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April 2009

April 2009

Wishing Everyone a Happy Easter!!

As always, please allow extra time for our office to assist you in processing your grant proposals to avoid unnecessary delays or missed deadlines.

REMINDER: Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  Updates from the Director

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (AARA) Update

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funding has been released to the various federal agencies.  Each of these agencies is making independent determinations about how they will release their ARRA funds and there are daily updates on funding opportunities.  Most of these solicitations have very tight turn-around deadlines so if you are interested in a specific area of research or public service, you should be prepared with an outline of your ideas, develop a list of potential collaborators and be diligent about researching for the appropriate funding opportunity.  If the Office of Sponsored Progrmas can support you in your search for funding, please let us know.  Also, please let us know as soon as you decide to submit to a funding announcement so we can coordinate our efforts to enhance and facilitate your submission.

For links directly to AARA funding by sponsoring federal agency see the following URL: http://www.grants.gov/applicants/recovery.jsp

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  Grants Training Opportunity


Master the techniques of writing superior and winning proposals by attending this intensive three day grant proposal workshop facilitated by Grant Training Center. The institute is geared for: 1) those who wish to strengthen their grant writing skills and 2) beginners who wish to acquire and master the techniques of preparing, writing and winning proposals from various funding agencies. The focus will be on how to effectively tell the story that leads to funding, be it for the researcher in the sciences and social sciences, educator, or non-profit professional. 

Participation limited to 30 so apply by April 8th. 


Sponsored by the Graduate School, Office of Research and Public Service, Office of Sponsored Programs, Faculty Research Council, University Advancement, and Center for Faculty Innovation.

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Funding Resources & Announcements - "HOT" LINKS
  Please visit the "funding sources" link at the following website for resource listings and searchable databases.


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Selected Funding Opportunities

The Canadian Embassy

Canadian Studies Program Enhancement Grant

The Department of Education
International Research and Studies Program
The United Engineering Foundation


The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Grant Programs

The National Endowment for the Humanities

Preservation and Access Education and Training Grants

The National Science Foundation
Instrumentation for Materials Research - Major Instrumentation Projects (IMR-MIP)
Decision Making Under Uncertainty Collaborative Groups (DMUU)
Research, Evaluation, and Education
The Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Conservation Grants Program
Digital Resources Grants Programs
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission
Digitizing Historical Records
The National Speleological Society


