Funding Opportunities
 
 


The OSP requests that all proposals, electronic or otherwise, be submitted in their complete and final form to OSP FIVE WORKING DAYS PRIOR to an agency deadline with a hardcopy of the proposal and the signed Internal Approval Form.

Please visit the "funding sources" link at the following website for program listings and searchable databases:
http://www.jmu.edu/sponsprog/calendar.html


 
   
     
 
Funding Opportunities Links
 
 

National Science Foundation

Virginia Innovation Partnership

Center for Innovative Technology

The Jeffress Trust Program

National Endowment for the Arts

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.

Association for Institutional Research

CEC ArtsLink

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Research Corporation for Science Advancement

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Trust for Historic Preservation

American Political Science Association

National Institutes of Health

Corporation for National and Community Service

National Council for Eurasian and East European Research

Gannett Foundation

Graham Foundation

U.S. Department of Defense

Anthony Robbins Foundation

Autism Speaks

The Coca-Cola Company

Cognizant

Compton Foundation

Economic Development Administration

Express Scripts Foundation

Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation

LI-COR

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative

 

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Funding Opportunities

 
National Science Foundation
 

Major Research Instrumentation Program: Instrument Acquisition or Development (Limited Submission Program)

  • The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, museums, science centers, and not-for-profit organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by providing shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use are encouraged, as are development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at academic institutions.
    To accomplish these goals, the MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of shared research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. Instruments are expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. For the purposes of the MRI program, proposals must be for either acquisition or development of a single instrument or for equipment that, when combined, serves as an integrated research instrument (physical or virtual).  The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories/facilities or to conduct independent research activities simultaneously.  Further guidance on appropriate requests can be found in the MRI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/programs/mri. See http://www.jmu.edu/sponsprog/deadlines.html for more information on limited submission programs.
  • Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: Three (3)
    If three proposals are submitted, at least one of the proposals must be for instrument development (i.e., no more than two proposals may be for instrument acquisition).
  • Funding: Instrument acquisition or development proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million will be accepted from all eligible organizations. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 will also be accepted from all eligible organizations for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences and from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education for all NSF-supported disciplines.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5260&org=NSF&from=fund
  • Target Internal Deadline: December 10, 2012; Sponsor Deadline: January 24, 2013

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)

  • Cyberspace has transformed the daily lives of people for the better. The rush to adopt cyberspace, however, has exposed its fragility and vulnerabilities: corporations, agencies, national infrastructure and individuals have been victims of cyber-attacks. In December 2011, the National Science and Technology Council with the cooperation of NSF has advanced a broad, coordinated federal strategic plan for cybersecurity research and development to "change the game," check the misuses of cyber technology, bolster education and training in cybersecurity, establish a science of cybersecurity, and transition promising cybersecurity research into practice. This challenge requires a dedicated approach to research, development, and education that leverages the disciplines of mathematics and statistics, the social sciences, and engineering with the computational and information sciences.
    This program welcomes proposals that address Cybersecurity from a Trustworthy Computing Systems perspective (TWC); a Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences perspective (SBE); and a Transition to Practice perspective (TPP) (see below). In addition, we welcome proposals that integrate research addressing two or more of these perspectives as well as proposals focusing entirely on Cybersecurity Education (see below).
  • Estimated Number of Awards: 70; NSF anticipates approximately 5 Education awards, 51 Small awards, 12 Medium awards and 2 Frontier awards in FY13. Funding: Small projects: up to $500,000 in total budget, with durations of up to three years; Medium projects: $500,001 to $1,200,000 in total budget, with durations of up to four years; Frontier projects: $1,200,001 to $10,000,000 in total budget, with durations of up to five years.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12596/nsf12596.htm
  • Deadline: SMALL Projects: December 14, 2012; FRONTIER Projects; January 30, 2013

Math and Science Partnership (MSP)

  • The Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program is a major research and development effort that supports innovative partnerships to improve K-12 student achievement in mathematics and science. MSP projects are expected to raise the achievement levels of all students and significantly reduce achievement gaps in the STEM performance of diverse student populations. MSP projects contribute to what is known in K-12 STEM education. All STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields supported by NSF may be involved in this work, with special encouragement to areas that are gaining increased traction at the K-12 level, such as computer science and engineering, in addition to mathematics and science. MSP projects also serve as models that have a sufficiently strong evidence/research base to improve STEM education outcomes for all students. Through this solicitation, NSF seeks to support two levels of Targeted Partnership awards, Implementation and Prototype. Implementation awards are intended to develop and put into practice innovative approaches and strategies in education. Prototype awards explore potentially innovative approaches and strategies in education. Both types of Partnerships incorporate significant new innovations to STEM education, linked to a strong educational research agenda, in one of four focal areas: Community Enterprise for STEM Learning; Current Issues Related to STEM Content; Identifying and Cultivating Exceptional Talent; and K-12 STEM Teacher Preparation. In addition, there are three types of Research, Evaluation and Technical Assistance (RETA) project opportunities in this solicitation: research related to sustainability, or policies, or state plans for STEM education; technical assistance for evaluators of MSP projects; and the STEM Education Resource Collaboratory.
  • Funding: $55,000,000; Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited. For Targeted Partnerships projects in FY2013, NSF expects to make 10-15 total awards, including 5-7 Implementation awards and 5-8 Prototype awards. An additional 4-6 RETA awards are anticipated in FY2013.
  • Web: http://nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12518/nsf12518.htm
  • Deadline: December 18, 2012

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: January 16, 2013 (January 16, Annually Thereafter)

