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NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Developing and Testing New Methodologies for STEM Learning Research, Research Syntheses, and Evaluation, NSF 19-036

Dear Colleagues:
The National Science Foundation's (NSF's) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) wishes to notify the community of its intention to support, through the EHR Core Research (ECR) program solicitation NSF 19-508, methodological research and synthesis projects that help grow the community's collective capacity to conduct rigorous research and evaluation on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning and learning environments, workforce development, and broadening participation.
With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), ECR invites proposals on the development, application, and extension of formal models and methodologies for STEM learning research, research synthesis (including meta-analysis and meta-synthesis), and evaluation. Submissions might propose: fundamental research to develop and test new methodologies that support valid inferences in STEM learning; research on methods for improving statistical modeling, qualitative modeling, measurement, replication, and learning analytics; or research on methodological aspects of new or existing procedures for data collection, curation, and inference in STEM learning.
The deadlines for submission of proposals to NSF 19-508 are January 24, 2019, October 3, 2019, and the first Thursday in October annually thereafter. Conference and EAGER proposals may be submitted throughout the year. When responding to this DCL, please begin your proposal title with "ECR Methods DCL:". Submissions should follow the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) and the guidelines in ECR solicitation NSF 19-508.


NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Fundamental Research on Equity, Inclusion, and Ethics in Postsecondary Academic Workplaces and the Academic Profession within the EHR Core Research Program

Dear Colleagues:
The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) wishes to notify the community of its intention to support, through the EHR Core Research (ECR) program solicitation NSF 19-508, fundamental research on equity, inclusion, and/or ethics for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) faculty. Proposers are encouraged to explore a wide range of fundamental research projects on equity, inclusion, and/or ethical issues for STEM faculty in postsecondary STEM academic workplaces and academic professions. Examples of areas for research include, but are not limited to:
• Fundamental theoretical constructs about equity, inclusion and/or ethics in STEM academic workplaces and the academic profession and diversity and innovation in STEM research and teaching;
• The implications for equity, inclusion and/or ethical issues within the STEM academic workforce of national and global changes in the academic professions, such as reductions in the numbers of full-time, tenure track and tenured faculty, and increases in part-time, contingent, term, adjunct, and teaching- or research- only faculty;
• The similarities and differences in equity, inclusion and/or ethical issues for STEM faculty among the range of different types of academic organizations (community colleges, minority-serving institutions, predominantly undergraduate institutions, doctoral universities, etc.);
• Reliable and valid metrics of equitable, inclusive and/or ethical culture and climate in STEM academic, organizational and professional contexts;
• The societal and organizational characteristics that influence perceptions of equity, inclusion, and/or ethics by those in the STEM academic workforce and those in the pool of potential academic professionals (e.g., barriers to broadening participation and the effectiveness of mitigation efforts);
• The perception of equity, inclusion and ethical issues on STEM faculty academic career outcomes, work-life balance, and scientific discovery and innovation;
• Fundamental research on how people recognize, reason about, experience and respond to issues of equity, inclusion, and/or ethics in STEM academic workplaces and academic professions; and
• Fundamental research into the cognitive, affective, social and cultural consequences of ethical phenomena on human development and STEM educational and workforce outcomes.
The deadlines for submission of proposals to NSF 19-508 are January 24, 2019, October 3, 2019, and the first Thursday in October annually thereafter. When responding to this DCL, please begin your proposal title with "ECR EIE DCL:". Submissions should follow the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) and the guidelines in ECR solicitation NSF 19-508.


Jackson National Community Fund (JNCF)

Deadline to contact Lawrence Wallach: February 19, 2019
The Jackson National Community Fund’s (JNCF) priorities are focused on two areas: 1. Strong Families and 2. Economic Opportunities. Please review the specifics at the JNCF Webpage:
The range for JNCF grants will be in the $5-$25K range, with average grants being about $10K. 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. Among the priority areas for JNCF are: programs focused on economic opportunities, financial empowerment, workforce readiness and housing. 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 three-step application process for all JNL requests from MSU. For 2019 this means:
1. You should provide Lawrence Wallach with brief descriptions of all potential requests, along with potential dollar amounts, by February 19, 2019.
2. Lawrench will provide the list of requests to JNCF for review by February 25, 2019.
3. JNCF will let Lawrence know which of the potential request they will invite a full proposals for by March 1, 2019.
4. Invited proposals are to be submitted on-line by March 28, 2019.
Award Notification Deadline: June 28, 2019
Funds Distributed by: July 26, 2019
Contact Lawrence Wallach directly for more information at 517-884-1087 or


