Monthly Archives: January 2015

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
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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…

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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…

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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.
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2015-02-02: Science, Technology, and Society

Funding Opportunity Number: 15-506
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: 2015-02-02
Award Ceiling: $180,000
Expected Number of Awards: 40

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.
The program's review process is approximately six months.  It includes appraisal of proposals by ad hoc reviewers selected for their expertise and by an advisory panel that meets twice a year.  The deadlines for the submission of proposals are February 2nd for proposals to be funded as early as July, and August 3rd for proposals to be funded in or after January.  There is one exception: Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant proposals will have only one deadline per year, August 3rd.
The Program encourages potential investigators with questions as to whether their proposal fits the goals of the program to contact one of the program officers.
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2015-01-28: Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity

Funding Opportunity Number: 14-610
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: 2015-01-28
Expected Number of Awards: 10

Description: The Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) program supports academe-industry partnerships, which are led by an interdisciplinary academic research team with a least one industry partner to build technological, human, and service system innovation capacity. These partnerships focus on the integration of technologies into a specified human-centered smart service system with the potential to achieve transformational change in an existing service system or to spur an entirely new service system. These technologies have been inspired by existing breakthrough discoveries.
Service systems are socio-technical configurations of people, technologies, organizations, and information designed to deliver services that create and deliver value [1]. A "smart" service system is a system capable of learning, dynamic adaptation, and decision making based upon data received, transmitted, and/or processed to improve its response to a future situation. The system does so through self-detection, self-diagnosing, self-correcting, self-monitoring, self-organizing, self-replicating, or self-controlled functions. These capabilities are the result of the incorporation of technologies for sensing, actuation, coordination, communication, control, etc. The system may exhibit a sequence of features such as detection, classification, and localization that lead to an outcome occurring within a reasonable time.
PFI:BIC funds research partnerships working on projects that operate in the post-fundamental discovery space but precede being on a clear path to commercialization. These projects require additional effort to integrate the technology into a real service system with human factors considerations, which in turn might spawn additional discoveries inspired by this interaction of humans with the technology.
Partnership activities that drive sustained innovation include the targeted allocation of resources such as capital, time, and facilities; and sharing of knowledge in a cross-organizational and interdisciplinary context. The project must involve research tasks that demonstrate a highly collaborative research plan with participation of the primary industrial partner with the academic researcher during the life of the award.
Cultivating smart service systems requires not only the participation of the scientific discipline or disciplines related to the technology, but also of a range of other disciplines needed to achieve successful integration into a smart service system. The resulting system requires an understanding of human interaction with technology and a human-centered design to assure the desirability and the effectiveness of the proposed service system. Thus, in addition to the discipline related to the technology, the disciplines to be included in this project are 1) systems engineering or engineering design, 2) computer science/information technology, and 3) human factors/behavioral science/cognitive engineering. Some teams not experienced with service engineering might benefit from consulting with an individual with expertise in service operations or service systems. NSF recognizes that the labels for the aforementioned disciplines may vary in different institutions and organizations, so what is important here is to demonstrate the equivalence of the representation of these disciplines. The proposer will be asked to show how the disciplines will be integrated in the context of the project as part of the research plan in the Project Description.
Examples [2] of technology applied to service systems include smart healthcare, smart cities, on-demand transportation, precision agriculture, smart infrastructure, and other technologies enabling self-service and customized service solutions.
WEBINARS: Webinars will be held to answer questions about the solicitation. Register on the PFI:BIC website where details will be posted (www.nsf.gov…). Potential proposers and their partners are encouraged to attend. Also, Vice Presidents for Research and academic personnel concerned with the review of their respective institution's selection of candidates for submission, individuals from Sponsored Research Offices, and those focused on the identification and understanding of limited application submissions are encouraged to attend.
[1] Spohrer J., Maglio P. P., Bailey J., Gruhl D. (2007). Steps towards a science of service systems. Computer 40(1):71-77. doi:10.1109/MC.2007.33.
[2] Note that examples have been provided in this solicitation to offer a sense of the variety of possibilities across types of service systems and the forefront technologies that would allow them to achieve their apex of effectiveness and efficiency, but by no means are they intended to represent program emphases or priorities.
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