Tuesday, December 11, 2012

MacArthur Foundation Housing Research Proposals

Today, The MacArthur Foundation issued a request for housing research proposals as part of its How Housing Matters to Families and Communitiesprogram, a five-year, $25 million research initiative to deepen the literature on the effect that investments in housing have on social and economic outcomes, beyond shelter. In the 2012-2013 phase of this initiative, the Foundation seeks to expand the body of empirical evidence on the difference that living in decent, stable, and affordable housing makes in the lives of children, families, and communities.  Research abstracts are due by Friday, January 11, 2013. 

For More Information:                                                             
How housing matters to families & communities call for proposals
How housing matters to families & communities research initiative
MacArthur’s housing grantmaking

Sunday, December 2, 2012

NEH Requests Comments on Digital Projects for the Public Grant Guidelines

This is reproduced directly from the National Humanities Alliance Newsletter, at http://www.nhalliance.org/news/neh-requests-comments-on-digital-projects-for-the-.shtml

NEH Requests Comments on Digital Projects for the Public Grant Guidelines

November 29, 2012 - The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will launch a new Digital Projects for the Public grant program in fiscal year 2014 and seeks public comment on its proposed guidelines.  According to the agency’s announcement, the new program will fund humanities projects using digital formats such as websites, mobile applications, games, social media, and virtual environments to reach the public and foster lifelong learning.  The comment period will end on December 10, 2012.
The new grant category is designed to provide an opportunity for NEH to encourage the integration of new digital technologies in traditional humanities spaces (such as museums and historic sites) as well as to foster the development of innovative, stand-alone digital projects with rich humanities content.
NEH seeks comments to help the agency assess how well these guidelines for a new funding opportunity accomplish the following goals:
  • encourage the integration of new digital technologies in traditional humanities spaces;
  • foster the development of innovative digital projects with rich humanities content;
  • demonstrate that digital tools can be creatively employed to deepen and enhance learning in the humanities;
  • support educators and humanities organizations that are increasingly employing digital platforms to bring the humanities to life for the American public.
Additional information is available on the NEH website.

Friday, November 30, 2012

2013-14 Internationalization Seed Grants

The Office of International Affairs and the Committee on International Programs are pleased to announce that we are accepting proposals for the 2013-2014 Internationalization Seed Grants.

The Internationalization Seed Grant Program
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. Preference will be given to proposals that involve collaborations with NC State’s Strategic Partners.

An opportunity for graduate students studying climate change

DISCCRS VIII Interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Symposium
October 12-19, 2013
La Foret Conference and Retreat Center (Colorado)

Application Deadline: February 28, 2013

Participation limited to 30 early-career Ph.D. scholars
Airfare and on-site expenses are supported through grants from NSF and NASA

The DISsertations initiative for the advancement of Climate Change ReSearch (DISCCRS, pronounced discourse) hosts symposia for early-career climate change researchers. Our goal is to catalyze international, interdisciplinary collegial networks and foster collaborative interdisciplinary research and dynamic interactions between science and society to enable us to better understand and respond to the myriad challenges posed by climate change.

During the weeklong symposium, 30 competitively selected recent Ph.D. graduates will share their research, engage in discussions with peers, mentors, and funding agency representatives, and hone their teambuilding and communication skills. Most importantly, scholars will depart from the symposium with a collegial peer network that extends across the full range of climate science. For an overview of recent symposium scholars, visit:

Eligibility: Ph.D. requirements completed between September 1, 2010 - February 28, 2013 in any field. Applicants should be conducting research relevant to the study of climate change, its impacts, or its societal implications. We encourage applicants from the biological, physical, and social sciences, mathematics, engineering, and other fields. While U.S. citizens and residents have preference, some funds are available for non-U.S. participants.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

NSF Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics Program

This may be of particular interest to faculty with a strong interest in methodology. Let me know if you'd like to learn more about this opportunity. Note that there are two chances a year to propose to this program.

NSF 12-510
NSF 08-561

National Science Foundation

Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences
     Division of Social and Economic Sciences

Full Proposal Target Date(s):

     August 16, 2013

     August 16, Annually Thereafter

     January 16, 2013

     January 16, Annually Thereafter

Program Title:

Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (MMS)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Folger LIbrary Spring Seminars

This is taken directly from the Folger Research Bulletin. Let our office know if we can help with applications

Apply Now for Spring Seminars!

