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Research Corporation for Science Advancement

Homeland Security

Department of Education

National Endowment for the Humanities

Office of Naval Research

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Fish and Wildlife Service

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Japan Foundation

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United States Institute of Peace

National Institutes of Health

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Kress Foundation

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Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

National Research Council

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

National Endowment for the Arts

American Astronomical Society

Department of Defense

Department of Energy

Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture

Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies

Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Witter Bynner Foundation For Poetry

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Amgen Foundation

BMW Group in North America

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Funding Opportunities

National Science Foundation


STEM Talent Expansion Program

  • The National Science Foundation seeks to increase the number of students receiving degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The agency will make two types of grant under this announcement:
    Type 1-- proposed projects that provide for full implementation efforts at academic institutions. Projects may involve a single institution, collaboration with business and industry partners, or collaboration among several institutions; or
    Type 2-- proposed projects that support educational research projects on associate or baccalaureate degree attainment in STEM
  • Funding: Estimated program funding is $30 million
  • Web: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=100077
  • Deadline: September 27, 2011

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP)

  • The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) seeks to increase the number of students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) receiving associate or baccalaureate degrees in established or emerging fields within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Type 1 proposals are solicited that provide for full implementation efforts at academic institutions. Type 2 proposals are solicited that support educational research projects on associate or baccalaureate degree attainment in STEM.
  • Funding:$30,000,000 per year in FY 2012, FY 2013, and FY 2014 for new and continuing awards, subject to availability of funds
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11550/nsf11550.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click
  • Deadline: September 27, 2011; September 25, 2012; September 26, 2013

Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) (EFRI-2012)

  • The Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation has established the Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) to serve a critical role in focusing on important emerging areas in a timely manner. The EFRI Office is launching a new funding opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidly advancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research.  For this solicitation, we will consider proposals that aim to investigate emerging frontiers in the following three specific research areas:
    (1) Flexible Bioelectronics Systems (BioFlex),
    (2) Origami Design for Integration of Self-assembling Systems for Engineering Innovation (ODISSEI), and
    (3) Photosynthetic Biorefineries (PSBR).
    This solicitation will be coordinated with the Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences and the Directorate for Biological Sciences within NSF.  Additionally, interest within other Federal agencies, specifically Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), may lead to an interagency effort in support of certain PSBR and ODISSEI projects. Proposals submitted under the PSBR and ODISSEI topics may be shared with interested representatives from AFOSR.
    EFRI seeks proposals with transformative ideas that represent an opportunity for a significant shift in fundamental engineering knowledge with a strong potential for long term impact on national needs or a grand challenge.  The proposals must also meet the detailed requirements delineated in this solicitation.
  • INFORMATION WEBCAST: The EFRI Office plans to hold an information workshop on September 22, 2011, to answer any questions about the EFRI Office and this solicitation. Details will be posted on the EFRI website (www.nsf.gov/eng/efri) as they become available.
  • Funding: $31 million for 12-15 four-year awards.
  • Web: http://nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11571/nsf11571.htm
  • Deadline: September 30, 2011 (letters of intent); November 9, 2011 (preliminary proposals); March 30, 2012 (full proposals)

National Robotics Initiative

  • The National Science Foundation seeks applications for the National Robotics Initiative to accelerate the development and use of robots in the United States that work beside or cooperatively with people.
  • Funding:$40 million to $50 million depending on availability of funds for 60 to 75 projects per year.
  • Web: http://www.grants.gov/ FON # 11-553
  • Deadline: LOI: Small Projects - October 1, 2011; Large Projects - November 3, 2011

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers

  • The goal of the ADVANCE program is to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. ADVANCE focuses on ensuring that women faculty with earned STEM degrees consider academia as a viable and attractive career option. This program does not support projects to increase or retain the number of women entering into or persisting in STEM doctoral degree programs. Thus, efforts to impact the STEM pipeline are not considered appropriate for the ADVANCE Program.
  • Funding:Previous or current funding from ADVANCE is not a prerequisite for submitting a PAID proposal (see additional ADVANCE merit review criteria).
  • Web:http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5383&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund
  • Deadline:LOI: October 3, 2011; Full Proposal: November 7, 2011

Mathematical Physics

  • Mathematical Physics develops and applies advanced mathematical methods to enable the solution of difficult problems in physics. It often is the work of mathematicians with a strong physics interest and intuition, or of physicists who are also highly regarded in mathematics. Very advanced mathematical methods are applied (by individuals or collaborators) to important but difficult physics concepts to rigorously establish the behavior of theoretical systems, resolve conundrums or find new directions. The PHY Mathematical Physics program is dedicated to supporting such research.
  • Web:http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503537
  • Deadline:October 26, 2011

