Sunday, December 14, 2014

Invitation to Participate in the Humanities Extension Program: Note from Melonie St. John

Colleagues, Melonie St. John in the Nonprofits Institute is managing the Humanities Extension Program. This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge with teachers and students in nearby schools; for those of you who have included K-12 outreach as part of the "broader impacts" of your research, this is a great opportunity to improve on those impacts. Remember, this program is open to all College faculty, including those from the social and behavioral sciences. Please read this note and share with your colleagues or sign up to visit the schools--they are eager to hear from you!

Dear Faculty,

The CHASS Humanities Extension Program at NC State seeks to match public school classroom teachers with CHASS NCSU faculty who are interested in sharing their expertise in the Humanities field with public school students. Dr. David Zonderman from History serves as the program’s academic director. The goals of the program are to provide: 1) An opportunity for students to engage with and have a better understanding of the Humanities - what the disciplines are, what they do, how they engage with and give perspective on contemporary issues 2) Public engagement with and support of the Humanities at NC State 3) High school students with exposure to potential majors at NC State.

We have 67 teachers in NC interested in visits for Spring 2015. If you are interested in participating in the CHASS Humanities Extension Program, please fill out the application.  Once we receive your application, it will be reviewed and you will be contacted if you are selected and your topic/content matches a school's interest.

Click here to access application

All the best,

Melonie St. John

Grants: Congressional Research Grants (Not Just for Political Scientists!)

Grants: Congressional Research Grants

DEADLINE: All proposals must be received no later than March 1, 2015. (Note from Tom B. These proposals should be submitted directly to the Dirksen Center. This type of proposal is not submitted by or for NC State.)

The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen, is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization devoted to the study of Congress. Since 1978, the Congressional Research Grants program has invested more than $944,208 to support over 436 projects. Applications are accepted at any time, but the deadline is March 1 for the annual selections, which are announced in April.

The Center has allocated $50,000 in 2015 for grants (an increase of $15,000 over 2014) with individual awards capped at $3,500. Stay tuned for news on the application and selection process.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Nominations for the University Graduate Student Research Symposium, due on January 16

Colleagues, this was sent to the DGPs, but it's worth all of us knowing about, because many of us have worked closely with graduate students on research projects. Please suggest possible nominees to your DGPs. 


Directors of Graduate Programs,

This is a reminder that the Tenth Annual NC State University Graduate Student Research Symposium will be held in the McKimmon Center on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm. The goals of the Symposium are to showcase the outstanding quality and diversity of graduate-level research at NC State, in addition to providing students with the opportunity to practice their communication skills with those outside of their discipline.  Last year, there were over 200 poster presentations, representing 57 graduate programs from every college.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Request for Proposals: 2015-2016 Extension, Engagement, & Economic Development Seed Grant

The Office of Outreach & Engagement is pleased to announce that funds are available to be awarded for selected proposals related to extension, engagement, and economic development activities for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The maximum award will be $10,000 per proposal request. 2015-2016 Proposal Guidelines and the Proposal Application are attached for your convenience.

The number of awards granted will be contingent upon the total amount of available funds and the incremental amounts of each request. The timeline for the 2014-15 competition is as follows:

December 3, 2014--Request for Proposals announcements go out/Post to Outreach & Engagement Website, and other relevant venues

January 30, 2015--Proposals due by COB to Office of Outreach & Engagement and in PINS. Send to Jenna Jeffrey:

February 16, 2015--Judging by USCOEEED members concludes
March 16, 2015--Awardees notified
Mid April, 2015--"Celebrating the Engaged University" Awards Celebration
July 1, 2015--Funding cycle begins
June 30, 2016--Funding cycle ends
September 12, 2016--Final report due to Office of Outreach & Engagement

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Thank you,

Jenna Jeffrey for Andrew Behnke, 2014-15 Chair, USCOEEED
& Dr. Teresa Helmlinger Ratcliff, Vice Provost for Outreach & Engagement

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Internationalization Seed Grants RFP. Due January 10, 2015

2015-2016 Seed Grant request for proposals has been finalized. It has been announced through the OIA at  website Please feel free to share it with your colleagues in the college and department. Proposal submission deadline is January 10, 2015 at 5 pm. Proposers can email the proposal to  H&SS aculty can contact Blair Kelley for questions and information. We hope you apply; CHASS has enjoyed success in this program in recent years.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

eIRB is Live: No More Paper forms for IRB submissions

This note is from Deb Paxton, IRB Director. Please note that training materials are available for this system. In the short run, this will take some adjustment time. In the long run, this will make IRB processing more efficient and predictable. 

