Discovery Research PreK-12 Program Solicitation

National Science Foundation

Directorate for Education & Human Resources
Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):

November 14, 2017

November 14, 2018

Synopsis of Program:

The Discovery Research PreK-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches. Projects in the DRK-12 program build on fundamental research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Projects should result in research-informed and field-tested outcomes and products that inform teaching and learning. Teachers and students who participate in DRK-12 studies are expected to enhance their understanding and use of STEM content, practices and skills.

The DRK-12 program invites proposals that address immediate challenges that are facing preK-12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate radically different structures and functions of preK-12 teaching and learning. The DRK-12 program has three major research and development strands: (1) Assessment; (2) Learning; and (3) Teaching. The program recognizes the synergy among the three strands and that there is some overlap and interdependence among them. However, proposals should identify a clear focus of the proposed research efforts (i.e., assessment, learning, or teaching) consistent with the proposal’s main objectives and research questions. The program supports five types of projects: (1) Exploratory, (2) Design and Development, (3) Impact, (4) Implementation and Improvement, and (5) Conferences and Syntheses. All five types of projects apply to each of the three DRK-12 program strands.

Proposal Preparation Instructions

  • Letters of Intent: Not required
  • Preliminary Proposal Submission: Not required
  • Full Proposals:

Announcement of an Effort to Expand the NSF INCLUDES National Network

National Science Founation welcomes three types of proposals:

EAGER Proposals should produce findings and results that will generate new insights for the NSF INCLUDES National Network, suggest potential strategies for engaging NSF’s existing broadening participation activities in the Network and/or highlight lessons learned that could inform the NSF INCLUDES Launch Pilots and Alliances as they develop. EAGERs are encouraged that:

  1. Conduct research on the implementation and impact of strategies to improve specific problems of diversity and inclusion in STEM, especially strategies focused on expanding networks and scaling effective innovations. Studies should be grounded in the relevant social science, behavioral science, economic, or education research theories or frameworks, apply appropriate methods, and further the evidence-based research (e.g., the science of broadening participation) that illustrates the efficacy of the various approaches, especially collective impact-style approaches; or
  2. Examine strategies being used in projects in the existing NSF broadening participation portfolio. For example, research could examine the implementation, impact, network expansion, and scaling of change strategies used in NSF-funded projects within the NSF INCLUDES portfolio of Design and Development Launch Pilots, or projects funded through such programs as ADVANCE, the Broadening Participation in Computing Alliances, the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation(LSAMP), Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), and Math and Science Partnership, or the outreach activities of NSF research centers and large facilities aimed at broadening participation. Research could explore how strategies such as collective impact or networked improvement communities are being used to address the challenge of broadening participation in STEM.

Conference proposals to:

  1. Link to the NSF INCLUDES National Network the knowledge and results from the NSF broadening participation portfolio of programs and projects, and from NSF center-scale activities (e.g., Science and Technology Centers and Engineering Research Centers, among others), or other major Foundation investments, and encourage new opportunities for collaboration across the network;
  2. Generate novel ideas for how new and existing collaborations and organizations can help shape opportunities for connecting to the NSF INCLUDES National Network;
  3. Communicate research findings from the science of broadening participation research community to the NSF INCLUDES National Network, especially as these pertain to new efforts to translate basic research into practice; or
  4. Provide a platform for new collaborations within the NSF INCLUDES National Network to discuss the development of shared goals, common metrics, and mutually reinforcing activities.

Supplemental funding requests to:

  1. Create opportunities among currently-funded NSF projects, including NSF broadening participation projects, with the goal to build a collaborative infrastructure for broadening participation in NSF-funded research activities;
  2. Provide seed money for experiments in using effective strategies to further broadening participation goals through collaborative change;
  3. Develop linkages between current activities and NSF INCLUDES-funded Design and Development Launch Pilots, including adoption of common goals, shared measures, and mutually reinforcing activities; or
  4. Generate new ideas for bringing a community of NSF-funded projects into the NSF INCLUDES National Network.

Submission Deadlines and Special Instructions

There are two submission deadlines for funding requests in response to this Dear Colleague Letter. Before submitting EAGER or Conference proposals, eligible Principal Investigator(s) should email nsfincludes@nsf.gov with a one-page description of their project to determine suitability for this NSF INCLUDES Dear Colleague Letter and the appropriate deadline for the proposals. Any of the types of requests encouraged in this Dear Colleague Letter can be submitted to either deadline.

  • November 13, 2017
  • April 16, 2018

Funding requests for EAGERs and Conferences should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the guidance in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG): https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=pappg. EAGERs may request up to $300,000 for two years. Conference proposals may be up to $250,000 for up to two years. EAGERs and Conference proposals should be submitted to NSF INCLUDES in the Human Resource Development (HRD) division.

