Monday, October 31, 2011

Recent Funding Opportunities from Community of Science

Here are some new funding opportunities from Community of Science. Please let us know if you are interested in pursuing any of these.


America's Media Makers: Development Grants
Sponsor: National Foundation for the Arts and the Humanities; National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Division of Public Programs
MacArthur Foundation, John D. and Catherine T.
Digital Media and Learning Competition
Deadline: Nov 28, 2011


Law & Social Sciences (LSS) - NSF 12-507
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE)
Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES)


Final Lunch Workshop on Research Funding in the Social Sciences

The CHASS Research Office will be holding the last if its lunchtime mini-workshops on Wednesday, November 2, Noon to 1:30 pm, Withers 331

CHASS  faculty are invited to discuss how to seek funding for research and scholarship. Lunch will provided for first 15 to RSVP by Wednesday morning,  November 2, to

Scheduled panelists: Mary Tschirhart, Nora Haenn, Denis Gray

All faculty are cordially invited, including NTT faculty, and you are certainly welcome to join us if you attended a prior workshop. Please share this information widely among your colleagues.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Dissertation Fellowship Funding: Center for Retirement Research

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College announces the 2012 Dissertation Fellowship Program for research on retirement income and disability insurance issues.  

The program, funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration:
  • Supports doctoral candidates writing dissertations on retirement income and disability insurance issues. The program is open to scholars in all academic disciplines.

  • Awards up to seven fellowships of $28,000.
  • Requires proposals be submitted by Friday, January 27, 2012. Proposal guidelines can be found at the Dissertation Fellowship website.
For questions, please contact:
Marina Tsiknis
Center for Retirement Research at Boston College
258 Hammond Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
phone: (617) 552-1762
fax: (617) 552-0191

REMINDER: Lunch Workshop on Research Funding for Junior and New Faculty

Reminder: CHASS Research Lunch Workshop: Funding for New and Junior Faculty
October 27, Noon to 1:30 pm, Withers 331

New and junior faculty in CHASS are invited to discuss how to seek funding for research and scholarship. Lunch provided for first 15 to RSVP by Tuesday, October 25!

Scheduled panelists: Martha Crowley, Shevaun Neupert, Branda Nowell

Please share this announcement with your colleagues and encourage your new and junior faculty to attend. 

Friday, October 21, 2011

DARPA BAA on "Narrative Networks"

DARPA has announced a BAA for this program at

This may be of particular interest to psychologists, although the project is interdisciplinary. Let us know if you are interested in applying for this funding.

NCSU Libraries' Assistance with Data Mangement

As you know, federal funding agencies such as NSF and NEH are requiring that proposals include data management plans. The NCSU libraries are providing excellent help in ensuring that your proposals include the appropriate plans. Details can be found at these links from SPARCS and the libraries:

Folger Library Talk on Data-Mining Shakespeare

Since we are a member of the Folger institute, it's worth noting interesting events like these, in the chance that you might be in Washington DC or wish to visit there next week.

Folger Shakespeare Library Director
on Data-Mining Shakespeare
Wednesday, October 26, 7pm
Othello is a Shakespearean tragedy: when the hero makes a terrible mistake of judgment, his once promising world is led into ruin. Computer analysis of the play’s text, however, suggests that the play is a comedy or, at least, that it does the same things with words that comedies usually do.
Are we now at the point where computers and humans really “see” the same thing in literary texts? Hear Folger Director Michael Witmore talk about what it’s like to “data-mine” Shakespeare’s plays, a process that ultimately demonstrates the complexity and power of human judgments about literary texts.
RSVP online today to reserve your seat.

Data-Mining Shakespeare is presented as a complement to Folger Theatre’s production of Othello, which has been extended through December 4.
Learn more about the production and purchase tickets at

NCSU Internationalization Seed Grants

This note was distributed to all CHASS faculty today, but I repost it here for your information and reference. The original note contained two attachments; please see your mail for the original note or contact Chantell at the address below.

