Friday, October 30, 2015

Opal Mann Green Engagement and Scholarship Award--Call for Nominations

Opal Mann Green Engagement and Scholarship Award Rules


Dr. Opal Hurley Mann Green, former faculty member and leader at the county, state, and national level within Cooperative Extension, led an illustrious professional career spanning from 1943 to 1982, and then served as a community leader until 2009.  Her lifelong teaching, leadership, and positive modeling to others was congruent with John Dewey’s ideas of democracy in education, and in the community. (See: She exhibited these values throughout her career, family life, and community volunteer life.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Proposal Preparation Program (New for 2015-16)

Proposal Preparation Program (New for 2015-16)

Is your proposal almost ready to submit, but you need to do some work to complete it? Do you need support to resubmit a promising but so-far unfunded proposal?

To facilitate the timely completion of proposals for external funding, the College’s Research Office may be able to offer up to $3000 in funding for a range of activities that would help to strengthen a grant or fellowship proposal. Such activities include supporting pilot studies, travel to archives or other facilities, funding grad students for data entry for a pilot study, visits to a program officer or other funding official, or engaging a consultant to evaluate the proposal, manuscript, data analysis, and the like.

You may apply for support by providing the following information in a form found at

Submission Guidelines
Applications are accepted and evaluated on an on-going basis. The applications will be reviewed by the Associate Dean for Research, who may call upon members of the research committee for advice and input.

Please be sure to submit your PPP application to the research office no later than 7 months before your grant proposal deadline. This is a firm deadline.

Data management support from the NCSU Libraries

Colleagues, I received this from Hilary Davis in the NCSU Libraries. The libraries have done some great work in helping faculty with data management planning. Please share the following information with your colleagues.

More and more funding agencies require researchers to include data management plans with their grant proposals and share articles and data resulting from funded research.  

The NCSU Libraries provides free guidance to NC State faculty, staff, post-docs, and students on creating and implementing data management plans and meeting public access compliance requirements.  Our consultation includes advice on data types and standards for describing data, options for short-term storage and long-term preservation, and considerations for sharing research outputs and public access compliance.

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
Head of Collection Management & Director of Research Data Services
NCSU Libraries
Box 7111
2 Broughton Drive
Raleigh, NC 27695
fax: 919-515-7854
phone: 919-513-0654

Monday, October 26, 2015

Restricted Data Application System

The college's IT staff have worked with us to develop an on-line tool for faculty who are applying for the use of restricted data sets. 

This tool will be used by our faculty when they apply to obtain a set of data, such as from a government agency, that carries with it important restrictions, such as who can access the data, in what form it is made available to us (CDs, online, etc.), and, when the data access agreement expires, how the original dataset is returned or destroyed. 

College faculty must complete a simple on-line form when applying to use such data. This system will also help alert us when the data use agreement requires a university signature. 

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this system. Day to day management of this system will be Joyce Christian's responsibility.

Writing a Research Grant Application: Tips for Success

On October 23rd, Dr. Marie Davidian presented a webinar entitled "Writing a Research Grant Application: Tips for Success."  If you, or someone you know, did not get the chance to attend, the recording of the webinar, along with Dr. Davidian's slides, can be found at the link below (under the "Webinars" heading at the bottom of the webpage).  You can access the site using your unity ID and password (that is, it is only available to NC State users)

Friday, October 23, 2015

ACLS Public Fellows Call for Applications

ACLS is currently accepting applications from organizations wishing to host a 2016 ACLS Public Fellow. Online applications will be accepted from recent PhDs starting in January 2016.

The ACLS Public Fellows program places recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. The fellowship provides a stipend of $65,000 per year as well as individual health insurance.
This program, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to expand the reach of doctoral education in the US by demonstrating that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy.
The ACLS Public Fellows program involves two separate application processes each program year:
In the fall, nonprofit and government organizations apply for the opportunity to host an ACLS Public Fellow, who will take up his or her appointment in the following year. For more information, visit 
In the spring, recent humanities PhDs who meet the program's eligibility requirements apply for two-year fellowship placements at one of the year's selected host organizations. For more information about becoming an ACLS Public Fellow, visit
Questions about this program may be directed

Friday, October 9, 2015

Chancellor's Innovation Fund Lunch and Learn - Writing a Winning Proposal

Chancellor's Innovation Fund Lunch and Learn - Writing a Winning Proposal

National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Fellowship Program

I received this interesting opportunity from the NSF. Note that the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences are considered part of the S in STEM (NSF is good about this).


Dear Colleagues:

Please feel free to share this resource for graduate students. We look forward to receiving proposals from your graduate students. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Research opportunities with the Veterans Administration (VA)

One of our colleagues pointed me to two documents that the VA would like to share with you. The VA is interested in partnering with university researchers. They have no funding of their own, but they are interested in working with researchers to seek other sources of funding and undertake research.

The first, summary document is on "Research and Analysis Initiatives," at

The second is a longer document, "Veterans Policy Research Agenda," at

Given the large number of veterans who live and retire in our state, there are likely some excellent opportunities for research and engagement with which you might want to partner with VA. Of course, I will help facilitate these discussions if you like.

Updates from Humanities Indicators

I receive periodic updates from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), called "Humanities Indicators." I believe you will find these indicators interesting in your scholarship. There are trends that should concern us, but there's also information here that can help us build confidence in the value of humanities scholarship and of a degree in the humanities--news our students can use. The latest update follows. The images are a bit fuzzy, but you can click on them to see them more clearly.

Over the past few months, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has been active in its support for the humanities, with new reports on the employment status and earnings of humanities majors, the financial health of not-for-profit humanities organizations, metrics on the qualifications of school teachers, international comparisons of levels of adult literacy, and trends in public reading rates.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

RTI University Scholars Program

Colleagues, I received this very exciting announcement today. Please share it with your colleagues. Let me know if you have any questions--I have begun some discussions with RTI that may help sharpen our focus on opportunities there, and I will share what I learn when I learn it.

RTI University Scholars Program

Information for Applicants – 2016-2017 Academic Year

RTI International is one of the world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to
improving the human condition
 by turning knowledge into practice.
The RTI University Scholars Program provides support—one-half of each Scholar’s salary and fringe—for distinguished academic researchers to spend scholarly leave time at RTI International, actively collaborating with our experts.
The goal of the program is to foster collaboration and catalyze opportunities for externally funded, joint projects in the future.

General Qualifications

The ideal applicant is an academic faculty member with a commitment to collaboration and a strong research record in one of the following fields:
• Health and pharmaceuticals
• Education and training

• Surveys and statistics

• Advanced technology
• International development

• Economic and social policy

• Energy and the environment

• Laboratory testing and chemical analysis.

2016-2017 Eligibility and Priority Areas