Research Grants

Young investigator research grant.

NKF established the Young Investigator Research Grant program to support clinical research studies addressing important issues for patients with kidney disease. Projects must be patient-oriented

Who Should Apply?  Applicant must:

  • Have completed training in nephrology prior to the start of the grant award.
  • Hold a full-time appointment to a faculty position at a U.S. university, or an equivalent position as a scientist on the staff of a research-oriented institution, at the time funding begins.
  • Are within their first four years of initial appointment to a faculty position or staff scientist position in a research organization. 

Funding Amount:  $35,000 ($25,000 for the Krainin Award) for one year

Deadline:  February 13, 2023 

Click here for instructions and eligibility criteria. 

Click here to start application. 

Kidney Health Equity Community Engagement Award

NKF seeks proposals that are primed to influence health equity related to kidney health at a community level. The application must seek to improve access to kidney care, kidney disease management, and patient outcomes.

Who should apply?  Open to all healthcare professionals, researchers, and multidisciplinary teams affiliated with any health system, academic medical center, FQHC, or any other health care organization in the U.S. serving people with kidney disease.

Funding Amount:   $75,000 for one year

Deadline: February 13, 2023

Council on Renal Nutrition Research Grant

The Council Research Grant is a rotating research grant shared among the four councils for $10,000. The grant application for 2023 is open for our dietitian members.  Applications are due October 17, 2022. 

Note: The Principal Investigator must complete the application form and should be a Registered Dietitian

Click here  for instructions and eligibility criteria. 

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2021 Calls for Grant Proposals

The Arthur W. Page Center at the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State has announced its annual Page/Johnson Legacy Scholar Grant competition for the study of integrity in public communication. This year, the Center is issuing three research calls:

1. Proposals for research projects on Corporate Social Advocacy

2. Proposals for research projects on Ethics of Care

3. Proposals for curriculum development on Activism

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Call for Proposals: Corporate Social Advocacy

Senior research fellow and associate professor at the University of South Carolina Holly Overton is leading the call. If you have questions, please contact Overton at [email protected] .

The Page Principle #2: Prove it with action Public perception of an enterprise is determined 90 percent by what it does and 10 percent by what it says. 

Publics have long expected companies to be engaged in socially responsible activities that make a contribution to communities, the environment, and society. In recent years, as public expectations have shifted, companies have begun to take a more purpose-driven approach to their efforts by taking a public stance on politically charged social-justice issues. According to the  Edelman Trust Barometer Special Report: Brand Trust in 2020 , 80 percent of consumers want brands to solve society’s problems. Consumers want companies to “walk the talk” through values-driven actions to advocate for change.

With a continued increase in demand for companies to match their words with action, The Page Center seeks grant proposals to contribute to the scholarly and public understanding of how companies are engaging in corporate social advocacy (CSA) in various contexts.

Topics may include, but are not limited to the following:

► Engagement with specific audiences regarding CSA (e.g., communities, activists, employees, influencers, consumers, media, etc.)

► Best practices in CSA strategies and approaches

► Implications for corporate communication and reputation management

► Impact, benefits, or challenges of CSA for controversial sociopolitical issues

► Political, ethical, and moral perspectives and implications

► Messaging strategies for enhancing organization-public relationships with stakeholders

► The role of public relations in fostering CSA

► Theoretical or methodological innovations

All areas of CSA will be considered, and proposals focusing on corporate perspectives will be prioritized. Studies focused particularly on theory development, organizational best practices, and relevant, timely social issues are especially encouraged.

Call for Proposals: The Ethics of Care

Senior research fellow and assistant professor at Penn State Stephanie Madden is leading the call. If you have questions, please contact Madden at [email protected] .

Feminist scholar Carol Gilligan (1982) proposed ethics of care to challenge discourses in ethical theory focused on rights and legal discourses. Ethics of care focus on obligations and responsibilities, a concern for others, and feelings of compassion, whereas an ethic of rights and justice focuses on the rights of individuals through a legalistic perspective (Nunner-Winkler, 1994).

Organizations gravitate toward an ethic of justice because it is often easier and more pressing to demonstrate they followed the law and responded to a situation fairly. Ethics of care, though, requires organizations to deal with harm done to individuals at a relational level and care for the most vulnerable publics.

Public relations scholars have primarily explored an ethics of care within a crisis communication context. Tao and Kim (2017) found that an ethics of care approach was underused in organizational crisis responses as opposed to an ethic of justice.

Fraustino and Kennedy (2018) worked to bridge ethics of care theory and practice in crisis communication with their Applied Model of Care Considerations (AMCC). Yet, there are additional opportunities to apply a care-based perspective to public relations and public communication. For instance, Formentin and Bortree (2019) explored how ethics of care emerges in corporate social responsibility.

This Page Center research call seeks original research that considers how ethics of care can fundamentally reshape our current approaches to public relations and public communication, bridging theory and practice in a broad range of topics.

► Ethics of care for marginalized communities

► Diversity, inclusion, and equity and ethics of care

► Activism and ethics of care

► Ethics of care in the context of crisis communication, social media, corporate social responsibility or corporate advocacy

► Political communication and ethics of care  

► Ethics of care in relationship management

► Global perspectives on ethics of care

► Internal and/or employee communication and ethics of care

► Theory development surrounding ethics of care in public communication

All methodological approaches will be considered. Studies focused particularly on voices, experiences, and theories of Black, Indigenous, People of Color are especially encouraged.

Deadline & Notifications

► Application materials must be electronically submitted on or before Jan. 15, 2021.

► Scholars will be notified of the selection committee's decisions on March 15, 2021.

► Contracts for successful grants will be finalized by June 1, 2021.

► Final reports are due July 1, 2022.

Call for Proposals: Curriculum Development on Activism

This 2021 Page/Johnson Legacy Scholar Grants special call for curriculum aims to develop teaching modules on activism that will be shared with faculty in public relations and strategic communication. The goal of this project is to create a series of lessons that can be easily adopted into the public relations classroom. While a body of academic literature continues to grow around activism and activist public relations, there are few resources available for integrating the public relations of activism into classrooms and curriculum.

Faculty are invited to submit a grant proposal to develop one or more modules related to activism and public relations.

► Social movements and public relation history

► Ethics of activism

► Activist theories

► Parallels between public interest communication, cause communication, and activism

► Evaluation of activist/social movement success

► Social media and activism

► Brand activism

Other ideas for topics related to activism and public relations will also be accepted. Modules that center the voices and experiences of marginalized publics are especially encouraged.

The Center will offer a $2,000 honorarium for each module, half paid when the contract is signed and the other on delivery of the completed module. Honorarium payments can be shared by co-authors.

