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Special Opps: Funding and More for September 24, 2015

by eCivis Research Team on September 24, 2015
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eCivis “Special Opps” is a 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. We have a slew of sources for this week! Note that the section titles themselves are linked to the respective program or event.

Society of Wetland Scientists Multicultural Mentoring Program

The Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) offers opportunities for undergraduate students from under-represented groups to participate in the SWS Annual Meeting. The program provides participating students with maximum exposure to career options in wetland science through paired mentoring, career mini-workshops, and a lunch. Awarded students will also receive travel support, access to a network of wetland science professionals, and one year of SWS membership. The program also secures spaces at the conference for students to present scientific papers and posters. Applications may be downloaded here and are due by November 6, 2015.

Community Schools National Forum: Applications for Conference Workshops

The Coalition for Community Schools is accepting applications for 75-minute workshop sessions at its 2016 Community Schools National Forum, which will be held April 6-8, 2016, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Workshops should demonstrate how educators, families, and community partners are using a variety of strategies to support cognitive, social, emotional, physical, civic, and ethical learning. Proposals must address at least one of two designated strands related to improvement of learning, and structures and functions that support community schools and better learning. Applications must be submitted online here and are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on October 9, 2015.

MCHB Word Gap Challenge

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will launch a challenge to promote innovative solutions to promote the early language environment and address the large difference in exposure to language for children in low-income families as compared to higher-income families. This program seeks the development of a low-cost, scalable, technologically based intervention that drives parents and caregivers to talk and engage in more back-and-forth interactions with their young children between birth and age 4.  The Phase One submission period will be open from September 30, 2015, to 11:59 p.m. ET on December 31, 2015. Between seven and ten prizes of up to $10,000 each will be awarded for Phase One. Winners then advance to a prototyping and testing at Phase Two, in which three to five awards of up to $25,000 each will be issued. Finally, Phase Two winning models will be tested through program or community rollout in Phase Three, in which one winner of up to $100,000 will be selected.

USDA and Microsoft Innovation Challenge for Food Resilience

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Microsoft Research have launched a challenge that invites the public and private sectors to address questions related to the impact of climate change on the U.S. food supply. Entrants are invited to develop and publish new applications and tools capable of analyzing multiple information sources, including key USDA datasets hosted on the Microsoft Azure cloud-computing platform. The program offers a range of cash prizes of up to $25,000; however, entrant organizations with more than 50 employees are eligible for recognition awards only. Entries are due by November 20, 2015.

Epilepsy Foundation Shark Tank Competition

The Epilepsy Foundation’s Epilepsy Therapy Project has announced its fifth annual Shark Tank Competition, which seeks entries representing the most innovative new ideas in epilepsy treatment and care. Letters of intent (LOIs) will be due on November 13, 2015. From the submitted LOIs, up to six finalists will be selected to present their product concepts or candidates at the 2016 Epilepsy Pipeline Conference, which is scheduled for February 25-26, 2016, in San Francisco. One or more winning entries will be selected through live voting by conference attendees and a judging panel. A total of $200,000 will be awarded.

Photovoltaics Research and Development

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has announced the availability of funding to support continued innovation in photovoltaic cell and module technologies. This program expects to award $20 million to support 30 to 35 research projects that will advance the limits of photovoltaic cell and module performance toward and beyond the 2020 SunShot goal of $0.06/kWh. Mandatory letters of intent (LOIs) for this program will be due at 5:00 p.m. ET on October 7, 2015. An informational webinar will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET on September 29, 2015.

Crowdfunding for Student-Powered Projects Through Think It Up

The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF)’s Think It Up initiative is inviting public and charter school students in grades 7-12 (ages 13+) to develop student-powered and teacher-led learning projects that will address real-world problems, generate new ideas, and prepare for 21st century challenges. As detailed here, projects will be posted on DonorsChoose.org, the initiative’s online crowdfunding partner, and will have up to four months to reach full funding. Requested materials will be shipped directly to classrooms with funded projects.

GlobalGiving Open Challenge

The crowdfunding platform GlobalGiving has announced the next application deadline for its Open Challenge. Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status may apply and, if approved, will be able to post a project to the GlobalGiving platform. If the project receives at least $5,000 from at least 40 unique donors during the challenge period, which runs for the month of December 2015, the applicant will receive a permanent fundraising spot on GlobalGiving. Additional cash prizes will be awarded to the organizations that raise the most funds or have the greatest number of unique donors. GlobalGiving will also match donations of between $25 and $1,000 on a designated bonus day. Applications for the next challenge period will be due by October 24, 2015; however, an application may be submitted at any time, and will be valid for two years.

Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation Grants for Breast Cancer Research

The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation, which is funded by proceeds from the sale of pink pumpkins, is accepting grant applications for projects directly connected with breast cancer research. The program supports organizations that spend the highest percentage of their dollars on actual research, with applicants’ administrative costs limited to no more than 20 percent. Eligibility is open to organizations with 501(c)(3) status. Applications are due by November 6, 2015.

American Turkish Society Curriculum Development Grants

The American Turkish Society has announced the spring 2016 cycle of its Curriculum Development Grants program, which offers awards of between $250 and $2,500 to elementary and secondary school teachers to develop innovative curricula, projects, and other classroom activities related to Turkey. Funds may be used for classroom materials, speakers, and other costs incurred by the teacher. The most qualified recipients will also have the opportunity to participate in exchange program trips to Health and Education Foundation (Sağlık ve Eğitim Vakfı/SEV) schools in Istanbul, Izmir, or Tarsus to dialogue with teachers and students in Turkey and attend teacher workshops. Applications are due by November 30, 2015, and will be evaluated on a rolling basis, with notification provided on January 1, 2016.

ALA Grants and Awards for Libraries and Librarians

In addition to the broader grant programs available in Grants Network: Research, the American Library Association and its divisions are currently offering a number of funding opportunities and single-recipient awards for libraries and library staff, including the I Love My Librarian Award program, which is open for nominations through September 28, 2015. This program allows library users nationwide to nominate their favorite public, school, college, community college, or university librarian for awards consisting of $5,000 cash, a plaque, and a travel stipend for an awards ceremony in New York City. Nine service award and grant programs through the Public Library Association (PLA) are currently open for nominations through 11:59 p.m. CT on December 2, 2015. These programs will highlight the best in public library service and honor those bringing innovation, creativity, and dedication to public libraries.

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