Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Call for Proposals, NC Quest: Quality Educators through Staff Development and Training.

The University of North Carolina General Administration has announced Cycle X of NC QUEST, Quality Educators through Staff Development and Training.  The limit is one new lead-partner proposal per university.

Award:  Up to $300,000 over approximately one year.

Important dates:
Notification of interest in applying:  Due by 5 p.m. August 30 to with a copy to College of Education Associate Dean for Research Samuel Snyder at .

NC QUEST Technical Assistance Meeting:  August 31, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Center for School Leadership Development, 140 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill.

Internal preproposal submission:  Due by 5 p.m. September 27 to with a copy to College of Education Associate Dean for Research Samuel Snyder at .

Estimated internal review completion date:  October 2

UNC GA proposal submission deadline:  November 15

For more information, including the request for proposals, see .

Public Entity Risk Institute Dissertation Fellowships

This post may be a little self-indulgent, since I've had a student funded by this program, and because it's in my personal area of research. And I had a small role in finding this when I worked at NSF. But I've been pleasantly surprised to learn of the large number of doctoral students in CHASS and other disciplines who are interested in, and researching, issues relating to disasters, risks, or hazards. Due to some changes at PERI, this may be the last year of this program, but I am hopeful that it will continue. Of course, please direct any questions, or students with questions, to me.

The Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI) and Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) offers a program that awards dissertation fellowships for work in all aspects of natural and human-made hazards, risk, and disasters in all disciplines.

The award is open to individuals in any discipline, including the natural and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, specialties in engineering, or interdisciplinary programs such as environmental studies, who are conducting research in hazards, risk, or disasters. Fellowship candidates must be ABD (all but dissertation) at a U.S. institution by the application deadline with an approved dissertation proposal. Non-U.S. citizens may apply as long as the doctorate degree will be granted by a U.S. institution.

Fellowship Description:

Up to 6 grants each up to $10,000 each will be awarded in 2012 to doctoral students to support their dissertation work on natural and human-made hazards, risk, and disasters in any relevant field of the natural and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, specialties in engineering, or interdisciplinary programs such as environmental studies. The grants are flexible and can be used for data collection, travel for field work, or for presentation of findings at meetings, purchase of software, data entry assistance, statistical analysis services, or a combination of these or other similar purposes (but, NOT for stipends or tuition).

Call for Papers: Identifying Programs That Serve Low-Income Couples

This call comes from Mathematica Policy Research, a major player in the analysis of a range of public policies. If you work in the fields identified here, this may be a good way to increase your work's visbility.

Call for Papers: Identifying Programs That Serve Low-Income Couples


Mathematica Policy Research is seeking research on programs that serve low-income couples. The programs may focus on a range of issues—including healthy relationships and marriage, communication, parenting for couples/co-parenting, or conflict resolution—and may serve unmarried or married couples, regardless of parental status. Relevant research includes studies that evaluate program effectiveness, studies focusing on program implementation and operations, and descriptive studies.

Nominations for NEH Summer Stipend Program Now Being Accepted

The CHASS Research Office is pleased to announce we are accepting internal proposals for the nomination to the National Endowment for the Humanities - Summer Stipend Program.  Two nominees will be selected for submission to NEH.  Successful applications sent to NEH will receive an outright award of $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing.  For the internal competition, please:

Submit a 1 page proposal describing your project.  (1 inch margins, double-spaced)

Selected individuals will have to register with Research Office will be available to assist in the submission process, however, proposals will be submitted by the individual, not the institution.

Send to Joyce Christian - and/or Missy Seate - via email no later than 9:00 am September 9, 2011.  Decisions will be announced no later than 10:00 am, September 16, 2011.

Monday, August 22, 2011

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships

This announcement came in my email recently. Please share with your colleagues--these are important opportunities that support outstanding work.

Greetings from the American Council of Learned Societies!

