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Liberal Arts Funding Digest


Funding Digest Archive: 2015, 2016, 2017


Funding Digest 11/7/2017


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Title: Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award
Sponsor: American Psychological Society/Society for the Teaching of Psychology
Funding: $1,500
Duration: Not Specified
Deadline: January 15, 2018
Description: The Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award is based on the following five criteria: (a) effective teaching; (b) mentoring student professional development; (c) advancing teaching and learning through scholarship; (d) advancing teaching and learning through service; and (e) training high school, community college, or college/university teachers. Each of these criteria is accompanied below with suggestions for supportive evidence. Nominees will not be expected to have achieved recognition in all five criteria.


Title: Institutes for Historical Editing
Sponsor: National Archives and Records Administration/National Historical Publications and Records Commission
Funding: Up to $265,000
Duration: 1-3 Years
Deadline: January 29, 2018
Description: The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to improve the training and education of historical documentary editors. The goal of the program is to both provide technical training in necessary skills and inspire documentary editors to think about how they can contribute to the advancement of the field in the 21st century. The Institutes for Historical Editing should consist of both basic and advanced Institutes.


Title: Stirling Prize for Best Published Work in Psychological Anthropology
Sponsor: American Anthropological Association/Society for Psychological Anthropology
Funding: $250-$500
Duration: Not Specified
Deadline: January 15, 2018
Description: The Stirling Prize is awarded to a previously published work (article or book, in alternate years) that makes an outstanding contribution to any area of psychological anthropology. Unpublished manuscripts, dissertations, and web publications are not eligible. Edited volumes are not eligible for the book prize, but individual chapters may be submitted for the article prize.


Title: Historical Archives Program
Sponsor: Wenner-Gren Foundation
Funding: Up to $15,000
Duration: Not Specified
Deadline: January 1, 2018
Description: The objective of the Historical Archives Program is to encourage the preservation of unpublished personal research materials of established anthropologists considered of value for research on the history of anthropology. HAP grants are offered to individuals, to assist senior scholars at the end of their careers (or their heirs) with the expense of preparing and transferring their unpublished research materials for archival deposit. Applicants must show evidence that arrangements have been made with an appropriate archival repository. Funds are strictly limited to covering expenses related to the basic preparation of materials for archival deposit.


Title: Solid Waste Management Grant Program
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Funding: Up to $1,000,000
Duration: Up to 12 Months
Deadline: January 2, 2018
Description: Funds may be used to: Evaluate current landfill conditions to determine threats to water resources in rural areas; provide technical assistance and/or training to enhance operator skills in the maintenance and operation of active landfills in rural areas; provide technical assistance and/or training to help associations reduce the solid waste stream; and provide technical assistance and/or training for operators of landfills in rural areas which are closed or will be closed in the near future with the development/implementation of closure plans, future land use plans, safety and maintenance planning, and closure scheduling within permit requirements.


Title: AAG Meridian Book Award for the Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography
Sponsor: Association of American Geographers
Funding: $1,000
Duration: Not Specified
Deadline: December 31, 2017
Description: This annual prize is awarded for a book that makes an unusually important contribution to advancing the science and art of geography. Books published in calendar year 2014 are now eligible for the awards.


Title: Sociology
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Funding: Not Specified
Duration: Not Specified
Deadline: January 16, 2018
Description: The Sociology Program supports basic research on all forms of human social organization -- societies, institutions, groups and demography -- and processes of individual and institutional change. The Program encourages theoretically focused empirical investigations aimed at improving the explanation of fundamental social processes. Included is research on organizations and organizational behavior, population dynamics, social movements, social groups, labor force participation, stratification and mobility, family, social networks, socialization, gender roles, and the sociology of science and technology. The Program supports both original data collections and secondary data analysis that use the full range of quantitative and qualitative methodological tools. Theoretically grounded projects that offer methodological innovations and improvements for data collection and analysis are also welcomed.


Title: Science, Technology and Society
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Funding: $3,000-$180,000
Duration: Not Specified
Deadline: February 2, 2018
Description: The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of STS topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related to STEM disciplines, including medical science.


Title: Major Grants: Barry Bloomfield Award
Sponsor: Bibliographical Society-United Kingdom
Funding: Up to £2,000
Duration: Not Specified
Deadline: January 6, 2018
Description: The Bibliographical Society invites applications for awards from scholars engaged in bibliographical research (on, for example, book history, textual transmission, publishing, printing, bookbinding, book-ownership and book-collecting). A number of major awards are offered, several of these taking the form of named awards.


