Highlighted External Funding Opportunities

Research program officers in Western Michigan University’s Office of the Vice President for Research are always on the lookout for interesting grants. Here are some of their highlighted choices

New opportunities for September

Partnership for Clean Competition

Title: PCC Research Grants
Application deadline: Nov. 1
More information: http://www.cleancompetition.org/programs/grants-program

The Partnership for Clean Competition is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization working to protect the integrity of sport and public health by engaging and supporting the world’s top scientists and innovators in high-quality anti-doping research and development. Research grants focus on improving existing analytical methods for detecting particular drugs, developing new analytical methods to test for substances not currently detectable, and discovering cost-effective approaches for testing widely abused substances across all levels of sport. There is no maximum amount for PCC funding, though the average funding amount is $225,000. Approximately 33% of applicants are awarded PCC funding.

Pre-applications are reviewed three times per year: March 1, July 1, and November 1. For applicants invited to submit full applications, the due date is the first day of the month following the pre-application deadline.

National Endowment for the Humanities

Title: Dialogue on the Experience of War
Application deadline: Nov. 2
More information: https://www.neh.gov/grants/education/dialogues-the-experience-war

The NEH offers unique opportunities for colleges and universities to use the humanities to explore the military experience and to engage with their military and local communities. The program awards grants of up to $100,000 that will support:

  • the convening of at least two discussion programs for no fewer than fifteen participants; and
  • the creation of a preparatory program to recruit and train program discussion leaders (NEH Discussion Leaders).

Discussion programs may take place on college and university campuses, in veterans’ centers, at public libraries and museums, and at other community venues.

Bill & Melinda Gates foundation

Title: Novel Approaches for Improving Timeliness of Routine Immunization Birthdose and Healthcare Worker Skill in Low-Resource Settings
Application deadline: Nov 8
More information: https://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/challenge/novel-approaches-improving-timeliness-routine-immunization-birthdose-and-healthcare-worker
The foundation sees a need to move away from the reliance on traditional check-list based supervision models common in many settings, and explore approaches for sustainable and effectively provide on-the-job training or mentoring of health care workers along with the need to identify infants left out of immunization programs and find strategies to ensure they receive their vaccines on time.

Title: Healthy Minds for Adolescent Mothers: Achieving Healthy Outcomes for the Family
Application deadline: Nov 8
More information: https://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/challenge/healthy-minds-adolescent-mothers-achieving-healthy-outcomes-family-round-20
The partnership of Grand Challenges Canada and the foundation seek bold ideas to meet the mental health needs of the poorest and most vulnerable adolescent and young mothers. We are specifically seeking innovative approaches that leverage technology, social groups and social media to develop the skills and protective factors necessary to successfully navigate life, transition to motherhood, and early detection and treatment of mental health disorders.

Title: Innovations for Integrated Diagnostics Systems
Application deadline: Nov 8
More information: https://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/challenge/innovations-integrated-diagnostics-systems-round-20
Improve diagnostic services in the developing world working toward a well implemented centralized laboratory that has the potential to achieve high throughput testing with multi-purpose platforms, often at low cost.

National Science Foundation

Title: Effort to Expand the NSF INCLUDES National Network
Application deadline: Nov. 13 or April 16, 2018
More information: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17111/nsf17111.jsp

Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) is a comprehensive effort to enhance U.S. leadership in science and engineering discovery and innovation by proactively seeking and effectively developing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent from all sectors and groups in our society. As one element of its multi-faceted approach to NSF INCLUDES, NSF is currently focusing on and identifying novel ways in which new and currently-funded NSF projects from across all NSF directorates can engage with the NSF INCLUDES National Network. We have called this process building “on-ramps” to the NSF INCLUDES National Network. To do this, we encourage the submission of funding requests for i) Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), ii) Conferences and Workshops, and iii) Supplements to existing NSF-funded grants.

Previous highlights—still current

Spencer Foundation

Title: Career Grant Program
Application deadline: Sept. 14
More information: http://www.spencer.org/midcareer-grant-program

The Midcareer Grant program was launched in 2014 to enrich the work of academic midcareer scholars who are seven to 20 years post-doctorate. This targeted program provides support for those who are interested in advancing their understanding of a compelling problem of education by acquiring new skills, substantive knowledge, theoretical perspectives or methodological tools. Grants are for one year with budgets of up to $150,000.

Department of Defense, Department of the Army

Title: DoD Tick-Bone Disease Investigator-Initiated Research Award W81XWH-17-TBDRP-IIRA
Application deadline: Oct. 11
More information: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html opportunity number W81XWH-17-TBDRP-IIRA

This award intends to support highly rigorous, high-impact studies that have the potential to make important contributions to Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases research, patient care or quality of life. This award mechanism promotes a wide range of research from basic through translational, including preclinical studies in animal models or human subjects, as well as correlative studies associated with an existing clinical trial to establish proof-of-principle for further development in future studies. Applications should include a well-formulated, testable hypothesis based on strong scientific rationale that is established through logical reasoning, preliminary data, and critical review and analysis of the literature.

National Endowment for the Humanities

Title: Humanities Connections
Application deadline: Oct. 17
More information: https://www.neh.gov/grants/education/humanities-connections-planning-grants, https://www.neh.gov/grants/education/humanities-connections-implementation-grants

The Humanities Connections grant program seeks to expand the role of the humanities in undergraduate education at two- and four-year institutions. Grants will support innovative curricular approaches that foster productive partnerships among humanities faculty and their counterparts in the social and natural sciences and in pre-service or professional programs such as business, engineering, health sciences, law, computer science, and other technology-driven fields.

