New Grant Opportunities: 2015 Education RFP’s

American College Health Foundation Accepting Applications for Annual College Mental/Behavioral Health Award

Deadline: January 31, 2015

The American College Health Foundation, the charitable arm of the  American College Health Association, is seeking applications for its FirstRisk Advisors Initiatives in College Mental/Behavioral Health Award.

The annual award is designed to fund the development of creative initiatives that address prevention, early intervention, and/or treatment for mental and behavioral health disorders among college students. The goal of these initiatives is to reduce the risk of mental and behavioral illness and injury among college students and to enhance both individual and community health as a strategy to support student learning. One $3,500 grant will be awarded at the 2015 ACHA annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, in late May 2015.

Only campus health professionals who are individual members of the American College Health Association or employed at an ACHA member institution are eligible to apply.

Visit the ACHF website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation Invites Proposals for Innovative Educational Projects

Deadline: February 1, 2015

Paralyzed Veterans of America advocates for better health care and benefits, aids in the search for a truly satisfying career, and provides the path to adventure through adaptive sports for paralyzed American veterans. Through its charitable arm, the Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation, the organization supports educational projects that benefit, serve, and enhance quality of life for individuals with spinal cord injury/disease, their families, and their caregivers.

The foundation has five categories for funding consideration: consumer, caregiver, and community education; professional development and education; research utilization and dissemination; assistive technology; and conferences and symposia. Projects should be designed to improve the quality of life for individuals with SCI/D, educate consumers about the consequences of and complications associated with SCI/D, improve the knowledge and skills of SCI/D healthcare professionals, and/or prevent the occurrence and complications of new SCI/D.

The foundation supports one-year projects up to a maximum of $50,000; conferences and symposia are supported at $15,000 maximum. Eligible applicants should be members of academic institutions, healthcare providers and organizations, or consumer advocates and organizations. Grantee institutions must be located in the United States or Canada. Project directors and fellows are not required to be citizens of the U.S. or Canada. All applications must be submitted in the name of the project director by the fiscally responsible organizational entity.

For complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a list of grant recipients from previous years, visit the PVA Education Foundation website.

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American Association of School Librarians Invites Applications for Innovative Reading Projects

Deadline: February 1, 2015

The American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association, is accepting applications from school librarians for its AASL Innovative Reading Grant program. One grant in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded in support of the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children that motivates and encourages reading, especially among struggling readers.

Projects should promote the importance of reading and facilitate literacy development by supporting current reading research, practice, and policy. In addition, projects must be specifically designed for children (grades K-9) in the school library setting, encourage innovative ways to motivate and involve children in reading, and should demonstrate potential to improve student learning.

To be eligible, applicants must be a member of AASL. Grant recipients may be invited to write an article that delineates their reading incentive project and demonstrates their successes, trials, and recommendations so others may replicate the project.

See the AASL website for complete program guidelines and application procedures.

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Middle School Students Invited to Submit Entries for Christopher Columbus Awards

Deadline: February 2, 2015

Sponsored by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, the Christopher Columbus Award program is a national community-based STEM contest for middle school students.

The program challenges students in grades six to eight working in teams of three to four with an adult coach to identify a problem in their community and apply the scientific method to create an innovative solution to that problem. The program can be implemented in science or social studies classes, for cross-curricular use in team teaching or block-scheduled classes, or as an afterschool program.

Eight finalist teams and their coaches will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World to attend the program’s National Championship Week and compete for cash prizes as well as development grants of $200 to further refine their ideas. Two gold medal-winning teams will receive $2,000 per team member as well as a medal for each team member.

Visit the awards program website for complete competition information, student and teacher/coach guides, details on past award-winning projects, and entry materials.

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Foundation for Infectious Disease Society of America Seeks Applications for Medical Scholars Program

Deadline: February 2, 2015

The IDSA Education and Research Foundation is the charitable arm of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, a membership organization representing physicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals who specialize in infectious diseases. IDSA’s purpose is to improve the health of individuals, communities, and society at large by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health, and prevention relating to infectious diseases.

