2015-09-01: Make-It

Funding Opportunity Number: DARPA-BAA-15-46
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement | Other | Procurement Contract
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Eligible Applicants Unrestricted (i. e. , open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
Agency Name: DOD-DARPA-DSO
Closing Date: 2015-09-01
Description: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of research related to the development of an automated chemical synthesizer that can produce, purify, characterize and scale a wide range of small molecules. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices and/or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-09-01: BLM-New Mexico – El Camino Real Inventory, Evaluation and Research

2015-09-01: BLM-New Mexico – El Camino Real Inventory, Evaluation and Research (Challenge Cost Share)
Funding Opportunity Number: L15AS00204
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Natural Resources
Eligible Applicants Unrestricted (i. e. , open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
Agency Name: DOI-BLM
Closing Date: 2015-09-01
Award Ceiling: $100,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: Conduct cultural resource inventory of potential El Camino Real Trail segments and provide documentation which meets standards outlined in the New Mexico Bureau of Land Management (BLM) H-8100 Handbook, Procedures for Performing Cultural Resource Field work on Public Lands in the Area of New Mexico State BLM Responsibilities and established national standards for documenting National Historic Trails. The use of volunteers is encouraged in working with the El Camino Real Trail Association and other trail groups. Conduct evaluations of known and additional El Camino Real Trail segments for potential public education and interpretation opportunities. Conduct historical research of El Camino Real trail segments to integrate for future potential public education and interpretation opportunities. Coordinate with the National Park Service Trail Unit in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the El Camino Real Trail Association and the El Camino Real national Trails Administrator in incorporating inventory, evaluation and research work in incorporating results into potential publications or interpretive plans. Inventory and evaluate potential trail segments in the Las Cruces District, Socorro and Taos Field Offices including associated historic sites linked by trail segments.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-08-27: Office of Small Business Development Centers

Funding Opportunity Number: OSBDC-2016-02
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Business and Commerce
Eligible Applicants Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: SBA
Closing Date: 2015-08-27
Award Ceiling: $6,500,000
Expected Number of Awards: 63
Description: The purpose of this Program Announcement is to invite proposals for funding from entities that are current recipients of an SBA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) award. Only applications that are submitted by SBDC Lead Centers will be considered for funding. For-profit businesses are not eligible for this award.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-09-30: FY 2015 Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations

Funding Opportunity Number: LBBP-2015-1
Opportunity Category: Other
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Other (see text field entitled “Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity” for clarification)
Eligible Applicants: Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Agency Name: DOI
Closing Date: 2015-09-30

Description: The Secretary of the Interior established the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program, Program) to implement the land consolidation provisions of the Cobell Settlement Agreement, which provided $1.9 billion to consolidate fractional land interests across Indian country. The Buy-Back Program allows interested individual owners to sell their land and transfer ownership of their interests to the tribe of jurisdiction. This effort will strengthen tribal sovereignty and put decision-making in the hands of the tribal government, freeing up resources that have been locked-up as land interests that have fractionated over time.
The Buy-Back Program is interested in partnering with eligible tribes to gain their direct participation in land consolidation efforts on the reservations under their jurisdiction as tribes are considered uniquely qualified to perform the land consolidation activities on their reservations. Consequently, the Program intends to, whenever feasible and practical, enter into single source cooperative agreements with eligible tribes to not only to capitalize on their unique knowledge of their reservations but also to improve the overall effectiveness of the Program. Eligible tribes will be given the opportunity to apply for a cooperative agreement, if desired, prior to the implementation of the Buy-Back Program at the location under their jurisdiction. More information is available at: www.doi.gov…. Tribes are encouraged to contact Program staff for more information on developing the cooperative agreement application prior to submission.
PLEASE NOTE: this is a 10-year program. The expiration on this posting reflects this current opportunity, and new opportunities will be posted over the duration of the Program.  In addition, given that the Cobell Settlement sharply limits overall administrative funding for the duration of the Buy-Back Program, cooperative agreement awards are not intended to directly fund long-term, multi-year programs at each location or reservation. Most awards will provide funding for no longer than 1 year, and tribes are encouraged to utilize the award amount to work with existing tribal land offices and programs.  Tribes are also encouraged to work with Program staff in the development of the cooperative agreement application.
Link: www.grants.gov…