Dear NCSU colleagues,

On December 1, 2014, the NCSU Institutional Review Board (IRB) implemented a completely on-line submission system (eIRB).  This system is used for new submissions, revisions of approved submissions (amendment), and requests for continuing review (renewal).  PAPER SUBMISSIONS ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTED.

You can access the live system at the following URL:

You will need to sign in with your unity ID and password.  The system grants access to projects based upon unity ID - your unity ID must be associated with a project either as the project PI or as "additional personnel" in order for you to access the project.  

Training materials are available at the following URLs:

Questions can be directed to Deb Paxton at 919-515-4514

Call for Fellows: Data and Society

Colleagues, I think this would be of particular interest to our CRDM faculty, although the call is much broader than this. Please consider applying and sharing with your networks.

Call for Fellows

Data & Society is an NYC-based research institute focused on social, cultural, and ethical issues arising from data-centric technological development.


Data & Society is currently looking to assemble its 2015 class of fellows. The fellowship program brings together an eclectic network of researchers, entrepreneurs, activists, policy creators, journalists, geeks, and public intellectuals who are interested in engaging one another on the key issues introduced by the increasing availability of data in society. We are looking for a diverse group of people who can see both the opportunities and challenges presented by access to data and who have a vision for a project that can inform the public or shape the future of society.

Fellows are the heart and soul of Data & Society and are expected to develop innovative initiatives, interact with people who hold diverse perspectives, and participate in the creation of a growing community. Data & Society is a new organization and many aspects of this program are continuing to evolve. Fellows play a pivotal role in shaping the Institute’s character and formation.

[Full details are at the website,]

Friday, November 21, 2014

Funding available for Environmental Research and Development

On November 4, 2014, the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program(SERDP) released solicitations requesting research and development proposals for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 funding.  Feel free to forward this information on to others within your department or institution.  We are most appreciative of your assistance in communicating this information.

Should you have any questions regarding this solicitation, please contact the SERDP Support Office at


ALEXANDRIA, VA, November 4, 2014—The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development proposals.  SERDP is DoD’s environmental science and technology program, planned and executed in partnership with the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, with participation by numerous other Federal and non-Federal organizations.  The Program invests across the broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced development. 

Proposals responding to focused Statements of Need (SON) in the following areas are requested:

Monday, October 20, 2014

Office for Faculty Development: Workshops for faculty with engagement work

1. Upcoming OFD Workshops
There is still space available in the following Office of Faculty Development workshops. To register for these and other OFD workshops, please visit
  • Representing your engagement work in your dossier Thursday, October 23rd, 9:30-11:00 a.m. OFD Conference Room (405 Clark Hall): The six realms of faculty responsibility include engaged scholarship, however, it's sometimes hard to know exactly how to integrate it into your dossier for promotion and tenure. Andy Fox, Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture, and Marc Grimmett, Associate Professor, Curriculum, Instruction & Counselor Education will discuss how they have included engagement as an important part of their documents for tenure review and show examples of how you could do it too!
  • Developing a Quality Extension Seed Grant Proposal Wednesday, November 5th, 10:00-11:30 a.m., OFD Conference Room (405 Clark Hall): Extension, Engagement, & Economic Development Seed Grants are designed to to stimulate faculty and EPA professionals to address the needs of citizens of North Carolina and beyond, to encourage external and multidisciplinary partnerships, and to leverage additional funds for extension, engagement, and economic development endeavors. Learn tips for developing your own Extension Seed grant proposal from a panel of successful seed grant recipients and knowledgable reviewers. Information presented is applicable to both novice grant writers and those who want to strengthen their skills.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Call for Nominations Due October 17: Opal Mann Green Award

