New Funding Opportunity at The National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation announced a new funding opportunity for HBCUs: The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP).

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) is committed to enhancing the quality of undergraduate STEM education and research at HBCUs as a means to broaden participation in the nation’s STEM workforce. To this end, HBCU-UP provides awards to develop, implement, and study evidence-based innovative models and approaches for improving the preparation and success of HBCU undergraduate students so that they may pursue STEM graduate programs and/or careers. Support is available for Targeted Infusion Projects, Broadening Participation Research Projects, Research Initiation Awards, Implementation Projects, Achieving Competitive Excellence Implementation Projects, and Broadening Participation Research Centers; as well as other funding opportunities.

The HBCU-UP solicitation can be found at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16538/nsf16538.pdf

For information regarding applying for NSF grants, please review the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide found here: https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=papp

SBIR Conference: Leading HBCUs to R&D Contract Opportunities!!

The AAMU-RISE Foundation will host  a STTR/SBIR Conference

Small Business Technology Transfer/Small Business Innovation Research 

Is your institution prepared for the paradigm shift? Funding for research and development is moving away from grants. Instead, it is becoming essential for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as well as all Minority Serving Institutions, to start competing for government and private industry contracts. This conference is also ideal for scientists and small businesses.

The AAMU-RISE Foundation and the AAMU Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, & Economic Development are hosting this conference to bring together experts from government agencies, leading R&D companies, and academic institutions. They will be sharing their expertise, thus enabling HBCUs and MSIs to partner with the government and its contractors as they develop and commercialize innovative technologies.

Please find the conference registration link:

 AAMU-RISE Foundation SBIR/STTR Conference

Marketing & Communications Internship with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF)

Established in 2013, the CBCF Marketing and Communications Internship program is a year-long paid internship for current or recent college graduates interested in careers in communications. The internship will provide hands-on experience and exposure to marketing, graphic design, public and media relations activities.

More information is available here:

https://cbcfinc.academicworks.com/opportunities/419

DOJ/OVW’s Campus Program Solicitation has been released!

Grant to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and

Stalking on Campus program (Campus Program)

About the Program:

This program is authorized by 42 U.S.C. §14045b. Congress created the Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program (hereinafter referred to as the Campus Program) in recognition of the unique issues and challenges that colleges and universities face in preventing and responding to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

The Campus Program encourages a comprehensive coordinated community approach that enhances victim safety, provides services for victims and supports efforts to hold offenders accountable. The funding supports activities that develop and strengthen trauma informed victim services and strategies to prevent, investigate, respond to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Developing campus-wide coordinated responses involving campus victim service providers, law enforcement/campus safety officers, health providers, housing officials, administrators, student leaders, faith-based leaders, representatives from student organizations, and disciplinary board members is critical. To be effective, campus responses must also link to local off-campus criminal justice agencies and service providers, including local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors’ offices, courts, and nonprofit, nongovernmental victim advocacy and victim services organizations. Campuses are encouraged to create or revitalize large-scale efforts that treat sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as serious offenses by adopting effective, culturally relevant policies and protocols, developing victim services and advocacy programs, and implementing effective prevention approaches. Colleges and universities should demonstrate to every student that these crimes will not be tolerated, that perpetrators will face serious consequences, and that holistic services are available for victims.

For the full solicitation:  https://www.justice.gov/ovw/page/file/923431/download

Important things to Know:

  • Eligible applicants are limited to institutions of higher education as defined under the Higher Education Amendments of 1998 Institutions of Higher Education
  • Applications are due on February 23, 2017
  • Notification: OVW anticipates notifying all applicants of funding decisions by October 1, 2017.

Graduate Student Fellowship Opportunities with the Social Security Administration

2017 Summer Fellowships in Disability Policy Research

The 2017 summer fellowship program is an opportunity for graduate students in the social sciences and related disciplines to learn about the current state of disability policy, pressing policy issues surrounding the employment of individuals with disabilities, and how to conduct high-quality research in these areas.  Specifically, this fellowship opportunity is for students in Master’s programs or early in doctoral programs (pre-dissertation phase) to spend the summer of 2017 at Mathematica Policy Research’s Washington, DC office to learn more about conducting an independent research project related to disability policy.  This opportunity is funded under a cooperative agreement between Mathematica Policy Research and the Social Security Administration, via its Disability Research Consortium.

·       Summer Fellows will receive a stipend of $6,500 over the fellowship period.