Faculty and graduate students with relevant research projects are welcome to apply by 7 January 2013 for Folger Institute seminars on the politics of English law, women's pedagogy, the Atlantic world, and the orality/literacy heuristic. Beginning in late January, Paul Halliday (University of Virginia) will direct "Law as Politics in England and the Empire, ca. 1600-1830," a weekly seminar that will consider instances when English law impacted practices outside England. In early March, Margaret Ezell (Texas A&M University) will direct a faculty weekend seminar, "Acquiring Education: Early Modern Women's Pedagogies," as part of the Institute's continuing series on Early Modern English Pedagogies. Applications are invited from scholars working on the changing definitions of literacy, the function of case studies in creating women's literary history, the forms of education outside of the "three Rs," and how scholars might research early modern women and their various educations. In the late-spring, Nicholas Canny (National University of Ireland, Galway) will direct "Contestations of Religion and Natural History in the Atlantic World" to provide a comparative look at how the New World challenged traditional European ways of thinking. In mid-June, Adam Fox (University of Edinburgh) and Paula McDowell (New York University) will co-direct a faculty weekend seminar, "The Orality/Literacy Heuristic," in which scholars will examine the profoundly influential cultural narrative of the "orality/literacy" rubric and its continuing implications for research in the early modern humanities.
Please visit the Institute's website for more information.

Folger Library Short Term Fellowship Applications--Deadline March 1, 2013

There are several new short-term fellowship opportunities at http://www.folger.edu/template.cfm?cid=3599

Humanists with an interest in Folger's programs should take a look.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Center for Retirement Research at Boston College: Sandell Grant and Dissertation Fellowship Programs

Steven H. Sandell Grant Program
Opportunity for junior scholars or senior scholars in a new area to pursue projects in areas such as retirement income, older workers, disability policies, or well-being in retirement

Up to five $45,000 grants awarded to researchers with a Ph.D. or comparable credentials

Read guidelines & apply online:

Application Deadline: January 31, 2013 


Dissertation Fellowship Program 
Opportunity for next generation of scholars to pursue quality research in areas such as retirement income, older workers, disability policies, or well-being in retirement 

Up to seven $28,000 fellowships awarded to doctoral candidates enrolled in a U.S. university’s accredited program

Read guidelines & apply online: 

Application Deadline: January 31, 2013

Friday, November 2, 2012

News about CHASS researchers in The Bulletin

CHASS scored a two-fer this week in The Bulletin, the weekly campus newsletter. Michael Cobb, in political science, was interviewed for the "5 Questions" feature, and answered questions about faculty and student opinion in The Pack Poll.

This week's Bulletin also features a guest post by Tom Parker, professor of history, about his ongoing work at Petra, an important archaeological site in Jordan.

I'm sure you'll agree that it's good to see this recognition of our CHASS colleagues!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Call for Proposals, RW Johnson Foundation: Public Health Services and Systems Research

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is pleased to share the following Call for Proposals for Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR) www.rwjf.org/cfp/phssr  Public Health Services and SystemsResearch (PHSSR), a multi-disciplinary field of study, provides a framework for examining the organization, financing, delivery and quality of public health services within communities and the impact of those services on the health of the public. Approximately $3.2 million will be awarded through this solicitation to support short-term studies as well as complex and comprehensive studies.  Guided by the national research agenda for PHSSR, this solicitation aims to further advance the field of PHSSR with the ultimate goal of improving the performance and efficiency of the public health system and the health of the people it serves, regardless of who they are or where they live.

The National Network of Public Health Institutes will facilitate this Call for Proposals. A web conference will be held for interested applicants on November 8, 2012. Brief proposals are due December 18, 2012. Additional information about the web conference and the project can be found on the NNPHI website atwww.nnphi.org/phssr/cfp/annual. Please direct any questions to Erica Johnson at phssr@nnphi.org or 504-301-9854.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

November 29: Department of Defense Research Round Robin

UNC GA has announced the following Department of Defense event to our faculty:

The UNC Defense Application Group (DAG) will host a “Round Robin” on November 29th to provide tips for working with the Department of Defense (DoD).  We invite UNC faculty to meet individually with DAG faculty and technical advisors, spending 5-10 minutes with each pitching ideas and receiving feedback on potential DoD program matches and next steps.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Dear Colleague Letter: National Science Foundation and National Institute of Justice Collaboration in the Social, Behavioral and Forensic Sciences

The National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Justice have announced that the NSF's Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) has signed an MOU with the NIJ "that outlines a framework for cooperation and collaboration in the social, behavioral, and forensic sciences." This announcement creates very exciting opportunities for our college, and I encourage you to share this information broadly with your colleagues.