Dear Colleagues,
We are pleased to announce the OPAL MANN GREEN ENGAGEMENT AND SCHOLARSHIP AWARD for the fifth year. This award recognizes and memorializes Dr. Opal Mann Green's distinguished leadership and dedication to the values of:
• Using democracy in the classroom, in the community, and at home,
• Creating inclusionary teams, and
• Community-based learning and mutually-beneficial action around local issues valued by community members. 
This annual recognition is awarded to two or more teams of individuals whose significant contributions and accomplishments have demonstrated excellence as engaged scholars who practice collaborative democratic strategies reflected in the Kellogg Commission Seven Part Test. The seven characteristics include responsiveness, respect for partners, academic neutrality, accessibility, integration, coordination, and resource partnerships. (See page 12 - 

This recognition will reward authentic teamwork across the organizational structures within the university and community. It will reflect programs that have been valued by the community and are mutually beneficial to partners.
Historically, teams that have been recognized for their excellence by winning the Opal Mann Green Engagement and Scholarship Award have been eligible for nomination for the Outreach Scholarship/Kellogg Regional Engagement Award and the national Magrath Engagement Award. 
Please nominate worthy teams in your college, department, extension center, and/or unit. Also, please share this with your faculty and staff, so that deserving teams are nominated. The deadline for submission is midnight on October 17, 2014. Additional information, including links to past award winners and application information and rules can be found at the following website:

If you have any questions, please send them to


Opal Mann Green Award Planning Committee 
Dr. Pat Sobrero (Agricultural and Extension Education)
Alice Warren (Vice Provost for Continuing Education)
Dr. Lisa Grable (
formerly of
The Science House)
Andrew Behnke (Youth, Family, and Community Sciences)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Chancellor's Innovation Fund: Call for Pre-Proposals

Dear Colleagues,

The Office of Technology Transfer is now accepting pre-proposal submissions for the next funding cycle of the Chancellor’s Innovation Fund.  Established by Chancellor Randy Woodson, this fund serves as a resource to assist NCSU innovators with reduction to practice or technology/product development needed to strengthen the commercial potential of intellectual property disclosed to OTT.

CIF awards of up to $75,000 are designed to support short-term (one year or less) commercially-focused research projects. Proposed CIF projects ideally incorporate study endpoints designed to directly address license-enabling milestones required by potential licensees.  Anticipated outcomes include new licensing opportunities or the launch of a new university startup company.

The submission deadline for preproposals is November 4, 2014.   Please note that all preproposal submissions must be associated with an invention disclosure on file with OTT.  For additional details related to eligibility, proposal process, criteria, and submission, please visit

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  Please forward this solicitation as we would like a wide range of applicants from across NCSU's vibrant innovation landscape.



Kelly B. Sexton, Ph.D.
Office of Technology Transfer
North Carolina State University
(919) 515-7199 (phone)
(919) 515-3773 (fax)

Office of Technology Transfer
North Carolina State University
Poulton Innovation Center
1021 Main Campus Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606

Campus Box 8210
Raleigh, NC 27695-8210

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Grant Challenges Explorations in Several Disciplines and Topics

I received this recently from Terri Lomax's office. Please share widely and consider whether you may have a project that would fit with the Gates Foundation's interests.

Dear Colleagues,

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now inviting applications to Grand Challenges Explorations, which has awarded over 1070 grants in over 58 countries to date.

Grand Challenges Explorations seeks innovative global health and development solutions. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations as well as for-profit companies.

