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CLA Grant & Fellowship Support Newsletter
 Winter 2012   

The Grant & Fellowship Support Team 

About Us

The CLA Grant & Fellowship Support Team (GFS) is committed to assisting faculty in preparing competitive applications for securing extramural support through grants and fellowships.

Contact Lisette Alent to schedule an appointment with the GFS Team.

How We Help You

» Grant & fellowship consultations
» Development of funding
» Monthly newsletters
» Identification of appropriate
   funding sources
» Maintain database of faculty
   research interests
» Timely notification of funding
   opportunities to relevant faculty
» Careful review and interpretation
   of Request for Proposals (RFP)
» Proposal & budget preparation
» Budget certification and EREX
» Development of required
   additional documents, including
   contractual agreements
» Liaison with grant entities,
   including OGRD and agency
» Careful review of materials
   prior to submission, ensuring
   compliance with guidelines
» Cultivate and support
   major fellowship applications

Useful Links & Resources

Planning to apply for a fellowship? First, check out CLA Support for Prestigious Faculty Fellowships, and then schedule an appointment with the GFS Team.

Grant & Fellowship Support Team

WSU Office of Grant & Research Development

Informer Online


News & Highlights

Upcoming Deadline — New Faculty Seed Grants Due February 27

The 2012 New Faculty Seed Grant program encourages new junior-level faculty to develop research, scholarly, or creative programs that provide the potential for sustained professional development and extramural support. This program offers experience in identifying and submitting applications to potential funding sources, provides preliminary data to support applications for external funding, and enhances scholarly and creative activities. Awards typically range from $5,000–$10,000.

If you are applying to this program, contact Lisette Alent in order to prepare a full application packet, including proposal, eREX, and certified budget. Learn more about the New Faculty Seed Grant »


OGRD Research Gateway Is Now MyResearch

As of February 1, the OGRD Gateway Grants Database has been "retired" and the MyResearch Grants Database will be the new portal to use for all your Database needs (status lookup, reporting, etc.).

If you have not begun the transition yourself, please begin using the new MyResearch Database to become familiar with the updates.

Like the Gateway, you will need access/permissions to view the data. Please contact Derek Brown if you have errors using the site, especially if it is your first time in the MyResearch Grants system as you will likely not have appropriate permissions in place.


CLA Spring 2012 Grant Programs

The CLA Faculty Travel Grant Program supports opportunities for tenured and tenure-track faculty to conduct data-gathering trips, present at conferences, and develop collaborations and partnerships to advance the faculty member's scholarly and creative activities. Applicants may request a maximum of $750 for domestic travel and $1,200 for international travel.

Edward R. Meyer Project Awards provide support for faculty members to develop projects that are likely to lead to impactful and visible scholarship. The college will award as many as three grants of up to $5,000 to support scholarly and creative efforts.

The deadline for both grant programs is Monday, April 2, at 5:00 p.m. Current Request for Proposals can be found at

For assistance in preparing a proposal or general questions regarding the CLA grant programs, please contact the GFS Team.



Dear Colleague Letter — Stimulating Research Related to the Science of Broadening Participation

The Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE) wishes to bring to your attention their goal of stimulating research related to the Science of Broadening Participation (SBP). A Science of Broadening Participation will employ the cognitive, behavioral, social, and economic sciences to inform approaches to broadening participation and will strengthen our national science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) capabilities and competitive advantage. Ultimately, the SBP can provide policymakers with the evidence needed for informed decisions.

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In FY 2012, BCS and SES will support research that utilizes the theories, methods, and analytical techniques of the social, behavioral, and economic sciences to better understand the barriers as well as factors that enhance our ability to broaden participation in STEM. Supported research may identify from an empirical standpoint those strategies most likely to improve the representation and participation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who are underrepresented in STEM fields. This is important because it would provide an opportunity to understand from an evidence-based perspective what works to increase the scientific talent pool.

Scholars with research proposals that contribute to the Science of Broadening Participation should submit proposals to the most relevant standing programs of the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) Directorate and designate the proposal as SBP by including "SBP" at the beginning of the proposal title. The SBE division websites provide information about the standing programs: SES website and BCS website.

Successful research proposals will have scientifically sound research plans that are rooted in relevant theory and literature. SBE programs will evaluate these proposals along with other proposals submitted to the standing programs. Proposals will first be evaluated by the standing program to which they are submitted to evaluate their scientific merit, and then by a subcommittee of program officers and NSF leadership to evaluate their contribution to SBP.

More information about this NSF Dear Colleague Letter »

Recent Awards

Mary Collins (Museum of Anthropology) was awarded a $48,425 contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As part of a third-year installment, the funding will provide "ongoing care, assistance for access to users, and presentation of public information about and related to archaeological collections owned by the Walla Walla District U.S. Corps of Engineers."

