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October 2010

October 2010

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

Why does JMU policy discourage ‘Matching’ (Cost Sharing) on a project proposal?  Many Principal Investigators (PI) believe, rarely correctly in most cases, that a proposal will score better with a sponsor if JMU demonstrates a stated financial investment in the project.  Accordingly, they have a desire to value a contribution and include it in the project narrative and/or project budget.  This stated and valued contribution of University resources is called “Match” or “Cost Share”.   To be more specific, Match that is not ‘required’ to be contributed to the project by the sponsor is called “voluntary match”; meaning that JMU elects to include the match even though it is not required.

But if Match potentially improves the University’s odds of receiving an award for the project, why would JMU policy discourage voluntary Match?  There are many reasons, but the best ones are:

1)  JMU has limited resources and Match offered on one project cannot be used on another project.  Accordingly, if we voluntarily provide Match on a proposal today, that resource would not be available to offer on a proposal tomorrow that might require Match;
2) There is an administrative cost to documenting that the Match was actually provided.  For example, if JMU promises to purchase $1000 worth of supplies for a project; the PI and Sponsored Programs Accounting are required to document that $1000 worth of supplies were indeed purchased and used for the project as promised.  Since some departments purchase supplies in bulk and then allocate them as needed, documenting the value of the supplies used for the project can be difficult.  Regardless of the difficulty, it must be done;
3) An offered resource must be DEDICATED to that project for the period of the project.  For example, if a PI promises their 1000 square foot lab as Match for a project for a certain number of days; that lab cannot be used for any other purpose during that stated period.   To use it for other purposes would reduce the value of that contribution and cause ‘un-met match’;
4) Un-met match requires a financial modification to the award.  JMU has promised to provide a certain amount of Match and documentation must prove that this Match was provided.  If JMU cannot document the promised Match, other acceptable contributions must be identified and documented OR part of the sponsor’s award must be returned to them.  For example, if JMU receives $100,000 from a sponsor and promises $20,000 in Match; however, can only document $15,000 in provided Match, JMU has reduced the Match by 25% and, accordingly; a proportional share of the award must be returned (100,000 x 25% = $25,000).  For most awards of $100,000, it would be difficult for JMU to return $25,000 and still complete the project; however, based on the promised but un-met match, that is exactly what would need to happen to comply with Federal Regulations; and lastly,
5) JMU can become liable to provide Match pledged by a 3rd party and must accordingly document a 3rd party’s provided match.  For example, if the City of Harrisonburg promised $1000 in Supplies for a project and JMU included that as match on the budget, the PI must obtain documentation that the City of Harrisonburg actually provided supplies valued at $1000 or more.  If Harrisonburg failed to meet this obligation, JMU would then become responsible to meeting that deficit or returning a proportional share of the sponsor’s funds as described in #4 above. 

Given these few reasons it should be apparent that pledging Match to a project should not be undertaken lightly.   Besides, it normally is possible to describe a contribution toward a project without stating a value and thus being labeled as “Match.”  For example, a PI could simply state that JMU would provide all the test-tubes and chemicals needed to complete the project without indicating any amount or value.  In this way, the PI shows the commitment to the project without the requirement to track these supplies as Match.

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Scientists Seeking NSF Funding Will Soon Be Required to Submit Data Management Plans

National Science Foundation officials recently announced a change in the implementation of the existing policy on sharing research data that will require all funding proposals to include a data management plan in the form of a two-page supplement. NSF said during the May 5th meeting of the National Science Board that it will notify the research community of the specifics of the anticipated changes and the agency's expectations for the plans. This is a change in the implementation of NSF's long-standing policy that requires grantees to share their data within a reasonable length of time, so long as the cost is modest, according to the department, and the changes are designed to address trends and needs in the modern era of data-driven science. Representatives said the changes are expected to go into effect on or around October 2010.
“Science is becoming data-intensive and collaborative,” noted Ed Seidel, acting assistant director for NSF’s Mathematical and Physical Sciences directorate in a statement. “Researchers from numerous disciplines need to work together to attack complex problems; openly shared data will pave the way for researchers to communicate and collaborate more effectively.” Officials said they understand that each discipline is its own culture about data sharing, and that NSF wants to avoid a one-size-fits all approach to the issue. For all disciplines, the data management plans will be subject to peer review, and the new approach will allow flexibility at the directorate and division levels to tailor implementation as appropriate. “The change reflects a move to the Digital Age, where scientific breakthroughs will be powered by advanced computing techniques that help researchers explore and mine data sets,” Jeannette Wing, assistant director for NSF’s Computer & Information Science & Engineering directorate said in a release. “Digital data are both products of research and the foundation for new scientific insights and discoveries that drive innovation.”
For more information, go to: www.nsf.gov/news/

