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By Admin (on 4/26/2011 @ 12:09:01, in Funding Opportunities, read 1318 times)

Attached (in both MS Word and PDF) is a Request for Applications (RFA) for the new EPSCoR program entitled Supervised Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE).  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 $1,000 per student for costs associated with the research experience.

The RFA is also available on the Board's Sponsored Programs website at http://laregents.org.

Attached File:  SURE RFA 2011.pdf

 
By Admin (on 4/6/2011 @ 09:41:07, in Funding Opportunities, read 1152 times)

The National Science Foundation has funding opportunities for graduate education (DGE). A few of these are posted below with a synopsis of the opportunity. Please note that the Program manager, abstracts of recent awards and other useful information are available for each funding opportunity if you click on the links below.

 For a complete listing of NSF opportunities for undergraduate education funding please visit their website: NSF DGE

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT)

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Letter of Intent:
May 2, 2011

The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program has been developed to meet the challenges of educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers with interdisciplinary backgrounds, deep knowledge in chosen disciplines, and technical, professional, and personal skills. The program is intended to establish new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries.  It is also intended to facilitate diversity in student participation and preparation, and to contribute to a world-class, broadly inclusive, and globally engaged science and engineering workforce.

Building upon the IGERT platform, the purpose of this IGERT solicitation is to support new models in graduate education in which students are engaged in an environment that supports innovation to learn through hands-on experience how their own research may contribute in new ways to benefit society and to learn the processes for the successful implementation of such contributions. 

Research Coordination Networks

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Full Proposal:
May 24, 2011

The goal of the RCN program is to advance a field or create new directions in research or education.  Groups of investigators will be supported to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic and international boundaries.  RCN provides opportunities to foster new collaborations, including international partnerships, and address interdisciplinary topics.  Innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies, collaborative technologies, and development of community standards for data and meta-data are especially encouraged.

Proposed networking activities directed to the RCN program should focus on a theme to give coherence to the collaboration, such as a broad research question or particular technologies or approaches. 

Participating core programs in the directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO), for Geosciences (GEO), and for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), and offices of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI) and of Polar Programs (OPP) will accept general RCN proposals.  These directorates and offices are joined by directorates for Education and Human Resources (EHR), for Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS), for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), and for Engineering (ENG), and the Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) in participating in the targeted Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (RCN-SEES) track described below.  BIO and EHR are alone participating in the Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE) track described below.

Additional targeted tracks within the RCN programs are intended to foster linkages across directorates.

  • RCN-SEES: The Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability track focuses on interdisciplinary topics that will advance sustainability science, engineering and education as an integrative approach to the challenges of adapting to environmental, social and cultural changes associated with growth and development of human populations, and attaining a sustainable energy future.  
  • RCN-UBE: The Undergraduate Biology Education track could focus on any topic likely to lead to improved participation, learning, or assessment in undergraduate biology curricula.

Several other NSF solicitations accept RCN proposals, or support research networking activities if appropriate to the solicitation.  Please see section IX. Other Information of this solicitation for a listing. 

Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships

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Preliminary Proposal:
May 30, 2011

The Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships program supports innovative, potentially transformative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial organizations, and/or other public/private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate. They provide a means to undertake significant investigations at the interfaces of disciplines and/or fresh approaches within disciplines. STCs may involve any areas of science and engineering that NSF supports. STC investments support the NSF vision of advancing discovery, innovation and education beyond the frontiers of current knowledge, and empowering future generations in science and engineering.

Centers provide a rich environment for encouraging future scientists, engineers, and educators to take risks in pursuing discoveries and new knowledge. STCs foster excellence in education by integrating education and research, and by creating bonds between learning and inquiry so that discovery and creativity fully support the learning process.

NSF expects STCs to demonstrate leadership in the involvement of groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering at all levels (faculty, students, and postdoctoral researchers) within the Center.  Centers use either proven or innovative mechanisms to address issues such as recruitment, retention and mentorship of participants from underrepresented groups. 

