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National Science Foundation

Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Institutes of Health

Kress Foundation

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

National Research Council

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

National Endowment for the Arts

U.S. Geological Survey

Department of Energy

Environmental Protection Agency

Witter Bynner Foundation For Poetry

East-West Center

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Department of Health and Human Services

Russell Sage Foundation

Virginia Environmental Endowment

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

U.S. Department of the Interior

Amgen Foundation

BMW Group in North America

RGK Foundation

Spencer Foundation

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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Funding Opportunities

National Science Foundation


Cyberlearning: Transforming Education

  • Through the Cyberlearning: Transforming Education program, NSF seeks to integrate advances in technology with advances in what is known about how people learn to

    • better understand how people learn with technology and how technology can be used productively to help people learn, through individual use and/or through collaborations mediated by technology;
    • better use technology for collecting, analyzing, sharing, and managing data to shed light on learning, promoting learning, and designing learning environments; and
    • design new technologies for these purposes, and advance understanding of how to use those technologies and integrate them into learning environments so that their potential is fulfilled.
  • Funding: 28 to 49 awards will be made, contingent on the availability of funds.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503581
  • Deadline: February 15, 2012



Division of Environmental Biology (core programs) (DEB)

  • The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) supports fundamental research on populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Scientific emphases range across many evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes at all spatial and temporal scales. Areas of research include biodiversity, phylogenetic systematics, molecular evolution, life history evolution, natural selection, ecology, biogeography, ecosystem structure, function and services, conservation biology, global change, and biogeochemical cycles. Research on organismal origins, functions, relationships, interactions, and evolutionary history may incorporate field, laboratory, or collection-based approaches; observational or manipulative experiments; synthesis activities; as well as theoretical approaches involving analytical, statistical, or computational modeling.
  • Funding: Estimated number of awards is 200 each year pending availability of funds. Anticipated funding is $72,000,000 for new awards each year. Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11573/nsf11573.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click
  • Deadline: Preliminary proposal due (required): January 09, 2012; Full proposal (by invitation only): August 02, 2012

 

Informal Science Education (ISE)

  • The ISE program supports innovation in anywhere, anytime, lifelong learning, through investments in research, development, infrastructure, and capacity-building for STEM learning outside formal school settings.
  • Funding: $28,000,000 in FY 2012 for new awards, pending availability of funds.
  • Web:http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11546/nsf11546.htm
  • Deadline: January 11, 2012

 

Geoinformatics

  • The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) will consider proposals for the development of cyberinfrastructure for the geosciences (Geoinformatics). EAR seeks the development and implementation of enabling information technology with impacts that extend beyond an individual investigator or small group of investigators and that facilitates the next generation of geosciences research. Proposals to this solicitation may seek support for community-driven development and implementation of databases; tools for data integration, interoperability, and visualization; software development and code hardening; and data-intensive/new computing methodologies that support the enhancement of geosciences research and education activities. Collaboration with computational scientists and the development of public/private partnerships are strongly encouraged.
  • Funding: Grants range from $35,000 to $1.7million
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11581/nsf11581.htm
  • Deadline: January 13, 2012

 

Division of Integrative Organismal Systems

  • The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) supports research aimed at understanding why organisms are structured the way they are and function as they do. Proposals should focus on organisms as a fundamental unit of biological organization. PIs are encouraged to apply systems approaches that will lead to conceptual and theoretical insights and predictions about emergent organismal properties. ;Areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, developmental biology and the evolution of developmental processes, nervous system development, structure, and function, physiological processes, functional morphology, symbioses, interactions of organisms with biotic and abiotic environments, and animal behavior.
  • Funding: Up to 200 awards per year, pending availability of funds; $55,000,000 for new awards each year.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11572/nsf11572.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click
  • Deadline: Preliminary proposal due (required):January 12, 2012; Full proposal (by invitation only): August 02, 2012

 

