Funding Opportunities
 
 


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Funding Opportunities Links
 
 

Health Resources & Services Administration

National Science Foundation

Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

Institute of Education Sciences

National Endowment for the Humanities

U.S. Geological Survey

Commonwealth Health Research Board (CHRB)

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The Standard Charitable Foundation

Bureau Of Educational and Cultural Affairs

The NEA Foundation

National Institutes of Health

U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Society of Women Engineers

National Endowment for the Arts

Office of Science

Virginia Environmental Endowment

National Endowment for Financial Education

Office of Naval Research

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Graham Foundation

U.S. Department of Defense

Alcatel-Lucent Foundation

Anthony Robbins Foundation

Compton Foundation

Economic Development Administration

GE Foundation

The Hershey Company

Macy's Inc.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Wish You Well Foundation

 

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Funding Opportunities

 
Health Resources & Services Administration
 

R40 Maternal and Child Health Research Program (MCHR)

  • Within the R40 MCH Research Program, funding is available in FY 2013 to support approximately six (6) extramural multi-year research projects. The R40 MCH Research Program supports applied research relating to maternal and child health services including services for children with special health care needs, which show promise of substantial contribution to advancement of the current knowledge pool, and when used in States and communities should result in health and health services improvements.  Findings from the research supported by the MCH Research Program are expected to have potential for application in health care delivery programs for mothers and children.  Research proposals should address critical MCH questions such as public health systems and infrastructure, health disparities, quality of care, and promoting the health of MCH populations, which also support the goals of the Health Resources and Services Administration.  The "life course perspective" is currently being integrated into MCHB's strategic directions, and can serve as a helpful frame of reference for study proposals designed to address the critical MCH questions defined by the Bureau.  
    The Maternal and Child Health Bureau periodically reexamines its applied research agenda.  In June 2003, the Bureau initiated the process of updating its research agenda by convening a work group to exchange information regarding the current and emerging issues of importance in the field.  Members of the work group represented State and Federal agencies, institutions of higher learning and other organizations, who are prominent in the field and whose work has helped to advance the field.  Based on the individual recommendations of these individuals, the Bureau developed the MCHB Strategic Research Issues (see Appendix B).  The Bureau encourages translational research studies that specifically address issues related to MCHB investments and programs.  Addressing one of the four strategic research issues is a review criterion worth up to 10 points in the overall score of an application. Within the R40 MCH Research Program, funding is available in FY 2013 to support approximately ten (10) studies that analyze existing secondary MCH data.
  • Funding: R40 MCHR: approximately $1,800,000 will be available to fund approximately 6 grants per year for up to 3 years; R40 SDAS:  approximately $1,000,000 is available to fund approximately 10 grants for one year.
  • Web: https://grants.hrsa.gov/webExternal/FundingOppDetails.asp?FundingCycleId=65AB5FD7-0D4F-4092-97F1-3EFD398227D9&ViewMode=EU&GoBack=&PrintMode=&OnlineAvailabilityFlag=&pageNumber=&version=&NC=&Popup=
  • Deadline: September 12, 2012

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National Science Foundation
 

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

Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)

  • The ITEST program responds to current concerns and projections about the growing demand for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and information and communications technology (ICT) professionals in the U.S. and seeks solutions to help ensure the breadth and depth of the STEM and ICT workforce. ITEST supports the development, implementation, evaluation, and scale-up of implementation models. It also supports robust research studies to address questions that point to solutions for building a strong, competent STEM workforce. A variety of possible approaches to supporting the future STEM and ICT workforce and to building students' capacity to participate in that important workforce may be implemented and studied. ITEST projects must include students and may include teachers. The target audience is kindergarten through high school age, and projects may focus on any NSF supported content area related to the STEM and ICT workforce.
  • Estimated Number of Awards: 15 to 20. Anticipated Funding Amount: $20,000,000.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12597/nsf12597.htm
  • Letter of Intent (required): September 20, 2012; Full Proposal Deadline: November 13, 2012

Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI: BIC)

