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National Science Foundation – Decision, Risk, and Management Sciences (DRMS)

Deadline: January 18, 2020
The Decision, Risk and Management Sciences program supports scientific research directed at increasing the understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, doctoral dissertation research improvement grants (DDRIGs), and workshops are funded in the areas of judgment and decision making; decision analysis and decision aids; risk analysis, perception, and communication; societal and public policy decision making; management science and organizational design. The program also supports small grants that are time-critical (Rapid Response Research - RAPID) and small grants that are high-risk and of a potentially transformative nature (EArly-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research - EAGER). For detailed information concerning these two types of grants, please review Chapter II.E of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG).


National Science Foundation – Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE)

Deadline: January 21, 2020
The goal of the RCN program is to advance a field or create new directions in research or education by supporting groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research, training, and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic, and international boundaries. The RCN-UBE program originated as a unique RCN track to “catalyze positive changes in biology undergraduate education” (NSF 08-035) and is now supported by the collaborative efforts of the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) and the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). It has been responsive to the national movement to revolutionize undergraduate learning and teaching in the biological sciences as described in the “Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education” report. The RCN-UBE program seeks to improve undergraduate biology in different areas by leveraging the power of a collaborative network. The theme or focus of an RCN-UBE proposal can be on any topic likely to advance the goal of enhancing undergraduate biology education. Collectively, the program has contributed to developing and disseminating educational research resources and modules, to forging of new collaborations, and to sharing of best practices and ideas for scalability and sustainability of activities. These efforts have involved a large cadre of faculty, students, and other stakeholders. Proposed networking activities directed to the RCN-UBE program should focus on a theme to give coherence to the collaboration.
In accord with other RCNs, the RCN-UBE provides opportunities to foster new collaborations (including international partnerships), to address interdisciplinary topics, to explore innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies, to explore collaborative technologies, and to develop community standards. RCN-UBE awards do not support existing networks or the activities of established collaborations. RCN awards do not support primary research.
Note: Because it addresses undergraduate biology education, the RCN-UBE track is offered in alignment with the NSF-wide undergraduate STEM education initiative, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE). More information about IUSE can be found in the Program Description section of this solicitation. Depending on the scope and nature of the project, investigators should consider applying to IUSE or RCN-UBE.


USAID Cambodia Integrated Early Childhood Development Activity

Deadline: January 24, 2020
The purpose of this Integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD) activity is to support children to thrive and reach their full developmental potential by promoting nurturing care for the most vulnerable newborns and young children, starting from before birth. Early childhood development (ECD) is the outcome that nurturing care interventions aim to optimize. Nurturing care by parents and other caregivers ensures children’s good health and nutrition, protects them from threats, and gives young children opportunities for early learning, through interactions that are emotionally supportive and responsive. The IECD activity will specifically address stunting through a multi-sectoral approach that strengthens nutrition service delivery at health facilities and in communities; supports nutrition sensitive agriculture; improves water, sanitation and hygiene practices among caregivers; and promotes responsive caregiving to help children meet critical cognitive, linguistic, socio-emotional, and physical developmental milestones. Focus will be on the early childhood years, with an emphasis on the first 1,000 days for more intensive nutrition, psychosocial, and physical stimulation interventions. This IECD activity will support assessments of child development to enable the early identification of and interventions for children with developmental delays and/or at-risk for impairments and disabilities. It will address the limited access to programs and services for these individuals, as they may require more support.


NSF – Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships

Full Proposal Deadline: January 27, 2020
The Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships program supports exceptionally innovative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. STCs focus on creating new scientific paradigms, establishing entirely new scientific disciplines and developing transformative technologies which have the potential for broad scientific or societal impact. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among institutions of higher education, national laboratories, industrial organizations, other public or private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate. They provide a means to undertake potentially groundbreaking investigations at the interfaces of disciplines and/or highly innovative approaches within disciplines. STCs may involve any area of science and engineering that NSF supports. STC investments support the NSF vision of creating and exploiting new concepts in science and engineering and providing global leadership in research and education.
Centers provide a rich environment for encouraging future scientists, engineers, and educators to take risks in pursuing discoveries and new knowledge. STCs foster excellence in education by integrating education and research, and by creating bonds between learning and inquiry so that discovery and creativity fully support the learning process.
NSF expects STCs to demonstrate leadership in the involvement of groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering at all levels (faculty, students, and postdoctoral researchers) within the Center. Centers use either proven or innovative mechanisms to address issues such as recruitment, retention and mentorship of participants from underrepresented groups.
Centers must undertake activities that facilitate knowledge transfer, i.e., the exchange of scientific and technical information with the objective of disseminating and utilizing knowledge broadly in multiple sectors. Examples of knowledge transfer include technology transfer, providing key information to public policy-makers, or dissemination of knowledge from one field of science to another.


Jackson National Life Community Fund

Initial requests due to University Advancement by January 29, 2020
Four step application process:
1. Provide Kyan Zeller at University Advancement with brief description (no longer than 1-page) of all potential requests, along with potential dollar amounts, by January 29, 2020. This should be no longer than 1-page.
2. Kyan will provide the list of requests to JNCF for review by February 3, 2020.
3. JNCF will let University Advancement know which of the potential requests they will invite a full proposals for by February 15, 2020.
4. Invited proposals are to be submitted on-line by March 26, 2020 (instructions will be provided to those invited).
From University Advancement (Kyan Zeller):
As in years past, the Jackson National Community Fund process will be routed through University Advancement Corporate Relations. Please see the below information and feel free to reach out to me should you have any questions.
JN Community Fund Grant Guidelines:
The Jackson National Community Fund’s (JNCF) priorities are focused on two areas:

Strong Families
Program and Focus Areas
Basic Needs

• Access to Food
• Emergency Housing
Life Skills

• Parenting Success
• Student Achievement
Support in Crisis

• Intervention after abuse or trauma
• Family experiencing life altering events
Economic Opportunities
Program Area Focus Areas
Financial Empowerment

• Financial Education
• Financial Coaching
Work Readiness

• Job Skills Development
• Employment Programs
Long Term Housing

• Financial Stability
• Savings and Budgeting Programs

Additional details can be found here:
Average JNCF grants are $10k with an outer limit of $25k. JNCF is looking for programs that have significant impact in terms of numbers of people reached/served and for those which might offer opportunities for Jackson National employees to volunteer. They are willing to provide support for operating expenses and/or for supplies and, given the limited size of their grants, and will consider requests that only partially cover programs costs. As in the past, JNCF will support requests from organizations within their major corporate locations. In Michigan, this means the Lansing area.
Application Process
For those considering a request to JNCF, there is a four step application process for all JNL requests from MSU. For 2020 this means:
5. You should provide me with brief descriptions (no longer than 1-page) of all potential requests, along with potential dollar amounts, by January 29, 2020 . This should be no longer than 1-page.
6. I will provide the list of requests to JNCF for review by February 3, 2020.
7. JNCF will let us know which of the potential request they will invite a full proposals for by February 15, 2020
8. Invited proposals are to be submitted on-line by March 26, 2020 (instructions will be provided to those invited).
Award Notification Deadline: June 4, 2020
Funds Distributed by: July 3, 2020
Direct all questions to Kyan Zeller, Senior Director, University Advancement, 517-884-1066,


National Science Foundation – Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (MMS)

Deadline: January 30, 2020
The Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (MMS) Program is an interdisciplinary program in the Directorate for 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, behavioral, and economic 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 production and use of official statistics.
The MMS Program provides support through a number of different funding mechanisms. The following mechanisms are addressed in this solicitation:
• Regular Research Awards
• Awards for conferences and community-development activities
• Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) Grants
• Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Supplements
MMS also supports Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards. Please see the CAREER Program Web Site for more information about this activity.


Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood Invites Letters of Intent

Letter of Intent Deadline: January 31, 2020

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports development projects and promising research with the potential to significantly enhance the physical and mental health, safety, nutrition, play, social integration, and/or quality of life of children from birth through seven years of age. To that end, the foundation currently invites Letters of Intent in the following categories:
Early Childhood Welfare — Children can only reach their full potential when all aspects of their development — intellectual, emotional and physical — are optimally supported. Providing a safe and nurturing environment is essential as is imparting the skills of social living in a culturally diverse world. Therefore, the foundation supports projects that seek to perfect child-rearing practices and to identify models that can provide creative, caring environments in which all young children thrive.
Early Childhood Education and Play — Research shows that children need to be stimulated as well as nurtured, early in life, if they are to succeed in school, work, and life. That preparation relates to every aspect of a child’s development, from birth to age seven, and everywhere a child learns -- at home, in childcare settings, and in preschool. The foundation therefore seeks to improve the quality of both early childhood teaching and learning through the development of innovative curricula and research-based pedagogical standards, as well as the design of imaginative play materials and learning environments.
Parenting Education — To help parents create nurturing environments for their children, the foundation supports programs that teach parents about developmental psychology, cultural child-rearing differences, pedagogy, issues of health, prenatal care and diet, as well programs that provide both cognitive and emotional support to parents.


USAID: Building Research and Innovation for Development, Generating Evidence, and Training (BRIDGE-Train)

Deadline: January 31, 2020
The Building Research and Innovation for Development: Generating Evidence and Training (BRIDGE-Train) Addendum aims to support institutional partnerships between HEIs in USAID Partner Countries and U.S.-based HEIs to develop research, innovation, and training centers for knowledge development aimed at addressing local and/or national development priorities.
Ideal in-country partners will have strong existing foundational capacity in a technical field with direct implications for local and/or national development goals. In addition to local and/or national development priorities, it is crucial to USAID that all USAID-funded activities in a particular country or region are strategically aligned, so to enable the greatest possible impact. As such, proposed activities should demonstrate clear alignment with published USAID Country and Regional Development Cooperation Strategies,.
This opportunity may support the establishment of a new research, innovation, and training center, or the expansion of an existing one, but centers must be based in USAID Partner Countries. Partnerships between U.S. Institutions and developing country institutions should be strategic and leverage the existing expertise of each institution. Furthermore, proposed activities should be driven by local needs, while also sustainably enhancing individual and institutional capacity for achieving the high-level objectives outlined below.
Objectives Through this Addendum, USAID/LAB aims to achieve the following Objectives:
1. Support one or more HEIs in USAID Partner Countries in becoming globally-recognized centers for development research, innovation, and training. USAID aims to accelerate development impact by building upon existing technical;
2. Support strategic and catalytic partnerships between one or more HEIs in USAID Partner Countries and other key stakeholders.


U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy in Denmark

Deadline: January 31, 2020
Through the Public Affairs small grants program, the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen provides partial support for artistic and cultural performances, educational initiatives and non-governmental organization (NGO) projects whose aim is to promote and deepen the understanding and appreciation of American foreign policy and culture.
The Embassy elicits proposals with outstanding merit that support the U.S. Government’s broad goals of fostering mutual cooperation. In deciding which projects to support, the Embassy will give consideration to the full range and diversity of Danish organizations – cultural, NGO and educational – and will seek to target geographically and demographically diverse audiences in Denmark.
Applications should focus on one or more of the Embassy’s priority themes and initiatives (see below):
• Cultural programing (music, dance, film, theatre, photography, etc.)
• Democracy, Good Governance, and Rule of law
• Educational initiatives (English language and American studies)
• Entrepreneurship and Innovation
• Environment, Science and Technology, and Health
• Energy Security
• Gender or LGBT Equality
• Human Rights, Minority Integration and Strengthening of Civil Society
• Countering Disinformation and Encouraging Media Literacy
• Countering Violent Extremism


Mohammed Bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity Global Maker Challenge

Deadline: January 31, 2020
The world is currently seeing the highest levels of forced displacement on record. There are now almost 71 million people who have been forcibly displaced due to persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations - including nearly 26 million refugees, half of whom are under the age of 18. Worldwide, one person is forcibly displaced every two seconds. To ensure that this rapidly increasing number of people are able to lead healthy and productive lives for themselves, equitable access to services such as legal protection programs, healthcare, and education is key.
Refugees and forcibly displaced populations face a host of challenges throughout their migratory journey. Many forcibly displaced people, especially those that leave their home countries entirely, have to navigate complex legal systems with limited access to legal assistance and representation. Millions of those forcibly displaced end up living in places containing poor water and sanitation infrastructure, and are subsequently vulnerable to significant health risks like communicable diseases and malnutrition. Further, of the 7.4 million school-age refugee children globally, more than half are not in school - with 63 percent enrolled in primary school, 24 percent in secondary school, and only 3 percent in higher education.
Globally, one in every 108 people is either an asylum-seeker, a refugee, or internally displaced. In our increasingly interconnected world, forced displacement cannot be treated as a short-term humanitarian issue, nor can it be addressed by just one country or sector. The Global Maker Challenge on Innovation for Peace and Justice aims to find and support innovative solutions that will connect refugees and forcibly displaced populations with enduring and effective legal, healthcare, and education services. To do so, the Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity welcomes applications from innovators and makers around the world that will:
• Increase access to reliable and cost-effective legal support
• Reduce health risks among displaced populations through expanded access to healthcare and improved water and sanitation infrastructure that ensures the safe delivery of drinking water and disposal of waste
• Reduce barriers to education and skills training for displaced youth
Award Size: Up to $1M


National Science Foundation – Perception, Action & Cognition (PAC)

Research Proposals Deadline: February 3, 2020
Conference Proposals Deadline: June 15, 2020

The PAC program funds theoretically motivated research on a wide-range of topic areas related to typical human behavior with particular focus on perceptual, motor, and cognitive processes and their interactions. Central research topics for consideration by the program include (but are not limited to) vision, audition, haptics, attention, memory, written and spoken language, spatial cognition, motor control, categorization, reasoning, and concept formation. Of particular interest are emerging areas, such as the interaction of sleep or emotion with cognitive or perceptual processes, epigenetics of cognition, computational models of cognition, and cross-modal and multimodal processing. The program welcomes a wide range of perspectives, such as individual differences, symbolic and neural-inspired computation, ecological approaches, genetics and epigenetics, nonlinear dynamics and complex systems, and a variety of methodologies spanning the range of experimentation and modeling. The PAC program is open to co-review of proposals submitted to other programs both within the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate and across other directorates.
Note: Proposals may be returned without review if the major focus is 1) the organization of neural activity or brain networks; 2) understanding clinical populations; or 3) non-human animals without a clear and direct impact on our understanding of human perception, action, or cognition. Investigators are encouraged to send the program director a one-page summary of the proposed research before submitting a proposal, in order to determine its appropriateness for the PAC program.


National Science Foundation Science and Technology Studies (STS)

Deadline: February 3, 2020
The Science and Technology Studies (STS) program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related to STEM disciplines.
The program’s 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 2nd for proposals to be funded as early as July, and August 3rd for proposals to be funded in or after January. There is one exception: Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant proposals will have only one deadline per year, August 3rd.
The Program encourages potential investigators with questions about the program to contact one of the Cognizant Program Directors. Potential investigators who have concerns about whether their proposal fits the goals of the program are encouraged to send a one-page prospectus of their proposal idea to the Cognizant Program Directors. Guidelines for developing one-page prospectuses are provided below under Guidelines for Developing Effective STS Proposals.


