November 2012 Grants Office Newsletter
Issuance of a new NSF Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide
A new version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 13- 1), has been issued. The PAPPG is comprised of documents relating to the Foundation's proposal and award process and consists of the:
- Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) for guidance on the preparation and submission of proposals to NSF; and
- Award & Administration Guide (AAG) to guide, manage, and monitor the award and administration of grants and cooperative agreements made by the Foundation.
This new version of the PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due on or after January 14, 2013. Significant changes to the PAPPG include:
- Revisions to the NSF Merit Review Criteria which implement the National Science Board's (NSB) recommendations. Changes will affect the project summary and project description sections of proposals. Annual and final reports also will be affected.
- Instructions for preparation of the Biographical Sketch have been revised to rename the "Publications" section to "Products" and amend terminology and instructions accordingly. This change makes clear that products may include, but are not limited to, publications, data sets, software, patents, and copyrights.
- Coverage on compensation of Indirect Costs (also known as Facilities and Administrative Costs (F&A) for Colleges and Universities) has been clarified to specify that, except as noted in the GPG sections on participant support and international travel grants, or as specified in an NSF program solicitation, the applicable indirect cost rate(s) negotiated by the organization with the cognizant negotiating agency must be used in computing indirect costs for a proposal.
- Modification of the Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources section of proposals to assist proposers in complying with the NSF cost sharing policy.
- Additional proposal certifications must be submitted by the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) covering organizational support of the proposed research, tax obligations/liability and felony convictions.
Numerous clarifications also have been made throughout the document.
A by-chapter summary of the changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide to assist with identifying the changes.
Because the revisions to the merit review criteria will have broad repercussions for proposers, reviewers and NSF staff, the Foundation is conducting extensive outreach to the internal and external NSF communities. This purposeful communication is intended to ensure a broad understanding of the revisions to the merit review criteria and provide easy access to supporting materials including:
- A revised NSF Merit Review website with updated information about the revisions;
- A resource website for the proposer community containing presentations, fact sheets and other important links; and
- A webcast will be available in early November 2012 covering all of the PAPPG revisions (send an e-mail to policy@ nsf.gov to be notified when this webcast is available).
While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on January 14, 2013, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the
current PAPPG (NSF 11-1) continue to apply. We will ensure that the current version of the PAPPG remains on the NSF
website, with a notation to proposers that specifies when the new PAPPG (including a link to the new Guide) will become
Please direct any questions to the Policy Office in the Division of Institution & Award Support at email@example.com, or (703) 292-8243.
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November 2012 Newsletter Index
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
PRELIMINARY PROPOSAL DUE: JAN 23
The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) supports fundamental research on populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Scientific emphases range across many evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes at all spatial and temporal scales. Areas of research include biodiversity, phylogenetic systematics, molecular evolution, life history evolution, natural selection, ecology, biogeography, ecosystem structure, function and services, conservation biology, global change, and biogeochemical cycles. Research on organismal origins, functions, relationships, interactions, and evolutionary history may incorporate field, laboratory, or collection-based approaches; observational or manipulative experiments; synthesis activities; as well as theoretical approaches involving analytical, statistical, or computational modeling.
NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR EURASIAN & EAST EUROPEAN RESEARCH
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. The primary scholar on either a collaborative or individual project must be a US citizen or permanent resident and hold a PhD degree.
Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: 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.
DUE: JAN 15
The Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellowship in Molecular Evolution will be offered to support research on molecular evolution and analytical methods in evolution at the Smithsonian Institution.
Eligibility: Applicants must propose to conduct research in-residence for a period of 12 to 24 months. Applicants must have completed or be near completion of the Ph.D. Recipients who have not completed the Ph.D. at the time of application must provide proof of completion of the degree before the fellowship begins.
Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: The stipend for Molecular Evolution Fellows is based on $45,000 per year and is prorated for periods between 12 and 24 months. In addition to the stipend, a travel allowance to assist with the fellow's temporary relocation to the Smithsonian is offered. Research supplies will be provided by the host unit.
