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New Opportunities and Funding: July 31, 2015

Call for Manuscripts on Scientific Citizenship

As a direct result of the success of the inaugural Scientific Ethics section published in December 2014, the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) is pleased to announce a Call for Manuscripts for a second thematic issue centered around scientific citizenship.The themed issue will be organized and peer-reviewed by a team of Guest Editors and Reviewers, led by Jack Gilbert of Argonne National Laboratory.  Submissions due August 3, 2015.


Call for Self-Nominations: UT Academic Outreach and Engagement Council

The Academic Outreach and Engagement Council (AOEC) seeks self-nominations for membership in 2015-2016. Membership is open to all UTK and UTIA faculty members who are interested in academic outreach and engagement. Submission deadline:  August 7, 2015. 


Impact Fund for Human and Civil Rights Now Accepting LOI’s 

The Impact Fund awards grants to non-profit legal firms, private attorneys, and/or small law firms who seek to advance social justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and/or poverty law. Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded in support of public interest litigation with potential to benefit a large number of people, lead to significant law reform, and raise public consciousness of social justice issues. Submission deadline is August 13, 2015.


Community Research and Action in the West (CRA-W) Conference
Theme: Breaking Boundaries through Community Engaged Social Justice Work. Conference to be held October 16, 2015 at the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, at the University of Washington Bothell Campus, with informal gathering afterwards in Seattle. Deadline for panel, roundtable, poster, performance, or other innovative proposals is August 15.


Call for Proposals: Society for Community Research and Action’s Midwest ECO Conference
Theme: Forwarding Inquiry and Action for Social Change: Horizons, Tensions and Tools.  Conference to be held October 23 – October 24, 2015 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Deadline for proposals in multiple presentation formats is August 14, 2015.


Call for Entries: Alba Film Festival Seeking Documentaries on Human Rights

The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives is hosting a film festival October 26-28, 2015 at Instituto Cervantes, New York and is seeking documentary entries about human rights. The documentary film festival creates a community-wide dialogue about justice, equality, and humanity through the presentation of documentaries on human rights issues, post-screening Q&A sessions with the film directors, and community talk-backs with human rights advocates and activists. Deadline for submission is August 20, 2015. 


Heineman Foundation to Provide Seed Funding for Start-Up Projects

The Heineman Foundation for research, education, charitable and scientific Purposes is providing seed money to start-up projects and new projects within existing organizations. The Foundation’s general areas of interest are the following:

  • Programs that enable economically challenged women to enter and remain in the workplace
  • Environmental research that will help prevent, reduce and/or eliminate water degradation
  • Live music performance for education and outreach
  • Research into prevention and treatment of childhood illnesses
  • Programs that enable youth to think, create, and communicate effectively
  • Programs that support and promote high achievement in music, science, and literature

Applications are due September 1, 2015. 


Southeastern Society for Community Research and Action Conference
Theme: Community psychology then and now: From the “Swamp” to the city. Conference to be held October 23-25, 2015 on the UNCC Uptown Center City Campus in Charlotte, NC, Deadline for poster, symposia, and campfire session proposals is September 1, 2015.


Extended Deadline: SEC Collaborative Faculty Travel Grants
The Office of Research and Engagement is accepting additional applications for those interested in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program for academic year 2015-2016. The program is intended to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. It gives faculty members from one SEC university the opportunity to travel to another SEC campus.  The grants will range from $500 – $1,000 each. The new deadline is September 11, 2015.


Request for Proposals: Simmons Foundation to Fund Origins-of-Life Community Collaboration
To advance knowledge of the processes that led to the emergence of life, the Simons Foundation supports creative, innovative research on topics such as the astrophysical and planetary context of the origins of life, the development of prebiotic chemistry, the assembly of the first cells, the advent of Darwinian evolution and the earliest signs of life on the young Earth. The program will award grants of up to $165,000 over three years, plus $30,000 for health insurance and research expenses, in support of independent research on topics related to the origins of life at one or more laboratories or research institutions in any country. Proposal deadline is September 18, 2015. 


Call for Nominations to NSF Vannevar Bush Award

The National Science Board is accepting nominations for the Vannevar Bush Award. The Vannevar Bush Award honors truly exceptional lifelong leaders in science and technology who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the Nation through public service activities in science, technology, and public policy. Candidates for the Award should have demonstrated outstanding leadership and accomplishment, be a U.S. citizen, and meet at least two of the following selection criteria:

  • Distinguished himself/herself through public service activities in science and technology.
  • Pioneered the exploration, charting, and settlement of new frontiers in science, technology, education, and public service.
  • Demonstrated leadership and creativity that have inspired others to distinguished careers in science and technology.
  • Contributed to the welfare of the Nation and mankind through activities in science and technology.
  • Demonstrated leadership and creativity that has helped mold the history of advancements in the Nation’s science, technology, and education.

Nominations are due by October 1, 2015. 


Ben and Jerry’s Foundation Organizing Grassroots for Social Change Program

The Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program offers general or project support to non-profit organizations throughout the U.S.  The foundation makes one-year grants for up to $20,000, to organizations with budgets under $500,000. While the broad goals are to further social and environmental justice and support sustainable food systems, they focus on the types of activities and strategies an organization uses for creating social change. Deadline to apply is October 15, 2015. 


Health Equity: Advancing Implementation Science in Community/Academic Partnered Research

The Association of American Medical Colleges’ Accelerating Health Equity Advancing through Discovery initiative seeks to identify, evaluate, and disseminate effective and replicable AAMC-member- institution practices that improve community health and reduce health inequities. This research partnership will support the creation and dissemination of evidence-based strategies to address prioritized community health needs. Proposal deadline is October 16, 2015. 


APA Accepting Nominations for Clinical Psychology Award

The American Psychological Foundation is accepting award nominations for the Theodore Blau Early Career Award for outstanding contribution to the profession. It honors a clinical psychologist for accomplishments and promise in clinical psychology with a $4,000 award. Areas of accomplishment include: promoting the practice of clinical psychology through professional service; innovation in service delivery; novel application of applied research methodologies to professional practice; positive impact on health delivery systems; development of creative educational programs for practice; or other novel or creative activities that advance the  profession. The nomination deadline is November 1, 2015. 


USAID Releases New Higher Education Partnerships for Innovation & Impact Annual Program Statement (ASP)

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) USAID seeks to partner with higher education institutions across disciplines and collaboration models to facilitate USAID mission and country efforts to improve development outcomes, from small to large-scale activities. As an industry, higher education drives economic growth, generates skilled workforce and produces and supports entrepreneurs and innovators. Strong higher education institutions are better equipped to develop and deliver education, training and research that contribute to a country’s economic growth. However, much of the world’s human and technological resources for innovation are still largely untapped.  Click link to read full ASP (closing date: June 29, 2016)


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