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

U.S. Department of the Interior’s Grants Notices (Opened to Colleges and Universities)

U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service

Funding Opportunity Number: P14AS00125

Funding Opportunity Title: Long Term Monitoring of Southern Colorado Plateau Network

Opportunity Category: Discretionary

Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement

Category of Funding Activity:  Education Employment, Labor and Training Environment Natural Resources Regional Development Science and Technology and other Research and Development

Posted Date: June 9, 2014

Original Closing Date for Applications: Jun 23, 2014

Estimated Total Program Funding: $195,000

Description:

NOTICE OF INTENT TO AWARD This Funding Announcement is not a request for applications. This announcement is to provide public notice of the National Park Service¿s intention to fund the following project activities without full and open competition. ABSTRACT Funding Announcement P14AS00125 Project Title Long Term Monitoring of Southern Colorado Plateau Network Recipient Northern Arizona University CP-CESU Principle Investigator / Program Manager Dr. James Allen Total Anticipated Award Amount $195,000.00 Cost Share none New Award or Continuation? Continuation of Cooperative Agreement H2370094001 Anticipated Length of Agreement From Date of award until 12/31/2016 Anticipated Period of Performance From Date of award until 12/31/2016 Award Instrument Cooperative Agreement Statutory Authority 16 USC 1(g) CFDA # and Title Single Source Justification Criteria Cited (2) Continuation NPS Point of Contact June Zastrow 303-987-6718 june_zastrow@nps.gov OVERVIEW Cooperative Agreement Number H2370094001 was entered into by and between the Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS), and Northern Arizona University (NAU) for the purpose of providing field ecology and technical support for long-term monitoring in Southern Colorado Plateau Network (SCPN) parks. The purpose of the monitoring program is to improve our scientific understanding of the status and trends in the condition of a targeted subset of park resources, thus contributing to describing regional resource conditions. Unless otherwise specified herein, the terms and conditions as stated in the Cooperative Agreement will apply to this Task Agreement. Field Ecology and Technical Support for Long-Term Monitoring in National Parks of the SCPN As part of the SCPN Vital Signs monitoring program, this project contributes to understanding the current status and tracking trends in condition through time for a selected suite of indicators of ecosystem condition. The purpose of the project described herein is for SCPN and NAU to collaborate to conduct long-term monitoring of upland, riparian/aquatic and landscape-level indicators in targeted park ecosystems and to communicate monitoring results to a broad audience of park managers, partners and the general public. Through this collaboration, NPS and NAU will contribute to describing regional ecological integrity and furthering scientific understanding of the current conditions of park resources, which often serve as reference conditions when evaluating the condition of public lands that are more impacted by human use. Results from this project will be publicly available through the SCPN website (http://science.nature.nps.gov/im/units/scpn/index.cfm) and the Learning Center of the American Southwest website (http://www.southwestlearning.org/). RECIPIENT INVOLVEMENT 1. To implement long-term water resources monitoring of selected SCPN streams and springs and to collaborate with the SCPN staff toward the completion of water resources monitoring protocols and reports. Monitoring topics include 1) riparian ecosystems, 2) aquatic macroinvertebrates, 3) water quality, and 4) spring ecosystems. 2. To implement long-term upland vegetation and soils monitoring within selected upland ecological sites and to collaborate with the SCPN staff toward the completion of upland monitoring reports. 3. To implement the SCPN Data Management Plan and to to collaborate with the SCPN staff toward developing and maintaining the program¿s data management and GIS capabilities. 4. To collaborate with SCPN staff to provide technical writing, editing, and report preparation. The writer/editor will work in collaboration with SCPN staff to produce Natural Resource Technical Report Series publications and other web-based or printed materials for the program, thus promoting the communication of I&M results to NPS managers, partners and the broader public. NAU will also provide printing services support to prepare final reports for distribution to SCPN parks, cooperators and the public. 5. To collaborate with SCPN staff to develop science communication materials about the natural resources of SCPN parks and related NPS management and science issues/activities. These projects will contribute to public understanding of park resources and resource topics and may be written for the SCPN and/or LCAS websites. A NAU School of Communication Intern will be involved in some of these projects. 6. To provide support for the Learning Center of the American Southwest (LCAS) website in coordination with SCPN and the Chihuahuan, Sonoran, and Southern Plains Networks. 7. Through Deaver Herbarium, to resolve NPS herbarium collection record issues in order to improve tracking of NPS collections. This will also contribute to a more accurate regional understanding of the distribution of plant species across the Colorado Plateau. 