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION INTEGRATED EARTH SYSTEMS (IES)
DUE: NOV 14
Integrated Earth Systems (IES) is a program that focuses on the continental, terrestrial and deep Earth subsystems of the whole Earth system. The overall goal of the program is to provide opportunity for collaborative, multidisciplinary research into the operation, dynamics and complexity of Earth systems at a budgetary scale between that of a typical project in the EAR Division's disciplinary programs and larger scale initiatives at the Directorate or Foundation level. Specifically, IES will provide research opportunities for the study of Earth systems from the core of the Earth to the top of the critical zone with a specific focus on subsystems that include continental, terrestrial and deep Earth subsystems at all temporal and spatial scales (NROES, 2012). IES will provide opportunities to focus on Earth systems connected to topics which include (but are not limited to) the continents; the terrestrial, surficial Earth systems including physical, chemical and biotic dimensions; linkages among tectonics, climate, landscape change, topography and geochemical cycles including core and mantle processes.
Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: The award size for IES projects is expected to range between $1,000,000 and $3,000,000 for projects of 3 to 5 years duration, although smaller awards may be made. The scope of IES projects is expected to be beyond that which can be supported in EAR's disciplinary programs. It is estimated that 4-10 awards will be made from the anticipated total funding amount of $10,250,000.
ASSOCIATION FOR INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH
IMPROVING INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH IN POSTSECONDARY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
DUE: JAN 10
With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC), the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) operates two grant programs that support research on a wide range of issues of critical importance to U.S. higher education. The program has two separate purposes: (a) NSF and NCES support grants aim to increase the number of researchers using national datasets and demonstrate the contribution that these datasets make to the national base of knowledge on higher education policy, theory, and practice; and (b) The NPEC funding supports grants that increase the understanding and knowledge of a specific issue area identified by NPEC. Eligibility: All grant recipients must be affiliated with a U.S. postsecondary institution or relevant non-profit higher education organization. Doctoral students are eligible for dissertation grants.
Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: Research grants of up to $40,000 for one year of independent research. (Note: These research grants are not available to students). Dissertation grants of up to $20,000 for one year to support dissertation research and writing under the guidance of a faculty dissertation advisor.
Budget and Project Period: The major portion of the research should be completed between May 1, 2013, and April 30, 2014
GLADYS KRIEBLE DELMAS FOUNDATION
GRANTS FOR INDEPENDENT RESEARCH ON VENETIAN HISTORY AND CULTURE
DUE: DEC 15
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation announces its 2013-2014 program of grants (predoctoral and postdoctoral) for travel to and residence in Venice and the Veneto. Grants will be awarded for historical research specifically on Venice and the former Venetian empire, and for study of contemporary Venetian society and culture. Disciplines of the humanities and social sciences are eligible areas of study, including (but not limited to) archaeology, architecture, art, bibliography, economics, history, history of science, law, literature, music, political science, religion, and theater.
Eligibility: Applicants must (i) be citizens or permanent residents of the United States, (ii) have experience in advanced research at the graduate level or equivalent, and (iii) if graduate students, have fulfilled all doctoral requirements except completion of the dissertation (but including acceptance of dissertation proposal) by December 15, 2012.
Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: Applications will be entertained for grants up to a maximum of $19,900 for a full academic year. Grants for the maximum amount are rarely awarded, and successful applicants are frequently awarded less than the amount requested. Funds are granted primarily for research in Venice and the Veneto only, and for transportation to, from, and within the Veneto.
FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
SMALL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE PROGRAM
DUE: JAN 15 APR 15 JUL 15 OCT 15
The FDA recognizes the value of supporting high quality, small scientific conferences. A small scientific conference is defined as a symposium, seminar, workshop, or any formal meeting, whether conducted face-to-face or virtually to exchange information and explore a defined subject, issue, or area of concern impacts the public's health within the scope of the FDA's mission. Support of such meetings is contingent upon the fiscal and programmatic interests and priorities of the FDA's respective Offices and Centers. Therefore, each small scientific conference grant application must contain a cover letter. The cover letter must clearly state the primary objectives of the meeting, anticipated outcomes, and the FDA Office/Center that the application should be forwarded to for consideration.
Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: Small scientific conference grant budgets must reflect the total cost of the conference, the costs for which support is requested (not to exceed $50,000), and a list of anticipated funders (federal and nonfederal).
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION:
ROBERT NOYCE TEACHER SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
DUE: Late March (solicitation released in January; letters of intent are due about a month before the deadline).
Funding process for this program likely will mirror last year's effort, with the solicitation released in early January on Grant.gov followed by a late March deadline. The program encourages talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers. Colleges, universities and nonprofits receive the funding and use it to support scholarships, stipends and academic programs for undergraduate and graduate STEM students, who must commit to teaching in high-need K-12 school districts.
Eligibility: Public and private colleges and universities and nonprofits
Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: $55 million for 45 awards ranging from $150,000 to $3.2 million
HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT:
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHMATICS (STEM) CAREER DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
DUE: Late March (solicitation is expected to be posted on Grants.gov in January)
CDG funds help create early and ongoing interaction between the homeland security and scientific communities and students studying in HS-STEM fields, to encourage a steady flow of new homeland security professionals. Grantees award undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships to students who intend to pursue HS-STEM careers.
Eligibility: Public and private colleges and universities
Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: Approximately $2.5 million for 10 awards
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES:
SCHOLARLY EDITIONS AND TRANSLATIONS
DUE: DEC 6
Collaborative Research Grants support interpretive humanities research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of a minimum of one year up to a maximum of three years. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel; field work; applications of information technology; and technical support and services. All grantees are expected to communicate the results of their work to the appropriate scholarly and public audiences. Eligible projects include research that significantly adds to knowledge and understanding of the humanities; conferences on topics of major importance in the humanities that will benefit scholarly research; archaeological projects that include the interpretation and communication of results (projects may encompass excavation, materials analysis, laboratory work, field reports, and preparation of interpretive monographs); and research that uses the knowledge and perspectives of the humanities and historical or philosophical methods to enhance understanding of science, technology, medicine, and the social sciences.
Eligibility: Governments, public and private colleges and universities, 501 (c)(3)nonprofits and individuals;
Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: Multiple awards (last year, awards ranged from $50,000 to $100,000 each;
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
INTERDISCIPLINARY BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH (IBSS)
DUE: JAN 23
The Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS) competition promotes the conduct of interdisciplinary research by teams of investigators in the social and behavioral sciences. Emphasis is placed on support for research that involves researchers from multiple disciplinary fields, that integrates scientific theoretical approaches and methodologies from multiple disciplinary fields, and that is likely to yield generalizable insights and information that will advance basic knowledge and capabilities across multiple disciplinary fields.
Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: $10 million for 10-15 awards.
WENNER-GREN FOUNDATION FOR ANTHROPOLOGICAL
POST-PHD RESEARCH GRANTS
DUE: NOV 1 MAY 1
Post-Ph.D. Research Grants are awarded to individuals holding a Ph.D. or equivalent degree to support individual research projects. The program contributes to the Foundation's overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity's cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields. Applicants applying for a Post-Ph.D. Research Grant may also choose to be considered simultaneously for the Osmundsen Initiative (see the Foundation's web site).
Funds Available and Anticipated Number or Awards: Post-Ph.D. Research Grants provide a maximum of US $20,000 and the Osmundsen Initiative supplement provides up to an additional $5,000 for a maximum grant of US $25,000.
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
GRADUATE ASSISTANCE IN AREAS OF NATIONAL NEED
Colleges and universities use GAANN funds to provide fellowships in areas of national need. The FY 2013 areas haven't been offered. Last year's areas were: Area Studies; Biological Sciences/Life Sciences; Chemistry; Computer and Information Sciences; Engineering; Foreign Languages and Literatures; Mathematics; Nursing; Physics; and Educational Evaluation, Research and Statistics.
Eligibility: Public and private colleges and universities (a 25% match is required)
Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: Grants are up to $60,000 over a two-year period, or $30,000/year. The Senate DoEd funding bill (S 3295) would provide full funding ($30 million) for this program. The House has offered a draft DoEd proposal, which doesn't mention GAANN funding. This program's solicitation generally is among the first to be released each fiscal year. Last year's version was released in December, with a January deadline.
