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By Admin (on 6/12/2014 @ 14:56:22, in Funding Opportunities, read 364 times)

(For projects beginning May 2015)
http://www.neh.gov/grants/research/summer-stipends

NEH Summer Stipends 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. Summer Stipends support full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development. Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars. Successful applicants receive an outright award of $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing.

Notes: All U.S. citizens, whether they reside inside or outside the United States, are eligible to apply. Individuals who have held a major fellowship or research grant or its equivalent within the three academic years prior to the deadline are ineligible. Each college and university in the United States and its jurisdictions may nominate two (2) faculty members.

Because this is a “Limited Submission” (UNO may only nominate two (2) faculty members), it is important that all eligible and interested faculty members submit a pre-proposal (described below) well in advance of NEH deadline.  That way, UNO’s two nominees can be identified and given plenty of time to submit a full proposal to NEH (due in late September of 2014).

The pre-proposal submitted to ORSP should include the following:

·         Limited Submission Proposal Checklist

·         Narrative (maximum 3-pages) to include:

-  Description of the intellectual significance of the proposed project, including its value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Provide an overview of the project, explaining the basic ideas, problems, or questions examined by the study. Explain how the project will complement, challenge, or expand relevant studies in the field.

-  Description of the work plan. Clarify the part or stage of the project that will be supported by the Summer Stipend.

-  Description of your capability to carry out this work, how and to whom you intend to disseminate your results.

·         Full CV

Pre-proposals must be submitted electronically to vpresearch@uno.edu by June 30, 2014.

NOTE:

  • Faculty should carefully review the full program announcement before submitting a pre-proposal to ORSP.
  • ORSP can discuss the program, but cannot review and comment upon pre-proposal documents prior to Limited Submission deadlines.

Questions about the submission process should be sent to kbmarti1@uno.edu or you can contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at x6837.

 
By Carol Lunn (on 4/7/2014 @ 15:49:58, in Funding Opportunities, read 374 times)
The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to inform the natural hazards engineering research community of two forthcoming program solicitations anticipated to be issued by the National Science Foundationís (NSF) Directorate for Engineering, Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, between April and June 2014, for the following: (1) operations of natural hazards engineering research infrastructure for FY 2015-FY 2019 and (2) research on multi-hazard resilient and sustainable civil infrastructure. NSF does not intend to provide additional information beyond this DCL until the program solicitations and any accompanying Frequently Asked Questions are issued, as those will be the official issuances for these competitions and take precedence over the information in this DCL. The anticipated due dates for full proposals submitted to these solicitations will be 90 days following the publication date.

Operations of Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) for FY 2015-2019

NHERI will be an NSF-supported multi-user facility operating earthquake engineering and wind engineering research infrastructure. The NHERI solicitation will replace solicitation NSF 13-537, George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Operations FY 2015-FY 2019 (NEES2 Ops), to broaden support for natural hazards research infrastructure. NEES2 will now be recompeted as part of the larger NHERI.

Research on Multi-hazard Resilient and Sustainable Civil Infrastructure

Interdisciplinary research is needed to advance the fundamental engineering science base for our nationís next generation civil infrastructure (e.g., buildings and other structures) to achieve lifecycle performance goals for multi-hazard resilience and sustainability. Such research involves the integration of research on single- and multi-hazard resilience of civil infrastructure with research on sustainable civil infrastructure such as green design, construction, maintenance, operations, and deconstruction for recycle/reuse; alternative energy resources and efficiencies for civil infrastructure; and sustainable construction materials. This research may use NHERI experimental facilities and cyberinfrastructure resources when operational. This solicitation will replace solicitation NSF 13-544, NEES Research (NEESR) Planning Grants, and support up to 10 awards.

