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MDHHS - Child and Adolescent Health Center Program Expansion - 2020

Deadline: March 17, 2020
The CAHC program provides school-based or -linked health care sites or school wellness programs that serve children and youth between ages 5 and 21, with an exception made for students receiving special education services, who may be up to 26 years of age.
The RFP seeks competitive plans for local projects that will establish new school-based or school-linked CAHC sites or school wellness programs (SWPs). Priority points will be given to new CAHC sites or SWPs in counties not currently served by one of these facilities. Eligible applicants include public and non-profit entities qualified to provide school-based or school-linked health care services.
Funded applicants will receive ongoing technical assistance from the MDHHS project coordinator which include help with program start-up, reporting requirements and barriers to program implementation.
The first-year program period begins June 1, 2020 and ends Sept. 30, 2020. During the initial four-month award, MDHHS expects to award approximately $1.9 million, with varied award sizes based on the model selected by the applicant. Awards may be renewed annually, with $1,942,700 in funding available each year.
For more information or to apply, visit the MI E-Grants website and select "About EGrAMS" link in the left panel to access the "Competitive Application Instructions" training manual. The complete RFP can be accessed under the ‘Current Grants’ section under the “Public Health Administration” link and selecting the “CHCE-2020” grant program.

 

Organization for Autism Research Applied Research Competition

Pre-Proposal Deadline: March 23, 2020
The Organization for Autism Research strives to use science to address the social, educational, and treatment concerns of self-advocates, parents, autism professionals, and caregivers.
To that end, OAR welcomes applications for its Applied Research Competition. Through the competition, grants of up to $40,000 over up to two years will be awarded in support of research with the potential to expand the body of knowledge related to autism intervention and treatment impact public policy, and provide outcomes that enhance quality of life for persons with autism and their families. Emphasis will be placed on research that addresses the following targeted areas: community-based assessment and interventions for challenging behavior; effectiveness of augmentative communications systems; improving access to and effectiveness of existing systems and services; integrated employment; intersectionality, equity, and diversity; mental health assessment and intervention; mid-life and older adults; and residential/community services and supports.
Pre-proposals are due March 23. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by June 2020.

 

AERA Research Grants

Deadline: March 23, 2020
AERA provides small grants for faculty members, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-level scholars to undertake quantitative research using data from large-scale data sets. The selection process is competitive. AERA Research Grants are awarded for one or two years, for an amount of up to $35,000.
The AERA Grants Program emphasizes the advanced statistical analysis of data sets from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, NSF, and other federal agencies. The program also supports studies using large-scale international data systems (e.g., PISA, PIRLS, or TIMMS) that benefit from U.S. federal government support. In addition, statewide longitudinal administrative data systems enhanced through federal grants are also eligible for consideration. Proposals are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, such as, but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics.

 

AERA Dissertation Grants

Deadline: March 23, 2020
AERA provides dissertation support for advanced doctoral students to undertake doctoral dissertations using data from large-scale data sets. The award provides professional development, training, and networking opportunities for students. The selection process is competitive. AERA Dissertation Grants are awarded for one-year for an amount of up to $25,000.
The AERA Grants Program emphasizes the advanced statistical analysis of data sets from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, NSF, and other federal agencies. The program also supports studies using large-scale international data systems (e.g., PISA, PIRLS, or TIMMS) that benefit from U.S. federal government support. In addition, statewide longitudinal administrative data systems enhanced through federal grants are also eligible for consideration. Proposals are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, such as, but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics.

 

Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation B.E.S.T. Grants

Deadline: March 23, 2020
The mission of the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation is to empower Michigan Masons to change lives through charity. To that end, MMCF is inviting applications to its Masonry's B.E.S.T. (Build. Enrich. Strengthen. Transform) Community Grants program.
Through the program, grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to community-based projects focused on Michigan children and youth. Priority will be given to projects that increase the capacity of a community to participate in identifying a clear and compelling need and developing and implementing a solution; encouraging cooperation and developing self-reliance; targeting gaps in services; mirroring the diversity of the community; and/or solving or addressing critical local needs.