DUE: JAN 15 APR 15 OCT 1
The Foundation offers Research Grants and Grants-in-Aid. Research grants in neurobiology are available to established scientists of all ages working at accredited institutions in the United States. Applications will be judged on the scientific merit and the innovative aspects of the proposal as well as the competence of the applicant. Research grants of up to three years will be provided. A renewal grant with a maximum of two years is possible, but it will be awarded on a competitive basis.
Research grants will not be awarded to investigators who have already received, or expect to receive, substantial support from other sources, even if it is for an unrelated purpose. The Grants-in-Aid program is designed for researchers at the assistant professor level who experience difficulty in competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established. Grants-in-Aid can also be made to senior scientists. All applications will be judged on the scientific merit and innovative aspects of the proposal, as well as on past performance and evidence of the applicant's continued productivity.
Funds Available and Anticipated Number or Awards: Research grants normally range from $30,000 to $75,000 per year. Grants-in-Aid are awarded for a one-year period and do not exceed $30,000.
COUNCIL OF AMERICAN OVERSEAS RESEARCH CENTERS
DUE: JAN 15
The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center.
Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: Approximately nine awards of up to $10,500 each will be given.
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
SOCIAL, BEHAVIORAL AND ECONOMIC SCIENCES
DUE: JAN 15
NSF is pleased to announce that on September 10th, NSF's Directorate for the Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences and the Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice, (NIJ) signed a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines a framework for cooperation and collaboration in the social, behavioral, and forensic sciences. NSF and NIJ have distinct but complementary missions. NSF focuses on promoting the progress of science to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare and to secure the national defense, while NIJ seeks to provide objective and independent knowledge and tools to reduce crime and promote justice, particularly at the state and local levels.
By working together, the two agencies can build on one another's strengths and leverage resources to identify and support innovative, cutting-edge social and forensic science research on crime, violence and victimization. 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 Decisionmaking; Legal Mobilization and Conceptions of Justice; Litigation and the Legal Profession. LSS provides the following modes of support: Standard Research Grants and Grants for Collaborative Research; Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants; Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowships; Workshop and Conference Proposals
Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: The award size for IES projects is expected to award 75 grants up to $300,000.
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
BASIC BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCE OPPORTUNITY NETWORK (OppNet)
LETTER OF INTENT DUE: NOV 16
DUE: DEC 17
This Funding Opportunity Announcement will provide grants for infrastructure support to develop, strengthen, and evaluate transdisciplinary approaches and methods for basic behavioral and/or social research on the relationships among cultural practices/ beliefs, health, and wellbeing. This includes an appreciation for more comprehensive understandings of the relationships regarding cultural attitudes, beliefs, practices, and processes, on outcomes relevant to human health and wellbeing. Model animal research teams are welcome to apply.
Culture usually is defined in terms of beliefs and practices that are shared within a population, which itself may share attributes such as ethnicity, race, language, gender, sexuality, specific physical impairments or geographic space. These beliefs and practices reflect common values, socialization processes that are intrinsic to the population of interest, and their other shared attributes. In practice, investigators may use gross distinctions such as demographic categories or political boundaries as proxies for culture, with little attention to how well these categories capture actual shared culture. The specific processes by which culture encompasses beliefs and practices related to health may be obscured by surrogate variables to designate culture (e.g., language, national origin, race/ethnicity).
There is a need for research that improves the conceptualization and measurement of culture and does this in the context of health and social and behavioral processes that influence health.
Basic research on the relations among cultural processes, attitudes, health behaviors, and outcomes can lead to more precise measurement on social-behavioral mechanisms of culture and can provide reliable and valid grounding for measures across future disease-specific and/or target-population-specific investigations. The R24 mechanism is designed to build research infrastructure and incorporates research projects as part of this effort. Projects should bring together transdiciplinary teams of investigators who can provide new insights into the relationships between culture and health. The team should choose a small project that demonstrates the power of their approach to deliver new insights that lead to improved health outcomes or facilitates the effectiveness of health research.