·       The submission deadline is February 10, 2017

 2017 Dissertation Fellowships in Disability Policy Research

The dissertation fellowship program provides financial support to outstanding doctoral students from diverse fields conducting high-quality research in areas of significance to disability policy.  Mathematica Policy Research is pleased to offer up to four such fellowships in 2017.  This fellowship is for students conducting doctoral dissertation research on topics related to disability policy, and in contrast with the summer fellows program, dissertation fellows will remain at their home institution.  This opportunity is funded by a cooperative agreement between Mathematica and the Social Security Administration, through its Disability Research Consortium.

·       Each selected dissertation fellow will receive a stipend totaling $28,000.

·       The submission deadline is February 17, 2017.

This information can also be found at http://www.disabilitypolicyresearch.org/disability-research-consortium/fellowships.

 

 

Graduate Student Grant Participation Opportunities with the Social Security Administration

Sandell Grant Program

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College sponsors the annual Steven H. Sandell Grant Program for scholars in the field of retirement income and policy research. The program is funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration to provide opportunities for junior scholars or senior scholars in a new area from all academic disciplines to pursue cutting-edge projects on retirement income issues.

·       Up to five grants of $45,000 will be awarded for one-year projects.

·       Proposal guidelines are at http://crr.bc.edu/about-us/grant-programs/steven-h-sandell-grant-program-2/.  

·       The submission deadline is January 31, 2017.

Dissertation Fellowship Program

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College sponsors the annual Dissertation Fellowship Program in the field of retirement income and policy research. The program is funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration to provide funding opportunities for doctoral candidates from all academic disciplines to pursue cutting-edge research on retirement income issues.

·       Up to five fellowships of $28,000 will be awarded.

·       Proposal guidelines are at http://crr.bc.edu/about-us/grant-programs/dissertation-fellowship-program-2/.

·       The submission deadline is January 31, 2017.

Research Projects on Determinants of Life Expectancy by Income and Geography, and Implications for Social Security Policy

The National Bureau for Economic Research (NBER), seeks applications for research projects that deepen our understanding of the mechanisms explaining geographic variation in the relationship between income and life expectancy in the United States, by using recently released statistics from the Health Inequality Project. In this call, with funding support from the Social Security Administration through the NBER Retirement Research Center, we encourage proposals that leverage the newly released data to better understand the reasons for the strong relationship between income and life expectancy, its geographic variability, and its implications for interventions and policy.

·       Faculty or faculty-student teams may request a total of up to $25,000. Graduate students may request a total of up to $12,500.

·       Proposal guidelines and details are at http://www.nber.org/programs/ag/funding.html.

·       The submission deadline is February 1, 2017.

 

 

DOJ Grant Announcements for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Related Resources!!

Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program

FY 2017 Competitive Grant Announcement

Applications Due: February 16, 2017

Overview

Link – https://www.bja.gov/funding/BWCPIP17.pdf

Law enforcement agencies across the country and worldwide are using body-worn cameras (BWC) as a promising tool to improve law enforcement interactions with the public. BWCs can provide a visual and audio record of interactions. Some preliminary evidence indicates that the presence of BWCs helps strengthen accountability and transparency, and can assist in de- escalating conflicts, resulting in more constructive encounters between the police and members of the community. This competitive solicitation is for law enforcement agencies seeking to establish or enhance BWC Policy and Implementation Programs (PIP). Successful applicants will be responsible for a mandatory 50 percent in-kind or cash match.

The FY 2017 BWC PIP will support the implementation of body-worn camera programs in law enforcement agencies across the country. The intent of the program is to help agencies develop, implement, and evaluate a BWC program as one tool in a law enforcement agency’s comprehensive problem-solving approach to enhance officer interactions with the public and build community trust.

Successful applicants will develop and implement policies and practices required for effective program adoption, and will address program factors including the purchase, deployment, and maintenance of camera systems and equipment; data storage and access; and privacy considerations. BJA expects the BWC programs to make a positive impact on the quality of policing in these jurisdictions and to inform national efforts to improve the use of BWCs more broadly. While BWC equipment may be purchased under this program, successful applicants must demonstrate a commitment and adherence to a strong BWC policy framework, including comprehensive policy adoption and requisite training.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are limited to public agencies of state government, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior); or any department, agency, or instrumentality of the foregoing that performs criminal justice functions (including combinations of the preceding, one of which is designated as the primary applicant).

