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Limited Submissions @ USciences

Limited Submissions are proposal submissions for which Sponsors limit the number of proposals from USciences . 

If there are more faculty interested in a program than application slots, the USciences research committee will review candidates and make a recommendation to the Director of Research.

A list of the most common Programs for USciences is listed below.

If you are interested in any of the Limited Submissions click HERE to complete an online form. NOTE: submission of this online form is not the Internal Competition; it is an ackowledgement of your interest in a particular submission.

Internal Submsision Materials Limited Submission Budget Worksheet

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The information compiled on this website may not be exhaustive. 
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Sponsor Summary Table

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Sponsor Deadline
Funding Available

January

Sigma Delta Epsilon (SDE) Fellowships
Letter of Intent: No
mid January $10,000
Eloise Gerry Fellowships
Letter of Intent: No
mid January $10,000
Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)
Letter of Intent: No
mid January $4,000,000

February

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
Letter of Intent: No
early February $75,000

March

Ethics Education in Sciences and Engineering (EESE)
Letter of Intent: No
early March $400,000
Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation - Discretionary Grants
Letter of Intent: No
Opportunity Managed by the Office of Institutional Advancement
mid March $4,000

April

Dolfinger McMahon Foundation
Letter of Intent: No
Opportunity Managed by the Office of Institutional Advancement
early April $5,000 - $10,000

May- None listed at this time

June

WW Smith Cancer & AIDS Research
Letter of Intent: May
mid June $90,000 - $150,000

July

William T. Grant Scholars Program
Letter of Intent: No
early July $350,000 over 5 years
Robert Wood Johnson Young Leaders
Letter of Intent: No
mid July $40,000

August

NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (S-STEM)- NSF 09-567
Letter of Intent: No
mid August $600,000
Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program-CIF21 Track (IGERTS-CIF21)
Letter of Intent: June
early August $3,300,000
     

September

Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation - Discretionary Grants
Letter of Intent: No
Opportunity Managed by the Office of Institutional Advancement
mid September $4,000
WW Smith Heart Research
Letter of Intent: No
mid September reasonable for scale of project
Philadelphia Susan G. Komen
Letter of Intent: No
September  
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation - Senior Scientist Mentor Program
Letter of Intent: No
mid September $20,000

October

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB)
Letter of Intent: No
early October $25,000
National Academy of Education / Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program
Letter of Intent: No
early October $189,000
Dolfinger McMahon Foundation
Letter of Intent
: No
Opportunity Managed by the Office of Institutional Advancement
early October $5,000 - $10,000
SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SPRF)
Letter of Intent: No
late October $45,000 Salary + $10,000 Travel expenses

November

Petroleum Research Fund - New Directions Grants
Letter of Intent: No
early November $100,000
(for 2 years)
Petroleum Research Fund - Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) Grants
Letter of Intent: No
early November  

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants in the Directorate for Biological Sciences
Letter of Intent: No

early November $15,000

December - None listed at this time

 

Limited Submission Descriptions

Sigma Delta Epsilon (SDE) Fellowships

 

Information last updated on COS:  Feb 29 2012 12:45AM

Sponsor: Sigma Delta Epsilon/Graduate Women in Science, Inc. (SDE/GWIS)
Sponsor Website:  http://gwis.org/programs.html
Funds Available: $10,000
Amount note: All awards will be available for the academic year and will be announced on or before July 1 of each year.
Internal Deadline for Names: November
Internal Deadline for Materials: November
Sponsor Deadlines:  January - An application processing fee of $50 is required at the time of application. The application processing fee is waived for GWIS members at the time of application. Active SDE/GWIS National Fellowship Program is encouraged at the time and throughout the duration of funding.  Membership must include both Chapter and National dues. 
Letter of Intent: None
Description:  For the SDE Fellowships, awards are for research in all the natural sciences, including physical, environmental, mathematical, computer, life sciences, anthropology, psychology and statistics. The major component of the research can be either applied or basic. Only hypothesis-driven research that uses the scientific method is eligible.
Eligibility: Awards will be made to women holding a degree from a recognized institution of higher learning, of outstanding ability and promise in research, who are performing research at any institution in the USA or abroad.  Awards will be made irrespective of race, religion, nationality, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, or age.
Applicants must be women scientists who have already completed a bachelor's degree, and are conducting research in the natural sciences.