Centers must undertake activities that facilitate knowledge transfer, i.e., the exchange of scientific and technical information with the objective of disseminating and utilizing knowledge broadly in multiple sectors.  Examples of knowledge transfer include technology transfer with the intention of supporting innovation, providing key information to public policy makers, or dissemination of knowledge from one field of science to another. 

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

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Full Proposal:
July 25, 2011

CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty members at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

PECASE: Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on two important criteria:  1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of the sponsoring organization or agency, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education or community outreach. These awards foster innovative developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of the participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the Nation’s future. Individuals cannot apply for PECASE. These awards are initiated by the participating federal agencies. At NSF, up to twenty nominees for this award are selected each year from among the PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees who are most likely to become the leaders of academic research and education in the twenty-first century. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy makes the final selection and announcement of the awardees.

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers

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Letter of Intent:
October 3, 2011

Full Proposal:
November 7, 2011

The goal of the ADVANCE program is to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce.  ADVANCE focuses on ensuring that women faculty with earned STEM degrees consider academia as a viable and attractive career option.  This program does not support projects to increase or retain the number of women entering into or persisting in STEM doctoral degree programs.  Thus, efforts to impact the STEM pipeline are not considered appropriate for the ADVANCE Program. 

Creative strategies to realize the ADVANCE program goal are sought from women and men. Members of underrepresented minority groups and individuals with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. Proposals that address the participation and advancement of academic STEM women from underrepresented minority groups and women with disabilities are particularly encouraged.  Further, given the increasing emphasis on international collaborations in many STEM disciplines, and the importance of international recognition to career advancement, proposal components that systemically enhance and provide access to international collaborations are encouraged.

Proposals from community colleges, primarily undergraduate institutions, minority-serving institutions (e.g. Tribal Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions and Tribal Colleges and Universities), women's colleges, and institutions primarily serving persons with disabilities are encouraged.

In 2011-2012, this program will support the following types of ADVANCE Projects:

Institutional Transformation (IT)

Institutional Transformation awards are expected to include innovative systemic organizational approaches to transform institutions of higher education in ways that will increase the participation and advancement of women in STEM academic careers.  These awards support comprehensive programs for institution-wide change.  IT projects must include a 5-page research component designed to study the effectiveness of the proposed innovations in order to contribute to the knowledge base informing academic institutional transformation.

Previous or current funding from ADVANCE is not a prerequisite for submitting an IT proposal. Any institution meeting the minimum eligibility may apply for an IT award. 

Proposals for IT awards from community colleges, primarily undergraduate institutions, minority-serving institutions (e.g. Tribal Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions), women's colleges, and institutions primarily serving persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.  It is anticipated that there may be significant differences in the issues facing faculty in these institutions, compared to faculty in other types of institutions that will warrant development of unique strategies and/or adaptation of proven strategies in a unique way to achieve ADVANCE Program goals.

Institutional Transformation Catalyst (IT-Catalyst)

IT-Catalyst awards are designed to support historically resource-challenged institutions in efforts to conduct institutional self-assessment activities, such as data collection and analysis and policy review, in order to identify specific issues in the recruitment, retention and promotion of women faculty in STEM academics within an institution of higher education.   This type of work is fundamental for institutions that plan to undertake institutional transformation. 

The institution's need for external resources to undertake institutional self assessment and policy review will specifically be evaluated using additional ADVANCE merit review criteria. Thus, institutions applying for IT-Catalyst awards are expected to demonstrate institutional need within the proposal.  As such, institutions that are particularly encouraged to apply for the ADVANCE IT-Catalyst award include: primarily undergraduate institutions; institutions that have historically received lesser amounts of NSF research funding; minority serving institutions (e.g., Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions); women's colleges; institutions primarily serving persons with disabilities; and institutions that have a Carnegie classification of master's colleges and universities, baccalaureate colleges, associate colleges or tribal colleges. 

Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID)

Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination awards may focus on one institution or organization, or they may be a partnership between several institutions and/or organizations.  PAID projects can focus on all STEM disciplines, several disciplines, or only one discipline, including the social and behavioral sciences.   Projects may have an international, national, regional or local scope.  Previous or current funding from ADVANCE is not a prerequisite for submitting a PAID proposal (see additional ADVANCE merit review criteria). 

