Welcome to August! There are many upcoming deadlines, so please be sure to see the reminders section below.
If you are interested in applying for an NEH Summer Stipend, please reach out to Curtis Harris, Manager of Sponsored Research, with any questions you may have. For more information about the nomination process, please see Provost Bell’s email here.
For individualized grant opportunity research, please contact Kaley Hanenkrat. As always, feel free to send any comments or suggestions directly to us here.
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September 1, 2014 – SSRC Abe Fellowship (Social Sciences)
September 15, 2014 - Sloan Foundation Research Fellows (Sciences)
September 24, 2014 – ACLS Fellowships, including Ryskamp Research Fellowships and Digital Innovation Fellowships (Humanities)
October 1, 2014 – Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Research Fellowships (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences)
October 1, 2014 – Stanford Humanities Center External Faculty Fellowships (Humanities)
October 15, 2014 – National Humanities Center Fellowships (Humanities)
October 15, 2014 – Fitch Mid-Career Fellow (Humanities, Arts, Design)
October 15, 2014 – Penn Humanities Forum (Humanities, Social Sciences)
November 1, 2014 – School for Advanced Research Fellowships (Humanities)
November 1, 2014 – Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Research Fellowships (Sciences)
November 3, 2014 – NED Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows (Social Sciences)
January 15, 2015 – NSF Political Science (Social Science)
January 15, 2015 – NSF Sociology (Social Sciences)
January 15, 2015 – NSF Cultural Anthropology (Social Sciences)
January 18, 2015 – NSF Economics (Sciences)
January 29, 2015 – NSF Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (Sciences)
February 2, 2015 – NSF Science of Organizations (Social Sciences)
May 22, 2015 – NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (Sciences)
July 2015 – John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships (General)
September 30, 2015 – NSF Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms (Sciences)
September 30, 2015 – NSF Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods (Sciences)
September 30, 2015 – NSF Chemical Synthesis (Sciences)
September 30, 2015 – Simons Foundation Math and Theoretical Physics Fellowships (Sciences)
October 1, 2015 – NSF Chemistry of Life Processes (Sciences)
October 1, 2015 – NEH Summer Stipends – preliminary deadline (Humanities)
October 1, 2015 – NSF Environmental Chemical Sciences (Sciences)
October 1, 2015 – NSF Macromolecular, Supramolecular, and Nanochemistry (Sciences)
October 15, 2015 – NSF Chemical Measurement and Imaging (Sciences)
Digital Media + Learning Competition – The Trust Challenge
“The Trust Challenge funds successful collaborations or “laboratories” where challenges to trust in connected learning environments can be identified and addressed. Successful labs will create scalable, innovative, and transformative exemplars of connected learning that bridge technological solutions with complex social considerations of trust.” Awards include: $10,000 to $150,000 year-long development grants; $5,000 technology grants; $1.2 million will be awarded in total.
Institute of International Education – Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
The IIE offers opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to study in regions of the globe that are critical to US interests. These locations include Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Scholars and fellows come from a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including, but not limited to, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. Scholarships for US undergraduate students to study abroad are due February 4, 2015. Fellowships for US graduate students are due January 27, 2015.
Arts & Humanities Funding
National Endowment for the Humanities – Enduring Questions
The NEH has announced a September 11, 2014 deadline for its Enduring Questions program. “The NEH Enduring Questions grant program supports faculty members in the preparation of a new course on a fundamental concern of human life as addressed by the humanities. This question-driven course would encourage undergraduates and teachers to join together in a deep and sustained program of reading in order to encounter influential ideas, works, and thinkers over the centuries. What is an enduring question? The following list is neither prescriptive nor exhaustive but serves to illustrate. Are there universals in human nature? What is the source of moral authority? What is evil? Can war be just? How do we differ from other animals? Is peace possible? What is worth dying for? What is the value of education? Can greed be good? What is good government? What is progress? Am I my brother’s keeper?”
American Philosophical Society – Franklin Research Grants
The American Philosophical Society has announced an October 1, 2014 deadline as well as a December 1, 2014 deadline for projects beginning in February 2015 and April 2015, respectively. “Since 1933, the American Philosophical Society has awarded small grants to scholars in order to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. In 2013–2014 the Franklin Research Grants program awarded $463,000 to 85 scholars, and the Society expects to make a similar number of awards in this year’s competition. The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses.Franklin grants are made for noncommercial research. They are not intended to meet the expenses of attending conferences or the costs of publication.”
