Allstate Foundation Youth Empowerment Grants

"The Foundation will grant $3M across the following two focus areas:
Focus Area 1: Relationship Violence Prevention Programs
Focus Area 2: Inclusive Leadership Programs for Youth and Educators
The Inclusive Leadership Programs for Youth and Educators focus area will support the following: 1) service-learning programs that enable youth to engage in community activities that increase their capacity to be inclusive leaders, develop a sense of collective responsibility, and take action for social change and racial equity; 2) positive youth development programs that empower youth to reach their full potential as leaders who promote equity and inclusion within their learning environments and communities; and 3) professional development programs for educators to improve their culturally responsive teaching practices that result in safe, affirming, and equitable learning environments in which all youth are able to thrive.

Grants of $25,000 to $100,000 for a 12-month period and up to $200,000 for a 24-month period will be awarded. Full proposals invited to submit by Oct 22."
Applicants must be 501c3 organizations. Contact Aaron Shonk, Director, Foundation Services, for more information.

Pre-application Due: September 17, 2021

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood: Early Childhood Research Grants

"The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood is an incubator of promising research and development projects that appear likely to improve the welfare of young children, from infancy through 7 years, in the United States. Welfare is broadly defined to include physical and mental health, safety, nutrition, education, play, familial support, acculturation, societal integration and childcare.Grants are only made if a successful project outcome will likely be of significant interest to other professionals, within the grantee’s field of endeavor, and would have a direct benefit and potential national application. The Foundation’s goal is to provide seed money to implement those imaginative proposals that exhibit the greatest chance of improving the lives of young children, on a national scale. Because of the Foundation’s limited funding capability, it seeks to maximize a grant's potential impact."

Contact Aaron Shonk, Director, Foundation Services, for more information.

LOI Due September 30, 2021

Chambers Family Foundation Grant

"The Foundation gives priority to projects and programs targeted by members of the Chambers Family Foundation in the fields of arts, education, medical, health, and human needs in Oregon’s Lane, Benton and Deschutes Counties. 

The Foundation will consider those projects with the greatest potential for furthering Foundation values and for benefiting the community."

Contact Aaron Shonk, Director, Foundation Services, for more information.

Due: September 30, 2021

Frances R. Dewing Foundation Grant

"The Frances R. Dewing Foundation supports innovation in early childhood education. Emphasis is placed on new, untried or unusual projects and programs that if successful could have a snowball or ripple effect benefiting the larger educational or local community. Generally such projects and programs need seed money to develop and try new educational methods and tools. The foundation provides seed money in the form of small grants, generally ranging from $1000 to $25,000. The foundation prefers to provide a significant portion of any project it funds. Rarely do trustees fund a project for more than three years, with the assumption that the grantee will use that time to find additional sources of funding for long-term sustainability."

Contact Aaron Shonk, Director, Foundation Services, for more information.

Due: October 1, 2021

Identification of Positive Valence System Related Targets for Novel Suicide Prevention Approaches (R01 - Clinical Trial Optional)

"This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications for research projects that will advance translational research to better understand risk and resilience for suicide in the context of the NIMH Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) framework, specifically the Positive Valence Systems (PVS) domain, and lead to novel interventions. The projects should focus on the identification of novel behavioral or neurobiological intervention targets for the treatment of suicidality. NIMH is particularly interested in the role of PVS deficits in suicidal thoughts and behaviors, identification of unique subtypes by behavior and neural circuitry, and associations between PVS-related subtypes and other RDoC domains in relation to suicidality."

Due: October 5, 2021

Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12)

"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 six types of projects: (1) Exploratory, (2) Design and Development, (3) Impact, (4) Implementation and Improvement, (5) Syntheses, and (6) Conferences. All six types of projects apply to each of the three DRK-12 program strands."

Due: October 6, 2021

EHR Core Research (ECR:Core)

The EHR Core Research (ECR) program offers this ECR:Core solicitation and invites proposals for fundamental research (curiosity-driven basic research and use-inspired basic research) that contributes to the general, explanatory knowledge that underlies STEM education in one or more of the three broadly conceived Research Areas: Research on STEM Learning and Learning Environments, Research on Broadening Participation in STEM fields, and Research on STEM Workforce Development. Within this framework, the ECR program supports a wide range of fundamental STEM education research activities, aimed at learners of all groups and ages in formal and informal settings.

Fundamental research generates knowledge and understanding with the potential for broad relevance. The potential implications of ECR fundamental research for improving STEM education practice may be indirect and long-term rather than direct and immediate. Moreover, whether they include basic or use-inspired basic research, all successful ECR:Core proposals focus on the advancement or refinement of foundational knowledge for STEM education.

The amount of funding and duration requested in proposals submitted to the ECR:Core solicitation should align with the maturity of the proposed work and the size and scope of the empirical effort. The solicitation has three levels of funding with a range of budget sizes, and proposals may request a duration of 3 to 5 years for any level: (1) Level I proposals may request up to $500,000; (2) Level II proposals may request up to $1,500,000; (3) Level III proposals may request up to $2,500,000. All proposals should justify the level of funding and duration in the project description.

