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 04

Publication date: May 1, 2014.

Director’s Corner {Vol. 14, Is. 04}

Saeedah_2As Commencement quickly approaches and thoughts of summer begin to percolate, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is focused on expanding the breadth and depth of its operations to include partnerships with the Teaching and Learning Commons to create an ePortfolio on Grantsmanship and the newly-formed Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives to support international student research experiences. To create and sustain a culture of Grantsmanship at Lehman College, we continue to introduce new resources with the creation of an online database of successfully-funded, sample proposals; the establishment of a frequently asked questions list; and internal and external peer-review panels that provide proposal feedback before submission.  Get involved!  Use the summer to fund the fall by joining a research interest group today to work with a team on a collaborative proposal or sign up to become a research mentor! The possibilities are endless.

Best wishes for a productive summer!

Saeedah Hickman

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Collaboration: to work with another person or group in order to achieve a common goal or participate in a common project, especially in an intellectual endeavor (research).

Collaboration: to work with another person or group in order to achieve a common goal or participate in a common project, especially in an intellectual endeavor (research).


New Awards! {Vol. 14, Is. 04}




January 31, 2014 – April 30, 2014.

Marzie Jafari
Continuing Education
Gimcheon University
“Nursing English Immersion”

Marzie Jafari
Continuing Education
New York Department of Small Business Services
“Patient Care Technician Upgrade for CNAs”

Marzie Jafari
Continuing Education
SphereLink, Inc. dba Stanley Prep
“Nursing English Immersion Program: Stanley Prep”

Andrei Jitianu
National Science Foundation
“Materials World Network, SusChEM: Hybrid Sol-Gel Route to Chromate-free Anticorrosive Coatings”

Glen Johnson
Health Sciences
New York State Department of Health
“Community Needs Assessments for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Programs ”

Katherine St. John
Mathematics and Computer Science
Simons Foundation
“Analysis of Tree and Network Metrics”


Farewell! {Vol. 14, Is. 04}

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye
I leave, and heave a sigh and say goodbye — Goodbye!
So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye!

As many of you know, August 1st will be the last day for Ms. Tara Prairie, MA at Lehman College. In the fall, Ms. Prairie will start a Ph.D. Program at Middle Tennessee State University in Health. Before leaving, Tara wanted to say, “I have enjoyed my time here and will miss y’all. I appreciate all the support, insight, and help you have provided me over the last few years. Best Wishes!” ORSP would like to thank Ms. Prairie for serving as the Responsible Research Practices Director since February 2011.

We also bid adieu to Ms. Cynthia A. Muhammad, our Research Development Specialist. Ms. Muhammad joined our team in July 2012 and has been a great asset to the department. Ms. Muhammad will return to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area where she will continue her work in assisting faculty members, students and staff with research administration and putting out competitive grant applications. Ms. Muhammad is scheduled to leave Lehman at the end of May.

We wish both Ms. Prairie and Ms. Muhammad well in their new endeavors!



HIV, Hispanics, the elderly and economics {Vol. 14, Is. 04}

Congratulations to Dr. Juan J. DelaCruz, Ph.D. for being selected as a Scholar for the HIV Intervention Science Training Program for Underrepresented New Investigators (HISTP) at the Columbia School of Social Work. Only four fellows are selected each year to receive intensive and specialized mentorship, including pilot funding and access to a multitude of resources and expert consultation.

Dr. DelaCruz is a health economist who works on HIV research, in particular for underserved minority populations within the context of health disparities and eDELACRUZJuanconomic costs to health systems. His current research addresses the complexity and significance of older adults living with HIV. The purpose of his work is to identify psycho-social and economic determinants of health as well as to assess the needs of older Hispanics with HIV.

Dr. DelaCruz is an Associate Professor of Economics and Business and a faulty member in the Doctor of Public Health Program at the Graduate Center. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the New School for Social Research. Through the HISTP Program Dr. DelaCruz will receive a $20,000 grant for his pilot study: “Morbidity and Mortality among HIV Positive Older Hispanics in NYC: Toward Cost-Effective Interventions.”

