2016-01-31: 2015 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)

Funding Opportunity Number: W912HZ-15-BAA-1000
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement | Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Eligible Applicants: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education | Nonprofits having 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 | Small businesses
Agency Name: DOD-COE-ERDC
Closing Date: 2016-01-31
Award Ceiling: $30,000

Description: The U.  S.  Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) seeks proposals under authority of the National Defense Education Act (1959) and under the Pre-Engineering Program (PEP) to stimulate young pupils in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics(STEM).
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-06-10: Humanities Open Book Program

Funding Opportunity Number: 20150610-HZ
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: 2015-06-10
Award Ceiling: $100,000

Description:
The Humanities Open Book Program is designed to make outstanding out-of-print humanities books available to a wide audience.  By taking advantage of low-cost ¿ebook¿ technology, the program will allow teachers, students, scholars, and the public to read humanities books that have long been out of print.  Humanities Open Book is jointly sponsored by NEH and the Andrew W.  Mellon Foundation.
Traditionally, printed books have been the primary medium for expressing, communicating, and debating humanistic ideas.  However, the vast majority of humanities books sell a small number of copies and then quickly go out of print.  Most scholarly books printed since 1923 are not in the public domain and are not easily available to the general public.  As a result, there is a huge, mostly untapped resource of remarkable scholarship going back decades that is largely unused by today¿s scholars, teachers, students, and members of the public, many of whom turn first to the Internet when looking for information.  Modern ebook technology can make these books far more accessible than they are today.
NEH and Mellon are soliciting proposals from academic presses, scholarly societies, museums, and other institutions that publish books in the humanities to participate in the Humanities Open Book Program.  Applicants will provide a list of previously published humanities books along with brief descriptions of the books and their intellectual significance.  Depending on the length and topics of the books, the number to be digitized may vary.  However, NEH and Mellon anticipate that applicants may propose to digitize a total that ranges from less than fifty to more than one hundred books.  Awards will be given to digitize these books and make them available as Creative Commons-licensed ¿ebooks¿ that can be read by the public at no charge on computers, mobile devices, and ebook readers.  The final ebook files must be in EPUB version 3.  0.  1 (or later) format, to ensure that the text is fully searchable and reflowable and that fonts are resizable on any e-reading device.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-06-03: Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Advancing Biomedical Science Using Crowdsourcing and Interactive Digital Media (UH2)

Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-CA-15-006
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Education | Health | Income Security and Social Services
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) | Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities | 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 | Small businesses | Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: HHS-NIH11
Closing Date: 2015-06-03
Award Ceiling: $200,000

Description: The purpose of this Big Data to Knowledge funding opportunity (FOA) announcement is to support the development of new or significantly adapted interactive digital media that engages the public, experts or non-experts, in performing some aspect of biomedical research via crowdsourcing.  To be responsive to this FOA, each application is expected to pose a challenging biomedical research problem and propose the development of engaging interactive digital media that incorporates crowdsourcing as a fundamental component of how the problem is solved.  The biomedical research problem should be amenable to one or more human computation approaches, as the users must be active participants in the analysis and/or interpretation of data, rather than acting primarily as data collectors or sources of data.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-05-20: Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award

Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-GM-16-002
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Health
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) | Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities | 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 | Small businesses | Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: HHS-NIH11
Closing Date: 2015-05-20
Award Ceiling: $750,000
Expected Number of Awards: 100

Description: The Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) is a grant to provide support for all of the research in an investigator’s laboratory that falls within the mission of NIGMS.  The goal of MIRA is to increase the efficiency and efficacy of NIGMS funding.  It is anticipated that the new program will:
Increase the stability of funding for NIGMS-supported investigators, which could enhance their ability to take on ambitious scientific projects and approach problems more creatively.
Increase flexibility for investigators to follow important new research directions as opportunities arise, rather than being bound to specific aims proposed in advance of the studies.
More widely distribute funding among the nations highly talented and promising investigators to increase overall scientific productivity and the chances for important breakthroughs.
Reduce the time spent by researchers writing and reviewing grant applications, allowing them to spend more time conducting research.
Enable principal investigators to devote more time and energy to mentoring junior scientists in a more stable research environment.  The purpose of this FOA is to test the feasibility of this grant mechanism through a pilot program with restricted eligibility.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-05-15: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): Office of Indian Education (OIE): Indian education Formula Grants to Local Educational Agencies

CFDA Number 84.060
Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-012315-001
Opportunity Category: Mandatory
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: 2015-05-15
Expected Number of Awards: 1300