The entire announcement is available online: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14054/nsf14054.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

 
By Carol Lunn (on 3/21/2014 @ 15:07:31, in Funding Opportunities, read 371 times)

Summer Research Programs 2014

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the 2014 Summer Research Programs. Eligible UNO faculty and research employees are encouraged to apply for one of these awards as a means of honing their grant-making skills, and for the purpose of developing new areas of research or scholarly endeavors. The forms and guidelines are available on the Summer Research Program SharePoint site: https://sharepoint.uno.edu/research/srp/default.aspx

There are two available summer awards:

1.             SCoRe (Stimulating Competitive Research)

The goal of the SCoRe award is to enhance the UNO faculty’s ability to successfully compete for extramural sponsored research funding. The SCoRe award is intended as seed money for faculty to develop a new area of research activity. Funding priorities include collection of preliminary data, planning and writing of grant proposals for external funding, maintenance of laboratory activities while preparing for a new area of research, and the purchase of research equipment. As a rule, the SCoRe award will not be used for on-going support of existing projects for which outside funding might reasonably be expected. Funding can be requested for graduate student support, undergraduate assistance, up to one month of PI regular summer salary (plus current fringe benefits rate), research supplies, travel and scientific equipment. Cap: $12,000.

2.             CEO (Creative Endeavor Opportunity)

The goal is to provide support for faculty to launch programs of research, scholarship, exhibition or performance that will ultimately result in increased research and creative activity on campus. Each proposal will be evaluated for its potential impact on the faculty member’s discipline, as well as its contribution to the faculty member’s development as a researcher, teacher and scholar in a specific field of knowledge. This funding could be used for as much as one month regular summer salary (plus current fringe benefits rate), research support, or subventions (page charges, book subventions, theatre/music/art productions) or some combination thereof. Cap: $5,000

Budget Note: These internal awards may be used to support regular summer salary, but may not be used for extra compensation. The current fringe benefit rate (41%) is charged and must be included within the appropriate budget limit. Indirect cost is not charged on internal awards.

Deadline for submission of applications:  March 24, 2014

Dates for funds to be used:  

Day after spring academic appointments end: May 17, 2014  

Day before fall academic appointments begin: August 10, 2014

Final Report Due: October 1, 2014

 
By Admin (on 3/7/2014 @ 23:42:50, in Funding Opportunities, read 474 times)
Request for Proposals for the second round of the FY13 -14 Opportunities for Partnerships in Technology with Industry (OPT -IN) program. This LA EPSCoR program seeks to facilitate partnerships between science and engineering faculty and business/industrial entities. Proposals submitted under this RFP are due Thursday, May 22, 2014. The last day to answer questions about this RFP is Thursday, May 8, 2014. Please distribute†widely
to interested parties. The RFP (in PDF) and the required forms (in Microsoft Word) are also available on the Board's Sponsored Programs website at http://web.laregents.org/.

https://web.laregents.org/2014/02/24/opportunities-for-partnerships-in-technology-with-industry-opt-in-second-round-2/
 
By Admin (on 2/28/2014 @ 16:21:36, in Funding Opportunities, read 382 times)

Summer Research Programs 2014

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the 2014 Summer Research Programs. Eligible UNO faculty and research employees are encouraged to apply for one of these awards as a means of honing their grant-making skills, and for the purpose of developing new areas of research or scholarly endeavors. The forms and guidelines are available on the Summer Research Program SharePoint site: https://sharepoint.uno.edu/research/srp/default.aspx

There are two available summer awards:

1.             SCoRe (Stimulating Competitive Research)

The goal of the SCoRe award is to enhance the UNO faculty’s ability to successfully compete for extramural sponsored research funding. The SCoRe award is intended as seed money for faculty to develop a new area of research activity. Funding priorities include collection of preliminary data, planning and writing of grant proposals for external funding, maintenance of laboratory activities while preparing for a new area of research, and the purchase of research equipment. As a rule, the SCoRe award will not be used for on-going support of existing projects for which outside funding might reasonably be expected. Funding can be requested for graduate student support, undergraduate assistance, up to one month of PI regular summer salary (plus current fringe benefits rate), research supplies, travel and scientific equipment. Cap: $12,000.