Due: October 7, 2021

FY 21 Department of Navy (DON) Science,Technology, Engineering & Mathematic (STEM), Education and Workforce Program

"The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving a broad range of proposals for augmenting existing and/or developing innovative solutions that directly maintain, and/or cultivate a diverse, world-class Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce to maintain the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’ technological superiority. The goal of proposed efforts must provide solutions that establish, build, and/or maintain STEM educational pathways of U.S. citizens directly relevant to the needs of Department of Navy’s (DON) current and future workforce.

As the capacity of the DON Science and Technology (S&T) workforce is interconnected with the STEM education system, DON recognizes the need to support efforts that can jointly improve STEM student outcomes and align educational and outreach efforts with Naval S&T current and future workforce needs. This announcement explicitly encourages programs that improve the capacity of education systems and communities to create impactful STEM educational experiences for students of all ages and the naval related workforce. Programs must aim to increase engagement in naval relevant STEM, and enhance the corresponding skills, knowledge, and abilities of participants. ONR encourages applicants to utilize current STEM educational research for informing program design and advancing STEM careers and opportunities of naval relevance."

Due: October 8, 2021

Racial Equity in STEM Education

"Persistent racial injustices and inequalities in the United States have led to renewed concern and interest in addressing systemic racism.  The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) seeks to support bold, ground-breaking, and potentially transformative projects addressing systemic racism in STEM. Proposals should advance racial equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development through research (both fundamental and applied) and practice.  Core to this funding opportunity is that proposals are led by, or developed and led in authentic partnership with, individuals and communities most impacted by the inequities caused by systemic racism.  The voices, knowledge, and experiences of those who have been impacted by enduring racial inequities should be at the center of these proposals, including in, for example:   project leadership and research positions, conceptualization of the proposal, decision-making processes, and the interpretation and dissemination of evidence and research results. The proposed work should provide positive outcomes for the individuals and communities engaged and should recognize peoples’ humanity, experiences, and resilience. Proposals need to consider systemic barriers to opportunities and benefits, and how these barriers impact access to, retention in, and success in STEM education, research, and workforce development. Competitive proposals will be clear with respect to how the work advances racial equity and addresses systemic racism, as these constructs may have different meanings in different settings.  

Proposals should articulate a rigorous plan to generate knowledge through research (both fundamental and applied) and practice, such as, but not limited to: 

  • building theory;  
  • developing methods; 
  • testing approaches and interventions;  
  • assessing the potential, efficacy, effectiveness, and scalability of approaches and interventions;  
  • establishing, cultivating and assessing authentic partnerships; 
  • changing institutional, organizational, and structural practices and policies; and/or  
  • focusing on affective, behavioral, cultural, social components, and implications. 

Contexts may include, but are not limited to: preK-12, two- and four-year undergraduate, and graduate institutions; municipal organizations; STEM workplaces; and informal STEM contexts, such as museums, community organizations, and media. 

In addition, proposals should include a dissemination plan to proactively share what is learned with individuals and communities most impacted, as well as relevant leaders, policy makers, and other stakeholders."

Due: October 12, 2021

ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (ADVANCE)

The NSF ADVANCE program contributes to the National Science Foundation's goal of a more diverse and capable science and engineering workforce.1 In this solicitation, the NSF ADVANCE program seeks to build on prior NSF ADVANCE work and other research and literature concerning gender, racial, and ethnic equity. The NSF ADVANCE program goal is to broaden the
implementation of evidence-based systemic change strategies that promote equity for STEM2 faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. The NSF ADVANCE program provides grants to enhance the systemic factors that support equity and inclusion and to mitigate the systemic factors that create inequities in the academic profession and workplaces. Systemic (or organizational) inequities may exist in areas such as policy and practice as well as in organizational culture and climate. For example, practices in academic departments that result in the inequitable allocation of service or teaching assignments may impede research productivity, delay advancement, and create a culture of differential treatment and rewards. Similarly, policies and procedures that do not mitigate implicit bias in hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions could lead to women and racial and ethnic minorities being evaluated less favorably, perpetuating historical under-participation in STEM academic careers and contributing to an academic climate that is not inclusive.
All NSF ADVANCE proposals are expected to use intersectional approaches in the design of systemic change strategies in recognition that gender, race and ethnicity do not exist in isolation from each other and from other categories of social identity. The solicitation includes four funding tracks: Institutional Transformation (IT), Adaptation, Partnership, and Catalyst, in support of the NSF ADVANCE program goal to broaden the implementation of systemic strategies that promote equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession.

  • The Institutional Transformation (IT) track is designed to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative systemic change strategies that promote gender equity for STEM faculty within an institution of higher education.
  • The Adaptation track is designed to support the work to adapt, implement, and evaluate evidence-based systemic change strategies that have been shown to promote gender equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. Adaptation projects can either: 1) support the adaptation of evidence-based systemic change strategies to promote equity for STEM faculty within an institution of higher education; or 2) facilitate national or regional STEM disciplinary transformation by adapting evidence-based systemic change strategies to non-profit, non-academic organizations.
  • The Partnership track is designed to support the work to facilitate the broader adaptation of gender equity and systemic change strategies. Partnership projects are expected to result in national or regional transformation in STEM academic workplaces and the academic profession and demonstrate significant reach. Partnership projects can focus on the transformation of institutions and organizations and/or the transformation within one or more STEM disciplines.
  • The Catalyst track is designed to broaden the types of IHEs that are able to undertake data collection and institutional self-assessment work to identify systemic gender inequities impacting their STEM faculty so that these can be addressed by the institution.

