Office of Sponsored Programs
Funding News and Notes
June 2004

Pointers from Pat
Selected Funding Announcements
Deadline Links

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According to COS, the following are the most popular COS funding opportunities last week:

Hewlett Foundation, William and Flora: Education Program Grants

Kresge Foundation: Kresge Challenge Grants

Wachovia Foundation: Grants

Welder Wildlife Foundation, Rob and Bessie: Graduate Fellowships

Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI): Expressions of Interest to Establish a Collaborating Centre

Institute of International Education (IIE) - United States: Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

United Parcel Service (UPS) Foundation: Grant Program

U.S. Bancorp Foundation: General Operating Grants

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): Building the Evidence to Promote Bioterrorism and Other Public Health Emergency Preparedness in Health Care Systems

National Humanities Center: Fellowships

Pointers from Pat - Be Aware of Scientific Misconduct Guidelines

Scientific misconduct is an increasing problem in the competitive environment of education-research . As a result, the US Department of Education (ED) is issuing agency-specific guidelines to address research grantees who run afoul of acceptable scientific processes. The issue of scientific misconduct is a concern across all federal agencies. The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued guidelines three years ago and mandated each agency to develop their own guidelines.

ED defines misconduct as fabrication, falsification or plagiarism in proposing, performing or reviewing research, or in reporting results. Misconduct does not include honest error or differences of opinion. Sanctions to researchers who break current federal guidelines may include letters of reprimand, special certification or assurance requirements, suspension or termination of award, suspension and debarment from seeking federal funds or serving as a reviewer, publication of misconduct finding and status, and referral to authorities in the case of criminal or civil fraud.

For more information about the topic of scientific misconduct, reference the OSTP policy, see the Federal Register contents of "2000" and "December 6" at

Selected Funding Announcements

The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program provides funds for programs to train workers and employers to recognize, avoid, and prevent safety and health hazards in their workplaces. The program emphasizes three areas: (a) Educating workers and employers in small businesses. A small business has 250 or fewer workers. (b) Training workers and employers about new OSHA standards. (c) Training workers and employers about high risk activities or hazards identified by OSHA through its Strategic Management Plan, or as part of an OSHA special emphasis program. OSHA will accept applications for two different categories of
grants in FY 2004: (1) Targeted Topic training category grants; and (2) OSHA Training Materials Development category grants. ELIGIBILITY: Any nonprofit organization, including community-based and faith-based organizations, that is not an agency of a State or local government, is eligible to apply. State or local government-supported institutions of higher education are eligible to apply. FUNDING: Targeted Topic category grants will be awarded for a 12-month period. The performance period for these grants begins September 30, 2004, and ends September 30, 2005. There is approximately $1.3 million available for this grant category. The average Federal award will be $150,000. OSHA Training Materials Development category grants will be awarded for a 12-month period. The performance period for these grants begins September 30, 2004, and ends September 30, 2005. There is approximately $4 million available for this grant category. The average Federal award will be $200,000. DUE: JUN 18

The Foundation awards grants of up to $2,000 each in support of research in the holdings of the Gerald R. Ford Library. A grant defrays travel, living, and photocopy expenses of a research trip to the Library. Library collections focus on Federal policies, institutions, and politics in the 1970s. Selected strengths of the holdings are domestic affairs and policies, economics, the 1976 presidential campaign, media relations, White House management and decisionmaking, congressional
relations, and foreign policy. DUE: SEP 15 MAR 15