Humanities Connections grants are funded at two levels: planning and implementation. Planning grants of up to $35,000 and up to 12 months support the interdisciplinary collaboration of faculty from two or more separate departments or schools (a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities), with the goal of designing a new, coherent curricular program or initiative. Implementation grants of up to $100,000 and up to three years support the interdisciplinary collaboration of faculty from two or more separate departments or schools (a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities), with the implementation of a sustainable curricular program or initiative as the outcome.

National Science Foundation

Title: Computer & Information Science & Engineering Directorate Core Programs
Application deadline: Sept. 27

The CISE Core Programs fall under three separate divisions, each with their own specific solicitation. Proposers are invited to submit proposals in three project classes. Large Projects have a total budget of $1,200,001 to $3,000,000 with durations up to five years, and Medium Project have a total budget of $500,001 to $1,200,000 with durations up to four years. Small Projects have a total budget up to $500,000 with durations up to three years and are due in November. Specific program solicitations are as follows:

The Division of Computer and Network Systems supports research and education activities that invent new computing and networking technologies and that explore new ways to make use of existing technologies. The Division seeks to develop a better understanding of the fundamental properties of computer and network systems and to create better abstractions and tools for designing, building, analyzing, and measuring future systems.
More information:  https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17570/nsf17570.pdf

The Division of Computing and Communication Foundations supports transformative research and education projects that explore the foundations of computing and communication. The Division seeks advances in computing and communication theory, algorithm design and analysis, and the architecture and design of computers and software. CCF-supported projects also investigate revolutionary computing models and technologies based on emerging scientific ideas and integrate research and education activities to prepare future generations of computer science and engineering workers.
More information:  https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17571/nsf17571.pdf

The Division of Information and Intelligent Systems studies the inter-related roles of people, computers, and information. IIS supports research and education activities that 1) develop new knowledge about the role of people in the design and use of information technology; 2) increase our capability to create, manage, and understand data and information in circumstances ranging from personal remote devices to globally-distributed systems; and 3) advance our understanding of how computational systems can exhibit the hallmarks of intelligence.
More information:  https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17572/nsf17572.pdf

Association for Women in Mathematics

Title: Mathematics Travel and Mentoring Grants for Women Researchers
Application deadline: Oct. 10
More information:  http://www.aascu.org/grc/gs/print.aspx?rec=1116

Travel grants for women mathematics researchers and educators enable women to attend conferences in fields supported by the NSF’s Mathematical Sciences Division. Up to $2,300 is available for domestic travel and $3,500 for foreign travel. Annual deadlines are Feb. 1, May 1 and Oct. 1.

Mathematics mentoring travel grants provide up to seven awards of up to $5,000 each to help junior women researchers develop long-term working relationships with senior mathematicians. Annual deadline is Feb. 1.

Other awards may be offered. See http://www.awm-math.org/travelgrants.html

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Title: Evidence For Action
Application deadline: Rolling
More information:  https://anr.rwjf.org/viewCfp.do?cfpId=1224&cfpOverviewId=

Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health Evidence for ActionE4A, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, funds research that expands the evidence base needed to build a Culture of Health. Their mission is to support rigorously designed quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research that yields convincing findings regarding the population health, well-being, and equity impacts of specific policies, programs and partnerships. RWJ is especially interested in research examining the health impacts of programmatic or policy interventions that address factors outside the domain of health care services or public health practice.

Brady Education Foundation

Title: Program Development or Program Evaluation
Application deadline
: Stage 1 due dates are Aug. 1 and Dec. 1.
More information: http://bradyeducationfoundation.org/applicationguidelines.html

The Brady Education Foundation seeks to close the achievement-opportunity gap for children at risk for poor school outcomes due to environmental factors associated with living in poverty. The foundation pursues its mission by promoting collaboration between researchers and educators via the funding of program development and program evaluations in education. Currently, the foundation is particularly focused on the development and evaluation of programs that are consistent with a strength-based approach and show promise of being feasible, effective and sustainable.

MAXIMUS Foundation

Application deadline: Jan. 31 and Aug. 31.
More information: http://www.maximus.com/corporate-citizenship/maximus-foundation/grant-application

The MAXIMUS Foundation is committed to supporting organizations and programs that promote personal growth and self-sufficiency through improved health, augmented child and family development, and community development. MAXIMUS provides financial support for nonprofit organizations and charities that share a commitment to helping disadvantaged populations and underserved communities.

The three funding priorities of MAXIMUS are: youth and children development, community development, and health care.

The Commonwealth Fund

Application deadline: A letter of inquiry is the starting point for both board-level and small grants; accepted on a rolling basis—no deadlines.
More information: http://www.commonwealthfund.org/grants-and-fellowships/grants

The Commonwealth Fund supports independent research on health and social issues and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy.  It is dedicated to helping people become more informed about their health care and improving care for vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, people with disabilities, low-income families, minorities and the uninsured.

The Gerber Foundation

Application deadline: Concept paper ideas are due on June 1 and Dec. 1.
More information: http://www.gerberfoundation.org/how-to-apply

The Gerber Foundation supports nutrition-related interventions to improve infant health and development from first year before birth to age 3. Projects should have a specific nutrition focus with defined outcome parameters. Of particular interest are projects with broad applicability to the general population offering a substantial promise of meaningful advances in prevention and treatment of diseases. Up to $350,000 is available per award. A Novice Researcher Award also available with up to $20,000 per project. Full proposals by invitation only.