Funding Opportunities
 
 


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Funding Opportunities Links
 
 

National Science Foundation

National Endowment for the Humanities

Institute of Education Sciences

The Mockingbird Foundation

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Department of Education

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

U. S. Department of the Interior

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Guggenheim Foundation

Research Corporation for Science Advancement

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Virginia Environmental Endowment

National Endowment for Financial Education

Graham Foundation

U.S. Department of Defense

Alcatel-Lucent Foundation

Compton Foundation

Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

The W.L.S. Spencer Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Wish You Well Foundation

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Funding Opportunities

 
National Science Foundation
 

Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry

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

Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology

  • Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology supports studies of: (1) the changing aspects of life, ecology, environments, and biogeography in past geologic time based on fossil plants, animals, and microbes; (2) all aspects of the Earth's sedimentary carapace-- insights into geological processes recorded in its historical records and rich organic and inorganic resources locked in rock sequences; (3) the science of dating and measuring the time sequence of events and rates of geological processes of the Earth's past sedimentary and biological (fossil) record; (4) the geologic record of the production, transportation, and deposition of physical and chemical sediments; and (5) understanding the complexities of Earth's deep time (pre-Holocene) climate systems. The Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology Program especially encourages integrative studies at the national and international levels that seek to link subdisciplines, such as geochronology, paleoclimatology, paleogeography, paleoenvironments and paleoecology.
  • Funding: $6,000,000 annually, pending availability of funds; 30 to 40 annually
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09560/nsf09560.htm
  • Deadline: Full Proposal - July 16, 2012 (July 16, Annually Thereafter)

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

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

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

  • CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty members at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.
    PECASE
    : Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on two important criteria: 1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of the sponsoring organization or agency, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education or community outreach. These awards foster innovative developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of the participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the Nation's future. Individuals cannot apply for PECASE. These awards are initiated by the participating federal agencies. At NSF, up to twenty nominees for this award are selected each year from among the PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees who are most likely to become the leaders of academic research and education in the twenty-first century. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy makes the final selection and announcement of the awardees.
  • Funding: $220,000,000 per year to new and continuing CAREER awards. This amount is approximate, includes new and continuing increments, and is subject to availability of funds. Funding for CAREER awards is contained within research and education program allocations.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11690/nsf11690.htm
  • Deadline: Full Proposal Deadline Date: July 23, 2012 BIO, CISE, EHR, OCI; Full Proposal Deadline Date: July 24, 2012 ENG; Full Proposal Deadline Date: July 25, 2012 GEO, MPS, SBE, OPP

Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs)

  • Science and engineering research and education are increasingly digital and increasingly data-intensive. Digital data are not only the output of research but their analysis provide input to new hypotheses, enabling new scientific insights, driving innovation and informing education. Therein lies one of the major challenges of this scientific generation: how to develop, implement and support the new methods, management structures and technologies to store and manage the diversity, size, and complexity of current and future data sets and data streams.
    NSF's vision for a Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) considers an integrated, scalable, and sustainable cyberinfrastructure as crucial for innovation in science and engineering (see www.nsf.gov/cif21).
    Data Infrastructure Building Blocks is an integral part of the CIF21 portfolio and seeks to provide support for the following research activities: (a) Conceptualization; (b) Implementation; and (c) Interoperability.
  • Funding: $41,500,000 pending availability of funds; the average award size for conceptualization awards is anticipated to be $100,000 for one year; the average award size for implementation awards is anticipated to be approximately $8 million total over 5 years; the award size for interoperability awards is anticipated to be up to $1.5 million total over 3 years.
  • Web: http://nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12557/nsf12557.htm
  • Deadline: Conceptualization Track: July 26, 2012; Implementation & Interoperability Tracks: August 30, 2012

International Research Experiences for Students

  • The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports development of globally-engaged U.S. science and engineering students capable of performing in an international research environment at the forefront of science and engineering. The IRES program supports active research participation by students enrolled as undergraduates or graduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. IRES projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the IRES program.
  • Funding: Approximately 12 IRES awards will be made in FY 2013, pending quality of proposals and availability of funds
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12551/nsf12551.htm
  • Deadline: August 21, 2012 (Third Tuesday in August, Annually Thereafter)