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Research Grants on Education: Small

Application deadlines:.

Applications Open February 3, 2023

Full Proposal Deadline April 5, 2023 (12:00 noon Central Time)

Program contact: Cynthia Soto [email protected]

The Small Research Grants Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets up to $50,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. We accept applications three times per year.

This program is “field-initiated” in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, method, or location. Our goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education.

Program Statement

The Small Research Grants on Education Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets up to $50,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. Eligible investigators may also request additional supplemental funds for a course release. We accept applications three times per year. This program is “field-initiated” in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, or method. Our goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education. We seek to support scholarship that develops new foundational knowledge that may have a lasting impact on educational discourse. 

We recognize that learning occurs across the life course as well as across settings—from the classroom to the workplace, to family and community contexts and even onto the playing field—any of which may, in the right circumstance, provide the basis for rewarding study that makes significant contributions to the field. We value work that fosters creative and open-minded scholarship, engages in deep inquiry, and examines robust questions related to education. To this end, this program supports proposals from multiple disciplinary and methodological perspectives, both domestically and internationally, from scholars at various stages in their career. We anticipate that proposals will span a wide range of topics and disciplines that innovatively investigate questions central to education, including for example education, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, law, economics, history, or neuroscience, amongst others.

Moreover, we expect and welcome methodological diversity in answering pressing questions; thus, we are open to projects that utilize a wide array of research methods including quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods, ethnographies, design-based research, participatory methods, and historical research, to name a few. We are open to projects that might incorporate data from multiple and varied sources, span a sufficient length of time as to achieve a depth of understanding, or work closely with practitioners or community members over the life of the project.

April 2023 deadline

August 2023 deadline.

Applications Open Early June, 2023

Full Proposal Deadline Early August, 2023

December 2023 deadline

Applications Open Early October, 2023

Full Proposal Deadline Early December, 2023

Eligibility and Restrictions


Proposals to the Research Grants on Education program must be for academic research projects that aim to study education. Proposals for activities other than research are not eligible (e.g., program evaluations, professional development, curriculum development, scholarships, capital projects). Additionally, proposals for research studies focused on areas other than education, are not eligible.

Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs applying for a Small Research Grant on Education must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. While graduate students may be part of the research team, they may not be named the PI or Co-PI on the proposal.

The PI must be affiliated with a non-profit organization or public/governmental institution that is willing to serve as the administering organization if the grant is awarded. The Spencer Foundation does not award grants directly to individuals. Examples include non-profit or public colleges, universities, school districts, and research facilities, as well as other non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS (or equivalent non-profit status if the organization is outside of the United States).

Proposals are accepted from the U.S. and internationally, however, all proposals must be submitted in English and budgets must be proposed in U.S. Dollars.


Proposed budgets for this program are limited to $50,000 total and may not include indirect cost charges per Spencer’s policy . Eligible investigators may also request additional supplemental funds for a course release. See the Optional Supplemental Course Release section for details.

Projects proposed may not be longer than 5 years in duration.

PIs and Co-PIs may only hold one active research grant from the Spencer Foundation at a time. (This restriction does not apply to the administering organization; organizations may submit as many proposals as they like as long as they are for different projects and have different research teams.)

PIs and Co-PIs may not submit more than one research proposal to the Spencer Foundation at a time. This restriction applies to the Small Grants Program, Large Grants Program, Racial Equity Research Grants Program, and Research-Practice Partnership Program. If the PI or any of the Co-PIs currently have a research proposal under consideration in any of these programs, they are required to wait until a final decision has been made on the pending proposal before they can submit a new proposal.

How to Apply

The application process begins with a full proposal; there is no requirement to submit a letter of intent or intent to apply form. Full proposals for a Small Research Grant on Education are due by 12:00pm Noon central time on the deadline date.

Full Proposal Guidelines

Small Grant proposals must be submitted through an online application form following the guidelines below.

Step 1 – Registration

Note: This application is configured for the Principal Investigator (PI) on the project to register and submit the form. If someone other than the PI will be completing the online application (e.g., an administrative assistant), the PI should register as described in Step 1 below, then provide their username and password to the person assisting them with the application.

If you (the PI) have never accessed the Spencer Foundation online portal, you must register and create a profile by going to and clicking the “Register Here” button. Follow the guidelines on the registration page to create your profile.

If you already have an account, log on to update your profile and access the application.

Step 2 - My Profile

After logging in, follow the directions to complete the information requested on the My Profile page and upload your current CV (10 page limit). The My Profile page is your online account with the Spencer Foundation whether you are applying for a grant, reviewing a proposal, or submitting a grantee report.

Note: If you will have Co-PIs on your project, they must also register and complete their profile information if they wish to be included on the application.

Step 3 – Start a Proposal

To fill out the application, go to your Workbench and click the Apply button for the Small Research Grants on Education. Your draft application can be saved so that you can return to it at a later time and continue working on it. Once you save a draft application, you can find it again on your Draft Proposals list on your Workbench.

Small Grant Proposal Elements

Within the online application, there are detailed guidelines for each section. Below is an overview of the elements you’ll be expected to complete.

Project Personnel - As the person creating the draft application, you will automatically be assigned to the proposal as the Principal Investigator. If there are Co-PIs on the proposal, they can be added to the application in this section.  They must first follow Steps 1 and 2 above before being added to the application.

In this section you are also asked to confirm that neither the PI nor the Co-PIs currently have another research proposal under review at Spencer (see Restrictions).

Proposal Summary – Information about the project is requested, such as the project title, start and end dates, the central research question(s), and a 200-word project summary.

Budget and Budget Justification - The budget form is divided into the following categories and each category has a pulldown menu of the line item choices listed in parentheses below:

Each expense for your project should be added and the budget narrative field should be completed, providing a description of that specific expense.  Detailed guidelines are available within the application form.

Subcontracts: If your project will have subcontracts, a separate subcontract budget form will need to be completed for each. The subcontract form has the same categories and line item choices listed above.

Proposal Narrative - You are expected to upload a proposal narrative pdf that includes the following:

A description of the project, the central research question(s), and the project’s significance.

A rationale for the project. This includes (a) summary of the relevant literature, the relationship of the proposed research to that literature, and the new knowledge or contribution to the improvement of education expected to result from the proposed research; and (b) a summary of the conceptual framework or theory guiding the project and how the project utilizes or builds on this framework of theory.

A description of the proposed research methods, description of participants, data collection instruments, and modes of analysis the project will employ. If applicable to the proposed methods, please include (a) information about the proposed sample/case definition and selection procedures; (b) research design, including when appropriate a description of the context of the study; (c) description of key constructs, measures and data sources; (d) procedures for data collection; and (e) procedures for data analysis.

