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

National Council for Eurasian and East European Research

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Gannett Foundation

National Institutes of Health

Autism Speaks

Graham Foundation

American Philosophical Society

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Endowment for the Arts

National Archives and Records Administration

Institute of Turkish Studies

Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

National Institute of Justice

ING Foundation

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

U.S. Department of Defense

Anthony Robbins Foundation

Cedar Tree Foundation

The Coca-Cola Company

Cognizant

Compton Foundation

Economic Development Administration

The Energy Foundation

Express Scripts Foundation

Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation

The Harry Chapin Foundation

James S. McDonnell Foundation

LI-COR

National Geographic Society

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative

 

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Funding Opportunities

 
National Science Foundation
 

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

Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE)

  • The INSPIRE awards program was established to address some of the most complicated and pressing scientific problems that lie at the intersection of traditional disciplines. It is intended to encourage investigators to submit bold, exceptional proposals that some may consider to be at a disadvantage in a standard NSF review process; it is not intended for proposals that are more appropriate for existing award mechanisms. INSPIRE is open to interdisciplinary proposals on any NSF-supported topic, submitted by invitation only after a preliminary inquiry process initiated by submission of a required Letter of Intent.
    Specifically, INSPIRE seeks to:
    • Create new interdisciplinary opportunities that are not perceived to exist presently.
    • Attract unusually creative high-risk / high-reward interdisciplinary proposals.
    • Provide sufficient funding to pursue the novel idea beyond the exploratory stage.
    • Recognize and encourage innovative interdisciplinary research by unusually creative individual investigators, especially at early- to mid-career stages.
    • Designate no favored topics; be open to all NSF-supported areas of science, engineering, and education research.
    INSPIRE Track 2. With a larger magnitude than Track 1, INSPIRE Track 2 awards are "mid-scale" research projects that can request budgets up to $3,000,000 over a duration of up to five years. In addition to the larger scale relative to Track 1, Track 2 projects must be substantially co-funded by at least three intellectually distinct NSF divisions or programs whose research communities do not have a well-established history of collaboration. Also, the expectations for significant broader impacts (e.g., unique interdisciplinary training opportunities, international collaboration, broadening participation considerations, outreach to facilitate societal benefit of the research) will be higher than for Track 1. 
    Note: INSPIRE Track 2 directly addresses mid-scale research, not mid-scale instrumentation. INSPIRE Track 2 proposals can request substantial funding for instrumentation if this is justified by the needs of the research, and if the instrumentation itself yields highly innovative capabilities to push the boundaries of science in a new direction.
  • Funding: 10 to 15 awards; Grants range from $500,000 to $3 million.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13518/nsf13518.htm
  • Letter of Intent (REQUIRED) : February 20, 2013; Full Proposal Deadline: May 13, 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

Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE)

  • The Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE) program funds research and educational projects that improve ethics education in all fields of science and engineering that NSF supports, with priority consideration given to interdisciplinary, inter-institutional, and international contexts. Although the primary focus is on improving ethics education for graduate students in NSF-funded fields, the proposed programs may benefit advanced undergraduates as well.
  • Funding: $3,000,000 for 6 to 10 awards
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11514/nsf11514.htm
  • Deadline: March 1, 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

Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP)

  • This program is a continuation of the Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) that began in FY 1998 as part of the National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI). Since the inception of the NPGI and the PGRP, there has been a tremendous increase in the availability of functional genomics tools and sequence resources for use in the study of key crop plants and their models. Proposals are welcomed that build on these resources to develop conceptually new and different ideas and strategies to address grand challenge questions in plants of economic importance on a genome-wide scale. There is also a critical need for the development of novel and creative tools to facilitate new experimental approaches or new ways of analyzing genomic data. Especially encouraged are proposals that provide strong and novel training opportunities integral to the research plan and particularly across disciplines that include, but are not limited to, plant physiology, quantitative genetics, biochemistry, bioinformatics and engineering.
    Four kinds of activity will be supported in FY 2013: (1) Genomics-empowered plant research to tackle fundamental questions in plant sciences on a genome-wide scale; (2) Development of tools and resources for plant genome research including novel technologies and analysis tools to enable discovery; (3) Mid-Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research (MCA-PGR) to increase participation of investigators trained primarily in fields other than plant genomics; and, (4) Novel Methods for Generating Physical Frameworks for Plant Genomes (GPF-PG) to develop new and cost effective strategies for the construction of the genomes of plants of economic importance. Proposals addressing these opportunities are welcomed at all scales, from single-investigator projects through multi-investigator, multi-institution projects, commensurate with the scope and scale of the work proposed.
  • Funding: $15,000,000 for 10 to 15 awards
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13522/nsf13522.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

Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE)