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

  • Research experience is one of the most effective avenues for attracting talented undergraduates to, and retaining them in careers in, science and engineering, including careers in teaching and education research. The REU program, through both Sites and Supplements, aims to provide appropriate and valuable educational experiences for undergraduate students through participation in research. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. REU projects feature high-quality interaction of students with faculty and/or other research mentors and access to appropriate facilities and professional development opportunities.
  • Funding: $67,700,000 in FY2010 -- This estimate includes both Sites and Supplements, pending availability of funds. Estimated number of awards: 1,800 to 1,850 -- This estimate includes approximately 170 new Site awards and 1,650 new Supplement awards each year.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09598/nsf09598.htm
  • Deadline: August 22, 2012 (Deadline for REU Site proposals except for those requiring access to Antarctica)

Geography and Spatial Sciences Program (GSS)

  • As specified in the Geography and Spatial Sciences Program strategic plan, the goals of the NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program are:
    • To promote scientific research in geography and the spatial sciences that advances theory and basic understanding and that addresses the challenges facing society.
    • To promote the integration of geographers and spatial scientists in interdisciplinary research.
    • To promote education and training of geographers and spatial scientists in order to enhance the capabilities of current and future generations of researchers.
    • To promote the development and use of scientific methods and tools for geographic research.
    The Geography and Spatial Sciences Program sponsors research on the geographic distributions and interactions of human, physical, and biotic systems on the Earth's surface. Investigations are encouraged to propose plans for research about the nature, causes, and consequences of human activity and natural environmental processes across a range of scales. Projects on a variety of topics (both domestic and international) qualify for support if they offer promise of contributing to scholarship by enhancing geographical knowledge, concepts, theories, methods, and their application to societal problems and concerns. GSS encourages projects that explicitly integrate undergraduate and graduate education into the overall research agenda.
    GSS provides support through a number of different funding mechanisms:
    • Regular research awards
    • Doctoral dissertation research improvement (DDRI) awards
    • Faculty early-career development (CAREER) awards
    • Awards for conferences, workshops, group-travel support, and community-development or community-serving activities
    • Research coordination network (RCN) awards
    • Rapid-response research (RAPID) awards
    • Early-concept grants for exploratory research (EAGER) and creative research awards for transformative interdisciplinary ventures (CREATIV) may be supported in rare and unusual cases. (GSS strives to be open to ideas and approaches in early stages of development and emphasizes the potential longer-term significance of new lines of inquiry as part of its merit evaluation of all proposals.)
  • Funding: Estimated number of awards is 60 to 75. Anticipate funding amount is $6,000,000 to $7,000,000 pending availability of funds. Project budgets should be developed at scales appropriate for the work to be conducted. Regular research awards supported by GSS generally range from between $40,000 to $400,000. Doctoral dissertation research improvement (DDRI) awards may not exceed $16,000. Faculty early-career development (CAREER) awards must be a minimum of $400,000, with CAREER awards supported by GSS rarely exceeding $550,000. Awards to support conferences, workshops, group travel, and/or other community-development activities generally range between $20,000 and $300,000. Research coordination network (RCN) awards generally range between $300,000 and $500,000. RAPID awards generally range between $20,000 and $60,000.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12570/nsf12570.htm
  • Deadline: September 13, 2012

NSF/NEH: Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL)

  • This funding partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the imminent death of roughly half of the approximately 7000 currently used languages, this effort aims to exploit advances in information technology to build computational infrastructure for endangered language research. The program supports projects that contribute to data management and archiving, and to the development of the next generation of researchers. Funding can support fieldwork and other activities relevant to the digital recording, documenting, and archiving of endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases.
  • Funding: Funding will be available in the form of one- to three-year project grants as well as fellowships for up to twelve months and doctoral dissertation research improvement grants for up to 24 months.
  • Web: http://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12816
  • Deadline: September 15, 2012

Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences (DMS/NIGMS)

  • The Division of Mathematical Sciences in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health plan to support research in mathematics and statistics on questions in the biological and biomedical sciences. Both agencies recognize the need and urgency for promoting research at the interface between the mathematical sciences and the life sciences. This competition is designed to encourage new collaborations, as well as to support existing ones.
  • Funding: 15 to 20 Awards from this competition may be made by either NSF or NIH at the option of the agencies, not the grantee. $5,000,000 Per year for new applications ($2,000,000 from NSF, $3,000,000 from NIGMS), subject to availability of funds. Award sizes are expected to range from $100,000 to $400,000 per year with durations of 3-5 years.
  • Web: http://nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12561/nsf12561.htm
  • Deadline: September 17, 2012

Environmental Sustainability

  • The Environmental Sustainabilityprogram 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

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National Endowment for the Humanities
 

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

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

Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges

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

America's Media Makers

  • America's Media Makers (AMM) grants support the following formats: (1) Interactive digital media may be websites, games, mobile applications, virtual environments, streaming video, or podcasts. (2) Film and television projects may be single programs that address or a series that addresses significant figures, events, or developments and draw their content from humanities scholarship. They must be intended for national distribution. (3) Film and television projects may be single programs that address or a series that addresses significant figures, events, or developments and draw their content from humanities scholarship. They must be intended for national distribution. NEH encourages projects that feature multiple formats to engage the public in the exploration of humanities ideas. Proposed projects might include complementary components that expand or deepen the audienc's understanding of a subject: for example, museum exhibitions, book/film discussion programs, or other formats that enhance the programs'S humanities content, engage audiences in new ways, and expand the distribution of programs.
  • Grant Categories: (a) Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production. Grants should result in a script or a design document and should also yield a detailed plan for outreach and public engagement in
    collaboration with a partner organization or organizations. (b) Production grants support the production and distribution of digital projects, films,
    television programs, radio programs, and related programs that promise to engage the public.
  • Funding: Awards for development typically range from $40,000 to $75,000, depending on the complexity of the project, and are usually made for a period of six to twelve months. Basic development grants of up to $40,000 are available for activities that include collaborating with scholars to refine the humanities content, undertaking archival research, and conducting preliminary interviews. These grants should culminate in the creation of a brief treatment or design document. Production Grants last for one to three years and may range from $100,000 to $800,000. In rare circumstances, Chairman's Special Awards of up to $1 million are available for large-scale, collaborative, multiformat projects that will reach broad portions of the public. Successful applicants will be awarded a grant in outright funds, matching funds, or a combination of the two, depending on the applicant's preference and the availability of funds. Although cost sharing is not required for America's Media Makers grants, the program is rarely able to support the full costs of projects approved for funding. In most cases, America's Media Makers grants cover no more than 50-60 percent of project costs.
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/amm
  • Deadline: August 15, 2012 (for projects beginning April 2013)

Summer Stipends

  • Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.
    Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources.
    Summer Stipends support full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months.
    Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development.
  • The Summer Stipends program welcomes projects that respond to NEH's Bridging Cultures initiative. Such projects could focus on cultures internationally or within the United States. International projects might seek to enlarge Americans' understanding of other places and times, as well as other perspectives and intellectual traditions. American projects might explore the great variety of cultural influences on, and myriad subcultures within, American society. These projects might also investigate how Americans have approached and attempted to surmount seemingly unbridgeable cultural divides, or examine the ideals of civility and civic discourse that have informed this quest.
  • Funding: Summer Stipends provide $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. Recipients must work full-time on their projects for these two months and may hold other research grants supporting the same project during this time. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year.
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/research/summer-stipends
  • Deadline: September 27, 2012 (for projects beginning May 2013)

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Institute of Education Sciences
 

