Grants Watch

We are pleased to announce our regular posting of current grant opportunities available to faculty and staff to benefit our students and learning community. Feel free to contact us regarding any listing that interests you/your department. If you find an announcement that didn’t make our publication just let us know and we will include it!

Department of Defense Office of Naval Research

  • Award: unknown
  • Deadline: December 31, 2017

The ONR seeks a broad range of proposals for augmenting existing or developing innovative solutions that directly maintain, or cultivate a diverse, world-class STEM workforce in order to maintain the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’ technological superiority. The goal of any proposed effort must provide solutions that will establish and maintain pathways of diverse U.S. citizens who are interested in uniformed or civilian DoN (or Navy and Marine Corps) STEM workforce opportunities. As the capacity of the DoN Science and Technology (S&T) workforce is interconnected with the basic research enterprise and STEM education system, ONR recognizes the necessity to support efforts that can jointly improve STEM student outcomes and align with Naval S&T current and future workforce needs. This announcement explicitly encourages projects that improve the capacity of education systems and communities to create impactful STEM educational experiences for students including active learning approaches and incorporating 21st century skills. Projects must aim to increase student engagement in STEM and persistence of students in STEM degrees, while improving student technical capacity. ONR encourages proposals to utilize current STEM educational research for informing project design and advancing our understanding of how and why students choose STEM careers and opportunities of naval relevance. While this announcement is relevant for any stage of the STEM educational system, funding efforts will be targeted primarily toward the future and current DoN (naval) STEM workforce in High School, all categories of Post-Secondary institutions, the STEM research enterprise, and efforts that enhance the current naval STEM workforce and its mission readiness.

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Cornell Lab of Ornithology Minigrants

Mini-grants to help finance creative events that integrate the arts, gardening, community participation, and Celebrate Urban Birds’s citizen science project. All applicants will receive free training, materials, and resources to bring their ideas to life; including proposals that we are unable to fund. Organizations that work with underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply. No experience with birds required. The mini-grants range from $100 to $750.

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IES: NCER National Center for Education Research Low Cost-Short-Duration Evaluation of Education Interventions

In this announcement, the Institute of Education Sciences (Institute) requests applications for its Low Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Education Interventions (Low-Cost Evaluation) grant program. The program is designed to support rigorous evaluations of education interventions that state or local education agencies expect to produce meaningful improvements in student education outcomes within a short period (for example, within a single semester or academic year). These evaluations are to be conducted for $250,000 or less and completed within two years. The program will be carried out by research institutions and state or local education agencies working together as partners. The evaluations will use randomized controlled trials or regression discontinuity designs to determine the impact of interventions on student education outcomes, and will rely on administrative data or other sources of secondary data to provide measures of these student outcomes.

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ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers

  • Award: $1,000,000-3,000,000
  • Deadline: January 17, 2018

IT-Preliminary and Institutional Transformation (IT)proposals are accepted from public and private, non-profit, universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US, referred to in this solicitation as non-profit academic institutions. Past or current ADVANCE IT awardees are not eligible.

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NEA Big Read National Endowment for the Arts

  • Award: $5,000 and $15,000
  • Deadline: January 24, 2018

NEA Big Read annually supports approximately 75 dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read selection. Organizations selected to participate in NEA Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, digital resources, and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement.

The programs last approximately one month and include a kick-off event, often attended by high-profile community leaders and other local luminaries; major events devoted specifically to the book (e.g., panel discussions and author reading); events using the book as a point of departure (e.g., film screenings and theatrical readings); and book discussions in diverse locations involving a wide range of audiences.

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Open Society Foundations Impact and Innovation Grant Fund

  • Award: $75,000
  • Deadline: February 1, 2018

The Open Society U.S. Programs Drug Policy Project aims to support viable alternatives to mass criminalization and mass incarceration, to strengthen community-driven health services, and to provide resources for interventions made prior to or instead of arrests.

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. In pursuit of this mission, we work on a wide variety of issues both geographically and thematically. National and regional foundations affiliated with Open Society also focus on the open society issues and concerns most relevant in their countries or regions. The vast majority of the grants made by Open Society are to organizations. Every year, Open Society awards grants for a wide range of activities, everything from discrete project grants to general operating support. Open Society also awards a limited number of grants to individuals, primarily through scholarships and fellowships. .

