Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Invites Applications for Light-Sheet Instrumentation Capabilities

The mission of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation mission is to provide funding for promising technologies, with a focus on cutting-edge instrumentation and interfaces between disciplines.

To advance this mission, the foundation has issued an RFP for a one-time grant opportunity for the procurement and potential further development of groundbreaking advanced light-sheet instrumentation capabilities, including establishment of robust multidisciplinary science/technology teams involving data-scientist collaborations within the research group.

Under the RFP, grants of up to $1.2 million will be awarded in support of core biological problems and a research program that is enabled by the dynamic, 3D, and long-term imaging capabilities of advanced light-sheet microscopy. Funding may be used for instrumentation acquisition, development, and maintenance; support for data-science collaborations; and costs for the proposed research programs.

Successful proposals must also include a detailed plan on how data scientists will be incorporated into the research team, how they plan to analyze the magnitude of data generated by the microscope systems, and how such analysis will further the specific biological aims of the project. Applicants are encouraged to explore creative solutions to this challenge, including but not limited to collaborations with existing resources at the institution(s), collaborations with other academic or research institutions or national laboratories, the hiring of new faculty, and/or project plans with corporate partners.

Pre-proposals are due March 6, 2020. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

To be eligible, the lead institution submitting the proposal must be a tax-exempt U.S. university or research institution.

See the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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American Psychological Foundation Invites Applications for Research Exploring LGBTQ Issues

The American Psychological Foundation is inviting applications for its Wayne F. Placek Grant program.

Through the program, grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded in support of empirical research in any field of the behavioral or social sciences on any topic related to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender issues.

The foundation encourages research that addresses the following topics: heterosexuals’ attitudes and behaviors toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, including prejudice, discrimination, and violence; family and workplace issues relevant to LGBT people; and special concerns of the LGBT population that historically have been underrepresented in scientific research.

To be eligible, applicants must be either a doctoral-level researcher or a graduate student affiliated with an educational institution or 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization. Graduate students and early-career researchers are encouraged to apply.

See the American Psychological Foundation website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and information about past recipients.

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American Psychological Foundation Invites Proposals for Gifted Children and Youth Research

he American Psychological Foundation welcomes applications for Esther Katz Rosen Fund Grants.

Through the program, grants ranging from between $1,000 and $50,000 will be awarded in support of research, pilot projects, and research-based programs related to the psychological understanding of gifted children and youth. The fund supports efforts to enable and enhance the development of gifted and talented children and adolescents and encourages promising psychologists to continue innovative research and programs in this area.

To be eligible, applicants must hold a doctoral degree from, or be a graduate student at, an accredited research university. Graduate students and early-career psychologists (ten years or less postdoctoral) are encouraged to apply.

See the American Psychological Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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NFWF Issues 2020 RFP for Southern California Forests and Watersheds – Wildfires Restoration Program

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to recover and enhance USFS-managed lands affected by wildfire, develop tools and information to guide restoration and management decisions, and build resilience to future fires and drought.

To that end, the Southern California Forests and Watersheds Program releases a Request for Proposals annually to solicit projects that utilize the skills, innovation, and enthusiasm of diverse partners to help in this effort. The program has approximately $8 million available for the 2020 funding cycle, with the following amounts available for Los Padres National Forest (Zaca, $1 million; Piru, $1 million; Jesusita,  $1 million) and Angeles National Forest (Copper, $3 million; Sayre, $400,000; Powerhouse, $1.6 million).

The major goals of the program are to increase the pace and scale of restoration to address impacts from these fires; provide sustainable and lasting ecological benefits to the forest; engage in efficient, strategic, and innovative solutions to improve forest health and resilience; and encourage “shared-stewardship” of USFS lands through expanded partnership and cooperation.

These projects aid USFS by helping to increase the pace and scale of post-fire restoration, provide sustainable and lasting ecological benefits, improve forest health and resilience, and encourage “shared-stewardship” of USFS lands through expanded partnership and cooperation.