Supplements from PIs of existing grants, other than current NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilots, in any directorate are welcome. Eligible supplements must have the potential to enhance both the Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts of the existing project. Projects must have an end date beyond September 30, 2018. Eligible Principal Investigator(s) contact their cognizant Program Director(s) and an NSF INCLUDES team member to discuss their request for supplemental support prior to submitting to NSF. The amount requested for supplemental support must be less than 20% of the original award amount, with direct costs not to exceed $200,000. Funding is dependent on the availability of funds. Supplemental funding requests should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the guidance in the NSF PAPPG, Part II: Award and Administration Guide, Chapter I.E.4: https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=pappg.

More information available here: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17111/nsf17111.jsp

NIHB Funding Opportunity for Public Health Accreditation

Applications Due September 1, 2017
 
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are pleased to announce a new funding cycle for the Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative (Tribal ASI).
WHAT IS TRIBAL ASI? Tribal ASI is a funding and technical assistance program offered by NIHB to eligible Tribal entities to accomplish objectives toward meeting the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) Standards and Measures in order to achieve public health accreditation.
WHY DO TRIBES CHOOSE TO SEEK PUBLIC HEALTH ACCREDITATION?

Tribes have identified the following benefits to public health accreditation efforts:
  • Credibility
  • Improved Quality of Services
  • Improved Health of the Community
  • Staff Pride
  • Improved State and Local Relations
  • Population Health Protection Assurances
  • Sovereignty
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR TRIBAL ASI? Official health entities of federally recognized Tribal governments, Tribal organization, or inter-Tribal consortiums, as defined in the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, as amended.
HOW MUCH FUNDING IS AVAILABLE? Up to $10,500 is available to each awardee.
BEGINNER COHORT NEW THIS YEAR! There will be a separate funding category for Tribal entities new to public health accreditation who wish to explore, in-depth, the potential of achieving public health accreditation with the option of taking the first steps on a path toward achieving such accreditation.  The Beginner Cohort will receive training, form a team, conduct a self-assessment and devise a plan for moving forward.
WHAT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE (TA) FOR PUBLIC HEALTH ACCREDITATION IS PROVIDED?NIHB conducts monthly one-on-one TA for awardees, national webinars, training opportunities at NIHB national conferences, a monthly Tribal Accreditation Learning Community (TALC), and networking with other Tribal, national and regional resources.
HOW CAN FUNDS BE SPENT? Acceptable uses: Staff wages, Supplies, Equipment, Training, Travel, Printing, Media, Meeting Expenses, Incentives, Consultants
WHAT TYPE OF PROJECTS WILL THE ASI AWARD FUND? Some of the projects that have been funded in the past by ASI funds include developing and implementing:
Community Health Assessments ● Community Health Improvement Plans ● Workforce Development Plans ● Performance Management Systems ● Quality Improvement Plans ● Departmental Strategic Plans ● Documentation Review/Mock Site Visits ● Self-Assessments ●  Stakeholder and Community Engagement Activities
Work toward any of the PHAB domains will be considered as well as other activities related to public health accreditation readiness. See the PHAB Standards and Measures v1.5 for domain descriptions.www.phaboard.org
The request for applications (RFA) can be downloaded, completed as a Word document, then turned into a PDF for submission. Completed applications are due to NIHB via email by Friday, September 1, 2017, by11:59pm Eastern Time.   

Kellogg Foundation Awards $24 Million to Fight Racism

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) initiative to fight racism  recently announced $24 million in grants to 14 organizations in communities throughout the U.S. While this is not the first time Kellogg has forayed into the subject of race, when it started the design phase of its current initiative in January of last year, the election of Donald Trump to the presidency still seemed far-fetched to many. Now we are fighting (or, in some cases, cheering) a government-sanctioned travel ban based on religion, demonization of immigrants, and an increase in white-supremacist hate crimes.

*Learn more here: https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2017/07/05/kellogg-foundation-awards-24-million-fight-racism-u-s/?utm_content=57206678&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook

Native Voices Rising

Native Voices Rising (NVR) provides general operating support grants to strengthen Native-led organizations in the United States. This grantmaking collaborative between Native Americans in Philanthropy and the Common Counsel Foundation is designed to support organizing, advocacy and civic engagement in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. To-date a total of nearly $410,000 has been awarded to 43 grassroots Native community organizations that are involved in a organizing and advocacy.

