GO News - October 2023

GO News – October 2023

Calls for Proposals:

Research Corporation for Science Advancement:  Williams has been invited to nominate early-career faculty to participate in three new Scialog (science dialog) themes that Research Corporation will be launching in 2024.

Each theme typically runs for three years, with one meeting held each year in Tucson, AZ. These annual meetings bring together about 50 Fellows (faculty from their first year through soon after tenure) across disciplines and who employ a range of methodologies along with 10 Facilitators (senior faculty who guide the discussions) over 3 days, with the goal of launching innovative, collaborative, interdisciplinary projects that Research Corporation and its foundation partners support with one-year grants of $60,000 in direct costs per Fellow on each funded team. 

  • April 11-14, 2024 will be the initial meeting of Automating Chemical Laboratories, co-sponsored by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement and the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. Scialog is especially interested in nominations of computer science and engineering faculty who might be interested in applying their skills to understand how artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to discover new molecules and materials. This would include the development of algorithms for synthetic strategies, unattended optimization of reaction conditions, real time analysis of reaction products, and high-throughput sample handling for both microfluidic and batch reactors.
  • September 4-7, 2024, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Scialog will launch a series on Sustainable Materials, Metals, and Minerals (SM3). The scope will include using bio-available and mass-producible feedstocks for synthetic materials; investigating biodegradable materials that can easily reenter the ecosystem without damaging it; replacing rare earth with abundant elements in materials design; developing environmentally-friendly mining, separation, and filtration processes that reduce pollution; finding low energy alternatives to obtain required starting materials; and planning for recycling and reuse of materials from the start of a product’s life-cycle.
  • And, in November 2024, with the Heising-Simons Foundation and the Brinson Foundation, Scialog will focus on Early Science with the LSST (Legacy Survey of Space and Time by the Vera Rubin Observatory).  The observatory is expected to begin operations in late 2024, and this Scialog is timed to give early-career faculty access and guidance on the massive amount of astrophysical data that will result.

Faculty interested in the Automating Chemical Laboratories theme should apply immediately, as the program director for this theme is reviewing applications this week. 

Sustainable Metals, Minerals, and Materials applications will be reviewed around March 1, 2024. Early Science with the LSST applications will be reviewed around May 1, 2024.

Institute for Advanced Study – School of Social Science:  The School of Social Science (SSS) is welcoming applications from junior and senior scholars across a wide range of fields in the social sciences and related disciplines for the school’s 2024-2025 residential fellowship program. The 2024-2025 fellowship theme is Politics of Migration and Displacement as a Form of Life. Approximately one half of fellows selected will pursue work related to the theme and contribute to a corresponding seminar, while the other half will conduct their research on other topics. A stipend of up to $78,000 will be paid to the fellow. The deadline for SSS Fellowships is October 15, 2023.

Just a Reminder:

The November 15 deadline for submitting nominations to the 2024 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program is coming up soon. Williams has been invited to nominate two candidates for the next class of fellows, and the grants office would love to hear from faculty who are interested in being nominated.

Please contact Brenda, if you are interested. Internal proposal packets are due to the grants office by 5pm on Friday, October 27

As mentioned in the September issue of GO News, the Carnegie Corporation of New York announced a second phase of the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program in June 2023 with a new focus on political polarization in the United States. For at least the next three years, the program will ask scholars to help Americans understand how and why our society has become so polarized and what we can do to strengthen the forces of cohesion in American society.

  • Focus: Work that will explore the many ways political polarization in the US manifests itself in society and suggest ways that it may be mitigated. Studies of polarization in other countries will be considered, providing they offer lessons that can be applied to the US.
    • Providing philanthropic support for high-caliber research in the humanities and social sciences
    • Funding of $200K awarded for a period of one or two years
    • Anticipated result: book or major study
    • Criteria will prioritize originality and promise of research, its potential impact on the field, and scholar’s plans for communicating the findings to a broad audience.
  • Eligibility:
    • US citizens or permanent residents
    • Must be selected by a nominator designated by Carnegie Corporation of New York (President Mandel)
    • Open to junior (Ph.D. received within the last 10 years) and senior scholars
  • Internal Competition:
    • Williams may submit only TWO nominees (one junior and one senior scholar)
    • Those interested in being considered should prepare a proposal packet for CAP review/selection to contain:
      • 3–5-page prospectus that describes the proposed research, including a projected work plan and approximate time frame (double-spaced with a minimum of 12-point font)
      • One-page summary of prospectus
      • Description of project in 75 words or fewer
      • CV
      • One-page summary of CV (bulleted format)
    • Internal proposal packets are due to the grants office (email to [email protected]) by 5pm on Friday, October 27
    • Selected nominees will be notified in early November and will work with the grants office to finalize proposal packets for submission to the Carnegie Corporation of New York by November 15, 2023.

