NEW AWARDS: September 2013 thru February 2014 (Vol. 14, Is 03)



Liesl Jones
Biological Sciences
Intel Foundation
“Lehman Program for Women in Science”

Thomas Kurtzman Young
National Institutes of Health via University of San Diego
“Accounting for Water Structure and Thermodynamics in Computer Aided Drug Design”

Cameron McNeil
Herbert H. Lehman College
“Investigating Ancient Maya Vessel Residues from Copan”

Janet Munch
New York State Library
“Bronx and African American Oral History Reforming Project”

Bradley Schoenfeld
Health Sciences
Dymatize Nutrition
“Does Hypertrophy-type Resistance Training Promote Greater Muscle Growth than Strength-type Training”

Christina Sormani
Mathematics and Computer Science
National Science Foundation
“Application of the Convergence of the Riemannian Manifolds to General Relativity” 

Getting Started: Grantwriting Basics (Vol. 14, Is 03)

As you plan your project, keep in mind the basic components of almost any grant proposal.

Establish the need and desire for the project: How do you know this project is needed? How will the residents of your community use the services provided? To the extent possible, this needs to be hard data. Detailed needs assessments can be very useful here.

Define the desired outcomes with specific, measurable objectives: What do you want to accomplish, and how will you measure whether the project has indeed addressed the problem?

Describe the methods you will use to achieve these objectives: What will you actually do in order to meet the objectives? How do you know that this is an effective method to address the problem you have identified, and will lead to the desired objective(s)?

Establish your organization’s credibility: Why are you the right organization to undertake this project? Have you had success with similar projects?

Determine how you will evaluate the success of the project: How will you know whether the desired objectives have been reached? For example, will you be surveying constituents, or tracking the numbers of individuals using a particular service?

Create a detailed budget: What are all of the expenses related to the project, and what other potential funding sources exist? Will your organization be contributing funds toward the project?

Describe the future of project: When the money from this funder is used up, how will the project continue? Is it a project that will require a continuous influx of money, or will it somehow become self-sustaining?

The General Code. Retrieved September 17, 2013, from The General Code website:

Undergraduate and Graduate Research Roundup (Vol. 14, Is 03)


Applied Social Issues Internship Program

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Details: Provides awards ranging from $300 to $2,500 to college seniors, graduate students, and first-year postdoctoral researchers in psychology, applied social science, and related areas, for social issues research in cooperation with a community or government organization, public interest group, or other not-for-profit organization that will benefit from the project. Eligibility is limited to SPSSI members. Cost sharing is desirable. Deadline: April 25, 2014. For More Information…

University of California, Santa Barbara, Department Of Black Studies

Dissertation Fellowship for 2014-15
Details: UC, Santa Barbara invites applications for two dissertation fellowship scholars for the academic year 2014-15. Applicants must be advanced to candidacy at an accredited university. This fellowship is also open to international applicants. The department is interested in scholars whose research focuses on intersections of race, class, gender or sexuality in African/Caribbean/African-American or Diasporic Studies. The duration of the award is nine months beginning fall quarter of the 2014-15 academic year. The fellowship grant is $27,000.  Scholars are required to be in residence during the entire fellowship period. There is an expectation that the dissertation will be completed during the term of residency. Dissertation scholars will teach one undergraduate course and present one public lecture. Deadline: March 10, 2014. For More Information…


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The

Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute
Details: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have created the Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute to encourage minority students and others with an interest in African-American and African Diasporan Studies to pursue graduate degrees, especially PhDs, in the humanities. The program, which is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, offers a six-week session for 10 rising seniors (juniors in spring 2014, entering their senior year in fall 2014, graduating in 2015). The Institute, with the help of renowned scholars, will develop and nurture the students’ interest in the appropriate disciplines, and provide them with the requisite intellectual challenges and orientations needed to pursue humanities careers and to reach their full potential. Eligibility: Students entering their senior year in fall 2014; U.S. citizens or permanent residents and a 3.0 GPA or higher. The Summer Institute will take place June 9 – July 18, 2014. Applications must be post-marked April 1, 2014. For More Information…


LCU Fund for Women’s Education, The (via Lehman College)

Housing Grants for College Women
Details: The mission of the LCU Fund for Women’s Education is to award grants that ease the burden of New York City housing costs for promising women students preparing for careers that serve the community. The LCU Fund for Women’s Education awards grants to college-level educational institutions within the five boroughs of New York City to provide housing support for women preparing for careers in the arts, education, social work, public administration, international development, criminal justice, religious studies and health care. Grant provides up to $4,000 per academic year ($2,000 per semester). Contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs to apply. Deadline: March 5, 2014.For More Information…


United States – Israel Binational Science Foundation

Prof. R. Rahamimoff Travel Grants Program for Young Scientists
Details: BSF is announcing the availability of funds for short scientific trips by young American or Israeli scientists to the other country. The program is open to PhD students doing research that requires facilities or expertise that are not available in their home countries. The applicant is a young American or Israeli researcher, and the visit is to the other country. The applicant’s research is in any of the scientific fields supported by the BSF (full list is on the BSF website), regardless of the split program. The purpose of the trip is limited to the use of facilities, or acquiring expertise not available in the applicant’s home country. Deadline for application submission is April 10, 2014 at 5 pm Israel time. Grants will be $4,000 each. For More Information…


