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OVPR Internal Research Funding 2019-2020

OVPR Research Funds for Academic Year 2019-2020

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is pleased to announce the availability of research funds for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. Research Seed Awards, Salomon Awards, and Grant Resubmission Awards are competitive grants distributed directly to faculty researchers and administered by OVPR. Complete guidelines on these and other opportunities are available on the Internal Funding Opportunities page of the OVPR website.

Awards with Limited Submission Policies

Many funding agencies and foundations have established limited submission policies and will only review a limited number of applications from each institution. The process for limited submissions at Brown, lead by the Vice President for Research, in coordination with the Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences, Dean of Public Health, and the Dean of the Faculty, starts with an announcement from the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) with a deadline for an internal review of applications/nominations. The offices of the Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences, Dean of Public Health, and/or the Dean of Faculty will take part in the review process in coordination with a faculty review committee, and the Provost will be consulted regarding the final decision.

The OVPR maintains a searchable database of limited submission opportunities that can be viewed on their website. For more information, please contact Margaret Manning at (401) 863-5145.

 

(Removed SSRI Seed Funding text from Funding Resources Page on 7/12/19)

The SSRI offers flexible seed and bridge funding to support social science faculty whose research promises long-term impact.  The fund is primarily for Brown regular faculty but we will also consider requests from other members of the Brown community based on the availability of funds and consistency with SSRI's overall mission to support social science research at Brown. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The SSRI director typically approves proposals up to $4,999 within a week. Proposals in excess of $4,999 and up to $10,000 will be reviewed jointly by the SSRI director and the SSRI Steering Committee, and thus take more time. Please email [email protected] for more information.  

To apply, please submit the following electronically to [email protected]:

   1.  An abstract (one page) outlining a research plan, impact, and plans for external award submissions.

   2.  A detailed budget (no more than $10,000) and a list of other anticipated support. (The SSRI director is able to approve proposals up to $4,999. Proposals in excess of $4,999 and up to $10,000 will be reviewed jointly by the SSRI director and the SSRI Steering Committee.)

   3. Current CV of applicant (an abbreviated version will generally suffice).

Important: Recipients will have a full year from the award date to complete their projects. A one-time extension may be requested at the end of the term with a revised research plan, as applicable. All recipients are expected to submit a narrative report (no more than two pages) upon completion of the project.

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National Endowment for the Humanities

Public Scholar Program
FOA: 20190206-FZ
Full Proposals Due: February 6, 2019
Award Amount: up to $60,000 total
Award Duration: 6-12 months
Eligibility: U.S. citizens or Foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the application deadline. Applicants must also meet one of the following conditions: they must either a) have written as sole author a book published by a university or commercial press; OR b) have written at least three articles or essays appearing in publications that reach a large national or international audience of general readers. The articles or essays may be published either in print or electronically.

The Public Scholar Program supports well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership. Some humanities scholarship is necessarily specialized, but the humanities can also engage broad audiences in exploring subjects of general interest. Such scholarship might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. Books supported by this program must be grounded in humanities research and scholarship, making appropriate use of primary and/or secondary sources. They must also be written in a readily accessible style, addressing significant humanities themes in a way that will appeal to a large audience of general readers. Applications to write books directed primarily to scholars are not appropriate for this program. Applicants may seek support for the creation of digital or Web-based products intended to supplement the book that they propose.

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (USDOL/ILAB) has published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to solicit cooperative agreement applications.  Subject to the availability of funds, USDOL/ILAB intends to award a cooperative agreement(s) through a competitive and merit-based process.  

The NOI is available at the following link:

  • NOI-ILAB-17-01: Labor Market Supply and Demand in the Northern Triangle: Leveraging Data to Build an Efficient Labor Market

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Minerva Research Institute

The U.S. Department of Defense's social science program, the Minerva Research Institute, has released its FY18 funding opportunity. White Papers (which do not require OSP approval) are due 3 pm June 19 and full proposals are due August 14; funding levels are typically $400,000 per year over 3-5 years. Please see below for full details. If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity or connecting with others at Brown about it, the Research Development office in OVPR can offer assistance in white paper and proposal preparation; please contact Amy Carroll to discuss it further.

