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COLA Grants Digest May 29, 2012

posted: Tue, May 29, 2012

Highlights: Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC), 2013 Field Competition, Due Date: October 3, 2012
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Title: Knight News Challenge
Sponsor: Knight Foundation
Deadline: 5/30/2012
Amount: Unspecified

Description/Eligibility: The Knight News Challenge accelerates media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. Winners receive a share of $5 million in funding and support from Knight’s network of influential peers and advisors to help advance their ideas. For this round, the program seeks ideas intended to help unlock the power of data by collecting, processing, visualizing, or otherwise making it available, understandable, and actionable.

How to Apply: Contact Melanie Morgan (mmorgan@austin.utexas.edu) in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by May 30.

Full Announcement/Contacts: http://newschallenge.tumblr.com/
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Title: Strengthening Teachers' Unions and Developing Human Rights Curriculum (CFDA 19.345)
Sponsor: Department of State (DOS), Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL)
Deadline: 5/31/2012
Amount: $500,000

Description/Eligibility: DRL requests proposals to establish a program in at least three of four countries (Egypt, Georgia, Honduras, and Zimbabwe) to focus on advancing worker rights and civil participation through engagement with teachers and the organizations that represent them. The program would focus on (1) strengthening teachers’ organizations as civil society organizations, including by providing technical assistance to help ensure that teachers’ organizations are independent, democratic and representative of their membership base; and (2) integrating tolerance, respect, inclusion and human rights within curriculum. This program would seek to improve mechanisms for dialogue between teachers’ unions and local authorities and to increase the ability of individual teachers to play a constructive role in local communities, national education, promotion for tolerance and respect, and broader political and civil rights for women and other marginalized groups.

How to Apply: Contact Kathy Thatcher (thatcher@austin.utexas.edu) in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by May 31.

Full Announcement/Contacts: https://www.grantsolutions.gov/gs/preaward/previewPublicAnnouncement.do?id=15267
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Title: Templeton Prize Honoring “Entrepreneurs of the Spirit”
Sponsor: Templeton Foundation
Deadline: 6/13/2012
Amount: $1,760,000

Description/Eligibility: Established in 1972 by the late Sir John Templeton, the prize aims, in his words, to identify "entrepreneurs of the spirit" — outstanding individuals who have devoted their talents to expanding our vision of human purpose and ultimate reality. The prize celebrates no particular faith tradition or notion of God, but rather "the quest for progress in humanity's efforts to comprehend the many and diverse manifestations of the divine."

How to Apply: Contact Melanie Morgan (mmorgan@austin.utexas.edu) in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by July 13.

Full Announcement/Contacts: http://www.templetonprize.org/nomination.html
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Title: Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities: Steppingā€Up Technology (CFDA 84.327S)
Sponsor: Department of Education
Deadline: 6/14/2012
Amount: $500,000

Description/Eligibility: The purpose of this priority is to fund cooperative agreements to: (a) Identify resources needed to effectively implement evidence-based technology tools that benefit students with disabilities, and (b) develop and disseminate products that will help a broad range of schools to effectively implement these technology tools.

How to Apply: Contact Kathy Thatcher (thatcher@austin.utexas.edu)  in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by June 14.

Full Announcement/Contacts: http:www2.ed.gov/programs/oseptms/2012-327s.pdf
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Title: Climate, Nature, and cCommunities in Guatemala (CNCG) Program (CFDA 98.001)
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Administration for Children and Families
Deadline: 6/18/2012
Amount: $30,000,000

Description/Eligibility: This Request for Application (RFA) provides the basis for applicants to consider creating partnerships, alliances or a consortium with local organizations to implement the activities of the Climate, Nature and Communities in Guatemala (CNCG) program and obtain the desired results. This is a program that will comprehensively address the key issues of biodiversity and forest conservation and sustainable management, both of which are important to address climate change in general and more specifically mitigation, as well as adaptation and connections with food security. Additional components may also include environmental certifications and commercialization for income generation.

How to Apply: Contact Kathy Thatcher (thatcher@austin.utexas.edu) in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by June 18.

Full Announcement/Contacts: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=172913
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Title: Projects of National Significance: Data Collection on the Employment Status of People with Developmental Disabilities (CFDA 93.631)
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Administration for Children and Families
Deadline: 6/29/2012
Amount: $350,000

Description/Eligibility: The purpose of this project is to support investigations that examine the employment status of people with developmental disabilities and related outcomes as a result of programs that support their employment. The study will assess the effectiveness of State Mental Retardation Developmental Disabilities (MRDD) and vocational rehabilitation agencies in promoting full inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities through employment and other community activities; and assess the employment and economic status of individuals with developmental disabilities on a state and national basis.

How to Apply: Contact Kathy Thatcher (thatcher@austin.utexas.edu) in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by June 29.

Full Announcement/Contacts: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2012-ACF-ADD-DN-0285
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Title: Projects of National Significance: Data Collection on Financial and Programmatic Trends for People with Developmental Disabilities (CFDA 93.631)
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Administration for Children and Families
Deadline: 6/29/2012
Amount: $350,000

Description/Eligibility: The purpose of this project is to conduct a national study that describes changes in public services and supports for people with developmental disabilities by examining local, State and federal spending, especially of Medicaid funds for services to people with developmental disabilities. The study shall analyze the spending and describe annual outlooks and longitudinal trends in revenue, spending, and programmatic changes in an array of service delivery areas, including community living, public and private residential institutions, supported employment, supported living, and Medicaid waivers.

