2015-04-13: Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) Grant Program

Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-021015-002
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Education
Eligible Applicants: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education | Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education | Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: ED
Closing Date: 2015-04-13
Expected Number of Awards: 3

Purpose of Program: The SEED program provides funding for grants to National Not-for-Profit Organizations for projects that support teacher or principal training or professional enhancement activities and that are supported by at least Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness. The purpose of the program is to increase the number of Highly Effective Teachers and Principals by developing or expanding the implementation of practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on improving student achievement or Student Growth. These grants will allow eligible entities to develop, expand, and evaluate practices that can serve as models of best practices that can be sustained and disseminated.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.367D
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-03-16: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience

Funding Opportunity Number: 15-526
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: NSF
Closing Date: 2015-03-16
Award Ceiling: $500,000
Expected Number of Awards: 30

Description: A well-prepared, innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce is crucial to the Nation’s health and economy.  Indeed, recent policy actions and reports have drawn attention to the opportunities and challenges inherent in increasing the number of highly qualified STEM graduates, including STEM teachers.  Priorities include educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate populace.  Both of these priorities depend on the nature and quality of the undergraduate education experience.  In addressing these STEM challenges and priorities, the National Science Foundation invests in evidence-based and evidence-generating approaches to understanding STEM learning; to designing, testing, and studying instruction and curricular change; to wide dissemination and implementation of best practices; and to broadening participation of individuals and institutions in STEM fields.  The goals of these investments include: increasing the number and diversity of STEM students, preparing students well to participate in science for tomorrow, and improving students’ STEM learning outcomes.
NSF’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) initiative, launched in Fiscal Year 2014, supports a coherent set of investments to address immediate challenges and opportunities that are facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures (e.  g.  organizational changes, new methods for certification or credentialing, course re-conception, cyberlearning, etc.  ) and new functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise.  The NSF-wide IUSE initiative acknowledges the variety of discipline-specific challenges and opportunities facing STEM faculty as they strive to incorporate results from educational research into classroom practice and work with education research colleagues and social science learning scholars to advance our understanding of effective teaching and learning.
The Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) contributes to the IUSE initiative through the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS) funding opportunity.  IUSE: GEOPATHS invites proposals that specifically address the current needs and opportunities related to undergraduate education within the geosciences community.  The primary goal of the IUSE: GEOPATHS funding opportunity is to increase the number of undergraduate students interested in pursuing undergraduate degrees and/or post-graduate degrees in geoscience through the design and testing of novel approaches for engaging students in authentic, career-relevant experiences in geoscience.  In order to broaden participation in the geosciences, engaging undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented groups or from non-geoscience degree programs is a priority.  The IUSE: GEOPATHS solicitation features two funding Tracks: (1) Engaging students in the geosciences through extra-curricular experiences and training activities (GEOPATHS-EXTRA), and (2) Improving pathways into the geosciences through institutional collaborations and transfer (GEOPATHS-IMPACT).
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-03-11: NEA Literature Fellowships: Prose, FY 2016

Funding Opportunity Number: 2015NEA03LFCW
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Arts (see “Cultural Affairs” in CFDA)
Eligible Applicants: Individuals
Agency Name: NEA
Closing Date: 2015-03-11
Award Ceiling: $25,000

Description: The Arts Endowment?s support of a project may begin any time between January 1, 2016, and January 1, 2017, and extend for up to two years.
Grant Program Description
The NEA Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.  Applications are reviewed through an anonymous process in which the only criteria for review are artistic excellence and artistic merit.  To review the applications, the NEA assembles a different advisory panel every year, each diverse with regard to geography, race and ethnicity, and artistic points of view.
The NEA Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years.  For FY 2016, which is covered by these guidelines, fellowships in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) are available.  Fellowships in poetry will be offered in FY 2017 and guidelines will be available in the fall of 2015.  You may apply only once each year.
Competition for fellowships is extremely rigorous.  We typically receive more than 1,000 applications each year in this category and award fellowships to fewer than 5% of applicants.  You should consider carefully whether your work will be competitive at the national level.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-03-17: 2015 Social Innovation Fund Grant Competition

Funding Opportunity Number: CNCS-GRANTS-01232015
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Education | Employment, Labor and Training | Food and Nutrition | Health | Housing | Law, Justice and Legal Services
Eligible Applicants: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Agency Name: CNCS
Closing Date: 2015-03-17
Award Ceiling: $10,000,000

Description: The Social Innovation awards grants to grantmaking institutions, referred to as ?intermediaries.  ? These intermediaries in turn competitively select, provide grants to, and otherwise support high-performing community-based nonprofit organizations to implement evidence-based programs in the areas of healthy futures, economic opportunity and youth development.  The intermediaries and the nonprofits must match the grant funds they receive one-to-one in cash from non-federal sources.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-03-11: FY 2015 NAGPRA Grant Program

Funding Opportunity Number: P14AS00393
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Other (see text field entitled “Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity” for clarification)
Eligible Applicants: State governments | County governments | City or township governments | Public and State controlled institutions of higher education | Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) | Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments) | Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education | Private institutions of higher education
Agency Name: DOI-NPS
Closing Date: 2015-03-11
Award Ceiling: $90,000

Description: The National NAGPRA Program assists the Secretary of the Interior with some responsibilities under NAGPRA.  Section 10 of NAGPRA authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to make grants to museums, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations for the purposes of assisting in consultation, documentation, and repatriation of Native American ?cultural items,? including human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-03-16: OSERS: OSEP: Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities

Television Access CFDA Number 84.327C
Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-011415-001
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Education
Eligible Applicants: State governments | County governments | City or township governments | Special district governments | Independent school districts | Public and State controlled institutions of higher education | Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) | Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments) | Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education | Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education | Private institutions of higher education | For profit organizations other than small businesses | Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: ED
Closing Date: 2015-03-16
Award Ceiling: $400,000
Expected Number of Awards: 5

Description: Note: Each funding opportunity description is a synopsis of information in the Federal Register application notice. For specific information about eligibility, please see the official application notice. The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: www.access.gpo.gov…. Please review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information.
Purpose of Program: The purposes of the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities Program \1\ are to improve results for children with disabilities by: (1) Promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology; (2) supporting educational media activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom for students with disabilities; (3) providing support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for use in the classroom; and (4) providing accessible educational materials to students with disabilities in a timely manner.
\1\ This program was formerly called “Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities.” The Department has changed the name to Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities Program and updated the purposes of the program to more clearly convey that the program includes accessible educational materials. The program’s activities and statutory authorization (20 U.S.C. 1474) remain unchanged.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.327C.
Applications for grants under the Television Access competition,
You may access the electronic grant application for the Television Access competition at www.Grants.gov…. You must search for the downloadable application package for this competition by the
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-03-02: Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants Program

Funding Opportunity Number: NAG-ENHANCEMENT-FY15
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Arts (see “Cultural Affairs” in CFDA) | Humanities (see “Cultural Affairs” in CFDA)
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: IMLS
Closing Date: 2015-03-02
Award Ceiling: $150,000
Expected Number of Awards: 12

Description: Enhancement Grant projects may enhance existing library services or implement new library services, particularly as they relate to the following goals in the updated Museum and Library Services Act (20 U.  S.  C.  §9141):
(1) Expanding services for learning and access to information and educational resources in a variety of formats, in all types of libraries, for individuals of all ages in order to support such individuals? needs for education, lifelong learning, workforce development, and digital literacy skills
(2) Establishing or enhancing electronic and other linkages and improved coordination among and between libraries and entities for the purpose of improving the quality of and access to library and information services
(3) (A) Providing training and professional development, including continuing education, to enhance the skills of the current library workforce and leadership, and advance the delivery of library and information services, and
  (B) Enhancing efforts to recruit future professionals to the field of library and information services
(4) Developing public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations
(5) Targeting library services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, to individuals with disabilities, and to individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills
(6) Targeting library and information services to persons having difficulty using a library and to underserved urban and rural communities, including children (from birth through age 17) from families with incomes below the poverty line (as defined by the Office of Management and Budget and revised annually in accordance with section 9902(2) of title 42) applicable to a family of the size involved
(7) Developing library services that provide all users access to information through local, state, regional, national, and international collaborations and networks
(8) Carrying out other activities consistent with the purposes of the Library Services and Technology subchapter of the IMLS statute (20 U.  S.  C.  §9121).
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-01-22: Major Research Instrumentation Program

Funding Opportunity Number: 15-504
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: NSF
Closing Date: 2015-01-22
Award Ceiling: $4,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 160

Description: 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, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations.  The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally.  ??
Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use.  ?? Development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged.
The MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of a shared research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs.  ?? The program does not fund research projects or provide ongoing support for operating or maintaining facilities or centers.
The instrument acquired or developed is expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period.  For the purposes of the MRI program, a proposal must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single, well-integrated instrument.  ??The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories or facilities, or that can be used to conduct independent research activities simultaneously.
Instrument acquisition or development proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million may be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization.  Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 may also be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences and from non-Ph.  D.  -granting institutions of higher education for all NSF-supported disciplines.
Cost-sharing of precisely 30% of the total project cost is required for Ph.  D.  -granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations.  Non-Ph.  D.  -granting institutions of higher education are exempt from cost-sharing and cannot include it.  National Science Board policy is that voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.
Please see the solicitation text for definitions of organizational types used by the MRI program.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-04-03: Use of Social Media to Improve Engagement, Retention, and Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum – Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center

Funding Opportunity Number: HRSA-15-031
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Health
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: HHS-HRSA
Closing Date: 2015-04-03
Award Ceiling: $0
Expected Number of Awards: 1

Description: This announcement solicits applications for the Special Projects of National Significance Program¿s Initiative, Use of Social Media to Improve Engagement, Retention, and Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum-Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center.  The successful applicant will be funded to lead a multi-site evaluation and provide technical assistance to a cohort of up to ten demonstration sites funded under a separate announcement (refer to HRSA-15-029 to learn more about the demonstration sites requirements).  HRSA¿s HIV/AIDS Bureau¿s mission is to provide leadership and resources to assure access to and retention in high quality, integrated care and treatment services for vulnerable people living with HIV/AIDS and their families.  Demonstration sites will implement, evaluate and disseminate findings from innovative methods of identifying, linking, retaining and improving health outcomes for HIV positive underserved, underinsured, and hard-to-reach youth and young adults through the use of social media.  [1] In particular, proposed methods must address ways to increase access to and retention in care for youth and young adults with poor utilization of health care or who are HIV infected but are unaware of their HIV status.  Demonstration sites will implement interventions based on innovative social media platforms to bring youth and young adults into health care at the early stages of HIV disease.
[1] See Funding Opportunity Announcement ¿Use of Social Media to Improve Engagement, Retention, and Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum¿ (HRSA-15-029) for more information on demonstration site expectations.  Applicants should carefully read the requirements for the demonstration sites under Announcement Number HRSA-15-029 at Grants.  gov to better understand the expectations for the interventions.
Link: www.grants.gov…