PHMSA Launches First Pipeline Research Program for Colleges and Universities

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has announced an academic research program that will offer a total of $500,000 to non-profit institutions of higher learning as part of the agency’s pipeline research and development program. Through PHMSA’s Competitive Academic Agreement Program (CAAP), it will provide up to $100,000 to five colleges or universities to research innovations and technologies that will improve pipeline safety. The goal of CAAP is to introduce graduate and PhD research students to subject matter common to pipeline safety challenges and to demonstrate how their engineering or technical disciplines would contribute to the pipeline safety field. CAAP is modeled after programs at other federal agencies and non-profit organizations that aimed to increase the pool of applicants in technical disciplines that have experienced low recruitment activity.

 To Apply:

1. Register or logon to . New users should go to, or go to the main page at and click on “Get Registered.” Please note that new user registration approval may take up to two weeks.

2. To locate the full announcement and application, search by CFDA number, 20.724, or by Funding Opportunity number DTPH56-13-SN-000002.

3. Read the full announcement, then download and complete the application.

 PHMSA will award the agreements during the fourth quarter of calendar year 2013.

 If you have questions about CAAP, contact Jackie Naranjo at or (202) 366-4429. Warren Osterberg is the secondary contact for CAAP-related questions, and can be reached at or (202) 366-6942. If you have technical questions about, please call (800) 518-4726 or send an email

PHMSA conducts and supports research to support regulatory and enforcement activities and to provide the technical and analytical foundation necessary for planning, evaluating, and implementing the pipeline safety program. Recent R&D projects include leak detection; detection of mechanical damage; damage prevention; improved pipeline system controls, monitoring, and operations; and improvements in pipeline materials. To learn more, visit the research and development section of the PHMSA website,

 The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration develops and enforces regulations for the safe, reliable, and environmentally sound operation of the nation’s 2.6 million mile pipeline transportation system and the nearly 1 million daily shipments of hazardous materials by land, sea, and air. Please visit for more information.


Grant Opportunity: Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges

NEH invites proposals for projects that advance the role of the humanities at a community college through curriculum and faculty development on the theme of Bridging Cultures.

NEH expects to award seven to nine grants of up to $120,000 each.

NEH Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges projects create opportunities for community college faculty members to study together while improving their capacity to teach the humanities; enhance or develop areas of need in an institution’s humanities programs; and give community college faculty access to humanities resources through partnerships with other educational or cultural institutions.

Funded projects will

  • draw on sound humanities scholarship related to the theme of Bridging Cultures,
  • engage participating faculty in shared readings of important humanities texts,
  • involve humanities scholars with appropriate expertise,
  • result in improvements in the quality of humanities instruction at a community college or community college system, and
  • disseminate widely the results of their work.

Projects must involve a partnership in the planning and implementation of the project between a community college or system and another educational or cultural institution, such as a college or university, museum, research library, or professional association.


Bridging Cultures is an agency-wide initiative that encourages exploration of the ways in which cultures from around the globe, as well as the myriad subcultures within America’s borders, have influenced American society. With the aim of revitalizing intellectual and civic life through the humanities, NEH welcomes proposals that enhance understanding of diverse countries, peoples, and cultural and intellectual traditions worldwide. Applications might also investigate how Americans have approached and attempted to surmount seemingly unbridgeable cultural divides, or examine the ideals of civility and civic discourse that have informed this quest. In connection with a focus on civic discourse, projects might explore the role of women in America’s civic life as well as the civic role of women in other cultures and regions of the world.

We strongly encourage interested applicants to contact us at (202) 606-8380 or to consult with a program officer about their proposals.

 Guidelines are available at  
The deadline is August 27, 2013.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistantships.  A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a country outside the U.S.

During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.  The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the specific country summary for details

 The application opens on May 1st and closes on October 17th.

 Check out these upcoming webinars:

Webinar: Introduction to Fulbright Online 03-19-2013 Webinars
Webinar: Meet Some Alumni Online 03-27-2013 Webinars
Webinar: Q&A – Application Components Online 04-10-2013 Webinars
FPA Webinar: Intro to Fulbright / What’s New Online 04-24-2013 FPA Workshops
Webinar: What’s New in Fulbright Online 05-01-2013 Webinars

 To learn more about Fulbright click here

Nominate Your Mentor for the Presidential Award in Science, Math, and Engineering Mentoring

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) is a Presidential award established by the White House in 1995. The purpose of the award is to recognize U.S. citizens or permanent residents and U.S. organizations that have demonstrated excellence in mentoring individuals from groups that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce. Groups that are underrepresented in STEM include women, people with disabilities, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, as well as individuals from low socio-economic backgrounds and some geographic regions such as urban and rural areas. The PAESMEM program is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

Nominations for individuals or organizations, including self-nominations, will be accepted until June 6, 2012. Organizational nominees must be affiliated with an U.S. educational institution, U.S. corporation, or not-for-profit organization.

