The Berlin Prize 2017-2018

Sponsor:

The American Academy in Berlin

Deadline:

Applications due by September 30, 2016 at 12:00 PM Eastern

Summary:

The American Academy offers residential fellowships to emerging as well as established scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin. Around two dozen Berlin Prizes are conferred annually. Past Berlin Prize recipients have included historians, economists, poets, art historians, journalists, legal scholars, anthropologists, musicologists, public policy experts, and writers, among others. The Academy does not accept project proposals in mathematics and the hard sciences.

In addition to placing a high priority on the independent work of its fellows, the Academy is in a unique position to aid fellows in establishing professional and general networks both in Berlin and beyond. The Academy’s public outreach, which facilitates the introduction of a fellow’s work to a wider audience, serves its mission of fostering transatlantic ties through cultural exchange.

Candidates should explain how their projects will benefit from a residency in Berlin, but they do not need to be working on German topics.

Eligibility:

Fellowships are restricted to candidates based permanently in the US. US citizenship is not required, and American expatriates are not eligible.

Candidates in academic disciplines are expected to have completed a doctorate at the time of application. Applicants working in most other fields – such as journalism, law, filmmaking, or public policy – must have equivalent professional degrees. Writers must have published at least one book at the time of application.

Available Funding:

Fellowships are typically awarded for an academic semester or, in some cases, for an entire academic year.

Fellowship benefits include round-trip airfare, Academy accommodations, partial board, and a stipend of $5,000 per month.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.americanacademy.de/home/fellows/applications

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/

NYU Global Seed Grants for Collaborative Research Program

Sponsor:

New York University

Deadline:

October 19, 2015

Summary:

The Office of the Provost of NYU, together with the Provosts of NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, announce an open competition for a new research seed fund to support multi-campus/global research collaborations. The purpose of this program is to support research that strengthens collaborations between the schools at NYU in New York and the portal campuses at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, to develop research capacity across NYU campuses, to gain outlook and knowledge in international settings, and possibly to serve as a platform for obtaining future extramural funding.

Eligibility:

All tenured and tenure track faculty in all NYU academic units are eligible to apply as Principal Investigators. Arts Professors of all ranks are also eligible to apply as PI’s. Other full-time faculty who have PI status to conduct research in their portal campus are eligible to apply as PI’s, and all full-time faculty may participate as project team members.

Proposals require at least two Principal Investigators from at least two separate campuses.

Proposals will be accepted in any academic discipline represented at the University and from any academic unit including the NYU School of Medicine.

Available Funding:

Proposals may request project funding from $20,000 to $75,000 per year for a project period of up to two years.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.nyu.edu/content/dam/nyu/provost/documents/Research/GlobalSeedGrantGuidelines.pdf

Integrative Paleoanthropology Grants (IPG) PD 15-1392

Sponsor: 

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

April 2, 2015

Summary:

The goal of the competition is to further innovative, integrative research to elucidate hominin biological and behavioral evolution. The particular focus is on long term processes within hominin evolution and how they relate to major questions of paleoanthropological significance. While the intellectual scope of the competition is thus constrained, the potential methodologies and disciplines are not. It is understood, for example, that fields such as (but not limited to) cognitive science, genetics, and spatial or mathematical modeling may be directly relevant to such an endeavor.

Competition organizers recognize that much paleoanthropological research is currently interdisciplinary and integrative in nature. However, the competition is intended to stimulate research that is integrative and crosses intellectual/disciplinary boundaries in novel ways, above and beyond current practice. As general examples, an integrative and interdisciplinary project might: 1) encompass broader perspectives, not previously synthesized, on regional and large-scale comparative issues, or 2) result in the development and application of an innovative method informed by multiple disciplines. Proposals are required to address this issue directly in the project description by using up to two pages of the 15 to specifically speak to how the proposed research is both integrative and novel beyond norms currently in practice and how the proposed research could not be accomplished otherwise. Reviewers and Program Officials will place significant weight on this criterion.

Available Funding:

Contingent on availability of funds, the Programs plan to make a single award for a maximum total cost of $1,000,000 to support a multi-year project of up to five years in duration.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505181&WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

NEH Public Scholar Grant Program

Sponsor:

The National Endowment for the Humanities

Deadline:

March 3, 2015

Summary:

The new NEH Public Scholar awards support well-researched books in the humanities conceived and written to reach a broad readership. Books supported through this program might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. Most importantly, they should open up important and appealing subjects for wider audiences by presenting significant humanities topics in a way that is accessible to general readers.
The NEH Public Scholar program represents a long-term commitment at NEH to encourage scholarship in the humanities for general audiences. The grant program forms part of a new agency-wide initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square, which seeks to demonstrate and enhance the role and significance of the humanities and humanities scholarship in public life.

Available Funding:

$4,200 per month for a period of six to twelve months. The maximum stipend is $50,400 for a twelve-month period.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2014-12-01