The Grants Connection
You may notice that our grants webpages are reduced in number this month. I have moved the Toolbox from the website to the Grants Community in Canvas. The Community also has a toolbox, so this consolidates all resources for your use in one place. It also allows us to create models and forms that will only be accessible by our grants-seekers. Note that being a part of the Grants Community on Canvas is included in the Grants Project Endorsement Form that we now require for all pending projects. If you are not already in the Community, you will receive an invitation to join the next time you submit a proposal.
The Grants Project Endorsement Form has become necessary due to the significant growth of our grants community over the last two years. The form helps to ensure that each pending grants project is shared and discussed so that we may assure consistency with College priorities, promotes collaboration and leveraging of projects for additional opportunities, and prepares us administratively for the receipt and management of funds. Importantly, you should note in using the form that the signatures follow the order listed - that means a first contact/signature with the Grants Office.
Also important: As our grants projects grow in volume and complexity, additional infrastructure will be necessary. Grants procedures and policies will streamline implementation, reporting and closeout, as well as foster clean audits. Continue to read your Grants Connection for the latest announcements as we progress.
Congratulations and thanks to New Year grants-seekers and awardees: Justin Isaacs for an award from the Koch Foundation; Mike Wolyniak for a collaborative submission to NSF; Dennis Stevens, Mike McDermott and the Academic Master Plan Transition Committee (Sarah Hardy, Erin Clabough, Ken Lehman, Julia Palmer) for a planning grant from the Mellon Foundation; Rob Irons for his nomination to a CIC Summer Seminar; Beeler Brush, on behalf of the Clay Target Shooting Club, for an award from the NRA Foundation; and Glenn Culley and John Prengaman for an award from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.
PJ. Townsend, Director of College Grants
Hampden-Sydney College works as a community to secure grants support from public resources and private foundations for academic programs and College priorities.
The Grants Connection
Current Funding Announcements & Events
- Interfaith Youth Core, Curriculum Development Grants Deadline: March 30, 2018
- NEH, Division of Research Programs, Fellowships Deadline: April 11, 2018
- Eyebeam, Residency Open Call: Access Deadline: April 11, 2018
- Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Open Grants Program Deadline: April 15, 2018; Discretionary Grants, Deadline: Open
- Camargo Foundation, Cassis France, LabexMed (Laboratory for Excellence in Mediterranean Studies, cultural and artistic) Deadline: April 25, 2018
- AAC&U + Interfaith Youth Core, 2018 Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence Deadline: April 30, 2018 (Institute dates are July 17-20, 2018; no cost to accepted applicants; includes post-institute opportunity for grant-supported action plan implementation)
- Institute of Buddhist Studies, with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, Public Theologies of Technology and Presence Research Initiative Deadline: May 7, 2018
- Carey Institute for Global Good, Logan Nonfiction Program Deadline (for fall program): May 31, 2018
- American Institute of Indian Studies, Competition for Fellowships for Research in India Deadline: July 1, 2018
- Ucross Foundation, Spring 2019 Artist Residencies Deadline: October 1, 2018
- Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Chemistry of Indoor Environments Research Grants Deadline: Proposal must be invited - submit Letter of Inquiry at any time
- The G. Harold and Leila Y. Mathers Foundation, Research Grants in the Life Sciences Deadline: Letters of Inquiry may be submitted at any time
- NASEAM, Gulf Research Program, Early Career Scientists Fellowships Deadline: Applications open February 21, 2018; due dates vary but will occur March-May, 2018
- Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Global Genome Initiative, Buck Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Deadline: March 30, 2018
- The Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences & Mathematics Deadline: Nominations NLT April 30, 2018
- HHS, NIH, NINDS, Promoting Research in Basic Neuroscience (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) Deadline: May 25, 2018
- Smith Richardson Foundation, International Security and Foreign Policy Program, Research Grants (Junior Faculty) Deadline: None Noted; Submit concept paper per posted guidelines - full proposals are invited
- Institute for New Economic Thinking, Grants Deadline: None Noted
- NASEAM, Gulf Research Program, Early Career Scientists Fellowships (includes Social Scientists) Deadline: Applications open February 21, 2018; due dates vary but will occur March - May, 2018
- Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Batten, First Union and Peter Nicolaisen International (short-term) Fellowships Deadline: April 1, annually
- The Dirksen Congressional Center, Congressional Research Grants Deadline: April 1, annually
- The Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Small Research Grant Program Deadlines: three annual submission windows - May 1 to August 1; September 15 to November 15; February 15 to April 15
- NSF, Economics Grants (includes undergraduate research, conferences/symposia, computer equipment, experimental research, etc., in all areas of economics) Deadline: August 20, 2018
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Proposal Tips of the Month
- The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation just published its 2017 Annual Learning Report which synthesizes key themes from the lessons generated by grantee reports and external evaluations. Under the heading, "Strong metrics and consistent measurement can lead to more learning and increased impact," Kauffman notes the data relationship between grantor and grantee:
- Measurable and meaningful metrics can drive clarity around a program's theory of change and provide an anchor for developing concrete and actionable lessons at the end of a grant.
- The hypotheses and assumptions in a program's theory of change will somtimes be wrong. This is why it's important to test those hypotheses explicitly, and as rigorously as possible, and generate evidence that can drive learning and strategic adjustments.
- Monitoring grant performance through regular check-ins with a focus on metrics can help surface issues or challenges earlier, allowing for necessary modifications to the strategy, deliverables or timeline.
- For portfolios of grantees that are seeking to accomplish similar outcomes, we should assess the feasibility of creating a single, common set of metrics to measure collective impact. The approach creates more leverage for identifying patterns across the portfolio and drawing broader lessons at the end of the grant period. (Note: This is a foundational reason for understanding who is doing the same or similar work as what you propose.)
- Choose your grants team strategically, with two priorities in mind:
- Is the candidate well-qualified to be a part of this team, i.e., is there a record of previous grants projects and/or scholarship that directly relate to the current project's goals?
- Do individual candidates have sufficient time to participate? No one person can obligate more than 100% of his/her time. If your target team member(s) are active on other projects, above and beyond full time teaching and committee service, you need to fully consider additional obligations created by the grants project. Time obligations can be reviewed during audits of grants and individuals obligated at more than 100% across all obligations can create a problem for the grant and the institution.
- "Entrepreneurship on the Edges: Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Distressed Urban and Rural Communities;" The Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, Growing Entrepreneurial Communities Summit; April 25-26, 2018, in Kansas City, Missouri
- Virginia International University, Washington Ethical Leadership Summit Conference; April 30 - May 1, 2018, Fairfax VA
- Educause; October 30 - November 2, 2018, Colorado Convention Center, Denver CO
This Month's Most Interesting Reading
The Grants Toolbox page has been moved to the Grants Community in Canvas. Contact the Grants Office for your invitation to join the Community - access not only the Toolbox, but other tools, resources, and proposals that will help you create your own grants request.
Featured reports remain in the Grants Connection, like this Month's Most Interesting Reading:
College Art Association, "CAA announces 2018 Awards for Distinction Recipients"
US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, "Internship Programs under the Fair Labor Standards Act"
New York Times, "A Wall Street Giant makes a $75 Million Bet on Academic Philosophy"
Academic Year to Date Awards (as of February 27, 2018) = $4,273,791
KUDOS Awards Ticker for AY 2016-17 = $737,777