This narrative may not exceed 1800 words and at the conclusion should include the word count in parentheses. Your reference list should follow your narrative in the same pdf file and will not count toward the 1800-word limit.

The text should be double–spaced and in 12-point font. APA style is preferred.

Note: Tables and other figures can be included in the text of your proposal, where appropriate, provided they are used sparingly. The text contained in any tables and figures will not count towards the word limit. However, it is important that you describe or explain any tables or figures in the narrative portion of your proposal, which will contribute to your word count. Do not assume that tables and other figures are self-explanatory.

Project Timeline - A project timeline should be uploaded as a PDF file and should indicate the proposed start and end dates of the project as well as key project events and milestones. The major activities listed in the project timeline should be reflected in the proposal narrative. The project timeline may not exceed 1 page and the text should be in 12-point font. The proposed project duration can be up to 5 years.

Project Team – A document describing the project team should be uploaded in pdf format and should identify the roles, responsibility and knowledge base of the PI, Co-PI(s), and any supporting researcher(s). In the case where your project includes Co-PIs and other supporting researchers, this document should articulate how the team will work together to complete the research project, highlighting what each team member will contribute to the project. Further, a short description of the relationship between the project team and the research site may be included, if appropriate. This document should not exceed 250 words and should be double–spaced in 12-point font. Note: this document will be reviewed along with the CV of the PI and any Co-PIs included on the application.

Optional Supplemental Course Release – The Spencer Foundation recognizes that scholars' course loads vary significantly across the field creating differential contexts and capacities for research projects. To help mitigate these uneven demands on time, the PI or Co-PI may request supplemental course release funds of up to $10,000 over and above the $50,000 Small Grant budget limit, for a total of up to $60,000.

To be eligible, the scholar (PI or Co-PI) must have a course load of 6 or above per academic year. The supplemental funds cannot be used for anything besides a course release for the scholar and should be the standard rate for a course release at their institution. You may only request 1 additional course release per grant. Two things of note: 1) requesting the Supplemental Course Release funds does not guarantee they will be awarded, and 2) if you have a course load that is less than 6, you may still include a course release in your proposal budget, but your budget may not exceed the $50,000 Small Grants limit and you are not required to supply the documents requested below.

To apply for these the Optional Supplemental Course Release Funds, there are 3 additional application pieces needed:

Optional Appendices A – If you have additional documents focused on scientific instrumentation relevant to the study, for example interview protocols or survey instruments, they can be uploaded in this section of the application as supplemental information.

Optional Appendices B – If you have other supporting documents, such as letters of agreement or collaboration, they can be uploaded in this section of the application. Please see the guidelines in the online application for more information about these types of appendices.

A note about IRB Approval: Proof of Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval is not required at the time of proposal submission.  In the event that IRB approval is needed for this project and it is chosen for funding, the Administering Organization will be responsible for obtaining IRB review and approval in accordance with its institutional policies and applicable law.

Resubmission – If this is a resubmission of a proposal previously submitted to the Spencer Foundation, you are asked to indicate this within the application and upload a 1-page explanation of how the proposal was revised.

Project Data – Within the online application, we ask you to choose the appropriate options with regard to your research project in the following categories: disciplinary perspective, methodologies, topics, geographical scope, contexts, and participants. This information is helpful in determining the appropriate reviewers for your proposal and for internal evaluations of our grant programs.

Signature from Authorized Representative of the Administering Organization – This section of the application details the steps necessary to obtain the authorized signature for your proposal through the Adobe E-sign process.  You are required to provide the Signatory’s name, title, and email address; this is normally an administrative or financial person that has the authority to sign the proposal on behalf of your organization. Note: The signature process must be completed by noon on the deadline date. You, as the applicant, are responsible for making sure your proposal is signed by the deadline.  Please account for the time it takes your organization’s authorized signer to review and sign proposal submissions.  We recommend filling in the online application at least a week ahead of the deadline date. The Spencer Foundation is unable to accept late submissions.

Once you’ve completed all of the elements listed above, click the Submit button at the bottom of the application page and it will be routed to your Signatory for signature and final submission.

Review Process

The Small Research Grants Program in Education uses a peer review process for all eligible submissions.  Each proposal will be reviewed by both external panel reviewers and internal staff. The review process for this program takes approximately 6-7 months from the deadline date.

The review panel for this program is made up of scholars in the field of education research with expertise across many disciplines and methodological areas.  Panelist are asked to rate and comment on the following aspects of your proposal:

Significance of the Project: Reviewers will evaluate the centrality of education in the research, the importance of the topic to its field, and the quality of the research question(s) and/or direction of inquiry.

Connection to Research and Theory: Reviewers will evaluate the adequacy of the description of how other researchers have treated the same topic and how well the proposal responds to prior work and theory.

Research Design: Reviewers will evaluate the overall quality, sophistication, and appropriateness of the research design as well as its alignment with the research question(s) and/or conceptual framing.

Budget and Timeline: Reviewers will evaluate the adequacy of the budget and timeline.

Project Team: Reviewers will comment on the potential of the investigator(s) to complete the study as described and share the results or other findings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q : Does this program support research in settings other than K-12 and higher education institutions?

A : Yes, Spencer funds research projects that span the life course (i.e., from early childhood to adult learning) as well as those that focus on contexts outside of school.

Q : Do you have a preference for certain research methodologies?

A : No, we are open to whatever methods make sense for answering the questions at hand. Historically, Spencer has supported research across a range of methods and academic disciplines, and we expect this to continue in this program.

Q : Do you have a preference for research teams vs. individual researchers?

A : No, we do not have a preference. The important thing is to plan the staffing around the aims of the project.

Q : Can a graduate student serve as a Co-PI on a proposal submission?

A : No, the PI and any Co-PIs named on the proposal are expected to have earned doctorate degrees prior to proposal submission.  While graduate students may be included in the budget as research assistants, this program is not meant to support student research projects.

Q : Do you accept proposals from outside the United States?

A : Yes, we accept proposals from outside the U.S. Application materials must be submitted in English and project budgets must be in U.S. dollars.

Q : Do you have a preference for regional, national, or international projects?

A : No, we do not have a preference.

Q : What is the expected duration of projects in this program?

A : We leave the duration of the project up to the PI/research team to determine, but limit it to no more than 5 years.

Q: Can my organization submit more than one proposal at a time?

A: Yes, as long as the proposals are for different projects and the research teams are different, it is fine for an organization to submit multiple applications at one time.

Q : If I (the PI or Co-PI) have a current grant through Spencer, can I apply for a new grant?