Minerva Research Initiative
FOA: WHS-AD-FOA-18
White Papers Due: June 19, 2018 (strongly recommended)
Full Proposals Due: August 14, 2018 (August 6 in OSP)
Award Amount: $150,000-$1 M per year
Award Duration: 3-5 years

The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is interested in receiving proposals for the Minerva Research Initiative, a university-led defense social science program seeking fundamental understanding of the social and cultural forces shaping U.S. strategic interests globally.  OSD is particularly interested in projects that align with and support the National Defense Strategy.

The Minerva Research Initiative program aims to promote research in specific areas of social science and to promote a candid and constructive relationship between DoD and the social science academic community.

2018 Minerva Research Topics (see page 28 of the attached funding opportunity announcement for detailed topic descriptions)

  • Topic 1: Sociopolitical (In)Stability, Resilience, and Recovery 
  • Topic 2: Economic Interdependence and Security
  • Topic 3: Alliances and Burden Sharing
  • Topic 4: Fundamental Dynamics of Scientific Discovery
  • Topic 5: Adversarial Information Campaigns
  • Topic 6: Automated Cyber Vulnerability Analysis
  • Topic 7: Power, Deterrence, Influence, and Escalation Management for Shaping Operations
  • Topic 8: Security Risks in Ungoverned & Semi-Governed Spaces

Interdisciplinary approaches are strongly encouraged; please visit the DoD's Minerva Research Institute page and FAQs for more insight into this program.

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United States Department of Labor, Bureau of International Labor Affairs

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Systems for Action (S4A)

Systems for Action (S4A) is a national signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that builds a Culture of Health by rigorously testing new ways of connecting the nation's fragmented medical, social, and public health systems. Studies conducted through the S4A program test innovative mechanisms for aligning the delivery and financing of these systems with a focus on estimating their impact on health and health equity. S4A uses a wide research lens that includes and extends beyond medical care and public health to incorporate other social service systems that affect health and well-being, such as housing, transportation, education, employment, food and nutrition assistance, child and family support, criminal and juvenile justice, and economic and community development.

The goal of this call for proposals (CFP) is to fund research that supports new scientific evidence on ways to optimize delivery and financing systems in ways that improve health and reduce inequities.

Register for the Informational Webinar

View Key Dates & Deadlines

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National Endowment for the Arts Research Labs

The National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) research agenda aims to build public knowledge about the arts’ contributions to individuals and society. Through the NEA Research Labs, NEA seeks to extend this agenda and its impact by cultivating a series of transdisciplinary research partnerships, grounded in the social and behavioral sciences, to produce and report empirical insights about the arts for the benefit of arts and non-arts sectors alike. Each NEA Research Lab will define its own research agenda, conduct a research program to implement that agenda, and prepare reports that will contribute substantively to a wider understanding of one of three areas of special interest to the NEA:

1. The Arts, Health, and Social/Emotional Well-Being

a. Therapeutic Approaches and Benefits

b. Non-Therapeutic Approaches and Benefits

2. The Arts, Creativity, Cognition, and Learning

3. The Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation

Eligibility:
Interested applicants should review the solicitation for detailed requirements and scope of work. Eligibility requirements (partial):

  • All grants require a nonfederal match of at least 1:1. 
  • Each team must include individuals representing at least two research specialties.
  • Applicants must identify one nonprofit arts partner at the time of application. 

Application Process: Brown may submit only one proposal. Awards are up to $150,000 for up to 24 months. If interested in applying, please email the following materials to [email protected] by noon on Monday, June 11, 2018:

  • A letter of support from chair/director
  • 1 page project summary (please identify NEA area of interest, nonprofit arts partner, and address source(s) of 1:1 matching requirement)
  • Biosketch for Project Director

Deadlines:
Internal deadline: June 11, 2018, noon
OSP Deadline: July 11, 2018, 5 p.m.
NEA Deadline: July 19, 2018

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Russell Sage Foundation - Call for Proposals: Immigration and Immigrant Integration

