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    Community Partnerships to Advance Research

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

    The National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Nursing Research offers R01 (research project grant) and R21 (exploratory/developmental research grant) versions of this funding opportunity.  The Community Partnerships to Advance Research grants seek to encourage researchers to partner with communities using Community Engaged Research (CEnR) methodologies that will enhance relationships leading to better interventions and positive health outcomes.

    Research objectives for this program call for participants to partner with a community entity on health issues that are of mutual concern, such as but not limited to:

    • Interventions/programs for health promotion/prevention
    • Interventions/programs leading to self-management in chronic conditions
    • Programs that target self or symptom management
    • Examine ways to enhance or implement sustainable health programs in community settings

    Partnership is defined as an association of two or more persons or entities that conduct a study as equal co-investigators. Community Engagement (CE) lies on a continuum that reflects the level of involvement of community members, or representatives of community populations, in research. This continuum of involvement in research efforts ranges from community consent to research, to full participation and shared leadership of community members in research design and eventual dissemination and implementation.

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    Four Anthropologists Awarded OCEP's Research That Matters Faculty-Community Partner Grants

    The USF Office of Community Engagement & Partnerships (OCEP) is pleased to announce the 2014 Research That Matters Faculty-Community Partner Grants, each awarded approximately $8,000.

    • Roberta Baer (with Community Partner – Tampa Gardens) – Dietary Issues for Burmese Refugee Adults

    • David Himmelgreen (with Community Partner – Feeding America Tampa Bay) – an Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the School Back Pack Program: A Partnership Between USF & Feeding America Tampa Bay

    • Elizabeth Miller (with Community Partners – Hillsborough County Breastfeeding Task Force, and Tampa General Hospital [Genesis Women’s Center]) – Breastfeeding and Breastfeeding Education Among African American Women in Hillsborough County

    • Christian Wells (with Community Partner – Seine Bight Reservoir to Museum Foundation) – Garifuna Community-Based Heritage Research in Seine Bight, Belize

    This year’s awardees, all of whom are faculty in the Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts & Sciences, presented research proposals that are exemplary models of community engaged research. All projects are part of ongoing sustainable partnerships with community groups (three locally and one globally), where the partnerships are clearly reciprocal in nature and mutually beneficial. Community partners have meaningful roles in project planning (identifying needs/questions), implementation, and interpretation of the results.


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    NEH Public Scholar Awards for Book Authorship

    Deadline: March 3, 2015, for first cycle of grants; program will be ongoing.

    The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced its new NEH Public Scholar awards, which will support the authorship of well-researched books in the humanities that will open up important and appealing subjects for wider audiences by presenting significant humanities topics in a way that is accessible to general readers.  Books supported through this program might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. They should be conceived and written to reach a broad readership.

    The Public Scholar awards are part of a new agency-wide initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square, which seeks to demonstrate and enhance the role and significance of the humanities and humanities scholarship in public life.

    The Public Scholar program is open to both independent scholars and individuals affiliated with scholarly institutions. It offers a stipend of $4,200 per month for a period of six to twelve months. The maximum stipend is $50,400 for a twelve-month period. Applicants must have previously published a book or monograph with a university or commercial press, or articles and essays that reach a wide readership.

    Application guidelines and a list of F.A.Q.’s for the Public Scholar program are available online at Apply through to grant opportunity 20150303-FZ.


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    #USFGivingTuesday is a New Holiday Tradition and It's Not Too Late to Give!

    On December 2nd, the Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships launched a #USFGivingTuesday campaign. It's not too late to give to the OCEP fund at the USF Foundation--just click here.

    Charitable organizations all over the country are turning the Black Friday, Cyber Monday fervor into a movement to create a national day of giving.  Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season. In its first year, Giving Tuesday raised $10 million worldwide, and last year, it nearly doubled to $19.2 million.

    This year, the #unselfie phenomenon began, and we will soon learn the impact of this cyber phenomenon.

    All of us at OCEP believe strongly in the importance of philanthropy, so we joined the #USFunselfie revolution. #unselfies provide the opportunity to share with others why you give and to get others in the community involved in the spirit of giving. We hope that this will be the start of a bigger movement to make selflessness a major part of the holiday season. We know the power of giving of one's self, and we hear the messages over and over again from students and faculty who love participating in service-learning. Our office is here to facilitate service-learning, engaged collaborative research, and community engagement opportunities at USF.

    It's not too late. If you still wish to give to the OCEP fund at the USF Foundation, click here. We are fund 600028.

    Or, if you want to make a donation through the Faculty/Staff campaign and payroll deduction, click here. When you have the opportunity to select a fund, add 600028 and click "Add fund" to be able to donate directly to the Office of Community Engagement fund.


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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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