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. Principal Investigators (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.
    Proposals are welcomed in all areas of science supported by the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems. All investigator-initiated proposals to the core programs in the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems must now be invited based on merit review of preliminary proposals. There is a single submission deadline with a limit of 2 preliminary proposals per investigator per year as PI or co-PI in response to this solicitation. There are no limits on the number of proposals submitted as collaborator or senior personnel. These limits do not pertain to proposals submitted in response to other NSF solicitations.
  • Limit on Number of Proposals per PI: 2
    In a given year, an individual may participate as a PI or co-PI on no more than two preliminary proposals submitted in response to this IOS Core Program Solicitation. Preliminary proposals in excess of the limit for any person will be returned without review in the reverse order received. "PI" and "co-PI" refer to the role an individual would play in a full proposal (including all parts of a collaborative proposal).
    This limit does not pertain to proposals to other solicitations (e.g., Research Coordination Networks, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants, CAREER, Plant Genome Research Program, Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development) or to core programs in other BIO Divisions (Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, Biological Infrastructure, Environmental Biology). However solicitations may have their own limit guidelines so be sure to review those carefully for details.
  • Funding: $55,000,000 for 200 awards
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13506/nsf13506.htm
  • Preliminary Proposal Deadline (required): January 18, 2013; Full Proposal Deadline (by invitation only): August 2, 2013

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: $72,000,000 for new awards each year
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13508/nsf13508.htm
  • Preliminary Proposal Deadline (required): January 23, 2013; Full Proposal Deadline (by invitation only): August 2, 2013

Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS)

  • The Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS) competition promotes the conduct of interdisciplinary research by teams of investigators in the social and behavioral sciences. Emphasis is placed on support for research that involves researchers from multiple disciplinary fields, that integrates scientific theoretical approaches and methodologies from multiple disciplinary fields, and that is likely to yield generalizable insights and information that will advance basic knowledge and capabilities across multiple disciplinary fields.
  • Funding: $10,000,000; NSF anticipates making 10 to 15 awards annually.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12614/nsf12614.htm
  • Deadline: January 23, 2013; December 3, 2013

United States-Israel Collaboration in Computer Science

  • The United States-Israel Collaboration in Computer Science (USICCS) program is a joint program of NSF and the United States - Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF). The program supports research projects that develop new knowledge in the areas of theory of computing; algorithm design and analysis; design, verification, and evaluation of software systems; and revolutionary computing models based on emerging scientific ideas. Through this program, NSF and BSF will jointly support collaborations among US-based researchers and Israel-based researchers. US-based researchers will receive funds from NSF to support travel to Israel to interact with their Israeli counterparts. Israel-based and US-based researchers will receive funds allowable under the BSF program described at http://www.bsf.org.il/.
  • Funding: $400,000 in total for 6 to 9 awards
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12603/nsf12603.htm
  • Deadline: February 1, 2013

Mechanics of Materials (MOM)

  • The MoM program supports fundamental research in interdisciplinary solid mechanics.  Emphasis is placed on fundamental understanding that i) advances theory, experimental, and/or computational methods in MoM, and/or ii) uses contemporary MoM methods to address modern challenges in material and device mechanics and physics.
    Proposed research can focus on existing or emerging material systems across time and length scales; especially of interest are contemporary materials including complex solids, phononic/elastic metamaterials, soft materials, and active materials.  Research is welcome in emerging areas of multiscale methods, nanomechanics, manufacturing mechanics, and areas that incorporate fundamental understanding of physics and chemistry into the continuum-level understanding of solids.
    Intellectual merit typically includes advances in deformation, fracture, fatigue, constitutive modeling, multiphysics, nonlinear mechanics, computational methods, or experimental techniques. 
    Broader impacts are welcome that may include, but are not limited to i) advancing the relevant application of solid mechanics to important problems in new technological domains, ii) increasing awareness of the importance and role of solid mechanics in other scientific communities as well as society in general, iii) impacting graduate education in solid mechanics across the US, iv) impacting engineering practice, v) strengthening undergraduate and K-12 education in and exposure to solid mechanics, and vii) engaging and encouraging the participation of groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields.  Proposers should strive to make deep and lasting impacts via their proposed activities.
    Potentially transformative research is sought, as well as research that systematically advances the state-of-the-art in important ways.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13355
  • Deadline: February 15, 2013

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: February 19, 2013

Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation (PRIME)

  • The Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation (PRIME) program seeks to support research on evaluation with special emphasis on exploring innovative approaches for determining the impacts and usefulness of STEM education projects and programs; building on and expanding the theoretical foundations for evaluating STEM education and workforce development initiatives, including translating and adapting approaches from other fields; and growing the capacity and infrastructure of the evaluation field. Two types of proposals will be supported by the program: Exploratory Projects that include proof-of-concept and feasibility studies and more extensive Full-Scale Projects.
  • Funding: $7,000,000 for 11 to 13 awards; approximately 6-9 full scale and approximately 4-6 exploratory projects will be selected for funding. The remainder of funds will be allocated to conference and workshop projects, RAPIDs and EAGERs, pending availability of funds.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13515/nsf13515.htm
  • Deadline: February 20, 2013

Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21)

