Research Matters


The news publication of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs of Herbert H. Lehman College, The City University of New York.

Volume 14, Issue 02

Publication date: December 05, 2013.

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
Sociology
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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