Grant Opportunities 12-05-2011

December 05, 2011

By , Government Grants Coordinator 831-459-1644

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Upcoming Deadlines

NSF-Linguistics:                                       January 15, 2012
NSF-Science of Organizations:                     February 2, 2012
NSF- Smart Health and Wellbeing:               February 6, 2012
NSF-Partnerships for Innovation:                  Letter of Intent:            January 4, 2012
UC Humanities Network- Graduate Seminars on the Humanities and Changing Conceptions of Work:                                                                January 19, 2012

Clarence Heller Charitable Foundation:          February 1, 2012
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:                December 29, 2011

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation:                      February 3, 2012
Institute for Human Studies:                      December 31, 2011


Funding Source:         NSF
Title:                       Linguistics
Program:                  The Linguistics Program supports all types of scientific research that focuses on human language as an object of investigation. The program supports research on the syntactic, semantic, morphological, phonetic, and phonological properties of individual languages and of language in general. It also encourages investigation of linguistic questions that are interdisciplinary in nature: the psychological processes involved in the production, perception, and comprehension of language; the development of linguistic capacities in children; social and cultural factors in language use, variation, and change; the acoustics and physiology of speech; computational approaches to the study of language; and the biological bases of language in the brain.
Deadline:                  January 15, 2012

Funding Source:         NSF
Title:                       Science of Organizations (SoO)
Program:                  Organizations -- private and public, established and entrepreneurial, designed and emergent, formal and informal, profit and nonprofit -- are critical to the well-being of nations and their citizens. They are of crucial importance for producing goods and services, creating value, providing jobs, and achieving social goals. The SoO program funds basic research that yields a scientific evidence base for improving the design and emergence, development and deployment, and management and ultimate effectiveness of organizations of all kinds.
SoO funds research that advances our fundamental understanding of how organizations develop, form and operate. Successful SoO research proposals use scientific methods to develop and refine theories, to empirically test theories and frameworks, and to develop new measures and methods. Funded research is aimed at yielding generalizable insights that are of value to the business practitioner, policy-maker and research communities.
SoO welcomes any and all rigorous, scientific approaches that illuminate aspects of organizations as systems of coordination, management and governance.
In considering whether a particular project might be a candidate for consideration by SoO, please note:
Intellectual perspectives may involve (but are not limited to) organizational theory, behavior, sociology or economics, business policy and strategy, communication sciences, entrepreneurship, human resource management, information sciences, managerial and organizational cognition, operations management, public administration, social or industrial psychology, and technology and innovation management.
Phenomena studied may include (but are not limited to) structures, routines, effectiveness, competitiveness, innovation, dynamics, change and evolution.
Levels of analysis may include (but are not limited to) organizational, cross-organizational collaborations or relationships, and institutional and can address individuals, groups or teams.
Research methods may be qualitative and quantitative and may include (but are not limited to) archival analyses, surveys, simulation studies, experiments, comparative case studies, and network analyses. 
Deadline:        February 2, 2012

Funding Source:         NSF
Title:                       Smart Health and Wellbeing (SHB)
Program:                  Through the SHB Program, NSF seeks to address fundamental technical and scientific issues that would support much needed transformation of health care from reactive and hospital-centered to preventive, proactive, evidence-based, person-centered and focused on wellbeing rather than disease. The issues to be addressed include, but are not limited to, sensor technology, networking, information and machine learning technology, modeling cognitive processes, system and process modeling, and social and economic issues. Effective technology-based solutions must satisfy a multitude of constraints arising from clinical needs, social interactions, cognitive limitations, barriers to behavioral changes, heterogeneity of data, semantic mismatch and limitations of current cyberphysical systems.