This MOU is not, as one might thing, merely about forensic science. Instead, this MOU suggests a very broad range of social and behavioral science questions and applications of interest to both agencies. With this in mind, all the social science departments and their faculties may find this announcement important for their work.

I would be happy to work with faculty with an interest in research that is of interest to NIJ and NSF. I know Susan Sterett, one of the program officers involved in this initiative, and would be pleased to make introductions or suggest strategies. As always, please direct your questions to me and my office.

The announcement follows the jump.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Important Dear Colleague Letter from NSF

The director of the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) directorate at the National Science Foundation, Myron Gutman, has issued a Dear Colleague Letter regarding "Interdisciplinary Research Across the SBE Sciences." Anyone with an interest in NSF's support for this research should read this important letter, which lays out the directorate's and NSF's vision for interdisciplinary social science. If you have any comments or questions, please do share them with the Research Office.

The letter follows the jump.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Call for applications: registration fees for the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria

The CHASS research office has committed to fund CHASS's cosponsorship of the 2013 Digital Humanities Summer Institute in Victoria, BC, which will be held from June 6-13, 2013. Everything I've heard about this meeting from our colleagues in DH here suggest that this is an excellent workshop, and I am strongly persuaded that this is a sound use of our resources. The Institute's website is http://dhsi.org

Our $2500 registration fee entitles us to five registrations for the conference. I am willing to fund two more for a total of seven participants.

This call is for informal applications from those interested in attending this workshop and having my office cover your $300 registration fee.

The deadline for your application for this support is November 15, 2012. I will make decisions on whom I will support by November 30.

To apply, simply send me an email message explaining why you would like to attend this workshop, and how it would benefit you and your department in the research and teaching realms. Please attach your CV to the note. Please also explain how you would fund your travel to the Institute. I may be able to provide some support for some participants to travel, but do not yet know whether my budget will allow this. Here are possible sources of funds:

* If you have a research grant or fellowship and the terms of the grant or fellowship would cover the travel expenses, you may want to use this option.

* You may be able to use departmental travel resources to fund at least part of your travel.

* For faculty, you could apply for travel funding through the Scholarly Research Award process, details of which are available at this blog or at the CHASS research page.

* For graduate students, there are funds available for graduate students to travel from the Association for Computers in Humanities (ACH, website linked to http://dhsi.org/scholarships.php)

To be clear, I may have some resources to support travel, but I would like you to ask for partial support from your department or from other sources; I may be able to supplement travel funding pending review of applications.

As you can see, this application process is informal, but if we have more interest than funding, we will work to ensure that we support an appropriate mix of junior and senior scholars, disciplines, and the like.

As usual, feel free to contact me with your questions and comments.

America's Media Makers: Development Grants

This opportunity will be of interest to people involved in Public History and Digital Humanities. It is a major undertaking, but would certainly be worthy of our attention. Please contact the research office if we can help you prepare a proposal.

America's Media Makers: Development Grants   
National Foundation for the Arts and the Humanities
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Division of Public Programs
The Division of Public Programs offers support for a wide range of public humanities programs that engage citizens in thoughtful reflection upon culture, identity and history. Projects must be well-grounded in scholarship and illuminate ideas and insights central to the humanities. America's Media Makers (AMM) grants support the following formats:
1. Interactive digital media
2. Film and television projects
3. Radio projects

The University System of Florida & University of Missouri Hosting Federal Research Update Webinar from Oct 29-Nov 2

This is an announcement of an online "webinar" (I didn't invent the word!) with some interesting presentations and updates of federal funding agencies' spending priorities and other issues important to researchers. While the webinar seems pitched to administrators, those of you with active or potential funded research projects may find that there's a lot worth learning here. My sense is that you can pick and choose the presentations you most want to hear--you don't have to take it all in! I'd encourage you to find things that interest you and to share what you've learned with your colleagues and, if you have further concerns or questions, with the Research Office.