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 Indian Education Formula Grants to Local Educational Agencies (Formula Grants) program provides grants to
support local educational agencies (LEAs) and other eligible entities described in this notice in reforming and improving elementary and secondary school programs that serve Indian students. The Department funds comprehensive programs that are designed to help Indian students meet the same State academic content and student academic achievement standards used for all students while addressing the language and cultural needs of Indian students. Such programs include supporting the professional development of teachers of Indian students.
In addition, under section 7116 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), the Secretary will, upon
receipt of an acceptable plan for the integration of education and related services, and in cooperation with other relevant Federal
agencies, authorize the entity receiving the funds under this program to consolidate all Federal formula funds that are to be used
exclusively for Indian students. Instructions for submitting an integration of education and related services plan are included in the EASIE, which is described under Application Process and Submission Information in section IV of this notice.
Note: Under the Formula Grants program, applicants are required to develop the project for which an application is made: (a) In open
consultation with parents and teachers of Indian students and, if appropriate, Indian students from secondary schools, including
through public hearings held to provide a full opportunity to understand the program and to offer recommendations regarding the program (section 7114(c)(3)(C) of the ESEA); (b) with the participation of a parent committee selected in accordance with section 7114(c)(4) of the ESEA; and (c) with the written approval of that parent committee (section 7114(c)(4) of the ESEA).
Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 7421 et seq.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.060A.
Applications for grants under the Formula Grants program,
Applications submitted in paper format will be rejected unless you qualify for one of the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement described later in this section under Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement, and follow the submission rules
outlined therein.
EASIE Electronic Application System: EASIE is an easy-to-use, electronic application system. This system allows the Department to review applications and interact online with applicants during the application review and approval process.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-06-03: Office of Tribal Self-Governance Negotiation Cooperative Agreement

Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2015-IHS-TSGN-0001
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Health
Eligible Applicants: Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) | Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments) | Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Agency Name: HHS-IHS
Closing Date: 2015-06-03
Award Ceiling: $48,000
Expected Number of Awards: 5

Description: The purpose of this Negotiation Cooperative Agreement is to provide Tribes with resources to help defray costs related to preparing for and conducting Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP) negotiations.  TSGP negotiations are a dynamic, evolving, and Tribally-driven process that requires careful planning and preparation by both Tribal and Federal parties, including the sharing of precise, up-to-date information.  The design of the negotiations process: 1) enables a Tribe to set its own priorities when assuming responsibility for IHS PSFAs, 2) observes the government-to-government relationship between the United States and each Tribe, and 3) involves the active participation of both Tribal and IHS representatives, including the OTSG.  Because each Tribal situation is unique, a Tribe’s successful transition into the TSGP, or expansion of their current program, requires focused discussions between the Federal and Tribal negotiation teams about the Tribe’s specific health care concerns and plans.
The negotiations process has four major stages, including: 1) planning, 2) pre-negotiations, 3) negotiations, and 4) post-negotiations.  Title V of the ISDEAA requires that a Tribe or Tribal organization complete a planning phase to the satisfaction of the Tribe.  The planning phase must include legal and budgetary research and internal Tribal government planning and organizational preparation relating to the administration of health care programs.  During pre-negotiations, the Tribal and Federal negotiation teams review and discuss issues identified during the planning phase.  A draft Compact, Funding Agreement, and funding tables are developed, typically by the Tribe, and distributed to both the Tribal and Federal negotiation teams.  These draft documents are used as the basis for pre- and final negotiations.  Pre-negotiations provide an opportunity for the Tribe and the IHS to identify and discuss issues directly related to the Tribe’s Compact, Funding Agreement, and Tribal shares.  At final negotiations, Tribal and Federal negotiation teams come together to determine and agree upon the terms and provisions of the Tribe’s Compact and Funding Agreement.
The Tribal negotiation team must include a Tribal leader from the governing body.  This representative may be a Tribal leader or a designee, like the Tribal Health Director.  The Tribal negotiation team may also include technical and program staff, legal counsel, and other consultants.  The Federal negotiations team is led by the ALN and generally includes an OTSG Program Analyst and a member of the Office of the General Counsel.  It may also include other IHS staff and subject matter experts as needed.  The ALN is the only member of the Federal negotiation team with delegated authority to negotiate on behalf of the IHS Director.
Negotiations provide an opportunity for the Tribal and Federal negotiation teams to work together in good faith to enhance each self-governance agreement.  Negotiations are not an allocation process; they provide an opportunity to mutually review and discuss budget and program issues.  As issues arise, both negotiation teams work through the issues to reach agreement on the final documents.  After the negotiations are complete, the Compact and Funding Agreement are signed by the authorizing Tribal official and submitted to the ALN who then reviews the final package to ensure each document accurately reflects what was negotiated.  Once the ALN completes this review, the final package is submitted to the OTSG to be prepared for the IHS Director’s signature.  After the Compact and Funding Agreement have been signed by both parties, they become legally binding and enforceable agreements.  The negotiating Tribe then becomes a “Self-Governance Tribe,” and a participant in the TSGP.
A Negotiation Cooperative Agreement is not a prerequisite to enter the TSGP.  A Tribe may use other resources to develop and negotiate its Compact and Funding Agreement.  Tribes that receive a Negotiation Cooperative Agreement are not obligated to participate in Title V and may choose to delay or decline participation or expansion in the TSGP.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-05-14: 2015 Senior Companion Program (SCP) Indian Tribes Competition

