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Faculty Recognition & Funding Opportunities - April 15, 2017

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Nicholas Adams, Professor of Art on the Mary Conover Mellon Chair, both originated and curated Building Buffalo: Buildings from Books, Books from Buildings, a major exhibition of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (BECL), New York.  With support from the Vassar College Faculty Committee on Research, Adams offered to curate an exhibit of rare books in the library's collection and enlisted Francis Kowsky, SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus, in the effort. “Building Buffalo” presents books from the Grosvenor Rare Book Collection of the BECL that were, over more than a century, donated or purchased to help the city grow into a great metropolitan center. The collection, including works from early editions of Vitruvius to the works of Le Corbusier, was assembled to educate the city’s architects and residents in the traditions of the world’s cultural riches. In two respects these are the books that built Buffalo. They are part of a cultural heritage that turned the frontier village into a great city. Further, the ideas and images in these books fired the imaginations of Buffalo architects as they built the rapidly expanding city. These are, in short, the books that record great buildings and convey great architectural ideas, “the books that helped build buildings”.  Much like the built heritage still standing in Buffalo, the exhibit’s books form a precious resource matched by few other American cities.


Miriam Cohen, Evalyn Clark Professor of History, is author of Julia Lathrop: Social Service and Progressive Government, newly published by Westview Press.  A volume in the Lives of American Women SeriesProfessor Cohen’s new book is a biography of Julia Lathrop, Vassar Class of 1880, a social servant, government activist and social scientist who expanded notions of women’s roles in public life early in the 20th century.  “Julia Lathrop offers the historical context in which women reformers had to maneuver at the turn of the century,” writes Joanne L. Goodwin, Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “If we can measure the advancement of social welfare by the opportunities that existed at the time, then Miriam Cohen has done a service to us all by bringing Julia Lathrop’s career back into focus.” 

Elliot Schreiber, Associate Professor of German Studies, has been awarded a Fellowship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) to pursue research at the International Youth Library in Munich in summer 2017.  Professor Schreiber will work on his book project, Toy Stories: Fairytales, Toys, and the Discovery of Imaginative Play in Germany 1750-1850, while developing a new International Studies/Education course that he will co-teach with Tracey Holland (Department of Education), titled “Hello, Dear Enemy: Mounting an Exhibition of Picture Books on War and Displacement”.

Cindy Schwarz, Professor of Physics, was named a Fellow of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) for 2017.  The criterion for selection of Fellows is simple: exceptional contribution to AAPT's mission to enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.  Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one's professional peers, and Professor Schwarz is one of only eight AAPT Fellows for 2017.  An international organization for physics educators, physicists, and industrial scientists, AAPT was founded in 1930 and is headquartered at the American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland.

David Tavárez, Professor of Anthropology, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.  Since its establishment in 1925, the Foundation has granted generous fellowships to over 18,000 people, including Nobel laureates, Fields Medalists, Turing Award winners, poets laureate, members of the various national academies, and winners of the Pulitzer Prize.  Professor Tavárez is one of 173 new Guggenheim Fellows, selected from nearly 3,000 entrants to the 2017 cycle.  Word, Time, and Resistance in Colonial Mexico: The Zapotec Books of the Cosmos, his project for the Guggenheim year, rethinks the dynamics of religious and political dissent in colonial societies through a corpus of more than 100 daykeeping manuals, and several ritual songs, all clandestinely produced in Zapotec by ritual specialists in seventeenth-century Mexico.  His examination of this unique surrender, precipitated by the largest campaign against native idolatry in the colonial Americas, reassesses religious knowledge as mobilized political and historical consciousness.

   

SOME UPCOMING DEADLINES FOR EXTRAMURAL FUNDING

NATURAL SCIENCES, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATHEMATICS

 

 

MAY 15                         Wildlife Acoustics will award grants of up to $5,000 in support of bioacoustics research on chiropteran, avian, terrestrial, amphibious, and marine wildlife, and everything else in between. Projects must make significant use of bioacoustics for data collection and/or analysis, advance scientific knowledge, and contribute to long-term conservation. In addition, the grant award must have a significant impact on the success of the project.  Applicants must be a biologist, researcher, conservationist, or student.  See the Wildlife Acoustic website for complete program guidelines and application instructions:  https://www.wildlifeacoustics.com/grant

 

