U.S. Department of Education is excited to announce the FY16 Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant competition

The Teacher Quality Programs office at the U.S. Department of Education is excited to announce the FY16 Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant competition. The TIF FY16 grant competition anticipates awarding up to $70,000,000 and making up to 10 new awards to support States and Local Education Agencies to attract, develop and retain effective educators in innovative ways.

Persons interested in applying for a TIF grant are encouraged to review the entire TIF NIA as well as the entire TIF program website for additional information about the FY16 grant competition. Additional information regarding the competition, including details regarding registration for the pre-application webinar, will be added to the program website shortly. Please be sure to check the program website for updates.

We encourage you to pass this information along to others that may be interested in this opportunity. Please direct any questions you may have to TIF5@ed.gov.



Call for Nominations: Presidential Awards for Excellent in Science, Mathematics & Engineering Mentoring – Deadline June 17, 2016

The deadline to submit nominations for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) is just weeks away. Submitting a PAESMEM nomination now will ensure that completed nominations are not only submitted on time, but also are in compliance with nomination guidelines (NSF 16-534).

The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers webinars to assist the STEM community with completion of the full nomination package.  Only two webinars remain in early June. The webinars provide guidance for preparing a completed PAESMEM nomination package as well as technical guidance on FastLane submission, particularly for non-academic individuals and organizations. These technical assistance webinars provide valuable tips to participants.

Below are some frequently-asked questions and tips for preparing a competitive nomination:

How do I submit my nomination materials?

Official and complete PAESMEM nominations must be submitted via the NSF FastLane system or Grants.gov.  Please refer to the PAESMEM solicitation for registration instructions and technical assistance. The names of potential nominees, both individuals and organizations, may still be submitted for the 2017 PAESMEM award.  Visit www.PAESMEM.net to nominate or email pasemem@nsf.gov with the nominee’s contact information. Nominees should refer to the PAESMEM solicitation for FastLane registration, nomination preparation and submission instructions.

Is there a preferred format for letters of support, and to whom should the letters be addressed?

There is no format for the letters of support. The letters of support should be addressed to the “PAESMEM Team.”

What are the tips for submitting a competitive nomination?

  1. Follow the guidance in the solicitation for your category of award. Clearly state and show the number of years of mentoring activity and the population being mentored, for example.
  2. Show the relationship of mentoring philosophy to implementation practices.
  3. Data is essential. Show the data in ways that it is understandable to support the impact criterion.
  4. For organizational nominations, provide a clear assessment and evaluation section. (Required)
  5. Address replication of the mentoring practices where appropriate.
  6. Think about the “WOW” Factor for reviewers. Make the nomination factual and exciting.

Potential nominees or their nominators may register for the remaining scheduled webinars in June. Log into the PAESMEM website to learn more. Awardees are notified by a representative of the White House.


The Verizon Minority Male Makers Program-Directed by the University of the District of Columbia is offering a free all-expenses paid 4-week intensive summer program from June 27, 2016 to July 22, 2016 designed to engage students in high quality, hands-on learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in order to increase access to STEM focused careers and higher education. In addition to the summer program, students will receive a mentor and participate in STEM workshops during the academic year at UDC and host sites across the District!

The program is for young males of African American and Hispanic descent in grades 6th–8th. Those selected will have the opportunity to learn 3D modeling, App development, and robotics. There will be competitions, prizes and exciting field trips.

Give your child the opportunity to excel in the STEM area by receiving advance training from UDC academic leaders in the field. The Verizon Minority Male Makers program was created by Verizon, and is directed by the University of District of Columbia.

For More Information Contact

Dr. James Maiden
202 274-5768

Save the date — June 8, 2016 — Webinar — Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program Opportunities for MSIs

Learn how to internationalize your campus through the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program.

The Fulbright Scholar-in Residence (S-I-R) Program enables U.S. colleges and universities to bring a visiting scholar from abroad to campus for a semester or academic year to lecture in a host of subject fields and to interact with the campus as a whole and with the local community in a variety of ways.  Scholars can be requested by name or recruited for you by U.S. Embassies and Fulbright Commissions in 150 countries around the world. 

This is an excellent way to internationalize you campus, curriculum and community and preference in this program is given to Minority Serving Institutions, including PBIs and HBCUs.   To learn how to apply to host a Fulbright Scholar-in Residence and what makes a successful application, a special webinar is being offered for MSIs. It will feature program administrators and MSI representatives who have been successful S-I-R hosts.  

Webinar date and time: June 8, 2016, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm EDT.  To register, go to http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=http://www.cies.org/event-type/webinar-schedule and click on “upcoming” to select the specific webinar.

The Fulbright Scholar-in Residence Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars/Institute of International Education.



Funding Opportunity for HBCUs – Pathways Research Training program

IES is hosting its webinar on the Pathways program!