  • National prosperity today has become more dependent upon research and technology. Thus, NSF's role of supporting discovery research across all fields of science and engineering has become increasingly more relevant to economic development. By establishing and expanding partnerships, existing research discovery findings from institutions of higher education can be translated to innovations.
    This program solicitation, Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI: BIC) starts with an existing sound scientific and/or engineering-based research discovery that can be translated to market-valued solutions through a partnership between academe and small technology-based businesses. The funds will provide support to an academic institution to partner with at least two small technology-based businesses that are not in direct competition with each other to carry out early translational-research activities The primary aims of the activities of this partnership are three-fold: (1) to build the innovation capacity of the individual participants from academe and from business; (2) to increase the viability of the small business concerns; and (3) to develop the next-generation workforce by providing opportunities for students at different levels to effectively learn from, participate in, and be profoundly changed by exposure to the process of building innovation capacity that occurs in BIC projects. The active collaboration between academe and business could result in solutions with potential for an impact on more than one market.
  • Funding: $8,000,000 total for 11 to 13 awards of up to $600,000 with project period of two years
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12578/nsf12578.htm
  • Letter of Intent (REQUIRED) : September 26, 2012; Full Proposal Deadline: December 12, 2012

Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science

  • The Directorate for Engineering (ENG) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE),  Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science program supports the active involvement of K-12 science, technology, engineering, computer and information science, and mathematics (STEM) teachers and community college faculty in engineering and computer science research in order to bring knowledge of engineering, computer science, and technological innovation into their classrooms. The goal is to help build long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 STEM teachers, community college faculty, and the NSF university research community by involving the teachers and community college faculty in engineering and computer science research and helping them translate their research experiences and new knowledge into classroom activities.  Partnerships with inner city schools or other high needs schools are especially encouraged, as is participation by underrepresented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. This announcement features two mechanisms for support of in-service and pre-service K-12 STEM teachers and community college faculty: RET supplements to ongoing ENG or CISE awards and new RET Site awards. RET supplements may be included in proposals for new or renewed NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG) or CISE grants or as supplements to ongoing NSF ENG or CISE funded projects. RET in Engineering and Computer Science Sites are based on independent proposals from engineering or computer and information science departments, schools or colleges to initiate and conduct research participation projects for a number of K-12 STEM teachers and/or community college faculty.
  • Funding: Funding levels to be determined.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5736
  • Deadline: October 1, 2012 (First Monday in October, Annually Thereafter)

CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS)

  • Cyberspace has transformed the daily lives of people for the better. The rush to adopt cyberspace, however, has exposed its fragility and vulnerabilities: corporations, agencies, national infrastructure and individuals have been victims of cyber-attacks. In December 2011 the National Science and Technology Council with the cooperation of the NSF advanced a broad, coordinated federal strategic plan for cybersecurity research and education to "change the game," check the misuses of cyber technology, bolster education and training in cybersecurity, establish a science of cybersecurity, and transition promising cybersecurity research into practice. To achieve this strategic plan, the nation needs advanced research within and across disciplines, requiring expertise in human, statistical, mathematical, computational, and computer sciences to develop and transition new concepts and technologies to practice. It also requires an innovative and efficient cybersecurity education system that results in an unrivaled cybersecurity workforce and citizenry capable of advancing America's economic prosperity and national security in the 21st century.
    The CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program seeks proposals that address cybersecurity education and workforce development. The Scholarship Track provides funding to award scholarships to students in cybersecurity. In return for their scholarships, recipients will work after graduation for a Federal, State, Local, or Tribal Government organization in a position related to cybersecurity for a period equal to the length of the scholarship. The Capacity Track seeks innovative proposals leading to an increase in the ability of the United States higher education enterprise to produce cybersecurity professionals.
  • Funding: $23,000,000; Estimated Number of Awards: 20 to 30 consisting of 10-15 Scholarship Track awards and 10-15 Capacity Building Track awards
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12585/nsf12585.htm
  • Deadline: October 12, 2012

Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)