US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health

Mental Health Research Dissertation Grant to Increase Diversity (R36) {PAR-12-103}
Details: The purpose of this announcement is to increase the diversity of the mental health research workforce by providing dissertation awards in all areas of research within the strategic priorities of the NIMH to individuals from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in mental health research to support the completion of the doctoral research project. Total allowable costs per year are the current fiscal year National Research Service Award (NRSA) predoctoral stipend level and up to $15,000 for additional expenses such as fringe benefits (including health insurance for self and family members), travel to scientific meetings, and research costs of the dissertation in accordance with institutional policies. Applicants must have the goal of becoming successful researchers. Deadline: April 22, 2014. For More Information…


New York State Health Foundation

Special Projects Fund
Details: The foundation is accepting applications for initiatives that fall outside its three priority grant areas (expanding healthcare coverage, improving diabetes prevention, and advancing primary care) but advance its broader mission of improving the health of state residents. Through its Special Projects Fund, the foundation will award grants of up to $400,000 to nonprofit and for-profit organizations with a significant presence in New York State that are working on coordinated interventions over a specified period of time that achieve measurable results. Special projects typically fall within the $250,000 range. The foundation gives preference to projects that have a large-scale statewide or region-wide impact on New York State’s healthcare system. While projects that have impact within one organization or community are eligible, initiatives that have a large-scale state- or region-wide impact on the healthcare system will be given priority. Projects will be assessed for the appropriateness of budget as it relates to the proposed scope of work and timeline. Awards should be considered one-time, non-renewable funding opportunities. Prior to submitting a full application, applicants are required to complete an online inquiry form to determine whether their projects fit the funding criteria. Upon review, qualified projects will be invited to submit a full application by June 6, 2014. For More Information...


National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Math Improvement and Professional Development Grant
Details: The Council is inviting proposals from pre- K teachers seeking to improve their understanding and appreciation of mathematics by completing course work in school math content and pedagogy, working toward an advanced degree, and taking an active professional approach toward teaching mathematics. The proposal may outline a study plan for a one-, two-, or three-year program. The plan may take several forms, such as a multiyear sequence of summer(s) and evening course work, institutes, graduate programs in mathematics education, or leaves of absence. For 2015-16, a program grant of up to $24,000 will be awarded to a person who is teaching and has taught g mathematics for at least three years, and is teaching at least 50 percent of the time in classroom(s) at the pre-K-6 level. The applicant must be a current (on or before April 25, 2014) full individual member of NCTM or must teach at a school with a current (on or before April 25, 2014) NCTM pre-K-8 school membership. The applicant also must be teaching mathematics in pre-K-6 and intend to continue teaching in the next school year. Deadline: May 2, 2014. For More Information…


Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation

Grant Program
Details: Supports research and educational projects in floriculture and in allied fields, such as agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, entomology, molecular biology, plant breeding, plant pathology, and plant physiology related to floriculture. Every application for funding must carefully and clearly answer the question “What are the anticipated benefits to the Floriculture Industry?” Grants average $10,000 each. Grants are awarded on an annual basis, subject to review and renewal. Deadline: April 01, 2014. For More Information…


American Cancer Society

Research Grants for Independent Investigators
Details: The Society awards research grants and fellowships to promising early-career scientists with unique hypotheses for cancer prevention and study, fostering the next generation of cancer research and creating a strong foundation of preliminary evidence to make scientific advancements. Research Scholar Grants support investigator-initiated projects across the cancer research continuum. Awards are for up to four years and for up to $165,000 per year (direct costs). Independent investigators in the first six years of an independent research career or faculty appointment are eligible to apply. Deadline: April 01, 2014. For More Information…


US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health

Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Initiative {RFM-RM-13-016}
Details: One of three new Common Fund initiatives that together aim to enhance diversity in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences research workforce. Addressing a major leakage point in the research workforce pipeline, BUILD awards are intended to support the design and implementation of innovative programs, strategies and approaches to transform undergraduate research training and mentorship. BUILD awards will also support institutional and faculty development to further strengthen undergraduate research training environments. The initiative’s primary purpose is to provide opportunities and resources for eligible institutions to implement transformative, broad-based approaches to the training of students to undertake biomedical and behavioral research in matters relating to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases. Through the BUILD initiative, eligible institutions will design and implement new models of biomedical and behavioral research training for students that emphasize attainment of hallmarks of success. Participating institutions should collectively consider all of the factors that are likely to prepare students to be successful in the NIH-funded workforce. Applications may request up to $3.0 million (total costs) in the first year. Applications may propose budget increases in year 2 through year 4 to support additional BUILD students, not to exceed $5.3 million (total costs) in any one year. Because the nature and scope of the proposed projects may vary among institutions, it is anticipated that the size of each award will also vary. The project period may not exceed 5 years. Deadline: April 02, 2014. For More Information…