LOI Due: November 8, 2021

Spencer Foundation Research-Practice Partnerships: Collaborative research for educational change

"The Research-Practice Partnership (RPP) Grants Program is intended to support education research projects that engage in collaborative and participatory partnerships with project budgets up to $400,000 and durations of up to three years. We accept Intent to Apply forms once a year in this program.

We view partnerships as an important approach to knowledge generation and the improvement of education, broadly construed. Over the long term, we anticipate that research conducted by RPPs will result in new insights into the processes, practices, and policies that improve education for learners, educators, schools, universities, families, and communities."

Contact Elizabeth O'Campo, Associate Director, Foundation Services, for more information.

LOI Due: Nov 10, 2021

Domestic Public Policy Research

"The Searle Freedom Trust was founded by Daniel C. Searle in 1998 to foster research and education on public policy issues that affect individual freedom and economic liberty. Through its grant-making, the foundation seeks to develop solutions to the country’s most important and challenging domestic policy issues.

Recognizing that good policymaking relies on the availability of high-quality research, the foundation invests primarily in scholarship that results in the publication of books, journal articles, and policy papers. Funding is typically provided in the form of research grants, fellowships, and other types of targeted project support.

The Searle Freedom Trust also provides funding for public interest litigation and supports outreach to the public through a variety of forums, including sponsorship of research conferences and seminars, film and journalism projects, and new media initiatives.

With the foundation’s assistance, university and think tank scholars investigate a wide range of issues, including:

       - Tax and budget policy
       - Cost-benefit analysis of regulatory practices and proposals
       - The workings of the legal system
       - Environmental policy
       - Social welfare reform
       - K-12 and higher education policy

It is the foundation’s policy not to support unspecified overhead costs associated with university research projects."

Contact Aaron Shonk, Director, Foundation Services, for more information.

Est. Due: December 4, 2021

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) - Engaged Student Learning Level 3

"The fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) hold much promise as sectors of the economy where we can expect to see continuous vigorous growth in the coming decades. STEM job creation is expected to outpace non-STEM job creation significantly, according to the Commerce Department, reflecting the importance of STEM knowledge to the US economy.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) plays a leadership role in developing and implementing efforts to enhance and improve STEM education in the United States. Through the NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) initiative, the agency continues to make a substantial commitment to the highest caliber undergraduate STEM education through a Foundation-wide framework of investments. The IUSE: EHR is a core NSF STEM education program that seeks to promote novel, creative, and transformative approaches to generating and using new knowledge about STEM teaching and learning to improve STEM education for undergraduate students. The program is open to application from all institutions of higher education and associated organizations. NSF places high value on educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate public. In pursuit of this goal, IUSE: EHR supports projects that seek to bring recent advances in STEM knowledge into undergraduate education, that adapt, improve, and incorporate evidence-based practices into STEM teaching and learning, and that lay the groundwork for institutional improvement in STEM education. In addition to innovative work at the frontier of STEM education, this program also encourages replication of research studies at different types of institutions and with different student bodies to produce deeper knowledge about the effectiveness and transferability of findings.

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."

Due: December 7, 2021

Sociology

"The Sociology Program supports basic research on all forms of human social organization -- societies, institutions, groups, and demography -- and processes of individual and institutional change. The Program encourages theoretically focused empirical investigations aimed at improving the explanation of fundamental social processes. Included is research on organizations and organizational behavior, population dynamics, social movements, social groups, labor force participation, stratification and mobility, family, social networks, socialization, gender, race, and the sociology of science and technology. The Program supports both original data collections and secondary data analysis that use the full range of quantitative and qualitative methodological tools. Theoretically grounded projects that offer methodological innovations and improvements for data collection and analysis are also welcomed. "

Due: January 17, 2022

Developmental Sciences  (DS)

"DS supports basic research that increases our understanding of cognitive, linguistic, social, cultural, and biological processes related to human development across the lifespan. Research supported by this program will add to our knowledge of the underlying developmental processes that support social, cognitive, and behavioral functioning, thereby illuminating ways for individuals to live productive lives as members of society.

DS supports research that addresses developmental processes within the domains of cognitive, social, emotional, and motor development across the lifespan by working with any appropriate populations for the topics of interest including infants, children, adolescents, adults, and non-human animals. The program also supports research investigating factors that affect developmental change including family, peers, school, community, culture, media, physical, genetic, and epigenetic influences. Additional priorities include research that: incorporates multidisciplinary, multi-method, microgenetic, and longitudinal approaches; develops new methods, models, and theories for studying development; includes participants from a range of ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and cultures; and integrates different processes (e.g., memory, emotion, perception, cognition), levels of analysis (e.g., behavioral, social, neural), and time scales. "

Due: January 17, 2022

Linguistics

"The Linguistics Program supports basic science in the domain of human language, encompassing investigations of the grammatical properties of individual human languages, and of natural language in general. Research areas include syntax, semantics, morphology, phonetics, and phonology.