 

Department of State: DRL Request for Statements of Interest: Iraq

Deadline: March 25, 2020
The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces a Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) outlining project concepts and capacity to manage programs in Iraq that will: strengthen effective governance; increase political participation and civic activism; promote fundamental freedoms; and support atrocities prevention, accountability, and conflict mitigation.

 

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

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

 

AERA: Fellowship Program on the Study of Deeper Learning

Deadline: March 30, 2020
The American Educational Research Association is pleased to announce the AERA Fellowship Program on the Study of Deeper Learning (AERA-SDL). With funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, this Fellowship supports postdoctoral and early career scholars in education research using the Deeper Learning data collected by the American Institutes for Research. These data include a wealth of information about students, schools, and teachers in the sample of Deeper Learning high schools. Fellows are awarded funding to undertake research projects using the Deep Learning Data and receive professional development and training. The AERA-SDL fellowship Call for Proposals and further program information is available here.
An informational webinar where researchers will discuss the application process and provide details about the Deeper Learning data set will be streamed live on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 (3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time). To register for the webinar please click here. This webinar will be recorded and will become available through AERA’s Virtual Research Learning Center.
Please direct any questions about the AERA-SDL fellowship program to fellowships@aera.net.

 

MSU: Transforming Institutions Strategic Funding (Alliance for African Partnerships)

Deadline: March 31, 2020
The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) seeks proposals from AAP consortium members and their partners for activities which directly address AAP's Transforming Institutions pillar (transforming institutions to be better able to participate in sustainable, equitable, and research-driven partnerships that make a broader impact on transforming lives). Successful applicants will receive seed funding to develop international strategic partnerships with universities, institutions of higher education and research, and/or organizations in the public or NGO sectors. Travel can include any of the following--within Africa, to Africa from external locations, to the US or to other locations outside of Africa.
The partnerships should focus specifically on institutional strengthening and capacity development. Proposals that solely focus on research topics unrelated to institutional capacity development and do not directly address how the work contributes to institutional strengthening will not be considered.
Proposals may be submitted in one of the following three categories:
1. Exploratory Grants to support initial-stage partnership development. These grants are meant for new partnerships that have not previously worked together.
2. Proposal Development Grants to support partners to develop a proposal in response to a specific funding opportunity.
3. Pilot Workshop Grants to support short-term training activities or workshops.
We highly encourage projects which incorporate South-South collaboration. This has been identified as an AAP priority and will be factored into the selection process. We also encourage collaboration across Francophone and Anglophone countries/consortium members.
Proposals that address building the administrative capacity of universities (e.g., research management, finance, fundraising and advancement, career services, communications and publishing, governance and leadership, etc.) will also receive priority in review.

 

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

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

 

Muscular Dystrophy Association Invites Applications for Clinical Research

Deadline: April 01, 2020
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is inviting applications for its Clinical Research Grants Program, which supports the continued development of exciting therapies in the clinical pipeline.
Through the program, grants of up to $500,000 over up to three years will be awarded in support of natural history, biomarker, outcome measure, and other observational studies. Clinical trials of compounds already on the market performed at academic medical centers may also be considered. As part of its clinical research program, MDA supports clinician-scientists in training as well as clinical research networks and travel grants to help support the costs of study/trial participants' travel to and from clinical research sites.
To be eligible, applicants must hold an MD, PhD, DSc, or equivalent degree (i.e., DO) and be a professional or faculty member (professor, associate professor, or assistant professor) at an appropriate educational, medical, or research institution.

 

National Science Foundation - International Research and education Network Connections

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

National Science Foundation: Future Manufacturing (FM)