U.S. Department of State: Conference “Opportunities for U.S. -Indian Higher Education STEM Collaboration”

Deadline: February 20, 2019
Areas of partnership to highlight at the conference could include student and faculty exchanges, joint research, capacity-building, and joint academic programs in STEM fields. One day of the conference would focus on networking and partnership-building opportunities for the participants and would be bolstered through joint information session on topics such as best practices for international education cooperation, government policies on international higher education cooperation in both countries, and case studies of successful collaborations between U.S. and Indian universities. A second day of the conference would provide opportunities for the visiting U.S. university representatives will tour selected campuses of Mumbai colleges affiliated with the University of Mumbai that have ongoing international partnerships.


U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs – International Sports Programming Initiative

Deadline: February 22, 2019
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 2019 International Sports Programming Initiative (ISPI). U.S. public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) may submit proposals to manage sports exchange projects designed to reach underserved 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 and Social Change theme outlined below. The International Sports Programming Initiative uses sports to help underserved 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 under C.3 in the NOFO. Other Eligibility Requirements apply, as stated in the full announcement.


U.S. Agency for International Development – Addressing Education in Northeast Nigeria

Deadline: February 28, 2019
The United States Agency for International Development in Nigeria (USAID/Nigeria) is seeking applications from eligible organizations to implement an activity entitled ‘Addressing Education in Northeast Nigeria”. The activity will address education in Northeast Nigeria targeting internally displaced people (IDPs) and host communities in Adamawa, Borno, Gombe and Yobe States. This activity will address acute emergency education needs while laying the foundation to rebuild and transform the education system in Northeast Nigeria, redressing long-standing education grievances related to the insurgency and building trust in Nigerian education institutions. Many out of school girls and boys, ages 6-15, will benefit from equitable access to certified high-quality basic education opportunities, including those who will gain access for the first time. Specific LGAs in the targeted states will be identified using information collected through the Rapid Education and Risk Analysis (RERA) process conducted at the beginning of the activity, and in collaboration with the Nigerian state governments, USAID, and donor partners.


American Educational Research Association (AERA) Education Research Conferences Program

Deadline: March 4, 2019
AERA’s Research Conferences Program awards grants of up to $35,000 for conferences intended to break new ground in substantive areas of inquiry, stimulate new lines of study on issues that have been largely unexplored, or develop innovative research methods or techniques that can contribute more generally to education research. The program aims to foster the accumulation of knowledge, enhance dissemination, encourage innovation, and advance studies of the highest quality in education research.


William T. Grant Foundation Youth Service Improvement Grants

Deadline: March 7, 2019
The Youth Service Improvement Grants (YSIG) program supports activities to improve the quality of direct services for young people ages 5 to 25 in the five boroughs of New York City. The long-term goal of YSIG is to strengthen existing services by helping youth-serving nonprofit organizations address challenges or remedy problems at the point of service, where staff and youth interact.
The YSIG program is unique in that it urges applicants not only to discuss their organization’s promise and potential, but to identify gaps or challenges in the services they provide. The program asks applicants to be critical and reflective, to consider why and how complications exist, and to articulate how they intend to improve the ability of their programming to provide positive impact for youth.
Applicants should describe their organization’s mission and the specific current youth programming that they propose to improve. The application should clearly describe a challenge or problem at the program’s point of service, outline how the organization identified the problem, and explain how the problem negatively affects the experiences or outcomes of youth participants. Next, the application should propose a specific, standalone improvement plan to address the issue, improve the targeted programming, and yield a positive effect on participants’ experiences. Strong proposals will make the case that the quality of youth services would improve if the issue were resolved, and will clearly describe a feasible, sustainable, and appropriate improvement. Examples of problem areas for improvement include: inadequate curriculum, gaps in the service skills of frontline staff, or a limitation in current services that negatively affects participants’ experiences. Beyond this short list of examples, we welcome other compelling needs for service improvement.


