Grant Opportunities 08-08-2011

August 08, 2011

By , Government Grants Coordinator 831-459-1644

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Funding Source:       NSF
Title:                            Innovation Corps Program (I-Corps)
Program:                    NSF seeks to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon fundamental research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society.

In order to jumpstart a national innovation ecosystem, NSF is establishing the NSF Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps). The NSF I-Corps' purpose is to identify NSF-funded researchers who will receive additional support - in the form of mentoring and funding - to accelerate innovation that can attract subsequent third-party funding.

The purpose of the NSF I-Corps grant is to give the project team access to resources to help determine the readiness to transition technology developed by previously-funded or currently-funded NSF projects. The outcome of the I-Corps projects will be threefold: 1) a clear go/no go decision regarding viability of products and services, 2) should the decision be to move the effort forward, a transition plan to do so, and 3) a technology demonstration for potential partners.
Deadline:                   September 9, 2011

Funding Source:       NSF
Title:                            Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
Program:                    The LSAMP program provides funding for new, mid-level and senior-level alliances, the Bridge to the Doctorate (LSAMP-BD) Activity, and knowledge generation activities in broadening participation, e.g., research on topics in STEM education related to retention and persistence of students from populations underrepresented in STEM majors and careers. In FY2012, the program plans to support up to two pilot regional Louis Stokes Centers of Excellence in Broadening Participation which will further scholarly research in broadening participation in STEM disciplines and mentor institutions regionally that have interest in increasing STEM B. S. degrees to underrepresented minorities but are not currently participating in one of the 41 existing alliances.The LSAMP program assists universities and colleges in diversifying the STEM workforce through their efforts at significantly increasing the numbers of students successfully completing high quality degree programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Particular emphasis is placed on transforming STEM education through innovative recruitment and retention strategies and experiences in support of groups that historically have been underrepresented in STEM disciplines: African-Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Pacific Islanders.
Deadline:                   October 7, 2011

Funding Source:       NSF
Title:                            Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)
Program:                    PIRE is an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community.

International partnerships are essential to addressing critical science and engineering problems. In the global context, U.S. researchers and educators must be able to operate effectively in teams with partners from different nations and cultural backgrounds. PIRE promotes excellence in science and engineering through international collaboration and facilitates development of a diverse, globally-engaged, U.S. science and engineering workforce.

This PIRE competition will focus exclusively on the NSF-wide investment area of Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES). The SEES effort focuses on interdisciplinary topics that will advance sustainability science, engineering and education as an integrative approach to the challenges of adapting to environmental, social and cultural changes associated with growth and development of human populations, and attaining a sustainable energy future.
Deadline:                   Preliminary Proposal: October 19, 2011

Funding Source:       NIH
Title:                            Social and Behavioral Research on the Elderly in Disasters (R01)
Program:                    This FOA issued by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Nursing Research encourages Research Project Grant (R01) applications from institutions or organizations that propose to conduct research in the behavioral and social sciences on the consequences of natural and man-made disasters for the health and well-being of the elderly, with an ultimate goal of preventing or mitigating harmful consequences.  Disasters include weather-related events, earthquakes, tsunamis, large-scale attacks on civilian populations, technological catastrophes, and pandemics.
Deadline:                   October 5, 2011

Funding Source:       NEH
Title:                            Summer Stipends
Program:                    Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support full-time continuous work on a humanities project for a period of two months. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development. Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars. Organizations are not eligible to apply. NEH encourages submission of Summer Stipends applications from faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Institutions with High Hispanic Enrollment, and Tribal Colleges and Universities. The Summer Stipends program welcomes projects that respond to NEH�s Bridging Cultures initiative. Such projects could focus on cultures internationally or within the United States. International projects might seek to enlarge Americans� understanding of other places and times, as well as other perspectives and intellectual traditions. American projects might explore the great variety of cultural influences on, and myriad subcultures within, American society. These projects might also investigate how Americans have approached and attempted to surmount seemingly unbridgeable cultural divides, or examine the ideals of civility and civic discourse that have informed this quest.
Deadline:                   September 29, 2011

