Grant News, August 2017

Community Connections

Grow Our Own Teacher Diversity Program (GOO-TD)

Latest News

Farewell to the Grants.gov Legacy PDF Application

House Draft Spending Bill Rejects Elimination of NEA and NEH

House Rejects Some Administration Cuts to Science Agencies, but Retains Others

IMLS Opens Competitions for Key Library Programs

Funding Cuts for DOE Office of Science Growing Unlikely in Congress

Recent Submissions & Awards

UWL & UW System Grants

Faculty Research Grants

UWL Faculty Development Grant

UWL International Program Development Fund

UWL International Scholarship Grant

External Grants

Grants listed below require the institutional GRC log-in to access. If you need the GRC log-in, please see the newsletter in your UWL inbox or contact ORSP.

Arts / Humanities / International

National Archives and Records Administration
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Gallery of Art
National Humanities Center
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Samuel H. Kress Foundation
The Library of Congress
Education / Economic and Community Development
American Institute for Economic Research
Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
Kazanjian Economics Foundation
National Education Association Foundation
Spencer Foundation

Health

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
American Cancer Society
American Society of Clinical Oncology
National Institutes of Health
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Science / Technology / Engineering / Math

American Chemical Society
Association for Women in Mathematics
Fund for Astrophysical Research
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Science Foundation
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
Smithsonian Institution
 U.S. Department of Defense
U.S. Department of Energy
Whitehall Foundation

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Community Connections


Increasing community engagement is one of the pillars of UWL’s strategic plan, outlined as a “key component to our teaching, scholarly, & service mission.” In ORSP, we get to be at the front lines as faculty and staff come together to develop, plan, and write grants that will help them connect to and serve the broader community. With all the great community projects that come through our office, we wanted to take a moment and give a shout-out to the collaborations that have a significant impact on the campus and surrounding community.

In our first shout-out, we would like to commend the School of Education, Professional & Continuing Education (EPC) for their Grow Our Own Teacher Diversity (GOO-TD) program. The purpose of GOO-TD is to “partner with local school districts to increase the number of qualified and culturally diverse educators in our communit[y] PK-12 classrooms.” Currently, EPC is partnering with the La Crosse School District to recruit employees, such as non-certified teacher assistants, into the GOO-TD program to earn their bachelor degrees in education, tuition free. The program not only has an impact on the EPC students enrolled, but also on the students in the PK-12 classroom who will learn from teachers of color who bring their diverse backgrounds and experiences into the teaching field.

This program has been supported in part with funding from the La Crosse Public Education Foundation and the La Crosse Community Foundation.

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Latest News

Farewell to the Grants.gov Legacy PDF Application

Effective December 31, 2017, the legacy PDF application package currently used to submit federal grants will be retired by Grants.gov. The PDF forms are being replaced by Grants.gov Workspace, an electronic application development and submission system that should streamline the application process. More information can be found on the Grants.gov blog.

Workspace has been available for about a year and, for the technological pioneers out there, is currently available for UWL federal grant applicants. However, UWL will not be using Workspace for all federal applications due to the advantages other federal agencies’ electronic systems provide. For example, NSF applications will continue to be submitted via FastLane, and NIH applications will be submitted via ASSIST.

Contact UWL ORSP if you are interested in exploring Workspace or other federal electronic systems, and our staff can assist with account set-up. ORSP has also created an overview of the electronic systems used by UWL for different federal agencies.

Source: Grants.gov Blog

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House Draft Spending Bill Rejects Elimination of NEA and NEH

The US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee approved an FY18 draft spending bill that would fund the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) at $145 million each. This amount is $5 million less than approved FY17 levels, but a far cry from the Trump Administration’s plan to eliminate the agencies, as previously announced in its FY 18 budget request. The arts and humanities funding was included as part of a draft bill to provide FY18 funding for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and agencies within the US Department of the Interior. The bill would also fund the EPA at $7.5 billion, $528 million below the FY17 enacted level, but $1.9 billion above President Trump’s request. The approval opens the door for consideration by the full House later in the summer.  For more information, see the House Appropriations Committee press release and this recent article from the New York Times.

Source: GRC GrantWeek

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House Rejects Some Administration Cuts to Science Agencies, but Retains Others

The House Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee unveiled the draft of its FY18 spending bill late last month, showing that appropriators’ goals are very different than the presidential budget request submitted earlier this year. The CJS bill allocates funds for NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), among other agencies. Altogether, the bill recommends a $2.6 billion decrease from FY17 between all CJS agencies. However, this is a $4.8 billion increase from the levels recommended by the Trump Administration.

The topline numbers at NASA would be increased slightly from FY17, with the agency at large receiving a one percent boost, and the Science Mission Directorate, home of the largest extramural research programs in NASA, seeing a two percent rise in funding. Both would have seen slight decreases in the requested budget. The bill does not break down funding levels between mission focuses, such as planetary science and earth science, which has been a contentious issue this year. It also funds the NASA Office of Education, which was zeroed out in the administration’s budget request, as previously reported in GrantWeek.

NSF funding remains level in the CJS bill, rejecting Trump’s proposed $672 million cut. Funding for NSF’s Education & Human Resources Directorate remains level at $880 million, instead of the 14 percent cut suggested by the administration.

NIST would lose a tenth of its funding under this bill, cutting heavily into manufacturing programs such as the Manufacturing Extension Partnership and Manufacturing USA (formerly the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation). While these cuts are millions of dollars below FY17 levels, the administration asked to cut these programs entirely.

NOAA would see sharp cuts in funding, losing $710 million from FY17. This is in line with the administration’s budget. Much of the loss comes from a reduction in Climate Research, which would be reduced by 19 percent.

Source: GRC GrantWeek

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IMLS Opens Competitions for Key Library Programs

The Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program and National Leadership Grants for Libraries.

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program supports professional development, graduate education, and continuing education to help libraries and archives develop a diverse workforce of librarians through Planning Grants (up to $50,000), National Forum Grants (up to $100,000), Research Grants (up to $500,000), and Project Grants (up to $1 million). National Leadership Grants for Libraries fund creative library research or projects that address challenges in the field and can be adapted, scaled, or replicated. It offers Sparks Grants (up to $25,000); Planning Grants (up to $50,000); National Forum Grants (up to $100,000); and Project and Research Grants (up to $2 million). Both programs require proposals to align with one of three theme categories: Community Anchors, National Digital Platform, and Curating Collections.

Preliminary proposals are required for both programs and are due September 1, 2017. Selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals. A second competition for both programs is expected to be announced in December 2017, with a deadline for preliminary proposals in February 2018.

Source: GRC GrantWeek


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Funding Cuts for DOE Office of Science Growing Unlikely in Congress

Funding for fundamental energy and physics research at the Department of Energy (DOE) are expected to avoid major cuts as both chambers of Congress are moving forward on a new appropriations bill that rejects the Trump Administration’s request to sharply reduce funding for the Office of Science (SC). While both bills will need to continue through the budgetary process before final numbers are reached, neither the Senate nor the House accepted the proposed 17 percent cut to SC funding. In fact, the House provided level funding for the office, while the Senate includes a topline increase of three percent.

While the Trump Administration requested reductions in five of the six program offices within SC, these cuts were soundly rejected by legislators of both houses. No program area saw reduced funding in both the House and Senate bill, and while the House reduced funding for Biological and Environmental Research at DOE by five percent, the Senate increased funding for that category by three percent (the administration had requested a 43 percent cut, nowhere near legislators’ final decision). Both chambers and the administration prioritized funding for Advanced Scientific Computing Research, with the House raising funding levels by seven percent, and the Senate increasing it by 18 percentage points (the administration had requested a 12 percent increase).

Source: GRC Grantweek

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Recent Submissions


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Recent Awards

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UWL & UW System Grants

UWL Faculty Research Grants

Program contact: Office of Research &Sponsored Programs (ORSP)

Program summary: The purpose of the Faculty Research Program is to promote and support scholarly research activities campus-wide. UWL provides funds on a competitive, peer-reviewed basis to eligible faculty, which includes all full-time faculty and instructional academic staff with a continuing appointment. The term “research” is meant to denote investigative activities–i.e., scholarly efforts to advance knowledge, increase skills, and improve understanding in any academic discipline. Projects must demonstrate originality and must yield results which are potentially publishable in a reputable journal, in book form, or through other recognized forms of presentation and dissemination.

Deadline: October 25, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

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UWL Faculty Development Grant

Program contact: Center for Advancing Teaching & Learning (CATL)

Program summary: Faculty Development Grants support the professional development of faculty and instructional academic staff, and projects intended to improve teaching and learning. There are three types of grants:

1. Teaching Innovation Grant: These grants support instructors who want to expand their pedagogical knowledge and expertise. Funds support small-scale projects in which instructors try innovative teaching practices and approaches in their classroom. The innovation can be something completely new, invented by the applicant, or a practice new to the applicant even if the practice itself is not a “new” one in the field of teaching.

2. Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Grant (SoTL): SoTL grants support projects intended to advance teaching through scholarly inquiry into student scholarship, teaching, and learning. Projects should 1) focus explicitly on observed student learning “problems” that reflect a gap between what instructors expect students to learn and their actual performance; 2) propose a study to investigate the causes and possible solutions to the problem; 3) present systematic evidence that explains the problem and how to improve student learning; and 4) culminate in a scholarly product that can be peer reviewed.

3. Professional Development Grant: These grants support instructors to develop expertise or projects that enhance the quality of undergraduate and/or graduate academics at UWL. The grants may support activities during the academic year and summer. Projects may involve multiple applicants. Professional development projects typically are one of two types: 1) short-duration projects (e.g., attendance at a workshop on teaching in one’s discipline); or 2) longer, ongoing projects (e.g., participation in a faculty seminar for a semester) that expand the training of the applicant in their area of expertise, and can be translated to the classroom or other areas of undergraduate and/or graduate academics.

Deadline: September 22, 2017 at noon

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UWL International Program Development Fund

Program contact: Lema Kabashi (lkabashi@uwlax.edu)

Program summary: The grant program focuses on the development of faculty- and staff-led programs (e.g., scoping visits) or faculty exchanges.

Deadline: October 2, 2017

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UWL International Scholarship Grant

Program contact: Provost Office

Program summary: The program supports internationalization of the university through research and other scholarly projects that are international in scope and have the potential to transform the applicant’s research. One of the primary outcomes associated with this program is the support of travel costs to present research at international venues. However, UWL employees may submit proposals associated with conducting scholarly endeavors abroad and/or enhancing their professional development in a manner that maximizes the interaction between faculty/staff and the host culture/community. Proposals must be approved by the department and dean and demonstrate that the university will realize tangible benefits.