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws That Improve Health
Details: Public Health Law Research (PHLR) is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The goal of this program is to build the evidence for and increase the use of effective regulatory, legal and policy solutions—whether statutes, regulations, case law or other policies—to protect and improve population health and the public health system. This program contributes to the Foundation’s commitment to creating a culture of health in our country by providing the best possible evidence and examples of the impact of legal strategies on health. Awards up to 18 months and up to $150,000 each will be funded through this round. Applicants may request up to $200,000 with strong justification for additional study expenses. Mapping studies–legal research that creates a multi-jurisdictional dataset of laws suitable for quantitative research–may also be funded in this category, but budgets for these mapping projects should not exceed $50,000 or 12-months duration. Deadline: April 15, 2014. For More Information…


Gotham Chamber Opera

Catherine Doctorow Prize for Music
Details: Gotham Chamber Opera and the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation have announced the Catherine Doctorow Prize for Music, a competitive biannual prize awarded in support of the creation of a new work for voice and chamber ensemble. The $15,000 prize will be awarded to support the creation of a new work for voice and chamber ensemble that is between fifteen and thirty minutes in length and involves between three and ten acoustic instruments. Given the inherent challenges of writing idiomatically for the human voice, a goal of the competition is to successfully enlarge the repertoire of works for voice and instruments. The winner’s completed work will be premiered under the aegis of Gotham Chamber Opera. After the award winner is announced on August 1, 2014, the composer will have nine months to complete his or her work. The premiere will be performed by a singer and instrumentalists associated with Gotham Chamber Opera within a year of the work’s completion. Limited assistance will be available to secure rights for published texts, if needed. In addition, a travel allowance will be provided for composers residing outside New York City to help underwrite the costs of attending the rehearsals and premiere of the award-winning work. The competition is open to emerging and established composers over the age of 21 and residing in the United States. Deadline: April 01, 2014.
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United States – Israel Binational Science Foundation

Transformative Science Program
Details: Transformative Science has been adopted from the NSF and is: “Research driven by ideas that have potential to radically change our understanding of an important scientific concept, or lead to the creation of a new paradigm, or a new field of science. Transformative Science projects may be up to 3 years in duration, and will receive up to $100,000/year, which may be divided among the PIs, according to their preference. Applications must be submitted jointly by at least one Israeli and one American scientist, as required in all BSF programs. Applications to the Transformative Science program will be processed using a two tier submission process, starting with a short pre-proposal, followed by full proposals of selected applications. Pre-proposals will be submitted online using the relevant BSF submission system, not later than April 10, 2014. For More Information…


Surdna Foundation, The

Sustainable Environments Program
Details: The Program works to overhaul our country’s low performing infrastructure, much of it outdated and crumbling, with a new approach that will foster healthier, sustainable, and just communities. We believe in the potential of what we call “next generation infrastructure” to improve transit systems, make buildings more energy efficient, better manage our water systems and rebuild regional food systems. Organizations are eligible for a maximum of three consecutive years of funding. The grant budget amount should relate directly to the size of your organization’s budget and the amount that is needed to successfully complete the project. Grants average $300,000, and as high as $600,000. There are no deadlines for letters of inquiry, they are accepted on a rolling basis through the foundation’s online application form and are reviewed by Foundation staff within 90 days. For More Information…


Surdna Foundation, The

Strong Local Economies Program
Details: The goal of the Program is to support the development of robust and sustainable economies that include a wide range of businesses and access to quality jobs.  The Foundation aims to create opportunities for upward economic mobility among communities that have experienced historical economic barriers, including low-income people, communities of color, women, and immigrants.  The Foundation is guided by a strong commitment to social justice and equity. Program seeks to create just and sustainable economies in three ways: Business Development and Acceleration; Equitable Economic Development and Job Quality and Career Pathways. Organizations are eligible for a maximum of three consecutive years of funding. The grant budget amount should relate directly to the size of your organization’s budget and the amount that is needed to successfully complete the project. Grants average $200,000, and as high as $600,000. There are no deadlines for letters of inquiry, they are accepted on a rolling basis through the foundation’s online application form and are reviewed by Foundation staff within 90 days. For More Information…


National Endowment for the Humanities

Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions
Details: This program supports individual faculty or staff members at Hispanic-Serving Institutions pursuing research of value to humanities scholars, students, or general audiences. Awards are designed to be flexible, allowing applicants to define the audience, type of research, award periods, and administrative arrangements that best fit their projects. Awards can be used for a wide range of projects that are based on humanities research. Eligible projects include pursuing research in primary and secondary materials; producing articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources; and conducting basic research leading to the improvement of an existing undergraduate course or the achievement of institutional or community research goals. Common to all applications—regardless of their outcome—must be humanities research supporting the goals of the project. Awards for Faculty are made to individuals, not to institutions. Awards for Faculty support continuous work for the equivalent of two to twelve full-time months. Awards may be held part time or full time, or in a combination of the two. Successful applicants receive a stipend of $4,200 per full-time month. The maximum stipend is $50,400 for twelve full-time months (or the part-time equivalent). Deadline: April 15, 2014. For More Information…


National Endowment for the Humanities

Fellowships, Division of Research Programs
Details: Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Projects may be at any stage of development. The Fellowships program accepts applications from researchers, teachers, and writers, whether they have an institutional affiliation or not. Fellowships support continuous full-time work for a period of six to twelve months. Successful applicants receive a stipend of $4,200 per month. The maximum stipend is $50,400 for a twelve-month period. For More Information…