Special Education Research: Reading, Writing, and Language Development

  • Through its Reading, Writing, and Language Development (Reading/Language) special education research program, the Institute intends to contribute to the improvement of reading, writing, and language skills for students with or at risk for disabilities. The long-term outcome of this program will be an array of tools and strategies (e.g., assessments, instructional approaches) that have been documented to be effective for improving reading, writing, or language outcomes for students with or at risk for disabilities from kindergarten through Grade 12.
  • Funding: Awards of up to $5 million are available. The maximum length of the award period varies by goal, ranging from two to five years. Although the Institute intends to support the research topics described in this announcement, all awards pursuant to this request for applications are contingent upon the availability of funds and the receipt of meritorious applications. The Institute does not plan to award a specific number of grants under a particular topic or goal. Rather, the number of projects funded under a specific topic and goal depends upon the number of high quality applications submitted to that topic and goal. The size of the award depends on the goal and scope of the project.
  • Web: http://ies.ed.gov/funding/ncser_rfas/ncser_readwrite.asp
  • Letter of Intent : July 19, 2012 (Not mandatory, but requested); Application Deadline: September 20, 2012

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The Mockingbird Foundation
 

Grants

  • The Mockingbird Foundation provides support for:
    Projects that encourage and foster creative expression in any musical form (including composition, instrumentation, vocalization, or improvisation), but also recognizes broader and more basic needs within conventional instruction;
    Music education, which may include the provision of instruments, texts, and office materials, and the support of learning space, practice space, performance space, and instructors/instruction; and
    Programs which benefit disenfranchised groups, including those with low skill levels, income, or education; with disabilities or terminal illnesses; and in foster homes, shelters, hospitals, prisons, or other remote or isolated situations.
  • Funding: Grants range from $100 to $5,000.
  • Web: http://mbird.org/funding/inquiries/
  • Deadline: August 1, 2012 for letters of inquiry

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Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

 

Defense Sciences Research and Technology

  • The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) pursues and exploits fundamental science and innovation for national defense and has released a broad agency announcement (BAA) soliciting abstracts and full proposals for advanced research and development in a variety of enabling technical areas.
  • Funding:Multiple awards are expected and will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds.
  • Web:http://www.darpa.mil/Opportunities/Solicitations/DSO_Solicitations.aspx
  • Deadline: August 9, 2012

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

 

Art Works, FY 2013

  • Applicants will be asked to select the outcome that is most relevant to their projects (they also will be able to select a secondary outcome). When making selections, applicants should identify the outcomes that reflect the results expected to be achieved by their project. If a grant is received, grantees also will be asked to provide evidence of those results. Art Works encourages and supports the following four outcomes:
    1. Creation: The creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence. Support is available for projects to create art that meets the highest standards of excellence across a diverse spectrum of artistic disciplines and geographic locations. Through the creation of art, these projects are intended to replenish and rejuvenate America's enduring cultural legacy.
    2. Engagement: Public engagement with diverse and excellent art. Support is available for projects that provide public engagement with artistic excellence across a diverse spectrum of artistic disciplines and geographic locations. These projects should engage the public directly with the arts, providing Americans with new opportunities to have profound and meaningful arts experiences.
    3. Learning: Lifelong learning in the arts. Americans of all ages acquire knowledge or skills in the arts. Support is available for projects that provide Americans of all ages with arts learning opportunities across a diverse spectrum of artistic disciplines and geographic locations. These projects should focus on the acquisition of knowledge or skills in the arts, thereby building public capacity for lifelong participation in the arts.
    4. Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts. Support is available for projects that incorporate the arts and design into strategies to improve the livability of communities. Livability consists of a variety of factors that contribute to the quality of life in a community such as ample opportunities for social, civic, and cultural participation; education, employment, and safety; sustainability; affordable housing, ease of transportation, and access to public buildings and facilities; and an aesthetically pleasing environment. The arts can enhance livability by providing new avenues for expression and creativity.
  • Funding: Grants range from $10,000 to $100,000. There is a cost-sharing or matching requirement.
  • Web: http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/GAP13/ArtsEdAW.html
  • Deadline: August 9, 2012 (Applications for school-based projects)

