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2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program


2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Competition Opens

We are excited to announce that the 2019-2020 competition for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is now open! The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers teaching, research and combination teaching/research awards in 137 countries for the 2019-2020 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. 

Explore awards using our Catalog of Awards. Highlights from 465 awards offered in this year’s competition include:

Postdoctoral and Early Career Awards
Fulbright presents excellent opportunities for recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields, all while serving as cultural ambassadors. Postdoctoral awards are available in all fields of study, from STEM, to the arts, humanities and social sciences. 

Fulbright Flex Awards

Fulbright welcomes applications from scholars who propose multiple, short-term stays in the host country over a period of one to two years. The Flex option is available to scholars interested in research, teaching, or pursuing a combination of teaching and research. The catalog of awards will give detailed information on the Flex parameters for each participating country.

Fulbright Global Scholar Award
The Fulbright Global Scholar Award provides support for U.S. academics and professionals to engage in multi-country, trans-regional projects. As a truly worldwide award, U.S. scholars will be able to propose research or combined teaching/research activity in two to three countries with flexible schedule options; trips can be conducted within one academic year or spread over two consecutive years. Projects are welcome in all disciplines, as well as those with an interdisciplinary focus.

New Awards
Several countries have added new awards for the 2019-2020 competition:

Find out more about the 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition by joining our webinar on Friday, March 9joining one of our upcoming webinars or virtual advising sessions, and browsing helpful resources:

Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about Fulbright U.S. Scholar opportunities by visiting the online Catalog of AwardsThe application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2018.

IL Humanities Council Conference: Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life


  IL Humanities Council Conference


The Illinois Humanities Council is pleased to announce a partnership with Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life to bring their 2018 national conference to Chicago on October 19-21. This conference brings more than 400 scholars, artists, students, designers, and cultural organizers engaged in addressing the nation’s most critical issues to connect, dialogue, learn, and strategize on the ways in which the arts, humanities, and design can lead towards transformative action.

Applications Invited for the Meta-Analysis Training Institute

The Meta-Analysis Training Institute is accepting applications for its upcoming session on state-of-the-art advanced meta-analytic methods. This training is funded by the National Center for Education Research, a part of the Institute of Education Sciences.

The goal of the training is to provide researchers with the methodological, statistical, project management, and practical experience necessary to conduct a meta-analysis focused on an important education topic.

The workshop includes 5 days of training and one day of group presentations. Each day will include 3 sessions and time to work on a group project. The integrative project will provide participants with an opportunity to practice developing an IES Goal 1 meta-analysis research proposal.

Dates: August 5-11, 2018
Location: Loyola University Water Tower Campus, Chicago, IL
Application due date: Monday, March 12, 2018

Workshop details and application submission materials are available here.

If you have questions about the 2018 Meta-Analysis Training Institute, then please contact the training team at MTAI@luc.edu.

If you have questions about the IES grant supporting this training (R305B170019), then please contact Dr. Phill Gagné.










NEH Upcoming Regional Workshops

February 23: University of Reno, NV
Acting Division Director Russell Wyland

A schedule for the day and additional information is available here: https://www.unr.edu/research-innovation/grant-writing-reg-neh

Dr. Wyland will be available for a limited number of individual, prescheduled meetings with workshop participants to discuss their individual projects.

To register for the workshop and request an individual appointment:

February 23: Appalachian College Association, Richmond, KY
Senior Program Officer Claudia Kinkela

A schedule for the day and additional information is available here:

Dr. Kinkela will be available for a limited number of individual, prescheduled meetings (15-20 minutes) with workshop participants to discuss their individual projects.

To register for the workshop: https://acaweb.org/events/workshops/neh-grant-writing-workshop/
To request an individual appointment: contact Hannah Newsome (hannah.newsome@acaweb.org).

February 28: University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Acting Deputy Director Dan Sack

A schedule for the day and additional information is available here: 

Dr. Sack will be available for a limited number of individual, prescheduled meetings (15-20 minutes) with workshop participants to discuss their individual projects.

To register for the workshop: https://www.hotel.uga.edu/events/neh-application-writing-workshop
To request an individual appointment: contact Dr. Lloyd Winstead (winstead@uga.edu), Senior Associate Director at the Willson Center. The deadline to register for the workshop or a consultation is February 14. Consultation attendees are encouraged to provide a project abstract by February 19.

March 14, 2018, the University of Memphis will welcome Mark Silver, Senior Program Officer in the Research Division of the National Endowment for the Humanities, who will conduct a free workshop on applying for NEH grants. Anyone interested in learning about NEH funding opportunities and application strategies is welcome to attend this event. In addition to giving information and tips on NEH’s programs, Dr. Silver will be available to meet individually with prospective applicants to discuss their projects and offer advice about their proposals. Space for individual sessions is limited and expected to fill quickly.

For additional information, please visit our webpage or email us at NEHWorkshop@memphis.edu

Advanced registration is required.  Registration deadline is March 5, 2018.


March 20: Mississippi State University
Acting Deputy Director Dan Sack

A schedule for the day and additional information is available here: https://www.msstate.edu/events/2018/01/securing-neh-funding/

Dr. Sack will be available for a limited number of individual, prescheduled meetings (15-20 minutes) with workshop participants to discuss their individual projects.

To register for the workshop: https://www.tfaforms.com/4646678
To request an individual appointment: contact Lynn Taylor by email (ltaylor@research.msstate.edu). Appointments will be made on a first come-first serve basis. 

April 6: Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Acting Division Director Russell Wyland

A schedule for the day and additional information is available here: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/provost/humanities-center/NEHWorkshop.php?utm_content=bufferd960f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Dr. Wyland will be available for a limited number of individual, prescheduled meetings (15-20 minutes) with workshop participants to discuss their individual projects.

To register for the workshop: https://ttuovpr.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bsh1Mvs7amroV6t
To request an individual appointment: indicate your interest on the registration form.


Additional workshop dates and locations TBA

March 23 - 25, 2018 Lincoln, NE



SciComm 2018

March 23 - 25, 2018
Lincoln, Nebraska

Click here for more information about the conference and to register.

Please forward this on to any colleagues who would be interested.

Hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln


SciComm 2018 features numerous notable activities:

Friday, March 23rd

  • Professional Development Workshops: AAAS, Portal to the Public (PopNet), Improv for Scientists (Friends of Joe's Big Idea) and Summing-up Your Science in 90 Seconds
  • Student Lightning Talk competition on the following topics: climate change, vaccines, evolution. NPR's Joe Palca and Maddie Sofia will judge and participate in feedback and discussion following talks. 
  • Evening Film Festival

Saturday, March 24th

  • Keynote address by Dr. Jacqueline Gill from the Climate Change Institute.
  • Morning of talks on topics encompassing Informal STEM Learning, Science Communication Research, K-12 STEM, Disciplinary-Based Education Research (DBER), Science and Media and Broader Impacts.
  • A special question and answer panel with local NPR and NET staff on the theme CRISPR and the News.
  • A Community Science Festival - an opportunity to engage the public (or yourself) in hands-on science activities.
  • Nerd Nite - organized and run by UNL graduate students and attended by NPR member station staff, Joe Palca, and Maddie Sofia (NPR SWAG will be handed out!)

Sunday, March 25th

  • Keynote address by NPR's Joe Palca.
  • Morning of talks on topics encompassing Informal STEM Learning, Science Communication Research, K-12 STEM, Disciplinary-Based Education Research (DBER), Science and Media and Broader Impacts.

2018 NIH Regional Seminar in Washington, DC

You’ve heard about it and may even know someone who attended, but is it right for you? With the next NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration coming to Washington DC May 2-4, let us help you decide. (Or check out our YouTube video to get thoughts from previous attendees.)

Learn about the NIH grants process and polices directly from ~ 70 NIH & HHS program, grants management, review and policy staff.

Meet with experts 1:1 to get more specific questions answered.

Collect resources to share with faculty, staff, and your peers in your lab or office back home…including contacts, tools, and even presentation materials you are welcome to reuse.

Connect with 600-800 other NIH researchers and administrators

Consider starting off your NIH Regional Seminar experience on the first day by attending optional pre-seminar workshops for an in-depth look at topics, including intellectual property and iEdison, electronic Research Administration (eRA), research administrator boot camp or a workshop on human research protections.

During the two-day seminar that follows, three tracks of concurrent sessions are offered for research administrators, investigators, and all interests. You have the choice to stay in one track or customize your experience as you move between tracks based on the topics of interest. Over 45 different topics to choose from too!

§  Administrators’ Track – provides sessions that cover the latest grants policies and processes including topics like budgets, compliance, post award expectations, and more

§  Investigators’ Track – offers step-by-step guide to navigating NIH programs to advance your career, finding funding opportunities, grant writing, peer review, and more.

§  All Interest Track – includes a variety of special topic sessions, including: scientific rigor and reproducibility, NIH’s public access policy, research integrity, clinical trials, animals in research, and so much more!

Hotel rooms at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill are available at a reduced rate…but are filling fast. In addition, graduate students and postdocs can take advantage of a special $50 trainee discount throughout the registration period, as long as space is available. (Trainees include predocs, postdocs, and grad students.)


For more information and agendas, visit the Washington, DC seminar website.

NHA Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day


National Humanities Alliance

Interested in making the case for the public value of the humanities? Here are two options!

#1: Join us in March to advocate for the humanities on Capitol Hill

The NHA Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day is coming up on March 11th - 13th.

If you have not yet registered, click here to register today!

This year’s event will provide ample opportunity to connect with a growing number of humanities advocates from around the country. Together, we will explore approaches to year-round advocacy on college campuses and in local communities while also preparing for Capitol Hill visits. On March 13, we will visit House and Senate offices to make a persuasive case for federal funding for the humanities.

The meeting will be held at the Washington Court Hotel, located just down the street from the U.S. Capitol. If you are traveling from out of town, please claim your space in the hotel room block.

Please book your room now as space is limited.

For more information, including the conference program, click here.

NEW THIS YEAR: Join us for a pre-conference event on Meeting the Needs of Humanities Librarians, hosted by National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS). The pre-conference event will run from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm on Sunday, March 11th. Learn more and register here.


#2: Submit a proposal for the 2018 National Humanities Conference in New Orleans!

The deadline for submitting session proposals for the 2018 National Humanities Conference in New Orleans is fast approaching! This conference explores a variety of ways to deepen the public’s engagement with the humanities!

Click here for the Call for Proposals. We welcome proposals for sessions, individual lightning talks, and working groups.

The National Humanities Conference is co-hosted by the National Humanities Alliance and the Federation of State Humanities Councils. To learn more about the conference, click here.

We encourage you to submit proposals and recruit others to do the same! The planning committee is especially interested in sessions that knit together the perspectives of academic and public humanities practitioners, including those affiliated with state humanities councils.

The deadline for submitting proposals is March 16, 2018.

Please contact Beatrice Gurwitz at bgurwitz@nhalliance.org with any questions or for support in building sessions.


National Humanities Alliance


Call for Workshops and Abstracts


We are accepting Abstracts and proposals for Workshops to be held at the 2018 Science of Team Science (SciTS) Conference!

Workshop Submission Deadline: February 5, 2018

Abstract Submission Deadline: March 20, 2018

The SciTS conference is the annual international forum dedicated to SciTS, bringing together thought leaders from a broad range of disciplines and fields, including: communications, management, social and behavioral sciences, information technology, systems science, and translational research. It provides investigators, academic administrators, and funders with state-of-the-art knowledge, strategies, and connections. SciTS scholars, scientists engaged in team-based research, institutional leaders who promote collaborative research, policymakers, and federal agency representatives will be in attendance. 

This year’s conference for the SciTS community will be hosted by the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas on May 21-24, 2018.


The SciTS Program Committee invites submissions from individuals or groups to conduct Special Interest Workshops and Seminars.

Workshops/Sessions will be 3.5 hours or 6.5 hours in length.  All topics relevant to the application of Science of Team Science approaches are welcomed, specifically with respect to training sessions that will equip SciTS investigators with tools and technical skills for data collection, analysis, or presentation in their research areas. Workshop/seminar proposals that incorporate a variety of instructional approaches (e.g. lecture, interactive discussion, hands-on exercises) and materials (e.g. slides, handouts, sample data) are strongly encouraged. We encourage workshops or seminars with a focus on methodologies including systems approaches to the field of SciTS as well as methodologies for conducting evaluation and understanding team dynamics. Furthermore, we welcome workshops and seminars that provide practical guidance for conducting and managing team science in a variety of contexts and settings, and workshops with a focus on developing team science educational and training resources.

All workshop submissions should include the information listed in the attached Call for Workshops and should be submitted through our Workshop Submission Form. Acceptance notifications will be made in March 2018, and Workshops will be held between May 21 and 24, 2018.


The SciTS Program Committee also welcomes abstracts for paper presentations, lightning round presentations, and panel presentations, as well as scientific posters.