Eloise Gerry Fellowship

  Sponsor: Sigma Delta Epsilon/Graduate Women in Science, Inc. (SDE/GWIS)
Sponsor Website: http://gwis.org/programs.html
Funds Available: $10,000
Amount note: Awards announced July
Internal Deadline for Names: November
Internal Deadline for Materials: November
Sponsor Deadlines: January - An application processing fee of $50 is required at the time of application. The application processing fee is waived for GWIS members at the time of application.  Membership must include both chapter and National dues.
Letter of Intent:  None
Description: Awards are for research in all the natural sciences, including physical, environmental, mathematical, computer, life sciences, anthropology, psychology and statistics. The major component of the research can be either applied or basic. Only hypothesis-driven research that uses the scientific method is eligible.
Eligibility: Awards will be made to women holding a degree from a recognized institution of higher learning, of outstanding ability and promise in research, who are performing research at any institution in the USA or abroad.  Awards will be made irrespective of race, religion, nationality, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, or age.

Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)


Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF); Office of the Director (OD); Office of Integrative Activities (OIA)
Sponsor Website:  http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5260
Funds Available: $4,000,000
Amount note: Non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education are exempt from the cost-sharing requirement.
Internal Deadline for Names:  November
Internal Deadline for Materials: December
Sponsor Deadlines:  January is the fourth Thursday in January.
Letter of Intent:  None
Description:  Organizations are limited to three proposals. If three proposals are submitted, at least one of the proposals must be for instrument development (i.e., no more than two proposals may be for instrument acquisition).
The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, museums, science centers, and not-for-profit organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by providing shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use are encouraged, as are development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at academic institutions.

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program

 

Sponsor: Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.
Sponsor Website: http://www.dreyfus.org/awards/camille_dreyfus_teacher_award.shtml
Funds Available: unrestricted research grant of $75,000.
Internal Deadline for Names:  November
Internal Deadline for Materials: December
Sponsor Deadlines: early February
Letter of Intent: None
Description:  The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained within the first five years of their appointment as independent researchers, and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching.
EligibilityThe Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program is open to academic institutions in the States, Districts, and Territories of the United States of America that grant a bachelor's or higher degree in the chemical sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering. Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment, and are normally expected to have been appointed no earlier than three years prior to the deadline.

Ethics Education in Sciences and Engineering (EESE)

  Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Sponsor Website: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13338
An eligible organization may submit only one proposal as the lead organization.
Funds Available: $400,000
Amount note: Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds. The maximum award amount is $300,000. Collaborative proposals for the purpose of disseminating best practices in graduate ethics education will be eligible for a maximum award amount of $400,000 (for example, projects that include partnerships between universities and scientific or engineering societies to distribute curriculum and/or research findings). Anticipated funding amount is $3 million for an estimated 6 to 10 Standard Grants. The maximum award duration is 36 months.
Internal Deadline for Names:  December
Internal Deadline for Materials:  January
Sponsor Deadlines:  March
Letter of Intent: None
Description: The EESE program aims to deepen the understanding of ethical dilemmas in science and engineering, and provide cutting edge, effective research and educational materials to train the next generation of scientists and engineers. The EESE program accepts proposals for innovative research and educational projects to improve ethics education in all of the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports, including within interdisciplinary, inter-institutional and international contexts. Proposals must focus on improving ethics education for graduate students in those fields or on developing summer post-baccalaureate ethics-education activities or other activities that transition students from undergraduate to graduate education. The Principal Investigator team should be truly multi-disciplinary, and involve people with different disciplinary backgrounds.
Eligibility: Only colleges and universities located and accredited in the U.S. or U.S.-based professional associations are eligible to apply to this program.  In addition, accredited U.S. colleges and universities and U.S. professional associations can be non-lead collaborators or sub-awardees.