2.             CEO (Creative Endeavor Opportunity)

The goal is to provide support for faculty to launch programs of research, scholarship, exhibition or performance that will ultimately result in increased research and creative activity on campus. Each proposal will be evaluated for its potential impact on the faculty member’s discipline, as well as its contribution to the faculty member’s development as a researcher, teacher and scholar in a specific field of knowledge. This funding could be used for as much as one month regular summer salary (plus current fringe benefits rate), research support, or subventions (page charges, book subventions, theatre/music/art productions) or some combination thereof. Cap: $5,000

Budget Note: These internal awards may be used to support regular summer salary, but may not be used for extra compensation. The current fringe benefit rate (41%) is charged and must be included within the appropriate budget limit. Indirect cost is not charged on internal awards.

Deadline for submission of applications:  March 24, 2014

Dates for funds to be used:  

Day after spring academic appointments end: May 17, 2014  

Day before fall academic appointments begin: August 10, 2014

Final Report Due: October 1, 2014

Attached File:  ORSP.Internal.Summer.Research.Grant.2014.zip

 
By Admin (on 2/6/2014 @ 14:36:45, in Funding Opportunities, read 390 times)

The Louisiana Sea Grant College Program (LSG) is pleased to announce a request for proposals for the NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program.  The deadline for preproposals is 4:00 p.m. Central (5:00 p.m. Eastern) February 21, 2014.

The attached Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) describes the priorities and funding level in detail. 

Preproposals are to be emailed by the deadline to oar.hq.sg.aquaculture@noaa.gov  and CC-ed to mbethe3@lsu.edu and klea@lsu.edu.

 The following items must be included in the emailed preproposal submission (as described in FFO attached):

  1. Cover Page
  2. In 3 pages:
    1. Proposal Information (title of project and name and address for the investigators)
    2. Narrative (Background, Rationale, Objectives, Methodology, Performance Measures, Estimated Budget)
  3. One-page CV or biography for each investigator
  4. Identified local Sea Grant Program (MASGC if in Alabama or Mississippi) and a description of interaction with the program in regards to your proposal.

 Investigators will be notified on the status of their submitted preproposals by March 13, 2014.

 Full proposals must be submitted to klea@lsu.edu by May 5, 2014, 4:00 p.m. Central.  LSG will submit your proposal to the National Sea Grant Office via Grants.gov on your behalf.

 

Attached File:  SG.Aquaculture.NSI2014.pdf

 
By Admin (on 1/24/2014 @ 14:33:07, in Funding Opportunities, read 405 times)

It will be held at Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, June 14-28, 2014.  This school is designed to help introduce graduate students to the capabilities available at the neutron and x-ray user facilities in the United States.  Lectures, presented by researchers from academia, industry, and national laboratories, include basic tutorials on the principles of neutron and x-ray scattering theory, the characteristics of neutron and synchrotron X-ray sources, as well as seminars on the application of scattering methods to a variety of scientific subjects.  As part of the school, students also conduct a series of short experiments to provide some hands-on experience using instruments at neutron and synchrotron sources, at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source, and Oak Ridge’s Spallation Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor facilities. Students interested in attending should complete an application at http://neutrons.ornl.gov/nxs2014/ by February 24, 2013.  Please note that all the travel and lodging costs for students accepted to attend will be covered as part of the school.  Part of the application process includes submission of evaluation letters from among the student’s advisor, department chair and other professors.

Links: Application
 

Request for Applications (RFA) for the EPSCoR Supervised Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) program for 2014.  This program provides opportunities for female and underrepresented minority undergraduate students to participate in research with faculty mentors.  Students accepted into the program will receive a stipend of $4,000, while the faculty mentor will receive $500 per student for costs associated with the research experience.  Applications are due Thursday, April 3, 2012. Last day to ask questions is Thursday, March 20. The application is to be prepared using the appropriate LOGAN module; the application form provided with this RFA is offered only as an example of the application elements that will be required in the module.  The SURE module will be available on LOGAN no later than February 7, 2014.