  • The Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21) program aims to build a robust computing research community, a computationally competent 21st century workforce, and a computationally empowered citizenry. In this undertaking, there are three interrelated challenges: the significant underproduction of degrees needed for the computing and computing-related workforce, the longstanding underrepresentation of many segments of our population, and the lack of a presence of computing in K-12.
    CE21 thus supports efforts in three tracks:
    Computing Education Research (CER) proposals will aim to develop a research base for computing education. Projects may conduct basic research on the teaching and learning of computational competencies in face-to-face or online settings; they may design, develop, test, validate, and refine materials, measurement tools, and methods for teaching in specific contexts; and/or they may implement promising small-scale interventions in order to study their efficacy with particular groups. Efforts can focus on computational thinking as taught in computing courses or infused across the curriculum, they can target students or their teachers in informal or formal educational settings, or they can address any level within the K-16 pipeline, from elementary school through high school and college.
    CS 10K
    proposals will aim to develop the knowledge base and partnerships needed to catalyze the CS 10K Project. The CS 10K Project aims to have rigorous, academic curricula incorporated into computing courses in 10,000 high schools, taught by 10,000 well-trained teachers. CS 10K proposals can address a wide range of needed activities, including the development of course materials, pedagogy, and methods courses, as well as professional development and ongoing support for teachers, approaches to scaling, best practices for increasing the participation of students from underrepresented groups, and strategies for building K-12, university, and community partnerships.
    Broadening Participation
    (BP) proposals will aim to develop and assess novel interventions that contribute to our knowledge base on the effective teaching and learning of computing for students from the underrepresented groups: women, persons with disabilities, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and indigenous peoples. Proposed interventions should be designed to engage and retain students from these groups and, at the same time, to increase their knowledge of computational thinking concepts and skills. Proposers are encouraged to leverage the resources provided by the existing BPC-A Alliances and to develop interventions that, if proven successful, could be implemented within a BPC-A Alliance. For additional information on the Alliances, see http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503593&org=NSF.
    In aggregate, CE21 projects will contribute to our understanding of how diverse student populations are engaged and retained in computing, learn its fundamental concepts, and develop computational competencies that position them to contribute to an increasingly computationally empowered workforce.
  • Funding: $15,000,000 total annually for 13 to 20 awards per year.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12609/nsf12609.htm
  • Deadline: March 13, 2013

Geophysics (PH)

  • The Geophysics Program is part of the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR). EAR provides funding for the conduct of research concerning the solid Earth and its surface environment. EAR supports investigations of the Earth's structure, composition, evolution, and the interaction of the lithosphere with the Earth's biosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere. In addition, EAR provides support for instrumental and observational infrastructure, cyberinfrastructure, and innovative educational and outreach activities. Projects may employ any combination of field, laboratory, and computational studies with observational, theoretical, or experimental approaches. Support is available for research and research infrastructure through grants and contracts awarded in response to investigator-initiated proposals from U.S. universities and other eligible organizations. EAR will consider co-funding of projects with other agencies and supports international work and collaborations.
  • Estimated Number of Awards: 70 to 80 annually; Anticipated Funding Amount: $15,900,000
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12598/nsf12598.htm
  • Deadline: June 5, 2013

 

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Virginia Innovation Partnership
 

i6 Challenge

  • The Virginia Innovation Partnership (VIP) will build lasting ties among at least six planning districts with economically distressed regions, over 10 research universities with $1.2B in annual research activity, 5 community colleges, more than 20 corporate partners, and 10 incubators, economic development agencies, and crowd-funding organizations spanning the entire state of Virginia. Building upon talent, innovation and entrepreneurship statewide, the VIP projects will attract follow-on funding that increases technological and economic development in Virginia, leading to new company start-ups, collaborations with existing corporations, and economic growth that creates new jobs which are not easily off-shored or out-sourced.
    VIP will selectively move promising technologies and business ideas to commercialization with the rigor needed to interest potential licensees or investors. The University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and SRI International will jointly manage the i6 VIP partnership as the Governing Committee. At least $800,000 annually will be dedicated to proof-of-concept projects open to any employee at any academic institution in the Commonwealth of Virginia who is otherwise authorized to submit proposals on behalf of that institution. Key elements of VIP will be $40,000-$80,000 investments in proof-of-concept projects, excellent mentoring from world-class mentor networks, and access to top-quartile venture capital partners representing $10B annually.
    An external Advisory Group with diverse government, corporate, research, community, and venture experience will provide validation and feedback. A Review Board, consisting of venture capitalists, university scientists, clinicians, engineers and individuals with technology and/or life science company operations experience, will review proposals and make funding recommendations to the Governing Committee. Expected outcomes are enhanced creation of new intellectual property with increased frequency of conversion to licensing deals, greater opportunities to access and secure follow-on funding, new start-up companies in all of the planning regions, new revenues flowing to the new ventures, and direct job creation.
  • Funding: No institutional match required. Institutions will be asked to waive F&A rates for funded projects. Grants will be for a one-year period, and may be funded again for an additional year on a competitive basis with new applications. At least 20 proof of concept grants are expected to be awarded this year. It is expected that most budgets will be in the range of $40,000 - $80,000 per year. The review group will have some discretion to recommend larger awards for projects of exceptional promise. Funding is expected to begin approximately February 1, 2013.
  • Web: http://www.virginia.edu/vpr/i6/apply.html
  • Deadline: December 14, 2012

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Center for Innovative Technology
 

Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund FY2013

  • The Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) advances science- and technology-based research, development, and commercialization to drive economic growth in Virginia and to encourage collaboration among its institutions of higher education and partnerships between these colleges and universities and business and industry.
    CRCF awards contribute to the Commonwealth’s overall plan to enhance economic development through technology research and commercialization. As such, CRCF awards must further the goals set forth in the Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap and align with industry opportunities identified therein. In addition to identifying research areas worthy of economic development and institutional focus, the Roadmap provides a framework for aligning key industry sectors within the state, as prioritized by the private sector, academia, the broader research community, and economic development professionals.
  • The CRCF FY2013 RFP will be announced on Monday, December 3, 2012; a preview is available.
  • Funding: Governor McDonnell and the General Assembly appropriated $4.8 million to the Fund each for FY2013 and for FY2014.
  • Web: http://www.cit.org/service-lines/commonwealth-research-commercialization-fund/
  • Letter of Intent Deadline: December 17, 2012; Sponsor Deadline: January 18, 2013

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The Jeffress Trust Program
 

Jeffress Trust Awards Program in Interdisciplinary Research (Limited Submission Program)

  • Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for the 2013 grant cycle supported by the Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust, replacing the former Jeffress Memorial Trust Award. The Jeffress Memorial Trust was founded in 1981 by Robert M. Jeffress in memory of his parents and will always be guided by its mission, namely to benefit the people of Virginia in, and devoted to, research in chemical, medical or other scientific fields.
  • Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: Up to four applications will be accepted from each nonprofit academic or research institution in Virginia, nominated through their own internal selection process.
  • Eligibility: Eligible research areas for Jeffress support include astronomy, biosciences, chemistry, computer sciences, engineering, environmental sciences, material science, mathematics and physics.  Research in social, economic and behavioral sciences, including psychology, are currently outside the scope of Jeffress funding.
    Full-time faculty at institutions in Virginia that are within seven years of their first faculty appointment are eligible to apply as Principal Investigators.
  • Funding: The Jeffress Trust Program now provides $100,000 awards as seed funding to support one-year pilot studies that encourage the development of innovative interdisciplinary strategies that integrate computational and quantitative scientific methodologies across a broad range of scientific disciplines.
  • Web: http://www.hria.org/tmfservices/?page=jeffress/
  • Target Internal Deadline: December 17, 2012; Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2013

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National Endowment for the Arts
 

NEA Literature Fellowships: Translation Projects, FY 2014

  • Through fellowships to published translators, the Arts Endowment supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English. We encourage translations of writers and of work that are not well represented in English translation. All proposed projects must be for creative translations of literary material into English. The work to be translated should be of interest for its literary excellence and value. Priority will be given to projects that involve work that has not previously been translated into English.
    Competition for fellowships is rigorous. Potential applicants should consider carefully whether their work will be competitive at the national level.
  • Funding: Grants are for $12,500 or $25,000. Award amounts are determined by the NEA.
  • Web: http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/LitTranslation/grant-program-description.html
  • Deadline: January 3, 2013

Our Town

  • Art works to improve the lives of America's citizens in many ways. Communities across our nation are leveraging the arts and engaging design to make their communities more livable with enhanced quality of life, increased creative activity, a distinct sense of place, and vibrant local economies that together capitalize on their existing assets. The NEA defines these efforts as the process of Creative Placemaking.
    Our Town will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to:
    • Improve their quality of life.
    • Encourage greater creative activity.
    • Foster stronger community identity and a sense of place.
    • Revitalize economic development.
    Through Our Town projects, the NEA intends to achieve the following outcome: Livability: American communities are strengthened through the arts.
  • Funding:An organization may request a grant amount from $25,000 to $200,000. All grants require a nonfederal match of at least 1 to 1. These matching funds may be all cash or a combination of cash and in-kind contributions.
  • Web: http://arts.gov/grants/apply/OurTown/index.html
  • Deadline: January 14, 2013

The Big Read

  • The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The Big Read provides organizations with grants and comprehensive resources that support their efforts to read and discuss a single book or the work of a poet. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest.
    The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to the community’s chosen book or poet.
    Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement.
  • Funding: Eligible organizations may apply for grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000. Grants must be matched 1 to 1 with nonfederal funds. Grant funds may be used for such expenses as book purchases, speaker fees and travel, salaries, advertising, and venue rental.
  • Web: http://www.neabigread.org/application_process.php
  • Deadline: February 5, 2013

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The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.
 

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program (Limited Submission Program)

  • The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained within the first five years of their appointment as independent researchers, and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching.
  • Eligibility: The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program is open to academic institutions in the States, Districts, and Territories of the United States of America that grant a bachelor's or higher degree in the chemical sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering. Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment, and are normally expected to have been appointed no earlier than mid-year 2007. Awardees are from Ph.D. granting departments in which scholarly research is a principal activity. Undergraduate education is an important component of the nominee's activities. Institutions may submit only one Camille Dreyfus nomination annually.
  • Funding:The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award provides a $75,000 unrestricted research grant. Of the total amount, $7,500 is for departmental expenses associated with research and education. Charges associated with indirect costs or institutional overhead are not allowed. Defrayal of academic-year salary is not permitted. Funds are normally expended over a period of five years. Foundation approval is not required for budgetary changes after an award is made. If the awardee leaves the institution, the transfer of the remaining funds requires prior Foundation approval.
  • Web: http://www.dreyfus.org/awards/camille_dreyfus_teacher_award.shtml
  • Target Internal Deadline: January 4, 2013; Sponsor Deadline for Nominations: February 10, 2013

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Association for Institutional Research
 

Improving Institutional Research in Postsecondary Educational Institutions

  • With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC), the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) operates two grant programs that support research on a wide range of issues of critical importance to U.S. higher education. The program has two separate purposes: (a) NSF and NCES support grants aim to increase the number of researchers using national datasets and demonstrate the contribution that these datasets make to the national base of knowledge on higher education policy, theory, and practice; and (b) The NPEC funding supports grants that increase the understanding and knowledge of a specific issue area identified by NPEC.
  • Funding: Two levels of grants are supported: (1) Research Grants: Faculty and practitioners are eligible for research grants of up to $40,000 for one year of independent research. (Note: These research grants are not available to students). All grant recipients must be affiliated with a U.S. postsecondary institution or relevant non-profit higher education organization. (2) Dissertation Grants: Doctoral students are eligible for dissertation grants of up to $20,000 for one year to support dissertation research and writing under the guidance of a faculty dissertation advisor.
  • Web: http://www.airweb.org/GrantsAndScholarships/Pages/GrantProgramOverview.aspx
  • Deadline: January 10, 2013

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CEC ArtsLink
 

ArtsLink Projects

  • ArtsLink Projects provides support to US artists, curators, presenters and arts organizations undertaking projects in any of the 37 eligible countries listed below. Applicants must be working with an artist or organization in that region and projects should be designed to benefit participants and audiences in both the US and the host country.
    ArtsLink has a cycle of alternate year deadlines according to discipline. In 2012, applications will be accepted from individual artists, presenters and non-profit arts organizations working in dance, music, literature and theater. In 2013, applications will be accepted from individual artists, curators and non-profit arts organizations working in visual and media arts.
    Support is provided to create new work that draws inspiration from interaction with artists and the community in the US; to establish mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and expertise between artists, arts organizations and the local community and to pursue artistic cooperation that will enrich creative or professional development or has potential to expand the community's access to the art of other cultures.
  • Maximum award: $10,000
  • Web: http://www.cecartslink.org/grants/artslink_projects/
  • Deadline: January 15, 2013

