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COLA Grants Digest: April 24, 2012

Tue, Apr 24, 2012

Title: Building Community and Capacity for Data-Intensive Research in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences and in Education and Human Resources (BCC-SBE/HER, NSF 12-538)

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline: 5/1/12

Amount: $5M for 25-60 awards

Description/Eligibility: Seeks to enable research communities to develop visions, teams, and capabilities dedicated to creating new, large-scale, next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research for the SBE and EHR sciences. Successful proposals will outline activities that will have significant impacts across multiple fields by enabling new types of data-intensive research. Investigators should think broadly and create a vision that extends intellectually across multiple disciplines and that includes--but is not limited to--the SBE or EHR sciences.

How to Apply: Contact Kathy Thatcher ( in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by May 1st.

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Title: Social Justice Institute Activist Research Grant

Sponsor: UT Community Engagement Center

Deadline: 5/4/12

Amount: $2,500

Description/Eligibility: This is a summer research grant awarded to full-time UT graduate students whose research projects serve as direct political engagement. Activist Research is here defined as a scholarly project that advances social justice in collaboration with a community-based partner (organizations, coalitions or other community-based entities). For the purpose of this grant, such collaborations may be carried out locally, nationally or internationally. Applicants from all fields of study may apply. The Activist Research Grant Initiative is sponsored through a consortium of the SJI, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, the Center for Mexican American Studies, the Center for Gender and Women’s Studies, and the Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies. As such, priority will be given to research that addresses the thematic concerns of one or more of these centers.

How to Apply: Send application form with required attachments (2-3 page statement of research, CV, and one faculty and one community letter of reference) to Angela Gooden, Assistant Director, UT Community Engagement Center ( by May 4th.

Full Announcement/Contacts: (NOTE: As of 4/23/12, site links to 2011 application form. Contact Melanie Morgan ( or Angela Gooden ( for 2012 form.



Title: The Einstein Fellowship

Sponsor: The Einstein Forum and the Daimler and Benz Foundation

Deadline: 5/14/12

Amount: EUR 10,000 + travel reimbursement

Description/Eligibility: The Einstein Forum and the Daimler and Benz Foundation are offering a fellowship for outstanding young thinkers who wish to pursue a project in a different field from that of their previous research. The purpose of the fellowship is to support those who, in addition to producing superb work in their area of specialization, are also open to other, interdisciplinary approaches – following the example set by Albert Einstein. The fellowship includes living accommodations for five to six months in the garden cottage of Einstein`s own summerhouse in Caputh, Brandenburg, only a short distance away from the universities and academic institutions of Potsdam and Berlin. Candidates must be under 35 and hold a university degree in the humanities, in the social sciences, or in the natural sciences.

How to Apply: Contact Melanie Morgan ( in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by May 14th.

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Title: Evaluability Assessments of the Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) Model (NIJ-2012-3293/CFDA #16.560)

Sponsor: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

Deadline: 5/18/12

Amount: $125,000

Description/Eligibility: As part of a collaborative effort with the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART), NIJ seeks competitive proposals for a single award that will support an evaluability assessment of up to five sites that are implementing the Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) model. Results from the evaluability assessments may become a precursor to further research and program development work, lay possible groundwork for other targeted research, and assist with the coordination of extramural and intramural research and evaluation efforts sponsored by NIJ and partnering agencies (e.g., the SMART Office).

How to Apply: Contact Kathy Thatcher ( in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by May 18th.

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Title: Innovation Corps Program (I-Corps, NSF 11-560)

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline: 5/25/12

Amount: $50,000

Description/Eligibility: The NSF I-Corps' purpose is to identify NSF-funded researchers who will receive additional support—in the form of mentoring and funding—to accelerate innovation that can attract subsequent third-party funding. PI(s) must contact one of the cognizant I-Corps program officers and receive prior written authorization to submit a proposal.  PI(s) are strongly encouraged to discuss the commercial readiness of their effort with a Topic-specific program officer prior to contacting a cognizant I-Corps program officer.  This will facilitate determining whether the proposed work is appropriate for I-Corps funding. 

How to Apply: Contact Kathy Thatcher ( in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by May 25th.

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 Title: Social Documentary Photography Grants

Sponsor: Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for International Photography

Deadline: 5/31/12

Amount: $5,000

Description/Eligibility: The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for International Photography is a not-for-profit organization committed to fostering positive social discourse in underrepresented communities throughout the world by encouraging emerging and established photographers working in developing nations to keep their lenses fixed on the plight of the poor and disenfranchised. Headquartered in New York, with a presence in Paris and Zurich, the foundation serves the international photographic community through exhibitions, publishing, grants, education, and other curatorial projects. For the second year, the foundation has announced that it is seeking entries of outstanding work in social documentary photo reportage. Photographers around the world are encouraged to submit entries focusing on lives and populations ravaged by war, famine, poverty, religious persecution, political oppression, forced migration, and other social injustices. The winning submission will be awarded a grant of $5,000 to be utilized for the production or completion of a social documentary project. Photographers of all nationalities who are at least 18 years of age are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply: Apply directly to sponsor.

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Title: Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE, NSF 11-526)

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline: 6/26/12

Amount: $300,000-$2,500,000 (varies by project type)

Description/Eligibility: The Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE) program seeks to advance research at the frontiers of STEM learning and education, and to provide the foundational knowledge necessary to improve STEM learning and education in current and emerging learning contexts, both formal and informal, from childhood through adulthood, for all groups, and from before school through to graduate school and beyond into the workforce. REESE pursues its mission by developing an interdisciplinary research portfolio focusing on core scientific questions about STEM learning; it welcomes Fostering Interdisciplinary Research on Education (FIRE) projects, previously called for in a separate solicitation. Eligible STEM fields include Biological Sciences (BIO), Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE), Engineering (ENG), Geosciences (GEO), Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS), or Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), or the Office of Polar Programs (OPP).