Fellowship Corner: Funding Opportunities (Vol. 14, Is 02)

US Department of Defense
Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program
Details: The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program is a joint program of the United States Army, Navy and Air Force within the University Research Initiative (URI), designed to increase the number of U.S. citizens trained in disciplines of science and engineering important to defense goals. The fellowships are for three year tenures. The stipends begin at $30,500 for first year fellows, $31,000 for second year fellows, and $31,500 for third year fellows. Full tuition and fees and a health insurance allowance are included as part of the program. DoD awards approximately 100-150 new three-year graduate fellowships each year to individuals for study and research leading to doctoral degrees in, or closely related to, the disciplines of aeronautical and astronautical engineering; biosciences; chemical engineering; chemistry; cognitive, neural and behavioral sciences; electrical engineering; geosciences; civil engineering; computer and computational sciences; materials science and engineering; mathematics; mechanical engineering; naval architecture and ocean engineering; oceanography; and physics. Deadline is December 20, 2013.
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American Psychological Association
APA Congressional Fellowship Program
Details: The purpose of this fellowship is to provide psychologists with an invaluable public policy learning experience, to contribute to the more effective use of psychological knowledge in government and to broaden awareness about the value of psychology-government interaction among psychologists and within the federal government. Fellows spend one year working on the staff of a member of Congress or congressional committee. Activities may involve drafting legislation, conducting oversight work, assisting with congressional hearings and events, and preparing briefs and speeches. Awards range from $75,000 to $90,000. Deadline is January 3, 2014.
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William T. Grant Foundation
Distinguished Fellows Program
Details: The fellows program is designed to increase the supply of, demand for, and use of high-quality research in the service of improved youth outcomes. To accomplish this goal, the program gives influential mid-career researchers the opportunity to immerse themselves in practice or policy settings, and conversely gives prominent practitioners and policy makers the opportunity to work in research settings. Similarly, the program invites policy makers and practitioners to propose projects that will enhance their capacity to recognize and use high-quality research. The foundation currently supports research designed to understand and improve the everyday settings of youth between the ages of 8 and 25 in the United States. Specifically, the foundation funds studies that enhance the understanding of how youth settings work, how they affect youth development, and how they can be improved; and when, how, and under what conditions research evidence is used in policy and practices that affect youth, and how its use can be improved. To be eligible, applicants must be influential mid-career practitioners, policy makers, or researchers, and propose one or two tax-exempt private and governmental organization partners willing to “house” and mentor the fellow. For the purposes of this program, a mid-career professional is defined as having eight to twenty years of cumulative experience in his/her current role as a researcher, policy maker, or practitioner. Each fellow will receive up to $175,000 (including direct and indirect costs) for the total duration of the fellowship. Fellowships may range from six months to two years. The foundation also may provide a small grant of up to $25,000 to the fellowship site to defray the costs associated with hosting a fellow.
The next deadline is January 8, 2014.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art
Internship Programs (various)
Details: The Museum offers internship opportunities for college and graduate students interested in careers in art museums. Based upon their academic training and interests, as well as the availability of projects, interns work in one of the Metropolitan’s departments—curatorial, education, conservation, administration, or library. Most projects require a strong knowledge of art history. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. There are ten paid and one unpaid internship programs available. Eligibility, dates and compensation vary by program opportunity. The application deadline for all paid internships is January 9, 2014.
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Klingenstein (Esther A. & Joseph) Fund, Inc.
Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences
Details: The fellowship supports, in the early stages of their careers, young investigators engaged in basic or clinical research that may lead to a better understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Several areas within the neurosciences are of particular interest: Cellular and molecular neuroscience; Neural systems; and Clinical research. The award of $225,000 is payable over a three-year period beginning July 1. It may be used for salary support, research assistants, equipment, or for any other purpose which promotes the scientific activities of the fellow. Applications must be received by January 10, 2014.
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National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence
Claire M. Fagin Fellow Award Program
Details:  The program focuses on building academic gerontological nursing capacity through the development of leaders in gerontological nursing. The program provides for a two-year fellowship for advanced research training and mentorship designed to assist doctoral prepared nurses committed to academic careers in gerontological nursing. Awards will total $120,000 ($60,000 per year) to each selected Fagin Fellow candidate with the requirement that 10% of that amount be contributed by the institution where the fellow is located. The institution’s contribution may be in the form of tuition waivers, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, grants-in-aid or scholarships. The Mayday Fund provides an additional $5,000 award to selected candidates whose research focuses on pain in older persons. Deadline to apply is January 13, 2014.
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National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence
Patricia G. Archbold Predoctoral Scholar Award, 2014
