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National Science Foundation

Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

  • Solicitation Number: NSF 15-530
  • Due Date: March 17, 2015
  • Restrictions: The PI/Co-PI team must include at least one faculty member from a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics department and at least one education faculty member.

Synopsis of Program: The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 STEM teachers. Track 1: The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarships and Stipends Track provides funds to support scholarships, stipends, and academic programs for undergraduate STEM majors and post-baccalaureate STEM professionals to become highly effective STEM teachers; these individuals commit to teaching for 2 years in high-need local educational agencies for every year of scholarship/stipend support. Track 2: The NSF Teaching Fellowships Track provides funds to support fellowships, academic programs, professional development, and salary supplements for STEM professionals, including retirees from STEM professions, who enroll in a master's degree program leading to teacher certification or licensing; these individuals, referred to as NSF Teaching Fellows, commit to teaching for four years in high-need local educational agencies. Track 3: The NSF Master Teaching Fellowships Track provides funds to support professional development and salary supplements for K-12 STEM teachers, who are experienced and exemplary and who already have a master's degree in their field, to become NSF Master Teaching Fellows; these individuals commit to teaching for five years in high-need local educational agencies. Track 4: Research on the Preparation, Recruitment, and Retention of K-12 STEM Teachers provides funds to support planning, exploratory research, and full scale research proposals that address (1) a set of research priorities identified by and stated in the 2010 National Research Council's report, Preparing Teachers: Building Evidence for Sound Policy and (2) issues identified in the literature on effective teachers and the retention of effective STEM teachers and teacher leaders.

US Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education

Student Support Services (SSS) Program

  • CFDA Number:  84.042A
  • Due Date: February 2, 2015

Purpose of Program: The purpose of the SSS Program is to increase the number of disadvantaged, low-income college students, first-generation college students, and college students with disabilities in the United States who successfully complete a program of study at the postsecondary level. The support services that are provided should increase the retention and graduation rates for these categories of students and facilitate their transfer from two-year to four-year colleges and universities. The support services should also foster an institutional climate that supports the success of students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are historically underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are in foster care or are aging out of the foster care system, and other disconnected students. Student support services should also improve the financial and economic literacy of students.

Spencer Foundation

Small Research Grants

  • Due Date: February 5, 2015

Purpose of Program: The Foundation's research grants are organized under four areas of inquiry that identify broad topics which have fundamental and abiding importance for educational improvement: (1) Education and Social Opportunity; (2) Organizational Learning; (3) Purposes and Values of Education; and (4) Teaching, Learning, and Instructional Resources. The Foundation also welcomes proposals that do not fit one of the four areas listed through the Field-Initiated Proposal program.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Prospective Middle School Mathematics Teacher Course Work Scholarships

  • Due Date: May 2, 2015

Purpose of Program: The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to college or university students preparing for teaching middle school mathematics. For 2014-2015, one scholarship, with a maximum value of $3,000, will be awarded to a person currently completing their junior year of college or university, scheduling for full-time study at a four- or five-year college or university in the next academic year, and pursuing a career goal of becoming a certified teacher of middle school mathematics. These scholarships are named in recognition of the generous contributions to mathematics education made by Edward Brennan.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Pre-K-8 Preservice Teacher Action Research Grants

  • Due Date: May 4, 2015

Purpose of Program: The purpose of this grant is to provide financial support for action research conducted as a collaborative by university faculty, preservice teacher(s), and classroom teacher(s) seeking to improve their understanding of mathematics in Pre-K–8 classroom(s). For 2015–2016, a grant up to a maximum of $3,000 will be awarded. Primary emphasis will be placed on collaboration by a team of researchers consisting of university, elementary/middle school teachers, and preservice teachers from the undergraduate ranks. The action research should be designed, implemented, and completed with a focus on enhancing the teaching and/or learning of mathematics in Grades Pre-K–8.

