GrantWeek from the Grants Resource Center

June 24, 2013

NSF Seeks Proposals for Career Fair (Immediate Action Required)

In conjunction with a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Career Fair  being held by Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will co-host an event on September 27-28, 2013 that will feature NSF-funded projects and projects supported by other federal agencies and science-related organizations. The goal of the Careers Fair is to inspire young science students to consider STEM-related careers as well as to increase awareness of exciting science, innovation, and education that is supported by federal investments. The Fair provides an opportunity for NSF to showcase scientific discoveries and highlight diversity of science and engineering career options. Projects and programs selected to represent NSF will benefit from this opportunity to demonstrate the value of their activities and outcomes to a large audience.
NSF is seeking federal agency grantees (including NSF grantees) to submit proposals for inclusion in the fair. To be accepted, proposals must demonstrate the following: explain STEM concepts, entertain while teaching, fit onto a stage, and be able to provide multiple presentations over the two-day period.

Proposals are due on June 28, 2013.  For more information, please contact Tarri Joyner at and Amber Jones at or 703/292-8070.

ARPA-E Wide Band Gap Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy ARPA-E, issued two funding opportunities seeking proposals for transformational advances in Wide Band Gap materials, device fabrication and architectures aimed at developing high voltage/current single die power semiconductor devices. First, the Non-SBIR Strategies for Wide Band Gap, Inexpensive Transistors for Controlling High Efficiency Systems –SWITCHES, program offers approximately $10 million in funds, with individual awards ranging from $250,000 to $10 million. Two categories of investigation are outlined in this Funding Opportunity Announcement. The first, Proof of Concept Seedling Project, focusing on early stage, proof of concept research and development efforts, offers an average award of $500,000. The second, Technology Development Program, focuses on early stage prototypes of various technology concepts for which some kind of initial proof of concept component demonstration already exists. It offers an average award of $3 million.

The second funding opportunity, SWITCHES SBIR/STTR, supports small business in the same endeavor. Approximately $15 million is available to support individual awards ranging from $225,000 to $3.255 million. Small businesses are eligible to apply but there may be opportunities for universities to partner.

Both opportunities require a Notice of Intent, due by July 8, 2013, followed by a proposal due by July 19, 2013. For more information contact

NIH Supports Research to Reduce Negative Health Stereotypes

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released new program announcements that examine the impact of social stigma on a person’s physical and mental health, well-being, and aging through three mechanisms:  research projects, exploratory/developmental research and small grants. These program announcements will stay open through September 8, 2016.

NIH is interested in studying the influence of stigma on access and demographic disparities: health behaviors; use, access to, and quality of received healthcare services; and health disparities affecting vulnerable demographic groups. It also seeks to develop intervention strategies to reduce health-related stigma and/or the negative health and life course developmental impacts of stigma. Five NIH institutes support this initiative, each with their own priorities: National Institute on Aging, National Cancer Institute, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institute of Mental Health, and National Human Genome Research Institute.
For more details and specific contacts within each NIH institute, see the program announcements.

Funding Available for the Study of Violence

The Harry Frank Guggenheim (HFG) Foundation offers research grants and dissertation fellowships to individuals, regardless of citizenship, in the natural and social sciences and the humanities. The HFG Foundation gives highest priority to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence, aggression, and dominance.

Research grants <due August 1, annually> provide $15,000 to $40,000 for up to two years, while dissertation fellowships due February 1, annually support at least 10 awards of $20,000 over one year. Applicants to both programs may choose from several research priorities: youth, family, media, crime, biology, war and peace, terrorism, and religion, ethnicity, nationalism.

The HFG Foundation was started in 1929 and is separate from the other Guggenheim family philanthropy projects. Harry Guggenheim, a founder of Newsday, had a strong interest in aviation, publishing, and social issues. He established the foundation because he believed “solid, thoughtful, scholarly and scientific research, experimentation, and analysis would…accomplish more than the usual solutions impelled by urgency rather than understanding.”  Over the years, faculty members from several GRC institutions have received awards from this highly competitive program: California State University-Los Angeles, Buffalo State College (N.Y.), William Paterson University (N.J.), University of Kentucky and University of Southern Mississippi.


In this GrantWeek Edition

  • NSF Seeks Proposals for Career Fair (Immediate Action Required)
  • AAAS Recommendations for Humanities and Social Sciences
  • ARPA-E Wide Band Gap Opportunities
  • NIH Supports Research to Reduce Negative Health Stereotypes
  • Funding Available for the Study of Violence

AAAS Recommendations for Humanities and Social Sciences

A major report on the humanities was presented to Congress last week, recommending sweeping changes at the local and national level to encourage and strengthen humanities and social science education. The 61 page report, The Heart of the Matter, was produced by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Commission on the Humanities and was the result of two years of meetings and consultations with experts in a wide variety of fields from around the country. The report makes a number of recommendations of interest to colleges and universities:

  • Increasing investment in humanities and social science research through government funding and public-private partnerships;
  • Bolstering the Department of Education’s Fulbright Program and Title VI programs to enable the U.S. to compete more effectively in a global setting;
  • Creating more links between faculty at institutions of higher education and K-12 schools and encouraging the entry of advanced degree-holders into K-12 education through fellowships and loan forgiveness programs;
  • Initiating a national corps of “Master Teachers” trained in the humanities and social sciences, (similar to the STEM Master Teacher Corps program proposed last year by President Obama), in order to attract and retain talent and spread innovation;
  • Developing a “Culture Corps,” which would encourage state and local governments and cultural organizations to match interested adults (such as retirees, veterans, artists, librarians, and museum personnel) with schools and community centers to pass on humanities and social science expertise to the next generation.

The full report and executive summary may be found on NEW website.


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