  • AGEP is committed to the national goal of increasing the numbers of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders (URMs), including URMs with disabilities entering and completing graduate education and postdoctoral training to levels representative of the available pool of URMs. Increased URM participation in advanced STEM education and training is critical for supporting the development of a diverse professional STEM workforce especially a diverse STEM faculty who serve as the intellectual, professional, personal, and organizational role models that shape the expectations of future scientists and engineers. To achieve this long term commitment, the AGEP program will support the development, implementation, study, and dissemination of innovative models and standards of graduate education and postdoctoral training that are designed to improve URM participation, preparation, and success.
    AGEP projects must focus on URM U.S. citizens in STEM graduate education, and/or postdoctoral training, and their preparation for academic STEM careers at all types of institutions of higher education.  STEM professional development more broadly may be included in projects with a strong and compelling argument.  AGEP is interested in proposals that include any or all science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields supported by NSF including the social, behavioral and economic sciences, and multi-, cross-, or inter-disciplinary STEM fields.
    AGEP encourages community colleges, primarily undergraduate institutions, minority-serving institutions (Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities), women's colleges, and institutions primarily serving persons with disabilities to participate as lead institutions and as alliance partners in all three types of AGEP projects.
    AGEP intends to support the following types of projects:
    • AGEP-Transformation - Strategic alliances of institutions and organizations to develop, implement, and study innovative evidence-based models and standards for STEM graduate education, postdoctoral training, and academic STEM career preparation that eliminate or mitigate negative factors and promote positive practices for URMs.
    • AGEP-Knowledge Adoption and Translation (AGEP-KAT) - Projects to expand the adoption (or adaptation) of research findings and evidence-based strategies and practices related to the participation and success of URMs in STEM graduate education, postdoctoral training, and academic STEM careers at all types of institutions of higher education. 
    • AGEP-Broadening Participation Research in STEM Education (AGEP-BPR) - Investigator initiated empirical research projects that seek to create and study new theory-driven models and innovations related to the participation and success of URMs in STEM graduate education, postdoctoral training, and academic STEM careers at all types of institutions of higher education.
  • Funding: Approximately $6,000,000 in FY 2013 for new AGEP awards for up to 5 AGEP-Transformation awards, about 3 AGEP-KAT awards, and about 4 AGEP-BPR awards are anticipated in FY 2013 pending the availability of funds.
  • Web: http://nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12554/nsf12554.htm
  • Deadline (AGEP-Transformation, AGEP-KAT, and AGEP-BPR): October 30, 2012     

Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants (AAG)

  • The Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants (AAG) Program provides individual investigator and collaborative research grants for observational, theoretical, laboratory and archival data studies in all areas of astronomy and astrophysics, including but not limited to the following areas of study:
    • Planetary Astronomy: Studies of Solar System and extrasolar planets; the detailed characterization, structure and composition of the surfaces, interiors, and atmospheres of planets and satellites; the nature of small bodies (asteroids, comets, and Kuiper-belt objects); the inter-planetary medium; and the origin, formation, and development of the Solar System and other planetary systems.
    • Stellar Astronomy and Astrophysics: Studies of the structure and activity of the Sun and other stars; the physical properties and composition of all types of single and multiple stars; compact objects and their interactions; star formation and stellar evolution; stellar nucleosynthesis; and the properties of atoms and molecules of relevance to stellar astronomy.
    • Galactic Astronomy: Studies on the composition, structure and evolution of the Milky Way Galaxy and nearby galaxies. Research may focus on the stellar populations in these galaxies; the characteristics of star clusters; the interstellar medium; and the properties of atomic and molecular constituents of the interstellar medium.
    • Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology: Studies of the Universe beyond our Galaxy. Research topics include galaxy formation, evolution and interaction; active galaxies; quasars; the intergalactic medium; large-scale structure; and all areas of cosmology.
    Proposals submitted to the AAG Program do not require categorization into one of the study areas identified above. Proposals may span multiple disciplines and/or areas of study and may utilize multiple techniques. Please contact the program officer in your thematic area if you have any questions about proposal preparation and submission.
  • Funding: $40,000,000 anticipated in FY13 for up to 100 new and continuing awards, pending availability of funds.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12589/nsf12589.htm
  • Deadline: November 15, 2012

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)