Environmental Engineering

  • The Environmental Engineering program supports fundamental research and educational activities across the broad field of environmental engineering. The goal of this program is to encourage transformative research which applies scientific principles to minimize solid, liquid, and gaseous discharges into land, inland and coastal waters, and air that result from human activity, and to evaluate adverse impacts of these discharges on human health and environmental quality. The program fosters cutting-edge scientific research based on fundamental science for identifying, evaluating, and developing new methods and technologies for assessing the waste assimilative capacity of the natural environment and for removing or reducing conventional and emerging contaminants from polluted air, water, and soils. The program fosters environmental sustainability through pollution control and resource management/conservation, and development of techniques to minimize or avoid generating pollution.
  • Funding:The duration of unsolicited awards is generally one to three years. The average annual award size for the program is $110,000. Proposals requesting a substantially higher amount than this, without prior consultation with the Program Director, may be returned without review.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=501029
  • Deadline:Full Proposal Window: January 15, 2012 - February 17, 2012

 

Environmental Sustainability

  • The Environmental Sustainability program supports engineering research with the goal of promoting sustainable engineered systems that support human well-being and that are also compatible with sustaining natural (environmental) systems. These systems provide ecological services vital for human survival.  The long-term viability of natural capital is critical for many areas of human endeavor. Research in Environmental Sustainability typically considers long time horizons and may incorporate contributions from the social sciences and ethics.
  • Funding:The duration of unsolicited awards is generally one to three years. The average annual award size for the program is $100,000. Proposals requesting a substantially higher amount than this, without prior consultation with the Program Director, may be returned without review.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=501027
  • Deadline:Full Proposal Window: January 15, 2012 - February 17, 2012

 

Science, Engineering in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

  • The CDS&E-MSS program accepts proposals that confront and embrace the host of mathematical and statistical challenges presented to the
    scientific and engineering communities by the ever-expanding role of computational modeling and simulation on the one hand, and the explosion
    in production of digital and observational data on the other. The goal of the program is to promote the creation and development of the next
    generation of mathematical and statistical theories and tools that will be essential for addressing such issues. To this end, the program will
    support fundamental research in mathematics and statistics whose primary emphasis will be on meeting the aforementioned computational and
    data-related challenges.
  • Funding: Grants range from $20,000 to $1 million.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504687
  • Deadline: January 23, 2012

 

Major Research Instrumentation Program

  • The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, museums, science centers, and not-for-profit organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by providing shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use are encouraged, as are development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at academic institutions.
  • Funding:Proposals submitted in response to this program solicitation will be competing for about $90 million, pending availability of funds and quality of proposals. Up to $35 million of these funds will be available to support proposals requesting $1-$4 million from NSF, pending overall proposal pressure and quality.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11503/nsf11503.htm
  • Deadline: January 26, 2012
  • Limited Submission Internal Deadline: December 15, 2011 (See the News page for more information)

 

Methodology, Measurement, & Statistics Program

  • The Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (MMS) Program is an interdisciplinary program in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences that supports the development of innovative analytical and statistical methods and models for those sciences. MMS seeks proposals that are methodologically innovative, grounded in theory, and have potential utility for multiple fields within the social and behavioral sciences. As part of its larger portfolio, the MMS Program partners with a consortium of federal statistical agencies to support research proposals that further the development of new and innovative approaches to surveys and to the analysis of survey data.
  • Funding: $3,700,000 (Approximately $3.7 million will be awarded annually, contingent upon the availability of funds. Additional funds may be available from participating federal statistical agencies for competitive survey and statistical methodology proposals.)
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12510/nsf12510.htm
  • Deadline: January 30, 2012

Sustainable Energy Pathways (SEP)

  • Sustainable Energy Pathways is part of the NSF-wide initiative on Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES). The Sustainable Energy Pathways solicitation calls for innovative, interdisciplinary basic research in science, engineering, and education by teams of researchers for developing systems approaches to sustainable energy pathways based on a comprehensive understanding of the scientific, technical, environmental, economic, and societal issues.
  • Funding: About $34M is expected for the FY2012 competition, pending availability of funds. The award size is expected to be up to $500,000/year for up to four years per proposal. Innovative proposals of a more limited scope that still meet the SEP fundamental considerations, but requiring a lesser level of investment, are also encouraged.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11590/nsf11590.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click
  • Deadline: February 1, 2012

