Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Funded Training Opportunity: Fragile Families Summer Data Workshop 2012

The Columbia Population Research Center is accepting applications for the Fragile Families Summer Data Workshop to be held July 11-13, 2012, at the Columbia University School of Social Work in New York City. The workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the data available in the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, especially the nine-year follow-up data. The national study follows a birth cohort of (mostly) unmarried parents and their children, providing information about the capabilities, circumstances, and relationships of unwed parents, the wellbeing of their children, and the role of public policy in family formation and parent and child wellbeing.

The workshop is targeted toward young scholars from various social and biomedical science disciplines, including advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty. Applicants must possess basic quantitative data analysis skills. Ethnic minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. About 25-30 applicants will be selected. Travel costs for out-of-town participants will be reimbursed up to $750, including hotel which will be booked directly by Columbia.

The Fragile Families Summer Data Workshop 2012 is made possible by Grant Number R25HD072818 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute Of Child Health & Human Development.

Additional information about the Fragile Families study is available at

The online application and additional information about the workshop are available at

Application deadline is March 18, 2012.

Please direct any questions to

News Item: The Research Works Act is dead, for now

Colleagues, this is not the usual funding opportunity note, but, rather, is news about important legislation that, for this year at least, is dead. This is probably good news for those who value open scholarship. The bill--the "Research Works Act." would have, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, "would have prevented agencies of the federal government from requiring public access to federally subsidized research." This legislation would have been most relevant to research funded through NIH, which has a clear public-access policy, but would have also harmed the growing open-access movement, exemplified by the Public Library of Science (PLoS) and other publishing innovations. 

More information is available at the Chronicle.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Extension Seed Grants

This announcement was just released. As usual, please let us know how we can help you prepare your application.
The Office of Outreach and Engagement is pleased to announce that funds are available to be awarded for selected proposals related to extension and engagement activities for the 2012-13 fiscal year.  The maximum award will be $10,000 per proposal request. 2012-13 Proposal Guidelines are posted on 
The number of awards granted will be contingent upon the total amount of available funds and the incremental amounts of each request.  The timeline for the 2012-13 competition is as follows:

  • February 27, 2012: Call for RFP announcements go out/Post to EE&ED web site
  • April 17, 2012: Proposals due by COB to Office of Outreach & Engagement (electronic and  hard copy with signatures; Send to  
  • May 9, 2012: Judging by USCOEE members concludes
  • May 14, 2012: Awardees notified 
  • July 1, 2012: Funding cycle begins
  • June 30, 2013: Funding cycle ends
  • September 14, 2013: Final report due

Monday, February 27, 2012

Faculty Research and Professional Development Fund (FRPD) 2012-2013

We are pleased to announce the release of the proposal guidelines for the 2012-13 Faculty Research and Professional Development Fund (FRPD).  The individual investigator fund is intended to assist faculty members in initiating research and professional development activities. A primary objective from an award should be to use the funding as "seed" money leading to support from outside granting agencies. This funding is made available via a partnership of resources from the division of Research and Graduate Studies and your college Dean’s office.

PINS Proposal must be routed to the CHASS Research Office by April 13, 2012.

Friday, February 24, 2012

NSF requirements for Data Management Plans: Help and Support

Colleagues, I received this information from Matt Ronning, who has shared with us information about the preparation and submission of the Data Management Plan (DMP) as part of NSF proposals. The university has done outstanding work to support all researchers in complying with this requirement (which, in my opinion, is long overdue!).

Please let me and the CHASS Research Office staff know if we can help in any way with your DMPs and other proposal elements, and please avail yourself of these excellent resources.


NSF Opportunity: uilding Community and Capacity for Data-Intensive Research in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences and in Education and Human Resources

NSF just announced this funding opp:

Building Community and Capacity for Data-Intensive Research in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences and in Education and Human Resources (BCC-SBE/EHR)

Successful "proposals should focus on the development of communities and infrastructure within which identified research may effectively proceed rather than the conduct of research itself."  

Our office would be very pleased to help you with any collaborative work to develop and submit a proposal.

Stewards of the Future: Research for Human Health and Global Sustainability

Colleagues, I received this note from the provost's office. Many faculty in the college are interested in human health, and my find this conference interesting. It's important to note that the convergence of the sciences listed below clearly excludes the social and behavioral sciences, yet the innovations these folks seek are impossible without strong social and behavioral science. With this in mind, I'd appreciate your letting me know (at whether you plan to attend, and, after the meeting, how social sciences can participate and contribute.
Stewards of the Future: Research for Human Health and Global Sustainability
Hosted by NC Agricultural & Life Sciences Research Foundation and CALS
April 17, 2012 at McKimmon Center

Monday, February 20, 2012

National Institute of Justice: W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship for Research in Race, Gender, Culture, and Crime FY 2012

Dear Colleagues:

Please note the call for proposals below.