Deadline: October 2, 2017

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Grant News, July 2017

Latest News

NEH Humanities Summer Stipends Grant 

NIH Abandons Plan to Limit Per-Person Grant Awards

NEH Webinar and Workshops Supporting Humanities Public Engagement

Recent Submissions & Awards

Grants 101

The Benefits of Volunteering on a Review Panel

Participant Support Costs: What’s Allowable?

UWL Grants

UWL Faculty Development Grants

UWL International Program Development Fund

UWL International Scholarship Grant

UWL Visiting Scholar/ Artist of Color Program

External Grants

Grants listed below require the institutional GRC log-in to access. If you need the GRC log-in, please see the newsletter in your UWL inbox or contact ORSP.

Arts / Humanities / International

American Council of Learned Societies
American Musicological Society
Council for International Exchange of Scholars
German Marshall Fund of the United States
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Gallery of Art
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Russell Sage Foundation
Tinker Foundation

Education / Economic and Community Development

American Educational Research Association
American Institute for Economic Research
Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation, Inc.
Grant (William T.) Foundation
 Koch (Charles G.) Charitable Foundation
Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
Sociological Initiatives Foundation
Spencer Foundation
State Justice Institute
U.S. Department of Education
Health
American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Research Foundation
American Society of Clinical Oncology
A.S.P.E.N. Rhoads Research Foundation
Elsa U. Pardee Foundation
Foundation for Physical Therapy
Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
 National Institutes of Health
Pharmaceutical Research Manufacturers of America Foundation
Retirement Research Foundation

Science / Technology / Engineering / Math

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
National Research Council
National Science Foundation
Sloan (Alfred P.) Foundation
U.S. Department of Defense

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NEH Humanities Summer Stipends Program

The NEH Summer Stipends program supports individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Stipends support full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months. Projects are supported at any stage of development.

Applicants must be nominated by their institution, and there is a limit of two applicants per institution. Interested individuals should complete a UWL notice of interest (NOI) form and submit it according to the deadline listed below. Before submitting the NOI form, applicants should discuss their project with their department chair and college dean. Submit the completed NOI form to grants@uwlax.edu by the deadline below; include your department chair and college dean in the CC line. Research & Sponsored Programs will facilitate review of NOIs, with anticipated notification of nomination by August 18, 2017. Please contact our office (grants@uwlax.edu) with questions.

Deadlines: UWL notice of interest form (required) due to grants@uwlax.edu – August 4, 2017
NEH proposal submission deadline – September 27, 2017 (annually reoccurring)

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NIH Abandons Plan to Limit Per-Person Grant Awards

Recently, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) proposed a metric, the Grant Support Index (GSI), that would limit total grant support per researcher (to approximately three major NIH awards at any one time). The GSI would have assigned a value to the researcher’s grants based on type, complexity, and size. One reason for proposing the GSI was to create a level playing field for young researchers who are in competition with experienced, senior researchers for the same pots of money. A second reason that NIH wanted to implement the GSI was due to recently collected data showing a generally lower scientific output among researchers/research groups with multiple concurrent grants (“Implementing Limits on Grant Support to Strengthen the Biomedical Research Workforce”).

However, there was a fair amount of protest, mainly from senior researchers and members of NIH’s advisory board, over the proposed GSI. NIH’s director, Francis S. Collins, initially stated that he was in favor of the GSI based on the data provided, but now he has now shifted his perspective, stating that “outside analyses raised doubts about that conclusion. In addition, he said, NIH officials heard questions about how exactly to measure a three-grant equivalency in situations such as team projects. And, he said, critics questioned whether such a ‘formula-driven approach’ fit with the NIH’s longstanding commitment to merit-based grant awards.” Instead, NIH plans to go forward with another solution, the Next Generation Researchers Initiative, where young scientists will have more opportunities to receive funding without penalizing senior researchers.

Source: Chronicle of Higher Education 


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NEH Webinar and Workshops Supporting Humanities Public Engagement

NEH is funding a series of workshops to help humanities scholars write for a broader audience. The workshops, recently highlighted in Inside Higher Ed, will be hosted by Object Lessons, an essay and book series published by The Atlantic and Bloomsbury. The workshops will be held in four locations selected to complement humanities conferences: in early November 2017 around the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts conference in Tempe, AZ; in late November 2017 around the American Anthropological Association conference in Washington, DC; in January 2018 around the Modern Language Association convention in New York City; and in March 2018 around the Association for Writers and Writing Programs in Tampa, FL. To read the guidelines and apply, visit the Object Lessons website. Participants will receive a stipend to offset the costs of travel, lodging, meals, and incidentals during the institute. Participants who have already planned to travel to the concurrent conference can use the stipend in tandem with, or in place of, other institutional funding.

The workshops tie thematically with NEH’s Public Scholars grant program, which supports well-researched books in the humanities designed to reach a broad audience. The deadline for the next Public Scholars program is February 7, 2018.

Sources: GRC Grantweek and Object Lessons

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UWL Grants

UWL Faculty Development Grant

Program contact: UWL Center for Advancing Teaching & Learning (CATL)

Program summary: Faculty Development Grants support the professional development of faculty and instructional academic staff and projects intended to improve teaching and learning. There are three types of grants:

1. Teaching Innovation Grant: These grants support instructors who want to expand their pedagogical knowledge and expertise. Funds support small-scale projects in which instructors try innovative teaching practices and approaches in their classroom. The innovation can be something completely new, invented by the applicant, or a practice new to the applicant even if the practice itself is not a “new” one in the field of teaching.

2. Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Grant (SoTL): SoTL grants support projects intended to advance teaching through scholarly inquiry into student scholarship, teaching, and learning. Projects should 1) Focus explicitly on observed student learning “problems” that reflect a gap between what instructors expect students to learn and their actual performance; 2) propose a study to investigate the causes and possible solutions to the problem; 3) present systematic evidence that explains the problem and how to improve student learning; 4) culminate in a scholarly product that can be peer reviewed.

3. Professional Development Grant: These grants support instructors to develop expertise or projects that enhance the quality of undergraduate and/or graduate academics at UWL. The grants may support activities during the academic year and summer. Projects may involve multiple applicants. Professional development projects typically are one of two types: 1) short-duration projects (e.g., attendance at a workshop on teaching in one’s discipline); or 2) longer, ongoing projects (e.g., participation in a faculty seminar for a semester) that expand the training of the applicant in their area of expertise, and can be translated to the classroom or other areas of undergraduate and/or graduate academics.

Deadline: September 22, 2017 at noon

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UWL International Program Development Fund

Program contact: Lema Kabashi (lkabashi@uwlax.edu)

Program summary: The grant program focuses on the development of faculty- and staff-led programs (e.g., scoping visits) or faculty exchanges.

Deadline: October 2, 2017

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UWL International Scholarship Grant

Program contact: Provost Office

Program summary: The program supports internationalization of the university through research and other scholarly projects that are international in scope and have the potential to transform the applicant’s research. One of the primary outcomes associated with this program is the support of travel costs to present research at international venues. However, UWL employees may submit proposals associated with conducting scholarly endeavors abroad and/or enhancing their professional development in a manner that maximizes the interaction between faculty/staff and the host culture/community. Proposals must be approved by the department and dean and demonstrate that the university will realize tangible benefits.

Deadline: October 2, 2017

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UWL Visiting Scholar / Artist of Color Program

Program contact: Provost Office

Program summary: The Visiting Scholar/Artist of Color Program supports bringing four or more scholars/artists of color to campus each year. The purpose of a larger number of shorter visits (rather than semester-long programs) is to increase the program’s visibility on campus and increase the potential representation of individuals across the university. Members of UWL faculty and academic staff may nominate individuals to visit campus during the academic year. A primary goal is significant interaction with students as well as faculty and staff by the visiting scholar/artist. Travel costs and honoraria may be requested in the grant.

Deadline: July 10, 2017 (for fall semester scholars)

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Grants 101

The Benefits of Volunteering on a Review Panel

Recently, UWL hosted National Science Foundation (NSF) Program Officer Dr. Kathleen McCloud, who discussed grant opportunities for Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions (PUI). In her presentation, Dr. McCloud discussed grant writing best practices (e.g., reading the solicitation, contacting the program officer, having someone with grant experience read the proposal before submission). One additional suggestion that Dr. McCloud made that I want to discuss further in this Grants 101 is volunteering to be an NSF peer reviewer. The benefits of becoming a NSF reviewer include “gain[ing] firsthand knowledge of the peer review process; learn[ing] about common problems with proposals; discover[ing] strategies to write strong proposals; and, through serving on a panel, meet[ing] colleagues and NSF program officers managing programs related to your interests” (NSF). NSF states that the “success of the peer review process…depends on the willingness of qualified reviewers like you to share your time and expertise.”

To gain some insight into this experience, I interviewed Associate Professor Taviare Hawkins (Physics), who recently served as a peer reviewer for an NSF panel. Hawkins had an interest in targeting her proposals for a particular panel. The first step was to talk to the program officer of the directorate and program where she thought her own work would fit in order to learn more about the types of projects deemed favorable by peer reviewers, as well as seeing firsthand what a well-written proposal looks like.

Hawkins’s research focuses on the interdisciplinary problem of determining the mechanical (bending) properties of protein filaments inside cells, the microtubules. She and her collaborators “want to quantify their flexibility in various conditions, in the presence of drugs and/or other associated proteins.” Her intended research for NSF funding focuses on post-translational modification (PTM). To summarize, Hawkins explains that “PTMs are markers of microtubule stability in cells. They are important for microtubule-based signaling, and have been shown to affect the binding of microtubule-associated proteins to tubulin; however, there is a gap in our understanding as to whether tubulin PTMs affects the mechanical properties of tubulin dimer and ultimately the microtubule polymer. Through a combined experimental and modeling approaches, we would like to uncover the mechanisms by which PTMs can alter the mechanical properties of tubulin and ultimately microtubules.”

While Hawkins had previously served on grant review panels for private foundations or university-wide programs, her experiences were limited to one-day panels that required a lot of fast-paced work to review, discuss, and decide which grants were worthy of funding. For NSF, Hawkins was required to read and score the applications (up to 6 for her group) before meeting with the panel to discuss. While every panel has its own rhythm, Hawkins quickly noticed that the NSF panel was different from the previous ones she had served on. Specifically, 1) since the directorate was multidisciplinary, she was given the opportunity to access all the proposals to see which ones she felt comfortable reviewing; 2) the process the panel used to decide on which grants should be discussed and reviewed by the larger group was based on a minimum threshold score by the initial reviewing group, and then only the ones which met the minimum would be presented, discussed, and reviewed by the entire group; and 3) the panel, made up of many experienced reviewers, used an “intangible formula” to identify if the narrative had the “ingredients” of a successful proposal.

For Hawkins, the benefits of the NSF panel review experience included gaining a better understanding of what her NSF program expects and defines as a successful proposal. After her experience, she feels more confident and better prepared to submit a proposal to NSF. Overall, Hawkins believes there is always a lesson to be learned in the panel review, whether you are new to grant writing or are a veteran grant writer.