National Endowment for the Humanities

Summer Seminars and Institutes

  • Due Date: February 24, 2015

Purpose of Program: These grants support faculty development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university teachers. NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes may be as short as two weeks or as long as five weeks. Proposals should (1) extend and deepen knowledge and understanding of the humanities by focusing on significant topics and texts; (2) contribute to the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants; (3) build communities of inquiry and provide models of civility and excellent scholarship and teaching; and (4) link teaching and research in the humanities.

Rathman Family Foundation

Rathman Challenge

  • Due Date: Please see RFP

Synopsis of Program: The Rathmann Challenge is an opportunity for innovative thinkers who know how to implement a successful program. The first $100,000 is awarded for your past outstanding work and includes an exclusive opportunity to apply for an additional $200,000 in support of your Even Bigger Idea. Choose to put them together and you’ll have $300,000 from our Even Bigger Idea challenge to turn your vision into a reality. In 2015, the Foundation is focused on “Provisions for Personal Necessities in Preparation for Learning.” Teachers, administrators and program service providers are best positioned to create, evaluate and implement solutions for their student population and identify critical factors for student success. The Foundation seeks ideas on how to assist educators in addressing issues which interfere with PreK-12 students’ abilities to be fully present in the classroom. Examples include: food, clothing, classroom supplies, shelter, personal care, dental, medical, mental health and legal support (e.g. immigration, juvenile and custodial issues).

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Community Action Grants

  • Due Date: January 15, 2015
  • Restrictions: Applicants must be women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Nonprofit organizations must be based in the United States. Grant projects must have direct public impact, be nonpartisan, and take place within the United States or its territories.

Synopsis of Program: Community Action Grants provide funds to individuals, AAUW branches, and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K–12 and community college girls’ and women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering, or math.

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Research Grants

  • Due Date: January 15, 2015

Synopsis of Program: With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the AERA Grants Program announces its Research Grants competition. AERA invites education-related research proposals using NCES, NSF, and other federal databases. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, such as but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics. The Governing Board for the AERA Grants Program has established the following four strands of emphasis for proposals. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that (1) develop or benefit from new quantitative measures or methodological approaches for addressing education issues; (2) include interdisciplinary teams with subject matter expertise, especially when studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning; (3) analyze TIMSS, PISA, or other international data resources; and (4) include the integration and analysis of more than one data set. Research projects related to at least one of the strands above and to science and/or mathematics education are especially encouraged. Other topics of interest include policies and practices related to student achievement in STEM, contextual factors in education, educational participation and persistence (kindergarten through graduate school), early childhood education, and postsecondary education.

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Dissertation Grants

  • Due Date: January 15, 2015

Synopsis of Program: The program supports research projects that are quantitative in nature, include the analysis of existing data from NCES, NSF or other federal agencies, and have U.S. education policy relevance. Dissertation Grants are available for advanced doctoral students and are intended to support the student while writing the doctoral dissertation. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, such as but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics.

National Endowment for the Humanities

Media Projects: Development or Production Grants

  • Application Due Date: January 14, 2015

Synopsis of Program: NEH encourages projects that feature multiple formats to engage the public in the exploration of humanities ideas. Proposed projects might include complementary components that expand or deepen the audience’s understanding of a subject: for example, museum exhibitions, book/film discussion programs, or other formats that engage audiences in new ways. Media Projects grants may not, however, be used to support programs’ general operating costs. Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production. Grants should result in a script or a design document and should also yield a detailed plan for outreach and public engagement in collaboration with a partner organization or organizations.  Production grants support the production and distribution of digital projects, films, television programs, radio programs, and related programs that promise to engage the public.

National Science Foundation

EHR Core Research (ECR): Fundamental Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education

  • Solicitation Number: NSF 15-509
  • Due Date: February 3, 2015

Synopsis of Program: The EHR Core Research (ECR) program of fundamental research in STEM education provides funding in critical research areas that are essential, broad and enduring. EHR seeks proposals that will help synthesize, build and/or expand research foundations in the following focal areas: STEM learning, STEM learning environments, STEM workforce development, and broadening participation in STEM. The ECR program is distinguished by its emphasis on the accumulation of robust evidence to inform efforts to (a) understand, (b) build theory to explain, and (c) suggest interventions (and innovations) to address persistent challenges in STEM interest, education, learning, and participation. The program supports advances in fundamental research on STEM learning and education by fostering efforts to develop foundational knowledge in STEM learning and learning contexts, both formal and informal, from childhood through adulthood, for all groups, and from the earliest developmental stages of life through participation in the workforce, resulting in increased public understanding of science and engineering. The ECR program will fund fundamental research on: human learning in STEM; learning in STEM learning environments, STEM workforce development, and research on broadening participation in STEM.

