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Call for Appplications: Sloan Foundation Funded Science Festival Program
The Science Festival Alliance (SFA) is currently seeking applications from new science festival initiatives in US communities with a relatively small resource base interested in receiving matching funding, mentoring, and travel support. The support is available thanks to the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Application deadline: Friday, June 21, 2013
Award recipients will receive:
• One time challenge grant intended to jump-start a new or significantly expanded, and annually recurring, festival initiative. Challenge grants will match up to $10,000 in funds raised specifically for a festival initiative.
• Mentoring support from established science festival initiatives.
• Travel support that will provide reimbursement for: 1) a visit to a science festival in action, and 2) attendance at the International Public Science Events Conference, tentatively scheduled for February, 2014.
By December 1, 2014 award recipients will be expected to:
• Launch a recurring (preferably annual) festival initiative in the US with a primary focus on science, technology, engineering, and/or math. The festival initiative must be either new or a substantial expansion of a smaller existing annual event. The initiative may be led by a single organization, but it must be collaborative in nature, with mechanisms in place for programming involvement by other individuals and groups as appropriate. The festival must serve a region or community with a relatively small resource (described further below).
• Hold a first set of public events. The festival initiative should seek to serve a meaningful critical mass of attendees as appropriate to the region served and overall budget for the initiative. Attendance goals for this first event may shift in the course of festival planning, but must not be lower than 2,000.
• Travel to an existing science festival in session for observation, and attend a professional meeting related to science festivals.
• Participate in the development of “how-to” resources to assist future new science festival initiatives.
• Appropriately recognize challenge grant funding support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
• Complete on-time reports to the Science Festival Alliance on activity related to this program.
• Participate in the Science Festival Alliance network.
What is meant by a community with a “relatively small resource base:”
• A region with relatively low funding resources, such that a first year budget for a festival would not be expected to exceed $60,000; and/or,
• A region with relatively low levels of STEM research activity and few formal and informal education institutions; and/or,
• A region with a relatively small population base.
• Applications in the form of a single PDF document must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business, Friday, June 21.
• If you have questions about this specific application process, or science festivals generally, you are encouraged to contact the Science Festival Alliance at any point in the process.
• Applications will be reviewed by a committee assembled by the Science Festival Alliance. This committee will be asked to keep application details confidential.
• The most promising candidates will be contacted for phone interviews in June or July of 2013, and may be asked to supply additional written material prior to the determination of up to 12 award recipients.
• All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by no later than August 30, 2013.
International Association for Dental Research Colgate Community-Based Research Award for Caries Prevention
Supported by Colgate-Palmolive Company
Deadline: December 9, 2013
The IADR Colgate Community-Based Research Award for Caries Prevention is sponsored by the International Association for Dental Research with funding provided exclusively by Colgate-Palmolive Company.
The awards of up to $75,000 will be provided annually to recipients to advance research in the field of cariology to promote oral health improvement globally, with a focus on community-based research for the prevention and management of caries. Depending on the proposals and peer-review, either a single award of $75,000 or multiple smaller awards not exceeding a total of $75,000 will be offered.
The principal investigator listed in the application must be a current member of IADR and affiliated with a non-profit academic institution or non-governmental organization.
Completed proposals should be sent in one PDF package electronically to Sheri S. Herren, Strategic Programs Manager, email@example.com by the closing date of December 9, 2013.
For inquiries: Please contact: Sheri S. Herren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This award will be presented at the 93rd General Session & Exhibition of the IADR in Cape Town, South Africa, March 25-28, 2014
Learning Disabilities Foundation of America Grant Program
Applications must be for projects which conform to the mission of the Learning Disabilities Foundation of America by responding to an unmet need in the field of learning disabilities. Funds are granted for charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes or for the identification, ongoing evaluation, education of and services for children and adults with learning disabilities. Examples of project areas that fall within this philosophy:
Innovative research into the causes, the prevention and/or the alleviation of learning disabilities
Distinctive public awareness programs to advance public understanding of the needs of persons with learning disabilities
Innovative programs to advance the achievement of persons with learning disabilities, increase the support skills of their families, support academic and professional advisors, and enhance the understanding of learning disabilities by their colleagues and employers
Grants may be made to the Learning Disabilities Association of America or to any other organization within the United States or any of its possessions exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code and contributions to which are tax deductible.
