Saturday, August 31, 2013

Social science opportunity! NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Fellows

This program is designed to promote interdisciplinary research among junior faculty, and is directly applicable to the social sciences. Indeed, the announcement appears to exclude engineering proposals from consideration for this round, although it encourages interdisciplinary approaches.

The full solicitation is at

Synopsis of Program:
Through the SEES Fellows Program, NSF seeks to advance science, engineering, and education to inform the societal actions needed for environmental and economic sustainability and human well-being while creating the necessary workforce to address these challenges. The Program's emphasis is to facilitate investigations that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and address issues of sustainability through a systems approach, building bridges between academic inquiry, economic growth, and societal needs. The Fellow's proposed investigation must be interdisciplinary and allow him/her to obtain research experiences beyond his/her current core disciplinary expertise. Fellows are required to develop a research partnership(s) that will advance and broaden the impact/scope of the proposed research, and present a plan for their own professional development in the area of sustainability science and engineering. Proposals with a primary focus on topics covered by the Directorate for Engineering (ENG) are considered "out of scope" for this revised solicitation; however, proposals may include such topics as a secondary (or tertiary) focus.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Limited Submission: Rural Community Development Initiative, USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the Rural Community Development Initiative. The program is intended to support the capacity of low-income rural communities or federally recognized tribes to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities or community and economic development in rural areas.
Limit:  One application per nonprofit organization

Award:   Up to $300,000 over up to three years.  A one-to-one match is required.

Important dates

Mandatory notification of interest in applying:  Due by 5 p.m. September 6, 2013 to Include a title or brief description of the proposed project, as well as the names, titles and contact information of the NC State principal and co-principal investigators.  Consult the program definition for "rural," name the rural area that is the intended beneficiary.

Internal preproposal submission:  Due by 5 p.m. September 26, 2013 to Before submission, combine all documents into one file. For internal guidelines, see

Estimated internal review completion: October 1, 2013 

USDA application deadine: 4 p.m. November 12, 2013 

For more information and a link to the USDA Notice of Funding Availability, see

Friday, August 23, 2013

NCSU Libraries: Data Management Planning Support

We received this important note from the NCSU Libraries, regarding assistance with data management plans. Such plans are now required by many funders. Please review and share with your colleagues


Many funding agencies have research data sharing policies requiring researchers to include data management plans with their proposals.  Understanding what to include in your plan and the various data management options available to you can be time-consuming and challenging.  

The NCSU Libraries provides free guidance to NC State faculty, staff, post-docs, and students on creating and implementing data management plans.  Our consultation includes reviewing and providing advice on documenting data types and standards for data description, identifying options for short-term storage and long-term preservation, sharing and access considerations, policies for re-use and re-distribution, and defining responsibilities for carrying out the data management plan.  

As a starting point, visit the NCSU Data Management Planning guide:   

If you or your colleagues are interested in one-on-one consultation or a group workshop, feel free to let me know.  We'd be happy to customize a presentation or a hands-on workshop to meet your needs.


Hilary Davis
Associate Head of Collection Management & Director of Research Data Services
NCSU Libraries
Box 7111
Raleigh, NC 27695
phone: 919-513-0654

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Leave Funding Opportunity: Dear Colleague Letter--NSF/NOAA SEES Fellows

Colleagues, if you are interested in environmental matters such as climate change and sustainability, I'd urge you to look into this fellowship program. The NSF program officer on this is someone with whom I have worked at NSF, and he is genuinely interested in speaking with researchers about NSF opportunities.

As you know, the College is emphasizing raising external sources of support for research leaves, so this kind of thing is particularly important to people working in this field who are contemplating a research leave. As we learn of other such opportunities in other CHASS disciplines, we will certainly share them.

Dear Colleague Letter: NSF/NOAA SEES Fellows
Date: August 21, 2013
Dear Colleague:
Achieving a sustainable future in the face of both gradual and abrupt global change is one of the most significant challenges facing humanity. National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) activities support interdisciplinary research and education needed to overcome the barriers to sustainable human well-being.
The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter is to alert social, behavioral, and economic scientists of an opportunity to broaden their core expertise through residence at a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facility.  This Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary research collaboration between Social, Behavioral and Economic (SBE) scientists and NOAA scientists and decision makers.