U.S. Dept of Education Institute of Education Sciences Research and Research Training Grant Programs

Competitions with a March 7, 2019 deadline
• Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Education Interventions (84.305L)
• Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Special Education Interventions(84.324L)
Letter of Intent Due: January 10, 2019
Full Application Due: March 7, 2019


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Professional Learning Partnerships to Advance Professional Learning Services Supporting Implementation of High-quality Instructional Materials

Concept proposal deadline: March 8, 2019
This request seeks to support partnerships that advance high-quality professional learning (PL) services that support implementation of high-quality, core instructional materials (HQIM) in ways that are efficacious for student learning and efficient for providers to sustain beyond the grant term. Awards will be made to teams of organizations that can include curriculum authors, PL providers, and/or districts, intermediate units, and schools, represented by a point organization that will receive the grant and distribute funds across the partnership.
This initiative is a part of the larger portfolio of investments that comprise the K-12 Curriculum and Instructional Tools portfolio. This investment specifically relates to the following strategic goal for this portfolio:
Delivery Capacity: Validate the theory that professional learning service providers can a) demonstrate impact on student outcomes that exceeds that yielded by adoption and use of a high-quality curriculum alone, and b) offer diverse services that fit broader market demand and have the potential for scale.
This investment is part of the “Solutions” portfolio, which in part aims to increase availability of quality solutions for curriculum and instructional tools, awareness of those solutions, and support for efficacious curriculum implementation models that have the potential for scale, with the notion that those three goals will increase usage. However, it does not directly fund scaling usage of products or services. This RFP intends to provide flexible capital to support the development of curriculum-connected professional learning services with promise to yield meaningful student outcomes and offer significant value to districts, schools, and other stakeholders and satisfaction to educators, thus providing attractive solutions that can be sustained independent of philanthropic support. Successful partnerships will support high-quality implementation of core (tier one) instructional materials in one of the following five disciplinary segments: middle school mathematics; high school mathematics; middle school English language arts (ELA); high school ELA; or middle school science. See more here and in this Education Week article.


Underwriter Laboratories Innovative Education Award

Deadline: March 12, 2019
The UL Innovative Education Award is a first-of-its-kind initiative designed to invest up to US $250,000 annually in environmental and STEM education, sustainable communities, and youth empowerment. We offer recognition awards to increase the impact of existing innovative non-profit programs that use the Environment as a pathway to STEM Learning (E-STEM).
Through the UL Innovative Education Award, UL invests in the critical work of non-profit organizations across the US and Canada that are leading the way to inspire a passion for STEM education in young people through a focus on designing solutions to environmental problems. The award program, designed in collaboration with NAAEE, empowers the next generation of leaders to connect with the natural world, develop science-based sustainable solutions for local communities, and nurture a capacity for social responsibility.
We recognize and support innovative programs that already make positive impacts in their communities. With the support of this award, these successful programs can scale up their efforts to reach more youth in their communities and share their innovations with other organizations. We believe this is an important contribution to the field, where there are few recognition awards for excellence in E-STEM.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Research Leaders

Deadline: March 13, 2019
This call for applications (CFA) seeks teams of researchers and community members who are committed to working together to produce community-relevant, action-oriented research to improve health and well-being. The applicant organization (the one group that will accept and distribute RWJF funds) will be represented by the team members listed on its application.
The broad goal of the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL) program is to produce diverse interdisciplinary leaders who conduct and apply high-quality, community-engaged, action-oriented, equity-focused health research in order to drive improvements in the health of communities. Another central goal of the IRL program is to foster and support new interdisciplinary, action-oriented research collaborations that will help build the evidence base for effective community interventions to improve health for all.
Accordingly, the program will recruit and select applicants represented by teams of three people (“IRL team”): two mid-career researchers and one community member to become IRL program fellows. IRL teams will be the grantees in this program and join together as a diverse cohort of fellows that will participate in a three-year program. During this time, fellows will receive: leadership training; opportunities to learn and apply cutting-edge research methods; expert mentoring; networking opportunities; and, both fellowship and research funds.
With these resources, IRL fellows will be better equipped to effect change and become the next generation of leaders in population health and health equity research.


