OFFICE OF SPONSORED PROGRAMS
Funding News & Notes
April 2006 (FY06)

Pointers from Pat
Selected Funding Announcements
Deadline Links

 

Pointers from Pat

Continuing with the federal agencies' budget requests for fiscal year 2007 (FY07), this month's Pointers from Pat will focus on the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The total requested amount for NSF is $6.02 billion, which is a 7.9% increase over last years request. The amount requested for FY07 is divided into four broad categories:

  1. Discovery across the frontier of science and engineering, connected to learning, innovation and service to society - $2.9 billion
  2. Broadly accessible, state-of-the-art science and engineering facilities, tools and other infrastructure that enable discovery, learning and innovation - $1.68 billion
  3. Diverse, competitive, and globally engaged U.S. workforce of scientists, engineers, technologists and well-prepared citizens - $1.07 billion
  4. Agile, innovative organization that fulfills its mission through leadership in state-of-the-art business practices - $350 million

More information on the NSF budget requests can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=105803.

The USDA's presidential budget request is $92.8 billion, which is $2.8 billion below the requested amount for FY06. There are six specific goals for the FY07 budget:

  1. Enhance International Competitiveness of American Agriculture
  2. Enhance the Competitiveness and Sustainability of Rural and Farm Economies
  3. Support Increased Economic Opportunities and Improved Quality of Life in Rural America
  4. Enhance Protection and Safety of the Nation's Agriculture and Food Supply
  5. Improve the Nation's Nutrition and Health
  6. Protect and Enhance the Nation's Natural Resource Base and Environment

More information on the USDA's FY07 budget requests can be found on their website at http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdahome.

You are also able to find out more about the FY 2007 budgets by visiting the Office of Sponsored Programs website.

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Selected Funding Announcements

National Endowment for the Arts

National Institute of Standards and Technology

National Science Foundation

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

National Endowment for the Arts

Challenge America: Researching Every Community Fast Track Review Grants. The Challenge America: Researching Every Community Fast Track Review Grants program wishes to establish professional arts programming and to sponsor projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. The purpose of this grant is to assist local projects that can have significant effects within communities. Challenge America is a program looking to support "small to mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations (those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability)."The award amount for each grant is $10,000. Applications are due June 1, 2006. For more details please visit http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/GAP07/ChallengeAmerica.html.

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Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth. The Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth program is looking for projects to help young children acquire appreciation, knowledge, and understanding of and skills in the arts. The National Endowment for the Arts requires projects to provide participatory learning and engagement of students with skilled artists, teachers, and excellent art. Applications are due June 12, 2006. More information can be found by visiting http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/GAP07/LearningintheArts.html

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National Institute of Standards and Technology

National Institute of Standards and Technology: Small Grants Program. The National Institute of Standards and Technology is soliciting for their Small Grant Program. The programs offering funding include the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory Grants Program; the Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory Grants Program; the Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory Grants Program; the Physics Laboratory Grants Program; the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory Grants Program; the Building Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program; the Fire Research Grants Program; and the Information Technology Laboratory Grants Program. Applications are due June 30, 2006 or September 20, 2006. Please visit their website for specific instruction on these deadlines. More information is available at http://grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=310.

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National Science Foundation

Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. This program offers a rare opportunity for scholars in the humanities (painting, photography, writing, history, and other liberal arts) to travel to Antarctica and make observations needed to complete their proposed projects. Observers will be stationed at research stations, camps, ships, and wilderness areas. While no dollar amount is given to the participants of this program, the Foundation will loan polar clothing and pay for travel expenses. Proposals are due June 7, 2006. More information is available at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12783

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Centers for Learning and Teaching. The National Science Foundation is soliciting applications for the Centers for Learning and Teaching program. This program aims "to renew and diversify the cadre of leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education; to increase the number of K-16 educators capable of delivering high-quality STEM instruction and assessment; and to conduct research into STEM education issues." The estimated award is $4 million which will be divided into two awards lasting up to five years. Preliminary applications are due June 19, 2006. Formal proposals are due August 21, 2006. More information is available at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5465.

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Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities: Departmental Multi-User Instrumentation. This program is soliciting applications to assist the NSF in responding to the needs for infrastructure that promotes research and education in areas traditionally supported by the Division. The maximum request for instrumentation is $500,000, while additional funds may be requested. The total amount allotted for this program is $6 million to be divided up by approximately 20 awards. Applications are due June 26, 2006. More information is available at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13579.

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Earth Sciences: Geophysics. The NSF is soliciting applications to support the Geophysics program's laboratory, field, theoretical, and computational studies related to composition, structure, and processes of the earth's interior. Research in the field of seismicity and seismic wave propaganda, the nature and occurrence of earthquakes, the earth's magnetic gravity, and electrical fields, and its internal temperature distribution are all areas of interest for this program. Applications are due June 1, 2006. More information is available at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5570.

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Mathematical Social and Behavioral Sciences. Nine to 18 awards totaling $4.5 million is available for the Mathematical Social and Behavioral Sciences program. This program is dedicated to advancing the mathematical or statistical foundations of research in the social, behavioral, or economic sciences. Successful applicants will demonstrate "an understanding of social and/or behavioral science phenomena and to address a topic of interest to the mathematical sciences." Applications are due April 20, 2006. More information can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11683

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National Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics Education Digital Library. The purpose of this program is to establish a national digital library that will constitute an online network of learning environments and resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education at all levels. There are three major tracks to this program. However, all applications submitted in FY06 should focus on pathway projects "to provide stewardship for the content and services needed by major communities of learners." Sixteen to 22 awards are expected to be made totaling $4 million. Applications are due May 1, 2006. More information is available at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5487.

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Research Coordination Networks in the Biological Sciences. The Research Coordination Networks in the Biological Sciences program aims to "encourage and foster interactions among scientists to create new research directions or advance a field." This implies that scientists working together in collaborative groups to train, communicate and foster new ideas will be ideal applicants. In the past fiscal year, approximately $1.2 million was awarded to 5-10 applicants. Applications are due June 26, 2006. More information is available at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11691

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University-Industry Cooperative Research Programs in the Mathematical Sciences. This cooperative research program encourages academic institutions to pair up with the industrial environment to help integrate the knowledge of academia and professional scientists and continue the national growth in these areas. The goal of this program is to Approximately $1 million is available for 10 awards. Applications are due June 2, 2006. More information is available at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=156.

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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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