OFFICE OF SPONSORED PROGRAMS
Funding News & Notes
November 2005 (FY06)

Pointers from Pat
Selected Funding Announcements
Deadline Links

 

Pointers from Pat

NIH is in the process of transitioning from physical document submission to electronic submission via Grants.gov. This process will be completed by the end of 2007. Many factors contribute to a successful transition: technical development of eRA and Grants.gov systems; transagency resolution of policy and operational issues; communication, training, and outreach; and the acceptance of the change by institutions and investigators. Grants.gov will not only allow for electronic submission, but will also post Funding Opportunity Announcements as mechanisms are transitioned. Applications in response to these announcements will require electronic submission through Grants.gov.

 

Selected Funding Announcements

American Political Science Association

Corporation for National Community Service

Department of Energy

Dirksen Center

Environmental Protection Agency

Health Resources & Services Administration

International Research and Exchanges Board

National Institutes of Health

National Institute of Justice

National Science Foundation

Office of Naval Research

Resources for the Future

 

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

American Political Science Association

APSA Small Research Grant Program. The APSA Small Research Grant Program supports research in all fields of political science. The intent of these grants is to support the research of political scientists who are employed at non-Ph.D.-granting institutions and to help further the careers of these scholars. Applicants must be APSA members at the time of application. In addition, the PI must be one of the following: (a) a political science faculty member at a college or university that does not award a Ph.D. in political science; (b) a political scientist not affiliated with an academic institution. Individual grants will not exceed $2,500 and are nonrenewable. The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2006. For more information please visit http://www.apsanet.org/section_509.cfm.

 

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Corporation for National Community Service

Learn and Serve, Higher Education. The Learn and Serve Higher Education Program is looking to fund 40 grants, ranging from $125,000-$500,000 (and totaling $10 million).
The purpose of this grant is to help develop and implement community service projects that use college students to help address the human, educational, environmental or public safety needs of surrounding communities. There's an emphasis on making these types of projects an integral part of an institutional setting, not just ad hoc projects.
The application deadline is Feb. 28, 2006. More information is available at www.nationalservice.gov (search for Learn and Serve Web pages). Also, contact Amiko Matsumoto, 202/606-7510; e-mail: LSAHigherED@cns.gov.

Learn and Serve, Community-Based Program. The Learn and Serve Community-Based Program will award 16 grants ranging from $350,000-$500,000 ($4.5 million in total).
The purpose of this grant is to support the development and sustain community-based service-learning programs in youth-serving community organizations. Most of the direct grants will go to larger organizations able to provide training and technical assistance to local nonprofits. The deadline for applications is March 7, 2006. Additional information can be found at www.nationalservice.gov (search for Learn and Serve Web pages). Also, contact Brad Lewis, 202/606-7510; e-mail: LSAcommunity@cns.gov.

 

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Department of Energy

Industry Matching Program. The Department of Energy is looking for applications to support the Industry Matching Program. Applicants must have nuclear engineering programs. The purpose of this grant is to increase collaborations between the awarded college and its nuclear industry to improve nuclear engineering education. Applicants must be able to meet at least a 1-1 match requirement, with support from the private sector.
The DOE expects to award 10-25 grants up to $60,000. Applications are due Dec. 14, 2005. For more information, please refer to http://e-center.doe.gov (DE-PS07-06ID14719).

 

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Dirksen Center

Congressional Leadership Research Awards. The Dirksen Congressional Center is soliciting to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible. The Center encourages graduate students to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research. Awards can be given up to $3,500. A total of up to $35,000 will be available in 2006. The deadline for applications is Feb. 1, 2006. More information is available at http://www.dirksencenter.org/print_grants_CRAs.htm.

 

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Environmental Protection Agency

Partnership for Clean Air Outreach. The Environmental Protection Agency is offering a single award for up to $500,000 over a two-year period for a grant to support its Partnership for Clean Air Outreach, Communication & Education (RFA-EPA-OAR-IED-05-20). The purpose of this grant is to implement outreach, communication and education activities to support the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air in achieving its mission to improve health, livelihood, and quality of life by reducing exposure to indoor air pollution from household energy use in developing countries.
Entities must already have experience implementing outreach and communication strategies that have achieved positive outcomes in the international household energy and health sector. Letters of intent are due Nov. 4 and applications are due Dec. 2, 2005. The RFA is available at http://www.epa.gov/oar/grants/05-20rev1.pdf .

Implications of Tropospheric Air Pollution for Surface UV Exposures. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) has significant health and ecosystem impacts. The goal of this solicitation is to enable research to understand better how changes in tropospheric ozone and particulate matter will alter surface UV exposures. Universities and educational institutions must be subject to OMB Circular A-21. A total of $300,000 is anticipated for 2 awards with duration of 2 or 3 years, which includes direct and indirect costs. Applications are due Jan. 18, 2006. More information is available at http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2005/2005_tropospheric_air_pollution.html.

