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COLA Grants Digest: August 21, 2012

Tue, Aug 21, 2012

NEW FINANCIAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICY: A new conflict of interest policy will be implemented for all grant submissions with sponsor due dates of August 24, 2012, or later. Please see the information about the revised policy available at More detailed information will be available on August 24, 2012.

Title: Geography and Spatial Sciences Program (GSS) Regular Submissions (NSF 12-570)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Deadline: 8/23/2012
Amount: $40,000-$400,000

Description/Eligibility: The Geography and Spatial Sciences Program sponsors research on the geographic distributions and interactions of human, physical, and biotic systems on the Earth's surface. Investigations are encouraged to propose plans for research about the nature, causes, and consequences of human activity and natural environmental processes across a range of scales. Projects on a variety of topics (both domestic and international) qualify for support if they offer promise of contributing to scholarship by enhancing geographical knowledge, concepts, theories, methods, and their application to societal problems and concerns. GSS encourages projects that explicitly integrate undergraduate and graduate education into the overall research agenda.

How to Apply: Contact Kathy Thatcher ( in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by August 23rd.

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Title: Arctic Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (ArcSEES) (NSF 12-553)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Deadline: 8/24/2012
Amount: $2,000,000 (3-5 yrs.)

Description/Eligibility: ArcSEES is a multi-year, interdisciplinary program which seeks both fundamental research that improves our ability to evaluate the sustainability of the Arctic human-environmental system as well as integrated efforts which will provide community-relevant sustainability pathways and engineering solutions.  For this competition, interdisciplinary research will be focused in four thematic areas: the natural and living environment, the built environment, natural resource development, and governance.

How to Apply: Contact Kathy Thatcher ( in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by August 24th.

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Title: Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP) Competition (CFDA 94.002)
Sponsor: Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
Deadline: 9/10/2012 (Notice of Intent); 9/20/2012 (Full Proposal)
Amount: $60,000 (approx.)

Description/Eligibility: The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic participation through service and volunteering. In this competition CNCS intends to fund RSVP projects that support volunteers 55 years and older serving in a diverse range of activities that meet specific local and community needs and respond to National Performance Measures. CNCS is releasing the 2013 RSVP Competition Draft Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity (Draft Notice) as a draft on August 2, 2012 to provide all potential applicants with additional time to become familiar with the requirements and characteristics of the RSVP competition. They recommend potential applicants use this additional time to begin outlining and developing grant applications.

How to Apply: Submit Notice of Intent via email as described in the link below. Contact Kathy Thatcher ( in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by September 20th to prepare full proposal.

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Title: Digital Innovation Fellowships
Sponsor: American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)
Deadline: 9/11/2012
Amount: $85,000

Description/Eligibility: Fellowships are intended to support an academic year dedicated to work on a major scholarly project that takes a digital form. Projects may address a consequential scholarly question through new research methods, new ways of representing the knowledge produced by research, or both; create new digital research resources; increase the scholarly utility of existing digital resources by developing new means of aggregating, navigating, searching, or analyzing those resources; or propose to analyze and reflect on the new forms of knowledge creation and representation made possible by the digital transformation of scholarship. ACLS does not support creative works (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translations, or purely pedagogical projects. Applicants may be from any field of the humanities or humanistic social sciences, must have their Ph.D. by the application deadline, and must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.

How to Apply: Contact Melanie Morgan ( in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by September 11th.

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Title: Forward Promise Innovation Grants: Promoting Opportunities for Health and Success of Young Men of Color
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
Deadline: 9/19/2012
Amount: $500,000 (30 mos.)

Description/Eligibility: Forward Promise Innovation Grants: Promoting Opportunities for the Health and Success of Young Men of Color is a new initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that aims to improve the health of middle school- and high school-aged boys and young men of color, as well as their opportunities for success in school, work, and life.

How to Apply: Contact Melanie Morgan ( in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by September 19th to prepare brief proposal. Applicants in the Dept. of Psychology, Population Research Center, or Dept. of African and African American Studies should contact their unit’s Grants & Contracts Specialist.

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Title: Global Innovation Contest
Sponsor: Lockheed Martin
Deadline: 9/30/2012
Amount: $5,000-$25,000

Description/Eligibility: The "Innovate the Future" contest is intended to create a global forum for interested participants to share ideas on how innovation can enable a more secure future for the planet. Participants are invited to submit their thoughts on a range of topics facing the world community, including the need for sustainable energy, cyber security, and health care.

How to Apply: Apply directly to sponsor via online form at link below.

