Category: Grants

The US-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund

BARD is a competitive funding program for mutually beneficial, mission-oriented, strategic and applied research of agricultural problems, jointly conducted by American and Israeli scientists. Most BARD projects focus on increasing agricultural productivity, particularly in hot and dry climates, and emphasize plant and animal health, food quality and safety, and environmental issues.

  • BARD Research Grant Program:
    Funds projects conducted cooperatively by US and Israeli scientists. Covers all phases of agricultural R&D including strategic or applied research.
    Award duration: 3 years
    Next submission date: September 14, 2016
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Program:
    Funds postdoctoral fellowships for US citizens to perform agricultural research with established Israeli scientists. Recipients travel to Israel to carry out their research.
    Award duration: 1-2 years
    Next submission date: January 16, 2017
  • Senior Research Fellowship Program:
    The program promotes joint agricultural research between established scientists from the US and their Israeli hosts.
    Award duration: 2-12 months
    Next submission date: January 16, 2017
  • Graduate Fellowship Student Program:
    The program enables Ph.D. students in one country (US or Israel) to travel to the other country to acquire new skills and techniques in their field of study.
    Award duration: 3-6 months
    Next submission date: January 16, 2017
  •  Workshop:
    Funds workshops whose purpose is to identify research needs and to promote increased contact between scientists throughout the world in areas related to the binational and agricultural interests of the US and Israel.
    Next submission date: January 16, 2017

For more information or to apply, visit: http://www.bard-isus.com/default.aspx

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Curriculum Globalization Grants from the Global Education Office

The Global Education Office (GEO) invites Virginia Tech faculty to submit proposals for the development of innovative new courses or creative revisions of existing ones, to expand significantly our undergraduate students’ awareness of and engagement with international and global topics, issues, contexts, and concerns. Courses that develop students’ cross-cultural competency are also encouraged.

These grants are specifically to support teaching faculty in the development of undergraduate courses to be offered on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus. While the Global Education Office strives to make meaningful study abroad a possibility for ever-increasing numbers of VT students, we recognize that there will always be a significant portion of the student population whose entire educational experience will take place on familiar soil, and for this reason we seek to facilitate the creation of personal, active, and challenging cross-cultural contact for our students on the home campus.

In offering the Curriculum Globalization Grants, we encourage faculty to think broadly and imaginatively about ways to bring VT students on the Blacksburg campus into direct and meaningful contact with issues, perspectives, or cultural phenomena from around the world. Proposals should articulate a pedagogical approach designed to engage the students’ interest in these topics actively and personally.

Awards will be granted as follows:

  • For the modification of an existing course: $3,500
  • For the creation of a new course: $5,000

To apply, please submit the following:

  • a brief narrative describing your intended revision of an existing syllabus or outlining the details of the new globally focused course that you envision. Include in your narrative
    • a clear definition of the desired outcomes for student learning, understanding, and development;
    • clearly defined content, strategies of implementation, and activities that will support the desired learning outcomes;
    • metrics by which outcomes will be measured;
    • evidence of the students’ active and personal engagement with such elements as critical issues, social and political perspectives, and individual voices from outside their accustomed cultural framework;
    • proposed course attributes (e.g., in what term(s) and how frequently will the course it be offered? How many students will it accommodate? Who will teach it? Will it be required or elective?)
  • a preliminary outline of course content, texts, potential assignments/projects, and weekly progression of classes
  • designation of the departmental fund to which the award should be transferred in the event your proposal is selected.*

Additional evaluative criteria include whether a course is sustainable over time and whether its framework and/or methods are adaptable to other courses and disciplines.

Applications should not exceed two pages (+ attachments) and should be submitted to GEO.GrantApplication@vt.edu no later than January 10, 2016.

Grant recipients will be expected to submit their completed course proposals to the Global Education Office no later than September 1, 2016.
New or significantly revised courses should be ready for submission to the relevant department curriculum committee to begin the approval process by the beginning of the fall 2016 semester.
Revised syllabi which have not undergone changes of such magnitude as to require new approval should be ready to be taught during the 2016-17 academic year.

* NB: Because these grants are supported through FY16 E&G funds, applicants are urged to work with their departments to ensure that disbursement of the transferred funds to appropriate costs can be effected before the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2016).

For questions, please contact Theresa Johannson (theresaj@vt.edu).

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NSF Grant: International Research Experiences for Students

The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports development of globally-engaged U.S. science and engineering students capable of performing in an international research environment at the forefront of science and engineering. The IRES program supports active research participation by students enrolled as undergraduates or graduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. IRES projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the IRES program.

Application deadline August 18, 2015.

