James S. McDonnell Foundation Accepting Applications for Teachers as Learners Program

Founded in 1950 by aviation leader James S. McDonnell, the James S. McDonnell Foundation works to advance quality of life in the United States through support for scientific and educational research with the potential to impact generations to come.

To that end, the foundation has issued an RFP for pre-proposals for its Teachers as Leaners (TAL) Program, which is aimed at understanding critical factors in the way teachers process and evaluate information, as well as those that drive changes in teacher attitudes, skills, and behaviors. Through the program, grants of up to $2.5 million will be awarded to research projects focused on teacher perception toward, as well as facilitation of, communication within the classroom. Examples include teachers’ use of classroom questions, capacity to guide collaborative discussions, and ability to elicit student explanations. Digital, verbal, written, and gestural modes of communication will be considered.

Awards can be applied to faculty salaries, postdoctoral or teacher support, research staff, travel expenses, the purchase of equipment, and publication fees.

Although projects may involve interdisciplinary teams, they must be led by a qualified tax-exempt organization with 501(c)(3) status (or foreign equivalent), or a domestic entity that operates as an instrument of the government.

Pre-proposals must be received no later than May 8, 2019. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by August 14, 2019.

See the James S. McDonnell Foundation website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a list of projects funded through the program in 2018.

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Accepting Applications From Organizations Working to Improve Postsecondary Success

Driven by the belief that every life is worth equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to address the most pressing issues of the day and improve quality of life for all. Although the foundation’s reach is global and it works across many sectors, its efforts in the United States are focused on providing the neediest individuals with the resources needed to succeed.

According to the foundation, educational achievement is a prime predictor for future success, with college graduates earning as much as 65 percent more than individuals with only a high school education. Numerous sociocultural factors, including income inequality and race, affect access to and success at the postsecondary educational level. Through its Postsecondary Success strategy, the foundation works to provide all students with the opportunity to complete a high-quality and affordable postsecondary education.

To that end, the foundation is accepting applications from potential partners interested in serving as Intermediaries for Scale. Up to ten organizations (or organizational networks) will be selected to support institutions of higher education over a multiyear period, with the goal of improving outcomes for traditionally underserved students, including minorities and those with reduced incomes. Through the program, organizations and partners will work together to connect campuses to each other and additional resources in order to inform policy and improve industry practices.

Grants will be awarded to the chosen Intermediaries in support of organizational capacity-building efforts in four key areas: 1) increasing awareness of promising strategies within the campus community; 2) informing key campus-level decisions about change options and strategies; 3) providing direction and resources to adopt, implement, analyze, and sustain policy changes; and 4) building connections between educational institutions and supporting organizations in order to improve industry best practices.

U.S.-based organizations with a history of working to increase student success in postsecondary settings will be considered. Eligible candidates must be dedicated to reducing college disparity outcomes due to race and income, committed to continuous learning and improvement through data-driven methods, and have the capacity to recognize, implement, and evaluate policy changes campus-wide.

Applicants must navigate a multi-stage process, with LOIs due March 20, 2019. Selected applicants will be asked to supply additional information by May 10 and a concept paper by June 28. Final proposals will be due in the fall.

See the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation website for complete program guidelines, a list of informational webinars, and application instructions.

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NoVo Foundation Accepting Applications for Social and Emotional Learning initiatives

By highlighting the interconnectedness of everything and everyone, the New York City-based NoVo Foundation works to promote social justice, advance equality and collaboration, enhance mutual respect, and empower marginalized voices in order to generate true cultural transformation in service to a more caring and balanced world.

In partnership with Education First and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the foundation currently is accepting applications from projects designed to advance social and emotional learning in classrooms across the United States. The foundation is focused on educators as key catalysts in supporting all students and changing schools and is interested in supporting programs and systems designed to foster greater compassion, build skills in people and groups to be able to work through differences and problems, and lessen incidents of violence and vulnerabilities to all forms of harm.

To that end, grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to programs that can be implemented across an entire school district and/or across multiple schools within a district. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to individual educators or teams of teachers implementing social and emotional learning techniques in the classroom. The foundation also will be offering a select number of two-year grants.

See the NoVo Foundation website for detailed program guidelines, key selection criteria, and application instructions.

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New Mexico Children’s Foundation Accepting Applications for Programs That Benefit Children

Established in 1992 by the former first lady of New Mexico, Alice King, the New Mexico Children’s Foundation is a community-based organization dedicated to meeting the comprehensive needs of young people and their families in the state.

The foundation currently is accepting applications from small New Mexico-based nonprofits for its 2019-20 grant cycle. In 2017-18, the foundation awarded grants totaling $73,500 to thirty-nine organizations.

Eligible candidates must be based in New Mexico, be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and have a budget that does not exceed $300,000.

See the New Mexico Children’s Foundation website for eligibility and evaluation criteria and application instructions.

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Nevada Community Foundation Accepting Applications for Hughes and Jones Music Fund

Founded in 1988, the Nevada Community Foundation brings together donors, advisors, nonprofit organizations, and corporations to serve the citizens of Nevada through more than a hundred and fifty charitable funds and in-kind services, including board and strategic development.