Alan T. Waterman Award

  • Congress established the Alan T. Waterman Award in August 1975 to mark the 25th Anniversary of the National Science Foundation and to honor its first Director. The annual award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $500,000 over a three year period for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social, or other sciences at the institution of the recipient's choice.
  • Eligibility: Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be 35 years of age or younger or not more than 7 years beyond receipt of the Ph.D. degree by December 31 of the year in which they are nominated. For example, candidates eligible for the 2011 award must be born on or after 1975, or received their Ph.D. on or after 2003. Candidates should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievements in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality to place them at the forefront of their peers. Criteria include originality, innovation, and significant impact on the field.
  • Web: http://nsf.gov/od/waterman/waterman.jsp
  • Deadline:October 31, 2011

National Radio Astronomy Observatory- Jansky Fellowship

  • The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) announces the 2012 Jansky Fellowship Program which provides outstanding postdoctoral opportunities for research in astronomy. Jansky Fellows formulate and carry out investigations either independently or in collaboration with others within the wide framework of interests of the Observatory. Prior radio experience is not required and multi-wavelength projects leading to a synergy with NRAO instruments are encouraged. The NRAO also encourages applications from candidates with interest in radio astronomy instrumentation, computation, and theory.
    Appointments may be made for positions at any of the major NRAO sites: Socorro, NM; Green Bank, WV; and Charlottesville, VA. As ALMA commissioning activities get underway, we anticipate that there will also be appointments available in Chile. Jansky Fellows are encouraged to spend time at universities working with collaborators during the course of their Fellowship.
    In addition to appointments at NRAO sites, non-resident Jansky Fellowships may be offered for appointments that are hosted at a university within the United States. Frequent and/or long term visits to NRAO sites are encouraged. Split Fellowships with time spent at NRAO and a university within the US are permitted.
  • Funding: The starting salary will be $63,000 per year with an appointment duration of two years, and possible renewal for a third.  A research budget of up to $10,000 per year is provided for travel and computing requirements. Fellows are eligible for page charge support, vacation accrual, health insurance coverage, and a moving allowance.  In addition, up to $3,000 per year is provided to non-NRAO institutions hosting Jansky Fellows to defray local institutional costs.
  • Web: https://science.nrao.edu/opportunities/postdoctoral-programs/jansky
  • Deadline: November 1, 2011

Chemical Syntheses (SYN)

  • The Chemical Synthesis program focuses on the development of new, efficient synthetic methodologies and on the synthesis of complex molecules and molecular ensembles. Typical synthetic targets involve novel structures, structures displaying unique properties, or structures providing pathways to discover and elucidate new phenomena. Examples of supported research areas include the development of innovative reagents, catalysts for synthetic transformations, discovery of new synthetic methods, target-oriented synthesis, green synthesis, and synthesis of novel organic, organometallic, and inorganic structures. Research in this program will generate fundamental knowledge of chemical synthesis that enables the development of new avenues of basic chemical research and transformative technologies.
  • Web:http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503419&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund
  • Deadline: November 1, 2011 - November 30, 2011

Sustainability Research Networks Competition (SRN)

  • Sustainability Research Networks will engage and explore fundamental theoretical issues and empirical questions in sustainability science, engineering, and education that will increase our understanding of the ultimate sustainability challenge - maintaining and improving the quality of life for the nation within a healthy Earth system. The goal of the Sustainability Research Networks (SRN) competition is to support the development and coalescence of entities to advance collaborative research that addresses questions and challenges in sustainability science, engineering, and education. SRNs will link scientists, engineers, and educators, at existing institutions, centers, networks, and also develop new research efforts and collaborations.
  • Funding: $36 million for 3-4 SRNs. Awards are expected to be 4 to 5 years in duration and budgets must not exceed $12 million total per award.
  • Web: http://nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11574/nsf11574.htm
  • Deadline: December 1, 2011 (preliminary proposals); April 1, 2011 (full proposals)

NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows

  • Through SEES Fellows, NSF seeks to enable the discoveries needed to inform actions that lead to environmental, energy and societal sustainability while creating the necessary workforce to address these challenges. The program's emphasis is to facilitate investigations that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and address issues of sustainability through a systems approach, building bridges between academic inquiry, economic growth, and societal needs.  The Fellow's proposed investigation should be interdisciplinary and allow him/her to obtain research experience beyond his/her current core disciplinary expertise.  Additionally, Fellows are required to develop a research partnership that would broaden the impact and/or scope of the proposed research activities.  Such activities might include, but are not limited to, a connection with a NSF Research Coordination Network (RCN), center or facility; industry; a national laboratory; or a state, regional, or local resource management agency.  Fellows are required to have two mentors, one for the proposed research at the host institution (the institution that will administer the award) and the other for the research partnership.  The mentors can be from the same institution, but should not be from the same discipline.
  • Funding: $6 million for 12-20 awards, each with 2-3 years of support over a maximum four-year period.
  • Web: http://nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11575/nsf11575.htm
  • Deadline: December 5, 2011

