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National Science Foundation

National Institutes of Health

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Harry S. Truman Library Institute

Environmental Protection Agency

American Nurses Foundation

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

W. M. Keck Foundation

National Institute of Standards and Technology

American Astronomical Society

United States Department of Defense

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Department of Energy

National Trust for Historic Preservation

United Engineering Foundation

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation

Virginia Environmental Endowment

The Mockingbird Foundation

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Rockwell Collins

U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. Department of Defense

Amgen Foundation

BMW Group in North America

Compton Foundation

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

RGK Foundation

Spencer Foundation

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

 

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Funding Opportunities

National Science Foundation

Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering

  • The Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering program aims to integrate advancements in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology into the undergraduate engineering curricula. The NUE in Engineering program provides funding for projects that will address the educational challenges of these emerging fields and generate practical ways of introducing nanotechnology into undergraduate engineering education with a focus on devices and systems and/or on social, economic, and ethical issues relevant to nanotechnology. Given the worldwide expansion of research and education in NSE, international collaborations that advance underlying NSE education goals and strengthen U.S. activities are encouraged.
  • Funding: $1,900,000; Each award will be up to a maximum of $200,000 for two years. Estimated number of awards: 10
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12534/nsf12534.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click
  • Deadline: April 23, 2012

Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences: Investigator-initiated research projects (MCB)

  • The Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) supports fundamental research and related activities designed to promote understanding of complex living systems at the molecular, subcellular, and cellular levels. The Division is soliciting proposals for hypothesis-driven and discovery research and related activities in four core clusters:

    • Biomolecular dynamics, structure, and function
    • Cellular processes
    • Genetic mechanisms
    • Networks and regulation
  • Funding: $65,000,000 Approximately $65M funds will be used for total budget of new awards in each cycle, pending availability of funds. Eligibility Information
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11545/nsf11545.htm
  • Deadline: May 21, 2012

Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (TUES)

  • The Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (TUES) program seeks to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all undergraduate students. This solicitation especially encourages projects that have the potential to transform undergraduate STEM education, for example, by bringing about widespread adoption of classroom practices that embody understanding of how students learn most effectively. Thus transferability and dissemination are critical aspects for projects developing instructional materials and methods and should be considered throughout the project's lifetime. More advanced projects should involve efforts to facilitate adaptation at other sites.
    The program supports efforts to create, adapt, and disseminate new learning materials and teaching strategies to reflect advances both in STEM disciplines and in what is known about teaching and learning. It funds projects that develop faculty expertise, implement educational innovations, assess learning and evaluate innovations, prepare K-12 teachers, or conduct research on STEM teaching and learning. It also supports projects that further the work of the program itself, for example, synthesis and dissemination of findings across the program. The program supports projects representing different stages of development, ranging from small, exploratory investigations to large, comprehensive projects.
    Results from Type 1 projects are expected to be significant enough to contribute to understanding undergraduate STEM education. Proposed evaluation efforts should be informative with respect to student learning or engagement, based on the project's specific expected outcomes, and consistent with budget limitations and the scope of a Type 1 project. In order to encourage collaboration between four-year colleges and universities and two-year colleges, projects involving such collaboration may request a total of $250,000. In such partnerships, the distribution of effort and funds between the four-year institution and the community college should reflect a genuine collaboration. At a minimum, the implementation, if successful, should be institutionalized at the participating colleges and universities.
  • Funding: Total budget may not exceed $200,000 ($250,000 when four-year colleges and universities collaborate with two-year colleges) for 2 to 3 years.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10544/nsf10544.htm
  • Deadline: May 29, 2012 (For Type 1 proposals from submitting organizations located in states or territories beginning with N through W

Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM)

  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces a second year of a program on collaborative research and education in the area of scalable nanomanufacturing, including the long-term societal implications of the large-scale implementation of nanomanufacturing innovations. This program is in response to and is a component of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Signature Initiative: Sustainable Nanomanufacturing - Creating the Industries of the Future. Although many nanofabrication techniques have demonstrated the ability to produce relatively small quantities of nanomaterials and devices, the emphasis of this program is research that supports the identification and demonstration of nanomanufacturing processes with high potential to scale to economically and industrially relevant production levels. The mode of support is Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NIRT).
  • Funding: Estimated Number of Awards: 4 to 6; Anticipated Funding Amount: $5,300,000
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12544/nsf12544.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click
  • Deadline: June 4, 2012

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

  • Research experience is one of the most effective avenues for attracting talented undergraduates to, and retaining them in careers in, science and engineering, including careers in teaching and education research. The REU program, through both Sites and Supplements, aims to provide appropriate and valuable educational experiences for undergraduate students through participation in research. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. REU projects feature high-quality interaction of students with faculty and/or other research mentors and access to appropriate facilities and professional development opportunities.
  • Funding: $67,700,000 in FY2010 -- This estimate includes both Sites and Supplements, pending availability of funds. Estimated number of awards: 1,800 to 1,850 -- This estimate includes approximately 170 new Site awards and 1,650 new Supplement awards each year.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09598/nsf09598.htm
  • Deadline: August 22, 2012 (Deadline for REU Site proposals except for those requiring access to Antarctica)

