Funding Alerts

As always, please notify the the Office for External Grants, by clicking on the link below, of your intent to apply for any grants or the grants listed below.  . We look forward to hearing your ideas and plans.

Alerts for 2012:

(December 18, 2012)

The Russell Sage Foundation is seeking proposals for research grants on the topic of “The Politics of Inequality” within the context of the United States.  Proposals on the following types of issues are specifically requested:

  • Legislative Performance
  • Political Voice
  • Political Responsiveness
  • Polarization
  • Government Action
  • Reforms
  • International Differences (i.e. comparing U.S. to one or more other countries)

For more complete information on this opportunity, please visit the Russell Sage Foundation Website:

A brief (no more than 3-pages) letter of inquiry is required first.  Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than March 1, 2013, and will be replied to promptly by Foundation staff with an indication of whether a full proposal may be submitted or not.  Full proposals must be received no later than April 1, 2013.

Please notify the Office for External Grants, if you are interested in this opportunity.



(October 15, 2012)


Achieving a sustainable human future in the face of both gradual and
abrupt global change is one of the most significant challenges facing
humanity. NSF’s Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability
(SEES) activities support interdisciplinary research and education
needed to overcome the barriers to sustainable human well-being. SEES
activities span the entire range of scientific domains at NSF.

Within the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), we want to
foster research that bridges the gap between basic research in the SBE
sciences and national-level practice and policy related to
environmental science and engineering. To further engage inter-agency
collaboration and linkages, we are especially interested in developing
research scholars with expertise in any of the SBE fields who seek to
engage in SEES related activities in partnership with the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), enriching the
integration of SBE into their practice.

The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter is to promote funding
opportunities that enable SBE scientists to expand their core
expertise through residence at a NOAA facility, collaboratively
working with NOAA scientists and policy-makers. The NSF Program on
Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability Fellows (SEES
Fellows: [1] is
one such opportunity. This solicitation requires that applicants
develop a research partnership. SBE and NOAA believe that NOAA
facilities provide an opportunity for such partnerships between SBE
scientists and NOAA staff. This opportunity is open to early-career
scholars. Awards provide salary support, research expenses and travel
support for a maximum of three years. Proposals are due November 26,

Potentially interested applicants are urged to first review the NSF
solicitation on Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability
Fellows (SEES Fellows:
[2] and then to
consult, Dr. Linwood Pendleton, NOAA Chief Economist
([3] at NOAA in order to identify potential
opportunities at NOAA. Proposals will ultimately be submitted by the
scholar to the SEES Fellows competition at the NSF. Questions about
this Dear Colleague Letter or other NSF-specific issues can be
addressed to Dr. David McGinnis ([4]

More information about NSF’s SEES investment area in general can be
found on the SEES webpage at: [5]



(October 12, 2012)

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s Foundational Grants program,
sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides funding “for
fundamental and applied research, education, and extension to address food
and agricultural sciences. Grants shall be awarded to address priorities in
United States agriculture in the following areas:

1. Plant health and production and plant products;
2. Animal health and production and animal products;
3. Food safety, nutrition, and health;
4. Renewable energy, natural resources, and environment;
5. Agriculture systems and technology; and
6. Agriculture economics and rural communities.”

If one or more of the above topic areas is relevant to your research,
please review the full RFA at
Funding amounts, points of contact, and grant deadlines vary depending on
the topic area. If you are interested in pursuing these grants, please
notify the Office for External Grants as soon as possible.

(October, 2012)

National Science Foundation

Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences
Division of Social and Economic Sciences
National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics
SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities

This Dear Colleague Letter is to alert US social and behavioral science
researchers that NSF’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic
Sciences (SBE) intends to participate in the Open Research Area (ORA). ORA
was started in 2009 by four European funding agencies: the Agence Nationale
de la Recherche (ANR, France), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG,
Germany), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK), and the
Nederlands Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO, Netherlands)
as a joint funding scheme for collaborative international research projects
in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. In 2013, after two
successful rounds of competition, ORA is expanding to include the NSF’s
Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences.

One of the chief objectives of ORA is to reduce barriers to international
collaborative research by making collaboration among the partners as
seamless as possible through a single review process and joint
decision-making. This is an important goal as we become increasingly aware
that some of the highest quality research can be delivered by working with
the best scholars across national borders.