The Russell Sage Foundation/Carnegie Corporation Initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration seeks to support innovative research on the effects of race, citizenship, legal status and politics, political culture and public policy on outcomes for immigrants and for the native-born of different racial and ethnic groups and generations. This initiative falls under RSF’s Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration Program and represents a special area of interest within the core program, which continues to encourage proposals on a broader set of issues. Areas of interest include: legal status; naturalization and citizenship; mixed-ancestry, ethnic identity, and integration; race, religion and inequality; politics, political culture, and public policy. RSF is especially interested in novel uses of under-utilized data and the development of new methods for analyzing these data. Proposals to conduct laboratory or field experiments, in-depth qualitative interviews, and ethnographies are also encouraged. Smaller projects might include exploratory fieldwork, a pilot study, or the analysis of existing data. RSF encourages methodological variety and inter-disciplinary collaboration.  Proposals for comparative, cross-national work will be considered only if they have strong implications for U.S.-centered issues.

Deadline for Letters of Inquiry: Thursday, May 31, 2018, 2:00 PM (EST).

View upcoming deadlines and instructions on how to apply.

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William T. Grant Scholars Program
Internal deadline: 4/16/18

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers the Summer Stipends Awards to support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities. According to the NEH, the term 'humanities' includes those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods.

  • Recipients of the $6,000 award usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations, or editions. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development. 
     
  • Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months (usually done over the summer, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year). Recipients may hold other research grants supporting the same project during this time.
     
  • Start date would be May, 2019

Full-time faculty must be nominated by their institutions. Brown may nominate two faculty members. If you are interested in applying, please email requested materials (see attached announcement for details) to [email protected] by Thursday, April 19th.

NEH Summer Stipends
Internal deadline: 4/19/18

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers the Summer Stipends Awards to support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities. According to the NEH, the term 'humanities' includes those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods.

  • Recipients of the $6,000 award usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations, or editions. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development. 

  • Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months (usually done over the summer, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year). Recipients may hold other research grants supporting the same project during this time.

  • Start date would be May, 2019

Full-time faculty must be nominated by their institutions. Brown may nominate two faculty members. If you are interested in applying, please email requested materials to [email protected] by Thursday, April 19th.

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NSF CAREER Award Workshop

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Science Center, 3rd floor Sciences Library

The Office of the Vice President for Research, the Science Center, and the Engaged Scholarship and Broader Impacts Joint Committee will host a workshop on NSF CAREER applications on Tuesday, April 3 from
noon-1:30 pm at the Science Center. Recent CAREER awardees will discuss how to plan a proposal and members of Brown's Engaged Scholarship and Broader Impacts Joint Committee will present resources on the effective integration of research and education plans.

Please RSVP by Friday, March 23 to reserve a place at this catered lunch.

2018 CAREER Program Solicitation (NSF 17-537)

All are welcome to contact [email protected] with questions.

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NSF: Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (RIDIR)

As part of NSF's Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR), the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) seeks to develop user-friendly large-scale next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research in SBE areas of study. Successful proposals will, within the financial resources provided by the award, construct such databases and/or relevant analytic techniques and produce a finished product that will enable new types of data-intensive research. The databases or techniques should have significant impacts, either across multiple fields or within broad disciplinary areas, by enabling new types of data-intensive research in the SBE sciences.

FOA: NSF 18-517

Proposals Due: February 28, 2018 (February 20 in OSP/BMRA)

Award Amount: up to ~$1 M per year

Award Duration: not specified

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Spring 2018
Grant Planning and Writing Seminars

Presented by M.S. (Peg) AtKisson, PhD of AtKisson Training Group

Monday, March 5th 8:30am - 4:30pm
Planning and Writing Successful Grant Proposals

This full-day seminar provides interactive instruction in all phases of grant writing, from deciding to submit through how to write for peer review. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Tuesday, March 6th 8:30am - 12:30pm
Planning and Writing NIH R01 Renewal Applications

This half-day seminar is targeted for those within no less than a year of writing their competing renewal for an NIH R01, in the second or third year of the grant period.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

*ONLINE REGISTRATION: Please note that space is limited for each seminar and will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Individual registration is required for EACH seminar. Register by Monday, February 12, 2018. Registration after February 12th will be waitlisted.

Both seminars will be held in Brown University's Stephen Robert '62
Campus Center Kasper Multipurpose Room, located at
75 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 02912

Lunch, snacks and coffee will be provided for the March 5th full-day seminar.