COTTELL COLLEGE SCIENCE AWARDS
DUE: JAN 15, JUN 15
The MI-CCSA program is aimed at helping start sustainable, collaborative programs of research by cross-disciplinary teams of faculty from science departments in primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs). The program is focused on helping early career faculty jumpstart research programs that tackle complex scientific problems. The research project should be one that could not be effectively approached by an individual researcher or a group of researchers within the same discipline or sub-discipline. Rather, it is aimed at projects that, by their complexity and interdisciplinary nature, require a cross-disciplinary team approach to achieve significant progress and sustainability. In addition, the proposed research should help enhance interdisciplinary educational activities at the home institution.
Eligibility: The application process is initiated by taking an eligibility quiz to establish both institutional and team eligibility. Eligible teams will be directed to a webpage containing application forms and instructions for online submission. Applications will be accepted from teams of faculty members at public and private institutions of higher education in the United States. Applicants must hold tenure-track faculty appointments at departments that offer baccalaureate, but not doctoral, degrees, in the applicants' disciplines. Institutional commitment to research is an important consideration in evaluating the potential of the proposal. Applications will be accepted from teams of faculty with a demonstrated interdisciplinary constituency.
Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: The award amount is $75,000 for a two-investigator team and $100,000 for a three-investigator team. The award duration is two years with a single, one-year, no-cost extension available on request. An institutional match of $25,000 is required on all applications. Allowed budget categories include faculty summer stipends, student summer stipends, equipment, supplies and funds for travel needed to conduct the research.
AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION
DUE: FEB 4
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.
Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: 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.
CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AND COOPERATION
STANFORD UNIVERSITY CISAC FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
DUE: FEB 1
Through the Center's annual fellowship competition, a small number of scholars are selected to spend the academic year engaged in research and writing on campus. Mentoring is a crucial part of the fellowship program. Fellows are encouraged and expected to participate in seminars, and to interact and collaborate with leading faculty and researchers. Natural scientists have the opportunity to conduct science-based research into the scientific and technical aspects of a security topic of their own choosing; they may also work in collaboration with a faculty member.
Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: Predoctoral fellows receive stipends comparable to those awarded by the Stanford Graduate Fellowships program. Postdoctoral fellows receive stipends determined by length of time passed since month and year of PhD completion and experience. Junior faculty and professional stipends are commensurate with experience. Past predoctoral fellows have received stipends in the range of $25,000 to $30,000; post-doctoral fellows have received stipends in the range of $48,000 to $65,000.
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
THE BIG READ
DUE: FEB 5
The Big Read is 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 is managed by Arts Midwest. The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. These programs include 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 the community's chosen book or poet. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement.
Eligibility: 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. (b) Partner with a library (if the applicant organization itself is not a library). (c) Select one of the 30 available reading choices. (d) Have a DUNS number and be registered with the federal government's System for Award Management (SAM) in order to receive federal funds. Registration is free.
Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: Eligible organizations may apply for grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000. Grants must be matched 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 ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
DUE: JAN 14
Art works to improve the lives of America's citizens in many ways. Communities across our nation are engaging design and leveraging the arts to create livable, sustainable neighborhoods with enhanced quality of life, increased creative activity, distinct identities, a sense of place, and vibrant local economies that capitalize on existing local assets.
Eligibility: All applications must have partnerships that involve two primary partners: a nonprofit organization and a local governmental entity. One of the two primary partners must be a cultural (arts or design) organization. Additional partners are welcomed.
Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: Grant requests must be requested at one of the following levels: $25,000, $50,000, $75,000, $100,000, $150,000, or $200,000. Very few grants are made at the $200,000 level; these will be only for projects of significant scale and impact. All grants require a nonfederal match of at least 1 to 1.