The Charles Lafitte Foundation


The RGK Foundation


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  Canadian Studies Program Enhancement Grant
  • The Program Enhancement Grant is designed to encourage scholarly inquiry and multidisciplinary professional academic activities that contribute to the development or expansion of a program dedicated to the study of Canada or Canada-U.S. relations. There is particular interest in innovative projects that promote awareness among students and the public about Canada and Canada-U.S. relations. Programs are strongly encouraged that foster student mobility (exchanges, study tours, internships, scholarships) to Canada and that promote institutional linkages and research collaboration in priority areas with Canadian institutions. Institutions must demonstrate their funding support for the program and that they are bringing innovative ideas to the program.
  • Eligibility: This grant is intended for U.S. four-year colleges, universities, and research institutions that undertake professional academic activities to further the development of a program dedicated to the study of Canada or Canada-U.S. relations at their institution.
  • Funding: Institutions may request funding up to US$18,000 per year. The program begins August 1, 2009, and ends August 31, 2010.
  • Web: http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/washington/studies-etudes/index.aspx
  • Deadline: June 15, 2009
  International Research and Studies Program
  • This program supports surveys, studies, and development of instructional materials to improve and strengthen instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, and other international fields.
  • Eligibility: Individuals, institutions of higher education, local education agencies, nonprofit organizations, other organizations and/or agencies, state education agencies.
  • Funding: $2.5 million for about 17 awards, ranging from $50,000-$200,000.
  • Web: http://www.ed.gov/programs/iegpsirs
  • Deadline: April 23, 2009
  • The United Engineering Foundation advances the engineering arts and sciences for the welfare of humanity. It supports engineering and education by, among other means, making grants. Grants should be consistent with advancing engineering. The UEF Board of Trustees evaluates and judges proposals in view of the UEF mission, the perceived ability of the proposal and proposer(s) to further that mission, and the available funding. While all proposals meeting established deadlines and page requirements will be considered, certain UEF preferences should be understood by proposers: (a) Broad-based, interdisciplinary proposals that further the engineering profession as a whole are preferred. (b) Multiple-year proposals are welcome, but funding is awarded for a single year only. Proposals for subsequent years follow procedures identical to that of single-year proposals. No commitment for funding of subsequent years of a multiple-year project should be inferred from funding of a prior year. (c) Projects that are outside "business as usual" of the proposing organization are preferred. (d) Technical research proposals and proposals by individuals are seldom accepted.
  • Eligibility: Proposals are accepted from not-for-profit organizations, individuals, and groups of such entities.
  • Funding: It is anticipated that total funding available for 2010 will be in the $600,000 to $700,000 range.
  • Web: http://www.uefoundation.org/grants.html
  • Deadline: June 1, 2009 - Concept Papers; August 1, 2009 - Invited Proposals
  Grant Programs
  • The Kellogg Foundation makes grants to organizations that embrace a similar mission of creating communities, systems, and nations in which all children have an equitable and promising future - one in which all children thrive. Grants will fund programs and projects that support children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. The Foundation is committed to providing grants to a wide range of public, private, and collaborating organizations that share this commitment and whose work does one or more of the following: (a) Implements practical solutions; (b) Discovers new approaches; (c) Holds promise for wider application.

  • Eligibility: The Foundation awards the majority of its grants to tax-exempt organizations in the United States.
  • Funding: The Kellogg Foundation received about 3,500 proposals during its last fiscal year (September 2007 to August 2008) and made 677 new grants, totaling $358,890,687.
  • Web: http://www.wkkf.org/
  • Deadline: Anytime
  Preservation and Access Education and Training Grants
  •  The Preservation and Access Education and Training program is central to NEH's efforts to preserve and establish access to cultural heritage resources. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture collections, electronic records, and digital objects. The challenge of preserving and making accessible such large and diverse holdings is enormous and the need for knowledgeable staff is significant and ongoing. Preservation and Access Education and Training grants help the staff of cultural institutions, large and small, obtain the knowledge and skills needed to serve as effective stewards of humanities collections. Grants also support educational programs that prepare the next generation of conservators and preservation professionals, as well as projects that introduce the staff of cultural institutions to recent improvements in preservation and access practices. Preservation and Access Education and Training grants support activities such as these: (a) regional preservation field services that provide a wide range of education and training (for example, through surveys, workshops, consultations, reference services, and informational materials about the care of humanities collections), especially for staff at smaller libraries, museums, archives, and other cultural organizations; (b) graduate programs in preservation and conservation; and (c) workshops that address preservation and access topics of broad significance and impact.

  • Eligibility: Any U.S. nonprofit organization is eligible, as are state and local governmental agencies and tribal governments. Grants are not awarded to individuals.
  • Funding: Awards normally are for two years. Grants to regional preservation field service organizations typically range from $50,000 to a maximum of $250,000 per year. For all other applicants, the maximum award is $125,000 per year. Successful applicants will be awarded a grant in outright funds, federal matching funds, or a combination of the two, depending on the applicant's preference and the availability of NEH funds. Although cost sharing is not required, NEH, is rarely able to support the full costs of projects approved for funding. In most cases, NEH grants cover no more than 80 percent of project costs.
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/pet.html
  • Deadline: July 1, 2009

Instrumentation for Materials Research - Major Instrumentation Projects (IMR-MIP)