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The National Science Foundation has funding opportunities for undergraduate education. A few of these are posted below with a synopsis of the opportunity. Please note that the Program manager, abstracts of recent awards and other useful information are available for each funding opportunity if you click on the links below.

 For a complete listing of NSF opportunities for undergraduate education funding please visit their website: NSF DUE.

Research Coordination Networks

11-531

Full Proposal:
May 24, 2011

Participating core programs in the directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO), for Geosciences (GEO), and for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), and offices of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI) and of Polar Programs (OPP) will accept general RCN proposals.  These directorates and offices are joined by directorates for Education and Human Resources (EHR), for Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS), for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), and for Engineering (ENG), and the Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) in participating in the targeted Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (RCN-SEES) track described below.  BIO and EHR are alone participating in the Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE) track described below.

Additional targeted tracks within the RCN programs are intended to foster linkages across directorates.

  • RCN-SEES: The Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability track focuses on interdisciplinary topics that will advance sustainability science, engineering and education as an integrative approach to the challenges of adapting to environmental, social and cultural changes associated with growth and development of human populations, and attaining a sustainable energy future.  
  • RCN-UBE: The Undergraduate Biology Education track could focus on any topic likely to lead to improved participation, learning, or assessment in undergraduate biology curricula.

 

Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (TUES)

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Full Proposal:
May 26, 2011

The Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (TUES) program seeks to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all undergraduate students. This solicitation especially encourages projects that have the potential to transform undergraduate STEM education, for example, by bringing about widespread adoption of classroom practices that embody understanding of how students learn most effectively. Thus transferability and dissemination are critical aspects for projects developing instructional materials and methods and should be considered throughout the project's lifetime.  More advanced projects should involve efforts to facilitate adaptation at other sites.

The program supports efforts to create, adapt, and disseminate new learning materials and teaching strategies to reflect advances both in STEM disciplines and in what is known about teaching and learning.  It funds projects that develop faculty expertise, implement educational innovations, assess learning and evaluate innovations, prepare K-12 teachers, or conduct research on STEM teaching and learning. It also supports projects that further the work of the program itself, for example, synthesis and dissemination of findings across the program. The program supports projects representing different stages of development, ranging from small, exploratory investigations to large, comprehensive projects.

Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships

11-522

Preliminary Proposal:
May 30, 2011

The Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships program supports innovative, potentially transformative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial organizations, and/or other public/private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate. They provide a means to undertake significant investigations at the interfaces of disciplines and/or fresh approaches within disciplines. STCs may involve any areas of science and engineering that NSF supports. STC investments support the NSF vision of advancing discovery, innovation and education beyond the frontiers of current knowledge, and empowering future generations in science and engineering.

Centers provide a rich environment for encouraging future scientists, engineers, and educators to take risks in pursuing discoveries and new knowledge. STCs foster excellence in education by integrating education and research, and by creating bonds between learning and inquiry so that discovery and creativity fully support the learning process.

NSF expects STCs to demonstrate leadership in the involvement of groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering at all levels (faculty, students, and postdoctoral researchers) within the Center.  Centers use either proven or innovative mechanisms to address issues such as recruitment, retention and mentorship of participants from underrepresented groups. 

Centers must undertake activities that facilitate knowledge transfer, i.e., the exchange of scientific and technical information with the objective of disseminating and utilizing knowledge broadly in multiple sectors.  Examples of knowledge transfer include technology transfer with the intention of supporting innovation, providing key information to public policy makers, or dissemination of knowledge from one field of science to another. 

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

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Full Proposal:
June 3, 2011

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation 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 on interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. A partnership with the Department of Defense supports REU Sites in DoD-relevant research areas. (2) REU Supplements may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects or may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements.

Undergraduate student participants in either Sites or Supplements must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.

Students may not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities. Students apply directly to REU Sites and should consult the directory of active REU Sites on the Web at http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm.

