November 2011 Grants Office Newsletter
National Science Foundation: Science Technology and Society (STS)
Due: February 1, 2012
STS considers proposals for scientific research into the interface between science (including engineering) or technology, and society. STS researchers use diverse methods including social science, historical, and philosophical methods. Successful proposals will be transferrable (i.e., generate results that provide insights for other scientific contexts that are suitably similar). They will produce outcomes that address pertinent problems and issues at the interface of science, technology and society, such as those having to do with practices and assumptions, ethics, values, governance, and policy. The STS review process is approximately six months. It includes appraisal of proposals by ad hoc reviewers selected for their expertise and by an advisory panel that meets twice a year. The deadlines for the submission of proposals are February 1st for proposals to be funded as early as July, and August 1st for proposals to be funded in or after January. Further information about proposal preparation and related matters can be found in the STS FAQs document. For program-specific guidelines on the Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants, please read the Doctoral Dissertation Preparation Checklist. The Program encourages potential investigators with questions as to whether their proposal fits the goals of the program to contact one of the program officers.
NSF SOCIAL IMPACT SOLICITATION PROMPTS BEST PRACTICES
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Social and Economic Sciences issued a revised Science, Technology, and Society (STS) solicitation on October 31, 2011. Along with a companion frequently-asked questions document, the solicitation encourages applicants to follow some specific guidelines that will make STS proposals (due
- Pursue innovative ideas that are transferrable beyond the scope of the project.
- Review past awards.
- Compare the solicitation to other programs that might serve as an appropriate home for the proposed project.
- Initiate informed contact with program officers.
- Request exactly the amount of funding needed to complete the project as proposed.
STS provides funding for research using social scientific, historical, and philosophical methods to investigate the societal
implications of science, engineering, and technology. The revision broadens the program framework, increases
maximum award amounts, and eliminates two award types - professional development fellowships and small research
and training grants - that were available under past competitions. Well-developed STS applications should propose
research outcomes that will have an impact on ethics, values, governance, policy, or other trappings of society. Applicants
are expected, not only with STS but also in general, to pursue innovative ideas that are transferrable
beyond the scope of the project.
STS was originally established as the Science and Society program, a consolidation of NSF's Societal Dimensions of Engineering and Science and Technology Studies programs. Since its FY 06 inception, the program has funded 262 awards. With this and any interdisciplinary program, prospective applicants should review past awards and compare the solicitation to other programs that might serve as an appropriate home for the proposed project. Agency-wide, NSF allows applicants to submit a proposal to a "primary" program most closely aligned with the project scope, and to request co-review by another related program.
Contact with program directors prior to proposal submission is advisable in any case, with any agency. But especially when shopping a proposal that meets the funding priorities and criteria of more than one program, it is critically important that applicants initiate contact with each of the relevant program officers. They are trained to guide applicants toward the best submission decisions - program, funding cycle, research bent, etc. - and they also are aware of intra-agency factors, such as their division's budget and field-driven submission trends, that can be shared overtly or obliquely during discussions with potential applicants.
STS program directors advise that a one-page project description, sent by e-mail, is the best way for wellinformed potential applicants to initiate contact with the agency. Contrast this with an unscheduled phone call during which a researcher (or, worse, an administrative middle man) asks a program officer to deliver a one-onone practicum overview of funding criteria that have been described in scrupulous detail in the program solicitation, and it is clear that the former will create a much-preferable first impression.
The maximum STS award is set at $500,000 over three years. More money or a longer duration might be granted for "extraordinarily well justified and merited" proposals for individual or collaborative research. Scholar awards, postdoctoral fellowships, conferences and workshops, and doctoral dissertation awards are also available, each with its own limitations on award amount and length. But STS program directors advise, "You should ask for what you need to complete the research as proposed, [and you] should keep your budget as lean as possible."
Financial surpluses do exist somewhere, surely, but not in federal discretionary grant program budgets. Agencies are working as hard as they ever have to find ways to fund the largest number of meritorious projects and reject the smallest number of meritorious projects. It is not uncommon for excellent applications, as determined by a panel of field reviewers, to be subjected by the agency to scope-reductions and budget negotiations pre-award, post-award, or both. Recognizing that it is impossible to forecast the permutations a funding slate might be subjected to, and taking for granted that their proposal will be just one in a round of excellent submissions, savvy applicants should request the minimum required to do the job well, while marrying the project design and budget justification so truly that no agency belt-tightener would dare the two to part.
