Pop Culture Collaborative Major Grants

Sponsor:

Pop Culture Collaborative

Deadline:

Proposals are by invite only. Please review the full RFP below to learn about the application process. Major grants are approved on a bi-annual cycle in both the Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter.

Summary:

The Pop Culture Collaborative seeks grantee partners committed to creating a pop culture narrative environment powerful enough to re-shape the American public’s imagination around people of color, immigrants, refugees and Muslims. Our focus is on individuals, projects and collaborations that deliberately work through entertainment and mass media—movies, episodic TV and streaming series, sports, games, books, music, advertising and pop-driven journalism—to transform the narratives, values, beliefs and behaviors of millions of people everyday.

Through a pop culture lens, our grantee partners devote their artistry, resources and strategic efforts to one or more of the following: creative storytelling, narrative strategy design and implementation, research and evaluation, knowledge building and sharing, training and strategy development, audience analysis and activation, and/or network creation and management. We are looking for bold ideas, emotionally resonant storytelling, revelatory research and experiments, and critical insights that together build a powerful field at the intersection of pop culture and social change.

To be considered, proposals must engage, impact and/or support at least one or all of our multi-community focus areas –people of color, immigrants, refugees and Muslims. Intersectional focus on gender equity, the rights of children and families, LGBT rights, disability, democratic fairness, and economic justice within these four community areas is also supported.

Eligibility:

Individuals/organizations with fiscal sponsorships, non-profit and for-profits are eligible.

Available Funding:

Our funding ranges from $5,000 for small, experimental initiatives to $200,000 for multi-year culture change initiatives.

Link to Full RFP:

http://popcollab.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/PCC-Major-Grants-Overview-1.pdf

The Berlin Prize Application

Sponsor:

The American Academy in Berlin

Deadline:

September 29, 2017 (12 noon EST)

Summary:

The Academy seeks to enrich transatlantic dialogue in the arts, humanities, and public policy through the development and communication of projects of the highest scholarly merit. For 2018-19, the Academy is also interested in considering projects that address the themes of migration and social integration, as well as questions of race in comparative perspective.

For all projects, the Academy asks that candidates explain the relevance of a stay in Berlin to the development of their work.

Eligibility:

Fellowships are restricted to US residents. US citizenship is not required. Candidates in academic disciplines must have completed a PhD at the time of application. Candidates working in other fields—such as journalism, film, law, or public policy—must have equivalent professional degrees. Writers should have published at least one book at the time of application.

Available Funding:

Fellowship benefits include round-trip airfare, housing at the Hans Arnhold Center, partial board, and a stipend of $5,000 per month. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Academy during the entire term of the award, generally one academic semester.

Link to Full RFP:

Apply for a Fellowship

Antarctic Artists and Writers Program (AAW) NSF 16-542

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

June 1st, Annually

Summary:

The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program furnishes U.S. Antarctic Program operational support, and round-trip economy air tickets between the United States and the Southern Hemisphere, to artists and writers whose work requires them to be in the Antarctic to complete their proposed project. The Program does not provide any funding to participants, including for such items as salaries, materials, completion of the envisioned works, or any other purpose.

U.S. Antarctic Program infrastructure consists of three year-round stations and numerous austral-summer research camps in Antarctica, research ships in the Southern Ocean, and surface and air transportation. These assets support the projects undertaken by the artists and writers.

The main purpose of the U.S. Antarctic Program is scientific research and education. The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program supports writing and artistic projects specifically designed to increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the Antarctic and human endeavors on the southernmost continent. Priority will be given to projects that focus on interpreting and representing the scientific activities being conducted in and/or about the unique Antarctic region. Resulting projects must target audiences in the U.S. and be distributed/exhibited in the U.S.

The program does not support site installations or performances in Antarctica.

The program also does not support short-term projects that are essentially journalistic in nature. See Section IX (Other NSF Programs).

Potential proposers are encouraged to contact the Program Officer prior to submitting a proposal. Note: if the Polar Program determines, prior to the panel review, that the logistic needs for a project cannot be met in the upcoming field season, the proposal will be Returned Without Review.

 Eligibility:

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 1

Available Funding:

Estimated Number of Awards: 2 to 4

Anticipated Funding Amount: $0; Travel and field support only; refer to the text for additional information.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16542/nsf16542.htm

LIMITED COMPETITION: William T. Grant Scholars Program

Sponsor:

William T. Grant Foundation

Deadline:

NYU Internal Selection Process: May 22, 2017

  • NYU Schools can initiate their own internal competition to select one nominee.  Please refer to the RFP below for the Selection Criteria (on page 12) to assist you in choosing your nominee.  Once a candidate has been identified, please inform Farooq Niazi (farooq.niazi@nyu.edu) in writing so he may assist in obtaining a letter from the Office of Sponsored Programs confirming that the applicant represents distinct school of the institution.