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Announcing Fulbright to India Fellowships for U.S. citizens

India, has the largest U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program in the world.  Over the past few years, USIEF has expanded its grant categories for scholars and professionals and added some new grant benefits:

  • USIEF has introduced Postdoctoral Fellowships for candidates who have earned a doctorate degree in the last five years.
  • Grants for teaching, teaching/research, and research have been combined under Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence award category which is open to faculty and professionals in all disciplines.
  • “Flex grants” allow faculty the opportunity to conduct research in India during shorter in-country stays, over the course of two years.
  • Distinguished Chair awards, designed for eminent scholars with substantial teaching experience, offer the opportunity to travel to prominent institutions in India to deliver guest lectures and participate in conferences and workshops.
  • USIEF provides a dependent education allowance up to $10,000.

For more information on grant options and benefits for scholars and professionals, visit the CIES website.  The application deadline is August 3, 2015.

For details regarding benefits and application procedures for student grants, visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program page.

Recently, many U.S. institutions have developed strategic plans to guide their engagement in India.  Each year dozens of U.S. university delegations visit India on fact-finding missions to determine the most effective way to engage with their counterparts here. A Fulbright-Nehru grant is an excellent way to seed potential long-term partnerships with Indian institutions.  In fact, each year we have grantees whose research collaborations and other joint efforts lead to active engagement at an institutional level.

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Call for proposals: Curriculum Globalization Grants

Awards will be granted as follows:

  • For the modification of an existing course: $3,500
  • For the creation of a new course: $5,000

To apply, please submit the following:

  • a brief narrative (150-200 words) describing your intended revision of an existing syllabus or outlining the details of the new globally focused course that you envision
  • a timeline of the course’s progression from start to finish.
  • designation of the departmental fund to which the award should be transferred in the event your proposal is selected.*

Applications should not exceed two pages. Submit applications by April 22, 2015 to GEO.GrantApplication@vt.edu.

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Global Education Grants for New Program Development

The focus of these grants moving forward will be to provide seed money to individual faculty or groups of faculty interested in increasing study abroad participation, either through faculty-led initiatives or student exchanges with overseas universities. Funds are typically used for international travel to establish academic programming and program logistics. Up to $4,000 may be requested.

Deadline April 1st

For more information or to apply: http://www.educationabroad.vt.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Abroad.ViewLink&Link_ID=28192449-966C-F763-A7D703A05C47BAA8

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NSF proposal request for BREAD program

Synopsis
The Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) Program was established in 2009 as a National Science Foundation (NSF) program supported in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The goal of BREAD is to support innovative basic scientific research designed to address key constraints to smallholder agriculture in the developing world. Proposals submitted to BREAD must make a clear and well-defined connection between the outcomes of the proposed basic research and its direct relevance and potential application to agriculture in the developing world.

In FY 2015, activities in two focus areas will be supported: (1) Developing High Throughput, Low Cost Phenotyping Tools and Devices to facilitate assessment of field-based phenotypes, especially for root and tuber crops (PHENO), and (2) Advancing Basic Research in Crop Plants Relevant to Smallholder Agriculture in Developing Countries (ABRDC) to develop critically needed sequence and functional genomics resources to enable basic and applied research in crop plants important for smallholder agriculture.

As in past competitions, proposals are expected to address project outcomes in the context of broader societal impacts, and as appropriate to the research proposed, engage international partners in scientific collaborations.

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  April 27, 2015

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IPM Innovation Lab Call for Concept Notes

Invasive Species – Modeling for South American Tomato Leafminer, Tuta absoluta, and Groundnut leafminer, Aproaerema modicella (simplexella)
Deadline March 27th.

For more information, visit http://www.oired.vt.edu/ipmcrsp/partner-resources/phase-v-resources/

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Funding opportunities

Grants, fellowships, and more at the IPM CRSP website.

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100,000 Strong in the Americas Competion for promoting study abroad partnerships

NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Partners of the Americas, and the Department of State are pleased to announce the latest grant competition as part of President Barack Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative. 100,000 Strong in the Americas is the Administration’s signature education initiative in the Western Hemisphere designed to foster region-wide prosperity through increased higher education collaboration. To implement the President’s vision, the Department of State established a public-private partnership with NAFSA: Association of International Educators and Partners of the Americas to raise money for competitive “Innovation Grants” for higher education institutions, following the work of the Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program and the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Act.

  • Grants up to $25,000 will be awarded to institutions that show a commitment to increasing student mobility between the United States and Canada, the Caribbean, and/or Latin America.

Dates for your calendar:

  • Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015- RFP goes live! See the RFP here. See commonly asked questions from the previous Santander round here.
  • Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015- Webinar on 100K Americas Proposal Tips (English) Register here.
  • Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015- Deadline for Questions about Competition 6. Ask your questions here.
  • Tuesday, February 3, 2015- Webinar on 100K Americas Proposal Tips (Spanish). Register here.
  • Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015- Q&As posted online. See here.
  • Friday, Mar 6, 2015- Proposal deadline. Submit proposal here.
  • No later than April 15, 2015- Announcement of winners
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