Grant Opportunities Newsletter 05/22/2014




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May 22, 2014

The end of the academic year has arrived. Welcome to summer!
Please be sure to check our reminder section to see deadlines from previous emails for some great opportunities that will be coming up over the summer and early in the fall. Grant opportunities do not end during the summer, so be sure to check your inbox for our bi-weekly newsletter! Also, keep an eye out for our special fellowship edition, which will be sent out in the next few weeks.
If you are interested in seeking funding for your projects, please contact Chris Johnson or Curtis Harris. For individualized grant opportunity research, please contact Kaley Hanenkrat. As always, please feel free to send any comments or suggestions directly to us here.
Thanks for reading!
Best wishes,
Kaley Hanenkrat
Deadline Reminders
July 15, 2014 – NSF Social Psychology Grants (Sciences)
August 1, 2014 – NSF Law & Social Sciences (Social Sciences)
August 15, 2014 – NSF Sociology (Social Sciences)
September 3, 2014 – NSF Science of Organizations (Social Sciences)
September 15, 2014 - Sloan Foundation Research Fellows (Sciences)
October 15, 2014 – Fitch Mid-Career Fellow (Humanities, Arts, Design)
Late September (TBD - tentatively September 26, 2014) – ACLS Fellowships, including Ryskamp Research Fellowships and Digital Innovation Fellowships (Humanities)
General Interest
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation – United States and Canadian Fellowships
The Guggenheim Foundation has announced a September 19, 2014 deadline for their program for US and Canadian Scholars. The Foundation provides fellowships for, “advanced professionals in all fields -- including the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and creative arts -- except the performing arts. Last year, the program awarded fellowships to one hundred and eighty-one scholars, artists, and scientists in the United States and Canada. Often characterized as "midcareer" awards, the fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The program seeks to further the development of scholars and artists by helping them engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions.”
Templeton Foundation Core Funding Areas
The Templeton Foundation is accepting letters of inquiry through October 1, 2014 for its core funding areas which include Science and the Big Questions, Character Virtue Development, Freedom and Free Enterprise, Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius, and Genetics.
Arts & Humanities Funding
D. Kim Foundation of the History of Science and Technology in East Asia – Fellowships & Grants
The D. Kim Foundation has a December 15, 2014 for both fellowships and grants in the area of history of science and technology in East Asia. The Foundation provides fellowships for dissertation and post-doctoral research and grants for traveling, short research grants, and group grants for workshops or meetings on the topic of history of science and technology in East Asia.
Graham Foundation – Grants to Individuals
The Graham Foundation has a September 15, 2014 deadline for letters of inquiry for grants to individuals. “The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.” The purpose of this program is to fund individuals at “key points” of a project or career and the Foundation has a specific interest in individuals working on projects about architecture and the designed environment.
Social Sciences Funding
Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) – Research Grant Program
LSAC has announced an August 15, 2014 deadline for their Research Grant Program. This purpose of this program is to fund “research on a wide variety of topics related to the mission of LSAC. Specifically included in the program's scope are projects investigating precursors to legal training, selection into law schools, legal education, and the legal profession.” The RFP explains that, in order to be eligible for funding, “a research project must inform either the process of selecting law students or legal education itself in a demonstrable way. Projects will be funded for amounts up to $200,000. The program welcomes proposals for research proceeding from any of a variety of methodologies, a potentially broad range of topics, and varying time frames. Proposals will be judged on the importance of the questions addressed, their relevance to the mission of LSAC, the quality of the research designs, and the capacity of the researchers to carry out the project.”
American Educational Research Association (AERA) – Research Grants
AERA has an upcoming fall deadline (anticipated September 2, 2014) for its research grants program. “The program seeks to stimulate research on U.S. education issues using data from the large-scale, national and international data sets supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NSF, and other federal agencies, and to increase the number of education researchers using these data sets. The program supports research projects that are quantitative in nature, include the analysis of existing data from NCES, NSF or other federal agencies, and have U.S. education policy relevance. AERA invites education-related research proposals using NCES, NSF, and other federal databases. Research Grants are available for faculty at institutions of higher education, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-level scholars. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, such as but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics.”
National Science Foundation (NSF) – Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
