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Current Funding Opportunities for Research

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Education USA Opportunity Funds Program/U.S. Mission to Kenya
Agency: NSF
Deadline: 10/30/2020
Submission Type: Full Proposal
Focus: The grantee will work in coordination with the Public Affairs Sections in Nairobi in support of the EducationUSA Opportunity Funds program. This program assists highly qualified students who are likely to be awarded full financial aid from U.S. colleges and universities but lack the financial resources to cover the up-front costs of required standardized admission tests, application fees, international and domestic airfare, visa fees, SEVIS fees, and settling-in allowance. The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi will select and the EducationUSA adviser will advise the Opportunity Funds students. This program supports the U.S. Embassy objectives to achieve inclusive, market-driven, environmentally sustainable economic growth, strengthen health and human capacity, and advance new activities that promote trade, economic cooperation, and legitimate travel.

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE): Open Textbooks Pilot Program
Agency: OPE
Deadline: 11/16/2020
Submission: Full Proposal
Focus: The Open Textbooks Pilot program supports projects at eligible institutions of higher education (IHEs) that create new open textbooks (as defined in this notice) and expand the use of open textbooks in courses that are part of a degree-granting program, particularly those with high enrollments. Applicants are encouraged to develop projects that demonstrate the greatest potential to achieve the highest level of savings for students through sustainable, expanded use of open textbooks in high-enrollment courses (as defined in this notice) or in programs that prepare individuals for in-demand fields.

Agency: NSF
Deadline: LOI: 11/17/2020; Full Proposal: 1/26/2021
Submission Type: Letter of Intent + Full Proposal
Focus: IUSE:GEOPAths invites proposals that specifically address the current needs and opportunities related to education within the geosciences community through the formation of STEM Learning Ecosystems that engage students in the study of the Earth, its oceans, polar regions and atmosphere. The primary goal of the IUSE:GEOPAths funding opportunity is to increase the number of students pursuing undergraduate and/or postgraduate degrees through the design and testing of novel approaches that engage students in authentic, career-relevant experiences in geoscience.

National Artificial Intelligence Institutes
Agency: NSF
Deadline: 12/4/2020
Submission: Full Proposal
Focus: A joint effort of NSF, USDA-NIFA, DHS S&T, DOT FHWA, and several industry partners – will fund Institutes comprising scientists, engineers, and educators united by a common focus on advancing the research frontiers in AI. AI Research Institutes will have as their primary focus the advancement of multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder research on larger-scale, longer-time-horizon challenges in AI research than are supported in typical research grants. They will accelerate the development of transformational technologies by grounding that research in critical application sectors that can serve as motivation for foundational research advances and provide opportunities for the effective fielding of AI-powered innovation.

IUSE: Education and Human Resources
Agency: NSF
Deadline: 12/4/2020
Submission: Full Proposal
Focus: IUSE: EHR also seeks to support projects that have high potential for broader societal impacts, including improved diversity of students and instructors participating in STEM education, professional development for instructors to ensure adoption of new and effective pedagogical techniques that meet the changing needs of students, and projects that promote institutional partnerships for collaborative research and development. IUSE: EHR especially welcomes proposals that will pair well with the efforts of NSF INCLUDES to develop STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society.

Research Grants
Agency: AERA
Deadline: 12/15/2020
Submission Type: Full Proposal
Focus: The program supports highly competitive studies using rigorous quantitative methods to examine large-scale, education-related data. The Grants Program encourages proposals across the life span and contexts of education and learning of relevance to STEM policy and practice. Focus on large data sets and statistical analysis.

Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Agency: NSF
Deadline: 1/12/2021
Submission: Full Proposal
Focus: The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.

