Social Security Admistration Grant and Fellowship Programs for 2015!

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College announces the 2015 Sandell Grant Program and 2015 Dissertation Fellowship Program for research on retirement income and policy. These programs are funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration.

2015 Steven H. Sandell Grant Program

  • Provides the opportunity for junior scholars entering a new field to pursue projects on retirement income and policy. The program is open to scholars in all academic disciplines.
  • Awards up to three grants of $45,000 for one-year projects.
  • The submission deadline for grant proposals is January 31, 2015. Grant award recipients will be announced by April 2015.
  • Visit the Sandell Program website to view the proposal guidelines.

2015 Dissertation Fellowship Program

  • Supports doctoral candidates writing dissertations on retirement income and policy. The program is open to scholars in all academic disciplines.
  • Awards up to three fellowships of $28,000.
  • The submission deadline for proposals is January 31, 2015. Grant award recipients will be announced by April 2015.
  • Visit the Dissertation Fellowship website to view the proposal guidelines.

For questions, please contact: Marina Tsiknis, tsiknis@bc.edu.617-552-1092

Center for Retirement Research at Boston College 258 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 (617) 552-1762 • fax: (617) 552-0191 • crr.bc.edu

Disability Determination Process (DDP) Small Grant Program

This program provides $10,000 grants to graduate-level students to conduct supervised independent research on improving the efficiency and reducing the complexity of the Social Security Administration disabilitiy determination processes.

Program Information

Eligibility

Applicants must be masters, doctoral, or post-doctoral-level graduate students pursuing full-time studies in accredited programs at the time of the award (Fall semester of 2015) with an academic emphasis in topics of interest to disability programs.

Stipend Details

Up to 25 students will receive a stipend of $10,000 for a one-year project. The stipend may be added to other financial support the graduate student receives from his or her university/research organization.

Application Deadline:  March 2, 2015

Apply Today!

Visit: http://ddp.policyresearchinc.org for more details or E-mail  DDP@PolicyResearchInc.org.

 

Graduate Student Grant Participation Opportunity with the Social Security Administration (SSA)

SSA is excited again to offer graduate students the opportunity to participate in one of our small grant programs in the Fall of 2015!   Selected participants for the Disability Determination Process Small Grant Program receive a $10,000 stipend for a one year project to research enhancements to SSA’s Disability Determination processes.  Please refer to the SSA website link below or the attached flyer for further details on the grant opportunity.

While the  grant opportunities are available to all graduate students pursuing full-time studies in accredited programs as of Fall semester of 2015. We hope for strong participation from the MSI community.  Please note that the application deadline is March 2, 2015.

Disability Determination Process Small Grant Program participation opportunity: 

http://mwww.ba.ssa.gov/disabilityresearch/research.htm#DDP    After opening this link, please select the link on the words, “PRI website” for the Program Description and How to Apply information.

You may contact Thomas Rush (Tom.Rush@ssa.gov), Laura King (Laura.King@ssa.gov),  if you have any questions.

 

Xavier receives $19.6 million NIH award to enhance diversity in the biomedical workforce

Xavier receives $19.6 million NIH award to enhance diversity in the biomedical workforce

NEW ORLEANS (October 22, 2014) – This afternoon Xavier University of Louisiana received a $19.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of the national Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Initiative. Xavier will use the grant to expand the already thriving biomedical programs the historically Black university offers its students.

“Xavier is already number one in the nation as the primary undergraduate source of African American Ph.D.s in the life sciences,” said Dr. Norman Francis, president of Xavier University. “Yet, with this grant, we believe we can triple the number of these graduates and increase the number of African American life science Ph.D.s nationally by 10%. We are proud that NIH has named us one of the institutions that it believes can uniquely contribute to this important goal.”

The award is part of a $240 million NIH investment involving more than 10 institutions to develop new approaches to engage student researchers, including those from underrepresented backgrounds, and prepare them to thrive in the NIH-funded workforce. Xavier and fellow awardees will establish a national consortium to train, mentor and encourage students from underrepresented groups to enter into and stay in research careers.

“These awards represent a significant step towards ensuring that NIH’s future biomedical research workforce will reflect the unique perspectives found within the diverse composition of our society,” said Dr. Hannah Valantine, NIH chief officer for scientific workforce diversity.