GeoPrisms Program

  • GeoPRISMS (Geodynamic Processes at Rifting and Subducting Margins) is the successor to the MARGINS Program. GeoPRISMS will investigate the coupled geodynamics, earth surface processes, and climate interactions that build and modify continental margins over a wide range of timescales. These interactions cross the shoreline and have applications to margin evolution and dynamics, construction of stratigraphic architecture, accumulation of economic resources, and associated geologic hazards and environmental management. The GeoPRISMS Program includes two broadly integrated science initiatives (Subduction Cycles and Deformation and Rift Initiation and Evolution), linked by five overarching scientific topics and themes, where transformative advances are likely to occur in the next decade, and where a focused scientific program could be most effective. These overarching science topics include 1) Origin and evolution of continental crust; 2) Fluids, magmas and their interactions; 3) Climate-surface-tectonics feedbacks; 3) Geochemical cycles; and 5) Plate boundary deformation and geodynamics. Each of the initiatives has identified primary sites for focused investigations, as well as thematic studies that will complement primary site studies
  • Funding: $5,000,000 pending the availability of funds; 10 estimated awards
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12537/nsf12537.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click
  • Deadline: July 2, 2012

Petrology and Geochemistry

  • The Petrology and Geochemistry Program supports basic research that address the formation and evolution of our planet using petrological and geochemical characteristics of Earth materials in the crust, mantle, and core. Proposals in this program generally address the petrology and high-temperature geochemistry of igneous and metamorphic rocks (including mantle samples), mineral physics, economic geology, and volcanology. Proposals that bridge disciplinary boundaries or that include development of analytical tools for potential use by the broad community are also encouraged.
  • Funding: $13,900,000 annually, pending availability of funds; 40 to 60 annually
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09543/nsf09543.htm
  • Deadline: Full Proposal Window: June 6, 2012 - July 6, 2012 (June 6 - July 6, Annually Thereafter)

Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology

  • Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology supports studies of: (1) the changing aspects of life, ecology, environments, and biogeography in past geologic time based on fossil plants, animals, and microbes; (2) all aspects of the Earth's sedimentary carapace-- insights into geological processes recorded in its historical records and rich organic and inorganic resources locked in rock sequences; (3) the science of dating and measuring the time sequence of events and rates of geological processes of the Earth's past sedimentary and biological (fossil) record; (4) the geologic record of the production, transportation, and deposition of physical and chemical sediments; and (5) understanding the complexities of Earth's deep time (pre-Holocene) climate systems. The Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology Program especially encourages integrative studies at the national and international levels that seek to link subdisciplines, such as geochronology, paleoclimatology, paleogeography, paleoenvironments and paleoecology.
  • Funding: $6,000,000 annually, pending availability of funds; 30 to 40 annually
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09560/nsf09560.htm
  • Deadline: Full Proposal - July 16, 2012 (July 16, Annually Thereafter)

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

  • CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty members at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.


    PECASE
    : Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on two important criteria: 1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of the sponsoring organization or agency, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education or community outreach. These awards foster innovative developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of the participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the Nation’s future. Individuals cannot apply for PECASE. These awards are initiated by the participating federal agencies. At NSF, up to twenty nominees for this award are selected each year from among the PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees who are most likely to become the leaders of academic research and education in the twenty-first century. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy makes the final selection and announcement of the awardees.
  • Funding: $220,000,000 per year to new and continuing CAREER awards. This amount is approximate, includes new and continuing increments, and is subject to availability of funds. Funding for CAREER awards is contained within research and education program allocations.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11690/nsf11690.htm
  • Deadline: Full Proposal Deadline Date: July 23, 2012 BIO, CISE, EHR, OCI; Full Proposal Deadline Date: July 24, 2012 ENG; Full Proposal Deadline Date: July 25, 2012 GEO, MPS, SBE, OPP

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National Institutes of Health

Healthy Habits (HHS)

  • This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) with participation from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), is to encourage Research Project Grant (R01) applications that employ innovative research to identify mechanisms of influence and/or promote positive sustainable health behavior(s) in children and youth (birth to age 18). Positive health behaviors may include: developing healthy sleep patterns, developing effective self-regulation strategies, adaptive decision-making in risk situations, practicing proper dental hygiene, eating a balanced and nutritious diet, engaging in age-appropriate physical activity and/or participating in healthy relationships.
  • Funding: Grants up to $500,000
  • Web: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=119573
  • Deadline: June 5, 2012

Exploratory Innovations in Biomedical Computational Science and Technology (R21)