Snacks and coffee will be provided for the March 6th half-day seminar.

Sponsored by the Office of BioMed Faculty Administration, the School of Public Health and the Office of the Vice President for Research

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National Endowment for the Humanities

Public Scholar Program
FOA: 20180207-FZ
Proposals Due: February 07, 2018
Award Amount: up to $50,400 total
Award Duration: 6-12 months 

The Public Scholar Program supports well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership. Some humanities scholarship is necessarily specialized, but the humanities can also engage broad audiences in exploring subjects of general interest. Such scholarship might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. Books supported by this program must be grounded in humanities research and scholarship, making appropriate use of primary and/or secondary sources. They must also be written in a readily accessible style, addressing significant humanities themes in a way that will appeal to a large audience of general readers. Applications to write books directed primarily to scholars are not appropriate for this program.

Brown University faculty are welcome to contact Kate Duggan in the Office of The Vice President for Research to discuss this opportunity further. 

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Brown University faculty members are welcome to contact Kate Duggan in the Office of the Vice President for Research to discuss either of the NEH opportunities below, or for assistance connecting with potential collaborators in other disciplines at Brown.

Collaborative Research Grants

FOA: 20171206-RZ

Proposals Due: December 6, 2017 (November 28 in OSP)

Award Amount & Duration: varies by project type; see below for details

Collaborative Research grants support groups of two or more scholars engaging in significant and sustained research in the humanities. The program seeks to encourage interdisciplinary work, both within the humanities and beyond. Projects that include partnerships with researchers from the natural and social sciences are encouraged, but they must remain firmly rooted in the humanities and must employ humanistic methods. Eligible projects must propose tangible and sustainable outcomes that are based on and must convey interpretive humanities research. All grantees are expected to disseminate the results of their work to scholarly audiences and/or general audiences.

  • Convening Grants – up to $50,000
    • Convening grants last one year and typically fund conferences and working group meetings to sharpen the chosen research topic and discuss and plan subsequent publication.
  • Publication Grants – up to $250,000 (no more than $100,000 per year)
    • Publication grants last one to three years and support the project toward completion of its publication goals. Publications can appear in traditional print or in digital form. Note that costs paid to publishers and subventions are not supported.
  • Archaeology Grants – up to $250,000 (no more than $100,000 per year)
    • Archaeology grants last one to three years and support projects that lead to publication.

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Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants

FOA: 20171206-RQ

Proposals Due: December 6, 2017 (November 28 in OSP)

Award Amount: up to $100,000 total per year

Award Duration: 1-3 years

Scholarly Editions and Translations grants support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available only in inadequate editions or transcriptions. Typically, the texts and documents are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials; but other types of work, such as musical notation, are also eligible. Projects must be undertaken by at least one editor or translator and one other collaborating scholar.

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Social Science Research Council

Open Competitions:

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship

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NIH: Methodology and Measurement in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R01)

The purpose of this FOA is to invite qualified researchers to submit grant applications aimed at improving and developing methodology in the behavioral and social sciences through innovations in research design, measurement, data collection and data analysis techniques.

FOA: PAR-18-352

LOI Due: n/a

Full Proposals Due: February 05, 2018 (January 26 in OSP/BMRA)

Award Amount: not specified

Award Duration: up to 5 years

The Brown University Research Development Office can assist with proposal preparation. Faculty may contact Edel Minogue to discuss.

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International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)
 

FOANSF 18-505

The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports international research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students. The IRES program contributes to development of a diverse, globally-engaged workforce with world-class skills. IRES focuses on active research participation by undergraduate or graduate students in high quality international research, education and professional development experiences in NSF-funded research areas. Track I focuses on the development of world-class research skills in international cohort experiences. Track II is dedicated to targeted, intensive learning and training opportunities that leverage international knowledge at the frontiers of research. Track III calls for U.S. institutional partnerships and coalitions to develop and evaluate innovative models for high-impact, large-scale international research and professional development experiences for graduate students, as individuals or groups.