A : You may not hold more than one active research grant at a time from the Spencer Foundation. You may apply for a new grant while you have an active grant at Spencer if the active grant will end before the anticipated start date of the new project.

Q : If I am turned down, is it possible to revise my proposal and reapply in a later cycle?

A : Spencer does not have a policy against accepting uninvited revised proposals.  However, many factors go into the final decision on each proposal, including our limited budget.  Even if you receive feedback on your proposal and are able to address all of the reviewer concerns in the submission, we can offer no guarantees as to the likelihood of funding due to the fact that we currently fund less than 10% of the submissions we receive. Please note, resubmissions are considered among all of the other newly submitted proposals and are not given special status or consideration in the review process.

Q : I have an idea for a project and would like feedback. Is it possible to contact someone?

A : If you have reviewed our program statement and application guidelines and still have questions about whether your idea for a research project falls within this program, feel free to email us at [email protected] for guidance. While we are not able to provide feedback on proposal drafts, we are happy to answer questions by email.

Q: How do I determine my start date and when should I expect payment if my proposal is selected for funding?

A: We recommend proposing a start date that is at least 8 months after the proposal deadline. The review process for this program takes approximately 6-7 months and once notified of the funding decision, it can take an additional 2 months for the official approval process, which entails reviewing the budget, processing award letters, and issuing the grant payment. NOTE: Grant payments are issued on the third week of each month. If Spencer has not received your signed award letters by your start date, your payment will not be issued.

Q: Are budgets expected to include in-kind giving or cost sharing? If not expected, is it allowed?

A: In-kind giving or cost sharing is not expected or required as part of your proposal budget. However, if you plan to include in-kind giving or cost sharing as part of your project budget, you should indicate this in the online budget form in the narrative section. If your proposal is chosen for funding, the grant award may be contingent upon receiving documentation confirming the additional support.

Recent Awardees - December 2021 Cycle

Examining the relocation of the Batwa Indigenous people from the forests and its influence on their Indigenous Education, Customs and Cultures Francis Akena Adyanga, Natal Ayiga, Sharon L. Carnahan Kabale University

Keeping La Promesa: A Mixed-Method Investigation of Cross-cultural Relations in an Immigrant-Serving High School Elaine Cristina Allard, Barbara Thelamour Swarthmore College

Effects of Education Loans on College Student Transfer in the United States: Evidence from the Last Three Decades Rong Chen, Angela Boatman Seton Hall University

The Possibility of Participatory Action Research to Create Inclusive and Affirming School Based Sex Education for Sexual and Gender Diverse Youth Katherine L. Clonan-Roy, Shereen Naser, Elizabeth A. Goncy, Kimberly Fuller Cleveland State University

Conducting a National Survey of Disaster Resilience in Higher Education Frank Fernandez University of Florida

Evaluating Digital Curriculum Materials with Social Studies Educators Eric B. Freedman, Tina Y. Gourd University of Iowa

A Policy and Curriculum Analysis of Secular Mindfulness Programs in Relation to the Racialization of Asian American Students Funie Hsu Tower Foundation of San Jose State University

Domain-specific Instruments for Preschool Teachers' Math Pedagogy Content Knowledge Xia Li, Colleen Uscianowski Brooklyn College of City University of New York

Supporting teachers of English learners in rural Upstate New York Shuzhan Li Ithaca College

Black Muslim Worldmaking: Race, Religion, and Gender in the Lives of Black Muslim College Students Keon McGuire, Saskias Casanova, Samiha Rahman Arizona State University Foundation for A New American University

Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline at the Intersection of Ability and Race: How are Schools Supporting Disabled Students of Color Through Restorative Justice in Education Molly E. Siuty, Shanté Stuart McQueen Portland State University

Epistemic (In)justice at the Intersections of Higher Education and the Carceral State Rebecca M. Taylor, Nicole Lindahl-Ruiz University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

A Transformative Mixed Methods Study of and With Community College Students Navigating Mental Health Issues Xueli Wang University of Wisconsin-Madison

Developing Cross-Classified Random Effects Growth Mixture Models to Incorporate and Understand Student Mobility Yan Wang, Karen Ramlackhan, Nilabja Guha University of Massachusetts Lowell

Handling Covariate Selection Uncertainty and Measurement Error in Causal Mediation Analysis: A Two-Step Approach to More Accurate Intervention Studies Qian Zhang Florida State University Research Foundation, Inc.


2021 Grants CFP

We’ve extended the deadline for the cptsc grants open call to april 22, 2022..

Please consider applying for a research grant from one of the two grants programs offered by the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC). This year CPTSC is conducting an Open Call for Programmatic Research, as well as a Research Grant to Promote Antiracist Programs and Pedagogies. Work toward antiracist pedagogy and practice is welcomed in response to both calls, and the calls are staggered so that a proposal supporting these goals could be submitted to both programs.

The full call and information regarding submission is included in full text at the end of the message and linked here.

The deadline for proposals to the Research Grant to Promote Antiracist Programs and Pedagogy is  May 31, 2022 . The full call and information regarding submission is included in full text at the end of the message and   linked here.

Please contact  Stacey Pigg  or  Joanna Schreiber  with any questions.

Organization of the Proposal

Applicants should submit a 2–3 page proposal (single spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins) that contains the following information:

Criteria for Selection

Adherence to proposal guidelines.

Significance and connections to programs 

Methods and methodology

Budget effectiveness

Requirements of Grant Recipients

All grant recipients must agree to do the following:

Within 6 months of receiving research funding from CPTSC 

Within 12 months of receiving research funding from CPTSC 

Within 18 months of receiving research funding from CPTSC/upon conclusion of the project  

Nota Bene:  Any additional publications or presentations resulting from the research should acknowledge CPTSC grant support for the related project.

Guidance and Questions 

The CPTSC Grants Committee encourages applicants to contact them to discuss projects prior to the funding deadline. Because the committee has archives of existing syllabi and understandings of current field practices, they can help shape current projects and in some cases offer archival resources. Please contact Stacey Pigg ( [email protected] ) or Joanna Schreiber ([email protected]) if you wish to discuss your project with the CPTSC Grants Committee.

Questions relating to CPTSC’s Research Grants Program, the proposal submission guidelines, or the proposal submission and review processes should be emailed to Stacey Pigg ( [email protected] ) or Joanna Schreiber ([email protected]).

Submitting the Proposal

Proposals should be received by April 1, 2021 for full consideration. Decisions will be announced by May 15, 2021. Email proposals as .docx or PDF attachments sent to Stacey Pigg ( [email protected] ) and Joanna Schreiber ([email protected]).

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Third Call for Proposals for STEG Larger Research Grants

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Larger Research Grants

Deadline 03 October 2022

Application to this call is now open.

