July 2012 Grant Announcements:


National Science Foundation (7/23/2012)

  • Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-Systems (CCSS)
  • Supports systems research and integrated educational activities in hardware, signal processing techniques, and architectures to enable the next generation of cyber systems that leverage computation, communication, and algorithms integrated with physical domains. Proposal windows are 1/7-2/7 and 9/7-10/7 annually. Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) supplement proposals due 4/1.
  • Deadline: October 7, 2012
  • See http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13381 for details.


National Science Foundation (7/23/2012)

  • Sensors and Sensing Systems (SSS)
  • Supports research on methods to acquire and use sensor data on civil, mechanical, and manufacturing systems, including advanced actuators, sensors, wireless sensor networks, new materials and concepts for sensing applications, power generation, and energy supply for sensors and sensing systems. Also funds research on incorporation of sensors into natural and engineered systems to achieve effective data acquisition and on processing and transmitting sensor data. Annual proposal windows are 1/15-2/15and 9/1-10/1.
  • Deadline: October 1, 2012
  • See http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13349 for details.


National Science Foundation (7/18/2012)

  • Advancing Information STEM Learning (AISL) (formally Informal Science Education)
  • The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) solicitation invites investigators to propose ideas, concepts, models, and other opportunities for learning and learning environments that will capture the creative and innovative potential of informal STEM learning for the future, and potentially forge new connections across all STEM learning communities. Leveraging new and emerging technologies, STEM learning can now be located and situated wherever the learner is and customized to meet the learner's educational needs. New interdisciplinary collaborations and partnerships for informal learning among academia, industry, and government can greatly advance our nation's goals to produce a scientifically and technologically literate population and workforce.
  • The AISL program supports the following research and/or development on learning and learning environments for the future, including, but not limited to:


    • Expand access to the highest quality STEM resources for all Americans, regardless of geographic location, age, gender, affluence, or academic background and advance out of school participation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges;
    • Contribute new research and/or development to the knowledge base, models and/or learning strategies that advance informal learning;
    • Explore and better understand the models that integrate a variety of learning platforms for targeted audiences and communities.
    • Engage the public in novel, real-time, and simulated experiences with scientific phenomena and participation in the collection of scientific data where such data can contribute to scientific discoveries once reserved only for science researchers;
    • Create pedagogical links between informal learning and school-based learning that advances more seamless and personalized STEM-learning across settings and that can transcend the time constraints and physical boundaries of traditional education;
    • Build capacity of STEM informal education professionals, volunteers, parents, and caregivers, and those who facilitate the learning of others.

    Learning environments:

    • Advance meaningful STEM engagement through exhibits, programs, and other experiences at science centers, museums, zoos, aquariums, youth and community centers, and many other informal and out-of school settings;
    • Advance the design and development of environments for learning anytime, anywhere, leveraging advances made in adaptive and assistive technologies, virtual and augmented reality, games, visualizations, simulations, mobile phones and computers, and global online social networks;
    • Advance science communication to the public via the Internet, broadcast media, podcasting, online scientific databases, and emerging global social learning networks that engage the public, evolve new partnerships, and reach broader audiences;
  • Deadlines: Preliminary Proposal due 8/14/2012; Full Proposal due 1/14/2013
  • http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504793


Spencer Foundation (7/17/2012)

  • The New Civics
  • Program refers to an expanded understanding of civic education and supports research that deepens our understanding of influences on civic action that attends to social inequalities in civic education and civic action and that has the potential to shape future research and practice in these fields. Also aims to strengthen the research community and its connections to educational policy and practice. Deadlines refer to small (under $40,000) awards. Preliminary proposals for large awards accepted any time, full proposals by invitation.
  • Deadline: October 1, 2012
  • See http://www.spencer.org/content.cfm/the_new_civics for more information.


National Institutes of Health (7/16/2012)

  • mHealth Tools to Promote Effective Patient-Provider Communication, Adherence to Treatment  and Self Management of Chronic Diseases In Underserved Populations (R01)
  • NINR, NICHD and the Office of Dietary Supplements support research (R01; R03; R21) using Mobile Health (mHealth) tools aimed at improving the effective patient-provider communication, and adherence to treatment and self-management of chronic diseases in underserved populations. With the rapid expansion of cellular networks and advancements in Smartphone technologies, it is now possible, and affordable, to transmit patient data digitally from remote areas to specialists in urban areas, receive real-time feedback, and capture that consultation in a database. Expires 9/8/14.
  • Deadline: October 5, 2012
  • See http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-330.html for R01 details.


Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (7/13/2012)

  • Research Grant Program
  • This program supports research directed toward enhancing anesthesia patient safety. The objective is to encourage studies leading toward prevention of  mortality and morbidity resulting from anesthesia mishaps. Priority is for topics that do not have other available sources of funding. Awards offer up to $150,000 over two years.
  • Deadline: October 1, 2012
  • Additional details may be found here: http://www.apsf.org/grants_guidelines.php.


National Science Foundation (7/13/2012)

  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) SITES
  • The National Science Foundation is soliciting proposals for its  Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) SITES program.  This program supports undergraduate participation in active research projects.

    REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. The typical REU Site hosts 8-10 students per year, at least half of whom must be from institutions other than the submitting institution.  The typical funding amount is $70,000 - $120,000 per year. Funds may be used to support stipends, scholarships, living expenses, or other student costs, as appropriate.

    NSF plans to award approximately 180 new Site awards this fiscal year. UTC has recently proven successful in establishing an REU Site in Biomedical Informatics, and this experience will certainly be helpful to those of you interested in applying this year or in the future.

  • Deadline: September 12, 2012
  • Additional details  may be found here: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5517&org=NSF


Tennessee Historical Commission (7/13/2012)

  • Federal Preservation Grants
  • The Tennessee Historical Commission is accepting grant applications for historic preservation projects for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. These grants, which are federally funded, will be available after October 1, 2012. The precise amount of funds which will be available in Tennessee for such grants will not be known until Congress has passed the FY 2012-2013 budget; however, it is expected to be in the range of $400,000. After review, applications will be rated and ranked. Decisions on those to be funded will be made when the exact amount of the allocation is known. This may be as late as next spring depending on when the Congress completes work on the FY-2013 Budget.
  • As in the past, the selection process will emphasize projects for the conducting of architectural, archaeological, and historic site surveys. Such projects are designed to identify and record historic districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant to Tennessee's history and built before 1960. Surveys may be for a specific geographic area or for sites associated with themes or events significant in the state's history, such as the development of railroads in the nineteenth century, or the development of motor tourism in the twentieth century. Priorities for funding survey projects will include areas which are experiencing rapid growth and development or other threats to cultural resources, areas where there are serious gaps in knowledge regarding cultural resources, and thematic surveys based upon existing historic study units produced by the SHPO.

    In addition to historic surveys, assistance is available for other types of historic preservation projects. These may include preservation planning studies for towns, neighborhoods, and historic districts, the preparation of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, planning or pre-development work necessary to undertake restoration of an historic property, and restoration of historic properties (for restoration or restoration pre-planning, properties must be listed on the National Register of Historic Places). Unless appropriations are significantly increased, funds for restoration projects will be limited; however, THC always encourages quality applications of this type. Applications for projects to prepare nominations to the National Register of Historic Places are a priority and are also encouraged.

    The grants are matching grants and will pay for up to 60% of the costs of approved project work. The remaining 40% must be provided by the grantee as matching funds.

  • Deadline: September 1, 2012
  • More information: http://www.tn.gov/environment/history/history_preservation-grants.shtml


National Science Foundation (7/12/2012)

  • National Robotics Initiative (NRI)
  • Supports innovative robotics research and applications emphasizing the realization of co-robots acting in direct support of and in a symbiotic relationship with human partners. Also focuses on understanding long term social, behavioral and economic implications of co-robots across all areas of human activity. Collaboration between academic, industry, non-profit and other organizations is strongly encouraged. Topics may be related to NASA, USDA, NIH, and NSF. Deadline refers to required LOIs.
  • Deadline: October 1, 2012
  • See http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503641 for details.