The HIV Intervention Science Training Program (HISTP) is an NIMH-funded multidisciplinary training program that seeks to develop and facilitate the growth of scientists from underrepresented groups conducting HIV-related dissemination and implementation research. Racial and ethnic minority (REM) populations are disproportionately represented amongst those living with HIV/AIDS, yet REM scientists trained as HIV/AIDS researchers are vastly under-represented. HISTP’s mission is to facilitate the growth and development of a cadre of REM scientists who will focus their research on HIV-related health disparities in HIV/AIDS and co-occurring mental health disorders. HISTP promotes scientists from underrepresented groups to increase contributions to the empirical knowledge base on the design of contextually and culturally congruent interventions, through training, mentoring, and networking with a collective of senior REM scientists.

The HISTP program provides two years of support via an innovative dual mentorship structure offering monthly training seminars and workshops; pilot study funding; support to attend conferences; biannual week-long intensive training institutes; grant writing assistance (peer review, production support) and access to the HISTP’s library of grants, protocols, instruments, articles, presentations, etc.


Professor Ed Kennelly selected as a 2014-15 Fulbright Scholar {Vol. 14, Is. 04}

We are excited to announce Dr. Edward Kennelly, Ph.D. as one of this year’s awardees of the 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to Hong Kong. The Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program comprises approximately forty distinguished lecturing, distinguished research and distinguished lecturing/research awards ranging from three to 12 months. Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Awardees are eminent scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record. Please congratulate Dr. Kennelly on this accomplishment.

Dr. Kennelly is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, School of Natural and Social Sciences and Professor, Biochemistry Ph.D. Program at the Graduate Center.

Dr. Kennelly’s laboratorKennelly2y examines phytochemicals for novel biological actions. He is specifically interested in phytochemicals with antioxidant activity that may help to prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease. His research interest is in the area of biologically active phytochemicals.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. Roughly 1,600 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 1,200 U.S. scholars, and 900 visiting scholars receive awards, in addition to several hundred teachers and professionals. Approximately 310,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Program since its inception in 1946. The Fulbright Scholar Program is administered by CIES, a division of the Institute of International Education.

J. William Fulbright was a prominent and gifted American statesman of the 20th century. His political career of over thirty years in the U.S. Congress was distinguished by his unequaled contribution to international affairs and marked by his tenure as the longest serving chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He had profound influence on America’s foreign policy, and his vision for mutual understanding shaped the extraordinary exchange program bearing his name.

The core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition for Academic Year 2015-16 is now open. Explore the Catalog of Awards. Deadline to apply is August 1, 2014.


New Counseling and Health Research Collective at Work {Vol. 14, Is. 04}

Founding members (l-r) Norma Cofresi, Lucinda Bratini and Dugeidy Ortiz

Founding members (l-r) Norma Cofresi, Lucinda Bratini and Dugeidy Ortiz

By Dugeidy Ortiz, M.A.
The Counseling and Health Research Collective (CHRC) is a new team of students, staff and professors at work on projects that seek to understand the first-generation student experience. Our objective is to integrate our findings into the development and implementation of effective, relevant, targeted, culturally appropriate, and socially just programming, practice, and service.

Studies will take place in the context of Lehman departments, the campus community and beyond. We view health as a multifaceted construct embedded within larger social, structural and environmental factors. These factors influence our students—and our community’s—quality of life and health outcomes.

We use evidence-based practices through a participatory action research (PAR) framework, a collaborative approach that enables students to play a central role as co-researchers. They help create a process through which we can better conceptualize and identify student strengths, challenges and barriers.

We’re looking at multiple lines of study and plan to conduct the following:
• The American College Health Association National College Health Assessment of student health status and needs to better inform our programming.
• A needs-and-assets assessment of new mothers and expectant students and how to increase retention among this at risk population.
• A study of the impact on college achievement of Latina students’ familial experience.
• A collaborative study funded by NIMH to implement and test its Healthy Body Image screening and education tools.
• A study of the multidimensionality of identity and its intersections with race, gender, social class and sexual orientation among students.

Fellowship Corner – Funding Opportunities! {Vol. 14, Is. 04}

U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship for Research on Race, Gender, Culture, and Crime FY 2014
Details: Program’s objective is to provide talented researchers with an opportunity, early in their career, to elevate independently generated research and ideas to the level of national discussion. Although the specific areas of focus vary each year, any research funded under this program should have direct implications for criminal justice policy and practice in the United States. Fellowship places particular emphasis on crime, violence and the administration of justice in diverse cultural contexts within the United States. NIJ typically funds one fellow annually under this program for an amount up to $100,000. Candidates must have a terminal degree in any academic discipline and not yet have been awarded tenure.  Deadline is May 12, 2014.
For more information.

