Monday, December 21, 2009

Learn & Serve Grants Posted in Student Services

Learn and Serve America Higher Education programs grant opportunity just released to:

  • Create or expand organized service-learning programs that increase social responsibility and commitment to the community in which the institution is located;
  • Promote student-initiated and student-designed projects as part of service-learning programming;
  • Support service-learning programs that will demonstrably address local community issues;
  • Improve student engagement in academic coursework through service-learning; and
  • Strengthen the service-learning infrastructure within institutions of higher education in the United States.
Full funding opportunity posted in Student Services Grants.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

New Math Focused Grant Posted

The goal of Proactive Recruitment in Introductory Science and Mathematics is to strengthen the nation's scientific competitiveness by increasing the numbers of well-prepared, successful U.S. undergraduate majors and minors in science and mathematics. The proposal is due March 8, 2010. More information on Natural Sciences & Mathematics Funding Opportunity website.

Friday, December 4, 2009

New opportunities for Student Services

Two new funding opportunities have been posted on the Student Services webpage: the Hearst Fellowships for Minority Students and the Open Meadows grants benefiting women and girls.

Offender Re-entry Program Grant posted in Social Sciences

The Offender Re-entry Program grant has been posted on the Social Sciences Funding Opportunity website. Grant application is due February 2, 2010.

Friday, November 20, 2009

New opportunities focusing on Theology & Religion

Two new funding opportunities focusing on theology and religion have been posted on the Humanities Funding Opportunities webpage. First due date is in January 2010.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Milken-PennGSE Education Business Plan Competition

The First Annual Milken-PennGSE is a business plan competition sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) and the Milken Family Foundation. Educational entrepreneurship initiatives can address a wide range of educational issues. This competition encourages applications from early childhood through corporate/adult training, in settings and contexts anywhere in the world. For more information, refer to Business/Economics Funding Opportunities webpage or Teacher Education Funding Opportunities webpage.

Franklin Research Grants for research leading to publication

Franklin Research Grants to support research leading to publication are due December 1, 2009. For more info visit the Social Sciences Funding Opportunities webpage.

Bureau of Justice Statistics Small Grant Program posted

Bureau of Justice Statistics Small Research Grant funding opportunity posted on Social Sciences Funding Opportunities webpage. Due date is January 15, 2010.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Digital Humanities Start-up Grants are due to the National Endowment for Humanities on March 23, 2010. For more information, visit the Humanities Funding Opportunities webpage.

NASA Artifacts for Libraries

Artifacts from the NASA Space Shuttle missions are available for display in public libraries. More information has been posted on the Library Funding Opportunities webpage.

Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GANN)

Graduate Assistant Fellowships in Areas of National Need included fellowships for graduate students in computer science and information technology. For more information, go to the Computer Sciences Funding Opportunities webpage.

Undergraduate Foreign Language (Teacher Preparation)

An invitational priority has been issued for collaborative efforts between colleges of education and other colleges within the same institution to propose projects that will strengthen instruction in foreign languages and international studies in teacher education programs that provide pre-service training for K-12 teachers in foreign languages and international studies. Full posting on Teacher Education Funding Opportunities and Humanities Funding Opportunities webpages.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Western Union Foundation Family Scholarship Program posted

The Family Scholarship Program provides funds for two members of one family. For more information, visit the Student Services Funding Opportunities webpage.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship posted

The MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship has been posted on the Student Services Funding Opportunities webpage. The prize recognizes exceptional university-based programs around the world that encourage active citizenship and student leadership. Application is due December 15, 2009.

International Research & Study Programs Posted

The International Research & Study Programs grant competition has been posted on both the International Funding Opportunities webpage and the Humanities webpage. Grant submittal date is January 12, 2010.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Interpreting America's Historic Places: Planning Grants Posted

Interpreting America's Historic Places Planning Grants funding opportunity has been posted on both the Humanities Funding Opportunities webpage and the Social Sciences Funding Opportunities webpage. This grant is designed to support planning activities to highlight historic places (such as WOU).

Mazamas Faculty Research & Graduate Student Research Grants Posted

Proposals are requested by The Mazamas, a Pacific Northwest mountaineering group, to support both faculty and graduate student research in finding and disseminating scientific information about mountains. Refer to Natural Sciences & Mathematics Funding Opportunities webpage for more information.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Portland PKAL hosts workshop in McMinnville

The Portland Regional Network of Project Kaleidoscope (PortPKAL) is hosting a PKAL Facilities Workshop entitled Learning Outcomes & Learning Spaces. The workshop will be at Linfield College in McMinnville, on Saturday, November 21, 2009. According to PortPKAL, "this workshop will be of value to campuses at an early stage in shaping and reshaping learning spaces for undergraduate communities of learners."