Paper, Lightning Round, and Poster abstracts are limited to one page, while Panel abstracts are limited to four pages. Abstracts not meeting these page limits will not be considered. A panel proposal must include an abstract summarizing the overall theme of the panel, and panel submissions showcasing research papers should also include individual abstracts for each individual presentation.

All abstract submissions should utilize the attached Abstract Template and should be submitted through our Abstract Submission Form. Acceptance notifications will be made in April 2018. Presenting authors will be responsible for conference registration, travel, and hotel costs. Poster presenters will be responsible for poster printing costs. Abstracts will be compiled and made available to participants.

More information about submitting a Workshop proposal or Abstract is attached, and information about conference registration, fees, and additional travel and lodging details will soon be posted on our conference website.

Please share/forward these Calls to any interested colleagues, networks, or groups, and please reach out to our conference planning team at SciTS.2018@utmb.edu with any questions.


SciTS 2018 Conference Planning team

How to Write a Competitive NSF Grant

The Ohio University is sponsoring an all-day workshop: How to Write a Competitive NSF Grant

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We have a limited number of seats available for administrators and faculty members from other institutions to participate.

The cost for non-Ohio University personnel is $150 and includes lunch.

RSVP required by Dec. 4, male-bru@ohio.edu (please put NSF Workshop in subject title)

The workshop will be presented by Dr. John Robertson from the Grant Writers’ Seminars & Workshops, www.grantcentral.com

Dr. Robertson has presented two previous workshops at Ohio University. 

Reviews from both workshops were outstanding, with ratings of 4.8/5.0. Here are comments from attendees:

  • “[The presenter’s] enthusiasm was perfect and his passion for the approach was great.”  
  • “This is a great workshop. It is very informative and educational and it is very entertaining to hear about the tips and guidelines.  [The presenter] is absolutely helpful to me for learning the NSF application processes. Thanks.” 
  • “I found this seminar to be incredibly useful and enlightening. We should encourage more PhD students to attend.  There was a lot of information presented here that I should have known years ago.”
  • “This was excellent.  Interesting and appropriately “fast paced” with a potentially dry topic. Thank you! A good investment.”

Dr. Robertson received his doctoral degree in 1999 from The University of Texas at Austin in pharmacology and toxicology. From 1999-2003 he served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He then went to the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2004 where he was a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics, and an associate member of the University of Kansas Cancer Center. In 2010 he was recruited to teach grantsmanship by Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops. Dr. Robertson has been the recipient of competitive extramural funding from the federal and non-federal sources. He has authored 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and three book chapters. He’s been a member of grant review panels, a reviewer for biomedical journals, and served on editorial boards. In addition, he has been routinely recognized for excellence in teaching.

For a 1-minute pick me up, check out how Ohio University students dare to step outside the classroom

STEM Leadership Conference



Meet innovation leaders at this one-day event for female scientists wanting to make an impact with their work.


Friday, October 27 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Harper Court Conference Center, Room 1121

1525 E. 53rd St., Chicago


This conference is open to female faculty, post-doctoral scholars, PhD students and master students in STEM fields


Secure your spot by submitting a short application at



Friday, September 15


Join colleagues of diverse scientific backgrounds for a chance to grow personally and professionally. The Insight to Innovation Conference will include keynote addresses from inspirational speakers, tactical skill-building workshops, and opportunities to meet other leaders in STEM. Female scientists interested in exploring innovation opportunities for their research are encouraged to apply for this free, National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored event.


Keynote: Heather Mason, MBA ‘86, Executive Vice President, Abbott Nutritional Products

Workshop: How to Pitch Your Idea/How to Talk About Science with Non-scientific Audiences

Additional workshops and speakers


Learn how to commercialize your work Network with colleagues from different institutions Gain inspiration from the stories and experiences of others Practice skills that will help you throughout your career Participate in an event funded by the NSF and learn about other funding opportunities

HOSTED BY: This event is brought to you by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation thanks to a grant from the NSF. It’s supported by a partner of the Polsky Center, the Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM), a partnership between the University of Chicago and Rush in collaboration with several health and research institutions.


Contact Meghan Kinney at meghan.kinney@ Chicago booth.edu

Professional Grant Development Workshop

Professional Grant Development Workshop
Master the techniques of writing superior winning proposals
September 14-15, 2017
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
To be held at the:
University of Illinois
Chicago, IL

Sponsored by: The Grant Training Center

This intensive two-day grant proposal workshop is geared towards those who wish to strengthen their grant writing skills, as well as beginners who wish to acquire and master the techniques of preparing and writing winning proposals to various funding agencies. The focus will be on how to effectively write proposals in times of keen competition and limited resources.

Participants will learn how to:
1. Navigate the world of grant procurement
2. Research and identify potential funding sources
3. Address the guidelines of federal and foundation applications
4. Focus on foundation and corporate giving for the state of Illinois
5. Understand the new federal guidelines for writing winning grants
6. Know the review process and how to address key points for reviewers
7. Write winning grants that stand out against scores of competing submissions
8. Develop focused and realistic budgets
9. Demonstrate the merits excellence and innovation of your proposal
10. Package professional grant submissions

Our ultimate goal is for you to walk away with a product specific to your interests, which includes the grant design, abstract and budget.


To register:
Please click here
Questions? Call us at (866) 704-7268
Workshop Fee: $595.00 (includes a comprehensive directory, workbook, certificate of completion, and continental breakfast)
*Space is limited, and since this class fills up quickly, it is on a first-come, first-serve basis.*

Can't make it?
Take our
Online Version of this Workshop

NSF National Science Board Call for Member Nominations

The National Science Board (NSB, Board) is accepting nominations for the class of 2018–2024 until September 8, 2017.

Every two years, the Board solicits recommendations for new members from leading scientific, engineering, and educational organizations, as well as the public. NSB considers all completed nominations and then makes its recommendations to the Administration. The President decides who to appoint to the NSB.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Act of 1950 created the Board with 24 Members serving 6-year terms. The NSF Director is the ex officio 25th member. The Act confers on the Board the dual responsibilities to oversee the activities of and establish policies for NSF, as well as advise the President and Congress on policy matters related to science and engineering and education in science and engineering.

The Board is an oversight and governance board, not an honorary board or an advisory committee.  Members must devote considerable time to meet their responsibilities.

In its review of candidates, the NSB applies the statutory eligibility requirements and considers demographics, balance among professional fields, active researchers, teachers and administrators, and private for-profit and non-profit representation.