Hawkins’s last thoughts and recommendations to all grant writers are to: 1) work with the grants office; 2) submit a one-page summary to the program officer to make sure you are writing to the right directorate for your research; 3) identify potential collaborators before you begin writing your grant; and 4) write in a way that is accessible to a larger scientific community (since you never know exactly who will be reading your proposal).

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Participant Support Costs: What’s Allowable?

A common question we receive is how to categorize students who will be working on grant-funded projects, particularly for NSF or NIH grants: “In my budget, should I include students under the ‘Personnel’ or the ‘Participant Support Costs’ section?” The answer is the same as it is for many questions in our office: “It depends.” While the name “participant support costs” suggests that students may naturally fall under this section as they are participating on a grant, agencies have specific definitions and rules about when and where to include students in a budget.

For example, the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) distinguishes participant support costs from student employees as follows:

  • Participant support costs: “direct costs such as stipends or subsistence allowances, travel allowances, and registration fees paid to or on behalf of participants or trainees (but not employees) in connection with NSF-sponsored conferences or training projects”
  • Student employees: “Student employees are compensated for services rendered and their level of compensation is tied to the number of hours worked. Participant support costs should be used to defray the costs of students participating in a conference or training activity related to the project.”

As an example, NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduate Research (REU) program is intended to provide educational training experiences for students, and any funds related to their participation should be included in the participant support costs section.

When it comes to budgeting for students on a grant, the answer of where to include them comes down to what their intended role in the project will be: Is their main purpose to participate in an educational/training capacity (as a participant), or to work on the project as a fellow researcher/research assistant (as an employee)? This should inform how their role is written in the application narrative and budget justification. ORSP can help guide how student involvement is described in an application so that students’ roles are clearly defined.

Additional questions about what is and is not allowable under the participant support costs section are included in the source link below. If you have any questions about budgeting for students on your grants, please contact ORSP.

Source: NSF Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter

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Grant News, May 2017

Latest News

NIH Proposes Metric for Limiting Total Grant Support per Researcher

Latest Federal Spending Update

Applications for Regional Economic Development Programs Now Being Accepted

ACLS Receives $8 Million Grant to Support Humanities Fellowships & Scholarships

NSB Releases Interactive Brief on Careers of STEM PhDs

Recent Submissions & Awards

UWL & UW System Grants

UWL Teaching & Learning Grants

UWL Visiting Scholar/ Artist of Color Program

External Grants

Grants listed below require the institutional GRC log-in to access. If you need the GRC log-in, please see the newsletter in your UWL inbox or contact ORSP.

Arts / Humanities / International

Japan-United States Friendship Commission
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
 Longview Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
Russell Sage Foundation
The Library of Congress
United States-Japan Foundation

Education / Economic and Community Development

American College Personnel Association
American Institute for Economic Research
Grant (William T.) Foundation
Kellogg (W.K.) Foundation
Koch (Charles G.) Charitable Foundation
 Kresge Foundation
Sociological Initiatives Foundation
Spencer Foundation
State Justice Institute

Health

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Foundation for Physical Therapy
Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
Lung Cancer Research Foundation
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Retirement Research Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
 U.S. Department of Defense

 Science / Technology / Engineering / Math

Leakey (L.S.B.) Foundation
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
National Research Council
National Science Foundation
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Defense

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NIH Proposes Metric for Limiting Total Grant Support per Researcher

NIH has seen remarkable strides in innovative basic, translational, and applied research, as well as strides in funding new and mid-career faculty. However, NIH has also noted a number of concerning trends in its grant funding, such as 40% of funding being directed towards 10% of grant recipients; a significant amount of funds going to a limited number of institutions; funding for early-career investigators remaining flat while mid-career investigators’ funding rates decline; and lower productivity levels on larger grants (such as R01 awards).

To address these concerns, NIH is proposing to implement a new measure that will limit the total grant support that can be awarded to a single principal investigator. The proposed metric for doing so is the Grant Support Index (GSI), previously called the Research Commitment Index.  The GSI “assigns a point value to [an investigator’s] various kinds of grants based on type, complexity, and size. Applications for NIH funding that will support researchers who have GSIs over 21 (the equivalent of 3 single-PI R01 awards) will be expected to include a plan in their applications for how they would adjust those researchers’ existing grant load to be within the GSI limits if their application is awarded” (“New NIH Approach to Grant Funding Aimed at Optimizing Stewardship of Taxpayer Dollars“). It is expected that the GSI limit would affect about 6% of grantees; however, this would, in turn, “free up about 1,600 new awards [annually] to broaden the pool of investigators conducting NIH research.”

Source: National Institutes of Health

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Latest Federal Spending Update

President Trump has signed a FY17 spending bill into law that helped to avoid a major government shutdown. This 2017 appropriations bill will fund the government until September 30.

While initial discussions suggested substantial cuts, and even eliminations, to several federal agencies, the results of the appropriations are hopeful. Discretionary funding to the Department of Education went down slightly, totaling $68.24 billion for FY17 ($60 million less than FY16). Funding for the arts and humanities via federal agencies, such as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts,  were initially rumored to be eliminated with the FY18 budget. However, funding for the arts and humanities slightly increased about $2 million from FY16, totaling $149.85 million. Likewise, the Institute of Museum & Library Sciences, also included in the group of potential agencies to be eliminated, received a slight increase in funding of $1 million (totaling $231 million).

Science agencies fared very well in the 2017 appropriations bill. Agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, Department of Energy, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) received varying levels of funding increases. The Department of Defense (DOD) received the largest percentage increase in funding, increasing 7.5% over FY16. All increases under the DOD appropriation went towards “applied research and Advanced Technology Development efforts. Basic foundational research throughout DoD lost 1.4% of its total funding, or about $33 million (GRC GrantWeek).

Source: GRC GrantWeek

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Applications for Regional Economic Development Programs Now Being Accepted

​The Economic Development Administration (EDA) is accepting solicitations for the Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program. RIS is a nationwide competition that consists of two distinct grant programs, both designed to spur innovation capacity-building activities. The i6 Challenge makes small, targeted, high-impact investments to support start-up creation, innovation, and commercialization by funding Proof-of-Concept Centers, the expansion of existing centers, and later-stage Commercialization Centers. Seed Fund Support Grants provide funding for technical assistance to support feasibility, planning, formation, or the launch of cluster-based seed capital funds that will support innovative start-ups.

According to EDA reports, i6 Challenge program grantees have raised $166 million in private investments, SBIR funding, grants, and loans, assisting more than 1,000 entrepreneurs and innovators and creating 950 full-time jobs. Meanwhile, Seed Fund Support program grantees have raised $11 million in seed capital funding and made 34 investments totaling $3.4 million in early-stage companies. This amounts to $1.30 of additional investment for every federal dollar requested, and nearly 1,000 newly created jobs, according to the EDA.

Source: GRC GrantWeek


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ACLS Receives $8 Million Grant to Support Humanities Fellowships & Scholarships

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) recently received a $8 million grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to support fellowships and scholarships in the humanities. ACLS’s mission focuses on “the advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences and the maintenance and strengthening of relations among the national societies devoted to such studies.” ACLS traditionally funds research fellowships in the humanities and social sciences. The new funding will support growth in three priority areas:

1) Increasing the scope of ACLS fellowship programs, which currently award more than $18 million to humanities scholars in annual, peer-reviewed competitions;

2) enabling the pursuit of new initiatives to enhance research support for faculty at teaching-intensive institutions; and

3) building capacity for ACLS program administration and analysis.

Sources: GRC Grantweek and ACLS

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NSB Releases Interactive Brief on Careers of STEM PhDs

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) National Science Board (NSB) has issued a policy brief that summarizes data on science, engineering, and health (SEH) doctorate holders. In particular, the data shows the career trajectories, job satisfaction, and industry presence of those who have earned their doctorates in SEH disciplines. The brief presents an interactive infographic that shows “proportions of graduates entering business, government, and academic sectors and how career trajectories progress.” Its overall findings are as follows:

  1. There has been a more than 50% increase in the number of SEH doctorates over the past 20 years—outpacing the academic job market.
  2.  Most SEH doctoral graduates work in industries other than academia—“a sign that an SEH degree is a launching point for a variety of careers pathways.”
  3. The bulk of respondents report a very high degree of career satisfaction.

More information can be found at the link below.

Sources: National Science Foundation and GRC Grantweek

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UWL & UW System Grants

UWL Teaching & Learning Grants

Program contact: UWL Center for Advancing Teaching & Learning (CATL)

Program summary: CATL Teaching & Learning Grants support projects that investigate how students learn and how teaching affects student thinking, learning, and behavior. There are three types of grants available under this funding opportunity:

1. Lesson Study Grants support instructors to undertake a lesson study during the academic year. Lesson study is classroom inquiry in which several instructors jointly design, teach, observe, analyze, and refine a single class lesson in one of their courses. The goal of a lesson study is to better understand how students learn and to use that information to improve teaching.

2. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Grants support projects that examine a significant learning issue or problem in one’s field, subject area, or course–e.g., why students have difficulty learning certain concepts or skills, difficulty applying knowledge and skills to new circumstances, achievement gaps among groups of students, and so on.

3. Course-Embedded Undergraduate Research Grants support the development of novel course-embedded undergraduate research and creative activities. Examples of novel research or creative projects could include working on a project for a client (the client could be on or off-campus) or helping students design and implement a project of their own.

Deadline: June 19, 2017 at noon

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UWL Visiting Scholar / Artist of Color Program

Program contact: UWL Provost Office, provost@uwlax.edu

Program summary: The Visiting Scholar/Artist of Color Program supports bringing four or more scholars/artists of color to campus each year. The purpose of a larger number of shorter visits (rather than semester-long programs) serves to increase the program’s visibility on campus and increase the potential representation of individuals across the university. Members of UWL faculty and academic staff may nominate individuals to visit campus during the academic year. A primary goal is significant interaction with students as well as faculty and staff by the visiting scholar/artist. Travel costs and honoraria may be requested in the grant.

Deadline: July 10, 2017 (fall semester scholars)

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Grant News, March 2017

Latest News

Save The Date! NSF Is Coming to Campus May 17!

Highlights of Upcoming NEA Funding Opportunities

Trump Administration Budget Proposal Would Make Substantial Cuts to EPA & NOAA

Dear Colleague Letter: Encouraging Submission of Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) Proposals in the Area of Cybersecurity

New IMLS Funding for Museum Professional Development & Capacity Building

Recent Submissions & Awards

UWL & UW System Grants

CATL Teaching and Learning Grants

UWL International Program Development Fund

International Scholarship Grant

UWL Foundation Carol Dobrunz Endowment Fund

Visiting Scholar/ Artist of Color Program

External Grants

Grants listed below require the institutional GRC log-in to access. If you need the GRC log-in, please see the newsletter in your UWL inbox or contact ORSP.

