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Funding Opportunities and Awards

    Research that Matters Faculty-Community Partner Grant Program

    Deadline: October 30, 2014

    The USF office of Community Engagement and Partnerships' (OCEP) Research That Matters Faculty-Community Partner Grant Program seeks to promote activities that involve partnerships between USF and broader community. OCEP administers a small grant program to provide partnerships between USF and the broader community. OCEP administers a small grant program to provide support for research that focuses on community identified issues, and is intended to support pilot work on a research project that has the potential for a long-lasting impact  and possibility to draw funding from external sources.

    To receive funding, proposed research must meet the following criteria: (1) include partnerships in the community; (2) demonstrate the potential to lead to longer-lasting community engaged activities; (3) include a rigorous and feasible research design; and (4) demonstrate the potential to receive external funding. OCEP welcomes and encourages applications from all disciplines and departments within USF Tampa.

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    Service-Learning High-Impact Practice Grant Program: OCEP's new mini-grant program for service-learning courses


    This academic year, OCEP is rolling out a "Service-Learning Stimulus Package," beginning with a new service-learning mini-grant program!

    Service-Learning High-Impact Practice Grants are designed to provide funding for courses incorporating service-learning. Service-learning is defined as a method of teaching that includes experiential learning, classroom instruction, and reflection. Typically service-learning courses work in cooperation with a community partner and students engage in at least 15 hours of service during the semester.

    Service-learning is considered a “high-impact practice” (HIP), or “an investment of time and energy over an extended period that has unusually positive effects on student engagement in educationally purposeful behavior” (Kuh 2010: vi). A HIP is effective with students because it allows them to interact with faculty and peers about substantive matters; increases the likelihood that students will experience diversity; provides frequent feedback about their performance; offers opportunities for students to see how what they are learning works in different settings, on and off campus; and brings students’ values and beliefs into awareness, helping them to better understand themselves in relation to others and the larger world (Kuh 2008: 14-17).

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    Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Accepts Letters of Inquiry

    Deadline: Ongoing

    The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation's mission is to support efforts that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society. The Foundation works toward a world in which each of us is in partnership with the rest of the human race - where each individual's quality of life is connected to the well-being of the community, both locally and globally.

    Requests for funding may be made through the Foundation’s online letter of inquiry form at The Foundation asks grantseekers to first review the information they provide about funding programs, funding limitations, and guidelines and to be explicit about how a proposed project furthers the Foundation’s goals.

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    AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science

    Deadline: October 15

    The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is accepting nominations for its Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science.

    The award will recognize an early-career scientist or engineer who demonstrates excellence in his/her contribution to public engagement with science activities. Nominees should be early-career scientists or engineers who are actively conducting research in any scientific discipline, including the social sciences and medicine. Nominees must have demonstrated excellence in their contributions to public engagement with science activities, with a focus on interactive dialogue with non-scientific public audiences. Examples of such public engagement activities might include informal science education, public outreach, public policy, and/or science communication activities.

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    OCEP Offers Travel Grants for Students to Attend Florida Brownfields Association 2014 Conference

    Deadline: September 19

    Travel grants are available to a limited number of students interested in attending and participating in the Annual Southeast Brownfields Conference hosted by the Florida Brownfields Association, October 28 – 31, in Orlando.

    The FBA is a non-profit, volunteer, service organization dedicated to advancing the cleanup and redevelopment of Brownfields in Florida ( Its members include public, private and nonprofit sector representatives who interested in urban sustainability, planning, and community design, as well as environmental justice.

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    Dissertation and Research Grants from the American Educational Research Association

    Deadline: September 4, 2014

    The American Educational Research Association (AERA) Grants Program  is currently accepting applications for both Dissertation and Research Grants until September 4, 2014. Now in its 23rd year, the AERA Grants Program, with support from the National Science Foundation, provides small grants for conducting studies of education policy and practice using federally-funded, large-scale data sets. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, such as but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics.