More information and nomination instructions are here

Also see the Dear Colleague letter: https://www.nsf.gov/nsb/documents/2017/board-nominations-colleague-letter.pdf

National Humanities Alliance


National Humanities Alliance



The 2017 conference will attract humanities practitioners and scholars from around the country to address how we can deepen, expand, and even re-envision the public role of the humanities.

This conference, the second co-hosted by the National Humanities Alliance and the Federation of State Humanities Councils, will bring together representatives from state humanities councils, colleges, universities, museums, libraries, and historical societies.

Event Details:


Thursday, November 2nd – Sunday, November 5th, 2017

Click here to register now!

Learn more about the program, featured speakers, and accommodations here.

We hope you will join us!

National Humanities Alliance

2017 CBET CAREER Proposal Writing Webinar

CBET program officers will discuss best practices for developing and submitting CAREER proposals

April 17, 2017 1:00 PM to April 17, 2017 6:00 PM Webinar

 Save the Date

The NSF Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) will host a CAREER Proposal Webinar, Monday, April 17, 2017, 1pm-6pm EDT, to share best practices regarding the development and submission of proposals to the CAREER program.

Topics will include:

·       CAREER guidelines and eligibility

·       Tips for proposal preparation

·       Recommendations for integrating research, education and outreach into a CAREER proposal

·       Insight into a proposal review

The webinar will also feature live question-answer sessions with ENG program officers and CAREER awardees.

Advance registration is required; register in WebEx.

Meeting Type

Tamara Battle, tbattle@nsf.gov

NSF Related Organizations
Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems 

Related Programs
Faculty Early Career Development Program

Related Websites
NSF CAREER Program: https://www.nsf.gov/career
NSF Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET): https://www.nsf.gov/eng/cbet


Save the Date: NSF Spring Meeting June 5-6, 2017

Registration Opens in March

Save the Date! The Spring 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference will be held on June 5-6, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. The two-day conference will be hosted by Kentucky EPSCoR and will be held at the Hyatt Regency Louisville.

Conference registration will begin March 30, 2017 and the registration fee will be $300. We will notify you via email when the registration website opens. We anticipate the conference will reach capacity very quickly, so we encourage you to register as soon as the registration website opens.

We hope to see you at this exciting event! If you have any questions, please contact us at grants_conference@nsf.gov.


The National Science Foundation


2018-2019 Fulbright Scholar Competition Is Now Open!

The Fulbright Scholar Program is now accepting applications to teach or research in over 125 countries through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. 

Fulbright continues to offer Flex Awards, which allow grantees to complete a grant in two or three shorter segments. Fulbright also offers opportunities for multi-country grants through enhanced global and regional awards, including the Fulbright Global Scholar Award.

The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2017. Learn more by attending a webinar, staff workshop, or ambassador presentation. We look forward to assisting you throughout the application process! 

See the website for a schedule of webinars and workshops. 

An ORS Workshop

Service grants differ from academic research grants in scope, intent, methods, objectives, and larger purposes. The Office of Research Services (ORS) presented a workshop designed to introduce faculty to the basics of writing a service project proposal entitled “How to Write a Service Grant”. 

We invite interested Loyola community members to view the presentation in its entirety from the link below. 



Register for NHA Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day

National Humanities Alliance

It is a crucial moment for humanities advocacy!

The changing political landscape in Washington D.C. brings great uncertainty about federal funding for the humanities. Please join us in Washington as we bring our voices to Capitol Hill. 

Register today for the 2017 National Humanities Alliance Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day!



Please join us! 

Click here to learn more about the NHA Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day.

Click here to reserve a room in the conference hotel. Availability is limited.

National Humanities Alliance



Illinois Science Council


Illinois Science Council

invites you to an evening of drinks,

food, prizes, and science.



Cocktail Party


Saturday, November 5, 2016

8 PM – 11 PM



Green Learning Center

325 N. Wells St., Chicago


Tickets at



Illinois Science Council

First Annual Summit on the Social Determinants of Health

December 5 - 6, 2016 at The Drake Hotel in Chicago, IL

What is a social determinant of health?

Social determinants of health have been defined as conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Social determinants include things like food security, housing, transportation, education, crime, pollution, and discrimination.


Registration closes November 13.  For more information, click the link below.

First Annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health - (The Root Cause Coalition USA) 

December 5-6, 2016, Chicago, IL. A conference on dynamic approaches to addressing the social determinants of health.

Be a Visiting Fulbright Lecturer or Host One!

Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund: 

 Mohamed Fathi Ben Hamouda, University of Southern California

The Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF) provides funding for campuses to host Fulbright Visiting Scholars, already in the United States, for short-term speaking engagements. The OLF travel award is designed to enrich both institutions and Visiting Scholars through lectures that will promote academic disciplines and cultural understanding. No deadline, but application must be done at least 30 days in advance.

Listen to a webinar or see a PDF on applying for an OLF: http://www.cies.org/program/outreach-lecturing-fund

To apply to host a Visiting Scholar on your campus, contact Sarah Causer at olf@iie.org


Visit the Fulbright Scholar Blog:

The Joy of Visitors: The Enriching Impacts of the Outreach Lecturing Fund

Our latest blog post comes from Nirmal Goswami, a professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, who describes how the Outreach Lecturing Fund has brought the world to his campus.


Click here to read his blog post.

National Science Foundation Fall Grants Conference


Registration is now open!

Registration for the Fall 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on November 14 and 15, 2016 is now open at www.nsfgrantsconferences.com/nsf.  This two-day conference will be hosted by Carnegie Mellon University at the Omni William Penn Pittsburgh

The conference website includes a preliminary agenda as well as information about the conference venue, hotel room reservations, and travel logistics.

We anticipate that this conference will reach capacity very quickly, so please register as soon as possible to secure your attendance.  

We hope that you will join NSF representatives, as well as your colleagues—faculty, researchers, and grant administrators—representing colleges and universities from across the U.S. in Pittsburgh. If you have any questions, please contact us at grants_conference@nsf.gov.

National Science Foundation



National Science Foundation Grants Conference


NSF Grants Conference in Pittsburgh, PA

Registration opens Sept 8

Hosted by Carnegie Mellon University

November 14, 2016 8:00 AM  to 
November 15, 2016 4:00 PM

Save the Date

The next National Science Foundation Grants Conference will be hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, on November 14-15, 2016.

Registration for this conference will open on September 8th. Details are available on the conference website. Registration questions should be directed to grants_conference@nsf.gov.