Arts/ Humanities/International

Association for the Sociology of Religion

Fichter Research Grants (Research on Women and Religion) – May 01, 2017

National Endowment for the Humanities

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants- June 6, 2017

Humanities Access Grants – May 03, 2017

NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication – Apr 12, 2017

Preservation and Access Education and Training Grants – May 02, 2017

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions – May 02, 2017

Education/ Economics/ Community Development

American Institute for Economic Research

Fellowship and Internship Programs – May 01, 2017

Economic History Association

Graduate Fellowships and Grants – May 22, 2017

Grant (William T.) Foundation

Fellowships and Research Grants – May 03, 2017

Spencer Foundation

Field-Initiated Grants – May 01, 2017

VentureWell

Grants Program – May 03, 2017

Health

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Grants – May 25, 2017

Research Projects for Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections – May 25, 2017

Alternatives Research & Development Foundation

Research Grants – May 01, 2017

National Institutes of Health

Alcohol Education Project Grants – May 25, 2017

Alcohol Research Resource Awards (R24)- May 25, 2017

Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (R25)- Sept. 25, 2017

Cancer Research Education Grants Program (R25); Multiple Programs – May 25, 2017

Initiative to Maximize Research Education in Genomics: Courses – May 25, 2017

International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Award – May 18, 2017

Mentoring Networks for Mental Health Research Education – May 24, 2017

NICHD Research Education Programs- May 25, 2017

NIH Instrumentation Grants – May 31, 2017

Planning Grants for Pragmatic Research in Healthcare Settings to Improve Diabetes and   Obesity Prevention and Care (R34)- May 1, 2017; Nov 1, 2017

Pragmatic Research in Healthcare Settings to Improve Diabetes and Obesity Prevention and Care (R18)- May 1, 2017; Nov 1, 2017

Research Education Program for Psychiatry Residents – May 24, 2017

Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) – May 25, 2017

Research Projects for Development of Animal Models and Related Materials – May 25, 2017

Support of Continuous Research (SCORE) – May 25, 2017

Retirement Research Foundation

Responsive Grants – May 01, 2017

Science/ Technology/ Engineering/ Math

American Museum of Natural History

Fellowship and Grant Opportunities – May 01, 2017

Association for Women in Mathematics

Mathematics Travel and Mentoring Grants for Women Researchers – May 01, 2017

Dreyfus Foundation

Jean Dreyfus Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions – May 18, 2017

Teacher-Scholar Awards in Chemical Sciences – May 18, 2017

Lalor Foundation

Grants and Fellowships – May 01, 2017

National Research Council

Research Associateship Programs – May 01, 2017

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Astrophysics Data Analysis Program- Optional NOI due March 28, 2017; application due May 16, 2017

Earth’s Surface and Interior- Optional NOI due March 31, 2017; application due May 15, 2017

Land-Cover/Land-Use Change- Required NOIs due April 3, 2017; application due June 8, 2017

Rapid Response and Novel Research in Earth Science- accepted anytime until March 29, 2018

National Science Foundation

Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials- accepted anytime

Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program- preliminary proposal Apr 19, 2017; Oct 18, 2017

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) – May 26, 2017

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation  – April 11, 2017; Sept. 19, 2017

Research Corporation for Science Advancement

Cottrell Scholar Awards – May 01, 2017

U.S. Department of Defense

Awards to Stimulate and Support Undergrad Research Experiences (ASSURE) – May 26, 2017

W. M. Keck Foundation

Science and Engineering/Medical Research Programs – May 01, 2017

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

Grant Programs – May 01, 2017

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Latest News

Save The Date! NSF Is Coming to Campus May 17!

Mark your calendars and save the date! On May 17 in the Institute for Campus Excellence (150 Murphy Library), the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) will be hosting Dr. Kathleen McCloud from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. McCloud is a Program Director in the Division of Physics, and she oversees the Investigator-Initiated Research Projects, Integrative Activities in Physics, and Physics Frontiers Centers funding opportunities. Dr. McCloud will be coming to UWL to present on grant writing best practices for NSF grants with an emphasis on writing from the predominantly undergraduate institution (PUI) perspective. NSF funds projects across a number of disciplines, ranging from the biological, physical, and geo-sciences to STEM education, mathematics, and social, behavioral, & economic sciences. (See the NSF  website for a full list of NSF-funded disciplines.) Stay tuned for more details as the date gets closer!

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Highlights of Upcoming NEA Funding Opportunities

During the GRC Funding Competitiveness Conference, Clifford Murphy, the Director of Folk & Traditional Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), spoke with attendees about upcoming NEA funding opportunities and provided some tips for potential applicants. Murphy provided an overview of the major NEA programs, including several with approaching deadlines: Art Works (second FY 17 competition, deadline July 13, 2017); Art Works Creativity Connects (deadline May 4, 2017); and Challenge America (deadline April 13, 2017). Among the tips he gave was for attendees to consider applying for funding from state and regional arts agencies that receive some of their funding from NEA (e.g., Wisconsin Arts Board). He also noted that NEA applicants can use state funding as part of their required 1:1 match of NEA funds as long as they specify that the match is not coming from the state arts organization’s NEA funds. Murphy noted that projects don’t need to be new to get funded and that NEA does fund recurring projects. Murphy further suggested that attendees examine synopses of previously awarded projects for ideas on what gets funded.

Murphy spent some time highlighting NEA’s newest program, Art Works Creativity Connects, which supports projects that show and explore the mutual benefit of collaborations between the arts and non-arts sectors. Murphy noted that, though organizations may only receive one Art Works award per year, they can receive an Art Works Creativity Connects award in addition to a regular Art Works award or other NEA awards. Murphy further noted art therapy projects might be eligible under Creativity Connects, depending on how the project was framed. For example, an arts therapy project could be part of a collaboration between a health organization and an arts organization as long as the project shows both sectors learning from this interaction and participation in the project is open to the wider public (and not just, for example, university students).

Source: GRC GrantWeek

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Trump Administration Budget Proposal Would Make Substantial Cuts to EPA & NOAA

The Trump Administration is proposing substantial cuts to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as part of its upcoming draft budget proposal, which would increase defense spending by $54 million and cut non-defense spending by the same amount. According to the Washington Post, under the plan, the EPA budget would drop from $8.2 billion a year to $6.1 billion. EPA staff numbers would drop from 15,000 to 12,000, air and water programs would be cut by 30 percent, and the Office of Research & Development could lose up to 42 percent of its budget.

The Trump administration would also cut NOAA’s budget by 17 percent, with significant cuts to its research and satellite programs. Specific areas within NOAA singled out for cuts include the Office of Oceanic & Atmospheric Research, which would lose 26 percent of its current funding level, and the National Environmental Satellite, Data, & Information Service, which houses the National Centers for Environmental Information, which serves as a repository of climate and environmental data. The budget plan would also eliminate the $73 million National Sea Grant College Program, which supports coastal research through 33 university programs across the country. While the administration’s budget proposal will outline funding priorities for the next fiscal year, ultimately it is up to Congress to determine how much of it will be enacted.

Source: GrantWeek


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Dear Colleague Letter: Encouraging Submission of Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) Proposals in the Area of Cybersecurity

For the past 4o years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded collaborations between academic researchers and industry under the Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) program. The purpose of the program is to “strengthen the US innovation ecosystem and the Nation’s overall economic competitiveness. Precompetitive research conducted by IUCRCs addresses application-inspired fundamental topics that industry recognizes as longer-term challenges; industry members benefit from collaboration with academic partners in the definition and execution of the corresponding research. . . The research carried out at each center is of interest to both the center faculty and the center’s industry members.” This Dear Colleague Letter emphasizes the need for cybersecurity-focused applications that promote a collaboration between academia and industry, and “are capable of collectively addressing large-scale and cross-disciplinary challenges in the broad area of cybersecurity.” The result of research at these centers should lead to direct technology transfer, which will “bridge the gap that traditionally has kept industry from capitalizing fully and quickly on the results of research at academic institutions.” For further information on this opportunity, please review the IUCRC solicitation for details.

Source: National Science Foundation 

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New IMLS Funding for Museum Professional Development & Capacity Building

The Institute of Museum and Library Services  (IMLS) has announced a new grant program to provide professional development and capacity building opportunities for museums. The program is a special initiative of the IMLS Museums for America grant program, which supports projects developed by individual museums to enable them to better serve their communities. The program, Museums Empowered: Professional Development and Capacity Building Opportunities for Museums, has four focus areas: Digital Technology, Diversity & Inclusion, Evaluation, and Organizational Management.

Museums of all sizes and disciplines are eligible to apply. According to IMLS, a qualifying museum has a professional staff of at least one full time person (or equivalent); is organized on a permanent basis for essentially educational or aesthetic purposes; owns or uses tangible objects, either animate or inanimate; cares for these objects; and exhibits these objects to the general public on a regular basis through facilities that it owns or operates. Two award ranges are available: $5,000 to $25,000 with no cost share required; and $25,001 to $250,000 with at least a 1:1 cost share. Applications are due May 1, 2017. Program guidelines are available here.

Source: Grantweek

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UWL & UW System Grants

Teaching & Learning Grants

Program contact: UWL Center for Advancing Teaching & Learning (CATL)

Program summary: CATL Teaching and Learning Grants support projects that investigate how students learn and how teaching affects student thinking, learning, and behavior. The May 2017 deadline is for those projects that will take place between July 2017-June  2018. There are three types of grants available under this funding opportunity:

1. Lesson Study Grants support instructors to undertake a lesson study during the academic year.Lesson study is classroom inquiry in which several instructors jointly design, teach, observe, analyze and refine a single class lesson in one of their courses. The goal of a lesson study is to better understand how students learn and to use that information to improve teaching.

2. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Grants support projects that examine a significant learning issue or problem in one’s field, subject area, or course, e.g., why students have difficulty learning certain concepts or skills, difficulty applying knowledge and skills to new circumstances, achievement gaps among groups of students, and so on.

3. Course Embedded Undergraduate Research Grants support the development of novel course-embedded undergraduate research and creative activities.Examples of novel research or creative projects could include working on a project for a client (the client could be on or off-campus) or helping students design and implement a project of their own.

Deadline: May 2017

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International Program Development Fund

Program contact: Lema Kabashi, lkabashi@uwlax.edu

Program summary: The International Program Development Fund supports and facilitates a range of international activities. This particular grant program focuses on the development of faculty and staff-led programs (e.g. scoping visits) or faculty exchanges and will support travel and other scholarly activities related to program planning and development. Only those applications submitted in advance of the planned activity will be considered.