RES Q&A Webinar

Thursday​,​ November 30, 2017, 2:00 – 3:30 pm EST 

IRES Program Directors Dr. Fahmida Chowdhury and Dr. Maija Kukla will be available for answering questions from anyone interested in considering IRES proposal submissions. 

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Brown University Limited Submission Opportunity:

Highlighted Limited Submission Opportunity:

National Science Foundation EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement: Track-4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (RII Track-4) 

provides opportunities for non-tenured investigators to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the nation’s premier private, governmental, or academic research centers. During these visits, the EPSCoR Research Fellows will be able to learn new techniques, benefit from access to unique equipment and facilities, and/or shift their research toward potentially transformative new directions. The experiences gained through the fellowships are intended to have lasting impacts that will enhance the Fellows’ research trajectories well beyond the award period. These benefits to the Fellows are also expected to in turn enhance the research capacity of their institutions and jurisdictions. The fellowship period may be used to initiate new collaborative partnerships, to expand existing partnerships in ambitious new directions, or to make use of unique equipment not available at the PI’s home institution. Any research topic within NSF’s traditional portfolio will be considered for support.

The award amount will not exceed $300,000 over a two-year period. PIs must hold a non-tenured faculty appointment, or its close equivalent. This may be in the form of a pre-tenure tenure-track position or a long-term non-tenure-track position.

Brown University may submit three proposals. The internal deadline is Monday, January 22, 2018.

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The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations support projects in three program areas: Private Higher EducationPublic Educational Media, and Interfaith Leadership & Religious Literacy. Brown may only submit one application per calendar year in any, but only one, of the three program areas (see below). Grants range from $25,000 to $400,000. Please see here for more information about grant types and amounts. The Foundation offers two deadlines per year: November 1 and March 1. Brown may only submit one application per calendar year in any, but only one, of the three program areas.  Internal deadline: Monday, December 11, 2017.

The OVPR maintains a searchable database of limited submission opportunities that can be viewed on their website. For more information, please contact Margaret Manning at (401) 863-5145.

Social Science Research Council

Open Competitions:

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR)

FOA: NSF 17-590
Award Information: please see the table below for funding levels and proposal deadlines
 

The IUSE: EHR program is a core NSF undergraduate STEM education program that seeks to improve the effectiveness of undergraduate STEM education for both majors and non-majors. IUSE: EHR supports projects that have the potential to improve student learning in STEM through development of new curricular materials and methods of instruction, and development of new assessment tools to measure student learning. In addition to innovative work at the frontier of STEM education, this program also encourages replications of research studies at different types of institutions and with different student bodies to produce deeper knowledge about the effectiveness and transferability of findings.

IUSE: EHR also seeks to support projects that have high potential for broader societal impacts, including improved diversity of students and instructors participating in STEM education, professional development for instructors to ensure adoption of new and effective pedagogical techniques that meet the changing needs of students, and projects that promote institutional partnerships for collaborative research and development.

The program features two tracks: (1) Engaged Student Learning and (2) Institutional and Community Transformation. Two tiers of projects exist within each track: (i) Exploration and Design and (ii) Development and Implementation.

 

Exploration and Design

Development and Implementation

Engaged Student Learning

Up to $300K, for up to 3 years

Level 1: Up to $600K, for up to 3 years

Level 2: $601K-$2M, for up to 5 years

Institutional and Community Transformation

Up to $300K, for up to 3 years

Up to $3M, for up to 5 years

 

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NEH Dialogues on the Experience of War program

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers the Dialogues on the Experience of War program as part of its current initiative, Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War. The program supports the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war, in the belief that these sources can help U.S. military veterans and others think more deeply about the issues raised by war and military service. Although the program is primarily designed to reach military veterans, men and women in active service, military families, and interested members of the public may also participate.

Humanities sources eligible for discussion can be drawn from history, philosophy, literature, film, and the visual and performing arts—and may be complemented by veterans’ testimonials.  Discussions should
engage the participants in serious exploration of important questions about the nature of duty, heroism, suffering, loyalty, and patriotism. The program awards grants of up to $100,000 that will support: 1. the convening of at least two discussion programs for no fewer than fifteen participants; 2. the creation of a preparatory program to recruit and train program discussion leaders (NEH Discussion Leaders).

Brown may submit up to 3 proposals. Faculty interested in responding to this opportunity on behalf of Brown should submit requested internal proposal materials (see attached for details) to [email protected] by Tuesday, September 26th.

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NEH Public Humanities & Media Project

Full proposals are due August 9; Brown faculty members: Please contact Amy Carroll for proposal development support or to discuss any of these opportunities. Thank you.

Public Humanities Projects

Planning grants: up to $75,000 over 12 months

Implementation grants: up to $400,000 over 1-3 years

Public Humanities Projects grants support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences. NEH encourages projects that involve members of the public in collaboration with humanities scholars or that invite contributions from the community in the development and delivery of humanities programming. Applications should follow the parameters set out for one of the following three formats: Community Conversations; Exhibitions; Historic Places.

Media Projects

Production grants: $100,000-$650,000 over 1-3 years

Development grants: $40,000-$75,000 over 6-12 months

The Media Projects program supports film, television, and radio projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Projects must 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.

  • Production grants support the production and distribution of films, television programs, and radio programs or podcasts that promise to engage a broad public audience.

  • Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production.

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National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging

Socioeconomic Disparities in Health and Mortality at Older Ages (R01)

The purpose of this FOA is to support studies that identify mechanisms, explanations, and modifiable risk factors underlying recent trends of growing inequalities in morbidity and mortality by income, education, and geographic location at older ages in the United States.

FOARFA-AG-18-011

LOIs Due: September 20, 2017

Full Proposals Due: October 20, 2017 (October 13 in OSP/BMRA)

Award Amount: not specified

Award Duration: up to 5 years

The Brown University Research Development Office is available to assist Brown faculty with proposal preparation. Faculty are welcome to contact Edel Minogue to discuss.

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Russel Sage Foundation - Funding Opps in the Social Sciences

Letters of Intent Due August 21, 2017 for Programs and Special Initiatives

The deadline for letters of inquiry for funding in RSF’s programs on Race, Ethnicity and Immigration, and Behavioral Economics, and funding in RSF’s special initiatives on Integrating Biology and Social Science, Computational Social Science, and the Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act is August 21, 2017 at 2pm ET/11am PT.

View all funding opportunities and guidelines on how to apply.

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Funding Opportunity: Immigration and Immigrant Integration

The Russell Sage Foundation/Carnegie Corporation Special Initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration seeks to support innovative research on the effects of race, citizenship, legal status and politics, political culture and public policy on outcomes for immigrants and for the native-born of different racial and ethnic groups and generations. We are especially interested in novel uses of under-utilized data and the development of new methods for analyzing these data. Proposals to conduct laboratory or field experiments, in-depth qualitative interviews, and ethnographies are also encouraged. The deadline for applications is August 21, 2017 at 2pm ET/11am PT.

View more information on this initiative and detailed guidelines on how to apply.

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Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in BioEthics

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research. The award supports research that goes beyond current work in bioethics to help resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy. Faculty Scholars will be selected on the basis of their achievements, the strength of their research project, their commitment to the field of bioethics, and support from their home institution. While the amount and quality of an applicant's research in bioethics will count favorably towards his/her application, outstanding candidates with less direct experience in bioethics will also be considered. Scholars receive 50% salary support plus benefits for three years, up to the NIH salary cap, with 10% institutional costs for salary and benefits. In addition, $5,000 is provided each year for limited project support and travel. Brown may submit up to two applications. interested applicants should submit requested materials to [email protected] by Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

View information regarding eligibility requirements and application process for Brown faculty

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Limited Submission: NSF CISE CRI: Institutional Infrastructure (II) Awards (up to $1M)

Internal Deadline: August 21, 2017

Brown University Internal Announcement of Funding Opportunity

for Faculty in Biological and Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Public Health, and Social Sciences.

Note: NSF has added a limit of 3 Institutional Infrastructure (II)
proposals per institution to this program and therefore internal
coordination is required.

The NSF CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) Program drives discovery
and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating
CISE divisions by supporting the creation and enhancement of
world-class research infrastructure that will support focused research
agendas in computer and information science and engineering. This
infrastructure will enable CISE researchers to advance the frontiers
of CISE research. Further, through the CRI program, CISE seeks to
ensure that individuals from a diverse range of academic institutions,
including minority-serving and predominantly undergraduate
institutions, have access to such infrastructure.