Letter of Intent Deadline: April 10, 2020

Full Proposal Deadline: June 5, 2020

As stated in the Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing, worldwide competition in manufacturing has been dominated in recent decades by the maturation, commoditization, and widespread application of computation in production equipment and logistics, effectively leveling the global technological playing field and putting a premium on low wages and incremental technical improvements.[1] The next generation of technological competition in manufacturing will be dictated by inventions of new materials, chemicals, devices, systems, processes, machines, design and work methods, social structures and business practices. Fundamental research will be required in robotics, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, materials science, sustainability, education and public policy, and workforce development to take the lead in this global competition. The research supported under this solicitation will enhance U.S. leadership in manufacturing far into the future by providing new capabilities for established companies and entrepreneurs, improving our health and quality of life, and reducing the impact of manufacturing industries on the environment.
The goal of this solicitation is to support fundamental research and education of a future workforce that will enable Future Manufacturing: manufacturing that either does not exist today or exists only at such small scales that it is not viable. Future Manufacturing will require the design and deployment of diverse new technologies for synthesis and sensing, and new algorithms for manufacturing new materials, chemicals, devices, components and systems. It will require new advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning, new cyber infrastructure, new approaches for mathematical and computational modeling, new dynamics and control methodologies, new ways to integrate systems biology, synthetic biology and bioprocessing, and new ways to influence the economy, workforce, human behavior, and society.
Among this array of technologies and potential research subjects, three thrust areas have been identified for support in FY 2020 under this solicitation:
• Future Cyber Manufacturing Research,
• Future Eco Manufacturing Research, and
• Future Biomanufacturing Research.
This solicitation seeks proposals to perform fundamental research to enable new manufacturing capabilities in one or more of these thrust areas.

 

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

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

 

USAID/Uganda Civil Society Strengthening Activity

Deadline: April 16, 2020
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission to Uganda (USAID/Uganda) is seeking applications from qualified entities to implement the USAID/Uganda Civil Society Strengthening Activity.
The purpose of the USAID/Uganda Civil Society Strengthening activity is to fortify the capacity of Ugandan civil society organizations (CSOs) to influence and contribute to improved development outcomes in targeted sectors, i.e., health (with an emphasis on but not exclusive to meeting HIV/AIDS objectives); education, youth and child development (EYCD); agriculture and food security; and democracy, rights and governance (DRG).
• To achieve the purpose, the activity is expected to address the following objectives:
• Strengthen the advocacy capacity of CSOs to influence national and local development.
• Improve the organizational capacity of advocacy and service delivery oriented CSOs to sustainably fulfill their stated missions
• Promote a more supportive enabling environment that sustains a vibrant civil society

 

National Science Foundation: ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (ADVANCE) (Institutional Transformation proposal)

Preliminary Proposal Deadline: April 22, 2020

Full Proposal Deadline: October 7, 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 STEM2 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 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 in academic workplaces and the academic profession.
• The Institutional Transformation (IT) track is designed to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative systemic change strategies that promote gender equity for STEM faculty within an institution of higher education.

 

W.T. Grant: Research Grants on Reducing Inequality

Letter of Inquiry Deadline: May 6, 2020
The Foundation’s mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. One way that we pursue this mission is by investing in high-quality field-initiated studies on reducing inequality in youth outcomes.
Our focus on reducing inequality grew out of our view that research can do more than help us understand the problem of inequality—it can generate effective responses. We believe that it is time to build stronger bodies of knowledge on how to reduce inequality in the United States and to move beyond the mounting research evidence about the scope, causes, and consequences of inequality.
Toward this end, we seek studies that aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people. We prioritize studies about reducing inequality on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins.

 

W.T. Grant: Research Grants on Improving Use of Research Evidence

Letter of Inquiry Deadline: May 6, 2020
The Foundation’s mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. One way that we pursue this mission is by investing in high-quality field-initiated studies on improving the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth.
Over the past decade, a growing body of research has illuminated the conditions that facilitate the use of research evidence in policy and practice. For example, studies find that when research is relevant to decision makers, deliberated over thoughtfully, and embedded in policymaking processes, routines, and tools, the findings are more likely to be used. Still, there remain many unanswered questions that are critical to understanding how to improve the production and use of research evidence. What’s more, there is a scarcity of evidence supporting the notion that research use in policy and practice will necessarily improve youth outcomes. Serious scientific inquiry is needed. We need to know the conditions under which using research evidence improves decision making, policy implementation, service delivery, and, ultimately, youth outcomes. In short, we need research on the use of research.
Toward this end, we seek studies that identify, build, and test strategies to enhance the use of research evidence 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. Some investigators will focus on the strategies, relationships, and other supports needed for policy and practice organizations to use research more routinely and constructively. Others may investigate structures and incentives within the research community to encourage deep engagement with decision makers. Still other researchers may examine activities that help findings inform policy ideas, shape practice responses, and improve systems.

