External Funding Opportunities and Limited Submissions

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Limited Submissions

For "Limited Submission" grant programs funding sponsored projects and research, the funding agency limits the number of applications or proposals the university can submit in response to a Request for Proposal (RFP) or program solicitation. Individuals interested in applying to these types of limited submission programs must send completed applications to the Provost's Office by the internal deadline established. If the number of potential internal applicants exceeds program limits, an internal review will be coordinated by the Provost's Office and University Research Council to nominate the selected proposal(s) for submission to the external funding organization. Proposals will be evaluated against the guidelines, priorities, and criteria for each program.

Nomination Process at The New School

  1. Faculty or staff PIs forward a pre-application form (this need not be in final polished form, but should comprise a one- to two-page project summary, the résumé or CV of the principal investigator or project director, and a bibliography (if required by the grant program) to ProvostFRF@newschool.edu by the internal deadline. A pre-application template form has been created which faculty are free to use, though other formats are acceptable.
  2. If the number of potential applications exceeds program limits, the Provost's Office will institute a peer-reviewed nominating process and will notify the nominated faculty one week later. This will provide time for the PI to complete and submit a full proposal to the funder by the program deadline. A full proposal with a detailed budget is still required to go through the standard university routing and authorization process before submission to external funders. 

Example Timeline (for reference only):
September 7
Internal deadline: Deadline for PIs to submit their pre-application form to ProvostFRF@newschool.edu

September 14

Notification: Faculty notified of decision regarding nomination

September 28

External deadline: Deadline for full proposal submission to the external sponsor or funding agency
 
If you have any questions about the program or nomination process, feel free to contact Robert Gutierrez, director of Research Support, at gutierrj@newschool.edu or 212.229.8947 x2768.
 
Below is a list of Limited Submission programs, organized by subject, that may be of interest to New School faculty. Internal deadlines are included for each funding opportunity.

Limited Submission Opportunities

Arts, Media, and Design [+]


Grant Title
NEA Challenge America Fast Track, FY2014
Sponsor
National Endowment for the Arts
Internal Deadline
May 2, 2014
External Deadline May 23, 2014
Amount
$10,000
Limit One application per university
URL
NEA Fast Track
Description:
The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. This category encourages and supports the following two outcomes: Engagement: Engaging the public with diverse and excellent art and Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts.

 
Grant Title
Grants for Arts Projects—Arts Education: Art Works
Sponsor National Endowment for the Arts
Internal Deadline July 3, 2014
External Deadline
July 24, 2014
Amount
$10,000–$100,000
Limit One application per institution
URL
Art Works Grant
Description:
"Art Works" refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field. To make "art work," the NEA has included the advancement of innovation as a core component of its mission as a way to ensure the vitality of the arts. The NEA recognizes that arts and design organizations are often in the forefront of innovation in their work and strongly encourage innovative projects which are characterized as those that are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, whether in the development or enhancement of new or existing art forms, new approaches to the creation or presentation of art, or new ways of engaging the public with art; are distinctive, offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions; and have the potential to be shared and/or emulated, or are likely to lead to other advances in the field.

 
Grant Title Our Town Grants        
Sponsor National Endowment for the Arts  
Internal Deadline Mid-December 2014 (anticipated)
External Deadline Mid-January 2015 (anticipated)
Amount $25,000–$250,000
Limit One application per area and per local government
URL Our Town Grants
Description: Grants for creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. Our Town will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to improve their quality of life, encourage greater creative activity, foster stronger community identity and a sense of place, and revitalize economic development. A key to the success of creative placemaking is involving the arts in partnership with committed governmental and private sector leadership. All Our Town applications must reflect a partnership that will provide leadership for the project. These partnerships must involve two primary partners: a nonprofit organization and a local government entity. One of the two primary partners must be a cultural (arts or design) organization. Additional partners are encouraged and may include an appropriate variety of entities such as state level government agencies, foundations, arts organizations and artists, nonprofit organizations, design professionals and design centers, educational institutions, real estate developers, business leaders, and community organizations, as well as public and governmental entities.
 
