Office of Sponsored Programs
Funding News and Notes
December 2004

Pointers from Pat
Selected Funding Announcements
Deadline Links

Guidelines for the Program to Enhance External Research (PEER) are available to JMU faculty and staff. The purpose of the PEER program is to fund pilot or preliminary work in university research or other scholarly endeavors that show a high probability for attracting support from external funding agencies. The maximum PEER grant award will be $5,000. Generally, the range will be $2,000-$5,000. Funds may be used for such items as additional faculty release time or staff time during the academic year or summer, student assistance, clerical support, equipment, materials, and travel. All PEER funds must be expended by June 15, 2005.

A condition of receipt of a PEER award is that a formal funding proposal will be developed as an end product. Additionally, PEER award support cannot be used as a supplement to currently funded research.

A full set of guidelines for PEER proposals and application materials can be accessed at the following URL:

National Science Foundation Seeks to Boost Grantee Success Rates
As a result of declining success rates at the National Science Foundation (NSF), policy makers will temporarily shelve an initiative to move towards a long-term goal of increasing award size and grant duration in favor of awarding more grants. The current success rate for receiving NSF funding is 20%, much lower than the 33% success rate customary in the past at the agency. By increasing the number of awards made, the NSF hopes to include more institutions in its funding circle.

Pointers from Pat - National Institutes of Health Offers Proposal Preparation Materials for Download

Last month, this section provided information and a link to the NIH Mock Study Section Video. To view the NIH Mock Study Section Video Potential grantees may also view and download copies of sample proposals for use in developing their own funding applications. To view and download copies of the mock proposals, see the following URL:


Selected Funding Announcements

Networked computers reside at the heart of systems on which people now rely, both in critical national infrastructures and in their homes, cars, and offices. Today, many of these systems are far too vulnerable to cyber attacks that can inhibit their operation, corrupt valuable data, or expose private information. Cyber Trust promotes a vision of a society in which networked computer systems are: more predictable, more accountable, and less vulnerable to attack and abuse; developed, configured, operated and evaluated by a well-trained and diverse workforce; and used by a public educated in their secure and ethical operation. To improve national cyber security and achieve the Cyber Trust vision, NSF will support a collection of projects that together: advance the relevant knowledge base; creatively integrate research and education for the benefit of technical specialists and the general populace; and integrate the study of technology with the policy, economic, institutional and usability factors that often determine its deployment and use. Proposals funded will support single and multiple-investigator projects within the broad range of disciplines contributing to the Cyber Trust vision. Projects will be supported in three categories: Single Investigator or Small Group projects, Team projects, and Center-Scale projects. The resulting Cyber Trust award portfolio will: advance the cyber security research frontier; build national education and workforce capacity (including undergraduate, graduate, and faculty development and training); and ensure that new knowledge can be put into practice. ELIGIBILITY: Proposals may only be submitted by U.S. institutions or non-profit research institutions with a strong educational component. FUNDING: Estimated Total Program Funding is $30,000,000 for 35 expected awards.
DUE: February 7, 2005
WEB: Link to Full Announcement -NSF Publication 05-518

Grants for Summer Seminars and Institutes support national faculty development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university teachers. Seminars and institutes may be as short as two weeks or as long as six weeks. The duration of a program should allow for full and thorough treatment of the topic. Summer seminars and institutes: extend and deepen knowledge and understanding of the humanities by focusing on significant topics, texts, and issues; enhance the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants; build a community of inquiry and provide models of excellent scholarship and teaching; and promote effective links between teaching and research in the humanities; Seminars and institutes may be hosted by colleges, universities, school systems, learned societies, centers for advanced study, libraries or other repositories, and cultural or professional organizations. The host site must be appropriate for the project, providing facilities for scholarship and collegial interaction. ELIGIBILITY: State governments, County governments, City or township governments, Special district governments Public and State controlled institutions of higher education. FUNDING: Award Ceiling: $200,000 and minimum of $45,000.
DUE: March 1, 2005
WEB: For full announcement, follow the link to NEH-GRANTS-111604-010

These grants are given to support research and development projects that advance the nation's capacity to preserve and provide access to humanities resources. NEH particularly encourages applications that will make innovative use of digital technology. ELIGIBILITY: State governments, County governments, City or township governments, Special district governments, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education. FUNDING: Award Ceiling: $350,000 - minimum of $130,000.
DUE: July 1, 2005
WEB: Link to Full Announcement - NEH-GRANTS-111604-004

