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Biomolecular Dynamics, Structure, and Function
- This Cluster supports fundamental research in the areas of molecular biophysics and biochemistry. The cluster gives high priority to the creative projects that address the relationships between structure, function, and dynamics in studies of individual biomolecules and their complexes by an integrated approach of theory, computation, and experimental methods such as NMR, X-ray crystallography, EPR, and optical spectroscopy including single molecule methods. The cluster encourages research projects that are designed to discover and define general principles of macromolecular structure, dynamics, and mechanisms, as well as projects that will develop cutting-edge technologies in the context of biological questions relevant to the cluster. The cluster also encourages multi-disciplinary research at the interface of biology with physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, and engineering. Funding priority is given to proposals that identify critical gaps in our understanding, propose imaginative experiments to fill the gaps, and promise high-impact breakthroughs in the following areas: structure and dynamics of biomolecules; biomolecular interactions and mechanisms; and energy transduction: photosynthesis and biological electron transfer.
It is expected that there will be 70 awards with an estimated total program funding of $14,000,000.
- Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503609&WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click
- Deadline: January 12, 2011; July 12, 2011
Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI)
- Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI) is NSF’s bold five-year initiative to create revolutionary science and engineering research outcomes made possible by innovations and advances in computational thinking. Computational thinking is defined comprehensively to encompass computational concepts, methods, models, algorithms, and tools. Applied in challenging science and engineering research and education contexts, computational thinking promises a profound impact on the Nation’s ability to generate and apply new knowledge. Collectively, CDI research outcomes are expected to produce paradigm shifts in our understanding of a wide range of science and engineering phenomena and socio-technical innovations that create new wealth and enhance the national quality of life. CDI seeks ambitious, transformative, multidisciplinary research proposals within or across the following three thematic areas: From Data to Knowledge: enhancing human cognition and generating new knowledge from a wealth of heterogeneous digital data; Understanding Complexity in Natural, Built, and Social Systems: deriving fundamental insights on systems comprising multiple interacting elements; and Virtual Organizations: enhancing discovery and innovation by bringing people and resources together across institutional, geographical and cultural boundaries.
Two types of CDI awards will be supported as a result of the FY 2011 CDI competition:
- Type I awards will require efforts up to a level roughly comparable to: summer support for two investigators with complementary expertise; two graduate students; and their collective research needs (e.g. materials, supplies, travel) for three years.
- Type II awards will require larger (than Type I) efforts up to a level roughly comparable to: summer support for three investigators with complementary expertise; three graduate students; one or two senior personnel (including post-doctoral researchers and staff); and their collective research needs (e.g. materials, supplies, travel) for four years. The integrative contributions of the Type II team should clearly be greater than the sum of the contributions of each individual member of the team.
- Funding: It is anticipated that 30 projects will be awarded. In FY 2011, the number of Type I and Type II awards will be determined based on the results of separate review processes. Pending availability of funds, a minimum of $36,000,000 will be available in FY 2011 for proposals submitted in response to this solicitation.
- Deadline: Type I: January 19, 2011; Type II: January 20, 2011
CHE-DMR-DMS Solar Energy Initiative (SOLAR)
- The purpose of the CHE-DMR-DMS Solar Energy Initiative is to support interdisciplinary efforts by groups of researchers to address the scientific challenges of highly efficient harvesting, conversion, and storage of solar energy. Groups must include three or more co-Principal Investigators, of whom one must be a researcher in chemistry, a second in materials, and a third in mathematical sciences, in areas supported by the Divisions of Chemistry, Materials Research, and Mathematical Sciences, respectively. The intent is to encourage new collaborations in which the mathematical sciences are linked in a synergistic way with the chemical and materials sciences to develop novel, potentially transformative approaches in an area of much activity but largely incremental advances. Successful proposals will offer potentially transformative projects, new concepts, and interdisciplinary education through research involvement based on the integrated expertise and synergy from the three disciplinary communities.
- Funding: Under this solicitation proposals may be submitted for funding durations up to three years. The budget must be commensurate with the project and thoroughly justified in the proposal. The NSF expects to fund 5 to 10 awards in fiscal year 2011 depending on the quality of submissions and the availability of funds. The anticipated start date of awards is September 2011. Typical award size is expected to be approximately $500,000 per year and may vary depending on the scope of the proposal.
- Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10613/nsf10613.htm
- Deadline: January 25, 2011
Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)
- The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, museums, science centers, and not-for-profit organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by providing shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use are encouraged, as are development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at academic institutions.
- Funding: It is estimated that there will l75 awards. Proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million will be accepted from all eligible organizations. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 will also be accepted from all eligible organizations for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences and from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education for all NSF-supported disciplines .Proposals submitted in response to this program solicitation will be competing for about $90 million, pending availability of funds and quality of proposals. Up to $35 million of these funds will be available to support proposals requesting $1-$4 million from NSF, pending overall proposal pressure and quality.
- Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11503/nsf11503.htm
- Deadline: January 27, 2011
Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities (EAR/IF)
- The Instrumentation and Facilities Program in the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR/IF) supports meritorious requests for infrastructure that promotes research and education in areas supported by the Division (see http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=EAR). EAR/IF will consider proposals for:
1) Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment that will advance laboratory and field investigations, and student research training opportunities in the Earth sciences. The maximum request is $750,000. The maximum request for upgrade of research group computing facilities is $75,000;
2) Development of New Instrumentation, Analytical Techniques or Software that will extend current research and research training capabilities in the Earth sciences. The maximum request is $750,000;
3) Support of National or Regional Multi-User Facilities that will make complex and expensive instruments or systems of instruments broadly available to the Earth sciences research and student communities;
4) Support for Early Career Investigators to facilitate expedient operation of new research infrastructure proposed by the next generation of leaders in the Earth Sciences. This opportunity allows for submission of a proposal for Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment that includes budget line items associated with support of a new full-time technician who will be dedicated to manage the instrument(s) being requested. Any request for technical support under this opportunity is limited to three years duration and a declining schedule of maximum annual funding as follows: Year 1 = $80,000, Year 2 = $60,000 and Year 3 = $40,000.
- Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6186&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund.html
- Deadline: February 9, 2011 (All proposal categories except new Equipment Acquisition); July 18, 2011 (All proposal categories)
Research in Engineering Education
- The Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC) seeks to enable a world-leading system of engineering education, equally open and available to all members of society, that dynamically and rapidly adapts to meet the changing needs of society and the nation's economy. Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Increasing our understanding of how engineering students learn and the capacity that supports such discovery. Fundamental research is encouraged on how engineering is learned, including engineering epistemologies and identities; and how to evaluate or operationalize aspects of engineering thinking, doing, and knowing.
- Understanding how to increase the diffusion and impact of engineering education research. Research projects are sought that discover how to improve the process by which engineering education research is translated into practice; how to accomplish organizational and cultural change in institutions of engineering education that leads to improved learning outcomes; or identifying and overcoming barriers to widespread adoption of engineering education research. Research projects that partner with other engineering education stakeholders (e.g. private companies, NGOs, or professional societies) to measure the value and impact of engineering education research on practice are also sought.
- Understanding engineering education in broader, organizing frameworks such as innovation, globalization, complex engineered systems, or sustainability. Research in this theme explores learning from perspectives and contexts that cut across disciplines and in which learners integrate expertise from multiple fields. Research projects that align with this theme include discovering processes to effectively teach engineering students to succeed in such environments or "eco-systems"; discovering key concepts and principles of educating engineers within such frameworks; or exploring factors such as teamwork, communication, or identity formation in such environments.
- Diversifying pathways to and through engineering degree programs. Research projects that align with this theme explore how engineering programs can engage and develop students with a broad range of backgrounds, interests, and experiences; investigate how real world experiences germane to engineering--such as military service or being a "maker"--impact, improve, or accelerate learning; or investigate how to fundamentally restructure courses, curricula, or programs to substantially boost student success, especially for under-represented populations.
- Funding: Most projects will be funded at approximately $100,000 per year. Projects which anticipate other funding levels should discuss the proposed project with a cognizant program officer before submission.
- Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503584&WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click
- Deadline: February 11, 2011; September 16, 2011
Materials and Surface Engineering
- NSF seeks applications for the Material and Surface Engineering Program to support fundamental research leading to a better understanding of the effect of microstructure, surfaces, and coatings on the properties and performance of engineering materials; and the ultimate control of these properties through material design. NSF is especially interested in materials service under conditions such as impact, temperature, extremes, corrosion, oxidation and friction. NSF said the program also supports research leading to biomedical applications of materials. Funded research includes both experimental and theoretical approaches.
- Funding: Recent awards ranged from $3,000 to $406,000 each.
- Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13356
- Deadline: February 15, 2011
Energy for Sustainability
- The Energy for Sustainability program supports fundamental research and education that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and transportation fuels. Processes for sustainable energy production must be environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and utilize renewable or bio-based resources that are abundant in the United States. The most abundant and sustainable source of renewable energy is the sun. The Energy for Sustainability program emphasizes two themes which harness solar energy to make fuels and electrical power: biofuels & bioenergy, and photovoltaic solar energy. In addition, this program also supports research in wind and wave energy, sustainable energy technology assessment, and fuel cells.
- Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=501026
- Deadline: March 3, 2011, September 15, 2011
Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering (BBBE)
- The Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering (BBBE) program supports fundamental engineering research that advances the understanding of cellular and biomolecular processes (in vivo, in vitro, and/or ex vivo) and eventually leads to the development of enabling technology and/or applications in support of the biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, and bioenergy industries, or with applications in health or the environment. Quantitative assessments of bioprocesses are considered vital to successful research projects in the BBBE program.
Fundamental to many research projects in this area is the understanding of how biomolecules and cells interact in their environment, and how those molecular level interactions lead to changes in structure, function, phenotype, and/or behavior. The program encourages proposals that address emerging research areas and technologies that effectively integrate knowledge and practices from different disciplines, and effectively incorporate ongoing research into educational activities.
Research projects of particular interest in BBBE include, but are not limited to:
- Metabolic engineering and synthetic biology
- Quantitative systems biotechnology
- Tissue engineering and stem cell culture technologies
- Protein engineering/protein design
- Development of novel "omics" tools for biotechnology applications
- Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=501024&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund
- Deadline: March 3, 2011; September 15, 2011
Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE)
- The Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE) program aims to deepen the understanding of ethical dilemmas in science and engineering, and provide cutting edge, effective research and educational materials to train the next generation of scientists and
engineers. The EESE program accepts proposals for innovative research and educational projects to improve ethics education in all
of the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports, including within interdisciplinary, inter-institutional and international
contexts. Proposals must focus on improving ethics education for graduate students in those fields or on developing summer postbaccalaureate
ethics-education activities or other activities that transition students from undergraduate to graduate education. The
Principal Investigator team should be truly multi-disciplinary, and involve people with different disciplinary backgrounds.
The program will entertain proposals in graduate ethics education in science and engineering generally and will continue to support
exploration of new ethical questions in engineering, biology, computer science, and other fields. Priority areas include but are not
Proposals should contribute to a theory of ethics education in science and engineering-one that addresses the individual motivators,
societal incentives, and cultural beliefs that lead to ethical dilemmas. Many forms of expertise (e.g. philosophy, social science,
engineering, life sciences) have contributed to the study of ethics in science and engineering. This diverse and often separate
research provides an important empirical base that researchers can use to develop a theoretical approach to ethics education. The
EESE program welcomes proposals that aim to contribute to theory building as part of the proposed research or education project.
- global/international challenges in science and engineering ethics;
- a general framework for the ethics of emerging technologies;
issues of privacy and confidentiality in relation to data mining;
- fields for which there are few resources in ethics education or research;
- ethical issues related to robotics;
- intersection of the choices that society makes between natural resource development and utilization (e.g., energy sources)
and environmental consequences;
- ethical issues associated with natural hazards, risk management, decision-making and the role of scientists in defining and
negotiating the consequences of natural hazards in the face of scientific uncertainties.
- Funding: Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds. The maximum award amount is $300,000. Collaborative proposals for the purpose of disseminating best practices in graduate ethics education will be eligible for a maximum award amount of $400,000 (for example, projects that include partnerships between universities and scientific or engineering societies to distribute curriculum and/or research findings). Anticipated funding amount is $3 million for an estimated 6 to 10 Standard Grants. The maximum award duration is 36 months.
- Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=501024&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund
- Deadline: March 14, 2011
|NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations
- NEH seeks applications for America's Historical and Cultural Organizations Program to support projects in the humanities that explore stories, ideas, and beliefs in order to deepen understanding of our lives and our world. NEH is accepting applications for: Planning grants to support projects that may need further development before applying for implementation, including the identification and refinement of the project's main humanities ideas and questions, consultation with scholars, preliminary audience evaluation, preliminary design of the proposed interpretive formats, beta testing of digital formats, development of complementary programming, research, or the drafting of interpretive materials; and Implementation grants to support the final preparation of a project for presentation to the public. Applicants must submit a full walkthrough for an exhibition, or a prototype or storyboard for a digital project that demonstrates a solid command of the humanities ideas and scholarship that relate to the subject.
- Funding: Planning grants typically range from $40,000 to $75,000, depending on the complexity of the project, and are usually made for a period of 12 months. Implementation grants typically do not exceed $400,000 and are usually made for a period of 18 to 36 months.
- Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/AHCO.htm
- Deadline: January 12, 2011
Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities
- NEH seeks applications for Institutes for Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities to increase the number of humanities scholars using digital technology in their research and to broadly disseminate knowledge about advanced technology tools and methodologies relevant to the humanities. Topics and areas that may be considered include but are not limited to: the Text Encoding Initiative; electronic editing and publishing; e-literature; textual analysis and text mining; immersive and virtual environments in multimedia research; 3-D imaging technology, including laser scanning; creativity, culture, and computing; digital image design; information aesthetics; and computer gaming and the humanities.
- Funding: Awards range from $50,000 to $250,000 for projects of one to three years.
- Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/IATDH.html
- Deadline: February 16, 2011
|NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet) Short-term Interdisciplinary Research Education Program for New Investigators (R25)
- This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) issued by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) as part of the NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet) solicits short-term R25 Research Education Project applications that will focus on providing creative and innovative education research experiences for new scientists in basic behavioral and social science research (b-BSSR). The goal of this initiative is to support the growth of a cohort of scientists with research expertise in b-BSSR to further the understanding of fundamental mechanisms and patterns of behavioral and social functioning relevant to the health and well-being of individuals and populations. Mechanism of Support. This FOA will use the NIH Research Education (R25) grant mechanism. Research education programs may not be transferred from one institution to another, unless strongly justified (see Section VI.2). Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards. OppNet has dedicated $1.5 million to capacity-building grants in FY2011. The nature and scope of proposed projects will vary across applications; OppNet expects the awards to vary accordingly. Consequently, the total amount awarded and the number of awards pursuant to this funding opportunity will depend on the submission of sufficient numbers of meritorious applications and the availability of funds.
Because the nature and scope of the proposed research will vary from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary. Although the financial plans of the IC(s) provide support for this program, awards pursuant to this funding opportunity are contingent upon the availability of funds. OppNet has dedicated $1.5 million to capacity-building grants in FY2011. The nature and scope of proposed projects will vary across applications; OppNet expects the awards to vary accordingly. Consequently, the total amount awarded and the number of awards pursuant to this funding opportunity will depend on the submission of sufficient numbers of meritorious applications and the availability of funds.
Budgets for direct costs of up to $150,000 for up to one-year project duration may be requested. The total project period for an application submitted in response to this FOA may not exceed 1 year. Although the size of award may vary with the scope of the education program proposed, it is expected that applications will not exceed total direct costs of $150,000.
- Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NR-11-002.html
- Deadline: January 6, 2011
Dynamics of Host-Associated Microbial Communities (R01)
- This FOA issued by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), solicits applications that propose genetic, physiological, and ecological studies designed to reveal the basic principles and mechanisms that govern the symbiotic systems dynamics of microbial communities. Mechanism of Support. This FOA will utilize the NIH Research Project Grant (R01) Information award mechanism.
To advance the nascent science of host-associated microbial community ecology, this FOA solicits research grant applications for innovative genetic, physiological, and ecological studies that are designed to reveal the basic principles and mechanisms that govern host-associated microbial community structure and function. Applications are solicited in the following areas, but are not limited to: model systems, community physiology, community genetic interactions, community dynamics, or development of new technologies.