Key officials representing each NSF program directorate, administrative office, Office of General Counsel, and Office of the Inspector General will participate in this two-day conference. The conference is considered a must, particularly for new faculty, researchers, educators and administrators who want to gain insight into a wide range of important and timely issues at NSF including: the state of current funding; the proposal and award process; and current and recently updated policies and procedures.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to NSF;
  • NSF's proposal preparation and merit review process;
  • Award management;
  • Conflict of interest policies;
  • New programs and initiatives;
  • Cross-disciplinary and special interest programs; and
  • Breakout sessions by discipline.

Meeting Type

Registration Questions, (703) 245-7407, grants_conference@nsf.gov
       Preferred Contact Method: Email
Program Questions, (703) 292-8243, policy@nsf.gov
       Preferred Contact Method: Email

NSF Related Organizations
Office of Budget Finance & Award Management 
Division of Institution & Award Support 


Related Websites
NSF Grants Conference Website: https://www.nsfgrantsconferences.com/ehome/nsf/home/
NSF Policies and Procedures: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/
Presentations from recent events: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/outreach.jsp#present


New NEH Funding Stream: “Humanities Connections”

Brief Summary

Humanities Connections grants seek to expand the role of the humanities in the undergraduate curriculum at two- and four-year institutions, offering students in all academic fields new opportunities to develop the intellectual skills and habits of mind that the humanities cultivate. Grant projects focus on connecting the resources and perspectives of the humanities to students’ broader educational and professional goals, regardless of their path of study. Through this new grant program, NEH invites proposals that reflect innovative and imaginative approaches to preparing students for their roles as engaged citizens and productive professionals in a rapidly changing and interdependent world.

Grants support the development and implementation of an integrated set of courses and student engagement activities focusing on significant humanities content. A common topic, theme, or compelling issue or question must link the courses and activities. The linked courses (a minimum of three) may fulfill general education or core curriculum requirements but could also be designed primarily for students in a particular major or course of study. The Humanities Connections program gives special encouragement to projects that foster collaboration between humanities faculty and their counterparts in the social and natural sciences and pre-service or professional programs in business, engineering, health sciences, law, computer science, and other non-humanities fields.

Humanities Connections projects have two core features:

1.    faculty from at least two separate departments or schools at a single institution must collaborate to devise new curricular arrangements; and

2.    projects must include provisions for high-impact student engagement activities that relate directly to the topic(s) of the linked courses. These activities could include individual or collaborative undergraduate research projects; opportunities for civic engagement; or a structured experience with community-based, project-based, or site-based learning. Community organizations and cultural institutions can play key roles in this regard.

Webinar Recording

A video recording of a webinar about this program is available here (after you provide your name and e-mail address):https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/6570098021596206594.



Contact the staff of NEH’s Division of Education Programs at 202-606-8500 or humanitiesconnections@neh.gov. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.

Registration Now Open for 2016 National Humanities Conference

National Humanities Alliance


Registration is now open for the 2016 National Humanities Conference in Salt Lake City!

This is the first in a series of conferences co-hosted by the National Humanities Alliance and the Federation of State Humanities Councils that will bring the humanities community together as a whole to consider how, by leveraging our strengths, we can achieve broader public impact and showcase the fundamental role the humanities play in addressing both local and global challenges.

Event Details:

Salt Lake City

Thursday, November 10 – Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Click here to register now!

The program features speakers from state humanities councils along with scholars and humanities professionals from over 70 institutions, including colleges, universities, museums, libraries, and national foundations.

Learn more about the program, featured speakers, and accommodations here.

Still interested in getting on the program? Here are three ways to do so:

1) Present in a lightning round on “Revitalizing the Humanities for the Public Sphere.” At least 10 spaces for presenters will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Signing up in advance is highly suggested, but not required. To sign up, please contact Logan Hinderliter (logan@rihumanities.org).

2) Apply to participate in a working group session on “Challenging the Exclusive Past: Relevancy, Inclusion, and Diversity,” which will explore how organizations that support the public preservation, interpretation, and telling of history best assist communities to assert their right to tell their own histories. For more information, email Beatrice Gurwitz (bgurwitz@nhalliance.org).

3) Pitch a Marketplace of Ideas session. These sessions are designed to encourage the free exchange of ideas about specific topics of interest. The discussions will take place in one or two large rooms set up with conversation circles. The individual(s) who suggested the topic will serve as discussion moderator(s). Examples of discussion goals include gathering responses to a potential project or initiative; exchanging ideas about an issue of concern; or introducing participants to a potential partner institution or organization, among other possibilities. To pitch a session, email Esther Mackintosh (emackintosh@statehumanities.org).

We hope you will join us!

National Humanities Alliance

International Research Experiences for Students

International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)


Full Proposal Deadline Date: August 16, 2016

Program Guidelines: NSF 12-551


The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports development of globally-engaged U.S. science and engineering students capable of performing in an international research environment at the forefront of science and engineering.  The IRES program supports active research participation by students enrolled as undergraduates or graduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation.  IRES projects involve students in ...
More at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12831&WT.mc_id=USNSF_47&WT.mc_ev=click

This is an NSF Upcoming Due Dates - International Science and Engineering item.

Insights from Peer Reviewers and NIH Staff

Insights from Peer Reviewers and NIH Staff on Putting Together Your Application

Insights from Peer Reviewers and NIH Staff on Putting Together Your Application | NIH Extramural Nexus  https://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/wp-content/themes/nexus_theme/js/html5.js

A new video from NIH’s Center for Scientific Review (CSR) compiles insights from peer reviewers, study section chairs, and NIH staff, to help guide you in planning and writing a competitive grant application. The CSR video – linked below – is part of CSR’s Insider’s Guide to Peer Review for Applicants page.


NIH Regional Seminar Early Bird Rate

Super Summer Savings – NIH Regional Seminar Early Bird Rate Extended to July 15!


It’s a super summer surprise… NIH is extending its early registration until Friday, July 15 for the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration in Chicago, IL (Oct. 26-28).  Registering now for the Early Bird Rate will save you $30! This is the 2nd and final NIH Regional Seminar of 2016, so if you or your staff are new to working with NIH grants, then this is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed! Here are just a few highlights:

  • Specialized optional pre-seminar workshops available on research with human participants, intellectual property, electronic Research Administration (eRA) systems, and the NIH grants process
  • Two-day seminar offers 3 tracks: Administrators, New Investigators, and All Interests
  • 65 NIH and HHS presenters providing sessions on over 40 different topics
  • 15-minute 1:1 chat opportunities where you can sign up to meet as many of our presenters as you wish in order to get your questions answered

For more details, visit the 2016 Chicago – NIH Regional Seminar website. General information about future seminars and listserv info may also be found on the main NIH Regional Seminars site.