Spanish On-line Tutorial on Human Research Participants Protections Launched by NIH Office of Extramural Research

The NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) launched a Spanish on-line tutorial Protección de los participantes humanos de la investigación (http://pphi.nihtraining.com).   This is a Spanish translation of OER’s on-line tutorial Protecting Human Research Participants (http://phrp.nihtraining.com). Like the English version of the tutorial, the Spanish version is a free, web-based tutorial that presents information about protections for human participants in research. The tutorial is designed for those involved in the design and/or conduct of research involving human participants. It may be completed to satisfy the NIH human subjects training requirement for obtaining NIH awards, but it is not the only way to satisfy this requirement.  Information on satisfying the requirement and answers to commonly asked questions about the education requirement may be found on OER’s FAQs on the Requirement for Education on the Protection of Human. Research Participants (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/hs_educ_faq.htm).

RSS Feeds Deliver Current Funding Opportunities

Consider subscribing to RSS feeds to monitor the most current funding opportunities. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It's an easy way to keep up with news and information that's important to you, and helps avoid browsing or searching for information on websites. RSS feeds deliver information directly to you without littering your inbox with e-mail messages. An RSS reader is a small software program that collects and displays RSS feeds. It allows you to scan headlines from a number of news sources in a central location. Some browsers, such as the current versions of Firefox and Safari have built in RSS readers. If you are using a browser that doesn't currently support RSS, there are a variety of RSS readers available on the Internet; most are free to download while others are available for purchase.

The way an RSS feed is added to an RSS reader is slightly different from one reader to the next. Follow the directions below to add a new feed (a feed is also referred to as a channel) to your RSS reader:

  1. Choose an RSS reader.
  2. Click on the link or small RSS button near the feed you want. For example, "New/Modified Opportunities by Agency" (You will see a page displaying XML code)
  3. From your web browser's address bar, copy the URL (web address). For example, the URL you would copy for "New/Modified Opportunities by Agency" is: http://www07.grants.gov/rss/GG_OppModByCategory.xml.
  4. Paste that URL into the "Add New Channel" section of the reader. The RSS feed will start to display and regularly update the headlines for you.
  5. Read more information on using RSS Feeds (PDF) on Grants.gov.

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If you are looking for the very latest funding opportunities published in the "NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts," you can now get them in RSS format as well. Point your news aggregator to http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/newsfeed/fundingopps.xml and you will find the very latest RFAs, PAs and Notices to be published each week. This list is "up to the minute," so you know you will always be up to date. This RSS feed contains the same information found at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/WeeklyIndex.cfm.

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Undergraduate Research 2011 Conferences- Internal Deadline OCTOBER 22, 2010 - 12:00 NOON
All students wishing to apply to attend either the NCUR or CAA conferences for 2011 must apply by October 22. Electronic application materials must be received by our office to be considered for JMU support to attend one of the conferences, if selected by the committee. Instructions and forms may be found at the following link: http://www.jmu.edu/sponsprog/undergrad_research/ur_submission.html

Direct questions about the application process to Ms. Patricia Buennemeyer, Compliance Director, at 568-7025 or buennepd@jmu.edu.

NIH, AHRQ, and NIOSH to Eliminate Error Correction Window for Due Dates On or After January 25, 2011
Beginning with due dates on or after January 25, 2011, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will eliminate the error correction window from the application submission process. The agencies have made this decision after carefully evaluating the comments received from the public in response to the RFI (Request for Information) released on March 12, 2010. Eliminating the error correction window will ensure consistent and fair deadlines for all applicants and better align these agencies’ application submission processes with the submission processes of other federal agencies. The error correction window originally was implemented in December 2005 as a temporary measure to facilitate the transition from paper to electronic submission of grant applications. The window allowed applicants an opportunity after the deadline to correct missing or incorrect aspects of their applications, identified by NIH system-generated errors and warnings displayed to the applicant after submission.
Beginning on January 25, 2011, all applications submitted after 5 p.m. local time of the applicant organization on the due date will be subject to the NIH late policy and may not be accepted for review. In addition, any post-submission application materials will be subject to the new policy detailed in the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-10-115.

The elimination of the error correction window does not affect the two-business-day application viewing window (i.e. the time an applicant has to view the electronic application image in eRA Commons upon NIH’s receipt of an error-free application). Applicants still will be able to view their application and reject and submit a corrected application prior to the submission deadline. NIH, AHRQ and NIOSH encourage applicants to submit in advance of the due date to take advantage of the opportunity to correct errors and warnings and to review the application in the eRA Commons before the deadline.