STEG invites applications to the third call for proposals for Larger Research Grants (LRGs). This will be the penultimate LRG call under the STEG programme. The fourth and final call for LRGs will be opening in April 2023.

LRGs of  up to £100,000 can fund research assistance, data collection and/or purchase, and teaching buyouts, or relevant remuneration practices, for the principal investigator and co-investigators from partner institutions. Grants also support travel to field sites, even when secondary data is utilised. We view this kind of travel (with the possibilities for field visits and conversations with policy makers) as particularly important for researchers who lack prior experience in the countries that they intend to study. Please note that cost effectiveness and value for money are important evaluation criteria and submitted budgets must adhere to the LRG Budget Guidelines.

For this funding call, the £100,000 cap will be relaxed for projects with extraordinary data collection costs in low-income countries. In order to study questions around structural transformation, productivity, and economic growth in low-income countries, there is a clear need for access to improved data and we recognise the substantial costs related to these projects. As with all projects focused on data collection, we expect the data to be made publicly available by the end of the grant. While no fixed limit has been placed above the £100,000 cap, the additional budget must be within reason and clearly justified.

We aim to issue funding decisions within five months of the deadline for receipt of proposals. An LRG is intended to be completed within 24 months. Please note that contracts should be signed within one month of the return of the final decision, which is also the expected project start date.

Research may focus on broad systemic patterns and processes of structural transformation and growth for low-income countries, in a comparative sense across time or space, or more narrowly defined topics related to one or more of the following six research themes :

Other areas of interest may not fit cleanly into any of the themes but are centrally relevant to STEG and are also encouraged. Research in middle-income countries will be considered if it informs growth processes or policies in low-income countries.

STEG is also focused around three cross-cutting issues that are simultaneously relevant to many areas of structural transformation, including the six research themes:

Research proposals speaking to these issues will receive particular consideration.

In principle, LRGs cover the same substantive areas, questions, and methodologies as SRGs. However, they are meant for projects, which have greater financial needs due to, for example, greater time requirements, data or research assistance costs. Commensurate with these greater budgets, they are expected to produce either multiple outputs or more fundamental contributions.

We strongly recommend that prospective applicants read the LRG documentation about eligibility , country criteria , preparing an application , how to apply online and the LRG Frequently Asked Questions before applying.

23:59 BST, 3 October 2022. Applications received after this time will be considered for the next regular LRG round. The fourth and final call for LRGs will be opening in April 2023.

Applicants are asked to submit their proposals, using the templates available at the bottom of the LRG funding page , via the LRG Application Form on Hub .

If you have any questions, please contact the STEG Team at [email protected] .

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2021 Research Grants

Stimulating innovative research.

In 2021, we are offering a series of research grants to stimulate innovative research in challenging areas of future importance. Grants of 40,000 € - 450,000 € per year for up to 3 years are available in the areas as further specified below. 

About the 2021 research grants

The research grants program is open to scientists in all career stages who are affiliated with any research-based institution, university or company. Applicants submit their application for the focus topics containing non-confidential information only. You may apply for more than one grant or submit your application for more than one focus topic. If your application is successful, you are invited to submit a full proposal under confidentiality and join a deep-dive workshop with the other finalists. All applicants are informed about the decision of the selection committee. 

Submission deadline was 31 August 2021. 

Deep dive Workshops

The deep-dive workshops will take place in November and December 2021. All teams reaching the next stage of the application for the 2021 Research Grants have been informed. Finalists will work together with our managers and scientists to jointly optimize submitted project proposals. The culmination of the deep-dive workshops will be the selection of the research grant winners.

Drug Discovery

Inviting proposals to identify and characterize the next game-changing molecule or technology to help cure cancer or autoimmune disease. What are new breakthrough enabling technologies for drug discovery, e.g. single cell sequencing? Which molecular targets or pathophysiological pathways have untapped potential to deliver the next big therapeutic breakthrough? Where is upside potential for other indications e.g. in antiviral activity and pandemic preparedness? How can translation and predictivity of preclinical models to the clinical situation be enhanced, can quantitative methods (e.g. PK/PD, QSP, AI/ML) enable this? How can our evolving understanding of senescence and age-related changes be translated into drug discovery approaches?

Real-time testing and sensors

We are seeking research proposals that can substantially advance the state-of-the-art of in-line or at-line monitoring during the production of biopharmaceuticals with the ultimate goal being real-time release. Technologies may include: rapid microbiological testing for detection of bacteria, viruses, endotoxins (e.g. nucleic acid based, optical or spectroscopic technologies that can be validated); Sterile sampling: rapid, automated, flexible technologies for batch and continuous processes; In-line detection of protein aggregates that can be validated; Automated data processing technologies to support complex analytics that can enable electronic batch record creation (e.g. machine learning for mass spectrometry and chromatography data).

Nanoparticle for nucleic acid delivery

Various existing nucleic acid delivery technologies, such as (lipid) nanoparticles are ripe for innovation. We seek new technologies and approaches for novel inventive delivery vehicles and formulations, routes of delivery, and targeting strategies. Equally important is the impact of nucleic-acid molecular properties and formulation composition on subsequent manufacturing processes, storage conditions and in vivo stability. What innovative materials can be used for nucleic-acid delivery? How to go beyond the liver? What targeting methods can be used to deliver nucleic-acid highly selective to different tissues? How can the biocompatibility of such carriers be improved? What formulation parameters can be tapped to improve stability/storage?

Digital Innovation in biopharma R&D

Research Grants for Digital Innovation leveraging technological solutions such as digital pathology image analysis for advanced cell simulation, Big Data and X-Omics pipelines for single-cell RNASeQ Analysis and other applications of AI in R&D. We are seeking 1. proposals for a digital image analysis pipeline for advanced cell simulation to improve quantification of DAB immune-reactivity in FFPE stained tumor tissue 2. proposals for computational tools which specifically exploit RNASeQ data from treated samples to understand pathway biology and immune mechanisms 3. other applications of AI in R&D.


The Bioelectronics program aims to develop new medical devices for chronic indications with high unmet medical need. For us, Bioelectronics also offers an entry point to enhance treatment outcomes through digital interfaces which continuously gather and analyse multiple biosensor data. In order to extend our capabilities for this emerging field of Bioelectronics, we are looking for novel solutions allowing remote patient monitoring or proprietary biosensor technologies to support patients. Specifically, we are interested in patient management solutions for patients of multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic inflammatory disorders.

