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COLA Grants Digest: February 11, 2014

posted: Tue, Feb 11, 2014

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Faculty Grant Workshops – register now for the following faculty workshops offered in spring 2014:

Grant Budget Preparation, Part 1: General Principles of Grant Budgeting

March 5, 2014, 2-4 PM, GEB 3.212

Part 1 of this two part workshop series will introduce you to the general concepts, principles, and procedures needed to develop a grant budget that will pass UT Austin’s Office of Sponsored Projects review. We will discuss direct costs, indirect costs, cost sharing, and more. Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts may RSVP to Kathy Thatcher (thatcher@austin.utexas.edu) by February 26.

Grant Solicitations: How to Get the Most Out of One Reading

March 20, 2014, 9-10AM, GEB 3.212

In this workshop you will learn what is the most pertinent information in a grant solicitation. We will discuss the meaning of some of the most frequently used words and phrases in these documents and what they mean for you when preparing various sections of your proposal. You will also be provided with a checklist document covering the items to note during the first reading of the solicitation. Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts may RSVP to Kathy Thatcher (thatcher@austin.utexas.edu) by March 13.

Grant Budget Preparation, Part 2: Hands-On Budget Preparation

Prerequisite:Grant Budget Preparation, Part 1

April 9, 2014, 2-4PM, GEB 3.212

Part 2 of this two part workshop series will focus on using the information presented in Part 1: General Principles of Grant Budgeting to create a grant budget. You will create a draft budget for a proposal you are working on. If you do not have a current project ready for budget preparation, materials will be provided that you may use to practice creating a grant budget. You must attend Part 1 to participate in Part 2. Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts may RSVP to Kathy Thatcher (thatcher@austin.utexas.edu) by March 25. Please include a copy of the grant solicitation you wish to work on with your RSVP.

Visit our calendar (http://www.utexas.edu/cola/research/events/upcoming.php) for more information and for other grant training opportunities. 

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Title: Research Grants Program

Sponsor: Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC)

Deadline: 02/12/2014

Amount: $1,000

Description: The ARSC Grants Program is designed to encourage and support scholarship and publication by individuals in the field of sound recordings or audio preservation. Specific projects eligible for support include discography, bibliography, historical studies of the sound recording industry and its products, and any other subject likely to increase the public's understanding and appreciation of the lasting importance of recorded sound. ARSC encourages applications from individuals whose research forms part of an academic program at the master's or doctoral level. 

How to Apply: Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Melanie Morgan (mmorgan@austin.utexas.edu) in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return Proposal Review Form by February 12.

More Info: http://www.arsc-audio.org/researchgrants.html  

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Title: Grant Program

Sponsor: RGK Foundation

Deadline: 02/14/2014

Amount: $100,000

Description: The RGK Foundation in Austin, Texas, is inviting grant proposals in the broad areas of education, community, and health and medicine. The foundation's primary education interests include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly math, science, and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education. Within its community area, the foundation supports a broad range of human services, community improvement activities, abuse prevention, and youth development programs. In the area of health and medicine, the foundation's current interests include programs that promote the health and well-being of children and access to health service.

How to Apply: Rolling deadline; foundation reviews letters of interest in March, June, and September. Contact Melanie Morgan (mmorgan@austin.utexas.edu) in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return Proposal Review Form by February 14. The College of Liberal Arts may limit number of proposals per cycle.

More Info: http://www.rgkfoundation.org/public/guidelines

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Title: Harry E. and Bernice M. Moore Fellowship

Sponsor: Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

Deadline: 02/20/2014

Amount: $20,000 

Description: The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health invites students from The University of Texas at Austin pursuing a doctorate to apply for the Harry E. and Bernice M. Moore Fellowship. To be eligible for the fellowship, candidates must be in the process of completing a dissertation on the human experience in crises, including those resulting from natural or other major disasters or, more broadly, stress and adversity. This fellowship reflects Dr. Harry E. Moore’s concern for and sociological contributions to the study of the human experience in crisis.

How to Apply: Submit directly to sponsor by February 20. See grant announcement for complete list of materials to be submitted with application.

