College of Liberal Arts

COLA Grants Digest: May 6, 2014

Tue, May 6, 2014

Announcements: 

Professional Grant Development Workshop, May 14-16

Presented by the Grant Training Center, this in-depth three-day workshop targets beginners seeking to acquire the techniques to research and draft grant-winning proposals from various agencies and those aiming to polish and improve current grant-writing skills. Meets daily from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Workshop fee $595.

Registration and additional information available at http://granttrainingcenter.com/workshops_descriptions/1 

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Title: Partnership for Education: Learning (Learning) (RFA-641-14-000004, CFDA 98.001)

Sponsor: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Ghana USAID-Accra

Deadline: TBD

Amount: $71M

Description: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Ghana anticipates issuing a Request for Applications (RFA) to implement the Partnership for Education: Learning (Learning) activity. Learning is intended to be a five-year activity which will improve the reading performance of approximately 2.8 million children in the early grades of Ghana’s education system. Efforts under Learning will directly support the Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service to improve child learning outcomes, especially in the area of early grade reading from Kindergarten 1 through grade 3, by enabling a more effective implementation of Ghana’s mother tongue bilingual instruction policy, including the use of proven child literacy approaches and other major components of the draft Ghana Reading Action Plan. 

How to Apply: This is a pre-solicitation notice. Request for Applications will be posted on or about May 16, 2014. Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Kathy Thatcher (thatcher@austin.utexas.edu) in Liberal Arts Grants Services immediately if you intend to apply.

More Info: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=254404

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Title: Democracy, Human Rights, and Religious Freedom in Nigeria (DRLA-DRLAQM-14-048, CFDA 19.345)

Sponsor: U.S. Department of State (DOS), Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL)

Deadline: 05/12/2014

Amount: $500,000

Description: DRL’s goal is to address religious tensions and violence in Nigeria. With religiously motivated violence escalating in Plateau and Middle Belt states, religious tension in other parts of the country and the upcoming Presidential elections in February 2015, there is a need for conflict mitigation and violence prevention strategies to avert widespread violence. This program is aimed at addressing the atmosphere of ethno-sectarian tension and potential violence that could occur in the run up to and immediately following the elections. Activities could include, but not to be limited to: identifying and working in areas most likely to break into conflict post-election; voter education that fosters mutual respect and non-violence; inter-religious dialogue to mitigate election-related violence; supporting the cooperation of police, security forces and citizens working together to find methods to mitigate violence and build peace. Participants should reflect religious, ethnic, and gender diversity.

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 May 12.

More Info: https://www.grantsolutions.gov/gs/preaward/previewPublicAnnouncement.do?id=49433

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Title: Graduate Dean's Prestigious Fellowship Supplement

Sponsor: University of Texas at Austin, Graduate School

Deadline: 05/14/2014

Amount: $1,000, in-state tuition waiver

Description: The Graduate Dean's Prestigious Fellowship Supplement awards are for students who will hold competitive, external, prestigious, full (typically $12,000 or more) fellowships that recognize the student's academic achievements. Consideration for an award is based upon nomination by the graduate adviser. You must be registered during the 2014-2015 academic year and you must be utilizing the fellowship during the 2014-2015 academic year. Preference is given to non-Texas residents as the major component of the award is an in-state tuition rate.

How to Apply: Contact your Graduate Adviser or Graduate Coordinator for details on your department's nomination process.

More Info: http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/funding/fellowships/prestigious.html

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Title: Project & Presidential Authority Awards

Sponsor: Russell Sage Foundation (RSF)

Deadline: 06/02/2014

Amount: $35,000-$150,000

Description: The Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) was established by Mrs. Margaret Olivia Sage in 1907 for “the improvement of social and living conditions in the United States.” RSF now carries out that mission by sponsoring rigorous social scientific research as a means of diagnosing social problems and improving social policies. In sponsoring this research, the Foundation is dedicated to strengthening the methods, data, and theoretical core of the social sciences. The Foundation’s awards are restricted to support for social science research within the following five program areas: 1) Behavioral Economics, 2) Cultural Contact, 3) Future of Work, 4) Immigration, and 5) Social Inequality. The Foundation provides support primarily for analyzing data and writing up results but occasionally considers larger awards for projects that are highly relevant to the Foundation's program goals. The Foundation does not support graduate studies or research, except as part of a faculty research project.

