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Whitehall Foundation: Life Science Research Grants in Neurobiology

Grant Amount: Up to $300,000
Deadline: April 15, 2024
Category: Life Sciences, Neurobiology,
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The Whitehall Foundation, through its program of grants and grants-in-aid, assists scholarly research in the life sciences. It is the Foundation’s policy to assist those dynamic areas of basic biological research that are not heavily supported by Federal Agencies or other foundations with specialized missions. The foundation is currently accepting applications for the following:

Research Grants. Research grants are available to established scientists of all ages working at accredited institutions in the United States. Applications will be judged on the scientific merit and the innovative aspects of the proposal as well as on the competence of the applicant. Research grants of up to three years will be provided. A renewal grant with a maximum of two years is possible, but it will be awarded on a competitive basis. Research grants will not be awarded to investigators who have already received, or expect to receive, substantial support from other sources, even if it is for an unrelated purpose. The maximum budget is $100,000 per year for the two- and three-year research grants.

Grants-in-Aid. The Grants-in-Aid program is designed for researchers at the assistant professor level who experience difficulty in competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established. Grants-in-Aid can also be made to senior scientists. All applications will be judged on the scientific merit and innovative aspects of the proposal, as well as on past performance and evidence of the applicant’s continued productivity. Grants-in-Aid are awarded for a one-year period and do not exceed $30,000.

Applicants for the Grants-in-Aid program are reviewed and ranked together with the traditional research grant program. This program is not a pre-requisite to a two- or three-year research grant. The majority of the applications received are for a three-year research grant.

The Foundation is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology, defined as follows: Invertebrate and vertebrate (excluding clinical) neurobiology, specifically investigations of neural mechanisms involved in sensory, motor, and other complex functions of the whole organism as these relate to behavior. The overall goal should be to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior.

The Foundation does not support research focused primarily on disease(s) unless it will also provide insights into normal functioning.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Terra Foundation for American Art: Convening Grants and Exhibition Grants

Grant Amount: Up to $25,000 for Convening Grants. Up to $200,000 for Exhibition Grants
Deadline: See below
Category: Art,
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The Terra Foundation supports visual arts projects with a focus on art of the United States and Indigenous art of North America that question and broaden understandings of American art and transform how its stories are told.

Convening Grants.
Letter of Inquiry due March 18, 2024.
Recognizing current and historical inequities in the presentations and understandings of American art history, the Terra Foundation encourages convenings that address these disparities and exclusions at institutions worldwide. Grant support is available for programs that foster exchange and collaboration, such as workshops, symposia, and colloquia. Programs should advance innovative and experimental research and professional practice in American art and address critical issues facing the field. We also welcome requests for convenings intended to inform projects in their early stages, which will benefit from the learning and practice that can be developed through dialogue.

This program is open to organizations within and outside of the United States. Convenings held in person and/or online are eligible for support. The Terra Foundation prefers not to be the sole outside contributor to an event.

Exhibition Grants.
Letter of Inquiry due March 8, 2024.
Terra Foundation Exhibition grants provide support for organizations to plan and present temporary exhibitions comprised primarily of loans. The Terra Foundation encourages proposals from organizations (e.g., museums, art centers, and community-based cultural organizations) of varying sizes and annual budgets and representing the full spectrum of geographic regions, within and outside the United States.

The foundation anticipates that individual grants will range between $25,000 and $200,000, with an average grant size of $100,000. This is a highly competitive program, and the foundation is unable to fund all eligible and positively reviewed projects.

Please contact Gwen Allouch if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Spencer Foundation: Research Grants on Education (small)

Grant Amount: $50,000
Deadline: April 30, 2024
Category: Education,
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The Small Research Grants Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets up to $50,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. We accept applications three times per year.

This program is “field-initiated” in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, method, or location. Our goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education.

Proposals to the Research Grants on Education program must be for academic research projects that aim to study education. Proposals for activities other than research are not eligible (e.g., program evaluations, professional development, curriculum development, scholarships, capital projects). Additionally, proposals for research studies focused on areas other than education, are not eligible.

Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs applying for a Small Research Grant on Education must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. While graduate students may be part of the research team, they may not be named the PI or Co-PI on the proposal.

The PI must be affiliated with a non-profit organization or public/governmental institution that is willing to serve as the administering organization if the grant is awarded. The Spencer Foundation does not award grants directly to individuals. Examples include non-profit or public colleges, universities, school districts, and research facilities, as well as other non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS (or equivalent non-profit status if the organization is outside of the United States).

Please contact Gwen Allouch if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI): Supplement to Enhance Equity and Diversity Award

Grant Amount: Up to $300,000 over three years
Deadline: Rolling
Category: Autism, EDI,
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The mission of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance.

With the understanding that diversity in the scientific workforce is an important element for the goal of advancing autism science, SFARI announces a new program that will provide supplements to existing grants for the recruitment of new lab members from American underrepresented minority groups at the postdoctoral level. For the purposes of this supplement, eligible groups include the following: African American/Black; Latin American/Hispanic; Native American/Alaskan Native; Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander (including Filipino).

The goal of this award is to increase diversity and fight inequity. SFARI Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to recruit candi­­­­­­­­dates for this supplement not only at their home institution, but also at historically Black colleges and universities and other institutions with high minority enrollment. SFARI will not award supplements to fund current lab members, even if they are not funded by the original SFARI award.

To facilitate the academic success and independence of selected postdoctoral research associates, SFARI will organize networking opportunities with peer awardees, other SFARI grantees (including both early career and senior investigators) and SFARI staff.

As a condition for accepting the grant, the mentor and candidate must agree to work together to submit one or more applications for federal and/or non-federal postdoctoral fellowship awards before the end of the second year. Continuation of the award for a third year of funding is not contingent on success in these applications, but writing such proposals is an important part of training for future in science.

Current PIs may request up to $100,000 per year for up to three years. This is intended to cover the full salary and fringe benefits of the selected postdoctoral research associate, travel and other professional development opportunities for the postdoctoral research associate, and the associated indirect costs. Funds may also be used to purchase additional lab supplies needed to accommodate the research plan but are limited to $10,000 per year.

PIs will be required to provide annual updates to SFARI on the new lab member’s productivity as part of their required project progress reports.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Russell Sage Foundation: Research Grants in the Social Sciences

Grant Amount: Up to $200,000
Deadline: Letter of Inquiry due April 16, 2024
Category: Social Sciences,
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The Russell Sage Foundation is an operating foundation dedicated to programs of social science research. Below you will find current funding priorities under our programs and special initiatives.

RSF will accept letters of inquiry (LOIs) under all of its core programs and special initiatives: Behavioral Science and Decision Making in Context; Future of Work; Immigration and Immigrant Integration; Race, Ethnicity and Immigration; Social, Political, and Economic Inequality. It will also accept LOIs relevant to its core programs that address the effects (a) of social movements, such as drives for unionization and mass social protests, and the effects of racial/ethnic/gender bias and discrimination on a range of outcomes related to social and living conditions in the U.S. and (b) of the 2023 Supreme Court decision on race-conscious affirmative action and the relative merits of different models to promote diversity and the educational attainment and economic mobility of underrepresented and lower-income students.

RSF rarely considers projects for which the investigators have not already fully-developed the research design, the sample framework, access to data, etc. Investigators are encouraged to submit an LOI after they have developed and pre-tested survey instruments, completed preliminary data analyses if the data are publically-available or conducted some preliminary interviews for qualitative studies.

Trustee Grants are generally capped at $200,000. Presidential Grants are capped at $50,000, but PIs may request up to $75,000 when the proposed research project has special needs for gathering data (e.g., qualitative research) or gaining access to restricted-use data, or when the proposal budget includes salary support for multiple assistant professor PIs. RSF covers indirect costs of up to 15% on grants over $75,000 only.