Take Advantage of the Evaluation Push
By: Charles Putney, September 6, 2010
Over the past three decades, measurable outcomes and evaluations have become increasingly important elements in the proposal process. The number of application review points allocated for evaluation has increased along with the demand for high-quality information generated by those evaluations.
Unfortunately, for many applicants, planning for evaluation is at best an annoyance and at worst a serious challenge to their planning. For some, evaluation will seem to be a noxious “reporting” function that steals energy and time away from the project’s core functions. This, however, is a shortsighted view given the importance of evaluation to the overall management function in successful organizations.
What does evaluation tell you? At one level it informs you about whether your program works. Are you achieving the results you’ve hoped for? Are your activities worthwhile? Is it worth the time and money? The staff and board of every organization should want to know the answers to these questions. If your organization has a mission of improving the lives of your community’s members or program participants, why wouldn’t you want to measure this and know?
Evaluation also tells you whether your programs are working smoothly. Are you attracting the people for whom your program was designed? Is your method effective? Do you find barriers to carrying out your activities? Anything that makes your organization operate more efficiently has the potential to improve your outcomes and reduce your costs.
If you don’t like evaluation, consider another view: Organizations with good data about their clients and outcomes are better positioned to go after competitive grants. The capacity to carry out high-quality evaluation means that your organization can undertake more cutting-edge work. The capacity to do cutting-edge work puts you on the desirable side of the bell curve. In this context, a grant that includes funds for evaluation gives your organization the resources it needs to evaluate your community needs, project quality and achievements. This in turn sets you up to write the next grant proposal.
In grantseeking, like the rest of life, the rich get richer. Organizations that are good at carrying out and evaluating projects are likely to get funded for additional projects. Given this context, consider some of the following:
Make sure key staff have training in and understand standard evaluation techniques. The ability to look at evaluation with appreciation for its potential will broaden your potential for funding.
Read a good book on evaluation: One excellent and free publication is the “W.K. Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Handbook,” which may be downloaded from the foundation’s website (look under resources). Kellogg also has a handbook specifically for Kellogg grant project directors.
Develop relationships with external evaluators with whom you might work on upcoming proposals. External evaluators may help you on spec, taking the time to draft an evaluation section in the hope that you will get funded.
Read the evaluation sections of other proposals and publications that show program evaluations. The more you see the how outcomes and processes are measured the more you will understand the value of outcome and process data in your own organization.
Require that all program planning articulate baseline and outcome data. Try to get your staff attuned to thinking about change, not just process.

Charles R. Putney is a principal in Putney Andrews Associates, LLC. He also teaches workshops in federal proposal development, research proposal development, and the Grantsmanship Training Program for the Los Angeles-based The Grantsmanship Center. To comment on Mr. Putney’s column or for information on how to contact him, send an e-mail to STAT@thompson.com.

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


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Selected Funding Opportunities
  Kress Foundation
Conservation Grants Program
History of Art Grants Program
Digital Resources Grant Program

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

Open Grant Program

The National Science Foundation

Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)
Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE)
Computational Mathematics
Informal Science Education (ISE)
CHE-DMR-DMS Solar Energy Initiative (SOLAR)
Materials and Surface Engineering
Energy for Sustainability
Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering (BBBE)

National Institutes of Health
Common Fund Transformative Research Projects Program
NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet)
Short-term Interdisciplinary Research Education Program for New Investigators (R25)
Dynamics of Host-Associated Microbial Communities (R01)
Limited Competition for the Global Research Initiative Program, Behavioral/Social Sciences (R01)
National Endowment for the Humanities

Digital Humanities Start-up Grants
Collaborative Research Grants
Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants

The Community Tool Box

2010 Out of the Box Prize

American Chemical Society

Undergraduate Research Grants
Undergraduate New Investigator Grants

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums

Health Resources and Services Administration

New Access Point Health Center Grants

Department of Commerce

Open Rivers Initiative
Environmental Literacy Grants for Formal K-12 Education

American Astronomical Society

Small Research Grants

Environmental Protection Agency

Fall 2011 EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships For Undergraduate Environmental Study

Whitehall Foundation, Inc.

