*Editor’s Note: there will be no GrantWeek during Thanksgiving Week. GrantWeek will return on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 and resume its usual Monday release schedule the following week.
Student Success: Imagine the Possibilities
AASCU is inviting applications from member campuses to join a major new initiative to redesign the first year of college in order to achieve greater student success.
GRC Advisory Board Member Appointed to NSF Advisory Committee
Congratulations to David McGinnis for his recent appointment to the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education.
USAID Reaches out to Minority Serving Institutions
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) held an all-day summit for minority serving institutions (MSI) on November 6 in Washington, DC. The event, which was attended by representatives of MSIs from across the country, featured an overview of USAID opportunities, a panel session on the strategic direction of USAID programs, tips for finding and taking advantage of the right USAID opportunity, and advice from program officers on what USAID is looking for in proposals and collaborations.
HUD and DOJ Work Together to End Homelessness Among Re-entry Population
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Justice have announced they are partnering to create the Pay for Success Permanent Supportive Housing Demonstration (PFS), an $8.7 million program focused on testing cost-effective ways to prevent homelessness and reduce recidivism among the justice-involved population.
Broad Coalition Endorses Letter to Congress Supporting Innovation Policy Agendas
A coalition of industry, advocacy groups, and nonprofits have endorsed a letter outlining seven “areas of focus for Congressional action” to support American innovation. The letter builds from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2014 Report, Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream.
EPA Seeks Student Advisors for Environmental Justice Advisory Panel
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking representatives for the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council’s (NEJAC) Youth Perspectives on Climate Justice Work Group.”
House and Senate Pass New Spending Bill
A budget deal was reached last week between the White House and Congress for federal spending in FY 16 and 17, setting the stage for a growth in discretionary spending and, potentially, good news for federal grant programs.
NIH Issues Summary of Upcoming Grants Policy Statement
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a summary of upcoming revisions to the NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS).
USAID Seeks Proposals for Two Major International Development Initiatives
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking proposals for two major international development initiatives of interest to GRC members: Let Girls Learn and Development Innovation Ventures (DIV).
White House Takes on Non-Communicable Diseases in Developing World
The White House Office of Science and Technology hosted a meeting to discuss how technology and pathology can be combined in new and creative ways “to provide cancer diagnostics, care, and treatment in pilot sites in the developing world.”
New Study Shows Gender Gap in Early Career Biomedical Research
A recently published study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found a 250 percent gap between the median research funding given to male researchers as compared to female researchers at the start of their careers.
New Administration Report Provides Guidance for Federal Innovation Policy
The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), along with the National Economic Council, have published an updated version of the “A Strategy for American Innovation” document, providing an overview of administration goals and policies to help advance the innovation economy.
NEH Offers New Support for Humanities Doctoral Programs
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced new grants designed to reshape humanities doctoral programs in response to a changing workforce and academic environment.
HRSA Offering Webinar on Holistic Admissions
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Workforce, Division of Nursing and Public Health is hosting a three-part webinar series on Holistic Admissions to disseminate best practices, research findings, metrics, and resources, applicable to the health workforce and nursing profession.
OMB Announces FY 16 and FY 17 Agency Goals
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently announced 92 new Agency Priority Goals (APG) for FY 16 through FY 17.
Research Opportunities to Support Paralyzed Veterans
The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Education Foundation recently announced the opening of its 2016 grant cycle.
U.S. Senators Seek Input on New America Competes Act
Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) are seeking input from the science community on STEM education/workforce issues and research commercialization and technology transfer as part of a bipartisan effort to draft the Senate version of a revised America COMPETES Act.
NSF Plans Briefing on Policy Changes
Jean Feldman, head of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Policy Office, is encouraging all GRC members to register for an October 29, 2015 webinar to review pending changes to the Proposal Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG). Attendees of GRC’s August meeting heard Feldman discuss the revisions, which will take effect January 25, 2016.
NIH and AHRQ Plan Changes for 2016 Grant Applications
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) have announced a number of planned changes to policies, forms and instructions for grant applications submitted in 2016.
IFLE Announces FY 16 Seminars Abroad Competition
The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) Office of the U.S. Department of Education has opened the FY 16 competition of its Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad.
Administration Initiative to Advance Urban Design and Data
The Obama Administration recently released a multi-agency initiative to build urban infrastructure that improves the collection, aggregation, and use of data by harnessing low-cost sensors, and research collaboration. The “Smart Cities” initiative is investing $160 million in federal research, spread between six different agencies, to enhance research into safety, energy, climate preparedness, transportation, health, and technological infrastructure.
Aspen Institute Opens International Virtual Exchanges Competition
The Aspen Institute has recently opened a series of competitions to fund virtual student exchanges through the Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative.
STEM Ed Bill Expands NSF Program Eligibility
The STEM Education Act of 2015 (H.R. 1020) was signed into law on October 7, 2015.
USAID to Host 2015 MSI Summit
USAID’s Minority Serving Institution (MSI) program is calling for representatives from minority serving colleges and universities to take part in a summit on November 6, 2015.
Student Entrepreneurs Drive Universities to Offer Legal Resources
As student entrepreneurship becomes a more prominent policy goal, with White House partnerships and millions in federal funds supporting the goal, the legal challenges faced by these young startups have multiplied in kind. In an effort to keep the pipeline from their campus to business healthy, many universities have created new resources to guide new businesses through these pitfalls, creating student-run entrepreneurship clinics, where aspiring startups can receive legal advice free of charge.
DOJ Forensic Science Research and Development Program Announces Awards
National Institute of Justice recently announced more than $29 million in grants awarded to over 60 recipients to strengthen forensic science and advance criminal justice policy and practice.
New Grant Competition Seeks to Create Jobs and Grow Businesses
The U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is looking for prospective partners to operate their newly improved business center program.
Register Today for GRC Services Webinars
The Grants Resource Center (GRC) will be hosting free webinars on October 20 and 22 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, ET each day.
ED Secretary to Step Down in December
Education (ED) Secretary Arne Duncan announced recently that he will resign in December.
GRC Congratulates Mississippi State on USDA Farmer’s Market Award
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $34.3 million in funding that will be used to support farmers markets and other regional food systems.
International Collaboration Matters, Study Finds
A recent Inside Higher Ed article describes efforts to isolate the actual impact of international collaboration on research productivity.