Texas Tech University

International Research Funding Alert June 2018

International Aridlands Conference Announcement

August 13th & 14th, 2018

Texas Tech University has long been a leader in research in arid and semi-arid environments, being home to the Water Center in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the Water Resources Center in the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, the Center for Water Law and Policy in the School of Law, and the International Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Land Studies in the Office of International Affairs. The primary International collaborator for this meeting is the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography of the Chinese Academy of Sciences but we are expecting participants from a number of other countries as well. Conference topics will include: land degradation/desertification, biodiversity, remote sensing, and rural health. Read more »



From Research to Practice: Using Knowledge to Accelerate Progress in the Elimination of Child Labor and Forced Labor

Sponsor: Department of Labor
Deadline: June 26th, 2018
Location: Global
Amount: $2,800,000
Website: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=305126
Summary: The Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor, is seeking one cooperative agreement to fund a technical assistance project to accelerate the use of rigorous research in support of efforts to eliminate child labor and forced labor around the world. The project will achieve the following outcomes: (1) Increased ability of policymakers and practitioners to access rigorous research, data collection and analysis tools, and other relevant data needed to address child labor and forced labor internationally; (2) Increased understanding by researchers of the questions and knowledge gaps that need to be addressed to inform policy and program efforts to eliminate child labor and forced labor; (3) Improved capacity of researchers to study child labor and forced labor issues; and (4) Increased engagement of skilled, multidisciplinary, policy-oriented researchers that carry out rigorous studies on child labor and forced labor issues. This is a limited submission opportunity.


Fulbright-Hays – Group Projects Abroad Program

Sponsor: Department of Education
Deadline: July 5th 2018
Location: See solicitation for details
Amount: $50,000 - $250,000
Website: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=305215
Summary: The Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program provides grants to institutions and private, nonprofit educational entities that organize programs for K-12 teachers, college students, and faculty to engage in short-term or long-term overseas projects focused on training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies. GPA short-term projects include seminars, curriculum development, and group research or study. GPA long-term projects support advanced intensive overseas programs that focus on languages, the humanities, or social sciences.


Countering Wildlife Trafficking in Central Africa

Sponsor: Department of State
Deadline: July 10th, 2018
Location: Central Africa
Amount: $500,000 - $1,000,000
Website: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=304914
Summary: The United States Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, is seeking applications to support counter-wildlife trafficking projects in Central Africa due to the excessive poaching and trafficking of illegal wildlife products in the region. Activities will seek to (1) strengthen the security of the national parks and the ability of park rangers and police to deter and investigate wildlife crime, (2) build investigative and enforcement capacity (3) enhance prosecutorial and judicial capacity, and (4) enhance regional cooperation in Central Africa


AFRI Education and Workforce Development

Sponsor: US Department of Agriculture
Deadline: July 11th or 19th, 2018
Location: Global
Amount: $150,000 - $500,000
Website: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-initiative-education-workforce-development
Summary: The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is America's flagship competitive grants program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. In FY 2018, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the AFRI's Education and Workforce Development (EWD) Program areas (formerly the Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative, or ELI) to support: professional development opportunities for K-14 teachers and education professionals; training of undergraduate students in research and extension; and fellowships for pre-doctoral candidates and postdoctoral scholars.


Sustainable E-Waste Management and Battery Technologies for the Off-Grid Solar Sector

Sponsor: US Agency for International Development
Deadline: July 15th, 2018
Location: Africa
Amount: $1,800,000
Website: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=305471
Summary: The purpose of this solicitation is to provide 20 million households across sub-Saharan Africa with access to modern, clean, and affordable electricity through solar home system end-of-life processes. In an effort to promote sustainable product design and the development of a robust solar electronic waste management infrastructure for solar home distribution across sub-Saharan Africa, USAID is seeking an implementing partner to administer USAID grant award programming to engage and support off-grid solar home system companies and e-waste management companies seeking to develop the e-waste management ecosystem for the off-grid sector.


2018 MetLife Foundation Study Abroad Innovation Competition

Sponsor: Partners of the Americas, Department of State, and NAFSA
Deadline: July 16th, 2018
Location: Global
Amount: $25,000
Website: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/grants/
Summary: This Innovation Fund grant competition seeks to promote study abroad and international training opportunities for students in the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico. Proposals must present innovative ideas, practices and models in study abroad in any academic discipline, with a focus on programs that serve economically disadvantaged and/or under-served student populations in the respective communities of the partnering higher education institutions.


Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS)

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Deadline: September 17th, 2018
Location: Global
Amount: See solicitation for details
Website: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13352
Summary: The Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) program supports fundamental and innovative research in the design, operation and management of civil infrastructure that contributes to creating smart, sustainable and resilient communities at local, national and international scales. All critical civil infrastructure systems are of interest, including transportation, power, water, pipelines and others. The program values diverse theoretical, scientific, mathematical, or computational contributions from a broad set of disciplines.


Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS)

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Deadline: September 26th, 2018
Location: Global
Amount: $2,500,000
Website: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505241
Summary: The INFEWS program seeks to support research that conceptualizes food, energy, and water (FEW) systems broadly and inclusively, incorporating social and behavioral processes, physical processes, natural processes, biological processes, and cyber-components. The overarching goal of the INFEWS program is to catalyze well-integrated, convergent research to transform understanding of the FEW Nexus as integrated social, engineering, physical, and natural systems in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability.


Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy

Sponsor: American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Deadline: January 7th, 2019
Location: Global
Amount: See Solicitation
Website: https://www.amacad.org/content/about/about.aspx?d=96&t=4&s=94
Summary: As part of the Academy's Initiative for Science, Engineering, and Technology, the Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy provides an opportunity for an early-career professional with training in science or engineering to learn about a career in public policy and administration. While in residence, Hellman Fellows work with senior scientists and policy experts on critical national and international policy issues related to science, engineering, and technology.


Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Deadline: February 22, 2019
Location: Global
Amount: $275,000 - $600,000
Website: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505027
Summary: Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify (1) factors that are effective in the formation of ethical STEM researchers and (2) approaches to developing those factors in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes or promotes responsible or irresponsible conduct of research, and how to best instill students with this knowledge. In some cases, projects will include the development of interventions to ensure responsible research conduct. This is a limited submission opportunity.