Please contact Sara Salmon if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Health Policy Research Scholars Program

Grant Amount: $120,000 over four years
Deadline: March 7, 2024
Category: Health Policy,
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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation invites applications for its Health Policy Research Scholars program.

The four-year national leadership development program provides support for full-time doctoral students from nonclinical, research-focused disciplines in which policy is a key driver of change (e.g., urban planning, political science, economics, anthropology, education, social work, sociology, engineering, geography, and lab/bench sciences) whose aim is to improve health, well-being, and equity; challenge long-standing, entrenched systems; exhibit new ways of working; collaborate across disciplines and sectors; and bolster their leadership skills.

Up to 40 scholars will be selected to receive an annual stipend of $30,000 for up to four years or until they complete their doctoral program (whichever is sooner). Home institutions may include an administrative fee of $1,000 per year, $4,000 in total to the grant amount to cover the administrative costs of managing the award.

Applicants must be starting full-time, second-year doctoral studies in fall 2024 at a degree-granting institution based in the United States or its territories. Applicants must remain full-time while enrolled in HPRS; must have at least three academic years remaining in their doctoral program and not expect to graduate before spring/summer 2027; must be from a historically marginalized background; and be able to describe how their background, identity, or lived experiences have positioned them to contribute to the goals of the program. Examples of marginalized backgrounds include, but are not limited to, first-generation college graduates, individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, individuals from communities of color, and individuals with disabilities.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program

Grant Amount: $420,000 over four years
Deadline: March 19, 2024
Category: Medical Faculty Development,
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The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP) offers four-year postdoctoral research awards to faculty from historically marginalized backgrounds who can achieve senior rank in academic medicine, dentistry, or nursing. RWJF seeks leaders whose background, identity, or lived experiences have positioned them to contribute to the program’s goals. RWJF leadership programs will equip leaders, particularly those in positions of power, with the skills and support needed to lead in transformative and equitable ways.

This program supports the development of faculty to enhance their influence as leaders, researchers, and advisors in supporting a Culture of Health, in which everyone has the chance to live the healthiest life possible. AMFDP applicants should be committed to: developing careers and achieving senior rank in academic medicine, dentistry, or nursing; fostering the development of succeeding classes of physicians, dentists, and nurses from historically marginalized backgrounds; and improving the health of underserved populations or working toward understanding and eliminating health disparities.

To be eligible for this award, applicants must be physicians, dentists, or nurses who:
are from historically marginalized backgrounds and are able to describe how their background, identity, or lived experiences have positioned them to contribute to the goals of the program.
are U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of application, or individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status
are completing or have completed their formal clinical training
are able to spend at least 70 percent of their time engaged in research; and
are not related by blood or marriage to any Officer or Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, nor a descendant of its founder, Robert Wood Johnson.
Federal, state, tribal, and local government employees who are not considered government officials under Section 4946 of the Internal Revenue Code are eligible to apply.

Physicians must be Board-eligible to apply for this program. A dental applicant must be a general dentist with a master’s degree or a PhD or have completed advanced dental education. Nurse applicants must be registered nurses with a research doctorate in nursing or a related discipline completed by the application deadline.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Ploughshares Fund: Projects for a Safe, Secure, Nuclear Weapons-Free World

Grant Amount: Commensurate with project scope
Deadline: March 5, 2024
Category: Nuclear Weapons,
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Since 1981, the Ploughshares Fund has supported the world’s most effective advocates and organizations to reduce and eventually eliminate the danger posed by nuclear weapons.

The organization invites applications from organizations and individuals working to build a safe, secure, nuclear weapons-free world. In line with the fund’s organizational goals and priorities, grantmaking and programmatic activities are focused on the following areas:

Near-term Steps: Drive policies and activities that help eliminate nuclear threats or address regional conflicts. This category will fund projects that support necessary near-term steps to: address the nuclear implications of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine (in particular, preventing the war from entrenching a narrative that nuclear weapons keep us safe); reverse modernization trends (with an emphasis on the cancellation/retiring of unnecessary and expensive weapons systems, like the B-83 bomb or the proposed Sea-Launched-Cruise Missile); advance arms control and diplomacy (in particular, maintaining the political space for future arms control efforts between the United States, Russia, and other nuclear states, when appropriate); and resolve related regional conflicts.

Strengthened Community: Create a stronger, more resilient nuclear field. Advances in nuclear policy require sustained and focused attention from our community and the public to create the pressure and options to reduce and eliminate nuclear threats and build a more peaceful world. This funding area will support the core organizations and individuals that the nuclear field needs to make a policy and cultural impact in the short and long term.

Shared Purpose: Build new partnerships with intersecting issues. We must build active partnerships across issue areas to make nuclear weapons politically and culturally noteworthy and at the forefront of public consciousness. This funding area aims to develop a power base and generate public pressure for policy change by aligning with other social justice movements and calling attention to the interlinkages between their issues and nuclear topics.

Bold Futures: Support transformational thinking and activities. There is an urgent need for transformational thinking and activities in the nuclear arms control and policy community. For years, the field has been stuck in status-quo thinking that focuses exclusively on immediate policy challenges and ignores the need for long-term planning. While a focus on incremental policy disputes is sometimes necessary, occasional successes have not prevented an overall regression in nuclear weapons policy. Accordingly, this funding area addresses a major gap in the community’s efforts. It identifies and fosters transformational approaches to reducing nuclear risks, creating more favorable terrain for major change over the long term.

The fund places few restrictions on grantmaking, does not impose geographical limitations on its awards, and can fund direct lobbying programs; it does make grants to individuals. The fund encourages women and people from diverse communities to apply.

Please contact Gwen Allouch if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Organization for Autism Research: Applied Research Grant

Grant Amount: Up to $50,000, 1-2 years
Deadline: Letter of Intent Due March 18, 2024
Category: Autism,
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The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) invites letters of intent for its 2024 Applied Research Competition. Through this competition, OAR seeks to promote evidence-based practices based on research in the following areas:
The analysis, evaluation, or comparison of current models of assessment, intervention, or systems of service delivery, including policy analysis
Applied aspects of educational, behavioral, or social/communicative intervention
Effective intervention across the lifespan for individuals considered severely affected by ASD
Issues affecting adults with autism such as continuing education, employment, residential supports, sexuality instruction, quality-of-life determinants, and services and supports for older autistic individuals
Issues related to family support, social and community integration, assessment and intervention with challenging behavior, and the use of technology in support of learners with ASD
OAR seeks to fund studies that expand the body of knowledge related to autism intervention and treatment, produce practical and clearly objective results, have the potential to positively affect public policy, and provide outcomes that offer to enhance quality of life for persons with autism and their families. While applicants are always free to submit on any relevant area of research or intervention, this year, OAR has placed special emphasis on research addressing the following areas:
Community-Engaged Research
Community-Based Assessment and Intervention
Community-Living and Supports
Gender, Reproductive, and Sexual Health
Physical Health and Mental Health
Improving Access to and Effectiveness of Existing Systems and Services
Intersectionality, Equity and Diversity
Mid-life and Older Adults
At least one member of the research team must hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree and maintain a faculty position or equivalent at a college, university, medical school, or other research facility. International researchers are eligible to apply.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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National Academy of Medicine: 2024 US NAM Healthy Longevity Catalyst Awards

Grant Amount: $50,000
Deadline: March 11, 2024
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Innovation, the Bia-Echo Foundation, and the Yun Family Foundation invites applications to the 2024 US NAM Catalyst Award competition.

NAM invites bold, new, and innovative ideas that aim to extend the human healthspan (i.e., the number of years lived in good health), especially approaches that challenge existing paradigms or propose new methodologies or concepts. High-risk ideas that could potentially yield high rewards and, in turn, dramatically change the field of healthy longevity are encouraged. Each Catalyst Award includes a $50,000 cash prize as well as exclusive access to additional funding opportunities, occasions to connect and collaborate with innovators from around the world, and amplification of the award and winning idea.

