Saturday, May 25, 2013

DEADLINE THIS WEEK: NIH Summer Stipends Program

The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced the Summer Stipends program, which allows two nominees per institution.  The program is designed to support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.  Examples of work supported include articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions or other scholarly resources. 

Eligibility:  Researchers, teachers and writers (with the exception of literary authors) who have completed their most recent advanced degrees, whether or not they are affiliated with an organization. Applicants need not have advanced degrees, but individuals currently enrolled in degree programs are ineligible.  Those who have held or been awarded a major fellowship or research grant (more than $15,000) from organizations other than NC State within the last three years are not eligible.
Award:  $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing
Important dates:
Mandatory notification of interest in nominating or being nominated:  Due by 5 p.m. May 29, 2013 to  Nominations should include a simple sentence of nomination or interest (not a full-fledged letter of recommendation) and a title (or brief description) of the humanities project work.  Self-nominations will be accepted if they are followed by a nomination message from a mid- or advanced-career faculty member.
Internal preproposal submission:  Due by 5 p.m. July 29, 2013 to .  For internal guidelines, see .
Estimated internal review completion date:  August 2, 2013
NEH application deadline:  September 26, 2013
For more information and a link to the program announcement, see

CLOSE DEADLINE: NIH Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series

Apologies for the late notice. Please note that the May 30 deadline is for notification of interest in applying, so if you are at all interested, please send a note as directed--the internal deadline for the actual proposals isn't until August 12, 2013. So there's still a good amount of time to translate your ideas to proposals!


The National Institutes of Health has announced the Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series (R13).  The limit is one application per institution.  The program is designed to support health disparities-related meetings, workshops and symposia to bring together partnerships that will use a specific research methodology, Community-Based Participatory Research, to address health disparities.  Focus areas include obesity (child, adolescent or adult), techniques for outreach and information dissemination, violence prevention and medical topics such as fibroid tumors and HIV/AIDS prevention.  
Award:  Up to $30,000 per year for up to three years
Important dates
Mandatory notification of interest in applying:  Due by 5 p.m. May 30, 2013 to  Also provide a prospective topic or focus area for the proposed conference, and identify the individual(s) who will provide the expertise in Community-Based Participatory Research.
Internal preproposal submission:  Due by 5 p.m. August 12, 2013 to .  For internal guidelines, see  For examples of the kind of projects funded previously, see the last paragraph below.
Estimated internal review completion:  August 16, 2013
NIH application deadline:  October 17, 2013
For information about preparing a competitive application for this program, you can view abstracts of currently funded projects at .  Scroll down the right column until you see "FOA."   in the FOA number box, insert PAR-12-102 .  Click on the "submit" button at the bottom left of the page.  When the six funded projects are listed, click on the titles for the abstracts you want to see.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Department of Health and Human Services Graduate Student Grant Funding Opportunities

OPRE Grant Announcement

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has recently published a discretionary research funding announcement titled “Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants,” which is summarized below.   If you have questions regarding this grant announcement, please email the OPRE grant review team or call 1-877-350-5913.

Head Start Graduate Student Research Grant

The full announcement for “Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants” is available online at: These grants are meant to facilitate high quality research that directly addresses the needs of low-income children, families, and their early childhood educators, to inform and improve Head Start policies and practice, and to foster mentoring relationships between faculty members and high quality doctoral students.
Who is eligible to apply? Funds for Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants are available to accredited public, State-controlled, and private institutions of higher education acting on behalf of a doctoral-level graduate student. 
To be eligible to administer the grant on behalf of the student, the institution must be fully accredited by one of the regional accrediting commissions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.  Eligible U.S. institutions may apply on behalf of their own university faculty who will serve as Principal Investigator for an international non-U.S. citizen who is an advanced graduate student enrolled in their program. Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards under this announcement.  Additionally, eligible applicants must have a faculty mentor, who has a Ph.D. or equivalent in the respective field, and conducts research as a primary professional responsibility in their university/institution.

What is the funding award limit and project period?  Applicants may apply for project periods up to 24 months with two 12-month budget periods. Up to $25,000 may be awarded for each budget period. For information about previous Head Start Graduate Student Research Grant, see
What types of research are supported? Proposed projects must address applied research questions that will inform and improve Head Start and Early Head Start policies and practice on topics of current interest. Topics of current interest for this announcement include, but are not limited to (please see announcement for further details):
·         Research that will improve understanding of the needs of families from diverse backgrounds, or improve Head Start and Early Head Start programs and policies for various subpopulations;
·         Family engagement and family outcomes;
·         Issues related to children who are dual language learners, including children from language-minority families, and children in native language revitalization programs;
·         Professional development, especially of staff working with families;
·         Community engagement and collaboration;
·         Health services and family health literacy;
·         Transition from Head Start to Kindergarten or from Early Head Start to Head Start;
·         Teacher and classroom characteristics and practices that influence children’s academic readiness;
·         Leadership and management in Head Start and Early Head Start programs; and
·         Efforts of federal agencies, states, territories, tribes, and localities to coordinate Head Start and Early Head Start programs with other child/family programs and how such coordination affects the services received by eligible families and children.

When is the application deadline?  Letters of intent are due May 29, 2013 and applications are dueJune 28, 2013.
If you have questions regarding this grant announcement, please email the OPRE grant review team at or call 1-877-350-5913.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Multiple opportunities of interest to CHASS researchers

Colleagues, the following list was provided by Carol Ashcroft. There are opportunities for CHASS across all these areas. Please share with me your plans to pursue these opportunities.

Following are 10 opportunities related to Internet freedom, open society, infrastructure for access, 3D storage of cultural data and big data.  All were identified by a Pivot funding search.

1.  Open Society Foundation  
Arab Regional Office

2.  U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
Request for Statements of Interest: Internet Freedom Programs

3.  The Internet Society

4.  National Science Foundation
Civil Infrastructure Systems
engineering of infrastructure systems for resilience and sustainability....  Areas of interest include intra- and inter-physical, information and behavioral dependencies of infrastructure systems, infrastructure management, construction engineering, and transportation systems.  Special emphasis is on the design, construction, operation, and improvement of infrastructure networks with a focus on systems engineering and design, performance management, risk analysis, life-cycle analysis, modeling and simulation, behavioral and social considerations not excluding other methodological areas or the integration of methods.  [Note: I served as program officer in the division that manages this program, and have greater than usual familiarity with it. If you'd like to know more, let me know.]

5.  The U.S.-Japan Foundation

6.  NEH

7.  NIST
National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace Pilots Cooperative Agreement Proram

8.  DOE
Scientific Collaborations at Extreme-Scale

9.  NSF
Core Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science & Engineering

10.  U.S. Department of the Interior
3D High Definition Digital Cultural Resource Documentation, Interpretation, Website Development and Archival Storage