U.S. Department of Justice
BJA Visiting Fellows Program
Details: The program facilitates collaboration between academic scholars and government researchers in survey methodology, statistics, economics, and social sciences. BJS visiting fellows have the unique opportunity to address some substantive, methodological, and analytic issues relevant to BJS programs, and to further knowledge and understanding of criminal justice system operations. Fellows conduct research at BJS or at their home site, use BJS data and facilities, and interact with BJS staff. This collaborative environment fosters mutual growth. Projects provide social science researchers and statisticians with a unique and challenging experience outside of their normal work environment, and BJS gains input and solutions from experts who possess the specialized training and experience needed for these efforts. Next deadline is June 4, 2014.
For more information.

American Institute of Indian Studies
Research Fellowship Programs
Details: Supports up to 35 scholars from all disciplines to conduct research in India. Junior Research Fellowships are available to doctoral candidates at U.S. universities in all fields of study. These grants are specifically designed to enable doctoral candidates to pursue their dissertation research in India. Junior Research Fellows establish formal affiliation with Indian universities and Indian research supervisors. Awards are available for up to 11 months. Senior Research Fellowships are available to scholars with a PhD or its equivalent. These grants are designed to enable scholars who specialize in South Asia to pursue further research in India and to establish formal affiliation with an Indian institution. Short-term awards are available for up to four months. Long-term awards are available for six to nine months. A limited number of humanists will be granted fellowships paid in dollars funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Senior Scholarly/Professional Development Fellowships are available both to established scholars who have not previously specialized in Indian studies and to established professionals who have not previously worked or studied in India. Senior Scholarly/Professional Development Fellows are formally affiliated with an Indian institution. Awards may be granted for periods of six to nine months. Senior Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships are available to accomplished practitioners of the performing arts of India and creative artists who demonstrate that study in India would enhance their skills, develop their capabilities to teach or perform in the U.S., enhance American involvement with India’s artistic traditions or strengthen their links with peers in India. Awards will normally be for periods of up to four months, although proposals for periods of up to nine months can be considered. The dollar supplement is paid in full prior to departure for India. Each fellow receives one round-trip air ticket from the city of origin to the primary research site in India. Each fellow receives a monthly maintenance stipend; research and travel stipend and dollar supplement allowance. AIIS will also provide air tickets for 1.5 dependents accompanying a Long-term Fellow who is eligible for dependent allowances for two dependents. Short-term Fellows are not provided tickets or allowance for dependents. Deadline to apply is July 1, 2014.
For more information.


Funding Opportunities! {Vol. 14, Is. 04}

Wenner Gren Foundation, The
International Collaborative Research Grant
Details: Grans supports international research collaborations between two or more qualified scholars, where the principal investigators bring different and complementary perspectives, knowledge, and/or skills to the project. Supplemental funds are also available to provide essential training for academic research participants in ICRG-funded projects (co-applicants, students, as well as other professional colleagues). By encouraging international collaborations, the grant contributes to the development of an international anthropology that values and incorporates different national perspectives and resources. By providing training funds, the grant helps to build capacity in countries were anthropology may be under-resourced. The grants are for a maximum of $30,000 for the research project. Proposals which include the optional training element can have an increased funding request up to a maximum of $35,000, of which no more than $10,000 can be for essential training purposes. Principal Investigators must hold a doctorate or equivalent in anthropology or a related discipline. The next deadline is June 1, 2014.
For more information.

Russell Sage Foundation
Research and Scholar Programs
Details: The program on Social Inequality supports research on the social, economic, political, and labor market consequences of rising economic inequalities in the United States. We seek investigator-initiated research projects that will broaden our understanding of the causes and consequences of rising economic inequalities. We are especially interested in projects that might use innovative data or methodologies to address important questions about inequality. Examples of the kinds of topics and questions that are of interest include, but are not limited to, the following: Economic Well-Being, Equality of Opportunity, and Intergenerational Mobility; The Political Process and the Resulting Policies; Psychological and/or Cultural Change; Education; Labor Markets; Child Development and Child Outcomes; Neighborhoods and Communities; Families, Family Structure, and Family Formation and Other Forms of Inequality. The Foundation is interested in research that is broadly related to analyzing the causes and consequences of increased economic inequality. Awards are available for research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting research and writing up results. All applications should limit budget requests for no more than a two-year period, with a maximum of $150,000 per project including overhead. Deadline is June 2, 2014.
For more information.

Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., The Camille and Henry
Special Grant Program in Chemical Sciences
Details: The Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences provides funding for innovative projects in any area consistent with the Foundation’s broad objective to advance the chemical sciences. The purpose of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. is to advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances. Initial Inquiry: A letter requesting permission to submit a full proposal should be submitted to the Foundation for an initial assessment no later than June 5, 2013. Proposal deadline is August 21, 2013.
For more information.

National Endowment for the Humanities
Digital Projects for the Public
Details: The Division of Public Programs supports activities that engage millions of Americans in understanding significant humanities works and ideas. At the center of every funded public humanities project is a core set of humanities ideas developed by scholars, matched to imaginative formats that bring humanities ideas alive for people of all ages and all walks of life. The program supports projects such as websites, mobile applications, games, and virtual environments that significantly contribute to the public’s engagement with humanities ideas. Projects must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship in a discipline such as history, religion, anthropology, jurisprudence, or art history. Awards are made for a period of one to three years and may range up to $30,000 (for Discovery grants) or up to $100,000 (for Prototyping grants). The next deadline is June 11, 2014.
For more information.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Film Festival Grants
Details: While the grants are awarded for a variety of programs, film festivals are encouraged to submit proposals that make festival events more accessible to the general public, provide greater access to minority and less visible filmmakers, and help strengthen the connection between the filmmaker and the public. Grants are available only to United States-based film festivals that have completed at least five festivals by the end of the year proceeding the application year. The 2014 Academy Film Festival Grants are for festivals occurring during the 2015 calendar year. Festivals with a cash budget of less than $100,000 can apply for a grant of up to 10% of their cash budget or $2500, whichever is higher. Festivals with cash budgets from $100,000 to less than $200,000 can apply for a grant of up to $10,000. Festivals with cash budgets from $200,000 to $600,000 can apply for a grant of up to $20,000. Festivals with cash budgets greater than $600,000 can apply for a grant of up to $30,000. Deadline is June 30, 2014.
For more information.

American Diabetes Association
Pathway to Stop Diabetes – Diabetes Research Accelerator (ACC)
Details: Awards are designed to support exceptional early-career researchers who have distinguished themselves as promising investigators and are in the beginning stages of establishing successful, independent diabetes research programs; and talented established investigators in fields other than diabetes who are interested in applying their skills and expertise to diabetes research. Awards are available to individuals with established records of independent productivity in research, in two distinct categories: Early Investigator: Early-career diabetes investigators proposing innovative and ambitious diabetes-related research programs. Applicants must hold faculty positions and have demonstrated independent productivity in diabetes research. Applicants may currently hold independent NIH funding (K, U or R awards, including an initial R01/U01) but must not have applied for, or received, an R01/U01 renewal or a second R01/U01 award. Established Investigator New to Diabetes Research: Established investigators with exceptional productivity in fields other than diabetes research who would like to apply their expertise to innovative diabetes-related research topics. Applicants must hold faculty positions and have demonstrated independent productivity. Applicants cannot have previously received national grant support in diabetes research. Awards provide five years of research support at a maximum of $325,000 per year (including 30% indirect costs), for a total of $1,625,000. The deadline is July 1, 2014.
For more information.

ACPA (American College Personnel Association) Foundation
Grants Program
Details: Each year, the Foundation awards funds in response to research proposals that enhance the student affairs profession and disseminate knowledge about college students. The research grants usually range from $1,000 to $2,500 for one-year projects. Multi-year grants are also available. Deadline is July 1, 2013. The Foundation seeks philanthropic support for ACPA initiatives involving research and scholarship, professional development and leadership programs for student affairs professionals in higher education.
For more information.

Japan-United States Friendship Commission
JUSFC Grant Programs
Details: Supports reciprocal research programs between the U.S. and Japan in support of the continuation of close friendship and cooperation. Grants are awarded in the following categories: Arts & Culture; Education and Public Affairs; Exchanges and Scholarship; and Global Challenges. Grants range from $25,000 to $115,000, with the average grant being $35,000. Awards will be made on the basis of academic or professional excellence evaluated in relation to national and cultural needs and availability or lack of other sources of support. Next deadline to apply is July 1, 2014.
For more information.