Grant Title Grants to Organizations     
Sponsor Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Internal Deadline February 4, 2015
External Deadline February 25, 2015
Amount Up to $30,000
Limit One grant per institution per cycle
URL Grants to Organizations
Description:
The foundation makes project-based grants to organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. Architecture and related spatial practices engage a wide range of cultural, social, political, technological, environmental, and aesthetic issues. The foundation is interested in projects that investigate the contemporary condition, expand historical perspectives, or explore the future of architecture and the designed environment. The foundation supports innovative, thought-provoking investigations in architecture; architectural history, theory, and criticism; design; engineering; landscape architecture; urban planning; urban studies; visual arts; and related fields of inquiry.
   
Grant Title Arts, Education, and Human Justice Grants: Arts and Culture
Sponsor New York Community Trust
Deadline Continuous
Amount $5,000–$200,000
Limit One grant per institution at any one time
URL Arts and Culture Grants
Description: Strong systems of education and justice, and vibrant cultural resources are the hallmarks of a civilized society. The Trust is concerned that public schools are not meeting the needs of the children; arts organizations in New York City are financially strapped; and institutions of justice are not serving everyone equally. The Trust concentrates on projects that improve New York City's public education system; promote diversity, equity, and access in the arts; and advocate for the rights of all people. The program goals are to promote diversity in the arts and expand access for artists and audiences, strengthen the management of arts groups serving communities in the five boroughs, develop talented young minority and disadvantaged artists and improve arts education in the public schools and strengthen arts advocacy.

 
Grant Title Arts, Education, and Human Justice Grants: Human Justice Grants
Sponsor New York Community Trust  
Deadline Continuous
Amount $5,000–$250,000
Limit One grant per institution at any one time
URL Human Justice Grants
Description:
Strong systems of education and justice, and vibrant cultural resources are the hallmarks of a civilized society. The Trust is concerned that public schools are not meeting the needs of the children; arts organizations in New York City are financially strapped; and institutions of justice are not serving everyone equally. The Trust concentrates on projects that improve New York City's public education system; promote diversity, equity, and access in the arts; and advocate for the rights of all people. The program goals are to improve the operations of the justice system; to increase access to the system for vulnerable populations; to protect civil rights; and to promote harmony among different racial and ethnic groups. Grants are made to projects that overcome interracial and intergroup conflict, particularly among young people; protect the civil rights of minorities and disenfranchised groups; support court reform projects and expand civil legal services for the poor. In addition, the Trust administers the Fund for New Citizens, a consortium of foundations that assists immigrant and refugee groups.

 
Grant Title Princess Grace Theater Grants      
Sponsor Princess Grace Foundation     
Internal Deadline Mid-March 2015 (anticipated)
External Deadline April 1, 2015 (anticipated)
Amount $5,000–$25,000
Limit One application per university
URL Princess Grace Grants
Description: The Princess Grace Awards is a national program dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging theater, dance, and film artists who are at the outset of their careers or at early stages of professional development. Theater grants are made in the following three areas: 1. Scholarships for tuition assistance for the last year of professional training at a nonprofit school located in the United States. 2. Apprenticeships for artistic compensation for an individual artist nominated by a theater company who is "learning the trade" under the mentorship of a skilled staff person. The apprentice will work closely with the artistic director or a senior artist on the company's mainstage production(s) throughout the grant period (e.g., as an assistant director or designer or an actor in a supporting role). The apprenticeship should also include the opportunity for the nominee to do his/her own work in a workshop or second stage venue. 3. Fellowships for artistic compensation for an individual artist who will have a substantial relationship with the nominating company.

 
Grant Title Princess Grace Awards in Performance
Sponsor Princess Grace Foundation
Internal Deadline April 9, 2015 (anticipated)
External Deadline April 30, 2015 (anticipated)
Amount $5,000–$25,000
Limit One application per university
URL Awards in Performance
Description: The Princess Grace Awards is a national program dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging theater, dance, and film artists who are at the outset of their careers or at early stages of professional development.

 
Grant Title MetLife Creative Connections
Sponsor New Music USA
Internal Deadline September 10, 2014
External Deadline October 1, 2014
Amount $250–$3,500
Limit Six composers per institution
URL MetLife Creative Connections
Description: This program provides direct support to U.S. composers for participation in public engagement activities related to specific performances of their original music. Creative Connections aims to increase awareness and enhance the creative artist's role in society by strengthening the connections between living composers, performing musicians, presenters, communities and audiences. There are no limits or restrictions on the style or genre of music to be performed or presented. This program is open to U.S. composers and U.S. based sponsoring organizations. Applications are submitted by the Sponsoring Organization (a presenter, ensemble, dance company, etc.).

