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October 2004


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National Science Foundation Announces Six New Centers for Nanoscale Research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced awards of $69 million over five years to fund six major centers in nanoscale science and engineering. These awards complement eight existing centers established since 2001. The awards are part of a series of NSF grants totaling $250 million for nanoscale research in multiple disciplines in fiscal year 2004.

The new centers will be located at the University of California-Berkeley, Stanford University in California, the University of Wisconsin, Ohio State University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Northeastern University in Massachusetts.

"The nanoscale science and engineering initiative at the National Science Foundation supports high-risk/high-reward priority research themes aligned with societal needs," said Mihail Roco, head of the NSF initiative and chair of the National Science and Technology Council's subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology. "Each new center has a bold vision for research and education at the frontiers of science and technology, and with the existing centers, provide a coherent approach to U.S. nanotechnology research and education. Recent breakthroughs supported by NSF in exploratory research in nanomachines, nanobiosystems, medical devices, high-rate manufacturing, nanopores, and self-assembly are now moving to the next level."

Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers (NSEC) bring together researchers with diverse expertise -- in partnership with industry, government laboratories, or partners from other sectors -- to address complex, interdisciplinary challenges in nanoscale science and engineering. The new centers will impact a wide range of technologies, including nanomanufacturing, nanobiotechnology, electronics and medicine.The centers’ education programs are designed to develop an innovative work force, advance pre-college training, address societal implications related to the research topic of each center, and to advance the public understanding of science and engineering.

To read the full announcement, check out the following URL:

Pointers from Pat -

Deadline Approaches for Undergraduate Research Presentation Opportunities -
October 29, 2004

JMU undergraduates have two venues where they may present findings of their undergraduate research projects: the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and the Colonial Academic Alliance (CAA) Undergraduate Research conference. With the recommendation of a faculty advisor, students may apply to represent the university at one of these two research conferences. The dates for the CAA conference, to be held in Hempstead, New York, are April 8 - 9, 2005. The dates for NCUR this year are April 21 - 23, 2005. The conference will be held in Lexington, Virginia.

The deadline for JMU internal applications for both conferences is Friday, October 29, 2004 by 12:00 p.m.
Application Materials:

To be considered, the student must complete the JMU Student Application and return it, along with a copy of the abstract, on paper and in electronic format to the Office of Sponsored Programs, Medical Arts West, Suite 26, by no later than 12:00 p.m. Friday, October 29, 2004.

Also required is the faculty Letter of Support for Student Attendance which must be completed by the faculty advisor or mentor and returned separately to the Office of Sponsored Programs, MSC 5728.

Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research conference will be held this year at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on April 8 - 9, 2005. The conference brings together student representatives from the 10 Colonial Athletic Alliance (CAA) institutions to present their scholarly and research endeavors to a gathering of their peers. The conference is an opportunity for students to share their work with their peers in a professional setting. Participants will represent an array of disciplines from the traditional sciences to the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and professional schools. Attendees will also have opportunities to hear a high-profile keynote speaker and to gather information about graduate school admission and career preparation.

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is a national multidisciplinary conference at which students present results of research and special projects. Presentations are made in either a 15-minute oral delivery or by a poster presentation. Some students also present performances or art work appropriate to their discipline. This year's conference will be held in Lexington, VA on the joint campuses of Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University. It is anticipated that more than 1,400 students and 350 advisors and administrators from across the country will participate.

To access additional CAA and NCUR information, click on the following link:

Selected Funding Announcements

New Summer Research Grants Program Announced -

SOMAS: Support of Mentors and their Students in the Neurosciences

The SOMAS Program is pleased to announce the inauguration of a summer fellowship program designed to support junior faculty (untenured/pre-tenure assistant professors, typically within 5 years of having completed Ph.D. and postdoctoral training) in the neurosciences seeking to launch research programs with undergraduate student collaborators. ELIGIBILITY: Faculty from predominantly undergraduate institutions are eligible. FUNDING: up to $10,000 to cover a supply budget, summer student housing, faculty and student stipends, and travel expenses to the joint Annual Meetings of the Society for neuroscience and Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience. Application deadline is December 1, 2004 with awards made in early February for the 2005 summer research effort. Up to six awards will be made for the 2005 program. Faculty members with little experience in grant-writing or those from institutions serving women and minority groups underrepresented in the sciences are particularly encouraged to apply.

