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 03

Publication date: February 19, 2014.

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?

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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.
For More Information…


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…