Photo: Mary Collins

Courtney Meehan (anthropology) received a $97,791 CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation's Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) for her project entitled "Cooperative Child Rearing and Health among Central African Foragers and Farmers." The grant will continue to fund Meehan's efforts in "investigating cooperative childrearing in two culturally and ethnically distinct populations, the Aka foragers and the Ngandu farmers of the Central African Republic (C.A.R.)."

Photo: Courtney Meehan

In their project "Smart Policing Initiative," the team of Michael Gaffney (DGSS), pictured, and Zachary Hays (criminal justice) were awarded a $104,349 grant from the Department of Justice. The Division of Governmental Studies and Services will work as a research partner with the Pullman Police Department to help the department develop and implement the Pullman Police Department's Smart Policing Safety Camera Initiative, or SCI. DGSS is an outreach unit jointly sponsored by WSU Extension and the College of Liberal Arts.

Photo: Michael Gaffney

Funding Focus: Arts & Humanities

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government in support of artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities.

NEA funding opportunities often limit applications to one proposal per institution. These programs are called Limited Submissions. If you are interested in applying to an NEA fellowship or grant, contact Lisette Alent so she can verify if the program is a Limited Submission.

Available funding opportunities can be found at

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Schedule of NEA Programs and Deadlines

Art Works
Application Deadlines: March 8 and August 9, 2012
To support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Within this category, all Arts Education projects will have Learning as their primary outcome. Innovative projects are strongly encouraged. Grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000.

Challenge America Fast-Track
Application Deadline: May 24, 2012
To support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Grants are for $10,000.

Literature Fellowships in Prose and Poetry
Application Deadline: March 1, 2012
The NEA Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.


The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent grant-making agency of the U.S. government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. This is an excellent funding source for CLA faculty. CLA has been very successful in securing NEH grant awards and has been encouraged by NEH representatives to increase applications to the agency due to the competitiveness of those proposals. The GFS Team is dedicated to assisting faculty in preparing applications.

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NEH funding opportunities often limit applications to one proposal per institution. These programs are called Limited Submissions. If you are interested in applying to an NEH fellowship or grant, contact Lisette Alent so she can verify if the program is a Limited Submission.

Links & Resources for NEH Applicants

Regularly check the NEH website for funding opportunities and deadlines. For your reference, a list of NEH's 2012 deadlines has been provided for your timely application preparation and submission. A timetable to help you in preparing for an NEH proposal can be found here.

2012 Submission Deadlines

March 1 - Summer Seminars and Institutes
March 6 - Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
March 14 - Small Grants to Libraries and Other Nonprofit Institutions: America's Music: A Film History Of Our Popular Music From Blues To Bluegrass To Broadway

May 4 - Fellowships
May 4 - Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan
May 4 - Challenge Grants
May 18 - Preservation and Access Research and Development

June 15 - Digging into Data
June 29 - Preservation and Access Education and Training
June 29 - Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics

July 6 - NEH on the Road Cooperative Agreement
July 20 - Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

August 17 - Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

September 14 - Enduring Questions
September 20 - Documenting Endangered Languages
September 27 - Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
September 28 - Summer Stipends

November 16 - DFG/NEH Bilateral Digital Humanities Program: Symposia and Workshops
November 16 - DFG/NEH Bilateral Digital Humanities Program: Enriching Digital Collections

December 3 - Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
December 7 - Collaborative Research Grants
December 7 - Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants

Upcoming Deadlines

Grant Opportunities

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants - 20110927-HD
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Cultural Anthropology Program - PD 98-1390
National Science Foundation (NSF)
$5,000 to $450,000

Comprehensive Anti-Gang Strategies and Programs - OJJDP-2011-2893
Department of Justice (DOJ)

Charitable Grants
Paul Lauzier Foundation
If you are interested in applying to this program, please contact Tami Seibly LaFrance, Corporate & Foundation Relations at the WSU Foundation.

DHS HS-STEM Career Development Grants (CDG) - DHS-12-ST-104-001
United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Fellowship Opportunities

Environmental Public Policy and Conflict Resolution Ph.D. Fellowship
Morris K. Udall Foundation

MMUF Travel & Research Grants
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Interpretive Fellowships at Art Museums
Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Visiting Fellowships
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Continuous Deadline

Graduate Student Scholarships & Fellowships

NIJ Ph.D. Graduate Research Fellowship Program
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

Graduate Student Scholarships & Fellowships
Graduate Fellowships for Ethnic Minorities
American Society of Criminology (ASC)

Graduate Fellowships in Alternatives in Scientific Research
International Foundation for Ethical Research
$15,000 to $45,000

Congressional Fellows Program
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF)

HP Labs Innovation Research Program
Hewlett-Packard (HP) Company
$50,000 to $75,000

CLA Grant & Fellowship Support Team
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