Links: RFA on BOR website

 
By Admin (on 1/10/2014 @ 12:16:42, in Funding Opportunities, read 401 times)

Dear Entergy Grantee:

 

Shareholders of Entergy Corporation renewed their commitment to improving the communities Entergy serves by investing $3.2 million to fund The Entergy Charitable Foundation grant programs for 2014. The company also announced the consolidation of foundation granting cycles from three cycles to two cycles. Entergy Charitable Foundation 2014 grant application deadlines are Feb. 1 and Aug. 1. To access guidelines and an application from the Entergy Charitable Foundation, go to "Our Community" at http://www.entergy.com/our_community/ECF_grant_guidelines.aspx.

The Entergy Charitable Foundation is dedicated to strengthening communities served by Entergy Corporation through investments in education, poverty solutions and environmental programs. Giving back to the community is an integral part of Entergy's corporate mission. Entergy shareholders annually reinvest more than $16 million in shareholder profits to almost 3,000 nonprofit organizations in communities where Entergy operates.

Entergy is committed to improving our communities through partnerships with our local nonprofit partners. We encourage organizations to submit projects for consideration in February and August. Together, our efforts will boost local economies and benefit all our stakeholders.

 

Projects funded as a part of initial investments as a result of criminal charges
against BP and Transocean

 

Louisiana is receiving $67.9 million to advance projects designed to improve the marine and coastal environments, ecosystems, and habitats in the Gulf of Mexico and bordering states harmed by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced today.

The funds were generated by agreements between BP, Transocean, and the U.S. Department of Justice to settle certain criminal charges against both companies in relation to the spill. This is the first approved dedication of the funds, expected to total $2.544 billion for the affected states over a five-year period.


“For decades, we have fought to protect and preserve our home -- the abundant natural resources, coastal areas and unique culture found here in south Louisiana,” said Governor Bobby Jindal. “We’ve certainly faced challenges, but these investments will give us the opportunity to make an historic down payment on a 50-year plan to protect our families and businesses, restore the natural processes that built Louisiana’s delta, and ensure that our coast continues to be both a Sportsman’s Paradise and a hub for commerce and industry.”

The expenditures through the newly-created Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund were approved by NFWF, the fund administrator, which must give appropriate consideration to Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan and the Louisiana Coastal Area Mississippi River Hydrodynamic and Delta Management Study. As required in the settlement agreement, the money will be used for initial planning and engineering on priority barrier islands and projects to reconnect the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers to adjacent coastal wetland areas. The project list includes:

1. Caminada Beach and Dune Increment II: Engineering & Design ($3M): The project will create approximately 489 acres of beach and dune habitat, restoring approximately 8.9 additional miles (supplementing Increment I) of beach with approximately 5.4 million cubic yards of material from Ship Shoal, an offshore submerged sand source.

2. East Timbalier Island: Engineering & Design ($6M): East Timbalier Island is part of a barrier island chain that separates Terrebonne and Timbalier bays from the Gulf of Mexico. The island is currently comprised of two severely degraded segments; the proposed project would re-establish the historic footprint, reconnecting the two segments.

3. Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion: Engineering & Design ($40.4M): This project, designed to mimic delta-building processes in the Atchafalaya River delta and others, is expected to restore significant habitat in the Barataria Basin, including fresh, intermediate, and brackish marshes by re-introducing sediment and nutrients which historically built and maintained the affected area. The project will be instrumental in informing the design of other future diversion projects.


4. Lower Mississippi River Sediment Diversions: Planning ($13.6M): The study will examine additional lower Mississippi River sediment diversions designed to reconnect  the Mississippi River  to  degrading marshes east (Mid Breton and Lower Breton) and west (Lower Barataria), building land in shallow open water and introducing sediment and nutrients to sustain existing stressed wetlands.


