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National Science Foundation

National Institutes of Health

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

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

William T. Grant Foundation

National Endowment for the Humanities

Institute of Education Sciences

The Mockingbird Foundation

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Rockwell Collins

U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. Department of Defense

Compton Foundation

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

The W.L.S. Spencer Foundation

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

 

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Funding Opportunities

National Science Foundation

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

Research in Disabilities Education (RDE)

  • The Research in Disabilities Education (RDE)program advances the goal of broadening the participation and achievement of postsecondary students with disabilities in STEM. This effort is realized by making strategic investments in educational and institutional Model Building and in basic and applied Broadening Participation Research in STEM Education (BPR). Model Building projects develop, replicate, translate and utilize innovative educational and institutional capacity building models to broaden the participation of postsecondary students with disabilities in STEM fields. Models employ evidence-based educational exemplars that improve the learning, participation, persistence and graduation of students with disabilities in associate, baccalaureate and graduate STEM degree programs. BPR projects promote efforts to understand the underlying issues contributing to the differential learning, participation and graduation rates of postsecondary students with disabilities in STEM. Particular emphasis is placed on contributing to the knowledge base by investigating the STEM learning characteristics and differences of postsecondary students with disabilities. Educational research about students with disabilities in STEM is advanced by studying the educational and pre-professional experiences that influence student interest, academic performance, retention and persistence in degree programs, degree completion and career choices. RDE projects contribute to closing the achievement gaps for postsecondary students with disabilities in STEM fields, including students enrolled in community colleges, baccalaureate degree programs and graduate schools.
  • Funding: $2 million total for 12-17 awards
  • Web: http://nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12542/nsf12542.htm
  • Deadline: June 1, 2012

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

Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum (EARS)

  • The National Science Foundation's Directorates for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Engineering (ENG), Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) are coordinating efforts to identify bold new concepts with the potential to contribute to significant improvements in the efficiency of radio spectrum utilization, and in the ability for traditionally underserved Americans to benefit from current and future wireless-enabled goods and services. EARS seeks to fund innovative collaborative research that transcends the traditional boundaries of existing programs, such as research that spans disciplines covered by two or more of the participating NSF directorates.
  • Funding: Approximately 25 awards in FY 2012. Each proposal may request up to $500,000 in total funding over a period of up to three years.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12546/nsf12546.htm
  • Deadline: June 14, 2012

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)

Advances in Biological Informatics (ABI)

  • The Advances in Biological Informatics (ABI) program seeks to encourage new approaches to the analysis and dissemination of biological knowledge for the benefit of both the scientific community and the broader public. The ABI program is especially interested in the development of informatics tools and resources that have the potential to advance, or transform, research in biology supported by the Directorate for Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation. The ABI program accepts two major types of proposals: Innovation awards that seek to pioneer new approaches to the application of informatics to biological problems and Development awards that seek to provide robust cyberinfrastructure that will enable transformative biological research.
  • Funding: Estimated number of awards: 20 to 30. Actual number of awards may vary depending on the ratio of Innovation to Development awards, which in turn may vary according to overall portfolio balance and individual proposal merits. Total estimated funding is approximately $22 million annually, subject to the availability of funds. Approximately $8-10 million is available for new awards depending on prior commitments.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10567/nsf10567.htm
  • Deadline: July 10, 2012 (Second Tuesday in July, Annually Thereafter)

Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry

  • The Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry Program supports research on 1) the interactions between biological and geological systems at all scales of space and time; 2) geomicrobiology and biomineralization processes; 3) the role of life in the transformation and evolution of the Earth's geochemical cycles; 4) inorganic and organic geochemical processes occurring at or near the Earth's surface now and in the past, and at the broad spectrum of interfaces ranging in scale from planetary and regional to mineral-surface and supramolecular; 5) mineralogy and chemistry of soils and sediments; 6) surficial chemical and biogeochemical systems and cycles and their modification through natural and anthropogenic change; and 7) development of tools, methods, and models for low-temperature geochemistry and geobiological research - such as those emerging from molecular biology - in the study of the terrestrial environment.
  • Funding: $5,200,000 for 30-40 awards
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09552/nsf09552.htm
  • Deadline: Full Proposal - July 16, 2012 (July 16, Annually Thereafter); January 16, 2013 (January 16, 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)

Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE)