 
Grant Title Curatorial Research Grants  
Sponsor Yale University  
Internal Deadline August 25, 2014
External Deadline September 15, 2014
Amount
Up to $60,000
Limit One application per institution per year
URL Curatorial Research Grants
Description: Grants are offered annually. They are normally made to enable an institution to appoint a Research Curator to undertake research for a particular exhibition or installation of British art, or to undertake a specific cataloguing project. In some instances a grant may be made to an institution to provide staff in lieu of a curator who wishes to take leave from other curatorial duties to undertake research for an exhibition or cataloguing project. The institution must provide details of the expected outcomes of the project. This might be an exhibition and/or exhibition catalogue or a printed or on-line catalogue of part of a collection.

 
Grant Title Creative Arts Exchange
Sponsor United States Department of State (DOS)
Internal Deadline May 8, 2015 (anticipated)
External Deadline May 29, 2015 (anticipated)
Amount $155,000–$800,000
Limit One application per institution
URL Creative Arts Exchange Grants
Description: The Cultural Programs Division within the Office of Citizen Exchanges, in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), announces an open competition, pending the availability of funds, for four projects under the FY13 Creative Arts Exchange (CAE). CAE initiatives are arts-based international people-to-people exchanges that support and further U.S. Department of State foreign policy objectives. Programs are implemented in close coordination with U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad. Eligible themes and/or artistic genres for CAE initiatives are determined annually based on ECA strategic priorities.

 

General Humanities [+]

   
Grant Title
Challenge Grants
Sponsor National Endowment for the Humanities
Internal Deadline
April 14, 2015
External Deadline
May 5, 2015
Amount Up to $500,000
Limit One application per institution per cycle
URL Challenge Grants
Description: NEH challenge grants are capacity-building grants, intended to help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources. Grants may be used to establish or enhance endowments or spend-down funds that generate expendable earnings to support and enhance ongoing program activities. Challenge grants may also provide capital directly supporting the procurement of long-lasting objects, such as acquisitions for archives and collections, the purchase of equipment, and the construction or renovation of facilities needed for humanities activities. Funds spent directly must be shown to bring long-term benefits to the institution and to the humanities more broadly. Challenge grant funds (both federal and nonfederal together) must enhance the humanities in the long term. Challenge grant funds should not merely replace funds already being expended on the humanities, but instead should reflect careful strategic planning to strengthen and enrich the institution's humanities activities and commitment to the advancement of knowledge and understanding of the humanities.
   
Grant Title     
Summer Stipends
Sponsor National Endowment for the Humanities
Internal Deadline
September 9, 2014
External Deadline
September 30, 2014
Amount $6,000 for two consecutive months
Limit Two faculty members per university
URL Summer Stipends
Description: Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support full-time continuous work on a humanities project for a period of two months. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development. The Summer Stipends program welcomes projects that respond to NEH's Bridging Cultures initiative. Such projects could focus on cultures internationally or within the United States. International projects might seek to enlarge Americans' understanding of other places and times, as well as other perspectives and intellectual traditions. American projects might explore the great variety of cultural influences on, and myriad subcultures within, American society. These projects might also investigate how Americans have approached and attempted to surmount seemingly unbridgeable cultural divides, or examine the ideals of civility and civic discourse that have informed this quest
   
Grant Title
Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE)
Sponsor National Science Foundation (NSF)
Internal Deadline
February 8, 2015 (anticipated)
External Deadline
March 1, 2015 (anticipated)
Amount Up to $400,000
Limit Institution may submit one proposal as lead organization
URL EESE Grants
Description: The EESE program aims to deepen the understanding of ethical dilemmas in science and engineering, and provide cutting edge, effective research and educational materials to train the next generation of scientists and engineers. The EESE program accepts proposals for innovative research and educational projects to improve ethics education in all of the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports, including within interdisciplinary, inter-institutional and international contexts. Proposals must focus on improving ethics education for graduate students in those fields or on developing summer post-baccalaureate ethics-education activities or other activities that transition students from undergraduate to graduate education. The Principal Investigator team should be truly multi-disciplinary, and involve people with different disciplinary backgrounds.
   
