College of Liberal Arts

COLA Grants Digest: August 19, 2014

Tue, Aug 19, 2014

Announcements: 

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Workshop, Sept. 24

The Graduate School will host a workshop on applying for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) on September 24, 2014, from 2-4 PM in the Texas Union Quadrangle Room. The GRFP provides fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Three years of support is provided by the program for graduate study in science—including the social sciences—or engineering and leads to a research-based master's or doctoral degree.

For more information on the NSF GRFP, please see http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14590/nsf14590.pdf.

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Title: Human-Centered Intelligence, Surveillance (BAA-HPW-RHX-2014-0001)

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), Air Force Resarch Lab (AFRL)

Deadline: Open

Amount: Unspecified

Description: This effort is an open-ended BAA soliciting innovative research concepts for the overall mission of the Human-Centered Intelligence, Surveillance, & Reconnaissance (ISR) Division (711 HPW/RHX). It is intended to generate research concepts not already defined and planned by RHX as part of its core Sciene and Technology (S&T) portfolio. The core RHX mission is to develop human-centered S&T that (1) enables the Air Force to better identify, locate and track humans within the ISR environment and (2) enhance the performance of ISR analysts. To accomplish this mission, the RHX core S&T portfolio is structured into three major research areas: (1) Human Signatures - develop technologies to sense and exploit human bio-signatures at the molecular and macro (anthropometric) level; (2) Human Trust and Interaction – develop technologies to improve human-to-human interactions as well as human-to-machine interactions; and (3) Human Analyst Augmentation – develop technologies to enhance ISR analyst performance and to test the efficacy of newly developed ISR technologies within a simulated operational environment. 

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 three weeks prior to your intended submission date.

More Info: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=251243

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Title: Socially Disadvantaged Policy Research Center (OAO-00007)

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Deadline: 8/21/2014

Amount: $400,000 

Description: USDA's Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO) invites proposals for a competitive grant award to establish a new USDA Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center. The Center will specialize in policy research impacting socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. Land loss, land retention, and access to local, state, and federal programs will be major areas of research and policy development. The Center's director and staff will have experience and/or education required to understand the socially disadvantaged farmers' and ranchers' communities. The Center will propose how they will work with other institutions , as appropriate, inside and outside the land grant community.

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 August 21.

More Info: http://www.outreach.usda.gov/grants/index.htm

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Title: Capacity Building Program for Traditionally Underserved Populations: Vocational Rehabilitation Training Institute for the Preparation of Personnel in American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services Projects (ED-GRANTS-081414-002, CFDA 84.315C)

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

Deadline: 8/25/2014

Amount: $700,000

Description: The Capacity Building Program for Traditionally Underserved Populations provides outreach and technical assistance to minority entities and American Indian tribes to promote their participation in activities funded under the Rehabilitation Act, including assistance to enhance their capacity to carry out such 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 August 25.

More Info: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=261913

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Title: Dissertation Grants

Sponsor: American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Deadline: 9/4/2014

Amount: $20,000

Description: AERA invites education-related dissertation proposals using National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), National Science Foundation (NSF), and other federal databases. Dissertation Grants are available for advanced doctoral students and are intended to support the student while writing the doctoral dissertation. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, such as but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics.

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

More Info: http://www.aera.net/ProfessionalOpportunitiesFunding/FundingOpportunities/AERAGrantsProgram/DissertationGrants/tabid/12812/Default.aspx

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Title: Soros Justice Fellowships: Advocacy Fellowships and Media Fellowships

Sponsor: Open Society Foundation

Deadline: 10/1/2014

Amount: $58,700–$110,250

Description: The Soros Justice Fellowships fund outstanding individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system. The Fellowships Program is part of a larger effort within the Open Society Foundations’ Justice Fund to reduce the destructive impact of current criminal justice policies on the lives of individuals, families, and communities in the U.S. by challenging the overreliance on incarceration and extreme punishment, and ensuring a fair and accountable system of justice.

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 October 1.

More Info: http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/soros-justice-fellowships

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Title: Core Funding Areas

Sponsor: John Templeton Foundation

Deadline: 10/1/2014

Amount: Varies

Description: The John Templeton Foundation is currently accepting online funding inquiries for research projects related to its core funding areas. Core funding topics include science and the big questions (mathematical and physical sciences, life sciences, human sciences, philosophy and theology, and science in dialogue with philosophy or theology), character development, freedom and free enterprise, exceptional cognitive talent and genius, and genetics. Individual grants will range from several thousand dollars to several million.

How to Apply: Submit Letter of Inquiry directly to sponsor by October 1. 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.templeton.org/what-we-fund/core-funding-areas

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Title: Residential Faculty Fellowships

Sponsor: Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), Stanford University

Deadline: 10/8/2014

Amount: Stipend matching funds, up to half salary

Description: The Center offers a residential fellowship program for scientists and scholars from this country and abroad. Since 1954, CASBS Fellowships have been awarded to scholars working in a diverse range of disciplines. These include the five core social and behavioral disciplines of anthropology, economics, political science, psychology and sociology as well as scholars from a wide range of humanistic disciplines, education, linguistics and the biological, natural, and health sciences. 

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

More Info: http://www.casbs.org/apply-fellowships  

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Title: Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program

Sponsor: National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Deadline: 10/15/2014

Amount: Living stipend and expenses

Description: The National Endowment for Democracy's Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program is designed to enable activists, practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change. The program offers five-month fellowships to practitioners to focus on strategies and best practices for developing democracy in their country of interest, and to scholars to conduct original research for publication. Fellows maintain full-time residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies, NED's research arm in Washington, D.C. Applicants interested in the scholarly track are expected to possess a doctorate (a Ph.D. or academic equivalent) at the time of application, to have a proven record of publications in their field, and to have developed a detailed research outline for their fellowship project.