- Funding: NIGMS intends to commit approximately $2.5 million dollars (total costs) in fiscal year 2012 to fund 5-6 applications. The total project period for an application submitted in response to this FOA may not exceed 5 years. Although the size of award will vary with the scope of the research proposed, budget requests should not exceed $250,000 (direct cost) per year except that in first year additional funds not to exceed $100K (direct cost) may be requested for exceptional equipment needs.
- Web: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=57176
- Deadline: January 14, 2011
Limited Competition for the Global Research Initiative Program, Behavioral/Social Sciences (R01)
- This FOA issued by the Fogarty International Institute (FIC), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Office on Women's Health, the Office of the Director (ORWH), the Office of Dietary Supplements, the Office of the Director (ODS), and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) encourages Research Project Grant (R01) applications from institutions/organizations that propose to conduct behavioral and social sciences research relevant to global health. This program is intended to promote productive development of foreign investigators from low- and middle-income countries (LMIC's), trained in the U.S. or in their home countries through an eligible NIH funded research or research training grant/award. It is expected that this program will stimulate research on a wide variety of high priority health-related issues in those countries, and to advance NIH efforts to address important global health issues.
- Funding: The total amount to be awarded is $325,000 and the anticipated number of awards is six. Because the nature and scope of the proposed research will vary from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award may also vary. The total amount to be awarded and the number of awards will depend upon the quality and costs of the applications received. Budgets for direct costs of up to $50,000 per year and project duration of up to 5 years may be requested for a maximum of $250,000 direct costs over a 5-year project period.
- Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-280.html
- Deadline: January 10, 2011; January 10, 2012; January 10, 2013
- AIDS Deadline: March 10, 2011; March 9, 2012; March 8, 2013
NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5)
- This FOA issued by the National Institutes of Health, solicits applications for the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (DP5) from institutions/organizations that propose to appoint and support exceptional, early career scientists directly following the completion of their Ph.D. (or equivalent) or M.D. (or equivalent) training into an independent academic research position, thereby omitting the traditional post-doctoral training period from their career path. At the time of appointment to the grantee Institution, the Early Independence PI must have received a PhD, MD, DO, DC, DDS, DVM, OD, DPM, ScD, EngD, Dr PH, DNSc, ND (Doctor of Naturopathy), PharmD, DSW, PsyD, or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution (it is the responsibility of the sponsoring institution to determine if a foreign doctoral degree is equivalent). Certification by an authorized official of the degree-granting institution that all degree requirements have been met is also acceptable.
- Funding: The total amount of funds available for these awards is approximately $4,000,000, in FY 2011, contingent upon receiving scientifically meritorious proposals. 10 awards are anticipated from this solicitation.
Awards will be for up to $250,000 in direct costs each year for five years, plus applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs to be determined at the time of award.
- Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-10-019.html
- Deadline: January 21, 2011
Substance Use and Abuse, Risky Decision Making and HIV/AIDS (R21)
- This FOA for R21 applications encourages exploratory, descriptive or hypothesis-generating research to understand the ways that people make decisions about engaging in behaviors that impact the risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV, or to adhere to treatments for HIV. Decision making processes may contribute to both substance use/abuse and other HIV acquisition or transmission risks. A better understanding of decision making processes in the context of brain neural networks and their associated functions would lead to the development of better strategies to reduce the frequency of HIV-risk behaviors. Therefore, this FOA encourages applications to study 1) cognitive, motivational or emotional mechanisms and/or 2) brain neuroendocrine and reinforcement systems that related to HIV-risk behaviors or treatment non-compliance. Interdisciplinary studies that incorporate approaches from psychology, economics, anthropology, sociology, decision sciences, neuroscience and computational modeling are encouraged. In no cases, should research involving animals be proposed. Such research would be considered non-responsive to this or the companion R01 and R03 FOAs. Mechanism of Support. This FOA will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) award mechanism and runs in parallel with FOAs of identical scientific scope, PA-11-006, that encourages applications under the R01 and PA-11-008 that encourages applications under the R03 mechanism. Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards. Because the nature and scope of the proposed research will vary from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary. The total amount awarded and the number of awards will depend upon quality, duration, and costs of the applications received.
- Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-007.html
- Deadline: February 16, 2011; June 16, 2011; October 16, 2011
- Expiration: January 7, 2014
Substance Use and Abuse, Risky Decision Making and HIV/AIDS (R21)
- This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages applications from applicant organizations that propose creative and innovative programs that focus on the development of science education for K-12 students in research areas directly relevant to the mission of NIAID. It is expected that these education programs will provide national outreach to students directly or through their teachers, using (approaches/metrics/methods) whose success can be measured. The NIH Research Education (R25) grant mechanism is a flexible and specialized mechanism designed to foster the development/training of biomedical, behavioral, and clinical researchers through creative and innovative science education programs.The overall goals of the NIAID in developing science literacy enhancing education programs are: 1) to provide and increase public education and outreach on NIAID-funded research to diverse audiences; 2) to raise awareness of scientific method and the availability of careers in the biomedical sciences among K-12, 3) to encourage the integration of the NIAID scientific mission areas as stated in our strategic plan http://www.niaid.nih.gov/about/whoweare/planningpriorities/Pages/default.aspx . in the day-to-day teaching of science at theK-12 level in the hope that the public at large will understand and appreciate the work of NIAID more fully.NIAID accepts R25 applications that propose new methods of training and curriculum development for K-12 teachers and/or students using innovative approaches with an outreach at a national level. The applicant organization should determine the nature of the program, state the specific goals for the program, and define specific measurable objectives. NIAID will seek applications that can provide evaluation of measureable outcomes for K-12 student education programs and teacher professional development. The NIH encourages all proposed programs to foster the participation of individuals from a diverse population base that include the participation of individuals currently underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences such as persons from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds ( socially, culturally, and economically), individuals with disabilities, and persons from underserved communities. Proposed projects for NIAID Science Education Awards may focus on any area of NIAID-funded basic, behavioral or clinical research and should have a national scope.
- Funding: Although the size of award may vary with the scope of the research education program application, the total direct costs are limited to $175,000 annually. The total project period for an application submitted in response to this funding opportunity may not exceed 5 years.
- Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-11-086.html
- Deadline: January 7, 2014
|DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Environmental Literacy Grants for Formal K-12 Education
- The Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seeks applications for FY2011 Environmental Literacy Grants for Formal K-12 Education to support K-12 education projects that advance inquiry-based Earth system science learning and stewardship directly tied to the school curriculum, with a particular interest in increasing climate literacy. All projects must focus on at least one of the following formal K-12 education activities: service-learning projects for K-12 students that promote environmental literacy and stewardship related to the ocean, coasts, Great Lakes, weather and/or climate; and professional development for pre-service teachers, for in-service teachers, or to enhance the capacity of professional development providers to improve participants pedagogical content knowledge of Earth System Science. Successful projects will catalyze change in K-12 education at the state, regional, and national level through development of new programs and/or revision of existing programs to improve the environmental literacy of K-12 teachers and their students. Projects should also leverage NOAA assets, although use of non-NOAA assets is encouraged. The target audiences are K-12 students, pre- and in-service teachers, and providers of preservice teacher education and in-service teacher professional development.
- Funding: $8 million total for five to 10 awards. Priority 1- for innovative proof-of-concept projects that are one to two years in duration, for a total minimum request of $200,000 and a total maximum request of $500,000. Priority 2- for full scale implementation of educational projects that are three to five years in duration, for a total minimum request of $500,001 and a total maximum request of $1.5 million
- Web: www.grants.gov; FON# NOAA-SEC-OED-2011-2002608
- Deadline: January 12, 2011
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.
- Funding: Competitive grants; Past grants awarded were $15,000 each.
- Web: http://www.kressfoundation.org/grants/default.aspx?id=138
- Deadline: January 15, 2011; April 15, 2011
History of Art Grant Program
- The History of Art grant program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogues and publications, and technical and scientific studies. Grants are also awarded for activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.
- Funding: Competitive grants; Past grants ranged from $2,700 to $72,500.
- Web: http://www.kressfoundation.org/grants/default.aspx?id=142
- Deadline: January 15, 2011; April 15, 2011
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.
- Funding: Competitive grants; Past grants ranged from $25,000 to $95,000.
- Web: http://www.kressfoundation.org/grants/default.aspx?id=150
- Deadline: April 15, 2011