GO News - September 2023

GO News – September 2023

Calls for Proposals:

2024 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program: In June 2023, Carnegie Corporation of New York announced a second phase of the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program and 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. Williams has been invited to nominate two candidates for the next class of fellows, which will be announced in spring 2024.

  • 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.

Just a Reminder:

The following critical FastLane, Research.gov, and Grants.gov system-related deadlines for NSF proposals are approaching:

FastLane September 29th Deadlines:

  • Friday, September 29, 2023 (5:00pm submitter’s local time) is the last day to submit proposal file updates and budget revisions in FastLane, withdraw FastLane submitted proposals, and withdraw supplemental funding requests submitted in FastLane. Please see the FastLane System Decommissioning page for additional information.
  • Friday, September 29, 2023 (11:00pm Eastern Time) is the last day to access FastLane submitted and in-progress letters of intent, proposals, and supplemental funding requests in FastLane.
  • FastLane submitted and in-progress letters of intent, proposals, and supplemental funding requests will not be transferred to Research.gov; however, the reviews and summaries for proposals submitted in FastLane will remain available in Research.gov.
  • Refer to the Instructions to Access and Download/Print FastLane Letters of Intent, Proposals and Supplemental Funding Requests.
  • Friday, September 29, 2023 (11:00pm Eastern Time) is the last day to access the FastLane homepage using the fastlane.nsf.gov URL. Starting September 30, 2023, the following changes will be implemented:
  • The FastLane homepage URL (fastlane.nsf.gov) will redirect to the Research.gov homepage.
  • Access to FastLane Proposal Review and Panelist Functions will be from the Research.gov homepage using the links indicated by an “F” icon displayed to the left of each FastLane functionality link.
  • Links to decommissioned FastLane functionality (i.e., FastLane proposal file updates, budget revisions, and proposal downloads) will be removed from the Research.gov homepage.
  • FastLane homepage top navigation bar tabs will be removed.

Research.gov and Grants.gov October 20th Deadlines:

  • Friday, October 20, 2023 (5:00pm submitter’s local time) is the last day to upload the NSF fillable PDF format for the biographical sketch and current and pending (other) support.
  • Proposers currently may prepare the biographical sketch and current and pending (other) support using either SciENcv or the NSF fillable PDFs.
  • The mandate to use SciENcv only for preparation of the biographical sketch and current and pending (other) support will go into effect for new proposals submitted or due on or after October 23, 2023.
  • Refer to Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide Chapters D.2.h.(i).and II.D.2.h.(ii). as well as the NSF biographical sketch and current and pending (other) support pages for more information.
  • Please be aware that biographical sketch and current and pending (other) support format is validated for Grants.gov proposals at proposal submission to NSF rather than at document upload as in Research.gov. Grants.gov proposals which include the NSF fillable PDF format will not pass the submission validations after Friday, October 20, 2023 (5:00pm submitter’s local time). For more information about NSF proposal submissions via Grants.gov, please visit the gov Proposal Processing in Research.gov informational page.
  • In other NSF reminder news, the deadline to submit a proposal to NSF to support your Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) needs has been moved up to November 15, 2023.

    Please attend an MRI virtual town hall meeting for information and to have your questions answered on the program. The webinars will be held on September 14 and 15 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (EDT). Registration is available here.

Did you know?

We had a record-breaking response to last month’s grants office workshop. We are really grateful to everyone who took the time to attend, even if it was only for part of the program. If you did attend, you should have received a survey request that asks you to share with the grants office any thoughts you might have of the experience. We hope you’ll be able to find a moment to take the survey. Thanks!

Upcoming Opportunities:

  • American Chemical Society: Undergraduate Research & New Investigator Grants: Supports fundamental research directly related to petroleum or fossil fuels at nonprofit institutions in the US and other countries. ACS PRF grants are intended as seed money, to enable investigators to initiate a new research direction.  Undergrad research grants – $70K over 3 years; Undergrad new investigator grants – $55K over 2 years.  Applications due September 8, 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.
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship: Open to untenured scholars, working on or off the tenure track, who have earned a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences on or after September 29, 2015. Maximum award of $60K for six to twelve consecutive months devoted to full-time research and/or writing. Applications due by 9pm September 28, 2023.
  • New York Public Library: Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowships: Offers fellowships (up to $75,000) to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.  Renowned for the extraordinary comprehensiveness of its collections, the Library is one of the world’s preeminent resources for study in anthropology, art, geography, history, languages and literature, philosophy, politics, popular culture, psychology, religion, sociology, sports, and urban studies. Applications due September 29, 2023, 5 p.m. EDT. 
  • 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 October 2, 2023. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Don’t forget! More upcoming grant application deadlines can always be found here.
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