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Selected External Grant Announcement

NSF - Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (MMS)

Deadline: January 25, 2018

The Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (MMS) Program is an interdisciplinary program in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences that supports the development of innovative, analytical, and statistical methods and models for those sciences. MMS seeks proposals that are methodologically innovative, grounded in theory, and have potential utility for multiple fields within the social and behavioral sciences.  As part of its larger portfolio, the MMS Program partners with a consortium of federal statistical agencies to support research proposals that further the development of new and innovative approaches to surveys and to the analysis of survey data.

 

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood

Letters of Intent deadline: January 31, 2018
The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports creative, innovative projects and programs designed to significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education, and/or quality of life for children from infancy through five years of age.
The foundation provides funding in the areas of early childhood welfare, early childhood education and play, and parenting education.
1) Early Childhood Welfare: Children can only reach their full potential when all aspects of their development, including intellectual, emotional and physical, are optimally supported. Providing a safe and nurturing environment for infants and preschoolers is essential, as is imparting to them the skills of social living in a culturally diverse world. To that end, the foundation supports programs that research best child-rearing practices and identify models that provide creative, caring environments to ensure all children thrive.
2) Early Childhood Education and Play: Research shows that children need to be stimulated as well as nurtured early in life if they are to succeed in school, work, and life. That preparation relates to every aspect of a child’s development, from birth to age five, and everywhere a child learns — at home, in childcare settings, and in preschool. To that end, the foundation seeks to improve the quality of early childhood teaching and learning through the development of innovative curricula and research based pedagogical standards, as well as the design of imaginative play materials and learning environments.
3) Parenting Education: To help parents create nurturing environments for their children, the foundation supports programs that teach parents about developmental psychology, cultural child-rearing differences, pedagogy, issues of health, and prenatal care and diet, as well programs that provide both cognitive and emotional support to parents.
Letters of Intent must be received no later than January 31, 2018. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application.

 

NSF - Perception, Action & Cognition (PAC)

Deadline: February 1, 2018 and 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.

 

Spencer Foundation Small Research Grants

Deadline: February 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

 

NSF - Science, Technology, and Society (STS)

Deadline: February 2, 2018

The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of STS topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related to STEM disciplines, including medical science.
The program’s review process is approximately six months. It includes appraisal of proposals by ad hoc reviewers selected for their expertise and by an advisory panel that meets twice a year. The deadlines for the submission of proposals are February 2nd for proposals to be funded as early as July, and August 3rd for proposals to be funded in or after January. There is one exception: Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant proposals will have only one deadline per year, August 3rd.
The Program encourages potential investigators with questions as to whether their proposal fits the goals of the program to contact one of the program officers.

 

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Networks for School Improvement

Deadline: February 21, 2018 5pm
Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value, and that all students—especially Black, Latino, and low-income students—must have equal access to a great public education that prepares them for adulthood, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is excited to announce this Request for Proposal (RFP) to fund Networks for School Improvement (NSI).
An NSI is a group of secondary schools working in partnership with an Intermediary organization to use a continuous improvement process to significantly increase the number of Black, Latino, and low-income students who earn a high school diploma, enroll in a postsecondary institution, and are on track in their first year to earn a credential with labor-market value. Secondary school teams work collaboratively to identify, test, and refine solutions that target a problem and reach an aim common across the network. An NSI’s aim is to improve outcomes that are predictive of high school graduation and postsecondary success.
Last fall, we issued a Request for Information (RFI) to learn from Intermediaries and secondary schools about the work they have done, or would like to do, related to using continuous improvement methods to improve outcomes for Black, Latino, and low-income students. The 278 responses we received shaped and informed this RFP. You can learn about our key takeaways from the RFI in our forthcoming memo and webinars. Check back here for more information on the RFI memo next week. You may register for our informational webinars here:
January 17th, 2018, 12:00 pm PST
January 26th, 2018, 11:00 am PST
Over the next several years, the foundation intends to release multiple RFPs for applications to lead NSIs. This is the first of those opportunities, and we are soliciting applications only from Intermediaries at this stage. Grants will be made directly to Intermediaries.
NSIs are one initiative of the foundation’s US education work. We encourage you to explore other components of the K-12 U.S. education strategy.
Please contact k-12schoolnetworkrfp@gatesfoundation.org with any questions.

 

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: https://www.jackson.com/our-company/in-the-community/jncf-grant-application.xhtml
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 wallach@uadv.msu.edu.

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.

 

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.

 

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: https://www.nigms.nih.gov/Research/crcb/sepa/Pages/default.aspx and http://nihsepa.org. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the SEPA Scientific/Research Contact to be advised on the appropriateness of the intended P-12 STEM or ISE project for SEPA program objectives and the priorities of the NIGMS.

 

NSF – 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.


Jackson National Community Fund

Internal Deadline: April 20th each year

Charitable organizations in the Lansing, Denver, Nashville or Chicago areas that are interested in applying for a grant or sponsorship through the Jackson National Community Fund (JNCF) are encouraged to submit this application for consideration. Jackson National Life Insurance Company (Jackson)® directs the majority of its funding to nonprofits that benefit children or seniors in those communities in which the company operates.
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 wallach@uadv.msu.edu.
From Larry:
1. All MSU units or programs that want to apply for JNL support during our next fiscal year that begins on July 1st will provide me with a brief description of their potential request, along with the amount, by April 20th of each year.
2. I will put these potential requests into a single menu for Danielle/JNL’s review, which I will provide to her by May 1st.
3. Upon review, Danielle /JNL will let us know in mid-May which potential requests JNL will invite a full proposals for.
4. Those invited to submit a full proposal will then apply online during Cycle C, before JNL’s June application deadline, which falls on June 22nd this year. See attached link: https://www.jackson.com/our-company/in-the-community/jncf-grant-application.xhtml (Note: Danielle has asked that, from now on, ALL MSU requests for which a proposal has been invited apply during the Cycle C period only and not during JNL’s other grant cycles.)

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

MSU Humanities and Arts Research Program (HARP) Development and Production Applications

Production Deadlines:
Application and Proposal Development Document deadline: February 1, 2018 5 p.m.

Within the production program, there are two panels that conduct the reviews (Humanities Research and Exhibition & Performance). The Humanities Research panel will review applications that support the completion of research, such as the publication of a book or production of a film. The Exhibition and Performance panel will review proposals that provide support for an exhibit or performance. See the FAQs posted on the grant proposal system for clarification.
Within the production program, there are two panels that conduct the reviews (Humanities Research and Exhibition & Performance). The Humanities Research panel will review applications that support the completion of research, such as the publication of a book or production of a film. The Exhibition and Performance panel will review proposals that provide support for an exhibit or performance. See the FAQs link for clarification.
In order to respond to the more immediate needs that these subsidies often entail, the panels will review applications twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring semester. Funds will be available for an additional year after the fiscal year of the original funding allocation.
I encourage you to consider this program to support appropriate arts and humanities research and scholarship. The specific deadlines can be found on the HARP GPS website.

 

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 (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 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.