 

Science of Learning Centers (SLC)

  • The Science of Learning Centers program (SLC) offers awards for large-scale, long-term Centers that create the intellectual, organizational and physical infrastructure needed for the long-term advancement of Science of Learning research. It supports research that harnesses and integrates knowledge across multiple disciplines to create a common groundwork of conceptualization, experimentation and explanation that anchor new lines of thinking and inquiry towards a deeper understanding of learning. The goals of the Science of Learning Centers Program are to advance the frontiers of all the sciences of learning through integrated research; to connect the research to specific scientific, technological, educational, and workforce challenges; to enable research communities to capitalize on new opportunities and discoveries; and to respond to new challenges.
  • Funding:There are currently no SLC Centers or Catalyst competitions. However, the Science of Learning Centers Program is currently accepting proposals for Workshops, Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), Rapid Response Grants (RAPID), and Supplements to NSF awards (including those funded by other programs).
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5567
  • Deadline: February 6, 2012

Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)

  • The NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program is an umbrella for two complementary subprograms: one of which involves an earlier stage that focuses on building innovation capacity and the other involves a later stage that focuses on the acceleration of innovative research.  The former emphasizes the transformation of knowledge to market-accepted innovations created by the research and education enterprise, while the latter emphasizes the translation of research to commercialization by NSF-funded research alliances.   A research alliance is defined as a research partnership formed for mutual benefit, and funded by NSF, between/amongst universities and other entities.  In the final analysis, both programs, while focusing on different stages are concerned with the movement of academic research into the marketplace.
  • Anticipated Funding Amount:Anticipated Funding Amount is subject to the availability of funds and the quality of proposals received.
    • Awards for BIC may be up to $600,000 with an award duration of two years
    • Awards for AIR may be up to $800,000 with an award duration of up to two years
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12511/nsf12511.htm
  • LOI Deadline: January 4, 2012; Proposal Deadline: March 1, 2012

Ethics Education In Science and Engineering (EESE)

  • The Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE) program funds research and educational projects that improve ethics education in all fields of science and engineering that NSF supports, with priority consideration given to interdisciplinary, inter-institutional, and international contexts. Although the primary focus is on improving ethics education for graduate students in NSF-funded fields, the proposed programs may benefit advanced undergraduates as well.
  • Funding: Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds. The maximum award amount is $300,000. Collaborative proposals for the purpose of disseminating best practices in graduate ethics education will be eligible for a maximum award amount of $400,000 (for example, projects that include partnerships between universities and scientific or engineering societies to distribute curriculum and/or research findings). Anticipated funding amount is $3 million for an estimated 6 to 10 Standard Grants. The maximum award duration is 36 months.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11514/nsf11514.htm
  • Deadline: March 1, 2012

Transforming STEM Learning (TSL)

  • TSL combines interests and resources of separate programs in the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL) to explore the opportunities and challenges implied by innovative visions of the future for STEM learning.  The TSL program invites interdisciplinary teams of STEM content specialists, experts in relevant technologies, STEM formal and informal education specialists, researchers with expertise in the learning sciences, and specialists in education research and evaluation methods to submit proposals for research projects that (1) Study efficacy of existing prototypes for innovations like virtual schools, special STEM schools, and educational programs that combine opportunities of formal and informal learning resources in their communities; or (2) Design and conduct exploratory development of new potentially transformative models for STEM learning environments.  The cross-cutting proposals will draw from work in the four primary DRL programs: Discovery Research K-12 (DR K-12), Informal Science Education (ISE), Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE), and Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST).  However, proposals submitted in response to this solicitation must have a scope that extends well beyond any of those programs individually.
  • Funding: $5,000,000  In FY 2011 and FY 2012, up to $5,000,000 will be allocated to funding projects under this solicitation, subject to availability of funds. Research projects may ask for up to $2,000,000 for project duration of up to 4 years; planning and pilot development projects may ask for up to $500,000 for project duration up to 2 years.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10602/nsf10602.htm
  • Deadline: March 9, 2012