The foundation is accepting applications from U.S. and Canadian medical students for its Medical Scholars program, an annual program designed to introduce students to the subspecialty of infectious disease. Through the program, the foundation will award scholarships of $2,000 in support of mentored clinical preceptorships, clinical research, epidemiology projects, international health studies, laboratory research, and prevention research.

See the IDSA website for complete program guidelines, previously supported projects, and application instructions.

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Spencer Foundation Invites Proposals for Education Research Projects

Deadline: February 5, 2015

Established in 1962, the Spencer Foundation is dedicated to the belief that research is necessary to the improvement of education. To that end, the foundation supports high-quality investigations of education through its research programs and is dedicated to strengthening and renewing the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs and related activities.

Through its New Civics Small Grants Program, the foundation is accepting research proposals that ask critical questions about how education can more effectively contribute to the civic development of young people. Of special interest are improved understandings of the avenues for and impediments to civic learning and civic action among young people who do not attend college, who reside in marginalized communities, who are recent immigrants or immigrants of different legal statuses, or who are less economically privileged.

The program awards grants of up to $50,000, typically extending over periods of one to four years. Eligible projects must have a principal investigator and co-PIs who have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. In addition, the PI must be affiliated with a college, university, school district, nonprofit research facility, or nonprofit cultural institution that is willing to serve as the fiscal agent if the grant is awarded.

See the Spencer Foundation website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ and application instructions.

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Columbia Medical Center Invites Applications for Summer Program for Underrepresented Students

Deadline: February 6, 2015

The Summer Program for Underrepresented Students, a biomedical research program at Columbia University Medical Center, is accepting applications for the 2015 summer session.

The annual internship program is designed to expand the pool of applicants from diverse and economically disadvantaged groups whose members have been underrepresented in medicine and biomedical research, including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders.

The SPURS experience is intended to provide meaningful training in biomedical research and enhance students’ ability to realize a career in biomedical research and/or medicine by pursuing an advanced degree. Each student is matched with a mentor on the Columbia faculty who specializes in his or her field of interest. In addition to specific training in their research area of interest, students receive in-depth training in biomedical research methodology, including design and analysis of experiments; critical reading of the scientific literature; presentation of scientific results at laboratory meetings; preparation of posters, abstracts and manuscripts; and career counseling.

Interns also will participate in weekly seminars and workshops that provide them with regular opportunities to discuss their research projects. In addition, meetings with staff and mentors will provide an informal setting for discussions of varied topics, including opportunities in academia and the nature and rewards of an academic career.

Housing accommodations at Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus can be arranged for a fee payable by the program participant. Financial support for housing accommodations is subject to funding availability. No meal plan is provided. A $4,000 stipend is provided for living expenses beyond the cost of housing.

To be eligible, applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better and be interested in an academic career in biomedical research. For complete program guidelines and application instructions, visit the SPURS website.

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Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation Accepting Applications for Toolbox for Education Grants

Deadline: February 13, 2015

Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation has announced the opening of its Spring 2015 Toolbox for Education, an initiative aimed at supporting projects that encourage parent involvement in local schools and help build community spirit.

One-year grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of projects that have a permanent impact on a school community, such as a facility enhancement (indoor or outdoor) or landscaping/clean-up project. Toolbox grants also can be used as part of a larger-scale project as long as the funds are used to complete a phase of the project achievable within twelve months of the award date.

To be eligible, applicants must be a public K-12 school or nonprofit parent group associated with such a school. Parent groups (PTO, PTA, etc.) applying for a grant must have an independent EIN and official 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Preschools are not eligible. The foundation reserves the right to close the grant cycle if the number of applications reaches 1,500.

Complete application instructions and program guidelines, as well as lists of past grant recipients, are available on the Toolbox for Education website.

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Humane Society of the United States Foundation Invites Nominations for 2015 National Kind Teacher Award

Deadline: February 15, 2015

The Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s largest animal protection organization, advocates for better laws to protect animals; conducts campaigns to reform animal-related industries; provides animal rescue and emergency response services; investigates cases of animal cruelty; and cares for animals through its sanctuaries and wildlife rehabilitation centers, emergency shelters, and clinics.