How to Apply: Contact Kathy Thatcher (thatcher@austin.utexas.edu) in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by June 29.

Full Announcement/Contacts: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2012-ACF-ADD-DN-0291
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Title: Projects of National Significance: Data Collection and Dissemination on Residential and In Home Services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (CFDA 93.631)
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Administration for Children and Families
Deadline: 6/29/2012
Amount: $350,000

Description/Eligibility: The purpose of this project is to conduct a national study that analyzes and describes where people with developmental disabilities receiving, State and non-State, Medicaid-funded and non-Medicaid funded residential services are living in the United States (U.S.). Through an analysis of State-level data on residential settings specifically for persons with developmental disabilities, such as the number of people living in a facility and the cost per setting, the study shall describe annual outlooks and longitudinal trends in State and non-State residential facility populations, the movement of people with developmental disabilities from institutional settings to homes of their own, and residential service utilization.

How to Apply: Contact Kathy Thatcher (thatcher@austin.utexas.edu) in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by June 29.

Full Announcement/Contacts: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2012-ACF-ADD-DN-0311
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Title: Marketing Afghanistan’s Traditional Arts (CFDA 19.501)
Sponsor: Department of State (DOS)
Deadline: 7/9/2012
Amount: $500,000

Description/Eligibility: This opportunity seeks proposals that will support Afghanistan’s economic development, sustain and improve traditional Afghan craftsmanship, and increase Afghanistan’s capacity to leverage its cultural heritage for economic benefit. This grant will fund programs designed to train men and women in traditional Afghan arts, crafts, and cultural skills; support adaptations that modify products for the modern market; and other activities to capitalize on Afghanistan’s rich traditional arts for economic benefit.

How to Apply: Contact Kathy Thatcher (thatcher@austin.utexas.edu) in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by July 9.

Full Announcement/Contacts: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=172536
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Title: Connecting Women and Markets Program (CFDA 19.501)
Sponsor: Department of State (DOS)
Deadline: 7/9/2012
Amount: $1,000,000

Description/Eligibility: This opportunity seeks proposals for programs of various scales to encourage collaboration between existing Afghan businesses with similar market positions. This funding opportunity is to supportive collaborative efforts to bring existing small-scale women-owned and/or majority women-employing businesses together under cooperative umbrellas. Funds can provide support for training, product design, marketing, industry networking, central business advocacy support, and/or virtual and physical retail space for domestic and/or overseas markets. More than one project can be funded, depending on the scale, but all proposals should demonstrate how they plan to select beneficiaries.

How to Apply: Contact Kathy Thatcher (thatcher@austin.utexas.edu) in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by July 9.

Full Announcement/Contacts: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=172556
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Title: Linking Afghan Professionals Program (CFDA 19.501)
Sponsor: Department of State (DOS), Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
Deadline: 7/9/2012
Amount: $50,000

Description/Eligibility: This funding opportunity is designed to support networking and association-building among men and women in a variety of fields, including public service, academia, private industry, and civil society. Activities can include, but are not limited to, networking receptions, working groups, conferences and symposia, media outreach, use of communications technologies, mentorship projects, research (including market research for business associations), and trainings, or any combination of the above. The focus of projects funded under this grant opportunity should be on activities that clearly empower groups and associations in a variety of roles, including advocacy, information-sharing, and collaboration among like organizations.

How to Apply: Contact Kathy Thatcher (thatcher@austin.utexas.edu) in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by July 9.

Full Announcement/Contacts: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=172593
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Title: America's Media Makers (CFDA 45.164)
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Deadline: 7/25/2012
Amount: $1,000,000

Description/Eligibility:  This opportunity seeks applications for interactive digital media, film and television project, and radio projects that are intended for national distributions. Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production. Grants should result in a script or a design document and should also yield a detailed plan for outreach and public engagement in collaboration with a partner organization or organizations.  Production grants support the production and distribution of digital projects, films, television programs, radio programs, and related programs that promise to engage the public.

How to Apply: Contact Kathy Thatcher (thatcher@austin.utexas.edu) in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by July 25.

Full Announcement/Contacts: http://www.neh.gov/grants/amm
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Title: Deep Exploration and Filtering of Text (DEFT) (DARPA-BAA-12-47)
Sponsor: Department of Defense (DOD)
Deadline: 7/30/2012
Amount: Unspecified

Description/Eligibility: DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of deep natural language understanding. The Deep Exploration and Filtering of Text (DEFT) program seeks to develop the ability to see through language to meaning in text, to make use of key information contained in text documents, to cue up information sources that contain new developments for analysts, and to automate the initial stages of report writing. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

How to Apply: Contact Kathy Thatcher (thatcher@austin.utexas.edu) in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by July 30.

Full Announcement/Contacts: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=dd54e6ef2c2d7e6d5db5148ecd02228d&tab=core&_cview=0
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Title: 2013 Field Competition
Sponsor: Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC)
Deadline: October 3, 2012
Amount: $10,000

Description/Eligibility: The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Faculty Field Competition is open to tenured humanities and social sciences faculty interested in creating or reinvigorating interdisciplinary fields of study through the training of the next generation of researchers. The DPDF program provides each research director with a $10,000 stipend and each field with access to up to $3,000 to cover the costs of guest speakers, local field trips, and other activities for the spring and fall training workshops. All necessary travel and lodging expenses and most meals during workshops are also covered.

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

Full Announcement/Contacts: http://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/dpdf-faculty-fields-competition/#apply
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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
Destin Ray Smith destin@austin.utexas.edu for Post-Award

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