  • The NIH is interested in promoting research and developments in biomedical informatics and computational biology that will support rapid progress in areas of scientific opportunity in biomedical research. As defined here, biomedical informatics and computational biology includes database design, graphical interfaces, querying approaches, data retrieval, data visualization and manipulation, data integration through the development of integrated analytical tools, and tools for electronic collaboration, as well as computational and mathematical research including the development of structural, functional, integrative, and analytical computational models and simulations.
  • Funding: Grants up to $275,000
  • Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-09-219.html
  • Deadline: June 16, 2012

Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Grants- (R15)

  • The purpose of the Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) program is to stimulate research in educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees for a significant number of the Nation's research scientists, but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. AREA grants create opportunities for scientists and institutions, otherwise unlikely to participate extensively in NIH research programs, to contribute to the Nation's biomedical and behavioral research effort. AREA grants are intended to support small-scale research projects proposed by faculty members of eligible, domestic institutions, to expose students to meritorious research projects, and to strengthen the research environment of the applicant institution.
  • Funding: Applicants may request up to $300,000 in direct costs plus applicable Facilities & Administrative (F&A)/indirect costs for the entire project period of up to 3 years.  Note when a consortium is involved, the $300,000 direct cost limit is exclusive of consortium F&A costs. These can be requested in addition to the $300,000 direct costs limit
  • Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-12-006.html#_Part_1._Overview
  • Deadline: Standard due dates: June 25, 2012; and October 25, 2012; Expiration Date: January 8, 2015

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - 2011

  • This NASA Research Announcement (NRA) solicits proposals for supporting basic and applied research and technology across a broad range of Earth and space science program elements relevant to one or more of the following NASA Research Programs: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics. This ROSES NRA covers all aspects of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences, including, but not limited to: theory, modeling, and analysis of SMD science data; aircraft, stratospheric balloon, suborbital rocket, and commercial reusable rocket investigations; development of experiment techniques suitable for future SMD space missions; development of concepts for future SMD space missions; development of advanced technologies relevant to SMD missions; development of techniques for and the laboratory analysis of both extraterrestrial samples returned by spacecraft, as well as terrestrial samples that support or otherwise help verify observations from SMD Earth system science missions; determination of atomic and composition parameters needed to analyze space data, as well as returned samples from the Earth or space; Earth surface observations and field campaigns that support SMD science missions; development of integrated Earth system models; development of systems for applying Earth science research data to societal needs; and development of applied information systems applicable to SMD objectives and data.
  • Funding: Awards range from under $100K per year for focused, limited efforts (e.g., data analysis) to more than $1M per year for extensive activities (e.g., development of science experiment hardware).
  • Web: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={AEF75D0F-2272-7DE7-D52A-295B47C8F5CF}&path=open
  • Deadline: April 30, 2012

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Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Youth Literacy Grants

  • Dollar General Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grant funding is provided to assist in the following areas:

    • Implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs
    • Purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives
    • Purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs
  • Funding: Multiple grants of up to $4,000.
  • Web: www2.dollargeneral.com/dgliteracy/Pages/youth_grants.aspx
  • Deadline: May 16, 2012

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Harry S. Truman Library Institute

Research Grants

  • The Harry S. Truman Library Institute for National and International Affairs is the private, non-profit partner of the Harry S. Truman Library. The Institute's purpose is to foster the Truman Library as a center for research and as a provider of educational and public programs. Applications for funding will be considered by the Institute's Committee on Research, Scholarship and Academic Relations
  • Funding: Grants up to $2500 are awarded
  • Web: http://www.trumanlibrary.org/grants/
  • Deadline: October 1, 2012

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Environmental Protection Agency

Centers for Material Life Cycle Safety

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications for an interdisciplinary center focused on the application of a life cycle perspective towards the development of materials. The aim of the center will be to develop methodologies and practices for materials design which applies a holistic perspective. This holistic approach to design, which considers all the stages of a material's life cycle, provides an opportunity to produce materials which minimize, and preferably eliminate, any associated potential environmental and human health impacts that may occur during the life cycle.
  • Funding: Approximately $10 million total for 2 awards. Up to a total of $5 million, including direct and indirect costs, with a maximum duration of 4 years. Cost-sharing is not required. Proposals with budgets exceeding the total award limits will not be considered.
  • Web: http://epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2012/2012_star_lifecycle.html
  • Deadline: April 25, 2012

Centers for Sustainable Molecular Design

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications for an interdisciplinary center focusing on the sustainable molecular design of chemicals. The aim of the center will be to develop a set of parameters and strategies that will establish design criteria regarding the properties of chemicals that will lead to the development of intrinsically less hazardous substances when compared to those currently used in society. These newly acquired criteria and design principles will direct researchers towards the generation of novel chemicals that will minimize, and preferably eliminate, associated potential environmental and human health impacts that may occur during the life cycle of that chemical. The advent of these novel chemicals and their respective discovery of correlations between a chemical's inherent properties and their adverse impacts require the development of improved methods for the design of next generation chemicals.
  • Funding: Approximately $10 million total for 2 awards. Up to a total of $5 million, including direct and indirect costs, with a maximum duration of 4 years. Cost-sharing is not required. Proposals with budgets exceeding the total award limits will not be considered.
  • Web: http://epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2012/2012_star_molecular_design.html
  • Deadline: April 25, 2012