Grant Title
Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
Sponsor National Endowment for the Humanities
Internal Deadline
April 10, 2015
External Deadline
May 5, 2015
Amount Up to $6,000
Limit One application per institution per year
URL Preservation Grants
Description: Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials. Applicants must draw on the knowledge of consultants whose preservation skills and experience are related to the types of collections and the nature of the activities that are the focus of their projects. Within the conservation field, for example, conservators usually specialize in the care of specific types of collections, such as objects, paper, or paintings. Applicants should therefore choose a conservator whose specialty is appropriate for the nature of their collections.
   
Grant Title
Research and Other Scholarly Activity on All Aspects of Gender
Sponsor Feminist Review Trust
Internal Deadline
September 9, 2014
External Deadline
September 30, 2014
Amount Up to $10,000
Limit One application per institution per funding cycle
URL Feminist Review Trust Grants
Description The Feminist Review Trust exists to fund research and other scholarly activity on all aspects of gender. These are the Trust's overall objectives. Application should be in support of at least one of them. 1. To advance the education of the public in the subject of gender 2. To alleviate poverty and hardship 3. To promote equality of opportunity 4. Other charitable purposes. Contact the Trust to discuss eligibility prior to submitting the application.
   

Policy, Management, and Public Affairs [+]

Grant Title FY2013 Transformation Initiative: Sustainable Communities Research Grant Program
Sponsor US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Policy Development and Research
Internal Deadline May 8, 2015 (anticipated)
External  Deadline May 29, 2015 (anticipated)
Amount $75,000–$125,000
Limit One application per institution per funding category
URL SCRGP Grants
Description: The purpose of the program is to offer researchers the opportunity to submit grant applications to fund quality research under the broad subject area of sustainability. HUD is looking for research proposals that advance our knowledge on how communities pursue and implement investment strategies that enrich the social and economic health of those communities. HUD will sponsor research under the following three funding categories: (1) quality, equitable affordable housing development and preservation; (2) transportation and infrastructure planning; and (3) "green," energy-efficient practices. Priority is given to applications that advance evidence-based research on the effectiveness of Federal programs in these areas, which includes HUD programs, such as HOME Investment Partnerships, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Public Housing, and Choice Neighborhoods Grant programs, and the range of HUD programs that address issues related to sustainability.

 
Grant Title Partnership Grants
Sponsor United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Internal Deadline October 14, 2014
External Deadline November 4, 2014
Amount $15,000
Limit One application per institution per year
URL Partnership Grants
Description: The purpose of the Partnership Grant program is to support agricultural service providers who work directly with farmers to do on-farm demonstrations, research, marketing, and other projects that will add to our understanding of sustainable agriculture. Projects must take place on farms or directly involve farm businesses. SARE funds well-designed inquiries into how agriculture can enhance the environment, improve the quality of life, or be made more profitable through good stewardship.

 
Grant Title Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)
Sponsor National Science Foundation (NSF)
Deadline Continuous
Amount Up to $150,000
Limit Institution can only be lead for one project at a time
URL AGEP Grants
Description: AGEP is committed to the national goal of increasing the numbers of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders (URMs), including URMs with disabilities entering and completing graduate education and postdoctoral training to levels representative of the available pool of URMs. Increased URM participation in advanced STEM education and training is critical for supporting the development of a diverse professional STEM workforce especially a diverse STEM faculty who serve as the intellectual, professional, personal, and organizational role models that shape the expectations of future scientists and engineers. To achieve this long term commitment, the AGEP program will support the development, implementation, study, and dissemination of innovative models and standards of graduate education and postdoctoral training that are designed to improve URM participation, preparation, and success. AGEP projects must focus on URM U.S. citizens in STEM graduate education, and/or postdoctoral training, and their preparation for academic STEM careers at all types of institutions of higher education.