National Science Foundation – Science of Organizations (SoO)

Deadline: February 3, 2020
Organizations -- private and public, established and entrepreneurial, designed and emergent, formal and informal, profit and nonprofit -- are critical to the well-being of nations and their citizens. They are of crucial importance for producing goods and services, creating value, providing jobs, and achieving social goals. The Science of Organizations (SoO) program funds basic research that yields a scientific evidence base for improving the design and emergence, development and deployment, and management and ultimate effectiveness of organizations of all kinds.
SoO funds research that advances our fundamental understanding of how organizations develop, form and operate. Successful SoO research proposals use scientific methods to develop and refine theories, to empirically test theories and frameworks, and to develop new measures and methods. Funded research is aimed at yielding generalizable insights that are of value to the business practitioner, policy-maker and research communities.
SoO welcomes any and all rigorous, scientific approaches that illuminate aspects of organizations as systems of coordination, management and governance.


NSF – Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR)


Institutional and Community Transformation Capacity-Building: February 4, 2020

Engaged Student Learning and Institutional and Community Transformation Level 1: February 4, 2020

Institutional and Community Transformation Capacity-Building: August 4, 2020

Engaged Student Learning and Institutional and Community Transformation Level 1: August 4, 2020
The fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) hold much promise as sectors of the economy where we can expect to see continuous vigorous growth in the coming decades. STEM job creation is expected to outpace non-STEM job creation significantly, according to the Commerce Department, reflecting the importance of STEM knowledge to the US economy.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) plays a leadership role in development and implementation of efforts to enhance and improve STEM education in the United States. Through the NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) initiative, the agency continues to make a substantial commitment to the highest caliber undergraduate STEM education through a Foundation-wide framework of investments. The IUSE: EHR program is a core NSF undergraduate STEM education program that seeks to improve the effectiveness of undergraduate STEM education for both majors and non-majors. The program is open to application from all institutions of higher education and associated organizations. NSF places high value on educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate populace. In pursuit of this goal, IUSE: EHR supports projects that have the potential to improve student learning in STEM through development of new curricular materials and methods of instruction, and development of new assessment tools to measure student learning. In addition to innovative work at the frontier of STEM education, this program also encourages replications of research studies at different types of institutions and with different student bodies to produce deeper knowledge about the effectiveness and transferability of findings.
IUSE: EHR also seeks to support projects that have high potential for broader societal impacts, including improved diversity of students and instructors participating in STEM education, professional development for instructors to ensure adoption of new and effective pedagogical techniques that meet the changing needs of students, and projects that promote institutional partnerships for collaborative research and development. IUSE: EHR especially welcomes proposals that will pair well with the efforts of NSF INCLUDES ( to develop STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society. Collaborations are encouraged between IUSE proposals and existing INCLUDES projects, provided the collaboration strengthens both projects.


Russell Sage Foundation Improving Education and Reducing Inequality in the United States: Obtaining New Insights from Population-Based Academic Performance Data

Deadline: February 4, 2020
RSF is interested in studies that can plausibly identify the effects of policies, practices, and conditions on achievement inequality or the effects of achievement gaps on other outcomes and forms of inequality will be preferred over descriptive or correlational studies. They are particularly, though not exclusively, interested in studies aimed at understanding how to reduce educational inequality or subsequent forms of inequality.
Studies may make use of variation across places (schools, school districts, counties, metropolitan areas, states), grades (grades 3-8), years (2009-2016), birth cohorts (there are 13 birth cohorts in the data – born roughly 1995-2007), and student subgroups to identify mechanisms that affect inequality. For example, if researchers could identify policies and practices that affected certain grades (such as middle school, but not elementary school) or were enacted in specific years (or in different years in different places), such variation might plausibly be used to identify the effects of some policies. If there were policies that affected some birth cohorts (perhaps state pre-school programs began in a given year in some states and different years in others), this might produce exogenous variation in access to preschool, the effects of which might be observed by comparing the achievement patters of different cohorts as they progress through school. Finally, policies that differentially affect some schools and/districts but not others (such as school finance policies and changes in such policies, title 1 funding, NCLB waivers or accountability sanctions, federal SIG grants, and so on) may provide a source of exogenous variation that could be used to identify the effects of specific policies on inequality.
Examples of the types of research topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
1) The effects of federal, state, or district education policies on educational achievement and the reduction of educational inequality (standards, teacher recruitment, retention, and evaluation policies, student assignment and discipline policies, etc.);
2) The effects of residential or school integration on educational achievement and the reduction of educational inequality;
3) The role of school finance and funding in shaping achievement patterns (among states or districts, as well as within-districts);
4) The role of social policies and outside-of-school conditions in reducing inequality (public pre-school, family support policies, after school programming, neighborhood safety and conditions);
5) The role of school choice, charter schools, and other market-based mechanisms in educational outcomes.
6) The effects of achievement patterns and gaps on disparities in college enrollment and completion.
7) The effects of educational achievement and inequality on other social outcomes or aspects of social inequality (e.g.: criminal activity and incarceration, young adult earnings, social mobility).


National Science Foundation Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE:EHR)

Deadline: February 4, 2020
The fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) hold much promise as sectors of the economy where we can expect to see continuous vigorous growth in the coming decades. STEM job creation is expected to outpace non-STEM job creation significantly, according to the Commerce Department, reflecting the importance of STEM knowledge to the US economy.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) plays a leadership role in developing and implementing efforts to enhance and improve STEM education in the United States. Through the NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) initiative, the agency continues to make a substantial commitment to the highest caliber undergraduate STEM education through a Foundation-wide framework of investments. The IUSE: EHR is a core NSF STEM education program that seeks to promote novel, creative, and transformative approaches to generating and using new knowledge about STEM teaching and learning to improve STEM education for undergraduate students. The program is open to application from all institutions of higher education and associated organizations. NSF places high value on educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate public. In pursuit of this goal, IUSE: EHR supports projects that seek to bring recent advances in STEM knowledge into undergraduate education, that adapt, improve, and incorporate evidence-based practices into STEM teaching and learning, and that lay the groundwork for institutional improvement in STEM education. In addition to innovative work at the frontier of STEM education, this program also encourages replication of research studies at different types of institutions and with different student bodies to produce deeper knowledge about the effectiveness and transferability of findings.
IUSE: EHR also seeks to support projects that have high potential for broader societal impacts, including improved diversity of students and instructors participating in STEM education, professional development for instructors to ensure adoption of new and effective pedagogical techniques that meet the changing needs of students, and projects that promote institutional partnerships for collaborative research and development. IUSE: EHR especially welcomes proposals that will pair well with the efforts of NSF INCLUDES ( to develop STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society.
For all the above objectives, the National Science Foundation invests primarily in evidence-based and knowledge-generating approaches to understand and improve STEM learning and learning environments, improve the diversity of STEM students and majors, and prepare STEM majors for the workforce. In addition to contributing to STEM education in the host institution(s), proposals should have the promise of adding more broadly to our understanding of effective teaching and learning practices.


NIH – Typical and Atypical Patterns of Language & Literacy in Dual Language Learners (R01)

Standard dates apply, next deadline: February 5, 2020
Expiration date: December 17, 2020
The purpose of this FOA is to support investigator-initiated R01 applications that will inform our understanding of the typical and atypical patterns of language and literacy development of dual language learners (DLLs) in the United States. Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of advances in the language sciences and related fields to identify and clarify specific cognitive, linguistic, neurobiological, and sociocultural factors associated with normal and impaired language and literacy acquisition in young DLL populations.
Companion Funding Opportunity for an R21 Exploratory/Developmental Grant: PA-18-328


Michigan Department of Health and Human Services - Juvenile Urgent Response Teams

Deadline: February 20, 2020
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), in coordination with the Governor’s Mental Health Diversion Council, is pleased to offer funding up to $120,000 to applicants seeking to develop or enhance existing Juvenile Urgent Response Teams.
In order to better serve Michigan youth, the expansion or creation of urgent response to youth has been identified as a priority by the Mental Health Diversion Council. Response to the mental health needs of youth is critical to prevent youth from entering the Juvenile Justice system or lessen the penetration into the Juvenile Justice system of those already involved.
Eligible applicants for this grant opportunity include nonprofit organizations, public agencies, courts, and Community Mental Health agencies. MDHHS expects to award approximately five grants, totaling $600,000, for Juvenile Urgent Response Team programs. The grants will begin in April 2020.
Funds from this grant opportunity are intended to support the development or expansion of urgent response teams that serve youth. Successful applicants will increase urgent response services for youth that travel to youth and their families, rather than requiring youth and families to travel to a centralized treatment site, and are available 24 hours per day / 7 days per week.



