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New Opportunities and Funding: October 6, 2017

The Lawrence Foundation: Grants for Environment, Education, and Human Services Projects

The Lawrence Foundation is focused on making grants to support environmental, human services and other causes although our interests are fairly diverse and may include other areas on an occasional basis. The foundation makes both program and operating grants and does not have any geographic restrictions. Eligibility includes public schools and libraries as well as nonprofit organizations that qualify for public charity status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Deadline to apply is November 1, 2017.

Call for Manuscripts: Science Communication and Broad Societal Change

The international journal Science Communication: Linking Theory and Practice is seeking papers for a special issue on Science Communication and Broad Societal Change. Submissions are due November 1, 2016.

Spencer Foundation: Up to $50K for Smaller Scale Research

The Small Research Grants program aims to support smaller scale or pilot research projects that have budgets of $50,000 or less. Proposals are encouraged from scholars across a variety of disciplines in an effort to fund field-initiated education research.  Historically, funded work has spanned a range of topics and disciplines, including education, psychology, sociology, economics, history, and anthropology, and they employ a wide range of research methods. The following examples of recently funded small grants illustrate the diversity of what the foundation supports:

  • an experimental study of how college students use visual representations in solving math problems
  • a study exploring the process of racial and rural identity formation among African American high-school students who attend de facto segregated schools in the rural South
  • a mixed-methods study focusing on the different types of knowledge novice and experienced teachers draw on in teaching for reading comprehension

Small Research Grant proposals are accepted 4 times per year. The next deadline is at 4:00pm CST, November 1, 2017. Subsequent deadlines are February 1, 2018, May 1, 2017, August 1, 2017 and November 1, 2017.

$25K RWJF Culture of Health Prize

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments that will enable everyone, especially those facing the greatest challenges, with the opportunity to live well. A Culture of Health recognizes that health and wellbeing are greatly influenced by where we live, work, the safety of our surroundings, and the relationships we have in our families and communities. The Prize elevates the compelling stories of local leaders and community members who are coming together to create conditions for health and prosperity by transforming neighborhoods, schools, and businesses—so that good health flourishes everywhere.

Deadline: November 3, 2017. (Phase I Applications)

National Endowment for the Humanities: $25-$100K for Collaborative Research

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Collaborative Research Grants support interpretive humanities research undertaken by two or more collaborating scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to three years. Grants range from $25,000 – $100,000 per year for up to 3 years or $65,000 for conference grants. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel; field work; applications of information technology; and technical support and services. All grantees are expected to disseminate the results of their work to the appropriate scholarly and public audiences. Eligible projects include; research that significantly adds to knowledge and understanding of the humanities; conferences on topics of major importance in the humanities that will benefit scholarly research; and archaeological projects that include the interpretation and dissemination of results. Funds can be used for salaries, consultants, RAs, travel, editions/translations, conferences, and technical support.

  • The deadline for projects beginning October 2017 is  December 6, 2017.
  • Draft proposals (optional) can be submitted to by 10/15/16.

$60K Multidisciplinary Doris Duke/ U. Chicago Doctoral Fellowships: Promotion of Child Well-Being

With support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago offers these fellowships, designed to develop a new generation of leaders interested in and capable of creating practice and policy that will improve the nation’s ability to enhance child development and prevent all forms of child maltreatment. Fellows receive an annual stipend of $30,000 for up to two years. Fellows are selected from a range of academic disciplines, including—but not limited to—social work, child development, public health, medicine, public policy, education, economics, psychology, and epidemiology. In order to maximize the opportunities for interdisciplinary learning, Chapin Hall is building a sustainable peer learning network among the fellows and mentors through a series of in-person meetings, webinars, conference calls, and social networking opportunities.

Deadline: December 1, 2017.

NSF IUSE: EHR Up to $300K for Improving Undergraduate STEM Education/ Engaged Student Learning & Institution and Community Transformation

The Improving Undergraduate STEM Education program invites proposals that address immediate challenges and opportunities that are facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures and new functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise. Toward these ends the program features two tracks: (1) Engaged Student Learning and (2) Institutional and Community Transformation. Two tiers of projects exist within each track: (i) Exploration and Design and (ii) Development and Implementation. Projects may request up to $300,000 over a period of up to 3 years.


  • November 02, 2016: Exploration and Design Tier for Engaged Student Learning & Institution and Community Transformation
  • January 11, 2017: Development and Implementation Tiers for Engaged Student Learning & Institution and Community Transformation