The program encourages projects that are interdisciplinary in methodological or theoretical perspective, and that address questions that cross disciplinary boundaries, such as (but not limited to):

  • What are the psychological processes involved in the production, perception, and comprehension of language?
  • What are the computational properties of language and/or the language processor that make fluent production, incremental comprehension or rapid learning possible?
  • How do the acoustic and physiological properties of speech inform our theories of natural language and/or language processing?
  • What role does human neurobiology play in shaping the various grammatical properties of language? 
  • How does language develop in natural learning contexts across the life-span?
  • What social and cultural factors underlie language variation and change?

Because NSF's mandate is to support basic research, the Linguistics Program does not fund research that takes as its primary goal improved clinical practice or applied policy, nor does it support work to develop or assess pedagogical methods or tools for language instruction."

Due: January 17, 2022

Social Psychology

"The Social Psychology Program at NSF supports research and research infrastructure to advance basic knowledge in social psychology. Projects funded by the Social Psychology Program support the NSF mission to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense. Proposals considered by the Social Psychology Program must communicate both the intellectual merit of the science and its broader societal impacts.

Proposed research should carry strong potential for creating transformative advances in the basic understanding of human social behavior.  Among the many research topics supported are: social cognition, attitudes, social and cultural influence, stereotypes, motivation, decision making, group dynamics, aggression, close relationships, social and affective neuroscience, social psychophysiology, emotions, prosocial behavior, health-related behavior, and personality and individual differences.  Proposals that develop new theories or methods for understanding social behavior are highly encouraged.  Research samples should represent substantial ranges of ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, and other dimensions of human populations.

Interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and convergent research approaches are encouraged."

Due: January 17, 2022

Advancing Informal STEM Learning

"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.

The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-Analyses, and (6) Conferences."

Due: January 18, 2022

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources-Engaged Student Learning and Institutional and Community Transformation Level 1

"The fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) hold much promise as sectors of the economy where we can expect to see continuous vigorous growth in the coming decades. STEM job creation is expected to outpace non-STEM job creation significantly, according to the Commerce Department, reflecting the importance of STEM knowledge to the US economy.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) plays a leadership role in developing and implementing efforts to enhance and improve STEM education in the United States. Through the NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) initiative, the agency continues to make a substantial commitment to the highest caliber undergraduate STEM education through a Foundation-wide framework of investments. The IUSE: EHR is a core NSF STEM education program that seeks to promote novel, creative, and transformative approaches to generating and using new knowledge about STEM teaching and learning to improve STEM education for undergraduate students. The program is open to application from all institutions of higher education and associated organizations. NSF places high value on educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate public. In pursuit of this goal, IUSE: EHR supports projects that seek to bring recent advances in STEM knowledge into undergraduate education, that adapt, improve, and incorporate evidence-based practices into STEM teaching and learning, and that lay the groundwork for institutional improvement in STEM education. In addition to innovative work at the frontier of STEM education, this program also encourages replication of research studies at different types of institutions and with different student bodies to produce deeper knowledge about the effectiveness and transferability of findings.

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.

For all the above objectives, the National Science Foundation invests primarily in evidence-based and knowledge-generating approaches to understand and improve STEM learning and learning environments, improve the diversity of STEM students and majors, and prepare STEM majors for the workforce. In addition to contributing to STEM education in the host institution(s), proposals should have the promise of adding more broadly to our understanding of effective teaching and learning practices."

Due: January 19, 2022

Science of Learning and Augmented Intelligence (SL)

"Science of Learning and Augmented Intelligence (SL) supports potentially transformative research that develops basic theoretical insights and fundamental knowledge about principles, processes and mechanisms of learning, and about augmented intelligence - how human cognitive function can be augmented through interactions with others, contextual variations, and technological advances.

The program supports research addressing learning in individuals and in groups, across a wide range of domains at one or more levels of analysis including: molecular/cellular mechanisms; brain systems; cognitive, affective, and behavioral processes; and social/cultural influences.

The program also supports research on augmented intelligence that clearly articulates principled ways in which human approaches to learning and related processes, such as in design, complex decision-making and problem-solving, can be improved through interactions with others, and/or the use of artificial intelligence in technology. These could include ways of using knowledge about human functioning to improve the design of collaborative technologies that have capabilities to learn to adapt to humans.

For both aspects of the program, there is special interest in collaborative and collective models of learning and/or intelligence that are supported by the unprecedented speed and scale of technological connectivity.  This includes emphasis on how people and technology working together in new ways and at scale can achieve more than either can attain alone. The program also seeks explanations for how the emergent intelligence of groups, organizations, and networks intersects with processes of learning, behavior and cognition in individuals.   