“Participation in faculty research projects is a major reason for Xavier’s success in graduating STEM [science, technology and engineering] students, many of whom go on to get the Ph.D.,” said Dr. Gene D’Amour, the university’s principal investigator for the grant. “Working with our partner

research universities across the nation, this NIH grant will greatly increase the opportunities for our students to become even more actively engaged in cutting-edge research and to go on to get life science Ph.D.s.”

Xavier will serve as the primary institution for its grant, “Project PATHWAY: Building Integrated Pathways to Independence for Diverse Biomedical Researchers.” It has partnered with Johns Hopkins University, Emory University, the Louisiana State University and its Health Science Center, Tulane University, The University of Wisconsin, Meharry Medical College, George Washington University, Penn State University, the University of Rochester and the University of California San Francisco. Xavier will conduct and oversee the program’s implementation to broaden the interests of students early in their college careers and attract them to a life sciences Ph.D. The primary benefit to the 11 partners is access to Xavier STEM students to participate in their summer research programs and ultimately attract these students to their graduate programs. These students, known as BUILD Scholars, are motivated undergraduate science students with an interest in doing research and pursuing a Ph.D.

“The Laney Graduate School at Emory University is pleased to partner with Xavier University to implement the BUILD Initiative. Our commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion at Emory is being implemented through robust, innovative programming that creates pipelines to increase the number of underrepresented students entering and progressing through doctoral programs in the biomedical sciences. Partnership with Xavier University will undoubtedly benefit ¬ and better ¬ our efforts. A deeper level of engagement with BUILD scholars during their undergraduate experience will create opportunities that we hope will not only attract them to our programs at Emory, but ultimately create and nurture a biomedical workforce that is more representative of the unique perspectives and diversity of our nation,” said Lisa A. Tedesco, Ph.D., Dean, James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies, Emory University.

The BUILD Initiative is expected to include five integrated components:

  •  Tuition scholarships, including stipends, for undergraduate BUILD scholars and possible loan repayment funds for those who pursue a Ph.D.
  • Training and mentorship experiences for students across a wide range of disciplines in the biomedical sciences;
  • Salary support for key faculty responsible for research training;
  • Resources for highly effective mentors to train new mentors; and
  • Support for an “innovation space” environment for BUILD awardee institutions to develop additional creative and novel approaches to increase the diversity of the student pool that enters the Ph.D. training pathway relevant to biomedical research

“This NIH grant just could not be a more exciting opportunity for Xavier faculty and students to expand our research mentoring and training efforts to now ensure even a greater number of our graduates will pipeline into STEM terminal degree programs and subsequent biomedical research careers,” said Dr. Maryam Foroozesh, Interim Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs at Xavier. “Not only does this award speak to the value that Xavier holds for our nation and the world relative to the effective training of biomedical research leaders but also reflects a deep alignment with Xavier’s commitment to its mission and appreciation of its rich history.”

For information about the BUILD awardees and partners, please visit http://commonfund.nih.gov/diversity/fundedresearch

 

Graduate Student Grant Participation Opportunity with the Social Security Administration (SSA)

SSA is excited again to offer graduate students the opportunity to participate in one of our small grant programs in the Fall of 2015!   Selected participants for our Disability Determination Process Small Grant Program receive a $10,000 stipend for a one year project to research enhancements to SSA’s Disability Determination processes.  Please refer to the SSA website link below or the attached flyer for further details on the grant opportunity.

Grant opportunities are available to all graduate students pursuing full-time studies in accredited programs as of Fall semester of 2015.  Please note that the application deadline is March 2, 2015.  Information about this Disability Determination Process Small Grant Program participation opportunity:

http://mwww.ba.ssa.gov/disabilityresearch/research.htm#DDP   – After opening this link, please select the link on the words, “PRI website” for the Program Description and How to Apply information.

You may contact Thomas Rush (Tom.Rush@ssa.gov), Laura King (Laura.King@ssa.gov), if you have any questions.  Thank you for your assistance.