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

Design of Engineering Material Systems

  • The Design of Engineering Material Systems (DEMS)program supports fundamental research intended to lead to new paradigms of design, development, and insertion of advanced engineering material systems.  Fundamental research that develops and creatively integrates theory, processing/manufacturing, data/informatics, experimental, and/or computational approaches with rigorous engineering design principles, approaches, and tools to enable the accelerated design and development of materials is welcome. 
    Research proposals are sought that strive to develop systematic scientific methodologies to tailor the behavior of material systems in ways that are driven by performance metrics and incorporate processing/manufacturing.  While an emphasis on a specific material system may be appropriate to provide the necessary project focus, techniques developed should transcend materials systems.  Ultimately it is expected that research outcomes will be methodologies to enable the discovery of materials systems with new properties and behavior, and enable their rapid insertion into engineering systems.
    Proposals that focus on modeling, simulation, and prediction of material performance (even when research is coupled with experiments for validation or guidance) without an intellectual emphasis on design are not appropriate for this program and should be submitted to other disciplinary programs.
  • Funding: NSF said it expects to fund up to 15 awards.
  • Web: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504809
  • Deadline: October 1, 2012

Math and Science Partnership (MSP)

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

Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry

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

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

Geophysics (PH)

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

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Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
 

RSVP

  • RSVP, one of three signature programs in Senior Corps, is a proven, flexible, and successful program with 40 years of experience in harnessing the skills and experience of older Americans in meeting critical community needs. The program helps nonprofits, higher education institutions, Indian tribes, and public agencies expand their impact by engaging experienced and committed volunteers. "For four decades, RSVP has been a highly effective way to engage millions of older Americans in meeting national and community needs and delivering lasting, meaningful results," said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. "This competition will drive greater impact and innovation in the way RSVP volunteers serve across the country, and we encourage organizations to learn more and apply.” The bipartisan 2009 Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act required national service programs to focus on a core set of critical challenges and to demonstrate impact through use of standardized performance measures. The legislation also required competition for RSVP beginning in fiscal year 2013. In alignment with the Serve America Act and the agency’s Strategic Plan, the 2013 RSVP competition will target grantmaking on six focus areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. RSVP sponsors funded under the competition will report their progress using the CNCS performance measures, helping ensure they will be positioned for greater impact in the future. “Competition is a critical driver of performance and encourages the adoption of innovation through new ideas and services,” said Dr. Erwin Tan, Director of Senior Corps. “This competition will offer organizations an opportunity to support creative programming that increases their impact on critical challenges facing their communities.” RSVP volunteers help organizations expand services, build capacity, develop partnerships, leverage resources, create sustainable projects, and recruit and manage other volunteers. Grant funding partially covers expenses to operate a RSVP project, such as staffing, supplies, volunteer stations, and training of staff and members. Projects may use RSVP grant funds to conduct volunteer recruitment and recognition and to reimburse volunteers for service-related travel.
  • Funding: The grant award covers a three-year project period. CNCS generally makes an initial award for the first-year of operation with continuation funding in years two and three contingent on satisfactory performance, compliance, and availability of funds. Successful applicants will be notified in March 2013.
  • Web: http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/newsroom/releases_detail.asp?tbl_pr_id=2112
  • Letter of Intent : September 10, 2012 (email a Notice of Intent to Apply to 2013RSVPIntent@cns.gov); Deadline: October 11, 2012

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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
  • Application Deadline: September 20, 2012

Research Training Program in Special Education: Early Career Development and Mentoring

  • The Institute has established the Research Training Program in Special Education: Early Career Development and Mentoring competition to increase the supply of scientists and researchers in education who are prepared to conduct rigorous and relevant special education and early intervention research addressing issues that are important to infants, toddlers, children, and youth with or at risk for disabilities, their families, special education practitioners, and policymakers and to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and theory in special education. Further, the program aims to prepare scientists to develop and evaluate new products and approaches that are grounded in a science of learning, to design and validate assessments, and to address applied education research problems using sophisticated statistical methods to analyze data. The specific intent is to prepare researchers who are able to conduct the type of research that the Institute funds and to prepare competitive proposals that address relevant education topics and meet the methodological requirements specified for the Institute's research grant competitions.
    The Institute’s research grant competitions are designed to produce research that contributes to the solution of education problems identified by education policymakers and practitioners. The work of the Institute is grounded in the principle that effective education research must address the interests and needs of education practitioners and policymakers, as well as children and students, parents and community members (see http://ies.ed.gov/director/board/priorities.asp for the Institute’s priorities).
    The Institute’s research grant competitions target research questions and key student outcomes of interest to education policymakers and practitioners. In early childhood, the primary outcomes of interest are school readiness and developmental outcomes for infants, toddlers, and preschool children with disabilities. From kindergarten through Grade 12, the core academic outcomes of reading, writing, mathematics, and science are the central outcomes of interest, as well as social and behavioral skills that support academic learning in school, and successful transitions to employment, independent living, and postsecondary education. The aim of the Institute’s research training program is to build capacity in the field of special education to conduct rigorous research that addresses these issues pertinent to infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.
  • Funding: The maximum amount of the early career award is $400,000 for a 4-year award.
  • Web: http://ies.ed.gov/funding/pdf/2013_84324B.pdf
  • Deadline: September 30, 2012

