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September 2010

September 2010

We hope that the Fall semester is off to a great start and that you're enjoying the last days of summer!

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
Welcome back to campus and the beginning of a new academic year. At this time of new beginnings, it’s also appropriate to reflect on the activity of the prior academic year and savor accomplishments. During the previous year, 156 faculty and staff were successful in obtaining more than $26 million to facilitate sponsored research, instruction, public service, equipment acquisition and a variety of other funded activities. The level of funding is unprecedented in the university’s history, but more than the dollars, this activity represents the collaborative efforts of a large percentage of our faculty working to stimulate curriculum development, instruction, and offer amazing research opportunities to our students. For more statistics and to read about your accomplishments:


Looking to this year, our staff is here to help you pursue funding for your projects. Tap our resources on the web at http:www.jmu.edu/sponsprog or contact us to arrange for a meeting to discuss your interests.  We find increasingly that our applicants are proposing inter-disciplinary projects that often involve a variety of stakeholders, both internal and external. Whenever you bring a diverse group of academics, non-profits, or industry representatives together to collaborate on a project, the arrangements are complex and require additional lead time and extra attention to planning. Please consider inviting one of our staff members to planning and kickoff meetings to answer questions related to teaming agreements and budget development. We look forward to serving you this year!
Compliance Corner

Compliance News

Applications to The National Science Foundation (NSF) Soon Will Have to Include Data Sharing Plans

Beginning in October, all proposals for funding from the National Science Foundation must include a two-page "supplementary document" describing how research data will be shared, according to an announcement by NSF at the recent meeting of the National Science Board, NSF's governing body. "This is the first step in what will be a more comprehensive approach to data policy," said Cora Marrett, NSF acting deputy director. "It will address the need for data from publicly funded research to be made public." Additional guidance from NSF, expected before October, will include the agency's expectations for the data management plans. This requirement is a departure from NSF's long-standing policy "requiring grantees to share their data within a reasonable length of time, so long as the cost is modest," NSF said. The change is also in keeping with "the growing interest from U.S. policymakers in making sure that any data obtained with federal funds be accessible to the general public" and the Obama administration's efforts to make government "more transparent and more participatory," the agency said.

Link: www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=116928&org=NSF&from=news

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Adopts Universal Reporting Form; Implementation Dates Uncertain

The federal government has adopted a universal Research Performance Progress Report format that was published in draft form in the Nov. 9, 2007, Federal Register, according to a memorandum from the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. The final format was published in the Jan. 13, 2010, Federal Register. The form "is intended to replace other interim performance reporting formats currently in use by agencies" but does not change the performance reporting requirements specified in 2 CFR Part 215 (OMB Circular A-110) and the grants management Common Rule implementing OMB Circular A-102. According to the memorandum, each federal agency will post a policy or implementation plan on the National Science Foundation or Research Business Models Subcommittee website within nine months after issuance of this policy. Implementation plans will detail whether the agency will use a paper or electronic filing format and "anticipated implementation date."
Link: www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/04/23/white-house-streamlines-progress-report-system

America COMPETES Act in Limbo

A reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act may not occur this year, according to the Association of American Universities (AAU), because a Republican-backed "motion to commit" caused the House leadership to pull the bill from consideration. The version of the bill approved by the Science and Technology Committee would have extended the act, first passed in 2007, for five years and "authorized substantial funding increases for the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and science programs at the Department of Energy." The motion changed the bill to three years and provided no increases above this fiscal year's funding. It also eliminated appropriations for new programs. In addition, AAU said the "academic research community is concerned about the impact on research of an amendment sponsored by Rep. George Miller (D-CA), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee. The amendment, approved on the House floor by a vote of 250 to 174, would link public universities' compliance with labor union information requests to the reimbursement of facilities and administrative costs of their federally funded research grants. The community is working to resolve the issue." Another attempt to pass the bill, on May 19, also failed.
Link:http://www.aau.edu/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=10834; http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2010/05/competes-loses-again-in-house-af.html

News Items
  News Items
Federal Agency Issuances

Agriculture: Rural Utilities Service
  • Established the Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households (SEARCH) Program, under which it will make predevelopment planning grants for feasibility studies, design assistance and technical assistance to financially distressed communities in rural areas with populations of 2,500 or fewer inhabitants for water and waste disposal projects (7 C.F.R. Part 1774).
  • Effective date: June 24, 2010
  • 75 Fed. Reg. 35962-35966, June 24, 2010
  • http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-15265.pdf

Grantwriting teams: Why they are important and how to build one

Strong and favorable grantwriting requires doing a significant amount of research, which is not always feasible when a grant has a deadline with a limited timeframe. However, by having a group of experts to serve as your grantwriting team, the chances of having a well-researched and well-written proposal are increased. A group of people can bring forth a tremendous wealth of insight and ideas, creating an exceptional and innovative proposal. Furthermore, by developing a grantwriting team, your time may be more freed up, allowing you to focus more attention on your other areas of interest and future grant possibilities.

