH Summer Stipends do not support projects to study teaching methods or theories.  Neither do they support surveys of courses and programs, the preparation of institutional curricula, works in the creative or performing arts, or the publishing of textbooks. Each institution may only nominate two individuals, so UTC has an internal competition to identify the two most qualified proposals. Stipends of $6,000 are awarded to support two consecutive and uninterrupted months of full-time study or research.
  • Deadline: To participate in the internal competition, a copy of a CV and a one-page project summary/abstract must be submitted to opsp@utc.edu by 5 p.m. on Monday, August 17. Selected applications must submit their full proposals to NEH by Monday, October 1, 2015. For more information, please contact todd-doman@utc.edu.
  • http://www.neh.gov/grants/research/summer-stipends


National Science Foundation (4/23/2015)

  • EHR Core Research (ECR) 
  • The EHR Core Research (ECR) program of fundamental research in STEM education provides funding in critical research areas that are essential, broad and enduring. EHR seeks proposals that will help synthesize, build and/or expand research foundations in the following focal areas: STEM learning, STEM learning environments, STEM workforce development, and broadening participation in STEM. The ECR program is distinguished by its emphasis on the accumulation of robust evidence to inform efforts to (a) understand, (b) build theory to explain, and (c) suggest interventions (and innovations) to address persistent challenges in STEM interest, education, learning, and participation. The program supports advances in fundamental research on STEM learning and education by fostering efforts to develop foundational knowledge in STEM learning and learning contexts, both formal and informal, from childhood through adulthood, for all groups, and from the earliest developmental stages of life through participation in the workforce, resulting in increased public understanding of science and engineering. The ECR program will fund fundamental research on: human learning in STEM; learning in STEM learning environments, STEM workforce development, and research on broadening participation in STEM.
  • Deadline: Full proposals due by September 10, 2015
  • http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15509/nsf15509.htm


National Science Foundation (4/23/2015)

  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) 
  • The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. UTC has a proven track-record of securing REU awards, and approximately 180 new sites are awarded each year. The typical funding amount is $70,000 - $120,000 per year, although there is no firm limit on the amount an institution can request.
  • Deadline: Full proposals due by August 26, 2015
  • http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5517&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click


Research Corporation for Science Advancement (4/13/2015)

  • Cottrell Scholar Awards
  • Cottrell Scholar Awards provide $100,000 to early career tenure-track assistant professors in bachelor - and Ph.D. - granting departments of astronomy, chemistry, and physics. Applicant proposals must contain a research plan, an educational plan, and a clear statement on how the CSA will help applicants become truly outstanding teacher-scholars and future academic leaders. For the 2015 proposal cycle, eligibility is limited to faculty members who started their first tenure-track appointment in 2012.
  • Deadline: Full proposals due by May 15, 2015
  • http://rescorp.org/cottrell-scholars/cottrell-scholar-award


Department of Education (4/2/2015)

  • Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN)
  • The GAANN program provides grants to academic departments and programs of institutions of higher education (IHEs) to support graduate fellowships for students with excellent academic records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in their course of study at the institution. A project must provide fellowships in one or more of the following areas of national need: Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies; Biological Sciences/Life Sciences; Chemistry; Computer and Information Sciences; Engineering; Foreign Languages; Mathematics; Nursing; Physics; Psychology; and Educational Evaluation, Research, and Statistics.
  • Deadline: Full proposals due by May 29, 2015
  • http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=275600


National Institute of Health (4/2/2015)

  • Enhancing Developmental Biology Research at Academic Research Enhancement Award
  • This funding opportunity announcement encourages grant applications to strengthen the developmental biology research environment at educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees, but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. In addition, this FOA attempts to foster the development of novel or underutilized experimental model systems, and to motivate students through exposure to and participation in research projects designed to study fundamental processes underlying normal development.
  • Deadline: Full proposals due by September 10, 2015
  • http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-057.html