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Intermediaries for Scale

Letter of Interest deadline: March 20, 2019
As a foundation, we believe we can make an impact by supporting networks of schools, colleges and universities, and local and community organizations so they can share what works with each other in order to get better, faster.
For nearly a decade, we and our partners have been working closely with a diverse set of colleges and universities seeking to transform themselves to dramatically improve outcomes for today’s students – especially low-income and first-generation students, students of color, and working adults.
Initiatives such as Completion by Design and the Frontier Set have taught us a lot about what transformation means, that it can happen, and how it happens. One of the most important lessons is the need for partners that can connect campuses with each other and with experts and resources, and can help guide institutions through adopting and adapting, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining changes in policy and practice.
A growing number of colleges and universities are recognizing the need to transform themselves to become more student-centered, and they need partners that can provide connections and guidance as they tackle this challenge. That is why we are launching a search for intermediaries for scale – organizations (or networks of organizations) that can support diverse institutions through the process of comprehensive change.
We are looking for organizations that have a mission focused on increasing student success in education after high school and a track record of working across multiple colleges and universities serving a significant number of low-income students and students of color. Additionally, these organizations must demonstrate commitment and experience in:
• Reducing college success disparities by race and income;
• Promoting continuous learning and improvement through the use of data; and
• Identifying, implementing, and evaluating significant campus-level changes in policy and practice.


Tinker Foundation Incorporated

Deadline: March 15 and September 15, 2019
Letters of Intent are being accepted now.
The Foundation's grant making in this program area aims to improve access to high-quality secondary or vocational public education. Proving and scaling successful interventions are key goals for the Education program, where scale can be defined at the local, regional, or national level. Funds may be used to develop new programs, to conduct applied research and evaluations that will facilitate replication or adoption of successful programs by policy makers, or to generate public and policy debate on the topic. We will support programs that address the following areas:
We are interested in innovative programs and policies to increase access to secondary school and vocational education among marginalized youth, including, but not limited to, juvenile defenders or post-incarcerated youth, returning migrants, adolescents at risk of early unions or pregnancy, indigenous and rural youth, and young people who have aged out of the school system. Programs to ameliorate high school dropout rates are also of interest.
This funding strategy aims to support programs that improve the capacity of teachers and school directors at the secondary level to provide high-quality education. We are interested in programs that empower teachers by improving their subject matter expertise, use of proven pedagogical methods, and strategies to support students in managing their lives outside the classroom where violence, discrimination, and economic insecurity are daily concerns.
Public Financing
Ultimately, programs to improve access and quality cannot become widespread without improved public financing for education. Grants in this area will support organizations that propose and advocate for improved and increased government financing and accountability in this area.


International Literacy Association Constance McCullough International Research Grant

Deadline: March 15, 2019
The Constance McCullough International Research Grant, which carries a monetary prize of US$4,000, is awarded annually to assist a member of the International Literacy Association in the investigation of reading-related problems and to encourage international professional development activities that are carried out in countries outside of the U.S. or Canada. This grant represents a specific means for working toward as many as three articulated ILA goals: advocacy, professional development, and emerging global issues.


The Braitmayer Foundation – Innovative K-12 Education Programs

Deadline: March 15, 2019
The Foundation is interested in proposals utilizing innovative practices in K-12 education throughout the United States. Of particular interest are:
• Curricular and school reform initiatives.
• Preparation of and professional development opportunities for teachers, particularly those which encourage people of high ability and diverse background to enter and remain in K-12 teaching.
The Foundation is pleased to have its grants used anywhere in the United States as seed money, challenge grants, or to match other grants to the recipient organizations. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, multi-year grants, nor grants for general operating, endowment purposes or building programs. Unless a small percentage of the total amount requested, normally the Foundation does not make grants for childcare, pre-kindergarten, or after school programs nor for equipment including hardware, software, and books.
The Foundation awards Grants up to $35,000
Applications shall be submitted online, via our website, between February 1st and March 15th. The application includes:
A two page Letter of Inquiry describing the proposed project, including timeframe. Please provide contact information, including email. Appendices should be limited.
Proposed budget
Proof of 501 (c)(3) status or other tax-exempt ruling letter.