Cell Culture Media Recycling for Cultured Meat

Cultured meat production processes currently rely heavily on technologies developed for the biopharma industry and will require new levels of efficiency in bioprocessing not yet seen in biopharma. Cell culture media represent one of the most important levers for process efficiency and thus the cost of final cultured meat consumer product. Recycling strategies have been successfully applied in many fields but we are still missing solutions to efficiently recycle cell culture media at scale. Proposals should address conceptual design, deployment strategy, equipment for low cost and efficient industrial scale cell culture media recycling systems that will promote efficient usage of nutrients and removal of toxic / growth inhibiting metabolites

Organoids are a three-dimensional construct composed of multiple cell types by means of self-organization and is capable of simulating the architecture and functionality of native organs. This area helps to understand human organ development, disease modeling, drug discovery and to investigate personalized medicine. It also shows superiority comparing to areas such as Patient Derived Cell Line, Organ-on-chip or Spheroid Culture Methods. Cancer organoids also reproduce tumor morphology and biologic properties and are easier to develop for commercial purposes. We will provide funding for innovative research projects of 3D cell culture solutions in the field of organoids with a focus on personalized medicine and pre-clinical drug discovery.


We are on a journey to develop and provide more sustainable solutions to guarantee future success and create lasting value for society. We focus on four key aspects: circular economy, digitizing sustainability, responsible & new resources and new bio routes to achieve sustainability in our own processes and enable our customers and stakeholders in theirs. Proposals shall target at least one of the above-mentioned key aspects and consider the social, environmental and economic facet of sustainability by proposing new sustainable products, technologies, sources, processes and business models. Your proposal should consider that we are a a science-driven organization active in healthcare, life science and performance materials sectors.

How can I register on the submissions platform?

To submit an application, investigators must first register with our online portal. On your first visit, you need to register with a valid email address. 

When is the application deadline?

Submissions will be accepted until 31 August 2021 23:59 central European summer time.

How do I apply?

In order to apply, fill out the application form with your research proposal, using non-confidential information only. Please make sure you have read and accepted the terms and conditions before you submit the application form.

Having technical problems with the submission platform?

Please drop us a mail on [email protected] .

Can I send in my application for more than one focus topic?

Yes, you should apply for those research topics that are relevant to your proposal and you may submit multiple applications.

My proposal fits well to the topic description but not sure that it addresses all aspects.

We only will disqualify proposals that fall entirely outside the scope of the grant description. Eligible proposals will be evaluated based on the criteria subject to the research grants terms and conditions. These are currently innovativeness, commercial potential, path forward after 3 years, probability of success, team strength, strategic fit.

What about publicity?

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany retains the exclusive right to make any press release or any kind of public communication about the Research Grants and the awardee(s). Confidential details on project content are not revealed.

What is a Deep Dive workshop?

During the deep-dive workshops, invited top submitters further advance their research proposals together with our scientists under confidentiality. For this purpose, a participant's agreement needs to be signed. At the end of the workshop, participants present their optimized research proposals and the winning applicants are selected by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

Where and when will the Deep Dive workshops take place?

The deep-dive workshops will take place in November and December 2021. All teams reaching the next stage of the application for the 2021 Research Grants have been informed.

When will the research grants be paid out?

Following the Deep Dive workshops, we enter into bilateral collaboration agreements with the winning recipients to enable pay-out and project start.

What happens to applications that are not successful?

We will not reveal any information on submissions. In case your submission does not qualify to the next round, you will be notified by email. Please understand that due to the large number of applications we are not able to provide detailed feedback regarding the evaluation process at the abstract submission stage.


2020 Research Grants

The 2020 Research Grants winners were chosen in topics Drug Discovery,  Bioreactor Design, Pandemic Preparedness, and Neuromorphic Computing 

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Call for Research Grant Proposals AERA Grants Program Seeks Proposals for Research Grants Deadline: January 10, 2023 (11:59pm PT)

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Grants Program seeks proposals for Research Grants. The AERA Grants Program provides Research Grants to faculty at institutions of higher education, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral­level scholars. The aim of the program is to advance fundamental knowledge of relevance to STEM education policy, foster significant science using education data, promote equity in STEM, and build research capacity in education and learning. The program supports highly competitive studies using rigorous quantitative methods to examine large-scale, education-related data. Since 1991, this AERA Program has been vital to both research and training at early career stages.   

The Grants Program encourages the use of major data sets from multiple and diverse sources. It emphasizes the advanced statistical analysis of data sets from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other federal agencies. The program also supports studies using large-scale international data systems (e.g., PISA, PIRLS, or TIMMS) that benefit from U.S. federal government support. In addition, statewide longitudinal administrative data systems (SLDS) enhanced through federal grants are also eligible for consideration. The inclusion of federal or state administrative information that further expands the analytic capacity of the research is permissible. The thrust of the analysis needs to be generalizable to a national, state, or population or a subgroup within the sample that the dataset represents.

The Grants Program is open to field-initiated research and welcomes proposals that:

The Grants Program encourages proposals across the life span and contexts of education and learning of relevance to STEM policy and practice. The research may focus on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to such issues as student achievement in STEM, analysis of STEM education policies, contextual factors in education, educational participation and persistence (pre-kindergarten through graduate school), early childhood education and development, postsecondary education, and the STEM workforce and transitions. Studies that examine issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion across STEM topics and/or for specific racial and ethnic groups, social classes, genders, or persons with disabilities are encouraged.

Applicant Eligibility Research Grants are available for faculty at institutions of higher education, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral­level scholars. Proposals are encouraged from the full range of education research fields and other fields and disciplines engaged in education-related research, including economics, political science, psychology, sociology, demography, statistics, public policy, and psychometrics. Applicants for this one-year or two-year, non-renewable award must have received their doctoral degree at the start of the award. Applicants may be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. Non­U.S. citizens affiliated with a U.S. university or institution are also eligible to apply. Underrepresented racial and ethnic minority researchers as well as women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Researchers who have previously received Research Grants through the AERA Grants Program (as a PI or Co­PI) may not apply for a Research Grant. However, applicants who have received an AERA Dissertation Grant are eligible to apply for a Research Grant. Dissertation Grant recipients must complete the Dissertation Grant before applying for a Research Grant.

Data Set Eligibility The research project must include the analysis of large-scale data. The data set can originate from one or multiple sources, including (1) federal data bases, (2) federally supported national studies, (3) international data sets supported by federal funds, or (4) statewide longitudinal administrative data systems (SLDS) enhanced through federal grants. Although the emphasis is on large-scale education data sets and systems, other social science and health-related databases that can advance knowledge about education and learning are eligible for consideration.

Many national data resources, including important longitudinal data sets, have been developed or funded by NCES, NSF, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Institutes of Health, or other federal agencies. International datasets such as PISA, PIAAC, TIMMS, and others are supported. If international data sets are used, the study must include U.S. education.