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Title: Beckman Young Investigator Program
Sponsor: Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
Deadline: 10/1/2012 (Letter of Intent)
Amount: $750,000 (4 yrs.)

Description/Eligibility: The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program is intended to provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

How to Apply: Submit Letter of Intent directly to sponsor by October 1st per instructions at link below. Notify Melanie Morgan ( in the COLA Office of Research immediately if you are invited to submit a full application.  Applicants in the Dept. of Psychology, Population Research Center, or Dept. of African and African American Studies should contact their unit’s Grants & Contracts Specialist.

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Title: Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI)
Sponsor: U.S.-India Educational Foundation (USIEF)
Deadline: 10/11/2012
Amount: Unspecified

Description/Eligibility: The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) announces an open competition for the support of projects through the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI).  Announced by the US and Indian governments, OSI aims to strengthen collaboration and build partnerships between American and Indian institutions of higher education. Applicants may submit proposals to support the program’s goals of encouraging mutual understanding, facilitating educational reform, fostering economic development, and engaging civil society through academic cooperation with Indian post secondary educational institutions. Exchange activities may include but are not limited to curriculum design, research collaboration, team teaching, focused series of exchanges, seminars, among other activities.  Activities should be designed to develop expertise, advance scholarship and teaching, and promote reliable, long-term communication between partner institutions.

How to Apply: Contact Melanie Morgan ( in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by October 11th.

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Title: TFI Documentary Fund
Sponsor: Tribeca Film Institute
Deadline: 10/15/2012
Amount: $10,000+

Description/Eligibility: TFI Documentary Fund provides grants and guidance to support exceptional character-driven, non-fiction works-in-progress that sit outside of the social issue landscape and aim to take audiences into someone else's environment and spotlight the journey of the individual. For films that are in the advanced stages of development or either in production or post-production, filmmakers may be based anywhere.

How to Apply: Contact Melanie Morgan ( in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by October 15th.

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Title: Luce Scholars Program Scholarship Competition
Sponsor: Luce Foundation
Deadline: 10/19/2012
Amount: Unspecified

Description/Eligibility: The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program. It was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year, and welcomes applications from college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia. The program is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia. Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for the Luce Scholars Program.

How to Apply: Download application at link below, complete, and send to Mary Alice Davila ( in the Office of Graduate Studies by October 19th for selection committee review. UT Austin will forward selected candidates for sponsor review.

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Title: Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) (NSF 12-599)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Deadline: 11/16/2012 (Social Sciences and Psychology); 11/19/2012 (Geosciences)
Amount: $132,000 ($44,000 stipend and education expenses per year for 3 yrs.)

Description/Eligibility: The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.

How to Apply: Fellowship applications must be submitted by the prospective Fellow. Applicants must register with Fastlane ( prior to submitting an application.

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Title: Publication Preparation Grant
Sponsor: Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)
Deadline: 11/1/2012
Amount: $5,000

Description/Eligibility: This grant supports the scholarly publication of already excavated archaeological material in a peer-reviewed outlet. It is intended to assist in the final analysis, writing, and preparation for publication of the results of research so that, by the end of the second year under the grant, a completed manuscript (article or monograph) will be submitted for publication.

How to Apply: Submit directly to sponsor per directions at link below.

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Title: Truman-Kauffman Research Fellowships
Sponsor: Truman Library Institute
Deadline: 11/9/2012
Amount: $37,500

Description/Eligibility:  The Truman Library Institute will award two Truman-Kauffman Research Fellowships in each of the next three years to senior scholars in support of ambitious archival-based research projects.  Fellowships are available to senior scholars who are employed in a tenured position at a degree-granting academic institution in the United States, remaining so for the duration of the fellowship. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is not required. Applicants must have produced at least one book or a minimum of two articles in prominent, refereed journals.  Finally, applicants with specific research and/or publication experience in the fields of international aid, development, economic recovery programs and expeditionary economics will be given preferential consideration.

How to Apply: Contact Melanie Morgan ( in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by November 9th.

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Title: Literature Fellowships: Translation Projects (CFDA 45.024)
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Deadline: 1/3/2013
Amount: $12,500-$25,000

Description/Eligibility: Through fellowships to published translators, the Arts Endowment supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English. We encourage translations of writers and of work that are not well represented in English translation. All proposed projects must be for creative translations of literary material into English. The work to be translated should be of interest for its literary excellence and value. Priority will be given to projects that involve work that has not previously been translated into English. Note: The NEA will not fund scholarly writing or work toward academic degrees through this program.

How to Apply: Applicants must submit their applications electronically through, the federal government’s online application system.

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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

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Melanie Morgan for Foundations
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