 

Spencer Foundation Conference Grant Program

Deadline: May 7, 2020
The Conference Grant program provides support to scholars in developing small research conferences and focused symposia to explore critical issues in education research with budgets up to $50,000. We intend for applicants to bring together researchers, practitioners, and other important collaborators whose substantive knowledge, theoretical insight, and methodological expertise can be assembled in ways that build upon and advance education research. These convenings can serve as starting points for building new research agendas or as touchstones for research communities to connect and advance their shared scholarly interests about education research. The Foundation rotates the area of focus for this program annually to generate fresh ideas and perspectives on pressing educational challenges. For this funding cycle Spencer will support conferences related to three topics that emerged from our year-long field engagement with the education research community.
• Developing High-Quality Educators and Leaders
• Exploring Human Learning and Thriving
• Innovative Research Methods
(More detail is provided on the Spencer website.)
We are interested in proposals with thoughtfully designed meetings to address any one of the three topics listed above. One of the strengths of educational research is the way in which scholars engage numerous disciplinary traditions to answer critical questions facing our field. Successful proposals will bring together researchers from the field of education and beyond to approach the proposed topic from multiple perspectives. We also encourage applicants proposing conferences to consider ways of bridging the substantive, theoretical, and methodological expertise of participants. While not a requirement, successful proposals in previous rounds have also included other attendees outside of the academy such as teachers, policymakers, artists, or journalists if the convening called for such expertise.

 

DoS: U.S. Embassy & Consulates in France-Small Grants Program

Deadline: May 15, 2020
PAS Paris invites proposals for programs that strengthen ties between the U.S. and France through programming that creates opportunities for bilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interest and highlights shared values. All programs must include a U.S. element, such as an American expert, organization, cultural element, or institution, that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.
Priority Program Areas: PAS seeks to engage the public, decision-makers, civil society leaders, and opinion-shapers at all levels of French society on information, security, economic, cultural, and educational issues through public diplomacy resources and expertise, with the goal of broadening support for, and understanding of U.S. policies, culture, history, society, and values. Priority programmatic themes for the U.S. Mission to France include:
• Security and Defense
• Countering Anti-Semitism and Targeted Violence
• Prosperity, Trade, and Investment
• Shared Democratic Values
• Technology and Innovation
• Shared Values and Interests
• Student Mobility
• Cultural Diplomacy
Examples of PAS Small Grants Program projects include, but are not limited to:
• Academic and professional lectures, seminars, or speaker programs;
• Workshops to counter violent extremism, anti-Semitism, and disinformation;
• Interactive programs that stimulate economic growth, promote entrepreneurship, and provide economic opportunities;
• Professional and academic exchanges and programs.

 

Russell Sage Organization: Accepting Applications for Behavioral Economics / Race, Ethnicity and Immigration / Social, Political and Economic Inequality / Immigration & Immigrant Integration

Letter of Intent Deadline: May 21, 2020

Letter of Intent Deadline: August 17, 2020
per year and only considers proposals that are invited following review of an initial letter of inquiry. RSF rarely considers projects for which the investigators have not already fully-developed the research design, the sample framework, access to data, etc. Investigators are encouraged to submit an LOI after they have developed and pre-tested survey instruments, completed preliminary data analyses if the data are publically-available or conducted some preliminary interviews for qualitative studies.
Trustee Grants are generally capped at $175,000, including 15% indirect costs. Presidential Grants are capped at $35,000 (no indirect costs). PIs may request up to $50,000 (no indirect costs) when the proposed research project has special needs for gathering data (e.g.: qualitative research) or gaining access to restricted-use data. Budget amounts are over a two-year period.
RSF encourages methodological variety and inter-disciplinary collaboration, but all LOIs and proposals must have well-developed conceptual frameworks and research designs. Analytical models must be well-specified and research questions and hypotheses (where applicable) must be clearly stated.
Grants are available for research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting research and writing up results. RSF encourages early career scholars who are new to the foundation to apply for Presidential Grants.
We are particularly interested in analyses that make use of newly available data or demonstrate novel uses of existing data, to answer emerging or long-standing questions of interest in the foundation’s program areas and special initiatives. We also support original data collection. Proposals to conduct field experiments, in-depth qualitative interviews, and ethnographies are also encouraged.