Grant Programs

Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation


The Jeffress Memorial Trust


Center for Outdoor Ethics

Leave No Trace Program

Office of Naval Research

STEM for K-12, Higher Education

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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: October 15, 2010; 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: October 15, 2010; 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: October 15, 2010; April 15, 2011

Open Grant Program

  • The Open Grant Program is open to proposals rooted in any humanities disciplines in any format. This grant program is open to any non-profit organization engaged in research, interpretation, and preservation of Virginia Indian history and culture. Projects may focus on the histories and cultures of individual tribes, or more broadly on the experience of Indian people and communities within the Commonwealth.  We are especially interested in projects in which Native people present their own stories and their own perspectives on Virginia’s past, on Indian culture(s), or on the relationship between their communities and the issues that affect Virginia as a whole.

  • Funding: Most open grants fall within the $3,000-10,000 range; grants over $10,000 are rare.
  • Web: http://www.virginiafoundation.org/grants/opportunities.html#open
  • Deadline: October 15, 2010

Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)

  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to create new wealth; build strong local, regional, and national economies; and improve the national well-being. Funding will be provided to support innovation capacity building to sustained, dynamic interactive knowledge-enhancing partnership groups composed of academic researchers and small business practitioners focused on intense exploration, re-definition, and creation of novel platforms for translating research and moving it towards impact.
  • Eligibility: One of the Co-PIs must be a Senior Administrator (at the level of dean or above in the reporting structure, for example, Dean, Vice President for Academic Research, Provost, etc.), who has a demonstrated commitment to knowledge transfer of university research. The senior administrator must have an active role that is explicitly described along with the specification of a time commitment on the project. The PI cannot be a PI on a PFI award that will be active after June 1, 2011.
  • Funding: Estimated number of awards is 9 to 11. Anticipated funding amount is $7,000,000 subject to the availability of funds and quality of proposals. Awards may be up to$600,000 with an award duration of two or three years.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10581/nsf10581.htm
  • Letter of Intent Deadline (REQUIRED): October 1, 2010
  • Full Proposal Deadline: December 4, 2010


  • The Sociology Program supports basic research on all forms of human social organization -- societies, institutions, groups and demography -- and processes of individual and institutional change. The Program encourages theoretically focused empirical investigations aimed at improving the explanation of fundamental social processes. Included is research on organizations and organizational behavior, population dynamics, social movements, social groups, labor force participation, stratification and mobility, family, social networks, socialization, gender roles, and the sociology of science and technology. The Program supports both original data collections and secondary data analysis that use the full range of quantitative and qualitative methodological tools. Theoretically grounded projects that offer methodological innovations and improvements for data collection and analysis are also welcomed. Click here for information on Strengthening Qualitative Research through Methodological Innovation and Integration. The Sociology Program also funds doctoral dissertation research to defray direct costs associated with conducting research, for example, dataset acquisition, additional statistical or methodological training, meeting with scholars associated with original datasets, and fieldwork away from the student's home campus. Please click here for additional information on the Sociology Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5369&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund
  • Deadline:  October 15, 2010


  • NSF requests proposals for the Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE) program. The REESE program seeks to advance research at the frontiers of STEM learning, education and evaluation, and to provide the foundation knowledge necessary to improve STEM teaching and learning at all educational levels and in all settings. The program's goals are: to catalyze discovery and innovation at the frontiers of STEM learning, education and evaluation; to stimulate the field to produce high quality and robust research results through the progress of theory, method and human resources; and to coordinate and transform advances in education, learning research and evaluation. REESE research strands include: national STEM education policies; research on implementation; STEM learning in formal and informal settings; cyberlearning and learning technologies; methods, models, and measures for research and evaluation; cognitive underpinnings of STEM learning; and neural bases of STEM learning.
  • Eligibility: Unrestricted.
  • Funding: In FY2011, $29 million total for up to 40 awards: approximately five to 10 Pathways awards of up to $250,000 with duration of up to two years; five to 10 Synthesis awards of up to $250,000 with duration of up to two years; 10 to 15 Empirical awards of up to $1.5 million with duration of up to three years; and three to five Large Empirical awards of up to $2.5 million with duration of up to five years.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10586/nsf10586.htm
  • Deadline: November 15, 2010

Computational Math

  • NSF seeks to support mathematical research in areas of science where computation plays a central and essential role, emphasizing design, analysis, and implementation of numerical methods and algorithms, and symbolic methods. The program will support proposals ranging from single-investigator projects that develop and analyze innovative computational methods to interdisciplinary team projects that not only create and analyze new mathematical and computational techniques but also use/implement them to model, study, and solve important application problems.
  • Eligibility: Unrestricted.
  • Funding: Grants up to $1.2 million.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5390
  • Deadline: December 15, 2010

Informal Science Education (ISE)