Details: The program is committed to advancing qualified applicants from underrepresented minority groups to improve the nation’s ability to provide culturally inclusive care to its increasingly diverse aging population. Members of underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply. This program is designed to support two years of doctoral work for nurses committed to careers in academic gerontological nursing. Awards will total $100,000 ($50,000 per year) to each selected Archbold Scholar with the requirement that 10% of that amount be contributed by the institution where the scholar is located. This contribution may be in the form of tuition waivers, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, grants-in-aid or scholarships. Deadline to apply is January 13, 2014.
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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Executive Nurse Fellows Program
Details: The Executive Nurse Fellows program is a three-year advanced leadership program for nurses who aspire to lead and shape health care locally and nationally. Fellows strengthen and improve their leadership abilities related to improving health and health care.  Executive Nurse Fellows awards are open to registered nurses who hold senior leadership positions in health services, scientific and academic organizations, public health and community-based organizations or systems, or national professional, governmental, and policy organizations. Candidates Executive Nurse Fellow awards must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of application and have the support of their employing organization to fully engage in all curricular and action learning components of the program. The program will award up to 20 fellowships for the 2014 cohort. Each award will be up to $35,000 for each fellow over three years. Deadline to apply is January 14, 2014.
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American Psychological Association
Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), Predoctoral
Details: Funded by a grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the MFP has created the Predoctoral MHSAS fellowship to support the training of practitioners in behavioral health services and prevention. This fellowship program is designed for students in clinical, counseling and school psychology, and other psychology doctoral students whose training prepares them for careers in behavioral health services. The principal aim of the MFP is to provide financial support, professional development activities, and guidance to promising doctoral students with the goal of moving them toward high achievement in areas related to ethnic minority behavioral health research or services. Next deadline is January 15, 2014.
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American Psychological Association
Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), Postdoctoral
Details: Funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the MFP has created the Postdoctoral MHSAS fellowship to support the specialized training of early career doctoral recipients who have primary interests in services or policy related to the behavioral health or psychological well-being of ethnic minorities. The principal aim of the MFP is to provide financial support, professional development activities, and guidance to promising postdoctoral trainees with the goal of moving them toward high achievement in areas related to ethnic minority behavioral health research or services. Next Deadline is January 15, 2014.
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Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study
Details: Postdoctoral Fellowships are offered to scholars who have held a Ph.D. or equivalent for less than seven years. Senior Fellowships are offered to scholars who have held a Ph.D. or equivalent for seven years or more. The term is 3 to 12 months.* Both fellowships offer a stipend of $45,000 per year plus allowances. Earth and Planetary Studies – Senior and Postdoctoral – offer a stipend of $50,000 per year plus allowances. Predoctoral Fellowships are offered to doctoral candidates who have completed preliminary course work and examinations, and have been advanced to candidacy. Candidates must have the approval of their universities to conduct doctoral research at the Smithsonian Institution. The term is 3 to 12 months. The stipend is $30,000 per year plus allowances. Graduate Student Fellowships are offered to students formally enrolled in a graduate program, who have completed at least one semester and not yet been advanced to candidacy if in a Ph.D. Program. Applicants must submit a proposal for research in a discipline which is pursued at the Smithsonian. The term is 10 weeks; the stipend is $6,500. The deadline for submission is January 15, 2014.
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Institute of International Education
Boren Fellowships, Graduate
Details: Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Boren Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their projects, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. The deadline is January 28, 2014.
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American Sociological Association
Minority Fellowship Program in Sociology of Mental Health
Details: The program is primarily, but not solely, designed for minority students sufficiently advanced in their Ph.D. program to demonstrate their commitment to a research career. MFP applicants must be enrolled in (and have completed one full academic year) in a program that grants the PhD in Sociology. The American Sociological Association (ASA) supports the development and training of sociologists of color in any sub-area or specialty in the discipline. Funded by generous annual contributions from organizations such as Alpha Kappa Delta, Sociologists for Women in Society, the Midwest Sociological Society, the Association for Black Sociologists, Southwestern Sociological Association, as well as membership donations, MFP seeks to attract talented doctoral students to ensure a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles in research that is relevant to today’s global society. The annual stipend for each award (August 1 – July 31) is $18,000. Next Deadline to apply is January 31, 2014.
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Research Fund of the American Otological Society, Inc.
American Otological Society (AOS) Training Fellowship
Details: The purpose is to foster the academic training of students and resident physicians in sciences related to the investigation of any topic related to ear disorders. Appropriate areas of research include diagnosis, management and pathogenesis of these diseases, as well as underlying processes. These can involve anatomical, physiological, biochemical, pharmacological, physical, genetic, environmental, psychological, pathological or audiological investigations. A maximum award request of a $35,000 stipend and $5,000 for supplies is allowed. Deadline is January 31, 2014.
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Funding Opportunities (Vol. 14, Is 02)

