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Funding Announcements:  Social and Behavioral Sciences

1. National Science Foundation (NSF): Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The NSF REU program supports active undergraduate research participation areas funded by NSF through two mechanisms. REU Sites support independent projects to initiate and conduct research projects involving a number of undergraduates. REU Supplements support the addition of undergraduates to ongoing, new, or renewal NSF-funded projects (deadlines vary).

Limitations & Eligibility Information: For REU Site proposals, a single individual may be designated as the Principal Investigator. This individual will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the award. One additional person may be designated as Co-Principal Investigator if developing and operating the REU Site would involve such shared responsibility. Other anticipated research supervisors should be listed as Non-Co-PI Senior Personnel. After a proposal is awarded, some NSF units may allow the addition of more Co-PIs if an exceptional case can be made for why the management of the REU Site must be distributed.

Undergraduate student participants in REU site and supplement projects must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S.

Awards: Approximately 180 new Site awards and 1,600 new Supplement awards are granted each year. Awards for REU site projects typically span three years and range from $70,000 to $120,000, although awards may span up to five years and there is no upper or lower limit on the funding amount.

Deadlines: REU site proposals for projects requiring access to Antarctica are due the fourth Friday in May each year (next deadline May 23, 2014); for all other sites, proposals are due the fourth Wednesday in August each year (next deadline August 27, 2014).

REU supplement proposals may be submitted as part of a new or renewal grant application, or, if student involvement was not foreseen at the time the original proposal was submitted, may be submitted separately. NSF advises speaking with a program officer prior to submitting an REU supplement proposal.

2. Project Management Institute: Project Management Research

This program supports research proposals from scholars in project management and other disciplines (e.g. management, organizational psychology, education, sociology). Proposed research should have direct application to some aspect of project management. PMI encourages proposals from multi-disciplinary teams of scholars or teams consisting of academics and practitioners, who can potentially bring new ways of thinking and related bodies of literature to the field.

Awards: Up to $50,000.

Deadline: April 25, 2014, April 25th annually

3. Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation: Grants Program

The McCormick Tribune Foundation’s Grants program supports projects to improve the social and economic environment; encourage free and responsible discussion of issues affecting the nation; enhance the effectiveness of American education; and stimulate responsible citizenship. Grants in Journalism are available with an LOI deadline of 5/8 (for funding over $50,000; under $50,000 accepted year-round), while grants dealing with Communities can be sought from foundation partners around the country; see web site for links. Other programs are exclusively for the Illinois or Chicago area. 

Deadline: May 08, 2014 (LOI deadline for grants in Journalism requesting over $50,000); other deadline details available via the website below.

4. Spencer Foundation: The New Civics

The Spencer Foundation’s New Civics Program refers to an expanded understanding of civic education and supports research that deepens our understanding of influences on civic action that attends to social inequalities in civic education and civic action and that has the potential to shape future research and practice in these fields. Also aims to strengthen the research community and its connections to educational policy and practice.

Deadlines & Awards: Next deadline April 29, 2014. Deadlines for small awards (under $50,000) in 2014 are 2/6, 3/27, 6/24, and 8/28. Preliminary proposals for large awards ($50,000 to $500,000) are due 4/29/14, full proposals by invitation.