How to Apply: Submit letter of inquiry directly to sponsor by June 2. Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Melanie Morgan (mmorgan@austin.utexas.edu) in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return Proposal Review Form immediately if you are invited to submit a full proposal. Additional deadline January 30.

More Info: http://www.russellsage.org/rsf-research-programs

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Title: Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) Fellowships

Sponsor: Durham University

Deadline: 06/08/2014

Amount: £8,000/3 mo.

Description: The Institute of Advanced Study is Durham University’s leading interdisciplinary research institute. The Institute seeks to catalyze new thinking on major annual themes by bringing together leading international academics as well as writers, artists and practitioners. The theme for 2015/16 is "Evidence," interpreted in its broadest sense–scientifically, symbolically, legally, philosophically, artistically, politically, economically, and sociologically. Applications are invited for up to 20, three-month Fellowships (October-December 2015 and January-March 2016), linked to this theme. Applicants may be from any academic discipline or professional background involving research, and they may come from anywhere in the world. They should be mid/late career researchers or non-academics who have an established international reputation, have made major contributions to their field, and can provide evidence of research leadership and/or public impact. IAS Fellowships include stipend, travel, accommodation, subsistence and costs associated with replacement teaching or loss of salary (where appropriate).

How to Apply: Apply directly to sponsor by June 8. See grant announcement for complete list of materials to be submitted with application.

More Info: http://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/fellows/apply/   

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Title: African American Faith-Based Mental Health Education and Awareness Initiative

Sponsor: Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

Deadline: 06/09/2014

Amount: $72,000

Description: The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health invites eligible organizations in Texas to respond to this request for proposals (RFP) to improve awareness and perceptions of mental health, recovery, and wellness in African American communities. The goals of this initiative are to expand African American faith-based programs and ministries in Texas to include mental health by: 1. Educating congregants about mental health, recovery, and wellness; 2. Identifying local behavioral health resources for treatment and support; 3. Connecting congregants to behavioral health resources; 4. Supporting faith leaders in addressing their own mental wellness and responses to stress. Depending on the quality of proposals received, the foundation plans to award grants of up to $72,000 for three years to up to 10 eligible faith-based organizations (FBOs) in Texas. The lead organization must have access to African American congregants who regularly participate in spiritual or worship services and activities. The primary mission of the organization should be to enhance the spiritual growth of congregants rather than a focus on education or social services.

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 June 9. NOTE: Projects submitted by faith-based organizations, or who list faith-based organizations as collaborators will be most competitive under this RFP.

More Info: http://www.hogg.utexas.edu/initiatives/aafbi-rfp.html

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Title: Biodiversity Futures: Projecting Changes in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Decision-Making

Sponsor: International Group of Funding Agencies for Global Change Research (IGFA) Belmont Forum

Deadline: 06/11/2014

Amount: Unspecified 

Description: Work carried out in response to the present call should focus on networking activities and on the capacity building that supports research, but not on research activities themselves. The objective of the present call is to stimulate networking and capacity building for innovative research across social and natural science disciplines. Proposed activities must advance the formation of international networks of scientists, the co-design of research with relevant stakeholders, and the inter- and trans-disciplinary methodologies of scenario-building needed to address two key issues that have been identified as obstacles to greater use of biodiversity scenarios in decision-making: harmonizing and integrating development and application of biodiversity scenarios across spatial scales of relevance to multiple types of decisions, and harmonizing and integrating consideration of multiple dimensions of biodiversity and ecosystem services in biodiversity scenarios. Projects should also pay particular attention to at least some of the following issues: coupling of socio-economic and biodiversity dynamics, improvement of models of impacts on biodiversity, coupling models across gradients of human transformation in terrestrial, freshwater and marine systems, and estimation and communication of uncertainty.

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 June 11.

More Info: http://igfagcr.org/cra-2014-scenarios-of-biodiversity-and-ecosystem-services

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Title: Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities (G08) (RFA-LM-14-001)

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM)

Deadline: 06/29/2014

Amount: $300,000/3yrs. (direct costs)

Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits resource grant applications for projects that will bring useful, usable health information to health disparity populations and their health care providers. Proposed projects should exploit the capabilities of computer and information technology and health sciences libraries to bring health-related information to consumers and their health care providers.

How to Apply: Submit letter of intent directly to sponsor by June 29. 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 July 8. 

