Turning NATO’s Words into Action After the Brussels Meeting (DOS-USNATO-PAA-2017-001)

Sponsor:

U.S. Department of State

Deadline:

July 16, 2017, 11:59 PM Brussels time

Summary:

The Office of the Public Affairs Advisor (PAA) at the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Mission to NATO (USNATO) invites not-for-profit, non-governmental organizations and think-tanks that focus on international affairs, defense and security issues, and U.S. and European relations to submit project proposals which encourage public discussions and creative public engagements in Europe on the major theme of “Turning NATO’s Words into Action After the Brussels Meeting.

USNATO seeks proposals that illustrate how to adapt NATO’s strategic focus on deterrence and defense, and projecting stability with specific emphasis on burden sharing, counterterrorism, cyber security, and other outcomes from the Brussels May Meeting. To successfully communicate these policies, the alliance and its stakeholders will need to explain and debate these issues with policymakers, media, and their public in the coming period. USNATO is seeking proposals that will outline how the alliance can transform intent into actions and programs that NATO and its member states can implement. Specifically, we are referring to initiatives that relate to the strategic direction coming from the Brussels meeting; as well as how member states can honor their defense investment pledges, ways the alliance can support counterterrorism efforts, and novel methods to support cyber defense commitments including ways to blunt disinformation.  We look forward to reviewing proposals from partner institutions that discuss some or all of these important NATO-related topics. Additional topics that may be of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Pledges on defense investment;
    • National plans to reach the 2% and 20% thresholds;
  • The NATO-Russia relationship;
  • Methods to identify and combat disinformation as well as approaches to evaluating the efficacy of those methods
  • Counterterrorism;
  • NATO’s efforts in the south and east;
  • NATO partnerships and cooperative security
    • Collaboration with European Union and other international institutions
    • Looking South—Gulf Cooperation Council, African Union;
  • Countering Hybrid Warfare;
  • Strengthening cybersecurity;
  • Women in peace and security.

Please note: all activities should be targeted at European and/or Canadian audience and should take place in either Europe or Canada.

We strongly encourage:

  • New and creative approaches that utilize digital technology, social media and other innovative means;
  • Programs that seek to reflect the diversity of thought and background as well as gender balance.
  • Forthright analysis about the gaps in NATO strategies along with practical solutions to address deficiencies.
  • Evaluation components that will help inform the measure of the proposal’s effectiveness, rather than merely its output.

Grant funding cannot be used for salaries, rent, or other general support of an organization, unless these expenses are directly tied to the project.

Eligibility:

Eligibility is limited to not-for-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations and think tanks that have demonstrated expertise in international affairs, defense and security issues, and U.S. and European relations.
U.S. or other national organizations are eligible to apply for grants; however submitted proposals should target audience outside of the United States. NATO allies and partners states are the primary target audiences.

Available Funding:

$15,000 – $100,000 per award; 1-2 awards anticipated

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=293831

Research in Transforming Health & Health Care Systems (RTHS)

Sponsor:

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Deadline:

3 PM EST, June 23, 2017

Summary:

The Foundation’s new Research in Transforming Health and Health Care Systems (RTHS) call for proposals (CFP) seeks to fund rigorous, empirical studies that evaluate or predict the potential effects of policies or policy changes intended to transform health and health care systems. While there is consensus that more reform is needed to improve the value of the U.S. health care system, questions remain around the optimal mechanisms to achieve these goals. For example, how can we promote greater affordability and stability in the individual insurance market? What does the evidence suggest about the effectiveness of benefit design strategies and consumer engagement in health care decision-making? How are safety-net health systems responding to alternative payment models and coverage expansions? The 2017 RTHS CFP will focus on empirical and policy–relevant analyses that can inform strategies to ensure access to high-quality, affordable health care and insurance coverage. We will prioritize proposals for research that are timely and that will directly inform the policy process.

Eligibility:

Researchers, as well as practitioners in the public and private sector working with researchers, are eligible to submit proposals through their organizations. Projects may be generated from disciplines including health services research, economics, sociology, program evaluation, political science, public policy, public health, public administration, law, business administration, or other related fields.

Available Funding:

Project funding will range from $50,000 to $150,000 and up to 6 projects will be funded.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2017/research-in-transforming-health—health-care.html?rid=ba1ZC3vz6tD3zOFsnlTAAA&et_cid=888045

The Russell Sage Foundation’s Visiting Scholars Program

Sponsor:

The Russell Sage Foundation

Deadline:

Application Portal open April 14 – June 28, 2017

Summary:

The Russell Sage Foundation’s Visiting Scholars Program provides a unique opportunity for select scholars in the social, economic and behavioral sciences to pursue their research and writing while in residence at the Foundation’s New York headquarters. Research carried out by Visiting Scholars constitutes an important part of the Foundation’s ongoing effort to analyze and understand the complex and shifting nature of social and economic life in the United States. While Visiting Scholars typically work on projects related to the Foundation’s current programs, a few scholars whose research falls outside these areas are occasionally invited as well. Descriptions of our prior Visiting Scholar classes along with summaries of their projects attest to the diversity of scholars, disciplines and projects selected.