Proposals will be accepted for research projects in any area of the social
and behavioral sciences involving researchers from any combination of three
or more of the participating countries. Please note that bilateral
applications will not be allowed. Further, proposals must clearly
demonstrate the added value of transnational collaboration; proposals where
there is no clear scientific value added from the collaboration will not be

Interested researchers are asked to contact the NSF/SBE program officer for
ORA, Elizabeth Tran, by email ( to discuss the fit of their
proposed research to ORA. The Call for Proposals is posted at<>.

(June, 2012)

  • The Army Research Laboratories (ARL) and the Army Research Office (ARO) have re-issued their joint Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) of funding opportunities for basic and applied scientific research. The new BAA is effective through March 31, 2017. Fields of interest are as follows:
1. Mechanical Sciences
1.1 Fluid Dynamics
1.2 Solid Mechanics
1.3 Complex Dynamics and Systems
1.4 Propulsion and Energetics
2. Environmental Sciences
2.1 Terrestrial Sciences
2.2 Atmospheric Sciences
2.3 Habitation Science
3. Mathematics
3.1 Modeling of Complex Systems
3.2 Probability and Statistics
3.3 Biomathematics
3.4 Numerical Mathematics
4. Electronics
4.1 Solid State Electronics
4.2 Optoelectronics
4.3 Electronic Sensing
4.4 Electromagnetics, Microwaves, and Power
4.5 Terahertz Science & Technology
5. Computing Science
5.1 Computational Architectures and Visualization
5.2 Information Processing & Fusion
5.3 Information and Software Assurance
5.4 Social Informatics
6. Physics
6.1 Condensed Matter Physics
6.2 Quantum Information Science
6.3 Atomic and Molecular Physics
6.4 Optics and Fields
7. Chemical Sciences
7.1 Molecular Dynamics
7.2 Electrochemistry
7.3 Polymer Chemistry
7.4 Reactive Chemical Systems
8. Life Sciences
8.1 Biochemistry
8.2 Molecular Genetics
8.3 Microbiology
8.4 Neurophysiology and Cognitive Neuroscience
8.5 Cultural and Behavioral Science
8.6 Institutional and Organizational Science
9. Materials Science
9.1 Materials by Design
9.2 Mechanical Behavior of Materials
9.3 Synthesis and Processing of Materials
9.4 Physical Properties of Materials
10. Network Science
10.1 Communication and Human Networks
10.2 Decision & Neuro-Sciences
10.3 Intelligent Networks
10.4 Multi-Agent Network ControlARL:
1. Materials Sciences
1.1 Structural Materials and Components
1.2 Electronic Materials and Devices
1.3 Photonic Materials and Devices
1.4 Energy Materials and Components
2. Ballistics & Aeromechanic Sciences
2.1 Energetics & Propulsion Science
2.2 Impact Physics
2.3 Aeromechanics
2.4 Ballistic Vulnerability
3. Information Sciences
3.1 Network Sciences
3.2 Decision Support Sciences
3.3 Computational Sciences
3.4 Autonomy
3.5 Atmospheric Sciences
3.6 Electronic & Information Warfare Vulnerability
4. Human Sciences
4.1 Soldier Performance
4.2 Simulation and Training
4.3 Human Systems Integration
5. Survivability, Lethality and Vulnerability Analysis and Assessment
5.1 Ballistic Vulnerability Analysis & Assessment
5.2 Electronic & Information Warfare Vulnerability Analysis & AssessmentFor more information on one or more of the ARO/ARL fields of interest, including subtopics, areas of particular interest, and technical points of contact (TPOCs), please check the BAA at Please note that ARO and ARL require that researchers communicate with the relevant TPOC to ascertain potential interest in their research before submitting white papers and/or proposals. Further, while Basic Research is exempted from Federal export control regulations under the “Fundamental Research” exemption, some types of applied research funded by the Department of Defense may not fall within this exemption, and thus may not be suitable for performance at Bates College. We therefore ask that you contact the Office for External Grants to discuss your research before reaching out to a DoD TPOC.

(May, 2012)

  •  The National Endowment for the Humanities is seeking proposals for the development of courses that address “Enduring Questions”. What is an enduring question? NEH describes what they mean as follows: “Enduring questions are questions to which no discipline, field, or profession can lay an exclusive claim. In many cases they predate the formation of the academic disciplines themselves. Enduring questions can be tackled by reflective individuals regardless of their chosen vocations, areas of expertise, or personal backgrounds. They are questions that have more than one plausible or compelling answer. They have long held interest for young people, and they allow for a special, intense dialogue across generations. The Enduring Questions grant program will help promote such dialogue in today’s undergraduate environment.”