JUNE 15                       The American Psychological Foundation (APF) invites applications for its Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Fund, which provides an award of $10,000 to an early-career psychologist in support of his/her research and demonstration activities that promote understanding of the relationship between self-identity and academic achievement, with an emphasis on children in grades K-8.  Applicants must be an early-career psychologist (no more than ten years postdoctoral) and have received IRB approval, if human participants are involved, before funding can be awarded.  See the APF website for complete program guidelines, information about past recipients, and application instructions: http://www.apa.org/apf/funding/clark-fund.aspx

 

JUNE 25                       National Institutes of Health (NIH) Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA)

support meritorious research at undergraduate degree-granting colleges and universities in order to expose students to research and help to strengthen the research environment of awardee institutions. Projects may last up to three years, and direct costs are not to exceed $300,000.  AREA grants are renewable, and preliminary data are not required.  For complete eligibility and instructions, please visit NIH online at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/area.htm

 

Watch a detailed video presentation on peer review considerations for AREA applications: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdjioTcAFWw

 

JULY 14                       The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is accepting applications for its annual Standard Grants Program, supporting public-private partnerships dedicated to carrying out projects projects that involve the long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats. From September 1990 through April 2016, some 4,300 partners affiliated with 1,894 projects received more than $1.4 billion in grants and contributed another $2.8 billion in matching funds to protect, restore, and/or enhance some 33.1 million acres of habitat.  Grant amounts will be considered on a project-by-project basis.  See the Fish & Wildlife Service website for a complete program description and application guidelines:  https://www.fws.gov/birds/grants/north-american-wetland-conservation-act/standard-grants/united-states.php

AUGUST 1                     The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation seeks to further the development of scientific leadership in the field of environmental chemistry through the Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry.  A single grant of $120,000 (payable in two $60,000 installments) will be awarded to a principal investigator for the appointment of a postdoctoral fellow in environmental chemistry, with priority given to innovative fundamental research in the chemical sciences or engineering related to the environment.  To be eligible, the principal investigator must have a well-established research effort in environmental science or engineering. Those activities need not be located in a traditional department in the chemical sciences, and collaboration across departments and institutions is encouraged. The postdoctoral fellow usually is not already identified or working in the principal investigator's lab at the time of application. See the Dreyfus Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions: http://dreyfus.org/awards/postdoctoral_program.shtml

SEPTEMBER 19              The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields except the performing arts. The fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The program seeks to further the development of scholars and artists by helping them engage in research in any field of knowledge and/or creation in any of the arts under the freest possible conditions.  Fellowships provide grants to selected individuals over a period of between six and twelve months. Because the purpose of the program is to help provide fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to advance their work.  Support is only available to individuals. Fellowships are not available for the creation of residencies, curriculum development, or any type of educational program, nor are they available to support the development of websites or blogs.  The foundation understands the performing arts to be those in which an individual interprets work created by others. Accordingly, the foundation will provide fellowships to composers but not conductors, singers, or instrumentalists; choreographers but not dancers; filmmakers, playwrights, and performance artists who create their own work but not actors or theater directors.  Grant amounts vary, and the foundation does not guarantee it will fully fund any project.  See the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation website complete guidelines and applications instructions: http://www.gf.org/about/fellowship/

NOVEMBER 3                 The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) supports teachers with the aim of ensuring equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students.  NCTM invites proposals for itsPre-K-6 Classroom Research Grants program, which supports classroom-based research in pre-college mathematics education in collaboration with college or university mathematics educators.  Grants of up to $6,000 will be awarded to mathematics educators or classroom teachers currently teaching mathematics at the pre-K–6 level. The research must be a significant collaborative effort involving a college or university mathematics educator (a mathematics education researcher or a teacher of mathematics learning, teaching, or curriculum) and one or more pre-K–6 classroom teachers. The proposal may include but is not restricted to research related to curriculum development and implementation; involvement of at-risk or minority students; students' thinking about a particular mathematics concept or set of concepts; connection of mathematics to other disciplines; focused learning and teaching of mathematics with embedded use of technology (any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant); and/or innovative assessment or evaluation strategies.  Involvement of preservice teachers is encouraged but not required. The research should lead to a draft article suitable for submission in the Mathematics Teacher Educator, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, or in one of the other NCTM school journals. In addition, proposals must address the following: research design, the plan for collecting and analyzing data, and the anticipated impact on student learning.  To be eligible, applicants must be a current NCTM member (on or before October 15, 2016) or teach at a school having current NCTM pre-K-8 school membership. The college or university mathematics educator also must be a member of NCTM.  For complete program guidelines and application instructions, visit NCTM online: http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Pre-K-6-Classroom-Research-Grants/