National Endowment for the Arts – Research: Art Works
The NEA has announced an October 21, 2014 deadline for the Research: Art Works program. “The NEA's Office of Research & Analysis will make awards to support research that investigates the value and/or impact of the arts, either as individual components within the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life. If you have questions, please contact the staff at firstname.lastname@example.org”
Social Sciences Funding
Henry Luce Foundation and ACLS – Program in China Studies
The Henry Luce Foundation has announced an October 1, 2014 deadline for its Program in China Studies. “The Program in China Studies seeks to maintain the vitality of China Studies in North America through fellowships and grants designed primarily for scholars early in their careers. Studies on and in China have developed over the last 30 years in the United States and Canada into a robust field, but current conditions pose daunting problems, especially for scholars just before and just after the dissertation.”
Open Society Foundations – Soros Justice Fellowships
Open Society Foundations have announced an October 22, 2014 deadline for their Soros Justice Fellowships. “The Soros Justice Fellowships fund outstanding individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system. The Fellowships Program is part of a larger effort within the Open Society Foundations’ Justice Fund to reduce the destructive impact of current criminal justice policies on the lives of individuals, families, and communities in the U.S. by challenging the overreliance on incarceration and extreme punishment, and ensuring a fair and accountable system of justice.”
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Funding
National Science Foundation – Cognitive Neuroscience
The NSF has announced an August 27, 2014 deadline for the Cognitive Neuroscience program. There will be an additional February 25, 2015 deadline for the program. “The Cognitive Neuroscience Program seeks highly innovative and interdisciplinary proposals aimed at advancing a rigorous understanding of how the human brain supports thought, perception, affect, action, social processes, and other aspects of cognition and behavior, including how such processes develop and change in the brain and through time.”
Simons Foundation – Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life
The Simons Foundation has announced a September 12, 2014 for the Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Live (SCOL) program. “The origins of life are among the great unsolved scientific problems of our age. To advance our knowledge of the processes that led to the emergence of life, the Simons Foundation established the Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life (SCOL). The Collaboration supports creative, innovative research on topics such as the astrophysical and planetary context of the origins of life, the development of prebiotic chemistry, the assembly of the first cells, the advent of Darwinian evolution and the earliest signs of life on the young Earth.In the past decade, a small number of researchers have developed a ‘systems’ approach to origins-of-life research that connects disciplines, technologies and institutions in new collaborations. It is likely that answers to important scientific questions may come in the next decade, making this a significant moment in the changeover that results from an influx of new talent, new instrumentation and a growing global community of researchers.”
National Science Foundation – Stimulating Innovation in STEM Education
NSF’s July 15 Dear Colleague Letter invites eligible applicants to apply for $50,000 for up to six months to “participate in a focused effort throughout a 7-week period to fully develop and implement a strategy” to bring winning education innovations to scale. Eligible applicants are those who “have received a prior award from NSF (in a STEM education field relevant to the proposed innovation) that is currently active or that has been active within five years from the date of the proposal submission. Consideration will be given to projects that address K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral research, as well as learning in informal science education environments. Proposals must be submitted in accordance with the guidance provided in the I-Corps Teams solicitation by September 30, 2014 to be considered for participation in the January 2015 cohort.”
NSF – Biological Sciences Directorate Broadening Participation
The NSF’s Biological Sciences Directorate recently published this document about broadening participation, “an element of broader impacts, which is part of the overall merit review process used at NSF.”
NEH Announces a New Chairman
“In early July, the United States Senate voted to confirm William D. “Bro” Adams as the 10th chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Adams is expected to begin as Chairman in the coming days.
Founded in 1965, the National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making institution of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.
Adams, president of Colby College in Waterville, Maine from 2000 until his retirement on June 30, 2014, is a committed advocate for liberal arts education and brings to the Endowment a long record of leadership in higher education and the humanities.
A native of Birmingham, MI, and son of an auto industry executive, Adams earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy at Colorado College and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Cruz History of Consciousness Program. He studied in France as a Fulbright Scholar before beginning his career in higher education with appointments to teach political philosophy at Santa Clara University in California and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He went on to coordinate the Great Works in Western Culture program at Stanford University and to serve as vice president and Secretary of Wesleyan University. He became president of Bucknell University in 1995 and president of Colby College in 2000.
Adams’s formal education was interrupted by three years of service in the Army, including one year in Vietnam. It was partly that experience, he says, that motivated him to study and teach in the humanities. “It made me serious in a certain way,” he says. “And as a 20-year-old combat infantry advisor, I came face to face, acutely, with questions that writers, artists, philosophers, and musicians examine in their work -- starting with, ‘What does it mean to be human?’”
In each of his professional roles, Adams has demonstrated a deep understanding of and commitment to the humanities as essential to education and to civic life. At Colby, for example, he led a $376-million capital campaign–the largest in Maine history–that included expansion of the Colby College Museum of Art and the gift of the $100-million Lunder Collection of American Art, the creation of a center for arts and humanities and a film studies program, and expansion of the College’s curriculum in creative writing and writing across the curriculum. He also spearheaded formal collaboration of the college with the Maine Film Center and chaired the Waterville Regional Arts and Community Center.”