Enduring Questions grants may be applied for by a single faculty member or groups of up to four faculty members, however they are not to be “team-taught”. That is, each faculty member participating in the development of an “enduring questions” course must commit (and have the support of their department and the Dean of Faculty’s office) to teach the course individually at least twice in the project period. (Which may range from 18 to 36 months.) Enduring Questions grants provide up to $25,000 for the projects they fund.

Proposals are due September 13, 2012, for projects that may begin as early as May 1, 2013. For more information on the Enduring Questions program, please visit, from which you can download the full proposal guidelines, FAQs, and sample narratives from successful projects.

Please notify the Office for External Grants as soon as possible if you intend to apply.


  • Request for Research Proposals: Understanding the Acquisition, Interpretation, and Use, of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice

“The William T. Grant Foundation has a longstanding interest in supporting research that can inform policy and practice. Our particular focus is on policies and practices that affect youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States. In this area, there are significant gaps between research and policy, and between research and practice. Researchers express frustration that policymakers and practitioners do not use, or misuse, research findings. Policymakers and practitioners suggest that research is often not relevant to their work or is not easily accessible or understood. Many researchers, research funders, and intermediary organizations have sought to address these gaps by encouraging the production of more rigorous research evidence, better research syntheses, and improved approaches to disseminating research evidence. Policymakers have also tried to improve the connection between research and practice by mandating the use of research findings through law or regulation.

“Relatively little research attention has been devoted to understanding the user side—that is, studying what affects policymakers’ and practitioners’ acquisition, interpretation, and use of research evidence. At the Foundation, we believe stronger theory and empirical work on this topic will increase understanding of how to improve the production of research and its use in policy and practice.

“To date, we have funded more than 15 projects to help build strong theory and empirical evidence on when, how, and under what conditions research is used. In 2012, we hope to build on this momentum. We plan to support research projects with award amounts ranging from $100,000 to $600,000, covering direct and indirect costs for two to three years of work.”

The first step in the application process, Letters of Inquiry, will be due April 3, 2012. For more details, please click on these links:, download the request for proposals and review 

  • NASA Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) – 2012

NASA has released its announcement and solicitation of proposals for Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) – 2012. Research topics and areas of interest announced this year include topics of relevance not only to physics, astronomy and geology, but also topics in chemistry and biology.

To access the full ROSES solicitation, you can:
1. Go to
2. Click on “Solicitations”
3. Then click on “Open Solicitations”
4. Open solicitations can then be sorted by title, by solicitation number, or by release date. The solicitation number for ROSES 2012 is NNH12ZDA001N and it was released on February 14.

This year’s list of topic areas includes: IceBridge Research; Cassini Data Analysis; Cosmochemistry; Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research Environments; Astrophysics Data Analysis; Modeling, Analysis and Prediction; Origins of Solar Systems; Ocean Biology and Geochemistry; Surface Water and Ocean Topography Mission Science Definition Team; Cryospheric Science; Atmospheric Composition: Modeling and Analysis; Planetary Geology and Geophysics; Planetary Astronomy; Laboratory Analysis of Returned Samples; Near Earth Object Observations; Heliophysics Research: Geospace Science; Planetary Atmospheres; Physical Oceanography; Atmospheric Composition: Upper Atmospheric Composition Observations; Mars Fundamental Research; Astrophysics Theory; Heliophysics Data Environment Enhancements; CloudSat And CALIPSO Science Team Recompete; Remote Sensing of Water Quality; Moon and Mars Analog Missions Activities; Planetary Protection Research; Precipitation Measurement Missions (PMM) Science Team; Mars Data Analysis; Planetary Mission Data Analysis; Outer Planets Research; The Soil Moisture Active-Passive Mission Science Team; Living with a Star Targeted Research and Technology; Lunar Advanced Science and Exploration Research; Astrophysics Research and Analysis; Strategic Astrophysics Technology; and Land Cover/Land Use Change.

There are also special opportunities for Early Career Researchers, Guest Investigators, and Fellowships. Deadlines, depending on topic area, Range from May 1, 2012 to March 2013.