Eligibility:

All scholar applicants must have a Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree, or a career background that establishes their ability to conduct high-level, peer-reviewed scholarly research. Most selected applicants are typically several years beyond the Ph.D. The Foundation does not accept applications to the Visiting Scholar program from doctoral or other graduate students. Individuals are allowed a maximum of two visits to the Foundation as a Visiting Scholar—the second visit may not occur within 7 years of the first visit.

Available Funding:

The Foundation annually awards up to 17 residential fellowships to select scholars in the social sciences who are at least several years beyond the Ph.D. Visiting Scholar positions begin September 1st and ordinarily run through June 30th. Scholars are provided with an office at the Foundation, research assistance, computer and library facilities, and supplemental salary support of up to 50 percent of their academic year salary when unavailable from other sources (up to a maximum of $125,000). Scholars who reside outside the greater New York City area are also provided with a partially-subsidized apartment near the Foundation offices. Because this is a residential fellowship that requires significant Foundation resources, scholars are expected to be in residence at the Foundation throughout the scholar year.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.russellsage.org/how-to-apply/visiting-scholars-program

The National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

Sponsor:

The National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Foundation

Deadline:

5 PM Eastern Time, Thursday, October 5, 2017.

Summary:

Through the dissertation fellowship, the National Academy of Education (NAEd) and Spencer seek to encourage a new generation of scholars from a variety of fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. The NAEd and Spencer believe scholarly insight from many different disciplines can contribute to an understanding of education as a fundamental human endeavor and advance our ability to address significant current issues in education. Therefore, the NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship supports individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.

Although the dissertation topic must centrally concern education, graduate study may be in any academic discipline or professional field. Fellowships have been awarded to candidates in anthropology, architecture, art history, communications, economics, education, history, linguistics, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, public health, religion, and sociology. Eligibility is not restricted to these academic areas. Candidates should be interested in pursuing research on education once the doctorate is attained.

Eligibility:

Applicants need not be citizens of the United States; however, they must be candidates for a doctoral degree at a graduate institution within the U.S. The fellowship is not intended to finance data collection or the completion of doctoral coursework but rather to support the final analysis of the research topic and the writing of the dissertation. For this reason, all applicants must confirm via the online application that they will have completed all pre-dissertation requirements by June 1, 2018 and must provide a clear and specific plan for completing the dissertation within a one or two-year time frame.

Available Funding:

Up to 35 non-renewable fellowships will be awarded. Recipients of the fellowships will receive $27,500 to support completion of the dissertation. This amount must be expended within a time limit of up to two years and in accordance with the work plan provided by the candidate.

Link to Full RFP:

NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program Guidelines

United States-Washington DC: EU policy and outreach partnership – 2016/S 018-026799

Sponsor:

The Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Deadline:

Applications due March 24, 2016 at 5 PM Eastern

Summary:

In the framework of the development of coherent EU public diplomacy in its external relations, this contract and the public diplomacy activities foreseen within it will support and strengthen the European Union’s ability and capacity to meaningfully and substantially engage with different partners and stakeholders, both in Washington, DC and across the United States. This action aims to engage with various key stakeholders in order to build trust, increase mutual understanding on policies of common interest, and facilitate policy convergence and cooperation between the European Union and the United States.

This outcome will be achieved through the development of partnerships with organisations and institutions across the United States (e.g. think tanks, universities, business organisations, media outlets, foundations, and other institutions). These partnerships will be at the core of geographically and thematically diverse policy and outreach activities and programming that will cover the EU–US political, economic, security, and cultural relationship and the broad policy agenda that encompasses transatlantic relations.
With policy guidance from the EU Delegation to the United States, the wide range of activities and services supported by this contract (listed in Section 21.3) should target and mobilise leading government officials, policymakers, think tank representatives, opinion leaders, civil society/NGO representatives, business people, youth and minority leaders, and the media.

Eligibility:

Participation is open to all natural persons who are nationals of, and legal persons (participating either individually or in a grouping — consortium — of tenderers) which are effectively established in, a Member State of the European Union or in an eligible country or territory as defined under Articles 8 and 9 of Regulation (EU) No 236/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11.3.2014 laying down common rules and procedures for the implementation of the Union’s instruments for financing external action (CIR) for the applicable instrument under which the contract is financed (see also heading 29 below); the United States is one such eligible country. Participation is also open to international organisations.

All eligible natural and legal persons (as per item 11 above) or groupings of such persons (consortia) may apply.