The goal of the workshop is to help participating teams develop a roadmap for planning spaces that address goals for student learning including:

· Making quick fixes that improve current spaces for learning.

· Identifying characteristics of physical spaces that accommodate constructive pedagogies, interdisciplinary connections, learning communities.

For more information and registration materials, click here.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Information Tech & Teacher Education Conference

The Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) will hold the 21st Annual SITE International Conference from March 29 - April 2, 2010 in San Diego, California.

For more information, click here.

Lilly Conference on College & University Teaching

The Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching in Greensboro, NC will be held at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center near the University of North Carolina at Greensboro campus on February 5-7, 2010. The 2010 Lilly Conferences will highlight evidence-based learning and teaching. Evidence-based learning is the key to the development of critical thinking. Using evidence in teaching is scholarly teaching and producing evidence in teaching is the basis of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Paper proposals are due by November 9, 2009.

For more information, click here.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Higher Education and Disability

A new report from the the Government Accountability Office (GAO), titled "Higher Education and Disability: Education Needs a Coordinated Approach to Improve Its Assistance to Schools in Supporting Students" is available. The GAO was asked to examine: what is known about the population of postsecondary students with disabilities; how postsecondary schools are supporting students with disabilities; what challenges, if any, schools face in supporting students with disabilities; and how the U.S. Department of Education is assisting schools in supporting these students. Highlights from the report can be found at The full report can be found at

Friday, October 30, 2009

Microsoft Research Faculty Fellows opportunity posted

Microsoft Research Faculty fellowship opportunity posted on Computer Sciences Funding opportunities web page.

NIDRR Field Initiated Projects posted

NIDRR Field Initiated research and development grant opportunity posted on Special Education Funding Opportunities web page. Due date is January 6, 2010.

SAMHSA Knowledge Dissemination Conference Grant posted

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Knowledge Dissemination Conference grant posted on Psychology Funding Opportunities web page.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New Funding Opportunities Posted

New funding opportunities have been posted on the following pages: Health (Public Health Conference Support), Natural Sciences & Mathematics (Science Master's Degree Program), Special Education (Public Health Conference Support), and Library (Leadership). See the Sponsored Projects Links on the left to go to these pages.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mozilla Foundation Design Challenge for Web Interface

Mozilla Foundation announces the Jetpack for Learning Design Challenge which is inspired by and modeled on the Design Challenge series of events sponsored by Mozilla Labs. Design Challenges are intended to encourage innovation, and experimentation in user interface design for the Web. and provoke thought, facilitate discussion, and inspire future design directions for Firefox, the Mozilla project, and the Web as a whole.

Amount: $4,000

Date due: November 27, 2009

The Jetpack for Learning Design Challenge is divided into three phases: the submission period for mockups that runs until midnight (US Pacific Time) on 27 November, an online course during December 2009 and January 2010, and a face-to-face design camp in March 2010, immediately prior to SXSW Interactive. During the first phase of the Jetpack for Learning Design Challenge participants are asked to produce a concept, mockup and an explanation of their thinking behind it. A mockup can be anything from a low-fi sketch on a napkin to a high-fi video presenting the concept. The Jetpack for Learning team (consisting of Jetpack for Learning instructors and other project staff) will review all submissions. Sixty participants will be selected to participate in a two-month online course to further their ideas and concepts. At the end of the course, 10 will be selected for an all expenses trip to Design Camp.

For more information, click here.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sponsored Projects on Newsvine!

The Sponsored Projects Office now has a Newsvine page to post updates of higher education related articles and reports that pertain to issues that impact external funding for grants and contracts. To follow the updates, simply go to

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Barbara Jordan Health Policy Student Scholars Program

An initiative of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program brings talented college seniors and recent graduates to Washington, D.C., where they are placed in congressional offices and learn about health policy issues, particularly those affecting racial and ethnic minority and underserved communities.

Through the ten-week program (May 17-July 24, 2010), scholars gain knowledge about federal legislative procedure and health policy issues while further developing their critical thinking and leadership skills. In addition to gaining experience in a congressional office, scholars participate in seminars and site visits as a way of augmenting their knowledge of healthcare issues and write and present a health policy research memo that addresses a problem of concern to disadvantaged populations.

Scholars receive approximately $7,500 in support, which includes a stipend of $2,000 upon successful completion of the program, a daily expense allowance for meals and local transportation, transportation/airfare to and from Washington, D.C., and lodging at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

For more information, click here.

Funding for master's degree programs

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced funding to support the development of master's degree programs that combine business and STEM disciplines. More information is located on the Business & Economics, Computer Science, and Science & Math funding opportunities pages.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Beginning a Research Program in the Natural Sciences at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution

This is not a grant opportunity, but a workshop being offered by the Council on Undergraduate Research for beginning faculty. Deadline for application has been extended until October 15, 2009.

