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CLA Grant & Fellowship Support Newsletter
 October 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

Fellowship Post-Submission Support

Have you submitted a fellowship application but forgot to submit an eREX? If so, please contact the GFS team so that an eREX and certified budget can be created for this previously-submitted application. By submitting such materials, you will ensure an account is easily established upon award and your unit receives proper research credit. Oftentimes, special arrangements can be made to ensure you have sufficient salary and benefits during your fellowship, with limited taxation. Review the CLA Fellowship Policy to see if your fellowship may qualify.


Upcoming Deadline: Berry Family Fellowships

Deadline - November 1
Up to $25,000 will be awarded through one or more fellowships to support initiatives that promise to significantly enhance the innovative work of world-class CLA faculty in ways that advance the three primary themes of college priority. The three areas are:
      I. Cultural Understanding & Enhancing
         International & Intercultural Relations
     II. Just and Sustainable Societies, Policies,
         & Practices
    III. Social, Cultural, & Psychological Impacts on
         Human Health

More information about the Berry Fellowships »


Mark Your Calendar – Write Winning Grants Seminar on January 31, 2012

Dr. Stephen Russell will be at WSU once again to discuss principles and fundamentals of good proposal writing, together with tips and strategies specific to many federal agencies. More information »


Cross-Directorate Research at Federal Agencies

The National Institute of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) have released "Dear Colleague" letters communicating the need for collaborative research, emphasizing the importance of social scientists in science and engineering disciplines.

NSF's Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) directorate "seeks to enable the discoveries needed to inform actions that lead to environmental, energy, and societal sustainability." NSF will provide support for postdoctoral researchers and early career scientists at the interfaces between social sciences and other science and engineering disciplines.
Check out the SEES web page for guidance on future funding opportunities.

NIH logo


Dr. Francis Collins, director of NIH, has stated, "Synergy across a variety of research disciplines will fuel high-quality basic behavioral and social science research, a vital component of the NIH research portfolio. Basic behavioral and social science research contributes to our understanding of the complex factors that affect individuals, our communities, and our environments." NIH has illustrated an interest in funding proposals that strive to understand and overcome the barriers to sustainable human well-being. NIH has launched a Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet). OppNet is a trans-NIH initiative to expand the agency's funding of basic behavioral and social sciences research (b-BSSR). Through this, NIH studies mechanisms and processes that influence behavior at the individual, group, community, and population level. Research results lead to new approaches for reducing risky behaviors and improving the adoption of healthy practices. Learn more about OppNet »

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Recent Awards

Kimberly Christen (critical culture, gender, & race studies) was awarded a $484,772 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). In her project entitled "Mukurtu: An Indigenous Archive and Content Management Tool," Christen will continue the development, testing, and dissemination of Mukurtu, a digital archive and content management tool aimed at the specific needs of indigenous libraries, museums, archives, and communities globally. For more information about Mukurtu, please visit

Photo: Kim Christen

Mary Collins (Museum of Anthropology) was awarded $15,000 from the Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection to create a long-term repository for curated artifacts received at land ports of entry. Through this award, the Museum of Anthropology will house, manage, stabilize, preserve, and provide access to archaeological material and associated records generated from construction activities at Boundary, Washington. This award will be established in an interest-bearing account, where DHS has provided a one-time fee for the curation of archaeological collections.

Photo: Mary Collins

The team of John Hinson (psychology), Paul Whitney (psychology), and Hans Van Dongen (Sleep & Performance Research Center) were awarded $155,035 from the National Institutes of Health. Their project, "Information throughput in risky decision making underlying self-regulation," will study behavioral self-regulation related to cold cognition. Risky decision making can depend on non-affective, deliberative processes (cold cognition), affective, automatic processes (hot cognition), or the interaction of these processes. The proposed research will examine when cold cognitive information is available and when it is properly used in risky decision making tasks.

Photo: John Hinson
Photo: Paul Whitney
Photo: Hans Van Dongen
Van Dongen  

In his project entitled "The Behavior of Contamination and Methods for Extraction and Capture of Low Copy Number and Degraded DNA," Brian Kemp (anthropology) was awarded $249,867 from the Department of Justice. The project responds to the need to develop and evaluate methods that increase the yield and purity of genetic material extracted from degraded sources. Kemp's goal is to identify methods in recovering the authentication of DNA profiles from low copy number (LCN) and degraded samples.

