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CLA Grant & Fellowship Support Newsletter
 March 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 strategies
» 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.

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News & Highlights

Now Available: CLA Spring 2011 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 the scholarly and creative efforts of faculty.

The deadline for both grant programs is Friday, April 1, 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.

National Science Foundation: Where Discoveries Begin

NSF Dear Colleague Letter

NSF has recently announced its focus of 2011 funding on "research that will help broaden participation in science." Three separate NSF directorates lead this initiative to "employ the cognitive, behavioral, social, and economic sciences to inform approaches to broadening participation and . . . strengthen our national science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) capabilities and competitive advantage."

NSF realizes the important role the social sciences play within scientific research. The ultimate goal is to "provide policy makers with the evidence needed for informed decisions." The SBE division websites provide information about the standing programs:

     • Social & Economic Sciences
     • Behavioral & Cognitive Sciences

View the NSF Dear Colleague Letter »

Recent Award Recipients


In collaboration with the University of Idaho, Sabine Davis (foreign languages and cultures) received an award of $900 from the French American Cultural Exchange Council (FACE) for her French Film Festival. U of I and WSU will jointly host the French Film Festival, providing an "interesting and varied view of the diversity of contemporary French society."

Photo: Sabine Davis

Michelle Forsyth (fine arts) received a 2010 Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) award from the Artist Trust to pay for a studio assistant in the creation of two large-scale works. Forsyth has recently been invited to create two floor-based installations for two separate exhibitions. These installations will be made from thousands of hand-cut pieces of watercolored paper and beads, mounted to the ends of pins and set into flexible rubber floor panels.

Photo: Michelle Forsyth


Colin Grier (anthropology) was awarded $188,065 from the NSF Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) for his project entitled "Long Term Economic Change and the Development of Complexity in the Cost Salish Region of the Northwest Coast of North America." This project will investigate long-term economic change in the southern Gulf Islands of coastal British Columbia, Canada, contributing new data that will establish how economic change in the region over the last 5,000 years articulated with the emergence of social complexity.

Photo: Colin Grier

The Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education awarded Christopher Lupke (foreign languages and cultures) $100,000 for his "Pacific Rim Languages and Cultures Across the Curriculum" project. The Asia Program at WSU will be enhanced by making "Pacific Rim languages an intellectual magnet that draws the attention of large numbers of undergraduate students."

Photo: Christopher Lupke

Courtney Meehan (anthropology) received an NSF Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) CAREER Grant for her project entitled "Cooperative Child Rearing and Health among Central African Foragers and Farmers." The $148,483 grant will be used to investigate "cooperative childrearing in two culturally and ethnically distinct populations, the Aka foragers and the Ngandu farmers of the Central African Republic."

Photo: Courtney Meehan

Nickolus Meisel (fine arts) received a $1,500 GAP award to purchase equipment and pay artist fees for his current project, "A Sound Investigation," as well as create future opportunities for collaborations. Sound Investigation is the addition of sound-based elements in the display of his installations. The obvious next step in his process is to collaborate directly with musicians/noise makers and or via collecting the sounds himself.

Photo: Nickolus Meisel

A $63,003 grant was awarded to Jennifer Schwartz (sociology) from the NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) for her project "Public Policy and Policy Enforcement Effects on Changes in Female and Male Drunk Driving." The study aims to "understand for whom and under what conditions policies are more and less effective" in preventing traffic fatalities from drunk driving.

Photo: Jennifer Schwartz

Matthew Sutton (history) was awarded a $50,400 NEH Fellowship for his "American Evangelicals and the Politics of Apocalypse" project spanning the 2011–2012 academic year. The project "analyzes the rise and evolution of American evangelicalism in the twentieth century."

Photo: Matthew Sutton

For his project entitled "Role of Dynorphin/Kappa-Opioid Systems in Alcohol Dependence," Brendan Walker (psychology) will be awarded $1.654 million over the next five years from the NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The goal of the project is to "understand the neuroadaptations in dynorphin systems that occur in response to chronic alcohol exposure and contribute to attenuated motivational and affective states."

Photo: Brendan Walker

Funding Focus: National Endowment for the Arts

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.