  • The Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE) program seeks to advance research at the frontiers of STEM learning and education, and to provide the foundational knowledge necessary to improve STEM learning and education in current and emerging learning contexts, both formal and informal, from childhood through adulthood, for all groups, and from before school through to graduate school and beyond into the workforce. The goals of the REESE program are: (1) to catalyze discovery and innovation at the frontiers of STEM learning and education; (2) to stimulate the field to produce high quality and robust research results through the progress of theory, method, and human resources; and (3) to coordinate and transform advances in education and learning research. In coordination with the Research on Gender in Science and Engineering (GSE) and Research on Disabilities Education (RDE) programs, REESE supports research on broadening participation in STEM education. REESE pursues its mission by developing an interdisciplinary research portfolio focusing on core scientific questions about STEM learning; it welcomes Fostering Interdisciplinary Research on Education (FIRE) projects, previously called for in a separate solicitation. REESE places particular importance upon the involvement of young investigators in the projects, at doctoral, postdoctoral, and early career stages, as well as the involvement of STEM disciplinary experts. Research questions related to educational research methodology and measurement are also central to REESE activities.
  • Funding: Estimated Number of Awards: Between 20-30 new awards in FY 2012. Approximately 2-3 Synthesis, 7-10 Small Empirical, and 7-10 Medium Empirical, 1-2 Large Empirical, and 3-5 FIRE awards will be funded. Anticipated Funding Amount:$10,000,000 for new awards. The maximum award amount for Synthesis projects is $300,000, with duration of up to two years. The maximum award amount for Small Empirical research projects is $500,000, with duration of up to three years. The maximum award amount for Medium Empirical research projects is $1,500,000, with duration of up to three years. The maximum award amount for Large Empirical research projects is $2,500,000, with duration of up to five years. The maximum award amount for FIRE projects is $400,000, with duration of two years.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12552/nsf12552.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click
  • Deadline: July 17, 2012

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

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)

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.
    This program supports engineering research that seeks to balance society's need to provide ecological protection and maintain stable economic conditions. There are four principal general research areas which are supported, but others can be proposed by contacting the program director by email at: bhamilto@nsf.gov
    • Industrial Ecology
    • Green Engineering
    • Ecological Engineering
    • Earth Systems Engineering
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=501027
  • Deadline: January 15, 2013 - February 19, 2013

 

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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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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: http://www2.dollargeneral.com/dgliteracy/Pages/youth_grants.aspx
  • Deadline: May 16, 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/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 PI's 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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William T. Grant Foundation

William T. Grant Scholars

  • The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports the professional development of early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. The goal is to help Scholars tackle important questions that will advance theory, policy, and practice for youth and to do so with an expanded array
    of expertise that includes different methods, disciplinary perspectives, and content knowledge.
    Proposed research plans must fit the Foundation's research interests. We currently support research to understand and improve the everyday settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States. Specifically, we fund studies that enhance understanding of:
    • How youth settings work, how they affect youth development, and how they can be improved; and
    • When, how, and under what conditions research evidence is used in policy and practice that affect youth, and how its use can be improved.
  • Funding: Award recipients are designated William T. Grant Scholars. Each year, four to six Scholars are selected and each receives $350,000, distributed over five years. Awards begin July 1.
  • Web: http://wtgrantfoundation.org/funding_opportunities/fellowships/william_t__grant_scholars
  • Deadline: July 3, 2012

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National Endowment for the Humanities

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

  • This program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation.
  • Funding: The maximum award is $350,000, for up to three years. The maximum award for Foundations projects is $40,000 for up to two years. Successful applicants will be awarded a grant in outright funds, federal matching funds, or a combination of the two, depending on the applicant's preference and the availability of NEH funds. Although cost sharing is not required, NEH is rarely able to support the full costs of projects approved for funding. In most cases, NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grants cover no more than 50 to 67 percent of project costs. A 50 percent level is most likely to pertain in the case of projects that deal exclusively with the applicant's own holdings.
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/humanities-collections-and-reference-resources
  • Deadline: July 19, 2012 (for projects beginning May 2013)

Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges

  • NEH invites proposals for a cooperative agreement to develop and administer a national or regional (multistate) project to advance the role of the humanities at community colleges through curriculum and faculty development focused on the theme of Bridging Cultures.
    This agency-wide initiative encourages exploration of the ways in which cultures from around the globe, as well as the myriad subcultures within America's borders, have influenced American society. With the aim of revitalizing intellectual and civic life through the humanities, NEH welcomes proposals that enhance understanding of diverse countries, peoples, and cultural and intellectual traditions worldwide. Applications might also investigate how Americans have approached and attempted to surmount seemingly unbridgeable cultural divides, or examine the ideals of civility and civic discourse that have informed this quest.
  • Funding: NEH expects to award two to five cooperative agreements of up to $360,000 each in outright funds. The award period may run between twenty-four and thirty-six months.
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/request-proposals-cooperative-agreement-neh-support-bridging-cultures-community-col
  • Deadline: August 14, 2012 (for projects beginning February 2013)

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Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

