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Special Opps: Funding and More for October 22, 2015

by eCivis Research Team on October 22, 2015
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“eCivis Special Opps” is collection of supplemental funding sources, resources, and other opportunities for organizations, faculty and students, community members, and partners that are discovered by our research team while searching for opportunities to include in Grants Network: Research.”

National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR): National Mentoring Summit

The sixth annual National Mentoring Summit has been scheduled to take place on January 27-29, 2016, at the Renaissance Washington, D.C., Downtown. The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) will host the summit, which will explore the theme of “Connection/Growth/Opportunity.” This summit is expected to bring together nearly 1,000 individuals who represent the mentor movement, including practitioners, researchers, MENTOR’s network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships, corporate partners, and government and civic leaders. Interested participants may register now and select from over 60 compelling workshops exploring a variety of topics.

Driving Pledge Campaign

The Driving Pledge Campaign, launched by the National Foundation for Teen Safe Driving, is designed to encourage teens and adults to make a mutual promise to each other about their roles, responsibilities, and rules as the teens learn to drive and eventually become licensed drivers. In addition to making the promise to drive safe, obey driving laws, not text while driving, and drive sober, this campaign allows participants the ability to nominate a school to receive a grant. Four schools will be randomly selected to receive grants of $2,500 each. Interested participants must sign up by 11:59 p.m. on October 24, 2015.

Florida Power and Light Company: Scholarships and Funding

In order to educate the next generation of science leaders and promote efforts to preserve the environment, the Florida Power and Light Company (FPL) offers a variety of educational opportunities for schools, teachers, and students in their service area. Funding is available to support the use of robotics and to support district-wide science fairs in the categories of energy or engineering. In addition, FPL offers scholarships to For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) students who are interested in pursuing an engineering or information management career. Scholarship applications will be available by early December and will be due by the end of February 2016.

Community College Innovation Challenge

The National Science Foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges have launched the Community College Innovation Challenge in order to fund innovative STEM-based solutions for food, energy, and water systems issues. Eligible applicants are teams of three to five community college students, a faculty mentor, and a community or industry partner. Winning teams will have the opportunity to win cash prizes and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for a week-long Innovation Boot Camp where the final teams will exhibit their innovation on Capitol Hill and refine crucial communication, entrepreneurial, and innovation skills from experts. The first-place team will receive $1,500 per student team member, and the second-place team will receive $1,200 per student team member. Interested teams must submit their entries by February 15, 2016.

Small Museum Association Conference

Museum professionals, board members, and volunteers are invited to attend the 32nd Annual Small Museum Association Conference in Ocean City, Maryland, on February 14-16, 2016. The conference attracts participants from a variety of small museums, and covers a wide range of topics including collections, education, staffing, and board issues. For 2016, the conference theme will be “Museums and More” and will focus on encouraging speakers and attendees to explore the ways in which museums are pushing themselves beyond their traditional roles to reach out to and serve their communities. Advance registration will close on February 12, 2016.

Novel, Innovative Tools to Increase Public Awareness and Knowledge of Sickle Cell Disease Undergraduate Challenge

In order to address the lack of awareness about sickle cell disease (SCD) and improve the implementation of effective interventions, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHBLI) has launched the “Novel, Innovative Tools to Increase Public Awareness and Knowledge of Sickle Cell Disease Undergraduate Challenge.” This challenge is expected to generate novel tools to increase public awareness of SCD, advance the field of implementation science, and encourage “team science.” Eligible applicants are interdisciplinary student teams of three to five full-time students pursuing bachelor’s or associates degrees. The top three teams will receive monetary prizes, and up to three additional student teams may also receive honorable mentions.  Submissions will be accepted from November 30, 2015, to 11:59 p.m. PT on March 7, 2016.

Open Science Prize

The Open Science Prize challenge was launched to encourage and support the prototyping and development of services, tools, and/or platforms that enable open content to be discovered, accessed, and reused in ways that will advance research, spark innovation, and generate new societal benefits. This challenge, launched by the Office of the Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS) in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is intended to accelerate the field of “open” biomedical research beyond what current funding mechanisms can achieve. This program is open to teams of individuals or groups, involving at least one individual/group from the United States and at least one individual/group from a country other than the United States. Up to three prizes of $80,000 will be awarded during Phase I of this challenge, and the grand-prize winner will receive $230,000 during Phase II of this challenge. Phase I submissions are due by February 29, 2016.

Cool California Challenge

Twenty-two California cities are participating in the 2015-2016 Cool California Challenge and competing against each other to have the greatest impact on lowering their carbon footprint. Individuals that live in one of the following participating cities are encouraged to join the challenge: Claremont, San Mateo, Buellton, Indio, Burlingame, Long Beach, Elk Grove, San Carlos, Lynwood, Martinez, South Pasadena, Redwood City, Huntington Beach, San Pablo, Benicia, Corte Madera, Mill Valley, Sausalito, El Cerrito, Fairfax, Larkspur, and Richmond. Individuals that participate in this challenge will qualify their city to earn more points, and will receive custom tips to save money and energy. This challenge will close on March 30, 2016.

Alaska BP Teachers of Excellence

Alaska BP is currently accepting nominations for the Teachers of Excellence program to recognize and reward teachers for their dedication to teaching and inspiring students. Nominations can be submitted by anyone, including students, parents, community members, administrators, and fellow teachers. Teachers will be recognized in the following five regions: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Mat-Su Valley, Kenai Peninsula, and outlying areas. Each award recipient will receive a $500 gift card and an additional $500 for the teacher’s school or PTA group. The nomination submission period will close on February 1, 2016.

South Carolina Criminal and Juvenile Justice Grant Programs Workshop

The South Carolina Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs has scheduled a grant solicitation workshop for November 4, 2015. State and local units of government and nonprofit organizations are invited to attend the workshop, which will cover information regarding grant application processes, due dates, funding priorities, and tips for successful grant writing. In addition, program staff will be available following the workshop to discuss specific projects or questions and to provide additional assistance. The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bill Rogers Community Connections Center at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice. Interested entities should email Rebekah Ashworth by October 28, 2015, indicating their intent to attend.

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