Thursday, February 28, 2013

Trends in Arts & Humanities Funding 2004-2012

Many of you will find this research report on global trends in arts and humanities funding. I am not sure that the data square with everything we know about these trends in the United States, but this does inform an interesting discussion and points to opportunities to increase funding in the humanities.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

American Community Survey Data Users: Request for Input on New ACS Data Users Group Activities and Topics



With funding from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) and Sabre Systems are forming a new American Community Survey (ACS) Data Users Group. The purpose of the ACS Data Users Group is to improve understanding of the value and utility of ACS data. Membership in the group is free and open to all interested ACS data users. The ACS Data Users Group will not play a role in advising the Census Bureau or advocating to the Census Bureau on behalf of ACS data users. The group is led by a Steering Committee comprised of selected external stakeholders representing a broad spectrum of data users with different interests. 

To facilitate communication among ACS data users, PRB and Sabre Systems will create and maintain an online forum, organize webinars and special sessions at professional meetings, and hold an annual ACS Data Users Conference. The online forum is the centerpiece of this project and will provide a discussion site where people can share messages, materials, and announcements related to ACS data and methods. Specific activities and topics will be determined based on input from ACS Data Users Group members, Steering Committee members, and Census Bureau staff.

CHASS Junior Faculty Development Award (JFDA) Announcement

CHASS Junior Faculty Development Award (JFDA)
Due dates for submission: April 1, 2013

The CHASS research office is pleased to announce that it will offer up to five Junior Faculty Development Awards, to support tenure-track faculty in their scholarly endeavors. This is a one-time program, but may be announced next year if funds are available.

Eligbility: Any junior faculty member  in any discipline in CHASS may apply. Only tenure-track faculty are eligible. Faculty who will apply for promotion and tenure in AY 2013-2014, or whose promotion to tenure will take effect any time during the 2013-14 academic year are not eligible for this award.

Faculty who have been funded under the SRA mechanism during the 2012 cycle are not eligible for this funding. Faculty may apply for these funds if they are being offered summer research salary for May or June 2013, or any portion of these months.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Institutional Review Board (IRB) Human Subjects Office Hours

Colleagues, Sam Snyder, my counterpart in the College of Education, shared this with his colleagues in  his college. I know that this will be very helpful to our college as well. Please feel free to visit Deb Paxton during her office hours in Poe to ask anything at all about human subjects research. Of course, you can contact the IRB at any time, and if you have general questions please ask me as well (Sam and I are co-chairs of the IRB).

Once again NC State Regulatory Compliance Administrator Deb Paxton will be holding "IRB office hours" in Poe Hall.  Deb is available for walk-in traffic or by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays from about 4:20 until about 5:20 in room 530.
This is a real opportunity for residents of Poe Hall and nearby buildings to talk through those IRB issues that can slow the review of your proposal, so I encourage you to take good advantage.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

US DOJ/NIJ call for applications for research on firearms and violence

In the aftermath of Sandy Hook, the Obama Administration has taken executive action to make federal funding available for studying violence related to firearms. This is an excellent opportunity to pursue some high-quality research in a field that lacks rigorous analysis. 


The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of
Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for research on firearms and violence. This program furthers the Department’s mission by sponsoring research to provide objective, independent knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the State and local levels.

More details are at and at this link

New York Public Library: Short Term Research Fellowships

Short-Term Research Fellowships

The New York Public Library is pleased to offer Short-Term Research Fellowships to support visiting scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research.  Fellowship stipends are $1,000 per week for up to four weeks and researchers must be in residence at the Library for a minimum of two weeks between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.  Scholars needing to conduct on-site research in the Library’s special collections to support projects in the humanities including but not limited to art history, cultural studies, history, literature, performing arts and photography are welcome to apply. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S.
In 2013-2014, the Library will offer additional fellowships to support the study of food and society focusing on manuscript cookbooks and related archival collections held by the Library. With support from the Pine Tree Foundation, the Food Studies Fellowships are intended to support multidisciplinary research and expose individuals working in the area of food studies to manuscript recipe books and archival collections held at the Library. Applicants for this fellowship should follow the same guidelines as the Short-Term Research Fellowship program.

[More information after the jump]

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Google Faculty Research Awards


Google has announced its deadlines for its Faculty Research Awards. They are April 15 and October 15 of this year. While these awards tend to focus on technical fields, the breadth of their interests is considerable, and I believe that there are faculty in CHASS who could find this opportunity exciting. The funds tend to support graduate students, but the research project must be directed by a faculty PI.

The announcement is at

Their FAQ page is

Please visit these pages for more details. Please also note that Google funds research as unrestricted gifts, not grants, to the University. For now, this distinction is not important--your time is better spent considering how you might apply for this funding! But since this is unusual in the research world, you will want to work with the CHASS research office carefully to ensure that we follow both Google's and our University's processes for handling unrestricted gifts.

Following is a blurb from the Google announcement. I think this is very exciting, and I urge you to read this announcement!

What are Google Research Awards?
Google Research Awards are one-year awards structured as unrestricted gifts to universities to support the work of world-class full-time faculty members at top universities around the world. Faculty members can apply for Research Awards by submitting a proposal to one of our two 2013 funding rounds. Our 2013 deadlines are April 15 and October 15. Recipients are selected through a comprehensive internal review process and notified of their awards within 4 months of the initial submission. Faculty members can apply for up to 150,000 USD in eligible expenses, but actual award amounts are frequently less than the full amount requested. Most awards are funded at the amount needed to support basic expenses for one graduate student for one year. Please see our FAQs for more details on eligibility and budgets.