Office of Sponsored Programs
Funding News and Notes
June 2005

Pointers from Pat
Selected Funding Announcements
Deadline Links

Pointers from Pat -

Directly connected to the success of ALL successful funding applications is a well thought-out and properly prepared budget. The budget further explains the project proposal in fiscal terms. Principal investigators are strongly encouraged to seek assistance from the Office of Sponsored Programs, early in the application process. Please review the general cost categories found in routine proposal budgets.

Selected Funding Announcements

Federal Funding Opportunities








Foundation Funding Opportunities

Federal Funding Opportunities

Department of Agriculture

The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation invites applications for funding to support risk management research partnerships. The goal is to fund the development of non-insurance risk management tools that will be utilized by agricultural producers to assist them in mitigating the risks inherent in agricultural production. Approximately $4 million is available for partnerships having project period of up to three years. Public and private entities may submit applications, which are due July 5, 2005. More information is available at:

Department of Defense (DoD)

The U.S. Special Operations Command is soliciting proposals for research across a spectrum of science and engineering disciplines capable of producing and disseminating information to mass markets, including those over long distances. Awards having a project period of 12-36 months are anticipated. All responsible sources capable of satisfying the government's needs may submit proposals, which are due June 30, 2005. More information is available at:

Department of Education

The Institute of Education Sciences announces it will have grants to support education research through 20 FY 2006 competitions. The goal of these grants will be to provide national leadership in expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding of education from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education. Applicants capable of conducting scientifically valid research will be eligible to apply. More information is available at:

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services invites applications for funding to support disability rehabilitation research projects. Priorities include (1) international exchange of information and experts on disability and rehabilitation research and (2) innovative knowledge dissemination for disability and professional organizations and stakeholders. Approximately $1 million is expected to be available for two awards having a project period of up to five years. Eligible are states, public or private organizations, institutions of higher education, and Indian tribes and tribal organizations. Applications are due July 5, 2005. More information is available at:

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Department of Health and Human Services

NIH invites applications for research in the adverse effects of psychopharmacological medications across the lifespan, including pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Research project, exploratory or developmental, NIMH Interventions developmental, and small grant awards are anticipated. Eligible are for-profit or nonprofit, public or private organizations. Applications are due by the standard receipt dates, which are available at For more information, visit:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA is soliciting proposals for funding to support research projects relating to the cause, effects, extent, prevention and elimination of nutrient related pollution. Outcomes of this solicitation must directly support the development of nutrient criteria for the state, tribal government, or EPA Region in which the applicant is working. Approximately $800,000 is expected to be available for awards having a project period of 12-24 months. Eligible are public and private organizations, individuals, states, territories, Indian Tribes, and possessions of the U.S. Proposals are due June 11, 2005. More information is available at:


NASA is seeking university, industry and government partners to design and develop plasma devices for aerodynamic flow control. The goal of this initiative is to develop systems that can dramatically improve aerodynamic performance of vehicles in flight. Responses are due May 20, 2005. More information is available at:

National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF is soliciting proposals for funding under the Instrumentation and Facilities Program to support research and research training in the earth sciences. Proposals should be seek to better understand the structure, composition and evolution of Earth and the processes governing the formation and behavior of Earth's materials. Approximately $7 million is expected to be available for 50-60 awards. The categories of proposers identified in the Grant Proposal Guide may submit proposals, which are due Aug. 8, 2005, for the next round of awards. More information is available at:

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Foundation Funding Opportunities

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation invites applications for its Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry. This program encourages research leaders in environmental chemistry to recruit young Ph.D. graduates from the fields of physical, organic, inorganic, biological chemistry or associated fields in chemical engineering and to provide them with the highest caliber of research experience and education in environmental science. Awards of $120,000 over two years are given to faculty members whose proposals are judged to be exceptional. Eligibility is open to nonprofit organizations with well established research efforts in environmental science or engineering in the states, districts and territories of the U.S. Applications are due May 26, 2005. More information is available at:

NASD Investor Education Foundation

The NASD Investor Education Foundation is soliciting proposals for research projects focusing on how to improve disclosure to individual, retail investors. Successful projects will include an assessment of current securities disclosure regimes, with project outcomes that include a research paper with an executive summary that merits publication in professional journals and presentation to professionals involved in the development of securities regulations. Minimum grant awards of $100,000 are anticipated. Projects should be completed within 18 months of grant award. Eligible are organizations recognized as exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3) and state and other public colleges and universities. Proposals are due Aug. 26, 2005. More information is available at:

Social Science Research Council

The Social Science Research Council invites applications for the Abe Fellowship Program, a program designed to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. The program provides Abe Fellows with 3-12 months of full-time support over a two-year period. Areas of interest include problems common to industrial and industrializing societies and issues pertaining to U.S.-Japan relations. Eligibility is open to U.S. and Japanese citizens and to nationals of other countries who can demonstrate strong and serious long-term affiliations with research communities in the U.S. or Japan. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or the terminal degree in their field, or have attained an equivalent level of professional experience. Applications are due Sept. 1, 2005. More information is available at:

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

The Komen Foundation invites nominations for the 2005 Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction. This award recognizes outstanding individuals for their achievement in the field of breast cancer. Eligibility is open to all breast cancer researchers who are affiliated with nonprofit institutions in the U.S. or abroad. Awards will include a minimum of a $20,000 honorarium, a citation and an inscribed, limited edition crystal statuette designed by Tiffany & Co. Awardees are expected to present their findings in breast cancer research at the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Nominations are due June 30, 2005. More information is available at:

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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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