Grant Opportunities Newsletter 06/20/2014




Grant Opportunities &

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June 20, 2014


PLEASE REMEMBER: Responsible Conduct of Research Training - All PIs on NSF Research Grants: All undergraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students who will be participating in NSF-sponsored research this summer must complete RCR training within the first week of their summer work.
PIs/faculty mentors should select relevant CITI courses for student researchers or postdocs associated with their NSF grants - based on their research and role(s) - and inform them about how to access the training through Columbia University’s Rascal system. 
Upon completion of CITI coursework, each participant can print a certificate, which PIs should then to the Director of Sponsored Research.
PIs can click here for instructions about how to help students get started, and student researchers can click here for training instructions. If you have questions or need more information, feel free to contact Chris Johnson
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
September 15, 2014 - Sloan Foundation Research Fellows (Sciences)
September 24, 2014 – ACLS Fellowships, including Ryskamp Research Fellowships and Digital Innovation Fellowships (Humanities)
October 15, 2014 – Fitch Mid-Career Fellow (Humanities, Arts, Design)
December 26, 2014 – NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (Sciences)
January 15, 2015 – NSF Cultural Anthropology (Social Sciences)
January 15, 2015 – NSF Social Psychology Grants (Sciences)
January 15, 2015 – NSF Sociology (Social Sciences)
January 18, 2015 – NSF Economics (Sciences)
February 1, 2015 – Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellowships (General)
February 2, 2015 – NSF Science, Technology, & Society (Social Sciences)
February 2, 2015 – NSF Science of Organizations (Social Sciences)
February 2, 2015 – Open Society Foundation Fellowships (General)
February 4, 2015 – NSF Law & Social Sciences (Social Sciences)
May 22, 2015 – NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (Sciences)
July 2015 – John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships (General)
Arts & Humanities Funding
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council – Fund for Creative Communities
LMCC has announced a September 16, 2014 deadline for their Fund for Creative Communities. “The Fund for Creative Communities (The Fund) is a local arts funding program that provides seed grants to nonprofit organizations and artist-nonprofit partnerships for projects and activities that enable Manhattan communities to experience and engage with the performing, literary, media, and visual arts. Each year, the program supports over 80 arts projects in Manhattan, including concerts, performances, public art, exhibitions, screenings, festivals, workshops, readings and more. The Fund makes grants ranging from $750 to $5,000 to Manhattan-based nonprofit organizations, and to artists working in partnership with a community-based organization or applying through a fiscal sponsor. The program supports high-quality performing, literary, media, and visual arts projects that include a public component that will bring the arts to benefit Manhattan communities.”
Terra Foundation for American Art – Exhibition Grants
The Terra Foundation has announced an August 1, 2014 deadline for letters of inquiry for their Exhibition Grants Program. “In recognition of the importance of experiencing original works of art, the Terra Foundation for American Art supports exhibitions that enlarge the understanding and appreciation of historical American art made between 1500 and 1980. To be eligible for funding, exhibitions that take place internationally or in Chicago may be aimed at the general public, scholars, or both; exhibitions that take place only in the United States, but outside of Chicago, must present historical American art in an international context and reach a scholarly audience.”
Social Sciences Funding
National Science Foundation – Social Psychology
The NSF has announced a July 15, 2014 deadline for its Social Psychology Program. The Social Psychology Program at NSF supports basic research on human social behavior, including cultural differences and development over the life span. Among the many research topics supported are: attitude formation and change, social cognition, personality processes, interpersonal relations and group processes, the self, emotion, social comparison and social influence, and the psychophysiological and neurophysiological bases of social behavior. The scientific merit of a proposal depends on four important factors: (1) The problems investigated must be theoretically grounded. (2) The research should be based on empirical observation or be subject to empirical validation. (3) The research design must be appropriate to the questions asked. (4) The proposed research must advance basic understanding of social behavior.”
National Science Foundation – Linguistics
The NSF has announced a July 15, 2014 deadline for its Linguistics Program. “The Linguistics Program supports basic science in the domain of human language, encompassing investigations of the grammatical properties of individual human languages, and of natural language in general. Research areas include syntax, semantics, morphology, phonetics, and phonology.”
William T. Grant Foundation – Inequality Research Studies
The William T. Grant Foundation has announced an August 5, 2014 deadline for letters of inquiry for their Inequality Research Studies Program. “Grants of up to $600,000 will be awarded for projects that inform programs, policies, and practices to reduce inequality in youth outcomes. Studies may examine approaches that improve outcomes for all youth but also reduce gaps if applied to those who need them most, as well as programs, policies, and practices aimed at elevating the most disadvantaged young people. The foundation also is interested in studies that improve the measurement of inequality in ways that will enhance the work of researchers, practitioners, and policy makers.”
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Funding
National Science Foundation – Developmental Learning Sciences (DLS)
The NSF has announced a July 15, 2014 deadline for their Developmental and Learning Sciences Program (DLS). “DLS supports fundamental research that increases our understanding of cognitive, linguistic, social, cultural, and biological processes related to children's and adolescents' development and learning.  Research supported by this program will add to our basic knowledge of how people learn and the underlying developmental processes that support learning, social functioning, and productive lives as members of society. DLS supports research that addresses developmental processes within the domains of cognitive, social, emotional, and motor development using any appropriate populations for the topics of interest including infants, children, adolescents, adults, and non-human animals.”