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Department of Education
 

Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program: Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers Program (RERCs): Recreational Technologies and Exercise Physiology Benefiting Individuals with Disabilities

  • The purpose of the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program is to plan and conduct research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities, including international activities, to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technologies that maximize the full inclusion and integration of individuals with disabilities into society, and support the employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities; and to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Rehabilitation Act).
    The purpose of the RERCs, which are funded through the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act by conducting advanced engineering research on and development of innovative technologies that are designed to solve particular rehabilitation problems, or to remove environmental barriers. RERCs also demonstrate and evaluate such technologies, facilitate service delivery system changes, stimulate the production and distribution of new technologies and equipment in the private sector, and provide training opportunities for early-career rehabilitation engineers. RERCs seek to solve rehabilitation problems and remove environmental barriers to improvements in employment, community living and participation, and health and function outcomes of individuals with disabilities.
  • Funding: Estimated total program funding is $950,000.
  • Web: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=178773
  • Deadline: August 14, 2012

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
 

Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Education, in cooperation with NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD), and Science Mission Directorates (SMD), the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT), and NASA’s ten Centers, solicits proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to the strategic research and technology development priorities of one or more of the Mission Directorates or the OCT and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of the jurisdiction.
  • Funding: It is anticipated that 8-10 awards of up to $750,000 each to be expended over a three-year period of performance may be made under this Notice.
  • Web: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={36283FDE-A756-ED4D-426B-A7C0EA1FD9A3}&path=open
  • Deadline: August 14, 2012

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U.S. Department of the Interior

 

Youth Environmental Education Opportunities

  • The objective of this funding opportunity is to provide youth the opportunity to connect with the natural world by participating in hands-on environmental educational experiences through outdoor programs and field classrooms to youth and families, working in conjunction with a variety of schools and other youth-focused nonprofit organizations. These experiences will provide academic, experiential, and environmental education opportunities in order for youth and families to gain a better understanding and appreciation of natural resource management objectives and stewardship of the land.
  • Funding: $30,000 in funding is available for five to 10 cooperative agreements ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 for projects up to five years.
  • Web: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=g8X7Tm9J2r8qhGhQld1gTNBJWnJp0C9JKBlyQDL1vBlyjtx9kX1t!65310457?oppId=118213&mode=VIEW
  • Deadline: September 14, 2012

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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
 

Sloan Research Fellowships

  • The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These fellowships are awarded in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Eligible fields include chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences (including marine biology), physics, or a related field.
  • Eligibility: Candidates must be nominated by a department head or other senior researcher. Submissions unaccompanied by a nomination from a senior researcher are not accepted.
    Candidates must:
    - hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in one of the eligible fields;
    - be members of the teaching faculty (i.e., tenure track) of a college, university or other degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada; and
    - normally, be no more than six years from completion of their most recent Ph.D. (or equivalent) as of the year of their nomination. (Selection committees may make exceptions for candidates who are more than six years from their most recent Ph.D. due to military service, a change of field, or child-rearing responsibilities or who have held a faculty appointment for less than two years. If any of these circumstances apply, a clear explanation should be included in the candidate's nomination letter.)
    While Fellows are expected to be at an early stage of their research careers, there should be strong evidence of independent research accomplishments. Candidates in all fields are normally below the rank of associate professor and do not hold tenure, but these are not strict requirements.
    The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation welcomes nominations of all candidates who meet the traditional high standards of this program, and strongly encourages the nomination of qualified women and members of underrepresented minority groups.
  • Funding: These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers. The size of the award is $50,000 for a two-year period.
  • Web: http://www.sloan.org/fellowships
  • Deadline: September 15, 2012

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Guggenheim Foundation

 

