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Faculty Recognition & Funding Opportunities - March 1, 2012

This email bulletin, issued twice per month during the academic year, provides 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.  An asterisk (*) indicates a listing that did not appear in the prior edition of the bulletin.  Please note that this is not a comprehensive list.  For more information or to share your news, please contact Gary Hohenberger (gahohenberger, x7092).


RECOGNITION

Maria Hantzopoulos, Assistant Professor of Education, is co-editor (with Dr. Alia Tyner-Mullings of CUNY) of Critical Small Schools: Beyond Privatization in New York City Urban Educational Reform (Information Age Publishing, 2012).  Featuring current empirical research, this volume highlights the successes and challenges of the small schools movement while challenging the concept of charter schools as the panacea for urban school reform.

Eva Woods Peiró, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Director of the Media Studies Program, is author of White Gypsies: Race and Stardom in Spanish Musicals (University of Minnesota Press, 2012) which reveals how Spanish film musicals, long dismissed as unworthy of critical scrutiny, illuminate Spain’s relationship to modernity.

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 19            The Collins Fund for Faculty Research in Environmental Science supports Vassar faculty research on the Earth's environmental systems and human interactions with those systems.
For more information and to submit proposals, please see http://environmentalstudies.vassar.edu/docs/eri_collins_funding.pdf.  The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 19 by 5pm.

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


*MARCH 26               
The Interdisciplinary Education Teams Fund (IETF) has been established by Vassar’s Center for Collaborative Approaches to Science (CCAS) as part of the College's programming supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The IETF provides funding to support the development of team-taught interdisciplinary courses involving different science disciplines or spanning science and non-science disciplines, typically taught by two faculty members, one of whom must be in Division III. As a result, a quantitative and/or computational approach to the course material must be included. The overall goal of the program is to increase interest in interdisciplinary work among both the faculty and students and establish or enhance interdisciplinary research collaboration. Awards include up to $2,000 to fund the purchase of course materials, supplies, and small equipment. Each participating faculty member may choose either to receive a summer stipend of $5,000 for course development.  http://ccas.vassar.edu/curriculum_development/top


*MARCH 26                The Computational Science Inquiry Modules Fund (CSIMF) has been established by Vassar’s Center for Collaborative Approaches to Science (CCAS) as part of the College's programming supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  The CSIMF provides funding to support development of four-to-six week inquiry-based laboratory modules that will establish or augment the fundamental process of inquiry and experimentation in genomics, bioinformatics, or other fields of computational science that expose students to processing large data sets.  In particular, the fund is intended to support creation of inquiry-based modules that introduce students to Vassar’s high performance parallel computing cluster, “Junior.” Modules developed through this program can be part of a new course or inject new life into a pre-existing course.  Funding is provided for the development of the module and its initial implementation, including a $5,000 stipend for the primary instructor, plus up to $5,000 for supplies, equipment, or software. Successful applications will incorporate faculty research into the learning experience and use innovative or new approaches to exposing students to work in a field of computational science.  http://ccas.vassar.edu/curriculum_development/top

 
*APRIL 2                       Carolyn Grant ’36 Endowment Awards
encourage the integration of experiential and imaginative processes, and other kinds of embodied learning, into the lives of members of the Vassar community. The Endowment supports ongoing education, professional development, and training that would lead to innovations in teaching and curricular design. Faculty and staff members are invited to apply (by Monday, April 2) for support to prepare to teach new courses or add new dimensions to existing ones.  The Endowment funds such expenses as: the cost of attending workshops, pursuing off-campus collaborations, the cost of equipment or supplies for courses, and the cost of bringing teachers or scholars to campus in connection with a course.  For more information and instructions, please see http://carolyngrantendowment.vassar.edu/

 

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


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


*MAY 15
                      Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service) offers Research Visit Grants & Arts Study Visits For Faculty, for up to three months and in all academic disciplines.  Open to scholars at US and Canadian institutions of higher education who wish to pursue research at universities, libraries, archives, institutes or laboratories in Germany. Grants are awarded for specific research projects and cannot be used for travel only, attendance at conferences or conventions, editorial meetings, lecture tours or extended guest professorships.  For more details and application guidelines, please see http://www.daad.org/page/researchvisit/index.v3page;jsessionid=4ddqqh7rr3puh


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
 

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

*MARCH 26                        National Science Foundation (NSF) Assembling the Tree of Life (ATOL).  NSF announces its intention to continue support of creative and innovative research that will resolve evolutionary relationships for large groups of organisms throughout the history of life.  A flood of new information, from whole-genome sequences to detailed structural information to inventories of earth's biota to greater appreciation of the importance of lateral gene transfer in shaping evolutionary history, is transforming 21st century biology. Along with comparative data on morphology, fossils, development, behavior, and interactions of all forms of life on earth, these new data streams make even more critical the need for an organizing evolutionary context. Assembly of a framework phylogeny, or Tree of Life, for all major lineages of life requires a greatly magnified effort, often involving large teams working across institutions and disciplines, is the overall goal of the ATOL activity.  Investigators will be supported for projects in data acquisition, analysis, algorithm development and dissemination in computational phylogenetics and phyloinformatics.  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10513/nsf10513.htm#elig
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


*MAY 1                            National Research Council (NRC)
Research Associateship Program (RAP) offers a variety of opportunities for postdoctoral and senior research fellowships in federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.  The mission of the NRC RAP is to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U. S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.  For more information and application guidelines, please see  http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/RAP/index.htm


*MAY 15
                         Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service) offers Research Visit Grants & Arts Study Visits For Faculty, for up to three months and in all academic disciplines.  Open to scholars at US and Canadian institutions of higher education who wish to pursue research at universities, libraries, archives, institutes or laboratories in Germany. Grants are awarded for specific research projects and cannot be used for travel only, attendance at conferences or conventions, editorial meetings, lecture tours or extended guest professorships.  For more details and application guidelines, please see http://www.daad.org/page/researchvisit/index.v3page;jsessionid=4ddqqh7rr3puh

MAY 29                            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, Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations
Gary Hohenberger ‘97  (7092, gahohenberger)
        Director, Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations
Lori McElduff  (5490, lomcelduff)
        Grants Office Support
Amanda Thornton (5309, amthornton)
        Director of Grants Administration
Christopher White (7836, chwhite)
        Associate Professor of Religion and Faculty Director of Research Development