 

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

Letter of Intent Deadline: June 15, 2020

Full Proposal Target Deadline: August 17, 2020
The General Social Survey (GSS) is a nationally representative interview survey of the United States adult population that collects data on a wide range of topics: behavioral items such as group membership and participation; personal psychological evaluations including measures of well-being, misanthropy, and life satisfaction; attitudinal questions on such public issues as crime and punishment, race relations, gender roles, and spending priorities; and demographic characteristics of respondents and their parents. The GSS has provided data on contemporary American society since 1972, serving as a barometer of social change and trends in attitudes, behaviors, and attributes of the United States adult population. In 1984, the GSS stimulated cross-national research by collaborating with Australia, Britain, and Germany to develop data collection programs modeled on the GSS. This program of comparative cross-national research, called the International Social Survey Program (ISSP), now includes 43 nations and enables researchers and analysts to place findings and trends from the United States within a comparative context.
Since its inception, the GSS has completed 32 in-person, cross-sectional surveys of the adult household population of the United States with response rates that exceed 60 percent. The survey is currently fielded biennially. Data from the GSS are made available to scholars, students and the public for research, analysis and educational activities within 12 months of data collection.
Several innovations have been initiated over the past 15 years, most of which warrant continuation. Beginning with the 2006 administration, the GSS "core" questions (items that appear regularly on surveys) were translated into Spanish and administered in either English or Spanish, as needed. The 2016 survey contained an Internet mode experiment. To enable linkage to secondary data, since 2018 respondents have been asked for permission to link to selected administrative records. Post-stratification weights have been introduced for the 2020 survey.
The Sociology Program in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences expects to make one award for the next four-year funding cycle, fiscal years 2021-2024, to support the 2022 and 2024 GSS and the U.S. component of the ISSP survey. We anticipate an award in the range of $14 million and at most $16 million over four years to support two waves of data collection, dissemination activities, and outreach. The expected starting date is August 2021.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Tinker Institutional Grants

Letter of Intent Deadline: July 31, 2020
The Foundation funds research and advocacy, experimentation, scaling up of promising interventions, and exchange of knowledge and models – with the overarching goal of contributing to large-scale change in policy and practice. We award grants through three program areas that we have prioritized during the last decade because of their importance to the region: Democratic Governance, Education, Sustainable Resource Management.
Funded activities may include, but are not restricted to, community engagement and capacity-building, applied research, measurement and evaluation activities, and workshops and conferences related to the Foundation’s areas of interest. We welcome collaboration among organizations in Latin America and prefer to fund institutions that are actively engaged with a broad array of stakeholders impacted by the identified challenge.
While the Foundation supports advocacy and policy-based work, as a private foundation we are unable to support certain types of activities related to legislation and lobbying. Please refer to the Overview of U.S. Lobbying and Political Campaigning Rules for Grantees prior to submitting letter of inquiry or proposal. Guidance on how to obtain funding for advocacy from private and public foundations is available from the Bolder Advocacy initiative.


National Science Foundation: ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (ADVANCE) (Adaptation and Partnership tracks)

Letter of Intent Deadline: August 3, 2020
Full Proposal Deadline: November 4, 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 STEM2 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 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 in academic workplaces and the academic profession.
• The Adaptation track is designed to support the work to adapt, implement, and evaluate evidence-based systemic change strategies that have been shown to promote gender equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. Adaptation projects can either: 1) support the adaptation of evidence-based systemic change strategies to promote equity for STEM faculty within an institution of higher education; or 2) facilitate national or regional STEM disciplinary transformation by adapting evidence-based systemic change strategies to non-profit, non-academic organizations.
• The Partnership track is designed to support the work to facilitate the broader adaptation of gender equity and systemic change strategies. Partnership projects are expected to result in national or regional transformation in STEM academic workplaces and the academic profession and demonstrate significant reach. Partnership projects can focus on the transformation of institutions and organizations and/or the transformation within one or more STEM disciplines.