  • The year 2011 has been designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) as the International Year of Chemistry (IYC; see http://www.chemistry2011.org/). This will provide those in chemistry and related disciplines with a unique opportunity to (in the words of the official IYC site) "celebrate the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind." Communicating Research to Public Audiences (CRPA) program, an NSF program in the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL), supports dissemination of research done under existing NSF awards, for amounts up to $150,000 and durations up to two years, aiming to communicate research findings and promote the general public's understanding of and engagement with cutting-edge research findings and methodologies. Proposals may include design and implementation of any combination of communication formats/platforms and experiences that support informal learning; examples include exhibitions, web, radio, games, and TV productions. They should include creative plans, leveraging a range of extant technologies, for effectively sharing lessons learned and other information about the project as widely as possible to the public. All CRPA proposals must include an appropriate evaluation plan. Collaboration between NSF-funded researchers and informal science consultants or organizations (e.g., museums) is strongly encouraged to ensure use of effective practices; program officers in DRL can assist in making these contacts. Because the CRPA program is open to research awards from any part of NSF, they may be submitted at any time and do not require preliminary proposals; consult the ISE solicitation for details.
  • Eligibility: For CRPA projects ONLY: PI must hold an active NSF-funded research award in any NSF directorate or program.
  • Funding: It is anticipated that approximately 10 CRPA awards will be made as Standard or Continuing Grants per year, pending availability of funds. Project duration may be up to two years and the maximum award is $150,000.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf10565
  • Deadline: CRPA proposals do not have deadlines; requests identifying IYC in the summary and received before January 1, 2011, will receive expedited funding.

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

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

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

Common Fund Transformative Research Projects Program

  • The National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Common Fund invites transformative (R01) research project grant applications proposing groundbreaking, exceptionally innovative, high risk, original, and/or unconventional research with the potential to create new scientific paradigms or challenge existing ones. Projects must have the potential to create or overturn fundamental scientific paradigms through the use of new and novel approaches, or to lead to major improvements in health through the development of highly innovative therapies, diagnostic tools, or preventive strategies.
  • Funding: In FY2011, up to $25 million total. The number of awards will depend on the size and scope of the most meritorious applications; up to one third of the budget of this FOA will be reserved for projects exceeding $1 million in direct costs.
  • Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-10-010.html
  • Deadline: October 27, 2010

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.
  • Funding: 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 Womens 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 (LMICs), 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: March 8, 2013

Digital Humanities Start-up grants

  • The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites applications to the Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program. This program is designed to encourage innovations in the digital humanities. By awarding relatively small grants to support the planning stages, NEH aims to encourage the development of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants should result in plans, prototypes, or proofs of concept for long-term digital humanities projects prior to implementation. Two levels of awards will be made in this program. Level I awards are small grants designed to fund brainstorming sessions, workshops, early alpha-level prototypes, and initial planning. Level II awards are larger grants that can be used for more fully-formed projects that are ready to begin implementation or the creation of working prototypes. Applicants must state in their narrative which funding level they seek. Applicants should carefully choose the funding level appropriate to the needs of the proposed project. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants support full-time or part-time activities for periods up to eighteen months. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel; and technical support and services. Up to 20 percent of the total grant may be used for the acquisition of computing hardware and software. All grantees are expected to communicate the results of their work to appropriate scholarly and public audiences. In order to facilitate dissemination and increase the impact of the projects that are ultimately developed through Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants, applicants are strongly encouraged to employ open-source and fully accessible software.
  • Funding: Two levels of funding: Level I- grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 in outright funding; and Level II- grants range from $25,001 to $50,000 in outright funding. Awards are for up to 18 months
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/digitalhumanitiesstartup.html
  • Deadline: October 5, 2010

Collaborative Research Grants

  • Collaborative Research Grants support original research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of at least one year up to a maximum of three years. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel; field work; applications of information technology; and technical support and services. All grantees are expected to communicate the results of their work to the appropriate scholarly and public audiences. Eligible projects include: (a) research that significantly adds to knowledge and understanding in the humanities; (b) conferences on topics of major importance in the humanities that will benefit scholarly research; (c) archaeological projects that include the interpretation and communication of results (projects may encompass excavation, materials analysis, laboratory work, field reports, and preparation of interpretive monographs); and (d) research that uses the knowledge and perspectives of the humanities and historical or philosophical methods to enhance understanding of science, technology, medicine, and the social sciences.
  • Eligibility: Eligibility is limited to institutional applicants and project directors without an institutional affiliation.
  • Funding: Awards are made for at least one year up to a maximum of three years and normally range from $25,000 to $100,000 per year.
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/Collaborative.html
  • Deadline: October 28, 2010

Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants

  • NEH seeks applications for Scholarly Editions and Translations grants to support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts and documents that are currently inaccessible or available in inadequate editions. Products-- which NEH wants scholars, educators, students, and the American public to have ready and easy access to--may include edited documentary or literary texts, musical scores, or Web sites, and the like. For projects that lead to the development of Web sites, NEH gives preference to development of Web sites; NEH gives preference to those that provide free access to the public.
  • Funding: Awards range from $50,000 to $100,000 per year, and are made for at least one year, up to a maximum of three years. Applicants will be awarded a grant in outright funds, matching funds or in combination. .
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/editions.html
  • Deadline: October 28, 2010

2010 Out of the Box Prize

  • The Community Tool Box requests applications for the 2010 Out of the Box Prize, which honors innovative approaches to promoting community health and development world-wide. Projects may involve efforts to improve community health, education, urban or rural development, poverty, the environment, social justice, or other related issues of importance to communities.
  • Eligibility: Any group that has engaged in any aspect of community health and development effort, from planning to sustainability, for the period of 2008-2010 can apply.
  • Funding: Grand prize winner receives a $5,000 cash award, and a free customized WorkStation valued at $2,100.
  • Web: http://ctb.ku.edu/en/out_of_the_box.aspx
  • Deadline: October 31, 2010

Undergraduate Research (UR) Grants

  • The Undergraduate Research (UR) grants program provides funding for scientists and engineers with established programs of research at non-doctoral departments. Demonstration of productivity is important, but a UR grant may also be used for a project with limited or no preliminary results in a new research area the PI wishes to pursue, with the intention of using the preliminary results obtained to seek continuation funding from other agencies. American Chemical Society (ACS) PRF Research Grants are made to non-profit institutions for regularly appointed scientists whose research may be sponsored in accordance with the Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) Transfer Agreement: The recipient (ACS) shall use all funds exclusively for advanced scientific education and fundamental research in the "petroleum field," which may include any field of pure science which in the judgment of (ACS) may afford a basis for subsequent research directly connected with the petroleum field.
  • Eligibility: Eligibility for a UR grant requires that a PI is in a department without a doctoral program, and that undergraduates are involved in the project. Investigators from Master’s degree-granting departments are eligible, and support can be provided for M.S. level research, but undergraduates must be included in the project.
  • Funding: $65,000 over 3 years; Estimated number of awards: ~ 45 each year.
  • Web: http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=PP_SUPERARTICLE&node_id=1263&use_sec=false&sec_url_var=region1&__uuid=f90dd255-2cd7-40ba-b197-c391ec741d65
  • Deadline: November 5, 2010

Undergraduate New Investigator Grants

  • Undergraduate New Investigator (UNI) grants provide funds for scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent careers in academia and have limited or no preliminary results for a research project they wish to pursue. The UNI grants are to be used to illustrate proof of principle, i.e., feasibility, and accordingly, are to be viewed as seed money for generating preliminary results that can be used to apply for continuation funding from other agencies. ACS PRF research grants are made to non-profit institutions for regularly appointed scientists whose research may be sponsored in accordance with the ACS PRF Transfer Agreement:“The recipient (ACS) shall use all funds exclusively for advanced scientific education and fundamental research in the ‘petroleum field,’ which may include any field of pure science which in the judgment of (ACS) may afford a basis for subsequent research directly connected with the petroleum field.”
  • Eligibility: Eligibility for a UNI grant requires that a PI is in a department without a doctoral program in the United States and that the students receiving stipends for the work to be done are undergraduates (M.S.-level students can also be supported IF one or more undergraduates are also supported from this grant).
  • Funding: $50,000 over 2 years; Estimated number of awards: ~ 45 each year.
  • Web: http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=PP_SUPERARTICLE&node_id=1796&use_sec=false&sec_url_var=region1&__uuid=c094fade-45e1-4f82-978b-037e826d62b4
  • Deadline: November 5, 2010

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums

  • Successful proposals will address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to museums, libraries, or archives, will test innovative responses to these problems, and will make the findings of these tests widely and openly accessible. Grant funding may include all activities associated with planning, deploying, and evaluating the innovation, as long as the expenses are allowable under federal and IMLS guidelines. Examples of projects that might be funded by this program include, but are not limited to: exploring the potential of highly original, experimental collaborations,implementing new workflows or processes with potential for substantial cost savings, testing new metrics or methods to measure the impact of promising tools or services, rapid prototyping and testing of new types of software tools, or creating useful new ways to link separate software applications used in libraries, archives, or museums, offering innovative new types of services or service options to museum, library, or archive visitors, or enhancing institutions’ abilities to interact with audiences in new ways to promote learning or improve services, such as through the deployment of innovative crowd-sourcing techniques.
    Learn more about the Sparks! program at one of IMLS’s upcoming webinars. Sparks! program staff will talk about the purpose of the grants, the grant application process, and answer participants’ questions during upcoming webinars. The webinar schedule is:
    • October 13, 2010 – 1:00 PM ET
    • November 3, 2010 – 1:00 PM ET
    Duration: 1 Hour
    Webinar link:
  • Eligibility: Libraries that fulfill the general criteria for libraries may apply.
  • Funding: Up to $25,000 for one year; no matching requirements.
  • Web: http://www.imls.gov/applicants/grants/SparksIgnition.shtm
  • Deadline: November 15, 2010

