GO News - July 2023

GO News – July 2023

Happy Summer, everyone!

Calls for Proposals:

The NSF Convergence Accelerator, a Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships or TIP program, has issued a new funding opportunity for three new research track topics aligned to equitable water solutions, chemical sensing applications, and bio-inspired design innovations. These research track topics were selected from the program’s ideation process and are a part of the program’s 2023 cohort.

Researchers and innovators have two submission pathways to submit their proposals to this funding opportunity: Solicitation, NSF 23-590, and Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), NSFBAA-23-01.

Solicitation Key Dates:  Letter of Intent (required): July 11, 2023; Full Proposal Deadline: August 22, 2023

What’s This About Workshops?

There’s another grants office workshop happening! Drs Beverly and Bob Kahn will be coming to campus to share their grant writing expertise with us (and you!) on Friday, August 25, 2023. In their combined careers, the Khans have authored more than $100 million in grants.

Customized to the mission of Williams College, this workshop is designed for both beginner and intermediate grant writers. It is for faculty from all Williams disciplines and for academic administrators, student affairs personnel, and professional staff.

Are you a faculty member who needs sabbatical support to pursue your research or artistic endeavors?  Do you want to equip a lab or studio with sophisticated equipment? Do you endeavor to secure support for undergraduate student research and internships? Are you a department chair or academic administrator seeking to expand a successful program? Are you a student affairs administrator looking to create a new student activity or tutoring program? Are you an IT specialist or librarian seeking additional resources? All these needs can be satisfied if you can learn to write competitive grants.

This workshop can help you prepare strong grant proposals. The presenters will examine the components of a successful grant proposal: finding a potential funding source, analyzing an RFP (Request for Proposals), engaging in background research, articulating the need for the grant, writing appropriate goals and objectives, describing the proposed activities and methods, and developing a credible evaluation plan and a realistic budget.

This workshop will be held in the Faculty Club on August 25, 8:30am-4pm and breakfast and lunch will be served. An RSVP form will be sent out in early August so SAVE THE DATE!

Did you know?

The National Science Foundation has a research fleet! The U.S. Academic Research Fleet (ARF) currently consists of 17 oceanographic vessels and various submersibles/autonomous vehicles owned by NSF, the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and U.S. universities and laboratories.

The ARF consists of technologically advanced ships and submersibles/autonomous vehicles that enable scientists to conduct research on the complex ocean, seafloor, and sub-seafloor environment, the Great Lakes, and in the remote polar regions, collecting observational data on Earth systems that provides a foundation for understanding how these systems interact and for improved modeling.

Institutions of Higher Education can apply for support for costs associated with the operation and maintenance of vessels that are part of the NSF fleet.

Upcoming Opportunities:

National Endowment for the Humanities: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR): HCRR advances scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities by helping libraries, archives, museums, and historical organization across the county steward important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. Three-year implementation grants (up to $350,000) and two-year foundations grants (up to $60,000) are available to institutions. Proposals are due July 18, 2023.

National Science Foundation: Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER): CAREER grants are the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Five-year CAREER grants worth at least $400,000 will be awarded to successful applicants who are in a tenure-track position, still untenured, and have not previously received a CAREER award. Proposals are due July 26, 2023.

Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation: Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program: The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented early-career faculty in the chemical sciences at primarily undergraduate institutions, who are after the fourth and not after the twelfth years of their independent academic careers.

The award, which requires an institutional nomination, is based on accomplishment in scholarly research with undergraduates, as well as a compelling commitment to teaching, and provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000. Deadline:  August 3, 2023.

National Endowment for the Humanities: NEH Summer Stipends Program: The NEH Summer Stipends Program awards $6,000 to support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months; support can be for any stage of development, but NEH places emphasis on early-stage research and late-stage writing in which small awards can be most effective.

For tenured and tenure-track faculty, Williams’ internal deadline for a review of applications by the CAP will be Wednesday, August 23, 2023 by 5pm. Applications can be submitted directly to Brenda in the grants office via email attachment. If selected by the CAP for nomination, the grants office will work with you to submit your proposal to the NEH via the grants.gov portal by September 20, 2023. (The deadline for non-tenure-track, emeritus, and visiting faculty to apply directly via the grants.gov portal is also September 20, 2023.)

Fulbright Scholar Program: U.S. Scholar Program: The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers over 400 awards in more than 135 countries for U.S. citizens to teach, conduct research and carry out professional projects around the world.  College and university faculty, as well as artists and professionals from a wide range of fields, can join over 400,000 Fulbrighters who have come away with enhanced skills, new connections, and greater mutual understanding. Application Deadline: September 15, 2023, 11.59 PM PST.

Don’t forget! More upcoming grant application deadlines can always be found here.

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