Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Opportunity in Global Health and Development

Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions, is now accepting grant proposals for its latest application round. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.

Proposals are being accepted online until May 6, 2014 on the following topics:

•  New Ways of Working Together: Integrating Community-Based Interventions
•     Explore New Ways to Measure Fetal and Infant Brain Development
•    Innovations in Feedback & Accountability Systems for Agricultural Development
•     Inciting Healthy Behaviors: nudge, leapfrog, disrupt, reach
•     Novel Enabling Tools and Models Supporting the Development of Interventions for Severe Diarrhea and Enteric Dysfunction

Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at: www.grandchallenges.org/explorations.

Grant Foundation Launches Initiative on Understanding Inequality

Through its new Understanding Inequality program, the foundation will award grants of up to $600,000 in support of research that focuses on ways to reduce disparities in the academic, behavioral, social, and economic outcomes among youth.

Priority will be given to projects related to inequality on the basis of economic, racial/ethnic, and language backgrounds; research that explores other areas of inequality will be considered based on a compelling case for its impact.

DEADLINE: MAY 6, 2014

For more information please  refer to: http://www.wtgrantfoundation.org/funding_opportunities/research_grants/reducing-inequality

Dear Colleague Letter: Stimulating Research Related to the Science of Broadening Participation

Building on previous investments, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE) and the Directorate for Education & Human Resources (EHR) announce their interest in stimulating research related to the Science of Broadening Participation (SBP).

The Science of Broadening Participation will employ the theories, methods, and analytic techniques of the social, behavioral, economic, and learning sciences to better understand the barriers that hinder and factors that enhance our ability to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The results of these efforts will inform approaches to increase the access and involvement of underrepresented groups in STEM and to strengthen our national STEM capabilities and competitive advantage. Ultimately, the SBP research will provide scientific evidence that STEM educators, STEM employers, and policy makers need to make informed decisions and to design effective programs and interventions.

For more information, please refer to the RFP:

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14038/nsf14038.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Public Health Law Research Seeks Research Projects of Laws That Improve Public Health

Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws That Improve Health, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, seeks to build the evidence for and strengthen the use of regulatory, legal, and policy solutions to improve public health. To help achieve this goal, PHLR is inviting applications from nonprofit research institutions for qualitative or quantitative research studies related to the development, implementation, mechanisms of action, or health effects of specific laws or regulations.

Studies should focus on the intersection of law and public health but may draw on a range of other disciplines, including medicine, economics, engineering, sociology, psychology, and public policy and administration. However, the primary focus of the study should be a law or policy and its influence on public health. Special consideration will be given to projects that incorporate innovative approaches such as experimental designs and simulations, the use of biological measures as outcome variables, mixed qualitative-quantitative studies, and/or the application of cutting-edge econometric and time-series models. Economic analysis as an evaluation component or as the main study design is also encouraged to demonstrate the fiscal case and demonstrate value for public health law.

Research teams that combine legal expertise with strong research design and statistical competence are particularly encouraged.

Grants will range up to $150,000 each for a period of up to eighteen months. Mapping studies  ̶  legal research that creates a multijurisdictional dataset of laws suitable for quantitative research  ̶  will also be considered, but budgets for these mapping projects should not exceed $50,000 or twelve months duration.

DEADLINE: APRIL 15, 2014

For more information please refer to the RFP: http://www.rwjf.org/en/grants/calls-for-proposals/2014/public-health-law-research–making-the-case-for-laws-that-improv.html?cid=XEM_A7899

Funding Opportunity: Catalyzing New International Collaborations (CNIC)

The CNIC program will support US researchers’ participation in activities intended to catalyze new international collaborations designed to open up new scientific directions for the proposer. These include, but are not limited to: research planning visits, initial data gathering activities, proof-of-concept, single or multiple visits within a maximum 12-month time period to plan a new international research collaboration, or exploratory workshops designed to bring together US and non-US-based researchers representing several institutions and focused on a topic specified in the Project Description. Generally, CNIC-supported workshops will include between 10-25 individuals, of whom roughly half will be from the US, and are usually expected to take place abroad. However, in special circumstances, they may take place within the US if they include substantial international participation and are held for the purpose of establishing new international collaborations.