Institute of Education Science (IES) Grant Workshops

 Upcoming Free IES Grant Workshops

  • IES Grant Writing Workshop
    Friday, June 17th, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. EDT
    Learn how to write grant applications for the Education Research and Special Education Research Grants programs. IES staff will walk through general requirements, topics, goals, and the four major sections of the application narrative, and provide tips for writing a competitive application.
    To register for the webinar, please click here.
  • IES Application Process
    Thursday, July 14, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. EDT
    IES staff will provide information regarding the grant submission process. Topics focus on the application instructions, including content and formatting requirements, registration and submission through Grants.gov, and application forms.
    To register for the webinar, please click here.


Fulbright Recognition


U.S. Department of Education International Education Programs Service Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program

 Access to the World and Its Languages

 The mission of the International Education Programs Service (IEPS) is to meet the national needs for expertise and competence in foreign languages and area or global and international studies. IEPS administers 14 international education programs. These programs are complementary in nature and designed to benefit a variety of audiences through training programs, research, start-up or enhancement projects, and fellowships.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program

This program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students to conduct research in other countries in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months. This program holds an annual competition.

Eligible Applicants

Institutions of higher education in the United States are eligible to apply for grants under the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program. Students must apply through their institutions.

 A student is eligible to receive a fellowship if he or she meets all of the following criteria:

 • Is a citizen or national of the United States or is a permanent resident of the United States.

• Is a graduate student in good standing at an institution of higher education in the United States who, when the fellowship begins, is admitted to candidacy in a doctoral program in modern foreign languages and area studies at that institution.

• Is planning a teaching career in the United States upon graduation.

• Possesses adequate skills in the language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation project.

Duration of the Grant

Students may propose research for six to 12 months. This fellowship may not be renewed.

Terms and Conditions

A fellow shall:

 • Maintain satisfactory progress in the conduct of his or her research.

• Devote full time to research on the approved topic.

• Not engage in any gainful employment during the fellowship period.

• Remain a student in good standing at his or her institution.

Reporting Requirements

A final report is due from each fellow 90 days after the end of the grant period. Students should contact their institution’s project director for electronic reporting instructions.

Expenses Covered by the Award

• Travel expenses, including excess baggage to and from the residence of the fellow to the host country of research.

• Maintenance and dependent(s)’ allowances based on the cost of living in country or countries of research for the fellow and his or her dependent(s).

• Project allowance for research related expenses such as books, copying, tuition and affiliation fees, local travel, and other incidental expenses.

• Health and accident insurance premiums.

• An administrative fee of $100 to applicant institution.

For More Information

E-mail questions to ddra@ed.gov or visit the IEPS Web site at www.ed.gov/programs/iegpsddrap for information, including: application deadline, application package, previous fellowships, technical assistance, and program statute and regulations.

About IEPS Overseas Programs

Under the Fulbright-Hays Act, IEPS administers four overseas programs that provide a variety of grants to individuals and institutions of higher education for projects in foreign

languages and area studies.

 These include:

 • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program

• Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program

• Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program

• Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program and Special Bilateral Projects

 If you would like more information about Fulbright-Hays programs, please visit the IEPS

Web site at www.ed.gov/ope/iegps.

 Here’s what participants in the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program have to say about their experiences in the program:


“Not only did time in Japan give me access to archives, without which my work would have been impossible, it also allowed me an excellent opportunity to get to know my Japanese colleagues. Over the course of the year I developed relationships that will continue to sustain my career and intellectual development for years to come. There is no substitute for joint research, and the DDRA facilitates the sorts of intellectual cross-pollination that many institutions claim to sponsor but rarely deliver.”

Ian Miller, Columbia University (New York)


“The contacts that I made during my research...will be invaluable to my further development as a scholar and as a participant in the increasingly global dialogue of scholars working on the field of Western Zhou history. They will be a source for me to draw on, and hopefully contribute to, throughout my career.”

David Sena, University of Chicago


“Collaborating with scholars and students I met while on the grant was one of the most enjoyable and fruitful aspects of my fieldwork. Local scholars in Lebanon were very forthcoming with tips and assistance on practical matters as well as providing theoretical and methodological insights. Being ’in the field’ has made me reconsider my project, both in terms of theoretical approach, but particularly in regard to sources.”

Sara Schlenghe, Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.)


“If my Fulbright-Hays-funded research stirs Ugandans to begin the process of discussion and formulation of culturally appropriate mechanisms to support their most vulnerable as society transitions from informal, tradition-based social support structures to a modern, legal framework, then I believe it was time (and money) well-spent.”

Simeon Wiehler, Cornell University (New York)


U.S. Department of Education

Office of Postsecondary Education

International Education Programs Service

1990 K Street, N.W., 6th Floor

Washington, DC 20006-8521

Tel: 202-502-7700

Fax: 202-502-7860



Fulbright-Hays project director is Dale Tampke, so prospective student applicants should contact him



Registration Now Open for the Spring & Fall 2016 NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding & Grants Administration


The NIH is pleased to announce that registration is now open for two NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration in 2016. Make plans today to join over 50 NIH and HHS program, review, grants, and policy experts, senior NIH leadership, as well as approximately 600 of your peers from around the globe for this unique opportunity.   

Baltimore, Maryland:  (Additional Registration, Agenda, and Hotel information available)

  • Wednesday, May 11, Optional Pre-Seminar Workshops
  • Thursday-Friday, May 12-13:  2-Day Seminar
  • Venue: Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

Chicago, Illinois: (Additional Registration, Agenda, and Hotel information available)

  • Wednesday, October 26: Optional Pre-Seminar Workshops
  • Thursday-Friday, October 27-28: 2-Day Seminar
  • Venue: Palmer House Hilton Hotel

What does the 2-day seminar offer?
The NIH Regional Seminar offers a comprehensive program for the NIH extramural community about the NIH grants process and related policies, including such topics as Fundamentals of the NIH, compliance, peer review, grant writing for success, pre-award and post-award issues for administrators and investigators, animal and human subject research, and how to interact electronically with NIH. Three tracks of sessions for administrators, new investigators, and all interests provide an array of topic choices.  Special interest sessions are also provided on topics such as research integrity, intellectual property and data sharing, foreign collaborations, R& D Contracts, and ClinicalTrials.gov.  Meet and hear from the NIH Deputy Director of Extramural Research, Dr. Michael Lauer, on the latest funding trends, NIH program initiatives, and so much more.

