Office of Sponsored Programs
Funding News and Notes
September 2004

Pointers from Pat
Selected Funding Announcements
Deadline Links

U.S. Department of Education - Overview of Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is providing about $36 billion this year to states and school districts, primarily through formula-based grant programs, to improve elementary and secondary schools and meet the special needs of students. ED is providing about $2.5 billion to help strengthen teaching and learning in colleges and other postsecondary institutions and about $3.3 billion to support rehabilitation, research and development, statistics, and assessment.

FORECAST OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION DISCRETIONARY GRANT PROGRAMS FOR FISCAL YEAR (FY) 2004 and FY 2005

http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/find/edlite-forecast.html

 

Pointers from Pat - Changes to Affect Funding Priorities at NIMH

Changes are afoot at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the lead Federal agency for research on mental and behavioral disorders. The NIMH, one of 27 components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As its core mission, NIMH has a mandate to reduce the burden of mental and behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain, and behavior. The agency's goal is to generate research that will transform prevention of and recovery from mental disorders. AS such, the NIMH is part of a broad coalition to ensure that the best biomedical science has a major impact on public health. As a result of several advisory reports, the agency will refocus efforts on prevention and treatment of mental disorders.

Key to the reorganization process are the following broad adjustments to current ways of doing business:
- Change referral guidelines. The agency will refocus its energies on specific fields of highest impact, leaving some previous areas of support to other institutions.
- Adjust the payline. NIMH will begin to provide funds for high-priority areas, resulting in the overall payline, of funding cutoff, to below the 15th percentile.
- Use targeted requests for applications. NIMH will encourage responsive proposals to strategic initiatives rather than more general program announcements.

For links to specific NIMH funding opportunities, check out the following URLs:

NIMH Request for Applications - RFA
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/grants/rfa.cfm

NIMH Program Announcements - PA
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/grants/pamenu.cfm

 

Selected Funding Announcements

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF LEARNED SOCIETIES
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN SOUTHEAST EUROPEAN STUDIES
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
WEB:
http://www.acls.org/eeguide.htm

AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
SABBATICAL FELLOWSHIPS IN THE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
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
WEB: http://www.amphilsoc.org/grants/sabbatical.htm

RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE
FELLOWSHIPS - STUDY OF WOMEN, GENDER, SOCIETY
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
WEB: http://www.radcliffe.edu/fellowships/index.php

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION SCIENCES
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
WEB: http://www.ed.gov/programs/edresearch/applicant.html

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
GREATER RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES: RESEARCH IN NANOSCALE SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, AND TECHNOLOGY
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
WEB: http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2004/2004_nano.html

HOWARD FOUNDATION
LITERARY CRITICISM, FILM CRITICISM AND TRANSLATION - WRITTEN IN ENGLISH
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
WEB: http://www.brown.edu/Divisions/Graduate_School/howard/

OMOHUNDRO INSTITUTE OF EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE
INSTITUTE-NEH POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP
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.
DUE: NOV 1

WEB: http://www.wm.edu/oieahc/fello.html

OMOHUNDRO INSTITUTE OF EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE
ANDREW W. MELLON POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
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
WEB: http://www.wm.edu/oieahc/fello.html

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
FRONTIERS IN INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH (FIBR)
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
NSF-DOC: http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf04596

WOODROW WILSON NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP FOUNDATION
DISSERTATION GRANTS IN WOMEN'S STUDIES
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.
DUE: OCT 11
WEB: http://www.woodrow.org/womens-studies/

 

Deadlines

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