Dolfinger McMahon Foundation - Opportunity Managed by the Office of Institutional Advancement

 

Sponsor: Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation
Sponsor Website:http://www.dolfingermcmahonfoundation.org/guidelines.html
Funds Available: $5,000 - $10,000
Internal Deadline for Names: February 1; August 1
Internal Deadline for Materials: February 1; August 1
Sponsor Deadlines: April 1; October 1 (Each organization can only receive funding one time per calendar year.  If USciences receives funding for spring session, we are unable to apply in the fall.)
Letter of Intent: None
Description: Generally speaking, the Trustees of the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation make grants for the initiation or support of: a. Experimental or demonstrational projects; or b. So-called "seed money" projects; or c. A project which can reasonably be expected to be accomplished by a single grant in a relatively brief period of time; or d. An emergency grant to an agency or particular project of an agency. An emergency is defined as a need, other than loss of promised or expected funding, so urgent (i) that it cannot wait for consideration until the trustees' next regular meeting, and (ii) that threatens the existence of the agency or the continuation of a specific program already underway. Emergency grants will be rarely made and, once made, will disqualify the agency from receiving any additional funding for the succeeding three years.
THE FOUNDATION DOES NOT, EXCEPT IN THE RAREST INSTANCES, MAKE GRANTS FOR: a. Projects beyond the limits of the Greater Philadelphia area. b. Ordinary operating expenses. c. Creation of or additions to endowment. d. Medical or scientific research. e. Projects for the construction, renovation or acquisition of physical facilities (real estate or buildings; or equipment or supplies, except in cases where the equipment or supplies are merely incidental to the primary purposes of the project). f. Projects which will likely entail grants from the Foundation beyond a period of three years or which may not reasonably be expected to be self-supporting thereafter. g. To applicants respectively year after year. h. To individuals for scholarship or research purposes. i. For special interest advocacy through legislative lobbying, focused litigation or solicitation of governmental agencies.
Except for emergency applications the Trustees consider grant applications only at their late spring and late fall meetings
NOTE: The trustees are rarely in a position to make a grant in excess of $10,000 in any one year to a single project or program. Hence, applicants should take into account that applications for sums close to, or in excess of, that amount will not likely be considered favorably, except for partial funding, unless of great urgency or extraordinary importance.

 


 

WW Smith Charitable Trust

  Sponsor Website: http://www.wwsmithcharitabletrust.org/guidelines.htm
Funds Available: $90,000 to 150,000 over a one year period
Internal Deadline for Names: April
Internal Deadline for Materials: April
Sponsor Deadlines:  mid June
Letter of Intent: None
Description: The WW Smith Charitable Trust is soliciting applications for their Research Program.  The Trust continues to fund basic medical research in the areas of Heart, Cancer and AIDS. It is not the intention to replicate governmental funding organizations, but identify and fund projects that are unique and meritorious. The Trust tries to select promising researchers who have the potential to attract the National Institutes of Health or other large funding organizations after the Trust’s support. There is a strong commitment to encourage new or less recognized investigators to apply for funding. The Charitable Trust principally supports projects in the Delaware Valley and only one application per institution per competition. 
Projects may range from $90,000 to 150,000 over a one year period. There may be only ONE application from USciences. 

William T. Grant Scholars Program

  Sponsor:  William T. Grant Foundation
Sponsor Website: http://www.wtgrantfoundation.org/funding_opportunities/fellowships/william_t__grant_scholars
Funds Available: $350,000 over 5 years
Internal Deadline for Names:  May
Internal Deadline for Materials:  June
Sponsor Deadlines:  early July.  Awards will be announced in March of the following year.
Letter of Intent: None
Description:  The William T. Grant 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.
Eligibility: Be employed at a nonprofit institution, either in the United States or abroad. In most instances
Submit a project that is consistent with the Foundation's Current Research Interests;
Address issues that have compelling relevance for theory, and policies or practices, affecting the settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States or a vulnerable subpopulation of those youth; and have received their terminal degree within seven years of submitting their application.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Young Leaders

 

Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Sponsor Website:  http://www.altfutures.org/youngleaderawards
Funds Available:  $40,000
Internal Deadline for Names:  mid June
Internal Deadline for Materials:  June
Sponsor Deadlines:  mid July
Letter of Intent: None
Description: For 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has been helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need. As one way to mark its anniversary, RWJF has established the Young Leader Awards: Recognizing Leadership for a Healthier America. Up to 10 awards will be given to young leaders, 40 years of age and under, who offer great promise for leading the way to improved health and health care for all. Each winner will receive an individual award of $40,000.
Third party nominations will be accepted until July.  Award winners will be announced at a RWJF October conference in Princeton, NJ.
To view the Call for Nominations and complete information about selection criteria and nomination requirements, visit RWJFyoungleaderawards.org.
The Young Leaders Awards will recognize emerging leaders who have demonstrated the characteristics needed to improve health and health care through leadership and innovation. These characteristics - a combination of personal attributes, commitment to health and health care, and successful experience - demonstrate an ability to lead and innovate and they signal the potential to become a greater leader in the coming years. Some of the characteristics a nominee will have demonstrated include:

  • The ability to bring others together to achieve results greater than what a single person could bring about;
  • The capacity to apply learning beyond the boundaries of a single discipline;
  • Has developing great ideas into products, services or policies that have made a difference in the health and health care; and
  • Made an impact on health and health care that extends beyond an initial group or people to reach additional populations and will likely be sustainable over the decades ahead.

NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (S-STEM)
NSF 09-567

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Sponsor Website: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5257
Funds Available: $600,000
Amount note:   Awards are normally not expected to exceed $600,000 indirect costs. Annual budgets are limited to $225,000 in direct costs.
The award duration may be up to five years within the annual and overall budget limits. The limits include the funds for administrative and support functions as well as the scholarship funds. S-STEM grants may be made for up to five years and provide individual scholarships of up to $10,000 per year, depending on financial need. 
Internal Deadline for Names: May
Internal Deadline for Materials: June
Sponsor Deadlines:  mid August
Letter of Intent: NONE
Description: An institution may submit one proposal from each constituent college or school that awards degrees in an eligible field. (For example, a university with a College of Engineering, a School of Life Sciences, and a College of Arts and Sciences could submit one proposal from each for a total of three. However, within a College of Engineering, if the Department of Electrical Engineering were submitting a proposal, a proposal from the Department of Mechanical Engineering could be submitted only in a subsequent year. The two departments could also submit a proposal jointly.)   An institution that is part of a larger system is considered separate for this purpose if it is geographically separate and has its own chief academic officer. 
Eligibility: Proposals are invited from institutions of higher education (as defined in section 101 (a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965) in the United States and its territories that grant associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in the relevant S-STEM disciplines.
The Principal Investigator must be a faculty member currently teaching in one of the S-STEM disciplines who can provide the leadership required to ensure the success of the project. Projects involving more than one department within an institution are eligible, but a single Principal Investigator must accept overall management responsibility. Other members of the S-STEM project management team may be listed as Co-Principal investigators.

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program-CIF21 Track
(IGERTS-CIF21)

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Sponsor Website:  http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504772&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund
Funds Available:
$3,300,000
Amount note: NSF anticipates awarding either Standard Grant or Continuing Grant mechanisms. This IGERT-CIF21 track anticipates making up to two awards subject to availability of funds.
The anticipated funding amount is $6,000,000: Up to $3.3M per award over 5 years.
Internal Deadline for Names: March
Internal Deadline for Materials:  June
Sponsor Deadlines: August
Letter of Intent: June
Institutions are allowed to submit at most one proposal in response to this IGERT-CIF21 track solicitation.
Description: The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program has been developed to meet the challenges of educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers with interdisciplinary backgrounds, deep knowledge in chosen disciplines, and technical, professional, and personal skills. The program is intended to establish new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. It is also intended to facilitate diversity in student participation and preparation, and to contribute to a world-class, broadly inclusive, and globally engaged science and engineering workforce.
Eligibility: The PI must be on the faculty of the submitting institution. Any given individual may participate as a PI or co-PI in only one IGERT proposal. 

Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation - Discretionary Grants

 


Opportunity Managed by the Office of the Provost

Sponsor: Christian R. & Mary Lindback Foundation
Sponsor Website: http://lindbackfoundation.org/guidelines.html
Funds Available: $4,000
Internal Deadline for Names: mid January and mid July
Internal Deadline for Materials:mid January and mid July
Sponsor Deadlines: mid March and mid September
Letter of Intent None
Description: Generally speaking, the Trustees of the Lindback Foundation make discretionary grants for the initiation or support of:
a) Educational Programs; or b) Ordinary operating support; or c) Experimental or demonstrational projects; or  d) So called “seed money” projects; or
THE FOUNDATION DOES NOT, EXCEPT IN THE RAREST INSTANCES, MAKE GRANTS FOR:
a) Projects beyond the limits of the Greater Philadelphia area including southern New Jersey; b) Creating of or additions to endowment; c) Medical or Scientific research; d) Projects for the construction, renovation or acquisition of physical facilities (real estate or buildings; or equipment or supplies, except in cases where the equipment or supplies are merely incidental to the primary purposes of the project).; e) Projects which will likely entail grants from the Foundation beyond a period of three years or which may not reasonably be expected to be self-supporting thereafter.; f) To applicants respectively year after year; g) To individuals for scholarship or research purpose; h) For special interest advocacy through legislative lobbying, focused litigation or solicitation of governmental agencies.

WW Smith Heart Research

 

Sponsor: Sponsor Website: http://www.wwsmithcharitabletrust.org/guidelines.htm
Funds Available: 1 year grant term – Budget cost should be reasonable and to the scale of the project.
Internal Deadline for Names:  June
Internal Deadline for Materials:  July
Sponsor Deadlines:  mid September
Letter of Intent: None
Description:  The Trust continues to fund basic medical research in the areas of Heart, Cancer and AIDS. It is not the intention to replicate governmental funding organizations, but identify and fund projects that are unique and meritorious. The Trust tries to select promising researchers who have the potential to attract the National Institutes of Health or other large funding organizations after the Trust’s support. There is a strong commitment to encourage new or less recognized investigators to apply for funding. The Charitable Trust principally supports projects in the Delaware Valley and only one application per institution per competition. 

Philadelphia Susan G. Komen

  Sponsor: Philadelphia Susan G. Komen
Sponsor Website: http://www.komenphiladelphia.org/grants
Funds Available: up to $30,000 per project
Internal Deadline for Names: June
Internal Deadline for Materials: July
Sponsor Deadlines:  September
Letter of Intent:  None
Description:  The Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is committed to ensuring that all individuals have access to breast cancer education, screening, high-quality treatment, and support during and after treatment.
To address these needs, the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate administers a robust community grants program which in 2011-2012 totaled over $2 million distributed to 38 organizations. Screening grants are available for up to $100,000; Education and support grants, for up to $30,000. Our rigorous grantee selection process assures funded programs uphold the integrity of the Komen name and meet the needs of diverse communities throughout our fifteen-county service area.

Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation - Senior Mentored Scientist Program

 

Sponsor: Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation
Sponsor Website: http://dreyfus.org/awards/senior_scientist_mentor.shtml
Funds Available: $20,000
Internal Deadline for Names: June
Internal Deadline for Materials: July
Sponsor Deadlines: mid September
Letter of Intent: No
DESCRIPTION:
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation supports emeritus faculty who maintain active research programs with undergraduates in the chemical sciences. The Senior Scientist Mentor Program provides an award of $20,000 over two years for undergraduate stipends and modest research support.                                
ELIGIBILITY:

The Senior Scientist Mentor Program is open to all academic institutions in the States, Districts, and Territories of the United States of America that grant a bachelor's degree or higher in the chemical sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering. Faculty with emeritus status on or before October 2012, and who maintain active research programs in the chemical sciences, may apply to the program. More than one application per department or institution is permitted.
Selection
Successful applicants are expected to be closely engaged in a mentoring relationship with undergraduate students. The evaluation will be based on both an assessment of the research proposed and the plans for undergraduate participation in the research. An applicant's history of mentoring undergraduates is favorably viewed. Current Senior Scientist Mentors.
Budget
The Senior Scientist Mentor Program provides a $20,000 award over two years, intended mostly for undergraduate stipends. Modest research support is also allowed. Funds are normally expended over a period of three years after notification of an award. Charges associated with indirect costs or institutional overhead are not allowed. Faculty salary and any expenses associated with graduate students are not permitted. Foundation approval is required for significant budgetary changes. If the awardee leaves the institution, the transfer of the remaining funds requires prior Foundation approval.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB): NSF 11-499