Rolling                          The Simons Foundation invites Letters of Intent for its new Targeted Grants in Mathematics and Physical Sciences program, intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis. For projects with principal investigators at different institutions, the LOI should be submitted by the lead PI and his/her institution.  Applicants will be notified within two months of the submission of the LOI.  See the Simons Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions: https://www.simonsfoundation.org/funding/funding-opportunities/mathematics-physical-sciences/targeted-grants-in-mps/

 

Rolling                          The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation believes that a carefully reasoned and systematic understanding of the forces of nature and society, when applied inventively and wisely, can lead to a better world for all.  The Foundation makes grants to support original research and broad-based education related to science, technology, and economic performance; and to improve the quality of American life.  The Foundation is unique in its focus on science, technology, and economic institutions. It believes the scholars and practitioners who work in these fields are chief drivers of the nation’s health and prosperity. In each grant program, the Foundation seeks proposals for original projects led by outstanding individuals or teams. 

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is interested in projects that it expects will result in a strong benefit to society, and for which funding from the private sector, the government, or other foundations is not widely available.  For areas of interest and application instructions, visit the Sloan Foundation online: http://www.sloan.org/major-program-areas/?L=0%3FcHash%3D3abefb807773927e5a962594e662c143

 

 

 

SOME UPCOMING DEADLINES FOR EXTRAMURAL FUNDING

ARTS, HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES     

 

 

APRIL 21                     The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Department at Yale University invites applications for the Yale LGBT Studies Research Fellowship. The annual fellowship is designed to provide access to Yale resources in LGBT studies to a scholar who lives outside the greater New Haven, Connecticut, area. The program supports scholars from any field interested in pursuing research in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer studies using faculty resources, manuscript archives, and library collections available at Yale.  The one-month fellowship, which must be taken up between September 1, 2017, and April 30, 2018, provides an award of $4,000 to pay for travel to and from New Haven and act as a living allowance. The fellowship recipient is expected to be in residence for a minimum of twenty days during the period of his or her award.  Graduate students conducting dissertation research, independent scholars, and all faculty are invited to apply. Scholars residing within a hundred miles of New Haven are ineligible.  For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Yale LGBT studies website: http://lgbts.yale.edu/research

 

APRIL 21                     ​The Harpo Foundation​ was established in 2006 to support artists who are underrecognized by their fields. The foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry and to encourage new modes of thinking about art. To that end, the foundation is accepting applications for its Grants for Visual Artists program. Through this annual program, direct support grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to under-recognized artists 21 years or older. For complete program guidelines, information about previous grant recipients, and application instructions, see the Harpo Foundation website:  http://www.harpofoundation.org/apply/grants-for-visual-artists/

AUGUST 21                   The Russell Sage Foundation is accepting applications for its Social, Economic and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act Program.  The program supports innovative social science research on the social, economic, and political effects of the Affordable Care Act. The foundation is especially interested in funding analyses that address important questions about the effects of the reform on outcomes such as financial security and family economic well-being, labor supply and demand, participation in other public programs, family and children's outcomes, and differential effects by age, race, ethnicity, nativity, or disability status. The foundation also is interested in research that examines the political effects of the implementation of the new law, including changes in views about government, support for future government policy changes, or the impact on policy development outside of health care.  Funding is available for secondary analysis of data or for original data collection. Projects that propose novel uses of existing data and projects that propose to analyze newly available or underutilized data are welcome. The foundation will not fund research on the effects of the ACA on healthcare delivery or health outcomes (e.g., barriers to implementation, changes in the quality of care and health status, or trends in enrollment and affordability), as other funders already do that.  Grant requests are limited to no more than a two-year period, with a maximum of $150,000 (including overhead) per project.  LOIs must be received no later than August 21, 2017.  Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application that must be returned no later than November 15, 2017.  http://www.russellsage.org/research/funding/affordable-care-act

 