Optional Pre-Seminar Workshops offered
Expanded options for pre-seminar workshops are offered year!  Check out these 1/2 day and full day opportunities:

  • OHRP & NIH Workshop on Human Research Protections:  Getting Through Human Research Review with Skill
  • Administrator’s Boot Camp: Getting Started with NIH 
  • eRA Workshop: Grant Application Preparation & Submission
  • eRA Workshop: eRA Commons Account Administration & Post-Submission Processing
  • Intellectual Property: Understanding Requirements & Recipient Responsibilities
  • Intellectual Property: A Hands-On Demonstration of iEdison

Who will be there from NIH and HHS?  
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and attend sessions provided by over 50 NIH and HHS experts.  These program, review, grants, and policy experts are not only presenting during the 2-Day Seminar, but attendees will have the opportunity to meet them in 15 minute 1:1 chat sessions to get more specific questions answered.  For those attending the Baltimore seminar, there is an opportunity to schedule 1:1s with an additional 50 NIH institute and center.  (The proximity of Baltimore to the NIH offices allow for this special opportunity.)  Attendees are encouraged to meet with as many NIH & HHS experts as their schedule allows.

Who should attend?
The NIH Regional Seminar is intended for those new to the grants process, including sponsored project officers and departmental administrators, investigators, faculty, graduate students, and others involved in the NIH grants process.  Over the course of two days, it also provides an opportunity to those with more experience to obtain updates on grants policies and procedures.  Several new policy sessions added this year will also offer additional opportunities for more advanced content and discussions.

What's the goal of the Seminar?
The goal of the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration is to offer participants an unparalleled opportunity to gain a better perspective of NIH policies and programs and gather helpful NIH contacts, so that they may return to their offices and/or labs with useful information, resources, and tools to assist in obtaining and managing NIH awards.

Why Register Now?
All of the optional pre-seminar workshops have limited seating to promote more interactivity between participants and the presenters.  With all of the optional pre-seminar workshop space filling quickly and the 2-Day Seminar often reaching capacity before the event dates, you don't want to wait too long.  Don’t forget to make your hotel reservations as well while conference room rates are still available.


Please direct all inquiries to:

For Listserv information and future seminar details, please visit the NIH Office of Extramural Research Regional Seminar Web site at:

NIH Regional Seminar-Baltimore: http://regionalseminars.od.nih.gov/baltimore2016/

NIH Regional Seminar-Chicago: http://regionalseminars.od.nih.gov/chicago2016/

Please direct all additional questions to: NIHRegionalSeminars@mail.nih.gov.

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NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices




Department of Health
and Human Services (HHS)

NSF Recognition


New Blog Focusing on IES Research

New Blog Focusing on IES Research

The National Center for Education Research (NCER) and The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) are pleased to announce the launch of Inside IES Research: Notes from NCER & NCSER. This blog premiered today with a welcome from Commissioners Thomas Brock and Joan McLaughlin.

Look to the blog for discussions of NCER and NCSER programs and services, spotlights on emerging research findings, and perspectives on issues of importance to the education sciences. The blog will be updated weekly.

To read more about the new Inside IES Research blog go to: http://ies.ed.gov/blogs/research/

National Science Board Statement on the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology Act of 2014 (H.R. 4186)




National Science Board statement on FIRST Act

April 24, 2014

The National Science Board (NSB) appreciates the historic strong commitment of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and to the research that NSF supports. In the face of global challenges to our Nation's scientific leadership, NSF must maintain an unwavering focus on enabling scientific breakthroughs and on supporting the next generation of scientists. These scientists' discoveries will underpin the health of the United States long into the future, especially with respect to its economic growth, prosperity, and security.

However, we are concerned that elements of the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act do not advance those goals. In fact, some of its provisions and tone suggest that Congress intends to impose constraints that would compromise NSF's ability to fulfill its statutory purpose. Some elements of the bill would also impose significant new burdens on scientists that would not be offset by gains to the nation. Our greatest concern is that the bill's specification of budget allocations to each NSF Directorate would significantly impede NSF's flexibility to deploy its funds to support the best ideas in fulfillment of its mission to "promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense; and for other purposes."

The Board agrees that accountability and transparency are foundational to any Federal agency's mission. In the case of NSF's grant-making processes, accountability and transparency can improve both public appreciation of science and the agency's ability to deliver science in the national interest. Toward these ends, NSF management and the National Science Board are implementing new processes that will increase both transparency and accountability. We therefore do not see a need to impose new, more inflexible, legislated requirements on NSF and our science and engineering communities. We are concerned that the proposed new legislative requirements might discourage visionary proposals or transformative science at a time when advancing the decades-long U.S. leadership in science and technology is a top priority.

Since 1950, NSF has delivered enormous value to U.S. taxpayers by relying on rigorous merit review to identify the most promising research ideas across all disciplines. That value is rooted in the passion, integrity, and curiosity of our nation's scientists and engineers who conduct research with high standards of ethical conduct and accountability. Our national competitiveness, defense, and prosperity have always been and will continue to be energized by scientific leadership. Every day our researchers ask breathtaking questions about the world around us, about our genes, our brains, and about society as a whole. They are poised to take the lead in answering many of these questions, even when global collaborations are required. It is critical to our nation's future that U.S. scientists have the freedom and flexibility necessary to pursue those leadership roles effectively.

Generations of scientists, engineers, and public servants have shaped the National Science Foundation into an unsurpassed engine that drives economic competitiveness and national well-being through the progress of science. As stewards of this exceptional agency, which is a role model for the world, the NSB is committed to engage with the Administration and the Congress to ensure scientific progress continues for generations to come.

