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Selected External Grant Announcement

Jackson National Community Fund

The Jackson National Community Fund (JNCF) has new grant priorities that are effective as of 2018. The new priorities are focused on two areas: 1. Strong Families and 2. Economic Opportunities. You can see the specifics at JNCF Webpage:
The range for JNCF grants will be in the $5-$25K range, with average grants being about $10-15K. JNCF is looking for programs that have significant impact in terms of numbers of people reached/served. Given their dollar range, those interested in requesting support might want to seek funding for programs that already exist, but could do more/reach more people with additional support. 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 this year, as per JNCF Fund Director Danielle Robinson’s request, there is now a three step application process for all JNL requests from MSU. For 2018 this means:
1. You should provide Larry Wallach with brief descriptions of all potential requests, along with potential dollar amounts, February 25, 2018.
2. Larry will provide the list of requests to Danielle Robinson for her review by March 1, 2018.
3. Danielle will let us know that request for which she will invite a full proposal by March 15, 2018.
4. Invited proposals are to be submitted on-line by April 5, 2018.

Award Notification Deadline: June 22, 2018
Funds Distributed by: July 20, 2018

MSU has a single point of contact for all philanthropic requests to the Jackson National Community Fund. If you are interested in requesting funding, do not contact Jackson National, contact Larry Wallach at


The Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research

Deadline: March 1, 2018
The Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research is pleased to accept proposals from visiting scholars to conduct field research in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Doctoral and faculty scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields are invited to apply, and proposals should address issues related to the Foundation's research priority areas: education, public health (social dimensions), urban and community development, arts and culture, and philanthropy. Given the focused nature of the Foundation’s grants, we’ve found personal networks to be the most effective means for connecting with competitive grant applicants and potential visiting scholars.
Ideal Applicants: The Al Qasimi Foundation grants are ideal for individuals with existing research interests in the GCC and Middle East region related to education, arts and culture, urban planning and community development, or public health. The Foundation would also consider submissions related to philanthropy in the region. While Ras Al Khaimah/United Arab Emirates (UAE) must be a significant site for data collection and analysis, comparative studies are welcome and encouraged. Scholars associated with an accredited higher education institution anywhere in the world are eligible to apply, and awards cover expenses associated with conducting field research in the UAE.


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

Deadline: March 1, 2018
We seek research projects that deepen our understanding of educational opportunity and success in the United States by using data on academic achievement from the Stanford Education Data Archive constructed by Sean Reardon and colleagues (
New Data – click on announcement link for more info.
Research Goals
Studies that can plausibly identify the effects of policies, practices, and conditions on achievement inequality or the effects of achievement or achievement gaps on other outcomes and forms of inequality will be preferred over descriptive or correlational studies. We are particularly, though not exclusively, interested in studies aimed at understanding how to reduce inequality (educational inequality or subsequent forms of inequality).
Studies may make use of variation across places (school districts, counties, metropolitan areas, states), grades (grades 3-8), years (2009-2015), birth cohorts (there are 12 birth cohorts in the data – born roughly 1995-2006), and student subgroups to identify mechanisms that affect inequality. For example, if researchers were able to 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 program 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 – click on announcement link for examples.
Applicants can be doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows or faculty who received their Ph.D. on or after August 31, 2010. We are particularly interested in promoting racial/ethnic, gender and disciplinary diversity and strongly encourage applications from scholars who are underrepresented in the social sciences.
Funding – click on announcement link.
Research Conference
Researchers who receive awards are expected to present their results at a one-day academic conference in spring 2019. The aims of the conference will be to improve the quality of the research and foster collaboration among early career researchers interested in educational inequality. Grantees will be free to publish their work in their preferred outlet. The Foundation will cover the costs of the conference and reimburse participants for reasonable travel expenses separately from their awards.
Application Guidelines – click on announcement link.


