GO News - February 2023

GO News – February 2023

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Calls for Proposals:

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation: The Technology program at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is currently soliciting Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) from principal investigators at U.S. research institutions to launch Open Source Program Offices (OSPOs). A small number of full proposals will be invited from submissions received in response to this call. Grant amounts are expected to be up to $750,000 over a two-year period.

The intention of this call is to identify a broadly diverse set of higher education institutions that are well-positioned to create or build on existing institutional structures to support open source practices. Successful grantees will establish organizational roles and structures that are sustained beyond this funding, and serve as inspirational exemplars for other universities and research institutions.

Previous OSPO grants have combined funding for core capacity to launch an OSPO with targeted funds for a specific programmatic activity that would leverage the distinct resources, culture, and strategic priorities of the respective institution. A key deliverable of each grant will be a “playbook”, and Sloan hopes that the eventual library will be of use to universities interested in launching their own OSPOs.

Submissions of LOIs are due no later than February 15, 2023 by 5:00pm ET. If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please contact the grants office.


  • The 2023 NEH Fellowships Webinar, hosted by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will be held this Wednesday, February 8, 2023, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. This free online information session introduces the program, describes the application process and eligibility criteria, and offers application writing suggestions. The webinar will consist of a 45-minute presentation followed by a question-and-answer session. Live captions are provided. Please click here to register for the event.
  • As Grants Office Director Brenda Thomas announced in a recent email to all Williams faculty, Williams has been invited to participate in the second round of the Mellon Foundation’s Humanities for All Times initiative. The call for concepts invites teams of liberal arts college faculty members to submit ideas for curricular development with a goal of increasing humanities enrollments among a broad and diverse undergraduate population.As this is a limited submission opportunity, all teams must submit a proposal summary for CAP nomination.  Deadlines are as follows:
  • March 1, 2023: Submit proposal summaries to the grants office
  • March 22, 2023: Teams notified of proposal status
  • April 17, 2023: Full proposals submitted to grants office
  • April 19, 2023: Grants office submits proposal to the Mellon Foundation (3pm deadline)
  • June 23, 2023: Applicants are notified that they have been selected as a finalist (additional materials will be delivered to those moving forward)
  • September 13, 2023: Final proposals due to the Mellon Foundation
  • November 10, 2023: Final notification from the Mellon Foundation (funded projects start on Jan 1, 2024).

If you are interested in applying, please contact the grants office for more information and assistance.

Did you know?

The grants office holds workshops on various topics of interest to faculty and staff. Last August we held a workshop on grant writing, assisting faculty in creating successful proposal abstracts. Later this semester, we’ll be holding a workshop for new faculty to learn more about applying for grants and how the grants office can help. Stay tuned for more details.

Are there workshop topics you’d like the grants office to address? Let us know via this form! We’d love to hear from you.

Upcoming Opportunities:

  • Institute for Advanced Study-School of Mathematics: Women and Mathematics Mentoring Program: The Women and Mathematics Program (WAM) at the Institute for Advanced Study is an annual program with the mission to recruit and retain more women in mathematics. The WAM curriculum includes an intensive multi-day workshop, featuring lectures and seminars on a select topic. Participants engage in networking events, community discussions, and explore various career opportunities.This year’s topic is Patterns in Integers: dynamical and number theoretic approaches. Application deadline is February 16. 
  • National Science Foundation: Mid-Career Advancement (MCA) Program: Designed for PIs (associate professors in all the sciences as well as full professors in biology and geosciences), whose administrative and/or teaching duties have significantly hindered their research efforts. The program provides funds to release faculty from some of their non-research duties, allowing them to pursue collaborations to gain new skills or resources and substantially enhance their research trajectory. Applications are due March 1. 
  • American Philosophical Society: Library Short-Term Resident Research Fellowship: One-to-three-month research fellowships available for scholars in all fields. The APS’s Library & Museum’s collections make it among the premier institutions for documenting and exhibiting the history of the American Revolution and founding, the history of science from Newton to NASA, and Indigenous languages and cultures. Applications are due March 3. 
  • American Psychological Association: Early Career Research Grant in Developmental Psychology: This grant supports the research of outstanding early-career members who have not yet received any federal funding for research as a principal investigator or co-investigator. Eligible assistant professors (pre-tenure as of Oct. 1, 2016) and postdoctoral scholars (within five years past receipt of the doctoral degree) may apply. Deadline: March 15, 2023 
  • National Endowment for the Humanities: Research Fellowship: NEH Research Fellowships (six to 12 months; $5,000/mth) provide recipients time to conduct research or to produce books, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, e-books, digital materials, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, or critical editions resulting from previous research. Projects may be at any stage of development. Application Deadline April 12, 2023. 
  • Research Corporation: Cottrell SEED Award: The Cottrell SEED award is designed to support Cottrell Scholars as they launch exceptionally creative new research or educational activities with the potential for high impact. Award size is up to $50,000 for research projects, with $45,455 for investigator direct costs and $4,545 for institutional indirect costs; award size for educational activities is up to $25,000 for direct costs only.Please note that for the 2023 competition, eligibility is limited to Cottrell Scholars from physics or astronomy departments who received their award in 2016 or earlier and hold faculty appointments in the United States or Canada. Applications are due March 15, 2023.
  • Don’t forget! More upcoming grant application deadlines can always be found here.