Fellowships to Assist Research and Artistic Creation

  • Often characterized as "midcareer" awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.
    Fellowships are awarded through two annual competitions: one open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada, and the other open to citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean. Candidates must apply to the Guggenheim Foundation in order to be considered in either of these competitions.
    The Foundation receives between 3,500 and 4,000 applications each year. Although no one who applies is guaranteed success in the competition, there is no prescreening: all applications are reviewed. Approximately 220 Fellowships are awarded each year.
  • Funding: The amounts of grants vary, and the Foundation does not guarantee it will fully fund any project. Working with a fixed annual budget, the Foundation strives to allocate its funds as equitably as possible, taking into consideration the Fellows' other resources and the purpose and scope of their plans. Members of the teaching profession receiving sabbatical leave on full or part salary are eligible for appointment, as are those holding other fellowships and appointments at research centers.
  • Web: http://www.gf.org/about-the-foundation/the-fellowship
  • Deadline: September 15, 2012

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Research Corporation for Science Advancement

 

Cottrell College Science Awards- Single Investigator Awards

  • The Single-Investigator Cottrell College Science Awards support research in astronomy, chemistry, physics and closely related fields that significantly overlap these three disciplines at public and private, predominantly undergraduate institutions. The projects proposed are judged on the basis of scientific merit, originality, significance, feasibility, overlap with the three core disciplines and the ability of the institutional environment to sustain the activity. The involvement of undergraduate students in the research is expected, and is an important factor in most awards.
  • Eligibility: Applications will be accepted from faculty members at public and private institutions of higher education in the United States. The applicant's home department must offer at least the baccalaureate, but not doctoral, degrees in the applicant's discipline. The institutional commitment to research is an important consideration in evaluating the potential of the proposal. The principal investigator must have a faculty appointment in a department of astronomy, chemistry or physics, or, if from another department, propose research that significantly overlaps with research in one of these three disciplines. Faculty who have had a previous CCSA award, or whose appointment is in a department or school of engineering or medicine, are not eligible. At the time of application the applicant must be within the first three years of his/her first tenure-track appointment, and within 12 years of receiving his/her doctoral degree.
  • Funding: The total funding requested from RCSA is $35,000. An institutional matching contribution to the project of $10,000 is required for all applicants. SI-CCSAs provide for only those direct expenses necessary for the conduct of the proposed research and within the five budgetary categories described below. While these awards are designed to provide primarily summer support, continuation of the research throughout the academic year is expected. Budgets should be tailored to individual circumstances. Awards are approved for two years with a single, one-year extension possible to expend remaining funds.
  • Web: http://www.rescorp.org/grants-and-awards/cottrell-college-science-awards/single-investigator
  • Deadline: September 15, 2012 (pre-proposal)

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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: October 1, 2012; February 1, 2013

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Virginia Environmental Endowment

 

Virginia Mini-Grant Program

  • One of the most successful and popular of VEE's grantmaking programs is the Virginia Mini-Grant Program, which has enabled thousands of citizens to become actively involved in solving environmental problems in their own hometowns. With grants of $5,000 or less, schools have initiated environmental science courses and outdoor classroom projects, volunteers have monitored water quality in dozens of local streams and rivers, and communities have developed innovative strategies to ensure environmental quality is improved in their community.
  • Funding: VEE's Virginia Mini-Grant awards range from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $5,000 for projects up to one year in duration. Matching funds from other sources are usually required. Although cash matches are preferred, in-kind and volunteer services will be considered when detailed in the grant proposal and budget.
  • Web: http://www.vee.org/mini.cfm
  • Deadline: December 1, 2012

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National Endowment for Financial Education
 

Research Funding

  • The National Endowment for Financial Education supports innovative research that can make a profound contribution to the field of financial literacy. Applications are encouraged from the following fields: behavior, marketing, economics, finance, neuroscience, education, sociology, change theory, psychology, and decision sciences, among others.
  • Funding: Recent grants have ranged from $100,000 to $150,000.
  • Web: http://www.nefe.org/what-we-provide/research-funding/grant-guidelines.aspx
  • Deadline: December 4, 2012

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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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Alcatel-Lucent Foundation
 

Charitable Grants

  • The Alcatel-Lucent Foundation supports programs designed to provide youth in underserved communities with access to education and life skills to prepare them for employment, higher education, and the opportunity to contribute as citizens and community leaders. Special emphasis is directed toward girls and young women.
  • Funding: In 2010, the foundation awarded more than $3.4 million in charitable grants.
  • Web: http://www2.alcatel-lucent.com/foundation/missionandgovernanace.html
  • Deadline: Ongoing for letters of inquiry. Full proposals accepted on an invite-only premise.