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID)

  • The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases program supports research on the ecological, evolutionary, and socio-ecological principles and processes that regulate the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. The program's focus is on both the discovery, and the building and testing models that elucidate these principles and processes. Research proposals should focus on understanding the determinants of transmission of diseases to humans, non-human animals, or plants; the spread of pathogens by environmental factors, vectors or abiotic agents; the population dynamics and genetics of reservoir species or alternate hosts; or the cultural, social, behavioral, and economic dimensions of disease transmission. Research may be on zoonotic, environmentally-borne, vector-borne, or enteric diseases of either terrestrial, freshwater, or marine systems and organisms, including diseases of non-human animals and plants, at any scale from specific pathogens to inclusive environmental systems. Proposals for research on disease systems of public health concern to developing countries are strongly encouraged, as are disease systems of concern in agricultural and coastal marine systems. Investigators are encouraged to include links to the public health research community, including for example, participation of epidemiologists, physicians, veterinarians, food scientists, social scientists, entomologists, pathologists, virologists, or parasitologists.
  • Funding: $15 million for about 9 awards.
  • Web: http://nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11580/nsf11580.htm
  • Deadline: December 7, 2011

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

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

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

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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

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Research Corporation for Science Advancement

Cottrell College Science Awards - Single Investigator Awards

  • The Single-Investigator Cottrell College Science Awards support research in astronomy, chemistry, physics and closely related fields that significantly overlap with research in these three disciplines at public and private, predominantly undergraduate colleges. The projects proposed are judged on the basis of scientific originality, significance, feasibility, overlap with the three core disciplines and the ability of the institutional environment to sustain the activity. The involvement of undergraduate students in the research is expected, and is an important factor in most awards.
  • Eligibility: Applications will be accepted from faculty members at public and private institutions of higher education in the United States. The applicant's home department must offer at least the baccalaureate, but not doctoral, degrees in the applicant's discipline. The institutional environment and support for research are important considerations in evaluating the potential of the proposal. The principal investigator must have a faculty appointment in a department of astronomy, chemistry or physics, or, if from another department, propose research that significantly overlaps with research in one of these three disciplines. At the time of application the applicant must be within the first three years of her (his) first tenure track appointment, and within twelve years of receiving her (his) doctoral degree.
  • Funding:The total funding requested from Research Corporation for Science Advancement must be $35,000. An institutional matching contribution to the project of $10,000 is required for all applicants. Although all awards are for $35,000 and a match of $10,000, a budget page where expenses are justified is required. Awards are approved for two years with a single, one-year extension possible to expend remaining funds.
  • Web: http://www.rescorp.org/cottrell-college-science-awards/single-investigator-awards
  • Deadline: September 17, 2011, Pre-Proposal Required

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Homeland Security

Science & Technology Directorate International Cooperative Programs Office (ICPO)

  • The DHS S&T Directorate is soliciting applications for international research projects aligned with the mission and requirements of the directorate. These projects should be designed to augment and complement, through international research and collaboration, the depth and breadth of homeland security science and technology research.
    Specifically, the S&T Directorate seeks proposals that will contribute to homeland security science and technology, including but not limited to:
    • Evaluation of novel tools or approaches to confronting homeland security challenges.
    • Basic research to provide data, understandings, or models that support S&T efforts or policy decisions.
    • S&T and operations research evaluations to support revolutionary improvements in the Department's mission and its component agencies' operations.
  • Web: www.grants.gov (funding opportunity DHS-11-ST-108-002)
  • Deadline: September 22, 2011

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Department of Education

Special Education Research: Social and Behavioral Outcomes to Support Learning

  • The purpose of the Social and Behavioral Outcomes to Support Learning (Social/Behavioral) research grant program is to contribute to the prevention or amelioration of behavior problems in students with or at risk for disabilities and concomitantly, improve their academic outcomes. The long-term outcome of this program will be an array of tools and strategies (e.g., assessments, interventions) that have been documented to be effective for preventing behavior problems and improving the behavioral, emotional, social skills, and likewise, the academic performance of students with or at risk for disabilities from kindergarten through Grade 12. Research supported through this program must be relevant to education in the United States.
  • Funding: The maximum length of the award period varies by goal. The maximum length of the award period for each goal ranges from two to five years. The size of the award depends on the goal and scope of the project. Awards pursuant to this request for applications are contingent upon the availability of funds and the receipt of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. The number of projects funded under a specific topic and goal depends upon the number of high-quality applications submitted to that topic and goal. The Institute does not have plans to award a specific number of grants under each particular topic and goal.
  • Web: http://ies.ed.gov/funding/ncser_rfas/ncser_socialbeh.asp
  • Deadline: September 22, 2011