Investing in Innovation (I3) Fund: VALIDATION GRANTS

2015-08-04: Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Investing in Innovation (I3) Fund: VALIDATION GRANTS CFDA Number 84.411B
Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-060515-002
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement | Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Education
Eligible Applicants Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: ED
Closing Date: 2015-08-04
Award Ceiling: $12,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 2
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 Investing in Innovation Fund (i3), established under section 14007 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), provides funding to support (1) local educational agencies (LEAs), and (2) nonprofit organizations in partnership with (a) one or more LEAs or (b) a consortium of schools. The i3 program is designed to generate and validate solutions to persistent educational challenges and to support the expansion of effective solutions to serve substantially larger numbers of students. The central design element of the i3 program is its multi-tier structure that links the amount of funding that an applicant may receive to the quality of the evidence supporting the efficacy of the proposed project. Applicants proposing practices supported by limited evidence can receive relatively small grants that support the development and initial evaluation of promising practices and help to identify new solutions to pressing challenges; applicants proposing practices supported by evidence from rigorous evaluations, such as large randomized controlled trials, can receive sizable grants to support expansion across the country. This structure provides incentives for applicants to build evidence of effectiveness of their proposed projects and to address the barriers to serving more students across schools, districts, and States. As importantly, all i3 projects are required to generate additional evidence of effectiveness. All i3 grantees must use part of their budgets to conduct independent evaluations (as defined in this notice) of their projects. This ensures that projects funded under the i3 program contribute significantly to improving the information available to practitioners and policymakers about which practices work, for which types of students, and in what contexts. The Department awards three types of grants under this program: “Development” grants, “Validation” grants, and “Scale-up” grants. These grants differ in terms of the level of prior evidence of effectiveness required for consideration of funding, the level of scale the funded project should reach, and, consequently, the amount of funding available to support the project. This notice invites applications for Validation grants only. The notice inviting applications for Scale-up grants is published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register. The notice inviting applications for Development grants was published in the Federal Register on March 30, 2015 (80 FR 16648) and is available at www.gpo.gov…. Validation grants provide funding to support expansion of projects supported by moderate evidence of effectiveness (as defined in this notice) to the national level (as defined in this notice) or regional level (as defined in this notice). Validation grants must further assess the effectiveness of the i3-supported practice through a rigorous evaluation, with particular focus on the populations for, and the contexts in, which the practice is most effective. We expect and consider it appropriate that each applicant propose to use the Validation funding to build its capacity to deliver the i3-supported practice, particularly early in the funding period, to successfully reach the level of scale proposed in its application. Additionally, we expect each applicant to address any specific barriers to the growth or scaling of the organization or practice (including barriers related to cost-effectiveness) in order to deliver the i3-supported practice at the proposed level of scale and provide strategies to address these barriers as part of its proposed scaling plan. All Validation grantees must evaluate the effectiveness of the practice that the supported project implements and expands. We expect that these evaluations will be conducted in a variety of contexts and for a variety of students, will identify the core elements of the practice, and will codify the practices to support adoption or replication by the applicant and other entities. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.411B (Validation grants). Applications for grants under the i3 program,
Link: www.grants.gov…