National Science Foundation

Science, Technology, and Society (STS)

  • Solicitation Number: NSF 15-506
  • Due Date: February 2, 2015

Synopsis of Program: STS is an interdisciplinary field that investigates topics relating to the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines, including medical science. STS research uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate STEM theory and practice with regards to history and socio-cultural formation, philosophical underpinnings, and impacts of science and technology on quality of life, culture, and society. STS researchers strive to understand how STEM fields contribute to the development and use of systems of knowledge, the production and use of materials and devices, the co-evolution of socio-technical systems and their governance, and the place of science and technology in the modern world. STS research focuses on the intellectual, material, and social facets of STEM. Such research endeavors to understand how scientific knowledge is produced and sanctioned, and how it is challenged and changes. It explores broader societal ramifications and underlying presuppositions. STS research studies how materials, devices, and techniques are designed and developed; how and by whom they are diffused, used, adapted, and rejected; how they are affected by social and cultural environments; and how they influence quality of life, culture, and society. STS research explores how socio-cultural values are embedded in science and technology, and how issues of governance and equity co-evolve with the development and use of scientific knowledge and technological artifacts.

National Science Foundation

Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies

  • Solicitation Number: NSF 14-526
  • Due Date: January 19, 2015 (Development and Implementation Projects)

Synopsis of Program: The program's aims are learning how to design and effectively use the learning technologies of the future (Future Learning Technologies) and understanding processes involved in learning when learners can have experiences that only technology allows (Cyberlearning). Every project should address three thrusts: Innovation, Advancing understanding of how people learn in technology-rich learning environments, and Promoting generalizability and transferability of the newly proposed technological genre.  The proposed innovation should be a new type or configuration of learning technologies rather than a particular application or tool. It is expected that these three parts of every proposal will be interconnected.

National Science Foundation

Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE)

  • Solicitation Number: NSF 14-106
  • Due Date: Anytime after August 1, 2014

Synopsis of Program: The Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) pilot seeks to support bold interdisciplinary projects in all NSF-supported areas of science, engineering, and education research. INSPIRE has no targeted themes and serves as a funding mechanism for proposals that are required both to be interdisciplinary and to exhibit potentially transformative research (IDR and PTR, respectively). Complementing existing NSF efforts, INSPIRE was created to handle proposals whose: Scientific advances lie outside the scope of a single program or discipline, such that substantial funding support from more than one program or discipline is necessary; Lines of research promise transformational advances; and Prospective discoveries reside at the interfaces of disciplinary boundaries that may not be recognized through traditional review or co-review. To receive funding as an INSPIRE-appropriate project, all three criteria must be met. INSPIRE is not intended to be used for interdisciplinary projects that can be accommodated within other NSF funding mechanisms or that continue well-established practices.

National Science Foundation

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE)

  • Solicitation Number: NSF 14-573
  • Letter of Intent (Required) Due Date: Various (see RFP)
  • Proposal Due Date: Various (see RFP)

Synopsis of Program: The goals of the ADVANCE program are (1) to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers; (2) to develop innovative and sustainable ways to promote gender equity in the STEM academic workforce; and (3) to contribute to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. ADVANCE also has as its goal to contribute to and inform the general knowledge base on gender equity in the academic STEM disciplines. There are three tracks with distinct purposes. The Institutional Transformation (IT) track is meant to produce large-scale comprehensive change and serve as a locus for research on gender equity and institutional transformation for academic STEM. The Institutional Transformation Catalyst (IT Catalyst) track is meant either to conduct self-assessment or to implement unique strategies – either adapted from those found effective in the IT track or ones designed to be responsive to the unique environments of eligible institutions – and evaluate their effectiveness. The Partnerships for Learning and Adaptation Networks (PLAN) track is meant to provide a larger scale environment for adapting, implementing and creating knowledge about the effectiveness of a particular strategy for change within a context of networked adaptation and learning. PLAN is focused on adaptation/implementation and learning either in particular STEM disciplines (PLAN D) or across institutions of higher education (PLAN IHE).