Internationalization Seed Grants are designed to assist NC State University faculty members to carry out research and other scholarly professional activities that address international topics and enhance the internationalization of the University.  The University Standing Committee on International Programs (CIP) oversees the review and award process for these grants.  Awards are intended to serve as seed money leading to follow-up support obtained from outside granting agencies.

Seed Grants being awarded for the 2011-12 Fiscal Year, will provide a maximum of $5,000 for any single award.  We anticipate that funds will be available January 7, 2011-June 30, 2012.  Applicants should be aware that, in recent years, award funds have not always been provided on January 7, due to budget uncertainties.  Applicant’s salary is not allowed, but international scholarly expenditures, including travel, may be funded.

The application deadline for the award is November 28, 2011 (4 p.m.)

                        Announcement:                         October 4, 2011

                        Application Deadline:                November 28, 2011

                        Announcement of Awards:        December 20, 2011

                        Funds Available:                       January 7, 2012

The completed proposal package is due electronically on or before November 28, 2011 (4 p.m.).   Direct completed materials and any questions to: Chantell LaPan at  or 919.515.1574.

Monday, October 17, 2011

NSF workshops on Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES)

Four interactive NSF workshops on Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES), NSF 10-544, are planned at NC State October 20 to November 8th, made possible by the NC State Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Research Development.  The workshops are free, but registration is required.  For more information and to register, see the attached TUES flyer.

For more information on the TUES program, formerly titled Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement, see the NSF program solicitation and revisions at .

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Meeting, February 1-4, 2012

The following may be of interest to faculty and students with interests in environmental science, politics, and societal issues related to the environment

The Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Meeting will take place February 1-4,
2012, on Jekyll Island, GA (USA). This ground breaking meeting will
highlight marine turtle research that is occurring in the southeastern
United States, specifically from Virginia through Texas. Regardless of
where you live or your background, you are encouraged to attend as you
are sure to walk away with a greater insight into one of the most
important marine turtle habitats in the world. This is a great
opportunity for students to network and learn!

Monday, October 10, 2011


The CHASS Research Office is pleased to announce the availability of funding for CHASS research activities in three broad programmatic areas:

  • Pilot studies and proof of concept awards
  • International initiatives
  • Scholarly project funding for the humanities

Proposals for these opportunities are due to the CHASS Research Office by 9:00 am on Monday, October 31.

We are also providing some funding for CHASS researchers to travel to visit funding program officers or collaborators to help prepare grant proposals that would be submitted in the next year. There is no deadline for these funds. but requests should be submitted as soon as possible so that funds are committed well before travel and FY 2011-12 closeout.

Information on these programs can be found at or by clicking the link marked "Funding Opportunities (INCLUDING NEW SRA AND PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT CALLS)" on the right hand side of this page under "important links."

Please share this announcement among your colleagues in your CHASS departments.

Lunch Workshop for Humanities Scholars October 17: Mark Your Calendar

The CHASS Research Office will be holding the first of three lunchtime mini-workshops on Wednesday, October 19, Noon to 1:30 pm, Withers 331

CHASS humanities faculty are invited to discuss how to seek funding for research and scholarship. Lunch will provided for first 15 to RSVP by Monday, October 17!

Scheduled panelists: Robin Dodsworth, Tim Stinson, Walt Wolfram

Also, mark your calendars for the two other lunch workshops this fall:

Funding for Social Science Research -- November 2
Funding for New and Junior Faculty -- October 27

While the workshops will be tailored to the interests of the indicated faculty, all faculty are welcome to attend any and all of these sessions.  

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

DEADLINE OCT 15: National Humanities Center Fellowships: natural sciences, social sciences, the arts also eligible


Please note that the National Humanities Center is continuing to accept applications for their program through October 15. As noted, the definition of "social sciences" is quite broad, which is why I am sharing this with all of you. I will also post this on the CHASS blog.