  • The Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE) Program is a Directorate-wide activity to support the development of a diverse and well-prepared workforce of engineering graduates, particularly those with advanced degrees. A central theme of the program's activities is enhancing the ability of early career faculty members, particularly those from underrepresented groups, to succeed in their careers as researchers and educators.   The Broadening Participation in Engineering Program supports projects to engage and develop diverse teams that can offer unique perspectives and insights to challenges in engineering research and education.  By seeing problems in different ways, a diverse workforce can encourage innovation and scientific breakthroughs.   Throughout this Program Description, the term underrepresented groups will refer to and include the following: women, persons with disabilities, and ethnic/racial groups which are in the minority in engineering, specifically African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Pacific Islanders.
    The Engineering Directorate recognizes that broadening participation is a systemic issue, with a need for wide-ranging and comprehensive interventions at all levels of the educational system.  While there is a general need to diversify pathways that lead to engineering careers, the BPE program currently supports engineering faculty, particularly early career faculty, in integrating broadening participation and diversity with their scholarly activities, including education, research and innovation.  Given that engineering addresses human needs, the US population is becoming much more diverse, and engineering practice increasingly turns to customers in designing innovations, it is critical that the faculty of the future are able to draw from diverse perspectives in their engineering research and educational activities.
    In alignment with the goals of the Engineering Directorate (ENG) and with other programs in the Engineering Education and Centers Division, the BPE Program is interested in areas related to:
    • Understanding how a diverse engineering student body, professional workforce, and faculty impact engineering innovation and productivity.
    • The underlying issues affecting the differential participation rates in engineering, particularly those that can be addressed by engineering faculty members.
    • The experiences and interactions that enhance or inhibit underrepresented groups' persistence to degree and career interest in the professoriate.
    BPE award activities should be informed by the body of knowledge that surrounds these (and other) important research questions; and in turn add to that knowledge base. 
    Establishing Mentoring and Networking Opportunities for early career engineering faculty members that allow targeted faculty to engage with, learn from, and network with diverse individuals and groups in ways that will demonstrably enhance their long term career success.  The program is particularly interested in creating opportunities for early career faculty from groups typically under-represented in engineering departments.  Funds will be utilized primarily to seed new networking and mentoring opportunities rather than fund ongoing efforts; thus all projects are expected to develop a plan for sustainability independent of further NSF support.
    Broadening Participation Research supports up to 3-year research projects that seek to create and study new models and innovations related to the participation and success of groups underrepresented in engineering graduate education, postdoctoral training, and academic engineering careers.  The program accepts a range of project scales from small, exploratory projects to larger scale investigations with a broad, systemic scope; project budgets should match the project scope.  Small-scale, exploratory projects that contribute to the knowledge base of diversifying faculty in engineering-for example exploring matriculation into graduate programs, reward structures for faculty, or ways to broaden participation from specific groups-are strongly encouraged.
  • Funding: $300,000 for 15 awards
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504870
  • Deadline: Full proposal accepted anytime

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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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National Institute of Standards and Technology
 

SURF 2013

  • NIST Boulder and NIST Gaithersburg are soliciting applications from eligible colleges and universities located in the U.S. and its territories nominating undergraduate students to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) NIST Boulder Programs (SURF NIST Boulder Programs) and NIST Gaithersburg Programs (SURF NIST Gaithersburg Programs). The SURF NIST Programs will provide research opportunities for undergraduate students to work with internationally known NIST scientists, to expose them to cutting-edge research, and to promote the pursuit of graduate degrees in science and engineering.
    The SURF NIST Boulder Programs are anticipated to run from May 20, 2013 through August 2, 2013; adjustments may be made to accommodate specific academic schedules (e.g., a limited number of 11-week programs with the schedule shifted to begin after the regular start in order to accommodate colleges or universities operating on quarter systems).
    The SURF Gaithersburg Program is anticipated to run between May 23 – August 9, 2013 or June 6 – August 9, 2013; adjustments may be made to accommodate specific academic schedules (e.g., a limited number of 9-week slots).
  • Funding for Boulder: Approximately $163,800 for new awards. NIST anticipates that individual awards to institutions will range from approximately $9,100 to $72,800 and will support a total of 18 undergraduate students. The total number of awards will depend on the number of undergraduate students selected per institution to attend the SURF NIST Boulder Program.
  • Funding for Gaithersburg: Approximately $820,000 for new awards. NIST anticipates that individual awards to institutions will range from approximately $9,000 to $72,000 and will support a total of 90 undergraduate students. The total number of awards will depend on the number of undergraduate students selected per institution to attend the SURF NIST Gaithersburg Program.
  • Web: http://www.nist.gov/surfboulder/; http://www.nist.gov/surfgaithersburg/
  • Deadline: February 15, 2013 (for Boulder and Gaithersburg)

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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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National Institutes of Health
 

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

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) Small Grant Program (R03)