Deadline: February 21, 2020

We welcome proposals for implementation of a country-wide, in-school civic education program as part of the official school curriculum throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), in all 10 Cantons in the Federation of BiH, in Republika Srpska and Brcko District. This year-long program will help educate young BiH students in kindergartens, elementary schools and secondary schools, and some universities about the basic concepts of democratic society, justice, human rights, tolerance, the BiH constitution, and the various levels of government in the country. The budget of project proposals should not exceed $450,000, and the timeframe for this program is June 2020-May 2021.


National Science Foundation - Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2)

Deadline: February 24, 2020
Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) funds research projects that identify (1) factors that are effective in the formation of ethical STEM researchers and (2) approaches to developing those factors in all STEM fields that NSF supports. ER2 solicits proposals for research that explores the following: ‘What constitutes responsible conduct for research (RCR), and which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?' Do certain labs have a ‘culture of academic integrity'? What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?’ Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations (e.g. Engineers without Borders) that stress responsible conduct for research, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade. Successful proposals typically have a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or among other factors, and they specify plans for developing interventions that promote the effectiveness of identified factors.
ER2 research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes or promotes responsible or irresponsible conduct of research, and how to best instill this knowledge into researchers and educators at all career stages. In some cases, projects will include the development of interventions to ensure ethical and responsible research conduct.


Department of State: FY 2020 International Sports Programming Initiative

Deadline: February 27, 2020
The Office of Citizen Exchanges, Sports Diplomacy Division, of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces an open competition for the FY 2020 International Sports Programming Initiative (ISPI). U.S. public and private non-profit organizations may submit proposals to manage sports exchange projects designed to reach under-served youth and/or their coaches/sports administrators who manage youth sports programs. These exchanges between the United States and select countries will be reciprocal exchanges that employ sports to address the Sport for Social Change theme outlined below.
The International Sports Programming Initiative uses sports to help under-served youth around the world develop important leadership skills, achieve academic success, promote tolerance and respect for diversity, and positively contribute to their home and host communities. Sports Diplomacy programs are an important tool for advancing U.S. foreign policy goals through interaction with hard-to-reach groups such as at-risk youth, women, minorities, people with disabilities, and non-English speakers. The focus of all programs must be on both male and female youth and/or their coaches/sports administrators. Programs designed to train elite athletes or coaches are ineligible.
Project goals include:
• Demonstrate how organized sports, through the principles of leadership, responsibility, teamwork, healthy living, and self-discipline, can encourage youth to stay in school, prevent substance abuse and violence, and mitigate extremist voices.
• Demonstrate the use of sport as a tool to promote tolerance and understanding through organized activities that appeal to youth and youth influencers and that focus on conflict prevention/resolution.
• Demonstrate how sports can improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities by providing affordable, inclusive sports experiences that build self-esteem and confidence, enhance active participation in community life, and make a significant contribution to the physical and psychological health of people with disabilities.
• Enable local youth sports organizations in the United States and their counterparts overseas to share best practices, emphasizing the importance of grassroots community-based sports programs in a community’s development and sustainability.
• Share local community-based practices globally while learning from counterparts in another community outside of the United States.
• Emphasize the responsibility of the broader community to support healthy behaviors and teach young people how to prevent and manage non-communicable diseases through sports programs.


Spencer Foundation – Lyle Spencer Research Awards

Letter of Intent Deadline: February 27, 2020
The Lyle Spencer Research Awards Program supports intellectually ambitious research projects that aspire to transform education with budgets between $525,000 and $1 million and project durations of up to five years. We accept applications for this signature program once per year.
A clearly articulated commitment to lasting improvement distinguishes the Lyle Spencer Awards from our other research award programs. We hope to engage the research community in thinking big: to do work that is thoughtful, critical of prevailing assumptions, self-critical about the work and its limitations, and relevant to the aim of building knowledge for the “lasting improvement in education” that our founder Lyle Spencer challenged his foundation to promote.


National Science Foundation - EHR Core Research (ECR): Building Capacity in STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER)

Deadline: February 28, 2020

ECR’s Building Capacity for STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER) solicitation supports projects that build individuals’ capacity to carry out high quality STEM education research that will enhance the nation’s STEM education enterprise and broaden the pool of researchers that can conduct fundamental research in STEM learning and learning environments, broadening participation in STEM fields, and STEM workforce development.
Specifically, ECR: BCSER supports activities that enable early and mid-career researchers to acquire the requisite expertise and skills to conduct rigorous fundamental research in STEM education. ECR: BCSER seeks to fund research career development activities on topics that are relevant to qualitative and quantitative research methods and design, including the collection and analysis of new qualitative or quantitative data, secondary analyses using extant datasets, or meta-analyses.
This career development may be accomplished through investigator-initiated projects or through professional development institutes that enable researchers to integrate methodological strategies with theoretical and practical substantive issues in STEM education. Early and mid-career faculty new to STEM education research, particularly underrepresented minority faculty and faculty at minority-serving and two-year institutions, are encouraged to submit proposals.
ECR: BCSER especially welcomes proposals that pair well with the efforts of NSF INCLUDES ( to develop STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society. Proposers are encouraged to identify topics that support the thrust of NSF INCLUDES projects.


U.S. Department of State, U.S. Mission to South Africa U.S. University Partnership Initiative in South Africa

Deadline: February 28, 2020
The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy South Africa of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program focused on strengthening existing ties and fostering new collaboration between U.S. and African universities. Project activities must take place in South Africa and the United States, and be directed at South African audiences/participants.
Program Objectives: The goal of the University Partnerships Initiative (UPI) is to strengthen existing ties and foster new collaboration between U.S. and South African universities. Focus areas include promoting faculty and student exchanges, facilitating joint research, building administrative capacity, and creating public-private partnerships. Program proposals should address how relationships between institutions will be sustained after U.S. government funded efforts are concluded.
Specific Program Objectives:
• Promote U.S.-South Africa faculty and student exchanges, particularly the development of dual degree programs that have South Africans complete their studies in their home country and address South Africa’s shortage of qualified academic staff.
• Facilitate joint research, especially in agriculture, food security, and STEM.
• Provide training and transfer skills in all aspects of university administration through subject-matter exchange programs.
• Explore public-private partnerships, with an emphasis on commercialization, technology transfer, and job creation.
Participants and Audiences: The intended audience is community college and university students, university administrators, corporations, the NGO sector, and USG alumni. Proposals that address linkages between South African technical universities and their American counterparts are strongly encouraged. Programs that create or grow linkages between academia and commerce are also encouraged.


Spencer Foundation Small Research Grants

Deadline: March 3, 2020
The Small Research Grants Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets up to $50,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. We accept applications three times per year.
This program is “field-initiated” in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, method, or location. Our goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Clinical Scholars Program

Deadline: March 11, 2020
Funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Clinical Scholars is a leadership opportunity for practitioners from diverse fields of health care. Interdisciplinary teams of health care providers collaborate to tackle complex health problems in their communities and build a Culture of Health nationwide.
The Clinical Scholars program seeks audiologists, clinical counselors, dentists, dieticians, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, speech therapists, veterinarians, and others working in community, clinical, or academic settings.
Over the course of the three-year program, teams will:
• Receive funding up to a maximum of $525,000 for a five-person team.
• Design and implement a real-world project.
• Receive evidence-based and equity-centered training in leadership tools, policy, evaluation, community engagement, and other topics from national experts.
• Participate in semi-annual week-long onsite trainings, reinforced by distance-based learning and executive coaching that allows them to stay in their jobs and participate from their home communities.
• Become part of a national network of leaders spanning sectors and disciplines in health care and beyond.


