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New Opportunities and Funding: August 5, 2016

Up to $100K for Open Society Fellowships

Open Society Fellowships provide stipends of $80,000 – $100,000 to individuals using innovative or non-conventional approaches to address fundamental open society challenges in areas such as human rights, government transparency, access to justice, and the promotion of civil society and social inclusion.

The first deadline to submit letters of inquiry on these statements is: September 7, 2016. Applicants will receive a response by: October 1, 2016. The second deadline is: March 1, 2017, with responses to applicants by: March 24, 2017.

2017 Vannevar Bush Award for Public Service Activities in STEM

The National Science Board is accepting nominations for the Vannevar Bush Award. The Award honors truly exceptional lifelong leaders in science and technology who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the Nation through public service activities in science, technology, and public policy. Candidates for the Award should have demonstrated outstanding leadership and accomplishment, be a U.S. citizen, and meet at least two of the following selection criteria:

  • Distinguished himself/herself through public service activities in science and technology.
  • Pioneered the exploration, charting, and settlement of new frontiers in science, technology, education, and public service.
  • Demonstrated leadership and creativity that have inspired others to distinguished careers in science and technology.
  • Contributed to the welfare of the Nation and mankind through activities in science and technology.
  • Demonstrated leadership and creativity that has helped mold the history of advancements in the Nation’s science, technology, and education.

Nomination Deadline:  October 3, 2016.

ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships: up to $200K for Humanities, Social Sciences

ACLS invites applications for the ninth annual competition for ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships, which support small teams of two or more scholars collaborating intensively in the humanities and related social sciences. The goal of the project should be a tangible research product (such as joint print or web publications) for which at least two collaborators will take credit. The program is funded by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Fellowships provide up to $60,000 in salary-replacement stipends for each collaborator to take a semester- or academic year-long supported research leave, as well as up to $21,000 in project funds, which may be used for such purposes as travel, materials, or research assistance. The total amount of a fellowship for any collaborative project will vary depending on the number of collaborators and the duration of research leaves, but the total amount of stipends may not exceed $180,000 for any one project. The fellowships are for a total period of up to 24 months, during which time project funds may be expended, to be initiated between July 1, 2017 and September 1, 2019. Collaborator’s research leaves may be taken during any semester or year within the overall award period, and leaves need not be concurrent.

Deadline: September 28, 2016

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:  The Future of Work

The way that we work is rapidly changing…again. What will the changes we’re seeing now mean for work in the next 50 years? Projects might explore questions including, but not limited to:

  • The role of the single employer as central to the lives and benefits of workers is fading. What is the alternative?
  • How might changes in the roles of employers and a corresponding rise in freelance, self-employment, part time or “gig” employment affect health coverage and costs in a post-Affordable Care Act era?
  • How might changes to traditional benefit providers and structures impact family caregivers, new parents or retirees?
  • How will the rise of automation impact vulnerable workers—specifically those working in manual labor, the service sector and non-technical jobs?
  • What do changes to our work mean for (in)equality and what are the implications for health equity?
  • How might an extended and irregular workday impact an individual’s ability to get enough sleep, eat healthy foods and consistently commit time to their overall health and the health and wellness of their families?
  • How will future economies impact an individual’s, family’s or community’s ability to align work with adult or child care?

NOTE: There is no set dollar amount or duration for projects funded in this area. In the “project summary” section of your application, be sure to note you’re submitting an idea for Future of Work.

Deadline: September 15, 2016

Lowe’s Foundation: $5K Toolbox for Education Grants to Build Community

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants support projects that encourage parent involvement in local schools and build stronger community spirit. One-year grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to projects with the potential to have a permanent impact on a school community, such as facility enhancement (indoor or outdoor) or landscaping/clean-up projects. In addition,  Toolbox grants can be used as part of a large-scale project like a playground, as long as the grant will be used to complete a phase of the project that can be completed within twelve months of the award.  Applicants must be a public K-12 school or nonprofit parent group associated with such a school. Preschools are not eligible.

Deadline: September 26, 2016