In support of this mission, NCF is accepting applications to its Hughes & Jones Music Fund. Through the fund, as many as twenty grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded to middle and high schools located in rural counties of Nevada for the purchase of musical instruments.

Any middle or high school in a rural Nevada county is eligible to apply. Clark County School District and the Washoe County School District are ineligible for the program in 2019, but will be eligible again in 2020.

See the Hugh and Jones Music Fund website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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NIH Requests for Applications

  • Cooperative Agreement to Support the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute for Food Safety and Health (U19 Clinical Trial Optional)
    (RFA-FD-19-003)
    Food and Drug Administration
    Application Receipt Date(s): April 20, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date. Applicants should be aware that on-time submission means that an application is submitted error free (of both Grants.gov and eRA Commons errors) by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the application due date. Late applications will not be accepted for this FOA.
  • Enhancing Regulatory Science for the Risk Based Quality Assessment of Complex Products (U01) – Clinical Trials Optional
    (RFA-FD-19-011)
    Food and Drug Administration
    Application Receipt Date(s): April 22, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date. Applicants should be aware that on-time submission means that an application is submitted error free (of both Grants.gov and eRA Commons errors) by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the application due date. Late applications will not be accepted for this FOA.
  • Post-Stroke Vascular Contributions to Cognitive Impairment and Dementia (VCID) in the United States Including in Health Disparities Populations (U19 Clinical Trial not Allowed)
    (RFA-NS-19-012)
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    National Institute on Aging
    Application Receipt Date(s): April 17, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.
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NIH Notices

  • Notice of Availability of Funds for Revision Applications for Research Centers with a Focus in Chronic Disease and the Reduction of Health Disparities (P50, P30, U54)
    (NOT-OD-19-070) National Institutes of Health
  • Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH); K12 Clinical Trial Optional
    (NOT-OD-19-073) Office of Research on Women’s Health
  • Notice of Extension of the Expiration Date for PA-16-141 “Development of Animal Models and Related Biological Materials for Research (R21)”
    (NOT-OD-19-074) Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs
  • Request for Information (RFI): Input on NIH Tickborne Diseases Strategic Plan
    (NOT-OD-19-077) National Institutes of Health
  • Findings of Research Misconduct
    (NOT-OD-19-080) National Institutes of Health
  • Update to the NIH/AHRQ/NIOSH Policy on Post-Submission Materials
    (NOT-OD-19-083) Center for Scientific Review
  • Notice of Special Interest on “development and dissemination of behavioral treatments for alcohol use disorder”
    (NOT-AA-19-010)
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  • Notice of Participation of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) in PA-19-094 “Emotion Regulation, Aging and Mental Disorder (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)”
    (NOT-AG-19-004)
    National Institute on Aging
  • Notice of Participation of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) in PA-19-095 “Emotion Regulation, Aging and Mental Disorder (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)”
    (NOT-AG-19-005)
    National Institute on Aging
  • Notice of NIAMS Participation in RFA-AT-19-005 “HEAL Initiative: Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial of Acupuncture for Management of Chronic Low Back Pain in Older Adults (UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Required)”
    (NOT-AR-19-035)
    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
  • Notice of NCCIH Pre-Application Webinar for RFA-AT-19-008 and RFA-AT-19-009, “Exploring the Mechanisms Underlying Analgesic Properties of Minor Cannabinoids and Terpenes”
    (NOT-AT-19-023)
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
  • Notice of CDCs Participation in SBIR Omnibus/Parent Clinical Trial Required Funding Opportunity Announcement PA-18-573
    (NOT-CD-19-001)
    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • Notice of Special Interest: Collaborative Activities to Expedite Environmental Health Science Research, Translation, and Community Engagement Across EHS Core Centers (Admin Supp – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (NOT-ES-19-007)
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Notice of Additional Receipt Dates for RFA-ES-16-005 “Mechanism for Time-Sensitive Opportunities in Environmental Health Sciences (R21)”
    (NOT-ES-19-008)
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Extend Application Deadline- Cooperative Agreement to Support the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute for Food Safety and Health (U19 Clinical Trial Optional)
    (NOT-FD-19-006)
    Food and Drug Administration
  • Notice to Clarify Institutional Eligibility and Application Instructions for the Plan for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research in PAR-17-339 “NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA)(R25)”
    (NOT-GM-19-014)
    National Institute of General Medical Sciences
  • Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Integrative Omics Analysis of NHLBI TOPMed Data (Parent R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    (NOT-HL-19-676)
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for PA-19-166 “Implementation of shared decision making for HLBS diseases and conditions (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)”
    (NOT-HL-19-683)
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • Notice of NIMHD Participation in PA-19-165 “Administrative Supplement for Research on Sex/Gender Influences (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)”
    (NOT-MD-19-021)
    National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Notice of Removal of Matching Requirements for RFA-NS-18-041 Discovery of Biomarkers, Biomarker Signatures, and Endpoints for Pain (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Optional)
    (NOT-NS-19-036)
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research
  • Notice for the All of Us Research Program Communications and Marketing Partners Funding Opportunity and Informational Webinar
    (NOT-PM-19-002)
    National Institutes of Health
  • Notice for the All of Us Research Program Engagement and Retention Innovators Funding Opportunity and Informational Webinar
    (NOT-PM-19-003)
    National Institutes of Health
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