Lumina Foundation Education Innovation Prize

Deadline: March 2, 2018
This opportunity is also open to students, please forward!
Lumina Foundation is a private foundation based in Indianapolis committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. Lumina Foundation’s goal is to increase the proportion of working-age Americans (those typically between the ages of 25-64) with high-quality degrees, certificates, and other credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025. Accomplishing this will require business leaders, education providers, and policy leaders to embrace systemic change in our country’s postsecondary system. It’s a lofty goal, so reaching it will take collaborative efforts from diverse participants in the field: educators, entrepreneurs, innovators—anyone with a great idea.
The Lumina Foundation Education Innovation Prize, now in its third year, seeks to encourage innovative organizations whose ideas can be scaled to meet Lumina’s nationwide goals. Innovative ideas can have great viral potential and a great capacity to reach people where they are. Lumina hopes to attract great ideas and connect finalists into its numerous successful and long-lasting partnerships within the nonprofit and investment sectors.
This year the Challenge is focused on surfacing innovative ideas to support adults with no or little post-high school education in attaining a high quality, job-furthering degree or credential. Lumina is looking to solutions that are sustainable and scalable across the United States.
You can contact Ian Murphy, Outreach Director, directly at 310.689.6397 or with any questions.


AERA Education Research Conference Proposals

Deadline: March 8, 2018
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) invites proposals for conferences in education research. AERA supports research 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. Conferences may focus on conceptual, empirical, or methodological issues important to understanding the state of the knowledge and charting directions for future research. It is anticipated that research conferences will draw upon diverse disciplines and fields of inquiry where there is relevant scientific and scholarly expertise. The purpose of this program is to foster the accumulation of knowledge, to enhance dissemination, to encourage innovation, and to advance studies of the highest quality in education research.

The Braitmayer Foundation – Innovative K-12 Education Programs

Deadline: March 15, 2018
Located in Marion, Massachusetts, the Braitmayer Foundation was established in 1964 through a gift from Marian S. Braitmayer. Currently, five members of the family direct the activities of the foundation.
The foundation is inviting proposals from programs that utilize innovative practices in K-12 education. Priority will be given to curricular and school reform initiatives, as well as preparation of and professional development opportunities for teachers, with a focus on those designed to encourage people of high ability and diverse backgrounds to enter and remain in K-12 teaching.
In 2018, the foundation will consider grant requests of up to $35,000.
To be eligible, applicants must be considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Grant applications will be accepted beginning February 1, 2018, and must be received no later than March 15, 2018.
For complete program guidelines and proposal submission instructions, see the Braitmayer Foundation website.


Organization for Autism Research – Applied Research Competition

Deadline: March 26, 2018
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 $30,000. Since 2002, we have proudly contributed more than $3.5 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.


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

Deadline: March 28, 2018
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 Center for Ethics & Education Graduate Institute

Deadline: March 30, 2018
The Center for Ethics and Education is pleased to announce the creation of a graduate institute in philosophy of education that will take place during the summer of 2018 (June 18-29) and continue through two more meetings during the 2018-2019 academic year. Applicants for the program should be graduate students from schools of education or philosophy departments who are interested in pursuing normative questions of policy and practice in education. A total of fifteen applicants will be selected to participate.
The aim of the institute is to support the cultivation of new scholars with the knowledge and skills for future philosophical engagement with education. To that end, the Institute will be structured in three major components: 1) a ten day intensive summer course which will take place in Madison, Wisconsin; 2) the subsequent development of a paper based on the participant’s particular interests in the course material; and 3) two workshops in early 2018 to develop and (potentially) present these papers at national conferences.


Autism Science Foundation Accelerator Grants

Deadline: April 3, 2018
The Autism Science Foundation invites applications for its Research Accelerator Grants. These grants are designed to expand the scope, speed the progress or increase the efficiency and improve final product dissemination of active autism research grants.
Autism Science Foundation will make a number of Awards determined by its available financial resources. The term of the award cannot exceed the IRB approval period on the underlying grant.
Grants of up to $5000 are available to enhance, expand and enrich grants currently funded by other sources (including ASF). Staff salary may be covered by this award. All projects must have prior IRB approval. No portion of these funds shall be used to cover indirect university costs.