Funding Source:       Department of Defense
Title:                            Minerva Institute
Program:                    The Minerva Research Initiative (MRI) is a DOD-sponsored, university-based social science research program initiated by the Secretary of Defense. It focuses on areas of strategic importance to United States national security policy. It seeks to increase the department's intellectual capital in the social sciences and improve its ability to address future challenges and build bridges between the department and the social science community. Minerva brings together universities, research institutions, and individual scholars and supports multidisciplinary and cross-institutional projects addressing specific topic areas determined by the DOD. The MRI aims to promote research in specific areas of social science and to promote a candid and constructive relationship between DOD and the social science academic community.

The MRI competition is for research related to the 7 topics listed below. Innovative proposals related to these research topics are highly encouraged. White papers and full proposals are solicited which address the following topics:
1. Strategic Impact of Religious and Cultural Changes
2. Terrorism and Terrorist Ideologies
3. Science, Technology and Military Transformations in China and Developing States
4. National Security Implications of Energy and Environmental Stress
5. New Theories of Cross-Domain Deterrence
6. Regime and Social Dynamics in Failed, Failing, and Fragile Authoritarian States
7. New Approaches to Understanding Dimensions of National Security, Conflict, and Cooperation

Proposals will be considered both for single-investigator awards as well as larger teams. A team of university investigators may be warranted because the necessary expertise in addressing the multiple facets of the topics may reside in different universities, or in different departments of the same university. Team proposals must name one Principal Investigator as the responsible technical point of contact. Similarly, one institution will be the primary recipient for the purpose of award execution. The relationship among participating institutions and their respective roles, as well as the apportionment of funds including subawards, if any, must be described in both the proposal text and the budget.
Deadline:                   White Papers: September 16, 2011
Full Proposals:           November 22, 2011
Link to apply:   

Funding Source:       Fulbright Program-Department of State
Title:                            Fulbright IIE
Program:                    Established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries", Fulbright is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. The application cycle for the 2012-2013 U.S. Fulbright Student competition opens on May 1, 2011.
Internal Deadline:     September 16, 2011*
*Please contact Marlene Robinson for internal requirements:, 459.5703.

Funding Source:       United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
Title:                            Annual Grant Competition
Program:                    The program increases the breadth and depth of the Institute's work by supporting peacebuilding projects managed by non-profit organizations including educational institutions, research institutions, and civil society organizations.

The annual competition (1) supports innovative peacebuilding projects involving research, the identification of promising models and effective practices, the development of practitioner resources and tools, the development and delivery of education, training and dialogue programs, and the production of films, radio programs, and other media; and (2) funds projects focused on preventing, managing, and resolving violent conflict and promoting post-conflict peacebuilding in settings outside the borders of the USA. Awards support activities that apply across a broad range of relevant disciplines, skills, and approaches. USIP welcomes proposals of an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary nature.

Topic areas of interest to USIP include, but are not limited to:
- conflict analysis and prevention;
- mediation and conflict resolution;
- postconflict peace and stability operations;
- religion and peacemaking;
- women and girls in conflict and peacebuilding;
- rule of law and transitional justice;
- economies and conflict;
- social, psychological, and physical impacts of war and conflict; and
- media and conflict.

USIP does not take positions on policy issues pending before Congress, the executive branch, or other domestic or international bodies, and does not fund "Track 1" (official) mediation of international disputes. USIP will not fund grant proposals of a partisan political nature or proposals that would inject the grantee or USIP into the policy processes of the United States government or any foreign government or international organization. In addition, in accord with the United States Institute of Peace Act, Section 1709(b), USIP will not use political tests or political qualifications in selecting or monitoring any grantee. Projects that lead to policy recommendations for governments, international organizations, or nongovernmental organizations are welcome, even encouraged, although such recommendations will be those of the grantee and not USIP.
Deadline:                   October 3, 2011