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International Research Funding Alert February 2020

REMINDER: International Research & Development Seed Grants – 2020 Call for Proposals

The International Research and Development Division of the Office of International Affairs is pleased to announce the 2020 call for International Research/Development Seed Grants proposals. This program is designed to provide seed funds to support faculty developing preliminary international research and development efforts that are interdisciplinary and multi-institutional. Research and Development grants are expected to lead to externally-funded projects and are generally limited to $2,000 or less. Funds available include $25,000 to support TTU faculty in all fields of knowledge, including those related to the mission of the International Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Land Studies (ICASALS). All questions related to this call for proposals must be directed to Ms. Laura Bilbao, Associate Director for International Programs, Office of International Affairs, at laura.bilbao@ttu.edu.

The closing date for proposal submissions is February 21st, 2020.

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Title:DRL Advancing Democratic Culture in Armenia
Sponsor:US Department of State
Deadline:March 13, 2020
Summary:DRL’s goal is to advance democratic culture by supporting Armenia’s civil society’s efforts to strengthen the population’s resilience to malign influences. This project seeks to develop Armenian civil society capacity to identify disinformation, stop its proliferation, and mitigate its impact. Program activities may include: assessment of Armenians' vulnerabilities to disinformation and capacity of local actors to use counter-measures; media monitoring to track disinformation, including its sources and how it is spread; basic digital safety education for civil society organizations and their representatives to protect themselves from online harassment and attacks; and raising awareness among the Armenian public of disinformation and available tools to combat it. Proposals drawing on international best practices and/or lessons learned will be considered particularly competitive. Primary organizations can submit 1 application in response to the NOFO.
Title:Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program
Sponsor:US Department of Agriculture: National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Deadline:March 23, 2020
Amount:$30,000 - $750,000
Summary:HEC is a NIFA-administered competitive grants program focused on improving formal, baccalaureate, or master’s degree level FANH sciences education, and first professional degree level education in veterinary medicine (DVM). Program goals include: 1) to enhance the quality of instruction for baccalaureate degrees, master’s degrees, and first professional degrees in veterinary sciences, in order to help meet current and future workforce needs in the food, agricultural, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences; and 2) to increase the number and diversity of students who will pursue and complete a postsecondary degree in the FANH sciences.
Title:Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program
Sponsor:US Department of Education
Deadline:March 24, 2020
Amount:$70,000 - $120,000 (see solicitation for details)
Summary:: The Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program (UISFL) provides grants for planning, developing, and carrying out projects to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages in the United States. This notice contains two competitive preference priorities and one invitational opportunity; please see solicitation for details on priority areas.
Title:Newton International Fellowships
Sponsor:Royal Society
Deadline:March 26, 2020
Location:United Kingdom
Amount:See solicitation for details
Summary:These fellowships are for non-UK scientists who are at an early stage of their research career and wish to conduct research in the United Kingdom. Research must be within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. The Newton International Fellowships provide funding for two years, covering subsistence, research expenses, relocation expenses, and contribution to overheads at UK Host Organization. Eligibility requirements include: a PhD by the time funding begins; no more than 7 years of active full-time postdoctoral experience; non-UK citizenship; and a clearly defined, mutually-beneficial research proposal agreed with a UK host scientist.
Title:International Research and education Network Connections (IRNC)
Sponsor:National Science Foundation
Deadline:April 1, 2020
Amount:See solicitation for details
Summary:The International Research and education Network Connections (IRNC) Base program supports high-performance network connectivity required by international science and engineering research and education collaborations involving the NSF research community. High-performance network connections and infrastructure funded by this program are intended to support science and engineering research and education applications, and preference will be given to solutions that provide the best economy of scale and demonstrate the ability to support the largest communities of interest with the broadest services. Funded projects will assist the U.S. research and education community by enabling state-of-the-art international network services and access to increased collaboration and data services. NSF expects to make 3 to 10 awards in production R&E network infrastructure; 1 to 3 awards in international testbeds; and 1 award in Engagement.