Deadline: May 1, 2017

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International Scholarship Grant

Program contact: Provost Office, provost@uwlax.edu

Program summary: The International Scholarship Grant supports the internationalization of the university. Successful proposals will support research and other scholarly projects that are international in scope and have the potential to transform the applicant’s research. One of the primary outcomes associated with the grants is the support of travel costs to present research at international venues. However, UWL employees may submit proposals associated with conducting scholarly endeavors abroad and/or enhancing their professional development in a manner that maximizes the interaction between faculty/staff and the host culture/community. Proposals must be approved by the department and dean and demonstrate that the university will realize tangible benefits.

Deadlines: May 1, 2017

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UWL Foundation Carol Dobrunz Endowment Fund

Program contact: UWL Foundation, foundation@uwlax.edu

Program summary: The Carol Dobrunz Endowment Fund supports conference costs for non-tenured faculty or instructional academic staff (IAS) without an indefinite appointment. The award can be used for registration, travel (including meals), and housing costs. The amount of each annual award is determined by the committee based on the amount available from the fund up to $1,500. To be eligible, the conference in the application must occur between July 1 and June 30 of the upcoming year.

Deadline: March 31, 2017

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Visiting Scholar / Artist of Color Program

Program contact: UWL Provost Office, provost@uwlax.edu

Program summary: The Visiting Scholar/Artist of Color Program supports bringing four or more scholars/artists of color to campus each year. The purpose of a larger number of shorter visits (rather than semester-long programs) serves to increase the program’s visibility on campus and increase the potential representation of individuals across the university. Members of UWL faculty and academic staff  may nominate individuals to visit campus during the academic year. A primary goal is significant interaction with students as well as faculty and staff by the visiting scholar/artist. Travel costs and honoraria may be requested in the grant.

Deadline: July 10, 2017 (fall semester scholars)

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Grant News, February 2017

Latest News

Federal Funding Webinars Coming to Campus, Feb. 21-24

New Indirect Cost Rates for Federal Grants & Contracts

Community Partnership Portal Ready for Launch!

Undergraduate $tudent Development Opportunitie$

Uncertain Fate of Some Federal Funding Programs

Recent Submissions & Awards

Grants 101

Think Outside the Box: View Your Research from a Different Perspective

UWL & UW System Grants

CATL Teaching and Learning Grants

UWL Foundation Carol Dobrunz Endowment Fund

Visiting Scholar/Artist of Color Program

External Grants

Grants listed below require the institutional GRC log-in to access. If you need the GRC log-in, please see the newsletter in your UWL inbox or contact ORSP.

Arts / Humanities / International

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Anneliese Maier Research Award – Apr 30, 2017

American Historical Association

Research Grants and Fellowships – Apr 01, 2017

American Musicological Society

AMS Subventions for Publications, Awards, and Research and Travel Grants – Apr 01, 2017

Archaeological Institute of America

Fellowships, Grants and Scholarships Programs – Apr 01, 2017

Henry Luce Foundation

Luce Fund in American Art (Exhibitions and Publications) – Apr 01, 2017

National Endowment for the Arts

Art Works: Creativity Connects – Apr 12, 2017

Challenge America – Apr 13, 2017

Literature Fellowships: Prose and Poetry – Mar 08, 2017

National Endowment for the Humanities

Fellowships – Apr 12, 2017

Humanities Access Grants – May 03, 2017

NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication – Apr 12, 2017

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions – May 02, 2017

 Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Fellowship Programs – Apr 15, 2017

Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Kress Fellowships – Apr 01, 2017

Kress Grants – Apr 01, 2017

Education / Economic and Community Development

American Institute for Economic Reserach

Fellowship and Internship Programs – May 01, 2017

American Political Science Association

Small Research Grant Program (non-Ph.D. granting institutions) – Apr 01, 2017

Corporation for National and Community Service

Day of Service Grants – Feb 22, 2017

U.S. Department of Education

Education Innovation and Research (EIR) – Apr 13, 2017

Fulbright-Hays: Group Projects Abroad – Mar 07, 2017

Magnet Schools Assistance – Apr 11, 2017

Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program – Mar 24, 2017

U.S. Department of Justice

Research and Evaluation on Children Exposed to Violence – Mar 23, 2017

Health

American Cancer Society

Research, Training and Professorship Grants – Apr 01, 2017

National Institutes of Health

BRAIN Initiative: Development, Optimization, and Validation of Novel Tools – Apr 05, 2017

Conference Grants to Advance Collaborative Research on Aging Biology (R13) – Apr 12, 2017

Development of Novel and Emerging Technologies – Apr 05, 2017

Exploratory Clinical Trials for Small Business (R42/44) – Apr 05, 2017

NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings – Apr 12, 2017

Platform Delivery Technologies for Nucleic Acid Therapeutics – Apr 05, 2017

Small Business Innovation Research Grant (SBIR) Program – Apr 05, 2017

Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program – Apr 05, 2017

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health – July 2017

Interdisciplinary Research Leaders – March 8, 2017

Policies for Action: Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health – March 10, 2017

U.S. Department of Defense

Naval Health Research Center Broad Agency Announcement – Apr 30, 2017

U.S. Special Operations Command Broad Agency Announcement (USSOCOM) – Apr 14, 2017

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Disability and Rehabilitation Research and Related Projects – Feb 21, 2017

Science / Technology / Engineering / Math

American Astronomical Society

Chrétien International Research Grants – Apr 01, 2017

Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation

Grant Program – Apr 01, 2017

Human Frontier Science Program

Research Grants, Fellowships and Awards – Mar 20, 2017

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) – Apr    2017  **

National Science Foundation

ADVANCE: Increasing Participation and Advancement of Women – Apr 12, 2017

BIGDATA – Mar 22, 2017

Building Community and Capacity in Data Intensive Research in Education – Mar 15, 2017

Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) – Mar 06, 2017

Energy-Efficient Computing: from Devices to Architectures – Mar 07, 2017

Energy, Power, Control, and Networks (EPCN) – Apr 01, 2017

Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetic Devices (EPMD) – Apr 03, 2017

Faculty Early Career Development Program  (CAREER)

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program (I/UCRC) – Apr 19, 2017

Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) – Mar 06, 2017

Innovation Corps – Nodes Program – Feb 09, 2017

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation – Apr 11, 2017

Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus  (M3X) – September 15, 2017

NSF-CBMS Regional Research Conferences in the Mathematical Sciences – Apr 28, 2017

U.S. Department of Commerce

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)–February 15, 2017

U.S. Department of Energy

Joint Genomic Institute – Apr 03, 2017

Scientific Discovery Through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) – Apr 05, 2017

U.S. Department of Justice

Forensic Research and Development – Feb 28, 2017

U.S. Department of the Interior

Wildlife Without Borders – Species, Regional, and Global Programs – Apr 03, 2017

Whitehall Foundation

Grants-in-Aid and Research Grants – Apr 15, 2017

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Federal Funding Webinars Coming to Campus Feb. 21-24

On February 21-24, the UWL Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) will be broadcasting a series of webinars from the Grants Resource Center’s Funding Competitiveness Conference. Multiple federal agency representatives will highlight upcoming grant opportunities and provide updates on agency priorities. See the Workshops page on the ORSP website for the full webinar schedule. All webinars will be broadcast in 243 Graff Main Hall (ORSP’s new office).

Some of the featured federal agencies include the following:

  • Department of Homeland Security, Office of University Programs
  • Institute of Museum & Library Services
  • National Aeronautics & Space Administration, Research Mission Directorate
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Science Foundation
  • US Department of Education
    • Office of Innovation & Improvement
    • Office of Post-secondary Education

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New Indirect Cost Rates for Federal Grants & Contracts

UWL’s federal indirect cost rate agreement has been renegotiated. Consequently, all federal grants and contracts under development should now use the new rates:

  • On-campus: 36% modified total direct costs (MTDC)
  • Off-campus: 12% MTDC until June 30, 2017 and 11% MTDC thereafter

The campus’s fringe benefits & indirect cost rates table and the budget helper spreadsheet have been updated on the ORSP website. Additionally, the rates table provides further information on what is included and excluded from the MTDC base. The new agreement presents minimal changes, as the base on which indirect costs are calculated has remained the same (MTDC), the on-campus rate has increased only 1%, and the off-campus rate has decreased 1% beginning next fiscal year. If you have questions about the new rates, please contact ORSP.

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Community Partnership Portal Ready for Launch!

Are you a UWL faculty  member who wants to bring real life, course-embedded research into your class, but you do not know where to start? Do you know an individual, group, or business in the community who needs help starting up a project, but they need the people power and expertise to do so? Never fear–Scott Cooper, Director of Undergraduate Research & Creativity, has your back! With Dr. Cooper’s leadership, a collaborative campus team has worked tirelessly to bring you the UWL Community Partnership Portal (CPP), the one-stop shop for all of your collaborative partnering needs.

Following the link to the Community Partnership Portal, you will see three separate categories–Community Partners, UWL Students, and UWL Instructors–which provide further information for the person clicking on it. For example, a community partner can decide if they want to recruit an intern, a volunteer, a class, or professor to work on a project. Once you click on the links below the categories, you will be taken to another page that shows information about current projects, including the skills and field(s) of study needed. Projects can be submitted to the website by faculty, staff, and community members. Questions about how you can leverage the CPP should be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creativity.

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Undergraduate $tudent Development Opportunitie$

If you are a faculty member conducting research or creative activities on campus, did you know that your students can receive their own funding to help on your projects? The Office of Undergraduate Research & Creativity (URC) has an upcoming deadline for the UWL Undergraduate Research & Creativity Grant program that you may want to gently and/or insistently encourage your students to apply for this spring. Please make note of the following important dates related to the program, and alert your students:

  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017 – URC Grant Writing Workshop for Students (150 Murphy Library; pizza served at 5:15 pm, workshop starts at 5:30 pm)
  • Thursday, March 9, 2017, 4:00 pm – Last day to request Google Docs for URC Grants
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – URC Grant Writing Hunker for Students (150/152/153 Murphy Library; doors open at 3:45 pm; writing 4:00-7:00 pm)
  • Thursday, March 23, 2017 – URC Grant proposals due by midnight

Students working with faculty on a larger research/creative project should identify in their applications the identifiable, independent portion of the work for which they will be responsible. Students may request funding for international or domestic travel (airfare, lodging, meals, car rental), supplies, software, books, poster printing, and money for their time dedicated to the proposed project.

If your student(s) are traveling into unfamiliar grant writing territory, URC has them covered! URC will be providing workshops throughout the semester, such as grant writing 101, poster development, and a Grant Writing Hunker to give students the opportunity to work on their grant in a quiet, committed time and space. This is a great opportunity for students to get a start with grant writing before graduate school, where they may required to seek funding for their research; furthermore, students who participate have the support from you, the mentors, and URC’s very own Scott Cooper and Chandra Hawkins to guide them on the journey of grant development.

Additional information about grant-related workshops, deadlines, and application materials can be found at the URC homepage. Please contact the URC office at urc@uwlax.edu with any questions.