National Science Foundation – Methodology, Measurement and Statistics (MMS)
The NSF has announced a September 2, 2014 deadline for the Methodology, Measurement and Statistics Program (MMS). “The Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (MMS) Program is an interdisciplinary program in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences that supports the development of innovative, analytical, and statistical methods and models for those sciences. MMS seeks proposals that are methodologically innovative, grounded in theory, and have potential utility for multiple fields within the social and behavioral sciences. As part of its larger portfolio, the MMS Program partners with a consortium of federal statistical agencies to support research proposals that further the development of new and innovative approaches to surveys and to the analysis of survey data.”
National Science Foundation – Chemical Catalysis (CAT)
The NSF has announced a September 30, 2014 deadline for the Chemical Catalysis Program (CAT). “The Chemical Catalysis Program supports experimental and theoretical research directed towards the fundamental understanding of the chemistry of catalytic processes at the molecular level.  The Program accepts proposals on catalytic approaches, which facilitate, direct, and accelerate efficient chemical transformations.  This includes the design and synthesis of catalytic species on the molecular, supramolecular, and nanometer scales as well as studies of the dynamics of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalytic processes.  Processes of interest include (but are not limited to): polymerization catalysis, single site catalysis, and biologically-inspired catalysis.  Applications of modeling, theory, and simulation to catalytic processes are also relevant.  Fundamental studies of energy-related catalytic processes, CO2 conversion, electrocatalysis (such as in water splitting and fuel cells), and photocatalysis (such as in solar energy conversion) are welcome in the program.”
National Science Foundation – Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms (CSDM-A and CSDM-B)
The NSF has announced a September 30, 2014 deadline for their Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms Programs (CSDM-A and CSDM-B). “The CSDM Program supports research on the nature of molecular structure and its consequences for reactivity, intermolecular interactions, and dynamics. Chemical dynamics is defined to encompass reaction kinetics and mechanisms, intramolecular rearrangement or conformational changes, and changes induced via electromagnetic excitation.  While the majority of projects supported by CSDM are experimental in nature, the Program is receptive to research focused on utilizing applied computational methods.  However, the proposer should establish a high degree of relevance to the understanding of existing experimental data.  The CSDM Program is concerned primarily with chemical phenomena in the gas and fluid phases, as well as chemical processes at gas-fluid, gas-solid, fluid-solid, and fluid-fluid interfaces. …The CSDM Program is divided into two sub-programs, CSDM-A and CSDM-B.  The two programs will inevitably overlap in some instances.  At coarse resolution, they are separable in terms of i) molecular complexity, ii) time scale, iii) strength of the interactions, and iv) links to potential applications.
·         CSDM-A: Research supported by this program generally seeks to develop and refine our quantitative understanding of molecular structure, reactivity and dynamics.  The most successful proposals will be those which describe research that has the potential to change how we think about chemical structure and dynamics in general, as opposed to the behavior of a specific class of molecules or reactions.  
·         CSDM-B: “Research supported in this program seeks to map specific molecular structures to their chemical reactivities and/or chemical properties. It often involves complex chemical systems and may contain a substantial amount of chemical synthesis. While the CSDM-A portfolio includes phenomena that are tracked with ultrafast methods, research supported under CSDM-B extends to time scales dictated by reaction kinetics. CSDM-B proposals generally utilize existing experimental techniques as opposed to developing new ones. Topics of interests to CSDM-B include (but are not limited to) mechanistic studies of organometallic, organic, and inorganic reactions, chemistry of reactive intermediates, mechanistic studies of energy-related processes, and the interaction of light and electrons with chemical structures.”
National Science Foundation – Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods (CTMC)
The NSF has announced a September 30, 2014 deadline for their Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods Program (CTMC). “The Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods program supports the discovery and development of theoretical and computational methods or models to address a range of chemical challenges, with emphasis on emerging areas of chemical research. Proposals that focus on established theoretical or computational approaches should involve innovative additions or modifications that substantially broaden their applicability. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, electronic structure, quantum reaction dynamics, statistical mechanics, molecular dynamics, and simulation and modeling techniques for molecular systems and systems in condensed phases. Areas of application span the full range of chemical systems from small molecules to mesoscopic aggregates, including single molecules, biological systems and materials in condensed phases.”
National Science Foundation – Chemical Synthesis (SYN)
The NSF has announced a September 30, 2014 deadline for their Chemical Synthesis Program (SYN). “The Chemical Synthesis program focuses on the development of new, efficient synthetic methodologies and on the synthesis of complex and/or challenging molecules.  Typical synthetic targets involve novel structures, structures displaying unique properties, or structures providing pathways to discover and elucidate new phenomena.  Examples of supported research areas include the development of innovative reagents, catalysts for synthetic transformations, discovery of new synthetic methods, target-oriented synthesis, green synthesis, and synthesis of novel organic, organometallic, and inorganic structures.  Research in this program will generate fundamental knowledge of chemical synthesis that enables the development of new avenues of basic chemical research and transformative technologies.”