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New Opportunities and Funding: Feb. 23, 2016


National Association for Broader Impacts:  2016 Summit Poster Session

The National Alliance for Broader Impacts is now accepting proposals for its 2016 summit. The summit will take place on April 20, 2016 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Poster proposals should address the following overarching themes:

  • Broadening participation,
  • Professional development,
  • BI evaluation, and
  • BI policy.

Abstracts may be submitted here. Early Bird conference registration is open through March 4, 2016. The deadline for abstracts is March 15, 2016.

EPA: Integrating Human Health and Well-Being with Ecosystem Services

The EPA will provide awards of up to $600,000 for collaborative, community-based research that will foster better understanding of how ecosystems support human health and well-being. Specifically, this research should examine how communities can integrate ecosystem services with human health and well-being to inform their decision making and management practices.  It should also develop information that allows communities to integrate environmental, societal and economic information and to better manage multiple stressors and their cumulative impacts on humans and ecosystems.  The ultimate goal is to help communities achieve their own objectives. This funding opportunity strongly encourages partnerships that include communities or community-based organizations. The deadline for applications is April 21, 2016.

Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants

Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grant funding is provided to assist in the implementation of new or expanding literacy programs, purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives, or purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs. The maximum grant amount is $4,000. The deadline to apply is May 19, 2016.

RGK-ARNOVA Award for Research in the Field of Nonprofit and Philanthropic Studies

The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the University of Texas at Austin and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action [ARNOVA] offer this annual award to encourage innovative, foundational research in the field of nonprofit and philanthropic studies. The RGK-ARNOVA President’s Award provides a $10,000 prize to a member of ARNOVA to support basic research and theory building in the field of philanthropic, nonprofit and voluntary action studies. Proposals should focus on new, creative work, and especially encourage projects that incorporate and apply insights, frameworks and theories from the social sciences to the study of nonprofit organizations, philanthropy and volunteerism.  Only applicants who are ARNOVA members and pre-registered for the Annual Conference are eligible to receive this award. Nonmembers may join here. The deadline for project proposals is May 17, 2016.

Bureau of Justice Assistance – Encouraging Innovation: Field-Initiated Programs

BJA grants of up to $500,000 seek to prevent and reduce crime and enhance the criminal justice system through collaboration with the field to identify, define, and respond to emerging or chronic crime problems and systemic issues. BJA is looking for proposed strategies to address these issues, including trying new approaches, addressing gaps in responses, building or translating research knowledge, or building capacity. Applications under this program should have either a national focus or the potential to broadly benefit the field of criminal justice. Applications are sought in two areas:

  • Category 1: Applications that propose to test a strategy at the state, local, or tribal level, working with a research partner to document implementation and develop tools to support national replication.
  • Category 2: Applications to develop targeted and national or regional strategies that will make an impact in addressing a critical need or gap in the field. Regional projects must show that they are a model that is specific to a regional need or could be implemented effectively regionally and replicated elsewhere.

The deadline for concept papers is March 29, 2016.

FY17 Request for Organized Research Unit (ORU) Funding

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Office of Research and Engagement (ORE) is pleased to invite applications for the FY17 ORU Program. The primary purpose of this award is to stimulate innovative, multidisciplinary, team research which will give rise to future external funding. The deadline for proposals is March 18, 2016.

2016 Community Partnerships Award Competition from Mutual of America

The aim of this annual award is to recognize the important contributions that nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society. Each of the award recipients must demonstrate the difference the partnership has made, show the ability of the partnership to be replicated and to stimulate new ideas in addressing social issues, as well as illustrate the partnership’s commitment to advancing the mission and principles of the organization. Mutual of America presents a number of grants, and $50,000 is awarded to the winning organization each year. Completed applications must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2016.


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

This week, NSF released the first NSF INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) initiative. NSF INCLUDES aims to fund approximately 40 Design and Development Launch Pilots at ~$300,000 each. Applicants are encouraged to enlist partners who can help leverage and expand support beyond Federal dollars. In FY 2017, all Pilot projects will be eligible to apply for full NSF INCLUDES Alliances, proposed in the President’s FY 2017 Budget Request at a level of $12.5 million each for five years.

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

Deadline to submit REQUIRED letter of interest to ORE: March 2, 2016 at 12 PM (noon).