U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Phase I

Deadline: March 18, 2019
The purpose of the SBIR program is to stimulate technological innovation in the private sector, strengthen the role of small business in meeting Department research and development needs, increase the commercial potential of Department-supported research results, and improve the return on investment from Federally-funded research for economic and social benefits to the Nation.
Phase I is to determine, insofar as possible, the scientific or technical merit of ideas submitted under the SBIR program. The proposal should concentrate on Research/Research & Development (R/R&D) that will establish the feasibility of the technological approach, a prerequisite for further Department support in Phase II. Awards are for periods up to 8-months in amounts up to $200,000.
Firms with strong R/R&D capabilities in education technology in the priority areas listed are encouraged to participate. The 2019 priority areas consist of either:
1. R/R&D of education technology products used by students or teachers (or other instructional personnel) in authentic education settings; or
2. R/R&D of education technology products for use by infants, toddlers, or students with or at risk for disabilities, or teachers (or other instructional personnel, related services providers, or family members) in authentic early intervention or special education settings; or
3. R/R&D of education technology products for use by school administrators in authentic education settings or in early intervention or special education settings.


Organization for Autism Research (OAR) Applied Research Grants

Pre-proposal deadline: March 25, 2019
The annual Applied Research Competition is the most competitive line of funding we offer. Researchers can apply for 1-2 year grants of up to $40,000. Since 2002, we have proudly contributed more than $3.7 million in grants to support over 200 autism pilot studies.
Our Scientific Council, augmented by highly qualified professionals from the autism community, select and fund the most promising research proposals through three rounds of review: pre-proposals, full proposals, and final selection. Our Board of Directors approves all grant awards based on the recommendations of the Scientific Council and established research priorities.


U.S. Department of State Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs – Pakistan English Language Teacher (ELT) Development

Deadline: April 14, 2019
The Regional English Language Office (RELO) in the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Islamabad of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce a funding opportunity, contingent upon funding availability, through the Public Diplomacy Grants program. Organizations may submit multiple proposals, but only one proposal per each of the four (4) projects outlined below.
English language learning opportunities contribute to economic growth and help mitigate the threat of social instability in Pakistan. Effective English language teachers can prepare Pakistanis, especially youth, to better participate in the global community and prepare them for success in the workplace. The four funding opportunities announced in this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) strengthen the capacity of Pakistani English language teachers, which in turn expands language learning opportunities for the Pakistani people, especially youth and marginalized populations.
This NOFO aims to support the Department of State’s initiatives to promote and strengthen English language teaching and learning in Pakistan through the following projects:
1. Pakistan Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program Support
2. Professional Development for Novice Teachers
3. English Language Teaching (ELT) Materials Development
4. English Language Teachers’ Forum


William T. Grant Foundation Research Grants on Reducing Inequality and Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence

LOI deadline: May 1, 2019
The research grants programs support high-quality field-initiated studies that are relevant to policies and practices that affect the lives of young people ages 5 to 25 in the United States. Research proposals are evaluated on the basis of their fit with a given focus area; the strength and feasibility of their designs, methods, and analyses; their potential to inform change; and their contribution to theory and empirical evidence.
Reducing Inequality: In our focus area of reducing inequality, we support research to build, test, and increase understanding of approaches to reducing inequality in youth outcomes, especially on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins. We are interested in research on programs, policies, and practices to reduce inequality in academic, social, behavioral, and economic outcomes.
Improving Use of Research Evidence:
In our focus area of improving the use of research evidence, we support research to identify, build, and test strategies to ensure that research evidence is used in ways that benefit youth. We are particularly interested in research on improving the use of research evidence by state and local decision makers, mid-level managers, and intermediaries.


NSF – STEM + Computing K-12 Education (STEM+C)

Deadline: May 1, 2019
An innovative science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computing (STEM+C) workforce and well-educated citizenry are crucial to the Nation's prosperity, security and competitiveness. Preparation for the future workforce must begin in the earliest grades from preK-12, where students need to learn not only the science and mathematics central to these areas, but also how computational thinking is integral to STEM disciplines. Because of the powerful innovation and application of computing in STEM disciplines there is an urgent need for real-world, interdisciplinary, and computational preparation of students from the early grades through high school (preK-12) that will provide a strong foundation for mid-level technical careers and for continuing education in higher education. This is particularly important in the key science areas described in the National Science Foundation’s Big Ideas for Future NSF Investment. The STEM+C program supports research and development proposals related to new approaches to pre-K-12 STEM teaching and learning related to Harnessing the Data Revolution, Convergence Research and the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier.
The STEM+C Program focuses on research and development of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to the integration of computing within STEM teaching and learning for preK-12 students in both formal and informal settings. The STEM+C program supports research on how students learn to think computationally to solve interdisciplinary problems in science and mathematics. The program supports research and development that builds on evidence-based teacher preparation or professional development activities that enable teachers to provide excellent instruction on the integration of computation and STEM disciplines. Proposals should describe projects that are grounded in prior evidence and theory, are innovative or potentially transformative, and that will generate and build knowledge about the integration of computing and one or more STEM disciplines at the preK-12 level.