Applications may originate from any field or combination of fields (e.g., biology, chemistry, medicine, engineering, behavioral and social sciences, technology, data science, and policy). Examples of topic areas include, but are not limited to, behavioral health (e.g., social connectedness, engagement, and well-being); biology of aging and molecular pathways; built environment and urban planning; disease prevention, including biomarkers and indicators of disease; healthcare delivery (e.g., technologies simplifying access to care, elder care services); housing (e.g., smart-enabled homes, intergenerational housing models); physical health (e.g., mobility and functionality); policy (e.g., economic, health, and science); reproductive longevity and equality; and technology (e.g., artificial intelligence; robotics; medical, assistive, and information technology).

NAM accepts applications from any U.S.-based organization (e.g., colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit companies). For-profit companies, in particular, cannot have annual sales revenues of more than $10 million for each of their last two fiscal years. There is a strong preference for early-stage endeavors (e.g., seed investments, startups, social enterprises, and spinouts). The principal investigator must reside in the United States as a U.S. citizen, legal resident alien, or non-resident alien with a valid visa. Co-PIs are not required to reside in the U.S.

Please contact Gwen Allouch if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Harrington Discovery Institute: 2024 Rare Disease Scholar Award

Grant Amount: $100,000
Deadline: March 26, 2024
Category: Rare diseases,
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The Oxford-Harrington Rare Disease Centre (OHC), a partnership between the University of Oxford, U.K. and Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals, Cleveland, Ohio, is seeking innovative projects for its 2024 Rare Disease Scholar Award, which advances promising discoveries from academic labs into clinical practice. In addition to grant funding, the award includes drug and business development support from pharma-experienced industry leaders with a track record of bringing therapeutics to market. Awardees have access to the Oxford-Harrington Rare Disease Centre Therapeutics Accelerator, which receives support from a partnership between University of Oxford, Oxford Science Enterprises, and University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio.

The OHC’s 2024 Rare Disease Scholar Award seeks novel approaches to treat rare diseases, with a focus on neurological disorders, developmental and metabolic disorders, and rare cancers. Applications directed to other rare, genetic indications with a high unmet need are also of interest. Any therapeutic modality will be considered. Intellectual property rights are retained by the award recipient or their institution.

Researchers in the U.S., U.K., and Canada are eligible to apply for this award. Successful applicants will receive:
Guaranteed grant award of USD$100,000 for U.S.- and Canada-based awardees and £100,000 for U.K.-based awardees
One year of therapeutics development support and project management from Harrington’s Therapeutics Development Center, with potential to renew for a second year based on milestones met
Access to Oxford facilities and infrastructure including oligonucleotide synthesis and screening, small molecule and protein platforms, cell and gene therapy facilities as well as genomics capabilities, and links to Genomics England
Opportunity to compete for acceleration funds up to USD$300,000 / £250,000
Opportunity to qualify for investment funds at a higher level according to project requirements
Invitation to present at the Harrington Discovery Institute Symposium for U.S.- and Canada-based awardees and the OHC Symposium for U.K.-based awardees
Award recipients will be selected by the OHC Scientific Advisory Board and announced in October 2024. Up to 10 OHC Scholars will be selected.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Frankenthaler Climate Initiative: Capital Projects to Reduce Emissions

Grant Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: March 15, 2024
Category: Climate Change,
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Launched by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation in partnership with RMI and Environment and Culture Partners, the Frankenthaler Climate Initiative provides visual arts institutions with the support and guidance required to undertake ambitious sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives.

The $15 million initiative is the largest private national grantmaking program of its kind in the country supporting the assessment and implementation of energy-efficiency projects at art museums, non-collecting visual arts organizations, and art schools across the United States. The 2024 grant cycle extends the program’s impact by allowing nonprofit art events, such as biennials, to become eligible for grants for the first time.

Organizations are invited to submit applications for the 2024 grant cycle for the following categories:

Catalyst Grants: Will fund a simple stand-alone energy-efficiency project, such as at a small space or a first action at any site, and can include an additional award of in-project coaching of up to five hours. Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded.

Scoping Grants: Will help institutions understand the energy-efficiency and clean energy opportunities at their facilities by conducting an assessment with an independent environmental engineer, building science specialist, or sustainability consultant. Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded.

Technical Assistance Grants: Will fund advanced assessments or technical specifications, where an initial comprehensive evaluation may have been completed (e.g., site-wide master plan). Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded.

Implementation Grants: Will directly address an institution’s climate impact and provide partial or full funding for organizations who have achieved institutional buy-in for their projects. These grants typically range from $50,000 to $100,000 and do not exceed $100,000.

Eligible applicant categories include museums, archives, and institutions whose primary mission includes visual art; higher education art schools, centers for study, residency programs; community and cultural organizations whose missions include an emphasis on visual art; artist-endowed foundations; arts organizations, including those that may not have a physical structure (but must have an ability to monitor energy consumption and/or generation); and not-for-profit events, including biennials, temporary projects, and large-scale public art exhibitions.

Please contact Sara Salmon if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Council on Library and Information Resources: Recordings at Risk Grants

Grant Amount: Up to $50,000
Deadline: April 17, 2024
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Recordings at Risk is a national regranting program administered by CLIR to support the preservation of rare and unique audio, audiovisual, and other time-based media of high scholarly value through digital reformatting. Generously funded by the Mellon Foundation since January 2017, the program will run twelve competitions from 2017 to 2025 and will award a total of $6.75 million. Awards range from $10,000 to $50,000 and cover costs of preservation reformatting for fragile and/or obsolete time-based media content by qualified external service providers. Eligible media may include, but are not necessarily limited to, magnetic audio and video tape, grooved discs, wax cylinders, wire recordings, and film (with or without sound). Review our Frequently Asked Questions for more information on eligible projects.

Recordings at Risk encourages professionals who may be constrained by limited resources and/or technical expertise to take action against the threats of degradation and obsolescence. The program aims to help organizations identify priorities and develop practical strategies for digital reformatting, build relationships with partners, and raise awareness of best practices.

Only one application per institution is allowed.
Please contact Gwen Allouch if you are interested in applying for this opportunity.

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Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation: Paralysis Quality-of-Life Grants

Grant Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: March 8, 2024
Category: Spinal Cord Injury,
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The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by advancing innovative research and improving the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis.

The foundation invites applications for its Quality-of-Life grants program, which aims to impact and empower people living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers by providing grants to nonprofit organizations whose projects and initiatives foster inclusion, involvement, and community engagement, while promoting health and wellness for those affected by paralysis in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

Grants are awarded to organizations that address the needs of people living with paralysis caused by spinal cord and other injuries, diseases, or birth conditions, including (but not limited to) stroke, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

At the March 8, 2024, deadline, grant applications will be accepted in the following categories:

Direct Effect: Grants from $5,000 to $24,999 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations for many projects that impact individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers. Examples of funded projects may include (but are not limited to): sports wheelchairs for a wheelchair basketball team, adapted glider in a community playground, kayak for a rowing program, accessible gym equipment, hydraulic lift at a pool, electronic door openers at a community center, workshop education series on sex and sexuality with a spinal cord injury, wheelchair accessible picnic table at a county fairground, program for preventing abuse in adaptive sports, camp programs, subsidized lessons for therapeutic riding, transportation costs for an inclusive afterschool program, and support groups.

Expanded Impact: This grants program is designed for previously awarded Quality of Life grantees whose programs and/or projects have achieved demonstrable, successful impact. Approximately four grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded for a significant expansion of strategies and programs that are evidence-based, show innovate promising practices, and/or best practices in the field they serve to improve quality of life for people with paralysis, their families, and caregivers.

Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, municipal and state governments, school districts, recognized tribal entities, and other institutions such as community or veterans hospitals.