Projects that are convergent and/or interdisciplinary may be especially valuable in advancing basic understanding of these areas, but research within a single discipline or methodology is also appropriate. Connections between proposed research and specific technological, educational, and workforce applications will be considered as valuable broader impacts but are not necessarily central to the intellectual merit of proposed research. The program supports a variety of approaches including: experiments, field studies, surveys, computational modeling, and artificial intelligence/machine learning methods."

Due: January 19, 2022

Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA)

"The Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants (SPECA) program seeks to: (a) promote and strengthen secondary education and two-year postsecondary education in the food and agriculture sciences in order to help ensure the existence of a workforce in the United States that's qualified to serve the food and agriculture sciences system; and (b) promote complementary and synergistic linkages among secondary, two-year postsecondary, and higher education programs in the food and agriculture sciences in order to advance excellence in education and encourage more young Americans to pursue and complete a baccalaureate or higher degree in the food and agriculture sciences."

Due: February 4, 2022

Effectiveness of School-Based Health Centers to Advance Health Equity

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to support research that investigates the effectiveness of school-based health centers (SBHCs) as a health services care delivery model to address the needs of school-aged children from populations with health disparities (hence, underserved youth).

Due February 5, 2022

Racial Equity in STEM Education

"Persistent racial injustices and inequalities in the United States have led to renewed concern and interest in addressing systemic racism.  The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) seeks to support bold, ground-breaking, and potentially transformative projects addressing systemic racism in STEM. Proposals should advance racial equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development through research (both fundamental and applied) and practice.  Core to this funding opportunity is that proposals are led by, or developed and led in authentic partnership with, individuals and communities most impacted by the inequities caused by systemic racism.  The voices, knowledge, and experiences of those who have been impacted by enduring racial inequities should be at the center of these proposals, including in, for example:   project leadership and research positions, conceptualization of the proposal, decision-making processes, and the interpretation and dissemination of evidence and research results. The proposed work should provide positive outcomes for the individuals and communities engaged and should recognize peoples’ humanity, experiences, and resilience. Proposals need to consider systemic barriers to opportunities and benefits, and how these barriers impact access to, retention in, and success in STEM education, research, and workforce development. Competitive proposals will be clear with respect to how the work advances racial equity and addresses systemic racism, as these constructs may have different meanings in different settings.  

Proposals should articulate a rigorous plan to generate knowledge through research (both fundamental and applied) and practice, such as, but not limited to: 

  • building theory;  
  • developing methods; 
  • testing approaches and interventions;  
  • assessing the potential, efficacy, effectiveness, and scalability of approaches and interventions;  
  • establishing, cultivating and assessing authentic partnerships; 
  • changing institutional, organizational, and structural practices and policies; and/or  
  • focusing on affective, behavioral, cultural, social components, and implications. 

Contexts may include, but are not limited to: preK-12, two- and four-year undergraduate, and graduate institutions; municipal organizations; STEM workplaces; and informal STEM contexts, such as museums, community organizations, and media. 

In addition, proposals should include a dissemination plan to proactively share what is learned with individuals and communities most impacted, as well as relevant leaders, policy makers, and other stakeholders."

Due: March 22, 2022

Amgen Foundation Grants

"The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance excellence in science education to inspire the next generation of innovators, and invest in strengthening communities where Amgen staff members live and work. The Amgen Foundation carefully considers each grant application it receives, seeking out diverse organizations whose philosophies, objectives and approaches align with the Foundation goals and mission. The Foundation awards grants to local, regional, and international nonprofit organizations that are replicable, scalable and designed to have a lasting and meaningful effect in our communities. Grants should reflect Amgen's dedication to impacting lives in inspiring and innovative ways. Amgen Foundation grants range from $10,000 to multi-million dollar commitments...

- Science Education

The Foundation is committed to raising the value of science literacy on a national and local level. The areas given priority consideration within science education are:

  • Teacher quality and professional development in math and science: Comprehensive programs that enhance the quality of math and science teachers entering the classroom, and support teachers with meaningful professional-development opportunities that have a positive impact on student achievement
  • Pivotal hands-on science experience: Support programs that provide students and teachers with opportunities for hands-on, inquiry-based learning experiences that significantly impact students' excitement about science and scientific careers"

Contact Aaron Shonk, Director, Foundation Services, for more information.

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Anderson-Rogers Foundation- Social and Environmental Needs Grants

"The Anderson-Rogers Foundation makes grants to 501(c)(3) organizations that address a variety of social and environmental needs. The Foundation is particularly interested in funding programs in the following areas:
       - Reproductive and abortion rights
       - Access to contraception and sex education, particularly programs aimed at reducing teen pregnancy rates
       - Environmental education and activism, including programs to preserve and restore habitat and protect endangered
       animals
       - Promotion of environmentally sound agricultural practices and food systems
       - Promotion of humanist values and separation of church and state"

Contact Aaron Shonk, Director, Foundation Services, for more information.

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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation- Higher Learning Grant

"Higher Learning supports inclusive humanities education and diverse learning environments—spaces where the ideas that enrich our understanding of a complex world are created and elevated. 