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) NIJ seeks proposals for funding under the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship for Research in Race, Gender, Culture, and Crime FY 2012. The Du Bois Fellowship Program seeks to advance knowledge regarding the confluence of crime, justice, and culture in various societal contexts. The Fellowship places particular emphasis on crime, violence, and the administration of justice in diverse cultural contexts within the United States.
Questions should be directed to

Health Care Researchers: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Building Evidence for Decision Making

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is pleased to release a Public Health Services and Systems Research Call for Proposals entitledBuilding Evidence for Decision Making:  The solicitation seeks to produce evidence to inform public health practice and policy decisions through natural experiments that will compare systems with change in organizational structures, legal infrastructure, financing mechanisms, and service delivery strategies to systems without changes.  Approximately $1.4 million will be awarded to up to 7 applicants.  Awards will fund projects in the priority areas of Organization and Governance; Financing and Resource Allocation; and Staffing and Delivery Models.  This solicitation is facilitated by the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) in collaboration with the National Coordinating Center for PHSSR, a RWJF-funded center housed at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Call for Research Papers - Federal Academic Research Collaborative (NYU Wagner)

Colleagues, many of us in CHASS do policy relevant work, whether or not we are in political science or public administration. The following note describes an opportunity for you to match your expertise to particular federal agency needs. 

If you do work with this group, please let the CHASS Research Office know what outcomes, if any, there were. 


NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service is pleased to share an opportunity to easily connect your existing research and publications to federal agency priorities. NYU Wagner has launched the Academic Research Collaborative (ARC), which aims to match agency policy priorities with relevant scholarship in academia.

The initiative promises to link thoughtful research to real problems, both highlighting leading scholars in the field and offering policy-makers fresh perspectives and solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing the country.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Another scam funding conference

[This post has been removed because it referred to a group that appears legit, but that has a name very close to that of another group that has since gone out of business. The group referred to in this post appears to be a legitimate consultancy.]

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

New Edition! Research Development & Grant Writing News

This is a terrific resource. I strongly urge all faculty interested in external funding to view this newsletter.
The current issue of Research Development & Grant Writing News has been posted to the Research Development website.  Direct links to all articles in the current issue as well as archives of all past issues can be found on the website. 

The Research Development Office has an institutional-level subscription allowing us to distribute freely within NC State University.  Newsletters can be accessed online with a valid unity ID.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Regional Workshop

NC A&T State University's Division of Research & Economic Development will host a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Regional Workshop on Wednesday, February 22nd.  On-site registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by workshop sessions from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The workshop will be held in the Alumni Foundation Event Center.  A continental breakfast and hot lunch will be provided.  This workshop is free to all attendees.

NEH Regional Workshop, NC A&T University

Scholars in the humanities are urged to sign up for this workshop as soon as possible!

NC A&T State University's Division of Research & Economic Development will host a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Regional Workshop on Wednesday, February 22nd.  On-site registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by workshop sessions from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The workshop will be held in the Alumni Foundation Event Center.  A continental breakfast and hot lunch will be provided.  This workshop is free to all attendees.

This workshop will give faculty members a chance to hear directly from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  Dr. Mark Silver, NEH Senior Program Officer, will present a session focused on application-writing tips, specifically Awards for Faculty, Fellowships, and Summer Stipends.  There will also be a mock peer-review panel followed by a question and answer session.

Mr. Darrell Stover, Program Director from the North Carolina Humanities Council, will be giving a brief overview of the current NC Humanities Council’s programs.

Space is limited to 70 individuals so be sure to get your slot secured today!  You can register for this workshop at

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

SCAM ALERT: Academic Funding Strategy Session by NAPPPA

If you're anything like me, your email box is likely flooded with all sorts of invitations to attend workshops, conferences, and other events. Many of them have the patina of academic legitimacy, but are scams. For example, there's a program called the "Oxford Round Table" that sponsors conferences that are held in rented space at Oxford University, but that are not sponsored or conducted by Oxford.