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Center for the Study of Federalism: American Federalism Research Grants

Grant Amount: Up to $15,000
Deadline: March 15, 2024
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The Center for the Study of Federalism is a nonpartisan, interdisciplinary research and education institution dedicated to supporting and advancing scholarship and public understanding of federal theories, principles, institutions, and processes as practical means of organizing power in free societies.

The center invites applications research to further the study of American federalism. Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded for original research and/or writing that advances thinking about federalism as a principle of American government, law, or politics.

Applicants are expected to have earned a doctoral degree and established a published research record. Scholars and faculty members from colleges, universities, and independent research institutions are invited to apply.

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Brady Education Foundation: Promoting Positive Cognitive and/or Achievement Outcomes for Children

Grant Amount: Commensurate with project scope (grants have ranged from $25,000 to $790,000)
Deadline: Stage 1 proposal due April 1, 2024
Category: Childhood Education,
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The Foundation is currently accepting Research Project (RP) proposals and Existing Program Evaluation (EPE) proposals that have the potential to provide data that will inform how to address disparities in educational opportunities associated with race, ethnicity, and family income.

The Existing Program Evaluation aims;
1) What works: The primary aim must concern evaluating the effectiveness of programs designed to promote positive cognitive and/or achievement outcomes for children (birth through 18 years) with the goal of informing ways to close the educational opportunity gaps associated with race, ethnicity, and income.
2) Secondary aims may also focus on one or more of the following:
What works for whom, under what conditions: Investigate variations in program effects; that is, test for moderation effects that inform whether effects are stronger for certain groups and/or under certain conditions than other groups or conditions.
Reasons for effects: Investigate mechanisms through which effects occur; that is, test for mediation effects that inform why the program is effective.
Cost-benefit analyses: Compare the total costs of the program (start-up and ongoing operational costs) with its estimated monetary benefits to determine the net cost or benefit associated with the program.
Research Project (RP) proposals aims:
The Primary and any secondary aims must concern obtaining information that will inform how to address disparities in educational opportunities associated with race, ethnicity, and/or family income.

All projects may span up to three years. Stage 1 proposals are due April 1, 2024. Applicants will be notified of Stage 2 invitation by June 15, 2024.

Please contact Gwen Allouch if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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amFAR – Foundation for AIDS Research: Target Grants

Grant Amount: Type 1: Up to $400,000; Type 2: Up to $100,000
Deadline: Proposal synopses due by March 5, 2024
Category: AIDS; Research,
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amfAR’s research initiatives are aimed at finding a cure for HIV that will be useful to the 38M people living with HIV. The urgency of our goal demands that we direct our funding to studies that uncover vital knowledge directly applicable to curing HIV.

Persistent reservoirs of virus not cleared by antiretroviral therapy (ART) represent the main barrier to a cure. amfAR prioritizes the development of an eradicative cure over ART-free control of persistent virus. Eradication is preferred by PWH, should obviate the need for ongoing monitoring, may result in seroreversion with its attendant benefits, and is an unambiguous improvement over treatment, including with long-acting ART.

An eradicative cure requires the removal of HIV proviruses, or the cells that harbor them. Although not strictly necessary, an eradicative cure that also protects individuals from reinfection is of particularly high interest.

The development of a cure will require a series of well-planned research steps. The development pipeline is commonly thought to proceed from in vitro through ex vivo and preclinical animal testing stages before proceeding to clinical trial.
Applicants should be able to:
describe the clinical intervention they are working towards;
articulate the current stage of development of their product; and
describe the steps needed to progress to clinical testing.
Applicants may propose laboratory, animal or clinical research. Applicants should articulate a series of milestones that culminate in a clinical trial of the cure concept under consideration. Applications must be interventional, not descriptive.

Send your brief synopsis (click here to download template) to grants@amfar.org with “[Your Last Name], [Your First Name] – Target Grants Synopsis.” The foundation regrets they are unable to discuss every submission with applicants. Synopses must be submitted no later than 1:00 p.m. (EDT), Tuesday, March 5, 2024. The foundation will review your synopsis quickly. If an application is solicited, it will be due Tuesday, April 30, 2024.

Please contact Sara Salmon if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Wellcome Trust: Climate Impacts Awards: Unlocking urgent climate action by making the health effects of climate change visible

Grant Amount: Up to 2.5 Million GBP (~$3,171,250 USD), up to 3 years
Deadline: April 3, 2024
Category: Climate Change,
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Wellcome Trust aims to make the impacts of climate change on physical and mental health visible to drive urgent climate policy action at scale. They will support transdisciplinary teams to deliver short-term, high-impact projects that maximise policy outcomes by combining evidence generation, policy analysis, engaged research approaches and communication strategies.

The foundation will fund projects that generate context-specific evidence using community knowledge and experiences to deliver actionable policy outcomes that can be scaled to multiple settings. They will prioritise funding for research that involves and serves the needs of communities most impacted by the health effects of climate change, and advances stories and narratives that tend to be absent in the media or underrepresented in public discourse. This will include generating and/or synthesising relevant data and insights (preferably across multiple sites or countries) on significant health issues arising from climate impacts.

They are looking for proposals with a clear theory of change and strong understanding of policy levers. Policy outcomes should be achievable within the award period, innovative in their design and should support meaningful and sustainable change. Proposals should describe the intended policy outcomes and how new insights and effective communication will influence these outcomes.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Thrasher Research Fund: Early-career Awards for Children’s Health

Grant Amount: $25,000
Deadline: Concept papers due March 19, 2024
Category: Pediatrics; Research,
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The purpose of this program is to encourage the development of researchers in child health by awarding small grants to new researchers, helping them gain a foothold in this important area. The goal is to fund applicants who will go on to be independent investigators. The Fund will make up to 32 awards total with two funding cycles (16 awards each).
The Fund is open to a wide variety of research topics. We do not focus on a particular ​disease, but all our funded projects deal directly with children’s health.

In the Early Career Award Program, the Fund is particularly interested in applicants that show great potential to impact that field of children’s health through medical research. Both an applicant’s aptitude and inclination toward research are considered. The quality of the mentor and the mentoring relationship are also considered to be important predictors of success.

Those eligible to apply include:
1. Physicians who are in a residency/fellowship training program, or who completed that program no more than one year before the Concept Paper deadline.
2. Post-doctoral researchers who received the doctoral level degree no more than three years before the Concept Paper deadline.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Brain & Behavior Research Foundation: Young Investigator Grants

Grant Amount: $70,000 over two years
Deadline: March 12, 2024
Category: Neuroscience,
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The BBRF Young Investigator Grant program offers up to $35,000 a year for up to two (2) years to enable promising investigators to either extend their research fellowship training or to begin careers as independent research faculty.

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. The foundation invests in the most innovative ideas in neuroscience and psychiatric research to better understand the causes and develop new ways to treat brain and behavior disorders.

To be eligible:
You may only apply twice for your first BBRF Young Investigator Grant.
If you have previously received a BBRF Young Investigator Grant, you may only apply once more for a second BBRF Young Investigator Grant.
You may only be awarded a total of two BBRF Young Investigator Grants.
If you are an assistant professor who is currently or has been a principal investigator (PI) on an NIH R01 Grant (or equivalent national/international; non-mentored award), you are now ineligible to apply for a BBRF Young Investigator Grant.
Some disorders such as Autism, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Parkinson’s Disease are supported by BBRF only if primary psychiatric disorders are included in the research design. Transdiagnostic designs involving several disorders are welcome.
See the Foundation’s Face Sheet application requirement for more information.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences

Grant Amount: $55,000
Deadline: March 18, 2024
Category: Chemical Sciences,
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The objective of the Mason Award is to kick-start the research career of promising future senior investigators in the chemical sciences. The Marion Milligan Mason Fund will provide four to five grants of $55,000 every other year to women researchers engaged in basic research in the chemical sciences. Awards are for women who are starting their academic research careers. In addition to research funding, the program will provide leadership development and mentoring opportunities.

