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)  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 Please direct any questions to Erica Johnson at 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

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

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  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.