Investing in Innovation (I3) Fund: SCALE-UP GRANTS

2015-08-04: Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Investing in Innovation (I3) Fund: SCALE-UP GRANTS CFDA Number 84.411A
Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-060515-001
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement | Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Education
Eligible Applicants Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: ED
Closing Date: 2015-08-04
Award Ceiling: $20,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
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 Investing in Innovation Fund (i3), established under section 14007 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), provides funding to support (1) local educational agencies (LEAs), and (2) nonprofit organizations in partnership with (a) one or more LEAs or (b) a consortium of schools. The i3 program is designed to generate and validate solutions to persistent educational challenges and to support the expansion of effective solutions to serve substantially larger numbers of students. The central design element of the i3 program is its multi-tier structure that links the amount of funding that an applicant may receive to the quality of the evidence supporting the efficacy of the proposed project. Applicants proposing practices supported by limited evidence can receive relatively small grants that support the development and initial evaluation of promising practices and help to identify new solutions to pressing challenges; applicants proposing practices supported by evidence from rigorous evaluations, such as large randomized controlled trials, can receive sizable grants to support expansion across the country. This structure provides incentives for applicants to build evidence of effectiveness of their proposed projects and to address the barriers to serving more students across schools, districts, and States. As importantly, all i3 projects are required to generate additional evidence of effectiveness. All i3 grantees must use part of their budgets to conduct independent evaluations (as defined in this notice) of their projects. This ensures that projects funded under the i3 program contribute significantly to improving the information available to practitioners and policymakers about which practices work, for which types of students, and in what contexts. The Department awards three types of grants under this program: “Development” grants, “Validation” grants, and “Scale-up” grants. These grants differ in terms of the level of prior evidence of effectiveness required for consideration of funding, the level of scale the funded project should reach, and, consequently, the amount of funding available to support the project. This notice invites applications for Scale-up grants only. The notice inviting applications for Validation grants is published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register. The notice inviting applications for Development grants was published in the Federal Register on March 30, 2015 (80 FR 16648) and is available at www.gpo.gov…. Scale-up grants provide funding to support expansion of projects supported by strong evidence of effectiveness (as defined in this notice) to the national level (as defined in this notice). In addition to improving outcomes for an increasing number of high-need students, Scale-up grants will generate information about the students and contexts for which a practice is most effective. We expect that Scale-up grants will increase practitioners’ and policymakers’ understanding of strategies that allow organizations or practices to expand quickly and efficiently while maintaining their effectiveness. All Scale-up grantees must evaluate the effectiveness of the i3-supported practice that the project implements and expands. This is particularly important in instances in which the proposed project includes changing the i3-supported practice in order to more efficiently reach the proposed level of scale (for example, by developing technology-enabled training tools). The evaluation of a Scale-up grant must identify the core elements of, and codify, the i3-supported practice that the project implements in order to support adoption or replication by other entities. We also expect that evaluations of Scale-up grants will be conducted in a variety of contexts and for a variety of students in order to determine the context(s) and population(s) for which the i3-supported practice is most effective. We remind LEAs of the continuing applicability of the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for students who may be served under i3 grants. Any grants in which LEAs participate must be consistent with the rights, protections, and processes established under IDEA for students who are receiving special education and related services or are in the process of being evaluated to determine their eligibility for such services. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.411A (Scale-up grants). Applications for grants under the i3 program,
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-08-12: Media Projects

Funding Opportunity Number: 20150812-TD
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Humanities (see “Cultural Affairs” in CFDA)
Eligible Applicants State governments | County governments | City or township governments | Special district governments | Public and State controlled institutions of higher education | Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) | 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
Agency Name: NEH
Closing Date: 2015-08-12
Award Ceiling: $1,000,000
Description: Media Projects grants support film, television, and radio projects for general audiences that encourage active engagement with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical (rather than celebratory). The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate critical thinking. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience. We welcome humanities projects tailored to particular groups, such as families, youth (including K-12 students), teachers, seniors, at-risk communities, and veterans, but they should also strive to cultivate a more inclusive audience. Film and television projects may be single programs or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs must be intended for national distribution, via traditional carriage or online distribution. The Division of Public Programs welcomes projects that range in length from short-form to broadcast-length video. Radio projects, including podcasts, may involve single programs, limited series, or segments within an ongoing program. They may also develop new humanities content to augment existing radio programming or add greater historical background or humanities analysis to the subjects of existing programs. They may be intended for regional or national distribution. NEH encourages projects that engage public audiences through multiple formats in the exploration of humanities ideas. Proposed projects might include complementary components to a film, television, or radio project. These components should deepen the audience’s understanding of the subject in a supplementary manner: for example, book/film discussion programs, supplementary educational websites, or museum exhibitions. Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production. Grants should result in a script or treatment and should also yield a detailed plan for outreach and public engagement. Production grants support the production and distribution of films, television programs, and radio programs that promise to engage a broad public audience.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-08-04: NEA Arts Education Partnership (AEP) Program Solicitation