 

Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21)

  • The Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21) program aims to build a computationally savvy 21st century workforce that positions the US to demonstrate a leadership role in the global economy. Innovations in computing and more broadly, information technology (IT), drive our economy, underlie many new advances in science and engineering, and contribute to our national security. Projected job growth in IT is very strong.
  • Funding:$25,000,000 (pending availability of funds dispersed between 20 to 30 awards)
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10619/nsf10619.htm
  • Deadline: February 28, 2012 (Planning proposals only); April 25, 2012 (Type 1 and Type II proposals only)

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Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation

Grants

  • 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.
  • Funding:The Foundation makes grants of various sizes. The average grant is approximately $22,000, however grants as small as $3,500 and as large as $150,000 have been made. Occasionally, multi-year grants are made for larger projects.
  • Web: http://www.kazanjian.org/grants/apply
  • Deadline: February 15, 2012

 

 

 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

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: Notice of Intent to propose: Present-February 8, 2012; Proposals Due: Now - April 30, 2012.

 

Astrophysics Research and Enabling Technology

  • The Astrophysics Research and Enabling Technology (APRET) program solicits basic research proposals for investigations relevant to NASA's programs in astronomy and astrophysics. This includes research over the entire range of photons, gravitational waves, and particles of cosmic origin. Awards may be for up to four years' duration (five years for suborbital investigations), but shorter-term proposals are typical. Proposals for suborbital investigations are particularly encouraged. The APRET program solicits proposals for developing experimental concepts and related technology for future NASA fundamental physics missions. The program seeks to support research that addresses the best possible (i) state-of-the-art detector technology development for instruments that may be proposed as candidate experiments for future space flight opportunities; (ii) science and technology investigations that can be carried out with instruments flown on suborbital sounding rockets, stratospheric balloons, or other platforms; and (iii) supporting technology, laboratory research, and, with restrictions, ground-based observations that are directly applicable to space astrophysics missions. To meet these goals, proposals are solicited in the following five broad categories: Detector Development, Suborbital Investigations, Supporting Technology, Laboratory Astrophysics, and Ground-Based Observations.
  • Funding:The approximate available funding for new selections for the Detector Development category is $3 million; the approximate number of new selections is 8. The approximate available funding for new selections for the Suborbital Investigations category is $11 million; the approximate number of new selections is 14. The approximate available funding for new selections for the Supporting Technology category is $1.8 million; the approximate number of new selections is 10. The approximate available funding for new selections for the Laboratory Astrophysics category is $1.2 million; the approximate number of new selections is 9. The approximate available funding for new selections for the Ground-Based Observations category is $0.1 million; the approximate number of new selections is 1. The deadline for submitting a letter of intent is January 27, 2012.
  • Web: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={35076738-28B6-924D-48DA-5ABC71D7F85F}&path=open
  • Deadline: Letter of Intent Due January 27, 2012; Proposal: March 23, 2012

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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. 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 range from $500 to $5,000. The selection process is very competitive. Applicants are encouraged to develop proposals carefully and to complete the application form with the assistance and guidance of the National Trust regional office serving their state. The review process is generally completed within six weeks of the application deadlines, and applicants are notified in writing once the review process is complete.
  • Web: http://www.preservationnation.org/resources/find-funding/grants/
  • Deadline: February 1, 2012

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National Institutes of Health