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Uncertain Fate of Some Federal Funding Programs

In the past couple of  weeks, news of the new presidential administration’s budget priorities have included the potential elimination of several federal funding agencies and programs.  While the official budget will not be released until April, the preliminary proposal lists the following federal programs as potential cuts:

US Department of Commerce:

  • Minority Business Development Agency
  • Economic Development Administration
  • Manufacturing Extension Partnership

National Endowment for the Arts:

  • All Programs

National Endowment for the Humanities:

  • All Programs

US Department of Energy:

  • Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
  • Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability
  • Office of Fossil Energy

U.S. Department of Justice:

  • Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
  • Violence Against Women Grants in the Office of Violence Against Women

As additional information is announced at the federal level, we will keep you up to date on new developments. We also encourage you to take advantage of the upcoming Grants Resource Center federal agency webinars to be broadcast February 21-24 in ORSP (243 Graff Main Hall); the webinars will feature the most recent updates directly from multiple federal agency representatives.

Source: GrantWeek

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Recent Submissions

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Recent Awards

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Grants 101

Think Outside the Box: View Your Research from a Different Perspective

Working as the Grant Writer in the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) for the last 2.5 years has provided me with so many amazing opportunities to read about the awesome research and programs faculty and staff want to get off the ground and into real-life application. It is truly a wonderful feeling for me to help faculty and staff bring their ideas to full fruition, especially when I have the opportunity to provide an outside perspective to the writing development process. While I am here to provide a “grant writing best practices” approach to reading your applications, I am also reading grants through the lens of English and rhetoric (my educational background). This provides a distinct lens when reading proposal narratives–one that you may not really think about within the silo of your academic department. This relates to what I hear from faculty who receive feedback from reviewers on their grants, as well as a recurring theme in grant guidelines–the importance of considering the background and perspective of the specific grant review panel who will influence and/or make the decision regarding whether a proposal should be funded.

Review panels may not necessarily be changing, but how we “see” them may be. Every grant application that follows the basic rules of the funding agency should make it to the agency’s review panel. Now, some agencies are very upfront in their guidelines about who reviews the grants. For example, if you have applied for a Faculty Research Grant on campus, you know that the committee is a “multidisciplinary audience” who “must make comparisons and judgments across disciplines and methodological lines” (“Faculty Research Grants“, p. 3). The information you provide in your proposal to this committee must not only be persuasive but also must be meaningful to faculty from multiple disciplinesIf your audience for an application is a committee from three colleges and the School of Education, then how your writing appeals to the entire audience’s diverse backgrounds, knowledge bases, and experiences is vitally important to your grant being funded.

Now, you may be thinking, “Well, that’s just on campus. It’s different at larger funding agencies. They will know what I am talking about!” Well. . . you could be right. Does the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recruit scientists within specific disciplines to review the grants? Yes, but their expertise within your field may still be limited. For example, NIH notes that “[u]nique characteristics of study sections must be factored into selection of members. The breadth of science, the multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary nature of the applications, and the types of applications or grant mechanisms being reviewed play a large role in the selection of appropriate members” (“How Scientists Are Selected to Be Chartered Reviewers“). While NIH does its best to identify specialized viewers for grants, it is not always a guarantee that the reviewers will readily know the exact sub-sub-sub-discipline of your research. The same NIH resource also notes, “Study sections reviewing bioengineering or bioinformatics applications or applications involving partnerships with small businesses have a greater need for scientists who work in non-academic settings.”  What this can mean to you, the academic, is that while you may be partnering with a small business on a grant, you need to consider that there are perspectives beyond the academic that must be addressed to speak to your reviewers.

Whether you are a chemist looking to collaborate with a business on a grant, or a history professor collaborating with a public library, you need to consider the views outside your academic discipline to which your proposal may need to cater. Larger federal agencies like the Department of Education support a multitude of education researchers who work in various fields of study, and they need reviewers who can represent that vastness: “[The Office of Postsecondary Education] looks to create a pool of peer reviewers to complete this task that represent academia’s disciplinary, geographic, and institutional diversity. Current reviewers include practitioners, educators, administrators/managers, analysts, researchers, evaluators, and board members. OPE is also looking for reviewers who focus on innovation and specialists with a background in entrepreneurialism, technology, and corporate learning” (US Department of Education). Given how difficult it is for agencies to find reviewers, especially at the federal level, it is safe to assume that at minimum one to two people may know the exact area of your research well, but overall, many reviewers will be outside your specific research bubble. Likewise, many non-profit, smaller, and/or local agencies will look to volunteers and community stakeholders–likely outside of your field of expertise–to make decisions related to who should be funded.

The sources I have shown here represent some examples of the different grant agencies to which you may apply. In many instances, you may be writing to experts in your field, but other times you will be writing to business leaders, community members, or broad humanities/science/education experts. While it is relatively straightforward to write for those in your field of study, the challenge to communicating outside of your own academic silo is adapting your writing to reach out to a wider audience who may not readily understand why your research/program is important and what broader impacts it may have. When drafting a grant proposal, that is why it is essential to understand who your audience is and what information they need to understand and care about your proposal.

The follow-up question is, how do you write to people outside of your field? Well, that’s another Grants 101 topic, but it is also a central question to consider as you write your grants. On an ending note: When developing a grant application, take a few minutes to read the guidelines and see if they describe the audience to whom you are writing. It may take a little bit of time to find this information, but it will greatly inform your writing process from beginning to end. If you have any questions about how to write to a broader audience, or if you would like someone from outside your department to read your application and provide feedback, ORSP is here to support your efforts.

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UWL & UW System Grants

CATL Teaching and Learning Grants

Program contact: UWL Center for Advancing Teaching & Learning (CATL)

Program summary: Supports projects that investigate how students learn and how teaching affects student thinking, learning, and behavior. Applicants for CATL Teaching and Learning Grants must be full-time tenure-track faculty or instructional academic staff during the period of the grant project. There are three tracks that an applicant can apply to under this grant:

  1. Lesson Study Grants support classroom inquiry in which several instructors jointly design, teach, observe, analyze and refine a single class lesson in one of their courses. The goal of a lesson study is to better understand how students learn and to use that information to improve teaching.
  2. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grants  (SoTL) support research in which instructors investigate teaching and learning in their own classes. SoTL Grants fund projects that examine a significant learning issue or problem in one’s field, subject area, or course, e.g., why students have difficulty learning certain concepts or skills, difficulty applying knowledge and skills to new circumstances, achievement gaps among groups of students, and so on.
  3. Course Embedded Undergraduate Research Grants  support instructors who develop novel course-embedded undergraduate research and creative activities. Examples include work on a project for a client (the client could be on or off-campus) or helping students design and implement a project of their own. See the website for additional expectations of this track

Deadline: May 2017

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UWL Foundation Carol Dobrunz Endowment Fund

Program contact: UWL Foundation (foundation@uwlax.edu)

Program summary: This fund supports conference costs for non-tenured faculty or instructional academic staff (IAS) without an indefinite appointment. The award goes toward registration, travel (including meals) and housing costs only. The amount of each annual award is determined by the committee based on the amount available from the Fund, but it will not be more than $1,500.  To be eligible, the conference in the application must occur between July 1 and June 30 of the upcoming year.

Deadline: March 31, 2017

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Visiting Scholar/Artist of Color Program 

Program contact: Provost’s Office

Program summary: UWL endeavors to bring four or more scholars/artists of color to campus a year. The purpose of a larger number of shorter visits (rather than semester-long programs) serves to increase the program’s visibility on campus and increase the potential representation of individuals across the university. Members of the faculty and academic staff of UWL may nominate individuals to visit campus during the academic year. A primary goal is significant interaction with students as well as faculty and staff by the visiting scholar/artist.

Deadline: July 10, 2017

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Grant News, January 2017

Latest News

ORSP Has Moved On (to 243 Graff Main Hall)!

UWL Faculty Research Day to Be Held Friday, January 20, in Centennial Hall

NIH Makes Guidelines More User Friendly

Overview of UWL Awards for 2nd Quarter, FY2017

Recent Submissions & Awards

Foundation Spotlight

Human Frontier Science Program

UWL & UW System Grants

UWL Curricular Redesign Grants

UWL International Program Development Fund

UWL International Scholarship Grant

UWL Foundation Carol Dobrunz Endowment Fund

Wisconsin Sea Grants

External Grants

Grants listed below require the institutional GRC log-in to access. If you need the GRC log-in, please see the newsletter in your UWL inbox or contact ORSP.

Arts / Humanities / International

American Library Association

Diversity Research Grants – Mar 01, 2017

American Philosophical Society

Library Resident Research Fellowships – Mar 01, 2017

Phillips Fund for Native American Research – Mar 01, 2017

College Art Association

Millard Meiss Publication Grants – Mar 15, 2017

Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum

Research Travel Grants Program – Mar 15, 2017

Hagley Museum and Library

Fellowship Programs – Mar 31, 2017

J.M. Kaplan Fund

Furthermore Grants in Publishing – Mar 01, 2017

National Endowment for the Humanities

Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities – Mar 14, 2017

Summer Seminars and Institutes (Host) – Mar 01, 2017

Summer Seminars and Institutes (Participant) – Mar 01, 2017

National Gallery of Art

Research Fellowships – Mar 21, 2017  ++

Tinker Foundation

Institutional Grants – Mar 01, 2017

Education / Economic and Community Development

Economic History Association

Arthur H. Cole Grants in Aid – Mar 01, 2017

Open Society Institute

Open Society Fellowships – Mar 01, 2017

U.S. Department of Education

Unsolicited Grant Opportunities – Mar 07, 2017

Health

Klingenstein (Esther A. & Joseph) Fund, Inc.

Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences – Mar 01, 2017

Macy (Josiah, Jr.) Foundation

Macy Faculty Scholars and Grants Program – Feb 15, 2017

National Institutes of Health

NIH Summer Research Experience Programs – Mar 23, 2017

Role of the Microflora in the Etiology of Gastro-Intenstinal Cancer – Mar 03, 2017

Science / Technology / Engineering / Math

Henry Luce Foundation

Clare Boothe Luce Program (Women in Science, Math, and Engineering) – Mar 06, 2017

Huyck (Edmund Niles) Preserve and Biological Research Station

Graduate and Postgraduate Research Grants – Mar 10, 2017

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA’s One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) (NIFS) – Mar 01, 2017

National Science Foundation

Critical Techniques, Technologies, and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering – March 22, 2017

Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure – Mar 01, 2017

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation – Mar 07, 2017

Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology – Proposals accepted at anytime

STEM-C Partnerships: MSP – Mar 29, 2017

Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S-STEM) – Mar 29, 2017

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

Grants-in-Aid of Research – Mar 15, 2017

U.S. Department of Defense

ARL Broad Agency Announcement – Mar 31, 2017

U.S. Department of Justice

Forensic Research and Development – Feb 28, 2017 (Additional opportunities and deadlines on the DOJ website)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Research Grants – Mar 02, 2017

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Latest News

ORSP Has Moved On (to 243 Graff Main Hall)!