2015-08-04: NEA Arts Education Partnership (AEP) Program Solicitation, FY2015
Funding Opportunity Number: NEAPS1503
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Arts (see “Cultural Affairs” in CFDA)
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) | Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education | Private institutions of higher education
Agency Name: NEA
Closing Date: 2015-08-04
Award Ceiling: $525,000
Description: This Cooperative Agreement will begin no earlier than December 15, 2015, and end on September 30, 2016. The purpose of this Program Solicitation is to select an organization (Cooperator) to administer the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), a national coalition of more than 100 organizations representing the arts and education fields as well as the government and private sectors. The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) The AEP was established in 1995 by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the U. S. Department of Education (ED), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) to disseminate information about current and emerging arts education policies, issues, and activities at the national, state, and local levels with the arts and education fields. Funded annually through an interagency agreement between NEA and ED, the AEP is a hub for individuals and organizations committed to making high-quality arts education accessible to all students nationwide by focusing on research and policy, advancing critical dialogue, and improving policy and practice.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-08-24: Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges

Funding Opportunity Number: 20150824-AE
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Humanities (see “Cultural Affairs” in CFDA)
Eligible Applicants Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: NEH
Closing Date: 2015-08-24
Award Ceiling: $100,000
Description: NEH Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges are intended to strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities in subjects such as history, philosophy, and literature. These grants may be used to enhance existing humanities programs, resources, or courses, or to develop new ones. NEH Humanities Initiatives may • create opportunities for faculty members to study together, in order to improve their capacity to teach the humanities; • support new humanities programs (which may include but are not limited to new humanities minors, first-year seminars, and capstone courses), and enhance existing ones; • support humanities contributions to professional training (in such fields as business, law, economics, technology, and nursing and medicine); • develop bridge programs for at-risk and nontraditional students; • help institutions take advantage of humanities resources, especially in the digital humanities; and • support collaborative projects in the humanities between the applicant institution and another institution, such as a college or university, a school or school system, a museum or library, or a historical or cultural society. Each project must be organized around a core topic or set of themes.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-07-29: Skills for Success Program

2015-07-29: Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Skills for Success Program CFDA Number 84.215H
Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-060915-001
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Education
Eligible Applicants Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: ED
Closing Date: 2015-07-29
Award Ceiling: $500,000
Expected Number of Awards: 4
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 Skills for Success Program supports Local Educational Agencies \1\ (LEAs) and their partners in implementing, evaluating, and refining tools and approaches for developing the non-cognitive skills of middle-grades students in order to increase student success. Grants provide funding for the implementation, evaluation, and refinement of existing tools and approaches (e.g., digital games, growth mindset classroom activities, experiential learning opportunities) that integrate the development of students’ non- cognitive skills into classroom-level activities and existing strategies designed to improve schools. As grantees implement their projects, we expect them to collect, analyze, and use data to improve their tools and strategies throughout the project period. Ultimately, we expect grantees to identify and validate scalable tools and approaches that can be used by educators of high-need middle-grades students across the country. In addition, we expect that these grants will help build the capacity of LEAs and their partners to conduct research and apply that research to school- and district-level practices. This program also encourages sustainable partnerships that can continue the use of effective tools and approaches beyond the grant period. ————————————————————————— \1\ Defined terms are noted throughout this document with initial capitals. ————————————————————————— Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.215H. Applications for Skills for Success grants,
Link: www.grants.gov…