James S. McDonnell Foundation – Understanding Teacher Change and Teachers and Learners in K-12 Classrooms

Pre-proposal deadline: May 8, 2019
Founded in 1950 by aviation leader James S. McDonnell, the James S. McDonnell Foundation works to advance quality of life in the United States through support for scientific and educational research with the potential to impact generations to come.
To that end, the foundation has issued an RFP for pre-proposals for its Teachers as Leaners (TAL) Program, which is aimed at understanding critical factors in the way teachers process and evaluate information, as well as those that drive changes in teacher attitudes, skills, and behaviors. Through the program, grants of up to $2.5 million will be awarded to research projects focused on teacher perception toward, as well as facilitation of, communication within the classroom. Examples include teachers’ use of classroom questions, capacity to guide collaborative discussions, and ability to elicit student explanations. Digital, verbal, written, and gestural modes of communication will be considered.
Awards can be applied to faculty salaries, postdoctoral or teacher support, research staff, travel expenses, the purchase of equipment, and publication fees.


NSF - ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (ADVANCE)

Letter of Intent due for May 2019 Adaptation and Partnership competition: May 15, 2019
Letter of Intent for January 2020 Adaptation and Partnership competition: November 1, 2019
Preliminary Proposal Target Date: October 1, 2019 (IT-Preliminary proposals – only required for IHEs that want a chance to submit a full Institutional Transformation proposal)
Full Proposal deadline for Adaptation and Partnership: May 22, 2019
Full Proposal deadline for Catalyst Proposals: June 3, 2019
Full proposal deadline for Adaptation and Partnership: January 15, 2020

The NSF ADVANCE program contributes to the National Science Foundation's goal of a more diverse and capable science and engineering workforce.[1] In this solicitation, the NSF ADVANCE program seeks to build on prior NSF ADVANCE work and other research and literature concerning gender, racial, and ethnic equity. The NSF ADVANCE program goal is to broaden the implementation of evidence-based systemic change strategies that promote equity for STEM [2] faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. The NSF ADVANCE program provides grants to enhance the systemic factors that support equity and inclusion and to mitigate the systemic factors that create inequities in the academic profession and workplaces. Systemic (or organizational) inequities may exist in areas such as policy and practice as well as in organizational culture and climate. For example, practices in academic departments that result in the inequitable allocation of service or teaching assignments may impede research productivity, delay advancement, and create a culture of differential treatment and rewards. Similarly, policies and procedures that do not mitigate implicit bias in hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions could lead to women and racial and ethnic minorities being evaluated less favorably, perpetuating historical under-participation in STEM academic careers and contributing to an academic climate that is not inclusive.
All NSF ADVANCE proposals are expected to use intersectional approaches in the design of systemic change strategies for STEM faculty in recognition that gender, race and ethnicity do not exist in isolation from each other and from other categories of social identity. The solicitation includes four funding tracks Institutional Transformation (IT), Adaptation, Partnership, and Catalyst,in support of the NSF ADVANCE program goal to broaden the implementation of systemic strategies that promote equity for STEM faculty.


Gerber Foundation Pediatric Research Projects

Concept Paper Deadline: May 15, 2019
The mission of the Gerber Foundation is to enhance the quality of life of infants and young children in nutrition, care, and development. To that end, the foundation currently is accepting concept papers for health and/or nutrition-related research projects with the potential to have a significant impact on issues affecting infants and young children, from birth to the age of three.
The foundation awards grants to research projects focused on solutions that, when implemented, will improve health, nutrition, and/or developmental outcomes for infants and young children. Projects may address etiologic mechanisms of disease; new, improved, or less invasive diagnostic procedures; reduction or elimination of side effects; alleviation of symptoms; new, improved, or less invasive therapies or treatments; dosage or dosing requirements or mechanisms for drugs, nutrient supplementation, or other therapeutic measures (under or overdosing); and preventive measures.
Priority is given to projects offering a substantial promise of meaningful advances in the prevention and treatment of diseases, as well as those with broad applicability to the general population on a regional or national level.
Total requested grant size should not be more than $350,000.


