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New Opportunities and Funding: Jan. 26, 2016


National Book Foundation 2016 Innovations in Reading Prize

The National Book Foundation’s 2016 Innovations in Reading Prize will award $10,000 to an individual or institution—or partnership between the two—that has developed innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading. In addition, the Foundation will select four honorable mentions. Applicants should be VITAL: that is, demonstrating vision, ingenuity, transformation, achievement & leadership. Applicants should share the Foundation’s mission to expand the audience for literature in America. The deadline for applications is February 29, 2016.

Graham Foundation Grants for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts

The Foundation makes project-based grants for public programs that foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. Interest extends to work being done in the fine arts, humanities, and sciences that expands the boundaries of thinking about architecture and space. In an effort to bridge communities and different fields of knowledge, the Foundation supports a wide range of individual practitioners and organizations. The deadline for organization applications is February 25, 2016. The deadline for individual applications is September 15, 2016.

Franklin Project Service Year + Higher Ed Innovation Challenge

The Service Year + Higher Education: Innovation Challenge will explore the best ideas for linking service years to learning. The Challenge will focus on new designs for translating service years into course credit, helping students identify their passions, and increasing college completion rates. There will be three categories for the competition: public, private, and community colleges with each first place winner receiving a $30,000 prize. The following are Challenge requirements:

  • Program plan must include the creation of service year positions integrated into the learning experience of your institution
  • Program must offer course credit to undergraduate students or graduate students
  • Meet the Service Year Exchange Certification Criteria
  • Describe an ongoing, perpetuated service year model that is funded by the institution or otherwise supported beyond the initial seed money from the Challenge
  • Demonstrate executive and/or administrative support
  • Describe a program that could be adapted as a model for use at other higher education institutions

The deadline for submissions is March 11, 2016.

RWJF Call for Proposals: Policy-Relevant Insurance Studies

The Affordable Care Act expanded public and private coverage options, created online Marketplaces to foster competition among health insurance plans, and stimulated payment and delivery system reform efforts in an attempt to make health care more affordable, more accessible and of higher quality. Yet, despite a significant reduction in the uninsured rate, millions of eligible individuals remain uninsured, many with important concerns about affordability. At the same time, a number of carriers are experiencing financial difficulties in these new marketplaces, while impending mergers among large carriers create concerns about the price effects of further consolidation in health care. This call for proposals will focus on empirical and policy–relevant analyses that address the issue of affordability of health insurance. Project funding will range from $50,000 to $150,000. Projects may be generated from disciplines including health services research, economics, sociology, program evaluation, political science, public policy, public health, public administration, law, business administration, or other related fields. The deadline for full proposals is February 19, 2016.

Call for Proposals: Buckminster Fuller Institute’s 2016 Fuller Challenge

The Fuller Challenge invites designers, architects, planners, entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, activists, and students worldwide to submit original solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems. Winning the Fuller Challenge requires more than a stand-alone idea or innovation. BFI seeks whole-system solutions that demonstrate a clear grasp of the ‘big-picture’ and focus on a well-defined need of critical importance. A $100,000 prize is awarded to support the development and implementation of the winning project. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2016.

The World Food Prize

The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the accomplishments of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world. Nominations are sought of an individual or individuals having demonstrated exceptional achievement in any field involved in enhancing food production and distribution and increasing food availability and accessibility to those most in need. The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2016.

NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)

Note: The following is a limited submission opportunity. The listed Notification of Interest deadline will be strictly enforced.

 The NSF S-STEM program is seeking proposals that address the need for a high quality STEM workforce in areas of national priorities. The program provides awards to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to fund scholarships, and to enhance and study effective curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, student success, and graduation in STEM.

For more information regarding this or other limited submission opportunities or to subscribe the limited submission announcement listserv, please [click here.]

Deadline to submit REQUIRED letter of interest: February 2, 2016 by 12 PM (noon)

Call for Proposals: Alliance for Better Nonprofits Board Excellence Conference

ABN’s Board Excellence Conference is East Tennessee’s premiere event for nonprofit board members, executive directors and staff. The conference will be held at the Regas Building in Downtown Knoxville, TN on May 3, 2016. ABN is accepting proposals for workshop facilitators with the intention to connect nonprofit leaders with experts who have experience in nonprofit board governance and a passion for empowering board members to strive for excellence. The deadline for conference proposals is February 13, 2016.