 

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American Nurses Foundation

Nursing Research Grants Program

  • The ANF Nursing Research Grants Program was founded 56 years ago to encourage the research career development of nurses. This program continues to grow with contributions for nursing research, from organizations and individuals. These donations support scientific research for advancing the practice of nursing, promoting health and preventing disease.
    Each year, through our Nursing Research Grants program, ANF provides funds to beginner and experienced nurse researchers to conduct studies that contribute toward the advancement of nursing science and the enhancement of patient care. Awards are given in all areas of nursing, including healthy patient outcomes, health care policy development, critical care, gerontology, women’s health, community and family intervention.
  • Funding: Awards for 2010 ranged from $3,500 to $28,000
  • Web: http://www.anfonline.org/MainCategory/NursingResearchGrant.aspx
  • Deadline: May 1, 2012

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

 

Preservation Assistance Grants

  • Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials.
  • Funding: Grants of up to $6,000 will be awarded. All grants are awarded for a period of eighteen months, although a grantee may complete a project in a shorter period of time. Cost sharing is not required in this program. If eligible expenses are more than $6,000, an applicant may cover the difference and show this as cost sharing in the project’s budget.
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/pag.html
  • Deadline: May 1, 2012

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W.M. Keck Foundation

Science and Engineering and Medical Research, Undergraduate Education Program

  • The W. M. Keck Foundation was founded with the goal of generating far-reaching benefits for humanity. Following the ideals of our founder, the Foundation supports outstanding science, engineering and medical research, undergraduate education; and, in Southern California, arts and culture, education, health and community service projects that will have a significant impact in addressing complex issues and problems. The Foundation strives to fund endeavors that are distinctive and novel in their approach. It encourages projects that are high-risk with the potential for transformative impact. "High-risk" comprises a number of factors, including questions that push the edge of the field, present unconventional approaches to intractable problems, or challenge the prevailing paradigm. To make grant determinations, the Foundation relies upon a wide range of input, including assessments by its professional staff, site visits (where appropriate), peer reviews, the latest available scientific information in print, and presentations by experts in scientific, medical and health and human service fields.
  • Funding: The average size and duration of grants varies by project and program area. Research grants range from $500,000 to $5 million, and are typically $2 million or less. Undergraduate Education grants range from $200,000 to $1 million, but are typically under $500,000. Southern California grants range from $100,000 to $1 million, but typically are under $500,000. Duration of grants ranges from one to five years. In 2012, Research grants will continue to be capped at $1 million and Undergraduate Education grants at $250,000.
  • Web: http://www.wmkeck.org/grant-programs/grant-programs.html
  • Deadline: May 1, 2012; November 1, 2012

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National Institute of Standards and Technology

Precision Measurement Grants

  • Since 1970, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded Precision Measurement Grants to faculty members of U.S. universities or colleges for significant research in the field of fundamental measurement or the determination of fundamental constants. NIST sponsors these grants to encourage basic, measurement related research in universities and colleges and other research laboratories and to foster contacts between NIST scientists and those faculty members of academic institutions and other researchers who are actively engaged in such work. The Precision Measurement Grants are also intended to make it possible for researchers to pursue new ideas in areas where other sources of support may be difficult to find.
  • Funding: NIST plans that a total of $100,000 may be made available in FY 2012 to award two multiyear awards to eligible proposers for the first year. New awards are expected to be $150,000 each with project performance periods of up to three years. Therefore, proposers may propose multi-year projects for up to three years at no more than $50,000 per year.
  • Web: http://www.nist.gov/pml/div684/fcdc/pmg.cfm
  • Deadline: May 3, 2012

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American Astronomical Society

Small Research Grants

  • To cover costs associated with any type of astronomical research. The Small Research Grant (SmRG) Program is administered by the AAS Executive Office. The program is funded by a grant from NASA and is thus intended mainly to support investigators in the U.S. working on NASA-relevant projects. A small amount of additional funding may be provided by income from the AAS operating-reserve fund to support particularly meritorious proposals from outside the U.S. and/or not strictly relevant to current or future NASA missions. The amount of money available during any proposal cycle depends on the sources of support available to the Society at that time.
  • Funding: Awards range from $500 to a maximum of $7,000.
  • Web: http://aas.org/grants/smrg.php
  • Deadline: May 7, 2012

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United States Department of Defense