Institute of Education Sciences (IES): Lead of a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Network: Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Education Policy and Practice Program CFDA Number 84.305N

Deadline: April 5, 2018
The Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Education Policy and Practice Program is designed to direct resources and attention to education problems or issues that are a high priority for the Nation, and to create a structure and process for researchers who are working on these issues to share ideas, build new knowledge, and strengthen their research and dissemination capacity. Under this announcement, the Institute of Education Sciences (Institute) intends to award one grant under this program to fund the Lead of a CTE Network, which is to carry out the requirements under section 114(d)(4) of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act to establish a national research center to carry out scientifically based research on career and technical education programs. The CTE Network will conduct research on CTE through projects funded by other Institute grant competitions. The goal of the CTE Network is to support and expand the causal research base on CTE at the secondary and/or postsecondary level specifically through research on whether and how CTE practices, programs, and policies affect student education outcomes. The Network Lead will be responsible for: (1) CTE Network administration and coordination, including convening meetings and coordinating supplemental research activities among Network members; (2) conducting research activities including an evaluability assessment of CTE programs and a final synthesis of the CTE Network’s major findings and lessons; (3) providing research training to increase the capacity of the field and to create a pipeline of new CTE researchers; and (4) developing and hosting a CTE Network website and conducting other leadership and dissemination activities to share the findings and products of the CTE Network with policymakers, practitioners, and other researchers.


Spencer Foundation Small Research Grants

Deadline: May 1, 2018
The Small Research Grants program is intended to support education research projects with budgets of $50,000 or less. In keeping with the Spencer Foundation’s mission, this program aims to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived.
Historically, the work we have funded through these grants has spanned, a range of topics and disciplines, including education, psychology, sociology, economics, history, and anthropology, and they employ a wide range of research methods. The following examples of recently funded small grants illustrate the diversity of what we support:
• an experimental study of how college students use visual representations in solving math problems
• a study exploring the process of racial and rural identity formation among African American high-school students who attend de facto segregated schools in the rural South
• a mixed-methods study focusing on the different types of knowledge novice and experienced teachers draw on in teaching for reading comprehension


William T. Grant Foundation Inequality Research

Deadline: May 2, 2018
In recent years, inequality in the United States has become increasingly pervasive. At the same time, prospects for social mobility have decreased. The William T. Grant Foundation believes the research community can play a critical role in reversing this trend.
To that end, the foundation is accepting applications in support of research projects designed to advance understanding in the area of inequalities in youth development and/or increase understanding of how research is acquired, understood, and used, as well as the circumstances that shape its use in decision making.
Through its Research program, the foundation will award grants of up to $600,000 in support of research that focuses on ways to reduce disparities in academic, behavioral, social, and economic outcomes for youth. Priority will be given to projects related to inequality related to economic, racial/ethnic, and language background, but research that explores other areas will also be considered based on a compelling case for its impact.


NSF - Perception, Action & Cognition (PAC)

Deadline: August 1, 2018 (Research)
June 15, 2018 (Workshop and Conference)

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.


NSF – Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

Due: July 18, 2018
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.


The Center For Ethics & Education

Deadline: November 6, 2018
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.

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.

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.


Internal Grant Announcements

Discretionary Funding Initiative

Submit application to college: March 1, 2018
Research Associate Dean submit application to VPRGS by: March 29, 2018
Proposal Development Document finalized by: April 5, 2018

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies requests applications for the 2017-18 Discretionary Funding Initiative (DFI).
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 request to the research associate dean of their college (lead college, if appointed in multiple colleges) using the DFI information form attached to this email. 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 these documents.
Requests for support approved by the research associate deans will be forwarded to the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies in a prioritized list. The maximum award from the OVPRGS will be $25K and will require a 100% (up to $25K) match from units or colleges. The PIs of the recommended projects will be required to submit an electronic transmittal. Funds will be available for 18 months, and an activity report will be required at the end of the granting period.


Internal Grant Programs in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies (VPRGS)

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies (VPRGS) 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)

Awards funded by VPRGS on a continuous basis.

The OVPRGS has allocated new funding in FY 2016-2017 to support Targeted Support Grants 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 OVPRGS 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.