NCSU is a dues-paying member of the NHC, so we strongly urge faculty whose interests align with the Center to apply for these fellowships. As usual, my office is ready to assist in any way in your colleagues' applications.


From: Carol Linelle Ashcraft <>

The National Humanities Center Fellowships program is still accepting applications up until October 15.  The residential fellowships support 40 fellows in advanced study in the humanities during the academic year, September 2012 through May 2013.  In addition to scholars from all fields of the humanities, the Center accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects.

General information, Instructions, the Application Form and the Financial Form are available at:

For other faculty award programs, see the Research Development Office's Faculty Award Programs table at .

NEXT MONDAY! Lunch with NEH Program Officer Brett Bobley (Digital Humanities) at UNC-CH

Faculty with an interest in NEH's Digital Humanities efforts may wish to attend this event at UNC CH.  If you do attend, please drop me a note to let me know what you learned at this event. Digital Humanities is an area of growing strength here at NCSU, and we encourage all those with an interest in this growing field to get involved.

Lunch with NEH Program Officer Brett Bobley

As part of the IAH Faculty Grants Program, we invite you to join us for an informal discussion with Brett Bobley, director of the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities. Registration is required.
When October 11, 2011 from 12:00 pm to 01:30 pm
Where Hyde Hall University Room
Contact Name Elaine Erteschik
Contact Email
Contact Phone 962-0249

Bring your questions, latest research and project ideas, and your colleagues for a lively conversation and light lunch.
Registration is required at:

To see this announcement properly rendered on the UNC web site, see

Monday, October 3, 2011

Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability NSF-Wide Investment (SEES)

Colleagues, I received this note from a friend at NSF. It's about the wide range of activities being undertaken at NSF to support research around sustainability. Please visit the link if you are interested, and feel free to contact me if you wish to pursue some of these opportunities. 


NSF has a sustainability initiative, inviting collaboration across disciplines.  The PIRE program, which supports international collaboration, has a sustainability focus this year.  The opportunity demonstrates the commitment at NSF to problem-centered, cross-disciplinary work.  The RCN could also be particularly helpful for those who have ongoing research projects people wish to coordinate.  Some of our more junior colleagues might find the Fellows program especially appropriate.

NSF Ltd. Submission: Sustainable Energy Pathways

The National Science Foundation has announced the Sustainable Energy Pathways program, which is limited to three lead proposals per institution.  The program is part of the NSF-wide initiative on Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES).  The topic areas are Energy Harvesting & Conversion from Renewable Resources; Sustainable Energy Storage Solutions; Critical Elements & Materials for Sustainable Energy; Nature-Inspired Processes for Sustainable Energy Solutions; Reducing Carbon Intensity from Energy Conversion & Use; Sustainable Energy Transmission & Distribution; Energy Efficiency & Management.

Award:  Up to $500,000 per year for up to 4 years.

Important dates:
Notification of interest in applying:  Due by 5 p.m. October 11 .
Internal preproposal submission:  Due by 5 p.m. November 7 .
Estimated internal review completion:  November 14
NSF proposal deadline:  February 1, 2012

For more information and a link to the program solicitation, see .

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Very Valuable Research Development and Grant Writing Newsletter

Chris Brown in the Office of Proposal Development sends me the Research Development & Grant Writing Newsletter published by Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC.  Our institutional subscription allows unlimited forwarding within the NC State University. He note that, for your convenience all issues of Research Development & Grant Writing Newsletter are archived on the Research Development website.  Please feel free to forward the link to your colleagues, postdocs and students:
Let me add that this is a top-notch newsletter. Its editors and writers are first-rate research experts whose newsletter should be required reading for any one preparing a grant proposal. The advice offered is of great value to faculty new to writing grant proposals. Please share this link broadly among your colleagues and students. If you have any problem finding the current or past newsletters, please let me know. We're fortunate to have this outstanding resource.