 

Department of Education Awards $75 Million in “First in the World” Grants to 24 Colleges and Universities

Department Awards $75 Million in “First in the World” Grants to 24 Colleges and Universities

Grants will support innovative strategies at colleges and universities that make higher education more accessible and help guide students toward completion

To drive innovations in higher education that increase college completion, value and affordability, the Education Department today awarded $75 million to 24 colleges and universities under the new “First in the World” (FITW) grant program.

Through FITW, the Obama Administration will support postsecondary institutions’ efforts to develop and evaluate new approaches that can expand college access and improve student learning while reducing costs.  In May, the Department announced this year’s grant competition   as part of President Obama’s ambitious agenda to increase postsecondary access and completion.

“The First in the World grant competition is a key part of President Obama’s agenda to foster innovative ideas that help keep college affordable, increase quality and improve educational outcomes for our students,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “The Department is proud to support the wide range of innovation at colleges and universities across the nation that can dramatically enhance student outcomes.”

Nearly 500 applications were submitted for this FITW grant competition.  The 24 colleges and universities selected for this initial year of awards represent 17 states, 19 public, private, and nonprofit 4-year institutions and five public and private two-year institutions.  Six of the 24 winning applications—including an HBCU—are from minority serving institutions (MSIs), which will receive about $20 million in funding.  Many of the grantees have additional organizational partners, such as other postsecondary institutions, non-profits, and businesses.

All projects will address at least one of these priorities: increasing college access and completion, increasing community college transfer rates, increasing STEM enrollment and completion, and reducing time to completion.   They include an array of innovations, such as: developing new project-based majors that allow for self-pacing and acceleration; developing an online experience for adult students that incorporates virtual learning communities and wraparound coaching; expanding access to digital content for students with disabilities, and implementing a game-based tool that gives high school students an understanding of the college search and financing process for use in mentoring programs.  As part of the evidence-based program, grantees are required to have a strong evaluation plan to measure the effectiveness of their innovations in helping students succeed. All grants are for a four-year duration.

Examples of funded projects are:

  • Hampton University in Virginia, an HBCU, will use its $3.5 million grant to redesign many of its courses to entail more project-based learning and technology tools, benefitting more than 1000 students over its 4-year duration.
  • Purdue University in Indiana, a public 4-year institution in Indiana, will work with its partners in the University Innovation Alliance to use its $2.3 million grant to support  STEM undergraduates, particularly women and underrepresented groups, by redesigning large-lecture courses to more fully engage students through active learning interventions.  Nearly 10,000 students will benefit over the course of the 4-year grant.
  • LaGuardia Community College in New York will use its $2.9 million grant to strengthen its curriculum by developing an integrated set of tools to increase student engagement and success, including the use of ePortfolios, learning analytics, and outcomes assessments. The changes will support thousands of high-risk students as they move from LaGuaradia’s non-credit program to academic enrollment as well as enrolled students moving toward graduation.

As the projects are further developed, the Department will convene for information sharing and the exchange of best practices to broaden the impact of their innovations on a wider student population.

For the Education FY2015 budget, Secretary Duncan has requested $100 million to expand support for the First in the World fund.  The request also asks for $75 million for College Success Grants for Minority-Serving Institutions, which would make competitive awards to minority-serving institutions designated under Title III and Title V of the Higher Education Act.

