October 2013 Grant Announcements:

Special Collaborative Opportunity!

The Avon Foundation for Women


  • The Breast Cancer Start-Up Challenge  will offer teams the opportunity to create strategic business plans and the potential to start new companies based on the development of 10 unlicensed breast cancer inventions by turning them into commercially marketed products. The challenge will include up to 100 teams—10 teams for each of the 10 inventions— who will compete. Teams must include at least three university students and team members must represent these disciplines: Medical/ Scientific, Legal, Business, Seasoned Entrepreneurship (students do not need to be a major in these disciplines as long as they are all represented). There is no limit on number of team members. 
  • Deadline: Letter of Intent is due November 1, 2013


National Science Foundation (10/31/2013)

  • Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
  • The AISL program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of  STEM learning in informal environments; and develop understandings of deeper learning by participants. The AISL program supports five types of projects: (1) Pathways, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, and (5) Conferences, Symposia, and Workshops.
  • Deadline: Full Proposal due January 14, 2014
  • http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504793


The American Association of University Women (AAUW) (10/31/2013)

  • American Fellowships Program
  • American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The program offers three types of awards:
    • Dissertation Fellowships - awards offset a scholar's living expenses while she completes her dissertation. The fellowship must be used for the final year of writing the dissertation. Applicants must have completed all course work, passed all preliminary examinations, and received approval for their research proposals or plans by the preceding November. Open to all fields of study. Scholars engaged in STEM fields are encouraged to apply.
    • Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships -  are designed to assist scholars in obtaining tenure and other promotions by enabling them to spend a year pursuing independent research.
    • Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants- provide funds for women college and university faculty and independent researches to prepare research for publication. Both tenure-track and part-time faculty are eligible to apply.


Department of Defense; U.S. Department of the Navy; Naval Research Laboratory (10/28/2013)

Upcoming Program: Environmental Protection Agency (10/25/2013)

  • P3: People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability

  • The EPA intends to seek applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. The P3 competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative projects focused on sustainability. The P3 Award program was developed to foster progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of economic prosperity, protection of the planet, and improved quality of life for its people-- people, prosperity, and the planet – the three pillars of sustainability.
  • Deadline: Anticipated deadline in December 2013
  • http://epa.gov/p3/