|INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION SERVICES
and Special Education Research (ED)
- The Education Department's Institute of Education Sciences has released
the FY 2010 notice for applications for education research and special
education research grant programs to provide parents, educators, students,
researchers, policymakers, and the general public with reliable and
valid information about education practices that support learning and
improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for
- Eligibility: Public and private colleges and universities;
for-profit organizations; nonprofit organizations; city, town country,
state, and Native American governments; and independent school districts,
- Funding: The size of the award will depend on the
scope of the projects proposed.
- Web: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-6320.pdf
- Deadline: June 25, 2009
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
||Social-Computational Systems (SoCS)
- The National Science Foundation's Social Computational Systems program
seeks to reveal new understanding about the properties that systems
of people and computers together possess, and to develop a practical
understanding of the purposeful design of systems to facilitate socially
intelligent computing. The SoCS program will support research in socially
intelligent computing arising from human-computer partnerships that
range in scale from a single person and computer to an Internet-scale
array of machines and people. The program seeks to create new knowledge
about the capabilities these partnerships can demonstrate - new affordances
and new emergent behaviors, as well as unanticipated consequences and
- Eligibility: An individual may participate in at
most one proposal as PI, co-PI or Senior Personnel in any annual competition.
- Funding: 20 to 35 awards with annual budgets up to
$250,000 and durations of up to 3 years will be made in each annual
- Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09559/nsf09559.htm?govDel=USNSF_25
- Deadline: Due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time: September
21, 2009, August 31, 2010, Last Tuesday in August, Annually thereafter.
Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR)
- The Instrumental Development for Biological Research (IDBR) Program
supports the development of novel instrumentation, or instrumentation
that has been significantly improved by at least an order of magnitude or
more in fundamental aspects. Supported instruments are expected to have
a significant impact on the study of biological systems at any level.
The development of new instrumentation must be firmly based in biological
research need. The IDBR Program supports the development or major improvement
of software for the operation of instruments only as associated with
the development of the instrument. Data analysis and acquisition software
are only supported to the extent that the availability of the software,
in connection with new instrumentation, will clearly advance biological
research. Proposals are encouraged that focus on proof-of-concept development
for entirely novel instrumentation. Proposals must target instrument
developments that meet a broad need in the biological community in areas
supported by NSF Biology programs. Proposals are encouraged for instrumentation that
does not currently exist in the form of a working prototype. In the
selection of projects for funding, the program does not support the development
of biological instrumentation that would be used for clinical or biomedical
- Eligibility: Proposals may only be submitted by U.S. academic
institutions, U.S. non-profit research organizations including museums,
research laboratories, professional societies and similar organizations in the
U.S. that are directly associated with educational or research activities,
and consortia of only the eligible organizations listed here. Separately
submitted collaborative proposals from the eligible organizations will
also be accepted.
- Funding: $4 million for 15 awards in FY 2009.
- Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=9187
- Deadline: August 28, 2009
Informal Science Education
- The ISE program invests in projects that promote lifelong learning
of STEM in a wide variety of informal settings. Funding is provided
for projects that advance understanding of informal STEM learning, that
develop and implement innovative strategies and resources for informal
STEM education, and that build the national professional capacity for
research, development, and practice in the field. There are five categories
of ISE program grants: Research; Pathways; Full-Scale Development; Broad
Implementation; and Communicating Research to Public Audiences.
- Funding: $25 million for 40 awards.
- Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503391
- Deadline: June 25, 2009 for preliminary proposal
NATIONAL ART EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
||Mary McMullan Grant Fund
- The National Art Education Association supports projects through the
Mary McMullan grant fund that promote art education as an integral part
of the curriculum and establish or improve the instruction of art in
public and private elementary and secondary schools as well as schools
of higher education.
- Eligibility: Active NAEA members who have been members
for at least one year prior to the date of application; state/province
associations of the NAEA; and recognized special issues groups of the
- Funding: Grants range up to $1,000.
- Web: http://www.arteducators.org/olc/pub/NAEA/grants/grants_page_7.html
- Deadline: October 1, 2009
MOCKINGBIRD FOUNDATION INC.
|| Mockingbird Foundation, Inc.
- The Mockingbird Foundation Inc. provides funding for musical education
- Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations and public schools;
with some focus on benefitting disenfranchised groups, including those
with low skill levels, income, or education; with disabilities or terminal
illnesses; and in foster homes, shelters, hospitals, prisons, or other
remote or isolated situations.
- Funding: Grants range from $50 to $50,000.
- Web: www.mockingbirdfoundation.org/funding/guidelines.html
- Deadline: August 1, 2009 for letters of inquiry.
ORGANIZATIONS AS SOCIOTECHNICAL SYSTEMS
||Virtual Organizations as Sociotechnical Systems Grant
- A virtual organization is a group of individuals whose members and
resources may be dispersed geographically, but who function as a coherent
unit through the use of cyber infrastructure. Virtual organizations are
increasingly central to the science and engineering projects funded
by the National Science Foundation. Focused investments in sociotechnical
analyses of virtual organizations are necessary to harness their full
potential and the promise they offer for discovery and learning.
The VOSS program supports scientific research directed at advancing
the understanding of what constitutes an effective virtual organization
and under what conditions virtual organizations can enable and enhance
scientific, engineering, and education production and innovation.