  • The Instrumentation for Materials Research - Major Instrumentation Project (IMR-MIP) program in the Division of Materials Research provides support for the design and construction of major instruments costing more than $4 million but less than $20 million. The program also supports the development of detailed conceptual and engineering design for new tools for materials preparation or characterization at major user facilities. Such instruments may include, for example, neutron beam lines, synchrotron beam lines, and high field magnets, as well as development of detectors and preparation environments necessary to support materials research. The program supports two types of awards: Conceptual and Engineering Design (CED) awards and Construction (CNST) awards. A CED award will enable the proposer to do the necessary engineering design of the instrument. A CNST proposal may only be submitted after a satisfactory engineering design of the instrument has been completed and has been approved by both the facility at which the instrument will be situated and by NSF. The program does not provide operating funds for projects it supports through this solicitation. Operational costs must be supported either by the facility or the institution at which the instrument is located or through some other source.
  • Funding: It is anticipated that up to $ 3.0 million may be available for the FY 2009 competition. CED awards will be funded through continuing or standard grants for a total of up to about $2 million per award; up to one CNST award will be funded through a five-year cooperative agreement, for about $1 million to $4 million per year.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6672
  • Deadline: June 29,2009

Decision Making Under Uncertainty Collaborative Groups (DMUU)

  • The Decision Making Under Uncertainty (DMUU) collaborative groups competition offers awards to support teams of researchers who will advance fundamental understanding of decision making under uncertainty for climate change and related long-term environmental risks. The focus of these collaborative groups will be to generate fundamental new knowledge as well as information and tools that decision makers will find useful to help them incorporate climate change and related long-term environmental risks in their decision making. The focus of these collaborative groups should be to provide new knowledge about how public officials, firms in the private sector, other groups, and/or individuals can incorporate existing knowledge about climate change and related long-term environmental risks into their decisions. In addition to generating societally useful information and tools, DMUU collaborative groups should enhance basic understanding within and across the social and behavioral sciences as well as related science and engineering disciplines.
  • Funding: $5 million. NSF expects to support four to five collaborative groups through cooperative agreements between NSF and the lead institution.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503374
  • Deadline: July 14, 2009

Research, Evaluation, and Education

  • The National Science Foundation requests proposals for initiatives that aim at advancing research at the frontiers of STEM learning, education, and evaluation, and at providing the foundational knowledge necessary to improve STEM teaching and learning at all educational levels and in all settings. This solicitation calls for three types of proposals: Knowledge Diffusion - synthesis of existing knowledge on a topic of critical importance to STEM learning, education, and/or evaluation, or the diffusion of research-based knowledge; Empirical Research - identifies areas that have the potential for advancing discovery and innovation in STEM learning; Large Empirical Research - involves teams of multi-disciplinary experts working on conceptually related STEM projects.
  • Funding: Knowledge diffusion projects: up to $250,000; empirical research: up to $1 million; and large empirical research: up to $2 million.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08585/nsf08585.htm#elig
  • Deadline: November 12, 2009

Conservation Grants Program

  • The Conservation program supports the professional practice of art conservation, especially as it relates to European art of the pre-modern era. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, exhibitions and publications focusing on art conservation, scholarly publications, and technical and scientific studies. Grants are also awarded for activities that permit conservators and conservation scientists to share their expertise with both professional colleagues and a broad audience through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, exhibitions that include a prominent focus on materials and techniques, and other professional events. Support for conservation treatments is generally limited to works from the distributed Kress Collection, and is coordinated through the Kress Program in Paintings Conservation at the Conservation Center of the New York University Institute of Fine Arts.

