Monthly Archives: February 2014

2014-05-27: Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering

Funding Opportunity Number: 14-541
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: 2014-05-27
Award Ceiling: $200,000
Expected Number of Awards: 10

Description: This solicitation aims at introducing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology through a variety of interdisciplinary approaches into undergraduate engineering education. The focus of the FY 2014 competition is on nanoscale engineering education with relevance to devices and systems and/or on the societal, ethical, economic and/or environmental issues relevant to nanotechnology. 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 research-based and research-generating approaches to understanding STEM learning; to designing, testing, and studying 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 student retention in STEM, to prepare students well to participate in science for tomorrow, and to improve students' STEM learning outcomes.Recognizing disciplinary differences and priorities, NSF's investment in research and development in undergraduate STEM education encompasses a range of approaches. These approaches include: experiential learning, assessment/metrics of learning and practice, scholarships, foundational education research, professional development/institutional change, formal and informal learning environments, and undergraduate disciplinary research. Both individually and integrated in a range of combinations, these approaches can lead to outcomes including: developing the STEM and STEM-related workforce, advancing science, broadening participation in STEM, educating a STEM-literate populace, improving K-12 STEM education, encouraging life-long learning, and building capacity in higher education.Related funding opportunities are posted on the web site for the National Nanotechnology Initiative, In addition, research and education projects in nanoscale science and engineering will continue to be supported in the relevant NSF programs and divisions.

Smithsonian Latino Center Announces 2014 Young Ambassadors Program

Smithsonian Latino Center Announces 2014 Young Ambassadors Program

Summer Leadership Opportunity in D.C. for High School Seniors
February 27, 2014

The Smithsonian Latino Center is now accepting applications for the 2014 Young Ambassadors Program June 22 through Aug. 1. The application deadline is April 7, before 5 p.m. EDT. The Young Ambassadors Program is a national program for graduating high school seniors aimed at fostering the next generation of Latino leaders in the arts, sciences and humanities via the Smithsonian and its resources.

Students with an interest in and commitment to the arts, sciences and humanities as it pertains to Latino communities and cultures are selected to travel to Washington, D.C., for a weeklong seminar at the Smithsonian. The week consists of visits to the Smithsonian’s Latino collections and one-on-one interaction with renowned experts from various fields including museum professionals. Following the week in Washington, students participate in a four-week interdisciplinary internship in museums and cultural institutions in 17 cities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, including Smithsonian-affiliated organizations. MORE »

2014-05-02: FA New Mexico Long Term Bird Monitoring

Funding Opportunity Number: L14AS00067
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: 2014-05-02
Award Ceiling: $100,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1

Description: The project will monitor the long-term population trends of various songbird species in the Farmington Field Office Area in Farmington, New Mexico and incorporate these findings in habitat management activities.  A total of 44.  5 miles over 10 survey routes will be conducted during the spring approximately May 15-June 15; eight of the routes will be traversed by motorized vehicle and two will be on foot.  Stops will be made at the beginning and end points and every 0.  5 miles for the vehicle routes and every 250 meters for the walking routes.  All bird species and the numbers of birds within each species that are detected either aurally or visually will be recorded.  Upon completion of all transects a summary report will be reported and submitted to the Farmington District Office (by September 1) along with all field data sheets, individuals within each species will be recorded at each stop.

2014-04-28: Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Program

CFDA Number 84.351D
Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-022514-001
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: 2014-04-28
Expected Number of Awards: 17

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: 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 Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) program supports the enhancement, expansion, documentation, evaluation, and dissemination of innovative, cohesive models that are based on research and have demonstrated that they effectively–(1) integrate standards-based arts education into the core elementary and middle school curriculum; (2) strengthen standards-based arts instruction in these grades; and (3) improve students' academic performance, including their skills in creating, performing, and responding to the arts. Projects funded through the AEMDD program are intended to increase the amount of nationally available information on effective models for arts education that integrate the arts with standards-based education programs.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.351D.
Applications for Grants under the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination program,
You may access the electronic grant application for the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination program at You must search for the downloadable application package for this program by the

2014-05-22: BJA FY 14 Maximizing the Affordable Care Act: Improving Recidivism and Health Outcomes for the Justice-Involved Population

Funding Opportunity Number: BJA-2014-3843
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Law, Justice and Legal Services
Eligible Applicants: 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 | For profit organizations other than small businesses | Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Agency Name: USDOJ-OJP-BJA
Closing Date: 2014-05-22
Award Ceiling: $500,000

Description: Because of the Medicaid expansion to childless adults and the subsidies to make private health insurance more affordable under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), a significant portion of the justice-involved population will gain eligibility, for the first time, for Medicaid and/or private health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.  Justice-involved individuals are seven times as likely as the general population to experience mental illness, substance abuse disorders, infectious disease, and chronic health conditions, making reentry from jails and prison an especially critical juncture.  For individuals reentering communities after incarceration, disruptions in medical care and treatment contribute to increased rates of reincarceration, increased drug use, and poor and costly health outcomes, including a 12-fold increase in the risk of death in the first 2 weeks after release.  State and local criminal justice systems can play an important role in ensuring justice-involved populations receive assistance and support in applying for health coverage, which can help divert individuals from the criminal justice system, reduce recidivism, and also provide a continuum of care for individuals preparing to reenter back into their communities.  This solicitation seeks a national training and technical assistance provider to assist select state and local criminal justice systems in maximizing the opportunities for expanded health care coverage under the PPACA, as well as develop resources to assist the broader criminal justice field nationwide.  As a result of improved coverage, state and local justice systems may experience considerable cost savings by utilizing expanded coverage options under Medicaid and the Marketplace.