We are pleased to let you know that the 2011-12 ACLS fellowship competitions are now open. You will find the most updated and comprehensive information on all our programs on the ACLS website: As in previous years, the majority of competition deadlines are in the early fall.

ACLS awarded nearly $15 million in research support to over 350 scholars worldwide during the past year. Fellows' profiles, along with research abstracts, are accessible at:

We are looking forward to an equally successful fellowships season in 2011-12.

With best wishes,
Nicole Stahlmann
Director of Fellowship Programs
American Council of Learned Societies

ACLS Fellowships Office
633 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Dissertation Completion Grants

We often get requests in the CHASS research office for funding opportunities for graduate students. Here's an internal program to help students get over the hump and finish their dissertations.
Nomination Deadline: October 14, 2011

Directors of Graduate Programs,

I am requesting your assistance in nominating graduate students in your program for a Doctoral Dissertation Completion Grant for the period January 1 - June 30, 2012. This program provides both funding and intensive mentoring to doctoral candidates who are within six months of completing their dissertations. It is designed to enable candidates to focus full time on the writing of their dissertations, improving the quality of the dissertation and shortening the time required to complete the doctoral degree. This grant is for students who have demonstrated difficulties in completing the dissertation and would benefit from the intensive mentoring and the six months dedicated to writing that are provided by this program. Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Complete information and eligibility requirements are included in the attached program description.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Research Funding in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Carol Ashcraft shared with me these opportunities. Details are available at the indicated web addresses. If you are interested in applying, please let us know as soon as possible so we can get the process started.

title:  Secondary Analyses and Archiving of Social and Behavioral Datasets in Aging (R03) *NEW*
sponsor:  United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
deadline:  October 3, 2011

title:  Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants
sponsor:  American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Educational Foundation
Fellowships and Grants
amount:  $6,000.00
deadline:  November 15, 2011

title:  Humboldt Alumni Award for Innovative Networking Initiatives
[Networking among academic and cultural relationships of Germany and the awardee's country of residence]
sponsor:  von Humboldt Foundation, Alexander (AvH)
deadline:  November 30, 2011

title:  Research Grants
sponsor:  Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
East European Studies (EES)
deadline:  December 1, 2011

title:  Kennan Institute Summer Research Scholarships
sponsor:  Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies
amount:  $6,400.00
deadline:  December 1, 2011

title: Digital Humanities Implementation Grants - 20120124-HK *NEW*
sponsor: National Foundation for the Arts and the Humanities
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
amount: $325,000.00
deadline: January 24, 2012

title:  Food for Progress Program *NEW*
sponsor:  United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)
amount:  $15,000,000.00
deadline:  October 26, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

From Carol Ashcraft, whose funding mailing list is a treasure trove of opportunities, comes this intriguing call for proposals:

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has announced a call for applications to its Guggenheim Fellows program, "fellowships to assist research and artistic creation."   The fellowships support all endeavors except the performing arts, and include natural sciences, social sciences, the humanities and the creative arts. Fellowships are awarded to selected individuals for a minimum of six months and a maximum of 12 months.  The number of applications per institution is unlimited.

Important dates:
Application deadline: September 15

November 2011:  Guggenheim will contact your references for recommendations.
November 22, 2011:  Work sample submission deadline.
Mid-December:  Acknowledgment of receipt of your application.
April 2012:  Notification of competition results sent to all applicants by email.
April-June 2012:  Return of all work samples to applicants.

The amount of the grant varies according to the project; funds are provided to the individual, not the institution, and are unrestricted.

For more information: See .