A consortium may be a permanent, legally-established grouping or a grouping which has been constituted informally for a specific tender procedure. All members of a consortium (i.e., the leader and all other members) are jointly and severally liable to the contracting authority.

Available Funding:

Number and titles of lots:1 lot only.

Maximum budget:3 000 000 EUR.

Link to Full RFP:

http://ted.europa.eu/udl?uri=TED:NOTICE:26799-2016:TEXT:EN:HTML&tabId=1

Science of Science and Innovation Policy Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SciSIP-DDRIG)- NSF 15-583

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

February 09, 2016

February 9, Annually Thereafter

September 09, 2016

September 9, Annually Thereafter

Summary:

The Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy. The program funds research to develop models, analytical tools, data and metrics that can be applied in the science policy decision making process and concern the use and allocation of scarce scientific resources. For example, research proposals may develop behavioral and analytical conceptualizations, frameworks or models that have applications across the broad array of science and innovation policy challenges. Proposals may also develop methodologies to analyze science, technology and innovation data, and to usefully convey that information to a variety of audiences. Proposals that create and improve science, engineering and innovation data, including the design of new metrics and indicators, particularly proposals that demonstrate the viability of collecting and analyzing data on knowledge generation and innovation in organizations, are encouraged.

The SciSIP program welcomes proposals from individual or multi-investigator research projects, doctoral dissertation improvement awards, experimental research, and data collection and dissemination. The SciSIP program places a high priority on interdisciplinary research as well as on broadening participation and encourages proposals from junior faculty, women, other underrepresented minorities, Research Undergraduate Institutions, and EPSCoR states. The program also supports small grants that are time-critical and small grants that are high-risk and of a potentially transformative nature.

Eligibility:

The PI must be the advisor of the doctoral student or a faculty member at the U.S. university where the doctoral student is enrolled. The doctoral student will be the Co-PI.

Available Funding:

Anticipated Funding Amount is $100,000 pending availability of funds. Project budgets should be developed at scales appropriate for the work to be conducted. The total direct costs for SciSIP DDRIG awards may not exceed $20,000. Indirect costs are in addition to this maximum direct cost limitation and are subject to the awardee’s current Federally negotiated indirect cost rate.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15583/nsf15583.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Centers of Excellence in Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) Research (CEER) (RM1) – RFA-HG-15-021

Sponsor:

National Institutes of Health

Deadline:

Letter of Intent Due Date: June 1, 2015

Application Due Date: July 15, 2015

Summary:

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is soliciting grant applications for the support of Centers of Excellence in Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) Research (CEERs).  The CEER Program is designed to support the establishment of sustainable trans-disciplinary research teams with the expertise and flexibility to anticipate, conduct research on, and quickly address a range of cutting edge ethical, legal, and social issues related to genetics and genomics.  The Program is intended to create new research opportunities that cross disciplinary boundaries among investigators in diverse fields, such as the genomic sciences, clinical research, clinical and health policy, ethics, law, the humanities, economics, political science, anthropology and other basic social sciences.  In addition to conducting trans-disciplinary research, Centers will disseminate their research findings and engage in other activities that facilitate the utilization of their findings and deliberations in the development of research, health and public policies and practices regarding the use of genomic information and technologies.  Finally, Centers will contribute to developing the next generation of ELSI researchers.

 

Eligibility:

Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

 

Available Funding:

Application budgets are limited to $650,000 direct costs per year for up to four years.  To accommodate collaborations that extend beyond single institutions, Facilities & Administrative (F&A) charges on the subcontracts, which are formally direct costs to the parent institution, will be excluded in considering the $650,000 cost limit.

Link to Full RFP:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HG-15-021.html

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

July 21, 2015 – BIO, CISE, EHR

July 22, 2015 – ENG

July 23, 2015 – GEO, MPS, SBE

July 20, 2016 – BIO, CISE, EHR

July 21, 2016 – ENG

July 22, 2016 – GEO, MPS, SBE

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 junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty members at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

PECASE: Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on two important criteria: 1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of NSF, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education or community outreach. These awards foster innovative developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of the participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the Nation’s future. Individuals cannot apply for PECASE. These awards are initiated by the participating federal agencies. At NSF, up to twenty nominees for this award are selected each year from among the PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees who are most likely to become the leaders of academic research and education in the twenty-first century. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy makes the final selection and announcement of the awardees.

Eligibility:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Universities and Colleges – Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions.
  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.

Available Funding:

he minimum CAREER award, including indirect costs, will total $400,000 for the 5-year duration with the following exceptions: proposers to the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), the Directorate for Engineering (ENG), or the Division of Polar Programs (PLR) must submit budget requests for a minimum of $500,000 for the 5-year duration. The PECASE award is an honorary award for all NSF recipients and does not provide additional funds. CAREER awards are eligible for supplemental funding as described in the NSF Award & Administration Guide (AAG), Chapter I.E.4.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15555/nsf15555.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click