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National Endowment for the Humanities
 

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

  • The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites applications to the Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program. This program is designed to encourage innovations in the digital humanities. By awarding relatively small grants to support the planning stages, NEH aims to encourage the development of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities. Proposals should be for the planning or initial stages of digital initiatives in any area of the humanities.
    Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants may involve
    • research that brings new approaches or documents best practices in the study of the digital humanities;
    • planning and developing prototypes of new digital tools for preserving, analyzing, and making accessible digital resources, including libraries’ and museums’ digital assets;
    • scholarship that focuses on the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society;
    • scholarship or studies that examine the philosophical or practical implications and impact of the use of emerging technologies in specific fields or disciplines of the humanities, or in interdisciplinary collaborations involving several fields or disciplines;
    • innovative uses of technology for public programming and education utilizing both traditional and new media; and
    • new digital modes of publication that facilitate the dissemination of humanities scholarship in advanced academic as well as informal or formal educational settings at all academic levels.
  • Funding: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants have two levels of funding:
    Level I Grants range from $5,000 to $30,000 in outright funding.
    Level II Grants range from $30,001 to $60,000 in outright funding.
    Cost sharing is not required for Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants.
  • Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digital-humanities-start-grants
  • Deadline: September 25, 2012

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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U. S. Geological Survey
 

Minerals Resources External Research Program

  • The Mineral Resources Program (MRP) of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is offering a grant and/or cooperative agreement opportunity to universities, State agencies, Tribal governments or organizations, and industry or other private sector organizations that have the ability to conduct research in topics related to non-fuel mineral resources.
  • Funding: Estimated total program funding: $250,000; Expected number of awards: 5
  • Web: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=193813
  • Deadline: September 26, 2012

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Commonwealth Health Research Board
 

Grants

  • The Commonwealth Health Research Board [CHRB or Board] was created by Virginia Code 23-278 to provide financial support, in the form of grants, donations, or other assistance, for research efforts that have the potential of maximizing human health benefits for the citizens of the Commonwealth. Research efforts eligible for support by the Board shall include traditional medical and biomedical research relating to the causes and cures of diseases as well as research related to health services and the delivery of health care.
    More specifically, in accordance with Virginia Code § 23-279, the Board encourages collaborative research efforts among two or more institutions or organizations, gives priority to those research efforts where Board support can be leveraged to foster contributions from federal agencies or other entities, and supports both new research efforts and the expansion or continuation of existing research efforts.
  • Funding: For the FY 2013/2014 CHRB competition, applicants may request funding to support projects over either a one-year or a two-year period. The maximum amount of a one-year award is $100,000. The maximum amount for a two-year award is $200,000. However, no more than $100,000 will be
    provided in either the first or second year. The Applicant Institution or Organization must provide a minimum cash match from internal
    funds each year in the amount of 33% of the amount of CHRB funds requested.
  • Web: http://www.chrb.org/Guidelines%20&%20Forms.htm
  • Deadline: Concept paper submissions: October 1, 2012 by 4:00 p.m.

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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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The Standard Charitable Foundation
 

