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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:

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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 (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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    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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    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 Offers Grant-Finding and Grant-Writing Resources!

    The Office of Community Engagement & Partnerships offers grant-finding and grant-writing resources for USF faculty, staff, and students!

    OCEP’s Research Administrator, Jo Averill-Snell, identifies possible funding opportunities for our faculty, staff, and students. Jo reviews 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. Funding opportunities that relate to our research initiatives and collaborations will also be priorities.

    How will interested faculty, staff, and students know what funding opportunities we’ve found?

    OCEP will communicate these opportunities through our Funding and Publication Opportunities newsletter (subscribe here) and via announcements on our Funding Opportunities and Awards webpage on the OCEP website, which has an RSS feed.

    Will we help with the grant writing itself?


    The Research Administrator can provide proposal review and help grant applicants edit and format their proposals and application packages. One of OCEP’s goals is to coordinate multi-disciplinary applicant teams in response to grant opportunities that fall within our areas of interest. 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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