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National Endowment for the Humanities

 

Summer Stipends

  • Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development.
  • Eligibility The Summer Stipends program accepts applications from researchers, teachers, and writers, whether they have an institutional affiliation or not. Applicants with college or university affiliations must, however, be nominated by their institutions.
  • Funding:Summer Stipends provide $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. Recipients must work full-time on their projects for these two months, and may hold other research grants supporting the same project during this time. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year.
  • Web:http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/stipends.html
  • Deadline: September 29, 2011

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Office of Naval Research

STEM for K-12, Higher Education

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

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Unique and Innovative Space Technology

  • The Game Changing Technology Division (GCT), within NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) is soliciting executive summaries, white papers, and proposals for research and development (R&D) for technology that is innovative and unique and promises to enable revolutionary (game-changing) improvements to the efficiency and effectiveness of the USA's space capability. Novel (unique) capabilities are sought that address NASA Space Technology Grand Challenges or any of the 14 Technology Areas (TAs) identified in NASA's draft Space Technology Roadmap and listed below:
    TA01 Launch Propulsion Systems
    TA02 In-Space Propulsion Technologies
    TA03 Space Power and Energy Storage
    TA04 Robotics, Tele-Robotics and Autonomous Systems
    TA05 Communication and Navigation
    TA06 Human Health, Life Support and Habitation Systems
    TA07 Human Exploration Destination Systems
    TA08 Science Instruments, Observatories and Sensor Systems
    TA09 Entry, Descent and Landing Systems
    TA10 Nanotechnology
    TA11 Modeling, Simulation, Information Technology and Processing
    TA12 Materials, Structures, Mechanical Systems and Manufacturing
    TA13 Ground and Launch Systems Processing
    TA14 Thermal Management Systems
  • Funding: Between 5 and 10 awards are anticipated, for a total of all awards up to $5 million per year. Individual awards can be for up to 3 years, but are limited to a total of $3 million over 3 years. Awards are subject to availability of appropriated funds. The following types of funding instruments may be awarded: procurement contract, grant, cooperative agreement, or other transaction (Inter-agency or Intra-agency only). If an institution of higher education or other not-for-profit organization is selected to receive a grant or cooperative agreement, cost sharing is not required, although NASA can accept cost sharing if it is voluntarily offered (see the Grants Handbook, Section B, Provision 1260.123, "Cost Sharing or Matching"). If a commercial organization is selected to receive a grant or cooperative agreement, cost sharing is typically required unless the commercial organization can demonstrate that it does not expect to receive substantial compensating benefits for performance of the work. If this demonstration is made, cost sharing is not required but may be offered voluntarily (see also Section D, Provision 1274.204, of the Grants Handbook).
  • Web: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={B038DDD9-9361-A4A8-06AD-38A2650D03EF}&path=open
  • Deadline: Other (submit an Executive Summary): September 30, 2011; White paper: November 1, 2011, Full Proposal: January 3, 2012

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://fundingopps.cos.com/cgi-bin/fo2/getRec?id=127827
  • Deadline: Letter of Intent Due January 27, 2012; Proposal: March 23, 2012

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Fish and Wildlife Service

National Fish and Recovery Program

  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Fisheries Program's National Fish Passage Program is a voluntary, non-regulatory conservation assistance program that provides financial and technical assistance to remove or bypass artificial barriers that impede the movement of fish and other aquatic species and contribute to their decline. The National Fish Passage Program received $11.0 million of operational funds to implement the program in Fiscal Years 2011. The Service will implement fish passage improvement-based, cost-shared projects to protect, restore, or enhance habitats that support fish and other aquatic species and their populations. All or a portion of project funds may be transferred to partner organizations through cooperative agreements if the Service lacks the capability to implement a project. To determine eligibility of a specific project contact the REGIONAL COORDINATOR in your area. A list of Coordinators and their responsible geographical areas is attached to this announcement under the APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS.
  • Funding: Average grants range from $200 to $500,000.
  • Contact: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=58661
  • Deadline: September 30, 2011

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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: October 1, 2011; February 1, 2012