The community is invited to propose innovative mechanisms and strategies for catalyzing new international collaborations with the goal of reaching the stage that competitive follow-on full research proposals can be submitted to other specified and relevant NSF programs, for continuing support of the project. Such follow-on proposals may be submitted to any appropriate and active NSF core program

Estimated Number of Awards: 30 to 40 per year

Anticipated Funding Amount: $2,000,000 per year, pending the quality of proposals and availability of funds

Award duration (up to 12 months) and budget (up to $75,000) are expected to vary considerably depending on the scope of activities proposed.

Rolling Deadlines:  Full Proposal Target Date(s):

January 22, 2014
January 22, Annually Thereafter

April 22, 2014
April 22, Annually Thereafter

July 22, 2014
July 22, Annually Thereafter

For more information please refer to the solicitation page: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13605/nsf13605.htm

Sidney Hillman Foundation Announces Call for Submissions for 2014 Hillman Prizes

The foundation is now accepting submissions for the 2014 Hillman Prizes in honor of investigative journalism and commentary in the public interest. Winners exemplify sound news judgment, resourcefulness and courage in reporting, skilled storytelling, and social impact.

The 2014 prizes will be given for work produced, published, broadcast, or exhibited in 2013. Categories include books (nonfiction), newspaper reporting (print or online), magazine reporting (print or online), broadcast journalism (video or radio programs longer than twenty minutes and documentary film), Web journalism (online multimedia reporting by an individual or an institution; should have a substantial visual component as well as text), and opinion journalism (commentary and analysis in any medium).

Winners will be announced in April 2014. Each winner is awarded travel to New York City to receive a $5,000 prize and a certificate designed by New Yorker cartoonist Edward Sorel at an awards ceremony and cocktail reception to be held Tuesday May 6, 2014, at the New York Times Center.

Deadline for Submission: January 31, 2014

For more information refer to:: http://www.philanthropynewsdigest.org/rfps/rfp4334-sidney-hillman-foundation-announces-call-for-submissions-for-2014-hillman-prizes#sthash.HW9mt3KB.dpuf

Direct link to RFP page with topic guidelines: https://hillmanfoundation.submittable.com/submit?utm_source=Send+%231+2014+Hillman+Prize+Call+for+Entries&utm_campaign=2014+HP+Call+for+Entries+%231&utm_medium=email

 

NSF: Grant Proposal Guide, February 2014

The National Science Foundation has released its Grant Proposal Guide for the 2014 year. This guide includes some significant changes from the previous year.

Effective for proposals submitted or due on or after February 24, 2014. For proposals submitted prior to February 24, 2014, the guidelines in NSF 13-1 apply.

We invite you to familiarize yourself with this document which can be accessed here

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf14001/gpgprint.pdf?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179

NSF: Award and Administration Guide, February 2014

The National Science Foundation has released its Award and Administration Guide for the 2014 year. This guide includes some significant changes from the previous year.

Effective for awards made on or after February 24, 2014. For awards made prior to February 24, 2014, the guidelines in NSF 13-1 apply.

We invite you to familiarize yourself with this document which can be accessed here
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf14001/aagprint.pdf?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179

Boren Award Information Session

The school of Diplomacy and International Relations will be hosting an information session on the Upcoming Boren Awards. The event will take place on Wednesday, November 20th from 3-5 in the Diplomacy Room in McQuaid Hall.

Mr. Craig Fredrickson, Boren Awards Program Officer from the Institute of International Education (IIE) in Washington, D.C., will present an information session on Boren Scholarships and Boren Fellowships. RSVP to Kate Campbell at Katherine.campbell@student.shu.edu

Undergraduate Session  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Diplomacy Room, McQuaid Hall

Boren Scholarships offer unique opportunities for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad in world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Graduate Session | 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Diplomacy Room, McQuaid Hall

Boren Fellowships enable U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. The Boren Fellowship supports students studying languages, cultures, and world regions other than Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

For more information on the event:  http://events.shu.edu/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=3962&information_id=11186&type=&syndicate=syndicate