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New Opportunities and Funding: Feb. 25, 2015

Call for Proposals: International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement

IARSLCE is accepting proposals for their 2015 conference in Boston on “Revolutionary Scholarship: Innovation of Community Engagement Models.” Although community engagement has been embedded in the mission of higher education, work to build a community of scholars committed to intentional research and evaluation about these efforts is still emerging. Proposals will consider the foundation of the field while integrating innovative research techniques and targets to advance understanding of the impact of service-learning and community engagement on all stakeholders. The conference, hosted by Northeastern University, will take place November 16-18, 2015 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. Submissions are due by March 27, 2015. 

Allied Media Conference Proposals: Research as a Tool for Change

Organizers of the AMC’s Research Justice Track are seeking proposals from those with skills or tools to share; strategy sessions, workshops, or presentations that demonstrate accessible and engaging tools, methods, and models for movement research; and success stories of radical research and reflections on challenges and lessons learned that honor multiple systems of knowledge and value community expertise. Research justice honors the expertise of communities most impacted by injustice and supports their organizing and movement building. Submissions are due March 2, 2015. 

MacArthur Foundation Issues Safety and Justice Challenge

Through the Challenge, the Foundation will make an initial five-year $75 million investment in local reform, research, experimentation, and communications in an effort to create national demand for local justice reform as a means of reducing over-incarceration in America. Jails can be a warehouses for low-risk individuals too poor to post bail, or too sick for existing community resources to manage. Many in jail are held there far longer than necessary, due to crowded court dockets and chronic backlogs. The impact of these significant costs are experienced by individuals, families, communities, and society at large. A competition webinar will be hosted on March 3, from 3-4 p.m. CST. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2015. 

National Endowment for the Arts: Challenging America Grant

Challenge America offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. Two primary categories will be considered: Engagement (engaging the public with diverse and excellent art) and Livability (the strengthening of communities through the arts). Applicants are encouraged to consider partnerships among organizations, both in and outside of the arts, as appropriate for their project. The National Endowment for the Arts will award fixed grants of $10,000 to projects designed to extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. A minimum $10,000 match from an outside funder is required. Deadline is April 16, 2015. 

Department of Energy: Postdoctoral Awards in Solar Energy Research 

The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Postdoctoral Research Awards support EERE’s mission in energy efficiency and renewable energy by offering recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied research at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities. As a result, innovative technologies will be developed that will have a real impact on the economy by providing energy efficient and affordable technologies, on the environment by providing clean energy technologies, and on the quality of life for all Americans by enhancing their energy choices. Deadline to Apply is May 7, 2015. 

Call for Manuscripts: “Knowledge Mobilization in and for Education”

Knowledge mobilization is an emerging field of inquiry that aims to “address the oft-cited gaps between research, policy and practice” in education. Terms such as dissemination, knowledge exchange, knowledge transfer, knowledge translation, knowledge utilization, and knowledge mobilization to describe similar research-to-practices activities. The Brock Education Journal is seeking articles that explore KMb in education from both national and international contexts. Potential areas of enquiry include:

  • KMb Theories and Frameworks
  • KMb Partnerships between Universities and School Boards
  • The Teacher Voice in KMb
  • Engaging University Researchers in Applied Education Research
  • KMb as Critical Step to Enacting Equity
  • Enablers and Challenges for Making KMb Work

Manuscript submissions are due by May 15, 2015.

Wild Ones: Seeds for Education Grants

The Seeds for Education Grant Program exposes teachers and students across the U.S. to new learning opportunities by enhancing their local schoolyards with nature trails, butterfly gardens, prairies, woodland wildflower preserves, and similar projects. Such wildlife and landscape projects enrich the learning environment and provide aesthetic and environmental benefits. By planning, establishing and maintaining these projects, students learn valuable life skills, including patience and teamwork. They can engage parents and the wider community in a project they can point to with pride for years to come. grants of up to $500 will be awarded for projects that emphasize the involvement of students and volunteers in all phases. Applications due by October 15, 2015. 

Chamber Music America: Residency Partnership Grants

The Chamber Music America is accepting applications from ensembles and presenters for its Residency Partnership Program, an initiative that supports audience-building efforts in community settings for classical/contemporary, jazz, and world chamber music. Grants are made for commissioning fees, copying costs and ensemble rehearsal honoraria for new chamber works. Compositions must be written for small ensembles performing one to a part, generally without a conductor, and may represent a diverse musical spectrum, including contemporary art music, world music, and works that include electronics. The new composition must be performed a minimum of three times in the U.S. Grants of up $6,000 will fund short-term projects involving three to nine activities taking place over at least three consecutive or separate days within a month. Grants of up to $12,000 will fund extended projects involving ten or more activities taking place over more than one month and up to one year. Deadline to apply is October 30, 2015.

Limited Submission Opportunities

      • TechWomen Program
      • Justice Reinvestment Initiative: State-Level Technical Assistance
      • Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR)
      • National Prisoner Statistics Program (NPS) and National Corrections Reporting Program (NCRP)

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