A successful grantwriting team is comprised of strong leadership and a diverse group of individuals. To find members to include on your grantwriting team, take a look at others in your own discipline and consider individuals outside your department or school as subject matter experts. Consider other likely resources at other regional institutions of higher education, non-profits, industry, and even local school districts. Take into consideration strengths and what each person has to offer.  When it comes to writing grants, always ensure that the project is feasible and logical. Keep the proposal concise and do not overwrite; it is not necessary to write to the specified maximum number of pages. Be sure to build a repository of commonly used statistics for information used continuously. Lastly, stay current on the grants being funded in your area and know what is happening locally for ideas for future projects.

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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
  The National Institutes of Health
Common Fund Transformative Research Projects Program
Environmental Protection Agency
Black Carbon's Role in Global to Local Scale Climate and Air Quality
Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Enhancing Earth systems models and NASA data
GRACE Science Team recompetition

The National Science Foundation

Expeditions in Computing
NSF/NEH/SI: Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL)
Energy for Sustainability
Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering (BBBE)
Materials and Surface Engineering
Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)
Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE)
Computational Mathematics
Center for Outdoor Ethics

Leave No Trace Program

Environmental Research and Education

Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF)

American Chemical Society

Undergraduate Research Grants

Undergraduate New Investigator Grants

The Community Tool Box

2010 Out of the Box Prize

Research Corporation for Science Advancement

Cottrell College Science Awards

Single Investigator Awards

The Department of the Interior

Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program

Whitehall Foundation, Inc.

Grant Programs

National Endowment for the Humanities

Digital Humanities Start-up Grants

Collaborative Research Grants

Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants

Department of Commerce

Environmental Literacy Grants for Formal K-12 Education

Open Rivers Initiative

Health Resources and Services Administration

New Access Point Health Center Grants

The Jeffress Memorial Trust


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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
  • Letters of Intent Deadline: September 27, 2010
  • Proposal Deadline: October 27, 2010

Black Carbon's Role in Global to Local Scale Climate and Air Quality

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research into black carbon (BC), related co-pollutants, and other short lived climate forcers (SLCF) and their effects on climate change and air quality. EPA is interested in research that investigates the emission sources, the global to local scale emissions inventory, and applies modeling tools to assess BC, co-pollutants and other SLCF in a climate and air quality context. Applications may also evaluate the impact of long range transport of BC, co-pollutants and SLCF, or develop and assess metrics for comparing the impacts of BC, co-pollutants and SLCF simultaneously in a climate and air quality context on the time scale of a decade to a century. In addition to regular awards, this solicitation includes the opportunity for early career projects.
  • Eligibility: Public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the U.S., state and local governments, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and U.S. territories or possessions are eligible to apply.
  • Funding: Approximately $7 million for 6 regular awards and 3 early career awards.
  • Web: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2010/ 2010_star_blackcarbon.html
  • Deadline: September 22, 2010
  •  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: September 15, 2010; February 15, 2011

Enhancing Earth systems models and NASA data

  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) seeks proposals under its ROSES competition to offer investigators an opportunity to analyze and assess and increase the impact of NASA data in research and operational environments, particularly in the areas of weather prediction, climate projection assessment, and global carbon cycle modeling in anticipation of carbon management regulations. Areas of interest to NASA include: acceleration of operational use of research data, including joint center for satellite data assimilation; data for IPCC climate projection assessment and computational support of Earth systems modeling.
  • Eligibility: U.S. organizations affiliated with an institution registered at NSPIRES.
  • Funding: Acceleration of operational uses of research data- $50,000 per year for two to three projects; Data for IPCC climate projection assessment- $50,000 per year for three to four projects; Computational support of Earth systems modeling- $1 million per year or four to six projects.
  • Web: www.grants.gov; FON NNH10ZDA001N-COUND
  • Deadline: September 17, 2010