The high degree of complexity and broad range of the problems require multidisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers to identify and address barriers limiting quality of life, independence for chronically ill and elder individuals, and other aspects of wellbeing. Fundamental technological advances are also needed to understand the impediments that prevent people from engaging in health-promoting life styles including diet and exercise and from participating in their health care decisions.
Deadline:                 February 6, 2012

Funding Source:         NSF
Title:                       Partnerships for Innovation
Program:                  National prosperity today is more dependent on research and technology advances and since the product development cycle in all industrial sectors is more rapid than before, NSF's role of supporting discovery research across all fields of science and engineering is closer and more relevant to economic development at this time than at any time in our past. By establishing and expanding partnerships, research from institutions of higher education can be translated into innovation. Thus, the impact of research can be increased by moving it to realistic deployment, linking new knowledge to economic growth and other societal benefits. Partnerships with participation from science, engineering, education, the private sector and government can accelerate the process of innovation--the transformation of scientific and technological advances into new products, processes, systems, and services. In turn, new jobs are produced, wealth created, and the standard of living and quality of life worldwide are improved. The NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program is an umbrella for two complementary subprograms: one of which involves an earlier stage that focuses on building innovation capacity and the other involves a later stage that focuses on the acceleration of innovative research. The former emphasizes the transformation of knowledge to market-accepted innovations created by the research and education enterprise, while the latter emphasizes the translation of research to commercialization by NSF-funded research alliances. A research alliance is defined as a research partnership formed for mutual benefit, and funded by NSF, between/amongst universities and other entities. In the final analysis, both programs, while focusing on different stages are concerned with the movement of academic research into the marketplace.
Deadline:                 Letter of Intent:            January 4, 2012
Full proposal:            March 1, 2012

Funding Source:         UC Humanities Network
Title:                       Graduate Seminars on the Humanities and Changing Conceptions of Work
Program:                  The UC Humanities Network expects to fund three proposals for graduate seminars (either one quarter or one semester long) to be taught by a UC faculty member – ladder-track or lecturer – in the humanities or humanistic social sciences. Proposals for team-taught courses also will be considered.
The seminars should focus on the theme of “work” in and beyond the academy. The proposed course can include a focus on “work” as itself a topic of research or an engagement with the work of the humanities, including:
expanded notions of literacies (linguistic, cultural, media, technological), including the work of world-building and knowledge production;
intellectual histories or theories of creativity and/or productivity;
perspectives on the emergence of new notions of work across different historical periods and geographical locations;
changing conceptions of work in the face of recent global economic, technological, and social developments, and the implications for the humanities;
how humanities practitioners can prepare students for the work that awaits them in 21st-century global society;
the research and pedagogical practice of “doing” the humanities, and the ways that changing conceptions, modalities or technologies of work have impacted teaching, research, working conceptions and conditions across the university in general and for the humanities in particular.
Seminar proposals must include a syllabus of readings and an overview of the required coursework and papers.
Deadline:                 January 19, 2012


Funding Source:         Clarence Heller Charitable Foundation
Title:                       Environment and Health Grants
Program:                  The missions of the foundation's environment and health grants are to promote the long-term good health and viability of communities and regions by supporting programs to prevent harm to human health from toxic substances and other environmental hazards; by encouraging planning and development at the regional level, aimed at integrating economic and social goals with sound environmental policies; and by supporting initiatives for sustainability in agriculture and food systems.
Deadline:                 February 1, 2012

Funding Source:         Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Title:                       Public Health Law Research – Rapid Response Grants
Program:                  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) seeks to build the evidence for and strengthen the use of regulatory legal and policy solutions to improve public health. RWJF is equally interested in identifying and ameliorating laws and legal practices that unintentionally harm health. As public health practitioners, policy-makers and others consider how laws influence the public's health, they need evidence to inform questions such as: How does law influence health and health behavior? Which laws have the greatest impact? Can current laws be made more effective through better enforcement, or do they require amendment? The purpose of RWJF's Public Health Law Research program is to answer such questions by building a field of research and practice in public health law.
Deadline:                 December 29, 2011


Funding Source:         Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Title:                       Dissertation Fellowship Award
Program:                  The Jack Kent Cooke Dissertation Fellowship Award supports advanced doctoral students who are completing dissertations that further the understanding of the educational pathways and experiences of high-achieving, low-income students.
Deadline:                 February 3, 2012

Funding Source:         Institute for Human Studies
Title:                       Humane Studies Fellowship
Program:                  Approximately 195 awards for students interested in classical liberal/libertarian tradition of individual rights and market economies. Fellowships are awarded for one year.
Deadline:                 December 31, 2011