Levels of analysis may include (but are not limited to) individuals,
groups, organizations, and institutional arrangements. Disciplinary
perspectives may include (but are not limited to) anthropology, complexity
sciences, computer and information sciences, decision and management
sciences, economics, engineering, organization theory, organizational
behavior, social and industrial psychology, public administration,
and sociology. Research methods may span a broad variety of qualitative
and quantitative methods, including (but not limited to): ethnographies,
surveys, simulation studies, experiments, comparative case studies,
and network analysis.
VOSS funded research must be grounded in theory and rooted in empirical
methods. It must produce broadly applicable and transferrable results
that augment knowledge and practice of virtual organizations as a
modality. VOSS does not support proposals that aim to implement or
evaluate individual virtual organizations.
- Web: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?org=NSF&ods_key=nsf09540
- Solicitation Number: 09-540
- Deadline: May 26, 2009
|THE COUNCIL FOR INTERNATIONL EXCHANGE
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
- Traditional Program for Faculty and Professionals
The Fulbright Specialists Program (FSP) promotes
linkages between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts
at universities abroad. The program is designed to award grants to
qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to
engage in short-term collaborative 2 to 6 week projects at higher
education institutions in over 100 countries worldwide.
- Funding: International travel costs and an honorarium are
funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs. Participating host universities cover grantee in-country expenses
or provide in-kind services.
- Web: http://www.cies.org/specialists/
- Deadline: Anytime.
|THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Joint US-UK Research Program:
Environmental Behavior, Bioavailibility and Effects of Manufactured Nanomaterials
Joint applications are sought from US and UK partners
that: (1) propose integrated model(s) of fate, behavior, bioavailability
and effects for several important and representative nanomaterial
classes over key environmental pathways using intrinsic material properties
and life cycle analysis as a starting point for model development;
(2) validate and refine these model(s) through interdisciplinary research,
addressing key assumptions and areas of uncertainty; and (3) develop effective methods and tools to detect,
assess, and monitor the presence of nanomaterials in biological and
environmental samples. The outputs of this program will be used to further scientific
understanding of the fate, behavior, bioavailability and effects of
nanomaterials and risk management policy development.
- Eligibility: This is a joint UK-US initiative in
which a maximum of two consortia, each made up of partners from both
the UK and US, will be funded. US eligibility: Public nonprofit institutions/organizations
(includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals) and
private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions
of higher education and hospitals) located in the U.S., state and local
governments, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and U.S.
territories or possessions are eligible to apply. UK eligibility: Institutions
eligible for NERC thematic program funding.
- Funding: About $4 million for US applicants and 3 million
for UK applicants. Potential Funding per Consortium: Up to a total of
$2 million for US applicants and 1.5 million for UK applicants,
including direct and indirect costs.
- Web: http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2009/2009_uk_nano.html
- Deadline: August 4, 2009
|THE FORD FOUNDATION
Knowledge, Creativity, and Freedom
Knowledge and creativity are central to the richness
of people's lives and to the progress of societies. As change in our
communities becomes more constant and as ideas, technologies and people
move more rapidly within and among countries, there is a profound
desire to better understand the world, to connect more deeply with
others, to come to terms with multiple and conflicting values and
to find more meaningful ways to participate fully as citizens.
- Web: http://www.fordfound.org/programs/kcf
- Deadline: Anytime
|THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT
FOR THE ARTS
Access to Artistic Excellence
Access to Artistic Excellence encourages and supports
artistic creativity, preserves our diverse cultural heritage, and
makes the arts more widely available in communities throughout the
country. While projects in this category may focus on just one of
these areas, the Arts Endowment recognizes that many of the most effective projects encompass both
artistic excellence and enhanced access. Support is available to organizations
for projects that do one or more of the following: (a) Provide opportunities
for artists to create, refine, perform, and exhibit their work; (b)
Present artistic works of all cultures and periods; (c) Preserve significant
works of art and cultural traditions; (d) Enable arts organizations
and artists to expand and diversify their audiences; (e) Provide opportunities for individuals
to experience and participate in a wide range of art forms and activities;
(f) Enhance the effectiveness of arts organizations and artists; (g)
Employ the arts in strengthening communities. The Arts Endowment is
particularly interested in projects that extend the arts to underserved
populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are
limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.
- Eligibility: Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S.
organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized
tribal communities or tribes may apply. Applicants may be arts organizations, local arts agencies,
arts service organizations, local education agencies (school districts),
and other organizations that can help advance the goals of the Arts
- Funding: An organization may request a grant amount
from $5,000 to $150,000. Most grant awards will range from $10,000 to
- Web: http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/index.html
- Deadline: August 13, 2009 and March 12, 2010
NATHAN CUMMINGS FOUNDATION
The Foundation's core programs include arts and
culture; the environment; health; interprogram initiatives for social
and economic justice; and the Jewish life and values/contemplative
practice programs. The Foundation seeks to work with partners in the
public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The Foundation makes efforts
to document the outcomes of its projects and share with others the
results of its work and the work of its grantees. Several basic themes
run through all of these programs and inform the Foundation's approach
to grantmaking: (a) concern for the poor, disadvantaged, and underserved;
(b) respect for diversity; (c) promotion of understanding across cultures;
and (d) empowerment of communities in need.
- Web: http://www.nathancummings.org/programs/index.html
- Deadline: Inquiries can be submitted anytime. Invited applications
due August 15, 2009 and January 15, 2010
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