Applicants must be women who:
Earned a Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, or any chemistry related field.
Are early in a research career as teaching or research staff with 10 or fewer years since earning a Ph.D, at the time of application (postdoctoral fellows are not eligible)
Are teaching or research staff members originating independent research at an American Ph.D.-granting institution.
Are American-born, naturalized citizens or permanent residents.
Applicants must have a “full-time” career-track appointment. More than one applicant from the same institution can apply for this award, provided that each application is scientifically distinct.
Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are not eligible for this award.

Please contact Gwen Allouch if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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American Psychological Foundation: Gifted Children and Youth Research Grants

Grant Amount: Up to $50,000
Deadline: March 6, 2024
Category: Child Psychology,
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The American Psychological Foundation invites applications for its Esther Katz Rosen Fund, which will award grants of up to $50,000 in support of research, pilot projects, and research-based programs related to the psychological understanding of gifted children and adolescents. Efforts to enable and enhance the development of identified gifted and talented children and adolescents and encourage promising psychologists to continue innovative research and programs in this area will be supported.

Applicants must be affiliated with a school or education institution, hold a doctoral degree, or be graduate students from an accredited university for research proposals.

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Amazon Research Awards: Foundation Model Development

Grant Amount: Commensurate with project scope; $250,000 in AWS Promotional Credits
Deadline: March 6, 2024
Category: Machine Learning,
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AWS offers a broad and deep set of services for organizations to create meaningful machine learning solutions faster. Our mission is to share our learnings and ML capabilities as fully managed services, and put them into the hands of every scientist and developer.

AWS is soliciting funding proposals related to foundation model (FM) development, including enhancements for dialogue, factual questioning and answering, text generation, document summarization, image generation, and more. Proposals should be expanding the state of the art in terms of training methods, with a focus on one of the following areas: 1) to reduce incorrect or nonsensical answers, 2) to reduce the sensitivity to tweaks to the input prompt, 3) ask clarifying questions when facing ambiguous questions, 4) develop efficiency enhancements across the training and hosting FM lifecycle.

AWS invites work that both critiques and enhances the state-of-the-art in FM, including but not limited to the following topics:
Reinforcement learning with human feedback
Scaling laws and their inverse, including for model fine-tuning
Novel datasets and training methods
Distillation with enhanced reasoning
Foundation models in novel modalities and domains, such as biology, manufacturing, fashion, etc.
Bias detection and mitigation throughout the foundation model lifecycle
AWS aims to advance foundation model development by funding the creation of open-source artifacts, datasets and code that benefit the research community at large, or impactful research that uses machine learning tools. AWS will provide credits for use on EC2 instances powered by AWS Trainium chips to help researchers develop and test solutions at scale.

Award details
Selected Principal Investigators (PIs) may receive the following:
$250,000 in AWS Promotional Credits, which can be used on generally available EC2 instances that are powered by AWS Trainium chips
AWS Trainium training resources, including AWS tutorials and hands-on sessions with Amazon scientists and engineers
Awards are structured as one-year unrestricted gifts. The budget should include a list of expected costs specified in USD, and should not include administrative overhead costs. Your receipt and use of AWS Promotional Credits is governed by the AWS Promotional Credit Terms and Conditions, which may be updated by AWS from time to time.

Please contact Sara Salmon if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Human Frontier Science Program: Basic Research Grants in the Biological Sciences

Grant Amount: The amount paid depends on the number of team members which normally should be 2 - 4
Deadline: Obtain Letter of Intent ID by March 19, 2024; LOI due March 28, 2024
Category: Biological Sciences,
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HFSP Research Grants support innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems with emphasis placed on novel and interdisciplinary approaches that involve scientific exchanges across national and disciplinary boundaries (see guidelines).

Participation of scientists from disciplines outside the traditional life sciences such as biophysics, chemistry, computational biology, computer science, engineering, mathematics, nanoscience or physics is recommended because such collaborations have opened up new approaches for understanding the complex structures and regulatory networks that characterize living organisms, their evolution and interactions.

Research grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories. Preliminary results are not required and applicants are expected to develop new lines of research through the research collaboration.

It is understood that such research inherently contains risks and HFSP expects that teams of applicants address the risks and outline mitigation strategies for their research in case of failure and how they intend to achieve their goals.

Applications for applied research, including medical research typically funded by national medical research bodies, will be deemed ineligible (see guidelines). Two types of Grant are available:

Research Grants – Early Career
All team members are expected to direct a research group (however small) and must have a doctoral degree (PhD, MD or equivalent). They must be in a position to initiate and direct their own independent lines of research. The HFSP award is not intended to create scientific independence, this is a decision of the research institute prior to the application.

Research Grants – Program
Awarded to teams of independent researchers at any stage of their careers. The research team is expected to develop new lines of research through the collaboration. Applications including independent investigators early in their careers are encouraged.

Please contact Gwen Allouch if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Simons Foundation: Targeted Grants in Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Grant Amount: Commensurate with Project Scope
Deadline: Rolling
Category: Mathematics; physical sciences,
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Co-founded in 1994 in New York City by Jim and Marilyn Simons, the Simons Foundation aims to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences, championing basic science through grant funding, support for research, and public engagement. The foundation believes in asking big questions and providing sustained support to researchers working to unravel the mysteries of the universe.

The foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for its Targeted Grants in MPS program. The program is intended to support high-risk theoretical mathematics, physics, and computer science projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis. The program provides flexible funding for up to five years, with the funding level and duration flexible and based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended or assumed funding level for this program.

Applications may be submitted by established U.S. and foreign public and private educational institutions and stand-alone research centers. Principal investigators (PIs) and co-investigators must have a PhD and a tenure-track or tenured position at said institutions or centers at the time of application. There are no citizenship or department requirements for PIs.

Applicants will be notified of a decision within two months of the LOI submission and selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Glenn W. Bailey Foundation: Funding for Programmatic STEM initiatives

Grant Amount: $25,000 or $50,000
Deadline: Rolling
Category: STEM,
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The Glenn W. Bailey Foundation (GWB) invites applications for seed and continuation funding for organizations seeking programmatic funding for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education at all levels. The foundation is interested in enhancing the excitement for STEM in the classroom by funding STEM subjects and activities related to implementing high-quality curriculum and activities and promoting and supporting students interested in STEM fields and careers. Applications are invited for four new programs:

STEM Sprouts: An early education STEM) program designed to introduce young children, typically between the ages of three and 10, to the foundational concepts and skills within these four fields.

STEM Stars: Middle and high school advanced STEM program funding. Programming can take place before, during, or after school. Programs that successfully prepare interested students who wish to be fully prepared for their intended college STEM major by exposing them to advanced topics in science, engineering, computer science and more are encouraged.

STEM Scholars: A postsecondary STEM program aimed at providing colleges and universities with more funding and flexibility for their internal STEM programs. The program offers opportunities to expand on current programs or seed money to create new programs. Funding can support many activities and initiatives such as club activities, career management counselors, showcases, research projects, camps, tech talks, student clubs and organizations, lecture series, and professor continuing education programs.

Teen Tech Competition: The foundation is interested in supporting large STEM-related organizations interested in creating or continuing a tech competition for local youth. Organizations must operate under certain (but flexible) parameters and are encouraged to let the participating students lead the way in building the actual competition’s layout.

Through these programs, GWB seeks to promote and encourage students to become engaged in STEM at an early age. These programs are designed to follow learners through college and beyond. Programs are capped at either $25,000 or $50,000.

Applicants should be professors, teachers, principals, before and after care teachers, etc., and directly affiliated with an organization recognized as tax-exempt for charitable purposes by the IRS.