US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, The
Increased Knowledge and Innovative Strategies to Reduce HIV Incidence–iKnow Projects (R01) {PAR-13-323}
Details: NIAID, NIDA and NIMH support research (R01) that addresses one or both of the following objectives: devise optimal strategies to improve the identification of persons unaware of their HIV-1 infection and successfully link them to HIV testing, treatment, and prevention interventions; and develop and examine the feasibility and acceptability of novel integrated interventions of biomedical and behavioral strategies that substantially reduce the likelihood of onward HIV transmission in these populations. Application budgets are not limited, but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum period is 5 years. Deadline is January 7, 2014.
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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), The
‘Our Town’ Grant Program
Details: Through the program, the endowment will provide a limited number of grants for creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities of all sizes and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. The program seeks to invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with local arts and design organizations and artists, seek to improve their quality of life; encourage greater creative activity; foster stronger community identity and a sense of place; and revitalize economic development. Projects may include arts engagement, cultural planning, and design activities. All Our Town applications must reflect a partnership that will provide leadership for the project. These partnerships must involve two primary partners — a nonprofit organization and a local government entity. One of the two primary partners must be a cultural (arts or design) organization. Additional partners are encouraged and may include an appropriate variety of entities such as state-level government agencies, foundations, arts organizations and artists, nonprofit organizations, design professionals and design centers, educational institutions, real estate developers, business leaders, and community organizations, as well as public and governmental entities. Grants range from $25,000 to $200,000. Deadline is January 13, 2014.
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Alexia Foundation
Professional Grant
Details: The Foundation grants were established to help promote world peace and cultural understanding. The strength of the proposal will be judged equally to photographic skills. The Grant goes to those who clearly and concisely propose significant projects that share in the Foundation’s mission and who also submit photographs that reflect the ability to execute their proposed project. One $20,000 will be awarded to enable a professional photographer or visual journalist to produce a substantial body of work that reflects the foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. Proposals are invited from photojournalists anywhere in the world. The award is for an individual photographer; collaborative applications will not be accepted. Deadline to submit is January 13, 2014.
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US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, The
Educational Programs for Demography and Population Science, Family Planning and Contraception, and Reproductive Research (R25) {PAR-11-292}
Details: Supports educational activities (R25) related to demography and population science, family planning and contraception, and reproductive research aimed at audiences that may include individuals from the upper undergraduate to the assistant professor level. NICHD encourages applications for educational programs for interdisciplinary approaches, methodology, and the dissemination and use of existing datasets. The overall objective is to increase the impact and breadth of population and reproductive science by facilitating cost-effective approaches. Program is not intended to support training activities that limit participation to a single institution. Although the size of award may vary with the scope of the research education program proposed, it is expected that applications will stay within the following budgetary guidelines: although total direct costs are not capped, budget requests of more than $175,000 per year must be fully justified. The total project period for an application submitted may not exceed five years. Next deadline is January 15, 2014.
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National Science Foundation, The
Social Psychology
Details: Supports basic research on human social behavior, including cultural differences and development over the life span. Among the many research topics supported are attitude formation and change, social cognition, personality processes, interpersonal relations, group processes, the self, emotion, social comparison and social influence, the social psychology of health, and the psycho-physiological correlates of social behavior. Grants range from $150,000 to $600,000 for five years. Deadline is January 15, 2014.
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National Science Foundation, The
Details: Supports basic research on all forms of human social organization: societies, institutions, groups, demography and processes of individual and institutional change. Among the many research topics supported are: attitude formation and change, social cognition, personality processes, interpersonal relations and group processes, the self, emotion, social comparison and social influence, and the psycho-physiological and neurophysiological bases of social behavior. Encourages investigations aimed at improving explanation of fundamental social processes, such as research on organizations and organizational behavior, population dynamics, social groups and movements, labor force participation, stratification and mobility, family, social networks, socialization, and gender roles. Deadline is January 15, 2014.
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Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Grants Programs
Details: History of Art Grants Program. Supports scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogs and publications, and technical and scientific studies. Conservation Grants Program. Supports the professional practice of art conservation, especially as it relates to European art of the pre-modern era. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, exhibitions and publications focusing on art conservation, scholarly publications, and technical and scientific studies.  Grants are also awarded for activities that permit conservators and conservation scientists to share their expertise with both professional colleagues and a broad audience through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, exhibitions that include a prominent focus on materials and techniques, and other professional events. Grants typically range from, $20,000 to $50,000, but can be as high as $100,000. The next deadline is January 15, 2014.
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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), The
Big Read Community-Wide Reading Program
Details: The Big Read aims to restore reading to the center of American culture. The program provides competitive grants to support innovative reading programs in selected communities. Community organizations participating in the Big Read develop and produce reading programs that encourage reading and participation by diverse local audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to the community’s chosen book or poet. Activities must focus on a book or poet from the Big Read Library. Previous grantees must not use the same reading from their earlier participation(s). The program is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to develop reading programs between September 2014 and June 2015. Organizations selected to participate receive a grant, educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Eligible applicants include such organizations as literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations. Grants range from $2,500 to $20,000. Grants must be matched on a 1:1 basis with non-federal funds. Grant funds may be used for such expenses as book purchases, speaker fees and travel, salaries, advertising, and venue rental. Deadline is January 28, 2014.