More Info: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-LM-14-001.html

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Title: Dr. Richard M. Hunt Fellowship

Sponsor: American Council on Germany

Deadline: 07/01/2014

Amount: $5,600 

Description: The fellowship program aims to serve academics in relatively early stages of their careers (including individuals enrolled in Ph.D. programs who are finishing their dissertation). This fellowship is open to scholars with an academic affiliation and to those who are independent or have other professional associations. All applicants must hold United States citizenship. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in German political, social, and cultural affairs; however, no prior experience in Germany is required. While helpful, knowledge of the German language is not a prerequisite. Fellows are required to develop research itineraries in consultation with the American Council on Germany. The fellowship award covers the costs of pre-approved international and domestic travel and a per diem of $200 for up to 28 days in Germany. Following the completion of the trip, fellows submit a report summarizing their findings.

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

More Info: http://www.acgusa.org/index.php?section=hunt-fellowships

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Title: Emerging Artist Fellowship

Sponsor: Harpo Foundation

Deadline: 07/05/2014

Amount: $500 travel stipend, plus room and studio

Description: The Harpo Foundation’s Emerging Artist Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) was established in 2013 to provide an annual opportunity to an emerging visual artist 25 years and older who needs time and space to explore ideas and start new projects. Artist Fellows will receive a one-month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, which includes a handsomely appointed room with private bath, a beautiful, well-lit studio space, and a $500 travel stipend.

How to Apply: Apply directly to sponsor by July 5. See grant announcement for complete list of materials to be submitted with application. 

More Info: http://www.harpofoundation.org/emerging-artist-fellowship/

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Title: Biological Oceanography (PD 98-1650)

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline: 07/10/2014

Amount: Unspecified

Description: The Biological Oceanography Program supports research in marine ecology broadly defined: relationships among aquatic organisms and their interactions with the environments of the oceans or Great Lakes. Projects submitted to the program for consideration are often interdisciplinary.

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 July 10.

More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11696

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Title: Law and Social Sciences (LSS) (NSF 12-507)

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline: 07/11/2014

Amount: Unspecified 

Description: The Law & Social Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation supports social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules. The program is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-methodological. Successful proposals describe research that advances scientific theory and understanding of the connections between law or legal processes and human behavior. Social scientific studies of law often approach law as dynamic, made in multiple arenas, with the participation of multiple actors. The program considers and funds proposals from many disciplinary perspectives, including anthropology, communication, criminology, economics, legal scholarship, political science, public policy, psychology, and sociology.

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 July 11.

More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504727  

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Title: William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowships for Minority Students

Sponsor: Aspen Institute

Deadline: 07/18/2014

Amount: $8,000

Description: Based on academic excellence and need, the fellowship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. The Hearst Fellow serves as an intern with Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) in the Washington, D.C., office of the Aspen Institute. Through the fellowship program, PSI seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues and challenges affecting philanthropy, social enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector. In his or her internship, the Hearst Fellow undertakes research, writing, and logistical and administrative support for PSI's leadership initiatives, public programs, and convenings. Recipients may arrange with their colleges or universities to receive academic credit for this experience. 

How to Apply: Apply directly to sponsor by July 18. See grant announcement for complete list of materials to be submitted with application.

More Info: http://www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/nonprofit-philanthropy/leadership-initiatives/hearst

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Title: Subventions for Publications

Sponsor: American Musicological Society (AMS)

Deadline: 07/24/2014

Amount: $2,500

Description: The Publications Committee of the American Musicological Society makes available funds to help with expenses involved in the publication of works of musical scholarship, including books, articles, special issues of journals, and works in non-print media. Individual authors or editors, or their sponsoring organization, society, or department, may apply for assistance to defray costs not normally covered by publishers, such as illustrations, musical examples, facsimiles, accompanying audio or video examples, and permissions. We encourage the submission of proposals from scholars at all stages of their careers. Individual authors or editors, or their sponsoring organization, society, or department, may apply for assistance to defray costs not normally covered by publishers, such as illustrations, musical examples, facsimiles, accompanying audio or video examples, and permissions. We encourage the submission of proposals from scholars at all stages of their careers. We welcome proposals for projects that make use of newer technologies. Festschriften, essay collections, and the like are ordinarily not recommended for subvention.

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 July 24. 

More Info: http://www.ams-net.org/pubs/subvention.php

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Title: Fund for a Just Society

Sponsor: Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Deadline: 08/25/2014

Amount: $15,000 

Description: The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations is accepting proposals from non-Unitarian Universalist groups in the U.S. and Canada for community organizing campaigns aimed at creating systemic change in the economic, social, and political structures that affect the lives of those who have been excluded from resources, power, and the right to determination. Priority is given to active, specific campaigns to create change in the economic, social, and political structures that affect their lives. We expect the organization’s infrastructure, including leadership, membership and systems of accountability to be developed by the time of the application. We welcome projects that are less likely to receive conventional funding because of the innovative or challenging nature of the work or the economic and social status of the constituency.