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
EXPLOITING PARALLELISM AND SCALABILITY (XPS)
DUE: FEB 20
WEB: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/ pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504842
Computing systems have undergone a fundamental transformation from the single-processor devices of the turn of the century to today's ubiquitous and networked devices and warehouse-scale computing via the cloud. Parallelism has become ubiquitous at many levels. The proliferation of multi- and many-core processors, ever-increasing numbers of interconnected high performance and data intensive edge devices, and the data centers servicing them, is enabling a new set of global applications with large economic and social impact. At the same time, semiconductor technology is facing fundamental physical limits and single processor performance has plateaued. This means that the ability to achieve predictable performance improvements through improved processor technologies has ended.
The Exploiting Parallelism and Scalability (XPS) program aims to support groundbreaking research leading to a new era of parallel computing. XPS seeks research re-evaluating, and possibly re-designing, the traditional computer hardware and software stack for today's heterogeneous parallel and distributed systems and exploring new holistic approaches to parallelism and scalability. Achieving the needed breakthroughs will require a collaborative effort among researchers representing all areas—from the application layer down to the micro-architecture-- and will be built on new concepts and new foundational principles. New approaches to achieve scalable performance and usability need new abstract models and algorithms, programming models and languages, hardware architectures, compilers, operating systems and run-time systems, and exploit domain and application-specific knowledge. Research should also focus on energy- and communication-efficiency and on enabling the division of effort between edge devices and clouds
HUDSON RIVER IMPROVEMENT FUND
PROSPOSALS DUE: NOV 19
In 1985, the Hudson River Foundation received $1.5 million from the State of New York to establish the Hudson River Improvement Fund from monies originally paid to New York to settle litigation concerning the out-of-state export of Hudson River water by oil tankers. Through the combined efforts of Hudson River environmental organizations, including Scenic Hudson, the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, the Hudson River Fishermen's Association (now Riverkeeper) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Improvement Fund was created to support projects that promote the enhancement of public use and enjoyment of the natural, scenic and cultural resources of the Hudson River and its shores - with an emphasis on physical projects that require capital construction, development or improvement. Examples of projects that may be considered for funding include: PUBLIC ACCESS -- Development or improvement of facilities that increase public physical or visual access to the Hudson River, including but not limited to docks, boats, piers and shorefront access points. HABITAT -- Repair, restoration or creation of habitat. EDUCATION FACILITIES -- Development or improvement (and equipping) of facilities suitable for Hudson River education programs -- such as interpretive centers, marsh boardwalks or waterfront classrooms.
Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: Requests for funding in the 2012 grant cycle will undoubtedly be far greater than the funds available. Applicants are therefore encouraged to seek matching funds and provide in-kind services whenever possible. The typical grant awarded by the Hudson River Improvement Fund will be under $10,000. Requests for larger grants will be considered for projects that provide a significant benefit to a very large number of people.
CAMILLE DREYFUS TEACHER-SCHOLAR AWARDS PROGRAM
DUE: FEB 10
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 2007. 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.
Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.
INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH & EXCHANGES BOARD
DUE: FEB 6
The Short-Term Travel Grants Program (STG) supports postdoctoral scholars and professionals to conduct independent or collaborative research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. With its flexible format and quick turnaround time, this program meets an important need for the scholarly and policy communities, and makes a direct impact on the formation of U.S. foreign policy through the support of policy-relevant, "open-source" research on current regional issues of importance to the United States. STG is designed to allow scholars to conduct short, targeted projects without significantly affecting their teaching and work schedules. STG is sponsored by the Title VIII program through the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), U.S. Department of State.
Eligibility: STG applicants must have a graduate degree (PhD, MA, MD, MBA, MFA, MPA, MPH, MLIS, MS, JD) at the time of application and must be a U.S. citizens. STG applicants may not be pursuing a degree at the time of application. 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.
Grants Administration and Sponsored Programs
Director: Kimberly Gray
Grants Coordinator: Rita Patel
Location: Payne Hall
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Functions and duties of the Grants Office include, but are not limited to the following:
- identification of outside funding sources;
- development of proposals;
- internal review and approval;
- physical submission of proposals;
- information follow-up;
- award negotiation;
- receipt and execution of award;
- post-award administration (fiscal and nonfiscal);
- timely and complete closeout.