Title: DELTA (Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances) Impact
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services; Centers for Disease Control
Funding: $311,000-$410,000
Duration: Not Specified
Deadline: January 15, 2018
Description: The purpose of this NOFO is to bring about decreases in IPV risk factors and increases in IPV protective factors by increasing strategic data-driven planning and sustainable use of community and societal level primary prevention activities that address the social determinants of health (SDOH) and are based on the best available evidence. In addition, the NOFO will help to further develop the evidence-base for community and societal-level programs and policy efforts to prevent IPV by increasing the use of evaluation and existing surveillance data at the state and local level.


Title: Small Grants Program
Sponsor: International Society of Political Psychology
Funding: Up to $5,000
Duration: Not Specified
Deadline: December 30, 2017
Description: While any proposal related to political psychology is welcome, historically the Allocations Committee has favored proposals to establish a mini-conference of political psychologists and to network political psychologists in regions where such formal gatherings in the field do not exist. For 2018, proposals that aim to strengthen the field of political psychology, such as by forming local networks of political psychologists, will again likely be preferred. Evidence of matching funds is also beneficial, especially for proposals from wealthier countries. Nevertheless, all proposals will be considered fully.



Title: Using Technology to Prevent Childhood Obesity in Low-Income Families and Communities
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration; Department of Health and Human Services
Funding: Up to $150,000
Duration: Not Specified
Deadline: January 31, 2018
Description: The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA's) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) announces a prize competition to support the development of low-cost, scalable technology-based innovations to promote healthy weight for low-income children and families in the socio-cultural and environmental contexts of their communities.


Title: McGovern Institute for Brain Research Neuroscience Prize
Sponsor: McGovern Institute for Brain Research
Funding: $150,000
Duration: Not Specified
Deadline: December 15, 2017
Description: The McGovern Institute for Brain Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was established in 2000 by Patrick J. McGovern and Lore Harp McGovern, with the goal of improving human welfare, communication, and understanding through their support for neuroscience research. The institute has announced a call for nominations for its twelfth annual Edward M. Scolnick Prize in Neuroscience. Now in its fifteenth year, the Scolnick Prize is designed to recognize outstanding advances in the field of neuroscience.


Title: Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities
Funding: Up to $350,000
Duration: Up to 5 Years
Deadline: December 5, 2017
Description: Cultural institutions, including libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations, face an enormous challenge: to preserve humanities collections that facilitate research, strengthen teaching, and provide opportunities for life-long learning. To ensure the preservation of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art, and historical objects, cultural institutions must implement measures that slow deterioration and prevent catastrophic loss from natural or man-made emergencies. They can accomplish this work most effectively through preventive conservation. Preventive conservation encompasses managing relative humidity, temperature, light, and pollutants in collection spaces; providing protective storage enclosures and systems for collections; and safeguarding collections from theft, fire, floods, and other disasters.



Title: Modeling Interdisciplinary Inquiry: A Postdoctoral Program in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Sponsor: Washington University in St. Louis
Funding: $54,152/Year
Duration: 2 Years
Deadline: December 4, 2017
Washington University announces the 16th year of Modeling Interdisciplinary Inquiry, a postdoctoral fellowship program endowed by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and designed to encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching across the humanities and social sciences. In September 2017, the selected Fellows will join the University's ongoing interdisciplinary programs and seminars. Postdoctoral Fellows pursue their own research in association with a senior faculty mentor at Washington University. During the two years, they will teach three undergraduate courses and collaborate in leading an interdisciplinary seminar on theory and methods for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences.


Title: CART Fund Invites LOIs for Alzheimer’s Research
Sponsor: Rotary International
Funding: Up to $250,000
Duration: Up to 2 Years
Deadline: December 1, 2017 (LOI)
Description: The goal of the fund is to encourage exploratory and developmental AD research projects within the United States. This is accomplished by providing financial support for the early and conceptual plans of those projects that may not yet be supported by extensive preliminary data but have the potential to substantially advance biomedical research. These projects should be distinct from those designed to increase knowledge in a well-established area unless they intend to extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications.


Title: National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Funding: Up to $3,000,000
Duration: Up to 5 Years
Deadline: December 6, 2017 (LOI)
The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.


Title: Developing Solutions for Social Isolation in the United States: Learning from the World
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Funding: Up to $2.5M
Duration: Up to 3 Years
Deadline: December 21, 2017
Description: At the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), we believe that everyone in America—no matter who that person is, how much money they have, or where they live—should have as much opportunity as possible to pursue a healthier life. We call that vision a Culture of Health and we work with people across the country to build a Culture of Health. Across the globe, countries are taking steps to improve health and well-being in their communities. RWJF is eager to learn from those countries. We are collaborating with people and organizations around the world to uncover insights that can inspire us all to imagine new possibilities and to surface practical solutions that can be adapted here in the United States.