  • The NIDCD Small Grant Program (R03) is intended to support basic and clinical research of scientists who are beginning to establish an independent research career. It cannot be used for thesis or dissertation research. The research must be focused on one or more of the areas within the biomedical and behavioral scientific mission of the NIDCD:  hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, or language. The NIDCD R03 grant mechanism supports different types of projects including secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; translational research; outcomes research; and development of new research technology. Irrespective of the type of project, the intent of the NIDCD R03 is for the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s) to obtain sufficient preliminary data for a subsequent R01 application.
  • Funding: Up to $100,000 in direct costs per year for up to three years.
  • Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-057.html
  • Deadline: February 26, 2013; June 26, 2013

Technology Development for Protein Modeling (R01)

  • The purpose of this FOA is to encourage grant applications that propose to develop novel technologies that will significantly improve the accuracy of comparative modeling methods for protein structure prediction. The two main goals of this FOA are to increase the quality of protein structure models to a level comparable to high-resolution X-ray crystal structures when known structures are available with 30% sequence identity to the modeling targets, and to increase model quality to 2 Angstroms RMSD (Root Mean Squared Deviation) or better when known structures are available with as low as 10% identity to the targets.
    Applicants of this FOA should be focusing on one or both of the following two main goals:
    1) Near-Crystal-Structure Quality for Close Homologs of Known Structures
    The first scientific goal of this FOA is to approach the standard of high-resolution X-ray crystal structure quality for comparative models that are based on known structures with 30% or higher sequence identity to the modeling targets. This is predominantly a high-accuracy refinement problem, although substantial improvement of alignment methods is also required. The aim is to acquire the ability to reliably produce computational models with highly accurate placement of both backbone and side chain atoms, and to significantly reduce the need for experimental structure determinations for close homologs of known structures.
    2) High-Accuracy Models for Remote Homologs of Known Structures
    The second scientific goal is to expand the modeling coverage to more distantly related proteins that exhibit as low as 10% identity to any known structures. The quality of these models should be close to X-ray structures or high-resolution NMR structures with less than 2 Angstrom RMSD for backbone and side-chain atoms. This is both an alignment problem and a refinement problem. Significant improvement of modeling methods is needed to push the modeling coverage to remote homologs of existing structures without much compromise on quality.
  • Funding: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Application budgets are not limited, but need to reflect actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum period is 5 years.
  • Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-033.html
  • Deadline: June 5, 2013; October 5, 2013

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Autism Speaks
 

2013 Treatment Research Grants: Full- and Pilot- Level

  • Autism Speaks invites both Full- and Pilot-Level Treatment research grant applications to conduct innovative studies of novel treatments and interventions for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) throughout the lifespan. These may include medical approaches including complementary and alternative forms of health care and pharmacological treatments, as well as behavioral and/or psychosocial interventions, and evaluation of efficacy, safety or therapeutic benefits of all types of interventions. Also appropriate are animal model studies that test the effects of novel compounds for reducing core or associate autism symptoms. 
    For all RFAs, Autism Speaks is focusing on a set of targeted research priorities. All treatment study projects will be required to demonstrate direct relevance to at least one of these targeted research priorities:
    1. Identify risk factors for ASD that can lead to prevention and improved diagnosis and treatment
    2. Reduce age of detection and improve access to early intervention for children with ASD
    3. Enhance quality of, and access to, medical care for individuals with ASD
    4. Promote the development of safe, effective interventions and medicines to reduce core and associated symptoms of ASD throughout the lifespan
    5. Improve the health and outcomes of adults with ASD from a lifetime perspective
  • Funding: Full-level research grant: 1-3 years; $150,000/year maximum; Pilot-level research grant: 1-2 years; $60,000/year maximum
    An amount not to exceed 10% (inclusive) of direct costs may be used for Sponsoring Institution’s indirect (overhead) costs. The total award including indirect costs cannot exceed the annual maximum award allowed.
  • Web: http://www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/docs/sciencedocs/grants/treatment_rfa_2013.pdf
  • Letter of Intent Deadline: February 21, 2013; Application Deadline: April 24, 2013

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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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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American Philosophical Society
 

Phillips Fund for Native American Research

  • The Phillips Fund of the American Philosophical Society provides grants for research in Native American linguistics, ethnohistory, and the history of studies of Native Americans, in the continental United States and Canada. Grants are not made for projects in archaeology, ethnography, psycholinguistics, or for the preparation of pedagogical materials. The committee distinguishes ethnohistory from contemporary ethnography as the study of cultures and culture change through time. The grants are intended for such costs as travel, tapes, films, and consultants' fees but not for the purchase of books or permanent equipment.
  • Eligibility: The committee prefers to support the work of younger scholars who have received the doctorate. Applications are also accepted from graduate students for research on master's theses or doctoral dissertations. The committee sometimes approves two awards to the same person within a five-year period.
  • Funding: The average award is about $2,500; grants do not exceed $3,500. Grants are given for one year following the date of the award.
  • Web: http://www.amphilsoc.org/GRANTS/PHILLIPS
  • Deadline: March 1, 2013

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National Endowment for the Humanities
 

Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers

  • The Landmarks of American History and Culture program supports a series of one-week residence-based workshops for a national audience of K-12 educators. NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops use historic sites to address central themes and issues in American history, government, literature, art, music, and related subjects in the humanities. Each workshop is offered twice during the summer. Workshops accommodate forty school teachers (NEH Summer Scholars) at each one-week session.
    The goals of the workshops are to
    • increase knowledge and appreciation of subjects, ideas, and places significant to American history and culture through humanities reading and site study;
    • build communities of inquiry and provide models of civility and of excellent scholarship and teaching;
    • provide teachers with expertise in the use and interpretation of historical sites and of material and archival resources; and
    • encourage historical and cultural sites to develop greater capacity for professional development programs.
  • NEH Landmarks Workshops are held at or near sites important to American history and culture (for example, presidential residences or libraries; colonial-era settlements; major battlefields; historic districts; parks and preserves; sites of key economic, social, political, and constitutional developments; and places associated with major writers, artists, and musicians). Applicants should make a compelling case for the historical significance of the site(s), the material resources available for use, and the ways in which the site(s) will enhance the workshop.
  • Funding: Awards for Landmarks Workshops will range between $150,000 and $180,000, assuming that a one-week session costs approximately $75,000 to $90,000. The award period is fifteen months: October 1, 2013, to December 31, 2014. Cost sharing is not required in this program.
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/landmarks-american-history-and-culture-workshops-school-teachers
  • Deadline: March 5, 2013 for workshops to be held in summer 2014

Summer Seminars and Institutes

  • These grants support faculty development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university teachers. NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes may be as short as two weeks or as long as five weeks.
    NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes
    • extend and deepen knowledge and understanding of the humanities by focusing on significant topics and texts;
    • contribute to the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants;
    • build communities of inquiry and provide models of civility and excellent scholarship and teaching; and
    • effectively link teaching and research in the humanities.
    An NEH Summer Seminar or Institute may be hosted by a college, university, learned society, center for advanced study, library or other repository, a cultural or professional organization, or a school or school system. The host site must be suitable for the project, providing facilities for scholarship and collegial interaction. These programs are designed for a national audience of teachers.
  • Funding: Awards for seminars range between $70,000 and $140,000 for a grant period of twelve months. Awards for institutes range from $90,000 to $200,000 for a grant period of fifteen months. Cost sharing is not required in this program.
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/summer-seminars-and-institutes
  • Deadline: March 5, 2013 for seminars and institutes in summer 2014

Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

  • These NEH grants support national or regional (multistate) training programs for scholars and advanced graduate students to broaden and extend their knowledge of digital humanities. Through these programs, NEH seeks to increase the number of humanities scholars using digital technology in their research and to broadly disseminate knowledge about advanced technology tools and methodologies relevant to the humanities.
    The projects may be a single opportunity or offered multiple times to different audiences. Institutes may be as short as a few days and held at multiple locations or as long as six weeks at a single site. For example, training opportunities could be offered before or after regularly occurring scholarly meetings, during the summer months, or during appropriate times of the academic year. The duration of a program should allow for full and thorough treatment of the topic.
    Today, complex data--its form, manipulation, and interpretation--are as important to humanities study as more traditional research materials. Datasets, for example, may represent digitized historical records, high-quality image data, or even multimedia collections, all of which are increasing in number due to the availability and affordability of mass data storage devices and international initiatives to create digital content. Moreover, extensive networking capabilities, sophisticated analytical tools, and new collaboration platforms are simultaneously providing and improving interactive access to and analysis of these data as well as a multitude of other resources. The Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities program seeks to enable humanities scholars in the United States to incorporate advances like these into their scholarship and teaching.
  • Funding: Awards normally range from one to three years and from $50,000 to a maximum of $250,000 in outright funds. Cost sharing is not required in this program.
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/institutes-advanced-topics-in-the-digital-humanities
  • Deadline: March 7, 2013 for Projects Beginning October 2013 (Program staff recommends that draft proposals be submitted at least six weeks before the deadline. Time constraints may prevent staff from reviewing draft proposals submitted after that date.)

Preservation and Access Education and Training Grants

  • The Preservation and Access Education and Training program is central to NEH’s efforts to preserve and establish access to cultural heritage collections. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture collections, electronic records, and digital objects. The challenge of preserving and making accessible such large and diverse holdings is enormous, and the need for knowledgeable staff is significant and ongoing.
    Preservation and Access Education and Training grants are awarded to organizations that offer national or regional (multistate) education and training programs. Grants aim to help the staff of cultural institutions, large and small, obtain the knowledge and skills needed to serve as effective stewards of humanities collections. Grants also support educational programs that prepare the next generation of conservators and preservation professionals, as well as projects that introduce the staff of cultural institutions to new information and advances in preservation and access practices.
  • Funding: Awards normally are for two years. Grants to preservation field service organizations may not exceed $175,000 per year. For all other applicants, the maximum award is $100,000 per year. Successful applicants will be awarded a grant in outright funds, federal matching funds, or a combination of the two, depending on the applicant’s preference and the availability of NEH funds. Matching funds are released when a grantee secures nonfederal gift funds from eligible third parties. Although cost sharing is not required, this program is rarely able to support the full costs of projects approved for funding. In most cases, grants in this program cover no more than 80 percent of project costs.
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/preservation-and-access-education-and-training
  • Deadline: May 1, 2013 for Projects Beginning January 2014