IES Webinar on Funding Opportunities for Minority Serving Institutions Tuesday, May 31th, 1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT Learn about the Pathways to the Education Sciences Research Training Program (84.305B) grant competition, which will establish research training programs at Minority Serving Institutions (or their partners) that prepare upper-level undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and/or master’s degree students to pursue doctoral study in the education sciences.

IES staff will also provide information about the other funding opportunities and the peer review process. To register for the webinar, see http://ies.ed.gov/funding/webinars/index.asp.

If you have questions about the Pathways funding opportunity, please email Katina.Stapleton@ed.gov.

Federal Funding Webinar with the U.S. Department of Defense, May 26th 1-3PM EST!!!

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) has been hosting a series of webinars to educate Historically Black Colleges and Universities on the grants and opportunities available to them throughout the federal government.

This month WHIHBCU will co-host a webinar with the U.S. Department of Defense on May 26, 2016 from 1:00PM-3:00PM EST.

This webinar will feature a presentation by departmental programs within the U.S. Department of Defense highlighting their funding opportunities for HBCUs. Attendees will gain an understanding of how their work and research matches available DoD opportunities. Faculty, staff, and administrators from the HBCU community are invited to view the webinar live and ask questions.

Date: Thursday, May 26, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm, ET

For Audio

United States: +1 (914) 614-3221

Access Code: 419-102-038

Registration Link


Webinar ID:  117-521-051

Audio PIN: Shown after joining the webinar Attendee – muted (until he or she asks to be unmuted  for the Q&A)


2016 LEADS Scholarship Opportunity Now Available!

The 2016 Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) scholarship program is now open: http://nij.gov/events/Pages/iacp-scholarships.aspx!  Application deadline: July 1, 2016.

Brief synopsis:

NIJ’s LEADS scholarship program helps law enforcement officers integrate research into their day-to-day work and provides NIJ with direct insight from forward-leaning practitioners who value research and the role it plays in practice. Research is a valuable tool for law enforcement agencies — not only for the police chiefs who make policy decisions, but also for the mid-rank officers who carry out and measure those decisions. Through this program, NIJ and IACP hope to identify and develop the next generation of law enforcement leadership, and encourage the use of evidence-based practice to advance criminal justice throughout the nation.

In 2016, NIJ will grant 10 new merit-based scholarships to mid-rank law enforcement officers to join a diverse, growing group of practitioners dedicated to advancing policing throughout the nation. As part of this program, LEADS scholars will have the opportunity to attend various special events held within the D.C. Metropolitan area; participate in numerous networking and collaborative activities with NIJ leadership and leading researchers within the field of criminal justice; and attend the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference and Expo held in San Diego, California, October 15-18, 2016.


Grant Opportunity for Underrepresented Scholars


 Young Scholars Program 

Call for Proposals

The FCD Young Scholars Program (YSP) supports policy and practice-relevant research that is focused on the early learning and development needs of the nation’s children who are growing up under conditions of economic insecurity and social exclusion.

Research Focus

All proposed research should focus on the ways in which the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of the early care and education workforce (ECE workforce) can support young children’s growth and development across the birth through age eight continuum.


Eligible researchers will have received their doctoral degrees (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., Psy.D., M.D., J.D., etc) within one to seven years of application submission. Ten years for physician applicants. YSP encourages applications from scholars who are: 

  • Themselves from historically disadvantaged or underrepresented groups, e.g. first-generation college graduates, and those from low-income communities. 
  • Scholars who represent a variety of disciplines and methodological approaches.


To view additional eligibility criteria, research focus, timeline, for more information about the YSP and to apply, please visit the FCD Website and download the YSP Guidelines. 

Please send all questions about the application including technical questions about the online system to ysp@fcd-us.org.  There will be an Applicant Web Conference about the application process for the Young Scholars Program on May 3, 2016 at 3pm ET. During this web conference, FCD staff will explain the Letter of Intent(LOI) application process and answer questions from potential applicants. To attend the web conference, please register here.

Please address any question about the web conference to fcd-ysp@equalmeasure.org

NSF RFP: Supplement Funding Opportunity for HBCUs

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are a vital asset to the Nation. Through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the National Science Foundation (NSF) is initiating a pilot program in FY 2016 to strengthen the research capacity at HBCUs. There are 100 accredited HBCUs in the United States, ranging from small regional liberal arts colleges to large research-active universities with comprehensive graduate programs. They include community colleges, four-year institutions, and graduate degree-granting institutions, both private and public. HBCUs comprise about 2.2 percent of all institutions of higher education.