More Info: http://www.hogg.utexas.edu/initiatives/rfpmoorefellow.html

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Title: Bringing Theory to Practice Seminar Grants

Sponsor: Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU)

Deadline: 02/21/2014

Amount: $1,000

Description: Proposals are requested for projects during 2012-2014 that will promote engaged learning, civic development and engagement, and psychosocial well-being of college and university students. We are especially interested in efforts that will enable students to have transformational educational experiences, and for institutions to transform and sustain their priorities and practices. Seminar Grants up to $1,000 are available for institutions to bring together diverse members of the campus community for meaningful conversations which will result in institutional actions. Matching support is not required. Proposals are accepted on quarterly deadlines between 2012-2014 and awards are announced 2 weeks after each deadline.

How to Apply: Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Melanie Morgan (mmorgan@austin.utexas.edu)  in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return Proposal Review Form by February 21.

More Info: http://www.aacu.org/bringing_theory/fundingopportunities.cfm  

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Title: Higher Education Scholarship

Sponsor: Young Women's Alliance Foundation (YWAF)

Deadline: 03/01/2014

Amount: $3,000

Description: The YWAF Higher Education Scholarship is available to women attending Central Texas universities who have completed 60 hours of undergraduate coursework or who are enrolled in graduate school.  Recipients are chosen based on commitment to community service, leadership potential, demonstrated financial need, and academic achievement.  In addition, recipients are required to complete at least 40 hours of service in a Community Impact Project.

How to Apply: Submit directly to sponsor by March 1. See grant announcement for complete list of materials to be submitted with application.

More Info: http://www.youngwomensalliance.org/higher-education-scholarship

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Title: Summer Programs in the Humanities for School and College Educators

Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Deadline: 03/04/2014

Amount: $1,200-$3,900

Description: Each year, NEH offers tuition-free opportunities for school, college, and university educators to study a variety of humanities topics. Stipends of $1,200-$3,900 help cover expenses for these one- to five-week programs. 

How to Apply: Submit directly to sponsor by March 4. See grant announcement for complete list of materials to be submitted with application.

More Info: http://www.neh.gov/divisions/education/summer-programs

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Title: Courses for Skills Development in Biomedical Big Data Science (R25) (RFA-HG-14-008)

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Deadline: 03/11/2014

Amount: $150,000/yr. (direct costs)

Description: The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The goal of this Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) 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 in Big Data Science.

How to Apply: Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Kathy Thatcher (thatcher@austin.utexas.edu) in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return Proposal Review Form by March 11.

More Info: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HG-14-008.html

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Title: Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA) (USDA-NIFA-SAECP-004424, CFDA 10.226)

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

Deadline: 03/13/2014

Amount: $25,000-$300,000

Description: NIFA requests applications for the Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA) for fiscal year (FY) 2014 to promote and strengthen agriscience and agribusiness education. Projects must support for-credit, academic instruction with a primary focus in one of the following three Program Categories: (a) Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom: Projects specifically developed by or for the state Agriculture in the Classroom program; (b) Secondary School: Projects with a specific focus on any of the academic grades 9 through 12; (c) Junior or Community College:  Projects with a specific focus on associate degree-level (2-year postsecondary) activities.

How to Apply: Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Kathy Thatcher (thatcher@austin.utexas.edu) in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return Proposal Review Form by March 13.

More Info: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/sec_challenge.html

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Title: Public Fellows

Sponsor: American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

Deadline: 03/19/2014

Amount: $65,000/yr. (stipend), 2 yrs.

Description: ACLS invites applications for the second competition of the Public Fellows program. The program will place 20 recent Ph.D.’s from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. Compensation will be competitive with new professional employees of the hosting organization and will include health insurance for the fellow.

How to Apply: Apply directly to sponsor by March 19. See grant announcement for complete list of materials to be submitted with application.

More Info: http://www.acls.org/programs/publicfellowscomp/

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Title: Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program (USDA-NIFA-CGP-4425/CFDA 10.217)

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

Deadline: 03/20/2014

Amount: $30,000-$750,000

Description: NIFA requests applications for the Higher Education Challenge Grants Program (HEC) for fiscal year (FY) 2014 to stimulate and enable colleges and universities to provide the quality of education necessary to produce baccalaureate or higher degree level graduates capable of strengthening the Nation’s food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce. Projects must support for-credit, academic instruction with a primary focus in one of the following Program Categories: (a) Baccalaureate degree-level projects in the food, agricultural and human sciences; (b) Master’s degree-level projects in the food, agricultural and human sciences; or (c) First professional degree-level projects in veterinary medicine (DVM).