The CRI program supports two classes of awards, one of which (II) is
limited, one of which (CI) is not:

Institutional Infrastructure (II) awards support the creation of new
(II-NEW) CISE research infrastructure or the enhancement (II-EN) of
existing CISE research infrastructure to enable world-class CISE
research opportunities at the awardee and collaborating institutions.
Projects must include substantial involvement of CISE researchers and
enable projects with a clear research focus related to the core CISE
disciplines. The majority of the II awards will be made in the
$200,000 - $750,000 range, though a small number of II awards may be
made in the $750,000 - $1,000,000 range.

Community Infrastructure (CI) awards support the planning (CI-P) for
new CISE community research infrastructure, the creation of new
(CI-NEW) CISE research infrastructure, the enhancement (CI-EN) of
existing CISE infrastructure, or the sustainment (CI-SUSTAIN) of
existing CISE community infrastructure to enable world-class CISE
research opportunities for broad-based communities of CISE researchers
that extend well beyond the awardee institutions. Each CI award may
support the operation of such infrastructure, ensuring that the
awardee institution(s) is (are) well positioned to provide a high
quality of service to CISE community researchers expected to use the
infrastructure to realize their research goals. The majority of the CI
awards will be made in the $500,000 - $1M range, though a very small
number may be made in the $1M - $2M range. The majority of the
Community Infrastructure Planning (CI-P) awards will be made in the
$50,000 - $100,000 range.


Brown may submit no more than three II award proposals. Applicants
interested in submitting one of the three-allowed II award proposals
on behalf of Brown should submit requested materials (see attached) to
[email protected] by Monday, August 21st.

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Income Taxation in Latin America and the Caribbean: Constructing a New Dataset Based on Household Survey Datasets 

Most studies analyzing the macroeconomic determinants and implications of tax policy for the developing world have typically conducted their analysis at the country level (e.g., Végh and Vuletin, 2015, and Gunter, Riera-Crichton, Végh and Vuletin, 2017). Moreover, given the lack of readily available data regarding relevant tax rates, tax brackets, deductions, and tax coverage, most studies focusing on a large group of countries have typically been unable to engage in a proper measurement of the personal income tax. For example, Végh and Vuletin (2015), who analyze how tax policy is conducted over the business cycle for 62 countries for the period 1960-2013, focus their attention solely on the highest personal income tax rate (as opposed to properly measuring the average marginal income tax rate).
Considering these data-driven limitations, this research project’s main objective is to build a novel income tax dataset for the LAC region using proper tax code information and Household Survey (HS) Datasets (e.g., Encuesta Permanente de Hogares in Argentina). Moreover, considering that these Household Survey Datasets are conducted for several urban centers (and sometimes rural areas), typically located in different subnational units (e.g., provinces, departments, and states), this research project aims at building a novel income tax dataset at the national level as well as at the urban centers/rural areas level (e.g., Gran Buenos Aires, La Plata, Mendoza, Cordoba and La Rioja, among others, in Argentina).
 
As described above, the main objective of this research project is to build a novel income tax dataset for the LAC region at the national level as well as at the urban centers/rural areas level. Since most countries in LAC have been collecting HS Data for several decades now, this research project is expected to have a large coverage of LAC countries and time span (typically annual frequency, and quarterly when available).

Project Information: Click here
Proposal Submissions: Proposals should be sent by e-mail at [email protected] from June 30 to July 28, 2017.
Due Date: July 28, 2017

For questions related to this Call for Proposals please contact Elton Mancilla.

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Mellon Foundation: New Directions Fellowship

Brown University has been invited to nominate one candidate for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's New Directions Fellowships. These highly-selective fellowships provide support for exceptional faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who were awarded doctorates within the last 6-12 years and whose research would benefit from pursuing systematic training and academic competencies outside their special fields in order to advance a cross-disciplinary research agenda. This fellowship does not aim to facilitate short-term outcomes, such as completion of a book. Rather it is a longer-term investment in the scholar’s intellectual range and productivity. Fellowships cover salary for approximately one academic year and two summers, as well as direct costs associated with fellows’ training programs. 

