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New Opportunities and Funding: Dec. 16, 2015


NEA Grants for Student Achievement in Public Institutions 

The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Grants of $2,000 and $5,000 may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence.

Applications may be submitted any time, and are reviewed three times a year, every year. Apply by Feb. 1 for April 15 notification. Apply by June 1 for Sept. 15 notification. Apply by Oct. 15 for Jan. 15 notification.

Call for Proposals: 4th International Service-Learning Summit

The summit will be held in the Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University October 23 – 25, 2016. The summit seeks proposals that prioritize community partner perspectives, community partnership/impact research, and case studies that involve community voice in the writing process (both co-written or co-edited by community partners) related to effective, inclusive partnerships that advance cooperative development and global learning. Proposals may be in the form of conference sessions or case study sessions. The deadline for proposals is January 30, 2016.

Health Disparities Research Summer Immersion Program

The program engages students in key elements of health disparities research practice. Eligible students must be enrolled in a graduate or professional health professions degree program such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, social work, biomedical engineering, public health, or kinesiology. The University of Michigan’s Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research offers an introductory level summer research program with a focus on health disparities. The 10 week full-time program is designed to introduce students to research and provides hands-on research experience in health disparities research. Students will learn the fundamentals of research through individual and team-based learning experiences. The program may serve as an internship for students who need to fulfill such requirements. The deadline for applications is February 4, 2016.

Grants for Inequality in Youth Outcomes Research

The William T. Grant Foundation is supporting work focused on inequality in outcomes for youth ages 5 – 25 in the United States. Research should increase understanding of programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes as well as strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth. The strongest proposals incorporate data from multiple sources and often involve multi-disciplinary teams. There are three cycles for letters of inquiry, in January, May, and August. The next deadline for letters of inquiry is January 12, 2016.

Grants for Research in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas

The Greenwall Foundation is offering grants to support research to help resolve an important emerging or unanswered bioethics problem in clinical care, biomedical research, public health practice, or public policy. Priority for funding will be given to collaborative projects involving a bioethics scholar and persons working in other fields in which bioethics dilemmas arise, for example, clinical care, scientific research, technology innovation, or public service. Priority topics are:

  • Ethical and policy issues in new approaches to protecting research participants
  • Ethical and policy issues related to advances in biomedical research and the translation of research into clinical practice
  • Ethical and policy issues that are particularly salient in certain cultural, ethnic, and demographic communities.

The deadline for letters of intent is January 8, 2016.

National Endowment for the Humanities Planning Grants

This grant program supports projects for general audiences that encourage active engagement with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical (rather than celebratory). Planning grants are used to refine the content, format, and interpretive approach of a humanities project; develop the project’s preliminary design; test project components; and conduct audience evaluation. The deadline for proposals is January 13, 2016.

Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life

Richman Fellows are selected from among individuals active in public life whose contributions have had a significant impact on improving American society, strengthening democratic institutions, advancing social justice or increasing opportunities for all citizens to realize and share in the benefits of this nation. Appointment as a Richman Fellow includes an honorarium of $25,000 and requires the individual selected to spend two to three days on the Brandeis University campus in Waltham, MA, at some point during the academic year, meeting with students and faculty and participating in other activities appropriate to the accomplishments or activities that define the individual’s appointment as a Richman Fellow. The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2016.

Communicating Science: 2016 Flame Challenge

“What is Sound?” That is the question that The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University is challenging scientists to answer in a video or written form for the Flame Challenge 2016. The Flame Challenge is an international competition where scientists answer the question in a way that is most appropriate for 11-year-olds. Entries will be screened for accuracy by scientists and then judged by 11-year-olds from around the world. The contest has two categories, written and visual. The winning scientists in each category receive a $1,000 cash prize and a trip to New York where they will be honored in June at the World Science Festival. Answers must be submitted by January 19, 2016.

Request for Abstracts: STEM Outreach Poster Session

The 2016 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Annual Meeting will be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA April 2 – 6, 2016. The meeting features a science outreach poster session to showcase STEM public engagement activities and programs. Posters should describe:

  • The details of the outreach program, including the target audience, activities, and volunteers
  • The feedback received from efforts thus far
  • How the outreach program has grown over time and will continue to grow in the future.

The deadline to submit an abstract is January 15, 2016.