In the latest solicitation materials, STS program directors have provided detailed information on a number of other NSF procedures and policies, including faculty release time, data management plans, public outcomes reports, letters of commitment, and common application errors. For STS-specific questions, contact program officer Federick Kronz
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES: America's Historical and Cultural Organizations
Due: January 12, 2012
NEH offers two categories of grants for America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: planning and implementation grants. Planning grants are available for projects that may need further development before applying for implementation. This planning can include the identification and refinement of the project's main humanities ideas and questions, consultation with scholars, preliminary audience evaluation, preliminary design of the proposed interpretive formats, beta testing of digital formats, development of complementary programming, research, or the drafting of interpretive materials. Sample narratives from successful planning grant applications are available under the Program Resources section on the first of the guidelines. You may request additional samples by sending an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org
Implementation grants support the final preparation of a project for presentation to the public. See application guidelines for Implementation Grants. Applicants must submit a full walkthrough for an exhibition, or a prototype or storyboard for a digital project that demonstrates a solid command of the humanities ideas and scholarship that relate to the subject. Applicants for implementation grants should have already finished most of the planning for their projects, including the identification of the key humanities themes, relevant scholarship, and program formats.
For exhibitions, implementation grants can support the final stages of design development, but these grants are primarily intended for installation. America's Historical and Cultural Organizations grants support
- traveling exhibitions that are presented at multiple venues;
- long-term exhibitions at one institution;
- interpretive websites or other digital formats;
- interpretation of historic places or areas;
- reading and discussion programs;
- panel exhibitions that incorporate complementary programming formats; and
- other project formats that creatively engage audiences in humanities ideas
PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS GRANT PROGRAMS
Pew has three overarching areas of interest: (1) Improving public policy - the study and promotion of nonpartisan policy solutions for pressing and emerging problems affecting the American public and the global community. (2) Informing the public - The Pew Research Center, a Washington-based subsidiary, is home to most of the Pew information initiatives. It uses impartial, fact-based public-opinion polling and other research tools to track important issues and trends. (3) Stimulating civic life - the support of national initiatives that encourage civic participation. In Philadelphia, Pew supports organizations that create a thriving arts and culture community and institutions that enhance the wellbeing of the region's neediest citizens.
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES: America's Media Makers
Due: January 12, 2012
The Division of Public Programs offers support for a wide range of public humanities programs that engage citizens in thoughtful reflection upon culture, identity and history. Projects must be well-grounded in scholarship and illuminate ideas and insights central to the humanities. Grants for America's Media Makers support projects in a range of formats, including interactive digital media and radio and television programs that engage the public in the humanities that and explore stories, ideas, and beliefs in order to deepen our understanding of our lives and our world. Projects should encourage dialogue, discussion, and civic engagement, and they should foster learning among people of all ages.
To that end, the Division of Public Programs urges applicants to consider more than one format for presenting humanities ideas to the public. Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and format and to prepare programs for production. These grants cover a wide range of activities that include, but are not limited to, meetings and individual consultations with scholars, research, preliminary interviews, preparation of program scripts, designs for interactivity and digital distribution, and the creation of partnerships for outreach activities and public engagement with the humanities. Development grants should culminate in the refinement of a project's humanities ideas, and in a script, or a design document for (or a prototype of) digital media components or projects. Development grants should also yield a detailed plan for outreach and public engagement, in collaboration with a partner organization (or organizations). A sample narrative from a successful development grant applications is available under the Program Resources section of the sidebar on the first page of the guidelines of the guidelines. You may request additional samples by sending an e-mail message to email@example.com. Before applying, applicants must have a solid command of the major humanities scholarship on their subject, have clarified the ideas that the project will consider, and have consulted with a team of scholarly advisers to work out the intellectual issues that the program will explore. Applicants must also have made preliminary decisions about the format and storyline and located essential materials for the program(s). Finally, they must have recruited the appropriate media professionals, especially the producer, writer, or interactive designer.
Production grants support the production and distribution of digital media projects, radio and television programs, and related programs that promise to engage the public. Applicants must submit a prototype or storyboard for a digital media project, or a script for a radio or television program, that demonstrates a solid command of the humanities ideas and scholarship related to a subject. Some production grant projects are designated as Chairman’s Special Award projects. These projects are more complex and would be of compelling interest to the general public; they have the capacity to examine important humanities ideas in new ways and promise to reach large audiences. These goals can often be accomplished through combining a variety of program formats, forming creative collaborations among diverse institutions, and expanding the scope and reach of a project. Note that the Chairman's Special Award is offered only at the production stage, but not at the development stage. See application guidelines for Production Grants.
SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL (SSRC): New Directions in the Study of Prayer
The deadline for Letters of Intent is December 1, 2011.
The Social Science Research Council is pleased to announce the launch of a major new project and grants program entitled "New Directions in the Study of Prayer." The project aims to generate innovative research on practices of prayer and to foster the development of an interdisciplinary network of scholars engaged in the study of prayer. Supported with funding from the John Templeton Foundation, and developed in conjunction with the SSRC's program on Religion and the Public Sphere, the project will be led by a multi-disciplinary advisory committee, to be chaired by Columbia University's Courtney Bender.
The project invites proposals from scholars in all disciplines for studies that will enhance knowledge of the social, cultural, psychological, and cognitive dimensions of prayer, and of its origins, variations, and correlations in human life. Approximately twenty to twenty-five research grants, ranging from $50,000 to $200,000, will be awarded. Both individual and collaborative projects will be considered, and a small number of journalism grants, of up to $50,000 each, will also be awarded. All grantees will be asked to participate in a series of interdisciplinary workshops, conferences, and online initiatives organized in conjunction with the project. The SSRC has issued detailed requests for proposals from both researchers and journalists.
AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION SMALL RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAM
DUE: FEB 3
The APSA Small Research Grant Program supports research in all fields of political science. The intent of these grants is to support the research and further the careers of political scientists who are not employed at Ph.D. - granting departments in the field. Prior grant recipients have been able to publish several books and book chapters, journal articles, working papers, and conference presentations as the result of the grants. They also report benefits to students, who have been able to serve as co-authors or research assistants on the grant-funded projects. Several recipients were also able to use the APSA grant as "seed money" to gain additional funding.
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be APSA members at the time of application and when the funds are dispersed. The principal investigator and any co-author must be one of the following: (1) A faculty member at a college or university that does not award a Ph.D. in political science, public administration, public policy, international relations, government, or politics, and whose primary appointment is in one of these departments; or (2) A political scientist not affiliated with an academic institution and is either (a) unemployed or (b) working in a research organization such as a think tank.
FUNDING: A small number of these grants are awarded annually by the Council on the basis of a peer review process. Individual grants may not exceed $2,500 and are not renewable.
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION LAW AND SOCIAL SCIENCE
DUE: JAN 24 JUL 16
The Law & Social Sciences Program considers proposals that address social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules. The program is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-methodological. Successful proposals describe research that advances scientific theory and understanding of the connections between law or legal processes and human behavior. Social scientific studies of law often approach law as dynamic, made in multiple arenas, with the participation of multiple actors. Fields of study include many disciplines, and often address problems including though not limited to: Crime, Violence and Punishment; Economic Issues; Governance; Legal Decision making; Legal Mobilization and Conceptions of Justice; Litigation and the Legal Profession. LSS provides the following modes of support: (a) Standard Research Grants and Grants for Collaborative Research; (b) Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants; (c) Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowships; and (d) Workshop and Conference Proposals.
FUNDING: $5 million for about 75 awards.
EARTHWATCH INSTITUTE RESEARCH PROGRAM
DUE: anytime, concept notes
Earthwatch's proposal review processes are guided by its mission to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. Accordingly, and in order to build long-term legacies through the scientific research Earthwatch supports, the Institute has undertaken a strategic review of its program structure and developed four Research Areas (RAs): (1) Ecosystem Services; (2) Climate Change; (3) Oceans; and (4) Cultural Heritage. These RAs allow Earthwatch to focus support on critical ecological and cultural challenges encompassing the majority of threats to environmental sustainability. The RAs work together to support research, capacity building, education, and environmental action. Through these priorities, Earthwatch's supported research projects will have positive long-term impacts and will inform both local and global agendas.
ELIGIBILITY: Earthwatch supports doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, or researchers with equivalent scholarship or commensurate life experience. Earthwatch welcomes proposals from advanced scholars and professionals of any nationality, covering any geographic region. Applicants intending to conduct research in foreign countries are strongly encouraged to include host country nationals as part of their research staff.
