The Grants Connection

     Kristian Hargadon with students

Many of you know that the College recently submitted a substantial request to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for its S-STEM program. Our request seeks $360,000 in scholarship support for academically talented, low income, underrepresented students who are interested in STEM careers.

While each and every proposal we submit is valued, I highlight this project because its process was a model of collaborative effort that involved nearly the full campus. Mike Wolyniak leads the project as Principal Investigator, but is ably supported by the full Natural Sciences Division, as well as colleagues from Psychology and the Dean's Office. In addition, the Offices of Admissions/Financial Aid, Career Education and Vocational Reflection, Academic Success, and Institutional Effectiveness, contributed invaluable assets to our proposal. Many of our colleagues in Administration guided the effort with insightful perspective on linking the S-STEM project to campus priorities.

This was our proposal and will be our project when funded. Thinking and collaborating as a campus pave the way for larger funding streams that support foundational initiatives and drive programming innovation. The primary benefit is to our students, but I think as well, these opportunities remind us of our community spirit - its strength and its benefit.

PJ. Townsend
Director of College Grants
Estcourt Annex
Box 637

Current Funding Announcements


Natural Sciences

  • Simons Foundation, Targeted Grants in Mathematics and Physical Sciences Deadline: Rolling
  • March of Dimes, General Research Grants Deadline: April 28, 2017, Letter of Intent
  • General Motors, Advancing STEM Education grant Program Deadline: May 12, 2017
  • Health & Human Services, Basic Mechanisms of Brain Development Mediating Substance Use and Dependence (R01) Deadlines:  Cycle II, June 5; Cycle III, October 5, through January 2020
  • NSF, Ideas Lab: Practical Fully-Connected Quantum Computer Challenge (PFCQC) Deadline: Preliminary proposal, June 19, 2017; Full proposal, November 30, 2017
  • IEEE, Raise Awareness and Understanding of Science and Technology and their Potential to address a Global Challenge 2017 RFP Deadline: July 15, 2017
  • The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry Deadline: August 1, 2017
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Sloan Research Fellowships Deadline: September 15, 2017
  • NSF, Division of Astronomical Sciences, Astronomy and Astrphysics Research Grants Deadline: Full proposal window, September 15 - NOvember 15, 2017
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 7-12 Classroom Research Grants Deadline: November 3, 2017 (Note: These are collaborative projects between college mathematics faculty and secondary school teachers)

Social Sciences

Other Opportunities:

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Of General Interest:

Year to Date Awards (as of April 20, 2017) = $737, 777

Find here a running list of submitted and awarded grants. The current awards ticker will be updated on this page in each edition of the Grants Connection.

KUDOS Awards Ticker for last year (January 2016 - June 30, 2016) = $184,551

Proposal Tips of the Month

  1. Grants are typically a finite term funding instrument. You should always assume a one-year performance/spending period unless your grantor defines an alternate grant term. Other standard performance periods are typically 18 months, 2 years or 3 years, and available funding usually reflects that longer term. Sometimes, terms may be negotiated, so you should talk with the grantor about the specific needs of your project. Always ask what the term is, and be sure that project performance milestones are consistent with spending patterns throughout the defined period. Contact your Grants Office for additional guidance.

  2. Writing proposals is not a "shoot-from-the-hip" enterprise - the value of data in making your case cannot be overstated. When you use data, make it visually interesting and more impactful with charts and graphs. Link those visuals to your narrative by discussing findings and outcomes supported by that data. Your Grants Office can show you how to effectively use the data in your narrative and your Office of Institutional Effectiveness can help you identify and gather the data you need.

  3. Public monies and Private monies require proposals to be developed in different ways. Generally speaking, public proposals consider thoroughness in completing the application/process, urgency of need, persistence, and the political landscape, including an applicant's ability to spend within the confines of legislative mandates. Many private grantors have moved to a more formal proposal process, but their decision-making remains the same: the level of resonance between your interests (as expressed through the proposal) and theirs (understood through converation with the grantor.)

  4. Join the Grants Community on Canvas to access grants material that will help you develop your own proposal: narrative models for both public and private grantors, vetted institutional/program descriptions, and tutorials about creating responsive proposals. Look for an invitation (coming soon to your mailbox), or advise your Grants Office of your interest.


Use this link to access the Toolbox page, where you will find a library of resources to help you build your proposal.

Featured reports will remain in the Grants Connection, like this month's most interesting reading:  

Peter Makuck: "Wins and Losses," Stories (2016); Syracuse University Press

The National Academies Press, Barriers and Opportunities for 20Year and 4-Year STEM Degrees: Systemic Change to Support Students' Diverse Pathways

The National Academies Press, Approaches to the Development of Character: Proceedings of a Workshop

ASAPbio awarded $1 million from Helmsley Charitable Trust for next-generation life sciences preprint infrastructure