A recent report by the Subcommittee on Advancing Historically Black Colleges and Universities1 of the Advisory Committee of NSF’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) concluded that there are currently three categories of HBCUs in relation to NSF activity: those that have been successful in obtaining funding from the Research and Related Activities (R&RA) directorates, as well as the EHR directorate; those that are in transition to more research-active status, but currently receive the bulk of their funding from EHR, especially the Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP); and those that rarely, if at all, apply for NSF funding. Building on NSF’s existing investments in HBCUs in research, innovation, education and research facilities, through this DCL, NSF strongly encourages faculty at HBCUs to submit proposals aligned with core research programs in the R&RA directorates.

NSF invites proposers from HBCUs to submit supplemental funding requests to HBCU-UP and other awards that would increase research capacity of faculty and postdoctoral fellows in NSF-supported areas of research. Activities may include, but are not limited to: new directions or appropriate extensions of disciplinary-based research activities; salary support for faculty and postdoctoral fellows; equipment and research supplies; and establishment of research collaborations with national laboratories, NSF-funded centers, industry, or research-intensive institutions. Supplemental requests to HBCU-UP Implementation Projects and Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Implementation projects or other awards should express a vision for how this project will strengthen research capacity that can be sustained at the institution and describe which mechanisms will be put in place to assist faculty in becoming more productive researchers in areas supported by NSF.

Additionally, NSF also invites HBCUs to submit EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals to the HBCU-UP program to explore new directions or appropriate extensions of disciplinary-based research activities.

Proposers are invited to use the following mechanisms of support:

  • HBCUs may immediately submit a request for supplemental funding for research to any existing Implementation Project, ACE Implementation Project, Targeted Infusion Project or Research Initiation Award made by the HBCU-UP program or any existing HBCU-Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (HBCU-RISE) award with an end date beyond FY 2016. Begin the first sentence of the supplemental funding request with: HBCU Supplement.
  • HBCUs may immediately submit a request for supplemental funding to any other existing award that focuses on increasing research capacity of faculty, such as an ADVANCE, Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professorate, Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology, or other research award. Begin the first sentence of the supplement request with: HBCU Supplement.
  • Researchers from HBCUs may also immediately submit EAGER proposals to the HBCU-UP program. Prefix the title with “HBCU: EAGER”.

Additional information about requesting supplemental support is contained in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) Part II: Award and Administration Guide (AAG), Chapter I.E.4 available at: https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=aag.

EAGER proposals must conform to the guidelines for preparation of such a proposals (including the requirement to discuss the proposal with a program officer prior to submission) as specified in the PAPPG Part I: Grant Proposal Guide, Chapter II.D.2 of the above listed document.

This DCL is expected to be in effect through July 1, 2016. All supplements and EAGERs should be submitted by July 1, 2016.

Proposers are further encouraged to consider the following NSF programs, which have deadlines and other guidance in the links provided:

Questions should be addressed to:


Driving Innovation Together: 2016 Grant Opportunities

Office of Innovation & Improvement

2016 Grants for Innovation

The Office of Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education is running several grant competitions, and we hope you will consider applying.

This week, we launched the seventh and final Investing in Innovation (i3) Development competition for grants up to $3 million/each. This year, we are seeking applications that focus on:

  • Creating new approaches to helping educators implement rigorous standards and assessments;
  • Improving school climates, and developing alternatives to exclusionary school discipline;
  • Fostering racially and socioeconomically diverse schools that close opportunity gaps for underserved students;
  • Partnering with schools in rural areas; and
  • Supporting students’ non-cognitive skills [important work, and we’re not in love with the terminology either!].

Our i3 Development grant partners are discovering better ways of serving students, and we hope you will share your own innovative ideas for teaching and learning through this competition. And please stay tuned for the start of the 2016 i3 Validation and Scale-up competitions that will empower educators with evidence-based tools and strategies for their schools.

Building on last year’s efforts, our team is awarding $160 million to states this year to create and expand new high quality charter schools. Across the nation, our partners in the Charter Schools Program are transforming students’ academic trajectories, and preparing more students to achieve their dreams in college and beyond. We are particularly excited that last year we were able to support the expansion of promising charter management organizations (CMOs) that are early in their growth, and we are eager to continue to do so again this year.

We are also running a $91 million competition for the Magnet Schools Assistance Programs to support theme-based schools that welcome a racially and socioeconomically diverse group of students, and that help ensure that every student has the opportunity to excel academically.

In the weeks ahead, we’ll launch the rest of our grant competitions for the year, which will help create new Promise Neighborhoods in areas of concentrated poverty, teacher preparation programs, and district-level educator support systems.

These competitions are an important tool for helping more students and schools grow and excel, but ultimately, they depend on your great ideas to drive meaningful change. That’s why we’re asking you to consider applying or reaching out to another education leader that should apply.

To learn more about our competitions, check out http://innovation.ed.gov/ or get in touch with us on Twitter at @ED_OII.