Grant applications are considered twice each year by the Foundation Board of Managers. Applications must be received no later than March 15 or September 15.
With the exception of certain funds restricted for the Learning Disabilities Association of America, grants will not be made for capital campaigns, routine organizational operations (e.g. newsletters, utilities, salaries, equipment considered normal for organizational operations), or for endowment funds.
Grants will not be made to individuals or for individual scholarships.
The Board of Managers of the Foundation may request an interview with the primary facilitator and/or site visit, in addition to the written grant application.
Projects of national impact and projects that may be replicated are given preference.
All conditional grants in which the conditions have not been met by the end of the Foundation’s fiscal year (March 31) shall expire as of that date unless otherwise specified in the grant. All conditional grant recipients shall be advised of this policy provision.
The following statement must be contained in all reports or manuscripts related to an LDFA grant: “Support has been received from the Learning Disabilities Foundation of America however, the opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.”
Recipients of grants are expected to adhere closely to the stipulated terms of the grant and to the program described in the application.
Full financial accounting of expenditures must be provided to the Foundation.
Funds from a Foundation grant may not be directed to other purposes and any unexpended funds must be returned to the Foundation within 60 days of completion of the project.
Progress reports must be submitted once per year by the due date for grant applications (March 15 or September 15).
Within three months of completion of the project, a detailed final written report outlining the results of the project and accounting for the funds shall be provided to the Foundation.
Grant recipients may not claim exclusive use of the results of the project.
American Psychoanalytic Association Award for Excellence in Journalism
The Award for Excellence in Journalism recognizes professional reporting of outstanding merit that contributes in an exceptional way to the public understanding of psychoanalytic and psychological principles and phenomena.
The $1,000 award is broadly conceived. Nominated work need not be specifically about psychoanalysis or psychotherapy per se. And, nominated work may critique or question psychoanalysis as long as it advances understanding of human relationships and/or the life of the mind.
The Award is juried by a panel of professional journalists as well as by psychoanalysts.
Sponsor: Committee on Public Information
Any person, including authors, may submit material. To be eligible, work must have been written in English, intended for the layperson, and must have been first published between July 1 and June 30 for decision the following October. The deadline for submissions is September 16, 2013.
Geralyn Lederman, Director of Public Affairs
Call for Applications: Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship: A Media and Policy Initiative
The Mayday Fund will cover travel expenses for the training in October, and will cover the cost of receiving communications support over five months from Burness Communications.
The Mayday Fund, a New York City-based foundation dedicated to alleviating the incidence, degree, and consequence of human physical pain, is interested in providing new leaders in the pain field with tools that will enable them to reach the broader public.
In 2004, Mayday established the Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship: A Media and Policy Initiative, a fellowship program to train physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, basic, translational and clinical scientists, policy experts and legal scholars in the pain management community to go beyond their own professional pursuits to become leaders and advocates for change in the pain field in the United States and Canada. The Fellowship seeks those applicants who have the capacity, time and passion to become active advocates in the field, and foresee significant impact from their efforts to improve the lives of people in pain.
The deadline for applying to the 2013 program is Monday, July 1. You must submit:
1. Your completed application
2. A letter approving your participation in the program from your immediate supervisor or chairperson. The letter should include confirmation that you can devote 10 percent of your time to the Fellowship, and provide supporting background about your candidacy for the Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship.
Finalists will be involved in a phone interview with members of the Mayday Fellowship Advisory Committee. The Committee will select Fellows by late August 2013. Chosen Fellows will be required to participate in a training October 20-23, 2013.
The Mayday Fellows advocate on behalf of themselves and not on behalf of The Mayday Fund.