 
Grant Title Environmental Justice Small Grants Program (EJSG)
Sponsor US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Internal Deadline
December 16, 2014 (anticipated)
External Deadline January 7, 2015 (anticipated)
Amount Up to $30,000
Limit One application per institution
URL EJSG Grants
Description:

The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program (EJSG) provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community. The EJSG Program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. Under this RFA, EPA will award grants that support activities designed to educate, empower and enable communities to understand environmental and public health issues and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level. The long-term goals of the EJSG program are to help build the capacity of communities with environmental justice concerns and create self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to improve local environments in the future. Each project must include activities related to at least one of the following federal environmental statutes: 1) Clean Water Act, Section 104(b); 2) Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442(c); 3) Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001(a); 4) Clean Air Act, Section 103(b)(3); 5) Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10(a); 6) Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20(a); 7) Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, Section 203.

Grant Title Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI)
Sponsor United States-India Educational Foundation
Internal Deadline October 11, 2014 (anticipated)
External Deadline November 1, 2014 (anticipated)
Amount Up to $250,000
Limit One application per institution
URL OSI Grants
Description: USIEF announces an open competition for the support of projects through the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI). Announced by the U.S. and Indian governments, OSI aims to strengthen collaboration and build partnerships between American and Indian institutions of higher education. Accredited U.S. post-secondary educational institutions may submit proposals to support the program's goals of encouraging mutual understanding, facilitating educational reform, fostering economic development, and engaging civil society through academic cooperation with Indian post-secondary educational institutions, in the thematic areas of energy; sustainable development; climate change; environmental studies; education and educational reform; public health; and community development and innovation.

Social and Behavioral Sciences [+]

Grant Title NIH Director's Early Independence Awards
Sponsor National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Internal Deadline
December 10, 2014
External Deadline December 31, 2014
Amount Up to $250,000
Limit Two applications per institution
URL Early Independence Awards
Description: The NIH Director's Early Independence Awards initiative is funded through the NIH Common Fund, which supports cross-cutting programs that are expected to have exceptionally high impact. All Common Fund initiatives invite investigators to develop bold, innovative, and often risky approaches to address problems that may seem intractable or to seize new opportunities that offer the potential for rapid progress. The NIH Director's Early Independence Awards provide an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their entry into an independent research career by forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period. Though most newly graduated doctoral-level researchers would benefit by post-doctoral training, a small pool of outstanding junior investigators would benefit instead by launching directly into an independent research career. For these select investigators, who have established a record of scientific innovation and research productivity and who have demonstrated unusual leadership, drive, and maturity, post-doctoral training would unnecessarily delay their entry into performing independent research. The NIH Director's Early Independence Awards also provide an opportunity for institutions to invigorate their research programs by bringing in the fresh perspectives of the awardee scientists that they host.

 
Grant Title Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT)
Sponsor National Science Foundation (NSF)
Internal Deadline June 2015 (anticipated)
External Deadline June 2015 (anticipated)
Amount Up to $700,000 per year
Limit One application per institution
URL IGERT Grants
Description: The purpose of this IGERT solicitation is to support new models in graduate education in which students are engaged in an environment that supports innovation to learn through hands-on experience how their own research may contribute in new ways to benefit society and to learn the processes needed for successful implementation of such contributions. Building upon the IGERT platform, this solicitation intends to catalyze an institutional change to integrate innovation education and training in addition to interdisciplinary research, team work and professional skills. For the purpose of this solicitation, innovation in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines is grounded in the interdisciplinary research theme of the proposal, and is defined as the spectrum of work that may ultimately utilize the results and discoveries from the interdisciplinary research for the development of creative and implementable solutions to societal challenges and benefit global society.

 
Grant Title Sloan Research Fellowships
Sponsor Sloan Foundation
Internal Deadline August 25, 2013
External Deadline September 15, 2014
Amount Up to $50,000 over two years
Limit One application per institution
URL Sloan Fellowships
Description: The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These fellowships are awarded in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Eligible fields include chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences (including marine biology), physics, or a related field.

Collaborative Funding Opportunities

Click here for a comprehensive list of research grant opportunities for large, collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and team-based work, compiled by the National Organization of Research Development Professionals. NORDP provides information and resources to facilitate interdisciplinary research and collaborative partnerships. (Note: Most of these opportunities are focused on the sciences, although social sciences and other fields are included.)

 
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