Development of Quantum Computing Algorithms

  • The ARO together with the National Security Agency is soliciting proposals to develop new quantum computing algorithms for hard computational problems, develop insights into the power of quantum computation, and consider issues of quantum complexity and computability. Proposals for research in quantum algorithms should primarily be to devise novel quantum algorithms for solving mathematically and computationally hard problems from such diverse fields as algebra, number theory, geometry, analysis, optimization, graph theory, differential equations, combinatorics, topology, logic, and simulation. Quantum algorithms that are developed should focus on constructive solutions for specific tasks and on general methodologies for expressing and analyzing algorithms tailored to specific problems. Complexity analysis such as upper and lower bounds on algorithms, including developing new methodologies for deriving such bounds, is encouraged. Analysis of the robustness of an algorithm against uncertainty (e.g. small perturbations in the problem's defining parameters or input states) is also encouraged.
    Investigators should presuppose the existence of a fully functional quantum computer and consider what algorithmic tasks are particularly well suited to such a machine. A necessary component of this research will be to compare the efficiency of the quantum algorithm to the best existing classical algorithm for the same problem. Although quantum algorithm proposals may consider general architectural constraints (e.g. nearest neighbor only gates) for implementing algorithms, they should otherwise concentrate on developing the algorithm. Quantum algorithm proposals may consider computational models other than the circuit model (e.g. the adiabatic model), however proposals should assiduously avoid tying algorithms to specific physical models. To characterize the efficiency of candidate quantum algorithms, metrics must be developed to quantify the performance of quantum algorithms relative to their classical analogues. The problems to which they are being applied must have well-defined inputs, and well-defined outputs, along with a well-defined statement of what exactly is being computed. A full accounting of all computational resources must be made; typical units include numbers of qubits, numbers of quantum gates, runtime of the algorithm, amount of memory being used, amounts of classical pre-computation and post-computation, and probability of success. Worst-case analyses of the algorithms are preferable to average case analyses, but if average case analysis is to be used in an efficiency measure, the distribution of all cases must be made explicit as well as the placement of average cases within this distribution. In addition, proposals that study the algorithmic limitations of fully functional quantum computers will be considered as long as similar performance metrics are specified and quantified.
  • Funding: $5,000,000. Multiple, one to three year awards are anticipated. The maximum total of any award is 5 years. Most proposals will request less than $200,000 per year. Larger proposals that combine the efforts of multiple investigators from multiple institutions will be considered if a strong and compelling case is made for such a combined effort, rather than multiple smaller efforts. Larger proposals will request less than $1 million per year.
  • Web: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=146413
  • Deadline: May 8, 2012

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Challenge America Fast-Track, FY 2013

  • The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.This category encourages and supports the following two outcomes:
    • Engagement: Engaging the public with diverse and excellent art.
    • Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts.
    You will be asked to select the outcome that is most relevant to your project (you also will be able to select a secondary outcome). When making selections, you should identify the outcome(s) that reflect the results expected to be achieved by your project. If you receive a grant, you also will be asked to provide evidence of those results.
  • Funding: These grants are for a fixed amount of $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 match. The grants receive an expedited application review. Organizations are notified whether they have been recommended for a grant approximately six months after they apply; projects may start shortly thereafter. The Arts Endowment's support of a project may start on or after January 1, 2013.
  • Web: http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/GAP13/Challenge.html
  • Deadline: May 24, 2012

Art Works, FY 2013

  • Applicants will be asked to select the outcome that is most relevant to their projects (they also will be able to select a secondary outcome). When making selections, applicants should identify the outcomes that reflect the results expected to be achieved by their project. If a grant is received, grantees also will be asked to provide evidence of those results. Art Works encourages and supports the following four outcomes:
    1. Creation: The creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence. Support is available for projects to create art that meets the highest standards of excellence across a diverse spectrum of artistic disciplines and geographic locations. Through the creation of art, these projects are intended to replenish and rejuvenate America's enduring cultural legacy.
  • 2. Engagement: Public engagement with diverse and excellent art. Support is available for projects that provide public engagement with artistic excellence across a diverse spectrum of artistic disciplines and geographic locations. These projects should engage the public directly with the arts, providing Americans with new opportunities to have profound and meaningful arts experiences.
  • 3. Learning: Lifelong learning in the arts. Americans of all ages acquire knowledge or skills in the arts. Support is available for projects that provide Americans of all ages with arts learning opportunities across a diverse spectrum of artistic disciplines and geographic locations. These projects should focus on the acquisition of knowledge or skills in the arts, thereby building public capacity for lifelong participation in the arts.
    4. Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts. Support is available for projects that incorporate the arts and design into strategies to improve the livability of communities. Livability consists of a variety of factors that contribute to the quality of life in a community such as ample opportunities for social, civic, and cultural participation; education, employment, and safety; sustainability; affordable housing, ease of transportation, and access to public buildings and facilities; and an aesthetically pleasing environment. The arts can enhance livability by providing new avenues for expression and creativity.
  • Funding: Grants range from $10,000 to $100,000. There is a cost-sharing or matching requirement.
  • Web: http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/GAP13/ArtsEdAW.html
  • Deadline: August 9, 2012 (Applications for school-based projects)

 

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Department of Energy

CONNECT

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National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust Preservation Fund