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 August 25.

More Info: http://www.uua.org/giving/funding/102186.shtml

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Title: Guggenheim Fellowships, United States and Canada Competition

Sponsor: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Deadline: 09/19/2014

Amount: Unspecified 

Description: The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields—including the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and creative arts—except the performing arts. Often characterized as "mid-career" awards, the fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The program seeks to further the development of scholars and artists by helping them engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions.

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

More Info: http://www.gf.org/applicants/the-united-states-canadian-competition/

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Title: Administrative Supplements for Research on Dietary Supplements (AdminSupp) (PAR-14-201)

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)

Deadline: 09/24/2014

Amount: $100,000 (total costs)

Description: ODS announces the availability of administrative supplements to support research in which the supplemental funding would investigate the role of dietary supplements and/or their ingredients in health maintenance and disease prevention. Parent awards need not be focused on dietary supplements; this Funding Opportunity Announcement may provide support to include dietary supplements within the scope of relevant research projects. Research interests of ODS are not limited to specific health conditions, organ systems or population groups. ODS supports all types of research, including pre-clinical, clinical, behavioral, and epidemiological. Additionally, ODS supports research and training programs that build future research capacity for studying the role of dietary supplements in health and disease prevention. Primary consideration for support will be given to applications that stimulate dietary supplement research where it is lacking or lagging, clarify gaps, opportunities and balance between benefits and risks where data are in conflict, target special population groups where additional science on dietary supplements is needed, and focus on the use of dietary supplements in improving or maintaining health and reducing the risk of chronic disease.

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 September 24.

More Info: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-201.html

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Title: Rome Prize

Sponsor: American Academy in Rome

Deadline: 11/01/2014

Amount: $16,000-$28,000

Description: A program of the American Academy in Rome, the Rome Prize is awarded to thirty North American emerging artists and scholars in the early or middle stages of their careers who exemplify the highest standard of excellence in arts and humanities scholarship. Fellows are chosen from the disciplines of architecture, design, historic preservation and conservation, landscape architecture, literature, musical composition, visual arts, ancient studies, Medieval studies, Renaissance and Early Modern studies, and Modern Italian studies. Each Rome Prize winner is provided with a stipend, meals, a bedroom with private bath, and a study or studio. (Those with children under the age of 18 live in partially subsidized apartments nearby.) Graduate students in the humanities may apply only for pre-doctoral fellowships. Previous winners of the Rome Prize are not eligible to re-apply.

How to Apply: Apply directly to sponsor by November 1. See solicitation for list of materials to be submitted with the application.

More Info: http://www.aarome.org/apply/rome-prize/procedure-requirements

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Title: Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) (APS-OAA-12-000004)

Sponsor: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Deadline: 04/15/2015

Amount: $100,000-$15,000,000

Description: DIV is interested in innovations that are expected to lead to transformative (as opposed to incremental) improvements that could ultimately scale across multiple developing countries and, ideally, multiple sectors in these countries. DIV recognizes that development breakthroughs can come from anywhere—a lab in a university, a local organization or a passionate entrepreneur. Solutions range from new technologies and new service-delivery practices to novel or more cost-effective  variations on existing practices. Innovations are expected to eventually scale up through the private sector, the public sector, or a combination of the two in order to reach sustainability without DIV support. Drawing inspiration from product development enterprises, DIV invests in ideas across different stages of their development from proof-of-concept to widespread use. Applicants can apply to any stage: Stage 1: establishes proof of concept and initial testing; Stage 2: tests solutions and positions them for scale (stage 1 criteria previously met with DIV or other support sources); Stage 3: transitions proven solutions to scale (criteria of stages 1 and 2 previously met with DIV or other support sources).

How to Apply: Submit letter of interest directly to sponsor. Letters of interest are accepted on a rolling basis through April 15, 2015. Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Kathy Thatcher (thatcher@austin.utexas.edu) in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return Proposal Review Form immediately if you are invited to submit a full proposal.

More Info: http://www.usaid.gov/div/aps

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If you received this message as a forward and would like to be added to our list, 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 the Office of Research grants staff 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.edufor Post-Award

 

 

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