Grants

  • The Standard Charitable Foundation mission is to make a positive difference in the communities we serve by supporting community development, education, disability and health organizations. While the Foundation has a broad goal of making a positive difference in communities, they place special emphasis on helping individuals and families who have experienced a loss or setback such as a major disability or the loss of a loved one. This goal aligns with The Standard’s purpose of helping people achieve financial security so they can confidently pursue their dreams.
    Community Development: The Foundation supports organizations and programs that build healthy communities and help maintain their vitality, and programs that address major human services issues affecting children and families. The Foundation will also consider requests that focus on disadvantaged populations and develop young people's abilities, knowledge and aptitude for successful futures. They are interested in organizations and programs that increase employment opportunities, strengthen job skills and opportunities, develop the workforce, increase entrepreneur financial training and access to capital, and develop financial literacy.
    Education Effectiveness:
    The Foundation supports organizations and programs that strengthen the quality of education and develop systems to improve its overall effectiveness, with particular emphasis on K-12 grade levels. They fund programs that promote access and opportunity to schooling and help low-income and at-risk students succeed in school and prepare for post-secondary education. They are interested in bolstering literacy in the early years and focusing on diversity and inclusion. The Foundation will also consider requests to develop after-school programs, improve education leadership skills and help students achieve high results.
    Disability and Health: The Foundation will also fund programs that promote and educate about health and wellness and help people make informed decisions about their health.
  • Funding: In 2010, the foundation awarded $105,000 in charitable grants.
  • Web: http://www3.standard.com/net/public/!ut/p/c1/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3hHIx8jH2czY0N3d1dLA0-zAE9Tk0ADL1cPM_2CbEdFAFT6ULU!/
  • Deadline: Rolling for letters of inquiry. Applications must be received by October 1, 2012

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Bureau Of Educational and Cultural Affairs
 

Community College Initiative Program

  • The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces an open competition for one or more assistance awards to administer the FY2013 Community College Initiative Program, which will support study by international undergraduate students at accredited U.S. community colleges. The Program provides quality educational programs, leadership and professional skills development, practical professional experience, community engagement, and programming that builds mutual understanding and knowledge about American society and culture to underserved, non-elite international students, particularly women, who already have some work experience. The Bureau anticipates supporting students from developing countries in this program including (subject to change) such countries as Brazil, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, and South Africa, as well as other countries. Proposals should indicate flexibility and willingness to host international students from any country. Public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3) that represent consortia of accredited U.S. community colleges, or that represent other combinations of multiple accredited community college campuses may submit proposals to cooperate with the Bureau in the administration and implementation of the FY 2013 Community College Initiative Program.
  • Funding: For planning purposes, the Bureau invites proposals from eligible organizations for a program at a total funding level of approximately $11,635,000 pending availability of FY2013 resources. Applicants may apply to administer the entire program or a portion thereof. Applicant organizations should indicate the number of participants that can be accommodated at the requested funding level based on detailed calculations of program and administrative costs. In order to maximize the number of participants under this program, it is the Bureau's expectation that significant institutional and private sector funding and cost sharing will be made available by cooperating institutions. We anticipate that approximately 275 students will participate in the FY2013 program. It is the Bureau's intent to award one to six cooperative agreements (one base year plus two option years) for an estimated total amount of $11,635,000 in the base year and $8,400,000 in the following two option years, pending availability of funds.
  • Web: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=R7KBQ2nfn1BJvTpGnkgmyGvbxgFGYJHGmqw4FDyhp51ThvfFJycv!955625390?oppId=188213&mode=VIEW
  • Deadline: October 15, 2012

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The NEA Foundation
 

Learning & Leadership Grants

  • Learning & Leadership grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research or grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. All professional development must improve practice, curriculum, and student achievement. "One-shot" professional growth experiences, such as attending a national conference or engaging a professional speaker, are discouraged. Decisions regarding the content of the professional growth activities must be based upon an assessment of student work undertaken with colleagues, and must be integrated into the institutional planning process. Grant funds may be used for fees, travel expenses, books, or other materials that enable applicants to learn subject matter, instructional approaches, and skills. Recipients are required to exercise professional leadership by sharing their new learning with their colleagues.
  • Funding: The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. All $5,000 group grant applicants must include partner information.
  • Web: http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/educators/grant-programs/learning-and-leadership
  • Deadline: October 15, 2012

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National Institutes of Health
 

Small Research Grant Program (Parent R03)

  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources. Investigator-initiated research, also known as unsolicited research, is research funded as a result of an investigator submitting a research grant application to NIH in an investigator's area of interest and competency. The R03 grant mechanism supports different types of projects including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology. Any individual with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) is invited to work with his or her organization to develop an application for support.
  • Funding: Direct costs are limited to $100,000 direct costs over the R03 two-year period, with no more than $50,000 in direct costs allowed in a single year. Cost sharing is not required.
  • Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-262.html
  • Deadline: October 16, 2012

Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (Parent R13/U13)