Previous grantees are collectively engaging thousands of community members across ten states. They focus on a wide range of critical issues, from human and civil rights, to reproductive justice, environmental health and sacred sites protection. Past NVR grantees had a significant presence at Standing Rock, advocating against the Dakota Access pipeline for the protection of land, water, and the recognition of Native sovereignty.

NVR is open until AUGUST 2, 2017 for applications by Native-led groups with a membership base in the community that have a leadership development program and seek to take collective action to win progressive social change.

Please share with your network! Donors that would like to add funds to this years pool can contribute online or contact Common Counsel Foundation at info@commoncounsel.org. Grantees can find more information and apply at www.NativeVoicesRising.org. NVR will make grants of up to $10,000 to support grassroots organizing led by Native communities.

Funding opportunity from the Office of Minority Health

Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiatives

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) is accepting applications for a cooperative agreement to reduce the impact of significant health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities and/or disadvantaged populations by implementing evidence-based strategies. The program aims to serve residents in communities disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic, childhood/adolescent obesity, and serious mental health disorders. OMH expects to fund as many as 16 cooperative agreements with up to $350,000 per year for up to three years.

Application Deadline: August 1, 2017 

Funding Opportunity!

Regional Partnership Grants to Increase the Well-Being of, and to Improve the Permanency Outcomes for, Children Affected by Substance Abuse in American Indian/Alaska Native Communities

Application Deadline: July 10, 2017

URLhttps://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-CU-1230

Funding for collaborative regional partnerships that provide activities and services designed to increase the well-being, improve permanency outcomes, and enhance the safety of children and families experiencing substance use disorders in American Indian/Alaska native communities. Sponsors: Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

For programmatic or technical questions: Jean Blankenship, jean.blankenship@acf.hhs.gov

For grants management or budget questions: Bridget Shea Westfall, bridget.sheawestfall@acf.hhs.gov

Upcoming NSF Funding Opportunities

The NSF ITEST solicitation is now open.

Synopsis of ITEST Program:
As the nation continues to expand the horizon of opportunities and possibilities through advances in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the need for a more diverse and well-prepared STEM workforce is also expanding1. The challenge of preparing citizens for the expanding workforce and the changing workplace environments calls for new innovations in STEM education2. ITEST is a research and development program that supports projects to promote PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the STEM and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. The ITEST program supports research on the design, development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in technology-rich experiences that: (1) increase student awareness of STEM occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to STEM occupations; or (3) develop disciplinary-based knowledge and practices, or promote critical thinking, reasoning skills, or communication skills needed for entering STEM workforce sectors.

http://mailchi.mp/edc/stelar-announcement-2017-nsf-itest-solicitation-now-available?e=c9457926f6

If interested, you may find the proposal preparation materials that are here useful:

http://stelar.edc.org/

Training Grant Opportunity for Small Business & Construction Trades

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) – Office of Skills Development (OSD) will be releasing Grant Program Announcements (GPAs) under Governor Walker’s Wisconsin Fast Forward(WFF) initiative for both Small Business Occupations and Construction Trades and Related Occupations.

Wisconsin employers and workforce partners are encouraged to start preparing innovative and collaborative customized training grant applications. Grantees may be awarded up to $400,000 to upskill construction trades and related occupations and up to $50,000 to upskill workers in small business settings.

Application details follow:

Worker Training Grants for:
– Small Business Occupations
– Construction Trades and Related Occupations

Grant Applications Open: June 09, 2017
Deadline to Apply: June 30, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Governor Walker’s WFF program was approved with overwhelming bipartisan support from lawmakers in 2013 to address the skills gap through grants to employers for customized skills training to fill current job openings and ongoing skill requirements. DWD has awarded over $18 million in WFF grant contracts to date, supporting nearly 200 worker training projects that are benefitting hundreds of businesses and thousands of trainees across the state. To learn more about WFF-funded worker training projects, please review grant award summaries.

Please contact OSD with questions regarding the WFF GPAs.

Native Students Travel Scholarships

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is accepting applications from American Indian (AI) and Alaska Native (AN) students in the science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields to attend the Annual Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) being held in Philadelphia, PA from October 21-24, 2017. NIJ is seeking to sponsor five (5) undergraduate or graduate students. These students will have the opportunity to interact with criminal justice scientists and practitioners and attend panel discussions on the most urgent issues facing communities and innovative, evidence-based solutions.

As NIJ is committed to uniting STEM research and criminal justice, and advancing diverse perspectives about persistent crime problems across a broad range of demographics and disciplines, we look forward to implementing this new program. Applications are due June 30, 2017. Please share this information with anyone who might be interested in applying.

For more information on this opportunity go to:

For more information on NIJ’s research portfolios go to: