GO News - June 2023

GO News – June 2023

Calls for Proposals:

  • National Endowment for the Humanities: The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced their summer stipends competition for summer 2024. Applicants holding tenured or tenure-track positions must be nominated by the college. Williams may only submit two applicants, who will be determined through an internal application review and nomination process.Non-tenure-track, emeritus, and visiting faculty are also eligible to apply and do not have to go through the nomination process.

    The NEH Summer Stipends program aims to stimulate new research and publication in the humanities by supporting advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. The 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.

    Summer stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year. Projects may begin as early as May 1, 2024.

    NEH funds may support recipients’ compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research, which can be of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

    The Notice of Funding Opportunity can be found here. See the Application Components Table on page 8 for instructions on assembling your application. Please note that, for the August 23 CAP review deadline, full letters of recommendation are not required. Instead, provide the names and affiliations of your two confirmed reference letter writers, as well as any additional context for your letter writers.

    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.

    For your reference, successful NEH proposals written by Williams faculty can be found in the Faculty Grant Proposal Library in GLOW.

    Please feel free to reach out to the grants office with questions! The NEH also welcomes questions directly. You can contact a member of the Summer Stipends program staff at [email protected] or 202-606-8200.

  • Watkinson Library Institute: Are you interested in incorporating special collections and archival materials into your courses but unsure how to do that? Or are you already doing this but want to enrich and deepen the experience for you and your students? Consider applying to the Watkinson Library Institute at Trinity College.The WLI will be holding a two-and-a-half-day workshop January 10-12, 2024, where attendees will explore strategies for successfully integrating special collections and archival materials into classroom settings. Successful applicants will receive a $500 stipend for participation in the Institute.

    To Apply: Please submit a brief one-page description stating your background with special collections and interest in attending this workshop, along with a list of topics, tools, or concepts that you might wish to have addressed. Please include your name, preferred pronouns, preferred email contact, institutional affiliation, status/position, and number of years in that position. Applications should be sent to [email protected]. The due date for applications is July 15, 2023.

Just a Reminder:

  • The Michelson Medical Research Foundation is still accepting applications for the 2023 Michelson Prizes: Next Generation Grants. Michelson Prizes are $150,000 research grants given annually to support promising early-career researchers who are working to advance human immunology, vaccine discovery, and immunotherapy research for major global diseases. Deadline for submission is June 11, 2023. Please let the grants office know if you will be applying.
  • When you submit a no-cost extension request through research.gov, the grants office isn’t always notified. Please email us directly to let us know that there is a no-cost extension request waiting for us. Thanks!


Did you know?

As many of our GO News subscribers already know, faculty submitting RUI (Research in Undergraduate Institutions) proposals to the NSF are required to include an RUI Impact Statement. But did you know the grants office can help you with preparing one? We recently uploaded RUI Impact Statement instructions and suggested text that we hope will be useful.

Upcoming Opportunities:

  • National Endowment for the Humanities: Digital Projects for the Public: The Digital Projects for the Public program supports projects that interpret and analyze humanities content in primarily digital platforms and formats, such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments. Three different kinds of grants are available to institutions: $30,000 discovery grants, $100,000 prototyping grants, and $400,000 production grants.A pre-recorded webinar about this opportunity can be viewed here. Proposals are due June 14, 2023.


  • National Institutes for Health: R15 AIDS-related Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA): R15 grants support individual research projects in the biomedical and behavioral sciences conducted by faculty located in undergraduate-focused institutions, health professional schools, and graduate schools that have not been major recipients of NIH research grant funds. Unlike other funding mechanisms, AREA awards require a plan for involving undergraduates in the proposed research. Application deadline is June 25, 2023.
  • Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement: Cottrell Scholar Award: The Cottrell Scholar Award (CSA) is available to early-career faculty at U.S. and Canadian research universities and primarily undergraduate institutions. Eligible applicants are tenure-track faculty who hold primary or courtesy appointments in chemistry, physics, or astronomy departments that offer bachelor’s and/or graduate degrees in the applicant’s discipline.Cottrell Scholar Awards support three-year $120,000 projects. For the 2023 proposal cycle, eligibility is limited to faculty members who started their first tenure-track appointment anytime in calendar year 2020. The CSA proposal deadline is 11:59 PST July 1, 2023.

    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): 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.


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