    Dissertation Grants: AERA provides dissertation support for advanced doctoral students to undertake doctoral dissertations using data from the large-scale national or international data sets supported by the NCES, NSF, and/or other federal agencies. The selection process is competitive. AERA Dissertation Grants are awarded for one-year for an amount of up to $20,000. The next application deadline is Thursday, September 4, 2014. For more information, please see

    Research Grants: AERA provides small grants for faculty members, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-level scholars to undertake quantitative research using data from the large-scale national or international data sets supported by the NCES, NSF, and/or other federal agencies. The selection process is competitive. AERA Research Grants are awarded for one or two years, for an amount of up to $35,000. The next application deadline is Thursday, September 4, 2014.  For more information, please see


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    Cultural Anthropology Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

    Deadline: January 15, 2015; annually thereafter

    The Cultural Anthropology Program provides support to enhance and improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation projects. During a fiscal year, Cultural Anthropology expects to recommend (either on its own or jointly with one or more other NSF programs) a total of 40-50 doctoral dissertation research improvement (DDRIG) awards. Project budgets should be developed at scales appropriate for the work to be conducted. The total direct costs for CA DDRIG awards may not exceed $20,000, plus applicable indirect costs.

    Program research priorities include, but are not limited to, research that increases our understanding of: socio-cultural drivers of critical anthropogenic processes such as deforestation, desertification, land cover change, urbanization, and poverty; resilience and robustness of socio-cultural systems; conflict, cooperation, and altruism; economy, culture, migration, and globalization; variability and change in kinship and family norms and practices; cultural and social contexts of health and disease; social regulation, governmentality, and violence; origins of complexity in socio-cultural systems; language and culture--orality and literacy, sociolinguistics, and cognition; human variation through empirically grounded ethnographic descriptions; and mathematical and computational models of sociocultural systems such as social network analysis, agent-based models, and integration of agent-based models with geographic information systems (GIS).

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    Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards & Disasters Researchers Fellowship Program

    Deadline: September 24, 2014.

    The Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards & Disasters Researchers Fellowship Program is seeking applications from qualified tenure-track faculty who have an interest in developing a research agenda in all aspects of natural and human-made hazards, risk, and disasters across any disciplinary core.

    Ten leading scholars will provide mentoring in hazards and disasters research for up to 20 competitively selected fellows. Representative activities include writing scholarly articles, book proposals and grant proposals. The NSF-funded fellowship covers travel expenses for program activities, including three required workshops, and offers a modest stipend. The program is intended to foster the development of hazards scholars who will expand and strengthen the interdisciplinary research community.

    More information about the fellowships is avaliable at


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    William T. Grant Foundation Encourages Junior Scholars of Color to Apply for $25,000 Officers' Research Grants

    Deadline: ongoing

    The William T. Grant Foundation offers Officers' Research Grants, discretionary awards for $25,000 or less which are a subset of their research grants. The projects proposed for funding should fit with the Grant Foundation’s research interests (which are programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and the use of research evidence in policy and practice) and generate meaningful products.  Junior scholars of color are encouraged to apply for these grants.

    For Officers’ Research Grants, the initial application includes a three- to five-page narrative, a one-page biographical sketch for the Principal Investigator and any Co-Principal Investigators, and a budget.

    Letters of inquiry are accepted three times a year, in the winter, spring, and summer. More information about the grant application process is available at

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    OCEP's Grant Finding and Writing Resources Have Expanded!

    The Office of Community Engagement & Partnerships has expanded its grant finding and writing resources for USF faculty!

    OCEP’s new Research Administrator, Jo Averill-Snell, will work on identifying possible funding opportunities for our faculty. Jo will review grant announcement sources, a variety of foundation newsletters, and other databases and publications to seek out grant possibilities that fit OCEP’s projects and partners.

    What kinds of funding do we look for?

    In looking for grants and funding opportunities, OCEP will concentrate on opportunities related to community-engaged scholarship and service-learning pedagogy, with an eye towards building mutually beneficial and reciprocal university–community partnerships. We are seeking funding for projects that fit our mission of expanding local and global initiatives that strengthen and sustain healthy communities, promote social justice, and help improve the quality of life for all. Funding opportunities that relate to our research initiatives and collaborations will also be priorities.

    How will interested faculty know what funding opportunities we’ve found?

    OCEP will communicate these opportunities through our newsletter, via email, and through announcements on our webpage. We have a page, Funding Opportunities and Awards, on the OCEP website to disseminate funding updates, and it has an RSS feed to which anyone can subscribe!

    Will we help faculty with the grant writing itself?


    One of OCEP’s goals is to coordinate multi-disciplinary applicant teams in response to grant opportunities that fall within our areas of interest. The Research Administrator can provide proposal review and help grant applicants edit and format their proposals and application packages. For multi-disciplinary teams working in our focus areas, OCEP will help guide applicants through the proposal submission process, including Dean's office reviews and submission to the USF Division of Sponsored Research.

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