New Access Point Health Center Grants

  • The Health Resources and Services Administration is now accepting applications for a share of up to $250 million for new health centers to provide comprehensive primary and preventive health care services for medically underserved and vulnerable populations and communities. Through its New Access Point Program, HRSA provides funding both to current operators of health centers proposing an additional facility and to new applicants. HRSA-funded health centers will offer low-income persons access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services in a variety of authorized settings. Types of health centers eligible for New Access funding include community health centers, migrant health centers, homeless health care centers and Public Housing Primary Care centers. A New Access Point health center can take the form of any of these facilities, so long as it provides comprehensive primary and preventive care at a new, full-time site. School-based health centers and mobile medical vans are also eligible for funding.
  • Eligibility: Current Health Center Program grantees who apply for New Access funds will be defined as "satellite" applicants by HRSA. Satellite proposals must request funding for a new site or facility, rather than an expansion of the grantee's current health center operation. Both new and satellite applicants may request funding to establish multiple health centers in a single application.
  • Funding: Up to $250 million is expected to be available to fund approximately 350 grants. The period of support is two years. 
  • To review applicant instructions:http://apply07.grants.gov/apply/opportunities/instructions/oppHRSA-11-017-cfda93.527-cid4117-instructions.doc
  • Web: http://grants.gov; HRSA-11-017
  • Deadline: November 17, 2010

Open Rivers Initiative

  • The Department of Commerce (DOC) seeks applications for the Open Rivers Initiative to catalyze the implementation of locally-driven projects to remove dams and other river barriers, in order to benefit living marine and coastal resources, particularly diadromous fish. Priority consideration will be given to applications that: expect measurable diadromous fish population benefits; maximize the number of stream miles made accessible for a diadromous fish; re-establish access to high quality upstream habitat; benefit multiple diadromous species; and demonstrate the potential to achieve synergistic results and watershed-scale impacts, in coordination with other fish passage barrier removal and habitat restoration and conservation efforts within the watershed; among many others.
  • Funding: In FY2011, $6 million total for up to 15 awards ranging from $100,000 to $3 million.
  • Web: www.grants.gov; FON# NOAA-NMFS-HCPO-2011-2002644
  • Deadline: November 17, 2010

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

Small Research Grants

  • The Small Research Grant (SmRG) Program is administered by the AAS Executive Office. The program is funded mainly by a grant from NASA. A small amount of additional funding may be provided by income from the AAS operating-reserve fund and/or by the Cecilia Payne and Sergei Gaposchkin Memorial Fund. The amount of money available during any proposal cycle depends on the sources of support available to the Society at that time. The purpose of the grants is to cover costs associated with any type of astronomical research.
  • Eligibility: Open to both US and international astronomers with a PhD or equivalent; graduate students are not eligible.
  • Funding: Awards range from $1,000 to a maximum of $7,000
  • Web: http://aas.org/grants/smrg.php
  • Deadline: November 29, 2010; May 2, 2011

Fall 2011 EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships For Undergraduate Environmental Study

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships program, is offering Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study. The GRO program enhances and supports quality environmental education for undergraduates, and thereby encourages them to continue their education beyond the baccalaureate level, and pursue careers in environmentally related fields. The actual amount awarded per year will vary depending on the amount of tuition and fees and the number of months the stipend is required. This fellowship is intended to help defray costs associated with environmentally oriented study leading to a bachelor’s degree. Subject to availability of funding, the Agency plans to award approximately 40 new fellowships by July 29, 2011. Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer between their junior and senior years. The fellowship provides up to $19,700 per academic year of support and up to $9,500 of support for a three-month summer internship.
  • Funding: Anticipated funding amount is approximately $1,956,000 for all awards. Potential funding per fellowship is up to a total of $48,900 over a two-year period.
  • Web: http://epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2011/2011_gro_undergrad.html
  • Deadline: December 9, 2010