Two-page proposals are being accepted online from September 4, 2014 until November 12, 2014 on the following topics:

-    Surveillance Tools, Diagnostics and an Artificial Diet to Support New Approaches to Vector Control.
-    New Approaches for Addressing Outdoor/Residual Malaria Transmission
-    New Ways to Reduce Pneumonia Fatalities through Timely, Effective Treatment of Children
-    Enable Universal Acceptance of Mobile Money Payments to Create an Economic Ecosystem that Will Help Lift the Poorest Out of Poverty
-    Explore New Ways to Measure Brain Development and Gestational Age
-    New Ways of Working Together: Integrating Community-Based Interventions

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Second Cycle of the Global Innovation Initiative is Now Open

Colleagues, this is strongly STEM oriented, but CHASS disciplines have a lot to offer these projects. Please review and see if you can contribute.

The second cycle of the Global Innovation Initiative is now open.  

A joint effort of the United States and the United Kingdom, the Global Innovation Initiative aims to support multilateral research collaboration between institutions of higher education in the U.S., the UK and higher education institutions in Brazil, China, India, and Indonesia. 

The Global Innovation Initiative seeks to support research with an emphasis on multidisciplinary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)‐related issues of worldwide significance. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Webinar: NSF CAREER Program (Junior faculty take note!)

Date: Friday, October 10th, 2014
Time: 10:00am -12:30pm EST (2 hour presentation, 30 min Q&A)
Registration Link:                                 

NC State University’s Proposal Development Unit is hosting a webinar for faculty on writing a successful proposal to NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER). The CAREER webinar, presented by Ms. Lucy Deckard of Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC, will cover topics including:

·  How to decide when/if to apply for a CAREER grant
·  How to position yourself and your research to be competitive for a CAREER
·  How to structure your proposal
·  How to develop an education plan
·  Addressing diversity
·  Keys to success and common mistakes to avoid
·  A step-by-step discussion of each section of the proposal and what it needs to tell reviewers
·  How to analyze reviews and decide whether to revise and resubmit
·  Q&A

A package will be provided including annotated excerpts from successful proposals and helpful resources. To register for the webinar, click on the Registration Link provided above, then click the Register button next to the Event Status heading (registration is required).

If you have questions, please contact Patrick Crowley in the Proposal Development Unit at (919) 515-7585 or by e-mail at

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Excellent Opportunity for our Grad Students! National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Fellowship Program

I received this from an official at the NSF today. While this looks like a STEM-heavy announcement, please note that "science" as defined in this announcement includes the social, behavioral, and economic sciences (SBE). So it's appropriate for our graduate students; please share broadly with potential applicants and your colleagues.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Fellowship Program provides U.S. graduate students in science and engineering with an opportunity to spend 8 weeks (10 weeks for Japan) during the summer conducting research at one of the seven host locations in East Asia and Pacific: Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, and Taiwan. The program is a collaboration between NSF and counterpart agencies in each host location.

EAPSI is open to graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are enrolled in a research-oriented Masters or Ph.D. program in science or engineering. Applicants must propose a research project in a field of science, engineering or STEM education supported by NSF, including Engineering; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Mathematical and Physical Sciences (Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Materials Science); Biological Sciences; Geosciences; Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; Education (STEM); and Multidisciplinary Research in these fields. Applicants identify and contact host researchers on their own, prior to submitting their EAPSI proposal; lists of prospective host institutions are available at the end of each Handbook.

NSF provides EAPSI Fellows with a $5,000 stipend and roundtrip airplane ticket to the host location. Our foreign counterparts provide in-country living expenses and accommodations (arrangements vary by host location). Please see for additional information for the Program Solicitation (NSF 13-593); host location-specific Handbooks; How to Apply Guide; and Helpful Tips Applicants.

In 2015, approximately 215 EAPSI Fellows travel to seven locations in the East Asia and Pacific:
Australia – 30
China – 40
Japan – 65
Korea – 25
New Zealand – 15
Singapore – 15
Taiwan - 25

The application submission deadline for the Summer 2015 is November 13, 2014

EAPSI Informational Webinars will be conducted on Tue, September 9 and Fri, October 17, 2014, at 2:00 pm ET. Log-in instructions will be available at

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NCSU Libraries Data Management Support

Colleagues, I received this from the NCSU Libraries. This service the Libraries will provide will be very helpful to our researchers as these data management requirements become more pervasive across all funders. Please take advantage of the services the Libraries have to offer!