National Institutes of Health (7/12/2012)

  • Healthy Habits: Developing Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents
  • NICHD and many other institutes support research (R01; R03; R21) to identify mechanisms of influence and/or promote positive sustainable health behavior(s) in children and youth (birth to age 18). Interests include: effective, sustainable processes for influencing young people to make healthy behavior choices; identification of the appropriate stage of influence for learning sustainable lifelong health behaviors; and the role of technology and new media. Expires 9/8/14.
  • Deadline: October 5, 2012
  • See http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-327.html for R01 details and other contacts.


National Institutes of Health (7/12/2012)

  • School Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies, Behaviors & Weight Outcomes
  • NICHD, NCI, NHLBI, OBSSR and CDC support research (R01; R03; R21) to: foster multidisciplinary research to evaluate how policies (fed, state & school district levels) influence school physical activity & nutrition environments, youths' obesogenic behaviors (e.g., nutrition & physical activity behaviors) & weight outcomes; & to examine how schools implement these policies to better understand the effect of school nutrition & physical activity polices on the home, community environment & body weight. Expires 1/8/13.
  • Deadline: October 5, 2012
  • See http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-052.html for R01 details and other contacts. 


National Institutes of Health (7/12/2012)

  • Family Based Approaches to Prevent/Manage Obesity in Early Childhood
  • NIDDK, NHLBI, NICHD and OBSSR support research (R01; R21) that propose randomized clinical trials testing novel home- or family-based interventions for the prevention or management of obesity in children age 0-6.  Applications should emphasize role of home environment and influence of extended family members and parents (including guardians/substantial care-providers) within the child's home environment. Expires 5/8/13.
  • Deadline: October 5, 2012
  • See http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-127.html for R01 details. 


Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (7/10/2012)

  • Sloan Research Fellowships
  • Supports fundamental research by early career scientists in chemistry, computer science, mathematics, economics, neuroscience, physics, and computational and evolutionary molecular biology. Awards provide $50,000 over two years. Candidates must be faculty members within six years of earning the Ph.D. Deadline refers to nominations, which must be made by department heads or other senior scholars. Limited submission: three candidates per department.
  • Deadline: September 15, 2012
  • See http://www.sloan.org/fellowships for details.


National Science Foundation (7/6/2012)

  • Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in Geosciences (OEDG)
  • This program supports projects to increase participation in the geosciences by members of underrepresented groups and individuals with disabilities and to increase the perceived relevance of geosciences among broad and diverse segments of the population.
  • Deadline: Letters of Intent - September 3, 2012; Full Proposals - October 10, 2012
  • For additional details, see http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12726.


National Science Foundation (7/6/2012)

  • Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE)
  • This program funds projects that advance research at the frontiers of STEM learning and education and provide the foundational knowledge necessary to improve STEM learning and education in current and emerging learning contexts, both formal and informal, from childhood through adulthood, for all groups, and from before school through to graduate school and beyond into the workforce.
  • Deadline: July 17, 2012
  • The full solicitation may be found at this link: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13667


National Endowment for the Humanities (7/6/2012)

  • Enduring Questions
  • The NEH Enduring Questions grant program supports faculty members in the teaching and development of a new course that will foster intellectual community through the study of an enduring question. This question-driven course will encourage undergraduates and teachers to grapple with a fundamental concern of human life addressed by the humanities, and to join together in a deep and sustained program of reading in order to encounter influential thinkers over the centuries and into the present day.

    What is an enduring question? The following list is neither prescriptive nor exhaustive but serves to illustrate.

    • What is good government?
    • Can war be just?
    • What is friendship?
    • What is evil?
    • Are there universals in human nature?
    • What are the origins of the universe?
  • In its first four annual competitions, the Enduring Questions program received an average of 197 applications per year. The program made an average of 19 awards per year, for a funding ratio of 10 percent.
  • Deadline: September 13, 2012
  • http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/enduring-questions


National Science Foundation (7/6/2012)

  • Biomedical Engineering (BME)
  • Supports fundamental, transformative, and discovery research applied to biological systems. The long-term impact of the projects can be related to disease diagnosis and/or treatment, improved health care delivery, or product development. Projects must advance both engineering and biomedical sciences. Two research themes are supported: neural engineering and cellular biomechanics. Proposal window: 8/15-9/18 annually.
  • Deadline: September 18, 2012
  • See http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=501023 for details.