National Science Foundation
Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) {14-555}
Details: The program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and develop understandings of deeper learning by participants. The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pathways, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Conferences, Symposia, and Workshops, and (6) Science Learning+ Proposals. Normal limits for funding requests of AISL proposals are as follows: (1) Pathways projects: up to $300,000 with duration up to two years; (2) Research in Service to Practice projects: from $300,000 to $2,000,000 with a duration from two to five years; (3) Innovations in Development projects: $500,000 to $3,000,000 with duration up to five years; (4) Broad Implementation projects from $500,000 to $3,000,000 with a duration from two to five years; (5) Conferences, Symposia, and Workshops projects up to $250,000 with a duration of up to two years; and (6) Science Learning+ Planning projects up to $115,000 for a duration of one year in 2015, and Partnership projects up to $2.4 million with a duration of up to five years in 2016. Deadline is July 10, 2014 for Science Learning and Planning Proposals.
For more information.

National Science Foundation
Linguistics {98-1311}
Details: The Linguistics Program supports basic science in the domain of human language, encompassing investigations of the grammatical properties of individual human languages, and of natural language in general. Research areas include syntax, semantics, morphology, phonetics, and phonology.
The program encourages projects that are interdisciplinary in methodological or theoretical perspective, and that address questions that cross disciplinary boundaries. Next deadline is July 15, 2014.
For more information.

United States-Japan Foundation
Grant Programs
Details: Supports cooperation between the U.S. and Japan through three programs: Pre-College Education program supports innovative education projects that help young Americans and Japanese learn about each other’s society, culture, and country as well as learn to work together on issues of common concern. The Foundation focuses on K-12 education and throughout its history has been at the forefront of supporting teacher professional development projects that train US teachers to teach about Japan and Japanese teachers to teach about the United States. In addition, the Foundation funds projects that work directly with students, that develop top quality curriculum materials on America or Japan for educational audiences in the other country, that connect schools and classrooms in the US and Japan, and that develop and improve instruction in Japanese language. The Foundation supports projects that seek to enhance communication and mutual understanding between the American and Japanese people. Technology has evolved, and the institutions and topics of conversation keep changing, but the high value of greater awareness and communication among average citizens, as well as leaders in a variety of fields from our two countries is a constant. Communication and Public Opinion projects that not only raise awareness about Japan in the US and/or US in Japan, but also deal with concrete issues that affect the bilateral relationship (or are faced by the two nations) is accepted. As foreign policy increasingly is subject to public opinion (and is often influenced by non-governmental actors), there is a need in both countries for increased and more diversified coverage of international news and current events, as well as strong links between certain non-government organizations (NGOs) to enhance bilateral and multilateral cooperation. In addition, since mutual understanding between American and Japanese society requires deeper cultural knowledge, the Foundation occasionally supports documentary films, performances, exhibitions, and lectures that focus on Japanese/American culture. US-Japan Policy Studies supports US-Japan policy-related studies, initiatives and exchanges that help address issues of significant mutual concern to the United States and Japan. The Foundation seeks to respond to policy-relevant needs as identified by experts and practitioners in US-Japan policy studies field and we are therefore open to innovative projects. Letter of Inquiry is required. Next deadline is July 15, 2014.
For more information.

Leakey Foundation
General Research Grants
Details: The program funds research related specifically to human origins and evolution, including paleoanthropology, genetics, primate behavior, ecology and morphology, and studies of modern hunter-gatherer groups. Applicants must have a PhD or be advanced to candidacy (all but dissertation) in a PhD program. The maximum award for PhD Candidates is $15,000 per year. The maximum award for PhDs is $22,000 per year. Deadline is July 15, 2014.
For more information.

National Endowment for the Humanities
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR)
Details: The program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation. HCRR offers two kinds of awards: 1) for implementation and 2) for planning, assessment, and pilot efforts (HCRR Foundations grants). Awards are for three years and are up to $350,000 for implementation grants and $40,000 for two years for Foundations grants. Deadline is July 17, 2014.
For more information.