Dan E. Arvizu, Chairman, Director and Chief Executive, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado

Kelvin K. Droegemeier, Vice Chairman,Vice President for Research, Regents' Professor of Meteorology and Weathernews Chair Emeritus, University of Oklahoma, Norman

Deborah L. Ball, William H. Payne Collegiate Chair, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Dean of the School of Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Bonnie L. Bassler, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology, Princeton University, New Jersey

Arthur Bienenstock, Professor Emeritus of Photon Science, Stanford University, California

Ray M. Bowen, President Emeritus, Texas A&M University, College Station and Visiting Distinguished Professor, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Vinton G. Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

Ruth David, President and Chief Executive Officer, Analytic Services, Inc., Arlington, Virginia

Inez Fung, Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of California, Berkeley

Esin Gulari,Dean of Engineering and Science, Clemson University, South Carolina

G. Peter Lepage, Professor of Physics, College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York



Alan I. Leshner, Chief Executive Officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Executive Publisher, Science, Washington, DC

W. Carl Lineberger, E.U. Condon Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Fellow of JILA, University of Colorado, Boulder

Stephen Mayo, Bren Professor of Biology and Chemistry; Chair, Division of Biology, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

G.P. "Bud" Peterson, President, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

Douglas D. Randall, Professor Emeritus and Thomas Jefferson Fellow and Director Emeritus, Interdisciplinary Plant Group, University of Missouri, Columbia

Geraldine Richmond, Richard M. and Patricia H. Noyes Professor of Chemistry, University of Oregon, Eugene

Anneila I. Sargent, Ira S. Bowen Professor of Astronomy and Vice President for Student Affairs, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

Diane L. Souvaine, Vice Provost for Research, Professor of Computer Science, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts

Arnold F. Stancell, Vice President Mobil Oil (Retired), Turner Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

Claude M. Steele, Dean, School of Education, Stanford University, California

Robert J. Zimmer, President, University of Chicago, Illinois

Maria T. Zuber, E.A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and Vice President for Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge



Media Contacts
Nadine Lymn, National Science Board, (703) 292-2490, nlymn@nsf.gov


The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2014, its budget is $7.2 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 50,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes about 11,500 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $593 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

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Getting Funded: An AHRQ Grants Overview

On April 15, the Virginia Commonwealth University Office of Research and Innovation hosted a workshop entitled "Getting Funded: An AHRQ Grants Overview". This introductory workshop was presented by Brent Sandmeyer, MPH, Grants Lead/Social Science Analyst at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Policy, with the aim of helping PIs better understand:

  • The structure and priorities of the funding agency, including changes that have taken place over the past 2 years;
  • Funding opportunities at AHRQ;
  • How to determine if AHRQ is the right funding source for their research questions, including how AHRQ and NIH differ; and
  • Writing competitive applications to AHRQ.


Here is the link to the video of the session: https://ess.echo360.vcu.edu:8443/ess/echo/presentation/61d34ca2-ab74-4e47-a2ec-68b4cdce064a

Fulbright Scholar Program: Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Apply for Fulbright Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa

The 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S Scholar Program competition is now open and accepting applications for awards in Sub-Saharan Africa! Each year, U.S. scholars in a wide variety of academic disciplines teach and/or conduct research at educational institutions and non-profit organizations across Sub-Saharan Africa. Beyond their specific research or teaching objectives, Fulbright Scholars to the region build relationships that serve as the foundation for future collaborations.

Some of the awards to the region this year are highlighted below. We also encourage you to review the complete list of awards here to find a match for your interests and expertise!

  • Africa Regional Research Program
  • Ethiopia All Disciplines Award
  • Rwanda Science and Technology Award
  • Mauritius Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development Award
  • Sudan All Disciplines Award
  • Ghana Engineering Award
  • Cote d'Ivoire Agriculture, Biological Sciences or Environmental Sciences Award
  • Niger All Disciplines Award
  • Benin All Disciplines Award
  • South Africa Education, Social Sciences, Humanities, Professional Fields and the Arts Award
  • Swaziland Sociology Award
  • Zambia Journalism and Broadcasting Award
  • Mozambique All Disciplines Award

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the deadline for complete applications is August 1, 2016. Please reach out to us at subsaharanafrica@iie.org with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

With best regards,

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, Sub-Saharan Africa Team
Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)
Institute of International Education (IIE)

Fringe Benefits Change for FY 17

(May 12, 2016)-Sponsored Program Accounting (SPA) has just announced that fringe benefit rates will be changing as of July 1, 2016. Fringe benefit rates are to be applied to the salary amount for the employee(s) listed in the grant budget. Note that post-doc fringe benefit rates are the same as for faculty. Fringe benefit rates are established each year in negotiations with the university’s cognizant federal agency, Department of Health and Human Services. The new rates are listed below:


                                                            FY16                       FY17

Full-Time Faculty                                24.8                        28.3

Full-Time Staff                                     27.4                        30.2

Part-Time Faculty & Staff                    7.6                          7.8

Graduate Students                             46.6                        46.7

  • Tuition                                                  39.2                        35.2
  • Health Insurance                                     7.4                        11.5

Fellowship News

Institute of International Education Invites At-Risk Scholars to Apply for Fellowships


Do you collaborate with an international scholar in another country?

The Institute of International Education invites qualifying scholars to apply to the Scholar Rescue Fund, which provides fellowships of up to $25,000 and health insurance to professors, researchers, and public intellectuals from any country, field, or discipline whose lives or careers are threatened in their home countries.

The fellowships support temporary academic positions at universities, colleges, and research centers anywhere in the world. Fellows are expected to teach, do research, or publish at host institutions.  Applications and nominations are accepted at any time during the year on a rolling basis and will be considered three times per year. Emergency applications may be considered out of cycle if a candidate's circumstances do not permit waiting for the next cycle.

To apply for a fellowship or to find out about hosting an SRF fellow, visit the IIE website: http://www.scholarrescuefund.org/pages/for-scholars.php


[Fulbright Scholar Program] The 2017-18 U.S. Scholar Competition is Now Open!

Fullbright The 2017-2018 Competition is Now Open!

The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers teaching, research, or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2017-2018 academic year. Higher education faculty and administrators as well as professionals, independent scholars, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, and accomplished scholars from other professions are encouraged to apply. 

In order to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright continues to offer Flex Awards, which allow grantees to complete a grant in two or three shorter segments. Fulbright also offers opportunities for multi-country grants through enhanced global and regional awards, including the Fulbright Global Scholar Award.

View the nearly 500 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar awards by visiting the online Catalog of Awards and learn more by participating in one of our webinars.

The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2016. Please contact us with any questions. We look forward to assisting you throughout the application process!

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)
Institute of International Education (IIE)


2016 ASHE Annual Conference

Date: May 6, 2016

Location: Columbus, OH

Sponsor: Association for the Study of Higher Education

Event type: Proposal Due

 “ASHE encourages proposals that advance knowledge and understanding of a wide range of issues pertaining to higher education as a field of study. We welcome proposals from faculty, scholars, administrators, and students who work in higher education, public policy, or a related field; those who work within and across such disciplines as education, public policy, economics, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology; and those in state and federal agencies, philanthropic organizations, higher education associations, and other entities that use research to inform policy and practice.”