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Faculty Recognition & Funding Opportunities - February 15, 2012

This email bulletin, issued twice per month during the academic year, provides summaries, links and updates on some of the funding opportunities that are available for research, teaching and professional development and acknowledges some recent accomplishments of the faculty.  Please be advised that this is not a comprehensive list.  For more information or to share your news, please contact Gary Hohenberger (gahohenberger, x7092).


RECOGNITION

Paulina Bren, Adjunct Assistant Professor in History, was awarded the 2012 Council for European Studies Book Prize for her book, The Greengrocer and His TV: The Culture of Communism after the 1968 Prague Spring (Cornell University Press, 2010).  Awarded once every two years, the CES Book Prize recognizes the best first academic book on any subject in European Studies.

Tyrone Simpson, II, Associate Professor of English, is author of Ghetto Images in Twentieth-Century American Literature: Writing Apartheid, published for 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan (New York).  A new volume ofThe Future of Minority Studies book series, this comprehensive work explores how six American writers have artistically responded to the racialization of U.S. frostbelt cities in the twentieth century.

INTERNAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

MARCH 19                Twice a year, the Committee on Research awards funds for all phases of faculty research. The committee considers projects at an early stage of development, as well as those projects that are nearer completion. The committee encourages applications where initial funding holds promise for continuing funding from external granting agencies as well as research that falls outside the purview of external funding agencies. In awarding research funds, the committee takes into account the likelihood of the project resulting in a finished product: the publication of a scholarly article or book, or the successful completion of a work of art, the mounting of an art exhibition or a dramatic production.  All faculty members, whether tenured, on tenure-track, on more limited contracts, or emeriti, are eligible to apply. Applications for the spring 2012 cycle are due by 5 pm, Monday, March 19. For full guidelines and application instructions, please see http://committees.vassar.edu/research/

MARCH 23                The Frances D. Fergusson Faculty Technology Exploration Fund was created to encourage faculty members to explore the ways in which technology can enhance their teaching or research. Such technologies can include both computer software and peripheral devices. Requests for funds will be reviewed by the Committee on Academic Technologies (CAT), with input from the Dean of the Faculty, and the Vice President for Computing and Information Services.  Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2012 cycle of grants. Please note that all applications must be submitted by Friday, March 23. Applications should include a brief statement of the need for the technology, how it would be used, the potential impact, and the expected cost. Each application must be reviewed by the appropriate Academic Computing Services (ACS) liaison before the application is submitted. To apply, and for more details about the application process and review considerations, please see http://computing.vassar.edu/faculty/techfund/index.html

SOME UPCOMING DEADLINES FOR EXTERNAL FUNDING
ARTS, HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES


MARCH 1                    Creative Capital is interested in supporting artists who demonstrate bold, inventive, and singular ideas in project form and content; are at a catalytic moment in their creative practice and career approach; are deeply engaged with and rigorously committed to their art form; have potential for significant artistic and cultural impact; and understand the professional landscape of their field. Decisions are based on the artistic strength and vision of the proposed project, the professional capabilities of the applicant, the feasibility of the initiative, and the likelihood that the artist will benefit from participating in the Creative Capital process. A project may receive as much as $50,000 in direct financial support during the life cycle of the award, with the average amount closer to $35,000. For complete 2012 grant guidelines and information session schedules, see http://creative-capital.org/apply/


MARCH 1  
                  Dirksen Center Congressional Research Awards fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress.  The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress.  Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible. The Congressional Research Awards program has invested more than $840,000 to support over 400 projects.  http://www.dirksencenter.org/print_grants_CRAs.htm


MAY 1                         NEH Preservation Assistance Grants  help small and mid-sized institutions improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials. http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/pag.html

For a full list of NEH programs and deadlines, please see:
http://www.neh.gov/grants/grants.html

JULY 3                        The William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Program supports promising early-career researchers from diverse disciplines, who have demonstrated success in conducting high-quality research and are seeking to further develop and broaden their expertise. Candidates are nominated by a supporting institution and must submit five-year research plans that demonstrate creativity, intellectual rigor, and a commitment to continued professional development. Every year, four to six William T. Grant Scholars are selected and each receives $350,000 distributed over a five-year period.  For eligibility, guidelines and application materials, please see http://www.wtgrantfoundation.org/funding_opportunities/fellowships/william_t__grant_scholars