NSF – Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Deadline: May 24, 2019
The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.


NSF – Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I (SBIR)

(solicitation will be updated March 4, 2019 when application window opens)
Deadline: June 13, 2019 and December 12, 2019
The NSF SBIR program focuses on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental research, the NSF SBIR program supports startups and small businesses in the creation of innovative, disruptive technologies, getting discoveries out of the lab and into the market.
The NSF SBIR Program funds research and development. The program is designed to provide equity-free funding and entrepreneurial support at the earliest stages of company and technology development.
The SBIR program is congressionally mandated and intended to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of federal research funds to build a strong national economy by stimulating technological innovation in the private sector; strengthening the role of small business in meeting federal research and development needs; increasing the commercial application of federally supported research results; and fostering and encouraging participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses.
The SBIR program at NSF solicits proposals from the small business sector consistent with NSF's mission to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense.


NSF – Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I (STTR)

(solicitation will be updated March 4, 2019 when application window opens)
Deadline: June 13, 2019 and December 12, 2019
The NSF STTR program focuses on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental research, the NSF STTR program supports startups and small businesses in the creation of innovative, disruptive technologies, getting discoveries out of the lab and into the market.
The NSF STTR Program funds research and development. The program is designed to provide equity-free funding and entrepreneurial support at the earliest stages of company and technology development.
The STTR program is congressionally mandated and intended to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of federal research funds to build a strong national economy by stimulating technological innovation in the private sector; strengthening the role of small business in meeting federal research and development needs; increasing the commercial application of federally supported research results; and fostering and encouraging participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses.
The STTR program at NSF solicits proposals from the small business sector consistent with NSF's mission to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense.


NSF – Perception, Action & Cognition (PAC)

Conference Proposals Deadline: June 17, 2019

Research Proposals Deadline: August 1, 2019
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.


William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Program

Deadline: July 2, 2019
The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas.
Applicants should have a track record of conducting high-quality research and an interest in pursuing a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers. We recognize that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take measured risks in their work, so this award includes a mentoring component, as well as a supportive academic community.
Awards are based on applicants’ potential to become influential researchers, as well as their plans to expand their expertise in new and significant ways. The application should make a cohesive argument for how the applicant will expand his or her expertise. The research plan should evolve in conjunction with the development of new expertise, and the mentoring plan should describe how the proposed mentors will support applicants in acquiring that expertise. Proposed research plans must address questions that are relevant to policy and practice in the Foundation’s focus areas.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and National Institutes of Health (NIH) – NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25)

Deadline: July 9, 2019
The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this NIGMS R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nations biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. To this end, this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages the development of innovative educational activities for pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P-12), pre-service and in-service teachers (Teachers) and students from underserved communities with a focus on Courses for Skills Development, Research Experiences, Mentoring Activities, Curriculum or Methods Development and Outreach. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Information on current SEPA projects can be found at: and Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the SEPA Scientific/Research Contact to be advised on the appropriateness of the intended P-12 STEM or ISE project for SEPA program objectives and the priorities of the NIGMS.


NSF – Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)