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Institute of Museum and Library Services
 

Museums for America

  • The goal of the Museums for America (MFA) program is to strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve the public more effectively by supporting high-priority activities that advance its mission, plans, and strategic goals and objectives.
    MFA grants support activities that strengthen museums as active resources for lifelong learning, as important institutions in the establishment of livable communities, and as good stewards of the nation’s collections. MFA grants can fund both new and ongoing museum activities and programs. Examples include planning, managing and conserving collections, improving public access, training, conducting programmatic research, school and public programming, producing exhibitions, and integrating new or upgraded technologies into your operations.
  • There are three categories within the MFA program:
    Learning Experiences
    IMLS places the learner at the center and supports engaging experiences in museums that prepare people to be full participants in their local communities and our global society. Projects should deliver high quality, inclusive, accessible and audience-focused programs, exhibitions, and services for lifelong learning in formal or informal settings.
    Community Anchors
    IMLS promotes museums as strong community anchors that enhance civic engagement, cultural opportunities, and economic vitality. Projects should address common community challenges and demonstrate how your museum improves the quality of life and enriches community members’ knowledge and understanding of critical local and global issues, provides forums for community dialogue, and/or connects individuals to resources in the broader community service infrastructure through its programs and services. Projects may include capacity-building activities that position your museum to be more effective in fulfilling its role as a community anchor institution.
    Collections Stewardship
    IMLS supports exemplary stewardship of museum collections and promotes the use of technology to facilitate discovery of knowledge and cultural heritage. Projects should support the care and management of collections to expand and sustain access for current and future generations. Projects should reflect systematic, holistic, logical approaches to the documentation, preservation, and conservation of tangible and digital collections to sustain and improve public access.
  • Funding: $5,000-$150,000 for up to three years. Matching requirement is 1:1.
  • Web: http://www.imls.gov/applicants/detail.aspx?GrantId=11
  • Deadline: January 15, 2013

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Research Corporation for Science Advancement
 

Multi-Investigator Cottrell College Science Awards

  • The MI-CCSA program is aimed at helping start sustainable, collaborative programs of research by cross-disciplinary teams of faculty from science departments in primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs). The program is focused on helping early career faculty jumpstart research programs that tackle complex scientific problems. The research project should be one that could not be effectively approached by an individual researcher or a group of researchers within the same discipline or sub-discipline. Rather, it is aimed at projects that, by their complexity and interdisciplinary nature, require a cross-disciplinary team approach to achieve significant progress and sustainability. In addition, the proposed research should help enhance interdisciplinary educational activities at the home institution.
  • Funding: The award amount is $75,000 for a two-investigator team and $100,000 for a three-investigator team. The award duration is two years with a single, one-year, no-cost extension available on request. An institutional match of $25,000 is required on all applications. Allowed budget categories include faculty summer stipends, student summer stipends, equipment, supplies and funds for travel needed to conduct the research.
  • Web: http://www.rescorp.org/grants-and-awards/cottrell-college-science-awards/multi-investigator
  • Deadline: January 15, 2013

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National Endowment for the Humanities
 

Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

  • This program is designed to fund the implementation of innovative digital-humanities projects that have successfully completed a start-up phase and demonstrated their value to the field. Such projects might enhance our understanding of central problems in the humanities, raise new questions in the humanities, or develop new digital applications and approaches for use in the humanities. The program can support innovative digital-humanities projects that address multiple audiences, including scholars, teachers, librarians, and the public. Applications from recipients of NEH’s Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants are welcome.
    Unlike NEH’s start-up grant program, which emphasizes basic research, prototyping, experimentation, and potential impact, the Digital Humanities Implementation Grants program seeks to identify projects that have successfully completed their start-up phase and are well positioned to have a major impact.
    Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. Digital Humanities Implementation Grants may involve
    • implementation of computationally-based methods or techniques for humanities research;
    • implementation of new digital tools for use in humanities research, public programming, or educational settings;
    • efforts to ensure the completion and long-term sustainability of existing digital resources (typically in conjunction with a library or archive);
    • studies that examine the philosophical or practical implications of the use of emerging technologies in specific fields or disciplines of the humanities, or in interdisciplinary collaborations involving several fields or disciplines; or
    • implementation of new digital modes of scholarly communication that facilitate peer review, collaboration, or the dissemination of humanities scholarship for various audiences.
    Successful projects must make digital innovations and be significant to the humanities.
  • Funding: Awards are for one to three years. Awards range from $100,000 to $325,000. During fiscal year 2013, NEH estimates that it will make three to five awards in this program. Cost sharing is not required for Digital Humanities Implementation Grants. However, applicants are welcome to use cost sharing for implementation projects in which the total budget exceeds the NEH grant limit.
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digital-humanities-implementation-grants
  • Deadline: January 23, 2013 for Projects Beginning September 2013

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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: February 1, 2013

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American Political Science Association
 

Small Research Grant Program

  • The APSA Small Research Grant Program supports research in all fields of political science. The intent of these grants is to support the research and further the careers of political scientists who are not employed at Ph.D.-granting departments in the field.
    Prior grant recipients have been able to publish several books and book chapters, journal articles, working papers, and conference presentations as the result of the grants. They also report benefits to students, who have been able to serve as co-authors or research assistants on the grant-funded projects.  Several recipients were also able to use the APSA grant as "seed money" to gain additional funding.
  • Funding: A small number of these grants are awarded annually by the Council on the basis of a peer-review process.  Individual grants may not exceed $2,500 and are not renewable. Funds may be used for such research activities as: travel to archives, travel to conduct interviews, administration and coding of instruments, research assistance, and purchase of datasets. While this list is merely illustrative, certain research activities are specifically excluded from funding: travel to professional meetings, secretarial costs except for preparation of the final manuscripts for publication, and salary support for the principal investigator. Overhead or indirect costs are not allowable expenses.  Funds must be expended between the time they are received (usually in May) and the end of the following fiscal year (September 30). 
  • Web: http://www.apsanet.org/content_9222.cfm
  • Deadline: February 4, 2013

