President Bush is seeking to increase discretionary funding for the Department of Education by $1.7 billion in Fiscal Year 2005, for a total of $57.3 billion. The proposed budget would boost Title I and special education programs by $1 billion each and create several new competitive grant initiatives. The proposed increases would be offset by the elimination of 38 programs including the following: alcohol abuse reduction, dropout prevention, parental information centers, project with industry, smaller learning communities, and Star Schools.
The Fiscal Year 2005 funding package also seeks to create a $100 million reading intervention initiative for high school students and a $120 million program for improvement of high school math programming. For details on the Department of Education budget, see the following URL: Department of Education Budget.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a complete revision to the Grants Policy Statement (GPS) to supersede the GPS dated March 2001. The document is applicable to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after December 1, 2003. The National Institutes of Health Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS) is intended to make available to NIH grantees, in a single document, the policy requirements that serve as the terms and conditions of NIH grant awards. This document also is designed to be useful to those interested in NIH grants by providing information about NIH—its organization, its staff, and its grants process. The complete GPS may be viewed and downloaded from the following URL location: Grants Policy Statement.
A common rule regarding government-wide debarment and suspension and the drug-free workplace issues has been adopted by 33 federal grant making agencies. A common rule is a regulation which is applied uniformly across all federal agencies and is made part of their Code of Federal Regulations which govern practices of those agencies, ensuring uniformity to all entities which do business with those agencies. The most obvious common rule is the Human Subjects Common Rule.
Federal rules on debarment and suspension have been in place since 1987 to protect federal assistance on loans, benefits and other nonprocurement actions from the fraud waste and abuse. Similarly, drug-free workplace regulations have been in place since 1989. For universities, the change with the greatest impact includes the plain language format, verification of eligibility for recipients of subawards, and a change in the definition of “principal.”
JMU Principal Investigators in receipt of federal funding will continue to see forms from the Office of Sponsored Programs requiring signature in certification that they are eligible to receive federal funds in support of their research and scholarly endeavors. For more information regarding the common rule change, see the Federal Register: November 26, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 228)] The Federal Register may be accessed via the Goverment Printing Office.
The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is your first stop for information regarding the preparation of a successful grant funding proposal. Access detailed information regarding proposal and budget development at the following locations on the OSP web site) at the following links:
This program is funded by a grant from NASA, by income from the American Astronomical Society operating reserve fund and, in some cases, by the Gaposchkins' Research Fund. The purpose of the program is to cover costs associated with any type of astronomical research. ELIGIBILITY: Astronomers with a Ph.D. or equivalent may apply. Graduate students are not eligible. Astronomers from smaller, less endowed institutions will be given priority; however, proposals will be accepted from individuals not associated with an institution. FUNDING: Awards range from $1000 to $7000.
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Awards program was established in 1979 to provide funding for new faculty members at the start of their research and teaching activities in the chemical sciences. While most talented young faculty apply for and are able to secure external research support, usually such support does not ordinarily become available before the end of the first year of appointment. Thus, a key feature of the award is an unrestricted research grant of $40,000 that is awarded in September of the year the new faculty member formally begins the first-year appointment. In general, fifteen awards are made each year based on institutional nominations. ELIGIBILITY: Only faculty members who are due to start their first full-time tenure-track appointments in the year of nomination are eligible for awards. Institutions that grant a doctorate in chemistry, chemical engineering or biochemistry may submit nominations. No more than one nomination per institution is permitted. Nominees are normally expected to have no more than three years of postdoctoral experience.
The P3 competition will provide grants to teams of college students to research, develop, and design solutions to sustainability challenges. P3 highlights people, prosperity, and the planet - the three pillars of sustainability - as the next step beyond P2 or pollution prevention. The P3 Award program is a partnership between the public and private sectors to progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of economic prosperity, protection of the natural systems of the planet, and providing a higher quality of life for its people. EPA and its affiliates offer the P3 Award competition to respond to the technical needs of the developed and developing world in moving towards the goal of sustainability. Please see the P3 Award Website for more details about this program. ELIGIBILITY: Institutions of higher education located in the U.S. are eligible to apply as the recipient of a grant to support teams of undergraduate and/or graduate students. Collaboration with colleges and universities outside the United States is permitted, but only U.S. institutions will be eligible for awards. FUNDING: It is anticipated that $0.5 million will be available for about 50 awards. Potential funding per grant is up to $10,000 including direct and indirect costs.
The purpose of these grants is to support small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. This category expands the support that was available previously for Challenge America: Access to the Arts Fast-Track Review Grants. Assistance is available to eligible organizations for projects in: Dance, Design, Folk & Traditional Arts, Literature, Local Arts Agencies, Media Arts: Film/Radio/Television, Multidisciplinary, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Presenting, Theater, Visual Arts. FUNDING: Grants are for $10,000.NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
The purpose of this program is to advance learning in the arts for children and youth. Assistance is available to eligible organizations for projects in: Dance, Design, Folk & Traditional Arts, Literature, Local Arts Agencies, Media Arts: Film/Radio/Television, Multidisciplinary, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Presenting, Theater, Visual Arts. FUNDING: An organization may request a grant amount from $5,000 -$150,000.
The goals of the Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS) program are to sustain the science and technology needed to fulfill our vision for next-generation networks as well as to address the limitations of existing networks. Projects are encouraged to make bold assumptions about the future and to develop network architectures, protocols, and technologies to realize these goals. This program solicitation seeks innovative, forward-looking research projects in networking research broadly defined and in the following two focus areas: (1) Programmable Wireless Networks: Exploit the capabilities of programmable radios to make more effective use of the frequency spectrum and to improve wireless network connectivity. (2)Networking of Sensor Systems: Create architectures, tools, algorithms, and systems that will make it easy to assemble and configure a network of sensor systems. FUNDING: It is anticipated that $40 million will be available for 50-60 awards.
The Education Department is inviting applications to provide academic and financial support to help migrant and seasonal farm workers and their children successfully complete their first year of college. ELIGIBILITY: Institutions of higher education (IHEs) or private non-profit agencies working in cooperation with IHEs, including faith-based organizations, provided that they meet all statutory and regulatory requirements. FUNDING: Estimated Available Funds: $4,500,000. Estimated Range of Awards: $150,000-$425,000. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $350,000. Estimated Number of Awards: 14.