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Japan Foundation

Center for Global Partnership: Regular Grants

  • The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) is dedicated to strengthening the global U.S.-Japan partnership and cultivating the next generation of public intellectuals necessary to sustain this partnership.
    And as globalization proceeds at an unprecedented rate, to develop comprehensive solutions to resolve complex contemporary issues, it is increasingly necessary not only to incorporate a broader spectrum of scholarship, expertise, and societal actors into the dialogue but also necessary to carry out sustained exchange and dialogue amongst these diverse individuals.
    Bearing this in mind, the CGP Grant Program supports U.S.-Japan collaborative projects conducted by universities, think-tanks, and other non-profit organizations which incorporate one or both of the following formats:
    • fostering dialogue among diverse stakeholders to formulate solutions for a more peaceful, stable, and equitable global order;
    • promoting partnerships amongst a broad variety of societal actors, both domestic and international, with the aim to overcome the challenges of globalization for communities world wide
  • Funding: Up to $100,000 per year for up to 3 years
  • Web: http://www.cgp.org/_webapp_1391843/Regular_Grants
  • Deadline: October 1, 2011 (concept papers); December 1, 2011 (invited proposals)

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Commonwealth Health Research Board (CHRB)

Grants

  • The CHRB provides grant funding for research efforts that have the potential of maximizing the health of Virginia's citizens. Research efforts eligible for support include traditional medical and biomedical research related to the causes and cures of human diseases as well as research related to human health services and the delivery of human health care.
  • Funding:The Grantee Institution must provide a minimum cash match from internal funds in the amount of 33% of the amount of CHRB funds requested. The sources for that match must be clearly identified in the concept paper submission and full proposal. As provided in these guidelines, the grantee institution or organization can use indirect costs as part of or all of their matching funds. However, matching funds, whether cash or indirect costs, may not be used to support unallowable costs. (See Allowable/Unallowable Costs and Restrictions on page 23 of this document.)
  • Web:http://www.chrb.org/Guidelines%20&%20Forms.htm
  • Deadline: Pre Proposal/Concept Paper Due October 1, 2011; Proposal: February 1, 2012

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United States Institute of Peace

2011 Annual Grant Program

  • The United States Institute of Peace requests proposals for the 2011 Annual Grant Competition. The grants support innovative peace building projects involving research, the identification of promising models and effective practices, the development of practitioner resources and tools, the development and delivery of education, training and dialogue program, and the production of films, radio programs, and the production of films, radio programs, and other media.
  • Funding: Average grants range from $50,000 to $120,000.
  • Web: http://www.usip.org/grants-fellowships/annual-grant-competition
  • Deadline: October 3, 2011

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National Institutes of Health

Translational Research to Help Older Adults Maintain their Health and Independence in the Community (R01)

  • The National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Administration on Aging (AoA) invite applications using the R01 award mechanism for translational research that moves evidence-based research findings towards the development of new interventions, programs, policies, practices, and tools that can be used by community-based organizations to help elderly individuals remain healthy and independent, and living in their own homes and communities. The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support translational research involving collaborations between academic research centers and community-based organizations with expertise serving the elderly (such as city and state health departments, city/town leadership councils, and Area Agencies on Aging) that will enhance our understanding of practical tools, techniques, programs and policies that communities across the nation can use to more effectively respond to needs of their aging populations.
  • Funding: This FOA will use the R01 award mechanism. Application budgets are not limited, but need to reflect actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum period is five years. Cost sharing is not required. Applicants requesting $500,000 or more in direct costs in any year (excluding consortium F&A) must contact NIH program staff at least 6 weeks before submitting the application and follow the Policy on the Acceptance for Review of Unsolicited Applications that Request $500,000 or More in Direct Costs as described in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide.
  • Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-123.html
  • Deadline: October 5, 2011; February 5, 2012

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: October 25, 2011; February 25, 2012

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National Historical Publications and Records Administration

