College of Liberal Arts

COLA Grants Digest: October 1, 2013

Tue, Oct 1, 2013


Title: Residency Partnership Program

Sponsor: Chamber Music America

Deadline: 10/11/2013

Amount: $2,500-$12,000, 25% matching required 

Description: The Residency Partnership Program supports ensembles and presenters in building audiences for classical/contemporary, jazz, and world chamber music through residency projects. Funding is specifically aimed at activities that take place in community settings and that are not part of a regular concert series. These activities may include, but are not limited to, clinics, interactive classroom programs, and lecture/demonstrations in libraries, hospitals, senior centers, or similar venues. Projects must take place in the U.S. or its territories. The length of the residencies ranges from a minimum of three days to one year. Grants support up to 75 percent of expenses directly connected to the project. The balance must be drawn from other sources, such as cash from other grants, earned income, or an allocation from the organization's general operating funds.

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 October 11.

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Title: Improving Healthcare Systems

Sponsor:  Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Deadline: 10/15/2013

Amount: $1,500,000/3 yrs.

Description: PCORI is seeking applications to study the comparative effectiveness of alternate features of healthcare systems (e.g., innovative information technologies, personnel deployments, incentives, service designs, etc.) designed to optimize the quality, outcomes, and/or efficiency of care for the patients they serve.  Healthcare systems include:  private and public health insurance plans; physician groups; hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities; academic medical centers; integrated delivery systems; community-based and safety-net clinics; federal, state, and municipal providers; and other entities organized to deliver, arrange, purchase, or coordinate healthcare services. PCORI seeks studies that will provide information of value to patients, their caregivers and clinicians, as well as to healthcare leaders, regarding which features of systems lead to better patient-centered outcomes.

How to Apply: Submit Letter of Inquiry directly to sponsor by October 15. Contact your departmental Grants & Contracts Specialist or Melanie Morgan ( in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form immediately if invited to apply.

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Title: Pre-application: Opportunities for Collaborative Research at the NIH Clinical Center (X02) (PAR-13-357)

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Deadline: 10/30/2013

Amount: $500,000/yr., 3 yrs.

Description: The goal of this program is to support collaborative translational research projects aligned with NIH efforts to enhance the translation of basic biological discoveries into clinical applications that improve health.  Specifically, the program seeks to broaden and strengthen translational research collaborations between basic and clinical researchers both within and outside NIH to accelerate and enhance translational science by promoting partnerships between NIH intramural investigators (e.g., those conducting research within the labs and clinics of the NIH) and extramural investigators (e.g., those conducting research in labs outside the NIH), and by providing support for extramural investigators to take advantage of the unique research opportunities available at the NIH Clinical Center by conducting research projects in collaboration with NIH intramural investigators. 

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 October 30.

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Title: International Affairs Fellowship (IAF)

Sponsor: Council of Foreign Relations (CFR)

Deadline: 10/31/2013

Amount: $85,000

Description: The IAF assists mid-career scholars and professionals in advancing their analytic capabilities and broadening their foreign policy experience. Selected fellows from academia and the private sector spend fellowship tenures in public service and policy-oriented settings, while government officials spend their tenures in a scholarly atmosphere free from operational pressure. The IAF Program is only open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents between the ages of twenty-seven and thirty-five who are eligible to work in the United States. The program does not fund pre- or postdoctoral research, work toward a degree, or the completion of projects for which substantial progress has been made prior to the fellowship period.

How to Apply: Apply directly to sponsor by October 31. See announcement for list of materials to be submitted with application. 

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Title: Sociology (PD 98-1331)

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline: 12/02/2013

Amount: Unspecified

Description: The Sociology Program supports basic research on all forms of human social organization--societies, institutions, groups and demography--and processes of individual and institutional change. The Program encourages theoretically focused empirical investigations aimed at improving the explanation of fundamental social processes. Included is research on organizations and organizational behavior, population dynamics, social movements, social groups, labor force participation, stratification and mobility, family, social networks, socialization, gender roles, and the sociology of science and technology. The Program supports both original data collections and secondary data analysis that use the full range of quantitative and qualitative methodological tools. Theoretically grounded projects that offer methodological innovations and improvements for data collection and analysis are also welcomed.