Brown University may submit only one nomination. Please see the attached announcement for program details including eligibility requirements and nomination process. Interested candidates should submit requested materials to [email protected] by Wednesday, July 12. Potential applicants are invited to contact Deputy Provost Joseph Meisel to consult on proposal ideas in advance of the internal nomination deadline. 

You may also find this recent interview with the Senior Program Officer of the New Directions program offers additional insight. Additional limited submissions opportunities are listed on the OVPR website.

Big Data for Gender Challenge

Big Data for Gender Challenge is a competition open to all ideas that address the well-being of women and girls, priorities include mental health, violence, political participation, individual-level poverty/well-being, migration, and other topics that traditional sources of data have not been able to address at the necessary frequency and spatial resolution. Cash prizes and dissertation grants. Application deadline is July 7.

National Endowment for the Arts Research Labs

In recent years, the National Endowment for the Arts’ research agenda has focused on yielding new knowledge about the value and impact of the arts. Through the National Endowment for the Arts Research Labs (NEA Research Labs), NEA seeks to extend this agenda and its impact by cultivating a series of transdisciplinary research partnerships, grounded in the social and behavioral sciences, to produce and report empirical insights about the arts for the benefit of arts and non-arts sectors alike. Each NEA Research Lab will define its own research agenda, conduct a research program to implement that agenda, and prepare reports that will contribute substantively to a wider understanding of one of three areas of special interest to the NEA:
     1. The Arts, Health, and Social/Emotional Well-Being
          a. Therapeutic Approaches and Benefits
          b. Non-Therapeutic Approaches and Benefits
     2. The Arts, Creativity, Cognition, and Learning
     3. The Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation

An organization may submit only one proposal. NEA expects to Award Cooperative Agreements of up to $150,000 for up to 24 months to each Research Lab. If interested in applying, please email requested materials to [email protected] by Thursday, June 15, 2017. Further details about this opportunity can be found at: Call for Applications.

    This and other restricted submission funding opportunities are listed on the OVPR website.

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    Stats on the Beach Summer Workshops:

    Stats on the Beach is pleased to announce two upcoming workshops at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort in South Carolina:

    May 22-25, 2017: Diagnostic Measurement (by Jonathan Templin) – learn about an emerging field of psychometrics focused on providing actionable feedback from tests, newly updated from Jonathan’s co-authored 2010 textbook, Diagnostic Measurement: Theory, Methods, and Applications

    May 30-June 2, 2017: Introduction to Longitudinal Multilevel Models (by Lesa Hoffman) – covering chapters 1-7 of Lesa’s 2015 textbook, Longitudinal Analysis: Modeling Within-Person Fluctuation and Change, as well as models for non-normal outcomes

    Registration for each workshop is limited to 15 spots to ensure that each student will have the opportunity to engage in one-on-one consultation and assistance. Both workshops are structured to allow ample time to learn and digest the content while enjoying the relaxing atmosphere at the beach.

    The enrollment fee is discounted until April 15th and further discounts are available for registering multiple participants.

    For more information or to enroll, please visit Stats on the Beach at our website:  http://www.analyticable.com 

    Questions? Please email [email protected] or [email protected]

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    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) - Ground Truth Program

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has just announced a new program entitled Ground Truth, to be lead by DARPA Program Manager Dr. Adam Russell. The Ground Truth program aims to use artificial, yet plausible, computer-based social-system simulations with built-in “ground truth” causal rules as testbeds to validate the accuracy of various social science modeling methods.

    The Ground Truth Proposers Day, to be held on Thursday, April 20, from 1-2:30 pm online via webinar, will introduce the research community to the Ground Truth program vision, goals, and milestones, as well as encourage and promote collaboration between interested organizations. Please see DARPA's Special Notice for further details.

    If you are interested in viewing this webinar, please register at this link: http://events.sa-meetings.com/GroundTruthProposersDay. Space is limited and registration will close April 19 at 12 pm or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first.

    Additionally, if there is enough interest the Brown University Research Development Office will host a group viewing of the webinar to allow discussion with other Brown researchers. To join the group, please register yourself for the webinar and then e-mail [email protected] for details. Thank you.