Monday, August 8, 2011

Secondary Analyses and Archiving of Social and Behavioral Datasets in Aging (R03)

This R03 opportunity comes from the NIH/National Institute on Aging. Details at and at

The purpose of this FOA is to solicit one-year R03 applications for secondary analysis of data on aging in the areas of psychology, behavioral genetics, economics, demography, or for archiving and dissemination of data sets to enable secondary analyses in order to further advance research.The NIA supports collection of data and biological samples including a broad array of measures that are relevant to: the dynamics of health and disability, cognition, psychosocial and sociodemographic factors, genetics and biomarkers, long-term care, caregiving, behavioral medicine, retirement, economic status and well-being over the lifecourse. Applicants are encouraged to archive data from studies with rich phenotypic, environmental or biomarkers data and make them available through the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA) or another archive for public use. Archiving may pertain to any type of data useful for secondary analysis including results of assays conducted on biospecimens, and the addition of geo-coded and community level variables for database expansion. 

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Modeling Interdisciplinary Inquiry, Washington U., St. Louis

More details from COS at Please share with senior PhD students on the job market.

Washington University announces the tenth year of an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Program designed to encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching across the humanities and social sciences. Beginning in September of 2001 the Fellowship Program has brought to Washington University new and recent Ph.D.'s who wish to strengthen their own advanced training and to participate in the university's ongoing interdisciplinary programs and seminars. 

Fellows will outline a plan for their own continuing research to be pursued with a senior faculty mentor from Washington University. Over the course of their two-year appointment, fellows will teach three undergraduate courses and collaborate during a spring term in leading a seminar in the theory and methods of interdisciplinary research.

Cornell University Society for the Humanities--Fellowships (fascinating topic!)

This opportunity is fascinating, because the theme for 2012-2013 is "RISK @ Humanities". See the details after the jump. I have some expertise in this field, so I would be pleased to provide substantive help with applications. More details at

Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants--AAUW

From this week's Community of Science alerts comes this opportunity. Others to follow in separate posts:

More information on this opportunity at

These grants provide support to women scholars to prepare research manuscripts for publication, and independent researchers to prepare research for publication. Time must be available for eight consecutive weeks of final manuscript preparation. All applicants must demonstrate that the support will result in a reduction of their ongoing work-related activities. The grants are not for preliminary research. Activities undertaken during the grant period can include drafting, editing, or modifying manuscripts; replicating research components; responding to issues raised through critical review; and other initiatives to increase the likelihood of publication. It must be an original publication and cannot be co-authored.

These grants are part of the American Fellowships, which support women doctoral candidates completing dissertations or scholars seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave from accredited institutions. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence, the quality and originality of project design, and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research. Preference will be given to applicants whose work supports the vision of AAUW: to break through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

News on the National Outreach Scholarship Conference

This note is from Jim Zuiches--I am particularly happy to see that CHASS is represented at the National Outreach Scholarship Conference!

The following is information about a workshop for NTT staff. Please share broadly as appropriate.

Colleagues, the National Outreach Scholarship Conference (NOSC) is in East Lansing, hosted by Michigan State University, this year from October 1-5.  On the regular program , NCSU has 12 faculty, students and staff, from six colleges, CALS, CHASS, Design, Education, PAMS and Engineering, presenting symposia, papers, posters, or workshops.  Congratulations to all of them.

Additionally, there is a workshop for non-tenure track staff working in engagement that you may want to consider for staff.  Please forward to your college colleagues, relevant networks and listservs,
and others who might be interested.  Jim Zuiches

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Webinar on Childhood Obesity, August 5

I apologize for not posting this earlier. This webinar will originate in Charlotte, and in-person attendance is available, although I imagine folks with an interest in this will be more interested in the webinar. Details follow.

A day-long webinar/conference on childhood obesity, a concern across many disciplines at NC State, is scheduled for August 5th, sponsored through a USDA grant by the Kannapolis Scholars of the North Carolina Research Campus.   The webinar will be broadcast live from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, N.C. 

Speakers from academia, industry, government, as well as stakeholders from the community, will discuss how to address this issue, which has become an increasing concern not only in the United States, but worldwide. Here are links that will tell you more:
About the webinar--
About the Kannapolis Scholars program--