Many funding agencies have research data management and sharing policies requiring researchers to include data management plans with their grant proposals.  

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.  

Research and Innovation Seed Funding Program

Research and Innovation Seed Funding Program

Announcement Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
The Research and Innovation Seed Funding (RISF) Program is now accepting proposals from NC State faculty and staff professionals.
Due Date: Proposals are due Friday, September 26, 2014, 5:00 P.M.


NC State’s Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development (ORIED), in partnership with the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science (KIETS), established the Strategic Research Initiatives Program (SRI) in 2010 to augment and replace the multi-disciplinary component of the Faculty Research and Professional Development (FRPD) program. The individual faculty component of the FRPD program remained unchanged.

The SRI program was renamed Research and Innovation Seed Funding (RISF) program later in the year to reflect the program’s goals.

Program Description
The overarching goal of the RISF program is 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. Encouraged are projects that align with NC State’s strategic research areas of health and well-being, energy and environment, safety and security, and/or advanced materials and advanced manufacturing. Proposals should be of high risk/high gain and describe how the project will initiate new areas of research or enhance existing areas at NC State.

Proposals must emphasize and promote interdisciplinary research across multiple colleges and develop research initiatives with high potential for significant extramural funding. Be as specific as possible, including agency names, programs, dates and potential amounts.

Proposals that seek funds to enhance scholarship or faculty professional development are not eligible for this program. Please see Internal Funding Programs for opportunities that address these topics.

See the full announcement at Social sciences and humanities projects with strong interdisciplinary components have been funded, so please strongly consider applying. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

2014-15 Scholarship and Research Award (SRA) Call for Proposals

Please note that there are some small changes to the SRA program this year. In particular, please note that awards will be made in mid-October, and must be spent by May 31, 2015. This will be a firm deadline for spending. Please let me or Missy know if you have any questions.

CHASS Scholarship and Research Award (SRA)
Fiscal Year 2014-2015
Announcement, Proposal Guidelines, and Procedures
Key Dates:
Proposal Deadline: September 15, 2014. 9:00 PM
CHASS Research Committee Review: September 15, 2014 to October 10, 2014
Awards Announced: October 15, 2014
Spending on awards completed by: May 31, 2015

The CHASS Research Office is pleased to announce the call and guidelines for the CHASS Scholarship and Research Awards (SRAs). These awards are intended to assist faculty in their scholarly pursuits. Applications are due electronically (in Word or PDF format) to the CHASS Research Office by 9:00 PM, Monday, September 15, 2014. The SRA cover page and CV page must be included. Please email your complete application to and copy to Tom Birkland ( Do not hesitate to contact Tom or Missy Seate ( if you have any questions about this award. Awards will be announced in mid-October.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE), NSF

The NSF has announced this round of the PIRE competition. This is a limited submission opportunity. Please read both the internal and external posts linked below if you are interested in pursuing this opportunity.
  • Link to internal post
    Internal due dates:
    • Mandatory notice of intent:  August 19, 2014
    • Internal preproposals:  September 16
  • Link to agency RFP
    Agency due dates:
    • Preproposal:  October 21, 2014
    • Full proposal:  May 15, 2015

A brief description of the PIRE competition follows.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Beware of Low-Value Grantwriting Workshops

Colleagues, today I received yet another email from an outfit called "The Grant Training Center," advertising a Two-Day Grant Writing Workshop at University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

This organization charges $495 for this workshop, but you can receive much of the same information by working with the CHASS Research Office, with College and University development officers, with your colleagues at NC State, and with your professional network. This event is not sponsored by UNC-G, and this organization is simply renting space at or near UNC-G.

Please let me know if you have questions about this or similar organizations. Some of these offers are legit, but they tend to be the exception, not the rule.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Colleagues, I'm sharing a note I received from Bonnie Aldridge, who sends periodic reminders about our subscription to Research Development and Grant Writing News. This is a remarkable resource, full of information about funding trends, funding opportunities, how to prepare winning proposals, and so on. I strongly recommend Reading current and recent issues of this newsletter to gain insight into sometimes obscure funding opportunities. The e-books are also very good resources. Please share this with your colleagues across the college.