We work with colleges, universities, and other organizations that embrace equity in higher learning, with a focus on historically underserved populations, including nontraditional and incarcerated students. Alongside our investment at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the work and health of core humanities fields, we offer robust support for paradigm-shifting interdisciplinary studies that are necessary to the evolution of those traditional disciplines.

With our partners, we support sharper critical thinking to create a generation who can help steer a more engaged, multivocal, and truly democratic society...

Prospective grantees should review program area guidelines before inquiring about grant support.  Inquiries concerning a proposed grant should be made through the Foundation's grantee portal, Fluxx.  If Foundation staff find that the proposed grant fits within the Foundation's grantmaking priorities, staff will invite a grant proposal through the portal.  Once invited, grantees should be prepared to work closely with program staff in refining the proposal, often through multiple drafts.  Based on the final proposal, program staff will determine whether to bring a grant recommendation to the Board of Trustees at one of its quarterly meetings (generally held in March, June, September, and December)."

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Arctic Social Sciences

"The Arctic Social Sciences Program (ASSP) encompasses all social sciences supported by NSF. These include, but are not limited to anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, linguistics, political science, psychology, science and technology studies, sociology, traditional knowledge and related subjects. Although unsolicited proposals in any of the social sciences mentioned above are welcome, areas of particular interest include culture and environment, resources and economic change, development of social and political institutions, ethnic (cultural) and regional identities, and knowledge systems. These five research areas are identified and explained in the report, Arctic Social Sciences: Opportunities in Arctic Research (Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, June 1999, Fairbanks, Alaska. Available through the Arctic Research Consortium at http://www.arcus.org). The Arctic Social Sciences Program especially encourages projects that are circumpolar and/or comparative; involve collaborations between researchers and those living in the Arctic; or form partnerships among disciplines, regions, researchers, communities, and/or students (K-12, undergraduate, or graduate). Dissertation research proposals will be accepted."

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Bayer USA Foundation- STEM Education and Workforce Development

"The Bayer USA Foundation is interested in hands-on, inquiry-based science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education programs and also initiatives that provide innovative solutions to encourage more female and minority students to pursue a career in STEM.

Proposal must have a national focus."

Contact Aaron Shonk, Director, Foundation Services, for more information.

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Charles Koch Foundation - Graduate Research Support

"Graduate students are the next generation of scholars and teachers whose exploration of key questions will inform solutions to the challenges of the day and prepare the students of the future.

The Charles Koch Foundation seeks to connect students and scholars to the resources they need to explore these diverse ideas and solutions and welcomes research and travel grant proposals from  doctoral students. Proposals from all disciplines will be considered for funding."

Contact Aaron Shonk, Director, Foundation Services, for more information.

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Charles Koch Foundation- Postsecondary Education

"The Charles Koch Foundation is committed to supporting projects that remove barriers to education that can unlock the potential of all learners. We are particularly interested in projects that:

  • Incentivize competency-based learning that considers student fulfillment and improves learning outcomes.
  • Provide the flexibility necessary to create individualized educational experiences that help students reach their potential and aspirations, at scale.
  • Identify new technologies and operating models that increase access to a variety of educational opportunities (including alternatives to four-year degree programs) while lowering costs.
  • Identify and address barriers to innovation within traditional postsecondary education, broadly defined.
  • Support the ecosystem necessary for continued growth and the creation of diverse educational pathways, such as stackable credentials, apprenticeships, and work-study programs."

Contact Aaron Shonk, Director, Foundation Services, for more information.

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The Chisholm Foundation

"The Chisholm Foundation welcomes grant applications from anywhere in the United States that are compatible with its mission to support the arts, education and religion. Submitted applications are reviewed individually by the Foundation directors, who may or may not request additional information from applicants. Only a small number of the many applications received can be funded.

While the Foundation does not guarantee any specific timetable for action, generally applications for May and November grants must be received no later than March 1st and September 1st, respectively. Applicants should plan their submission well in advance of need.

Due to financial considerations, grants may be made either in a lump sum or in multiple installments. In some cases, a worthwhile application may be deferred to a subsequent year. The Foundation is particularly interested in new or demonstration projects which, if successful, can be continued and expanded with the help of additional financial supporters. Therefore the Foundation encourages applicants to seek matching gifts or challenge grants that can magnify Foundation funds."

Contact Aaron Shonk, Director, Foundation Services, for more information.

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ECMC Foundation Strategic Grantmaking

"ECMC Foundation is a nationally focused foundation whose mission is to inspire and facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes -- especially among underserved populations--through evidence-based innovation. It is one of several affiliates under the ECMC Group enterprise based in Minneapolis, which together work to help students succeed. The Foundation makes investments in two focus areas: College Success and Career Readiness; and uses a spectrum of funding structures, including strategic grantmaking and program-related investments, to fund both nonprofit and for-profit ventures. Working with its grantees, partners and peers, ECMC Foundation's vision is for all learners to unlock their fullest potential.

As a result of COVID-19: Demand for funding has increased dramatically in the last several weeks as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on postsecondary institutions and the students they serve. As a result, they are giving priority to those requests that address the immediate challenges and opportunities arising from the pandemic. The foundation is especially interested in those proposals that focus on implementing systemic reforms to increase college success and career readiness for students from underserved backgrounds.