Education Research Grant Programs

  • In this announcement, the Institute of Education Sciences (Institute) requests applications for research projects that will contribute to its Education Research Grants program. Through the Education Research Grants program, the Institute seeks to improve the quality of education for all students through advancing the understanding of and practices for teaching, learning, and organizing education systems. For the FY 2013 competition, the Institute will consider only applications that meet the requirements outlined in this Request for Applications.
    The Institute supports research on a diverse set of student outcomes including: school readiness for prekindergarten; academic outcomes in kindergarten through Grade 12 that include learning, achievement, and higher order thinking in the core academic content areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and science measured by specific assessments (e.g., researcher-developed assessments, standardized tests, grades, end of course exams, exit exams) as well as course completion, grade retention, high school graduation and dropout rates; social skills, dispositions, and behaviors that support academic outcomes for students from prekindergarten through high school; access to, retention in, and completion of postsecondary education; and reading, writing, and mathematics skills for adult learners (i.e., students at least 16 years old and outside of the K-12 system). The Institute supports research from prekindergarten through Grade 12 for the typically developing student.
  • Funding: Measurement grants may vary in time and cost due to the nature of the proposed work. For example, the development of a new assessment may require more time than refinement of an existing assessment or validation of an existing assessment. Projects using existing data may require less time than projects that require new data collection. Your proposed length of project should reflect the scope of work to be accomplished. The maximum duration of a Measurement project is 4 years. Development and validation costs vary according to the type of assessment proposed. Your budget should reflect the scope of the work to be done. The maximum award for a Measurement project is $1,600,000 (total cost = direct costs + indirect costs).
  • Web: http://ies.ed.gov/funding/ncer_progs.asp
  • Deadline: First competition round: Application due date: June 21, 2012 (Deadline for submitting a letter has passed, but you still may submit an application. If you miss the deadline, the Institute asks that you inform the relevant program officer of your intention to submit an application.)
    Second competition round: Letter of Intent: July 19, 2012; Application Due Date: September 20, 2012

Special Education Research Grant Programs

  • In this announcement, the Institute of Education Sciences (Institute) requests applications for research projects that will contribute to its Special Education Research Grants program. Through the Special Education Research Grants program, the Institute seeks to expand the knowledge base and understanding of infants, toddlers and children with disabilities through advancing the understanding of and practices for teaching, learning, and organizing education systems. For the FY 2013 competition, the Institute will consider only applications that meet the requirements outlined in this Request for Applications.
    Through its Special Education Research grant program, the Institute supports research over a diverse set of child outcomes and for a range of purposes. The outcomes include school readiness, achievement in core academic content (reading, writing, mathematics, science), and behaviors that support learning in academic contexts for students with disabilities or at risk for disabilities from prekindergarten through high school. Additional outcomes of interest include developmental outcomes for infants and toddlers with or at risk for disabilities and functional outcomes that improve educational results and transitions to employment, independent living, and postsecondary education for students with disabilities.
  • Funding: Measurement grants may vary in time and cost due to the nature of the proposed work. For example, the development of a new assessment may require more time than refinement of an existing assessment or validation of an existing assessment. Projects using existing data may require less time than projects that require new data collection. Your proposed length of project should reflect the scope of work to be accomplished. The maximum duration of a Measurement project is 4 years. Development and validation costs vary according to the type of assessment proposed. Your budget should reflect the scope of the work to be done. The maximum award is $1,600,000 (total cost = direct costs + indirect costs).
  • Web: http://ies.ed.gov/funding/ncser_progs.asp
  • Deadline: First competition round: Application due date: June 21, 2012 (Deadline for submitting a letter has passed, but you still may submit an application. If you miss the deadline, the Institute asks that you inform the relevant program officer of your intention to submit an application.)
    Second competition round: Letter of Intent: July 19, 2012; Application Due Date: September 20, 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

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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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The W.L.S. Spencer Foundation

Grants

  • The mission of The W.L.S. Spencer Foundation is to fund activities, anywhere in the world, which foster new and innovative ideas in education.
  • Program Areas:
    Art: educational activities, publications and outreach associated with innovative art and/or contemporary art exhibitions, especially those focusing on contemporary Asian Art. The foundation is interested in projects that encourage knowledge about art and culture, foster international understanding, and are supported by academic scholarship.
    Education: innovative and that motivate children to stay in school, do well academically and continue their education beyond high school (to college or other higher education opportunities). In this area, the foundation may continue to fund programs that they believe in, and they may fund replication of a successful program in a new site. The foundation tends to fund programs that are national or regional in nature, but which have a chapter in San Francisco. The foundation does not fund individual schools.
  • Funding: In 2009, the foundation provided more than $1 million for 40 grants, ranging from $500 to $400,000.
  • Web: http://www.pfs-llc.net/spencer/spencer.html
  • Deadline: Rolling for letters of inquiry. When a letter of inquiry reflects most closely the Foundation's purposes, they will request a full proposal.

 

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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
  • Funding: Up to $3,000 at any time during the year.
  • Web: http://www.virginiafoundation.org/grants/apply.html
  • Deadline: No deadlines. Decisions made normally within four weeks following receipt of the application.

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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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