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    Sustainable and Healthy Communities- Multidisciplinary Approaches To Optimize Decision Outcomes

    Deadline: May 26, 2015

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is offering Graduate Fellowships for master’s and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study. Subject to availability of funding and other applicable considerations, the Agency plans to award approximately 55 new fellowships in the Fall of 2015.

    The mission of the EPA STAR Fellowship Program is to help ensure that the U.S. meets its current and projected human resource needs in the environmental science, engineering, and policy fields. Thus, the EPA is looking to fund students at the graduate level who are committed to meeting the challenges of today and the next generation by pursuing a career related to protecting human health and the environment. Proposals may come from students in traditional and interdisciplinary academic disciplines; from students studying in emerging fields that will require increased human capacity such as in the social and exposure sciences; from students utilizing multidisciplinary approaches and/or addressing multiple media; and, in areas which focus on environmental justice, environmental education, and/or building decision making capacity.

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    NEA Our Town Grant Program

    Deadline: Sept. 21, 2015

    The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work - placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place. Our Town requires partnerships between arts organizations and government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities to achieve livability goals for communities. Our Town offers support for projects in two areas: Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects (Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000) and Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking (Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000). See http://arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/introduction for more information.

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    SME Initiative Competitive Research Fund

    Deadline: June 15, 2015

    The Small & Medium Enterprise (SME) Initiative Competitive Research Fund on Entrepreneurship and SME Growth supports innovative research that is in line with the initiative’s objective to build a systemic body of evidence on the contributions of SME growth to poverty alleviation and economic development. The three key research areas of interest for the SME Initiative are: access to finance, human capital and skills, and access to markets and information. In addition, there are three cross-cutting themes that are relevant to each of our research areas: economic growth, poverty alleviation & job creation, and social empowerment & gender. The competitive research fund has three award levels: Core Research Grants: ($100,000), Project Development Grants ($25,000), and Young Scholar Grants ($20,000). For more information, please see http://www.poverty-action.org/sme/currentRFP.

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    FL|CC Student Excellence in Service Award

    Deadline: July 24, 2015

    The Excellence in Service Award recognizes and honors students, generally one in each of the three higher education sectors (state university system, Florida college system, independent colleges / universities) for outstanding service to Florida’s communities.  All applicants must be full-time students at a Florida Campus Compact member institution in good standing. Winners will be featured at the Florida Campus Compact Annual Awards Gala on Thursday, November 5th, 2015 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. All applicants will be notified of the application status on or about September 18th, 2015.

    Applicants will be rated for their personal impact in issue areas including how the nominee is expanding opportunities to serve; building the capacity of individuals, nonprofits, and communities; and encouraging innovative approaches to solving problems.

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    FL|CC Engaged Scholarship Research Award

    Deadline: July 24, 2015

    The Florida Campus Compact Engaged Scholarship Research Award recognizes and honors scholars for outstanding research in the field of service-learning and engaged scholarship. Qualified research includes critical data based analysis of service-learning and its impact on students for community and engaged scholarship or research utilizing community-based inquiry that results in a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources.

    Faculty members or graduate students, or other individuals who have conducted research in the field of service-learning or utilized engaged scholarship research methods within their discipline are eligible to apply.

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    FL|CC Engaged Scholarship Faculty Award

    Deadline: July 24, 2015

    The Florida Campus Compact Engaged Scholarship Faculty Award recognizes and honors one faculty member in each of the three higher education sectors (state university system, state college system, independent colleges and universities) for contributing to the integration of service / community-based learning into the curriculum.  The Engaged Scholarship Faculty Award recognizes the outstanding work of faculty who make substantial contributions to support engaged scholarship, forging sustainable campus-community partnerships that enhance the collegiate experience and help our students become stronger and more active citizens. Winners will be recognized at the Florida Campus Compact Award Gala.

