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    Literacy and Engagement with Historical Records

    Deadline: October 8, 2015

    The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that encourage citizen engagement with historical records, especially those available online, and/or projects that train people on how to enhance digital literacy skills for using historical records. The development of new online tools for literacy and engagement is highly encouraged. Projects might create and develop programs to engage people in basic archival processes or develop digital archives training for the public. The NHPRC is looking for projects that create models and technologies that other institutions can adopt without cost.

    In general, collaborations between archivists, documentary editors, historians, educators, and/or community-based individuals are more likely to create a competitive proposal.  A grant is normally for one to three years. The Commission expects to make up to six grants of between $50,000 and $150,000. The total amount allocated to this category is up to $500,000. Grants begin no earlier than July 1, 2016.

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    Marine Debris Program

    Deadline: January 19, 2016

    The NOAA Marine Debris Program provides funding to support eligible organizations to educate the public about the issue of marine debris through dedicated activities to prevent the introduction of marine debris. Projects awarded through this grant competition will work to address a specific marine debris issue by encouraging changes in behavior. Successful projects will also develop and implement activities to reduce and prevent marine debris by working with students, teachers, industries, or the public, and will engage these groups in active personal participation (e.g. a small-scale shoreline cleanup with students, other hands-on activities, etc.). Successful proposals through this solicitation will be funded through cooperative agreements. Funding of up to $750,000 is expected to be available for Marine Debris Prevention through Education and Outreach grants in FY2016. Typical awards will range from $30,000 - $75,000.  For more information, please see

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    NCPTT Media Grants for Dissemination of Technologies to Preserve Cultural Resources

    Deadline: November 3, 2015

    The NCPTT Media Grants program, a subset of the Preservation Technology and Training Grants, provides funding for innovative dissemination of new technologies or existing technologies to preserve cultural resources. Grant recipients will develop publications, web or mobile applications, and video products that offer preservationists a better understanding of tools and resources available to preserve cultural heritage. The resulting grant products help increase the longevity of cultural resources. The award ceiling is $15,000.

    Successful proposed projects will use or adapt innovative technologies, address a national need in preservation technology, define the audience, disseminate the results broadly, be cost effective, and be completed within one year of a signed grant agreement. Preference will be given to projects that provide an in-kind match (e.g. funds, personnel, equipment, etc.) and  use innovative dissemination techniques to reach the largest possible audience (e.g. webinars, podcasts, videos, etc.).  For more information, please see

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    Preservation Technology and Training Grants

    Deadline: November 3, 2015

    The Preservation Technology and Training (PTT) Grants program provides funding for innovative research that develops new technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources. Grant recipients undertake innovative research, produce technical products which respond to national needs in the field of historic preservation, and push the envelope of current preservation practice by exploring advances in science and technology in other fields and applying them to issues in cultural resources management. The resulting grant products help increase the longevity of cultural resources. The Grants program will fund research and training projects.

    NCPTT funds projects within several overlapping disciplinary areas which include: Archeology, Architecture, Collections Management, Engineering, Historic Landscapes, and Materials Conservation. In order to focus research efforts, NCPTT requests innovative proposals that advance the application of science and technology to historic preservation in the following areas: Climate Change Impacts, Disaster Planning and Response, 3D Documentation and Visualization, and Protective Coatings and Treatments.

    The maximum grant award amount is $40,000, but proposals for lesser amounts are encouraged.  Applicants from public and state institutes of higher education are eligible, as are 501(c)(3) nonprofits and local governments. For more information, please see

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    NEA Research: Art Works

    Deadline: October 20, 2015

    The NEA's Office of Research & Analysis will make awards to support research that investigates the value and/or impact of the arts, either as individual components within the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life. This includes the potential to elevate the public profile of arts-related research, in at least one of the following ways:

    • Increase the variety of knowledge domains or fields of technical expertise that contribute to arts-related research.
    • Heighten the relevance and significance of arts-related research to policy and practice.
    • Reflect strong collaboration between arts practitioners and researchers or evaluators.

