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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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