Excerpted from announcement:

"Starting a successful research program and doing scholarly work at a predominantly undergraduate institution poses unique challenges for a beginning faculty member. A goal of the institute is to give pre-tenured faculty the opportunity to learn from and discuss with experienced faculty how to establish and manage a research program with undergraduates. While at the institute, participants will also prepare plans for starting and/or advancing their individual research programs at their respective campuses. The institute is timely and especially important for faculty in the beginning of their career due to the increased national emphasis on research that is part of the national stimulus package. A range of topics will be covered during the institute, and the specific goals include ways to achieve career success in undergraduate research by learning how to:

• select undergraduate researchers

• mentor student researchers and develop and use their research skills

• time management - balancing teaching, research and service activities

• develop and select research projects appropriate for undergraduates

• adapt to an undergraduate research environment vs. that in graduate school

• link research to the classroom and

• develop grant skills related to gaining external and institutional research support."

There is a $50.00 application fee which will be applied to the tuition of attendance.

For further details, please visit

Friday, September 25, 2009

Call for Presenters at the 2010 Community-Campus Partnerships Conference (Portland)

Excerpted from Northwest Health Foundation E-News (September 2009).

"Northwest Health Foundation is a major partner for the eleventh annual conference for Community-Campus Partnerships for Health taking place from May 12-15, 2010 in Portland and we invite you to share your knowledge, wisdom and experience! You are encouraged to submit a proposal for a session or poster presentation at the conference.

The conference is titled "Creating the Future We Want to Be: Transformation through Partnerships." Proposals are due Friday, October 16, 2009.

If you're interested, download the call for proposals at:

The CCPH conference draws diverse participants who share a commitment to social justice and a passion for the power of partnerships to transform communities and academe. All CCPH conference participants, whether they are community activists, students, faculty, CEOs, foundation program officers, etc., are embraced for the knowledge, wisdom and experience they bring to the table."

Thursday, September 24, 2009

New Grant opportunities posted

New grant opportunities have been posted on the Business & Economics funding blog, Social Sciences funding blog, and the Student Services blog.

EPA Greater Research Opportunities for undergraduates

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) program, is offering Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study. Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer between their junior and senior years. The fellowship provides up to $19,250 per year of academic support and up to $8,000 of internship support for a three-month summer period.

Amount: $46,500

Date due: December 10, 2009

Students majoring in any of the following may apply: natural and life sciences, social sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and computer science.

For more information, click here.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Rehab Counselor Long-term Training grant funded!

Congratulations to Dr. Julia Smith (Associate Professor in Special Education) for the successful funding of the Rehab Counselor Long Term Training grant. The funding will help support graduate students in the Rehab Counselor Education program across the next five years.

K-12 School Funding (to share with K-12 colleagues)

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has released the Request for Applications (RFA) for Oregon’s 21st Century Technology-Rich Learning and Teaching ARRA Title IID Subgrants. Click here for the application.

The Accelerate Oregon Foundation (AO) is offering districts and schools across Oregon the opportunity to submit an application to receive a grant for Classroom Presentation Systems to be placed in 8th grade classrooms. Click here for the application.

The Oregon Department of Education and the Accelerate Oregon Foundation are coordinating these two grant opportunities in partnership to maximize school district planning for, and integration of, education technology and 21st century education. Both ODE and AO place a high priority on public private partnerships to increase school access to 21st century education resources.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Institute of Education Sciences Director shares priorities

John Easton, newly confirmed director of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) recently provided his top five priorities for IES funding. For a brief summary of his points, visit the Empirical Education blog.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Research Methodology Videos available

The Institute of Education Sciences has announced the availability of a series of research methodology videos from the 2009 IES Research Conference on the following topics:

"The Problem of False Discoveries: How to Balance Objectives"

"Problems with the Design and Implementation of Randomized Experiments"

"Reversion to the Mean, or Does Dosage Matter?"

"Assessing Intervention Fidelity: Models, Methods, and Modes of Analysis"

"Why the Research Community Should Take Notice of State Longitudinal Data Systems".

These videos are available for viewing at and

FEMA Fire Services Training Funded!

Congratulations to LaRon Tolley (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences) for receiving funding for the FEMA DDP (Fire Services) Distance Education Program!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program

Fulbright-Hays Group Projects grant announcement has been posted on the International blog (, the Social Sciences blog (, and the teacher education blog (

Monday, August 31, 2009

7th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of the P3 Award Program, is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. The P3 competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative projects focused on sustainability. Public and private institutions of higher education located in the U.S. are eligible to apply to be the recipient of a grant to support teams of undergraduate and/or graduate students. The students on the teams supported by the institution receiving the grant must be enrolled in the college, university, or post-secondary educational institution they will be representing at the time the proposal is submitted. Institutions are allowed to submit more than one application where each application represents a unique design concept and student team.

