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New Opportunities and Funding: April 12, 2016


Call for Proposals: NSF Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)

ITEST promotes PreK-12 student interest and capacity to participate in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. To achieve this objective, ITEST supports the development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in experiences that: (1) increase student awareness of STEM and ICT careers; (2) motivate students to pursue the education necessary to participate in those careers; and/or (3) provide students with technology-rich experiences that develop their knowledge of related content and skills (including critical thinking skills) needed for entering the STEM workforce. ITEST projects may adopt an interdisciplinary focus on multiple STEM domains, focus on a single domain, or focus on one or more sub-disciplines within a domain. ITEST projects must involve students, and may also include teachers. Approximately $35 millionis available to for fiscal year 2016. The Summer Proposal Deadline is August 10, 2016 (and second Wednesday in August annually thereafter).

2016 Annual Summer Institutes on Critical Participatory Action Research

The week-long Critical Participatory Action Research Institutes are designed to introduce the theory, methods, and ethics of critical participatory action research (PAR) to graduate students, faculty, and members of community based organizations. Through seminars, roundtables, and hands-on workshops with experienced researchers, participants gain the necessary skills and knowledge to integrate a critical PAR approach into their scholarship, research, and/or organizing. The sessions will take place at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. There are two sessions. Session 1 will be held May 23 – 27, and Session 2 will be held June 6 – 10.

East Tennessee PlainTalk Conference: Connecting Competitive Communities

East Tennessee Quality Growth is partnering with the Cities of Knoxville, Alcoa and Maryville to present PlainTalk 2016, the third in a series of Plain Talk conferences focusing on important issues in our sixteen county region. This conference will bring together urban and rural decision makers to hear national thought leaders discuss expanded regional connectivity and economic development strategies. The 2016 Plain Talk conference objective is to expand and strengthen our ongoing regional cooperation and competitiveness. Breakout sessions will focus on building partnerships and utilizing tools to evaluate community potential and influence. Registrants will hear about:

  • Healthy and livable communities
  • How other regions are linking infrastructure, land use, and transportation
  • How to successfully connect rural and urban communities through modern communications technology

The conference will be held at the Airport Hilton in Alcoa, TN on April 28, 2016 from 8:00AM to 4:00PM. Register by April 13, 2016 for a reduced rate.

Call for Applications: 4th Annual Imagining America Cultural Organizing Institute

In partnership with The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the 2016 IA Organizing Institute invites applications from teams of artists, scholars, and other community leaders interested in learning and utilizing broad-based and cultural organizing to achieve transformational goals on their campuses and in their communities. Participants will learn and experience foundational organizing theories and practices, and use them as a lens while learning about and examining two organizing efforts in Milwaukee — one focused on increasing local citizen engagement with the electoral process, and the other focused on improving the under-resourced K-16 public education system. Participant teams will then be led through a process intended to help translate what they’ve learned back to their own institutional, organizational, and community contexts. Teams will share their ideas with the group, receive feedback, and begin to articulate a strategy for moving forward with their work. The 2016 Imagining America Organizing Institute is open to teams of at least 3 people from higher education institutions or community organizations. Community-campus partnership teams are strongly encouraged. The Institute will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Milwaukee, WI June 10 – 12, 2016. The deadline for applications is May 6, 2016.

Online Course – Collaborative Curiosity: Designing Community-Engaged Research

Sponsored by Virginia Commonwealth University, this connected learning course will give participants an opportunity to learn alongside students, faculty and community members from around the globe through blogging, tweeting, Google-hangouts and other connected learning tools. The course will explore how community-engaged research (CEnR) is an approach to research that values the expertise of diverse stakeholders. Participants will learn how to identify these partners and involve them in designing and conducting good research. The course will uncover the ideas and techniques of CEnR through connected learning and social media. The course will take place May 23 to July 18, 2016. Access the Join Up Enrollment Form here.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Grants for Wetland Restoration Programs

The U.S. Standard Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds. The next deadline for U.S. Standard Grant applications is July 14, 2016.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grants to Address Global Grand Challenges

Grand Challenges is a family of initiatives fostering innovation to solve key global health and development problems. Twice each year, Grand Challenges Explorations invites high-risk, high-reward proposals on a range of challenges. Two-page applications are submitted online – open to anyone from any discipline, from student to tenured professor, and from any organization, including colleges and universities. Initial grants of $100,000 are awarded, and successful projects have the opportunity to receive follow-up funding of up to $1 million. The deadline for Round 17 proposals is May 11, 2016.