Application to the Foundation:  3:00 p.m. EST on July 6, 2017

Summary:

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand junior researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas. We recognize that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take such risks, so this award includes a mentoring component, as well as an emphasis on community and collaboration.

Eligibility:

Only ONE candidate may be nominated from a major division (e.g., College of Arts and Sciences, Medical School) of the institution. Applicants must be nominated by their institutions.

  • Applicants must have received their terminal degree within seven years of submitting their application. This is calculated by adding seven years to the date the doctoral degree was conferred. In medicine, the seven-year maximum is dated from the completion of the first residency.
  • Applicants must hold a tenure-track position.
  • Applicants outside the United States are eligible. As with U.S. applicants, they must pursue research that has compelling policy or practice implications for youth in the United States.
  • Applicants of any discipline are eligible.

Available Funding:

Award recipients are designated as William T. Grant Scholars. Each year, four to six Scholars are selected and each receives up to $350,000, distributed over five years. Awards begin July 1.  The award must not replace the institution’s current support of the applicant’s research. Awards will be announced in March 2018.

Link to Full RFP: 

http://wtgrantfoundation.org/library/uploads/2017/03/2017-Scholars-Program-Application-Guide.pdf

Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation

Sponsor:

Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation, Inc.

Deadline:

Letters of inquiry are accepted an ongoing basis through the Foundation’s online application system.

The Foundation makes grant decisions in December and June.

Summary:

Environment

The Foundation supports efforts to address a range of environmental issues. Among these are initiatives aimed at combating climate change by reducing carbon emissions and increasing energy efficiency; ensuring access to clean air and water by preventing pollution and the use of toxic chemicals; and restoring the health of the oceans by promoting responsible fishing, fighting ocean pollution and preserving marine ecosystems. Funded organizations employ a variety of strategies including policy advocacy, litigation and other legal efforts, public education, grassroots campaigns, and market-based and economic incentives. Historically, the Foundation’s environmental funding has been focused on organizations whose efforts are national and international in scope. However, local initiatives to increase the sustainability and resiliency of New York City’s built environment are also of interest.

Criminal Justice

Funding in this area is focused on efforts to promote fair and effective criminal justice policies, to reduce recidivism, and to improve public safety. Among these are sentencing reform initiatives including repeal of mandatory minimum sentencing laws and increased use of alternatives to incarceration.

Economic Development

The Foundation’s funding in the area of economic development is aimed at increasing the number of living wage jobs in New York City and ensuring low-income workers’ access to those jobs. Support is provided for initiatives that help individuals, families and communities to achieve and sustain economic self-sufficiency; for advocacy efforts to advance effective economic and workforce development policies; and for a range of job training programs, with an emphasis on those geared toward long-term retention and advancement in specific employment sectors.

Reproductive Rights

The Foundation supports domestic programs that seek to protect women’s reproductive rights and increase access to reproductive health services. Funded initiatives include those working to achieve these goals through public education efforts, policy advocacy and legal advocacy. Also of interest to the Foundation are efforts to increase reproductive health training opportunities for medical students and healthcare professionals, as well as efforts to support them as public advocates for comprehensive reproductive healthcare.

Civil Legal Services

The Foundation supports efforts to reduce barriers to effective and unrestricted civil legal assistance through direct legal representation and policy advocacy. Support is provided for programs offering legal representation and training on a range of issues including education, employment and foster care. Funding is also provided for initiatives aimed at increasing the accessibility of legal services in underserved communities, as well as those that enhance the courts’ ability to effectively and efficiently process cases.

Eligibility:

Grants are made only to tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations.

Available Funding:

Not specified.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.gimbelfoundation.org/HowtoApply.htm

Paul M. Angell Family Foundation Fall 2017 Grant Cycle

Sponsor:

Paul M. Angell Family Foundation

Deadline:

Current Fall 2017 Cycle

LOIs open and accepted on a rolling basis until June 15, 2017

Full Applications (to be invited) due August 11, 2017

Summary:

The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation makes grants in three priority areas: Conservation, Performing Arts and Social Causes.

 Conservation
The primary focus of the Foundation’s grant making in Conservation is the protection of the world’s oceans and species. The Foundation is interested in site-specific projects designed to improve the health of ocean habitats and to enhance their ability to withstand the challenges of climate change. In addition, the Foundation supports efforts to fund species protection, particularly regarding the seas’ apex predators. Eligible projects include research, conservation and/or restoration. Grants for other types of water-related conservation efforts may be considered on a limited basis.