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Sponsor Website: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11499/nsf11499.htm
Funds Available: Upper  $189,000
Internal Deadline for Names:  July
Internal Deadline for Materials: August
Sponsor Deadlines:  Full Proposal Deadline Second Tuesday in October
Letter of Intent:  None
Description: The BIO awards these postdoctoral research fellowships to recent recipients of the doctoral degree for research and training in selected areas supported by BIO and with special goals for human resource development in biology. The fellowships encourage independence at an early stage of the research career to permit Fellows to pursue their research and training goals in the most appropriate research locations regardless of the availability of funding for the Fellows at that site.
Eligibility: Only individuals may apply. Applications must include sponsoring scientists' statements and the applicants must affiliate with institutions (e.g., colleges and universities, and privately-sponsored nonprofit institutes and museums, government agencies and laboratories, and, under special conditions, for-profit organizations) anywhere in the world. There is no limit on the number of applicants that an institution may host.

National Academy of Education / Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

 

Sponsor: Spencer Foundation
Sponsor Website: http://naeducation.org/NAEd_Spencer_Dissertation_Fellowship.html
Funds Available:Fellows will receive $25,000 for one academic year. 

  • Fellowships must begin during the 2012-2013 academic year. 
  • Fellows will be included in professional development retreats with members of the National Academy of Education and other senior scholars. 
  • Approximately twenty dissertation fellowships will be awarded in 2012.
  • Internal Deadline for Names:  July
    Internal Deadline for Materials:  August
    Sponsor Deadlines: October 2012
    Letter of Intent: None
    Description: The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $25,000 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.
    This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented researchers conducting dissertation research related to education.
    Funding Priorities : Although the dissertation topic must concern education, graduate study may be in any academic discipline or professional field.  In the past, fellowships have been awarded to candidates in anthropology, architecture, art, history, communications, economics, education, history, linguistics, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, public health, religion, sociology.  Eligibility is not restricted to these academic areas.  Candidates should be interested in pursuing further research on education once the doctorate is attained. 
    Fellowhsip Links
    Dissertation Fellowship Guidelines (pdf)
    Dissertation Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions

    The Art of Writing Proposals

    Eligibility: The NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program is open to all eligible applicants regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

National Science Foundation : SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SPRF)

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Sponsor Website: http://nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12591/nsf12591.htm
Funds Available: $45,000 Salary + $10,000 Travel expenses
Internal Deadline for Names:  July
Internal Deadline for Materials:  August
Sponsor Deadlines: late October 2012
Letter of Intent: None
Description:
Areas of Research: The Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) supports research in a broad range of disciplines and in interdisciplinary areas through its Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) Division, Social and Economic Sciences (SES) Division, SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA), and National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES).
This SPRF program offers two tracks of Fellowships.
Track 1. Broadening Participation (SPRF-BP): The SPRF-BP track offers fellowships in an effort to increase the diversity of researchers who participate in NSF programs in the social, behavioral and economic sciences and thereby increase the participation of scientists from under-represented groups in selected areas of science in the United States. NSF defines broadening participation in terms of individuals from under-represented groups as well as institutions and geographic areas that do not participate in NSF research programs at rates comparable to others. The problem of under-representation in the nation's scientific enterprise has been well-documented and reported in the literature; the BP track of the SPRF program invites proposals that address this issue either through the Fellow's scientific research or through well-designed and meaningful outreach and training activities. The research theme under the BP track can be anything that falls within the SBE sciences (see Section II.1 for details) at NSF, including (but not limited to) research on the topic of broadening participation (see SBE's Dear Colleague Letter NSF 12-037 for more details on the science of broadening participation). The
Track 2. Interdisciplinary Research in Behavioral and Social Sciences (SPRF-IBSS): The SPRF-IBSS track aims to support interdisciplinary training where at least one of the disciplinary components is an SBE science. As defined by the National Academies, "Interdisciplinary research is a mode of research by teams or individuals that integrates information, data, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts, and/or theories from two or more disciplines or bodies of specialized knowledge to advance fundamental understanding or to solve problems whose solutions are beyond the scope of a single discipline or area of research practice" (National Academies' Report "Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research, 2004" and the NSF Interdisciplinary Research web site). The proposal must be motivated by a compelling research question (within the fields of social, behavioral and economic sciences) that requires an interdisciplinary approach for successful investigation.