Through this category the National Endowment for the Arts seeks to make the excellence and diversity of the arts widely available to the American public through nationally distributed television and radio programs. Grants are available to support the development, production, and national distribution of radio and television
programs on the arts. Priority will be given to artistically excellent programs that have the potential to reach a significant national audience, regardless of the size or geographic location of the applicant organization. Only programs of artistic excellence and merit, in both the media production and the subject, will be funded. Projects may include high profile multi-part television and radio series, single documentaries, performance programs, or arts segments for use within an existing series. Programs may deal with any art form (e.g., visual arts, music, dance, literature, design, theater, musical theater, opera, film/video/audio art, folk & traditional arts). Programs targeted to children and youth also are welcome. All phases of a project - research and development, production, completion and distribution costs - are eligible for support. Proposals are welcomed that include ancillary activities that are intended to increase public knowledge, understanding, and access to the
arts. Such activities might include the use of related radio and television programming; interactive Web sites; CD-ROM or other digital applications; educational material; collaborations with arts organizations, educators, and community groups; video/audio distribution to schools, libraries, and homes; and other public outreach activities. ELIGIBILITY: Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally-recognized tribal
communities or tribes may apply. FUNDING: For radio projects, grants generally range from $20,000 to $100,000. For television projects: (a) Research and development grants generally range from $20,000 to $50,000. (b) Grants for single documentaries generally range from $25,000 to $50,000. (c) Grants for multi-part series vary according to the complexity and scope of the project. In rare instances, the Arts Endowment may recommend an award over $200,000 for a project with demonstrated quality, significance, and impact. All grants require a match of at least 1 to 1. DUE: SEP 10

Consultation grants are designed to help museums, libraries, historical organizations, and community organizations develop a new project or chart a new interpretive direction for an institution. By using a Consultation grant, institutions can confer with a team of advisors to help identify key humanities themes and questions that will guide the early stages of a project's development. ELIGIBILITY: Any U.S. nonprofit organization may apply for a planning grant. Grants are not awarded to individuals. Organizations must have 501(c)3 tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service to be eligible to receive funding. State and local governmental
agencies are also eligible. FUNDING: Awards of up to $10,000 are normally made for a period of 6-12 months. Cost sharing is not required.
DUE: SEP 16 MAR 22


The Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Computing Research Infrastructure program supports the acquisition, development, enhancement, and operation of research infrastructure that enables discovery, learning, and innovation in all computing fields supported by CISE. Supported infrastructure includes instrumentation needed by a few research or research and education projects, major experimental facilities for an entire department or for multi-institutional projects, and testbeds or data archives for an entire subfield of CISE researchers. The CRI program will make three kinds of awards: (1) Infrastructure Acquisition; (2)
Community Resource Development; and (3) Planning. ELIGIBILITY: Proposals may be submitted by both U.S. graduate-degree-granting institutions and U.S. four-year institutions that have research and education programs in areas supported by CISE research programs. FUNDING: It is estimated that $15 million will be available for 25-35 awards in FY 2005 -- up to 30 Infrastructure Acquisition awards, up to 8 Community Resource Development awards, and up to 5 Planning awards. DUE: JUL 26, letters of intent AUG 23, proposals

The Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC) program supports interdisciplinary materials research and education while addressing fundamental problems in science and engineering. MRSECs require outstanding research quality and intellectual breadth, provide support for research infrastructure and flexibility in responding to new opportunities, and strongly emphasize the integration of research and education. These centers foster active collaboration between universities and other sectors, including industry, and they constitute a national network of university-based centers in materials research. MRSECs address problems of a scope or complexity requiring the advantages of scale and interdisciplinary interaction provided by a campus-based research center. ELIGIBILITY:
Proposals may be submitted by universities in the US with broad programs in materials research and education in support of center-type activities. Existing MRSECs that are recompeting are required to submit preliminary proposals. FUNDING: It is anticipated that $26 million will be available for 12-15 awards in FY 2005. DUE: SEP 8, pre-proposals JAN 24, full invited proposals

The Innovation and Organizational Change (IOC) program seeks to create and apply fundamental new knowledge with the aim of improving the effectiveness of the design, administration, and management of organizations, including industrial, educational, service, government, nonprofit and voluntary organizations. Additionally, the program seeks a better understanding of how teamwork, coordination, and institutional arrangements contribute to innovation. The program encourages dissemination of knowledge gained from research to organizations and institutions that can implement reforms based on what has been learned. ELIGIBILITY: U.S. academic institutions may submit proposals as lead institutions. Multi-organizational arrangements are permitted and encouraged. These arrangements may be with other U.S. academic institutions and nonprofit research organizations in the United States on behalf of individuals or groups. FUNDING: It is anticipated that $2.2 million will be available for 10-30 awards in FY 2005. DUE: AUG 15 FEB 1, target dates