Did you know?

The grants office would love to hear about all of your grants! Did you receive an award that you applied for independently that we don’t know about? Please let us know! The grants office is here to celebrate all of your grantseeking victories. We can help you manage your grant, too.

Also, a note to all grant awardees: Don’t be surprised if the grants office reaches out to ask if we can upload your winning grant proposal to our Faculty Grant Proposal Library on GLOW. Only Williams faculty have access to this useful tool, and the grants office is always expanding it, with faculty members’ permission and redacting any sensitive information.

Upcoming Opportunities:

  • National Humanities Center Fellowships: Residential fellowship providing fellows freedom to work on their projects while benefiting from the services provided by the Center. Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent; mid-career and senior scholars are encouraged to apply as well as emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work. Scholars from all humanities fields, as well as those in natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life engaged in humanistic projects are eligible. Stipend amount individually determined. Applications due October 5, 2023. 
  • Institute for Citizens & Scholars – Career Enhancement Fellowship: Supports exceptional scholars whose work broadens the range of perspectives and understandings offered on college campuses and creates opportunities for crucial new scholarly voices to be heard in disciplines and institutions. Fellows are outstanding underrepresented junior faculty committed to campus diversity and innovative research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Fellows receive stipends of up to $35,000, funding for travel and research, and will attend a retreat to connect with other scholars and mentors.  Applications due October 20, 2023.
  • NIH Research Enhancement Award (R15): Supports small-scale research projects at educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees for a significant number of the nation’s research scientists but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. R15 goals are to: support meritorious research, expose students to research, and strengthen the research environment of the institution.  Awards of up to $300K over three years.  Applications due October 25, 2023. 
  • Stanford Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences – Junior and Senior Fellowships: Residential fellowship program for scholars working in a diverse range of disciplines that contribute to advancing research and thinking in social science. Fellows represent the core social and behavioral sciences (anthropology, economics, geography, history, law, political science, psychology, and sociology) but also the humanities, education, linguistics, communications, and the biological, natural, health, and computer sciences. Stipends available for first-time fellows. Applications due November 3, 2023.
  • American Association of University Women – American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships: Assists tenure-track professors in obtaining tenure and further promotions by enabling them to spend a year pursuing independent research. Fellowships are open to women, including people who identify as women, in all fields of study. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applications due November 15, 2023.

  • NEH – Collaborative Research Grants: Supports sustained collaboration by teams of two or more scholars. Teams may propose research in a single field of study or interdisciplinary work.  NEH encourages projects that incorporate multiple points of view and pursue new avenues of inquiry in the humanities.  Awards of up to $300,000 for up to three years (depending upon funding category).  Applications due November 29, 2023.
  • American Philosophical Society – Franklin Research Grants: Up to $6,000 grants designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses.  Applications due December 1, 2023. 
  • New York Public Library: Schomburg Center – Scholars-in-Residence Program: Offers both long-term and short-term fellowships designed to support and encourage top-quality research and writing on the history, politics, literature, and culture of the peoples of Africa and the African diaspora, as well as to promote and facilitate interdisciplinary exchange among scholars and writers in residence at the Schomburg Center. Deadline to apply is Thursday, December 1, 2023.
  • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Ford Foundation Fellowships: Through its program of fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Faculty who earned their Ph.D. no earlier than 12/12/2016 are eligible to apply for a $50,000 postdoctoral fellowship. Deadline is December 12, 2023, 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) 
  • Don’t forget! More upcoming grant application deadlines can always be found here.
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