NCES has enhanced and improved SLDS through grants to nearly every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and America Samoa. This federal investment has produced state-level data from pre-K to grade 12, through higher education, and into the workforce. Many SLDS are available for analysis and can be used to address salient issues in education research or linked with other data sets.

Data Set Access The data set(s) of interest must be available for analysis at the time of application. Use of public or restricted-data files is permissible. Prior to receiving funding, applicants must provide documentation that they have permission to use the data for the research project. 

Data Sharing All data or data-related products produced under the AERA Grants Program must be shared and made available consonant with ethical standards for the conduct of research. Grantees are expected to place article-related data, [1] codebook or coding procedures, algorithms, code, and so forth in an accessible archive at the time of publication. Also, at a reasonable time after completion of the research project, all data or data-related products must be archived at the AERA-ICPSR Data Sharing Repository supported by NSF and located at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan. AERA provides guidance to facilitate the data sharing and archiving process.

Research Grant Award Awards for Research Grants are up to $25,000 for 1­year projects, or up to $35,000 for 2­year projects. In accordance with AERA's agreement with the funding agencies, institutions may not charge indirect costs or overhead on these awards.

The funds can be used for research-related expenses such as course buyout, summer salary, travel to secure data enclaves or scholarly conferences, books, computer equipment, and other expenses directly related to conducting this research. As part of the proposal, applicants provide a budget that outlines anticipated research-related expenses.

In addition to the funding, grantees will be paired with a Governing Board member who will monitor grantees’ progress and potentially advise on their research.

Informational Webinar Applicants are encouraged to watch the informational webinar to learn more about the AERA Grants Program and discuss the application process.

Project Dates AERA is flexible on research project start dates, depending on what is best for the applicant. The earliest date a grant may start is approximately three months following the application deadline. Alternatively, an award start date several months or more after that may be requested.

Funding Restrictions Research Grantees may not accept concurrent grant or fellowship awards from another agency, foundation, institution or the like for the same project that is funded by the AERA Grants Program. If the awardee is offered more than one major grant or fellowship for the same project for the same time period, in order to accept the AERA Grants Program Research Grant, the other award(s) must be declined.

If the applicant is employed by a contractor of NCES, NSF, other federal agency, state agency, or other entity that provides the dataset proposed for the project, the research project must not be considered part of the applicant's work responsibilities. An additional letter from the applicant's employer is required as part of the application submission, stating that the research project is separate from the applicant's job duties. This letter must be sent electronically by the deadline to [email protected] .

Evaluation Criteria Evaluation criteria include the significance of the research question, the conceptual clarity and potential contribution of the proposal, the relevance to an important STEM education policy issue, the strength of the methodological model and proposed statistical analysis, and the applicant’s relevant research and academic experience. Additionally, the review criteria include the following: What is already known on the issue? How might this project inform STEM education policy? ,How does the methodology relate specifically to the research question? Does the applicant know the data set? Does the analytic plan fit the question and the data? How does this project promote equity in STEM education and learning? Is the applicant qualified to carry out the proposed study? Reviewers will be members of the AERA Grants Program Governing Board. Due to the large volume of applications received, the AERA Grants Program is unable to provide individual feedback on unfunded proposals.

Reporting Requirements Research Grantees will be required to submit a brief (3-6 pages) progress report midway through the grant period. A final report will be submitted at the end of the grant period. The final report consists of an extended project abstract (3-6 pages) and a statement of research dissemination and communication activities and plans (1-3 pages). Also, it is expected that a research manuscript in a journal-ready format will be submitted. Grantees may produce research reports, research policy briefs, and presentations at professional meetings related to this research. Materials should be submitted electronically to [email protected] . All reporting requirements and deadlines are outlined in the award letter.

Funding Disbursement Funding will be linked to the approval of the progress report and final report. Grantees will receive one-half of the total award at the beginning of the grant period, one-quarter upon approval of the progress report, and one-quarter upon approval of the final report. Grants are awarded through the grantee’s institution. In accordance with AERA's agreement with NSF, institutions cannot charge overhead or indirect costs to administer the grant funds.

Considerations in the Development of the Proposal Applicants are strongly encouraged to read Estimating Causal Effects: Using Experimental and Observational Designs , by Barbara Schneider, Martin Carnoy, Jeremy Kilpatrick, William H. Schmidt, and Richard J. Shavelson prior to submitting a grant proposal. Selection bias is a recurring issue during the review process and should be addressed in the proposal.

Applicants should choose research topics that can be supported by the samples and variables contained in the proposed data set(s). Applicants should also be familiar with the User Guides and/or Manuals (e.g., use of design weights and design effects) of the specific data sets. Applicants should be familiar with statistical methods and available computer programs that allow for sophisticated analyses of the selected data.

Applicants should explicitly address the curricular content when it applies. Applicants are encouraged to capitalize on the capacity of large-scale data sets to examine diverse populations, including racial, ethnic, social class, and gender groups. Studies are encouraged that promote or inform diversity, equity, and inclusion for underrepresented population as well as across STEM topics. The proposed topic must have education policy relevance, and the models to be tested must include predictor variables that are manipulable (e.g., course work in mathematics, instructional practices used by teachers, parental involvement). Studies focusing on STEM education policy are strongly encouraged. Studies that model achievement test data should clearly define the achievement construct and identify the kinds of items to be used to operationalize the topic of interest. Also, when planning to use existing sub-scales, the applicant should describe why these sub-scales are appropriate and how they will be applied. Existing sub-scales provided by NCES or other agencies may not be appropriate for the proposed construct.

Research Grant Application Guidelines AERA Grants Program

Application Deadline All applications for the AERA Grants Program must be completed using the AERA online application portal by 11:59pm Pacific time on January 10, 2023 . An applicant may submit only one proposal to the AERA Grants Program for review at any one time. Due to the large volume of applications received, the AERA Program is unable to provide individual feedback on unfunded proposals.

Submission Information Please enter the background information requested in the proposal submission portal. This includes the principal investigator’s contact and background demographic information. Also, enter the proposal title, amount of funding requested, and the start and end dates of the project.

Dataset(s) used: Name data set(s) used (e.g., ECLS­K, ELS:2002, IPEDS, CCD, AddHealth, SLDS-State, PISA, and so forth). Proposals must include the analysis of at least one large-scale federal, international, or state administrative data system.

Project abstract Enter the abstract of your proposed research project (250 words maximum).

Contribution to the field Briefly describe the potential contributions this research will make to the field of education (250 words maximum). You may cut and paste or type into the text box.

Previous work Discuss how this project relates to your previous work, including your dissertation work. List any previous publications (200 word maximum).