How to Apply: Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Kathy Thatcher (thatcher@austin.utexas.edu) in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return Proposal Review Form by March 20.

More Info: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/higher_education_challenge.html

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Title: Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards

Sponsor: McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience

Deadline: 03/24/2014

Amount: $100,000/yr., 3 yrs.

Description: The McKnight Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award supports programs that address mechanisms of memory or cognition at the synaptic, cellular, and behavioral level in animals, including humans. Each year, up to four awards are given. Awards may be used for a variety of research activities, excluding the recipient's salary. Priority is given to proposals that incorporate fundamentally new approaches, as well as those that involve human experimentation. Collaborative and cross-disciplinary applications are encouraged. Investigators who are United States citizens or lawful permanent residents conducting research at institutions within the U.S. are invited to apply. Applicants must be in tenured or tenure-track faculty positions; research faculty in annually renewable positions are ineligible.

How to Apply: Submit preliminary proposal directly to sponsor by March 24. Notify your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Melanie Morgan (mmorgan@austin.utexas.edu) in Liberal Arts Grants Services immediately if you are invited to submit a full proposal.

More Info: http://www.neuroscience.mcknight.org//newsroom/upcoming-deadlines/2015-mcd

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Title: Wildlife Without Borders, Latin America and the Caribbean (WWB-LAC) (F14AS00076/CFDA No. 15.640)

Sponsor: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Deadline: 03/25/2014

Amount: $50,000

Description: In fiscal year 2014, the Wildlife Without Borders-Latin America and Caribbean Program (WWB-LAC) seeks proposals that address the underlying human dimensions of species and ecosystem conservation in Central America and the Tropical Andes (western Amazon), and through regional projects in the Caribbean (defined as two or more countries or islands). WWB-LAC seeks proposals that address integrated landscapes for people and nature, threatened species, and regional training.

How to Apply: Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Kathy Thatcher (thatcher@austin.utexas.edu) in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return Proposal Review Form by March 25.

More Info: http://www.fws.gov/international/pdf/notice-of-funding-availability-latin-america-and-the-caribbean-2014.pdf

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Title: Program and Young Investigator Grants

Sponsor: Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)

Deadline: 03/27/2014

Amount: $450,000/yr.

Description: The Human Frontier Science Program, which supports international collaborations in basic life science research, is inviting grant applications in support of innovative approaches to understanding complex mechanisms of living organisms. HFSP offers two areas of funding — Program grants and Young Investigator grants. Program grants are designed for independent scientists at all stages of their careers, while Young Investigator grants are for members of research teams who are within five years of establishing an independent laboratory and within ten years of obtaining their Ph.D.s. Both provide three years of support for two- to four- member teams, with no more than one member from any one country (unless that is critical for the innovative nature of the project).

How to Apply: Submit Letter of Intent directly to sponsor by March 27. See grant announcement for complete list of materials to be submitted. If invited to submit full proposal, contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Melanie Morgan (mmorgan@austin.utexas.edu) in Liberal Arts Grants Services immediately. 

More Info: http://www.hfsp.org/funding/research-grants/information-and-guidelines

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Title: Graduate Fellowship Program

Sponsor: International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER)

Deadline: 03/30/2014

Amount: $15,000

Description: IFER supports the development, validation, and implementation of innovative scientific methodologies that advance science and replace the use of animals in research, testing, and education. To that end, the foundation is accepting applications for the IFER Graduate Fellowship Program from graduate students whose program of study shows the greatest potential to replace the use of animals in science. Fellowships also will be considered for graduate students in other fields (e.g., education, psychology, humanities, journalism, and the law) for projects that show promise to increase public awareness of or promote changes in the legal system or public policy regarding the use of animals in research, testing, and education.