BJA welcomes applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (“subgrantees”). The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program. Under this solicitation, only one application by any particular applicant entity will be considered. An entity may, however, be proposed as a subrecipient (“subgrantee”) in more than one application.

BJA may elect to fund applications submitted under this FY 2017 solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on, among other considerations, the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations.

If clarification as to an entity’s eligibility is needed, applicants are encouraged to contact BJA to confirm their eligibility before developing a full application. BJA will consider supporting documentation relevant to a determination of eligibility.

Deadline

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59p.m. eastern time on February 16, 2017.

 

Technology Innovation for Public Safety (TIPS)

Addressing Precipitous Increases in Crime

FY 2017 Competitive Grant Announcement

Applications Due: February 7, 2017

 

Overview

Link – https://www.bja.gov/funding/TIPS17.pdf

While many jurisdictions are making significant progress implementing justice information sharing solutions to address critical gaps in coordinating crime prevention across organizations and jurisdictions, there remains significant challenges inhibiting the ability of the criminal justice system to respond to threats to public safety, especially when it comes to addressing significant increases in crime(s). For this solicitation, justice information-sharing technology refers to any technology (hardware and/or software, hosted residentially or remotely) that plays a role in the collection, storage, sharing, and analysis of criminal justice data. Funding under this program is

provided to assist state, local, territorial, and tribal jurisdictions in enhancing their justice information-sharing capacity through the use of innovative technological solutions in order to allow them to more effectively address disproportional and precipitous increases in crime(s).

This is not an equipment purchasing solicitation. Applications limited to equipment purchases will be ineligible and eliminated from funding consideration.

Eligibility

Under this solicitation BJA is looking for innovative technology implementation and applicant projects that specifically address precipitous increases in crime(s) on a local, county, or regional basis. Eligible applicants are public agencies of state governments, units

of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), or government agencies acting as fiscal agents for one of the previously listed eligible applicants.

BJA welcomes applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed subrecipients (“subgrantees”). The applicant must be the entity that would have primary

responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire project. A subrecipient can represent nonprofit or for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit or for-profit organizations), faith-based and community organizations, or

institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education) that support initiatives to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system as well as the same type of agency as the primary applicant. It is important to note that for-profit organizations (as well as other recipients) must agree to forgo any profit or management fee and this must be stated in the application. Applications establishing these types of partnerships will receive priority consideration.

The application should also clearly identify the lead applicant and the subrecipient(s). The lead applicant must be the entity with primary responsibility for administering the funding and managing the entire project. Under this solicitation, only one application by any particular

applicant entity will be considered. An entity may, however, be proposed as a subrecipient (“subgrantee”) in more than one application.

To be eligible for funding under this solicitation applicants must propose solutions that will be deployed to jurisdictions that are currently experiencing precipitous or extraordinary increases in crime, in accordance with 42 U.S.C. § 3756(b)(1) to assist them in addressing these increases. To assist with the application process and verify the applicant’s eligibility, a required maximum two-page document is required to be submitted with the application specifically identifying the increased crime(s) to be addressed and showing statistical data proving the increases over a two-year period.

BJA may elect to fund applications submitted under this FY 2017 solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on, among other considerations, the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations.

Deadline

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on February 7, 2017.

 

Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program

FY 2017 Competitive Grant Announcement

Applications Due: February 2, 2017

 

Overview

Link – https://www.bja.gov/funding/BCJI17.pdf

Healthy, vibrant communities are places that provide the opportunities, resources, and environment that children and adults need to maximize their life outcomes, including high-quality schools and cradle-to-career educational programs; high-quality and affordable housing; thriving commercial establishments; access to quality health care and health services; art and cultural amenities; parks and other recreational spaces; and the safety to take advantage of these opportunities. Unfortunately, millions of Americans live in distressed communities where a combination of crime, poverty, unemployment, poor health, struggling schools, inadequate housing, and disinvestment keeps many residents from reaching their full potential. Further, research suggests that crime clustered in small areas, or crime “hot spots,” accounts for a disproportionate amount of crime and disorder in many communities. Research also reinforces that in some communities there are also a significant percentage of residents who are under criminal supervision or returning from correctional facilities, creating opportunities for community-based, proactive approaches for these residents that can prevent recidivism. The complexity of these issues has led to the emergence of comprehensive place-based and community-oriented initiatives that involve criminal justice and service providers from multiple sectors, as well as community representatives from all types of organizations, working together

to reduce and prevent crime and to revitalize communities. This kind of longer term, community driven approach is critical in communities where historic lack of resources and assistance can erode the confidence of residents in the ability of governments to solve these community challenges.

