Funding Opportunities

Universities Research Association URA Visiting Scholars Program - Fermilab

Overview

The URA Visiting Scholars Program was established in 2007 as a five-year program to support visits by researchers from the Universities Research Association, Inc. (URA) institutions to work at Fermilab for periods of up to one year. The Program was renewed for an additional five year term in 2012 and in 2016. Resources for this program are made available by the 89 URA member institutions, each of which contributes $5,000 a year.

Visits can range from attendance at Fermilab conferences and summer schools to year-long stays at the Lab. Proposals may be submitted twice a year, in February and August. Support provided by the program may include the following: travel and local lodging expenses during a series of short visits OR salary support and round trip travel expenses for an extended visit.

Because these funds are provided by URA and come solely from contributions by URA member institutions, the visitor’s home institution must agree to waive indirect costs, tuition fees, and other administrative expenses.

Eligibility

Individual proposals may be submitted by researchers who are faculty, postdocs, or graduate students at URA member institutions.

Researchers are defined as graduate students, postdocs, or faculty doing research in areas such as high energy physics experiments, astrophysics, theory, accelerator physics, materials science, and computer science, related to the Fermilab mission. Applicants must be employed by or, in the case of graduate students, enrolled at URA member institutions during the course of the award.

Proposals may be submitted for an individual award or, in limited circumstances, researchers in residence at Fermilab may submit a proposal for a laboratory- sponsored group activity (e.g., conferences, workshops, summer schools). Specific application requirements for the two types of proposals are described in the Application Proposal Requirements section.

A proposal must be written and submitted by the intended awardee. Proposals developed or submitted by faculty on behalf of a student or colleague are not accepted.

Individual awards may be up to a maximum of $50,000 in any twelve-month period with a lifetime maximum award total of $50,000 per individual.

Application Process

Written applications for support are considered twice a year by a review panel composed of scientists drawn from URA-appointed universities. Laboratory representatives may serve in an advisory capacity. Award decisions are announced generally within six weeks of the closing date for applications. Awards may not fund activities occurring prior to the date of the award letter.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2017 Awards:

The application deadline for the spring round of awards is the last Monday in February (February 27, 2017). Funding decisions will be announced at the end of March.

For additional information and to apply go to http://www.ura-hq.org/awards/ura_visiting_scholars/index.html

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Programs (NESLS)

The Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS) program is a cooperative research initiative geared toward students working in nuclear engineering and science. Through internships, NESLS offers students hands-on educational and research opportunities at a multidisciplinary national laboratory.

NESLS Goals

  • Maximize the abilities of students through cooperative research with mentors at a national laboratory
  • Increase research opportunities
  • Provide a learning environment useful to both national laboratories and students
  • Train next generation nuclear scientists


Deadline for applications:
To apply for NESLS Summer 2017 (open October 15, 2016 – February 28, 2017, click the link below:
ORNL NESLS Program Application

For additional information contact:
Leslie Fox

Email: ornledu@orau.org 

Additional information available at Oak Ridge National Laboratory Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Programs (NESLS)

Brown University Research Fellowships

The John Carter Brown Library will award approximately forty residential research fellowships for the year July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018. Sponsorship of research at the John Carter Brown Library is reserved exclusively for scholars whose work is centered on the colonial history of the Americas, North and South, including all aspects of the European, African, and Native American engagement. 

Hodson Trust - John Carter Brown Library Fellowship

The Hodson Trust –John Carter Brown Library Fellowship supports work by academics, independent scholars and writers working on significant projects relating to the literature, history, culture, or art of the Americas before 1830. Candidates with a U.S. history topic are strongly encouraged to concentrate on the period prior to 1801. The fellowship is also open to filmmakers, novelists, creative and performing artists, and others working on projects that draw on this period of history.

The four month fellowship is divided into two parts – two months of research at the John Carter Brown Library during the academic year and two months of writing at the C.V. Staff Center at Washington College in Chestertown, MD during the following summer. The stipend is $5,000 per month for a total of $20,000, plus housing and university privileges. Application details may be found here.  

The deadline to apply for a Hodson Trust – John Carter Brown Library Fellowship is March 15, 2017.

Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) Pfizer Fellowship in Men’s Health

Deadline March 31, 2017

The Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) proudly announces The SMSNA Pfizer Fellowship in Men’s Health. The purpose of the fellowship program is to support clinical and or basic research in men’s sexual health and foster development of expertise in field of men’s health. The funding is intended to supplement post-doctoral research activities and conference participation to present those activities.

Eligibility Information:

Applications will be accepted only from members of the SMSNA in good standing, who must be in compliance with SMSNA Disclosure Policy.

Applications will be accepted from post-docs in training.

Proof of institutional support for salaries and benefits should be provided at the time of application (letter from Department Chair, Dean or Designated Institutional Officer).

For MD’s, a medical license valid in the United States or Canada and proof of satisfactory completion of residency training are required.

For all human Research, IRB number and approval must be documented. Pre clinical animal research should be reviewed and approved mythe ACAR at funding institution.