The funding information on this page is for traditional grants in the Foundation's two focus areas.

College Success--The College Success portfolio is focused on increasing the number of college students from historically underrepresented backgrounds, including low-income and first-generation populations, who pursue and attain bachelor's degrees. This portfolio considers programs and initiatives that work with currently enrolled college students to promote two-year transfer and bachelor degree completion. The sponsor seeks innovative programs in both direct service models as well as overarching systemic reform initiatives.

Career Readiness--The Career Readiness portfolio is committed to connecting adults with limited or no education beyond high school to career pathways that allow for economic mobility and a family-sustaining wage. This portfolio considers high-quality, industry-informed postsecondary education programs up to the associate level as the primary mechanism to meet its goals. Funding builds the capacity of institutions providing or supporting career and technical education; contributes research to improve the field and promote support for career readiness programs; and develops scalable postsecondary program models that incorporate wraparound services, implement a student-centered educational approach, and offer accredited, industry-informed career pathways."

Contact Aaron Shonk, Director, Foundation Services, for more information.

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ESA Foundation Career Enhancement Grant

"The ESA Foundations Career Enhancement Grant provides funds to assist individuals who are seeking further educational experiences and training to develop their personal career skills and opportunities for career advancement. The Career Enhancement Grant is not to be used as a college scholarships, for college tuition, or for the repayment of debt." Grant is paid directly to the provider of the proposed training; it does not include costs of travel.  Maximum amount of $2000.

Contact Aaron Shonk, Director, Foundation Services, for more information.

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Genentech Corporate Giving

"We’re proud to support the work of scientists, researchers, medical professionals and community-based organizations that are finding ways to help those in need and make a lasting, positive impact. Our charitable giving strategy focuses on three core objectives:

1. A Diverse Future of STEM: Education to Employment
2. Health Equity
3. Vibrant Communities (Bay Area)"

Contact Aaron Shonk, Director, Foundation Services, for more information.

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Hillman Family Foundations

"The 18 Hillman Family Foundations represent an evolving commitment to philanthropy that spans four generations and a broad range of grantmaking interests.

Although they share some common guiding principles , each foundation has its own mission, funding priorities, and geographic focus areas. Given these diverse interests, applicants should select which foundation is the best fit for their project..."

Each of the Foundations have a geographical area of interest. Three of the foundations focus on Education in Portland, OR:  Summer Lea Hillman Foundation, Juliet Ashby Hillman Foundation, Henry Lea Hillman Jr. Foundation.

Their guiding principles:

  • Serving the community requires a responsive and flexible approach.
  • Risks are worth taking and foundations are well positioned to take them.
  • Good intentions are not enough.
  • Growing and strengthening highly capable nonprofit organizations is a good investment in the future.
  • Foundations provide the most community value when they are more than a funder.
  • The true impact of work in the community may take years to develop.

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Kresge Foundation -  Developing Supportive, Aligned PublicPolicy

"To provide greater pathways to social and economic mobility, we leverage lessons we’ve learned through our place-based opportunity ecosystems and NextGen efforts to work with key partners across sectors to address structural barriers and advance policy solutions.

Through our local, state and national partners, we pinpoint policy, regulatory and practices that impede moving people out of poverty and toward intergenerational cycles of success. We want to help these groundbreaking policy ideas enter the mainstream at the state and national level and encourage collaboration across multiple sectors, including the public, private, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.

We invest in efforts that:

Strengthen the functioning of existing human services public programs, systems and financing in ways that enable and accelerate greater social and economic mobility.

Integrate racial equity and inclusion as key enablers of advancing social and economic mobility.

Strengthen the functioning of existing programs, systems and financing in adjacent sectors (housing, early childhood education, workforce etc.) vital to increasing social and economic mobility using a racial equity lens.

Advance policies that improve workforce development and education and training, that support meaningful career pathways and asset building and financial services."

Contact Aaron Shonk, Director, Foundation Services, for more information.

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Laird Norton Foundation

"The Laird Norton Family Foundation awards grants in five program areas, which reflect family values and honor the family's commitment to environmental stewardship and ensuring excellence in generations to come.

  • Arts in Education - Increasing arts education and improving K-12 learning through the arts
  • Climate Change - Creating a healthy and productive environment for future and current generations through efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change
  • Global Fundamentals - Improving the quality of life in developing countries through clean water and sanitation access, technology, and policy
  • Sapling Fund - Engaging family members ages 14-21 in philanthropy and volunteerism
  • Watershed Stewardship - Making measurable improvements in the ecosystems of watersheds by investing in collaborative, community-led watershed restoration planning, prioritization, and adaptive management"

Contact Aaron Shonk, Director, Foundation Services, for more information.

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Michael & Susan Dell Foundation College Preparation & Completion Grants

"The persistent educational gap affecting underserved students in the U.S. means that many students never get a chance to earn a college degree. A college degree can be a springboard in life. It can lift people out of poverty, increase the odds of landing better jobs, increase lifetime earnings, and lead to better health over the course of one’s life.

The right assistance at the right time can help students get into college and graduate. Our goal is to increase support for these students to get 50 percent more of them to and through college to unlock the lifetime opportunity a degree enables.  To that end, we support organizations across the United States that work to increase the numbers of low-income students who are ready for, enrolling in, and finishing college with a bachelor’s degree.

We focus on complementary programs that will lead to meaningful results for students including:

       - Non-Cognitive Skills: Providing students with the support and social and emotional skills needed to complete rigorous
       academic curricula and manage challenges in college.
       - Financial Aid Access and College Affordability: Reducing financial barriers to college entry and completion while also
       increasing financial literacy and college affordability knowledge.
       - Social Supports: Providing the supports (e.g. coaching, mentoring, and advising) that enable students to enter, persist
       through, and graduate from a four-year college

Ultimately, we are focused on more low-income students enrolling and graduating from college."

Contact Aaron Shonk, Director, Foundation Services, for more information.

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M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Program and Staff grant

"Murdock Trust grants help fund both new programs and the expansion of existing programs, and may be used to cover start-up costs and/or related staff member additions. Typically, we fund program and staff grants on a declining basis over three years (100/67/33%). Staff hires or programs initiated before Trustee action will not be eligible for funding."

Contact Aaron Shonk, Director, Foundation Services, for more information.

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Research Interests of the United States Air Force Academy

"The USAFA invests in an active research program for three main reasons. First and foremost, research significantly enhances the cadet learning experience. Our research is done by, for and with cadets who work alongside fellow cadets and faculty mentors. Research provides cadets with rich independent learning opportunities as they tackle ill-defined problems and are challenged to apply their knowledge and abilities.

Second, our research program provides opportunities for essential faculty development.  Research broadens and deepens the experience base of the faculty.  This infuses current, relevant, state-of-the-art and cutting-edge applications and examples into the curriculum. This also helps our faculty remain current in their respective fields.

Third, at USAFA we strive to conduct research to enhance the ability of the Air Force to perform its mission. There are ongoing research projects spanning topics as diverse as super hypersonics, cyber security, spatial disorientation, athletic performance and homeland defense.

This BAA is located at the FedBizOpps.gov and Grants.gov website(s).  Research areas of interest to the USAFA’s Research Center Directors are described in detail in the sub-sections [of the full announcement, located in the related documents]."

Some areas of potential interest to College applicants are: Physics Education research, Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Outreach, Behavioral Sciences & Leadership, Foreign Languages and International Programs.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health

"Evidence for Action (E4A), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, funds research that expands the evidence base needed to build a Culture of Health. Our mission is to support rigorously designed quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research that yields convincing findings regarding the population health, well-being, and equity impacts of specific policies, programs and partnerships. We are especially interested in research examining the health impacts of programmatic or policy interventions that address factors outside the domain of health care services or public health practice."

Contact Aaron Shonk, Director, Foundation Services, for more information.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation- Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health

"Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health seeks proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. We are interested in ideas that address any of these four areas of focus: Future of Evidence; Future of Social Interaction; Future of Food; Future of Work. Additionally, we welcome ideas that might fall outside of these four focus areas, but which offer unique approaches to advancing health equity and our progress toward a Culture of Health.

We want to hear from scientists, anthropologists, artists, urban planners, community leaders—anyone, anywhere who has a new or unconventional idea that could alter the trajectory of health, and improve health equity and well-being for generations to come. The changes we seek require diverse perspectives and cannot be accomplished by any one person, organization or sector. "

Contact Aaron Shonk, Director, Foundation Services, for more information.

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Smith Richardson Foundation- Domestic Public Policy Program

“The Domestic Public Policy Program supports projects that will help the public and policy makers understand and address critical challenges facing the United States. To that end, the Foundation supports research on and evaluation of existing public policies and programs, as well as projects that inject new ideas into public debates. ”
Contact Aaron Shonk, Director, Foundation Services, for more information.

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Sony USA Foundation Grants

"Within the U.S., Sony focuses the majority of its charitable giving on art, culture, technology and the environment, with a particular emphasis on education in each of those areas. While support in other areas may also be considered, the Company seeks to apply its financial, technological and human resources to the encouragement of the creative, artistic, technical and scientific skills required of tomorrow's workforce."

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Teagle Foundation- Education in American Civil Life

"The mission of the Teagle Foundation is to support and strengthen liberal arts education, which it sees as fundamental to meaningful work, effective citizenship, and a fulfilling life. To that end, the foundation's Education in American Civic Life initiative supports faculty-led efforts to prepare graduates to become informed and engaged participants in the civic life of their local, national, and global communities. Through the initiative, the foundation seeks ambitious projects that address gaps in the civic knowledge of undergraduates and prepares them for the intellectual demands of democratic participation. Successful proposals will seek to promote learning about the formation of the American republic, the crafting of its Constitution, the history of contention over the meanings of the Constitution, the development of representative political structures, and the principles of democracy. The foundation encourages a comparative approach to studying these principles that will deepen students' understanding of what is unique about American institutions by placing them in contrast to the principles and institutions of other societies."

Contact Aaron Shonk, Director, Foundation Services, for more information.

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