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

  • The AREA program will enable qualified scientists to receive support for small-scale research projects. These grants are intended to create a research opportunity for scientists and institutions otherwise unlikely to participate extensively in NIH programs to support the Nation's biomedical and behavioral research effort. It is anticipated that investigators supported under the AREA program will benefit from the opportunity to conduct independent research; that the grantee institution will benefit from a research environment strengthened through AREA grants and furthered by participation in the diverse extramural programs of the NIH; and that available students will benefit from exposure to and participation in scientific research in the biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences.The AREA program is a research grant program and not a training or fellowship program. Active involvement of undergraduate and graduate students in the proposed research is encouraged, and reviewers will consider whether the proposed project will expose undergraduate (preferably, if available) and graduate students to meritorious research. However, the application should not focus on training objectives and training plans should not be provided.
  • Funding: Applicants may request a maximum of $300,000 total direct costs plus applicable Facilities & Administrative (F&A)/indirect costs for the entire project period of up to three 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/funding/area.htm
  • Deadline: February 25, 2012

NIH Director's Transformative Research Awards - (R01)

  • The NIH Directors Transformative Research Awards complements NIHs traditional, investigator-initiated grant programs by supporting individual scientists or groups of scientists proposing groundbreaking, exceptionally innovative, original and/or unconventional research with the potential to create new scientific paradigms. Little or no preliminary data are expected. Projects must clearly demonstrate potential to produce a major impact in a broad area of biomedical or behavioral research.
  • Funding: NIH Common Fund intends to commit $25 million dollars in FY 2012 for this initiative. The number of awards depends on the size and scope of the most meritorious applications. Up to one-third of the budget for this FOA will be reserved for projects exceeding $1 million dollars in direct costs per year. Component Institutes and Centers of NIH may also fund particular applications based on programmatic interest and availability of funds..
  • Web: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=123773
  • Deadline: January 12, 2012

Shared Instrumentation Grant Program (S10)

  • The NCRR Shared Instrument Grant (SIG) program encourages applications from groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instrumentation or an integrated system that costs at least $100,000. The maximum award is $600,000. Types of instruments supported include confocal and electron microscopes, biomedical imagers, mass spectrometers, DNA sequencers, biosensors, cell-sorters, X-ray diffraction systems, and NMR spectrometers among others.
  • Funding: Applications will be accepted that request a single, commercially available instrument or integrated system which costs at least $100,000. There is no upper limit on the cost of the instrument, but the maximum award is $600,000. Since the cost of the various instruments will vary, it is anticipated that the size of the award also will vary. The total amount awarded and the number of awards will depend on the funds available for the SIG program.
  • Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-017.html
  • Deadline: March 21, 2012

 

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Kress Foundation

Responsive Grants Program

  • The Responsive Grants program is intended to allow the Foundation to support essential needs of the profession of art history that may not be explicitly addressed in the Foundation's other program areas. ELIGIBILITY: Grants are awarded to non-profit institutions with 501(c) 3 status, based in the United States, including supporting foundations of European institutions.
  • Funding: In 2009, one grant was made for $25,000
  • Web: http://www.kressfoundation.org/grants/default.aspx?id=152
  • Deadline: Continuous

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Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

 

Discretionary Grants

  • The grant programs offered by the VFH are open to proposals on a wide range of subjects. Six key areas of priority have been established by the VFH for its work in Virginia, and these are also subjects of particular interest for the Grant Program. They include:
    • Books, Reading, and Literacy
    • Rights and Responsibilities
    • Media and Culture
    • Violence and Community
    • Science, Technology, and Society
    • Virginia History
Other 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
    • Native American history and culture
    • The history and culture of other minority communities in Virginia
    • Virginia's folklife and traditional culture(s)
    • The future of rural Virginia

Proposals are submitted online and must address all proposal requirements. For Discretionary Grants, funding decisions are normally made within four weeks following receipt of the application.