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Collaborative Scholarly Publishing Initiatives funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  The Association of American University Presses has initiated two consortia of university presses to support the publication of first books in American Literatures and Slavic Studies. Mellon funds help to underwrite publication and promotional costs.  For contact information and other details:  http://www.mellonslavicstudies.org and http://www.americanliteratures.org




SOME UPCOMING DEADLINES FOR EXTERNAL FUNDING
SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS
 
 
FEBRUARY 25                 National Institutes of Health
(NIH) Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) support individual research projects in biomedical and behavioral sciences conducted by faculty members, and involving their undergraduate students, who are located in institutions that have not been major recipients of NIH research grants.  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/area.htm
 
For a full list of upcoming NIH due dates: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/submissionschedule.htm


MARCH 1                        The American Educational Research Association
(AERA) announces its Research Grants competition. Supported by the National Science Foundation, the program seeks to stimulate research on U.S. education issues using data from the large-scale, national and international data sets supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and other federal agencies, and to increase the number of education researchers using these data sets. The program supports research projects that are quantitative in nature, include the analysis of existing data from NCES or other federal agencies, and have U.S. education policy relevance. Awards for Research Grants are up to $20,000 for 1-year projects, or up to $35,000 for 2-year projects. http://www.aera.net/grantsprogram/res_training/res_grants/RGFly.html


MARCH 8                          The Ellison Medical Foundation's Senior Scholar Program is designed to support established U.S. investigators conducting research in the basic biological and basic biomedical sciences relevant to understanding lifespan development processes and age-related diseases and disabilities. The award is intended to provide significant support to allow the development of new, creative research programs by investigators who may not currently be conducting aging research or who wish to develop new research programs in aging. The Foundation particularly seeks to stimulate new research that has rigorous scientific foundations but is currently inadequately funded, either because of its perceived novelty, high risk, or because it is from an area where other "traditional" research interests absorb most funding. http://www.ellisonfoundation.org/how-to-apply-senior-scholar


MAY 29  
                          National Science Foundation (NSF) Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (TUES) program seeks to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all undergraduate students, especially by bringing about widespread adoption of classroom practices that embody understanding of how students learn most effectively. The program supports efforts to create, adapt, and disseminate new learning materials and teaching strategies to reflect advances both in STEM disciplines and in what is known about teaching and learning. The program supports projects representing different stages of development, ranging from small, exploratory investigations to large, comprehensive projects.  Type 1 proposals (up to $250K) are due May 29, 2012.
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10544/nsf10544.htm

Multiple NSF funding opportunities are now open!  For a full list, please visit: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_list.jsp?org=NSF&ord=date

JULY 3                            The William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Program supports promising early-career researchers from diverse disciplines, who have demonstrated success in conducting high-quality research and are seeking to further develop and broaden their expertise. Candidates are nominated by a supporting institution and must submit five-year research plans that demonstrate creativity, intellectual rigor, and a commitment to continued professional development. Every year, four to six William T. Grant Scholars are selected and each receives $350,000 distributed over a five-year period.  For eligibility, guidelines and application materials, please see http://www.wtgrantfoundation.org/funding_opportunities/fellowships/william_t__grant_scholars



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Humboldt Research Fellowships for Post-doctoral or Experienced Researchers support long-term research projects (6-24 months) in cooperation with an academic host at research institutions in Germany.  Scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines may apply to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation directly at any time. http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/sponsorship.html

National Geographic Society.  One year grants intended as seed money in anthropology, archeology, astronomy, botany, biology, geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, and zoology. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/field/grants-programs/cre-application/


GRANTSNET: A comprehensive online resource for science funding opportunities: http://www.grantsnet.org/



Questions or concerns about faculty funding?  Contact us:

Judith Dollenmayer (5376, judollenmayer)
        Associate Director for Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations
Gary Hohenberger ‘97  (7092, gahohenberger)
        Director for Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations
Amanda Thornton (5309, amthornton)
        Director of Grants Administration
Christopher White (7836, chwhite)
        Associate Professor of Religion and Faculty Director of Research Development