GRACE Science Team recompetition

  • NASA seeks proposals under its ROSES competition for recompetition of the GRACE Science Team to advance the development of new methods, algorithms, and models for the exploitation of gravity field observations to be made by GRACE and future space-based gravity field missions for the broad spectrum of Earth system science challenges. Awardees should focus on identification and quantification of atmospheric, oceanographic, hydrospheric, and cryospheric, and solid Earth structure and dynamics manifested in the GRACE observations. Analysis can include other data sources that complement the GRACE measurements such as Earth rotation and temporal and static gravity field measurements, and other innovative approaches including the use of data from other satellites.
  • Eligibility: U.S. organizations affiliated with an institution registered at NSPIRES.
  • Funding: $3 million for up to 20 awards for projects of up to four years.
  • Web: www.grants.gov; FON NNH10ZDA001N-GRACE
  • Deadline: September 24, 2010

Expeditions In Computing

  • The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) has created the Expeditions in Computing (Expeditions) program to provide the CISE research and education community with the opportunity to pursue ambitious, fundamental research agendas that promise to define the future of computing and information. In planning Expeditions, investigators are encouraged to come together within or across departments or institutions to combine their creative talents in the identification of compelling, transformative research agendas that promise disruptive innovations in computing and information for many years to come.
  • Eligibility:U.S. academic institutions accredited in, and having a campus located in the U.S., with undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs in computer and information science and engineering fields may submit proposals as lead or collaborative institutions. Subawardees may include two-and four-year colleges, non-profit non-academic organizations such as independent museums, institutes, observatories, professional societies and similar organizations in the US that are directly associated with education or research activities in the computing and information fields. Other organizations such as national laboratories, for-profit organizations and organizations in other countries may participate in the proposed activities if they have independent sources of support; they will not be supported by NSF.
  • Funding: $30,000,000 total for each competition, subject to the availability of funds. Expeditions projects with annual budgets up to $2,000,000 for durations of five years will be supported.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503169
  • Deadline: September 10, 2010

NSF/NEH/SI: Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL)

  • This multi-year funding partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the imminent death of an estimated half of the 6000-7000 currently used human languages, this effort aims also to exploit advances in information technology. Funding will support fieldwork and other activities relevant to recording, documenting, and archiving endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. Funding will be available in the form of one- to three-year project grants as well as fellowships for up to twelve months. At least half the available funding will be awarded to projects involving fieldwork. The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) will participate in the partnership as a research host, a non-funding role.
  • Eligibility: Academic institutions and non-profit, non-academic organizations located in the United States are eligible. For-profit organizations are not eligible to apply to this program. However, personnel in for-profit organizations may participate as co-investigators.
  • Funding: $2 million annually for 18-22 awards, including 12 fellowships.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12816
  • Deadline: September 15, 2010

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: September 23, 2010; 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:  September 23, 2010; March 3, 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: October 1, 2010; February 15, 2011

Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)

  • One of the general goals of the Partnerships for Innovation Program (PFI) is to stimulate the transformation of knowledge created by the research and education enterprise into innovations that create new wealth; build strong local, regional, and national economies; and improve the national well-being. Aligned with this goal, the PFI competition for FY 2011 funds will provide support for innovation capacity building to sustained, dynamic interactive knowledge-enhancing partnership groups composed of academic researchers and small business (as defined by the Small Business Administration (SBA)) practitioners focused on intense exploration, re-definition, and creation of novel platforms for translating research and moving it towards impact.
  • Eligibility: The basic organizational core of each proposed knowledge-enhancing partnership group must be composed of an academic lead institution and, at a minimum, two small businesses.
  • Funding: $7 million for 9-11 awards. Awards may be up to $600,000 with an award duration of two or three years.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5261
  • Letter of Intent Deadline: October 1, 2010
  • Proposal Deadline: December 4, 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

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: October 1, 2010; April 1, 2011

Environmental Research and Education Foundation

  • The Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) invites researchers to submit proposals on solid waste management issues contained in EREF's Research Agenda or on educational projects. Proposal topics may include waste generation rates and composition; waste minimization; collection and transport; sorting, recycling, and remanufacture; disposal options (E.g. landfilling or incineration); waste or energy recovery (e.g. composting, landfill gas to energy); innovations in collection and transportation equipment development; employee health and safety; sustainability of resources; life-cycle assessment of waste management; education of corporate customers in purchasing environmentally-preferable waste services; and development of high school and college educational programs.
  • Eligibility: Unrestricted.
  • Funding: Previous grants have ranged from $15,000 to $500,000.
  • Web: http://erefdn.org/index.php/grants/proposal
  • Deadline: October 1, 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