  • Transforming Undergraduate Education in natural and social sciences and mathematics

Have you been interested in creating new learning materials for existing courses? Developing new courses in your discipline? Working with colleagues here at Bates and/or at other institutions to implement new teaching strategies into your curricula? Providing professional development to colleagues at Bates or at other undergraduate institutions in areas of emerging curriculum in which you have special expertise? Assessing and evaluating student achievement in the natural sciences, mathematics and social sciences? Or conducting educational research about undergraduate student learning in these fields?

If any of these is the case, then the National Science Foundation’s Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES) program may be of interest to you. TUES supports projects for the development, dissemination and implementation of innovative courses and curricula in all disciplines that receive support from NSF (e.g., Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Geosciences, Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences).

Funding is available for three types of TUES projects, depending on the stage, size and scope of the project:

  • Type 1: Supports early stage efforts at a single institution or a small group of institutions, focusing on a limited range of TUES program components. Funding: Up to $200,000 total for 2-3 year projects ($250,000 when 4-year institutions collaborate with 2-year institutions, i.e., community colleges).
  • Type 2: “Type 2 projects will typically address more than one program component, or, if they focus on a single component, will address it at a scale that goes well beyond a single institution. Projects that involve a single institution need to be working toward systemic change across the STEM disciplines.” Funding: Up to $600,000 total for 2-4 year projects. (Note that Bates College is the lead institution on a recent, active TUES Type 2 project,, “Development of E-Learning Modules for Analytical Chemistry,” PI: Tom Wenzel, DUE-1118600.
  • Type 3: Large-scale efforts, funding up to $5 million over 5 years.

The deadline for TUES Type 1 applications is May 28, 2012. Type 2 and Type 3 applications are due January 14, 2013.

For more details on the TUES program, please review:, the program solicitation.

  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program (REU) provides promising undergraduate students with opportunities for summer and academic-year experiences with path-breaking research under the guidance of qualified and accomplished faculty. REU sites can focus on a single discipline or provide inter- and multi-disciplinary opportunities, and can be found in all areas of the natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics and engineering that are supported by NSF.

While REU programs are often used by graduate institutions as a way of recruiting talented students, undergraduate institutions–including Bates–have a history of participating in and leading REU programs. Examples of REUs located at or led by liberal arts colleges include:

  • Svalbard REU (Mt. Holyoke College), for which Mike Retelle in the Bates College Geology Department is a member of senior personnel
  • REU Site in Computer Systems (Harvey Mudd College)
  • 2 at Hope College in Michigan: Environmental Impacts on Biological Systems, and an Undergraduate Research Program in Biomedical Applications in Computer Science
  • From Genes to Ecosystems: Environmental Science in a Changing World (St. Olaf College)

Therefore, in addition to pointing your students in the direction of REU sites relevant to their interests, you may wish to consider preparing an application to set up and lead a new REU site.

Please note that while REU sites are allowed to include students from their home institution, NSF expects them to engage in significant promotion to and recruitment of students from other institutions, with a special interest in students from groups underrepresented in the sciences. The expectation, therefore, would be that at least 50% of participating students would come from institutions other than Bates. Faculty considering an REU application should give some consideration to how they would promote the program as well as recruit and select students, and to how those processes can benefit Bates College by enhancing its national visibility and profile.

Please see the list of current REU sites, organized by discipline. Note also that NSF, when considering applications from institutions that have previously had REU sites, takes the scientific and educational outcomes of those sites into account–with the effect of not renewing programs that have performed less well and making funds available for institutions that are new to the program.

REU proposals requiring access to Antarctica are due June 1, 2012. All other REU proposals will be due August 23, 2012. In notifying the Office for External Grants of your intent to apply, please be prepared to answer a few questions, such as:

  • Which other Bates faculty will be participating?
  • Will faculty from other institutions be participating? If so, which institutions?
  • Will research be taking place on campus, at an off-campus site or sites, or a combination?
  • Will REU participants need to have ready access to a particular piece of shared equipment?
  • Will they be staying in campus housing and using campus dining facilities during the summer?

This will help us help you to prepare your budget, your proposal, and to secure any support needed from the Dean of Faculty’s office and other college offices.

Please take the time to review the list of current REU sites as well as the current program announcement.


March 13, 2012

National Science Foundation: Dear Colleague Letter: Unsolicited Proposals at the Interface of the Biological, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Engineering

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