  • Grants from National Trust Preservation Funds (NTPF) are intended to encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects. These grants help stimulate public discussion, enable local groups to gain the technical expertise needed for particular projects, introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, and encourage financial participation by the private sector. The National Trust is particularly interested in projects that relate to the preservation priorities listed below. If your project relates to any of these issues, please explain the connection in your narrative.
    Building sustainable communities: Does your project demonstrate that historic preservation supports economic, environmental and cultural sustainability in communities?
    Reimagining historic sites: Does your project use innovative, replicable strategies that create new models for historic site interpretation and stewardship?
    Promoting diversity and place: Does your project broaden the cultural diversity of historic preservation?
    Protecting historic places on public lands A small grant at the right time can go a long way and is often the catalyst that inspires a community to take action on a preservation project.
  • Funding: Grants generally start at $2,500 and range up to $5,000. (Please note: larger grants may be available.) The selection process is very competitive. Applicants are encouraged to develop proposals carefully and to complete the application form with assistance and guidance from the National Trust.
  • Web: http://www.preservationnation.org/resources/find-funding/foundant-documents/preservation-funds-guidelines-eligibility.html
  • Deadline: June 1, 2012; October 1, 2012; February 1, 2013

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United Engineering Foundation

Grants

  • The United Engineering Foundation advances the engineering arts and sciences for the welfare of humanity. It supports engineering and education by, among other means, making grants. Grants should be consistent with advancing engineering. The UEF Board of Trustees evaluates and judges proposals in view of the UEF mission, the perceived ability of the proposal and proposer(s) to further that mission, and the available funding. Certain UEF preferences should be understood by proposers:
    • Broad-based, interdisciplinary proposals that further the engineering profession as a whole are preferred.
    • Multiple-year proposals are welcome, but funding is awarded for a single year only. Proposals for subsequent years follow procedures identical to that of single-year proposals. No commitment for funding of subsequent years of a multiple-year project should be inferred from funding of a prior year.
    • Projects that are outside "business as usual" of the proposing organization are preferred.
    • Technical research proposals and proposals by individuals are seldom accepted.
  • Funding: It is anticipated that total funding available for 2013 will be in the $700,000 to $750,000 range.
  • Web: http://www.uefoundation.org/grants.html
  • Deadline: June 1, 2012 (concept papers); August 1, 2012 (invited formal proposals)

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Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation

Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences

  • The Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences provides funding for innovative projects in any area consistent with the Foundation's broad objective to advance the chemical sciences.
    The Foundation encourages proposals that are judged likely to significantly advance the chemical sciences. Examples of areas of interest include (but are not limited to): the increase in public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the chemical sciences; innovative approaches to chemistry education at all levels (K-12, undergraduate, and graduate); and efforts to make chemistry careers more attractive. Research proposals are not customarily considered.
    Aspects of proposals that are important are:
    • broad applicability beyond the submitting institution
    • specific and detailed descriptions of the chemistry associated with the proposal
    • uniqueness of the project Favorable consideration also is given to:
    • a plan for sustaining this project, if relevant
    • significant institutional support or other sources of funding
    • evidence of expertise of the PIs and/or identified consultants
    • plans to assess effectiveness, including over the longer term
  • Funding: The amount of support requested is determined by the applicant. Recent awards have ranged from about $11,000 to $100,000.
  • Web: http://www.dreyfus.org/awards/special_grant_program_chemical.shtml
  • Deadline: June 4, 2012 (Initial inquiry); August 27, 2012 (Proposal Deadline)

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Virginia Environmental Endowment

Virginia Mini-Grant Program

  • One of the most successful and popular of VEE's grantmaking programs is the Virginia Mini-Grant Program, which has enabled thousands of citizens to become actively involved in solving environmental problems in their own hometowns. With grants of $5,000 or less, schools have initiated environmental science courses and outdoor classroom projects, volunteers have monitored water quality in dozens of local streams and rivers, and communities have developed innovative strategies to ensure environmental quality is improved in their community.
  • Funding: VEE's Virginia Mini-Grant awards range from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $5,000 for projects up to one year in duration. Matching funds from other sources are usually required. Although cash matches are preferred, in-kind and volunteer services will be considered when detailed in the grant proposal and budget.
  • Web: http://www.vee.org/mini.cfm
  • Deadline: June 15, 2012; December 1, 2012

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The Mockingbird Foundation

Grants

  • The Mockingbird Foundation provides support for:
    Projects that encourage and foster creative expression in any musical form (including composition, instrumentation, vocalization, or improvisation), but also recognizes broader and more basic needs within conventional instruction;
    Music education, which may include the provision of instruments, texts, and office materials, and the support of learning space, practice space, performance space, and instructors/instruction; and
    Programs which benefit disenfranchised groups, including those with low skill levels, income, or education; with disabilities or terminal illnesses; and in foster homes, shelters, hospitals, prisons, or other remote or isolated situations.
  • Funding: Grants range from $100 to $5,000.
  • Web: http://mbird.org/funding/inquiries/
  • Deadline: August 1, 2012 for letters of inquiry.