Pending confirmation of funding, the American Council of Learned Societies will offer support for postdoctoral research and writing in Southeast European studies in all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. Please note the change in eligible countries from previous years. Applications should be for work related to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia and Montenegro (including Kosovo). Applicants may propose comparative work considering more than one country of Southeastern Europe or relating Southeast European societies to those of other parts of the world. ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States, and hold a Ph.D. degree received prior to the application deadline, or its equivalent as demonstrated by professional experience and publications. FUNDING: It is anticipated that four or five fellowships will be available. They are intended primarily as salary replacement to provide time free for research; the funds may be used to supplement sabbatical salaries, up to but not exceeding the Fellow's normal academic year salary. Scholars may apply, therefore, for fellowships of up to $25,000 for six to twelve consecutive months of full-time research and writing between July 1, 2005 and September 1, 2006. DUE: NOV 10

Since 1998 the American Philosophical Society has conducted a program of fellowships in the humanities and social sciences, generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which is designed to supplement an awarded sabbatical/research leave. ELIGIBILITY: The Sabbatical Fellowships program is open to mid-career faculty of universities and 4-year colleges in the United States who have been granted a sabbatical/research leave, but for whom financial support from the parent institution is available for only part of the year. Candidates must not have had financially supported leave at any time subsequent to September 1, 2001. The total of institutional and external support should not exceed the academic year salary for the year in which the fellowship is held. FUNDING: The Sabbatical Fellowship carries a stipend of $30,000 to $40,000. The precise amount of each fellowship will be determined by the committee. Tenure of the fellowship is for the academic year 2005-2006, or for the calendar year 2006. DUE: NOV 1

The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts. Radcliffe Institute fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts. In recognition of Radcliffe's historic contributions to the education of women and to the study of issues related to women, the Radcliffe Institute sustains a continuing commitment to the study of women, gender, and society. Applicants' projects need not focus on gender, however. ELIGIBILITY: Women and men from across the United States and throughout the world, including developing countries, are encouraged to apply. The Institute seeks to build a community of fellows that is diverse in every way. FUNDING: Stipends are funded up to $50,000 for one year with additional funds for project expenses. Some support for relocation expenses is provided where relevant. If so directed, Radcliffe will pay the stipend to the fellow's home institution. DUE: OCT 1

The Director of the Institute of Education Sciences (Institute) announces ten FY 2005 competitions for grants to support education research. The intent of these grants is to provide national leadership in expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding of education from early childhood education through postsecondary study. A central purpose of the Institute is toprovide parents, educators, students, researchers, policymakers, and the general public with reliable information about education practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all students. In carrying out its mission, the Institute provides support for programs of research in areas of demonstrated national need. The Institute currently plans to support the following competitions in FY 2005: (1) National Research and Development Centers. These centers will focus on Assessment, Education Policy, Early Childhood Education, and English Language Learners; (2) Post-doctoral Research Fellowships; (3) Reading Comprehension and Reading Scale-up Research; (4) Cognition and Student Learning Research; (5) Mathematics and Science Education Research; (6) Teacher Quality Research with a Focus on Reading; (7) Teacher Quality Research with a Focus on Mathematics and Science; (8) Research on Education Finance, Leadership, and Management; (9) Secondary Analysis of Data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress; and (10) Field-Initiated Evaluations of Education Innovations. ELIGIBILITY: Applicants that have the ability and capacity to conduct scientifically valid research are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, non-profit and for-profit organizations and public and private agencies and institutions, such as colleges and universities. FUNDING: It is expected that awards will range from $65,000 to $1.2 million. Please see the Federal Register notice for a more detailed estimated range of awards by program area. DUE: OCT 28 NOV 18 DEC 2 DEC 16

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD) as part of its Greater Opportunities (GO) research program, is seeking applications proposing research on nanoscale science, engineering and technology -- collectively referred to as nanotechnology -- with respect to the environment. EPA is interested in research concerning the applications of nanotechnology in three areas: environmentally benign manufacturing and processing; environmental monitoring devices and sensors; and environmental treatment and remediation technologies. ELIGIBILITY: Eligible institutions of higher education are those that are not highly funded for development of environmental research capacity. FUNDING: It is estimated that 3-4 awards will be made of up to $150,000/year each, with a duration of 3 years. DUE: OCT 14