FUNDING: Earthwatch awards research grants on a per capita basis; the total grant amount is determined by multiplying the per capita grant by the number of Earthwatch volunteers participating on the project. Per capita grants average $850, and the average project grant range is between $17,000 and $51,000 for one full field season. A project usually involves 30 to 60 total volunteers per field season, with 5 to 12 volunteers each on 4 to 5 teams throughout the year. Each team typically spends 8 to 15 days in the field. Shorter and longer teams are encouraged as appropriate.
DREYFUS FOUNDATION CAMILLE DREYFUS TEACHER-SCHOLAR AWARDS PROGRAM
DUE: FEB 9, nominations
The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained within the first five years of their appointment as independent researchers, and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching.
ELIGIBILITY: The program is open to academic institutions in the States, Districts, and Territories of the United States of America that grant a bachelor's or higher degree in the chemical sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering. Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment, and are normally expected to have been appointed no earlier than mid-year 2006. Awardees are from Ph.D. granting departments in which scholarly research is a principal activity. Undergraduate education is an important component of the nominee's activities.
FUNDING: The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.
THE ENERGY FOUNDATION GRANTS FOR RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS ON ENERGY
The Energy Foundation is a partnership of major donors interested in solving the world's energy problems. The Foundation's mission is to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy - new technologies that are essential components of a clean energy future. The geographic focus is on the United States and China, the largest and fastest growing energy markets in the world. The Foundation's primary role is as a grant maker, providing resources to the institutions that most effectively leverage change. The following program areas are currently available: Power, Buildings, Transportation, Climate, and the China Sustainable Energy Program.
ELIGIBILITY: Nonprofit organizations.
FUNDING: In 2010 the Energy Foundation made 691 grants to 386 different groups, totaling $96,565,565.
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS THE BIG READ
DUE: FEB 1
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The Big Read provides organizations with grants and comprehensive resources that support their efforts to read and discuss a single book or the work of a poet. The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing communitywide reading programs that include innovative, diverse activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to their chosen book or poet which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences and lapsed or reluctant readers.
ELIGIBILITY: Applicant organizations must: (1) Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; a division of state, local, or tribal government; or a tax-exempt public library. Eligible applicants include such organizations as literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations; (2) Partner with a library (if the applicant organization itself is not a library); and (3)Select one of the 31 available reading choices.
FUNDING: Organizations selected to participate receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement. Organizations may apply for grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000. Organizations should consider the following when determining their grant request: (a) Community population- the suggested grant range for applicants from a small community with fewer than 50,000 residents is $2,500-$7,500; the suggested grant range for applicants from larger cities and towns is $7,500-$20,000; (b) Number of activities planned-applicants demonstrating innovative and detailed plans to host more than the minimum required activities should consider requesting grants at the upper end of the grant range. Grants must be matched at least 1 to 1 with nonfederal funds. Grant funds may be used for such expenses as book purchases, speaker fees and travel, salaries, advertising, and venue rental.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY FIELD RESEARCH
The National Geographic Society awards grants for scientific field research and exploration through its Committee for Research and Exploration. All proposed projects must have both a geographical dimension and relevance to other scientific fields and be of broad scientific interest. Applications are generally limited to the following disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany, geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, and zoology. In addition the committee is emphasizing multidisciplinary projects that address environmental issues (e.g., loss of biodiversity and habitat, effects of human population pressures).
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants are expected to have advanced degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) and be associated with an educational organization or institution. Independent researchers or those pursuing a Ph.D.-level degree may apply, but awards to non-Ph.D. applicants are rare. As a general rule, all applicants are expected to have published a minimum of three articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
FUNDING:While grant amounts vary greatly, most range from U.S. $15,000 to $20,000. There is no set quantity of grants awarded, but budget constraints keep the number to approximately 250 per year. As National Geographic Society funds are intended to function as complementary support, the committee strongly encourages applicants to seek additional, concurrent funding from other funding agencies. Committee grants tend to act as seed money and are given for one year’s research.
INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH & EXCHANGES BOARD SHORT-TERM TRAVEL GRANTS
DUE: FEB 1
The Short-Term Travel Grants Program (STG) is a flexible fellowship offering support to postdoctoral scholars and professionals to conduct research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia on issues relevant to the U.S. Government. Because STG supports research for a maximum of eight weeks, fellows have the ability to conduct shorter research trips without significantly affecting their teaching and work schedules. Scholars interested in STG can apply to conduct research in up to two countries for up to eight weeks.