Publishing Historical Records

  • The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), supports projects that promote supports projects that promote the preservation and use of America's documentary heritage essential to understanding our democracy, history, and culture. This funding category has two application deadlines. This announcement is for Colonial and Early National Period Projects (those preparing publications whose documents fall predominantly prior to 1820). An additional funding opportunity will be published in June 2010 for New Republic through the Modern Era Projects (those preparing publications whose documents fall predominantly after 1820).The Commission seeks proposals to publish historical records of national significance. Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American life or cover broad historical movements in politics, military, business, social reform, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience. The historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project .Grants are awarded for collecting, describing, preserving, compiling, editing, and publishing documentary source materials. The NHPRC does not fund proposals to purchase historical records; it also does not fund proposals to publish the papers of anyone who has been deceased for fewer than ten years. Eligible Activities Include:Scholarly documentary editions in printed and bound volumes. Scholarly documentary editions in online and other formats. Image editions in online, microfilm, and other formats. Conversion of existing print and microfilm editions to electronic publications. Combinations of the above. A publishing project that has received NHPRC support can apply for a grant for a new or subsequent stage of that project. These proposals must demonstrate that they have successfully completed the performance objectives associated with previous NHPRC grant awards. Proposals must be substantially updated, including a description of the new activities and a justification of the new budget. The applicant must describe the extent to which the project met its performance objectives under its most recent grant. Applicants not previously funded may apply for a grant to begin a historical documents publishing project. These applications are considered with other proposals and will be judged by the same criteria as others in that competition. All applicants should be aware that the application process is highly competitive.
  • Funding: Applicants may apply for funding up to three years. Applicants should be aware that the Commission normally awards grants on an annual basis; subsequent funding is conditioned on previous years' project performance. Award amounts ordinarily range from $20,000 to $250,000 annually. The Commission expects to make as many as 35-40 grants in this category, for a total of up to $4,500,000. In accordance with Federal regulations, the Commission reserves, for Federal Government purposes, a royalty-free, non-exclusive, and irrevocable license to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use the work and authorize others to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use the work that results from each grant. The Commission requires that grant recipients acknowledge NHPRC grant assistance in all publications and other products that result from its support. Cost sharing is required. Cost sharing is the financial contribution the applicant pledges to the cost of a project. Cost sharing can include both direct and indirect expenses, in-kind contributions, non-Federal third-party contributions, and any income earned directly by the project. The Commission ordinarily provides no more than 50 per cent of total project costs for Publishing Historical Records projects.
  • Web: http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/publishing.html
  • Deadline: New Republic through the Modern Era: October 6, 2011

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Kress Foundation

Conservation Grants Program

  • The Conservation program supports the professional practice of art conservation, especially as it relates to European art of the pre-modern era. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, exhibitions and publications focusing on art conservation, scholarly publications, and technical and scientific studies. Grants are also awarded for activities that permit conservators and conservation scientists to share their expertise with both professional colleagues and a broad audience through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, exhibitions that include a prominent focus on materials and techniques, and other professional events. Support for conservation treatments is generally limited to works from the distributed Kress Collection, and is coordinated through the Kress Program in Paintings Conservation at the Conservation Center of the New York University Institute of Fine Arts.
  • Funding: Competitive grants; Past grants awarded were $15,000 each.
  • Web: http://www.kressfoundation.org/grants/default.aspx?id=138
  • Deadline: October 15, 2011

History of Art Grant Program

  • The History of Art grant program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogues and publications, and technical and scientific studies. Grants are also awarded for activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.
  • Funding: Competitive grants; Past grants ranged from $2,700 to $72,500.
  • Web: http://www.kressfoundation.org/grants/default.aspx?id=142
  • Deadline: October 15, 2011

Digital Resources Grants Program

  • The Digital Resources program is intended to create incentives for historians of art and architecture, as well as archivists and librarians who support their work, to convert important existing information resources (especially key visual resources such as our major art history photo archives) to digital form. These resources will reach a vastly larger audience of specialists, teachers, and students online than they could ever reach previously, while also fostering new forms of research and collaboration and new approaches to teaching and learning. Support will also be offered for the digitization of primary textual sources (especially the literary and documentary sources of European art history); for promising initiatives in online publishing; and for innovative experiments in the field of digital art history.
  • Funding: Competitive grants; Past grants ranged from $25,000 to $95,000.
  • Web: http://www.kressfoundation.org/grants/default.aspx?id=150
  • Deadline: October 15, 2011

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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National Security Agency

Young Investigators Grant

  • The National Security Agency (NSA) Mathematical Sciences Program (MSP) supports self-directed, unclassified research in the areas of Algebra, Number Theory, Discrete Mathematics, Probability, and Statistics. The program does not support research in cryptology. The Young Investigators Grant will be made on the basis of factors that demonstrate the scientific merit of the proposal, including (1) the prospect that the research will lead to important discoveries; (2) the prospect that the research will produce innovations or significant improvements in investigative methods, including methods of computation; (3) the investigator's scientific qualifications and accomplishments; and (4) the investigator's demonstrated awareness of previous approaches to the problem.
  • Eligibility: This award is available to promising investigators within ten years of receiving the Ph.D. Researchers receiving support from another funding agency are not eligible for NSA support for the same research proposal.
  • Funding: The basic award is a bottom line figure of $20,000 per year for each of two years. Awards cover the direct costs of up to two months of summer salary per year plus fringes, a small amount for travel and expenses, and a university payment in lieu of indirect cost of 15% of the direct costs. Subject to the same 15% in lieu of indirect, a young investigator proposal may also ask for graduate student support (other than tuition) not to exceed $5,000 per student per year, as well as limited funds for computer equipment, as long as the total costs of the project fall within $20,000
  • Web: http://www.nsa.gov/research/math_research/index.shtml
  • Deadline: October 15, 2011

