NIDRR funding announcement for ARRT projects. Important Pre-Application meeting on 2/22/13.

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) is inviting applications for grant funding under its Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Projects for fiscal year 2013.  The purpose of this competition is to improve the capacity of minority entities to develop and support disability and rehabilitation research training opportunities.  The maximum size of the grant award is $150,000 per year, for five years.  Eligibility for the MSI ARRT project is limited to minority entities and Indian tribes.  Interested parties are invited to participate in a pre-application meeting to be held February 22, 2013 (between 1:00pm and 3:00pm, Washington, DC time), and to receive information and technical assistance through individual consultation with NIDRR staff.  For further information or to make arrangements to participate in the meeting via conference call or for an individual consultation, contact Marlene Spencer at (202) 245-7532 or by email:  marlene.spencer@ed.gov.

If you have further questions regarding this grant announcement please contact Shelley Reeves at (202) 245-7486.  For the full text of this grant announcement, please refer to http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-01/html/2013-02214.htm.  If you would like to be informed of any future NIDRR grant funding opportunities, please sign up for the NIDRR Announcements list at naric.com.

Disability Determination Process (DPP) Small Grant Program

The Disability Determination Process (DDP) Small Grant Program is a one-year stipend program that allows graduate-level students to conduct supervised independent research on improving disability determination processes. The program is directed by Policy Research, Inc. (PRI) of Delmar, NY, and is 100% funded through a $300,000 grant from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

This grant program awards stipends to graduate students to conduct research to improve the disability determination process for SSA’s two disability programs – Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The application processes for SSI and SSDI are complex, and members of the public with health problems and economic hardships often find it difficult to navigate this process. PRI hopes to improve the efficiency and reduce the complexity of disability determination processes by facilitating innovative research through stipends to a broad spectrum of graduate students and by allowing those students to access technical information on SSA disability program operations from disability experts. In exchange, PRI expects students to produce a thesis or written product by June 30, 2014

All application materials listed below must be received by 5:00 pm (EST) on Friday, March 1, 2013.

Learn more about the program here: http://bit.ly/Wumoy4

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is now taking applications for the 2013 NIST Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers. The NIST Summer Institute is a two-week workshop for middle school science teachers featuring hands-on activities, lectures, tours, and visits with NIST scientists and engineers in their laboratories.

Teachers who participate in the NIST Summer Institute gain:

•  Increased understanding of the subjects they teach

•  Increased understanding of how scientific research is performed

•  Materials and resources to implement what they learned at NIST in their classrooms

•  Increased enthusiasm for science

•  A network of scientists and engineers at NIST with whom to consult.

Teacher participants will receive a stipend of $2000 and for teachers that live more than 50 miles from NIST funding for housing and travel will be provided.

For more information see our website at http://www.nist.gov/iaao/teachlearn/  and see the link on the left side of the page to the Application Process. Note that individual teachers cannot apply and that all applications must be sent through the teacher’s school district. The application deadline is March 20, 2013.

 And something new this year: a video about the NIST Summer Institute! See http://youtu.be/Ciov-EVxgnw.

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program Grant Opportunity

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) is inviting applications for research & development (R&D) funding under its Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Field-Initiated Projects for fiscal year 2013.  The grant funded under this competition will support field-initiated research or development activities that are intended to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.  The maximum size of the grant award is $200,000 per year, for three years. 

Eligibility for the MSI Field-Initiated Projects program is limited to minority entities and Indian tribes.  If you have further questions regarding this grant announcement please contact Shelley Reeves at (202) 245-7486.  For the full text of this grant announcement, please refer to http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-14/html/2013-00569.htm.  If you would like to be informed of any future NIDRR grant funding opportunities, please sign up for the NIDRR Announcements list at naric.com.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection. The Foundation also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development. Scholars are invited to participate in a number of programs: Truman Scholar Leadership Week, The Summer Institute, and The Truman-Albright Fellows Program. 

 2013 Competition - Information for Candidates including eligibility criteria, sample application forms, and the 2012-2013 Bulletin of Information. 

Important Dates- Information and dates for the 2013 Truman Competition.

 Application Deadline: February 5, 2013

For more information visit: http://1.usa.gov/VW6u1q

Four HBCUs selected for NCAA grant program to improve student-athlete academic performance

The NCAA has selected six institutions to receive grants as part of a three-year pilot program aimed to increase student-athlete academic performance. The Limited-Resource Institutions Grant Program Pilot was approved by the NCAA Executive Committee in August with $4.365 million in funds that remained from the White Case Settlement.

In a very competitive application pool, grants spread over three years were awarded to the following campuses:  

·      California State University, Northridge for a total of $900,000

·      Coppin State University for a total of $900,000

·      Jackson State University for a total of $900,000

·      Tennessee State University for a total of $900,000

·      Morehead State University for a total of$360,000

·      Norfolk State University for a total of $330,000

Learn more here: http://bit.ly/TUEaw8

N.C. A&T Receives Five-Year, $5 Million Grant from National Science Foundation’s CREST program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) Bioenergy Center’s recently announced a five-year, $5 million project with North Carolina A&T State University. An interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers from the university will work to make the production of advanced biofuels more efficient and affordable. 

You can learn more here: http://bit.ly/UI5q0s

Delaware State University Awarded a School-Record $10.5M Grant for Neuroscience Research

Delaware State University recently announced a five-year $10.5 million research grant that will fund the establishment on campus of the Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research, a joint endeavor by DSU – the lead institution — and the University of Delaware. Delaware State University will receive $7.3 million over five years, while the University of Delaware will receive $3.2 million.
 
You can learn more here: http://bit.ly/U2x03R 

A Role For Policymakers in Improving the Status of Black Male Students in U.S. Higher Education

The Institute for Higher Education recently released: A Role for Policymakers in Improving the Status of Black Male Students in U.S. Higher Education, which recommends that policymakers at all levels play a more active role in ensuring that Black male students have viable opportunities to attend and complete post-secondary degree programs.

For more information please visit the following website http://bit.ly/UGFRsO