The Foundation awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in fields selected on a rotational basis. Ten fellowships will be offered for the 2005-2006 fellowship year to support persons engaged in independent projects on Literary Criticism, Film Criticism and Translation. ELIGIBILITY: The intention of the Foundation is primarily to support people in the middle stages of their careers whose work to date is evidence of their promise and achievement. The designation mid-career refers to those who are no longer beginners in their field, and those who have not yet realized their full potential. They should, therefore, have a significant record of publication beyond the dissertation. Nominees should generally have the rank of assistant or associate professor or their non-academic equivalents. FUNDING: Stipends for one year are normally $20,000. There are no residency requirements. DUE: OCT 18, nominations

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture offers a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in any area of early American studies, to begin July 1, 2005. A principal criterion for selection is that the candidate's dissertation or other manuscript have significant potential as a distinguished, book-length contribution to scholarship. A substantial portion of the work must be submitted with the application. ELIGIBILITY: Applicants may not have previously published or have under contract a scholarly monograph, and they must have met all requirements for the doctorate before commencing the fellowship. Those who have earned the Ph.D. and begun careers are also encouraged to apply. The Institute holds first claim on publishing the appointed fellow's completed manuscript. The Institute's scope encompasses the history and cultures of North America's indigenous and immigrant peoples during the colonial, revolutionary, and early national periods of the United States and the related histories of Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, the British Isles, Europe, and Africa, from the sixteenth century to approximately 1815. The award is open to all eligible persons equally. Foreign nationals must have lived in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the date of the fellowship award in order to receive NEH funding. FUNDING: In addition to a beginning stipend of $40,000, the fellowship provides office, research, and computer facilities as well as some travel funds for conferences and research.


The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture invites applications for a one-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in any area of early American studies, to begin July 1, 2005. The award carries a year's support to revise the applicant's first book manuscript and the Institute's commitment to publish the resulting study. The Institute's scope encompasses the history and cultures of North America's indigenous and immigrant peoples during the colonial, Revolutionary, and early national periods of the United States and the related histories of Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, the British Isles, Europe, and Africa, from the sixteenth century to approximately 1815. ELIGIBILITY: The program is open to all eligible persons equally, including foreign nationals. The principal criterion for selection is that the candidate's manuscript have significant potential for publication as a distinguished, book-length contribution to scholarship. Applicants must submit a completed manuscript and may not have another scholarly monograph under contract. They must have met all requirements for the doctorate at least twelve months prior to commencing the fellowship. FUNDING: The fellowship carries a stipend of $45,000 and a comprehensive benefits package; in addition, office facilities at the Institute and some funds for travel to conferences and research are available. DUE: NOV 1

The Frontiers in Integrative Biological Research (FIBR) Program supports integrative research that addresses major questions in the biological sciences. FIBR encourages investigators to identify major under-studied or unanswered questions in biology and to use innovative approaches to address them by integrating the scientific concepts and research tools from across disciplines including biology, math and the physical sciences, engineering, social sciences and the information sciences. Proposers are encouraged to focus on the biological significance of the question, to describe the integrative approaches, and to develop a research plan that is not limited by conceptual, disciplinary, or organizational boundaries. Particularly encouraged are the inclusion of young scientists trained in an interdisciplinary environment or in non-biological disciplines, and partnerships with underrepresented minority serving and primarily undergraduate institutions and community colleges. 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 $8 million will be available for about 8 awards in FY 2005. DUE: OCT 4, preliminary proposals FEB 16, full proposals

The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women's Studies encourage original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries. Previous Fellows have explored such topics as sterilization and reproductive rights; women's political presence worldwide; gender, culture, and prospects for girl's education and women's literacy; and Middle East feminists. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation offers both Women's Studies Dissertation Fellowships and WW-Johnson & Johnson Dissertation Fellowships in Women's Health. ELIGIBILITY: Students in doctoral programs who have completed all pre-dissertation requirements in any field of study at graduate schools in the United States. Candidates must have completed all pre-dissertation requirements, including approval of the dissertation proposal and expect to complete their dissertations by the summer of 2006. FUNDING: Fellows will receive $3,000 to be used for expenses connected with the dissertation. These may include, but are not limited to, travel, books, microfilming, taping, and computer services. Fellowships will be announced in late January 2005.



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

  • Fine Arts

  • Humanities

  • Sciences

  • Social Sciences

  • Federal Register

  • Education

  • International

  • Health Related

  • Unrestricted / Other

  • Minorities / Women

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