Please contact Gwen Allouch if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Evidence for Action: Research to Advance Racial Equity

Grant Amount: No explicit range - commensurate with project scope
Deadline: Letters of Intent accepted on a rolling basis
Category:
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Evidence for Action (E4A) prioritizes research to evaluate specific interventions (e.g., policies, programs, practices) that have the potential to counteract the harms of structural and systemic racism and improve health, well-being, and equity outcomes. Our focus on racial equity means we are concerned both with the direct impacts of structural racism on the health and well-being of people and communities of color (e.g., Black, Latina/o/x, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, and other races and ethnicities), as well as the ways in which racism intersects with other forms of marginalization, such as having low income, being an immigrant, having a disability, or identifying as LGBTQ+ or a gender minority.

This funding is geared toward studies about “upstream” causes of health inequities, such as the systems, structures, laws, policies, norms, and practices that determine the distribution of resources and opportunities, which in turn influence individuals’ options and behaviors. Research should center on the needs and experiences of communities exhibiting the greatest health burdens and be motivated by real-world priorities. It should be able to inform a specific course of action and/or establish beneficial practices, not stop at characterizing or documenting the extent of a problem.

The application process begins with the submission of an application and a two-page letter of intent (LOI). Applicants will generally receive notice within six to nine weeks of applying as to whether they are invited to submit a full proposal. Full proposals will be due two months from the date of notification. Funding recommendations will generally be made within eight weeks of receipt of the full proposal.

Please contact Sara Salmon if you are interested in applying to these opportunities

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EnAccess: Innovation Pilots for Energy Access and Moonshot Concepts for Energy Access Awards

Grant Amount: $50,000 and $250,000
Deadline: Rolling
Category: Energy,
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EnAccess funds and supports Open Innovation in Energy Access. They believe that Open Innovation is necessary in order to achieve universal energy access.

EnAccess currently has two funding mechanisms and accepts applications on a rolling basis:

Innovation Pilots for Energy Access – up to $250,000
For projects that are ready to be built and prototyped in a real environment. Think: Hardware, Software, Business Models that need market validation from the Energy Access Sector. These projects create shared solutions for problems that are commonly faced across the industry. Most hardware and software projects would likely fit in this category – if you’re ready to write the code, or order equipment to put together with your hands, this is the right spot for you.

Moonshots Concepts for Energy Access – up to $50,000
Moonshot concepts research high potential opportunities that might inspire new thinking in the industry. Working on a new concept could be open ended and highly uncertain (see one of our published projects, AgriGrid, as an example). We don’t always know how these projects will turn out, but are happy to take risks on ideas that we find promising. One example might be a series of discussions that explore opportunities to harness artificial intelligence (AI) in energy access. The results of this kind of exploration could be a whitepaper describing an innovation roadmap for the industry, a research webinar, a concept note for a new organization, or a prototype tool analyzing data from various organizations.
“Tech” projects may fit into this category too. Your idea might have the end results of being a new type of chip, software, or hardware – but before you are ready to actually make something like that, you need to flush out the idea. If this is where you’re at, this is the right category for you.

Please contact Gwen Allouch if you are interested in applying to one of these opportunities.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Addressing Structural Barriers to Economic Inclusion for Children and Families

Grant Amount: Range from $250,000 to $750,000
Deadline: June 21, 2023
Category: Economic Inequality,
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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation seeks efforts to bring to life a vision of a new social contract for children and families–one that recognizes our collective interdependence, the need for shared prosperity, and the inherent value and dignity of all families and children–to truly promote the health and wellbeing of children and families above all else.

The foundation will fund projects that address structural issues that hinder children and families from thriving in our economy. They are interested in frameworks, ideas, models, or approaches that demonstrate an alternative economic vision that positions families at the center–challenging the idea that the value of families can only be understood in connection to work or production. The foundation is looking for creative solutions and alternatives that address structural or systemic issues that impact families having the resources they need to thrive.

Through this program, the RWJF aims to:
1. Support a more expansive or provocative understanding of our economy by accelerating the visibility, uptake, and learning from promising new ideas, frameworks, models, or approaches that target structural racism in the economy and that drive resources to children and families.
2. Contribute to an evidence base that expands understanding of what it looks like to have the wellbeing of children and families prioritized in our economic decisions.
3. Elevate promising and innovative models, their connections to current approaches, and how they might demonstrate a path forward from incremental improvement toward systems transformation.

This request for proposals is not intended to support programs, services, or interventions that address individual
behavior for families to access resources within the existing economic system, nor basic safetynet issues (e.g., financial coaching, literacy programs, access to food relief). RWJF explicitly seeks efforts to transform the experience of families–their ability to sustain their families through full participation in the economy and related social systems.

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Autism Science Foundation: Accelerator Research Grants for Active Projects

Grant Amount: $7,500
Deadline: June 21, 2023
Category: Autism; Research grants,
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The Autism Science Foundation invites applications for its 2023 Suzanne Wright Research Accelerator Grants.

These grants are designed to expand the scope, speed the progress, increase efficiency, or improve the final product dissemination of active autism research grants. This mechanism also allows the creative use of data that has not been analyzed to ask questions relevant to autism research. The funding is not meant to support a project fully but to leverage existing resources to accelerate the discovery of research findings. Projects that do not fit the mechanism’s goal or adhere to the proposal preparation instructions will be returned without review.

Grants of up to $7,500 will be awarded to enhance, expand, and enrich grants currently funded by other sources (including ASF). This award may cover staff salary. All projects must have prior IRB approval. No portion of these funds shall be used to cover indirect university costs.

Proposals are invited from all areas of autism research. The foundation is especially interested in proposals that address profound autism and specifically invites researchers from universities that have not received funding from ASF before, including HBCUs.

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Roy A. Hunt Foundation: Environment Initiative Grants

Grant Amount: $25,000 - $75,000
Deadline: Letter of Intent due June 19, 2023
Category: Biodiversity; environment; climate; energy; water; waste,
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The Hunt Foundation envisions a natural environment that is understood and respected as a web of interconnections of which human beings are a part, where people live in harmony within the Earth’s ecological systems, where biodiversity is preserved as an integral component of economic and technological progress, and where human impact on Earth serves to maintain sustainable processes.

The foundation supports strategic activities that create incentives for environmentally responsible decisions in the private sector. The Environment Committee will consider grant requests for specific projects or programs that improve the environment at a multi-state, national, and/or systems level. Typical costs funded include project management, contracted services, education and outreach programs, applied research, and innovations that could lead to public policy solutions. Foundation priorities are:

Climate and Energy – To reduce the consequences of climate change in the United States, primarily through:
Increasing the affordability and use of cleaner and renewable energy sources, and
Reducing demand for carbon-intensive energy sources and carbon-intensive goods and services
Toxics and Waste – To reduce damage to the environment and human health caused by the manufacture, use, and disposal of consumer and industrial products. Typical strategies include green chemistry, sustainable design, sustainable manufacturing, and product stewardship.

Clean Water – To protect and restore the quality of freshwater, coastal, and nearby oceanic areas of the United States.

The Foundation prefers strategies that:
Promote incentives and other private sector economic levers to encourage environmentally responsible decisions
Encourage compatibility between environmental protection, economic development, and technical innovations
Create opportunities for collaborative, cross-sector problem-solving; including action plans, certifications, and assessment tools
Create methods for individuals and community groups to be better environmental stewards

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Smith Richardson Foundation: Strategy & Policy Fellows Program

Grant Amount: $60,000
Deadline: June 15, 2023
Category: Foreign policy; international relations; military policy; international security,
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The Smith Richardson Foundation sponsors an annual Strategy and Policy Fellows grant competition to support young scholars and policy thinkers on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history.

The purpose of the program is to strengthen the U.S. community of scholars and researchers conducting policy analysis in these fields.

The Foundation will award at least three research grants of $60,000 each to enable the recipients to research and write a book. Within the academic community, this program supports junior or adjunct faculty, research associates, and post-docs who are engaged in policy-relevant research and writing. Within the think tank community, the program supports members of the rising generation of policy thinkers who are focused on U.S. strategic and foreign policy issues.

Applicants must be an employee or affiliate of either an academic institution or a think tank.