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Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

Open Grant Program

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: November 1, 2011; February 1, 2012

 

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

Post-Ph.D. Research Grants

  • Post-Ph.D. Research Grants are awarded to individuals holding a Ph.D. or equivalent degree to support individual research projects. The program contributes to the Foundation's overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity's cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields. Applicants applying for a Post-Ph.D. Research Grant may also chose to be considered simultaneously for the Osmundsen Initiative (see the Foundation's web site).
  • Funding: Post-Ph.D. Research Grants provide a maximum of US $20,000 and the Osmundsen Initiative supplement provides up to an additional $5,000
    for a maximum grant of US $25,000.
  • Web: http://www.wennergren.org/programs/post-phd-research-grants
  • Deadline: November 1, 2011

International Collaborative Research Grants

  • The International Collaborative Research Grant (ICRG) supports international research collaborations between two or more qualified scholars, where the principal investigators bring different and complementary perspectives, knowledge, and/or skills to the project. Supplemental funds are also available to provide essential training for academic research participants in ICRG-funded projects (co-applicants, students, as well as other professional colleagues). By encouraging international collaborations, the grant contributes to the development of an international anthropology that values and incorporates different national perspectives and resources. By providing training funds, the grant helps to build capacity in countries were anthropology may be under-resourced.
  • Eligibility: Proposals must involve collaboration between two or more researchers of different nationalities who are working in different countries. Each researcher must hold a doctorate or equivalent qualification in anthropology or a related discipline. Scholars are eligible without regard to institutional or departmental affiliation.
  • Funding: The grants are for a maximum of $30,000 for the research project. Proposals which include the optional training element can have an increased funding request up to a maximum of $35,000, of which no more than $10,000 can be for essential training purposes. Under special circumstances grants can be renewed to support longer-term research projects.
  • Web: http://www.wennergren.org/programs/international-collaborative-research-grants
  • Deadline: December 1, 2011

Conferences and Workshops

  • Conferences are defined as public events that are comprised primarily of oral and poster presentations to a larger audience of anthropologists. Priority is given to major conferences sponsored by large international anthropological organizations (e.g., the European Association of Social Anthropologists, European Anthropological Association, Pan African Anthropological Association, and Latin American Anthropological Association) that serve as their annual or periodic meetings. The majority of the funds granted to such conferences is expected to be used towards expenses for international scholars who are making presentations at the conference and would not otherwise be able to attend.
    Workshops are defined as working meetings that focus on developing and debating topical issues in theoretical anthropology. Workshops involve a small group of scholars who meet for a sufficient period of time to deal intensively with the topic. Priority is given to those workshops that devote the majority of time to discussion and debate rather than to the presentation of papers. It is expected that workshops will result in a publication.
  • Eligibility: The application must be made by a professional anthropologist who is the primary organizer of the proposed conference or workshop. A co-applicant can be specified on the application. Applications are not accepted from students without a co-applicant who has a doctorate and holds an established academic position; Requests by individuals for grants to attend meetings are not accepted; Applications submitted for the June 1 deadline must be for conferences or workshops held after January 1 of the following year. Applications submitted for the December 1 deadline must be for conferences or workshops held after July 1 of the following year. The Foundation can accept applications up to two years in advance of the meeting; Current conference/workshop grantees must have completed all requirements of their existing award before an application for a new conference/workshop grant can be accepted.
  • Funding: The grants are for a maximum of $20,000.
  • Web: http://www.wennergren.org/programs/conference-and-workshop-grants
  • Deadline: December 1, 2011

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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National Endowment for the Arts

Research: Art Works

  • The NEA's Office of Research & Analysis' (ORA) is inaugurating a grants program for research in and about the arts. These grants will support the investigation of novel and significant research questions about the value and impact of the U.S. arts sector through the analysis of existing and/or newly established datasets. The resulting projects will enhance the current state of knowledge about the value and impact of the arts in the U.S., and will yield valuable information about the utility to arts-related research of various kinds of datasets -- including those not previously mined for this purpose. It is hoped, moreover, that by providing financial support to deserving projects that engage researchers from multiple fields and disciplines, this program will spur growth in the number of people experienced in and knowledgeable about arts-related research in the United States. In this spirit, the NEA encourages applicants from diverse research backgrounds, including applicants who have not specialized in arts-related research.
  • Funding: The Arts Endowment anticipates awarding up to 25 grants, based on the availability of funding. Grants generally will range from $10,000 to $30,000. Grants do not require matching funds. However, applicants are encouraged to provide some cash and/or in-kind services in support of this project. Minimal federal funds may be used to support administrative costs. However, grantees must incur direct costs equal to the amount of an award.
  • Web: http://arts.gov/grants/apply/Research/
  • Deadline: November 8, 2011