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By Admin (on 3/24/2011 @ 16:10:33, in Funding Opportunities, read 1090 times)

Attached is a Request for Proposals for the U.S. Department of Energy EPSCoR Implementation Grants for FY2011.  The RFP and the associated forms in MS Word have been posted at the Board's Sponsored Programs website at http://laregents.org.

Please note that this RFP is being issued in anticipation of the release of the FY2011 DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).  If the FY2011 FOA requires specific changes to this RFP, a notification will be posted on the BoR website at http://laregents.org and disseminated to the campuses through the EPSCoR Committee members and the recipients of this email.

Attached File:  DOE EPSCoR 2011 RFP.zip

 
By Admin (on 3/24/2011 @ 16:08:57, in Funding Opportunities, read 1059 times)

Attached is a Request for Proposals for the NSF EPSCoR FY2011 Planning Grants for Major Initiatives Request for Applications.  The RFA and the associated forms in MS Word have been posted at the Board's Sponsored Programs website at http://laregents.org.

Please note that this program is open only to those proposers who have submitted a pre-proposal to a federally-funded program and have been invited to submit a full proposal.

 

Attached File:  NSF EPSCoR Planning Major Initiatives 2011 RFA.zip

 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 3/16/2011 @ 10:33:34, in Funding Opportunities, read 1092 times)
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Round 7 of Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health solutions. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for profit companies. Grant proposals are being accepted online until May 19, 2011 on the following topics: * Explore Nutrition for Healthy Growth of Infants and Children * Apply Synthetic Biology to Global Health Challenges * The Poliovirus Endgame: Create Innovative Ways to Accelerate, Sustain, and Monitor Eradication * Create the Next Generation of Sanitation Technologies * Design New Approaches to Cure HIV Infection * Create Low-Cost Cell Phone-Based Solutions for Improved Uptake and Coverage of Childhood Vaccinations Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at: www.grandchallenges.org/gce/ We are looking forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, apply. If you know someone else who may have a great idea, please forward this message. Thank you for your commitment to solving the world's greatest health challenges.
 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 2/23/2011 @ 12:57:16, in Funding Opportunities, read 1177 times)
LAST CHANCE! This Friday, February 25th, is the last opportunity to register for the one day grant writing seminar to be held at Xavier University on March 25th. Attached is the seminar schedule. There is an $80 fee for the workbook. This fee will be paid by the Office of Research for anyone who meets the definition of a Principal Investigator; attached is the PI Eligibility IMD. If you would like to attend, please click this link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wwgatxu and complete the registration. Seminar materials will be ordered from the list that is generated through the registration survey. This email was sent to all faculty/staff.

Attached File:  Xavier Schedule_GrantWriting.zip

 
By Admin (on 1/26/2011 @ 14:15:31, in Funding Opportunities, read 1172 times)
Attached is a new Request for Proposals for the Opportunities for Partnerships in Technology with Industry (OPT-IN) program. This is a new LA-EPSCoR program with the goal of facilitating partnerships between science and engineering faculty and business/industrial entities. Proposals submitted under this RFP are due Monday, April 18, 2011. Please distribute widely to interested parties. The RFP will also be available in both MS Word and PDF formats on the Board's Sponsored Programs website at http://web.laregents.org/

Attached File:  Industrial Partnerships RFP 2011.pdf

 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/26/2011 @ 11:00:13, in Funding Opportunities, read 1174 times)

The Technology Innovation Program posted its “Programmatic Plan: FY 2011 – FY 2014.”

The plan outlines TIP’s current thinking as to possible directions for future funding. The program will continue to refine this plan as it works to address changing national priorities. Final decisions regarding the area(s) of critical national need and the specific societal challenge topic(s) for TIP investment will be announced publicly in the Federal Register, on Grants.gov, notice of Federal Funding Opportunity), and on the TIP website.

 
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 1/21/2011 @ 09:53:22, in Funding Opportunities, read 1135 times)
Please note that the DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING the notice of intent for the NASA EPSCoR is close-of-business TODAY. The notice-of-intent is required.
 
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