Please note that the Fellowship program will only consider single-author book projects. It will not consider collaborative projects (e.g., edited or multi-authored books, conference volumes or reports, or a collection of previously published articles, chapters or essays.)

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Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative: 2023 Cross-Species Studies of ASD

Grant Amount: Up to $1.2 Million over 2-3 years
Deadline: June 15, 2023
Category: Autism; Research; Animal research,
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The mission of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance.

Grants awarded through the Cross-Species Studies of ASD request for applications (RFA) are intended to support multi-disciplinary teams of PIs with expertise in both human and animal research to perform coordinated cross-species studies to advance our understanding of ASD-relevant behaviors and their underlying neurobiological mechanisms, with the potential for developing novel biomarkers or interventions.

Applicants may request a maximum of $400,000, inclusive of 20 percent indirect costs, for each year of funding over a period of two (2) to three (3) years.

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Helen Hay Whitney Foundation: Early Postdoctoral Research Grants in Basic Biomedical Sciences

Grant Amount: $210,000 in stipends, $4,500 Research Allowance over three years
Deadline: June 15, 2023
Category: Biomedical Science; Early career,
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o attain its ultimate goal of increasing the number of imaginative, well-trained and dedicated medical scientists, the Foundation grants financial support of sufficient duration to help further the careers of young men and women engaged in biological or medical research.

Candidates who hold, or are in the final stages of obtaining a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree and are seeking beginning postdoctoral training in basic biomedical research are eligible to apply for a fellowship. The Foundation accepts applications from candidates who have no more than ONE year of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the deadline for submitting the application (June 15, 2023), and who have received a Ph.D. (or D.Phil. or equivalent) degree no more than TWO years before the deadline, or an M.D. degree no more than THREE years before the deadline.

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Borealis Philanthropy Fund for Trans Generations: Trans-led Rapid Response Project Grants

Grant Amount: $10,000
Deadline: Rolling
Category: Transgender,
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The Borealis Philanthropy Fund for Trans Generations invests in trans-led organizing to support a future where transgender, gender non-conforming, and nonbinary people live with freedom, safety, and self-determination.

The FTG provides significant resources to emerging trans-led groups with limited access to national funding streams. The FTG prioritizes funding for organizations addressing health and healing, education, anti-violence, employment, housing, criminalization, leadership development, grassroots organizing, movement building, mutual aid and direct services, and arts and culture.

At this moment, the FTG has only rapid response funding available. The FTG rapid response fund will provide support for situations that require immediate response and for proactive activities that pursue strategic opportunities.

Organizations and fiscally sponsored projects based in trans communities that are facing high levels of harm and who have limited access to foundation support will be prioritized. Request examples may include the following: communications, advocacy, and organizing training to defeat anti-trans legislation; direct actions that confront transphobic legislation, attempts to dismantle trans protection, or other activities aimed at harming trans communities; travel support for a timely trans convening or training opportunity; and a new project or network that is doing proactive movement-building work and needs support to lay the groundwork for this.

Project budgets should not exceed $600,000; a project based at an organization with a budget larger than $600,000 may apply as long as it is trans-led. Organizations or projects may apply for a rapid response grant at any time and receive only one grant every 12 months. Grant amounts will not exceed $10,000 per organization, with an average size grant being $3,000 to $5,000.

To be eligible, organizations or projects must be trans-led, and organizations must be tax-exempt as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or fiscally sponsored. Projects must be based in the United States and U.S. territories.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Evidence For Action: Innovative Research to Advance Racial Equity

Grant Amount: Commensurate with Project Scope
Deadline: Rolling
Category: Health Policy, Racial Equity, Research,
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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has issued a call for proposals for Evidence for Action: Innovative Research to Advance Racial Equity.

Evidence for Action (E4A), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, funds research that expands the evidence needed to build a Culture of Health, emphasizing advancing racial equity. According to RWJF, achieving racial equity is impossible without focusing on the foundational and structural drivers of health, often referred to as the social determinants of health (e.g., housing, education, built environment, economic opportunity, law enforcement, and others). Therefore, the fund partners with researchers, practitioners, community leaders, advocates, and policy makers to develop evidence about what works to dismantle or remedy unjust systems and practices and produce more equitable outcomes for people and communities of color.

Evidence for Action prioritizes research to evaluate specific interventions (e.g., policies, programs, practices) that have the potential to counteract the harms of structural and systemic racism and improve health, well-being, and equity outcomes. The foundation is concerned both with the direct impacts of structural racism on the health and well-being of people and communities of color (e.g., Black, Latina/o/x, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander people, and other races and ethnicities)—as well as how racism intersects with other forms of marginalization, such as having low income, being an immigrant, having a disability, or identifying as LGBTQ+ or a gender minority.

This funding is focused on studies about upstream causes of health inequities, such as the systems, structures, laws, policies, norms, and practices that determine the distribution of resources and opportunities, which in turn influence individuals’ options and behaviors. Research should center on the needs and experiences of communities exhibiting the greatest health burdens and be motivated by real-world priorities. It should be able to inform a specific course of action and/or establish beneficial practices, not stop characterizing or documenting a problem’s extent.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying for this opportunity.

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Transformational Partnerships Fund: Institutions of Higher Education Exploration Grants

Grant Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: Rolling
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Institutions of higher education (IHEs) face a complex set of financial, technological, political, social and demographic challenges that have intensified significantly over the last decade.

Traditional focus on revenue generation has failed to address the fundamental need many institutions of higher education have to transform their educational and business models in ways that can help drive student success and social mobility, especially for students of color, students from low-income families, and other underserved populations.

The Transformational Partnerships Fund helps institutions explore partnerships in a thoughtful, timely way by offering:

  • A safe, confidential space for IHEs to discuss and explore strategic partnerships;
  • Information about the continuum of partnership options and support in identifying the strategies best suited to each institution’s unique circumstances;
  • Referrals to appropriate experts who are well-versed in academic partnerships;
  • Catalytic grants (up to $100,000 per exploration) to engage third-party technical assistance providers knowledgeable in law, finance, governance, fundraising, human resources, and other related fields;
  • A visible advocate to share knowledge about the value of transformational partnerships and work in conjunction with other stakeholders interested in the success of IHEs.

TPF provides institutions with relevant resources collected from its advisors, its network, and other third parties. University and college leaders can approach TPF with the assurance that all discussions will remain confidential until an appropriate and mutually agreed time.

Each institution must determine how best to proceed; partnerships are not always the answer. Nevertheless, TPF seeks to build awareness of and advocate for the role partnerships can play as a proactive strategy to be considered by mission-driven, student-centered institutions.

Please contact Daniel Hadley if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Rising Tide Foundation: Freedom in Practice Grants To Improve Quality of Life

Grant Amount: Commensurate with project scope
Deadline: Letters of Inquiry accepted on a rolling basis
Category: Societal Change; Quality of Life,
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The Rising Tide Foundation, which aims to promote freedom to improve the quality of life everywhere, was created with the belief that those who are most vulnerable to critical issues and who are willing and ready to take on responsibility are the most effective agents of change and should contribute as members of society with a spirit of freedom to solve their own problems.

To that end, the foundation invites applications for its Freedom in Practice program, which will award grants in support of projects that articulate and promote the core beliefs of the foundation, have the potential to eliminate obstacles that impede creative individuals, and give a “hand-up” rather than just a “hand-out.” Specifically, the foundation seeks projects aimed at developing private-sector solutions to societal problems; offering solutions to the problems created by government and “crony capitalist” interventions; offering strategies for making such interventions unnecessary and unattractive going forward; enhancing individuals’ capacities for self-determination, individual choice, and peaceful, voluntary cooperation in society; and discovering methods to teach freedom in more effective ways or to new audiences.