How to Apply: Apply directly to sponsor by October 15. See solicitation for list of materials to be submitted with the application.

More Info: http://www.ned.org/fellowships/reagan-fascell-democracy-fellows-program

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Title: Avenir Award Program for Research on Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS (DP2) (RFA-DA-15-007)

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Deadline: 10/22/2014

Amount: $300,000/yr. (direct costs), 5 yrs. 

Description: Avenir means future in French, and this award looks toward the future by supporting early stage investigators proposing highly innovative studies. The award will support those in an early stage of their career who may lack the preliminary data required for an R01 grant, but who propose high impact research and who show promise of being tomorrow's leaders in the field. NIDA has developed two Avenir Award Programs, one for HIV/AIDS research and the other for genetics or epigenetics studies. The Avenir Award Program for Research on Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS will support creative individuals who wish to pursue innovative research at the nexus of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS.  The Avenir Award Program for Research on Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS will support research approaches for substance using populations with or at risk for HIV/AIDS that may lead to improved preventive interventions, improved therapies and/or long term retention in care, and ultimately, eradication of HIV.

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 October 22.

More Info: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-15-007.html

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Title: Interventions for Youth who Misuse/Abuse Prescription Stimulant Medications in High School and/or College-Attending Youth (U01) (RFA-DA-15-010)

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Deadline: 10/23/2014

Amount: $1,000,000

Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits U01 applications conducting either hypothesis-driven or hypothesis-generating controlled research to build an evidence base to address the problem of prescription stimulant medication (PSM) misuse in youth.  Specifically this FOA solicits research applications that develop and test the efficacy of interventions to either prevent or reduce the misuse and diversion of PSMs among high school students and/or college students. Animal studies and epidemiological research will be considered unresponsive. The U01 funding mechanism is intended to support a discrete, specified, circumscribed project to be performed by the named investigator(s) in an area representing his or her specific interest and competencies.

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 October 23.

More Info: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-15-010.html

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Title: Estimating the Economic Costs of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (R03) (PA-12-253)

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Deadline: 10/24/2014

Amount: $100,000

Description: Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are widely believed to impose great economic costs on society, but the magnitude of those costs is unclear. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages research on the economic costs of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, including direct and indirect costs to public and private health care payers, families and other informal caregivers, as well as labor market costs from reduced productivity or labor force participation.

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 October 24.

More Info: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-12-253.html

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Title: Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) (NSF 14-555)

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline: 10/24/2014

Amount: Varies

Description: The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to an evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and develop understandings of deeper learning by participants. The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pathways, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Conferences, Symposia, and Workshops, and (6) Science Learning+ Proposals.

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 October 24.

More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf14555

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Title: Biological Anthropology (PD 98-1392)

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline: 10/27/2014

Amount: Unspecified

Description: The Biological Anthropology Program supports basic research in areas related to human evolution and contemporary human biological variation. Research areas supported by the program include, but are not limited to, human genetic variation, human and nonhuman primate ecology and adaptability, human osteology and bone biology, human and nonhuman primate paleontology, functional anatomy, and primate socioecology. Grants supported in these areas are united by an underlying evolutionary framework, and often by a consideration of adaptation as a central theoretical theme. Many proposals also have a biocultural orientation. The program frequently serves as a bridge within NSF between the social and behavioral sciences and the natural and physical sciences, and proposals commonly are jointly reviewed and funded with other programs. 

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 October 27.

More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5407&org=BCS

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Title: Women’s Mental Health During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period (R21: Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant) (PA-12-215)

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Deadline: 10/27/2014

Amount: Unspecified

Description: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to outline priority areas for research related to women’s mental health during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Priority areas include basic and clinical neuroscience, studies of clinical course, epidemiological factors and risk factors, as well as interventions and services research. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) are committed to supporting research that will increase scientific understanding of and treatments for mental disorders experienced by women during and following pregnancy. The R21 grant mechanism is intended to encourage exploratory/developmental research by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of project development.

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 October 27. 

More Info: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-12-215.html

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Title: Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2) (NSF 13-576)

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline: 10/29/2014

Amount: Unspecified

Description: The goal of research funded under the interdisciplinary P2C2 solicitation is to utilize key geological, chemical, atmospheric (gas in ice cores), and biological records of climate system variability to provide insights into the mechanisms and rate of change that characterized Earth's past climate variability, the sensitivity of Earth's climate system to changes in forcing, and the response of key components of the Earth system to these changes. Important scientific objectives of P2C2 are to: 1) provide comprehensive paleoclimate data sets that can serve as model test data sets analogous to instrumental observations; and 2) enable transformative syntheses of paleoclimate data and modeling outcomes to understand the response of the longer-term and higher magnitude variability of the climate system that is observed in the geological and cryospheric records.

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 October 29.

More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5750&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund

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Title: Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (NSF 14-592)

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline: 10/29/2014

Amount: Varies

Description: The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases program supports research on the ecological, evolutionary, and socio-ecological principles and processes that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. The central theme of submitted projects must be quantitative or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics. The intent is discovery of principles of infectious disease transmission and testing mathematical or computational models that elucidate infectious disease systems. Projects should be broad, interdisciplinary efforts that go beyond the scope of typical studies. They should focus on the determinants and interactions of transmission among humans, non-human animals, and/or plants. 

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 October 29.

More Info: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14592/nsf14592.htm

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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

Vivian Smyrl vsmyrl@austin.utexas.edufor Post-Award

 

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