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US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, The
NIA MSTEM: Advancing Diversity in Aging Research through Undergrad Education {PAR-12-016}
Details: Supports research (R25) applications from institutions that propose innovative research education programs to diversify the workforce in aging by supporting undergraduate competency and completion in medicine, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (MSTEM), and application and transition to graduate study that advances a cadre of students from diverse backgrounds into NIA MSTEM fields. Partnership with R15-eligible institutions encouraged. Next deadline to apply is January 25, 2014.
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US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, The
NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards
Details: Supports (DP5) exceptional junior scientists, who have already established a record of innovation and research productivity, to launch an independent research program. Support is provided to institutions that propose to appoint and support exceptional, early career scientists directly following the completion of their Ph.D. or M.D. into an independent academic research position, thereby omitting the traditional postdoctoral period from their career path. Limited submission: only two submissions per institution. In FY 14, $4 million is available to fund 10 awards. Deadline is January 31, 2014.
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US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, The
Time-Sensitive Obesity Policy and Program Evaluation (R01) {PAR-12-257}
Details: NIDDK, NIA, NCI, NICHD and OBSSR support research (R01) to evaluate a new policy or program expected to influence obesity related behaviors (e.g., dietary intake, physical activity, or sedentary behavior) and/or weight outcomes in an effort to prevent or reduce obesity. Funding will be awarded within three to four months. This announcement establishes an accelerated review/award process to support time-sensitive research to evaluate a new policy or program expected to influence obesity related behaviors (e.g., dietary intake, physical activity, or sedentary behavior) and/or weight outcomes in an effort to prevent or reduce obesity. This program is intended to support research where opportunities for empirical study are, by their very nature, only available through expedited review and funding. All applications must demonstrate that the evaluation of an obesity related policy and /or program offers an uncommon and scientifically compelling research opportunity that will only be available if the research is initiated with minimum delay. For these reasons, applications in response to this time-sensitive announcement are eligible for only one submission. It is intended that eligible applications selected for funding will be awarded within 3-4 months after the application submission/receipt date. However, administrative requirements and other unforeseen circumstances may delay issuance dates beyond that timeline. Application budgets are not limited, but need to reflect actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum project period is five years. Next deadline is February 11, 2014.
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W. M. Keck Foundation
Research Grant Program
Details: The Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field. Past grants have been awarded to major universities, independent research institutions, and medical schools to support pioneering biological and physical science research and engineering, including the development of promising new technologies, instrumentation or methodologies. Historically, grants range from $500,000 to $5 million and are typically $2 million or less. Potential applicants are encouraged to submit their ideas for grants in the form of single-page concept papers during the pre-application counseling period (between January 1 and February 15, 2014).
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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), The; Office of Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants
Details: This program is designed to fund the implementation of innovative digital-humanities projects that have successfully completed a start-up phase and demonstrated their value to the field. Such projects might enhance our understanding of central problems in the humanities, raise new questions in the humanities, or develop new digital applications and approaches for use in the humanities. The program can support innovative digital-humanities projects that address multiple audiences, including scholars, teachers, librarians, and the public. Awards are for one to three years. Awards range from $100,000 to $325,000. Deadline to apply is February 19, 2014.
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Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation
Macy Faculty Scholars Program
Details: The program is designed to identify and nurture the careers of promising educational innovators in medicine and nursing. Macy Scholars will implement new educational innovations at their home institutions and participate in career development activities. Chosen scholars will receive salary support of $100,000 per year for two years, at least 50% protected time for two years to pursue educational projects, active mentorship by a senior faculty member at their institution, and access to the program’s national advisory committee. In addition, Macy Scholars will receive opportunities to participate in Macy conferences and other national meetings. Candidates must be a faculty member for more than five years in a United States accredited nursing school, allopathic medical school, or osteopathic medical school. In addition, candidates must be nominated by the dean of the school, and there can be no more than one nominee per school. Nominees also must have a faculty mentor who will advise them on their educational innovation project and on their career development, and be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its territories. Deadline is February 26, 2014.
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Carnegie Corporation of New York
Urban and Higher Education Program
Details: The program’s goals are centered on creating pathways to educational and economic opportunity by generating systemic change across a K-16 continuum, with particular emphasis on secondary and higher education. Grant-making in this program concentrates on three main areas 1) supporting a push for common core standards and next generation assessments; 2) investing in innovation in human capital preparation and management; and 3) new designs for innovation in classrooms, schools, colleges and systems in K-16. The program integrates these three areas through efforts to improve policy, and thus create stronger conditions and platforms for accountability, innovation, and systemic reform. These following key levers of change are central to the Corporation’s Urban and Higher Education Program: Standards and Assessments; Innovation in Teaching and Human Capital Management; New Designs: Innovation in Classroom, School, College and System Design; and Improving Policy: Creating Better Conditions and Platforms for Accountability, Innovation, and Systemic Reform. Grants range from $300,000 to $1,000,000. Letters of Inquiry are accepted on a rolling basis; there are no deadlines.
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An Army of Research-Active, Globally Engaged Faculty & Students (Vol. 14, Is 01)