The July 2014 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.  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

More funding opportunities in the humanities

I received these notices today. Please share with your colleagues.

National Endowment for the Humanities
$5K - $60K
National Endowment for the Humanities
Enduring Questions (new course development)
Up to $38K
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Monday, July 14, 2014

NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Program (USA-Germany)

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in the United States and the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V., DFG) are working together to offer support for projects that contribute to developing and implementing digital infrastructures and services for humanities research. Details are at

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Upcoming opportunities in the social sciences and humanities

Bonnie Aldridge shared this list, and the ACLS, in particular, is a good place for faculty to look for support--it's a prestigious award that reflects well on a scholar's abilities and ideas.

Let me or the research office staff know if you plan to pursue any of these listed opportunities, which follow the jump. Click on the title for more information, and note that deadlines are primarily in September.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Important Limited Submission Opportunities

Colleagues, Bonnie Aldridge has shared this list of upcoming limited submission programs. I have not edited this list, so there may well be some opportunities here that are not aimed at CHASS, but given the interdisciplinary nature of our work, you should know of these opportunities and share them with your colleagues. 

Click on the program name link to learn more about the opportunity.  Click the mandatory/courtesy contact link to email the Limited Submission office to declare your interest. The entries in bold are more likely to be of greatest interest to CHASS researchers. Please let me know if you wish to submit an application, as there may be an internal review process for many of these programs.

The list follows the jump.

Monday, June 30, 2014

NEA and NEH: Important Opportunities

Colleagues, these are important opportunities that are "limited submission" programs, meaning that they will be reviewed at the University level before being sent to the funder.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

CHASS Humanities Extension Program -- Call For Participants

CHASS Humanities Extension Program 

The Humanities Extension Program at NC State University seeks to match public school classroom teachers with NCSU CHASS faculty who are interested in sharing their expertise with public school students. Dr. David Zonderman from History serves as the program’s academic director.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

NEH Summer Stipends

NEH Summer Stipends
Receipt Deadline September 30, 2014 for Projects Beginning May 2015

NCSU Process:

Limit:  2 per institute 

Due Dates:
8/1/14 - Mandatory Notice of Intent to submit

If an internal review is required:

8/15/14 – Concept paper describing research due to
8/29/14 – Internal review
9/30/14 - Full application due to National Endowment for the Humanities

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Head Start and Child Care Graduate Student Research Grants

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 two discretionary research funding announcements titled “Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants” and “Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Child Care Research Scholars”, which are summarized below.   If you have questions regarding these grant announcements, please or, respectively, or call 1-877-350-5913.

Head Start and Child Care Graduate Student Research Grants

The full announcements for “Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants” is available at:
The full announcement for “Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Child Care Graduate Student Research Grants” is available at:

The purpose of these grants is to support dissertation research addressing issues of significance related to Head Start, Early Head Start, and CCDF, that will inform policy decisions and solutions, particularly for underserved/understudied populations, utilizing the most rigorous research methodology, and promoting mentor-student relationships that support students’ independent lines of research.

Monday, April 14, 2014


Office of Challenge Grants

Receipt Deadline May 1, 2014

Brief Summary

NEH challenge grants are capacity-building grants, intended to help institutions and organizations secure long-term support for their humanities programs and resources. Through these awards, many organizations and institutions have been able to increase their humanities capacity and secure the permanent support of an endowment. Grants may be used to establish or enhance endowments or spend-down funds that generate expendable earnings to support and enhance ongoing program activities. Challenge grants may also provide capital directly supporting the procurement of long-lasting objects, such as acquisitions for archives and collections, the purchase of equipment, and the construction or renovation of facilities needed for humanities activities. Funds spent directly must be shown to bring long-term benefits to the institution and to the humanities more broadly. Grantee institutions may also expend up to 10 percent of total grant funds (federal funds plus matching funds) to defray costs of fundraising to meet the NEH challenge. Because of the matching requirement, these NEH grants also strengthen the humanities by encouraging nonfederal sources of support.