The University System of Florida & University of Missouri Hosting Federal Research Update Webinar from Oct 29-Nov 2
The State University System of Florida is partnering with the University of Missouri and the National Association of College and University Business Officers to webcast a free, week-long Federal Research Update webinar for university personnel and others who are interested in the latest on federal agency updates on research and budget priorities and policies. It will be broadcast live from Washington D.C. from Monday, October 29 through Friday, November 2. Viewers will be able to watch any or all of the individual 90 minute presentations throughout the week. They have a comprehensive line-up of speakers from key funding agencies. The attached notice has all the information and the agenda is on the site below. People who want to attend should register online at http://research.missouri.edu/federalupdate/index.  The site is live now for registrations. 

University Global Partnership Network (UPGN): Call for Proposals

This is an excellent opportunity for faculty whose work engages international partners. The College enjoyed some success in last year's funding process, so I think this is worth careful consideration this year. Some great things are being done under this program.


Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the Second Call for Proposals (2013) for the UGPN Research Collaboration Fund as a way to support high-quality research collaboration with UGPN partner institutions - University of São Paulo, University of Surrey and NC State.  We would appreciate your help to share this opportunity with faculty in your College.  More information is available in the announcement below and online.

Greenwall Foundation: Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics

The Greenwall Foundation has announced the Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics, which is intended to help resolve dilemmas in public policy, research and clinical practice in areas such as stem cell research, gene therapy and new information technologies.  The limit is one applicant per institution.  Eligible faculty are junior faculty members holding at least a 60% appointment in a tenure-track position.  Higher priority is given to applicants whose research addresses innovative and emerging topics. 
Award:  Salary is 50% of NIH cap, with 10% institutional costs for the salary only.  Indirect costs not supported.
Important dates: 

Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants

Colleagues: Carol Ashcraft informed me of this excellent opportunity for scholars in the humanities. Full details follow the jump.


National Endowment for the Humanities

Division of Research Programs

Receipt Deadline December 6, 2012 for Projects Beginning October 2013

Brief Summary

Scholarly Editions and Translations grants support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts and documents of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available in inadequate editions. These grants support full-time or part-time activities for periods of a minimum of one year up to a maximum of three years.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

2012-2013 Scholarship and Research Awards--Call for Proposals

The CHASS Research Office is pleased to announce the call and guidelines for the CHASS Scholarship and Research Awards (SRAs). These awards are intended to assist faculty in their scholarly pursuits. Applications are due electronically (in Word or PDF) to the CHASS Research Office (missy_seate@ncsu.edu) by 9:00 AM, Friday, October 26, 2012. The  SRA cover page and CV page must be included. Please email your application tomissy_seate@ncsu.edu. Do not hesitate to contact Tom Birkland or Missy Seate (main office number 919-513-1937) if you have any questions about this award. Awards will be announced on November 19, 2012.

You can find the full call for proposals here: http://www.chass.ncsu.edu/research/resources/funding/scholarly.php

While this page does say 2011-12, it will link to the 2012-13 announcement. We will correct this soon. 

Please read it carefully, as the call for proposals contains some subtle changes from prior years. 

For your convenience, the announcement is reproduced below the jump--the forms are found at the link above. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Research Program in Childhood Hunger

Colleagues, I received this today from one of the listservs to which I subscribe. There are many people in the College whom I believe would find this opportunity interesting. Work in this field would certainly fit well within NCSU's public service mission. Please let me or the research office staff know if you'd like to apply.


Dear Colleague:

The Research Program on Childhood Hunger was established at the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR) in September 2010 with funding from the Food and Nutrition Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The co-directors of this initiative are Dr. Craig Gundersen, Professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, and Dr. James Ziliak, Gatton Chair in Microeconomics at the University of Kentucky and Director of UKCPR.

In this program we seek to develop a clearer and more comprehensive understanding of why children experience food insecurity in the United States. To this end UKCPR will competitively award grants to qualified individuals and institutions to provide rigorous research that expands our understanding of hunger among children in the United States and the attendant policy implications. Summaries of grants awarded in the past two years under this mechanism are available at http://www.ukcpr.org/CHRecipients.aspx. Total anticipated funding is $1.2 million across three large grants at $250,000 each and six small grants at $75,000 each. 

Letters of intent are due October 24, 2012, and full proposals are due December 3, 2012. The full RFP is available athttp://www.ukcpr.org/Task_Order_III_Childhood_Hunger_RFP.pdf 

Please direct administrative questions to Ms. Stephanie Fahs at < ukcpr@uky.edu > .