RGK Foundation

  • Due Date: Rolling

Synopsis of Program: RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of Education, Community, and Health/Medicine. The Foundation's primary interests within Education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education. Within Community, the Foundation supports a broad range of human services, community improvement, abuse prevention, and youth development programs. Human service programs of particular interest to the Foundation include children and family services, early childhood development, and parenting education. The Foundation supports a variety of Community Improvement programs including those that enhance non-profit management and promote philanthropy and voluntarism. Youth development programs supported by the Foundation typically include after-school educational enrichment programs that supplement and enhance formal education systems to increase the chances for successful outcomes in school and life. The Foundation is also interested in programs that attract female and minority students into the fields of mathematics, science, and technology. All applicants must complete an electronic Letter of Inquiry from the Web site as the first step. RGK Foundation will entertain one electronic Letter of Inquiry (LOI) per organization in a twelve-month period.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

  • Due Date: Rolling

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. To achieve this, the Foundation organizes work and investments toward attaining three strategic goals: Educated Kids: Increase the number of children who are reading-and-math proficient by third grade; Healthy Kids: Increase the number of children born at a healthy birth weight and who receive the care and healthy food they need for optimal development; and Secure Families: Increase the number of children and families living at least 200 percent above the poverty level.

Brady Education Foundation

  • Due Date for Stage 1 Applications: April 15, 2015

There is a two-stage application process. Stage 1 application instructions are listed in the link above. If approved by the Board, the applicant will be invited to continue on to Stage 2. The Board meets three times a year.  It typically approves only two to four Stage 1 applications and one to two Stage 2 applications at each meeting. The Foundation funds two types of projects: (1) evaluations of existing model programs, and (2) innovative research/new program development, including both efficacy and effectiveness studies. The Foundation favors:

  • projects that bring researchers and service providers together to prove and improve the effectiveness of education environments for children at risk for poor school outcomes due to environmental factors associated with living in poverty
  • projects that leverage other funds
  • projects with the potential to inform or guide policy or funding decisions
  • projects that structure time for researchers/evaluators and program providers to collaborate
  • requests of $100,000 or less per year for a maximum of three years (If you are requesting more than this amount and/or a longer time period, please provide additional justification)

Kauffman Foundation

  • Due Date: Rolling. Submit letter of inquiry if interested

The Kauffman Foundation's vision is to foster "a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities." In service of this vision, and in keeping with our founder's wishes, we focus our grant making and operations on two areas: advancing entrepreneurship and improving the education of children and youth. Our youth education programs focus on providing high-quality educational opportunities that prepare urban students for success in college and life beyond; and, advancing student achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

National Science Foundation

SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

  • Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 11-547
  • Due Date: Various (See specific agency deadline in RFP)

Synopsis of Program: The National Science Foundation's Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES), National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), and the SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA) award grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research. These grants provide funds for items not normally available through the student's university. Additionally, these grants allow doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus that would not otherwise be possible. Proposals are judged on the basis of their scientific merit, including the theoretical importance of the research question and the appropriateness of the proposed data and methodology to be used in addressing the question. In an effort to improve the quality of dissertation research, many programs in both BCS and SES, the Research on Science and Technology Surveys and Statistics program within NCSES, and the Science of Science and Innovation Policy program in SMA accept doctoral dissertation improvement grant proposals. Requirements vary across programs, so proposers are advised to consult the relevant program's webpage for specific information and contact the program director if necessary. The proposal must be submitted by the dissertation advisor(s) on behalf of the graduate student who is at the point of initiating or already conducting dissertation research.