Letters of Intent are accepted on a rolling basis, and selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Please contact Daniel Hadley if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Global Innovation Fund: Innovative Impact Grants

Grant Amount: $50,000 - $15 Million
Deadline: Rolling
Category: Global; Innovation; Development,
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The Global Innovation Fund invests in the development, rigorous testing, and scaling up of new products, services, business process, or policy reforms that are more cost-effective than current practice and targeted at improving the lives of the world’s poorest people.

GIF defines ‘innovation’ broadly to include new business models, policy practices, technologies, behavioural insights, or ways of delivering products and services that benefit the poor in developing countries — any solution that has potential to address an important development problem more effectively than existing approaches.
We accept applications working in any sector in any developing country.

Any type of organisation may apply. It is recommended that individual innovators, entrepreneurs, or researchers apply through an affiliated organisation.

We seek out innovations we believe have the greatest potential to improve the lives of millions of people living in poverty and only select those innovations which:
1. Are focussed on the poor.
2. Are novel approaches which are not commonplace.
3. Can improve upon alternatives solutions.
4. Are backed by evidence of potential impact.
5. Can be widely applied in many different settings.
6. Have the potential to scale to reach millions of people.
7. Are led by strong and dynamic teams.
8. Are ready for investment.
9. Will generate new knowledge on what works.
10. Have a clear role for GIF.

Please contact Daniel Hadley if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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The Commonwealth Fund: Grants to Improve Health Care Practice and Policy

Grant Amount: ~$180,000 for one year
Deadline: Letters of Inquiry accepted on a rolling basis
Category: Health Equity; Health Policy; Medicare; Medicaid,
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The mission of the Commonwealth Fund is to promote a high-performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, and people of color.

Funding program areas include:
Health Care Delivery System Reform
Health Care Coverage and Access
Advancing Health Equity
Controlling Health Care Costs
Federal and State Health Policy
International Health Policy and Practice Innovations
Advancing Medicare
Tracking Health System Performance
Medicaid

Within these programs, preference is given to proposals that seek to: clarify the scope of serious and neglected problems; develop, test, and evaluate the impact of practical, innovative models for addressing such problems; disseminate tools and models of care that have been proven to be effective; or analyze the impact of particular policies or trends. To review descriptions of funding priorities and lists of recently approved grants, please click on the programs above.

Please let Gwen Allouch know if you are planning to apply for this opportunity.

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Dr. Howard W. Jones, Jr. Public Policy, Medical Education, or Scientific Advancement Prize

Grant Amount: $10,000
Deadline: Rolling
Category: Health Sciences; Reproductive Medicine, Public Policy; Medical Education,
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The Jones Foundation supports vital research in reproductive medicine through annual and multi-year funding grants. At the direction of the Board of Directors, the Jones Foundation currently supports translational research projects, educational programs and ethical seminars.

This prize is designed to recognize those whose contributions to public policy and/or medical education have significantly advanced the specialty of reproductive medicine.

The Foundation strives to provide resources to the scientific community so that there may be intellectual, creative and well prepared scientific leaders in the global environment of the 21st century by:

  • Fostering the development of innovative, high-quality research by new and established investigators in the field of reproductive medicine.
  • Educating the general public, including physicians, administrators and legislators, about the issues of public policy topics that will assist the general public and others in making informed decisions regarding fertility treatment and reproductive medical issues.
  • Serving as catalyst to scientific investigators by reviewing and selecting for an annual Award, one or more significant research projects that advanced the field of reproductive medicine.

The Medical Executive Committee of the Howard and Georgeanna Jones Foundation will review the credentials of the nominees and the awardee will be notified.

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Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI): Supplement to Enhance Equity and Diversity Award

Grant Amount: Up to $300,000 over three years
Deadline: Open/Rolling
Category: Diversity, Health Sciences; Autism; Equity,
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The mission of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance.

Objectives
With the understanding that diversity in the scientific workforce is an important element for the goal of advancing autism science, SFARI announces a new program that will provide supplements to existing grants for the recruitment of new lab members from American underrepresented minority groups at the postdoctoral level. For the purposes of this supplement, eligible groups include the following: African American/Black; Latin American/Hispanic; Native American/Alaskan Native; Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander (including Filipino).

The goal of this award is to increase diversity and fight inequity. SFARI Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to recruit candi­­­­­­­­dates for this supplement not only at their home institution, but also at historically Black colleges and universities and other institutions with high minority enrollment. SFARI will not award supplements to fund current lab members, even if they are not funded by the original SFARI award.

To facilitate the academic success and independence of selected postdoctoral research associates, SFARI will organize networking opportunities with peer awardees, other SFARI grantees (including both early career and senior investigators) and SFARI staff.

As a condition for accepting the grant, the mentor and candidate must agree to work together to submit one or more applications for federal and/or non-federal postdoctoral fellowship awards before the end of the second year. Continuation of the award for a third year of funding is not contingent on success in these applications, but writing such proposals is an important part of training for future in science.

Level and Duration of Funding
Current PIs may request up to $100,000 per year for up to three years. This is intended to cover the full salary and fringe benefits of the selected postdoctoral research associate, travel and other professional development opportunities for the postdoctoral research associate, and the associated indirect costs. Funds may also be used to purchase additional lab supplies needed to accommodate the research plan but are limited to $10,000 per year.

PIs will be required to provide annual updates to SFARI on the new lab member’s productivity as part of their required project progress reports.

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The Laura and John Arnold Foundation: Demonstrating the Power of Evidence-Based Programs on Major U.S. Social Problems

Grant Amount: $1M to $5M
Deadline: Continuous
Category: Social Science, Social Work,
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A central goal of U.S. evidence-based policy reform is to focus government and philanthropic funding on social programs and practices (“interventions”) that have credible evidence of meaningful positive effects on people’s lives. The imperative for doing so is clear: Most social interventions are unfortunately found not to produce the hoped-for effects when rigorously evaluated – a pattern that occurs not just in social spending but in other fields, such as medicine and business. Thus, without a strong focus on evidence-based interventions, it is hard to see how social spending can successfully address poverty, educational failure, violence, drug abuse, and other critical U.S. problems.

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation’s (LJAF) Moving the Needle initiative seeks to spur expanded implementation of such interventions in order to make significant headway against U.S. social problems. Specifically, the initiative is designed to encourage state or local jurisdictions, or other entities, to:
1. Adopt social interventions shown in well-conducted randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to produce large, sustained effects on important life outcomes;
2. Implement these interventions on a sizable scale with close adherence to their key features; and
3. Determine, through a replication RCT, whether the large effects found in prior research are successfully reproduced so as to move the needle on important social problems.

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Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics

Grant Amount: Less than $4M
Deadline: Continuous
Category: Science, Social Science,
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The program’s primary aim is to build bridges between the two cultures of science and the humanities and to develop a common language so that they can better understand and speak to one another–and ultimately to grasp that they belong to a single common culture.

The Foundation has established a nationwide strategy that focuses on books, theater, film, television, radio, and new media to commission, develop, produce, and distribute new work mainstreaming science and technology for the lay public.

– Books
– Film
– New Media
– Radio
– Television
– Theater

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Carnegie Corporation of New York: Education

Grant Amount: Upper $1,250,000
Deadline: Continuous
Category: Education,
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American public education prepares all students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they need to be active participants in a robust democracy and to be successful in the global economy. Under this program, Carnegie has the following Focus Areas.

1. Leadership and Teaching to Advance Learning. Improving systems of preparing, recruiting, and developing teachers and education leaders to serve the needs of diverse learners;

2. New Designs to Advance Learning. Developing whole-school models that provide more effective learning environments for diverse learners;

3. Public Understanding. Supporting research on strategies that can drive parent and family engagement in education;

4. Pathways to Postsecondary Success. Improving alignment in student learning expectations between K-12 and postsecondary education; improving postsecondary education

5. Integration, Learning, and Innovation. Advancing integrated approaches across the Corporation’s portfolios and the field that enable greater collaboration, coherence, and dynamism;

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