Office of Sponsored Programs
Funding News and Notes
April 2004


US Department of Education Proposes Revisions to 2004 Safe Schools/Healthy Students Program

Congress has approved $95 million in funding for the Safe Schools/Healthy Students program's current projects and approximately 25 new awards of $1 million to $3 million each. New reviewer criteria will focus on applicants' demonstrated capacity for integration and coordination of services and local resource-sharing. These collaborative partnerships and leveraging are essential to the Safe Schools/Healthy Students program which is a joint initiative of the Department of Education and the Health and Human Services Department and the Justice Department.

Successful applicants, which must comprise a formal partnership of education, mental health and public safety authorities, must address the following six elements to create safe and drug-free schools, promote positive social skills, and nurture development:

  1. Safe school environments;
  2. Alcohol, drug and violence prevention and treatment intervention;
  3. School and community mental health prevention and treatment intervention services;
  4. Early childhood psychosocial and emotional development programs;
  5. Supporting and connecting schools and communities; and
  6. Safe school policies.

The 2004 Safe Schools/Healthy Students competition will be formally announced by mid-May.
For the Federal Register notice, click here: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/pdf/04-6195.pdf

Pointers from Pat
Selected Funding Announcements
Deadline Links

Pointers from Pat - Information You Can Use

Many federal agencies provide guidance on writing effective proposals on their websites. For example, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) posts "Grant Writing Tip Sheets." http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/grant_tips.htm and an entire section of tutorials regarding the NIH grant process called "All About Grants."

For more information and to enter the tutorials, click on the following links:
" Grant Application Basics: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/ncn/grants/basics/index.htm
" How to Plan a Grant Application: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/ncn/grants/plan/index.htm
" How to Write a Grant Application: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/ncn/grants/write/index.htm
" How to Manage Your Grant Award: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/ncn/grants/manage/index.htm
" How to Write a Human Subjects Application: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/ncn/clinical/humansubjects/default.htm
" How to Write an Application Involving Research Animals http://www.niaid.nih.gov/ncn/clinical/researchanimals/tutorial/index.htm
" Advice on Research Training and Career Awards http://www.niaid.nih.gov/ncn/training/advice/index.htm
" Advice for Small Business Grants (SBIR, STTR) http://www.niaid.nih.gov/ncn/sbir/advice/default.htm

Selected Funding Announcements

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (SAMHSA) -
DISSERTATION GRANTS - SUPPORT FOR ANALYSES IN SUBSTANCE ABUSE
SAMSHSA wishes to expand the number of researchers who conduct high-quality substance abuse services research, the study of how various factors (social, financial, organizational, and personal) affect the need for and access to substance abuse treatment, the quality and cost of substance abuse treatment, and, ultimately, health and well being. The research domains are individuals, families, organizations, institutions, communities and populations. Funded projects may address topics including the organization, financing and delivery of substance abuse prevention and treatment services, and the need for such services, as well as methodological advances in health services research methods applicable to the study of substance abuse issues. ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are domestic public or private, nonprofit entities. FUNDING: It is expected that up to $150,000 will be available to fund up to five awards in FY 2004. Awards are expected to be $20,000 to $30,000 per year in total costs (direct and indirect). Applicants may request a project period of up to 2 years. DUE: June 1, 2004
Web:
http://www.samhsa.gov/grants/2004/nofa/pa04001.htm

AMERICAN HONDA - HONDA INITIATION GRANT
The annual Honda Initiation Grant was inaugurated in 1997 to reach out to the vast talent that exists in academic-research communities. After critical review, the winners are chosen from a large pool of applicants for a one-time funding to take their conceptual ideas a step closer to reality. The award program provides
researchers with considerable freedom in their respective areas of study, as well as opportunities to interact with Honda researchers, and the potential for further collaboration. The HIG program is highly competitive. Last year, less than 4 percent of the proposals were selected for funding, bringing the current total to 52
projects. FUNDING: This year, at least five grants of $50,000 each will be made available to the winning proposals from professors in the U.S. and Canada. To enable more universities to participate, HIG will include full overhead coverage in the grant. Furthermore, licensing terms for resultant inventions are simplified. DUE: May 1, 2004, pre-proposals
WEB:
http://www.hondacorp.com/america/index.html?subsection=grant

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) - PARTICULATE MATTER RESEARCH CENTERS
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, seeks applications for Particulate Matter Research Centers to study priority issues related to airborne particulate matter, including susceptibility, mechanisms of health effects, exposure-response relationships, and source linkages. ELIGIBILITY: Institutions of higher education and not-for-profit institutions located in the U.S., and Tribal, state and local governments, are eligible to apply. FUNDING: It is anticipated that $40 million will be available for up to 5 awards, each up to $1.6 million per year for up to 5 years.
DUE: August 31, 2004

WEB: http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2004/2004_pm_research.html

WILLIAM T. GRANT FOUNDATION - SCHOLARS PROGRAM
The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports, over a five-year period, promising post-doctoral researchers from diverse disciplines. Studies from these researchers deepen and broaden the knowledge base in areas that contribute to creating a society that values young people and helps them live up to their potential.
The program, now in its 24th year, has funded more than 110 Scholars since its inception. Priority research areas are youth development; improving programs, policies, and institutions affecting young people; and adults' use of evidence and their views of youth. The Foundation focuses on young people ages 8-25, and is particularly interested in research that is interdisciplinary, examines young people in social, institutional, community, and cultural contexts, and addresses questions that advance both theory and practice. ELIGIBILITY: Investigators at all non-profit institutions, both in the United States and abroad, are eligible. The award is designed for early career researchers. Thus, applicants should be pre-tenure (if in a tenure track position) or in a similar early career status if in a non-tenure track position. FUNDING: Every year four to six William T. Grant Scholars are selected, and each receives $300,000 distributed over a five-year period. Awards are made to the applicant's institution, providing support of $60,000 per year. DUE: July 1, 2004, nominations
WEB: http://www.wtgrantfoundation.org/info-url_nocat3042/info-url_nocat_list.htm?attrib_id=4398