Each year since 1981, the Humane Society of the United States Foundation has recognized an outstanding teacher who consistently incorporates humane education into his or her curriculum and/or motivates students to get involved in community service for animals. The foundation is seeking nominations of pre-K-12 teachers for the 2015 National Kind Teacher Award.

The winner will receive a framed certificate and a scholarship to Humane Society University’s Certified Humane Education Specialist program. To be eligible, nominees must be a pre-K-12 classroom teacher who includes humane lessons in the curriculum or inspires students to act on behalf of animals. Self-nominations are accepted.

For complete program guidelines, nomination instructions, and information about previous winners, visit the Humane Society website.

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National League of Nursing Invites Applications for Education Projects

Deadline: February 19, 2015

The National League for Nursing is inviting applications for its 2015 NLN Nursing Education Research grants program.

The annual program is designed to support high-quality studies that contribute to the development of the science of nursing education and promote the diversity of research topics, as well as investigators who demonstrate rigor and innovative approaches that advance the field of nursing education research.

Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to projects that build links between practice and education, develop more rigorous and robust research designs and evaluation protocols, and create leadership opportunities for faculty and nursing education research scholars.

To be eligible, the principal investigator must be a current member of NLN, either through his or her institution or through the payment of individual dues. Visit the NLN website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application instructions.

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Lemelson-MIT Program Announces 2014-15 InvenTeam Initiative

Deadline: February 27, 2015

Created by the Lemelson-MIT Program, the InvenTeam initiative provides opportunities for high school students to cultivate their creativity, curiosity, and problem-solving abilities and apply lessons from science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects to the invention of technological solutions to real-world problems.

Teams comprised of high school students, teachers, and mentors receive grants of up to $10,000 to invent technological solutions for a problem of their choice. Projects can range from assistive devices to environmental technologies and consumer goods. Applicants are encouraged to consider the needs of the world’s poorest people (those earning $2 or less a day) when creating their projects.

STEM educators at high schools and nonprofit educational organizations that have not received an InvenTeam grant within the past three years are eligible to apply. Funds may be allocated for project-related research, materials, and learning experiences. Funds may not be used to purchase capital equipment or professional services.

Finalists will be announced on March 6, 2015, and final applications will be due by September 4, 2015. Complete application and eligibility guidelines, including profiles of past InvenTeam grant winners, are available at the Lemelson-MIT Program website.

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Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Mini-Grant Applications Deadline Extended

Deadline: March 15, 2015

Established by children’s book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is accepting applications to its mini-grants program from public schools and public libraries anywhere in the United States and its territories.

The mini-grants program supports projects that foster creative expression, collaboration, and interaction with a diverse community. To that end, the program will award grants of up to $500 to educators interested in creating special activities outside the standard curriculum. Projects funded in the past include murals, pen pal groups, quilts, theater productions, newspapers and other publications, intergenerational activities, and programs that bring disparate communities together.

Starting in 2015, the program also will fund activities that support the Common Core Standards. Public schools, public libraries, and preschool Head Start programs are eligible to apply. Private and parochial schools and charter schools are not eligible. Applicants must be located in the U.S. or one of its commonwealths or territories, including Puerto Rico and Guam. Only one application from each library or school will be considered.

Complete program guidelines, a video tutorial for applicants, and the application form are available at the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation website.

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Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie’s Education Foundation Accepting Nominations for 2015 Outstanding Teacher Grants

Deadline: March 31, 2015

Mason-McDuffie’s Education Foundation was created in 1992 to recognize and thank the dedicated people who teach K-12 public school children in California. Funds for the foundation are contributed principally by Mason-McDuffie Real Estate partners, employees, and independent agents.

