UWL & UW System 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
Science / Technology / Engineering / Math
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.
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
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
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
IMLS Opens Competitions for Key Library Programs
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
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
UWL & UW System 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.
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.
Program contact: Lema Kabashi (email@example.com)
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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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