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New Funding Opportunities in the Humanities

Please make a note of these opportunities, and feel free to contact our office at any time to explore submitting proposals!

A Room of Her Own Foundation
For women writers
6th Gift of Freedom Grant Cycle Categories:Poetry, Playwrighting, Fiction, & Creative Nonfiction

Thanks to tremendous support from friends, advocates, and fellow writers, we are privileged to announce the 6th $50,000 Gift of Freedom award:  stronger, more prestigious, and of greater benefit to even more women. 
The 6th $50,000 Gift of Freedom competition will determine finalists from each genre (creative nonfiction, fiction, playwrighting, & poetry).  One genre finalist will be awarded the $50,000 Gift of Freedom grant. The three remaining genre finalists will each be awarded a $5000 prize and eligibility to attend a future AROHO Retreat for Women Writers benefitted by a Gift of Freedom Legacy Fellowship.

NC Arts Council
Writers Fellowships (Poetry, Prose, Playwriting and Screenwriting)

What We Fund
Fellowships in the amount of $10,000 support the creative development of N.C. artists and the creation of new work. Fellowship funds may be used to:
  • Set aside time to work
  • Pursue projects that further artistic development and support the realization of specific creative ideas
  • Buy supplies and equipment
  • Fund expenses related to the activities listed above: for example, costs related to studio construction or improvements
Fellowship funds may not be used to support academic research or formal study toward an academic or professional degree.

AAUW: Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grant

Here's an opportunity for the American Association of University Women for support for publication.

Sponsor: American Association of University Women Educational Foundation
Title: Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grant
E-mail: aauw@act.org
Web Site: http://www.aauw.org
Program URL: http://www.aauw.org/learn/fellowships_grants/american.cfm
SYNOPSIS:  The sponsor provides support for women college and
university faculty and independent researchers to prepare research for
Deadline(s): 11/15/2012

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Invitation to inaugural 'Pints of Science' event, September 25th at 7pm

The following is from Andrew Binder announcing this fascinating event.

From: Andrew R. Binder [mailto:andrew.r.binder@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 15:08
To: comregfac@lists.ncsu.edu
Subject: Invitation to inaugural 'Pints of Science' event, September 25th at 7pm

Dear colleagues:

I'd formally like to extend to you an invitation to the inaugural "Pints of Science" event at Tir Na Nog in downtown Raleigh on September 25th at 7pm. The speaker will be Dr. Rob Dunn from the Department of Biology, and he will be giving a brief talk entitled "Eight Ways Fungi are Taking Over Your Life: What No One is Telling You About Beer" followed by a Q&A session. The attached flyer has all the details, save one: Tuesday evening is 'pint night' at the pub, featuring discounted prices on draft beer.

Important: Calls for Nominations and Deadlines, Research and Extension Awards

Colleagues, Dara Leeder recently sent out an announcement about the various awards for excellence awarded by the college, many of which are also submitted for consideration for University-wide awards. Following the jump, here's details of the of all these award programs.

If you would like to nominate someone for an award related to research or extension, please contact that individual directly, or let me know at tom_birkland@ncsu.edu. In the memo below, I highlight the research and extension awards where my office can be of help. Please note that many of these awards recognize excellence across research, teaching, service, and extension and engagement.

These awards are important, and in some years we've not nominated as many people as we could for some awards. Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague! Let me know how I can help.--Tom

Sunday, September 2, 2012

National Park Service: Japanese American Confinement Sites Preservation

The NPS Japanese American Confinement Sites Preservation program was announced and has many opportunities for interested CHASS faculty.

Here's the solicitation:


Here's a summary of projects that were funded in 2012:


And here's the program page that has a lot of additional info:


From Liana Fryer: NIH Behavioral & Social Sciences Opportunity

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued as part of the NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences Opportunity Network (OppNet), encourages research grant applications investigating multisensory processing in perception or other behavioral and social outcomes. The FOA is intended to support basic behavioral research projects focused on two or more sensory modalities. This includes research examining ways in which cognitive or affective processes interact with multisensory input to influence basic behavioral targets. While evidence suggests that sensory input is processed interactively instead of additively, research is less developed regarding how different modalities are integrated for perception and behavioral or social outcomes.


Please note letter of intent is due to NIH by Oct 1, 2012 in addition to proposal submission deadline of Oct 31, 2012.