Petroleum Research Fund - New Directions Grants

 

Sponsor: American Chemical Society
Sponsor Website:  http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=PP_SUPERARTICLE&node_id=1262&use_sec=false&sec_url_var=region1&__uuid=fc082bc8-9632-4826-8bc4-012801998965
Funds Available: $100,000 over 2 years.
Internal Deadline for Names:  August
Internal Deadline for Materials: September
Sponsor Deadlines:  Research proposals will open October 1, 2012 and close November 2, 2012.
Letter of Intent: None
Description:  The New Directions (ND) grants program provides funds to scientists and engineers with limited—or even no—preliminary results for a research project they wish to pursue, who intend to use the PRF-driven preliminary results to seek continuation funding from other agencies. ND grants are to be used to illustrate proof of concept/feasibility. Accordingly, they are to be viewed as seed money for new research ventures.
A "new research direction" is something different from previous research performed by the lead principal investigator (lead PI). But, it may involve a field of science or engineering in which others are already working. Therefore, the proposed research should not be in the same direction as—or overlap with—current projects in the lead PI’s research group. Excluded from consideration will be

  • Lead PIs who have had previous support or current funding for the project.
  • Proposals presenting ideas that are a logical extension of ongoing research from the lead PI’s laboratory.
  • Preliminary results and/or communications are not required.
    Eligibility: Regularly-appointed faculty members at academic institutions in countries where ACS PRF can administer grants are eligible. Certain other long-term scientific appointments may be eligible.

Petroleum Research Fund - Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) Grants

 

Sponsor: American Chemical Society
Sponsor Website:  http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=PP_SUPERARTICLE&node_id=1264&use_sec=false&sec_url_var=region1&__uuid=a92c5268-c845-4c29-a84b-2d819fc4c2dc
Funds Available: $100,000 over 2 years
Internal Deadline for Names: August
Internal Deadline for Materials: September
Sponsor Deadlines:   Research proposals will open October 1, 2012 and close November 2, 2012.
Letter of Intent: NOne
Description:  The Doctoral New Investigator grants program aims to promote the careers of young faculty by supporting research of high scientific caliber, and to enhance the career opportunities of their undergraduate/ graduate students, and postdoctoral associates through the research experience.
Note: that fundamental research is required as opposed to applied research or methods development. When submitting an application, you will be asked to select a scientific discipline that PRF supports.
Eligibility: Regularly-appointed faculty members at U.S. academic institutions who are within the first three years of their first academic appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor or the equivalent are eligible to apply.

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants in the Directorate for Biological Sciences

 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF); Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)
An organization may submit only one proposal per student in a given year.
Sponsor Website: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5234
Funds Available: $15,000
Amount note: Under this solicitation, proposals may be submitted for amounts up to $15,000 for up to 24 months.
Funds may not be used for stipends, tuition, textbooks, journals, allowances for dependents, publication costs, or dissertation preparation or reproduction. The Context for Improvement statement must explain why and how the requested funds are supplemental to funding from the university or other sources
Internal Deadline for Names: August
Internal Deadline for Materials: September
Sponsor Deadlines: November 9, 2012
Letter of Intent: None
Description: NSF awards Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants in selected areas of the biological sciences. These grants provide partial support of doctoral dissertation research to improve the overall quality of research. Allowed are costs for doctoral candidates to participate in scientific meetings, to conduct research in specialized facilities or field settings, and to expand an existing body of dissertation research. Proposals whose focus falls within the scope of any cluster in the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) are eligible.  In the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) only proposals within the scientific area of animal behavior supported by the Behavioral Systems Cluster are eligible.
Eligibility: A student must have advanced to candidacy for a Ph.D. degree before the submission deadline to be eligible to submit a proposal.  The student must be enrolled at a U.S. institution, but need not be a U.S. citizen. Organizations should limit applications to outstanding dissertation proposals with unusual financial requirements that cannot be met otherwise. Preference may be given to projects that are underway and for which feasibility is demonstrated. A student may receive only one DDIG award.

 

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