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Faculty Recognition & Funding Opportunities - March 15, 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.  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 grant or publication-related news, please contact Gary Hohenberger (gahohenberger, x7092).


RECOGNITION

Mary Ann Cunningham, Associate Professor of Geography,
Kirsten Menking, Associate Professor of Earth Science,
Marshall Pregnall, Associate Professor of Biology, and
Meg Ronsheim, Associate Professor of Biology, have been awarded a grant by the New York State Water Resources Institute (Cornell University) for their project “Wetland mitigation of infill development: An evaluation of green infrastructure effectiveness in a near-urban setting”.  Funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program, this grant will support the investigators’ study of high-density, green infrastructure in urban runoff remediation along the Fonteynkill.

 
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.  To apply, please use the Committee on Research materials available at http://committees.vassar.edu/research/.  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           National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on JAPAN.  Awards support research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan’s international relations, and U.S.-Japan relations. The program encourages innovative research that puts these subjects in wider regional and global contexts and is comparative and contemporary in nature. Appropriate disciplines for the research include anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, linguistics, political science, psychology, public administration, and sociology. Fellows may undertake their projects in Japan, the United States, or both, and may include work in other countries for comparative purposes. Projects may be at any state of development.  http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/fellowships-japan.html


*MAY 1           NEH Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Projects may be at any stage of development.  Fellowships support continuous full-time work for a period of six to twelve months.  http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/fellowships.html


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 1           The Wenner-Gren Foundation Post-Ph.D. Research Grants are awarded to individuals holding a Ph.D. or equivalent degree to support individual research projects. The program contributes to the Foundation's overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity's cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas.  http://www.wennergren.org/programs/post-phd-research-grants


MAY 15           German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) 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


Rolling applications    
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 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          German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) 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


*JUNE 25        National Institutes of Health (NIH) Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) support individual research projects in biomedical and behavioral sciences conducted by faculty and involving their undergraduate students, who are located in institutions that have not been major recipients of NIH research grants.  Applications for the subsequent grants cycle are due October 25.  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/area.htm

For a list of all NIH deadlines, see: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/submissionschedule.htm


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


*JULY 23-25     NSF Faculty Early-Career Development Program (CAREER) offers the Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups and persons with disabilities to apply.   For details, please see:  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11690/nsf11690.htm


Rolling applications    

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