Since its founding, the foundation has awarded more than $818,000 to public school teachers in Northern California. In 2013, the foundation awarded fifty-two grants to teachers in the East Bay, San Francisco, and Sacramento. The foundation has begun accepting nominations of outstanding public school teachers for its 2015 grant program. To be eligible, nominees must be a California public school teacher in grades K-12 (including special education teachers).

For complete program guidelines and nomination instructions, as well as information about 2013 grant recipients, see the Mason-McDuffie’s Education Foundation website.

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NCTM Invites Proposals for PreK-8 Pre-Service Teacher Action Research Grant

Deadline: May 4, 2015

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is inviting proposals from pre-K teachers to support a collaborative action research project by university faculty, pre-service teachers, and classroom teachers seeking to improve their understanding of mathematics in preK-8 classrooms.

Primary emphasis will be placed on collaboration among a team of researchers consisting of university, elementary/middle school teachers, and pre-service teachers from the undergraduate ranks. Research should be designed, implemented, and completed with a focus on enhancing the teaching and/or learning of mathematics in grades preK-8.

A single grant of up to $3,000 will be awarded. Grant funds should be used to support project expenses to plan and carry out the research. The applicant must be a current full individual or e-member of NCTM or must teach at a school with a current NCTM preK–8 school membership. The participating pre-service teacher(s) must be in an initial licensure/certification program at the undergraduate level and, at some point during the term of the grant, must be engaged in some form of practicum experience or student teaching.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the NCTM website.

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Crayola Invites Proposals from Elementary Schools for 2015 Creative Leadership Grants

Deadline: June 22, 2015

Crayola, in partnership with the National Association of Elementary School Principals, is accepting applications for the 2015 Creative Leadership grant program. The program will award up to twenty grants of $2,500   in support of creative leadership team-building programs in elementary schools in the United States and Canada. In addition, each program will receive an in-kind grant of Crayola products valued at $1,000.

Creative leadership projects might involve building a creativity professional development plan that includes a series of workshops delivered by teachers, for teachers; bringing in an arts organization that has expertise in integrating art across the curriculum and having a series of training workshops followed up by co-teaching sessions so the information gets embedded into classroom  practices; and/or organizing grade level creativity teams who have monthly collaboration meetings where they design lessons and coach each other on the implementation of art-infused, cross-curricular lessons.

To be eligible, school principals must be a NAESP member and  not have won the award in 2014. (This year’s winners are eligible to apply again in 2016.) For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Crayola website.

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United States-Japan Foundation Accepting Letters of Intent for Pre-College Education Programs

Deadline: July 15, 2015 (Letters of Intent)

Since 1980, the United States-Japan Foundation has supported projects that have involved more than five thousand pre-college teachers in the U.S. and Japan in mutual study and learning on topics related to the U.S.-Japan relationship, including in-depth study of the culture, society, and history of both countries. Through these efforts, which include web-based collaborative activities and partnerships between schools in the U.S. and Japan, tens of thousands of young people in both countries have begun to study and understand their mutual connections and the importance of the friendship and partnership that binds their nations so closely.

Through its Pre-College Education Program, USJF supports initiatives that take advantage of new technology to bring Japanese and American teachers and students together; build human networks among teachers on both sides of the Pacific with a mutual interest in teaching and learning about Japan, the U.S., and U.S.-Japan relations, particularly in the fields of social studies and Japanese language instruction; and invest in programs in underserved regions in both countries.

In addition, the foundation supports programs that leverage the expertise in institutions of higher learning and NGOs on behalf of U.S.-Japan studies programs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in both countries; present research, policy studies, and media programs on U.S.-Japan issues to an audience of pre-college students and their teachers; and enhance, expand, and preserve the study of the Japanese language at the pre-college level in the United States through professional development opportunities for teachers, national standards, and performance assessments.

Proposed projects should seek to incorporate one or more of these elements in a way that is particularly suited to the need(s) in pre-college education they seek to address. The above guidelines should not be seen as a deterrent to innovative new proposals and concepts.

LOIs must be received no later than July 15, 2015. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals, which must be returned by August 31, 2015. For complete program guidelines and application procedures, visit the USJF website.

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