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    Deadline extended for Spring 2015 Service-Learning High-Impact Practice Grant applications

    The deadline has been extended for Spring 2015 Service-Learning High-Impact Practice Grant applications: **Deadline extended to Monday, December 1, 2014**

    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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    Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman who won the Outstanding Community Engaged Teaching Award

    We are delighted to announce that Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman was awarded USF's inaugural Outstanding Community Engaged Teaching Award. The Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships created the award, with the support of Academic Affairs, and a review committee selected the winner.  OCEP's Interim Director Dr. Harold Keller stated:  "Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman's work described in her application is truly outstanding, and the recognition of her work by the university at large is well deserved."

    Senior Vice Provost Dr. Dwayne Smith made a surprise visit to Service-Learning Day to announce Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman (Sociology) as the winner of the inaugural Outstanding Community Engaged Teaching Award.

    Senior Vice Provost Dr. Dwayne Smith made a surprise visit to announce
    Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman (Sociology) as the winner of the inaugural Outstanding Community Engaged Teaching Award.


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    Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM

    Deadline: Feb 17, 2015

    The National Science Foundation is currently accepting proposals, including those with a focus on service learning, for research projects that identify factors that are effacacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports.

    Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) solicits proposals for research that explores the following: questions: 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 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.

    Successful proposals will include a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or other factors. Proposals for awards from minority-serving institutions (e.g. Tribal Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions), women's colleges, and institutions primarily serving persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

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    System-Level Health Services and Policy Research on Health Disparities

    Deadline: Letter of Intent Due December 20, 2014

    The National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities offers this Funding Opportunity Announcement to solicit innovative system-level health services and policy research that can directly and demonstrably contribute to the elimination of health disparities.

    Investigators who conduct original and innovative system-level health services or policy research directed toward eliminating health disparities are encouraged to apply to this FOA. Projects may include observational/descriptive, simulation, or interventional studies and may involve primary data collection and/or secondary analysis of existing datasets.

    Projects must include a focus on one or more health disparities populations, which include Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, and rural populations.

    Areas of research interest for this initiative are divided into two areas, system-level health services research and policy research. It is recognized that these categories are not mutually exclusive and it is expected that some projects will address both topic areas. It is not required that investigators identify a single area as the focus of their application.

    NIMHD intends to commit an estimated total of $3.0 million for 5-6 awards in FY 2015. Although the size of awards may vary with the scope of the project, direct costs are limited to $350,000 annually (excluding consortium facilities and administrative costs). The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum period is 5 years.

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    Collaborative Research Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities

    Deadline: December 9, 2014

    Collaborative Research Grants support interpretive humanities research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to three years. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel; field work; applications of information technology; and technical support and services.

    Eligible projects include research that significantly adds to knowledge and understanding of the humanities; conferences on topics of major importance in the humanities that will benefit scholarly research; archaeological projects that include the interpretation and communication of results; and research that uses the knowledge and perspectives of the humanities and historical or philosophical methods to enhance understanding of science, technology, medicine, and the social sciences.

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    Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities

    Deadline: February 5 (R01) or February 16 (R21)

    The National Institutes of Health offers R01 (research project grant) and R21 (exploratory/developmental research grant) versions of a funding opportunity for Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities.

    These grants are intended to encourage behavioral and social science research on the causes and solutions to health and disabilities disparities in the U. S. population, including disparities affecting racial/ethnic populations, lower socioeconomic classes, and rural residents.

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    Environmental Justice Small Grants Program

    Deadline: December 15, 2014

    The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues. The program assists recipients in building collaborative partnerships to help them understand and address environmental and public health concerns in their communities. Successful collaborative partnerships involve not only well-designed strategic plans to build, maintain, and sustain the partnerships, but also working towards addressing the local environmental and public health issues. EPA recognizes the critical role of helping communities with localized strategies to avoid, lessen, or delay the risks and impacts associated with our changing climate. As a result, this year’s program will have a special emphasis on proposals supporting community-based preparedness and resilience efforts (community climate resiliency).

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    Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents

    Deadline: February 5 (R01) or February 16 (R21)

    The National Institutes of Health offers R01 (research project grant) and R21 (exploratory/developmental research grant) versions of the “Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents” funding opportunity.

    The Healthy Habits grants encourage applications that employ innovative research to identify mechanisms of influence and/or promote positive sustainable health behavior(s) in children and youth (birth to age 21). The ultimate goal is to promote research that identifies and enhances processes that promote sustainable positive behavior or changes social and cultural norms that influence health and future health behaviors.

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    Community-based Marine Debris Removal Project Grants

    Deadline: November 17, 2014

    The 2015 Community-based Marine Debris Removal Project grants provides funding to catalyze the implementation of locally-driven, community-based marine debris prevention, assessment, and removal projects that will benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and NOAA trust resources.

    Projects awarded through this grant competition will have strong on-the-ground habitat restoration components involving the removal of marine debris, including derelict fishing gear. Projects should also provide benefits to coastal communities, and create long-term ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources. Through this solicitation NOAA identifies marine debris removal projects, strengthens the development and implementation of habitat restoration through community-based marine debris removal, and fosters awareness of the effects of marine debris to further the conservation of living marine resource habitats, as well as contribute to the understanding of debris types and impacts. Successful proposals through this solicitation will be funded through cooperative agreements. Typical awards will range from $50,000 to $150,000.

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    Preservation Technology and Training Grants

    Deadline: November 5, 2014

    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 and produce technical reports which respond to national needs in the field of historic preservation.

    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:

    • Planning for and responding to climate change and the impacts of natural and man-made disasters on cultural resources;
    • 3D documentation and visualization techniques for historic sites, landscapes, buildings and objects;
    • Mobile application development for cultural resource detection, documentation, management, etc.;
    • Development and testing of protective coatings for cultural materials.
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