College of Liberal Arts

COLA Grants Digest: October 8, 2013

Tue, Oct 8, 2013



Federal Shutdown

The government shutdown has impacted The University's ability to submit grants to federal agencies. We will submit grants as soon as online systems become available. Please continue to work on your grant submissions according to COLA Grants Services guidelines.

The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) will continue to review submissions during the shutdown. For agency-specific updates, consult OSP's 2013 Federal Shutdown web page (  


Workshop: NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIG)

Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Gebauer Fourth Floor Conference Room (GEB 4.214)

This workshop is intended for graduate student interested in the National Science Foundation (NSF) DDRIG proposal, especially those planning to submit an application during the 2013-2014 academic year. Faculty advisors interested in understanding the DDRIG process are also invited to attend this session. Please RSVP to Kathy Thatcher ( by October 18th.


Workshop: NSF Faculty Submissions

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Gebauer Third Floor Conference Room (GEB 3.212)

Learn how to search for National Science Foundation (NSF) grant solicitations, read proposal guidelines for the specific documents required to complete your grant application, plan for the NSF timeline and review process, and prepare an application in FastLane. Please RSVP to Kathy Thatcher ( by Wednesday, October 30, 2013.


Title: Graduate Arts Award

Sponsor: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Deadline: 11/26/2013

Amount: $50,000/yr.

Description: The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Graduate Arts Award enables undergraduate students or recent alumni (graduated within the past 5 years) with exceptional artistic or creative promise and financial need to pursue up to three years of study at an accredited graduate institution in the United States or abroad. The Graduate Arts Award is for students who plan to pursue a career as a practicing artist in their field. Eligible fields of study include fine arts, performance or studio art, music (including vocal, instrumental, composition, or conducting), dance, drama and theater arts, creative writing, and television and film. Scholars are selected based on a range of criteria, including artistic or creative merit, academic achievement, financial need, desire to engage in and contribute to the world, self-confidence, and resilience. U.S. citizenship is not required. Candidates, however, must have attended and be nominated by an accredited undergraduate institution in the U.S.

How to Apply: Apply directly to sponsor by November 26. See solicitation for list of materials to be submitted with the application.

More Info:


Title: American Battlefield Protection Program Battlefield Preservation Project Grants (P13AS00260, CFDA 15.926)

Sponsor: U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service

Deadline: 12/02/2013

Amount: ~$44,000

Description: The purpose of this grant program is to provide seed money for projects that lead directly to the identification, preservation, and interpretation of battlefield land or historic sites associated with battlefields. NOTE: Full solicitation unavailable due to federal shutdown. Check back for grant application details.

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: Grants: Strengthening Secondary Education

Sponsor: Arthur Vining Davis Foundations

Deadline: Open

Amount: $100,000-$200,000

Description: The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations supports innovative professional development programs that strengthen teachers in grades 9-12 and their teaching. Projects may cover a wide range of initiatives intended to improve teaching and should aim to develop solutions with potential for wide application or replication by others. Requests to support well-established programs should be for initiatives with the potential to improve the program significantly. Special consideration will be given to projects in their early stages that address the concerns and problems of secondary education on a national level. In considering proposals to support high school teaching, sustained partnerships between the faculties of colleges (e.g., arts and sciences and education) and school districts, or collaborative efforts involving reform organizations, colleges/universities, and high schools are encouraged. NOTE: Proposals under this program must be signed by the head of the institution or organization.

How to Apply: Submissions accepted on a rolling basis. Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Melanie Morgan ( in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form three weeks before your intended submission date.

More Info:


Title: Strong Local Economies

Sponsor: Surdna Foundation

Deadline: Open

Amount: Unspecified 

Description: The goal of the Strong Local Economies Program is to support the development of robust and sustainable economies that include a wide range of businesses and access to quality jobs. Surdna aims to create opportunities for upward economic mobility among communities that have experienced historical economic barriers, including low-income people, communities of color, women, and immigrants. The foundation is guided by a strong commitment to social justice and equity. The Strong Local Economies Program seeks to create just and sustainable economies through three programs: 1) Business Development and Acceleration, 2) Equitable Economic Development, 3) Job Quality and Career Pathways.

How to Apply: Letters of Interest accepted on a rolling basis. Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Melanie Morgan ( in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form three weeks before your intended submission date.

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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 for Federal Grants

Melanie for Foundations

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



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