  • The purpose of the NIH Research Conference (R13) Grant and NIH Research Conference Cooperative Agreement (U13) Programs is to support high quality scientific conferences that are relevant to its mission and to the public health. A conference is defined as a symposium, seminar, workshop, or any other organized and formal meeting, whether conducted face-to-face or via the Internet, where individuals assemble (or meet virtually) to exchange information and views or explore or clarify a defined subject, problem, or area of knowledge, whether or not a published report results from such meeting. The NIH recognizes the value to members of the research community and all other interested parties in supporting such forums.
  • Funding: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations, and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
  • Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-12-212.html
  • Deadline: December 12, 2012

Improving Diet and Physical Activity Assessment (R01)

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

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U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service
 

Small Grants

  • The Small Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (Act). These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds.
    This program supports the same type of projects and adheres to the same selection criteria and administrative guidelines as the U.S. Standard Grants Program. However, project activities are usually smaller in scope and involve fewer project dollars. Grant requests may not exceed $75,000, and funding priority is given to grantees or partners new to the Act’s Grants Program.
  • Funding: A minimum of $3 million has been approved to support projects in FY 2012. The Small Grant Program funding level is authorized up to $5 million, the maximum amount being contingent upon the quality and number of proposals received.
  • Web: http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/grants/nawca/small/index.shtm
  • Deadline: October 25, 2012

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Society of Women Engineers
 

Program Development Grant

  • The Program Development Grant fund was established in 1998 and provides the Society of Women Engineers with a cohesive funding vehicle to financially support activities of SWE Sections, SWE Student Sections, and SWE Members At Large; and to provide funding for National Committee pilot projects. The funds will be used for programs that are dedicated to:
    • Encouraging women and girls of all ages to pursue engineering studies,
    • Engaging practicing women engineers in professional development activities, or
    • Providing a positive forum for Diversity Issues and Training.
    The Fund is currently supported by donations from the ExxonMobil Education Foundation and The Ford Motor Company Foundation and Microsoft Corporation's Equal Access Grant. Projects are selected by the Program Development Grant Committee based on proposals submitted one or more times per year.
  • Funding:Varies by proposed program.
  • Web: http://www.swe.org/SWE/ProgDev/apply.html
  • Deadline: November 1, 2012

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National Endowment for the Arts
 

NEA Research: Art Works, FY 2013

  • The NEA will make awards to support research on how "art works." Consistent with its strategic plan, the NEA distinguishes between research projects seeking to define value for the U.S. arts sector, and those seeking to demonstrate the arts' impact on American life. "Value"-oriented research will measure or otherwise clarify one or more components of how Americans participate in the arts. Such research also may probe the underlying conditions and vehicles for arts participation; for instance, it can examine how key inputs such as training, education, and infrastructure, directly affect arts creation, arts audiences, or other aspects of arts engagement.
    Separately, research on "impact" will investigate the direct benefits of arts participation on individuals and/or communities. A variety of possible types of benefits might be explored, whether cognitive, emotional, social/civic, or economic. The NEA also will consider strong research proposals measuring the effects of arts participation on broader-level outcomes, such as new forms of self-expression, new outlets for creative activity, and the overall creative and expressive capacity of U.S. society.
  • Funding: The Arts Endowment anticipates awarding up to 25 grants, based on the availability of funding. Grants generally will range from $10,000 to $30,000. Grants do not require matching funds. However, applicants are strongly encouraged to provide some cash and/or in-kind services in support of this project. Indirect costs will be supported, but will be limited to a maximum of 15% of the total award.
  • Web: http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/Research/index.html
  • Deadline: November 6, 2012

NEA Literature Fellowships: Translation Projects, FY 2014

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

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Office of Science
 

High-Energy-Density Laboratory Plasma Science

  • The Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) program of the Office of Science (SC) and the Office of Stockpile Stewardship of the Defense Programs (DP) of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), both of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), jointly announce their interests in receiving grant applications for new awards for research in the SC-NNSA Joint Program in High-Energy-Density Laboratory Plasmas (HEDLP). All individuals or groups planning to submit applications for new funding in Fiscal Year 2013 should submit in response to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). Principal Investigators who currently have awards through the joint HEDLP program should not apply. The specific areas of interest are: 1. High-Energy-Density Hydrodynamics 2. Radiation-Dominated Dynamics and Material Properties 3. Magnetized High-Energy-Density Plasma Physics 4. Nonlinear Optics of Plasmas and Laser-Plasma Interactions 5. Relativistic HED Plasmas and Intense Beam Physics 6. Warm Dense Matter.
  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $2,000,000
  • Web: https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/?doc=DE-FOA-0000755&agency=DOE
  • Deadline: November 16, 2012