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Compton Foundation

 

Grant Program

  • In 2012 the Foundation will keep its guidelines broad, casting a wide net and seeking new partners, as well as deepening its engagement with a subset of existing partners, to learn how people in the field might enhance the Foundation's understanding of transformative leadership and courageous storytelling and their relationship to mobilizing collective imagination and action. While the Foundation will look across the spectrum of progressive issue areas, it has a particular interest in work happening within and between the Foundation's traditional areas of work-peace, environment, and reproductive health and rights. Within those fields, the Foundation sees particular momentum in the areas of sustainable food systems, money in politics, reproductive justice, and climate/energy solutions. The Foundation is also interested in exploring the fields of women in peace building and alternative economics.
  • Web: http://www.comptonfoundation.org/
  • Deadline: Anytime

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Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

 

Humanities Program

  • The Foundation intends to further the humanities along a broad front, supporting projects which address the concerns of the historical studia humanitatis: a humanistic education rooted in the great traditions of the past; the formation of human beings according to cultural, moral, and aesthetic ideals derived from that past; and the ongoing debate over how these ideals may best be conceived and realized. Programs in the following areas are eligible: history; archaeology; literature; languages, both classical and modern; philosophy; ethics; comparative religion; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; and those aspects of the social sciences which share the content and methods of humanistic disciplines. The Foundation welcomes projects that cross the boundaries between humanistic disciplines and explore the connection between the humanities and other areas of scholarship. The Humanities Program is primarily directed to institutions of higher education and humanistic enterprises such as learned societies, museums, and major editorial projects. The program may also consider, on a selective basis, projects that increase the exposure of those outside these institutions to the humanistic experience or that strengthen preparation for the humanistic disciplines in secondary education. The prime criterion remains that of Gladys and Jean Delmas: a commitment to excellence, whether proven or promised.
  • Funding: In 2008, grants were made ranging from about $5,000 to $135,000.
  • Web: http://www.delmas.org/programs/humanities.html
  • Deadline: Anytime, letter of inquiry

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The W.L.S. Spencer Foundation

 

Grants

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

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

 

Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization

  • Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) supports research, policy analysis and evaluation projects that provide policy leaders timely information on health care policy, financing and organization issues. Supported projects include: (a) examining significant issues and interventions related to health care financing and organization and their effects on health care costs, quality and access; and (b) exploring or testing major new ways to finance and organize health care that have the potential to improve access to more affordable and higher quality health services.
  • Eligibility: Researchers, as well as practitioners and public and private policy-makers working with researchers, are eligible to submit proposals through their organizations. Projects may be initiated from within many disciplines, including health services research, economics, sociology, political science, public policy, public health, public administration, law and business administration. RWJF encourages proposals from organizations on behalf of researchers who are just beginning their careers, who can serve either individually as principal investigators or as part of a project team comprising researchers or other collaborators with more experience.
  • Funding: In January 2011, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) re-authorized this initiative for $5 million over approximately three years. Grants will be awarded in two categories: (1) Small grants for projects requiring $100,000 or less and projected to take up to 12 months or less; (2) Large grants for projects requiring more than $100,000 and/or projected to take longer than 12 months.
  • Web: http://www.hcfo.org/funding
  • Deadline: Anytime

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Wish You Well Foundation

 

Donation Request

  • The Wish You Well Foundation seeks to support family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs.
  • Funding: Grants range from $200 to $10,000
  • Web: http://wishyouwellfoundation.org/apply/
  • Deadline: Rolling

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