Grant Programs

  • The Foundation offers Research Grants and Grants-in-Aid. Research grants in neurobiology are available to established scientists of all ages working at accredited institutions in the United States. Applications will be judged on the scientific merit and the innovative aspects of the proposal as well as the competence of the applicant. Research grants of up to three years will be provided. A renewal grant with a maximum of two years is possible, but it will be awarded on a competitive basis. Research grants will not be awarded to investigators who have already received, or expect to receive, substantial support from other sources, even if it is for an unrelated purpose. The Grants-in-Aid program is designed for researchers at the assistant professor level who experience difficulty in competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established. Grants-in-Aid can also be made to senior scientists. All applications will be judged on the scientific merit and innovative aspects of the proposal, as well as on past performance and evidence of the applicant's continued productivity.
  • Funding: Research grants normally range from $30,000 to $75,000 per year. Grants-in-Aid are awarded for a one-year period and do not exceed $30,000.
  • Web: http://www.whitehall.org/
  • Deadline: January 15, 2011; April 15, 2011
  •  While the Kazanjian Foundation maintains a vital interest in the overall efforts to increase economic literacy, the Board of Trustees will give special attention to proposals and projects with national impact that address the following issues: (a) The Foundation has an abiding interest in elevating the nation's understanding of the need for economic education. It will support programs that raise various public's participation in economic education and/or create a demand for greater economic literacy; (b) The application of new strategies for teaching economics including on-line and web-based instruction is of interest to the Foundation; (c) Projects, policy studies, or programs that encourage measurement of economic understanding more often and/or more effectively are of specific interest; and (d) The large number of students at risk of leaving school, and hence never effectively participating in the nation's economic system are of concern to the Foundation. Programs that help otherwise disenfranchised youth and/or young adults with children learn to participate in the economic system are very important to the Foundation.

  • Eligibility: Only IRS Approved 501(C)(3) organizations are eligible to receive grants.
  • Web: http://www.kazanjian.org
  • Deadline: February 15, 2011


  • The purpose of the Jeffress Trust is to support basic research in chemical, medical or other scientific fields through grants to educational and research institutions in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Grants are given to assist scientists in such institutions to conduct investigations in the natural sciences, generally considered to include chemistry, physics, biology (with the exception of field studies, classification, other largely observational studies), studies in the basic medical sciences, such as biochemistry, microbiology, and others.
  • Funding: Funds should be requested for only one year, maximum $30,000.  After the first year, one-year renewals can be requested for up to $10,000 per year for up to two additional years. 
    Direct expenses for the project will be provided, normally including undergraduate or graduate student summer stipends; summer stipends for principal investigators who lack other support for research in the summer months (up to two months at the monthly maximum rate of $3,000 per month or $6,000 for the summer.  Up to $1,000 will be allowed for national or local travel with sponsor funding. No funds will be approved for indirect costs, international travel, tuition and fees, or fringe benefits including FICA.
  • To review applicant guidelines: http://www.wm.edu/offices/grants/preaward/external/scitechfundsourcesatoz/Jeffress/index.php
  • General policy guidelines: https://www.wm.edu/offices/grants/preaward/external/scitechfundsourcesatoz/Jeffress/Jeffress%20Guidelines.pdf
  • Deadline: March 1, 2011

Leave No Trace Program

  • The Center for Outdoor Ethics' Leave No Trace Program requests applications for its Teaching Tools initiative. Leave No Trace seeks to communicate outdoor skills and ethics to diverse audiences. Preference will be given to applicants that: have a local, regional and/or community focus; have specific objectives quantifiable by the grant applicant; and mobilize volunteers to successfully reach a project goal.
  • Eligibility: The center requests that applicants be individual members or partners of Leave No Trace.
  • Funding: Grants up to $500 in educational materials.
  • Web: http://lnt.org/programs/toolsforteaching.php
  • Deadline: April 1, 2011

STEM for K-12, Higher Education

  • The Office of Naval Research (ONR) requests applications for the Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics for K-12 and Institutions of Higher Education grant opportunity. The goal of the program is to foster an interest in, knowledge of, and study in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics nationwide to ensure an educated and well-prepared workforce, which meets the naval and national competitive needs. The initiative's five program goals are to: inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers (grades K-10); engage students in STEM-related hands on learning activities using Navy content (grades 3-12); educate students to be well-prepared for employment in STEM disciplines in the Navy or in supporting academic institutions or the Naval contractor community (higher education); employ and develop Naval STEM professionals; and collaborate across Naval STEM programs to maximize benefits to participants and the Navy.
  • Funding: Estimated average grant range is up to $200,000 per year.
  • Web: http://grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=55774
  • Deadline: September 30, 2011

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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