8. To provide project oversight and administration. The NAU Principal Investigator will supervise the NAU staff involved with tasks above and will serve as a senior scientist providing scientific review and guidance, as well as coordination with SCPN staff. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE INVOLVEMENT Substantial involvement on the part the National Park Service is anticipated for the successful completion of the objectives to be funded by this award. In particular, the National Park Service will be responsible for the following: SCPN staff will work collaboratively with NAU to complete monitoring protocols. NPS Staff will select systems & sites for monitoring & will provide training/oversight for monitoring work. SCPN GIS specialist will provide sampling design & GPS Support. SCPN data managers will develop database formats & metadata standards for documenting results of NAU monitoring. SCPN staff will work with NAU to communicate research results to NPS resource managers & the public. Substantial involvement is also necessary to ensure NPS I&IM data standards are met & to provide substantive review of data products and the reports. SINGLE-SOURCE JUSTIFICATION DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR SINGLE SOURCE POLICY REQUIREMENTS Department of the Interior Policy (505 DM 2) requires a written justification which explains why competition is not practicable for each single-source award. The justification must address one or more of the following criteria as well as discussion of the program legislative history, unique capabilities of the proposed recipient, and cost-sharing contribution offered by the proposed recipient, as applicable. In order for an assistance award to be made without competition, the award must satisfy one or more of the following criteria: (1) Unsolicited Proposal ¿ The proposed award is the result of an unsolicited assistance application which represents a unique or innovative idea, method, or approach which is not the subject of a current or planned contract or assistance award, but which is deemed advantageous to the program objectives; (2) Continuation ¿ The activity to be funded is necessary to the satisfactory completion of, or is a continuation of an activity presently being funded, and for which competition would have a significant adverse effect on the continuity or completion of the activity; (3) Legislative intent ¿ The language in the applicable authorizing legislation or legislative history clearly indicates Congress¿ intent to restrict the award to a particular recipient of purpose; (4) Unique Qualifications ¿ The applicant is uniquely qualified to perform the activity based upon a variety of demonstrable factors such as location, property ownership, voluntary support capacity, cost-sharing ability if applicable, technical expertise, or other such unique qualifications; (5) Emergencies ¿ Program/award where there is insufficient time available (due to a compelling and unusual urgency, or substantial danger to health or safety) for adequate competitive procedures to be followed. The National Park Service did not solicit full and open competition for this award based the following criteria: (2) CONTINUATION SINGLE SOURCE JUSTIFICATION DESCRIPTION: THIS IS A NOTICE OF INTENT TO AWARD This is a Task Agreement (P14AC00859) under Cooperative Agreement (H2370094001) in the amount of $195,000.00 with a period of performance from date of award until 12/31/2014. “This proposed project between Northern Arizona University and the National Park Service is authorized to go through the Colorado Plateau CESU at the negotiated overhead rate of 17.5% because it passes the test of substantial involvement by the NPS, public purpose and consistency with the mission of the CESU Network” Also, on the SF 424 forms that the partner sponsored programs office fills out for each project, requires a CFDA number – 15.945, which is the number associated with the CFDA Title: COOPERATIVE RESEARCH AND TRAINING PROGRAMS – RESOURCES OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (CESU). STATUTORY AUTHORITY A. 16 U.S.C. §1g authorizes the NPS to enter into cooperative agreements that involve the transfer of NPS appropriated funds to state, local and tribal governments, other public entities, educational institutions, and private nonprofit organizations for the public purpose of carrying out National Park Service programs. B. 16 U.S.C. §1a-2(j) Cooperative research and training programs. Authorizes the NPS to enter into cooperative agreements with public or private educational institutions, states, and their political subdivisions, for the purpose of developing adequate, coordinated, cooperative research and training programs concerning the resources of the national park system. Pursuant to such agreements, the cooperator may accept from or make available to the NPS technical and support staff, financial assistance for mutually agreed upon research projects, supplies and equipment, facilities, and administrative services relating to cooperative research units as the Secretary deems appropriate (research projects subject to Federal Acquisition Regulation excluded). Modified 5/31/05 ¿ Agreement Handbook Memorandum Number 2 C. 16 U.S.C. §5933 Cooperative agreements. The Secretary is authorized and directed to enter into cooperative agreements with colleges and universities, including but not limited to land grant schools, in partnership with other Federal and State agencies, to establish cooperative study units to conduct multi-disciplinary research and develop integrated information products on the resources of the National Park System, or the larger region of which parks are a part.