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Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Defense Sciences Research and Technology

  • The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) pursues and exploits fundamental science and innovation for national defense and has released a broad agency announcement (BAA) soliciting abstracts and full proposals for advanced research and development in a variety of enabling technical areas.
  • Funding:Multiple awards are expected and will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds.
  • Web:http://www.darpa.mil/Opportunities/Solicitations/DSO_Solicitations.aspx
  • Deadline: August 9, 2012

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Rockwell Collins

Community Involvement: Charitable Giving

  • Rockwell Collins makes charitable contributions to a variety of nonprofit organizations in the United States and around the world.
  • Through our Rockwell Collins Charitable Corporation, we make grants available for programs and initiatives. Our giving priorities include education with an emphasis in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and arts and culture with an emphasis in youth development. We believe that by strengthening the quality of education and providing opportunities for youth involvement and leadership, we are helping students prepare for the future.
    The Rockwell Collins Community Partnership Fund supports fundraising events and sponsorship opportunities. We limit support to organizations and activities in the communities where our employees live and work.
  • Funding: In 2009, the company awarded more than $4.8 million in charitable grants.
  • Web: http://www.rockwellcollins.com/Our_Company/Corporate_Responsibility/Community_Overview/Charitable_Giving.aspx
  • Deadline: September 1, 2012

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U.S. Department of the Interior

Youth Environmental Education Opportunities

  • The objective of this funding opportunity is to provide youth the opportunity to connect with the natural world by participating in hands-on environmental educational experiences through outdoor programs and field classrooms to youth and families, working in conjunction with a variety of schools and other youth-focused nonprofit organizations. These experiences will provide academic, experiential, and environmental education opportunities in order for youth and families to gain a better understanding and appreciation of natural resource management objectives and stewardship of the land.
  • Funding: $30,000 in funding is available for five to 10 cooperative agreements ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 for projects up to five years.
  • Web: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=g8X7Tm9J2r8qhGhQld1gTNBJWnJp0C9JKBlyQDL1vBlyjtx9kX1t!65310457?oppId=118213&mode=VIEW
  • Deadline: September 14, 2012

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    U.S. Department of Defense

    National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Academic Research Program

    • The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is releasing this solicitation for its sponsored academic research program. This publication constitutes a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) as contemplated in Department of Defense (DoD) Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARs) 22.315(a). Awards will take the form of grants. However, other instruments may be considered as appropriate based on the proposals.
    • Funding: Estimated Total Program Funding $4,800,000
    • Web: http://www07.grants.gov/search/synopsis.do;jsessionid=yX2FPsLYkMXJpp5vZgYLQ6dpBdkMFQJprFhpLffd9J9HMpQzGKyc!488296553
    • Deadline: September 30, 2013

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    Amgen Foundation

    Grants

    • The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance science education, improve quality care and access for patients, and support resources that create sound communities where Amgen staff members lice and work. The Amgen Foundation carefully considers each grant application it receives, seeking out divers organizations whose philosophies, objectives and approaches align with the Foundation goals and mission.
    • Funding: Amgen Foundation grants range from $10,000 to multi-million dollar commitments.
    • Web: http://www.amgen.com/citizenship/apply_for_grant.html
    • Deadline: Continuous for LOI

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    BMW Group in North America

    Grants

    • The Foundation's grants support initiatives to conserve/preserve natural resources, in particular parklands and waterways; initiatives to research/ promote the use of alternative fuels; and environmental education for K-12 students.
    • Funding: Funding varies by request.
    • Web: http://www.bmwgroupna.com/07_Philanth.htm
    • Deadline: Continuous

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    Compton Foundation

    Grant Program

    • In 2012 the Foundation will keep its guidelines broad, casting a wide net and seeking new partners, as well as deepening its engagement with a subset of existing partners, to learn how people in the field might enhance the Foundation's understanding of transformative leadership and courageous storytelling and their relationship to mobilizing collective imagination and action. While the Foundation will look across the spectrum of progressive issue areas, it has a particular interest in work happening within and between the Foundation's traditional areas of work-peace, environment, and reproductive health and rights. Within those fields, the Foundation sees particular momentum in the areas of sustainable food systems, money in politics, reproductive justice, and climate/energy solutions. The Foundation is also interested in exploring the fields of women in peace building and alternative economics.
    • Web: http://www.comptonfoundation.org/
    • Deadline: Anytime

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    Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