Friday, August 16, 2013

National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grants

The National Science Foundation has posted the deadlines for upcoming reviews of Dissertation Improvement Grants in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) directorate. The program funds graduate dissertations in nearly every field in which we have doctoral students. Please look at this with an eye toward providing PhD students with funding opportunities, keeping in mind that, while the student is the researcher, the faculty member submits as PI. Of course, my office will help you with these submissions.

The link is

Very Valuable! Research Development and Grant Writing News is new available

I received this note from Bonnie Aldridge today. This newsletter is very valuable to anyone in any discipline (and that includes the humanities and social sciences) with an interest in grant funding. The New Faculty Guide referenced below is particularly useful. Please make the most of this resource, for which we have a University-wide subscription.


The August 2013 issue of Research Development and Grant Writing News has been posted to: 

The Research Development Office maintains an institutional-level subscription allowing us to distribute freely within NC State University.  Current and past issues of the newsletter and e-book: New Faculty Guide to Competing for Research Funding: What all new faculty need to know about finding funding and writing research proposals can be accessed online with a valid unity ID.

Please forward this message to all interested parties within the NC State community.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

CHASS Research Town Meeting! Thursday, September 5, Withers Hall Lobby

All CHASS faculty and staff are invited to this important event. Why is this important? Because external funding is vital in helping the College support scholarly activity, during both good times and bad. Please pass the word to your colleagues, and please attend, whether you are currently funded, plan to be funded, or want to learn about funding opportunities.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Abe Fellowship Announcement Competition (US-Japan)

I received this yesterday from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management


Deadline: September 1, 2013

The Abe Fellowship is designed to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. The Abe Fellowship Program seeks to foster the development of a new generation of researchers who are interested in policy-relevant topics of long-range importance to Japan and the US, and who are willing to become key members of a bilateral and global research network built around such topics.

[more details after the jump]

Sunday, August 11, 2013

American Association of University Women Fellowships--Applications Open

The application period for the AAUW's Fellowships is now open, with a deadline of November 15, 2013, in hard copy format. There are three programs:

Dissertation Fellowships -- $20,000
Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships -- $30,000
Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grant -- $6000

Applications are limited to women, and the AAUW is "the oldest non-institutional source of graduate funding for women in the United States." I strongly encourage all eligible applicants to apply. The application instructions are at

The overall program page is at

Please let the Research Office know as soon as possible if you plan to pursue this opportunity. Our office will assist in assembling applications, and since these are hard-copy submissions, we'd like to have the materials to us by November 1.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowships in the Humanities, 2014-2016

A colleague at University of Illinois shared this with me. It's an interesting opportunity for our PhD students in their fields of interest. It may not be broadly relevant, but there may be one or two here for which this is a good fit, so please distribute widely. Please also share with any NTT faculty, for whom an opportunity like this might be welcome given our budget strictures.

Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowships in the Humanities, 2014-2016

The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks to hire two Post-Doctoral Fellows for two-year appointments starting in Fall 2014.
The Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellows in the Humanities will spend the two-year term in residence at Illinois, will conduct research on the proposed project, and will teach two courses per year in the appropriate academic department. The Fellows will also participate in activities related to their research at the IPRH, in the teaching department, and on the Illinois campus. Each Post-Doctoral Fellow will give a public lecture on his or her research.
The search for Mellon Fellows is open to scholars in all humanities disciplines, but we seek applicants whose work falls into one of the following broad subject areas:
  • Race and Diaspora Studies
  • History of Science/Technology
  • Empire and Colonial Studies
  • Memory Studies
The fellowship carries a $45,000 annual stipend, a $2,000 research account, and a comprehensive benefits package. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have received their Ph.D. between January 1, 2009 and August 31, 2013 (i.e., PhD in hand by  application period).
Application Deadline: October 28, 2013
Detailed eligibility requirements and application guidelines can be found at
Applications must be submitted online at
The submission period opens September 1, 2013.
Please address questions about these fellowships to: Dr. Nancy Castro, Associate Director of IPRH, at or (217) 244-7913.