  • Eligibility: Grants are awarded to non-profit institutions with 501(c) 3 status, based in the United States, including supporting foundations of European institutions.
  • Funding: Grants of up to $100,000 are awarded.
  • Web: http://www.kressfoundation.org/grants/default.aspx?id=138
  • Deadline: July 15, 2009

Digital Resources Grants Program

  • The Digital Resources program is intended to create incentives for historians of art and architecture, as well as archivists and librarians who support their work, to convert important existing information resources (especially key visual resources such as our major art history photo archives) to digital form. These resources will reach a vastly larger audience of specialists, teachers, and students online than they could ever reach previously, while also fostering new forms of research and collaboration and new approaches to teaching and learning. Support will also be offered for the digitization of primary textual sources (especially the literary and documentary sources of European art history); for promising initiatives in online publishing; and for innovative experiments in the field of digital art history.
  • Eligibility: Grants are award to non-profit institutions with 501(c) 3 status, based in the United States, including supporting foundations of European institutions.
  • Funding: Grants of up to $100,000 are awarded.
  • Web: http://www.kressfoundation.org/grants/default.aspx?id=150
  • Deadline: July 15, 2009

Digitizing Historical Records

  • The National Historical Publications and Records Commission promotes the preservation and use of America's documentary heritage essential to understanding our democracy, history, and culture. Under this program, the Commission seeks proposals that use cost-effective methods to digitize nationally significant historical record collections and make the digital versions freely available online. Projects must make use of existing holdings of historical repositories and consist of entire collections or series. The materials should already be available to the public at the archives and described so that projects can re-use existing information to serve as metadata for the digitized collection.

  • Eligibility: Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations or institutions with IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status; colleges, universities, and other academic institutions; state or local government agencies; and federally-acknowledged or state-recognized Native American tribes or groups.
  • Funding: A grant normally is for 1 to 3 years and up to $150,000. The Commission expects to make up to 5 grants in this category, for a total of up to $400,000.
  • Web: http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/digitizing.html
  • Deadline: June 5, 2009


  • The National Speleological Society provides funding to promote cave and karst education programs for primary and secondary students.

  • Eligibility: Educational institutions.
  • Funding: Funding varies by project.
  • Web: http://www.caves.org/grants/nss_education_home_page.htm
  • Deadline: September 30, 2009


  • The Charles Lafitte Foundation provides support for innovative programs aimed at resolving social service issues; assisting students with learning disabilities; providing technology and computer based education; creating access to education of the arts; supporting at-risk children from preschool to college; and providing learning enhancement, including the development of leadership skills.

  • Eligibility: 501 (c) (3) institutions.
  • Funding: In 2007, the foundation provided more than $1 million in charitable grants.
  • Web: http://www.charleslafitte.org/applications.html
  • Deadline: Anytime


  • The RGK Foundation awards grants in the areas of education, community, and health and medicine. In regards to education, the foundation support programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science, and reading), teacher development, literacy and higher education. In regards to community grant making, the foundation support a broad range of human services, community improvement, abuse prevention, and youth development programs. Human service programs of particular interest to the foundation include children and family services, early childhood development and parenting education.

  • Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations, including hospitals, educational institutions and governmental institutions.
  • Funding: The average foundation grant is $25,000.
  • Web: http://www.rgkfoundation.org/public/guidelines
  • Deadline: Rolling for letters of inquiry

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Deadline Links

The following external links are funding deadlines organized by discipline. Please select the applicable discipline to access possible funding opportunities: (courtesy of The Grant Advisor Plus)

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Office Directory

John Hulvey, Director of Sponsored Programs Administration and Accounting
MSC 5728, JMAC-6, Suite 26

Sponsored Programs Administration:
Pre-Award & Post-Award (Non-fiscal)

JMAC-6, Suite 26
MSC 5728

Phone: 568-6872; Fax: 568-6240

Sponsored Programs Accounting :
Post-Award (Grants & Contracts)

JMAC-6, Suite 30
MSC 5713
Phone: 568-4623; Fax: 568-2397

Tamara Hatch, Associate Director

Sally Dickenson, Grants Specialist

Whitney Keister , Grants Specialist

Carolyn Strong, Research Coordinator
IRB & IACUC Contact

Amanda Brown , Executive Assistant
x8-6872 or x8-4623

Donna Crumpton
, Financial Administrator

Brenda Seifried, Financial Administrator

Kyra Shiflet, Financial Administrator

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Sponsored Programs Administration & Accounting
April 2009