National Science Foundation – Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM)

Deadline: March 25, 2020
A well-educated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is a significant contributor to maintaining the competitiveness of the U.S. in the global economy. The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program addresses the need for a high quality STEM workforce in STEM disciplines supported by the program and for the increased success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Recognizing that financial aid alone cannot increase retention and graduation in STEM, the program provides awards to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to fund scholarships and to advance the adaptation, implementation, and study of effective evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, transfer (if appropriate), student success, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM. The S-STEM program encourages collaborations among different types of partners: Partnerships among different types of institutions; collaborations of STEM faculty and institutional, educational, and social science researchers; and partnerships among institutions of higher education and local business and industry, if appropriate.
The program seeks: 1) to increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in STEM and entering the workforce or graduate programs in STEM; 2) to improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on academically talented low-income students; and 3) to generate knowledge to advance understanding of how factors or evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM of low-income students.
The STEM disciplines supported by the S-STEM program include:
• Biological sciences (except medicine and other clinical fields);
• Physical sciences (including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science);
• Mathematical sciences;
• Computer and information sciences;
• Geosciences;
• Engineering; and
• Technology areas associated with the preceding disciplines (for example, biotechnology, chemical technology, engineering technology, information technology, etc.)


U.S. Department of State, U.S. Mission to Lebanon, U.S. Embassy Lebanon PAS Grants Annual Program Statement

Deadline: March 31, 2020
The U.S. Embassy Lebanon Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Grants Program. This is an Annual Program Statement, outlining our funding priorities, the strategic themes we focus on, and the procedures for submitting requests for funding.
Purpose of Grants: PAS Lebanon invites proposals for programs that strengthen cultural ties between the United States and Lebanon through cultural and exchange programming that highlights engaging youth and empowering women. All programs must include an American cultural element, or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/sin a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.
Priority Program Areas: The U.S. Embassy Beirut seeks proposals that address the following priority program areas:
• Enhance the role of women in society through programs focused on civic participation (such as social entrepreneurship, volunteerism, and community engagement); economic empowerment; and increased access to education
• Foster youth empowerment through various programs [examples of which include but are not limited to: science, technology, engineering, architecture, and math (STEAM); entrepreneurship; and inclusive citizenship]
• Develop media literacy and promote freedom of speech
Participants and Audiences: U.S. Embassy Beirut puts special emphasis on programs that are able to engage individuals outside of the capital. For youth-focused proposals, audiences are generally between the ages of 14 and 30. Women audiences have no specific age range, and may include youth or community members. Priority will be given to proposals that target a large number of beneficiaries.
Examples of PAS Grants Program opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Academic and professional lectures, seminars, and speaker programs;
• Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances, and exhibitions;
• Cultural heritage conservation and preservation programs; and
• Professional and academic exchanges and programs.


National Science Foundation - International Research and education Network Connections

Deadline: Apr 01, 2020
The International Research and education Network Connections (IRNC) Base program supports high-performance network connectivity required by international science and engineering research and education collaborations involving the NSF research community. High-performance network connections and infrastructure funded by this program are intended to support science and engineering research and education applications, and preference will be given to solutions that provide the best economy of scale and demonstrate the ability to support the largest communities of interest with the broadest services. Funded projects will assist the U.S. research and education community by enabling state-of-the-art international network services and access to increased collaboration and data services. NSF expects to make 3 to 10 awards in production R&E network infrastructure; 1 to 3 awards in international testbeds; and 1 award in Engagement.

National Science Foundation Computer Science for All (CSforAll:RPP)

Deadline: April 13, 2020
This program aims to provide all U.S. students the opportunity to participate in computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) education in their schools at the preK-12 levels. With this solicitation, the National Science Foundation (NSF) focuses on researcher-practitioner partnerships (RPPs) that foster the research and development needed to bring CS and CT to all schools. Specifically, this solicitation aims to provide high school teachers with the preparation, professional development (PD) and ongoing support that they need to teach rigorous computer science courses; preK-8 teachers with the instructional materials and preparation they need to integrate CS and CT into their teaching; and schools and districts the resources needed to define and evaluate multi-grade pathways in CS and CT.


National Science Foundation – EHR Core Research (ECR): Building Capacity in STEM Education Research

Deadline: June 5, 2020
ECR’s Building Capacity for STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER) solicitation supports projects that build individuals’ capacity to carry out high quality STEM education research that will enhance the nation’s STEM education enterprise and broaden the pool of researchers that can conduct fundamental research in STEM learning and learning environments, broadening participation in STEM fields, and STEM workforce development.
Specifically, ECR: BCSER supports activities that enable early and mid-career researchers to acquire the requisite expertise and skills to conduct rigorous fundamental research in STEM education. ECR: BCSER seeks to fund research career development activities on topics that are relevant to qualitative and quantitative research methods and design, including the collection and analysis of new qualitative or quantitative data, secondary analyses using extant datasets, or meta-analyses.
This career development may be accomplished through investigator-initiated projects or through professional development institutes that enable researchers to integrate methodological strategies with theoretical and practical substantive issues in STEM education. Early and mid-career faculty new to STEM education research, particularly underrepresented minority faculty and faculty at minority-serving and two-year institutions, are encouraged to submit proposals.
As a special emphasis under this solicitation, ECR: BCSER seeks proposals that will result in a single award for the development and implementation of an ECR Data Resource Hub. The hub will facilitate data sharing and analysis and provide technical assistance to advance data skills, tools, and resources across the STEM education research community.


U.S. Department of State U.S. Mission to Ukraine – Ukraine: U.S. Government Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program – Academic and Educational Programs

Deadline: June 21, 2020
The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv announces the 2019-2020 Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program to support projects in academic and educational affairs. Subject to availability of funds, the Embassy will award small grants as described below to Ukrainian and U.S.-based non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations. Specific thematic priorities and program requirements are described in detail below. The project must be tailored towards Ukrainian audiences, and all project activities supported by the U.S. Embassy grant should take place in Ukraine and incorporate a substantive U.S. component.
Ukrainian and U.S. registered non-profit, non-governmental organizations are eligible to apply. Third country organizations are not eligible. The eligible themes are described below:
• Projects that support Ukraine’s ongoing educational reform process, drawing on some substantive component of the U.S. educational system, to include the professional enhancement opportunities for teachers of secondary and post-secondary institutions.
• Projects that create or develop collaboration between educational institutions and civil society organizations, local administrations, and businesses to support regional development and decentralization.
• Projects designed to create or enhance career counseling services at Ukrainian secondary and post-secondary educational levels.
• Projects focused on developing youth leadership in the fields of entrepreneurship, finance, innovation, and civic education.
• Projects that utilize U.S. experience to develop and reinforce values of tolerance, diversity, and inclusive education among secondary school and/or post-secondary institutions. This competition does not support proposals focused on kindergarten and primary education.


National Science Foundation - Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

Deadline: July 27, 2020
CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.


NIH - Central and Peripheral Control of Balance in Older Adults (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

Deadline (Letter of Intent): September 2, 2020
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications that propose basic and/or clinical studies to investigate central and peripheral control of balance in older adults and/or in relevant animal models. This FOA is driven by the need to address a major gap in our understanding of how aging impacts the vestibular system, which, when impaired, contributes to balance problems and an increased risk of falls in older adults. Additionally, given that balance impairment can be attributed to a number of factors (e.g. sensory, motor, cognitive, psychological, and vascular function), understanding the contribution of age-related vestibular loss, and how this interacts with these factors, is critical for informing interventions and treatments for balance problems and falls in older adults.