5. Increase Atchafalaya Flow to Terrebonne: Planning (4.9M): The project will utilize freshwater and sediment from the Atchafalaya River in order to build, sustain, and maintain wetlands within the Terrebonne Basin.

For additional information, visit coastal.la.gov/nfwf-funded-projects/.


“The work performed with these funds will help to address uncertainties in critical projects related to reconnecting the Mississippi River system with our coast and reestablishing the land building process in south Louisiana,” said Garret Graves, chair of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board. “These projects are fundamental to the success of the Master Plan. This is the difference between Louisiana’s coast being Plaquemines Parish or the City of Plaquemines in 2100. The barrier island component announced today represents over half a billion dollars in barrier island restoration, our first line of defense under Governor Jindal. The progress is unprecedented.”

"Our barrier islands are our first line of defense and fresh water into other areas of our parish are critical for our future,” said Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet. “A win-win for Terrebonne."

“Re-introducing sediments from the Mississippi River and restoring our barrier islands to retain those sediments within the system are key components in restoring our vanishing wetlands,” said Jefferson Parish President John Young. “We all know that sediments are needed to rebuild and sustain our coast, and this funding will allow us to proceed in designing a project that will mimic the natural processes by using river sediments to build land as was done naturally prior to the coastal wetlands being isolated from the Mississippi River by levees. Accordingly, this requires great care, utilizing the best available science and engineering technologies, so that the end results protect and sustain our viable working coastlines to support fisheries and other industries, our people, and our rich cultural heritage. I look forward to information and technical data coming forth during the design phase in order to allay concerns.”

“This in an important source of revenue to address these critical projects,” said Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph. “This is a welcome opportunity to address the coastal restoration that is so badly needed here. The identification of projects to be funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is attributable to Gov. Jindal and the CPRA’s commitment to this region.”

"Today’s announcement is a giant step forward for restoration," said Steven Peyronnin, executive director for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. "NFWF and the State of Louisiana deserve tremendous credit for moving quickly to advance key projects that are fundamental to Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan.  By focusing on projects that restore our barrier islands and reconnect our rivers to our coast, NFWF and the State of Louisiana have made a smart investment in a sustainable future for Louisiana."

"Restoring and sustaining the wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta and restoring the unique, essential barrier islands along Louisiana's coast are both vital to the long-term sustainability of productive recreational fisheries in Louisiana and throughout the Gulf," said Chris Macaluso, director of the Center for Marine Fisheries for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. "The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership has been working very closely with recreational fishermen, scientists and researchers, business owners, fisheries managers, and conservation organizations across the Gulf and there has been overwhelming support for projects that build and sustain fisheries habitat among the recreational fishing community. The projects selected by Louisiana and approved by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are the kinds of projects recreational fishermen have asked for to ensure healthy and sustainable fishing for generations to come."

"A year ago, the Attorney General announced that criminal settlement dollars from BP and Transocean would be dedicated to building diversions and barrier islands in Louisiana. The dream of meaningful large scale restoration took a huge step toward reality," said David Muth, director of the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Program for the National Wildlife Federation. "This announcement by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation of funding for key projects from the Louisiana Master Plan is the next important step toward restoring the Mississippi River Delta. Louisiana’s Mid-Barataria Diversion is an example of the scale of project needed to bring hope for a future to a coastal basin with one of the highest land loss rates in the world."

“Dedication of this first round of funding to planning, design, and engineering of complex restoration projects is significant,” said Cynthia Duet, government relations director for Audubon Louisiana. “These large river diversions and islands require substantial funding and time at the front end of the process if they are to be truly successful coastal habitats for birds, wildlife, and communities into the future. Today’s announcement reflects the collaboration between NFWF and the state of Louisiana, and their true understanding of the needs of our coastal environment.”

 
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