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American Astronomical Society

Small Research Grants

  • The Small Research Grant (SmRG) Program is administered by the AAS Executive Office. The program is funded mainly by a grant from NASA. A small amount of additional funding may be provided by income from the AAS operating-reserve fund and/or by the Cecilia Payne and Sergei Gaposchkin Memorial Fund. The amount of money available during any proposal cycle depends on the sources of support available to the Society at that time. The purpose of the grants is to cover costs associated with any type of astronomical research.
  • Eligibility: Open to both US and international astronomers with a PhD or equivalent; graduate students are not eligible.
  • Funding: Awards range from $1,000 to a maximum of $7,000.
  • Web: http://aas.org/grants/smrg.php
  • Deadline: November 28, 2011

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Department of Defense

Autism Idea Development Award (DOD)

  • The ARP Idea Development Award supports the development of innovative, high-impact ideas that advance the understanding of ASD and that ultimately will lead to improved outcomes for individuals with autism. Important aspects of the Idea Development Award are as follows: Impact: The proposed research is expected to make an important and original contribution to advancing the understanding of ASD and lead ultimately to improved outcomes for individuals with ASD. Innovation: Research deemed innovative may represent a new paradigm, challenge existing paradigms, look at existing problems from new perspectives, or exhibit other uniquely creative qualities. Research may be innovative in study concept, research methods or technology, or adaptations of existing methods or technologies. Research that represents an incremental advance on previously published work is not typically considered innovative.
  • Eligibility: Unrestricted
  • Funding: Awards range up to $375,000
  • Web: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=96556
  • Deadline: November 30, 2011

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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/ FON # DE-FOA-0000475
  • Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed quarterly: December 1, 2011; March 1, 2012; June 1, 2012

 

Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture

Scholars-In-Residence Program

  • The Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program assists those scholars and professionals whose research in the black experience can benefit from extended access to the Center's resources. Fellowships funded by the Center will allow recipients to spend six months or a year in residence with access to resources at the Schomburg Center and other centers of The New York Public Library. The program encourages research and writing on black history and culture, facilitates interaction among participating scholars, and provides widespread dissemination of findings through lectures, publications, and colloquia and seminars. It encompasses projects in African, Afro-American, and Afro-Caribbean history and culture.
  • Funding:Fellowships are awarded for continuous periods of six or twelve months at the Schomburg Center with maximum stipends of $30,000 for six months and $60,000 for twelve months.
  • Web: http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/64/node/131
  • Deadline: December 1, 2011

 

Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies

Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Since its inception in 1981, the Woodson Institute’s Residential Fellowship Program has attracted outstanding scholars in the humanities and social sciences who work on a wide array of topics in African-American and African Studies, as well as related fields. These two-year fellowships—offered at the pre-doctoral and post-doctoral levels—are designed to facilitate the writing of dissertations or manuscripts and provide successful applicants the opportunity to discuss and exchange works-in-progress both with each other and the larger intellectual community of the University. Preference is given to applicants whose research is substantially completed, thus providing them the maximum amount of time to complete their manuscripts within the fellowship term. Post-doctoral fellows are expected to teach one upper-division seminar each year within the African-American and African Studies Program on a topic chosen in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Please see the guidelines in the Instructions and Application sections for more information about the fellowship program.
  • Funding:Predoctoral fellowships covers two years, beginning August 25, 2012, and ending August 24, 2014, and carries an annual stipend of $20,000, plus health insurance. Postdoctoral fellowships cover two years beginning August 25, 2012, and ending August 24, 2014, and carries an annual stipend of $45,000, plus health insurance.
  • Web: http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/woodson/fellowship/index.html
  • Deadline: December 1, 2011

 

Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Grants for Independent Research on Venetian History and Culture

  • The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation announces its 2012-2013 program of grants (predoctoral and postdoctoral) for travel to and residence in Venice and the Veneto. Grants will be awarded for historical research specifically on Venice and the former Venetian empire, and for study of contemporary Venetian society and culture. Disciplines of the humanities and social sciences are eligible areas of study, including (but not limited to) archaeology, architecture, art, bibliography, economics, history, history of science, law, literature, music, political science, religion, and theater.
  • Funding: Applications will be entertained for grants up to a maximum of $19,900 for a full academic year. Grants for the maximum amount are rarely awarded, and successful applicants are frequently awarded less than the amount requested. Funds are granted primarily for research in Venice and the Veneto only, and for transportation to, from, and within the Veneto.
  • Web: http://www.delmas.org/guidelines/v_ir_a.html
  • Deadline: December 15, 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

 

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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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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