Please combine items 1-6 as one PDF document and upload on online application.

Further Questions Contact George L. Wimberly, Co-Principal Investigator, AERA Grants Program ( [email protected]) or 202-238-3200 if you have questions regarding the application or submission process. NOTE: All awards are contingent upon AERA's receiving continued federal funding.

Visit the AERA Grants Program Website   at

[1] Awardees with access to data under restricted access provisions are expected to archive a detailed specification of the data set so that others can request the same data under the same or similar restricted conditions. 

Angelman Syndrome Foundation

Call for Proposals

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Angelman Syndrome Research Proposals

Special call for research to address gastrointestinal complications, research proposal submissions.

The Angelman Syndrome Foundation accepts research proposals on a continual basis, with submission deadlines for subsequent review occurring annually on October 15 and April 15 .

One- or two-year grants are awarded for various amounts of up to $100,000 per year.

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Current research priorities.

The ASF Scientific Advisory Committee identified the following areas of unmet need in AS research. Priority will be given to the following topics: 

Proposals that do not address these topics are still welcome and will be given full consideration.

Instructions for Submission  

All proposals, including cover letters, should be submitted in one .pdf file using the ASF Grant Submission Form. If you experience a problem downloading the form, open this page in a different browser or an incognito window.

Questions should be directed to ASF Scientific Advisory Chair at: [email protected]

Name of Proposal File

The file name of the pdf should be: 

PI’s last name_MM_20XX_Gen_RFP.pdf (e.g., Smith_10_2021_Gen_RFP.pdf)

Details to Include in Proposal

Submit Proposal Via Email

Attach your proposal to an email sent to [email protected] with the subject line to read:

ASF MM_20XX General RFP Submission (e.g., ASF 10_2021 General RFP Submission)

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ACES Research Grant Award Committee

Call for Proposals

Online Submission

** ACES Award recipients will be announced at their Regional ACES Conference**

**Scroll to the Bottom to Complete Your Proposal Submission**

Purpose :  The purpose for this call for proposals is to fund studies that increase understanding of professional development in Counselor Education and Supervision. Grants up to $3,000 are awarded to those who meet the criteria below and whose research is on the topic of Counselor Education or Supervision , specifically focusing on areas of Research, Teaching, Supervision, Professional Identity, or Leadership Development in Counselor Education. Other topics will not be considered.

Who May Apply: The competition is open to ACES professional and student members. Student researchers, who are studying a topic listed above, are especially encouraged to apply. Individuals may submit (or be part of a submission team) for only one proposal. Multiple submissions by any researcher (individually or as part of multiple research teams) will not be accepted.

Award Tax Responsibility: If selected, awardees can choose one of two methods to receive funds. First, they can receive a check written directly to them personally and will be required by federal law to pay taxes on the amount. This method will require awardees to complete a W-9 form in order to receive the award. Second, they can have the award sent to their institution and dispersed by the institution, thus avoiding personal income taxes on the award. Awardees should explore with their Grants office whether or not the college or university would charge indirect costs against the award if they were to administer it. Indirect costs are not allowed as part of the grant budget.

Proposal Format: Proposals must be submitted online by completing the online application at and uploading the Proposal Outline (see below) in a PDF document that adheres to the following:

Proposal Outline:

Rationale Methodology Ethical considerations Budget Plan for Distribution or Publication References

Application Evaluation

Evaluation Criteria :  Research proposals will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers using the following criteria:

a. Qualifications of the Researcher :

b. Quality of the Proposed Research :

c. Financial Need :

d. Plan for Distribution or Publication : A clear, feasible, and appropriate plan for distribution or publication of research findings such as conference presentations and journal manuscripts (5 points possible).  As a condition of the acceptance of the grant award, the researcher is required to complete one of the following by October 30th of the year subsequent to receiving your award :

e. “Acknowledgment of Support” Agreement : The researcher will include an acknowledgment of ACES financial support of the project in all reports, presentations, or publications related to the supported project.

Deadline Reminder

Deadline for Submission: The deadline for submission is July 9, 2021 .  Your online application must include:

Grants will be announced at the 2021 ACES conference. Recipients will be notified by August 31, 2021. Recipients will be invited to present a poster session on their research at the next year’s regional ACES conference .

Requests for further information should be directed to:

Dr. Jennifer Baggerly, Professor Chair, ACES Research Grants Committee

Email: [email protected]

Proposals must be submitted online. Neither faxed, mailed “hard” copies, or emails of proposals will be considered.

**NOTE: A “blind” copy contains not only no name, but no identifying information about the author(s) or their location in the title pages, page headers, or text of the proposal. Proposals containing any identifying information or submissions that do not include one “blind” copy will be disqualified.

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UNESCO Calls for Proposals for the 2021 Silk Roads Youth Research Grant

Extension of deadline: proposals can be submitted until 3 may 2021..

UNESCO launches a call for young women and men under the age of 35 to apply for the 2021 Silk Roads Youth Research Grant . 12 research grants of USD10,000 will be awarded. The Grant aims to mobilize young researchers for further study of the Silk Roads shared heritage.

The Silk Roads Youth Research Grant is a new initiative that UNESCO has organized with the support of the National Commission of the People's Republic of China for UNESCO, in the context of its Silk Roads and MOST Programmes which are part of UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Programme.

The research needs to address specific issues relating to:

Who is eligible to apply for the grant?

Postgraduate researchers, aged 35 and younger at the time of application, are eligible to apply for the grant. The proposed research may be carried out by an individual researcher or may be part of the research of a group or collaborative project.

What fields of Silk Roads Research are eligible?

A broad array of research fields, including multidisciplinary and multidimensional proposals not limited to one specific region or chronology, are eligible. Proposed research may cover one or several themes associated with the Silk Roads shared heritage including, but not limited to:

How to submit your research proposal?

Applicants are required to submit their research proposals by downloading and completing the template provided detailing their research, its methods, expected outcomes and contribution to existing scholarship.

Proposals should be submitted in English and sent to:  [email protected]

When is the deadline?

The deadline for submitting proposals is 3 May 2021 . The submitted research proposals will be evaluated by a scientific panel comprised of renowned international academics. The list of grant awardees will be announced at the end of June 2021 .

A comprehensive guide to the grant, including details on applicant eligibility criteria, suitable research topics, and evaluation process, is available here:

Important disclosure

UNESCO reserves the right to modify the grant rules and regulations as and when necessary, without prior notice.

This platform has been developed and maintained with the support of:


UNESCO Headquarters

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75007 Paris, France

Social and Human Sciences Sector

Research, Policy and Foresight Section

Silk Roads Programme

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