Friday, August 31, 2012

US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, Consolidated Grant and Tech Assistance Program

The Office on Violence Against Women is pleased to announce the release of the Consolidated Grant and Technical Assistance Program to Address Children and Youth Experiencing Domestic and Sexual Violence and Engage Men and Boys as Allies
What:  The Consolidated Grant and Technical Assistance Program to Address Children and Youth Experiencing Domestic and Sexual Violence and Engage Men and Boys as Allies, hereafter referred to as the Consolidated Grant Program is designed to address two primary purposes:  1) support comprehensive child and youth-centered prevention and intervention projects that maximize community-based efforts and evidence-informed practices to more fully address exposure to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking; and 2) support multi-faceted prevention strategies that involve community organizing, outreach, public education and mobilization that utilize men as influencers of other men and boys and encourages them to work as allies with women and girls to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.  The Consolidated Grant Program also supports activities that were previously funded under the following four OVW grant programs:   1) Grants to Assist Children and Youth Exposed to Violence Program (CEV);  2) Services to Advocate for and Respond to Youth Program (Youth Services); 3) Services, Training, Education and Policies to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking in Secondary Schools Grant Program (STEP); and 4) Engaging Men in Preventing Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program (Engaging Men).

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Research and Innovation Seed Funding Program: RFP

The Research and Innovation Seed Funding (RISF) Program is now accepting proposals from NC State faculty and staff professionals. The proposal due date is Friday, September 28, 2012, at 11:59 PM. 

More details are at go.ncsu.edu/risf

In recent years, CHASS faculty have been awarded funds from this program. The broad perception is that this program mostly supports R&D with a commercial application. To some extent this is true,but not always. If you have questions, please let me know, and I can help you determine whether this is a good opportunity and can help you craft your proposal. 

2012-13 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships now open

Colleagues, this note is from the always-helpful Carol Ashcraft

Good afternoon:
The American Council of Learned Societies offers about 15 faculty fellowship award programs, and also dissertation and doctoral research award programs.  Please share the following ACLS announcements and requests for applications generously with your faculty.  Thank you.
Greetings from the American Council of Learned Societies!

We are pleased to let you know that the 2012-13 ACLS fellowship competitions are now open. You will find updated and comprehensive information on all our programs on the ACLS website:www.acls.org/programs/comps. The majority of competition deadlines are in October and November.

During the past year, ACLS awarded over $15 million to more than 320 scholars worldwide , making it a major source of support for humanistic scholarship in the United States. Fellows' profiles, along with research abstracts, are accessible at: www.acls.org/fellows/new.

We are looking forward to an equally successful fellowships season in 2012-13.

With best wishes,

Nicole Stahlmann
Director of Fellowship Programs
American Council of Learned Societies

IRB Coming to Poe Hall this Fall


I received this note from Sam Snyder, IRB co-chair, and thought it might be of considerable interest to CHASS as well. Please share with your colleagues. As co-chair of the IRB, I can endorse and echo what Sam says in this note.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Samuel Snyder
Date: Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 4:26 PM
Subject: ANNOUNCEMENT: IRB coming to CED (Poe Hall)

Hello, all.  I am pleased to announce that Deb Paxton, NC State Regulatory Compliance Administrator and the force behind the NCSU IRB has agreed to hold weekly office hours in Poe Hall.  Deb will be in Poe 530 each Monday  from 1:00 - 4:00 (that's PM) on those weeks when class is in session.  She welcomes drop-by visits.  If she is working on a protocol with you, she may suggest a meeting during that time, as well.

One of the highlights of my (now nearly one year) tenure as co-chair of the NC State IRB has been the opportunity to work with and to learn from Deb.  She is an invaluable resource and I urge you to take advantage of this chance to receive feedback and recommendations.  Trust me, it will make the review of your protocol go much more smoothly.

Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative

The Office of the Secretary of Defense is pleased to announce that the Minerva Research Initiative competition for 2013 awards is now open!

Minerva is a university-based social science basic research program initiated by the Department of Defense in 2008 to improve our fundamental understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the US. In 2012 ten projects ranging in size from $200K to $5M were awarded Minerva grants, with research just begun or about to begin. We look forward to a new cohort of interesting and important basic research efforts to begin in Fall 2013.

White papers and full proposals are solicited which propose basic research in the following three topics / eleven (11) subtopics listed below. The detailed descriptions of each (found in the released Broad Agency Announcement) are intended to provide the proposer a frame of reference and are not meant to be restrictive. The Minerva program is highly competitive and innovative proposals related to these research topics are highly encouraged.