The ORSP Team: Carolina, Saeedah, Donnaree, Cynthia & Valerie

The ORSP Team: Carolina, Saeedah, Donnaree, Cynthia & Valerie

As Lehman ushers in another Fall semester, and new faculty and students with it, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is planting seeds that will harvest a culture of research and creative exploration!  As Lehman’s prestigious faculty members continue to examine the world around us from the laboratories of our New Science Hall to the corridors of Carman Hall; from the dungeons of Davis to the greenhouses of Gillet; from the stacks of the Leonard Lief Library to the walls of the Lehman Art Gallery; and from the highways, byways, and waterways of the Bronx to the four corners of the globe, Lehman students will find a wealth of research-rich opportunities to complement their academic life.

New internal resources like the “Research Planning Postcard” and “How to” podcasts, coupled with new funding opportunities and workshops crafted specifically for Lehman faculty and students are sure to be useful. Campus-wide events such as the Bronx/Lehman Networking Night and the Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Conference are not to be missed.

As the extramural funding landscape grows ever more competitive and greater demands and accountability are placed on institutions of higher education, Lehman is prepared to meet these challenges with an army of research-active, globally engaged faculty and students.

Have a great semester!

Saeedah Hickman
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs


The Founding Fathers Write a Grant Proposal (Vol. 14, Is 01)

by Jan Masaoka

THE FOUNDING FATHERS WRITE A GRANT PROPOSAL 1 “Just look at this second sentence!” groaned Samuel Adams. “’We hold these truths to be self-evident.’ This flies in the face of ‘evidence-based practice!’ We’ll never get funded!”
Another delegate had a different complaint: “This mission statement is way too long!” he wailed. “Mr. Jefferson, no one will ever read this ‘Declaration of Independence’ of yours.”
In the meantime, George Washington had been working up a budget for the revolutionary war (earlier called the innovative war). His initial figures were daunting: $37 million would have to be raised by the collaborative, which would need to be matched by $114 million from the states. And of course, they didn’t have a dime (or rather, a shilling).
But let’s go back to the meeting, where they had just decided to give the collaborative a name: the Continental Congress.

Donor Prospecting
The meeting chair pounded his gavel: “Next on the agenda is Fundraising Prospects. Mr. Hancock, your report?”
John Hancock looked up, startled, but recovered his poise: “We’ve developed a list of foundations to approach. Unfortunately, none of them have giving areas that include democratic revolutions, perhaps because there hasn’t been a democratic revolution before. They also want to know who else is funding it, and how we’re going to continue the funding when their grants run out. And several of them say our revolution has to wait until they’re finished doing something called ‘strategic planning.’
“And then in terms of individual donors, there are two big obstacles. First, they are all English, and our revolution’s goal is to overthrow the English. It’s just about as contradictory as poor people asking rich people to support social justice causes.
“And finally, we don’t know any wealthy donors. The way to get money from them is to be at the same theatre openings, the same dinners for Anglo-Saxon orphans, and the same royal weddings. We all live here in the colonies so we never get a chance to develop relationships.”
But the meeting really fell into an uproar when General Washington presented his budget: “Why is this line item for supplies so high? Can’t you get the muskets donated?” demanded the Vermont delegate.
The North Carolina delegate was concerned about the lack of an exit strategy. “What if we haven’t won the war in two years?” he asked. “How will we get funding for a longer war if we haven’t met the benchmarks for Phase 1?” “Hear, hear,” cried another. “Metrics! They’ll want metrics for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!”
Washington tried hard not to sound defensive. “My personal leadership style is to be conservative/ISTJ,” he said. “But Valley Forge can get very cold in the winter, and we’ll need quality tents and blankets.”
The Rhode Island delegate was dismissive: “They’re doing this for a cause, not for the blankets,” he said. “It’s okay to have cheaper blankets for the rank and file.”

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Researcher Responsibilities in International Settings (Vol. 14, Is 01)

The principal investigator is responsible for ensuring that the following information is provided to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) as part of the IRB application:

  1. a. List of all research sites, including city and country information
  2. b. Provide scientific and ethical justification for conducting the research at the foreign site(s)
  3. c. Describe  the researchers’ qualifications for conducting the research at the foreign sites(s), including their knowledge of local regulations and culture
  1.        i.         When relying on local community consultations for research planning, the IRB application should include a detailed description of the community consultation and its outcomes. (A helpful site is The International Compilation of Human Research Standards provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.)
  2. d. Describe the informed consent process in terms of the local context, including consideration of the following, where applicable:
  3.         i.        Local legal age of consent
  4.         ii.       Local status of women’s  rights to consent for self or for their children
  5.         iii.      Literacy level of the subject population
  6.         iv.      Use of translators and translated informed consent documents. Refer to Section 3.5 of CUNY HRPP Policy: Informed Consent Process and Documentation for requirements regarding acceptable translations
  7. e. Provide information regarding local oversight required:
  8.         i.        Identify applicable local permissions or approvals that may be required
  9.         ii.       Follow CUNY HRPP Procedures for Multisite Non-Exempt Human Subjects Research

If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the Human Research Protection Program at, (718) 960-8960, Shuster 303.

Pivot: Identify & Connect to Funding Opportunities (Vol. 14, Is 01)

For years, COS (Community of Science), a ProQuest brand has been recognized as a global leader that provides unmatched tools for discovering funding opportunities and supporting collaboration in the research development field. Pivot answers the growing demands on research developers to quickly discover the right funding opportunities and effectively collaborate with their colleagues. Designed for faculty, staff researchers, and graduate students, it’s intuitive and easily implemented. Some of Pivot’s features include:
•    Access to the most comprehensive source of funding opportunities globally
•    Identifies researcher expertise from within or outside of your organization
•    Allows the focus to be on winning the necessary awards and grants
•    Enables you to add internal deadlines to critical funding opportunities and sends weekly updates on saved searches you organize in your own folders
•    Create groups for sharing funding opportunities on an ongoing basis
•    Enhances communication, monitoring, and tracking between individual faculty, teams, or researchers and ORSP

If you have not yet done so, we encourage you to create a profile on Pivot and become familiarized with the product. We will keep you informed of upcoming training sessions.
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