American Association of Anatomists Outreach Grants
Applications due: August 1 (for program or meeting funding the next calendar year)
AAA’s Outreach Grant Program provides funding for workshops, symposia, and meetings organized by AAA members, either as stand-alone activities or under the umbrella of other national or international societies. Supported activities may either be educational—such as anatomy workshops for high school students—or scientific. Targeted audiences include researchers, educators, and students at all levels. Additionally, Outreach Grants may be used to help support an event for National Lab Network events.
For the AAA/Wiley Research Meetings Outreach Grants Program and the AAA/Wiley Three-Year Research Meetings Outreach Grants Program, some preference will be given to meetings that will use the funds for student/ postdoc/ young investigator travel fellowships.
AAA Education Outreach Grant
AAA offers grants for education programs designed to enhance teaching skills or interest educators and students at all academic levels in anatomy as a discipline. Proposals are judged by the AAA Education Outreach Awards Subcommittee.
AAA/Wiley Research Meetings Outreach Grant
Funding is available to support non-AAA workshops, symposia, or meetings organized by AAA members. Preference will be given to research areas viewed as AAA strategic priorities—imaging, cellular and molecular anatomy, neurobiology, systems biology, and vertebrate development. Some preference will be given to programs that use the funds for student/ postdoc/ young investigator travel fellowships. Proposals will be judged by a subcommittee of the AAA Program Committee, with the participation of the editors of The Anatomical Record and Developmental Dynamics.
AAA/Wiley Three-Year Research Meetings Outreach Grant
AAA may select one meeting each year as deserving of ongoing support over a three-year period. AAA may choose one such meeting a year so that in a given year, up to three such meetings will be supported. Beyond fulfilling the regular criteria for Research Meetings Outreach Grants outlined here, three-year funded meetings will be encouraged to consider meeting with the AAA Annual Meeting/Experimental Biology as a guest society and encouraged to publish a special issue in one of AAA’s journals. With this in mind, AAA’s journal editors will be involved in the selection process and the meetings being considered for a three-year award will be ranked on the following criteria:
•Potential contribution to mission of an AAA journal (Anatomical Record, Anatomical Sciences Education, Developmental Dynamics)
•Potential to become a guest society at an AAA Annual Meeting
•Likelihood of future AAA involvement of attendees
The second and third year of a three-year grant will be contingent on receipt of a satisfactory progress report within 60 days following each meeting. All applications for three-year grants that are not accepted will automatically be considered within the pool of applications for a one-year Research Meetings Outreach Grant.
All three grant programs will follow the same application process and funding cycle, with proposals due August 1 for funding in the following calendar year.
Only AAA members are eligible to apply for a grant. No individual or project will be funded two years in a row for an Education Outreach Grant or regular Research Meetings Outreach Grant. Members submitting separate proposals for the same meeting will be asked to consolidate their requests.
Any AAA member interested in receiving an Outreach Grant should submit a proposal, not to exceed two pages, stating the goals and particulars of the project and the expected audience. Sources of matching funds or contributions from other societies should be indicated, along with an itemized budget detailing expenses for speaker travel, housing, on-site fees, and ancillary supplies or equipment. Also include details on how AAA might benefit from your program and how AAA support will be acknowledged. If you have received an AAA Outreach Grant in the past, you must provide details about the success of your earlier meeting or project. AAA support generally will not exceed $3,000 a year. Travel and housing expenses of the proposer will generally not be covered by the grant. A follow-up report on the meeting will be required in the format of an article to be published in the AAA Newsletter. Recipients will be asked to provide AAA with an electronic list of participants and to distribute or display appropriate AAA and Wiley information at their event, as requested.
The submission deadline for grant proposals is August 1 (for program or meeting funding the next calendar year).
The primary criteria for evaluating proposals include visibility and scientific impact, quality of participants, potential value to AAA, and visibility of AAA support. Additional criteria are described above. Based on subcommittees’ recommendations and funds available, the Board will select proposals for support. Recipients will be notified by late November of the calendar year in which the application is submitted; funds are disbursed in January. Neither the subcommittees nor the Board are obligated to make awards if satisfactory proposals have not been submitted or to provide the full amount requested.