In many ways, community safety and crime prevention are prerequisites to the transformation of distressed communities, including the revitalization of civic engagement. Addressing community safety is the role of criminal justice agencies, the community, and its partners as a whole. To improve and revitalize communities, all relevant stakeholders should be included: law enforcement and criminal justice (such as prosecutors, defense, pretrial, corrections and reentry agencies), education, housing, city attorneys, health and human services, community and faith based nonprofits, local volunteers, residents, and businesses. Policymakers and their advisors are also critical partners in supporting these efforts to enhance relationships with residents to more effectively address local crime issues.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are limited to states, institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), units of local government, nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations), and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as

determined by the Secretary of the Interior) as fiscal agent.

Category 1: Implementation Grant (NOTE: eligibility limited to previous BCJI Planning grantees)

Category 2: Planning and Implementation Grant (open to any eligible applicant)

For this solicitation, community is defined broadly as a geographic area that has social meaning to residents. In urban areas, the term community may be used interchangeably with neighborhood to describe a specific geographic area that is delineated by major streets or

physical topography. In urban areas, a community is typically less than two miles wide, while in rural and tribal areas it is often larger and part of an entire county.

The BCJI application requires a consortium of criminal justice, community, and/or human service partners (hereinafter referred to as “cross-sector partnership”) to plan and implement a targeted strategy addressing crime in a specific community. The cross-sector partnership must designate one eligible entity to serve as the fiscal agent. The fiscal agent must ensure that the cross-sector partnership is committed to and can successfully oversee key enforcement, prevention, intervention, and community engagement strategies and access and analyze key data (crime and other) with regular input from the research and law enforcement agency partners.

Jurisdictions are strongly encouraged to coordinate with and seek the support of their local U.S. Attorney and local policymakers and to connect with their other violent crime and community revitalization efforts.

Deadline

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on February 2, 2017.

 

NSF Update – HBCU involvement in INCLUDES

Please find below information about the involvement of ten HBCUs in five of the 37 recently-announced NSF INCLUDES awards. INCLUDES is: Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science, a new initiative that aims to improve access to STEM education and career pathways at the national scale, making them more widely inclusive to underserved populations. Over the next decade, NSF will expand the program, with the goal of developing a science and engineering workforce that better reflects the diversity of U.S. society. (Press release: https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?org=NSF&cntn_id=189706&preview=false)

 

Capacity Building Grants for U.S. Undergraduate Study Abroad!

Study abroad is a transformative experience that provides young Americans with the skills and knowledge they need to contribute to a global society, solve global challenges, and compete in a global economy; however some U.S. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) lack the capacity to offer this opportunity to undergraduate students.

Here is an opportunity for HBCUs “study abroad.”  http://partners.net/capacity-building-grants

 

Webinar with the Federal Bureau of Investigation!!

Save the Date!

Tuesday, August 16th from 10AM-12PM EST

Join WebEx meeting

Join the webinar by clicking here: White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities/FBI Safety Webinar

To join the conference call by phone, dial (415) 655-0003

Meeting number (access code): 641 800 929   

Meeting password:  bD4JujDH

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 resources available to them throughout the federal government.

On Tuesday, August 16, 2016 the initiative will co-host a webinar with the FBl’s Office of Partner Engagement (OPE) and DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs. OPE builds bridges, creates new partnerships, and strengthens and supports relationships with state, local, tribal, and campus law enforcement. OPE serves as the FBl’s primary liaison for the law enforcement community, representing the perspectives of chiefs, sheriffs, and law enforcement associations within the FBI. The OPE also manages outreach programs, including FBI support to state and local Fusion Centers, along with the Countering Violent Extremism, Active Shooter, and Police Executive Fellowship programs. The office implements national-level initiatives and strategies which support engagement, communication, coordination, and cooperation efforts with law enforcement, intelligence, and public agencies and partners in a continuous effort to enhance the FBl’s capabilities.

The FBI plays a critical role in enforcing campus safety, public safety and providing other resources to HBCUs and Minority Serving Institutions. This webinar will highlight the FBl’s resources and support they provide for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Attendees will gain an understanding of how their work, needs and research match available FBI opportunities.

Date: August 16, 2016 Time: 1OAM-12PM EST