How to Apply: Submit directly to sponsor by March 30. See grant announcement for complete list of materials to be submitted with application.

More Info: http://www.ifer.org/fellowships.php

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Title: Margaret W. Moore and John M. Moore Research Fellowship

Sponsor: Friends Historical Library and/or the Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Deadline: 03/31/2014

Amount: Unspecified

Description: The purpose of the Margaret W. Moore and John M. Moore Research Fellowship is to provide a stipend to promote research during the academic year or summer months using the resources of the Friends Historical Library and/or the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.

How to Apply: Apply directly to sponsor by March 31. See grant announcement for complete list of materials to be submitted with application.

More Info: http://www.swarthmore.edu/Library/peace/peacewebsite/scpcWebsite/Documents/MooreFellowship.htm  

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Title: Broad Agency Announcement (W912HZ-14-BAA-01, CFDA 12.630)

Sponsor: Engineer Research and Development Center

Deadline: 12/01/2014

Amount: NA

Description: The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for various research and development topic areas. The ERDC consists of the Coastal and Hydraulics Lab (CHL), the Geotechnical and Structures Lab (GSL), the Environmental Lab (EL) and the Information Technology Lab (ITL) in Vicksburg, Mississippi; the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab (CRREL) in Hanover, New Hampshire; the Construction Engineering Research Lab (CERL) in Champaign, Illinois; and the Topographic Engineering Center (TEC) in Alexandria, Virginia. The ERDC is responsible for conducting research in the broad fields of hydraulics, dredging, coastal engineering, instrumentation, oceanography, remote sensing, geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, soil effects, vehicle mobility, self-contained munitions, military engineering, geophysics, pavements, protective structures, aquatic plants, water quality, dredged material, treatment of hazardous waste, wetlands, physical/mechanical/ chemical properties of snow and other frozen precipitation, infrastructure and environmental issues for installations, computer science, telecommunications management, energy, facilities maintenance, materials and structures, engineering processes, environmental processes, land and heritage conservation, and ecological processes.

How to Apply: Applications accepted on a rolling basis through January 2015. Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or return completed Proposal Review Form to Kathy Thatcher (thatcher@austin.utexas.edu) in Liberal Arts Grants Services at least three weeks before you plan to submit.

More Info: http://www.erdc.usace.army.mil/BusinessWithUs/Contracting/ERDCBroadAgencyAnnouncement.aspx

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Title: High-Risk Research in Biological Anthropology (HRRBAA) (NSF 08-523)

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline: NA

Amount: $150,000/yr (3-5 years)

Description: Anthropological research may be conducted under unusual circumstances, often in distant locations. As a result the ability to conduct potentially important research may hinge on factors that are impossible to assess from a distance and some projects with potentially great payoffs may face difficulties in securing funding. This program gives small awards that provide investigators with the opportunity to assess the feasibility of an anthropological research project. The information gathered may then be used as the basis for preparing a more fully developed research program. Projects which face severe time constraints because of transient phenomena or access to materials may also be considered. 

How to Apply: Proposals are accepted at any time. Please contact the cognizant Program Officer prior to submission of an HRRBAA proposal. Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Kathy Thatcher (thatcher@austin.utexas.edu) in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return Proposal Review Form at least three weeks prior to your intended submission date.

More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5319

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If you received this message as a forward and would like to be added to our list, email mmorgan@utexas.edu, or log in to UT Lists at https://utlists.utexas.edu/sympa/ and subscribe to the “cola_grants_alert” list. 

A note on deadlines: Many grants listed in this digest require 3 week lead time before the sponsor deadline for COLA and OSP approval. Please see “How to Apply” under each grant for the appropriate procedure. Deadlines for grants marked “submit to sponsor” are not adjusted for internal review. 

Please contact Liberal Arts Grants Services with any questions you have about applying for grants as a COLA faculty member, academic unit, or graduate student or visit our website at 

http://www.utexas.edu/cola/research/grants-contracts/  

Kathy Thatcher thatcher@austin.utexas.edu for Federal Grants

Melanie Morgan mmorgan@austin.utexas.edu for Foundations

Vivian Smyrl vsmyrl@austin.utexas.edu for Awarded Grants

 

 

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