How to Apply: Contact Kathy Thatcher ( in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by June 26th.

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Title: Limited Competition: Addressing Health Disparities in Maternal and Child Health through Community-Based Participatory Research (RO3) (PAR-11-241)

Sponsor: Dept. of Health and Human Services

Deadline: 6/28/12

Amount: $75,000 (1 yr), $150,000 (2 yr)

Description/Eligibility: The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), requests applications to support developmental community-based participatory research (CBPR) projects planned and developed by recipients of the Phase I Academic-Community Partnerships Conference Series awards under PAR-08-106 and RFA-HD-06-019.  Only one CBPR project will be supported per grant award. The areas of emphasis include: infant mortality; sudden infant death syndrome; fibroid tumors; childhood, adolescent, and/or adult obesity; literacy; techniques for outreach and information dissemination; pediatric and maternal HIV/AIDS prevention; and violence prevention. The purpose of the Phase II initiative “Addressing Health Disparities in Maternal and Child Health through Community-Based Participatory Research” is to use the Community-Based Research Project (CBPR) methodology to conduct small research projects that (i) address a community health concern, (ii) increase understanding of community related factors and/or cultural beliefs and practices that significantly impact health outcomes in one of the areas of emphasis, or (iii) focus on the development of innovative health messages with the objective of increasing health literacy in areas of concern.  NOTE: Eligible applicants are limited to previous awardees of the Academic-Community Partnership Series Conference awards (U13) under PAR-08-106 and RFA-HD-06-019.

How to Apply: Contact Kathy Thatcher ( in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by June 28th. 

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Title: Hunt Fellowships

Sponsor: American Council on Germany

Deadline: 6/29/12

Amount: $5,600

Description/Eligibility: The fellowship program aims to serve academics in relatively early stages of their careers (including individuals enrolled in Ph.D. programs who are finishing their dissertation). This fellowship is open to scholars with an academic affiliation and to those who are independent or have other professional associations. All applicants must hold United States citizenship.  Applicants should demonstrate an interest in German political, social, and cultural affairs; however, no prior experience in Germany is required. While helpful, knowledge of the German language is not a prerequisite. Fellows are required to develop research itineraries in consultation with the American Council on Germany. The Dr. Richard M. Hunt Fellowship award covers the costs of pre-approved international and domestic travel and a per diem of $200 for up to 28 days in Germany. Following the completion of the trip, fellows submit a report summarizing their findings.

How to Apply: Submit directly to sponsor. 

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Title: Hagley Exploratory Research Grants

Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library

Deadline: 6/30/12

Amount: $400

Description/Eligibility: These grants support one-week visits by scholars who believe that their project will benefit from Hagley research collections, but need the opportunity to explore them on-site to determine if a Henry Belin du Pont research grant application is warranted. Priority will be given to junior scholars with innovative projects that seek to expand on existing scholarship. Proposals must demonstrate which Hagley collections might be pertinent to the project. The Hagley Museum and Library collects, preserves, and interprets the unfolding history of American enterprise. Hagley’s collections document the interaction between business and the cultural, social, and political dimensions of our society from the late 18th century to the present.

How to Apply: Submit directly to sponsor. 

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Title: Mario Savio Young Activist Award

Sponsor: Mario Savio Memorial Lecture Fund

Deadline: 6/30/12

Amount: $6,000

Description/Eligibility: The award is presented each year to a young person (or persons) with a deep commitment to human rights and social justice and a proven ability to transform this commitment into effective action. The recipients should have demonstrated leadership ability, creativity, and integrity. Preference will be given to candidates who have not been widely recognized and do not have personal privilege or a strong institutional base of support. To be eligible, nominees must be between the ages of 16 and 26; engaged in activism for social change related to peace, human rights, economic or social justice, or freedom of expression; working within the context of an organization, social movement, or larger community effort; and considered by others within that context as an inspirational leader or motivating force. The nominees' work must be based in the United States. Anyone may nominate a candidate, including members of the general public.

How to Apply: Nominations should be sent directly to sponsor.

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Title: International Research Experiences for Students (IRES, NSF 12-551)

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline: 7/31/12

Amount: $150,000-$250,000

Description/Eligibility: The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports development of globally engaged U.S. science and engineering students capable of performing in an international research environment at the forefront of science and engineering. The IRES program supports active research participation by students enrolled as undergraduates or graduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. IRES projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the IRES program. In all cases, the IRES students will be recruited and prepared by the U.S. PI(s), then travel to the foreign site to conduct research under the direct supervision of the foreign research mentors. NOTE: Proposals must be submitted by universities/colleges and non-profit academic institutions, not by individual graduate students.

How to Apply: Contact Kathy Thatcher ( in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by July 31st.

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Title: Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers (Admin Supp, PA-12-150)

Sponsor: Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), and participating Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)

Deadline: Due dates may vary by awarding Institute or Center (IC).

Amount: Unspecified. Personnel cost, plus up to $10,000 in additional expenses. 

Description/Eligibility: Administrative supplements to research grants support individuals with high potential to re-enter an active research career after an interruption for family responsibilities or other qualifying circumstances. The purpose of these supplements is to encourage such individuals to re-enter research careers within the missions of all the program areas of NIH. This program will provide administrative supplements to existing NIH research grants for the purpose of supporting full-time or part-time research by these individuals to update their existing research skills and knowledge.

How to Apply: Contact Kathy Thatcher ( in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form three weeks before sponsor due date. Applicants in Psychology should contact Kristin Weidman (

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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

Destin Ray Smith for Post-Award


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