Distribution of Funds
Awards will be paid to the sponsoring institution (medical school, hospital, university).  Awards can’t be paid directly to the successful applicant or mentor. Funds will be payable in two annual installments available for distribution on or about July 1, 2017 and January 1, 2018. The SMSNA Foundation does not withhold taxes from the stipends (i.e., federal withholding, social security, local or state taxes, etc.). It is the responsibility of the recipient to ensure that appropriate federal and local taxes are accounted for.

Allowable expenses include: research supplies, lab overhead expenses, statistical consultation, and logistical support for the assessment and care of research subjects or animals. All awards must be used for the direct expenses of the program and can’t be used to cover a salary for a position or activities that bill patient services.

Applicants are required to submit:

  • A completed application form by the specified deadline.
  • Biosketch and Career Plan (five-page limit)
  • Abstract (300 words limit)
  • A detailed description of the research question divided into 4 sections, addressing the specific aims of the research, the background of the problem being addressed, preliminary data, and an outline of the proposed investigation including potential alternatives and problems that may be encountered. (four-page limit)
  • A letter of support from a faculty mentor
  • Two additional letters of recommendation from SMS members.
  • Include a budget for the proposed study.
  • Provide documentation regarding other available funds (if any) supporting the proposed project, cosigned by the mentor.

Application Review and Selection Process
Applications are competitive and open to all relevant institutions and candidates in the geographic region of SMSNA and in the therapeutic are of Men’s Health. All applications will be evaluated by a peer review panel of expert physician-scientists and researchers - the SMSNA Fellowship and Residency Education Committee. All funding decisions must be approved by the Executive Committee of the SMSNA Foundation.

Completed applications should be sent to the SMSNA Executive Office (info@smsna.org).

Additional information available at http://www.smsna.org/V1/grants

American Psychological Foundation Visionary Grants

Deadline: April 1, 2017

The APF Visionary Grants seek to seed innovation through supporting research, education and intervention projects and programs that use psychology to solve social problems in the following priority areas:

  • Understanding and fostering the connection between behavior and physical health to ensure well-being.
  • Reducing stigma and prejudice to promote unity and harmony.
  • Understanding and preventing violence to create a safer, more humane world.
  • Supporting programs that address the long-term psychological needs of individuals and communities in the aftermath of disaster. 

One-year grants are available in amounts of up to $20,000.

Eligibility:

Applicants must:

  • Be a graduate student or early career researcher (no more than 10 years postdoctoral).
  • Be affiliated with a nonprofit charitable, educational or scientific institution, or governmental entity operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.
  • Have demonstrated competence and capacity to execute the proposed work.

APF will not consider the following requests for grants to support:

  • Political or lobbying purposes.
  • Entertainment or fundraising expenses.
  • Anyone the Internal Revenue Service would regard as a disqualified group or individual.
  • Localized direct service.
  • Conference/workshop expenses.

IRB approval must be received from host institution before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved.

For more information and to apply go to http://www.apa.org/apf/funding/visionary.aspx

Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation Faculty/Post-Doctoral Grant Program (Fahs-Beck Fellows)

Grants of up to $20,000 are available to help support the research of faculty members or post-doctoral researchers affiliated with non-profit human service organizations in the United States and Canada. Areas of interest to the Fund are: studies to develop, refine, evaluate, or disseminate innovative interventions designed to prevent or ameliorate major social, psychological, behavioral or public health problems affecting children, adults, couples, families, or communities, or studies that have the potential for adding significantly to knowledge about such problems. The research for which funding is requested must focus on the United States or Canada or on a comparison between the United States or Canada and one or more other countries.

Faculty/Post-Doctoral Research Grant Guidelines

Faculty/Post-Doctoral Research Grant Application

Proposals for both programs are considered twice a year with deadlines of April 1 and November 1.

Click HERE to download a one-page PDF-format flyer describing the two grant programs.
(This flyer may be duplicated and distributed, or posted along with other funding opportunity notices.)

Additional information available at http://www.fahsbeckfund.org/grant_programs.html#contact

Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Research, Publications, and Educational Grants

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art offers a variety of Fellowships (for individuals) and Grants (for institutions and individuals) twice a year in a strictly timetabled schedule.  The programme supports scholarship, academic research and the dissemination of knowledge in the field of British art and architectural history from the medieval period to the present, although all supported topics must have an historical perspective. 

We do not offer fellowships and grants in the fields of archaeology, the current practice of architecture or the performing arts. We have no discretionary funds outside our stated programme.

Our Advisory Council meets to decide on the awards in March (for the Spring round) and in October (for the Autumn round). Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within three weeks of the Advisory Council meeting.

How to Apply

We can only accept applications for our awards which are made through our online application system. There will be two application periods each year and these will open in August, for the Autumn round, and November, for the Spring round. The exact opening date of each application period will be announced on our website and social media.

Applications for the Spring round will close at midnight BST on 31 January (with deadline for receipt of references 10 February) each year.

Applications for the Autumn round will close at midnight BST on 30 September (with deadline for receipt of references 10 October) each year. 

Once the application period is closed we are unable to accept further applications for that round of awards.