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 December 2.

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Title: NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIG) in Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) (NSF 12-570)

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline: 01/02/2014

Amount: $16,000 (including indirect costs)

Description: 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 your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Kathy Thatcher ( in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by January 2.

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Title: Hamilton Book Author Awards Program

Sponsor: University of Texas at Austin, University Co-operative Society

Deadline: 01/07/2014

Amount: $3,000-$10,000

Description: These awards will be made to faculty or staff members who, in the preceding calendar year, have published the best book-length publications as determined by a multi-disciplinary committee of scholars appointed by the Vice President for Research of The University of Texas at Austin. Published works including scholarly monographs, creative works (e.g., novels and anthologies of poetry), exhibition catalogues, textbooks, and edited collections, published during the 2013 calendar year may be nominated. Current University of Texas at Austin faculty (tenured, tenure track, senior lecturers and lecturers), Code 1000, and staff are eligible to compete for these awards. UT students are not eligible for this program. Books must be published (copyright date) between Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013.

How to Apply: Apply directly to sponsor by January 7. Application form available online at link below.

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Title: Development of Assays for High-Throughput Screening for Use in Probe and Pre-theraputic Discovery (R01) (PAR-13-364)

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Deadline: 01/15/2014

Amount: $500,000/yr., 5 yrs.

Description: Through this opportunity, NIH wishes to stimulate research in 1) developing assays for specific biological targets and disease mechanisms relevant to the mission of participating NIH Institutes with the intent to screen for small molecule compounds that show potential as probes for use in advancing knowledge about the known targets, identifying new targets, or as pre-therapeutic leads; and 2) establishing collaboration with screening centers that have the requisite expertise and experience needed in implementation of HTS assays for the discovery and development of small molecule chemical probes. Assays should be relevant to the scope of research in at least one of the participating NIH Institutes.

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 January 15. 

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Title: Research on the Health Determinants and Consequences of Violence and its Prevention, Particularly Firearm Violence (R03) (PAR-13-368)

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Deadline: 01/24/2014

Amount: $100,000/2 yrs.

Description: This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) spans across the missions of several NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) and Offices, and includes basic neuroscience and basic behavioral research, clinical and translational studies, intervention development at the individual, family and community level, efficacy trials of interventions based on evidence from basic and translational studies, and research to identify the best ways to disseminate and implement efficacious and evidence-based interventions in real-world settings. While this FOA covers all of the areas mentioned above, particular consideration will be given to applications that propose studies of the intersection that focus on the various types of violence (homicide, suicide, youth and gang-related, intimate partner) and firearms. 

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 January 24. 

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Title: Small Grant Program

Sponsor: Clark Center for Australian & New Zealand Studies, UT Austin

Deadline: 01/31/2014

Amount: $1,000-$5,000 

Description: The Clark Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies seeks to promote research by graduate students and faculty affiliated with UT Austin that advances knowledge and understanding of Australian or New Zealand politics and society, culture and literature, economics and business. Grants are intended to facilitate research in Australia or New Zealand or facilitate research collaboration with academics based in Australia or New Zealand.  Research may focus exclusively on Australia or New Zealand, or it may treat either country in comparative context.

How to Apply: Apply directly to sponsor by January 31. Send completed applications to the Clark Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies c/o Rhonda Evans Case ( 

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Title: Open Society Fellowship

Sponsor: Open Society Foundations

Deadline: 02/01/2014

Amount: $80,000-$100,000

Description: The Open Society Fellowship supports individuals pursuing innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. The program seeks to fund work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching conversations within the Open Society Foundations and in the world. A fellowship project might identify a problem that has previously not been recognized, develop new policy ideas to address familiar problems, or offer a new advocacy strategy. Project themes should cut across at least two areas of interest to the Open Society Foundations. Among these are human rights, government transparency, access to information and to justice, and the promotion of civil society and social inclusion. The fellowship does not fund enrollment for degree or non-degree study at academic institutions, including dissertation research.

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

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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 for Federal Grants

Melanie for Foundations

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


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