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National Endowment for the Arts
 

NEA Literature Fellowships: Prose, FY 2014

  • The NEA Literature Fellowships program seeks grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.
  • Funding: $25,000 grants.
  • Web: http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/Lit/index.html
  • Deadline: February 28, 2013

NEA Art Works Applications, FY 2014

  • The National Endowment for the Arts seeks applications for the FY2014 Art Works Program. Categories under Art Works include but are not limited to: artists in communities; arts education; dance; and folk and traditional music.
  • Funding: Awards will range from $10,000 to $100,000.
  • Web: http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/
  • Deadline: March 7, 2013, and August 8, 2013, depending on the category chosen.

NEA Challenge America Fast-Track Application, FY 2014

  • The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.This category encourages and supports the following two outcomes:
    • Engagement: Engaging the public with diverse and excellent art.
    • Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts.
  • Funding: Awards of $10,000 that require a 1:1 match.
  • Web: http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/GAP14/Challenge.html
  • Deadline: May 23, 2013

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National Archives and Records Administration
 

Institute for Historical Editing

  • The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to improve the education of people training to be, or working as, historical editors. The Institute for Historical Editing can consist of both basic and advanced institutes.
  • Funding: A grant normally is for one to three years and up to $275,000. The Commission expects to make one grant in this category, for a total of up to $275,000. The Commission may support up to the entire direct costs of the project, not including program revenue. Cost sharing may include the program revenue, grantee's indirect costs, as well as any additional direct costs borne by the applicant.
  • Web: http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/editing.html
  • Deadline: March 7, 2013

Digitizing Historical Records

  • The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), supports projects that promote the preservation and use of America's documentary heritage essential to understanding our democracy, history, and culture.
    The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals that use cost-effective methods to digitize nationally significant historical record collections and make the digital versions freely available online. Projects must make use of existing holdings of historical repositories and consist of entire collections or series. The materials should already be available to the public at the archives and described so that projects can re-use existing information to serve as metadata for the digitized collection.
    To make these projects as widely useful as possible for archives, historical repositories, and researchers, the applications must demonstrate:
    1. The national significance of the collections or records series to be digitized;
    2. An effective work flow that repurposes existing descriptive material, rather than creating new metadata about the records;
    3. Reasonable costs and standards for the project as well as sustainable preservation plans for the resulting digital records;
    4. Well-designed plans that evaluate the use of the digitized materials and the effectiveness of the methods employed in digitizing and displaying the materials.
    Projects may not use grant funds to create:
    • descriptive metadata or
    • edited transcriptions of the digitized materials or
    • websites where people will have to pay a fee to view the images.
  • Funding: A grant normally is for 1 to 3 years and up to $150,000. The Commission expects to make up to 8 grants in this category, for a total of up to $700,000. Cost sharing is required. It 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 NHPRC will provide up to 50 percent of the total project costs.
  • Web: http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/digitizing.html
  • Draft (optional) Deadline: April 1, 2013; Final Deadline: June 11, 2013

Electronic Records Projects

  • The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals that will increase the capacity of archivists and archival repositories to create electronic records archives that preserve records of enduring historical value. The NHPRC supports efforts by archivists and records managers to meet the challenges of electronic records. Projects to increase repository capacity must involve institutions that have already established archives and records management programs.
    The Commission seeks applications in the following categories:
    1. Start-up projects: Develop the capacity of institutions to prepare to capture and preserve electronic records, through program planning; or
    2. Collaborative projects: Establish and/or improve electronic records archives by engaging in effective and innovative collaborations; or
    3. Electronic Records Professional Development projects: Develop and offer professional education curricula, basic and advanced institutes, or research seminars.
  • Funding: A grant normally is for 1 to 3 years and up to $200,000. The Commission expects to make up to 3 grants in this category, for a total of up to $600,000. Cost sharing is required. It 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 NHPRC will provide up to 50 percent of the total project costs.
  • Web: http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/electronic.html
  • Draft (optional) Deadline: April 1, 2013; Final Deadline: June 11, 2013

Publishing Historical Records

  • The National Historical Publications and Records 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. Because of the focus on documentary sources, grants do not support preparation of critical editions of published works unless such works are just a small portion of the larger project.
    All applicants should be aware that the application process is highly competitive. A top priority of the Commission is to support projects with plans to provide free online access to the editions they are preparing.
    The NHPRC does not fund proposals to purchase historical records; nor does it fund proposals to publish the papers of anyone who has been deceased for fewer than ten years.
  • Funding: Applicants may apply for funding for up to three years, but 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. Depending on the availability of funding, the Commission expects to make as many as 30 grants in this category, for a total of up to $2,500,000. 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
  • Draft (optional) Deadline: May 1, 2013; Final Deadline: June 6, 2013