(1) Belief Formation and Movements for Change
(1-A) Belief formation and influence
(1-B) Group identities and cultural norms
(1-C) Movements for change
(1-D) Collaboration and competition between violent groups
(2) Models of Societal Resilience and Change
(2-A) Economic factors
(2-B) Energy, environment, and resource factors
(2-C) Other factors impacting societal stability and change
(3) Theories of Power and Deterrence
(3-A) The role of the state in a globalized world
(3-B) Cyber norms and governance
(3-C) Beyond conventional deterrence
(3-D) Emerging topics in power and deterrence

Proposals will be considered both for single-investigator awards as well as larger, multidisciplinary and multi-institution teams. This competition is open to institutions of higher education (universities), including DoD institutions of higher education and foreign universities. Non-profit institutions and commercial entities are also eligible to compete as collaborators on university-led proposals.

White Papers: Sunday, September 30, 2012
Full Proposals: Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Visit http://minerva.dtic.mil/ for more information on the FY 2013 Minerva Research Initiative BAA, topic descriptions, and FAQs, as well as links to ongoing Minerva research efforts. Access the BAA directly athttp://www.onr.navy.mil/Contracts-Grants/Funding-Opportunities/Broad-Agency-Announcements.aspx.

Please distribute.

Erin Fitzgerald, Ph.D
Lead, Minerva Research Initiative
ASD(R&E) Basic Science Office
Research Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
http://minerva.dtic.mil / minerva@osd.mil

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Research Office is Seeking a Graduate Assistant

I hope everyone had a great summer and is settling into the semester--or diving in head-first, as the case may be!

I will have a series of new funding announcements to post soon, but meanwhile, I'd like to share this opportunity for a graduate assistant in the Research Office. Please circulate among the PhD students you know in the college. Thanks!

Graduate Assistant Opportunity in the CHASS Research Office

The CHASS Office for Research, Extension, Engagement and Economic Development (REEED) is seeking a part-time (10 to 20 hours a week) graduate assistant to assist the Associate Dean in researching, developing, and implementing a series of strategic initiatives designed to improve and expand the CHASS research enterprise, as well as other duties to support the office’s mission.

The successful candidate for this assistantship will be a PhD candidate in a social science, humanities, or a related discipline at NCSU. The assistant will possess outstanding communications (writing, reading, and speaking) and analytical skills, and will have some basic knowledge of the conduct of research at a research-intensive university. An ideal candidate would have demonstrated skills in using Microsoft Access, FileMaker Pro, any web-design package, and the like.

The assistant would generally work in the CHASS research office in Withers Hall, under the direction of the Associate Dean for Research, but working hours, days and locations are flexible in order to accommodate classes and other obligations.

Individuals interested in this position should send a short cover letter expressing their interest in the position, a CV, and the names of three references. These materials should be submitted via email, preferably in PDF format, to Tom Birkland, Associate Dean, at tabirkla@ncsu.edu. Review of applications will be begin about September 6, and the position will remain open until filled. We hope to fill this by mid- to late-September.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Global Health Projects: Call for Participation

Colleagues, I received this note from Marian McCord, our university's leader of global health initiatives. I know that some of you are working in this domain, and encourage you to get involved as outlined below.

Dear Friend of NCSU Global Health,

Can you identify a global health need that requires a multidisciplinary solution?  Are you interested in mentoring a real world student project?  NCSU’s Global Health Initiatives wants to know about it!

Please see the announcement below which can also be seen here.  Student projects, in conjunction with or independent of a class/course, serve the dual purpose of fostering student awareness and learning, and generating useful ideas and solutions. 

If you have concerned about intellectual property ownership, here is a link to information regarding NCSU’s Academic Course Design Project agreement: Academic Course Design Agreement. This agreement may or may not apply to your project!!

If you are a faculty member, and are interested in working on a global health project within your course (or already plan to do so), please contact me at mmccord@ncsu.edu 

We look forward to hearing from you.  Also, please feel free to forward this email to others within your organization, or outside, who may be interested.


Marian McCord


Global Health Initiatives at NCSU is creating a project resource file for faculty and students to use as course or individual design projects, service, or research. The purpose of this solicitation is to find advocates who wish to identify specific global health problems to be included in this file. It is anticipated that many of these problems will require multi-disciplinary approaches that use innovative technology. The projects will be distributed broadly to the NCSU community and beyond (with your permission).