SEPTEMBER 19              The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields except the performing arts. The fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The program seeks to further the development of scholars and artists by helping them engage in research in any field of knowledge and/or creation in any of the arts under the freest possible conditions.  Fellowships provide grants to selected individuals over a period of between six and twelve months. Because the purpose of the program is to help provide fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to advance their work.  Support is only available to individuals. Fellowships are not available for the creation of residencies, curriculum development, or any type of educational program, nor are they available to support the development of websites or blogs.  The foundation understands the performing arts to be those in which an individual interprets work created by others. Accordingly, the foundation will provide fellowships to composers but not conductors, singers, or instrumentalists; choreographers but not dancers; filmmakers, playwrights, and performance artists who create their own work but not actors or theater directors.  Grant amounts vary, and the foundation does not guarantee it will fully fund any project.  See the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation website complete guidelines and applications instructions: http://www.gf.org/about/fellowship/

 

OCTOBER 1                   The Samuel H. Kress Foundation is accepting applications to its History of Art grant program, which supports scholarly projects that enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture, from antiquity to the dawn of the modern era. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, the development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogs and publications, and technical and scientific studies. The program also supports activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.  In previous years, grant amounts have ranged up to $100,000.  See the Kress Foundation website for complete program guidelines, information about previous grant recipients, and application guidelines: http://www.kressfoundation.org/grants/default.aspx?id=142

OCTOBER 1                   The Samuel H. Kress Foundation's Digital Resources program is intended to foster new forms of research and collaboration and new approaches to teaching and learning art history.  To that end, grants will be awarded to support the digitization of important visual resources (especially art history photographic archives) in the area of pre-modern European art history and primary textual sources (especially the literary and documentary sources of European art history); promising initiatives in online publishing; and innovative experiments in the field of digital art history. The program does not typically support the digitization of museum object collections.  Grant amounts will be determined on a project-by-project basis. Past grants have ranged between $12,000 and $70,000.  For complete program guidelines and application instructions: http://www.kressfoundation.org/grants/digital_resources/

NOVEMBER 3                 The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) supports teachers with the aim of ensuring equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students.  NCTM invites proposals for its Pre-K-6 Classroom Research Grants program, which supports classroom-based research in pre-college mathematics education in collaboration with college or university mathematics educators.  Grants of up to $6,000 will be awarded to mathematics educators or classroom teachers currently teaching mathematics at the pre-K–6 level. The research must be a significant collaborative effort involving a college or university mathematics educator (a mathematics education researcher or a teacher of mathematics learning, teaching, or curriculum) and one or more pre-K–6 classroom teachers. The proposal may include but is not restricted to research related to curriculum development and implementation; involvement of at-risk or minority students; students' thinking about a particular mathematics concept or set of concepts; connection of mathematics to other disciplines; focused learning and teaching of mathematics with embedded use of technology (any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant); and/or innovative assessment or evaluation strategies.  Involvement of preservice teachers is encouraged but not required. The research should lead to a draft article suitable for submission in the Mathematics Teacher Educator, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, or in one of the other NCTM school journals. In addition, proposals must address the following: research design, the plan for collecting and analyzing data, and the anticipated impact on student learning.  To be eligible, applicants must be a current NCTM member (on or before October 15, 2016) or teach at a school having current NCTM pre-K-8 school membership. The college or university mathematics educator also must be a member of NCTM.  For complete program guidelines and application instructions, visit NCTM online:​ http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Pre-K-6-Classroom-Research-Grants/ ​

Rolling                          Mellon Slavic Studies Initiative   Russian, East European, and Central Asian studies are the focus of this joint publishing initiative supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in offered in partnership with Northwestern, Pittsburgh, and Wisconsin university presses.  Northwestern seeks studies of Slavic literature, art, and culture; Pittsburgh is looking for projects in the social, political, environmental, urban, and cultural history of the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia; Wisconsin is especially interested in cultural and intellectual history, literary and film studies, anthropology, and human rights, with a focus on Russia and Eastern Europe.  For program details, please visit:                

http://www.mellonslavicstudies.org/submissions.htm

 

 

 

Questions about funding for research and scholarship?   Contact us:

 

Judith Dollenmayer  (5376, judollenmayer)

               Associate Director, Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations

Katherine Hite  (7661, kahite)

              Professor of Political Science & Faculty Director of Research Development

Gary Hohenberger  (7092, gahohenberger)

               Director, Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations

Lori McElduff  (5490, lomcelduff)      

               Grants Office Specialist

Patricia Pritchard  (5893, papritchard)

                Director, Grants Accounting

Amanda Thornton  (5309, amthornton)

               Director, Grants Administration