August 2012 Grant Announcements


Tennessee Higher Education Commission (8/21/12)

  • Increasing Teacher Quality (ITQ)
  • This program represents the largest federal initiative for using professional
    development to improve teaching and learning. As a federal program, it operates under
    legislation known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). Projects funded as a result of this RFP must identify how the proposed professional development activity will provide teachers with an opportunity to understand and strengthen their content knowledge regarding the competencies found in the High School Common Core State Standards- Mathematics (CCSS-Math). Successful proposals will clearly describe how the project provides professional development activities that improve teacher knowledge and competency, and include quantifiable goals for increasing knowledge through pre-and post-assessments.
  • Deadlines: Notice of Intent due September 3, 2012; Full proposal due October 15, 2012


National Science Foundation (8/21/12)

  • General & Age Related Disabilities Engineering (GARDE) Program
  • The GARDE program supports research that will lead to the development of new technologies, devices, or software for persons with disabilities.  Research may be supported that is directed to the characterization, restoration, and/or substitution of human functional ability or cognition, or to the interaction of persons with disabilities and their environment.  Areas of particular recent interest are disability-related research in neuroscience/neuroengineering and rehabilitation robotics.  Emphasis is placed on significant advancement of fundamental engineering and scientific knowledge and not on incremental improvements.  Proposals should advance discovery or innovation beyond the frontiers of current knowledge in disability-related research. 
  • Deadline: September 18 2012


U.S. Department of Energy (8/21/2012)

  • Early Career Research Program
  • The Office of Science of the Department of Energy hereby invites grant applications for support
    under the Early Career Research Program in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific
    Computing Research (ASCR); Biological and Environmental Research (BER); Basic Energy
    Sciences (BES), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES); High Energy Physics (HEP), and Nuclear
    Physics (NP). 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.
  • Deadline: Preapplication (required) due September 6, 2012; Applications due November 26, 2012


U.S. Department of Interior (8/21/2012)

  • EDMAP - National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program
  • Supports efforts to train the next generation of geologic mappers. NCGMP provides funds for graduate (up to $15,000) and selected undergraduate (up to $7,500) students in academic research projects involving geologic mapping as a major component. These cooperative agreements are a means to expand the research and educational capacities of academic programs that teach earth science students the techniques of geologic mapping and field data analysis. FY 13  announcement expected in early September. Tentative deadline in late November.
  • Deadline: Late November 2012
  • See for updates.


Health Resources and Services Administration (8/13/2012)

  • Maternal and Child Health Research Program (MCHR)
  • The R40 MCH Research Program supports applied research relating to maternal and child health services including services for children with special health care needs, which show promise of substantial contribution to advancement of the current knowledge pool, and when used in States and communities should result in health and health services improvements.  Findings from the research supported by the MCH Research Program are expected to have potential for application in health care delivery programs for mothers and children.  Research proposals should address critical MCH questions such as public health systems and infrastructure, health disparities, quality of care, and promoting the health of MCH populations, which also support the goals of the Health Resources and Services Administration.  The "life course perspective" is currently being integrated into MCHB's strategic directions, and can serve as a helpful frame of reference for study proposals designed to address the critical MCH questions defined by the Bureau.  
  • Deadline: September 12, 2012


National Science Foundation (8/13/2012)

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP)
  • The intent of the STEP project should be to make a significant impact on the culture at the institution with the expectation that major portions of the impact will be sustained after the completion of federal funding.  The most competitive proposals are those based on an institutional self-study that has determined when and why students leave STEM majors at the institution or identifies untapped recruitment opportunities and that focuses on changing the situation through appropriate strategies. A project that supports only a targeted cohort of students without including strategies for on-going institutional change is not likely to be competitive.

    Successful Type 1 projects might propose a comprehensive effort that uses some combination of the following approaches:

    • Programs that intend to increase the number of students persisting in STEM courses and majors by focusing directly on the quality of student learning, including efforts to encourage high-caliber teaching, new pedagogical approaches, and the training of new teaching assistants;
    • Programs that expand the capacity of institutions to incorporate current advances in STEM into the undergraduate learning environment;
    • Programs including interdisciplinary approaches to undergraduate STEM education;
    • Bridge programs between community colleges and universities;
    • Programs the institute new recruitment or retention activities, especially targeted at traditionally underrepresented students;
    • Programs to encourage undergraduate research and facilitate student exposure to potential careers;
    • Other approaches to achieving program goals.
  • Deadline: September 25, 2012


U.S. Department of Energy: Office of Science (8/8/2012)

  • Early Career Research Program
  • Notice seeking applications to support the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and to stimulate research careers in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR); Biological and Environmental Research (BER); Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES); High Energy Physics (HEP), and Nuclear Physics (NP).
  • Deadlines: Preliminary applications due September 6, 2012 (required); Invited applications due November 26, 2012. Approximately up to $6 million is available to support 30 to 50 awards. Colleges and universities are eligible to apply.
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National Science Foundation (8/1/2012)

  • Dynamical Systems (DS)
  • Supports research on the theories of dynamical systems, new analytical and computational tools, and novel application of dynamical systems to engineered systems. Special interest in transformative research on complex systems, uncertain or stochastic nonlinear dynamical systems, model order reduction of nonlinear or infinite dimensional dynamical systems, discrete nonlinear dynamical systems, and work with multi-scale multi-physics dynamical systems. Proposal windows 1/15-2/15 and 9/1-10/1 annually.
  • Deadline: October 1, 2012
  • See for details.


National Science Foundation (8/1/2012)

  • Computer and Network Systems (CNS): Core Programs
  • CISE’s Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in two core programs:
    • Computer Systems Research (CSR) program; and
    • Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS) program.

    Proposers are invited to submit proposals in three project classes, which are defined as follows:

    • Small Projects - up to $500,000 total budget with durations up to three years;
    • Medium Projects - $500,001 to $1,200,000 total budget with durations up to four years; and
    • Large Projects - $1,200,001 to $3,000,000 total budget with durations up to five years.
  • Deadline: October 9, 2012 (medium projects); November 30, 2012 (large projects); December 17, 2012 (small projects)


National Science Foundation (8/1/2012)

  • Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Sciences
  • Supports long-term collaborative partnerships among K-12 STEM teachers, community college faculty, and the NSF university research community by involving the teachers in engineering and computer science research. Two mechanisms for support of in-service and pre-service K-12 teachers and/or community college faculty: RET supplements to ongoing ENG awards and new RET Site awards. Deadline is first Monday in October annually. Limited submission: three site proposals per institution.
  • Deadline: October 1, 2012
  • See for details.


National Science Foundation (8/1/2012)

  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
  • Supports active undergraduate research participation areas funded by NSF through two mechanisms. REU Sites support independent projects to initiate and conduct research projects involving a number of undergraduates. Proposals for projects requiring access to Antarctica are due fourth Friday in May, annually. Deadline for all other sites is fourth Wednesday in August, annually. REU Supplements support the addition of undergraduates to ongoing, new, or renewal NSF-funded projects (deadlines vary).
  • Deadline: September 12, 2012
  • See for details.