Monthly Archives: December 2014

2015-01-15: National Digital Newspaper Program

Funding Opportunity Number: 20150115-PJ
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
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: 2015-01-15
Award Ceiling: $325,000

Description: NEH is soliciting proposals from institutions to participate in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).  NDNP is creating a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1836 and 1922, from all the states and U.  S.  territories.  This searchable database will be permanently maintained at the Library of Congress (LC) and will be freely accessible via the Internet.  (See the website, Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.  ) An accompanying national newspaper directory of bibliographic and holdings information on the website directs users to newspaper titles available in all types of formats.  During the course of its partnership with NEH, LC will also digitize and contribute to the NDNP database a significant number of newspaper pages drawn from its own collections.
NEH intends to support projects in all states and U.  S.  territories, provided that sufficient funds allocated for this purpose are available.  One organization within each U.  S.  state or territory will receive an award to collaborate with relevant state partners in this effort.  Previously funded projects will be eligible to receive supplements for continued work, but the program will give priority to new projects.  In particular, the program will give priority to projects from states and territories that have not received NDNP funding.
Applications that involve collaboration between previously funded and new projects are welcome.  Such collaborations might involve, for example, arranging with current awardees to manage the creation and delivery of digital files; offering regular and ongoing consultation on managing aspects of the project; or providing formal training for project staff at an onsite institute or workshop.
Over a period of two years, successful applicants will select newspapers?published in their state or territory between 1836 and 1922?and convert approximately 100,000 pages into digital files (primarily from microfilm), according to the technical guidelines (PDF) outlined by the Library of Congress.  Applicants may select titles published in Danish, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish.  (More languages will be added in future years.  )
Link: www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?opp…

2015-03-05: Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM)

Funding Opportunity Number: AID-492-C-13-00017
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Environment
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 | For profit organizations other than small businesses | Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Agency Name: USAID
Closing Date: 2015-03-05
Award Ceiling: $3,000,000

Description: The Pacific-American Climate Fund will finance
activities in the Pacific Islands region that aim to reduce long-term vulnerabilities associated with
climate change and achieve sustainable climate-resilient development.  Grants financed by the
project will support United States Government (USG) development objectives and will
complement other support provided by the USG to the Pacific Islands.
Link: www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?opp…

Science of Science and Innovation Policy Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

Funding Opportunity Number: 15-513
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: 2015-02-09
Expected Number of Awards: 3

Description: The Science of Science Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy.  Research funded by the program thus develops, improves and expands models, analytical tools, data and metrics that can be applied in the science policy decision making process.  For example, research proposals may develop behavioral and analytical conceptualizations, frameworks or models that have applications across a broad array of SciSIP challenges, including the relationship between broader participation and innovation or creativity.  Proposals may also develop methodologies to analyze science and technology data, and to convey the information to a variety of audiences.  Researchers are also encouraged to create or improve science and engineering data, metrics and indicators reflecting current discovery, particularly proposals that demonstrate the viability of collecting and analyzing data on knowledge generation and innovation in organizations.
Among the many research topics supported are:
examinations of the ways in which the contexts, structures and processes of science and engineering research are affected by policy decision,
the evaluation of the tangible and intangible returns from investments in science and from investments in research and development,
the study of structures and processes that facilitate the development of usable knowledge, theories of creative processes and their transformation into social and economic outcomes,
the collection, analysis and visualization of new data describing the scientific and engineering enterprise.
As part of its effort to encourage and support projects that explicitly integrate education and basic research, SciSIP provides support to enhance and improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation projects carried out by doctoral students enrolled in U.  S.  universities who are conducting scientific research that enhances basic scientific knowledge.
Link: www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?opp…

Study links fast food, poor test scores

The Washington Post
Saturday, December 27, 2014

Fast-food consumption isn’t merely connected to increases in pants size — it’s also tied to significant decreases in test scores among school children, according to a new national study.

Researchers at Ohio State University used data from a nationally representative sample of about 11,700 children to measure how fast food might be affecting classroom performance.

The study measured how much fast food the children were eating at age 10 and then compared the consumption levels with test results in reading, math and science three years later.

What they found is even small increases in the frequency of eating fast food were associated with poorer academic test results.

Habitual fast-food eaters — those who ate fast food daily — saw “test score gains that were up to about 20 percent lower than those who didn’t eat any fast food.”

The connection held true even after the researchers took into account more than a dozen other factors about the children’s habits and backgrounds that might have contributed to the association between fast-food consumption and poorer academic performance, including fitness, broader eating habits, socioeconomic status and characteristics of their neighborhoods and schools.

“Our results show clear and consistent associations between children’s fast food consumption in fifth grade and academic growth between fifth and eighth grade,” the researchers wrote.

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2015-01-14: Media Projects

Funding Opportunity Number: 20150114-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: 2015-01-14
Award Ceiling: $1,000,000

Description: NEH?s Division of Public Programs supports activities that engage millions of Americans in understanding significant humanities works and ideas.  At the center of every NEH-funded public humanities project is a core set of humanities ideas developed by scholars, matched to imaginative formats that bring those ideas to life for people of all ages and all walks of life.  Projects must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship in a discipline such as history, religion, anthropology, jurisprudence, or art history.  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.
Media Projects grants support the following formats:
• film and television projects; and
• radio projects.
Film and television projects may be single programs or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas.  Programs must be intended for national distribution.  The Division of Public Programs welcomes projects ranging in length from short-form to broadcast-length video.
Radio projects 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.
Link: www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?opp…