U.S. Department of State U.S. Mission to Vietnam – 25th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between the United States and Vietnam

Applications for this opportunity will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year of FY20, until funding is exhausted. (Federal FY20 ends 9/30/2020)
The U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City Public Affairs Section (PAS) is pleased to announce funding is available through the Public Diplomacy Federal Assistance Awards.
Twenty-five years after establishing diplomatic relations, the United States and Vietnam are trusted partners with a friendship grounded in mutual respect. In trade, development, education, health care, energy, and security, the United States and a strong and independent Vietnam are working together with a shared commitment to peace and prosperity. As we share a quarter century of partnership in 2020, this request for proposals seeks to fund projects that further the U.S. Mission’s public diplomacy goals of celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between the United States and Vietnam and renews our commitment to work together to ensure a bright future full of peace and prosperity for the American and Vietnamese people.
Proposals for projects must focus on one of the priority areas specified below. Applicants should pay close attention to the Public Affairs Section’s goals, priority program objectives, target audiences, and geographic locations when developing their proposals.
Proposals must explicitly address one or more of the Public Affairs Section priority objectives listed below and create or extend the communities engaged in those areas:
• Economic Prosperity: improved opportunities for U.S. businesses, labor standards, developing soft skills to work with U.S. businesses, reducing the bilateral trade deficit, intellectual property rights, promotion of U.S. products, or U.S. business values.
• Security: rule of law, combating transnational crime, combating trafficking in persons, improving relations with the Vietnamese diaspora community.
• Education: English teaching, improving teaching methods, curriculum development, modernizing education systems, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
• Inclusiveness: women’s rights and empowerment, access and legal reform for disabled persons, LGBT rights, ethnic/religious minorities’ rights, civil society development, freedom of expression, press, association, religion.
• Awareness: Raising awareness of U.S.-Vietnam relations and the importance of our bilateral partnership.


Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) Grants

Applications accepted year round.
The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) supports innovative and effective ways of helping people help themselves and others around them to achieve healthy, satisfying, and enriched lives. The foundation supports organizations working in four main areas: education, children’s advocacy, medical research and initiatives, and the arts. CLF helps individuals gain access to schools, from preschool through college, by issuing grants and taking an active role in exploring new approaches to education.
Ways to improve teaching results include providing computer-based and technological education, promoting leadership skills, and offering programs about the arts. In addition, opportunities for ongoing education, such as research projects and conferences, promote continuing education as a goal for people of all ages. Within the CLF education initiatives, it supports programs that:
• Aid students with learning disabilities.
• Target at-risk populations and integrate all learners.
• Provide equal access.
• Offer quality programming using innovative methods.
• Apply data-driven approaches.
• Educate the whole child.
The CLF Education Program includes support for organizations throughout the country, but is limited to supporting 501(c)(3) institutions. Applications must be submitted online.


Amgen U.S. Healthcare Donations

As part of Amgen's mission to serve patients, Amgen makes donations to qualified members of the U.S. healthcare community (including universities) for the following purposes:

• The support of science, technology, medicine, healthcare or education; or
• Education of the public on disease states, medical conditions, science or technology; or
• In furtherance of other genuine philanthropic and charitable purposes that are consistent with Amgen's scientific and disease-state interests.


There are no restrictions on the number of requests that can be submitted. However, duplicate requests will be rejected.
Types of donations that are supported by Amgen include, but are not limited to:

• Endowed Professorships
• Fellowships
• Patient Education
• Awards/Scholarships
• Non-Accredited Medical or Scientific Meetings/Conferences


If you choose to proceed, an application must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the start date. Here is the process:

1. Completion of an online application; and
2. Attachment of the following required documents (in .pdf format) to the Application:

• Letter of Request Containing the Following:

o Detailed program description
o Program Title
o Statement indicating how Amgen's funds will be used
o Program start and end dates
o Amount requested from Amgen
o Check Payable to Name
o Complete Address, City, State, Zip, Payee Tax ID#

• Full Program Budget
• Meeting Agenda (if applicable)
• Current IRS W9 form (must be signed and dated within the last 12 months)

Additionally please note that Amgen does match staff gifts and supported their donations to 501c3 organizations last year in the following areas (education, health & human services, civic, arts & culture, and the environment). Total support was over $4M.


Lockheed Martin

Applications accepted year round
Lockheed Martin is committed to a program of philanthropy that supports the Corporation’s strategic business goals, primarily in the focus areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and military and veteran causes.
Lockheed Martin’s philanthropic activities are administered by the communications representatives at the Corporation's operating units around the country and at corporate headquarters.
In general, philanthropic contributions to national initiatives and organizations are made from corporate headquarters and contributions to local programs are made by Lockheed Martin sites close to the program.
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are the major focuses of Lockheed Martin’s education outreach activity. To continue America’s technological advantage and strengthen the workforce pipeline, Lockheed Martin provides funding to STEM education outreach activities for students across the entire kindergarten through grade 16 spectrum. The company supports programs, events, and campaigns that focus on student achievement, teacher development, and gender and ethnic diversity.
Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations, public elementary and secondary schools, and qualified institutes of higher education located or operating in a community in which Lockheed Martin has employees or business interests. Applications are accepted year-round, with evaluations performed quarterly. Application must be submitted online.


Arnold Ventures – Laura and John Arnold Foundation Randomized Controlled Trials to Evaluate Social Programs whose Delivery Will Be Funded by Government or Other Entities

Letters of Interest may be submitted at any time.
Arnold Ventures’ Evidence-Based Policy initiative is a major source of funding for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of social programs, and we are always seeking new proposals for high-quality RCTs. We encourage readers to check out our RCT Opportunity Request for Proposals (RFP), and to consider participating. The process is streamlined and there is no submission deadline.
Through this and other RFPs, the Evidence-Based Policy initiative has funded approximately 70 RCTs to evaluate social programs over the past four years, with the number of RCT grants increasing every year (see study summaries). We seek proposals for RCTs across the full spectrum of U.S. social policy, including areas such as early childhood, K-12 and postsecondary education, employment and training, foster care, and crime and substance abuse prevention.
A key goal of our RCT funding is to build the body of social programs backed by strong, replicated evidence of sizable effects on important life outcomes. Our criteria therefore prioritize funding for RCTs of programs whose prior evidence suggests potential for such sizable, important effects, although we will also fund RCTs based on other compelling reasons (e.g., the program to be evaluated is widely implemented with significant taxpayer investment, and its effectiveness is currently unknown).
The RCT Opportunity RFP, along with related funding announcements and resources, can be found on the Evidence-Based Policy page of Arnold Ventures’ website. We hope this information is useful and would encourage you to share this email with others who may be interested.