ELIGIBILITY: STG applicants must have a graduate degree (PhD, MA, MD, MBA, MFA, MPA, MPH, MLIS, MS, JD) at the time of application and be a U.S. citizen. Eligible countries of research: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. FUNDING: As part of the STG fellowship, participants are provided with visa assistance, international roundtrip transportation, a monthly allowance for housing and living expenses, and emergency evacuation insurance.
NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR EURASIAN & EAST EUROPEAN RESEARCH TITLE VIII NATIONAL RESEARCH COMPETITION
DUE: FEB 15
The National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER) invites proposals for its National Research Competition. This competition provides funds for both collaborative and individual research projects in the humanities and social sciences in or on any country of Eurasia or East-Central Europe.
ELIGIBILITY: The primary scholar on either a collaborative or individual project must be a US citizen or permanent resident and hold a PhD degree.
FUNDING: Research Contracts support collaborative projects involving multiple post-doctoral scholars, or individuals with comparable research skills who do not hold PhDs, including at least one U.S.-based scholar or researcher with a maximum award of $70,000. Research Grants support research projects conducted by individual U.S. citizens or permanent residents, with a maximum award of $40,000. Contracts provide funding to scholars or researchers via institutional awards, while Grants are awarded directly to the scholar or researcher.
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION: Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation (PRIME)
Due: Jan. 25, 2012
The Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation (PRIME) program seeks to support research on evaluation with special emphasis on exploring innovative approaches for determining the impacts and usefulness of STEM education projects and programs; building on and expanding the theoretical foundations for evaluating STEM education and workforce development initiatives, including translating and adapting approaches from other fields; and growing the capacity and infrastructure of the evaluation field. Two types of proposals will be supported by the program: Exploratory Projects that include proof-of-concept and feasibility studies and more extensive Full-Scale Projects.
PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA PVA EDUCATION FOUNDATION GRANTS
DUE: FEB 1
The PVA Education Foundation was created in 1986 to fund innovative educational From coordinating workshops for health professionals to producing educational materials to sponsoring fellowships in spinal cord medicine, the PVA Education Foundation helps develop tools that share spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) knowledge and improve the lives of those with SCI/D. The PVA Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, provides funding in five project categories: (1) Consumer and community education to improve the health, independence and quality of life for individuals with SCI/D; (2) Professional development and education to improve the knowledge and competencies of health professionals who serve the SCI/D community, including fellowship and traineeship programs; (3) Research utilization and dissemination, which translates findings into practice; (4) Assistive technology-Development of teaching tools or pilot programs that demonstrate innovative approaches to the use of assistive devices; (5) Conferences and symposia that provide education and collaboration opportunities for members of the SCI/D community.
ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants should be members of academic institutions, health care providers and organizations, or consumer advocates and organizations. Grantee institutions must be located in the United States or Canada. However, project directors and fellows are not required to be U.S. or Canadian citizens.
FUNDING: The maximum amount for a PVA Education Foundation grant is $50,000 per year. Proposals may be submitted for one-or two-year projects. The maximum amount for a conference grant is $15,000 per year.
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (MMS)
Due: January 30, 2012
The Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (MMS) Program is an interdisciplinary program in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences that supports the development of innovative analytical and statistical methods and models for those sciences. MMS seeks proposals that are methodologically innovative, grounded in theory, and have potential utility for multiple fields within the social and behavioral sciences. As part of its larger portfolio, the MMS Program partners with a consortium of federal statistical agencies to support research proposals that further the development of new and innovative approaches to surveys and to the analysis of survey data.
The MMS Program supports a variety of different types of awards, including:
1. Regular Research Awards
2. Mid-Career Research Fellowships
3. Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Supplement
Orientation to Grant Writing
All faculty members are welcome!
Kim Gray, Director
Grants Administration and Sponsored Programs Office
Thursday, November 10
12:00 - 1:15
Butler Meeting Room, JSAC
2:30 - 3:45
Hardy Meeting Room, JSAC
This short workshop will provide you with the tools you need to fund your research and other scholarly activities!!
Specifically developed for new faculty as a result of the strategic planning process, this session will provide information about support from the Grants Office for faculty who want to prepare grant proposals. Those resources include funding searches, funding databases, and writing assistance. This is also an opportunity to learn about the on-campus submission procedures when you are ready to write a grant proposal.
Immediately following the 2:30 orientation, the Faculty Learning Community - "Innovative Thinking can lead to Money" - will be holding a session. We will be discussing innovative and creative ways of solving problems and how those methods can lead to better grant proposals or scholarly articles or research. Please join the discussion