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National Institutes of Health
 

Improving Diet and Physical Activity Assessment (R01)

  • This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of the Director (OD) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), encourages innovative research to enhance the quality of measurements of dietary intake and physical activity. Applications submitted under this FOA may include development of: Novel assessment approaches; better methods to evaluate instruments; assessment tools for culturally diverse populations or various age groups, including older adults; improved technology or applications of existing technology; statistical methods to assess or correct for measurement errors or biases, methods to investigate the multidimensionality of diet and physical activity behavior through pattern analysis; or integrated measurement of diet and physical activity along with the environmental context of such behaviors.  
  • Funding: Expected direct cost amounts for individual awards range from $200,000 to $650,000.
  • Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-198.html
  • Deadline: February 5, 2013

Pilot Intervention and Services Research Grants (R34)

  • The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage research on 1) the development and/or pilot testing of new or adapted interventions, 2) the adaptation and/or pilot testing of interventions with demonstrated efficacy for use in broader scale effectiveness trials, or 3) innovative services research directions that require preliminary testing or development. The R34 award mechanism provides resources for evaluating the feasibility, tolerability, acceptability and safety of novel approaches to improving mental health and modifying health risk behavior, and for obtaining the preliminary data needed as a pre-requisite to a larger-scale (efficacy or effectiveness) intervention or services study.  NIMH intervention and services research is aimed at preventing or ameliorating mental disorders, emotional or behavioral problems, the co-occurrence of mental, physical and substance abuse problems, HIV infections, and the functional consequences of these problems across the life span.  NIAAA prevention, treatment, and services research is aimed at preventing or ameliorating alcohol use disorders, related emotional or behavioral problems, and the co-occurrence of other mental, physical, and substance abuse problems, HIV/AIDS, and the functional consequences of these problems across the life span..
  • Funding: Direct costs are limited to $450,000 over the R34 project period, with no more than $225,000 in direct costs allowed in any single year. The total project period for an application submitted in response to this funding opportunity may not exceed three years.
  • Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-279.html
  • Deadline: February 16, 2013

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Corporation for National and Community Service
 

AmeriCorps State and National Grants FY 2013

  • The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic participation through service and volunteering. CNCS—through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and the Social Innovation Fund—has helped to engage millions of citizens in meeting community and national challenges through service and volunteer action.This AmeriCorps State and National (AmeriCorps) Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity Notice (Notice) will focus grant making for fiscal year 2013 in six focus areas identified by the Serve America Act (SAA):
    • Disaster Services.
    • Economic Opportunity.
    • Education.
    • Environmental Stewardship.
    • Healthy Futures.
    • Veterans and Military Families.
    In order to maximize the impact of the public investment in national service, CNCS will fund programs that can demonstrate community impact and solve community problems using an evidence-based or evidence-informed approach (e.g. performance data, research, theory of change).
  • Funding: The actual level of funding will be subject to the availability of annual appropriations, which have not yet been made.
  • Web: http://www.americorps.gov/for_organizations/funding/nofa_detail.asp?tbl_nofa_id=98
  • Deadline: February 6, 2013

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National Council for Eurasian and East European Research
 

Title VIII National Research Competition

  • National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER) invites proposals for its National Research Competition. This competition provides funds for both collaborative and individual research projects in the humanities and social sciences in or on any country of Eurasia or East-Central Europe. The primary scholar on either a collaborative or individual project must be a US citizen and hold a PhD degree. In addition, applicants must have completed any previous NCEEER grants received before they may apply for a new grant.
  • Funding: Research Contracts support collaborative projects involving multiple post-doctoral scholars, or individuals with comparable research skills who do not hold PhDs, including at least one US-citizen scholar or researcher with a maximum award of $70,000. Research Grants support research projects conducted by individual US citizens, with a maximum award of $40,000. Contracts provide funding to scholars or researchers via institutional awards, while Grants are awarded directly to the scholar or researcher. Accordingly, Contracts and Grants involve different application forms and guidelines.
    Funding for summer salary support is ordinarily not fundable by NCEEER. Research support funding is primarily to be devoted to necessary travel and research expenses. While regular salary support will be considered, summer salary support will be considered as the lowest priority for funding. Any exception concerning summer salary support will need to have clear and detailed specification of its necessity for completion of the proposed project.
  • Web: http://www.nceeer.org/programs/national-research-competition.html
  • Deadline: February 15, 2013

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Gannett Foundation
 

Community Action Grants

  • The Gannett Foundation provides support for: education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation and cultural enrichment. 
  • Funding: Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000.
  • Web: http://www.gannettfoundation.org/
  • Deadline: February 16, 2013

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Graham Foundation

 

Grants in Architecture and Related Arts

  • Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.
  • Architecture and related spatial practices engage a wide range of cultural, social, political, technological, environmental, and aesthetic issues. We are interested in projects that investigate the contemporary condition, expand historical perspectives, or explore the future of architecture and the designed environment. We support innovative, thought-provoking investigations in architecture; architectural history, theory, and criticism; design; engineering; landscape architecture; urban planning; urban studies; visual arts; and related fields of inquiry. Our interest also extends to work being done in the fine arts, humanities, and sciences that expands the boundaries of thinking about architecture and space. In an effort to bridge communities and different fields of knowledge, we support a wide range of practitioners (such as architects, scholars, critics, writers, artists, curators, and educators) and organizations (such as non-profit galleries, colleges and universities, publishers, and museums).Open discourse is essential to advance study and understanding, therefore our grantmaking focuses on the public dissemination of ideas. With our support, the work of individuals and organizations reaches new audiences, from specialized to general, and creates opportunities for critical dialogue between various publics.
  • Funding: The Graham Foundation offers Production and Presentation Grants to organizations up to $30,000, likely less.
  • Web: http://www.grahamfoundation.org/grant_programs
  • Deadline: February 25, 2013