Past projects supported by the program include but are not limited to invasive weed treatments and restoration of native chaparral; steelhead habitat surveys and population counts; trail maintenance and interpretive sign development; and aquatic organism passage improvement designs.

The program focuses on watersheds and ecosystems affected by the fires identified above. Project activities are eligible in any of the affected watersheds, provided the activity has a direct nexus to a need resulting from, or exacerbated by, one or more of the fires included in this RFP. Grant funds must support projects that occur on federal Lands only; complementary actions that occur on non-Forest Service land may be incorporated for matching value but are not eligible for funding. Activities related to wildfire events other than those identified above are not eligible for this particular funding opportunity.

Grant award amounts are expected to range from $25,000 to $500,000 per project. (Past grant awards typically ranged from $100,000 to $200,000.) Proposals requesting funds in excess of $500,000 may be considered, however proposals should include clear justification. Applicants who intend to request greater than $500,000 are encouraged to discuss their proposal with the NFWF program manager prior to submittal.

Matching funds are required and will be a factor in the proposal evaluation. Projects are expected to provide at least a 50 percent non-federal match to be competitive. Highly competitive projects will meet or exceed a 100 percent non-federal match.

For the complete RFP, which includes details on program priorities and metrics, eligibility and evaluation criteria, and a detailed timeline, see the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website.

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Bush Foundation Invites Applications to Ecosystems Grant Program

The St. Paul-based Bush Foundation works to inspire and support creative problem solving within and across sectors. To that end, the foundation’s Ecosystem grant program aims to strengthen the programs and organizations that do the most to support the people doing that work.

Ecosystem grants provide operating support to programs and organizations that the foundation’s grantees, fellows, and other organizations rely on to provide critical data and analysis, spread great ideas, advance public awareness of and policy around critical issues, and build leadership networks.

In 2020, the Bush Foundation is looking to make Ecosystem grants to organizations and community leaders working to advance community innovation or social sector leadership; or working in one of these specific areas: community creativity (Does the organization help others to use art and culture to solve community problems?); education (Does the organization help schools and educators move toward student-centered learning?); nation building (Does the organization support tribal governments to exercise sovereignty?); or social business ventures (Does the organization support people to start and grow businesses that solve social problems?)

Across all its work, the foundation is committed to advancing racial and economic equity in its service — Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the twenty-three Native nations that share the same geography.

Organizations may apply to receive as much as $300,000 in operating support over three years. Annual grant amounts typically are 25 percent of the organization’s expenses, up to $100,000 per year. All Ecosystem grantees will receive an additional $10,000 in capacity-building funds to build or strengthen their skills to work across differences.

Ecosystem grants may be awarded to 501(c)(3) public charities or government entities. Coalitions or collaborative efforts are eligible to apply, but only one organization may receive the grant.

Organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) status may submit an application through a fiscal sponsor. If the grant is approved, the fiscal sponsor becomes the grantee and receives the funds.

For additional information, including details about the selection/notification process and tips for submitting an application, see the Bush Foundation website.

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J.M. Kaplan Fund Invites Applications From Nonprofit Publishers

Through its Furthermore program, the J.M. Kaplan Fund supports nonfiction book publishing about art, architecture, and design; cultural history, the city and related public issues; and conservation and preservation.

The program seeks work that appeals to an informed general audience; demonstrates evidence of high standards in editing, design, and production; and promises a reasonable shelf life.

Individual grants will range from $1,500 to $15,000 and may be used to support writing, research, editing, design, indexing, photography, illustration, and/or printing and binding.

Applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Trade publishers and public agencies may apply for grants in partnership with an eligible nonprofit sponsor. Recipients of Furthermore grants are located across the U.S. and abroad, but preference will be given to publishers in New York City, New York State, and the Hudson Valley.

See the Furthermore website for complete application guidelines, an FAQ, and complete program information.

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NIH Funding Opportunities

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