Grant News

A source of occasional news about the worlds of sponsored research, private philanthropy and emerging trends in funding and regulation, of interest to members of the Bates community.

June 11, 2012

Maine Philanthropy Center:  GIVING IN MAINE

2012 Update of Foundation & Individual Giving
(Reflects most recent data available)
Each year, foundations and generous individuals provide millions of dollars of support for nonprofit organizations that strengthen the lives of Maine residents and their communities. While Mainers remain generous, there has been a decrease in giving, reflecting the local and national economic challenges. As part of the Maine Philanthropy Center’s commitment to promote philanthropy, we have collected and analyzed the most recent data available to provide a snapshot of giving in Maine.

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April 25, 2012

Posted on April 24, 2012, by National Institutes of Health

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases recently posted 4 funded R21 applications and their summary statements, along with some tips and advice for applying for R21s. Check out the article and the samples.


April 5, 2012

What to Say and Not-Say-to Program Officers

Faculty members who have attended our Grants Lunches this Winter Term,
or who have had any occasion to interact with the staff of the Office
for External Grants, have probably heard this sentence at least once
from us: “Contact your program officer.” With Short Term and Summer
coming up, it may be time soon for one of those conversations you’ve
been meaning to have with someone at a government agency or private
foundation whose money you want.

If you’ve found our advice at all mystifying or intimidating, this
well-written article from the Chronicle of Higher Education should make
clear exactly what we mean by it:

Thinking about calling a program officer now? Touch base with us at
External Grants first, and let us help you with your planning.


March, 2012

Obama Budget Proposals Could Spell Big Gains for Some Research Areas, Losses for Others.

  • ScienceInsider has been posting and aggregating incisive analyses of the Obama Administration’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2013 and its implications for different branches of the U.S. research enterprise.  We encourage you to visit their website page:,which includes a sidebar enabling you to filter the articles by agency.  Watch this page for continuing coverage of the Congressional budget process.

March, 2012

Funders for LGBTQ Issues Releases Report on 40 Years on LGBTQ Issue-Based Philanthopy

March, 2012

Reprieve for Public Access to Federally-Funded Research

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that”Legislation to Bar Public-Access Requirement on Federal Research Is Dead”. The defeat of the bill, which had been pushed for by Elsevier among other publishing companies, means that NIH-funded researchers will need to continue posting their papers on PubMed. Another bill that would extend public access requirements to all Federally-funded research, the Federal Research Public Access Act, has been reintroduced and is pending Congressional consideration.

March, 2012

Report Urges Research Universities to Collaborate with Liberal Arts Colleges, Minority-Serving Institutions and Community Colleges on Science Education

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education a new report on undergraduate science education that urges a metaphor shift: Away from “the pipeline,” and toward the “smart grid,” with an emphasis improving connections between different types of institutions to improve science education and the advancement of women and underrepresented minorities within the field. Preparation of the report was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

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