Research on Emerging Technologies in Teaching and Learning
Agency: NSF
Deadline: 1/25/2021
Submission: Full Proposal
Focus: The purpose of the Research on Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning (RETTL) program is to fund exploratory and synergistic research in emerging technologies (to include, but not limited to, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and immersive or augmenting technologies) for teaching and learning in the future. The program accepts proposals that focus on learning, teaching, or a combination of both. The scope of the program is broad, with special interest in diverse learner/educator populations, contexts, and content, including teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and in foundational areas that enable STEM (e.g., self-regulation, literacy, communication, collaboration, creativity, and socio-emotional skills). Research in this program should be informed by the convergence (synthesis) of multiple disciplines: e.g., learning sciences; discipline-based education research; computer and information 1 science and engineering; design; and cognitive, behavioral, and social sciences. Within this broad scope, the program also encourages projects that investigate teaching and learning related to futuristic and highly technological work environments.

Music & Health: Understanding and Developing Music Medicine
Agency: NIH, HHS, National Endowment for the Arts
Deadline: 2/5/2021 (forecasted opportunity)
Submission: Full Proposal
Focus: Seeking applications for research to: (1) increase our understanding of how music affects the brain when it is used therapeutically and/or (2) use that knowledge to better develop evidence-based music interventions to enhance health or treat specific diseases and disorders. Proposed R01 and R21 projects could also focus on the development or refinement of specific musical interventions relevant to the participating institutes, agencies, and offices. When appropriate, collaborations among basic researchers, technology developers, music intervention experts, or other clinical researchers are highly encouraged. This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects.

Collaborative Grant Opportunities

Bureau of Indian Education: Native American Language Immersion
Agency: Bureau of Indian Affairs/DOI
Deadline: 10/30/2020
Submission Type: Full Proposal
Focus: The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) supports efforts to revitalize and maintain Native languages and expand the use of language immersion programs in its schools. The BIE is providing $4,000,000 for grants to BIE-funded schools to expand existing language immersion programs or create new programs that will lead to Native language oral proficiency. This opportunity is offered under the authority of the FY 2020 Interior Appropriations Bill, Congressionally Directed Capacity Building Grant for Native Language Immersion Programs, Public Law 115-31.

Innovations in Graduate Education Program
Agency: NSF
Deadline: 11/4/2020; limited submission – must notify RD office by 9/4/2020
Submission Type: Full Proposal
Focus: The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. The program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

Ongoing Grant Opportunities

Faculty Development Grants
Agency: K-State
Deadlines: 10/5/20 and 3/5/2021
Submission Type: Full application
Focus: The Faculty Development Awards, or FDA, program provides support for travel to international meetings (primarily at international locations) or to meet with program officers from potential external sponsors.

University Small Research Grants
Agency: K-State
Deadlines: 10/5/2020 and 3/5/2021
Submission Type: Full application
Focus: The University Small Research Grants (USRG) program is a “seed” grant program to support early research, scholarly activity, and other creative efforts.

Large Research Grants on Education
Agency: Spencer Foundation
Deadlines: Pending
Focus: The Large Research Grants on Education Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets ranging from $125,000 to $500,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. We anticipate awarding grants with budgets across each of the following funding tiers: $125,000 to 250,000; $250,001 to $375,000; and $375,001 to $500,000. We accept Intent to Apply forms twice a year. Open-ended research that is "field-initiated."

Small Research Grants on Education
Agency: Spencer Foundation
Deadlines: Full Proposal – 11/3/2020 (deadlines change but funding source available twice a year)
Focus: The Small Research Grants Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets up to $50,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. We accept applications three times per year. Open-ended research that is "field-initiated."

Proposals for Program Evaluations
Agency: Brady Education Foundation
Deadline: Funding cycles occur throughout the year
Focus: Currently interested in proposals focused on program evaluation; BEF's mission is to support programs that help close the achievement gaps associated with race and family income.

Kauffman Foundation Grants
Agency: Kauffman Foundation
Deadline: Rolling Applications – submit an idea
Focus: We are open to new ideas and innovative project submissions at any time throughout the year. If your organization or project is eligible, you can then submit an idea. Your idea will be reviewed and if it’s a good match with the Foundation’s priorities, you will be notified requesting you to complete a full application.

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