For more information, click here.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Grants focusing on Canada posted

Grants provided by the Government of Canada and focusing on a variety of topics have been posted in International Opportunities (,
Natural Sciences & Math (, and

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Grants targeting predominantly undergraduate institutions posted

Several grants that specifically target predominantly undergraduate or comprehensive master's degree universities (such as WOU) have been posted to the following funding opportunity blogs:

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Changes for NSPIRES (NASA grant submittal process)

For a proposal to be submitted after August 7, 2009, all proposal team members must confirm an organizational relationship, i.e., identify the organization through which they are participating in a given proposal. AORs will not be able to submit a proposal if an organizational relationship is missing for any proposal team member, regardless of role on the proposal (e.g. Co-I, collaborator, etc).

Explanatory procedures are in place
here to guide both existing and prospective team members through this process.

If you have any questions, please contact WOU Sponsored Projects (503/838-8589).

Small Grant Program for Conference Support (NIH)

The Small Grant Program for Conference Support funded through the National Institutes of Health has been posted on the Health & PE funding opportunity blog and the Special Education funding opportunity blog.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

Graduate Research Fellowship opportunities providing a $30,000 fellowship stipend and $10,500 for tuition have been posted on the Business & Economics, Computer Sciences, Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Psychology and Social Sciences blogs.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Fulbright Opportunities posted on International page

Several Fulbright funding opportunities have been posted on the WOU Sponsored Projects International Funding Opportunities blog (

Monday, August 3, 2009

Global Climate Change Institute for Teachers funded by NASA

GccIFT: Improving the Scientific Literacy of K-8 Teachers in the Pacific Northwest has been funded for two years by NASA. The project will provide summer institutes for K-8 teachers to incorporate NASA-based global climate change information and materials into the curriculum. Congratulations to Dr. William Schoenfeld (Natural Sciences) and Dr. Adele Schepige (Teacher Education)!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

NSF's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) has been posted on Computer Sciences, Natural Sciences & Mathematics and Social Sciences blogs. The competition is open to undergraduate research in multiple disciplines.

Monday, July 27, 2009

French Film Festival funded!

The French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) has funded WOU's French film festival. The film festival has been integral in developing a vibrant film culture on campus. It has helped to link faculty and students around an international experience. Congratulations to Dr. Shaun Huston (Geography) for the successful grant award!

Project WOLVES funded!

WOU Public Safety Office, the Teaching Research Institute and the Western Community Policing Institute were recently awarded an Emergency Management in Higher Education award for Projecrt WOLVES: Western Oregon Leaders Value Everyone's Safety. The project is a collaborative effort between campus and community entities to revise and implement an emergency management plan that addresses the university’s unique vulnerabilities and hazards in order to ensure a fully integrated, campus-based all-hazards emergency management plan for institutions of higher education.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Library Grants page created!

We've created a new funding opportunities page for library-related grants. Check it out by clicking on the "Library Grants" link to the left.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Natural Science & Mathematics Blog updated

The Sponsored Projects Natural Sciences & Mathematics blog has been updated with two new funding opportunitities. One from NSF and the other from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Humanities Blog Updated

The Sponsored Ppojects Humanities blog has been updated with a new NEH funding opportunity.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

House Panel approves $446 million for Teacher Incentive Fund

The following is from Education Week. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education approved by voice vote a spending plan with $446 million for the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF), which seeks to help reward effective teachers and principals. Other funding includes:

  • $256 million for charter schools;
  • $50 million for a new high school dropout prevention program;
  • $10 million for a new Promise Neighborhoods program;
  • more than $400 milllion for "new approaches to improving reading instruction in our schools."

(Click here for full article.)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Funding Updates Posted

New funding opportunities have been posted to Creative Arts, Computer Science, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Research Funding Webinars Scheduled

The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) and the National Center for Education Research (NCER) within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) will host a series of webinars related to research funding opportunities in July, August, and September. Ten types of webinars are planned. Participants will need a computer, Internet browser, and telephone.

To register, click here.

Monday, July 13, 2009

All Division-Specific Blogs have been updated

All of the division-specific blogs listed to the left have been updated with new grant opportunities!

Monday, July 6, 2009

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Stay up-t0-date with grant announcements by subscribing to your division's grant opportunities blog. Notice that each WOU division has a link under the Funding Opportunities Links located on the left side of the page. Once on the appropriate page, just type your email into the "Subscribe via email" box. You will only receive email alerts when a new funding opportunity is posted to that page.