The staff of the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) has just moved from their long-time home in 220 Morris Hall to 243 Graff Main Hall. Please stop by to say hello and check out the shiny, new space!

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UWL Faculty Research Day to Be Held Friday, January 20, in Centennial Hall

The 22nd Annual UWL Faculty Research Day will be held Friday, January 20, in Centennial Hall, with registration beginning at 8:00 am by the Hall of Nations. The Chancellor and Provost will make opening remarks at 8:30 am, and morning refreshments will be served before presentations begin. The full agenda and presentation abstracts can be found on the ORSP website. Following presentations, a luncheon will be held in the Hall of Nations, featuring a presentation by Dr. Scott Cooper, Director of Undergraduate Research & Creativity, highlighting the Community Partnership Portal.

The event celebrates the university’s research, scholarly, and creative activities, and provides an opportunity to learn about the diverse scholarship being undertaken by throughout the campus community. It is sponsored by the Provost & Vice Chancellor and the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs. Please contact ORSP with any questions (grants@uwlax.edu, 785-8007).

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NIH Makes Guidelines More User Friendly

Every year, and sometimes more frequently, NIH will publish updated grant application guidelines. While the friendly faces in your local ORSP read these guidelines frequently to make sure that you, the grant seeker, are not blindsided by any significant changes, we understand that at first glance, the one…no, two…okay, three sets of guidelines that govern the your application can be quite daunting. All the fine print could be to blame for this. However, no worries. Now NIH has your back as well. On November 22, 2016, NIH released notes on the new guidelines that outline changes to format and structure; the agency’s most recent revisions are intended to “enhance clarity of existing instructions” as well as to clarify “what is required and optional throughout the instructions.” Additionally, NIH has added a new symbol (shown below) that you can hover over, and an explanation appears explaining changes to that particular component. In short, NIH’s most recent revisions have attempted to remove some of the anxiety from the process of decoding agency guidelines.


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Overview of UWL Awards for 2nd Quarter, FY 2017

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Recent Awards

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Foundation Spotlight

Human Frontier Science Program

The Human Frontier Science Program’s (HFSP) overarching goals are to support cutting-edge research at the frontiers of the life sciences; to promote high-risk research; to promote international collaborations that emphasize HFSP’s belief in “science without borders”; to provide financial means to encourage and support early career research; and to promote inclusiveness by increasing participation of female researchers.

HSFP focuses on fundamental life science problems and prioritizes proposals that pair researchers in the life sciences with researchers in other disciplines (such as biophysics, chemistry, computational biology, computer science, engineering, mathematics, nanoscience, or physics).  Two grant types are provided:

  1. Young Investigators’ Grants: These grants are awarded to teams of researchers who are within 10 years of receiving their Ph.D. and within 5 years of starting their first independent position; all members of the team must be within 5 years of their starting position. The goal of these grants is to have newer, independent investigators in the life sciences establish collaborations with other scientists (preferably those from other disciplines).
  2. Program Grants: These grants are awarded to established teams or researchers who are at any stage in their science careers. The program supports innovative interdisciplinary and international research collaboration.

Requirements: The principal investigator/applicant must be located in an HFSP-eligible country. Team sizes for collaborative proposals vary from two to four international members.

Awards: Awards are dependent on team size (see below) and are made for a three-year period. See the grant guidelines for further details.

  • Team of 2: $250,000 per year
  • Team of 3: $350,000 per year
  • Team of 4: $450,000 per year

Deadlines:

  1. You must first register and request a reference number by March 20, 2017; this reference number can be obtained via the HFSP website.
  2. A letter of intent (LOI) must then be submitted by March 30, 2017, to the HFSP website. PIs will be notified by early July 2017 if they are invited to submit a full application, with a deadline of mid-September 2017.

Website: http://www.hfsp.org/   

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UWL & UW System Grants

UWL Curricular Redesign Grants

Program contact: UWL Center for Advancing Teaching & Learning (CATL)

Program summary: Curricular Redesign Grants (CRG) support groups of instructors to develop or redesign and implement curricula and teaching practices in academic programs. The grants fund projects that involve significant revisions intended to address challenging learning goals, student learning problems, and/or achievement gaps. Priority will be given to projects that go above and beyond normal curriculum development, course updates, and minor revisions. Projects should include design, assessment, and further improvement of curriculum and teaching practices.

Deadline: February 17, 2017

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UWL International Program Development Fund

Program contact: Lema Kabashi, lkabashi@uwlax.edu

Program summary: This particular grant program focuses on the development of faculty and staff-led programs (e.g., scoping visits) or faculty exchanges.

Deadline: February 6, 2017 (annually recurring on first Monday in October, February, and May)

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UWL International Scholarship Grant

Program contact: Provost Office

Program summary: The program exists to help support the internationalization of the university, including research and other scholarly projects that are international in scope and have the potential to transform the applicant’s research.  One of the primary outcomes associated with the program is the support of travel costs to present research at international venues.

Deadlines: February 6, 2017 (annually recurring on first Monday in October, February, and May)

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UWL Foundation Carol Dobrunz Endowment Fund

Program contact: UWL Foundation (foundation@uwlax.edu)

Program summary: The program supports conference costs for non-tenured faculty or instructional academic staff (IAS) with a continuing appointment.

Deadline: March 31, 2017

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Wisconsin Sea Grants

Funding agency: University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute

Program summary: Wisconsin Sea Grants provide integrated research, outreach, and education programs that provide tangible benefits for ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes environments and the communities they support. Ranging from $100,000-$120,000, these grants support research in the following areas of interest: 1) Wisconsin Targeted Focus Areas, including Green Bay Interdisciplinary Research; Bluff, Beach and Nearshore Sediment Dynamics; and Great Lakes and Water Literacy Assessment. 2) Wisconsin Base Focus Areas, including Healthy Coastal Ecosystems; Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture; and Resilient Communities and Economies. 3) Special Joint Calls for Proposal with other state Sea Grant programs, including MN-WI Joint Call for Proposals; and IL/IN-WI Joint Call for Proposals. In addition, the program solicits education proposals for up to $25,000 a year to address our fourth priority base focus area for Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development (Non-research Education Projects).

Deadlines: Required pre-proposal due January 24, 2017 and full proposal due April 28, 2017

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Grant News, December 2016

Latest News

HOLD THE DATE: UWL Faculty Research Day to Be Held Friday, January 20

NSF Grant Policy & Application Changes for Proposals Due on or after Jan. 30, 2017

NIH Grant Application Guide Has Been Updated

21st Century Cures Act Is Passed

New Federal Initiative: Computer Science for All

Recent Submissions & Awards

UWL & UW System Grants

UWL Curricular Redesign Grants

UWL International Program Development Fund

Wisconsin Sea Grants

External Grants

Grants listed below require the institutional GRC log-in to access. If you need the GRC log-in, please see the newsletter in your UWL inbox or contact ORSP.

Arts / Humanities / International

American Library Association

Diversity Research Grants – Mar 01, 2017

American Philosophical Society

Library Resident Research Fellowships – Mar 01, 2017

Phillips Fund for Native American Research – Mar 01, 2017

Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Curatorial Grant Program – Mar 01, 2017

Archaeological Institute of America

Fellowships, Grants and Scholarships Programs – Mar 01, 2017

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women

Research, Grants and Fellowships – Feb 01, 2017

College Art Association

Millard Meiss Publication Grants – Mar 15, 2017

Early American Industries Association

Research Grants Program (Graduate Students and Scholars) – Mar 15, 2017

Folger Shakespeare Library

Research Fellowships – Mar 01, 2017

Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum

Research Travel Grants Program – Mar 15, 2017

Hagley Museum and Library

Fellowship Programs – Mar 31, 2017

Hoover Presidential Library Association

Travel Grant Program – Mar 01, 2017

J.M. Kaplan Fund

Furthermore Grants in Publishing – Mar 01, 2017

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

James Madison Fellowships – Mar 01, 2017

Library Company of Philadelphia

Research Fellowships in Early American Economy and Society – Mar 01, 2017

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

Research Fellowships – Mar 15, 2017

National Endowment for the Arts

Art Works – Jan 25, 2017

National Endowment for the Humanities

Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities – Mar 14, 2017

Summer Seminars and Institutes (Host) – Mar 01, 2017

Summer Seminars and Institutes (Participant) – Mar 01, 2017

National Gallery of Art

Research Fellowships – Mar 21, 2017  ++

Tinker Foundation

Institutional Grants – Mar 01, 2017

U.S. Department of State

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars and Secondary Educators – Jan 06, 2017

U.S. Department of the Interior

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Grants – Mar 09, 2017

Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion

Grants Program – Mar 01, 2017

Education / Economic and Community Development

American Educational Research Association

AERA Grants Program – Jan 25, 2017

Economic History Association

Arthur H. Cole Grants in Aid – Mar 01, 2017

Graduate Fellowships and Grants – Jan 15, 2017

Open Society Institute

Open Society Fellowships – Mar 01, 2017

U.S. Department of Commerce

Market Development Cooperator Program – Mar    2017  **

U.S. Department of Education

Small Business Innovative Research Program (SBIR) – Jan 05, 2017

Unsolicited Grant Opportunities – Mar 07, 2017

Title III: Strengthening Institutions Program – Jan 09, 2017

Title V: Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions Program – Jan 09, 2017

Title V: Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans – Jan 09, 2017

Personnel Development to Improve Services/Results for Children w/Disabilities – Feb 06, 2017

Special Education: National Activities–Parent Information Centers – Feb 06, 2017

U.S. Department of Justice

Field-Initiated Research and Evaluation (FIRE)/Demonstration Programs – Feb 06, 2017

Health

American Brain Tumor Association

Research Fellowships and Grants – Jan 25, 2017

American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education

Undergraduate, Graduate and Faculty Fellowship Research Grants – Feb 01, 2017  ++

American Heart Association

National and Affiliates Research Program – Feb 09, 2017

American Parkinson Disease Association

Predoctoral/Postdoctoral Fellowships and Research Grants – Jan 23, 2017  **

Christian de Duve Institute of Cellular Pathology

Post-doctoral Fellowships – Mar 15, 2017

Health Resources and Services Administration

Centers of Excellence – Jan 09, 2017

Ryan White Programs – Jan 17, 2017

Rural Health Network Development Planning Grants – Jan 03, 2017

Huntington’s Disease Society of America

Research Grants and Fellowships – Mar 03, 2017

Klingenstein (Esther A. & Joseph) Fund, Inc.

Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences – Mar 01, 2017

Macy (Josiah, Jr.) Foundation

Macy Faculty Scholars and Grants Program – Feb 15, 2017

National Institutes of Health

NIH Summer Research Experience Programs – Mar 23, 2017

International Research Scientist Development Award – Mar 02, 2017

Core Infrastructure and Methodological Research for Cancer Epidemiology – Mar 10, 2017

Role of the Microflora in the Etiology of Gastro-Intenstinal Cancer – Mar 03, 2017

Clinical Observational Studies in Musculoskeletal, Rheumatic & Skin Diseases – Mar 01, 2017

Identification of Genetic and Genomic Variants by Next-Gen Sequencing (U01) – Mar 01, 2017

Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics Approaches for Nutrition Research – Feb 05, 2017

Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) – Jan 24, 2017

Research Education: Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) – Jan 27, 2017

NINR: Child and Family Health, and Health Disparities – Jan 01, 2017

Progeria Research Foundation

Established Investigator, Innovator and Specialty Awards – Mar 21, 2017

Thrasher Research Fund

Grants Program (Pediatric Research/Prevention of Disease) – Mar 14, 2017

U.S. Department of Defense

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Research Program (ASARP) – Mar 24, 2017

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Field-Initiated Projects – Feb 08, 2017

Mary Switzer Research Fellowships – Jan 30, 2017

Family Planning Services Grants – Mar 01, 2017

Science / Technology / Engineering / Math

American Museum of Natural History

Fellowship and Grant Opportunities – Feb 06, 2017

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers

Graduate Grants-In-Aid and Senior Undergraduate Program Equipment Grants – Mar 01, 2017

Council on Undergraduate Research

CUR Fellows Awards Program – Jan 06, 2017  **

Fats and Proteins Research Foundation, Inc.

Research Grant Program – Mar 15, 2017  **

Geological Society of America

Graduate and Undergraduate Student Research Grants – Feb 01, 2017

Henry Luce Foundation

Clare Boothe Luce Program (Women in Science, Math, and Engineering) – Mar 06, 2017

Huyck (Edmund Niles) Preserve and Biological Research Station

Graduate and Postgraduate Research Grants – Mar 10, 2017

Morris Animal Foundation

Animal Health Grants – Mar 01, 2017

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

Gulf Research Program – Feb 01, 2017

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program (NGFFP) – Feb 16, 2017

NASA’s One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) (NIFS) – Mar 01, 2017

Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) – Mar 06, 2017

National Center for Atmospheric Research

Postdoctoral Fellowships – Jan 06, 2017

National Science Foundation

Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure – Mar 01, 2017

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation – Mar 07, 2017

Biological Anthropology – Jan 20, 2017  ++

Dimensions of Biodiversity – Feb 21, 2017

Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies – Feb 10, 2017

STEM-C Partnerships: MSP – Mar 14, 2017

Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S-STEM) – Mar 29, 2017

Historically Black Colleges & Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) – Mar 21, 2017

Climate and Large-Scale Dynamics – Jan    2017  **   

Partnership for Clean Competition

Grants and Fellowships – Mar 01, 2017

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

Grants-in-Aid of Research – Mar 15, 2017

Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Student Scholarships (Undergraduate and Graduate) – Feb    2017  **

U.S. Department of Commerce

Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) – Jan 04, 2017

Community-based Restoration Program – Jan 19, 2017

U.S. Department of Defense

Cyber Asymmetric Force Applications for Unmanned Aircraft Systems – Jan 31, 2017  ++

ARL Broad Agency Announcement – Mar 31, 2017

Army Educational Outreach Program Apprenticeships – Feb 28, 2017  **

DARPA:  Defense Sciences Office – Jan 06, 2017

DARPA: Information Innovation Office – Feb 24, 2017

DARPA: Microsystems Technology Office Programs – Jan 13, 2017

DARPA: Tactical Technology Office – Jan 12, 2017

SSN/SSGN Survivability Program (S3P) & Vertical Launch Payload Concepts – Mar 01, 2017

U.S. Department of Energy

Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – Jan 04, 2017

Scientific Discovery Through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) – Jan 09, 2017

U.S. Department of Justice

Forensic Research and Development – Feb 28, 2017

U.S. Department of Transportation

Transit Cooperative Research Program – Jan    2017  **

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) – Jan 13, 2017

P3 Award: A Student Design Competition for Sustainability – Feb 03, 2017

Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Research Grants – Mar 02, 2017

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Latest News

HOLD THE DATE: UWL Faculty Research Day to Be Held Friday, January 20

The 22nd Annual UWL Faculty Research Day will be held Friday, January 20, in the new student center from approximately 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. The event celebrates the university’s research, scholarly, and creative activities, and provides an opportunity to learn about the diverse scholarship being undertaken by throughout the campus community. The event is sponsored by the Provost & Vice Chancellor and the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs. Please contact ORSP with any questions about the event (grants@uwlax.edu, 785-8007). Watch your email inbox for registration information coming soon!

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NSF Grant Policy & Application Changes for Proposals Due on or after Jan. 30, 2017

There will be several significant changes and revisions to the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Proposal Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) in effect for applications submitted on or after January 30, 2017; proposals due before that date should follow the current PAPPG. NSF has also updated its Frequently Asked Questions. The updated PAPPG summarizes the significant changes and clarifications, while several key revisions are noted below:

  • Letters of intent (LOIs) for collaborative proposals: If a collaborative application from multiple organizations requires an LOI, the lead institution will submit the LOI.
  • Additional information on RAISE and GOALI proposals: Descriptions of two new proposal types have been added, including Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering (RAISE) and Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI).
  • Collaborators & other affiliations: Instructions for this supplementary document clarify that (1) each person should be listed alphabetically by last name; and (2) listing postgraduate advisors is not required. Instead, proposers must include “a list of all persons with whom the individual has had an association as a PhD advisor,” as the information will better inform NSF of potential conflicts of interest or bias when selecting reviewers.
  • Results from prior NSF support: Language has been added to clarify why NSF collects this information from proposers: “to assist reviewers in assessing the quality of prior work conducted with current or prior NSF support. Additional instructions have also been added regarding the type of information that should be included for projects that have been recently awarded, where no new results exist.”
  • Letters of support: While letters of collaboration are permitted, clarifications have been made “to emphasize the importance of submitting letters of support only when specifically required by a program solicitation.” Letters of collaboration must use the language prescribed by NSF.
  • Submission of collaborative proposal from multiple organizations: The Collaborators & Other Affiliations Information should be submitted separately by the lead and non-lead organizations.
  • Proposal preparation checklist: Information has been added to provide PIs with a list of proposal components needed for different proposal types.

To help PIs navigate the current and upcoming set of guidelines, the ORSP website currently has two versions of the UWL NSF Proposal Development Checklist available: (1) a checklist for proposals due before January 30, 2017; and (2) a checklist for proposals due on or after January 30, 2017.

Source: NSF 17-1 Proposal & Awards Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)

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NIH Grant Application Guide Has Been Updated

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant application guide was updated November 22, 2016.  Revisions primarily comprise clarifications to a number of instructions rather than changes, with the exception of the implementation of a new appendix policy, which applies to proposals due on or after January 25, 2017.  The new appendix policy (NOT-OD-16-129) redefines allowable appendix materials to include only the following materials:

  • For applications proposing clinical trials:
    • Clinical trial protocols
    • Investigator’s brochure from Investigation New Drug (IND)
  • For all applications:
    • Blank informed consent/assent forms
    • Blank surveys, questionnaires, data collection instruments
    • Items required by solicitation

The UWL NIH proposal development checklist has been updated to reflect these changes. Section G.120 of the updated NIH application guidelines addresses all of the significant changes.

Sources: NIH Application Guide, NIH NOT-OD-16-129

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21st Century Cures Act Is Passed

On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act, which commits $6.3 billion over seven years to multiple public health initiatives. These investments include heroin and opioid addiction treatment ($1 billion), precision medicine ($1.4 billion), the BRAIN research initiative ($1.5 billion), cancer care and research ($1.8 billion), mental illness, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injuries. The legislation could provide up to an additional $4.8 billion over 10 years in research funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), primarily in the areas of cancer, neuroscience, and precision medicine.

Sources: White House, Office of the Press SecretaryUSA Today, “Obama Signs $6.3 Billion Law for Cancer Research, Drug Treatment”Congress.gov, H.R.6 21st Century Cures Act

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New Federal Initiative: Computer Science for All

In FY 2016, the Obama Administration highlighted its initiative to provide additional funding for computer science research, particularly its emphasis on computer science education and training, through the Computer Science for All (CS for All) initiative. In FY 2017, a number of new initiatives will be implemented to further the objectives of CS for All. NSF, in particular, plans to provide up to $20 million in funds for computer science research in 2017; additional information is available in the NSF 16-057 Dear Colleague Letter. One such program is the NSF Computer Science for All: Researcher Practitioner Partnerships (applications due February 28, 2017), which supports “researcher-practitioner partnerships (RPPs) that foster the research and development needed to bring [computer science/computation thinking] to all schools. Specifically, this solicitation aims to provide high school teachers with the preparation, professional development (PD) and ongoing support that they need to teach rigorous computer science courses, and K-8 teachers with the instructional materials and preparation they need to integrate CS/CT into their teaching.”

Sources: GRC GrantWeekNSF CS for All

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Recent Submissions

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Recent Awards

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UWL & UW System Grants

UWL Curricular Redesign Grants

Program contact: UWL Center for Advancing Teaching & Learning (CATL)

Program summary: Curricular Redesign Grants (CRG) support groups of instructors to develop or redesign and implement curricula and teaching practices in academic programs. The grants fund projects that involve significant revisions intended to address challenging learning goals, student learning problems, and/or achievement gaps. Priority will be given to projects that go above and beyond normal curriculum development, course updates, and minor revisions. Projects should include design, assessment, and further improvement of curriculum and teaching practices.

Deadline: February 17, 2017

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UWL International Program Development Fund

Program contact: Lema Kabashi, lkabashi@uwlax.edu

Program summary: This particular grant program focuses on the development of faculty and staff-led programs (e.g. scoping visits) or faculty exchanges.

Deadline: February 6, 2017

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Wisconsin Sea Grants

Funding agency: University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute

Program summary: Wisconsin Sea Grants provide integrated research, outreach, and education programs that provide tangible benefits for ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes environments and the communities they support. Ranging from $100,000-$120,000, these grants support research in the following areas of interest: 1) Wisconsin Targeted Focus Areas, including Green Bay Interdisciplinary Research; Bluff, Beach and Nearshore Sediment Dynamics; and Great Lakes and Water Literacy Assessment. 2) Wisconsin Base Focus Areas, including Healthy Coastal Ecosystems; Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture; and Resilient Communities and Economies. 3) Special Joint Calls for Proposal with other state Sea Grant programs, including MN-WI Joint Call for Proposals; and IL/IN-WI Joint Call for Proposals. In addition, the program solicits education proposals for up to $25,000 a year to address our fourth priority base focus area for Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development (Non-research Education Projects).

Deadlines: Required pre-proposal due January 24, 2017l and full proposal due April 28, 2017

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