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Institute of Turkish Studies
 

Grants Program

  • Since 1983, the Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS) has sponsored an annual grant program that offers a variety of awards to scholars, colleges and universities in the United States. The principal purpose of the grant program is to support and encourage the development of research, scholarship, and learning in the field of Turkish Studies in the U.S. All grant applications submitted to the Institute are evaluated by committees comprised of the academic members of the Board of Governors and Associate Members of the ITS. These standing committees present their recommendations to the Board of Governors for approval.
    The Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS) will offer grants and fellowships in the field of Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies to graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, universities, and other educational institutions through its Grants Program for the 2013-2014 academic year.
  • Funding: The annual budget for the Grants Program has been significantly expanded and ITS encourages qualified applicants to apply for its grants.
  • Web: http://www.turkishstudies.org/grants/index.shtml
  • Deadline: March 8, 2013

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Samuel H. Kress Foundation
 

Conservation Fellowships

  • The purpose of the Kress Conservation Fellowship program is to provide a wide range of post-graduate fellowship opportunities that will help develop the skills of emerging conservators.
    At the crossroads of science and art, the fields of conservation and technical art history demand a complex knowledge of chemistry and materials and an extraordinary sensitivity to artistic intent, as well as physical dexterity, patience, and powers of concentration. Initial training, typically at one of a handful of institutions in North America, provides basic qualifications that must be supplemented with an extended period of specialized concentration on paintings, objects, textiles, antiquities, ethnic materials, photographs, prints and drawings, books and manuscripts, furniture, etc. Within a supervised environment, the young conservator develops the specific skills, the hands-on experience, and the confidence on which to base a future career.
    The Kress Conservation Fellowships provide competitive grants to museums and other conservation facilities which sponsor supervised internships in the conservation of specific objects and onsite training.
  • Eligibility: Application must be made by the museum or conservation facility at which the internship will be based. Fellows should have completed (or will complete prior to the Fellowship) a masters-level degree in conservation prior to beginning the Fellowship. The Fellowship candidate may be identified in advance of application by the host institution or recruited subsequently.
    Priority is given to first-year requests, but worthy projects that clearly outline benefits to the Fellow for a second year of Fellowship can be and have been funded.
  • Funding: Nine $32,000 Fellowships are expected to be awarded each year for one-year post-graduate internships in advanced conservation at a museum or conservation facility. Typically, $27,000 is allocated as a fellowship stipend, and $5,000 toward host institution administrative costs, benefits for the Fellow, and other direct costs of hosting the Fellowship. Most Fellowships begin in late summer or early fall, and run for a term of 9 to 12 months.
  • Web: http://www.kressfoundation.org/fellowships/conservation/
  • Deadline: March 10, 2013

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Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society
 

Grants-in-Aid of Research Program

  • The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.
  • Eligibility: Only undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in degree seeking programs may apply. Undergraduates who are graduating seniors must plan to complete their research prior to graduation. While membership in Sigma Xi is not a requirement for applying for funding from the Grants-in-Aid of Research program, approximately 75% of funds are restricted for use by dues paying student members of Sigma Xi or students whose project advisor is a dues paying member of Sigma Xi. Students from any country are eligible to receive funding.
  • Funding: The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.
  • Web: http://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/giar/
  • Deadline: March 15, 2013

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U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
 

State Wildlife Grants Competitive Grant Program

  • The Interior Department's U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) seeks applications for the State Wildlife Grants Competitive Grant Program to develop and implement programs that benefit wildlife and their habitats, including species not hunted or fished.
    DOI said funds must be used to address conservation needs such as research, surveys, species, and habitat management, and monitoring; among other activities.
  • Funding: Approximately $5 million total for up to 15 awards ranging from $25,000 to $500,000.
  • Web: http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/GrantPrograms/SWG/SWG.htm
  • Deadline: March 27, 2013

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National Institute of Justice
 

Applied Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes

  • The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is pleased to announce that it is seeking applications for funding to support applied research and development projects that will increase knowledge and understanding necessary to guide forensic science policy and practice or result in the production of useful materials, devices, systems, or methods that have the potential for forensic application. This program furthers the Department’s mission by sponsoring research to provide objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and criminal justice, particularly at the State and local levels.
    With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for applied research and development projects that will: (1) increase knowledge or understanding necessary to guide forensic science policy and practice or (2) result in the production of useful materials, devices, systems, or methods that have the potential for forensic application. The intent of the Applied Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes Program is to direct the findings of basic scientific research, research and development in broader scientific fields applicable to forensic science, and ongoing forensic science research toward the development of highly discriminating, accurate, reliable, cost-effective, and rapid methods for the identification, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence for criminal justice purposes.
  • Funding: NIJ funding for an individual research or development project rarely exceeds $500,000 annually, although total funding for projects requiring multiple years to complete has exceeded $1 million in some cases.
  • Web: https://ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/sl001059.pdf
  • Deadline: April 1, 2013

