The GriffinHarte Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to promote civil conversations about issues that divide us and are often contentious and difficult to sort through. These issues usually involve questions of fairness, equity, respect, identity (who we are) and the complex ways we are connected to other people. Most importantly, they almost always are related to the very foundations of our lives—so they require that we find ways to communicate effectively about them. To that end, the foundation is awarding small grants ranging from $100 – $1,000. The deadline for applications is December 31, 2015.
The Western New York Service Learning Conference will be held on March 4, 2016 at Hilbert College in Buffalo, NY. The theme for this year’s conference, “Stories of Civic Engagement: Perspectives from Faculty, Community Partners, and Students,” will examine engagement on many levels including, community based participatory research, service-learning, volunteerism and community service. Workshop offerings will challenge our traditional concepts of engagement and present models and best practices from across the region and the country. Proposals may take the form of presenting/co-presenting a workshop, presentation, or panel discussion or displaying a poster or other visual material. Deadline for proposals is January 4, 2016.
UT Office of Research & Engagement Announces 2016 Chancellor Awards
The Office of Research & Engagement is soliciting nominations for the Chancellor’s 2016 Professional Promise in Research and Creative Achievement Award, the 2016 Research and Creative Achievement Awards, and the 2016 Success in Multidisciplinary Research Award. The awards will be presented at the Chancellor’s Honor Banquet in April. The deadline for submitting nominations is noon on January 22, 2016.
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education program invites proposals that address immediate challenges and opportunities that are facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures and new functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise. Toward these ends the program features two tracks: (1) Engaged Student Learning and (2) Institutional and Community Transformation. Two tiers of projects exist within each track: (i) Exploration and Design and (ii) Development and Implementation. Projects may request up to $300,000 over a period of up to 3 years.
- January 13, 2016: Development and Implementation Tiers for Engaged Student Learning & Institution and Community Transformation
- November 2, 2016: Exploration and Design Tier for Engaged Student Learning & Institution and Community Transformation
The 2016 Tennessee STEM Innovation Summit will be held May 17 & 18, 2016 at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center in Nashville, TN. The Summit will focus on the theme of “Unleashing Curiosity through STEM.” The Summit is intended to showcase innovative strategies to advance STEM education in the classroom, providing direction on where to start planning and how to grow existing programs. All learning sessions are meant to be interactive and/or hands-on and designed to stimulate thinking across a broad range of subject areas and grade levels. The learning sessions are intended to provide attendees opportunities to interact with educational leaders and practitioners who are seeing success with integrating STEM practices in their classrooms and communities. Learning Sessions are to focus on timely, relevant topics centered on one of three focus areas:
- 1) Effective STEM Educators – What are Tennessee teachers doing today that are best practices in STEM teaching and learning that can be shared and replicated by others?
- 2) Effective STEM Leaders – How have school and/or district leaders made strategic investments in STEM education and made it a focal point? What strategies are undertaken at the building level to foster an environment for STEM teaching and learning?
- 3) Community Engagement – What strategies, initiatives, or events have fostered collaboration among all educators, business partners, and the community to strengthen STEM education?
The conference grant program intends to bring together scholars whose substantive knowledge, theoretical insight, and methodological expertise can be assembled in ways that build upon and reach beyond familiar modes of thinking concerning conundrums or problems in education research, specifically those related to critical questions in the area of Teaching and Learning. In developing a focused request for proposals for Teaching and Learning, the foundation intends to encourage the research community to advance new and innovative rigorous research in this subfield and to ultimately increase collaboration within the educational research community. The deadline for proposals is January 11, 2016.
As part of the Systems for Action program, this grant is intended to support the study of novel ways of aligning the delivery and financing and systems that support a culture of health. Systems for Action uses a wide research lens that includes and extends beyond medical care and public health systems to incorporate sectors such as housing, transportation, social services, community services and supports, education, criminal and juvenile justice, and economic and community development. Studies should identify system innovations and interactions that drive collaboration and integration across the multiple financing and delivery systems that support a culture of health. Investigators will generate and disseminate rigorous scientific evidence on ways to optimize delivery and financing systems for sustained improvements in health and well-being. The deadline for letters of intent is January 12, 2016.
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation aims to address immediate needs vital to the health of the communities it serves through a focus on preserving neighborhoods, educating the workforce for 21st century jobs and addressing basic human services, such as hunger. In order to create longer term solutions, the foundation supports services and programs that enhance financial stability and create better money habits. In 2016, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will issue three requests for proposals on the priority focus areas of:
- Jobs: Workforce development and education. Deadline for applications is February 12, 2016.
- Housing: Community development. Deadline for applications is May 6, 2016.
This 10-week summer program places science, engineering, and mathematics students at media organizations nationwide. Fellows use their academic training as they research, write, and report today’s headlines, sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to the public. Participants come in knowing the importance of translating their work for the public, but they leave with the tools and the know-how to accomplish this important goal. Application deadline is January 15, 2016.