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U.S. Department of Defense

 

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Academic Research Program

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Anthony Robbins Foundation
 

Grants

  • The Anthony Robbins Foundation  seeks to empower  youth, elderly, disabled, homeless and hungry, and prison populations.
  • Funding: In 2010, the foundation awarded more than $171,000 in charitable grants.
  • Web: http://anthonyrobbinsfoundation.org/grants/grants.php
  • Deadline: Rolling for letters of intent

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Autism Speaks
 

Suzanne and Bob Wright Trailblazer Award Program

  • Autism Speaks places a high priority on innovation and has designed its new Trailblazer Award to respond quickly to fund highly novel transformative projects. The Trailblazer Award mechanism will support highly novel “out of the box” autism-relevant research that open new avenues to understanding the causes, diagnosis, subtyping, prevention, treatments, and cure of autism spectrum disorders. The Trailblazer Award mechanism is designed to fund small investigator-initiated high risk/high impact projects that are potentially transformative, paradigm shifting, and/or will overcome significant roadblocks in autism research within a 12 month period. We are seeking projects that may be too risky for regular research mechanisms, including that of Autism Speaks Pilot Study grants.
    The proposed Trailblazer project:
    • Must explore a highly novel idea or research technique that potentially could have high impact, i.e., have the capacity to change the way we diagnose, subtype, prevent, and/or treat ASD or the way we conduct relevant research on ASD.
    • Is not required to have preliminary data, but must have a sound rationale supporting the need for such a project
    • Should be considered risky as to not likely be supported though other AS grants programs, including pilot studies.
    • May come from newer or established investigators with demonstrated expertise and experience in autism and/or from investigators in non-autism areas of research that will be applied directly to autism research. Applicants must have a demonstrated track record of research experience relevant to the proposed project.
  • Autism Speaks research funding will be restricted to projects that address one of the following priorities:
    1. Understand environmental risk factors and their interaction with genetic susceptibility to enable prevention and improve diagnosis and treatment
    2. Discover biomarkers that can improve risk assessment and subtype stratification that will allow for an individualized approach to treatment
    3. Improve quality of life through more effective medicines, behavioral interventions, and technologies
    4. Enhance diagnosis and treatment of underserved and under-studied populations, specifically,
    • Nonverbal persons with ASD
    • Ethnically-diverse and/or low resource communities
    • Adults
    • Those with medical co-morbidities
    5. Disseminate and implement evidence-based clinical practices to the broader community worldwide
  • Funding: Awards are limited to a period of 12 months and an amount up to $100,000 total, inclusive of 10% indirect costs. Funds must be used for
    research expenses and cannot be used for equipment, travel, meeting, or publication costs. Training and mentoring-only applications are not appropriate for this funding program. Project completion must be achievable within 12 months.
  • Web: http://www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/docs/sciencedocs/grants/trailblazer_rfa_2012.pdf
  • Deadline: Letters of inquiry accepted on a rolling basis

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The Coca-Cola Company
 

Community Support

  • The Coca-Cola Company, its global philanthropic arm, The Coca-Cola Foundation, and its regional foundations strive daily to be responsive to the citizenship priorities in the global communities where we live and work.
    At The Coca-Cola Company, we recognize that we cannot have a healthy and growing business unless the communities we serve are healthy and sustainable. As a global beverage company, we have committed ourselves to improving the quality of life in the communities where we do business. Our community investment priorities reflect the global and local nature of our business and focuses on those global pillars where The Coca-Cola Company can make a unique and sustainable difference: water stewardship, active healthy living, community recycling, and education.
  • Web: http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/citizenship/application_guidelines.html
  • Deadline: Applications for contributions, fundraising dinners, and community sponsorships are accepted year-round.

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Cognizant
 

Making the Future

  • Cognizant’s Making the Future education initiative was created to unleash the passion of young people in STEM disciplines by creating fun, hands-on learning opportunities. Through financial, in-kind and volunteer support for schools and nonprofits; advocacy; college scholarships; and our flagship Making the Future After-School and Summer Program, Cognizant seeks to develop 21st century skills like creativity, innovation, and collaboration that will create a brighter future for our children, preparing them to be tomorrow’s leaders in our global economy.
    The company plans to double the number of afterschool programs funded from 10 to 20.
  • Deadline: Grants fund tools, materials, and instructor stipends from programs.
  • Web: http://www.cognizant.com/aboutus/makingthefuture
  • Deadline: Rolling

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Compton Foundation
 

Grant Program

  • Compton Foundation has adopted a new mission: We ignite change. We support transformative leadership and courageous storytelling, inspiring action toward a peaceful, just, sustainable future. The status quo is not shifting rapidly enough toward a peaceful, just, and sustainable world. Our new mission highlights a sense of urgency and a willingness to take risks in order to transform the way we live. Bringing forth a positive future requires innovative ways of understanding and naming the problems we face, as well as new methods for collaborating to solve them. Implicit in the mission is support for progressive and democratic social change.
    Change requires both long-term movement building and the ability to respond quickly to opportunistic moments when transformation and/or real short-term gains are possible. The Foundation will support organizations building the long-term capacity to ignite change as well as providing rapid response and emerging opportunity funding. The Foundation values projects that explore the connections between issue areas.
    Transformative Leadership
    :
    In this area, the Foundation expects to support:
    • Institutions that are training, convening, and coaching leaders with the above qualities.
    • Networks of leaders working across difference in issue, approach, or constituency.
    • Exemplary organizations that demonstrate new ways of working, creative collaboration, and transformative leadership qualities.
    Courageous Storytelling: In this area, the Foundation expects to support:
    • Creative media (art, music, drama, writing, photography) that captures imagination, expands our understanding of critical social and environmental problems, and articulates a positive vision for the future.
    • Organizations that help creative artists engage with social and environmental change.
  • Web: http://www.comptonfoundation.org/
  • Deadline: Anytime