Performing Arts
The goal of the Performing Arts program is to support the presentation and propagation of performing arts events, focusing on classical music and theater. Grantee organizations include performers, presenters (including broadcasters) and educators. We are currently considering grants to the Chicago area, the Mid-Atlantic Region (from Washington, D.C. north to Wilmington, DE) and the Cleveland area.

Social Causes
The goal of the Foundation’s grant making in Social Causes is to support efforts to address the root causes of poverty and inequality, particularly in urban areas. Priority will be given to programs that emphasize evidence-based early intervention and prevention approaches. The Foundation seeks to support efforts designed to help alter the life trajectories of socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals and families. Specific areas of interest include early childhood education, teenage pregnancy prevention, school completion for at-risk youth, workforce preparedness, and African-American male achievement. Although not limited exclusively to Chicago, grant making in Social Causes will focus on the Chicago area.

Eligibility:

Organizations can be awarded a grant(s) in only one cycle of the calendar year. The Foundation will consider multi-year grants on a case-by-case basis.

 Link to Full RFP:

http://pmangellfamfound.org/for-applicants/how-to-apply/

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) -NSF 17-537

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):

July 19, 2017-   BIO, CISE, EHR

Third Wednesday in July, Annually Thereafter

July 20, 2017- ENG

Third Thursday in July, Annually Thereafter

July 21, 2017-  GEO, MPS, SBE

Third Friday in July, Annually Thereafter

Summary:

CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

Eligibility:

A Principal Investigator (PI) may submit only one CAREER proposal per annual competition. In addition, a Principal Investigator may not participate in more than three CAREER competitions. Proposals that are not reviewed (i.e., are withdrawn before review or are returned without review) do not count toward the three-competition limit.

Available Funding:

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 450 per year

Anticipated Funding Amount: $222,000,000

This annual amount is approximate, includes new and continuing increments, and is subject to availability of funds.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17537/nsf17537.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities

Sponsor:

Mellon Foundation  & MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Deadline:

Friday, January 15, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Online application will be available November 1, 2016.

Summary:

The Mellon Fellowship is for scholarship across boundaries

Thanks to the generous support of the Mellon Foundation, MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences awards two fellowships each year to promising young scholars working at the intersection of humanities disciplines, or between the humanities and other disciplines. This Fellowship is especially intended for scholars who work in more than one specialty within the humanities, or bridging from the humanities with other disciplines.

The School of Humanities, Arts, and, Social Sciences has four departments participating in this search: Comparative Media Studies/Writing, Literature, Global Studies and Languages, Music and Theater Arts. Applicants must designate one of the four academic units in which they would like to be located. Appointments will be for two years, effective July 1, 2017. Fellows will teach one course in Spring 2018 and one per semester the following academic year, and will be in residence at MIT during this time.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for the positions, applicants must have received their Ph.D. no earlier than July 1, 2014 and no later than July 1, 2017. If you have not earned your degree at the time you apply for the fellowship, we require an attached Letter of Certification from your institution’s Registrar’s Office, Department of Graduate Studies, or your Department Head, to confirm that you are expected to be formally awarded your degree by July 1, 2017. Please make sure that your letter writer specifies the date of your expected conferral date. Applicants who have not been formally awarded their degree by July 1, 2017 will not be considered. Fellows may not hold other appointments throughout the duration of the Fellowship. Applicants must have received their degrees from institutions other than MIT. International scholars will be considered for the position, but fellowships are contingent upon eligibility to legally work within the United States. MIT will offer a J1 visa sponsorship if needed. The Mellon Selection Committee will announce the Fellows in April 2017.

Available Funding:

The salary will be $66,000 per year with standard benefits, and each Fellow will receive a research fund of $1,000 to cover travel and other costs associated with research and professional development.

Link to Full RFP:

http://shass.mit.edu/graduate/mellon_postdoctoral_fellowship

100&Change

Sponsor:

The MacArthur Foundation

Deadline:

Must register on the 100&Change website by September 2, 2016

Proposals due by October 3, 2016

Summary:

A new competition launched today will award a $100 million grant to a single proposal designed to help solve a critical problem affecting people, places, or the planet. The Foundation’s competition, called 100&Change, is open to organizations working in any field of endeavor anywhere. Applicants must identify both the problem they are trying to solve, as well as their proposed solution. Competitive proposals will be meaningful, verifiable, durable, and feasible.