Basic Scientific Research to Support Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes

  • The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is pleased to announce that it is seeking applications for funding to support basic scientific research that underlies the multidisciplinary field of forensic science. This program furthers the Department’s mission by sponsoring research to provide objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and criminal justice, particularly at State and local levels. With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for funding basic scientific research in the physical, life, and cognitive sciences that is designed to increase the knowledge underlying forensic science disciplines intended for use in the criminal justice system.
  • Funding: NIJ funding for an individual research project rarely exceeds $500,000 annually, although total funding for projects requiring multiple years to complete has exceeded $1 million in some cases. Applicants should be aware that the total period for an award ordinarily will not exceed 3 years. FY 2013 award announcements are expected to be made by September 30, 2013.
  • Web: https://ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/sl001058.pdf
  • Deadline: April 1, 2013

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ING Foundation
 

ING Foundation Grants

  • The ING Foundation provides funding in the areas of:
    Financial Literacy-- programming that empowers individuals to take control of their financial futures through education, financial literacy, and financial planning, with special attention to the needs of young people and minorities;
    Children's Education-- supporting and improving education for youth in grades K-12, especially children in underserved areas or facing economic disadvantages;
    Diversity-- initiatives that reflect the company's commitment to equity and fairness in societies around the world; and
    Environmental stability
  • Funding: Grants of $2,500 and up.
  • Web: http://ing.us/about-ing/responsibility/ing-foundation-grants
  • Deadline: May 15, 2013

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Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
 

East European Studies Short-term Research Scholarships

  • East European Studies (EES) offers residential research scholar grants to scholars working on policy relevant projects on the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Projects should focus on fields in the social sciences and humanities including, but not limited to: Anthropology, History, Political Science, Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Sociology.
  • Eligibility: These Title VIII grants are available to American academic experts and practitioners, including advanced graduate students, engaged in specialized research requiring access to Washington, DC and its research institutions.
  • Funding: Grants are for one month and include residence at the Wilson Center. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, in order to be considered eligible for this grant opportunity.
  • Web: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/opportunity/east-european-studies-short-term-research-scholarships
  • Deadline: September 1, 2013

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U.S. Department of Defense

 

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Academic Research Program

  • The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is releasing this solicitation for its sponsored academic research program. This publication constitutes a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) as contemplated in Department of Defense (DoD) Grant and Agreement Regulations (DoDGARs) 22.315(a). Awards will take the form of grants. However, other instruments may be considered as appropriate based on the proposals.
  • Funding: Estimated Total Program Funding $4,800,000
  • Web: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=141713
  • Deadline: September 30, 2013

Science, Technology, Engineering

  • The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals for developing innovative solutions that directly support the development and maintenance of a robust STEM workforce. Successful efforts will be targeted towards one or more of the following: K-12, Undergraduate, Graduate STEM education. The goal of any proposed effort should be to provide "game changing" solutions that will establish and maintain a diverse pipeline of U.S. citizens who are interested in participating in Naval STEM education programs and who ultimately will be interested in STEM careers. This BAA also separately requests proposals for the evaluation of current and future Naval STEM programs. This includes implementing methodologies and processes for data collection, analysis, and reporting, as well as methods for effectively evaluating programs and calculating return on investment for chosen programs. Only proposals invited following review of corresponding white paper will be considered for review.
  • Funding: The period of performance of the awards will typically range from twelve (12) months to thirty-six (36) months. Grants range from $25,000 to $200,000. However, cost proposals for larger amounts will be considered when appropriate.
  • Web: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=212813
  • Deadline: September 30, 2013

2013 Science, Technology, Engineering

  • The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) seeks proposals under authority of the National Defense Education Act (1959) and under the Pre-Engineering Program (PEP) to stimulate young pupils in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
  • Funding: Awards of up to $30,000 each.
  • Web: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=213854
  • Deadline: December 31, 2013

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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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Cedar Tree Foundation
 

Grants

  • The Cedar Tree Foundation is a small family fund created by the late pediatrician and entrepreneur, Dr. David H. Smith. Dr. Smith believed in the power of individuals and organizations to make significant changes in our world, and the foundation reflect that belief in their grantmaking. The Cedar Tree Foundation's grant making focuses on the following areas of concern: Sustainable Agriculture; Environmental Education; and Environmental Health. The Foundation gives particular consideration to proposals that demonstrate strong elements of environmental justice, and conservation.
  • Funding: In 2011, the foundation awarded more than $1 million in charitable grants. Previous grants ranged from $4,000 to $100,000.
  • Web: http://www.cedartreefound.org/index.html
  • Deadline: Rolling for letters of intent

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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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The Energy Foundation
 