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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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Office of Naval Research
 

Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Department of Defense Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative

  • The MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education (hereafter referred to as "universities") that is of potential interest to DoD. The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interact to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD. As defined by the DoD, "basic research is systematic study directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts without specific applications towards processes or products in mind. It includes all scientific study and experimentation directed toward increasing fundamental knowledge and understanding in those fields of the physical, engineering, environmental, and life sciences related to long-term national security needs. It is farsighted high payoff research that provides the basis for technological progress." (http://comptroller.defense.gov/fmr/02b/02b_05.pdf). The DoD's basic research program invests broadly in many specific fields to ensure that it has early cognizance of new scientific knowledge.
  • Web: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=192113
  • Deadline: December 10, 2012

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
 

Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of the P3 Award Program, is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. The P3 competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative projects focused on sustainability. The P3 Awards program was developed to foster progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of economic prosperity, protection of the planet, and improved quality of life for its people - people, prosperity, and the planet - the three pillars of sustainability. The EPA offers the P3 competition in order to respond to the technical needs of the world while moving towards the goal of sustainability. The P3 Award Program is composed of two phases that award grants on a competitive basis. The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to solicit proposals for innovative research projects and designs to compete for the first phase of the P3 Award Program.
  • Funding: It is anticipated that a total of approximately $1,050,000 will be awarded under this announcement for Phase I and Phase II grant awards, depending on the availability of funds and quality of applications received. The EPA anticipates funding approximately 40 grants for Phase I under this RFA. The projected EPA award amount for each Phase I grant is up to $15,000 for its one year duration. Requests for amounts in excess of a total of $15,000, including direct and indirect costs, will not be considered. The total project period for an application submitted for a Phase I grant may not exceed one year. Based on the completed Phase I project/design, the proposal for additional funding under Phase II, and the reviews from the judging panel, EPA will select approximately 5 P3 Award winners from among recipients of Phase I funding, depending on the availability of funds. These P3 Award winners will be eligible to receive additional Phase II funding of up to $90,000 each. Proposals for Phase II grants with total budget requests exceeding $90,000, including direct and indirect costs, will not be considered. The total project period for a Phase II grant may not exceed two years.
  • Web: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2012/2012_p3.html
  • Deadline: December 22, 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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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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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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GE Foundation
 

Grant Program

  • The GE Foundation provide grants and invest in initiatives that work to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems. In coordination with their partners, the GE Foundation support U.S. and international education, developing health globally, the environment, public policy, human rights, disaster relief and community success around the globe. In the area of education, the foundation supports programs designed to raise student achievement through improved math and science curricula, professional development opportunities for teachers, and management capacity in schools.
  • Funding: In 2010, the foundation awarded more than $74 million in grants.
  • Web: http://www.ge.com/foundation/about_ge_foundation/index.jsp
  • Deadline: Rolling

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The Hershey Company
 

Grant Program

  • The Hershey Company remains committed to supporting the communities in which it operates and to society in general. Cash and product contributions are made to support a variety of worthy causes and non-profit organizations which support Education, Health & Human Services, Civic
    & Community initiatives, Arts & Culture and the Environment. Particular emphasis is placed upon causes that support kids and kids at risk.
  • Funding: Varies by program and scope.
  • Web: http://www.thehersheycompany.com/assets/pdfs/hersheycompany/GRANT_APPLICATION_GUIDELINES_cashcontributions.pdf
  • Deadline: Rolling

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Macy's Inc.
 

My Macy's District Grants

  • My Macy's District Grants support nonprofit organizations and initiatives that are important to our individual local communities from coast to coast and that fall within the Macy's focus areas - arts and culture, education, the environment, HIV/AIDS, and women's issues.
  • Funding: Varies by request and by program.
  • Web: http://macysinc.com/community/my_macys_district_grants.aspx
  • Deadline: Ongoing

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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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