A collection of news items about grants, scholarships, proposal writing, and other topics compiled by Jon Harrison, Funding Center Supervisor, MSU Libraries. For more information, visit the Grants and Related Resources web page or contact Jon Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is funding a new pilot project designed to increase the representation of American Indian and Alaska Natives in tenure track positions.
This pilot project will provide varied types of supportive resources to a select group of American Indian and Alaska Native students who are studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) at U.S. colleges and universities. These resources will provide participating students with motivating encouragement, practical skills and intellectual experiences that will help compel them to stay in their chosen STEM field–so that they will earn the necessary academic credentials to land tenure track positions at U.S. colleges and universities.
NSF is awarding $1.5 million over five years to the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) to implement the pilot program, which is called “Lighting the Pathway to Faculty Careers for Natives in STEM.”
For more information, see AISES Receives $1.5 Million Grant From National Science Foundation and NSF funds pilot project aimed at increasing the number of American Indians and Alaska Natives faculty members
Tip of the hat to Matthew Fletcher and Turtle Talk, August 20, 2014.
State to Issue RFP for New Program to Assist Health of Mothers, Babies
The new Michigan Partners for Success program, designed to team up state government with service providers and investors from the philanthropic community to fund new approaches to improve health and early childhood development for high-risk mothers and their babies, will soon see a request for proposals issued. Governor Rick Snyder said in a statement Tuesday that successful bidders for the program, which uses home visitation, community programs and better coordination of care from pregnancy through the child's second birthday, will see government funding if they meet their goals. A public meeting and bidder's conference is scheduled for September 4. Bids are due in October with finalist interviews planned for November and programs set to start in 2015. Groups interested in submitting proposals can receive additional information at http://www.michigan.gov/pfs
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies invites applications to the 2014-2015 Humanities and Arts Research Program (HARP). Guidelines and instructions can be found online at the Grant Proposal System (GPS) website. Proposals are to be submitted electronically through the HARP GPS site. If you have any questions after reviewing the HARP website, contact us at: email@example.com or (517) 432-3773.
HARP has two components:
The HARP Development program provides funds to support faculty who are conducting important research leading to creative and performance projects or activities in the arts and humanities. The limited funding is designed to support faculty in the development of projects that seem likely to enhance the reputation of the faculty member and the university.
Within the Development program, there are two panels that conduct the reviews (Humanities Research and Exhibition & Performance). The Humanities Research panel will review applications that are supporting research projects and scholarship broadly related to the humanities. The Exhibition and Performance panel will review proposals that support scholarship and creative activities leading to an exhibit or performance. See the FAQs posted on the Grant Proposal System for clarification.
The deadline for HARP development applications will be in mid-October, with awards announced in February. Funding will be available for a two year period beginning on July 1.
The HARP Production program provides funds, when research is complete, to help subsidize the costs of book publication, permissions to use copyrighted materials, CD recording and production, the creation and mounting of exhibits, and other expenses associated with producing the results of a completed creative or research project. A contract from the publisher will be required if funds are being requested to publish a book. Proposals requesting funds to complete textbooks will not be considered.
Within the production program, there are two panels that conduct the reviews (Humanities Research and Exhibition & Performance). The Humanities Research panel will review applications that support the completion of research, such as the publication of a book or production of a film. The Exhibition and Performance panel will review proposals that provide support for an exhibit or performance. See the FAQs posted on the Grant Proposal System for clarification.
In order to respond to the more immediate needs that these subsidies often entail, the panels will review applications twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring semester. Funds will be available for an additional year after the fiscal year of the original funding allocation.
I encourage you to consider this program to support appropriate arts and humanities research and scholarship. The specific deadlines can be found on the HARP GPS website.
Assistant Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies
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Linda Wittbrodt was perusing Michigan Technological University’s website when she stumbled across a faculty project seeking funds to teach senior citizens online skills.
Wittbrodt thought that was cool, so she donated $25 through a new approach the Upper Peninsula university is using: pitching of an idea online and asking people to make a donation, a strategy known as crowdfunding.
Wittbrodt personifies a new source of revenue for researchers in an era when the funding environment for universities is more challenging than it has been in years. Academics who create a proposal, put it online and market it with social media can attract people’s attention — and financial support — for new ideas and research.
Academia entered the foray as funding for research through the federal government — mostly through the National Institutes of Health — has been scaled back in recent years. After peaking at $31.2 billion in fiscal year 2010, the NIH’s budget decreased in each of the next three years, falling to $29.3 billion in 2013.
With government funding down, researchers have looked more to private investors to help support their work, said Daryl Weinert, associate vice president for research-sponsored projects at the University of Michigan. In general, 80 percent of university research is supported by the government, 10 percent by private investors and 10 percent by philanthropic organizations.
Crowdfunding is the newest alternate source of money, though it is not expected to replace or even rival federal grants.
Michigan’s Tech’s crowdfunding website has raised $84,000 for 40 projects so far.
Other universities are still experimenting.
At the University of Michigan, two engineering professors recently used the crowdfunding website Kickstarter to help fund a project for an interplanetary satellite mission with aspirations of going to asteroids, Mars and eventually to the moons of Jupiter and Saturn to look for life.
Meanwhile, at Michigan State University, a family helped raise money through crowdfunding for professor Richard Neubig’s research into scleroderma — a rare and often fatal disease, causing the thickening of tissue — that lacks any effective treatments.
For the full artice, see Kim Kozlowski, "More Michigan colleges use crowdfunding for research", Detroit News, August 8, 2014.
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