Kavli Civic Science Fellowship

New Fellowship Program launching over the course of this year – the Civic Science Fellowship – you can learn more about this here from the lead founding partner, the Rita Allen Foundation. The Kavli Foundation is supporting a Fellow who will work scientific societies. Led by The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and Research!America, the Fellow will work across multiple scientific societies to connect, and advance the societies' collective support so that scientists are empowered to undertake civic science activities. I know the societies leading this would appreciate broad distribution of this opportunity, thanks in advance for sharing the below (or the link here).
Are you passionate about civic science, including science outreach, communication, and public engagement? We, a collaboration of scientific societies, are looking for someone to lead an initiative that will increase the support and incentives for scientists who incorporate civic science into their work. The Kavli Civic Science Fellow is an ideal position for someone who has experience in civic science and is looking for an opportunity to think more broadly about advancing the field. This fellowship presents a remarkable opportunity to work with leaders across multiple scientific societies, while ultimately, influencing the culture of science and its relevance to society.
The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and Research!America are partnering to support the work of a Kavli Civic Science Fellow who will work across multiple scientific societies to connect, and advance the societies' collective support so that scientists are empowered to undertake civic science activities. As part of their work, the Kavli Civic Science Fellow will follow a collective impact model that will rely on strategizing, data collection, and analysis and team building. The goal of the fellowship is to lay the groundwork for a more cohesive whole among societies, as they work towards influencing long-term culture change within the scientific enterprise to increase value and support for meaningful civic science engagement. This position is an 18-month fellowship.
The Kavli Civic Science Fellow will have the opportunity to shape the activities of the fellowship, with leaders from multiple scientific societies, to meet this larger goal. By working with a wide range of scientific societies, the Kavli Civic Science Fellow along with the scientific societies will set a common agenda, which establishes an agreed understanding of the problem and a shared vision of change. They will then work to establish common progress measures and mutually reinforcing activities.
Some of the activities that may be undertaken by the Kavli Civic Science Fellow in collaboration with representatives from the scientific societies may include:
• Conduct a landscape assessment of scientific societies' visions, goals, capabilities, programs and opportunities related to civic science.
• Recommend ways in which scientific societies can leverage their strengths and authorities to encourage academic and funding institutions to provide deeper support for civic science- including altering their incentive structures.
• Highlight existing resources and speed the development of new resources that support scientific societies' planning, implementation, and evaluation of civic science, including resources that societies make available to their members.
• Increase collaboration among scientific societies to accomplish work at the grassroots level and to find efficiencies in the existing system and leverage these efficiencies to better support societies of varying sizes and scales that want to encourage their members to do effective civic science engagement.
The candidate will also be part of the inaugural class of Civic Science Fellows. The Fellowship will embed emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds in organizations working at the many interfaces of science and society. Additional fellows will be hired by other organizations later this year. The benefits of being a Civic Science Fellow include access to a network of Fellows at other institutions, professional development in subject matter as well as leadership skills, and mentoring.
• Master's degree or higher in science, science communication or related field.
• Experience in an aspect of civic science: science outreach, public engagement, science communication.
• Experience in program or project management.
• Understanding of the culture of science and scientific societies or similar organizations is desirable.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to work independently.
• Comfortable working with CEOs and with mid-level staff who run programs.
• Possess initiative, be entrepreneurial, and think strategically and long-term.
ASCB will be the fiscal and administrative home institution for the Fellow, who will spend time in several other societies located in the DC area in a series of 2 month rotations. This is an 18-month position. The salary for this fellowship is $80K per year plus benefits.


Simons Foundation – Targeted Grants in MPS

Rolling Deadline for LOIs
The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for its Targeted Grants in MPS program.
The program is intended to support high-risk theoretical mathematics, physics and computer science projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis.


Alfred P. Sloan Foundation – Research Projects, Non-Research Projects, and Book Proposals

Accepts letters of inquiry year round

About Sloan

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation makes grants primarily to support original research and education related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics. The Foundation believes that these fields—and the scholars and practitioners who work in them—are chief drivers of the nation's health and prosperity. The Foundation also believes that a reasoned, systematic understanding of the forces of nature and society, when applied inventively and wisely, can lead to a better world for all.


The Teagle Foundation – Education for American Civic Life

Applications accepted on a rolling basis
The charge of the Teagle Foundation is “to support and strengthen liberal arts education, which we see as fundamental to meaningful work, effective citizenship, and a fulfilling life.” Among the strengths of liberal arts education is the marriage of content and context to cultivate in students the knowledge and skills they need to achieve this vision.
In consideration of “effective citizenship,” the Foundation is especially concerned with undergraduates’ knowledge about American democratic institutions and the general decline in civility in discourse within and beyond our campus communities. Colleges and universities often assume their incoming students received prior preparation on topics such as the formation of the American republic or the crafting of the Constitution. In doing so, they miss opportunities to help undergraduates develop more a sophisticated understanding of the history and fragility of democracy. We encourage institutions to build on these themes across their curriculum and to invite deeper academic inquiry on critical issues that vex our local, national, and global communities.
Through “Education for American Civic Life,” the Foundation seeks to elevate the civic objectives of liberal arts education through faculty-led efforts within the curriculum grounded in the issues that define and challenge American democracy. The Foundation welcomes participation from a diverse array of institutions—community colleges, liberal arts colleges, comprehensive and research universities—that aim to strengthen civic education across the undergraduate curriculum and across disciplines. While grappling with matters of civic knowledge, it is the Foundation’s intention for projects to also mitigate uncivil speech and behavior. Successful proposals are expected move beyond mere additions to the course catalog and reflect an approach to integrative learning that serves the student body and can be sustained beyond the life of the grant.


Smith Richardson Foundation Domestic Public Policy

The Domestic Public Policy Program supports projects that will help the public and policy makers understand and address critical challenges facing the United States. To that end, the Foundation supports research on and evaluation of existing public policies and programs, as well as projects that inject new ideas into public debates.
The Foundation believes that policy makers face a series of challenges that need to be met if the United States is going to continue to prosper and provide opportunity to all of its citizens. Even as public finances begin to recover in the wake of the financial crisis and recession, officials are confronting difficult choices that will have to be made in order to restore long-term fiscal balances while maintaining essential public services. These choices will include decisions regarding how best to raise revenues while also creating an environment conducive to economic growth. Policy makers are also looking for strategies that can deliver key public services, such as education and criminal justice, in an effective and efficient manner. There is also a need to develop strategies to improve the long-term growth rate of the U.S. economy and strengthen economic opportunity. Doing so will require a combination of more effective strategies to develop human capital and establishing an economic climate hospitable to entrepreneurship and growth.
To meet these broad objectives, the Foundation has developed a number of grant making portfolios. A group of grants is focused on the challenges of identifying mechanisms that can inform thinking on fiscal practices at the national, state, and municipal levels. In terms of human capital development, the Foundation has been supporting work to identify how schools can become more productive by, for example, increasing the quality of the teacher workforce or adopting more effective curricula. Because success in the contemporary economy requires individuals to acquire education and training beyond high school, the Foundation is building a portfolio of projects on post-secondary education. Finally, the Foundation is supporting work on the criminal justice system that will examine whether costs can be lowered while still protecting public safety.

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. believed effective change should make an impact from the start, yet carry long into the future. To do both, he earmarked a portion of his estate and the eventual sale of his beloved Buffalo Bills to fund his namesake foundation. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation began operations in 2015 to continue his legacy—one of generosity and innovation, healthy risk taking and collaboration, and an unshakeable community focus.

The Foundation’s geographic focus is Southeast Michigan & Western NY State.  The Foundation defines SE Michigan as:  Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston Counties.  The Foundation’s policies state that “Programs located outside of these regions are generally not encouraged.”  What this means, as a practical matter, is that any successful MSU requests will need to be based on activity and relationships within the counties listed.

Wilson Foundation Program areas:

  • Children and Youth: For kids, we’re looking for opportunities beyond K-12 education to provide more pathways to success. Here, we focus on strengthening young minds and bodies with early childhood initiatives, sports and youth development programs, and after school programs.
  •  Young Adults and Working Class Families: Often weighed down by heavy demands and limited resources, working class families and young adults can often miss out on career opportunities. We will invest in skills training and education that can lead to pathways to good paying jobs and increased independence.
  • Caregiving: The role of caregiver can be demanding and overwhelming. Here, we support and honor those who care for others – whether paid or voluntarily – through efforts that provide needed skills, resources, education and respite. Early opportunities will focus primarily on those caring for older adults and seniors.
  • Health Communities: A thriving community starts with the well-being of its people. Here, we will seek opportunities to support: community design and access to space, and programs that support healthy living; improving non-profit productivity and innovation; and economic development levers that spur regional growth, innovation and equity.

There is no deadline, applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The foundation has indicated that all MSU inquiries and applications should route to Lawrence Wallach, Associate Director of MSU Corporate & Foundation Relations.


Astellas USA Foundation

Grant applications are accepted year-round. Development Office should be contacted prior to applying to this foundation.
Astellas USA Foundation awards grants in the areas of science, literacy, and education. Priority is given to projects addressing health and well-being; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education; and disaster relief. The foundation awards grants that inspire students to pursue careers in science-based industries. Grants for STEM education programs and after-school enrichment programs provide mentoring and hands-on learning to students to cultivate their critical thinking, collaboration with others, and problem-solving skills.