To apply for an award access our online system at grants.paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk where you can see further information about our award categories and will be able to register with us and start the application process. You do not have to complete your application in one go, but will be able to return to your form and submit your application when you are satisfied with it.

For most categories of award we will ask for the name and email address of one or two referees. Once you submit your application we will send an email to your referees asking them to log-in to the system and complete their references for your application. Our Advisory Council meets to decide on the awards in March and October. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within three weeks of the Advisory Council meeting. You will receive a decision by the end of March or the end of October depending on the round in which you apply.

Please go to http://www.paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk/fellowships-and-grants/procedure/?/17/ for application and additional information.

Autism Science Foundation 2016 Research Accelerator Grants

Applications Due: April 3, 2017

Introduction
The Autism Science Foundation invites applications for its Research Accelerator Grants. These grants are designed to expand the scope, speed the progress or increase the efficiency and improve final product dissemination of active autism research grants.

Awards
Autism Science Foundation will make a number of Awards determined by its available financial resources. The term of the award cannot exceed the IRB approval period on the underlying grant.

Grants of up to $5000 are available to enhance, expand and enrich grants currently funded by other sources (including ASF). Staff salary may be covered by this award. All projects must have prior IRB approval. No portion of these funds shall be used to cover indirect university costs.

For additional information and to apply go to http://autismsciencefoundation.org/what-we-fund/apply-for-a-research-accelerator-grant/

Elsa U. Pardee Foundation

Grants average ~$175,000, up to 15% overhead

Due June 1, October 1 and Feb. 1

The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation funds research to investigators in United States non-profit institutions proposing research directed toward identifying new treatments or cures for cancer. The Foundation particularly encourages grant applications for a one year period which will allow establishment of capabilities of new cancer researchers, or new cancer approaches by established cancer researchers. It is anticipated that this early stage funding by the Foundation may lead to subsequent and expanded support using government agency funding. Project relevance to cancer detection, treatment, or cure should be clearly identified. By design, there are no limits set on the grant amount that can be requested. It must be reasonably and clearly supported by the scope of the project outlined in the application.

For more information, visit: http://www.pardeefoundation.org/grants.aspx

 

National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32)

Complete details can be found online at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-149.html

 

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

Submit an application if you are a researcher from abroad with above average qualifications, at the beginning of your academic career and only completed your doctorate in the last four years. A Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers allows you to carry out long-term research (6-24 months) in Germany. Applicants choose their own topic of research and their academic host.

Scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines may apply to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation directly at any time. The Humboldt Foundation grants approximately 500 Humboldt Research Fellowships for postdoctoral researchers and experienced researchers annually. Short-term study visits, participation in congresses and training courses cannot be financed.

To apply, please only use the application form which can be downloaded here.

Applications may be sent to the following address at any time:

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Selection Department,
Jean-Paul-Str. 12, 53173 Bonn, Germany

The complete application should be submitted to the Humboldt Foundation at least four to seven months ahead of the prospective selection date.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Clifford G. Shull Fellowship

Description

The Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites applications for the Clifford G. Shull Fellowship Program. This postdoctoral Fellowship Program, named for the 1994 Nobel Prize winner in Physics, is aimed at attracting outstanding early career researchers to continue on a path of scientific excellence while substantially contributing to ORNL and U.S Department of Energy missions and goals. The Shull Fellowship is open to all fields of science and engineering that utilize neutron techniques and/or advance neutron science including the physical, chemical, materials, biological, and medical sciences.

Qualifications Required

A PhD. in condensed matter physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering, biology, or related field is required. Previous experience in neutron or X-ray scattering is highly desired; however, outstanding candidates possessing related expertise are also encouraged to apply. Strong written and oral communication skills as evidenced by a significant publication record and the desire to work in a team environment on scientifically challenging problems are essential.

The candidate must have completed their Ph.D. before his or her agreed upon start date. Qualified candidates must have received their Ph.D. no more than three years before the application submission date. Candidates should not have previously held more than one postdoctoral appointment. Current ORNL postdoctoral appointees and staff members cannot be considered.

In addition to a CV, to complete the application, those interested must submit three letters of recommendation and a short (2-3 page) statement of research specifically describing the role that neutron scattering will play in achieving their research goals. Letters of recommendation and research statements can be sent via email.

For questions regarding the Shull Fellowship, you may contact Steve Cherry.

Additional information available at http://neutrons.ornl.gov/shull

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Scholarships, Fellowships, Internships, and Research Participation Programs

ORISE offers hundreds of science education experiences at national laboratories and federal agencies

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) administers a broad range of internships, scholarships, fellowships and research experiences. These programs are available to science and engineering students and educators at every academic level from K-12, to college students and postdocs, to university faculty members.

ORISE programs include research experiences at Department of Energy national laboratories as well as other federal agencies with research facilities located across the country as well some positions outside the United States.

To find the program or position best suited to your needs and experience, start by choosing the academic classification below that best matches your current status by going to http://orise.orau.gov/science-education/internships-scholarships-fellowships/default.aspx