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

Cottrell College Science Awards

  • The Cottrell College Science Awards support research in astronomy, chemistry, physics and closely related fields that significantly overlap with research in these three disciplines at public and private, predominantly undergraduate colleges. The projects proposed are judged on the basis of scientific originality, significance, feasibility, overlap with the three core disciplines and the ability of the institutional environment to sustain the activity. The involvement of undergraduate students in the research is expected, and is an important factor in most awards.
  • Web: http://www.rescorp.org/cottrell-college-science-awards
  • Eligibility: Applications will be accepted from faculty members at public and private institutions of higher education in the United States. The applicant's home department must offer at least the baccalaureate, but not doctoral, degrees in the applicant's discipline. The institutional environment and support for research are important considerations in evaluating the potential of the proposal. The principal investigator must have a faculty appointment in a department of astronomy, chemistry or physics, or, if from another department, propose research that significantly overlaps with research in one of these three disciplines. At the time of application the applicant must be within the first three years of her (his) first tenure track appointment, and within twelve years of receiving her (his) doctoral degree.
  • Funding: The total funding requested from Research Corporation for Science Advancement must be $35,000. An institutional matching contribution to the project of $10,000 is required for all applicants. Although all awards are for $35,000 and a match of $10,000, a budget page where expenses are justified is required. Awards are approved for two years with a single, one-year extension possible to expend remaining funds.
  • Pre-Proposals (REQUIRED): September 15, 2010
  • Full Proposals (To Invited Investigators): November 15, 2010

Single Investigator Awards

  • Cottrell College Science Awards provide direct expenses for support of the proposed research. The total funding from Research Corporation for Science Advancement must be $35,000. An institutional match of $10,000 is required for all applicants. Expenses are limited to five budget categories: equipment, supplies, student stipends, faculty stipends, and travel away from the home institution to conduct research. Requests for Research Corporation for Science Advancement funds have the following limits: supplies up to $6,000 per year, student summer stipends up to $3,500 for 10 weeks, faculty summer stipends up to $7,500 for 8 weeks, travel costs to conduct research and reasonable fees for instrument use off campus up to $2,500 per year. No indirect costs or fringe benefits (other than FICA at 7.65%) are allowed from RC funds.
  • Web: http://www.rescorp.org/cottrell-college-science-awards/single-investigator-awards
  • Eligibility: The principal investigator must have a faculty appointment at a US college or university in a department of astronomy, chemistry or physics, or, if from another department, propose research that significantly overlaps with research in astronomy, chemistry or physics. Faculty who have had a previous CCSA award or whose appointment is in a department or school of engineering or medicine are not eligible. The applicant’s home department must offer at least baccalaureate, but not doctoral, degrees. At the time of application the applicant must be within the first three years of her/his first tenure track appointment.
  • Pre-Proposals (REQUIRED): September 15, 2010
  • Full Proposals (To Invited Investigators): November 15, 2010

Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program

  • The Interior Department seeks applications to provide direct technical and financial assistance to private landowners interested in restoring, enhancing, and managing fish and wildlife habitats on their land. Projects may include habitat restoration or enhancement projects.
  • Eligibility: Colleges and universities; nonprofit organizations; state, local, and Native American governments; and qualified individuals.
  • Funding: $60,000.
  • Web: http://www.grants.gov, CFDA #15.631
  • Deadline: September 30, 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: October 1, 2010; January 15, 2011; April 15, 2011

Digital Humanities Start-up grants

  • The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) seeks applications for Digital Humanities Start-Up grants, designed to encourage innovations in the digital humanities. 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.
  • 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

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
  • Pre-proposals Deadline: September 8, 2010
  • Full Proposal Deadline: January 12, 2011

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

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.
  • Funding: Up to $250 million is expected to be available to fund approximately 350 grants.  The period of support is two years. 
  • 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.
  • To review applicant instructions: http://apply07.grants.gov/apply/opportunities/instructions/oppHRSA-11-017-cfda93.527-cid4117-instructions.doc
  • Website: http://grants.gov; HRSA-11-017
  • Deadline: November 17, 2010


  • 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

Deadline Links

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

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Office Directory

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

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

JMAC-6, Suite 26
MSC 5728

Phone: 568-6872; Fax: 568-6240

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

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

Tamara Hatch, Associate Director

Sally Dickenson, Grants Specialist

Whitney Gardner, Grants Specialist

Carolyn Strong, Research Coordinator
IRB & IACUC Contact

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

Donna Crumpton
, Financial Administrator

Brenda Seifried, Financial Administrator

Kyra Shiflet, Financial Administrator

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