The Petroleum Research Fund was originally established as a Trust by seven major oil companies in 1944. The American Chemical Society, to whom the assets of the Fund were transferred in 2000, must use the income "for advanced scientific education and fundamental research in the 'petroleum field,' which may include any field of pure science which ...may afford a basis for subsequent research directly connected with the petroleum field." Since the first ACS PRF grants were approved in 1954, several grant programs have evolved to serve segments of the scientific community (please see the web site for details). ELIGIBILITY: Grants are made to nonprofit institutions in the United States and other countries in response to proposals. Fundamental research is currently supported in chemistry, the earth sciences, chemical engineering, and in related fields such as polymers and materials science. FUNDING: PRF funding commitments in 2002 totaled $25.0 million. DUE: anytime

The Cottrell Scholar Awards are designed for institutions and faculty members who wish to excel at both teaching and research. They enable recipients to implement their plans to become outstanding scientists and educators as well as tomorrow's academic and scientific leaders. The awards also seek to reinforce faculty mentoring, communication, and a heightened appreciation for instruction in university science departments. ELIGIBILITY: Awards are made to U.S. and Canadian
universities to further the teaching and research of faculty members in Ph.D.-granting astronomy, chemistry, and physics departments. Applicants must be in the third full calendar year of their first tenure-track position (i.e., faculty who assumed their tenure-track positions anytime in 2002 may apply only in 2004, observing the
September deadline). FUNDING: All Cottrell Scholar Awards are in the amount of $75,000. Budgets are not required, hence, there is no budget page in
the proposal. Cottrell Scholar Award funds can be used at the discretion of the awardee for most direct costs, with limitations only on the range of acceptable expenditures. There is no provision for indirect costs or overhead, faculty salaries, tuition, or for routine institutional services.

Projects concerning East European or Baltic studies should focus on fields in the social sciences and humanities including, but not limited to: Anthropology, History, Political Science, Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Sociology. Russia and the Soviet successor states, as well as the former East Germany, are excluded from
consideration. All projects should aim to highlight their potential policy relevance. ELIGIBILITY: These grants are available to American academic experts and practitioners, including advanced graduate students, engaged in specialized research requiring access to Washington, DC and its research institutions. Grants are for one month and do not include residence at the Wilson Center. DUE: SEP 1 DEC 1 MAR 1 JUN 1

Sloan Research Fellowships is by far the oldest program of the Sloan Foundation, although those who receive the grants are among the youngest scholars the Foundation assists. The Fellowship program has grown in size and cost over the years and now includes several disciplines not covered in the beginning; but its purpose - to stimulate fundamental research by young scholars of outstanding promise - remains the same. The Sloan Research Fellowships were established in
1955 to provide support and recognition to young scientists, often in their first appointments to university faculties, who were endeavoring to set up laboratories and establish their independent research projects with little or no outside support. Financial assistance at this crucial point, even in modest amounts, often pays handsome
dividends later to society. Over the first 17 years of the program, Sloan Research Fellowships were awarded in physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Additional fields were added in subsequent years: neuroscience in 1972, economics in 1980, computer science in 1993, and computational and evolutionary molecular biology
in 2002. ELIGIBILITY: Candidates for Sloan Research Fellowships are required to hold the Ph.D. (or equivalent) in chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, economics, neuroscience, relevant fields in the biological sciences, or in a related interdisciplinary field, and must be members of the regular faculty (i.e.,
tenure track) of a college or university in the United States or Canada. They may be no more than six years from completion of the most recent Ph.D. or equivalent as of the year of their nomination,unless special circumstances such as military service, a change of field, or child rearing are involved or unless they have held a faculty appointment for less than two years. FUNDING: The award is $40,000 for a two-year period. Funds are awarded directly to the Fellow's institution and
may be used by the Fellow for such purposes as equipment, technical assistance, professional travel, trainee support, or any other activity directly related to the Fellow's research.
DUE: SEP 15, nominations


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