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)--Field Initiated (FI) Projects
The purpose of this program is to further one or both of the following: (a) Develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities; or (b) improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Act). FI projects carry out either research activities or development activities. In carrying out a research activity, a grantee must identify one or more hypotheses and, based on the hypotheses identified, perform an intensive, systematic study directed toward new scientific knowledge or better understanding of the subject, problem studied, or body of knowledge. In carrying out a development activity, a grantee must use knowledge and understanding gained from research to create materials, devices, systems, or methods beneficial to the target population, including design and development of prototypes and processes. Target population means the group of individuals, organizations, or other entities expected to be affected by the project. More than one group may be involved since a project may affect those who receive services, provide services, or administer services. ELIGIBILITY: State governments, County governments, City or township governments, Special district governments, Independent school districts, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education.
FUNDING: Expected Number of Awards: 25. Estimated Total Program Funding: $3,750,000 with award ceiling of $150,000.
DUE: January 18, 2005
WEB: For full announcement, see ED-GRANTS-111704-001

The purpose of this RFA is to accelerate collaborative cross-disciplinary and multi-institutional approaches that will contribute new and vital information about the clinical and pathological course of normal aging and the neurodegenerative diseases associated with aging. ELIGIBILITY: For-profit or non-profit organizations, Public or private institutions, such as universities, colleges, hospitals, and laboratories, Units of State and local governments, Eligible agencies of the Federal government,,Domestic or foreign institutions/organizations FUNDING: NIH will commit approximately $2 million in FY 2005 to fund 3 to 5 new grants in response to this RFA. An applicant may request a project period of up to 5 years and a budget for direct costs of up to $350,000 per year.
DUE: December 21, 2004
WEB: For full announcement, see RFA at RFA-AG-05-006

The Research in Disabilities Education (RDE) program supports efforts to increase the participation and achievement of persons with disabilities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. Meritorious projects from a diversity of institutions are supported via the RDE Demonstration, Enrichment, and Information Dissemination (RDE-DEI) program track. Promising research efforts are also developed further via awards under the Focused-Research Initiatives (RDE-FRI) program track. In the third program track, broadly applicable methods and products are disseminated for widespread use, commercialization, or inclusion in the activities of program-sponsored Regional Alliances for persons with disabilities in STEM education (RDE-RAD). RDE Alliances serve to inform the public, government, and industry about proven-good practices in the classroom, promote broader awareness of disabilities issues, and define specific areas of accessibility and human learning in need of further attention by educators and the research community. FUNDING: It is anticipated that $4.4 million will be available for 10-12 awards.
DUE: - optional letter of intent MAR 7, prelims. FEB 28, full proposals April 18, 2005

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Knowledge Dissemination Conference Grants (Program Announcement Short Title: SAMHSA Conference Grants)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) are accepting applications for SAMHSA Knowledge Dissemination Conference Grants (also referred to as SAMHSA Conference Grants). The purpose of the Conference Grant program is to disseminate knowledge about practices within the mental health services and substance abuse prevention and treatment fields and to integrate that knowledge into real-world practice as effectively and efficiently as possible. SAMHSA’s conference grants are authorized by Sections 520A, 516, and 509 of the PHS Act. FUNDING: SAMHSA Centers (CMHS, CSAP, and CSAT) will provide support for up to 75 percent of the total direct costs of planned meetings and conferences. Grant awards range from $25,000 to a maximum of $50,000 for a 12-month project period. Indirect costs are not allowed. Cost sharing is required. ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities. For example, State, local or tribal governments; public or private universities and colleges; professional associations, voluntary organizations, self-help groups, consumer and provider services-oriented constituency groups; community- and faith-based organizations; and tribal organizations may apply. Individuals are not eligible to receive grant support for a conference. The statutory authority for this program precludes grants to for-profit organizations.
DUE: January 10, 2005

NSF is soliciting proposals for funding under the Instrumentation for Materials Research Program. This program supports the development of research instruments that seek to: (1) discover fundamental phenomena in materials; (2) synthesize, process or characterize the composition, structure, properties and performance of materials; and (3) improve the quality, expand the scope, and foster and enable the integration of research and education in research-intensive environments. FUNDING: Approximately $6.7 million in FY 2005 funding is expected to be available for 35-40 awards having a duration of 1-3 years. The minimum award size is $70,000 for Ph.D.-granting institutions and $50,000 for non-Ph.D. granting institutions. ELIGIBILITY: Eligible are domestic academic institutions of higher education, independent nonprofit research organizations, research museums, and legally incorporated consortia thereof.
DUE: Proposals are due February 16, 2005.
WEB: More information is available at:


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

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