NSF has an August 1, 2014 deadline for proposals to their Science, Technology, and Society program. “STS considers proposals for scientific research into the interface between science (including engineering) or technology, and society. STS researchers use diverse methods including social science, historical, and philosophical methods. Successful proposals will be transferrable (i.e., generate results that provide insights for other scientific contexts that are suitably similar). They will produce outcomes that address pertinent problems and issues at the interface of science, technology and society, such as those having to do with practices and assumptions, ethics, values, governance, and policy.”
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Funding
National Science Foundation (NSF) – Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
NSF has an August 27, 2014 deadline for REU applications. The Research Experiences for Undergraduates 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.
The Elsevier Foundation – New Scholars Program
The Elsevier Foundation has announced a June 17, 2014 deadline for the New Scholars Program and the full guidelines and on-line application system are available here. This program supports projects “to help early- to mid-career women scientists balance family responsibilities with demanding academic careers.” Proposals are welcome for single-year grants in amounts between $5,000 and $50,000. Proposals will be accepted for multi-year programs (up to three years) for grant amounts of $5,000 to $50,000 per year (project total of $100,000).
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation – Damon Runyon Early Career Fellowship Program
The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has announced an August 15, 2014 deadline for its Early Career Fellowship Program. The Foundation, “seeks to accelerate breakthroughs in research by providing the best young scientists with funds to pursue leading-edge cancer research. To that end, the Damon Runyon Fellowship Award is designed to provide early career scientists with resources to hone their cancer research skills and explore their own ideas while working with mentors in top universities and cancer research centers.”
Fahs-Beck Fund – Research Grant Program
The Fahs-Beck Fund has announced a November 1, 2014 deadline for its grants program for mental health research. “Grants of up to $20,000 are available to help support the research of faculty members or post-doctoral researchers affiliated with non-profit human service organizations in the United States and Canada. Areas of interest to the Fund are: studies to develop, refine, evaluate, or disseminate innovative interventions designed to prevent or ameliorate major social, psychological, behavioral or public health problems affecting children, adults, couples, families, or communities, or studies that have the potential for adding significantly to knowledge about such problems. The research for which funding is requested must focus on the United States and/or Canada or on a comparison between the United States and/or Canada and one or more other countries.”
The National Institutes of Health announced a new policy on May 14 that requires the use of both sexes in future animal studies.
For more information, see The Chronicle of Higher Education article “NIH to Require Gender Balance in Subjects of Animal Studies.”
Also, more from “The NIH is now developing policies that require applicants to report their plans for the balance of male and female cells and animals in preclinical studies in all future applications, unless sex-specific inclusion is unwarranted, based on rigorously defined exceptions. These policies will be rolled out in phases beginning in October 2014, with parallel changes in review activities and requirements.” 
And this New York Times article: “Labs Are Told to Start Including a Neglected Variable: Females”
Implementation of Federal Prize Authority: Fiscal Year 2013 Progress Report
A May 2014 report from the Office of Science and Technology Policy indicates there has been an increase in the use of prize competitions in response to the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, stating, in part that:
“The Obama Administration has taken important steps to make prizes a standard tool in every agency’s innovation toolbox. The September 2009 Strategy for American Innovation1 recognized the potential for prizes to mobilize America’s ingenuity to solve some of the Nation’s most pressing challenges. In March 2010, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a formal policy framework2 to guide agency leaders in using prizes to advance their core missions. In September 2010, the Administration launched Challenge.gov3, a one-stop shop where entrepreneurs and citizen solvers can find public-sector prizes. By September 2013, had featured more than 280 competitions from over 45 Federal agencies, departments, and bureaus.”
“Seventeen agencies offered prizes in FY 2013 enabled by the prize authority provided by COMPETES – including EPA, the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of State (State), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and nine component agencies of HHS.
A review of these prize competitions shows several trends in public-sector prizes:

  • Growth in the number of competitions and the size of prize purses
  • Increased focus on using prizes to identify novel solutions
  • Emphasis on creating a post-competition path to success for new solutions
  • More prizes for effective and low-cost software and information technology solutions
  • New models for engaging the public and building communities during competitions”

The Chronicle of Higher Education states as the “bottom line” that the report: … “suggests a growing federal commitment to the use of prize competitions, though even the largest awards remain significantly smaller than the average size of a grant issued by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.”