    Humanities Program

    • The Foundation intends to further the humanities along a broad front, supporting projects which address the concerns of the historical studia humanitatis: a humanistic education rooted in the great traditions of the past; the formation of human beings according to cultural, moral, and aesthetic ideals derived from that past; and the ongoing debate over how these ideals may best be conceived and realized. Programs in the following areas are eligible: history; archaeology; literature; languages, both classical and modern; philosophy; ethics; comparative religion; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; and those aspects of the social sciences which share the content and methods of humanistic disciplines. The Foundation welcomes projects that cross the boundaries between humanistic disciplines and explore the connection between the humanities and other areas of scholarship. The Humanities Program is primarily directed to institutions of higher education and humanistic enterprises such as learned societies, museums, and major editorial projects. The program may also consider, on a selective basis, projects that increase the exposure of those outside these institutions to the humanistic experience or that strengthen preparation for the humanistic disciplines in secondary education. The prime criterion remains that of Gladys and Jean Delmas: a commitment to excellence, whether proven or promised.
    • Funding: In 2008, grants were made ranging from about $5,000 to $135,000.
    • Web: http://www.delmas.org/programs/humanities.html
    • Deadline: Anytime, letter of inquiry

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    RGK Foundation

    Grants

    • The RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of Education, Community, and Medicine and Health. The foundation's primary interests within the Education area include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science, and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education.
    • Funding: The average grant amount is $25,000. Multi-year grants are rare; most grants are awarded for a one-year period.
    • Web:http://www.rgkfoundation.org/public/guidelines
    • Deadline: Continuous

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    Spencer Foundation

    Research Grants

    • The Foundation's research grants are organized under four areas of inquiry that identify broad topics believed to have fundamental and abiding importance for educational improvement: (1) The Relation Between Education and Social Opportunity; (2) Organizational Learning in Schools, School Systems, and Higher Education Systems; (3) Teaching, Learning, and Instructional Resources; and (4) Purposes and Values of Education. The Foundation also welcomes proposals that do not fit one of the four areas listed through its Field-Initiated Proposal program.
    • Eligibility: Principal Investigators (PIs) applying for a Research Grant must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. PIs must be affiliated with a college, university, research facility, school district, or cultural institution that is willing to serve as the fiscal agent if the grant is awarded. Research Grant proposals from individuals are not eligible.
    • Funding: Research grants are made up to $500,000.
    • Web: http://www.spencer.org/content.cfm/how-to-apply
    • Deadline: Continuous

     

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    Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

    Discretionary Grants

    • VFH funds public humanities programs in Virginia that are shaped by and significantly involve humanities scholars and/or other community experts. The grant program encourages projects that increase public understanding of important issues and enrich the cultural life of the state, such as:
      • Exhibits
      • Lectures or lecture series
      • Community forums and public discussions, including book or film discussion programs
      • Festivals
      • Conferences and symposia
      • Media programs: films, script development, videos, television, radio, and digital media projects
      • Publications: brochures, posters, pamphlets, maps, books, journals, and catalogs
      • Research leading to programs that have a direct public audience
      • Institutes for teachers
      • Community history projects, including oral histories
    • While the grant program is designed to remain as open as possible to new ideas and initiatives, VFH funding priorities are:
      • Books, reading, and literacy
      • Rights and responsibilities
      • Media and culture
      • Violence and community
      • Science, technology, and society
      • Virginia history
      Other specific areas of long-term interest and commitment for the VFH and its grant programs include:
      • Teacher education programs (especially those related to Virginia's Standards of Learning)
      • African American history and culture
      • Virginia Indian history and culture(s)
      • Cultures and communities in Virginia
      • Virginia's folklife and traditional culture(s)
      • Local and regional history

     

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    Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

    International Symposia

    • Since the 1950's the Foundation has convened more than 130 symposia on topics of broad interest to anthropology. These symposia involve a small group of invited scholars who meet for intensive discussion and debate. The Symposia are based on a format that was developed and refined at Burg Wartenstein, the Foundation's European conference center from 1958 to 1980. Today's meetings continue the Burg Wartenstein model and are held at a variety of sites in the U.S. and abroad. Symposia topics are either initiated by the Foundation or selected from submitted proposals on the basis of the importance and timeliness of the topic, the promise of meaningful exchange among scholars representing diverse perspectives and fields, and the potential for opening up new approaches to significant problems. Symposia are administered and fully supported (both financially and logistically) by the Foundation. Wenner-Gren International Symposia have resulted in a number of landmark volumes, including "Man's Role in Changing the Face of the Earth" (1956); "Background to Evolution in Africa" (1967); "Cloth and Human Experience" (1989); and "Tools, Language, and Cognition in Human Evolution" (1993). Between 2002 and 2010, twelve symposia were published in The Wenner-Gren International Symposium Series (Berg Publishers). From 2010 onward, symposia publications will appear as supplementary issues of Current Anthropology. Academic publication is changing rapidly and the Foundation believes that Wenner-Gren symposia publications will reach a wider audience and have a greater impact in journal format.
    • Web: http://www.wennergren.org/programs/international-symposia
    • Deadline: Anytime

     

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    W. K. Kellogg Foundation

    Grants

    • The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society
    • Eligibility:Nonprofit Organizations
    • Funding:In 2010, the foundation awarded more than $266 million in charitable grants.
    • Web: http://www.wkkf.org/what-we-support/educated-kids.aspx
    • Deadline: Continuous

       

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