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CLA Grant & Fellowship Support Newsletter
 April 2011   

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 - WSU Rural Mental Health & Substance Abuse Research Seed Grants

The immediate objective of the RMHSAT program is to develop, modify, and implement evidence-based treatments (EBTs) for substance abuse and mental illness for use in rural areas of Washington state.

The program will fund up to two highly rated proposals up to a maximum of $25,000. Proposals must be submitted by May 1, 2011.
More information »

Now Available: OGRD YouTube Channel

OGRD has created a YouTube channel with helpful tips and information in preparing proposal materials, eREX forms, proposal and award processing, and locating funding opportunities. The channel also provides trouble-shooting resources. To find out more, go to

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Guidance on Submission of RAPID Proposals to ENG, CISE, and OISE on the 2011 Earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand

Website »

Summary: CISE, ENG, and OISE will provide a number of small awards (average $50,000) for timely studies that require perishable field data from the above site. Subjects may include:
   • Tsunami generation: run-up and impact on the natural
      and built environments.
   • Geotechnical systems performance: site characterization &
      documentation of liquefaction, lateral spreading, landslides,
      soil/structure interaction…
   • Structural and nonstructural systems performance: buildings,
      bridges, industrial units, techniques for rapid assessment of
      buildings, sensor based tracking.
   • Critical infrastructure/lifeline systems performance: water
      & food supply, housing, wastewater, power, banking, healthcare…
   • Emergency preparedness, response and relief: sensor-based
      technology, imagery, robots, organizational process, warnings…

Recent Award Recipients


David Pietz (history) was awarded a $60,500 fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Study School of Historical Studies. Pietz will spend the 2011–2012 academic year sustaining the writing of his project entitled "Engineering a State of Nature: Hydraulic Transformations of the Yellow River Valley, 1949–99." The project is a "multidisciplinary inquiry into the historical development and consequences of water scarcity in China, and will fundamentally revise our understanding of China's environmental transitions."

More information about IAS funding opportunities can be found at

Photo: David Pietz

In her project entitled "Contemporary and Traditional Musics of Thailand," Keri McCarthy (music) was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Thailand. The fellowship allows McCarthy to "teach oboe lessons, reed making, and Literature Courses I–II, and a music history course on the development of the American musical language." Additionally, McCarthy will collaborate with "four internationally-recognized Bangkok composers in creating a new body of repertoire for oboe duo based on Thai musical traditions and western performance practices."

To locate current Fulbright Fellowships, please visit

Photo: Keri McCarthy


Andrew Duff (anthropology) was awarded $5,000 from the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management. The "Chaco Frontier Communities Project: Intensive Field Documentation of Archaeological Resources in Catron County, New Mexico" is part of a multi-year assistance agreement and will fund field work in west-central New Mexico that will be undertaken by WSU anthropology graduate students and a former anthropology undergraduate student.

For a listing of the Department of the Interior's grants, go to

Photo: Andrew Duff

The National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded $4,325 to William Lipe (anthropology) for his project called "Puebloan Cultural Landscapes of Central Cedar Mesa, Utah." The funds will support an anthropology graduate student's research on the preliminary characterization of the recently recognized Puebloan cultural landscape of central Cedar Mesa.

National Trust for Historic Preservation offers several types of financial assistance. Funding opportunities can be found at

Photo: Bill Lipe

Elizabeth Fussell (sociology) received a $29,433 subcontract from Princeton University, in collaboration on the National Institute of Health proposal entitled "Adversity and Resilience: Effects of Hurricane Katrina on Vulnerable Populations." This project will examine how a group of low-income parents from New Orleans—most of whom are single African American women—have coped with the effects of Hurricane Katrina.

Current NIH Response Grants to Natural Disasters and Other Emergencies can be found at

Photo: Elizabeth Fussell

Bryan Vila (criminal justice, WSU Spokane) was awarded $294,000 from the California Department of Justice for his project "PRÉCIS: Design for an Experimental Test of the Impact of Work-Related Fatigue on Police Officer Vehicle Collision Risk." The research will use "controlled laboratory experiments to assess the cumulative impact a police patrol officer's average work week has on the risk of his or her being involved in a traffic collision during routine vehicle operations—either on the job or during the drive home." Furthermore, this research will study the "interactions between fatigue and distraction load in emergency and non-emergency driving."

Information about DOJ grants and funding can be found at

Photo: Bryan Vila

Funding Focus: National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget of about $6.9 billion (FY 2010), NSF is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science, and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.

NSF is a major funding source for the social sciences, including political science, psychology, sociology, and economics. NSF is the top funding agency for the College of Liberal Arts, totaling $5,948,498 in awarded funds over the past five years.

Resources for Faculty Applying to NSF

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   • Contact the GFS team to set up an appointment discussing NSF prospects.
   • Visit the NSF website.
   • NSF timetable for proposal preparation and submission at WSU.
   • Dr. Stephen Russell's Write Winning Grants Seminar presented at WSU each fall.

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants (DDIG)

The National Science Foundation's Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES), National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) (formerly the Division of Science Resources Statistics [SRS]), and the SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA) award grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research. These grants provide funds for items not normally available through the student's university. Additionally, these grants allow doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus that would not otherwise be possible.

The following programs support dissertation research:

   • Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS)
   • Archaeology
   • Cultural Anthropology
   • Geography and Spatial Sciences
   • Linguistics
   • Physical Anthropology
   • Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES)
   • Decision, Risk & Management Science
   • Economics
   • Law & Social Science
   • Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics
   • Political Science
   • Science, Technology, and Society
   • Sociology
   • National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES)
   • Research on Science and Technology Surveys and Statistics
   • SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities
   • Science of Science and Innovation Policy

For a list of program officers, please visit the SBE Doctoral Dissertation Contact List.

Due dates vary across programs, with most occurring in the summer. Please consult the relevant program's website for more information.

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Collaboration for Implementation Science and Impact Evaluation (R01)
Deadline: July 07, 2011
Amount: $750,000
Summary: The NIH, in collaboration with the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, is soliciting applications for support for implementation science projects that will inform the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) as they develop more efficient and cost-effective methods to deliver HIV prevention, treatment, and care on a large scale.

Public Fellows
Agency: ACLS
Deadline: May 16, 2011
Amount: $50,000 - $78,000 + Benefits
Summary: The program will place eight recent Ph.D.'s in staff positions at partnering agencies in government and the nonprofit sector for two years, beginning in some cases as early as September 2011. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these agencies and receive professional mentoring.

Alcohol Research Resource Awards (R24)
Deadline: May 25, 2011, and September 25, 2011
Amount: See RFP
Summary: The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide general support of already established research resources that serve the alcohol research community. Under special circumstances, the mechanism may be used to support development of a new resource. It is anticipated that the request for resource support through the research resource grant (R24) mechanism will occur on an infrequent basis and only in circumstances where other mechanisms of support from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) are not appropriate.

Agency: NEH
Deadline: May 3, 2011
Amount: $50,400
Summary: Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, and other scholarly tools.

Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD)
Agency: American Sociological Association (ASA)
Deadline: June 16, 2011
Summary: The goal of this project is to nurture the development of scientific knowledge by funding small, groundbreaking research initiatives and other important scientific research activities such as conferences. FAD awards provide scholars with "seed money" for innovative research that has the potential for challenging the discipline, stimulating new lines of research, and creating new networks of scientific collaboration.

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