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES - PRESERVATION ASSISTANCE GRANTS
Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-size institutions--libraries, museums, and historical societies, archival repositories, town and county records offices, and underserved departments and units within colleges and universities and other larger institutions--improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections. These collections may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine arts, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, and historical objects. ELIGIBILITY: Any U.S. nonprofit organization may apply for a grant. State and local governmental agencies are also eligible. Grants are not awarded to individuals. FUNDING: Successful applicants will be awarded an outright grant of either $2000, $3500, or $5000. DUE: May 17, 2004
WEB: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/pag.html

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION - APPROACHES TO COMBAT TERRORISM (ACT)
The National Science Foundation's Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) and the Intelligence Community (IC) are coordinating efforts to identify bold new concepts in basic research and workforce development in the MPS disciplines with the potential to contribute to national security. This solicitation is intended to inform researchers in disciplines supported by the MPS Directorate--the Divisions of Astronomical Sciences, Chemistry, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, and Physics--that NSF welcomes proposals for Small Grants for Exploratory Research that promote the objectives of the ACT program. FUNDING: It is estimated that $3.5 million will be available for 15-20 Small Grants for Exploratory Research (SGERs) at up to $200,000 each.
DUE: June 11, 2004

NSF-DOC: http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf04561

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION - DEVELOPMENTAL & LEARNING SCIENCES: A MULTIDISCIPLINARY PROGRAM OF THE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH INITIATIVE
This program supports studies that increase our understanding of cognitive, linguistic, social, cultural, and biological processes related to children's and adolescents' development. Additional priorities are to support developmental research that: incorporates multidisciplinary, multi-method, microgenetic, and longitudinal
approaches; develops new methods and theories; examines transfer of knowledge from one domain to another and from one situation to another; assesses peer relations, family interactions, social identities, and motivation; examines the impact of family, school, and community resources; assesses adolescents' preparation for entry into the workforce; and investigates the role of demographic characteristics and cultural influences on children's development. Research supported by this program will add to our basicknowledge of how people learn and the underlying developmental processes that support learning, with the objective of leading to better educated children and adolescents who grow up to take productive roles as workers and as citizens. FUNDING: It is anticipated that $5 million will be
available for 20-30 awards annually. DUE: July 15, 2004 & JAN 15
WEB: http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/bcs/dls/start.htm
NSF-DOC: http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf02008

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION - RESEARCH COORDINATION NETWORKS (RCN) IN THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
The goal of this program is to encourage and foster interactions among scientists to create new research directions or advance a field. Innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies are especially encouraged. Groups of investigators will be supported to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, institutional, and geographical boundaries. The proposed networking activities should have a theme
as a focus of its collaboration. The focus could be on a broad research question, a specific group of organisms, or particular technologies or approaches. ELIGIBILITY: Proposals are invited from U.S. academic institutions, U.S. non-profit research organizations including museums, research laboratories, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. that are directly associated with educational or research activities, and consortia of such organizations with appropriate research and educational facilities. FUNDING: It is anticipated that $1.2 million will be available for 5-10 new awards in FY 2005. DUE: June 25, 2004
NSF-DOC: http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf04567

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION - TEACHER PROFESSIONAL CONTINUUM
The Teacher Professional Continuum (TPC) program addresses critical issues and needs regarding the recruitment, preparation, induction, retention, and life-long development of K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers. Its goals are to improve the quality and coherence of teacher learning
experiences across the continuum through research that informs teaching practice and the development of innovative resources for the professional development of K-12 STEM teachers. The program supports Research Studies, Resources for Professional Development, and Conferences and Symposia. FUNDING: It is anticipated that $28 million will be available for 25-35 awards in FY 2005. DUE: May 25, 2004, preliminary proposals SEP 10, full proposals
NSF-DOC: http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf04568

ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION - LOCAL INITIATIVE FUNDING PARTNERS PROGRAM
The Local Initiative Funding Partners (LIFP) program is a partnership between The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and local grantmakers that supports innovative, community-based projects to improve health and health care for underserved and at-risk populations. FUNDING: Local Initiative Funding Partners provides grants of $100,000 to $500,000 per project, which must be matched dollar for dollar by local grantmakers such as community foundations, family foundations, corporate grantmakers and others. The total award is paid out over a three-year or four-year period. Grants are awarded through a competitive process that begins when a project is nominated by a local funder according to the guidelines specified in the Call for Proposals. In 2005, up to $7.5 million will be awarded under the program. DUE: June 1, 2004, on-line form due July 14, 2004, Stage I materials due November 10, 2004, invited Stage II proposals due
WEB: http//www.lifp.org

WENNER-GREN FOUNDATION FOR ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH - HISTORICAL ARCHIVES
The objective of this program is to encourage the preservation of unpublished records and other materials of value for research on the history of anthropology. Grants are offered for two purposes: (1) To assist individuals holding significant records and personal papers with the expenses of preparing and transferring them for archival deposit. Applicants must show evidence that arrangements have been made with an appropriate archival repository. (2) To aid oral-history interviews with senior anthropologists. A condition of awards is that copies of the audio or video record of interviews be deposited in the Foundation's archives. Applicants must present a proposal describing the significance of the subject for the history of anthropology, the topics to be covered, and the interviewer's qualifications. FUNDING: Grants of up to $15,000 are made. DUE: anytime
WEB: http://www.wennergren.org/progpha.html

Deadlines

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