 

National Science Foundation: ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (ADVANCE) (Catalyst proposal)

Letter of Intent Deadline: August 3, 2020
Full Proposal Deadline: November 4, 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 STEM2 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 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 in academic workplaces and the academic profession.
• The Catalyst track is designed to broaden the types of IHEs that are able to undertake data collection and institutional self-assessment work to identify systemic gender inequities impacting their STEM faculty so that these can be addressed by the institution.

 

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

Deadline: August 14, 2020
ITEST is an applied research and development (R&D) program providing direct student learning opportunities in pre-kindergarten through high school (PreK-12). The learning opportunities are based on innovative use of technology to strengthen knowledge and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and information and communication technology (ICT) careers. To achieve this purpose, ITEST supports projects that engage students in technology-rich experiences that: (1) increase awareness and interest of STEM and ICT occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to those occupations; and (3) develop STEM-specific disciplinary content knowledge and practices that promote critical thinking, reasoning, and communication skills needed for entering the STEM and ICT workforce of the future.

ITEST seeks proposals that pursue innovative instructional approaches and practices in formal and informal learning environments, in close collaboration with strategic partnerships. ITEST proposals should broaden participation of all students, particularly those in underrepresented and underserved groups in STEM fields and related education and workforce domains. ITEST supports three types of projects: (1) Exploring Theory and Design Principles (ETD); (2) Developing and Testing Innovations (DTI); and (3) Scaling, Expanding, and Iterating Innovations (SEI). ITEST also supports Synthesis and Conference proposals.
All ITEST proposals must address how they are (A) designing innovations that meet ITEST program goals which include innovative use of technologies, innovative learning experiences, STEM workforce development, strategies for broadening participation, and strategic partnerships; and (B) measuring outcomes through high-quality research which includes high-quality research design, project evaluation, and dissemination of findings.

 

CDC: Mobile Health: Technology and Outcomes in Low and Middle Income Countries (R21/R33 - Clinical Trial Optional)

Letter of Intent Deadline: August 24, 2020
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage exploratory/developmental research applications that propose to study the development, validation, feasibility, and effectiveness of innovative mobile health (mHealth) interventions or tools specifically suited for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) that utilize new or emerging technology, platforms, systems, or analytics.
The overall goal of the program is to catalyze innovation through multidisciplinary research that addresses global health problems, develop an evidence base for the use of mHealth technology to improve clinical and public health outcomes, and strengthen mHealth research capacity in LMICs. Applicants are required to propose partnerships between at least one U.S. institution and one LMIC institution.
This FOA provides support for up to two years (R21 phase) for technology development and feasibility studies, followed by a possible transition to expanded research support (R33 phase) for validation, larger-scale feasibility, and effectiveness studies. Transition to the R33 depends on the completion of applicant-defined milestones, as well as program priorities and the availability of funds. All applicants must address both the R21 and R33 phases.

 

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

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

 

NIH: Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) for Early Stage Investigators (R35 - Clinical Trial Optional)

Deadline: October 2, 2020
Supporting fundamental research by funding individual projects has a number of consequences that could reduce the efficiency and effectiveness of the biomedical research enterprise in the U.S. To address these issues and increase the efficiency and efficacy of grant funding, the NIGMS Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA) is a single grant to provide support for the NIGMS-relevant program of research in an investigator's laboratory. For this FOA, eligibility to apply is limited to PD/PIs who are NIH-defined Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) at the time of submission and the "program of research" is defined as a collection of projects in the PD/PI’s lab that are within the mission of NIGMS. Applicants who receive R01, SC1, DP1, DP2, or any other type of disqualifying award prior to issuance of the ESI-MIRA become ineligible to receive the award.
In comparison to R01 funding of NIGMS ESI investigators, Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award for Early Stage Investigators (ESI MIRA) benefits include:

• No requirement or expectation for preliminary data, which will enable investigators to apply earlier in their independent research career, allowing them to secure grant funding that will launch and sustain a successful research career, and enhance investigators’ ability to move into research areas that are distinct from those of their postdoctoral mentors, which could increases chances for new scientific discoveries;
• Increased stability of funding for NIGMS-supported ESIs, improved success rates, and more graduated, rather than all-or-none, funding decisions for MIRA renewals;
• Larger award amount than the current average NIGMS R01 award to ESIs, while the project period will be similar;
• More flexibility to pursue new ideas and opportunities as they arise during the course of research because the award is not tied to specific aims;
• A reduction in administrative burden associated with managing multiple grants; and
• A reduction in required application writing.
In developing MIRA, NIGMS is committed to maintaining support for at least the current total number of NIGMS-funded early stage investigators and their associated programs of research. The Institute will also work to ensure that it maintains a broad and diverse research portfolio in terms of scientific areas, approaches, regions, institutions, and individuals. Such diversity will optimize returns on the Institute's investments by maximizing the ideas explored and the chances for important breakthroughs.
The NIGMS MIRA differs from other NIH institutes' R35 awards in that MIRA is not a grant designed to support a small number of "outstanding" investigators; instead it could potentially support most meritorious NIGMS investigators.

 

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

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

 

Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) Grants

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

 

Amgen U.S. Healthcare Donations

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

• Letter of Request Containing the Following:

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

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

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

 

Lockheed Martin

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

 

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

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

 

Kavli Civic Science Fellowship

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

 

Simons Foundation – Targeted Grants in MPS

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

 

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

Accepts letters of inquiry year round

About Sloan

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

 

The Teagle Foundation – Education for American Civic Life

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

 

Smith Richardson Foundation Domestic Public Policy

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


Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

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

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

Wilson Foundation Program areas:

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

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

 

Astellas USA Foundation

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

OMRON Foundation, Inc.

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

Internal Grant Announcements

SU Strategic Partnership Grants (SPG)MSU: Faculty-Directed Education Abroad Program Innovation Fund

Letter of Intent Deadline: August 1, 2020
Michigan State University has a long history of successful faculty-directed Education Abroad programming dating back to the 1950s. In an era of Flat Rate Tuition implementation and increased pressure for students to complete their degree in four years, an opportunity exists for MSU to re-envision how faculty-directed programming can deliver high-quality experiences at affordable costs while facilitating students’ academic degree completion.
A Faculty-Directed Education Abroad Program Innovation Fund has therefore been established that will be used to support (1) the development of unique new faculty-directed Education Abroad programs and (2) the significant revision or redevelopment of existing faculty-directed programs. Program ideas should be designed to promote the personal, professional and intercultural learning and development of students. Travel to examine a site’s suitability for an innovative program, attendance at a relevant conference to explore creative ideas, including the use of new technologies, etc. will be considered appropriate uses of these funds.
Proposals should be emailed to the Assistant to the Executive Director of Education Abroad and clearly indicate that the application is for the Faculty-Directed Education Abroad Program Innovation Fund initiative. Submit:

• A narrative description of the proposed or revised program, with a focus on aspects that make the program unique and support students’ personal, professional and intercultural learning and development (maximum 500 words)
• A budget for the intended activity (site visit, conference attendance, technology, etc.)
• A brief description of how each item requested in the budget will facilitate program development
• Letters of support from the sponsoring department’s chair and the college’s lead representative on the MSU Advisory Council on Education Abroad

A committee with broad cross-college and cross-unit representation will review proposals and focus specifically on those that:

• Offer new, innovative and exciting ideas for faculty-directed Education Abroad programming that relate directly to MSU’s Learning Design Strategy and the framework of Quality, Inclusivity, and Connectivity
• Foster cross-college and cross-unit collaboration
• Explicitly address impact on students’ time-to-degree
• Show the potential to increase the number of traditionally underrepresented students participating in Education Abroad
• Deliver high-quality programming in ways that minimize cost
Award Size: Up to $5,000

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 (http://innovation.msu.edu).

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

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

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

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

ORA Seed Grants

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