GO News - May 2023

GO News – May 2023

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Calls for Proposals:

  • The Michelson Medical Research Foundation is now 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.

Just a Reminder:

The grants office’s An Introduction to NSF workshop is almost here! We hope you’ll join us.

  • An Introduction to NSF – Friday, May 12, 2023 from noon to 1pm at the Faculty Club. Join us for lunch, hear from NSF Program Officer Allen Pope as he shares an overview of NSF, and learn from fellow Williams faculty members: Matt Carter – Biology; Sarah Goh – Chemistry; Tiku Majumder – Physics, who will talk about their experiences as NSF reviewers. A Q&A session will follow the presentation. Please RSVP by May 5, 2023.
  • Speaking of the NSF, the NSF’s Spring Virtual Grants Conference will be held June 5, 2023 2:00 PM ET to June 8, 2023 4:00 PM ET. NSF staff will provide up-to-date information about policies and procedures, specific funding opportunities and answer attendee questions. Registration will open on Wednesday, May 10 at 12PM ET.

Did you know?

  • In 2012, the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) listed Williams College as one of the ten liberal arts colleges that have received the most research grants from RCSA in its history, tied for first with Hope College (64 grants). In the eleven years since, Williams faculty have been awarded four additional grants from RCSA. Two of these grants, the prestigious Cottrell Scholar Award, are currently held by Assistant Professors of Physics Catherine Kealhofer and Graham Giovanetti. The two remaining grants were awarded to Associate Professor of Physics Charlie Doret, who has received both a Cottrell Scholar Award and a Cottrell College Science Award.
  • Nominations are open for the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. The lectureship is the highest honor the federal government bestows for achievement in the humanities.

    The lectureship (which comes with a $10,000 honorarium) recognizes distinguished contributions to the humanities and provides an occasion for the lecturer to communicate the knowledge and wisdom of the humanities before a broad general audience. The lecturer is expected to give an original and substantive address that is of interest to both scholars and the lay public.

    NEH welcomes nominations from the public. Self-nominations are not permitted. Nominations must be received by close of business, Friday, May 26, 2023.

  • The National Science Foundation has issued revised Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) On Proposal Preparation and Award Administration Related to the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 23-1). Any questions should be directed to the Policy Office in the Division of Institution and Award Support at [email protected].

    Upcoming Opportunities:

  • The Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges: Faculty Workshops: The AALAC provides funds to support workshops that enable faculty members from AALAC institutions to gather and work together on a subject of mutual interest. For the upcoming application cycle, it is anticipated that approximately 10 workshops will be funded. Proposals must be submitted to the Dean of Faculty’s office by May 5, 2023.

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