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Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM National Science Foundation

  • Award: $75,000
  • Deadline: February 1, 2018

The Open Society U.S. Programs Drug Policy Project aims to support viable alternatives to mass criminalization and mass incarceration, to strengthen community-driven health services, and to provide resources for interventions made prior to or instead of arrests.

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. In pursuit of this mission, we work on a wide variety of issues both geographically and thematically. National and regional foundations affiliated with Open Society also focus on the open society issues and concerns most relevant in their countries or regions. The vast majority of the grants made by Open Society are to organizations. Every year, Open Society awards grants for a wide range of activities, everything from discrete project grants to general operating support. Open Society also awards a limited number of grants to individuals, primarily through scholarships and fellowships. .

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NIH NIGMS NIH Science Education Partnership Awards

  • Award: $75,000
  • Deadline: February 1, 2018

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this NIGMS R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation's biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.To this end, this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages the development of innovative educational activities for pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P-12), pre-service and in-service teachers (Teachers) and students from underserved communities with a focus on Courses for Skills Development, Research Experiences, Mentoring Activities, Curriculum or Methods Development and Outreach.

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The Assisi Foundation of Memphis

The Assisi Foundation of Memphis serves nonprofit organizations that work to improve Memphis and the Mid-South. Our primary areas of focus are:

Whether or not an organization falls neatly within these categories, we always invite the exploration of good ideas that align with our mission of philanthropy, done well.

Typical general grants include:

  • Program support
  • Capacity building
  • Technical assistance
  • Operating support

We also fund capital projects designed to improve the physical assets of an organization. Typical capital projects include:

  • Building: new construction, addition to existing facility, or renovation
  • Technology installation or upgrade, computer hardware/software, audio-visual equipment

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Student Engagement, Retention, and Success Initiative (SERS)

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Hyde Family Foundations

  • Award: open
  • Deadline: March 1, June 1, September 1, December 1 (annually)

The Hyde Family Foundations makes grants that empower the people and programs making real differences in the community and provide leadership on public policy issues that will transform Memphis. We support high-impact initiatives that focus on three distinct objectives:

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Faculty Early Career Development Program National Science Foundation

  • Award: $400,000
  • Deadline: July 29, 2018

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

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Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

  • Award: $75,000-3,250,000
  • Deadline: August 28, 2018

The National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science (including engineering and computer science) teachers. The program invites creative and innovative proposals that address the critical need for recruiting and preparing highly effective elementary and secondary science and mathematics teachers in high-need local educational agencies. The program offers four tracks: Track 1: The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarships and Stipends Track, Track 2: The NSF Teaching Fellowships Track, Track 3: The NSF Master Teaching Fellowships Track, and Track 4: Noyce Research Track. In addition, Capacity Building proposals are accepted from proposers intending to develop a future Track 1, 2, or 3 proposal.

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Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure National Science Foundation

  • Award: $300-500,000
  • Deadline: October 8, 2018

The overarching goal of this program is to prepare, nurture and grow the national scientific workforce for creating, utilizing, and supporting advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) that enables cutting-edge science and engineering and contributes to the Nation's overall economic competiveness and security. For the purpose of this solicitation, advanced CI is broadly defined as the resources, tools, and services for advanced computation, data handling, networking and security. The need for such workforce development programs are highlighted by the (i) National Strategic Computing Initiative announced in 2015 , which is co-led by NSF and aims to advance the high-performance computing ecosystem and develop workforce essential for scientific discovery; (ii) 2016 National Academies' report on Future Directions for NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure to Support U.S. Science and Engineering in 2017-2020 and (iii) Federal Big Data Research and Development Strategic Plan, which seeks to expand the community of data-empowered experts across all domains. This solicitation calls for developing innovative, scalable training programs to address the emerging needs and unresolved bottlenecks in scientific and engineering workforce development of targeted, multidisciplinary communities, at the postsecondary level and beyond, leading to transformative changes in the state of workforce preparedness for advanced CI in the short and long terms. A primary goal is to broaden CI access and adoption by (i) increasing or deepening accessibility of methods and resources of advanced CI and of computational and data science and engineering by a wide range of institutions and scientific communities with lower levels of CI adoption to date; and (ii) harnessing the capabilities of larger segments of diverse underrepresented groups. Proposals from and in partnership with the aforementioned communities are especially encouraged. For student training, a key concern is not to increase the time to degree; hence the emphasis shall be on out-of-class, informal training.

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