Submissions are accepted through and the National Science Foundation’s FastLane system. For more information, please visit the PAESMEM webpage at NSF.

Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (HBCU-RISE)

The Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program provides support to enhance the research capabilities of minority-serving institutions through the establishment of centers that effectively integrate education and research. CREST promotes the development of new knowledge, enhancements of the research productivity of individual faculty, and an expanded presence of students historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

HBCU-RISE awards specifically target HBCUs to support the expansion of institutional research capacity as well as an increase in the production of doctoral students, especially those from groups underrepresented in STEM, at those institutions.

Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time):
April 22, 2013

For more information click on the links provided below:

Available Formats:

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:

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  If you would like to be informed of any future NIDRR grant funding opportunities, please sign up for the NIDRR Announcements list at

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:

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  If you would like to be informed of any future NIDRR grant funding opportunities, please sign up for the NIDRR Announcements list at


Be Informed

We have received notice of the following funding opportunities from various federal agencies.

We hope that the information is beneficial to you and your efforts.


Agency Grant Title Grant Number Submission Deadline
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Adminis. Targeted Capacity Expansion: Substance Abuse Treatment for Racial/Ethnic Minority Women at High Risk for HIV/AIDS (TCE-HIV: Minority Women)  TI-13-011 May 14, 2013  
 National Institutes of Health Aging Research Dissertation Awards to Increase Diversity (R36) Grant.  PAR-13-152 May 07, 2016
 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  Refugee Home-Based Childcare Microenterprise Development Project Grant  CMS-1A1-13-002 May 30, 2013
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  Well Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN) Grant  CDC-RFA-DP13-1302 Apr 30, 2013  
 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  Nationwide Program for National and State Background Checks for Direct Patient Access Employees of Long Term Care Facilities and Providers – 9th Announcement Grant  CMS-1A1-13-002 May 30, 2013
 National Institutes of Health  Advancing Exceptional Research on HIV/AIDS (R01) Grant.  RFA-DA-14-003 Aug 01, 2013  
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  Using Evidence from Science and Community Practice to Develop Web- and other Technology-Based Tools for HIV Treatment Service Provider Organizations to Improve Linkage, Retention, and Re-Engagement of HIV-Positive Persons in Care Grant.  CDC-RFA-PS13-1311 May 10, 2013
 Health Resources & Services Administration  State Offices of Rural Health Grant Program (SORH) Grant  HRSA-13-162 May 13, 2013
  HHS/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Public Health Conference Support Program Grant  CDC-RFA-EH13-1306 May 02, 2013   
HHS/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Organizations for Chronic Disease Prevention Grant CDC-RFA-DP10-10080401SUPP13 Apr 15, 2013  
HHS/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Promoting, Strengthening and Enhancing Disease Prevention by Collaboration with Targeted Stakeholders Grant CDC-RFA-IP13-1303  Jun 05, 2013  
National Science Foundation EHR Core Research (ECR)


NSF 13-555 July 12, 2013

2011 HBCU Grantees



National Endowment for the Humanities – 2011 HBCU Grantees:

Albany State University, The Albany, Georgia Civil Rights Movement: Gateway to the National Civil Rights Struggle in America, to support a humanities bridge program over two summers for selected high school students on the history, literature, art, and music of the Civil Rights Movement. ($100,458.00)

Claflin University, Reading Classical and Contemporary Literature from South Asia through an Interdisciplinary Literary Lens, to support a two-year series of faculty workshops, course development and public lectures on classical and contemporary literature for South Asia. ($99,220.00)

Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania’s Global Heritage and Legacy: a Humanities Initiative, to support a two- year program of study framed by two conferences, in which ten faculty would conduct research and developing teaching modules on Lincoln University’s diasporic heritage. ($100,000.00)

Winston-Salem State University, Integrating Teaching and Learning about India in the Curriculum through the Humanities and the Liberal Arts, to support a three-year series of faculty study workshops, guest lectures, and seminars providing an overview of India from historical and contemporary perspectives. ($99,285.00)

Awards for Faculty – 2011 HBCU Grantee

Janice Hawes, South Carolina State University, to support advanced research in the humanities by teachers at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Project Title, Shaping Proper Citizens of the British Empire: H.E. Marshall’s Translation of Beowulf for Children. ($50,400)