Funding Opportunity Number: CNCS-02-05-15-02
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Food and Nutrition | Health | Housing | Transportation
Eligible Applicants: Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) | Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Agency Name: CNCS
Closing Date: 2015-05-14
Expected Number of Awards: 4

Description: Through this competition, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) seeks to increase the impact of national service in Indian County by offering funding opportunities for new grants to Indian Tribes in geographic areas not currently served by SCP grantees.  CNCS intends to fund SCP Tribal grants that support volunteers age 55 years and older in activities that serve community needs and respond to the SCP National Performance Measures and Elder Justice interventions to mitigate the potential that clients and caregivers served by Senior Companion volunteers will be victims of financial fraud, abuse, and/or neglect.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-05-05: Challenge Grants

Funding Opportunity Number: 20150505-CH
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: 2015-05-05
Award Ceiling: $500,000

Description: The mission of the NEH Office of Challenge Grants is to advance knowledge and understanding in the humanities by strengthening the institutional base of humanities teaching, scholarly research, public programming, and other humanities activities.  Challenge grants are capacity-building grants, intended to support significant humanities activities of high intellectual quality and to help institutions secure long-term support for their humanities programs.
Through these grants many organizations and institutions have been able to increase their humanities capacity and secure the permanent support of an endowment.  Grants may be used to establish or enhance endowments or spend-down funds that generate expendable earnings to support and enhance ongoing program activities.  Challenge grants may also provide capital directly supporting the procurement of long-lasting objects, such as acquisitions for archives and collections, the purchase of equipment, and the construction or renovation of facilities needed for humanities activities.  Funds spent directly must be shown to bring long-term benefits to the institution and to the humanities more broadly.  Grantee institutions may also expend up to 10 percent of total grant funds (federal funds plus matching funds) to defray costs of fundraising to meet the NEH challenge.  Because of the matching requirement, these NEH grants also strengthen the humanities by encouraging nonfederal sources of support.
Applications are welcome from colleges and universities, museums, public libraries, research institutions, historical societies and historic sites, scholarly associations, state humanities councils, and other nonprofit humanities entities.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-05-05: Preservation and Access Education and Training

Funding Opportunity Number: 20150505-PE
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: 2015-05-05
Award Ceiling: $350,000

Description: The Preservation and Access Education and Training program is central to NEH’s efforts to preserve and establish access to cultural heritage collections.  Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture collections, electronic records, and digital objects.  The challenge of preserving and making accessible such large and diverse holdings is enormous, and the need for knowledgeable staff is significant and ongoing.
Preservation and Access Education and Training grants are awarded to organizations that offer national or regional (multistate) education and training programs.  Grants aim to help the staff of cultural institutions, large and small, obtain the knowledge and skills needed to serve as effective stewards of humanities collections.  Grants also support educational programs that prepare the next generation of conservators and preservation professionals, as well as projects that introduce the staff of cultural institutions to new information and advances in preservation and access practices.
Link: www.grants.gov…

2015-05-05: Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

Funding Opportunity Number: 20150505-PG
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: 2015-05-05
Award Ceiling: $6,000

Description: Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutionsósuch as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universitiesóimprove their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections.  These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials.
Applicants must draw on the knowledge of consultants whose preservation skills and experience are related to the types of collections and the nature of the activities on which their projects focus.  Within the conservation field, for example, conservators usually specialize in the care of specific types of collections, such as objects, paper, or paintings.  Applicants should therefore choose a conservator whose specialty is appropriate for the nature of their collections.  Similarly, when assessing the preservation needs of library, museum, or archival holdings, applicants must seek a consultant specifically knowledgeable about the preservation of these types of collections.
The program encourages applications from small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant.
Link: www.grants.gov…