    Priority will be given to applications that present theory-driven research questions and methodologies that will yield important information about the value and/or impact of the arts on individuals and communities. By providing financial support to deserving projects, the NEA anticipates that this program will spur growth in the number of people experienced in and knowledgeable about arts-related research in the U.S. As an indicator of this growth, the NEA will look for the program to foster more collaborations between arts practitioners (e.g., artists or arts organizations) and researchers or program evaluators.

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    Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM

    Deadline: Feb 16, 2016

    Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify factors that are efficacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following:

    • What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice?
    • Which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why? (Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations, e.g. Engineers without Borders, that stress social responsibility and humanitarian goals, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade.
    • Do certain labs have a culture of academic integrity?
    • What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?

    Successful proposals typically have a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or other factors. CCE STEM research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes responsible or irresponsible, just or unjust scientific practices and sociotechnical systems, and how to best instill students with this knowledge.

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    National Science Foundation’s Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies Program

    Deadlines: Exploration Projects (EXPs) are mid-December, 2014 through 2016; Development and Implementation Projects (DIPs) are due mid-January, 2015 through 2017; Capacity-Building Projects (CAPs) target dates are late March, late July, and early December each year through July, 2017

    The purpose of the Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies program is to integrate opportunities offered by emerging technologies with advances in what is known about how people learn to advance three interconnected thrusts:

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    National Science Foundation’s Advancing Informal STEM Learning Program

    Deadline: November 04, 2015

    The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; and advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments. The products of AISL investments may include, but are not limited to, exhibitions and programs in museums, zoos, aquaria, planetariums, nature centers, parks, libraries, and other environments; science communication; after-school and out-of-school time (OST) programs; radio, television, film, or media programs or series; Do-It-Yourself (DIY)/maker initiatives, research-related experiences such as citizen science, and on-line experiences (e.g., games, simulations, social media, mobile computing, distributed networks, and massive online open courses); and research findings that articulate what works, why, and in what contexts.

    Pending availability of funds, it is anticipated that about 10-12 Collaborative Planning awards, 10-12 Exploratory Pathways awards, 6-8 Research in Service To Practice awards, 8-10 Innovations in Development awards, 3-6 Broad Implementation awards, and 5-7 Conference awards will be made. Limits for funding requests of AISL proposals are as follows: (1) Collaborative Planning projects: up to $150,000 with duration of one year; (2) Exploratory Pathways projects: up to $300,000 with duration up to two years; (3) Research in Service to Practice projects: from $300,000 to $2,000,000 with a duration from two to five years; (4) Innovations in Development projects: $500,000 to $3,000,000 with duration from two to five years; (5) Broad Implementation projects from $500,000 to $3,000,000 with a duration from two to five years; (6) Conference projects up to $250,000 with a duration of up to two years.

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    Bringing Theory to Practice Well-Being Seminar Grants

    Deadline: September 15, 2015

    Seminar Grants (up to $1,000) provide support for campus-wide planning discussions (seminars) that give focused attention to a particular dimension of the well-being of those involved (students, faculty, or other leaders) in creating and maintaining an engaged culture for learning. Seminars should deepen participants’ understanding of the institution’s commitment to whole-person development and the learning-related policies and practices, both inside and outside the curriculum, that support such endeavors.

    The Bringing Theory to Practice Project encourages and supports colleges and universities in developing sustainable campus cultures that reaffirm higher education’s core purposes:

    • Advancing higher learning and discovery
    • Fostering the well-being of the whole student
    • Serving as a public good to deepen and sustain a civic society

    BTtoP’s full 2015-2017 RFP and supporting materials are available at

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    Service-Learning High-Impact Practice Mini-Grants


    • Fall 2015 semester: Monday, August 31, 2015 by 5:00pm.
    • Spring 2016 semester: Monday, November 30, 2015 by 5:00pm.
    • Summer 2016 semester: Monday, April 18, 2016 by 5:00pm.

    The Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships is pleased to announce its 2015-2016 Service-Learning High-Impact Practice Mini-Grants, which are designed to provide funding for courses incorporating service-learning. Service-learning HIP mini-grants are to be used for actual expenses associated with service-learning incurred by faculty, community partner, students, and/or a department. Service-learning HIP mini-grant funds may not be used to purchase food or to fund travel for presenting research.

    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.

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