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

Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS)- NSF 16-524

Sponsor:

National Science Foundation

Deadline:

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

March 22, 2016

Summary:

Humanity is reliant upon the physical resources and natural systems of the Earth for the provision of food, energy, and water. It is becoming imperative that we determine how society can best integrate across the natural and built environments to provide for a growing demand for food, water and energy while maintaining appropriate ecosystem services. Factors contributing to stresses in the food, energy, and water (FEW) systems include increasing regional and social pressures and governance issues as result of land use change, climate variability, and heterogeneous resource distribution. These interconnections and interdependencies associated with the food, energy and water nexus create research grand challenges in understanding how the complex, coupled processes of society and the environment function now, and in the future. There is a critical need for research that enables new means of adapting to future challenges. The FEW systems must be defined broadly, incorporating physical processes (such as built infrastructure and new technologies for more efficient resource utilization), natural processes (such as biogeochemical and hydrologic cycles), biological processes (such as agroecosystem structure and productivity), social/behavioral processes (such as decision making and governance), and cyber elements. Investigations of these complex systems may produce discoveries that cannot emerge from research on food or energy or water systems alone. It is the synergy among these components in the context of sustainability that will open innovative science and engineering pathways to produce new knowledge and novel technologies to solve the challenges of scarcity and variability.

The overarching goal of INFEWS is to catalyze the well-integrated interdisciplinary research efforts to transform scientific understanding of the FEW nexus in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability. The NSF INFEWS initiative is designed specifically to attain the following goals:

  1. Significantly advance our understanding of the food-energy-water system through quantitative and computational modeling, including support for relevant cyberinfrastructure;
  2. Develop real-time, cyber-enabled interfaces that improve understanding of the behavior of FEW systems and increase decision support capability;
  3. Enable research that will lead to innovative system and technological solutions to critical FEW problems; and
  4. Grow the scientific workforce capable of studying and managing the FEW system, through education and other professional development opportunities.

This activity enables interagency cooperation on one of the most pressing problems of the millennium – understanding interactions across the food, energy and water nexus – how it is likely to affect our world, and how we can proactively plan for its consequences. It allows the partner agencies – National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA) and others – to combine resources to identify and fund the most meritorious and highest-impact projects that support their respective missions, while eliminating duplication of effort and fostering collaboration between agencies and the investigators they support.

NSF and USDA/NIFA are interested in promoting international cooperation that links scientists and engineers from a range of disciplines and organizations to solve the significant global challenges at the nexus of food, energy and water systems. Proposals including international collaboration are encouraged when those efforts enhance the merit of the proposed work by incorporating unique resources, expertise, facilities or sites of international partners. The U.S. team’s international counterparts generally should have support or obtain funding through other non-NSF sources.

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.
  • For proposals to be considered for funding under USDA/NIFA : Eligible applicants for the grant program implemented under INFEWS include: (1) State agricultural experiment stations; (2) colleges and universities (including junior colleges offering associate degrees or higher); (3) university research foundations; (4) other research institutions and organizations; (5) Federal agencies, (6) national laboratories; (7) private organizations or corporations; (8) individuals who are U.S. citizens, nations, or permanent residents; and (9) any group consisting of 2 or more entities identified in (1) through (8). Eligible institutions do not include foreign and international organizations. Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project.

 Available Funding:

Estimated Number of Awards: 22 to 40

Projects may be submitted to Tracks 1, 2 or 3 as Category 1 projects (greater than $1,000,000 to no more than $3,000,000) or Category 2 projects (less than or equal to $1,000,000). Track 4 project submissions will only be considered as Category 2 effort.

Estimated Number of Awards:

Track 1: 6 to 12 as a combination of large (Category 1) awards and small (Category 2) awards

Track 2: 6 to 12 as a combination of large (Category 1) awards and small (Category 2) awards

Track 3: 6 to 12 as a combination of large (Category 1) awards and small (Category 2) awards

Track 4: 1 to 4 awards only as small (Category 2) awards

NSF and USDA/NIFA funds will be used to support Tracks 1-4. Some projects and/or subawards may be funded directly by USDA/NIFA.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $50,000,000

The total amount available for this solicitation is $50,000,000. Of this amount, NSF anticipates contributing approximately $45,000,000 and USDA/NIFA anticipates contributing approximately $5,000,000. This plan is subject to the availability of funds.

The tracks have been initially allocated as:

  1. $16,000,000 to $22,000,000 for Track 1, FEW System Modeling;
  2. $9,000,000 to $15,000,000 for Track 2, Visualization and Decision Support for Cyber-Human-Physical Systems at the FEW Nexus;
  3. $12,000,000 to $18,000,000 for Track 3, Research to Enable Innovative Solutions; and
  4. $1,000,000 to $4,000,000 for Track 4, Education and Workforce Development.

Projects may be submitted to Tracks 1, 2 or 3 as Category 1 projects (greater than $1,000,000 to no more than $3,000,000) or Category 2 projects (less than or equal to $1,000,000). Track 4 project submissions will only be considered as Category 2 effort.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16524/nsf16524.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Expression of interest (EOI) Partnerships with Academic Institutions – CPG-EOI-non-commercial-15002

Sponsor:

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Deadline:

Expression of Interest due February 23, 2016 by 11:59 PM Copenhagen time

Summary:

With more than 30 years of experience, UNOPS is an operational arm within the United Nations system, and a proven service provider implementing large-scale, complex efforts throughout the world, supporting peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects based on partnerships. UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the UN, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement operations in a sustainable and efficient manner in some of the world’s most challenging environments.

Our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations by providing high level technical and advisory services.

We provide support our partners in three main areas:

  •  Sustainable project management:At the core of UNOPS competencies is a proven capacity to manage peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations, while ensuring the highest standards in quality, speed and results.
  •  Sustainable infrastructure:UNOPS designs, constructs, rehabilitates and maintains infrastructure in some of the most challenging environments across the globe, from roads and bridges, to schools, hospitals and other public buildings.
  • Sustainable procurement: UNOPS is a central procurement resource for the United Nations system and its partners. Emphasizing efficient, transparent and cost-effective delivery of goods and services, UNOPS brings international best standards to its procurement activities.

With this Expression of Interest (EOI), UNOPS intends to gather information and expressions of interests from academic research institutions with the objective of establishing non-commercial agreements with UNOPS.

The scope of this Expression of Interest is limited to non-commercial services. For the purpose of this EOI, non-commercial agreements should be interpreted as collaborative arrangements in which all parties involved agree to work together for a defined period of time to achieve a common purpose or undertake a specific task while sharing risks, responsibilities, resources and benefits in a transparent and accountable manner. The academic partners may collaborate with UNOPS differently depending on their size, structure, geographical range and core capabilities.

Eligibility:

The types of institutions this EOI is targeted at includes universities, research centres and think tanks that have the resource, technical and professional capacity to work with UNOPS across one or more of the partnership areas outlined in 4.1.

Specifically the organisation should have:

  • Not-for-profit status
  • Accreditation from a relevant higher education body
  • Capacity to dedicate the required resources to the partnership
  • Experience and expertise in one or more of the partnership area (outlined above)
  • Experience of working in relation to developing, low income and / or fragile states (preferred)

Available Funding:

No information on funding is available at this time.

Link to Full RFP:

https://www.ungm.org/Public/Notice/41009

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