If you have an idea to share, please provide us with an abstract summary of the issue you identify and the communities that will benefit from your proposed resolution. A list of partners, stakeholders, and other resources is also necessary. To view full list of required information, please COMPLETE THE APPLICATION.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The University of North Carolina General Administration has announced Cycle XI of NC QUEST: N.C. Quality Educators through Staff Development and Training. The limit is one new lead-partner proposal per university. The program is designed to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and school districts improve teacher and principal quality and ensure that all teachers are highly qualified. Award: Up to $300,000 over 1.5 years Mandatory notification of interest in applying: Due by 5 p.m. August 13, 2012 to limited-submission@ncsu.edu . Identify the NC State principal and co-principle investigators and directors, the education agency in the partnership and any other collaborating partners, plus their respective principle or co-principal investigators. Provide a title or brief description of the proposed project. NC QUEST Technical Assistance Meeting: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the UNC Center for School Leadership Development Building in Chapel Hill, 140 Friday Center Drive. Further details about the RFP process will be provided, as well as an opportunity for prospective grant seekers to ask questions. For more information, see http://research.ncsu.edu/rdo/2012/08/quest/ . Internal preproposal submission deadline: Due by 5 p.m. September 28, 2012 to limited-submission@ncsu.edu with a copy to College of Education Associate Dean for Research Samuel Snyder. Internal preproposal guidelines are available at http://research.ncsu.edu/rdo/2012/08/quest/ . Estimated internal review completion date: October 3, 2012 UNC GA proposal submission deadline: November 15, 2012 For more information and a link to the request for proposals, see http://research.ncsu.edu/rdo/2012/08/quest/ .

The University of North Carolina General Administration has announced Cycle XI of NC QUEST: N.C. QualityEducators through Staff Development and Training.  The limit is one new lead-partner proposal per university.  The program is designed to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and school districts improve teacher and principal quality and ensure that all teachers are highly qualified.
Award:  Up to $300,000 over 1.5 years
Mandatory notification of interest in applying: Due by 5 p.m. August 28, 2012 [this corrects an earlier date that is no longer in force] to limited-submission@ncsu.edu .  Identify the NC State principal and co-principle investigators and directors, theeducation agency in the partnership and any other collaborating partners, plus their respective principle or co-principal investigators.  Provide a title or brief description of the proposed project.

NC QUEST Technical Assistance Meeting: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the UNC Center for School Leadership Development Building in Chapel Hill, 140 Friday Center Drive. Further details about the RFP process will be provided, as well as an opportunity for prospective grant seekers to ask questions.  For more information, see http://research.ncsu.edu/rdo/2012/08/quest/ . 

Internal preproposal submission deadline: Due by 5 p.m. September 28, 2012 to limited-submission@ncsu.edu with a copy to College of Education Associate Dean for Research Samuel Snyder.  Internal preproposal guidelines are available at http://research.ncsu.edu/rdo/2012/08/quest/ .

Estimated internal review completion date: October 3, 2012

UNC GA proposal submission deadline: November 15, 2012
For more information and a link to the request for proposals, see http://research.ncsu.edu/rdo/2012/08/quest/ .

Friday, July 20, 2012

Limited Submission: NSF Critical Zone Observatories Program

The National Science Foundation has announced the Critical Zone Observatories program, which is limited to one lead proposal per institution.  The program is designed to "establish a networked set of Critical Zone Observatories (CZOs) that will address pressing interdisciplinary scientific questions concerning geological, physical, chemical, and biological processes and their couplings that govern critical zone system dynamics."
Award:  $5 million over five years
Important dates:
Mandatory notification of interest in applying:  Due by 5 p.m. July 26, 2012 to carol_ashcraft@ncsu.edu .  Include a working title or a brief description of the proposed project, and identify the NC State principal investigators.
Internal preproposal submission:  Due by 5 p.m. November 19, 2012 to carol_ashcraft@ncsu.edu.  Internal guidelines are available at http://research.ncsu.edu/rdo/2012/07/czo/ . 
Estimated internal review completion:  November 30, 2012
NSF proposal deadline:  February 5, 2013
For more information and a link to the program solicitation, see http://research.ncsu.edu/rdo/2012/07/czo/ .