“Solving society’s most pressing problems isn’t easy, but we believe it can be done,” said MacArthur President Julia Stasch. “Potential solutions may go unnoticed or under resourced and are waiting to be brought to scale. Every three years, we plan to award $100 million to help make one of these solutions a reality. Through 100&Change, we want to inspire, encourage, and support other people’s ideas, here in our hometown Chicago, across the nation and around the world, about how to address major challenges and enable real progress toward a solution.”

The selection process for 100&Change is rigorous, fair, and transparent. Each valid proposal will be reviewed by a panel of expert judges from a variety of fields, and evaluated according to a strict set of criteria designed to favor proposals that maximize measurable impact in their chosen areas. Participants will receive feedback on their proposals from the judges.

“We believe that 100&Change can have a ripple effect beyond what a single $100 million grant enables,” said Cecilia Conrad, MacArthur’s Managing Director leading the competition. “Setting audacious goals is inspiring. Clear evidence of impact can encourage other funders to invest in solvable problems more broadly, and applicants who do not receive the $100 million grant will still receive valuable feedback on and attention to their ideas.”

Eligibility:

The Competition Sponsor welcomes Applications from eligible organizations or entities that have a recognized legal existence and structure under applicable law (State, Federal, or Country) and that are in good standing in the jurisdiction under which they are organized. The following types of organizations are eligible:

  • An organization under section 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) or (2) of the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) that has received a tax determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”).
  • A private foundation under section 501(c)(3) of the IRC that has received a tax determination letter from the IRS.
  • A for-profit corporation organized under the laws of a State in the United States.
  • A benefit corporation, flexible purpose organization, or similar “hybrid” organization organized under the laws of a State in the United States.
  • A limited liability company or partnership organized under the laws of a State in the United States.
  • An organization organized under the laws of a foreign jurisdiction which has received a tax determination letter from the IRS or has been determined to be the equivalent of a section 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) or (2) organization by NGO Source or the MacArthur Foundation for which an equivalency determination has not expired.
  • An entity that is recognized under the law of the applicable jurisdiction as a non-governmental organization, an educational organization, a charitable organization, a social welfare organization, a not-for-profit organization, or similar-type entity that is not a for-profit organization or government agency.
  • A for-profit entity organized and in good standing under the laws of the local jurisdiction in which it operates.

Available Funding:

$100 million

Number of Awards: 1

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.100andchange.org/

Mid-Atlantic Coastal Storms Graduate Research Fellowship

Sponsor:

Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) and NOAA Coastal Storms Program

Deadline:

Proposals due April 1, 2016 by 5:00 PM Eastern

Summary:

The purpose of the VASG/NOAA Mid-Atlantic Coastal Storms Graduate Research Fellowship is to support exceptional graduate students who are engaged in research that furthers community resilience to coastal storms. While we welcome candidates who address any area of coastal storms and resilience, we particularly encourage candidates who are working on:

  • Improving real-time and forecast water levels and conditions – Accurate information and effective communication about water levels and hazardous beach conditions are critical for protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy.
  • Enhancing coastal infrastructure resilience – Ports, marinas, and working waterfronts are highly vulnerable to rising sea levels, heavy rains, and storm surges. Increasing the resilience of these waterfront cities, towns, and communities to major coastal storms is critical to reducing loss of life, damage and destruction of critical infrastructure and transportation networks, and adverse impacts on local and regional economies.
  • Managing stormwater impacts — Healthy coastal ecosystems are the foundation of thriving coastal communities in the Mid-Atlantic and support valuable recreational and commercial activities throughout the region. The increasing frequency of heavy precipitation in the region is presenting new challenges in managing negative impacts of stormwater.

The fellowship also provides fellows with hands-on experience in translating research results to coastal and marine stakeholders. In addition to their primary faculty advisor, fellows will be expected to work with an outreach or end-user mentor. Through interactions with mentors, fellows will ensure that their research results are useful and used by stakeholders. The process will also help fellows develop practical skills in science communication and the transfer of science to management.

Eligibility:

Students must be enrolled in or admitted to a full-time graduate or professional degree program at an academic institution in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, or Virginia. Students may be working toward a degree in any discipline as long as they are engaged in research that is coastal storms-related and furthering community resilience to coastal storms.

Available Funding:

The fellowship provides an award of up to $40,000 for one year.

VASG-funded projects require a 50% funding match (i.e., proposal budgets must show $1 of match for every $2 of Sea Grant funding requested). Only non-Federal funds may be committed as matching contribution.

Link to Full RFP:

http://vaseagrant.vims.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/VASG_NOAA_Mid-Atlantic-Coastal-Storms-Fellowship-Announcement-2016_FINAL.pdf