Deadlines: July 10, 2019 and January 8, 2020
The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) offers researchers from all disciplines of science and engineering funded by NSF the opportunity to perform translational research and technology development, catalyze partnerships and accelerate the transition of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace for societal benefit.
PFI has five broad goals, as set forth by the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act of 2017 (“the Act”, S.3084 — 114th Congress; Sec. 602. Translational Research Grants): (1) identifying and supporting NSF-sponsored research and technologies that have the potential for accelerated commercialization; (2) supporting prior or current NSF-sponsored investigators, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations that partner with an institution of higher education in undertaking proof-of-concept work, including the development of technology prototypes that are derived from NSF-sponsored research and have potential market value; (3) promoting sustainable partnerships between NSF-funded institutions, industry, and other organizations within academia and the private sector with the purpose of accelerating the transfer of technology; (4) developing multi-disciplinary innovation ecosystems which involve and are responsive to the specific needs of academia and industry; (5) providing professional development, mentoring, and advice in entrepreneurship, project management, and technology and business development to innovators.
In addition, PFI responds to the mandate set by Congress in Section 601(c)(3) of the Act (Follow-on Grants), to support prototype or proof-of-concept development work by participants, including I-Corps participants, with innovations that because of the early stage of development are not eligible to participate in a Small Business Innovation Research Program or a Small Business Technology Transfer Program.
Finally, PFI seeks to implement the mandate set by Congress in Section 102(c)(a) of the Act (Broader Impacts Review Criterion Update) by enhancing partnerships between academia and industry in the United States, and expanding the participation of women and individuals from underrepresented groups in innovation, technology translation, and entrepreneurship.


NSF – Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

Deadline: July 17, 2019
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.


NSF – Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)

Deadline: August 14, 2019
As the nation continues to expand the horizon of opportunities and possibilities through advances in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the need for a more diverse and well-prepared STEM workforce is also expanding [1]. The challenge of preparing citizens for the expanding workforce and the changing workplace environments calls for new innovations in STEM education [2]. ITEST is a research and development program that supports projects to promote PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the STEM and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. The ITEST program supports research on the design, development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in technology-rich experiences that: (1) increase student awareness of STEM occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to STEM occupations; or (3) develop disciplinary-based knowledge and practices, or promote critical thinking, reasoning skills, or communication skills needed for entering STEM workforce sectors. ITEST projects may adopt an interdisciplinary focus that includes multiple STEM disciplines, focus on a single discipline, or focus on one or more sub-disciplines. The ITEST program supports projects that provide evidence for factors, instructional designs, and practices in formal and informal learning environments that broaden participation of students from underrepresented groups in STEM fields and related education and workforce domains. Projects that actively engage business and industry partners to better ensure that PreK-12 experiences foster the knowledge and skill-sets needed for emerging STEM occupations are strongly encouraged.


NSF – Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

Deadline: August 27, 2019
The National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science (including engineering and computer science) teachers. The program invites creative and innovative proposals that address the critical need for recruiting and preparing highly effective elementary and secondary science and mathematics teachers in high-need local educational agencies. The program offers four tracks: Track 1: The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarships and Stipends Track, Track 2: The NSF Teaching Fellowships Track, Track 3: The NSF Master Teaching Fellowships Track, and Track 4: Noyce Research Track. In addition, Capacity Building proposals are accepted from proposers intending to develop a future Track 1, 2, or 3 proposal.


The Center for Ethics & Education Research Grants

Deadline: November 8, 2019
The Center for Education and Ethics announces a new grant program. The Center will make awards of up to $40,000 for research projects in philosophy as it relates to educational policy and practice. We encourage applicants to understand educational policy and practice in broad terms, including issues that directly relate to K-12 schools and higher education institutions, but also concerning policies that influence children’s growth and development in the family and other institutions. We also encourage diverse kinds of philosophical research ranging from the highly abstract to the highly applied. Proposals might concern any of the following topics:
• the proper content of moral education and of the rights of parents to choose its content
• the place of religion in schools
• justice and efficiency in the allocation of public funds across schools and school districts
• the content of the curriculum
• the commercialization of schools and childhoods generally
• the obligations to students with special educational needs
• the proper content of sex education in particular and “education for living” more generally (concerning e.g., parenting, financial self-management) and the extent to which it is right for schools to defer to parental preferences regarding these matters
• the moral rights of school students to privacy, to freedom of expression, to freedom of association
• the rights and obligations of teachers with respect to abusive or violent children
• should schools cultivate the virtues needed to sustain a democratic society, and if so, what are they and how is this best done given the other values schools should realize and pursue
• ethical considerations in college admissions and enrollment
We emphasize that this list is illustrative and not exhaustive.


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 Discretionary Funding Initiative (DFI)

DFI Session II Application Deadline - March 7, 2019
DFI Session II Funding Announcement - May 2, 2019

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 SVPRI. 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.


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.

IRTL Seed Grants

The College of Education’s Institute for Research on Teaching and Learning 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.