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National Research Council

Research Associateship Programs (RAP)

  • The mission of the NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) is to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U.S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.
  • Funding: An NRC Research Associate receives a stipend from the National Research Council while carrying out his or her proposed research. Stipends for Associates are limited to the amounts set forth by the NRC and the sponsoring federal laboratory and any other arrangement, formal or informal, between an applicant and laboratory personnel for additional monies or other considerations is strictly prohibited. A group health-insurance program is required for Associates and is optional for dependents. A relocation reimbursement will be determined for each awardee.
  • Web: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/rap/
  • Deadline: February 1, 2012

 

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

 

 

National Endowment for the Arts

FY 2012 Literature Translation Fellowships

  • The Arts Endowments support of a project may begin any time between November 1, 2012, and November 1, 2013, and extend for up to two years. Through fellowships to published translators, the Arts Endowment supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English. We encourage translations of writers and of work which are not well represented in English translation. All proposed projects must be for creative translations of literary material into English. The work to be translated should be of interest for its literary excellence and value. Priority will be given to projects that involve work that has not previously been translated into English. Competition for fellowships is rigorous. Potential applicants should consider carefully whether their work will be competitive at the national level.
  • Funding: Grants are for $12,500 or $25,000. Award amounts are determined by the NEA.
  • Web: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=117374
  • Deadline: January 5, 2012

NEA Literature Fellowships: Poetry, FY2013

  • The Arts Endowment’s support of a project may begin any time between January 1, 2013, and January 1, 2014, and extend for up to two years. Grant Program Description: The NEA Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Applications are reviewed through an anonymous process in which the only criteria for review are artistic excellence and artistic merit. To review the applications, the NEA assembles a different advisory panel every year, each diverse with regard to geography, race and ethnicity, and artistic points of view. The NEA Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. For FY 2013, which is covered by these guidelines, fellowships in poetry are available. Fellowships in prose will be offered in FY 2014 and guidelines will be available in the fall of 2012. You may apply only once each year. Competition for fellowships is extremely rigorous. You should consider carefully whether your work will be competitive at the national level. We Do Not Fund • Individuals who previously have received two or more Literature Fellowships (in fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry) or Translation Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. • Individuals who have received any Literature Fellowship (in fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry) or Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts within the past ten years. • News reporting. • Scholarly writing. (Writers who are engaged in scholarly work may wish to contact the National Endowment for the Humanities.) • Work toward academic degrees.
  • Funding: Grants are for $25,000.
  • Web: http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/Lit/index.html
  • Deadline: March 1, 2012

 

 

U.S. Geological Survey

National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Cooperative Agreement Program

  • The purpose of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure Cooperative Agreements Program (NSDI CAP) is to fund innovative projects in the geospatial data community to build the infrastructure necessary to effectively discover, access, share, manage, and use digital geospatial data.
  • Funding: 810,000 for about 41 awards
  • Web: http://www.fgdc.gov/grants/2012CAP/2012_NSDI_CAP_Announcement_Nov092011.pdf
  • Deadline: January 24, 2012

 

Department of Energy

CONNECT

  • The Energy Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency seeks applications for the Conferences, Outreach and Networking for New Energy Communities and Technologies (CONNECT) Program. Acceptable activities include: energy technology conferences, workshops and other events; and student participation in energy technology conferences, workshops and other events.
  • Funding: $100,000 total in FY2011 for awards ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.
  • Web:http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=nQXxTBJQfY5Kvl2vLWjgvMGdXkqRQdBx2K02r5y7SRVbldJMbhYB!1014880958?oppId=102713&mode=VIEW
  • Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed quarterly: December 1, 2011; March 1, 2012; June 1, 2012

 

 

The Environmental Protection Agency

Sustainable Chesapeake: A Community-Based Approach to Stormwater Management Using Green Infrastructure

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing trans-disciplinary, integrated research that will advance scientific and practical understandings of how to promote and sustain effective, community-based stormwater management for reducing water-borne pollution entering Chesapeake Bay.  EPA is specifically interested in funding research projects that engage lay persons and scientific experts in the co-development, trial, and objective assessment of innovative, locally tailored solutions to shared stormwater problems.
  • Funding:Up to a total of $700,000, including direct and indirect costs, with a maximum duration of three 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_chesapeake.html
  • Deadline: January 11, 2012

 