Title:Fellowships: Advanced Social Science Research on Japan
Sponsor:National Endowment for the Humanities
Deadline:April 22, 2020
Amount:$60,000 (See solicitation for details)
Summary:Awards support research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan's international relations, and U.S.-Japan relations. The program encourages innovative research that puts these subjects in wider regional and global contexts and is comparative and contemporary in nature. Research should contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public’s understanding of issues of concern to Japan and the United States. Appropriate disciplines for the research include anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, linguistics, political science, psychology, public administration, and sociology. The fellowships are designed for researchers with advanced Japanese language skills whose research will require use of data, sources, and documents, onsite interviews, or other direct contact in Japanese. Fellows may undertake their projects in Japan, the United States, or both, and may include work in other countries for comparative purposes. Projects may be at any stage of development.
Title:IFER Graduate Fellowship Program for Alternatives to the Use of Animals in Science
Sponsor:International Foundation for Ethical Research
Deadline:April 30, 2020
Summary:The purpose of IFER’s Fellowship Program is to provide financial incentives to graduate students in science that encourage them at the earliest stages of their career to integrate innovation and discovery with ethics and respect for animals. Fellowships are awarded to those candidates whose program of study shows the greatest potential to replace the use of animals in science. Graduate Fellowships to develop alternatives to the use of animals in research, testing and education are open to students enrolled in Master’s and Ph.D. programs in the sciences, and human or veterinary medicine. Fellowships will also be considered for graduate students in other fields, such as education, psychology, humanities, journalism, and the law, for projects that show promise to increase public awareness or to promote changes in the legal system or public policy regarding the use of animals in research, testing, and education.
Title:International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Award
Sponsor:National Institutes of Health
Deadline:June 4, 2020
Amount:See solicitation for details
Summary:The over-arching goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities that foster a better understanding of biomedical, behavioral and clinical research and its implications. The International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Award program supports research ethics educational activities that complement other global health research and research training programs in the mission areas of the NIH Institutes and Centers. To address the continuing needs for in depth international research ethics education and evolving, complex, research ethics issues, this initiative will support the establishment of sustainable master’s level research ethics training at research-intensive LMIC institutions. An additional funding opportunity, International Bioethics Research Training Program (D43) (PAR-19-243) supports LMIC Ph.D. and postdoctoral training programs.
Title:International Research Collaboration on Drug Abuse and Addiction Research
Sponsor:National Institutes of Health
Deadline:June 5 and October 5
Amount:See solicitation for details
Summary:This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages collaborative research applications on drug abuse and addiction that: 1. Take advantage of unusual opportunities that exist outside the United States to access talent, resources, populations, or environmental conditions in other countries that will speed scientific discovery. 2. Describe how the research will significantly advance U.S. health sciences. 3. Demonstrate specific relevance to the NIDA mission and objectives. 4. Include an investigator from a U.S. institution and a non-U.S. citizen partner living and working in another country.
Title:NSF Directorate for Engineering - UKRI Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Lead Agency Opportunity (ENG-EPSRC)
Sponsor:National Science Foundation
Deadline:Full proposal accepted anytime
Location:United States and United Kingdom
Amount:Varies, see solicitation for details
Summary:The Directorate for Engineering (ENG), Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET), the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI), and the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) of the National Science Foundation and the Engineering, ICT and Manufacturing the Future Themes of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are pleased to announce the ENG-EPSRC Lead Agency Opportunity. The goal of this opportunity is to reduce some of the barriers that researchers currently encounter when working internationally. The ENG-EPSRC Lead Agency Opportunity will allow US and UK researchers to submit a single collaborative proposal that will undergo a single review process. Proposals will be accepted for collaborative research in areas at the intersection of CBET, CMMI, and/or ECCS with the EPSRC Engineering, ICT and/or Manufacturing the Future Themes. Proposers choose either NSF or EPSRC to serve as the “lead” agency to review their proposal.