OMRON Foundation, Inc.

Grant applications are accepted year-round. Development Office should be contacted prior to applying to this foundation.
The OMRON Foundation, Inc. coordinates the charitable efforts of all OMRON offices in the United States and is funded by OMRON’s subsidiaries in North America, who contribute a portion of their sales. Among the foundation’s funding priorities are programs to support education from elementary to college, with a focus on engineering, science, mathematics, and technology. The foundation also supports programs for the disabled; to provide basic needs (food, clothing, and shelter), disaster relief, and health; and to promote Japanese American cross-cultural enrichment.
Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status. The foundation gives preference to local organizations in communities with OMRON operations and organizations where OMRON employees volunteer. The foundation also prefers to fund specific programs over general operating expenses. Grant awards are limited to one year.
The foundation does not support local athletic or sports programs and travel funds for tours, expeditions, or trips, among other restrictions. The full list of exclusions is provided on the website.
The grant request process requires all qualified organizations to submit an application that is a preliminary document, similar to a Letter of Inquiry. The application is available to access online. The completed application and proof of tax-exempt status must be submitted as attachments to the foundation email address. Based on the application, an organization may be invited to submit a full proposal.

Internal Grant Announcements

MSU Strategic Partnership Grants (SPG)

SPG Pre-Proposal deadline: September 12, 2019

Invitations to submit full proposals: November 27, 2019
Full proposal deadline: January 23, 2020

The SPG program provides funding for major projects in key areas of research, scholarship and creative activities.
Michigan State University recognizes the value of supporting and nurturing faculty engaging in leading-edge research and scholarship initiatives. These initiatives must be of a caliber that positions the faculty to compete for significant external funding, including the development of research ideas with significant commercial potential, and to raise the stature of the university. Some of these initiatives may have strong potential to develop into a center or institute-level research program.


MSU Business & Social Analytics Seed Grant Program

Deadline: January 17, 2020
MSU’s Center for Business and Social Analytics (CBSA) seeks to provide internal start-up and bridging funds for multi-college research teams that are focused on core elements in NSF’s 10 Big Ideas  ( as they relate to analytics and Business and Social Science issues. This is a rapidly developing domain with strong potential for external funding, and the program objective is to encourage collaborative innovation. This funding could be used for student support, pilot experiments, buy-outs of courses, or access to data or other research resources. At least one co-PI must be from the Broad College of Business or the College of Social Science, and preference will be given to multi-college proposals.
The primary goal of this program is to encourage external funding of interdisciplinary research. A secondary program goal is to create opportunities for research engagement for MSU students in this important new STEM area (e.g., in the MS-Analytics Program). Proposals will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary panel with these goals in mind.
We anticipate being able to support individual proposals up to $25,000. The duration of the award is for up to one year. Faculty salaries, such as summer supplements, will not be funded as part of this program.


MSU – Science and Society @ State (S3) Interdisciplinary Seed Grant

Deadline: January 27, 2020
The S3 Interdisciplinary Seed Grant supports new or emerging interdisciplinary collaborations between a MSU’s science studies scholars (sociologists/historians/anthropologists/artists/STS scholars, etc. who study science and technology) and STEM/health scholars. These interdisciplinary seed grants help create opportunities for collaborative research projects between the scholars working within a scientific/medical field, and the humanists, artists or social scientists who study that field.
Funding available for each project will be in the range of $10,000. Eligible expenses include course releases (with chair/dean’s permission), support for graduate or undergraduate assistants, or other expenses that clearly promote outcomes from a new or emerging interdisciplinary collaboration.
To be eligible to apply interdisciplinary teams must:
• Consist of one or more MSU STEM and/or health sciences professionals
• Consist of one of more MSU science studies scholars who examine scientists and/or science/technology from a social scientific, artistic, STS, and/or humanistic perspective
• Collaborative teams must have been formed recently and/or be working on a new topic of investigation
• The immediate goal of the collaboration should be applying for external funding
Notes: The team may include a graduate student and/or postdoc if appropriate. The grant may not be used to fund extensions to existing grants nor established research projects.


MSU Humanities and Arts Research Program (HARP)

Production session II deadline: January 30, 2020
HARP Development
Provides funds to support faculty who are conducting important research leading to creative and performance projects or activities in the arts and humanities. This limited funding is designed to support faculty in the development of projects that seem likely to enhance the reputation of the faculty member and the university.
HARP Production
Provides funds, when research is complete, to help subsidize the costs of book publication, permissions to use copyrighted materials, CD recording and production, the creation and mounting of exhibits, and other expenses associated with producing the results of a complete creative or research project.


MSU Discretionary Funding Initiative (DFI)

Session II application deadline: March 12, 2020
Session II funding announcement: April 30, 2020

The Discretionary Funding Initiative (DFI), funded by the Michigan State University Foundation, provides bridge funds for tenure stream faculty for additional studies needed for resubmission of an unsuccessful, but nearly fundable, grant application to the same program within a funding agency.
To request funding from this program, faculty should submit a proposal via the grant proposal system. Applicants will be expected to provide copies of their previous external reviews, if applicable, and describe the work that will be completed to address the comments provided in those documents. The research associate dean of the applicant's college (lead college if appointed in multiple colleges) will review applications, and submit a prioritized list to the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation. Requests for support approved by the research associate deans will be reviewed by the SVPRI.
The maximum award from the SVPRI will be $25K and will require a 100% (up to $25K) match from units or colleges. Funds will be available for 18 months.

MSU Strategic Partnership Grants (SPG)

Internal Grant Programs in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation (SVPRI)

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation (SVPRI) maintains a list of up-to-date internal grant funding opportunities at Michigan State University.


Internal Funding administered by the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI)

More information on internal funding from the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI).

International Studies and Programs Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies - MSU in Turkey

Michigan State University faculty and alumni in Turkey are active and supportive of several formal linkages with educational institutions, Turkish and Turkic language course offerings, study abroad programs and international research initiatives in Turkey.

MSU Technologies – The Targeted Support Grant for Technology Development (TSGTD)

TSGTD awards are intended to accelerate the commercial development of inventions, technologies and copyright materials within the entire MSU intellectual property estate. Support is targeted to address narrow, specific technology “gaps”, to better establish proof of concept, and to enable key, go-no go decisions concerning the potential for commercial application. As such, these awards may enhance or create business opportunities including licensing, marketing, new company creation or other business development efforts within the MSU Innovation Center (

Proposals are submitted by MSU Technology Tech Managers in collaboration with faculty inventors. Eligibility for TSGTD funding requires:

  • evidence of secure IP (submitted or issued technology patents)
  • completion of formal technology screening or full commercial assessment evidencing commercial potential, if not specific market options. This process is initiated routinely upon submission of an invention disclosure.

TSGTD applications are accepted and immediately reviewed at any time throughout the year. Nominations are jointly prepared by inventors and MSUT Tech Managers and submitted to a Research Review Committee convened by the SVPRI to facilitate confidential peer review by selected internal (MSU) or external expert panels. This approach allows immediate evaluations and funding decisions on a continuous basis. This offers the advantage of avoiding extended time delays inherent in other internal or external grant programs. The TSGTD review process ensures confidentiality to both applicants and expert referees and protects against disclosure of IP.

Award categories range from flexible, short term projects conducted within MSUT (Category A – $5,000 -$10,000), to more complex short or long term research projects involving MSU inventors (Category B/C – $10,000 - $100,000), as well as projects involving co-investments ($ or in-kind) by commercial partners (Category D – $75-150,000). Projects within Category D have high priority based on the commitment of commercial customers willing to share risks of development.

ORA Seed Grants

The College of Education’s Office of Research Administration has funds to support either projects that are likely to lead to larger funded projects or small research projects. The goal of the “seed” grants is to enable COE faculty to develop research grant proposals and to increase their likelihood of successfully competing for research funds. However, research projects that stand alone will also be supported.