Extramural Research

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of the P3-People, Prosperity and the Planet Award Program, is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. The P3 competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative projects focused on sustainability. The P3 Awards program was developed to foster progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of economic prosperity, protection of the planet, and improved quality of life for its people-- people, prosperity, and the planet – the three pillars of sustainability. The EPA offers the P3 competition in order to respond to the technical needs of the world while moving towards the goal of sustainability.
  • Funding: Up to $15,000 per Phase I grant including direct and indirect costs.  Proposals for Phase I grants must be for only one year. Proposals for Phase I grants requesting an award of more than $15,000 will not be considered.
  • Web: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2012/2012_p3.html
  • Deadline: December 22, 2011


 

Witter Bynner Foundation For Poetry

Grants

  • Through a bequest from Witter Bynner in 1972, The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry perpetuates the art of poetry. The foundation promotes poetry in American culture and encourages grant proposals that expand awareness of the positive effects of poetry on society.
  • Funding:Organizations may apply for grant support from $1,000 to $10,000 for a maximum of three years. The foundation does not support indirect costs for grant administration, endowment funds, capital improvements, or general operating expenses.
  • Web: http://www.bynnerfoundation.org/grants/index.htm
  • Deadline: December 31, 2011

 

East-West Center

Posco Visiting Fellowships

  • The POSCO Visiting Fellowship Program, endowed by POSCO , is intended to promote research activities on Korean topics at the East-West Center. The Program invites outstanding scholars and policy makers to engage in policy-relevant, contemporary research on political, security, and economic issues in Northeast Asia, as they relate to Korea.
    POSCO visiting fellows are in residence at the East-West Center for one to two months and undertake research and writing on an agreed topic. Fellows are provided with a stipend and round trip economy airfare between their home base and Honolulu. They are required to give one seminar, prepare a high quality paper to be submitted for publication, and join in East-West Center activities.  The Fellow may also be asked to participate in local outreach and public diplomacy activities.  Proposals for cost-shared fellowships are welcomed.
    Each year during the period from March 1 through the end of February of the following year, the East-West Center invites four to six visiting fellows. These fellows will spend one or two months each carrying out policy-related research on issues regarding Northeast Asia that are of common concern -- such as globalization, economic regionalism, economic restructuring, political change, and the changing East Asian security environment, including the Korean Peninsula. In particular, the POSCO Fellowship Program is intended to generate constructive and informative research on four important issues: (1) issues concerning the two Koreas and Northeast Asia; (2) security issues for Korea and Northeast Asia; (3) economic and social aspects of Korea-related issues; (4) political aspects of Korea-related issues.
  • Web: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/research/visiting-fellow-programs/posco-visiting-fellowship-program
  • Deadline: December 31, 2011

 

National Endowment for the Humanities

America's Media Makers

  • Grants for America’s Media Makers support projects in a range of formats, including interactive digital media and radio and television programs that engage the public in the humanities and explore stories, ideas, and beliefs in order to deepen our understanding of our lives and our world. Projects should encourage dialogue, discussion, and civic engagement, and they should foster learning among people of all ages. To that end, the Division of Public Programs urges applicants to consider more than one format for presenting humanities ideas to the public.
  • Funding: Awards for development typically range from $40,000 to $75,000, depending on the complexity of the project, and are usually made for a period of six to twelve months. Basic development grants of up to $40,000 are available for activities that include collaboration with scholars to refine the humanities content, undertake archival research, and conduct preliminary interviews. These grants should culminate in the creation of a brief treatment or design document.
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/AmMediaMakers_development.html
  • Deadline: January 24, 2012

Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

  • This program is designed to fund the implementation of innovative digital-humanities projects that have successfully completed a start-up phase and demonstrated their value to the field. Such projects might enhance our understanding of central problems in the humanities, raise new questions in the humanities, or develop new digital applications and approaches for use in the humanities. The program can support innovative digital-humanities projects that address multiple audiences, including scholars, teachers, librarians, and the public. Applications from recipients of NEH's Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants are welcome. Unlike NEH's start-up grant program, which emphasizes basic research, prototyping, experimentation, and potential impact, the Digital Humanities Implementation Grants program seeks to identify projects that have successfully completed their start-up phase and are well positioned to have a major impact. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. Digital Humanities Implementation Grants may involve implementation of computationally-based methods or techniques for humanities research; implementation of new digital tools for use in humanities research, public programming, or educational settings; efforts to ensure the completion and long-term sustainability of existing digital resources (typically in conjunction with a library or archive); studies that examine the philosophical or practical implications of the use of emerging technologies in specific fields or disciplines of the humanities, or in interdisciplinary collaborations involving several fields or disciplines; or implementation of new digital modes of scholarly communication that facilitate peer review, collaboration, or the dissemination of humanities scholarship for various audiences. Successful projects must make digital innovations and be significant to the humanities. Successful projects must make digital innovations and be significant to the humanities.
  • Funding: Awards range from $100,000 to $325,000 for projects of one to three years.
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/digitalhumanitiesimplementation.html
  • Deadline: January 24, 2012

Landmarks of American History and Culture

  • The Landmarks of American History and Culture program supports series of one-week residence-based workshops for a national audience of K-12 educators. NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops use historic sites to address central themes and issues in American history, government, literature, art, music, and other related subjects in the humanities. The goals of the workshops are to • increase knowledge and appreciation of subjects, ideas, and places significant to American history and culture through humanities reading and site study; • build a community of inquiry and provide models of civility and of excellent scholarship and teaching; • provide teachers with expertise in the use and interpretation of historical sites and of material and archival resources; and • encourage historical and cultural sites to develop greater capacity and scale for professional development programs. NEH Landmarks Workshops are held at or near sites important to American history and culture (e.g., presidential residences or libraries; colonial-era settlements; major battlefields; historic districts; parks and preserves; sites of key economic, social, political, and constitutional developments; and places associated with major writers, artists, and musicians). Applicants should make a compelling case for the historical significance of the site(s), the material resources available for use, and the ways in which the site(s) will enhance the workshop.
  • Funding: NEH anticipates that awards for Landmarks Workshops for school teachers will range between $150,000 and $180,000, assuming that a one-week session costs approximately $75,000 to $90,000.
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/landmarks.html
  • Deadline: March 1, 2012

Summer Seminars and Institutes

  • These grants support faculty development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university teachers. NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes may be as short as two weeks or as long as five weeks. The duration of a program should allow for a rigorous treatment of its topic.
  • Funding: Awards for institutes range from $90,000 to $200,000 for a grant period of fifteen months.
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/seminars.html
  • Deadline: March 1, 2012

 

 

Russell Sage Foundation

Project Awards

  • The Foundation's awards are restricted to support for basic social science research within its announced programs. Currently, the Foundation is pursuing five principle areas: (1) A program of research on the Future of Work concerned principally with the causes and consequences of changes in the quality of low-wage work in the United States and other advanced economies; (2) A program of research on current U.S. Immigration aimed at discovering how well immigrants and their children are adapting socially, politically, and economically to life in the United States, particularly as they move beyond the traditional immigrant gateway cities; (3) A program on Cultural Contact concerned with understanding and improving relations between racial and ethnic groups in schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and other key institutional settings; (4) A program on Social Inequality, focused on the social effects of rising economic inequality, with particular attention to the ways in which the U.S. political and educational systems have responded to growing economic disparities; and (5) A program of research on Behavioral Economics which incorporates the insights of psychology and other social sciences into the study of economic behavior.
  • Funding:The Foundation's major awards range between $35,000 and $500,000. Support is mainly provided for analyzing data and writing up results, but occasionally larger awards are considered for data acquisition projects highly relevant to the Foundation's program goals.
  • Web: http://www.russellsage.org/how-to-apply/apply-project-awards
  • Deadline: March 15, 2012

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Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

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: February 5, 2012; June 5, 2012

Academic Research Enhancement Award (Parent 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: Open Date (Earliest Submission Date: January 25, 2012)

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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