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COLA Grants Digest: August 27, 2013

Tue, Aug 27, 2013



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Title: Science-Based Refinement Awards

Sponsor: Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing

Deadline: 9/9/2013

Amount: $6,000

Description/Eligibility:  The award program is designed to elicit scientific evidence that supports the enhancement of housing, handling, and/or experimental situations for laboratory animals. Studies may, for example, examine how physiological and behavioral stress responses to common husbandry and traditional treatment procedures can be reduced or eliminated; whether animals caged at different tier levels show different physiological and behavioral stress responses when being approached by personnel, and how those responses can be minimized or avoided; whether the presence of a compatible companion buffers physiological and behavioral stress responses to experimental situations (e.g., enforced restraint); and whether animals kept in legally minimum-sized cages benefit from a moderate increase in space that is (a) empty versus (b) structured in species-appropriate ways (e.g., shelter, visual blind, perch, platform, PVC tube).

How to Apply: Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Melanie Morgan in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by September 9.

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Title: Monitoring, Dominican Republic, USAID Santo Domingo (SOL-538-13-000007, CFDA 98.001)

Sponsor: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Deadline: 9/24/2013

Amount: $6,000,000

Description/Eligibility:  This is a Sources Sought notice. This is not a request for proposals or applications, proposal abstracts, concept papers, or quotations. It is a survey to identify potential sources. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean (BEC) is performing this market survey to determine if there are local, regional or international organizations with the required capacity and which may be interested in implementing and managing a multi-faceted project aimed at improving the capacity of development institutions, universities, and non-governmental organizations (NGO) to conduct and perform monitoring and evaluation activities. 

How to Apply: Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Kathy Thatcher ( in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by September 24.

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Title: Call for Proposals

Sponsor: São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), UT Austin

Deadline: 9/30/2013

Amount: $50,000/yr., 2 yrs.

Description/Eligibility:  FAPESP and The University of Texas at Austin (UTexas) invite interested researchers affiliated with UT Austin and researchers affiliated with Higher Education and Research Institutions in the State of São Paulo, Brazil, to submit research proposals for the exchange of researchers, post-doctorals and PhD fellows between the State of São Paulo, Brazil and UT Austin. This Call for Proposals invites Research Proposals in two knowledge areas: a) Law, energy, urbanization and the environment; and b) Processes of Social Inclusion: analysis and/or actions. UT Principal Investigators should be tenured or tenure-track faculty from the College of Liberal Arts, Law School, School of Architecture or School of Social Work. All other UT faculty can participate in the proposals but not as PIs.

How to Apply: Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Melanie Morgan ( in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by September 30.

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Title: Grant-in-Aid Program

Sponsor: Rockefeller Archive Center

Deadline: 11/1/2013

Amount: $5,000

Description/Eligibility:  The Rockefeller Archive Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York, annually offers a competitive grant-in-aid program to foster, promote, and support research by serious scholars in the collections located at the center, which houses the records of the Rockefeller family, Rockefeller University, Rockefeller Foundation, and other Rockefeller-associated philanthropies and individuals.  Contact with an archivist must be made no later than October 15, 2013, in order to provide ample time for the archivist to provide assistance.

How to Apply: Apply directly to sponsor by November 1. See grant announcement for complete list of materials to be submitted with application. 

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Title: Innovation Corps Teams Program (I-Corps Teams) (NSF 12-602)

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline: 11/22/2013

Amount: ~$50,000

Description/Eligibility:  The purpose of the I-Corps Teams program is to identify NSF-funded researchers who will receive additional support - in the form of mentoring and funding - to accelerate the translation of knowledge derived from fundamental research into emerging products and services that can attract subsequent third-party funding. The goals of this program are to spur translation of fundamental research to the market place, to encourage collaboration between academia and industry, and to train NSF-funded faculty, students and other researchers to understand innovation and entrepreneurship.

How to Apply: Follow solicitation guidelines for creating an I-Corps Team and submitting an Executive Summary. If you are invited to submit a full proposal, contact Kathy Thatcher ( or your departmental grants and contracts specialist no later than November 22.

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Title: Community Action Grants Program

Sponsor: American Association for University Women

Deadline: 12/1/2013

Amount: $2,000-$10,000

Description/Eligibility:  The program's one-year grants ($2,000 to $7,000) provide funding for community-based projects. Two-year grants ($5,000 to $10,000) provide start-up funds for new projects that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls' sense of efficacy through leadership or advocacy opportunities. Project topic areas are unrestricted but should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equity for women and girls. Special consideration will be given to projects focused on the achievements of K-12 girls and community college women in science, technology, engineering, or math. Applicants must be women who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.

How to Apply: Contact your departmental grants and contracts specialist or Melanie Morgan ( or and return Proposal Review Form by December 1.

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Title: Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being

Sponsor: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Deadline: 12/15/2013

Amount: $25,000/yr., up to 2 yrs.

Description/Eligibility:  The fellowships are designed to identify and develop a new generation of leaders interested in and capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation's ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment. Fellows can be based at any academic institution in the United States and are selected from a range of academic disciplines, including but not limited to social work, public health, medicine, public policy, education, economics, psychology, and epidemiology.

How to Apply: Apply directly to sponsor by December 15. See grant announcement for complete list of materials to be submitted with application.

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Title: Understanding the Acquisition, Interpretation, and Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice

Sponsor: William T. Grant Foundation

Deadline: 1/8/2014

Amount: $100,000-$600,000

Description/Eligibility:  The William T. Grant Foundation seeks to fund high-quality empirical research with the goal of improving the lives of youth between 8 and 25 years of age in the United States. Support will be provided for empirical theory-building studies of factors affecting policy makers' and practitioners' acquisition, interpretation, and use of research evidence. The foundation is interested in policy and practice directly relevant to youth in the U.S. Areas of focus can include education, juvenile justice, child welfare, health, family support, employment, mental health, and youth programs.

How to Apply: Submit Letter of Inquiry directly to sponsor by January 8. See grant announcement for complete list of materials to be submitted at this phase. Contact Melanie Morgan ( or your departmental grants and contracts specialist immediately if invited to submit a full proposal. 

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If you received this message as a forward and would like to be added to our list, log in to UT Lists at and subscribe to the “cola_grants_alert” list. A note on deadlines: Many grants listed in this digest require 3 week lead time before the sponsor deadline for COLA and OSP approval. Please see “How to Apply” under each grant for the appropriate procedure. Deadlines for grants marked “submit to sponsor” are not adjusted for internal review. 

Please contact the Office of Research grants staff with any questions you have about applying for grants as a COLA faculty member, academic unit, or graduate student or visit our website at

 Kathy Thatcher for Federal Grants

Melanie Morgan for Foundations

Vivian Smyrl vsmyrl@austin.utexas.edufor Post-Award


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