Similarly, this NAPPPA outfit crafts its messages to appear to have the imprimatur of NCSU, but they only rent space here. As Carol Aschraft has very helpfully outlined here, their programs are a scam, and are a waste of your or departmental funds.
If you get similar invitations for workshops or conferences that you don't believe pass the sniff test, please share the information with me so that we can review and vet the ideas before you commit your scarce resources. 
Here's Carol's note.  
An email invitation to an academic funding strategy session at NC State in July is a scam.  Please warn faculty, research staff and graduate students about this ploy.  In addition, investigate any organization offering proposal strategy or funding tips here at NC State or elsewhere for a fee.  See below for directions on blocking the sending email address for this particular scam. 
Individuals who receive the email from the North American Program Planning and Policy Academy (NAPPPA) can unsubscribe by going to the bottom of the email message and following the "unsubscribe" directions.  Those who receive forwarded solicitations can add the NAPPPA domain, , to their "blocked senders" list.  

Those whose NAPPPA session registrations are in process may want to see what can be done to prevent or stop payment.  

NAPPPA sends out mass emails with a university's name in the subject heading, making it appear that the event is a legitimate, university-sponsored training session.  However, NAPPPA is actually simply renting space on a campus to create that illusion.  The session costs nearly $400.  One NC State graduate student who attended the session reported that it was "poor, disorganized and disappointing."  Refunds could not be obtained. Universities throughout the nation are targeted.  In California, hundreds of complaints have been filed with the Attorney General's Office.
NAPPPA has only a "shell" office, no mailing address other than a post office box, and the telephone number provided connects to an operator at a switchboard, and that's as far as a telephone call can go.

For more information, see 
If you have questions about any other fee-based funding strategy or training sessions, please feel free to contact me.
Carol Linelle Ashcraft, Manager
Research Funding Opportunities
Research Development Office
Office of Research, Innovation and Economic
North Carolina State University
20 Watauga Club Drive
C.B. 7003, Holladay Hall 206

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Call for Proposals: Chancellor's Innovation Fund

The deadline to submit a proposal to the Chancellor's Innovation Fund (CIF) is February 17, 2012.

The full solicitation and guidelines can be found at (

The CIF assists faculty, staff, and students by providing funding and guidance related to proof-of-concept research or technology/product development. These resources are intended to strengthen the commercial potential of intellectual property disclosed to the Office of Technology Transfer.

Proposals must be entered into PINS. After receiving approval in PINS, proposals should be submitted electronically as a PDF to Billy Houghteling at


Billy Houghteling
Executive Director
Office of Technology Transfer
North Carolina State University
Ph: (919) 515-7199
Fax: (919) 515-3773

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI): John Jones Scholar Award

The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) would like to bring to your attention our John Jones Scholar Award. The objective of this award is to stimulate interest in workers’ compensation research and facilitate creation of important, new, publishable research. John Jones Scholars receive a grant in the amount of $10,000. We encourage faculty and graduate students to apply.

Past recipients have included faculty members at the Swarthmore,Penn State, Harvard Medical School, Stanford Law School, and the Haas School of Business at Berkeley, and graduate students atBerkeley, Harvard, and the University of Maryland.

Please go to our website: for more details, including an application. The application deadline is June 1, 2012. The award is expected to be made by August 1, 2012, for the 12 months beginning September 1, 2012.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Spring 2012 solicitation for Research and Innovation Seed Funding is now open.

The Spring 2012 solicitation for Research and Innovation Seed Funding is now open. [We have, in fact, had successful applications in recent years from CHASS, so please consider how your work might fit this solicitation!]

The full solicitation can be found at  

The Research and Innovation Seed Funding (RISF) program is designed to assist NC State researchers in developing innovative interdisciplinary programs that have strong potential for significant future support from government agencies, corporations, industrial consortia, or foundations.  Proposals should be high risk/high gain and should describe how the project will result in new areas of research for NCSU.

Proposal deadline is Friday, March 30, 2012.

2013-14 Fulbright Scholar Program Opens for Applications

The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2013-2014 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. There are awards in 45 specific academic disciplines as well as 167 awards open to all disciplines.
Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to participate in one of our weekly webinars. Each deals with a topic germane to the 2013-2014 competition, from regional and discipline information to how to fill out an application. For more information, visit our website at

The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2012.  U.S. citizenship is required.  For other eligibility requirements and detailed award descriptions visit our website at or contact us
Andy Riess, Ph.D.
Assistant Director for Outreach and Communications 
Council for International Exchange of Scholars
A Division of the Institute of International Education
1400 K Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, D.C.  20005-2403