Sunday, September 29, 2013

Welcome, again, to the CHASS Research and Engagement Blog

With the start of a new academic year, I'm writing to welcome you to the CHASS Research and Engagement blog. 

I've started this in 2011 blog as a way to share all sorts of opportunities with the CHASS and NCSU research community, and to to share the good news of our accomplishments of our remarkable faculty and students. Since then, I've done a better job on sharing opportunities than with sharing good news, so this year I will be redoubling efforts to share our colleagues accomplishments as well as to share funding opportunities and other news related to research and scholarship in CHASS and at NCSU.

I would very much like this to be a place where we can share information. With that in mind, if you have any news, announcements, or other information related to our, mission, I'd very much like to hear from you. Please send ideas, comments, and suggestions to me at, of course, if you would like to see more of some sort of information, please provide me with your suggestions.
Many thanks for your continued efforts and support. The CHASS Research and Engagement office looks forward to supporting you in your engagement and scholarship.

Tom Birkland

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Pre-Application


Carol Ashcraft has brought this opportunity to my attention. This program is managed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which describes this program as follows:

The Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program (Program) supports metropolitan and multijurisdictional planning efforts that integrate housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure investments in a manner that empowers jurisdictions to consider the interdependent challenges of: (1) economic competitiveness and revitalization; (2) social equity, inclusion, and access to opportunity; (3) energy use and climate change; and (4) public health and environmental impact. The Program places a priority on investing in partnerships, including nontraditional partnerships (e.g., arts and culture, recreation, public health, food systems, regional planning agencies and public education entities) that translate the Livability Principles (Section I.C.1) into strategies that direct long-term development and reinvestment, demonstrate a commitment to addressing issues of regional significance, use data to set and monitor progress toward performance goals, and engage stakeholders and residents in meaningful decision-making roles.

This funding opportunity is currently dormant--no new applications are, as far as I know, being accepted, and given the federal budget situation, we may not know for a while what will come of this. But Carol and I would like to alert you to the possibility that this may come open if a FY 2014 budget is, eventually, passed. We will update you on this, but, in the meanwhile, I think you have time to seek out and engage interested partners in this work to be ready in case this is revived.

The full link to this opportunity is at 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Research and Innovation Seed Funding (RISF) program

The University's Research Development Office is now accepting proposals for the Fall 2013 Research and Innovation Seed Funding (RISF) program.  RISF was designed to assist NC State researchers in developing innovative interdisciplinary programs that have strong potential for significant future support from government agencies, corporations, industrial consortia, or foundations.  Proposals should be high risk/high gain and should describe how the project will result in new areas of research for NCSU.

The request for proposals for the Fall 2013 solicitation is attached and can be foundat

Please note that this program is for all disciplines, and CHASS faculty have, in the past, won RISF awards. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Research 101 Workshop Announcement

Colleagues, this event has been postponed, and we regret any inconvenience.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Getty Scholars Grants for Humanities Scholars, Artists, and Writers

This appears to be an excellent opportunity for humanities scholars! Please let me know if you plan to apply.