EPA/NOAA/ONR/NASA: Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB). This program provides support for research on algal species whose populations may cause or result in deleterious effects on ecosystems and human health. Awards of federal funds are typically on the order of $150,000 per year, total costs, for up to three years for targeted studies. Multi-disciplinary regional studies for 3 to 5 years duration at correspondingly appropriate budgets will also be considered, depending upon available appropriations. Cost-sharing is not required. Approximately $7-10 million is anticipated to be available for about 15-20 awards, including 2 regional projects. Applications are due Jan. 10, 2006. More information is available at http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2005/2005_ecohab.html.

 

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Health Resources & Services Administration

Utilizing Family Traditions and Oral History for Health Promotions. The purpose of this grant is to fund projects supporting the use of cultural and other factors which improve the way health promotion and education messages are delivered. Applications are due Jan. 13, 2006. More information is available at http://www.hrsa.gov.

 

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International Research and Exchanges Board

Short-term Travel Grants. The Short-Term Travel Grants program provides fellowships for up to eight weeks to US postdoctoral scholars and holders of other graduate degrees for independent or collaborative research projects in Europe and Eurasia. Fellowships are available to applicants who demonstrate how their research will make a substantive contribution to knowledge of the contemporary political, economic, historical, or cultural developments in the region and how such knowledge is relevant to US foreign policy. An applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and hold a Ph.D. or other terminal degree. Grants are awarded up to $5,000. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2006. More information is available at http://www.irex.org/programs/stg/index.asp.

 

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National Institutes of Health

Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health. This project will focus on supporting dissemination and implementation health research. Rather than studying a specific disease or condition, these projects encourage research on model strategies and programs which help disseminate and implement research-tested health behavior change interventions, as well as evidence-based prevention, early detection and treatment services, on the clinical and community levels.
Letters of intent are due Dec. 12, 2005. Applications are due basically one month after the LOIs (one exception: The first application deadline is Jan. 24).
For more information, please visit http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-6-039.html

 

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National Institute of Justice

W.E.B. Dubois Fellowship Program. This program seeks to advance the field of knowledge regarding the confluence of crime, justice, and culture in various societal contexts. The Fellowship places particular emphasis on crime, violence, and the administration of justice in diverse cultural contexts. In previous years, fellowships have ranged from approximately $45,000 to $78,000. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2006. More information is available at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/funding.htm.

 

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National Science Foundation

Planetary Biodiversity Inventories (PBI) - Special Biennial Competition in Biodiversity Surveys and Inventories. The purpose of this grant is to accelerate the discovery and study of the world's biodiversity. Proposals are invited from teams of investigators to conduct a worldwide, species-level systematic inventory of a major group of organisms. Proposals may target any particular group of organisms, from terrestrial, fresh-water, or marine habitats, at any feasible level in the taxonomic hierarchy, but must be global in scope. An anticipated $2.5 million will be available in FY06 for 3-5 awards, with individual awards not to exceed $3 million over a 5-year duration. Applications are due by Jan. 10, 2006. More information is available at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5343.

 

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Office of Naval Research

Young Investigator Program. The objectives of this program are to attract outstanding faculty members of institutions of higher education to the Department of the Navy's research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. The PI must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident (by due date), holding a tenure-track or permanent faculty position at that university, who received her/his graduate degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) on or after Nov. 1, 2000. Proposals may request up to $100,000 per year for three years. The deadline for applications is Jan. 12, 2006. More information is available at http://www.onr.navy.mil/sci_tech/industrial/363/yip.asp.

 

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Resources for the Future

Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Dissertation Awards. This fellowship supports doctoral dissertation research on issues related to the environment, natural resources, or energy. This fellowship is intended to be the principal source of support for graduate students in the final year of their dissertation research. Fellowship candidates must have completed the preliminary examinations for their doctorate not later than Feb. 1 prior to the application deadline. This requirement will be strictly enforced. The fellowships carry a stipend of $12,000 for the 2006-2007 academic year. Under the Tax Reform Act of 1986, most if not all of this stipend will probably be taxable income. It is expected that fellowship recipients will not engage in full-time employment during the period of fellowship tenure. The deadline for applications is Feb. 28, 2006. More information is available at http://www.rff.org/rff/About/Fellowships_and_Internships/Index.cfm.

 

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Deadline Links

The following external links are funding deadlines organized by discipline. Please select the applicable discipline to access possible funding opportunities: (courtesy of The Grant Advisor Plus)

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Contact Pat Buennemeyer for more information on these and other funding opportunities.

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