To date, NEA has provided WSU with $475,300 in grant funding. Available funding opportunities can be found at

NEA Funding Opportunities of Interest

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Learning and Leadership Grants
Amount: $2,000 – $5,000
Deadline: Applications are reviewed three times per year: October 15, February 1, and June 1
About: Grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes:
(1) Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research.
(2) Grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.

NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship
Amount: $25,000
Deadline: October 7, 2011
About: The National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship is the highest honor that the nation bestows upon a jazz musician. For the NEA Jazz Masters, the selection criteria are artistic excellence and significance of the nominees' contributions to the development and performance of jazz.

Student Achievement Grants
Amount: $5,000
Deadline: Applications are reviewed three times per year: October 15, February 1, and June 1
About: Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, software, or scholars-in-residence. Although some funds may be used to support the professional development necessary to implement the project, the majority of grant funds must be spent on materials or educational experiences for students.

* Please note that many NEA funding opportunities limit the number of applications from the University. Please consult Esther Pratt for more information regarding limited opportunities.

New NEA Guidelines

Application guidelines for Grants for Arts Projects and Our Town are now available on the NEA's website. To view the guidelines, go to, select the field or discipline most relevant to your project, and choose Grants for Arts Projects or Our Town from the list of funding opportunities.

Grants for Arts Projects

Organizations may apply under the following categories:

Art Works: 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 these areas, innovative projects are strongly encouraged. An organization may request a grant amount from $10,000 to $100,000. (Two application deadlines: March 10 and August 11, 2011)

Challenge America Fast-Track: To support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Grants are for $10,000. (Application deadline: May 26, 2011)

Our Town

Organizations may apply for creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core. An organization may request a grant amount from $25,000 to $250,000. (Statement of Interest deadline: March 1, 2011)

Upcoming Webinars

The NEA recently conducted a series of webinars on the new guidelines. We're grouping the webinars by discipline/field so that appropriate staff will be available to answer your questions. Links to the grant webinars can be found at:

     Grants for Arts Projects Guidelines Presentation
     Our Town Guidelines Presentation

For questions about the guidelines or your application, see Agency Contacts for the NEA staff that is most appropriate for your project.

The National Endowment for the Arts

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Natural Resource Conservation Endowment Fund
Agency: WSU
Amount: $1,200
Deadline: 04/05/2011
About: The purpose is to provide seed money for supporting research/projects related to (but not limited to): energy, small-scale agricultural concepts, community education, wildlife conservation and/or recovery, related psychological and sociological studies, domestic and international studies, and other projects related to conservation of renewable and non-renewable resources, including biotic and abiotic ecological components. Interdisciplinary and collaborative proposals in such areas as education, psychology, sociology, environmental engineering, sciences, agriculture, and veterinary sciences are encouraged. Applicants must be currently enrolled graduate students in good standing with the Graduate School.

Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan
Agency: NEH/Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC)
Amount: $50,400
Deadline: 05/03/2011
About: 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.

AAAS - Visiting Scholars Program
Agency: American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Amount: $40,000 – $60,000
Deadline: 10/15/2011
About: The purpose of the Visiting Scholars Program is to support the work of younger public policy analysts, humanists, and social scientists who show promise of becoming leaders in their field, especially those who work on multidisciplinary topics. The program offers opportunities for them to carry out their individual research as well as to collaborate with Academy Fellows on shared scholarly or policy-related interests.

Investigator-Initiated Research Grant
Agency: William T. Grant Foundation
Amount: $100,000 – $600,000
Deadline: 04/06/2011
About: The foundation supports high-quality research that addresses its current research interests enhancing our understanding of how youth settings work, how they affect youth development, and how they can be improved; and when, how, and under what conditions research evidence is used in policy and practice that affect youth, and how its use can be improved.

Family and Interpersonal Relationships in an Aging Context (R01)
Agency: NIH (NIA)
Amount: See link
Deadline: 06/05/2011 and 10/05/2011
About: The National Institute on Aging invites researchers to submit innovative R01 research grant applications on aging and the family. The objective of this research program is to expand understanding of the role of families and interpersonal relationships in the health and well-being of older people. This will be accomplished through increasing scientific knowledge on the effects of family and interpersonal relationships on behavioral and social processes of relevance to aging, and on how these processes change over the life course and across cohorts.

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