2014 First In The World Grantees (FITW)

Alabama

Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville—– $3,175,302

Alicia Simmons, asimmons@jsu.edu,  (256) 782-8145

Arizona

Arizona State University, Tempe —–$3,999,955

Jeanne Wilcox, mjwilcox@asu.edu, (480) 965-0158

California

University of Southern California, Los Angeles —–$3,203,257

William Tierney, wgtiern@usc.edu (213) 740-7218

Georgia

Georgia Tech, Atlanta —–$3,800,000

Christopher Lee, christopher.lee@amac.gatech.edu, (404) 894-8000

Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw —–$3,209,405

Jennifer Wade-Berg, jwade@kennesaw.edu, (707) 423-6630

Central Georgia Technical College, Warner Robins —–$3,215,009

Nimisha Raval, nraval@centralgatech.edu, (478) 757-2588

Indiana

Indiana State University, Terre Haute —–$1,627,322

Joshua Powers, joshua.powers@indstate.edu, ((812) 237-8378

Purdue University, West Lafayette —–$2,373,003

Chantal Levesque-Bristol, cbristol@purdue.edu, (765) 496-6424

Kentucky

Gateway Technical and Community College, Florence —–$3,327,881

Amber Decker, amber.decker@kctcs.edu, (859) 442-1147

Massachusetts

Bay Path University, Longmeadow —–$3,548,322

David Demers, ddemers@baypath.edu, (413) 565-1315

Northeastern University, Boston—–$3,920,926

Kevin Bell, k.bell@new.edu, (617) 373-6603

Michigan

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo —–$3,217,511

Andrea Beach, Andrea.beach@wmich.edu, (269) 387-1725

Minnesota

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis—–$2,828,912

Geoffrey Maruyama, Geoff@umn.edu, (612) 625-5861

Mississippi

Delta State University, Cleveland —–$1,660,957

Christy Riddle, criddle@deltastate.edu, (662)846-4336

North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill—–$3,030,323

Abigail Panter, panter@unc.edu, (919) 962,4012

New Hampshire

Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester —–$3,953,360

Cathrael Kazin, c.kasin@snhu.edu, (603) 314-1420

New York

Research Foundation for SUNY/Oswego, Albany—–$2,885,126

Lorrie Clemo, lorrie.clemo@oswego.edu; (315) 312-2290

LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City —–$2,908,031

Bret Eynon, beyond@lagcc.cuny.edu, (718) 482-5405

The College of New Rochelle—–$3,998,781

Ana Fontoura, afontouro@cnr.edu, (914) 654-5456

Pennsylvania

Bryn Mawr College—–$1,653,186

Elizabeth McCormack, emccorma@brynmawr.edu (610) 526-5356

South Dakota

South Dakota State University, Brookings —– $3,599,996

Marysz Rames, marysz.rames@sdstate.edu, (605) 688-4493

Texas

Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi —–$3,301,524

Patricia Spaniol-Mathews, patricia.spaniol-mathews@tamucc.edu

Lee College District, Baytown —–$2,690,954

Victoria Marron, vmarron@lee.edu, (281) 425-6501

Virginia

Hampton University, Hampton—–$3,500,0000

Ira Walker, ira.walker@hampton.edu, (757) 727-5397

AERA Dissertation and Research Grants – Now Accepting Applications

Supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the AERA Grants Program is currently accepting proposals for Dissertation and Research Grants, with a deadline of Thursday, September 4, 2014. Now in its 23rd year, the AERA Grants Program, with support from the National Science Foundation, provides small grants for conducting studies of education policy and practice using federally-funded, large-scale data sets. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, such as but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics.

AERA Dissertation Grants. AERA provides dissertation support for advanced doctoral students to undertake doctoral dissertations using data from the large-scale national or international data sets supported by the NCES, NSF, and/or other federal agencies. The selection process is competitive. AERA Dissertation Grants are awarded for one-year for an amount of up to $20,000. The next application deadline is Thursday, September 4, 2014.

AERA Research Grants. AERA provides small grants for faculty members, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-level scholars to undertake quantitative research using data from the large-scale national or international data sets supported by the NCES, NSF, and/or other federal agencies. The selection process is competitive. AERA Research Grants are awarded for one or two years, for an amount of up to $35,000. The next application deadline is Thursday, September 4, 2014.

For further information about AERA and the Grants Program, visit the AERA Grants Program website at http://www.aera.net/grantsprogram/. You may also contact George L. Wimberly, AERA-Grants Program Co-Principal Investigator, at grantsprogram@aera.net or (202) 238-3225.

Fayetteville State Awarded $718K Naval Research Grant

High school students in Fayetteville, NC and undergraduates at Fayetteville State University will soon have access to training and career preparation in military research and development, thanks to a $718,338 grant from the Office of Naval Research.

Through two outreach programs designed to engage HBCU students and to increase minority participation in the sciences, FSU’s Center for Defense and Homeland Security will oversee STEM instructional delivery to local high school students and enhanced research opportunities for undergraduates.

FSU officials expect for 20 undergraduate students to complete research at Naval Research Laboratories over the life of the three-year grant.

Get More Details Here: Fayetteville State Awarded $718K Naval Research Grant