American Heart Association
Summer 2014 -Scientist Development Grant
Details: To support highly promising beginning scientists in their progress toward independence by encouraging and adequately funding research projects that can bridge the gap between completion of research training and readiness for successful competition as an independent investigator. Research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems, including multidisciplinary efforts. Proposals are encouraged from all basic, behavioral, epidemiological, and community and clinical investigations that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems. The applicant must hold a faculty/staff position up to and including the rank of assistant professor (or equivalent). Founders Affiliate award duration is three years with a total award amount of $231,000. National Affiliate award duration is four years with a total award amount of $308,000.The deadline to apply is July 23, 2014.
For more information.

National Endowment for the Arts
Art Works
Details: Supports activities to make the arts more widely available, especially in areas where the arts can strengthen communities and projects that extend to underserved populations, those limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability. “Art Works” refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field. Through the projects supported in the Art Works category, we want to achieve the following four outcomes:  Creation: The creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence; Engagement: Public engagement with diverse and excellent art; Learning: Lifelong learning in the arts, and Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts. Grants generally will range from $10,000 to $100,000. No grants will be made below $10,000.
Deadline is July 24, 2014.
For more information.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization: Small Grants
Detail: supports research, policy analysis and evaluation projects that provide policy leaders timely information on health care policy, financing and organization issues. Supported projects include: examining significant issues and interventions related to health care financing and organization and their effects on health care costs, quality and access; and exploring or testing major new ways to finance and organize health care that have the potential to improve access to more affordable and higher quality health services. Projects may be initiated from within many disciplines, including health services research, economics, sociology, political science, public policy, public health, public administration, law and business administration. RWJF encourages proposals from organizations on behalf of researchers who are just beginning their careers, who can serve either individually as principal investigators or as part of a project team comprising researchers or other collaborators with more experience. This solicitation is for small grants of $100,000 or less. Deadline is Open.
For more information.

National Science Foundation
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) {13-542}
Details: The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the NSF. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. They features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects. For summer REU projects, the total budget request–including all direct costs and indirect costs–is generally expected not to exceed $1,200 per student per week. The budget request for an academic-year REU project should be comparable on a pro rata basis. Deadline is August 27, 2014.
For more information.

Robert Bowne Foundation, The
Edmund A. Stanley, Jr. Research Grants
Details: Four grants of $10,000 are awarded to support either original empirical research in or about community-based youth programs during the non-school hours or research syntheses or policy analyses of community-based youth programs. The grant has the following goals: 1. Generate and disseminate research about community-based organizations serving youth during the out-of-school hours; 2. Build a network of scholars studying community based-organizations serving youth; and 3. Contribute to basic knowledge and the improvement of practice and policy in the area of youth programs during the out-of-school hours. Evaluations of individual youth programs will not be considered. Deadline to submit is September 2013.
For more information.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Academy Film Scholars Program Agency
Details: To stimulate and support new and significant works of film scholarship, the Academy Film Scholars program awards grants of $25,000 to two individuals each year. Established scholars, writers and historians are awarded grants to research topics that may include cultural, educational, historical, theoretical or scientific aspects of theatrical motion pictures. A ceremony is held each year to honor the selected Scholars, and each Scholar presents his or her projects or findings in a lecture at the Academy following the completion of their work. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2014.
For more information.

American Psychological Foundation (APF)
The Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grant
Details: The program provides graduate student grants (preference given to dissertation candidates) for empirical or applied research that encourages the study of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) family psychology and LGBT family therapy. Researchers from all fields of the behavioral and social sciences are encouraged to apply. Students should be advanced graduate students, in good standing, endorsed by supervising professor with a demonstrated commitment to LGBT family issues. A $12,000 grant for empirical and applied research focused on lesbian, gay and bisexual family psychology and lesbian, gay and bisexual family therapy will be awarded. APF encourages applications from individuals who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation. Deadline: November 1, 2014
For more information.

National Institutes of Health
Small Grants Program for Cancer Epidemiology
Details: Supports pilot projects (R03) testing new techniques, secondary analyses of existing data, or innovative, high-risk projects that could provide a basis for more extended cancer epidemiologic research. High priority areas in cancer epidemiology research are methods and technologies; identification of modifiable risk factors; identification of host susceptibility factors; and clinical and translational epidemiology. The small grant is not renewable. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact NCI before initiating the application. Deadline is July 22, 2014.
For more information.