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Economic Development Administration
 

Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program

  • Under the Planning program EDA assists eligible recipients in creating regional economic development plans designed to stimulate and guide the economic development efforts of a community or region. As part of this program, EDA supports Partnership Planning investments to facilitate the development, implementation, revision, or replacement of Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS), which articulate and prioritize the strategic economic goals of recipients' respective regions. In general, EDA provides Partnership Planning grants to the designated planning organization (e.g., District Organization) serving EDA-designated Economic Development Districts to enable these organizations to develop and implement relevant CEDS. In addition, EDA provides Partnership Planning grants to Indian Tribes to help develop and implement CEDS and associated economic development activities. The Planning program also helps support planning organizations, including District Organizations, Indian Tribes, and other eligible Recipients, with Short Term and State Planning investments designed to guide the eventual creation and retention of higher-skill, higher-wage jobs, particularly for the unemployed and underemployed in the Nation’s most economically distressed regions. The Local Technical Assistance program strengthens the capacity of local or State organizations, institutions of higher education, and other eligible recipients to undertake and promote effective economic development programs through projects such as feasibility analyses and impact studies.
  • Funding: Approximately 425 awards of up to $100,000: $29 million total for the Planning Program and $3.5 million for the Local Technical Assistance Program. There is a 50 percent cost sharing or matching share requirement.
  • Web: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=zBB6Q3NpWF8ppJL7nwSWVlyQ11fkwLyhLDQb1JMMJk0stJh2j145!73790769?oppId=189193&mode=VIEW
  • Deadline: Ongoing

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Express Scripts Foundation
 

Foundation Grants

  • The Express Scripts Foundation board of directors considers requests from organizations that advance medical- and health-related causes, particularly for the uninsured and underinsured; we fund educational activities that support school readiness, improve literacy, develop math competency and provide science enrichment to help prepare students for higher education and success in life.
  • Funding: In 2010, the foundation awarded more than $1.15 million in charitable grants.
  • Web: https://easymatch.com/expressscriptsgive/applications/agency?skip=guideline&programid=5
  • Deadline: Rolling

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Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation
 

Foundation Grants

  • The Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation provides support for musical performing arts and musical education.
    Preference will be given to requests for the following:
    • Arrange for musical entertainment, concerts, and recitals appropriate for the education and instruction of the public in the musical arts. Paramount consideration, however, is given to traditional classical music programs
    • Aid worthy students of music to secure complete and adequate musical education
    • Aid organizations in their efforts to present fine music to the public, provided that such organizations are operated exclusively for educational purposes
  • Funding: Grants range from $5,000 to $20,000; Average number of grants per year: 26
  • Web: https://www.wellsfargo.com/privatefoundationgrants/bergen
  • Deadline: Applications are accepted year-round. Applications must be submitted by April 10 to be reviewed at the grant meeting in May and August 15 to be reviewed in October.

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LI-COR
 

Science Undergraduate Research Grant (SURG) Program

  • The Science Undergraduate Research Grant (SURG) Program is designed for faculty researchers and their students to gain access to cutting edge life science technology and incorporate it into the classroom. The SURG program’s goal is to increase inquiry-based learning by providing the tools necessary to accelerate both students’ and instructors’ research and improve the quality of their science curriculum.
  • Funding: LI-COR Biosciences is awarding a limited number of matching fund grants (value up to $18,400) to eligible academic institutions within the United States and Puerto Rico to be used toward the purchase of a LI-COR Odyssey® Fc Imaging System including the instrument, software, and reagents. LI-COR SURG grants are a 40% match from LI-COR with the institution providing 60%. Depending on the package you choose, the system will cost the institution around $25,650 or $27,600, after you receive the 40% match.
  • Web: http://www.licor.com/bio/educational_resources/surg/index.jsp
  • Deadline: Rolling

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Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
 

Explorer Awards RFA

  • The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) seeks to improve the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding, catalyzing and driving innovative research of the greatest quality and relevance. Although SFARI's immediate priority is to benefit individuals challenged by autism spectrum disorders, autism research is expected to yield insights into the neural mechanisms of fundamental human capabilities. Thus SFARI's efforts will aid the broader mission of the Simons Foundation to advance research in basic science and mathematics.
    This award program is designed to enhance our existing support of autism research by providing timely resources to enable focused experiments highly relevant to our mission. A deeper understanding of the mechanisms underlying autism spectrum disorders or potential therapeutic approaches will require investigation at multiple levels, including but not limited to studies focused on gene discovery, molecular mechanisms, circuits, anatomy, and cognition and behavior. We will consider proposals at all of these levels.
    Explorer Awards are intended to provide resources to support exploratory experiments that will strengthen hypotheses and lead to the formulation of competitive applications for subsequent larger-scale funding by SFARI or other organizations. Innovative, high-risk/high-impact proposals are encouraged. We especially encourage applications from investigators who are new to the field of autism, but who have expertise that could be brought to bear on this complex disorder.
  • Funding: SFARI will support applications for maximum direct costs of $50,000 for one year, non-renewable. Indirect costs are limited to 20 percent of direct costs, with the following exceptions: equipment, tuition, pre and postdoctoral fellow stipends and benefits, any subcontracts with budgets — including indirect expenses, and SCC biospecimens. Travel expenses may not be included in the budget. Indirect costs paid to a subcontractor may not exceed 20 percent of the direct costs paid to the subcontractor.
  • Web: http://sfari.org/funding/grants/explorer-awards-rfa
  • Deadline: Applications are considered on a rolling basis, with a response time as early as 30 days.

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