Grants for Research and Analysis on Energy

  • The Energy Foundation is a partnership of major donors interested in solving the world's energy problems. The Foundation's mission is to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy -new technologies that are essential components of a clean energy future. The geographic focus is on the United States and China, the largest and fastest growing energy markets in the world. The Foundation's primary role is as a grantmaker, providing resources to the institutions that most effectively leverage change. The following program areas are currently available: Power, Buildings, Transportation, Climate, and the China Sustainable Energy Program.
  • Funding: In 2011 the Energy Foundation made 592 grants to 347 groups, totaling $76,201,513.
  • Web: http://www.ef.org/home.cfm
  • Deadline: Anytime

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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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The Harry Chapin Foundation
 

Grants

  • The Harry Chapin Foundation will fund only 501(c)(3) not for profit programs that operate in the United States that fall within the areas of:
    • Community Education Programs
    • Arts-In-Education Programs
    • Agricultural and Environmental Programs
  • Funding: Grant sizes range from a few hundred dollars to our maximum of $10,000. The Foundation makes grants covering a one year period. In some instances, grant renewals are considered but are never automatic. The applicant for a renewal grant must submit a new proposal each year, along with a report of the activities of the preceding year. Grants are never awarded for more than three consecutive years.
  • Web: http://www.harrychapinfoundation.org/focus_focusandguidelines.php
  • Deadline: Rolling

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James S. McDonnell Foundation
 

Collaborative Activity Awards

  • The Foundation offers Collaborative Activity Awards to initiate interdisciplinary discussions on problems or issues, to help launch interdisciplinary research networks, or to fund communities of researchers/practitioners dedicated to developing new methods, tools, and applications of basic research to applied problems. In each case the focus of the collaborative activity must meet the program guidelines for one of the following program areas: (a) Studying Complex Systems; and (b) Understanding Human Cognition.
    With the Collaborative Activity Awards, JSMF continues and formalizes a funding mechanism the Foundation has used since 1987. Over the past decade or so, the Foundation has from time to time provided grants to support study panels and research networks. This has proven to be an effective way to encourage cross-disciplinary thinking and research on fundamental questions. Furthermore, these activities have contributed to the development of programs both at the Foundation and at other funding agencies. Collaborative Activity Awards developed from questions or topics discussed at JSMF-sponsored meetings may be initiated by JSMF Advisory Panel members, particularly when the outcome of collaborative discussions assists with Foundation program planning.
    NOTE: Collaborative awards will not be awarded in support of large, program-project style research proposals. Applicants requesting funds to support innovative research projects involving several laboratories should consider submitting one or more applications to the 21st Century Research Awards.
  • Eligibility: The 21st Century Collaborative Activity Awards are awards for multidisciplinary and multi-participant projects that address questions and topics relevant to the Foundation's core and complementary program areas.
    1. Strong preference will be given to applications involving multi-institutional collaboration.
    2. There are no geographic restrictions on these awards and the Foundation encourages international applications.
    3. The lead applicant must be sponsored by a non-profit institution as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.
    4. The grantee institution must agree to administer the award and to waive all indirect and administrative costs.
  • Funding: The budgets for collaborative activities will vary greatly depending on the scope of the proposed problem or project and on the number of people involved. The Foundation recognizes that funding must be appropriate to an activity's specific scope and needs. It also recognizes that organizing and implementing such an activity can be exceedingly time consuming. Unlike Research Award budgets, Collaborative Awards may request administrative support to facilitate the collaborative aspects.
  • Web: http://www.jsmf.org/apply/collaborative/
  • Deadline: Anytime

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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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National Geographic Society
 

Field Research

  • The National Geographic Society awards grants for scientific field research and exploration through its Committee for Research and Exploration. All proposed projects must have both a geographical dimension and relevance to other scientific fields and be of broad scientific interest.
    Applications are generally limited to the following disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany, geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, and zoology.
    In addition the committee is emphasizing multidisciplinary projects that address environmental issues (e.g., loss of biodiversity and habitat, effects of human-population pressures).
  • Eligibility: Applicants are expected to have advanced degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) and be associated with an educational organization or institution. Independent researchers or those pursuing a Ph.D.-level degree may apply, but awards to non-Ph.D. applicants are rare. As a general rule, all applicants are expected to have published a minimum of three articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Funding: While grant amounts vary greatly, most range from U.S. $15,000 to $20,000. There is no set quantity of grants awarded, but budget constraints keep the number to approximately 250 per year.
    As National Geographic Society funds are intended to function as complementary support, the committee strongly encourages applicants to seek additional, concurrent funding from other funding agencies. Committee grants tend to act as seed money and are given for one year's research.
    Sometimes, but rarely, the committee will fund a maximum of two years of research. If the project director in your project feels that there are distinctive and substantive reasons for submitting a two-year application, he or she should understand that competition is keen, and awards for two years are scarce.
  • Web: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/grants-programs/cre-application/
  • Deadline: Anytime

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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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