Monday, April 30, 2012

Water Resources Research Institute funding opportunities


Those with an interest in water policy, coastal policy, and related fields will find these opportunities interesting (forwarded to us, as usual, by the always-helpful and supportive Carol Ashcraft).

Two Water Resources Research Institute funding opportunities, plus three others from federal and state sponsors, are listed below.
FY 2013-2014 research funding: Any topic of significance for North Carolina water resources. Successful pre-proposals must make a strong case for the proposed project’s relevance and importance to North Carolina, whether or not the exact project topic appears on the list of research priorities.  WRRI encourages collaboration among researchers from different institutions, and with federal, state, and local agencies. Additional consideration will be given to qualified pre-proposals from principal investigators in early-career status.
Pre-proposals are due June 1, 2012.  The RFP (plus a link to WRRI research priorities) can be found at  . 
For more information:
Nicole Saladin Wilkinson
Coordinator for Research & Outreach
Water Resources Research Institute
nicole_wilkinson AT

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fullbright Opportunities

Colleagues, please review the opportunities here and let our office know how we can help you apply for a Fulbright Scholar award. Not all the subjects listed in the note below (helpfully shared with us by Carol Ashcraft) are likely to interest all CHASS faculty, but there are some that are very relevant to your work.


23 Fulbright Scholar opportunities, listed below. 
To see a program announcement, copy the program title and go to , paste the program title in the search form, and  conduct the search.
To see a list of all Core Fulbright Scholars programs, listed alphabetically by world region and by country, see .  Disciplinary area and program title are included in this list.

NEW: Globalization and Environmental Change

This is a funding opportunity from the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center at the University of Maryland.

SESYNC THEME (2012T-2): Globalization and Environmental Change. SESYNC seeks proposals for activities that will illuminate linkages between globalization and natural resources and environmental change at any scale.  Globalization here refers to increased economic and social interaction among peoples via trade, migration and employment, or via new forms of communication.  Activities could focus on the natural resource implications of social, cultural, or economic phenomena related to globalization, they could focus on natural resources as a driver of globalization patterns and social change, or they could focus on the nature of linkages between social and environmental phenomena. We encourage research proposals related to the wide variety of globalization-environment linkages. These linkages include, but are not limited to:

    •    Natural resource scarcity driven by globalization.
    •    Policy intended to protect natural resources that acts as a barrier to globalization.
    •    Globalization triggered by environmental degradation.
    •    Globalization triggered by social change, with implications for the ways communities manage their indigenous natural resources.
    •    Diffusion of more environmentally friendly technologies and practices triggered by globalization.
    •    Natural resource implications of political alliances and social movements driven by globalization.
    •    Environmental risks created by changing – and accelerating – the movements of people and materials as part of globalization.

These examples are meant to convey a breadth of questions related to globalization’s impact on socio-environmental systems. Applications to undertake Pursuits at SESYNC are encouraged for projects by individuals, small teams, or a working group. One, or at most two, lead investigators must be identified.

See Pursuit Details and Application Guidelines.

Deadline Date:
Thursday, May 31, 2012

This is from SESYNC's website,

Saturday, April 21, 2012

US Dept of Education: Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research

This may present a good opportunity for collaboration with colleagues in the College of Education. Let me know if you have an interest in this solicitation. This is a limited submission announcement, as noted below.

The U.S. Department of Education has announced the program, "Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research."  The limit is one application per institution.  The program is designed to support partnerships between research institutions and state or local education agencies to identify an important educational issue for improving student achievement in a high priority area.  It supports the planning stage of a partnership proposal. 
Award:  Up to $400,000 over up to two years.
Important dates: 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Joint EPA/NCSU Poster Session, May 15

Colleagues, I received the announcement that follows, and believe that many CHASS researchers will find this interesting. I intend to attend this session; please let me know if you are presenting here, and with whom you are collaborating, of if you are going to attend out of your own curiosity.

To be clear, EPA in this context means Environmental Protection Agency (at first glance, I thought this was something to do with personnel).

Details after the jump.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

ear Colleagues:
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting innovators to apply for two grant opportunities:
  1. Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions, is now accepting grant proposals for its latest application round. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for profit companies.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Education Technology Funding Opportunity

Program Announcement: Education Technology CFDA 84.305A
Program Officer:
Dr. Jonathan Levy
(202) 219-2096


The Education Technology topic supports research on education technology tools that are designed to provide or support instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, or the sciences (including pre-reading, pre-writing, early mathematics, and early science), to improve study skills, or to provide professional development for teachers related to instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, or the sciences. The long-term outcome of this research will be an array of education technology tools that have been documented to be effective for improving student reading, writing, mathematics, and science achievement.

Additional information is available at

Encouraging Civic Progress from the Frye Foundation

Researchers who study urban redevelopment may find the Frey Foundation's programs interesting.

If you are interested in pursuing research funding from Frey or any other nongovernmental foundation, please share you plans with me or with Missy Seate before applying. If necessary, we would like to work with you and with our CHASS development officers to ensure that we coordinate our relationships with private funders, and ensure that funds are properly accounted for.

The Frey Foundation describes its program as follows (from ):

Encouraging Civic Progress

Communities whose downtown and older neighborhoods are deteriorating are communities in jeopardy. For this reason the Frey Foundation supports projects that encourage urban revitalization and smart growth. Our goal is to foster civic action to improve the livability of existing urban centers and towns in our target communities of western Michigan.

Our grantmaking priorities include:
  • Building strong and attractive city centers and revitalized neighborhoods
  • Fostering public/private partnerships that further city center revitalization
  • Encouraging incentives for urban revitalization through state and local public policy
  • Promoting equitable public financing across cities, suburbs and rural areas
View the promising projects in this program area, or a complete list of recent grants.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Call for Proposals: Dupont Summit on Science, Technology and Environmental Policy

Colleagues, I received this in the email last week. PSO is a very interesting--and very interdisciplinary--organization. You and your students may find this opportunity interesting.

Call for Proposals: Dupont Summit on Science, Technology and Environmental Policy
The Policy Studies Organization (PSO) invites you to submit a proposal for the 2012 Dupont Summit focused on science, technology and environmental policy issues. The Summit will be held at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC on Friday, December 7, 2012. The purpose of the conference is to promote dialogue about current policy concerns and to provide a civil space for discussion across the political spectrum.  The format will include panel discussions along with some individual presentations.  You are welcomed to submit a topic proposal or a proposal that includes others beside yourself for a panel.