Link to additional information:   http://www.grants.gov

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:  June Zastrow, 303-987-6718 June_Zastrow@nps.gov

DOJ Offers $4.75 Million for National Center for Building Community Trust and Justice

 

DOJ Offers Funding of $4.75 Million for

National Center for Building Community Trust and Justice

                    

The Justice Department is seeking applications to create a National Center for Building Community Trust & Justice.  The deadline to apply is June 18, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The National Center for Building Community Trust & Justice (The Center) will be a concrete response to President Obama’s initiative, “My Brother’s Keeper,” which is a call to action to build public/private collaborative approaches to unlock the full potential of boys and young men of color.  The Center will explore, assess, and disseminate information about strategies intended to enhance procedural justice, reduce implicit bias, and support racial reconciliation in communities of color, so that young men in these communities may enter adulthood confident in the promise that justice is distributed equally to all.

What do the terms procedural justice, implicit bias, and racial reconciliation mean in practice?

 Procedural justice (sometimes called procedural fairness) describes the idea that how individuals regard the justice system is tied more to the perceived fairness of the process and how they were treated rather than to the perceived fairness of the outcome. In other words, even someone who receives a traffic ticket or “loses” his case in court is likely to rate the system favorably if he feels that the outcome is arrived at fairly.

Implicit bias refers to a collection of unconscious attitudes or beliefs that manifest in behavior towards persons or groups. These implicit biases are automatic, difficult to control, can affect behavior in profound ways and are also illegal if they result in disparate impact. Implicit bias also compromises the effective disbursement of justice and promotion of public safety.

Racial reconciliation is a process through which both criminal justice system practitioners and communities can acknowledge past and present harms and together move beyond them.

The Center will pursue five major goals towards creating bridges of understanding between law enforcement and communities of color:

  • selection of pilot sites to test strategies on procedural justice, implicit bias, and racial reconciliation;
  • creation of an information clearinghouse;
  • expansion of knowledge through new research;
  • development of materials to help carry that research into practice; and
  • activities that promote public discussion of issues around race and policing.

The Justice Department recognizes that public safety and effective policing are enhanced when there is a mutual commitment to trust and fairness by both law enforcement and the communities they serve.  The National Center for Building Community Trust & Justice can forge these crucial partnerships in the many American communities that are trapped in a cycle of poverty, criminality, and incarceration.

 To access the solicitation and apply see: http://www.ojjdp.gov/grants/solicitations/FY2014/NCBCTJ.pdf.

 For more information about My Brother’s Keeper see: http://www.whitehouse.gov/my-brothers-keeper

Small Grant Program Available: Social Security Administration

 Disability Determination Process

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’s disability determination process.

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 2014) 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 1, 2014

Apply Today!

Visit http://ddp.policyresearchinc.org  for more detail

E-mail us at DDP@PolicyResearchInc.org

 

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation is hiring!

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation will be issuing a large number of vacancy announcements on February 10, 2014, for air-traffic control specialists on a nation-wide basis.  You may follow the link below for additional information:
http://www.faa.gov/jobs/career_fields/aviation_careers/
Visit the FAA Virtual Career Fair and learn all about select aviation careers FAA is offering.  FAA recruitment experts will be available for live chats on Jan. 29, 12–4 p.m. EST, and Feb. 12, 12–4 p.m. EST. To register for the Career Fair and to learn about these aviation careers, please visit:
http://vshow.on24.com/vshow/network/registration/5492
Applicants are highly encouraged to use the resume builder available on the USAJOBS website usajobs.gov.
Visit the USAJOBS Resource Center at help.usajobs.gov/ to learn how to build your resume, and access tips and tutorials on applying and interviewing for federal jobs.

Cybersecurity Initiative for Small Colleges

Cybersecurity Initiative for Small Colleges
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 – 3:00am

Internet2 will offer workshops and campus visits to assist small institutions seeking to upgrade their cybersecurity measures, the technology consortium announced on Monday. The effort will be funded by a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Starting next month, Internet2 will host the first of three regional workshops this year on how investments in cybersecurity can benefit campus research, and over the next two years, the consortium will make consulting visits to up to 30 institutions. According to Internet2’s grant application, the two-year effort will also produce a manual of best practices. Those findings will be made publicly available on Internet2’s website to benefit institutions unable to participate.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/quick-takes#ixzz2rhJrSO5s