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    Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers (TCCs) for Health Disparities Research

    Deadline: TBA; expected to be Summer 2015

    The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) intends to publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement to solicit applications for new Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers (TCCs). The purpose of this program is to support multidisciplinary centers of health disparities research which will use integrative precision medicine approaches, with active community engagement and translational research, to help improve minority health and reduce or eliminate health disparities.

    Advance notice of the coming FOA is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects. The FOA is expected to be published in the spring of 2015 with an expected application due date in late summer 2015.

    NIMHD encourages investigators with expertise and insights into the science of health disparities, particularly the complex interplay between biological, behavioral, social and environmental risk and protective factors experienced across the life course, to begin to consider applying for this new FOA. For the purposes of this FOA, biological predictors can include but are not limited to genomic, epigenetic, proteomic, metabolomic, and microbiomic variations. The FOA will encourage collaborative investigations combining expertise in population science, the science of translation, implementation and dissemination, and precision medicine, an emerging approach for disease prevention, early detection and treatment that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle. Investigators in these areas should also consider applying.

    TCCs established through this initiative will support research projects that use integrative approaches to examine interactions between various mechanisms and pathways that underlie health disparities, particularly interactions between physiological, behavioral, social and environmental predictors of disease vulnerability, resilience and response to therapies, all with a focus toward developing, implementing and/or disseminating effective preventive or therapeutic interventions.  Applicants will be expected to address ethical considerations in the development and analysis of precision medicine variables and measures, their potential application in clinical and public health practice, and communication of research findings to scientific and lay communities.

    More information is available at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-MD-15-005.html#sthash.I5zFC9SE.dpuf

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    NEA Learning and Leadership Grants

    Deadline: next deadline is June 1; application deadlines are annually on Feb. 1, June 1, and Oct 15.

    The National Education Agency Learning and Leadership grants program provide opportunities for teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff to engage in high-quality professional development and lead their colleagues in professional growth.

    Faculty and staff at public higher education institutions are eligible. Those who have less than seven years experience and/or are education support professionals are especially encouraged to apply. The maximum awards are for $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study.

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    State Farm Youth Advisory Board Service-Learning Grants

    Deadline: May 1, 2015

    The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is currently funding service-learning projects which address, in a structural way, the issues of arts and culture, community safety and justice, economic empowerment and financial education, societal health and wellness issues, education and closing the achievement gap, or environmental responsibility. Grant amounts will be between a minimum of $25,000 and a maximum of $100,000, and will vary according to the nature of the proposal and availability of funds. The number of grants to be awarded will depend on the number and quality of requests received.

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    Call for Nominations: 2015 Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty

    Deadline: May 15, 2015

    The annual Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty recognizes a faculty member who is pre-tenure at tenure-granting campuses or early career (i.e., within the first six years) at campuses with long-term contracts and who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement.

    The Lynton Award emphasizes community-engaged scholarly work across faculty roles. The scholarship of engagement (also known as outreach scholarship, public scholarship, scholarship for the common good, community-based scholarship, and community-engaged scholarship) represents an integrated view of faculty roles in which teaching, research/creative activity, and service overlap and are mutually reinforcing, is characterized by scholarly work tied to a faculty member's expertise, is of benefit to the external community, is visible and shared with community stakeholders, and reflects the mission of the institution. In addition, NERCHE and CED conceptualize scholarly engagement in terms of social justice in a diverse democracy.

    Nominations can be made by academic colleagues, administrators, students, and community partners.  Nominators will submit nominations via an online application; please see the Application Instructions. Questions regarding this framework should be addressed to the Lynton Award Coordinator, Dr. Elaine Ward, at Merrimack College's School of Education and Social Policy, by email at lyntonaward@merrimack.edu (subject line: "Lynton Award Help").

    This year's award will be presented at the 21st Annual Conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), "A Love of Place: The Metropolitan Advantage", which will be held from October 11-13, 2015, in Omaha, Nebraska.  CUMU is a co-sponsor of the Award. The 2015 award recipient will also be honored at the annual Lynton Colloquium on the Scholarship of Engagement, which will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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