Photo: Brian Kemp

Funding Focus: Foundations

WSU receives funding from an array of extramural sources each year. Of these leading sources of grant support are private foundations. Foundations are legal entities set up by an individual, a family, or a group of individuals for a purpose such as philanthropy.

The application process for a foundation can be quite different in comparison to a federal grant opportunity. Many foundations will require you to submit a letter of intent (LOI), or "white paper," prior to a full application. The foundation will review this LOI and then possibly extend the investigator an open invitation to apply. Use this LOI as an opportunity to establish your credibility as a researcher, without providing too many details about your project that are beyond the interest of the individuals likely to read it.


It is helpful to make contact with the foundation's representative prior to submitting a proposal in order to discuss your project's objectives, design, and funding needs and ensure your proposal is a good fit with the foundation's mission statement. Discovering the foundation's funding priorities will significantly increase the chances of your application being funded.

Thousands of foundations exist today. Here is a summary of a few foundations holding interest in the social sciences and humanities:

Gates Foundation logo
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: The largest private foundation, aiming to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty globally, while also expanding educational opportunities and access to information technology within the U.S. The Gates Foundation has three overarching areas for grant support:

    1. Global Development Program - Funds projects aiming to Increase opportunities for people in
        developing countries to overcome hunger and poverty.
    2. Global Health Program - Harnesses advances in science and technology to save lives in poor countries.
    3. United States Program - Provides funding to programs ensuring greater opportunity for all Americans
        through the attainment of secondary and postsecondary education with genuine economic value.

To find out more about the Gates Foundation, visit

MacArthur Foundation logo
The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation: Serving as one of the largest private foundations in the world, this foundation provides support to more than 60 countries with grants and low-interest loans. The topics of interest for the MacArthur Foundation include international peace and security, conservation and sustainable development, population and reproductive health, human rights, international migration, community development, affordable housing, digital media and learning, juvenile justice, and public interest media, including public radio and independent documentary film.

For more information about the MacArthur Foundation, please visit
Mellon Foundation logo
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: Dedicated to building, strengthening, and sustaining institutions and their core capacities, rather than being a source for narrowly defined projects. Mellon strives to develop thoughtful, long-term collaborations with grant recipients and invest sufficient funds for an extended period to accomplish the purpose at hand and achieve meaningful results. The Mellon Foundation currently makes grants in five core program areas:

    1. Higher Education and Scholarship
    2. Scholarly Communications and Information Technology
    3. Museums and Art Conservation
    4. Performing Arts
    5. Conservation and the Environment

To learn more about the Mellon Foundation, visit
Rockefeller Foundation logo
The Rockefeller Foundation: Supports work that expands opportunity and strengthens resilience to social, economic, health, and environmental challenges. The foundation operates within the U.S. and around the world. Rockefeller believes in Smart Globalization, a world in which globalization's benefits are more widely shared and social, economic, health, and environmental challenges are more easily weathered.

Seeking and shaping innovative solutions at the intersections of these five challenges, the Rockefeller Foundation maintains a portfolio of interconnected initiatives. Each initiative addresses two, three, or more of the focus areas, often in overlapping geographic regions. Each commits to specific, measurable goals within projected time frames. Rockefeller's five interconnected initiatives include:

    1. Basic Survival Safeguards
    2. Global Health
    3. Climate & Environment
    4. Urbanization
    5. Social & Economic Security

For more information about the Rockefeller Foundation's funding opportunities, or to download a funding inquiry form, visit

Upcoming Deadlines

Grant Opportunities

Digital Humanities Implementation Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities
Maximum Award: $325,000
Deadline: January 24, 2012

Research Grants for Scholars
Getty Foundation
Maximum Award: $65,000
Deadline: November 1, 2011

Autism Pilot Award
Autism Research Program (ARP); U.S. Department of Defense
Maximum Award: $100,000
Deadline: November 9, 2011

Basic/Applied Psychological Health Award
U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC)
Maximum Award: $4,000,000
Deadline: December 30, 2011

Fellowship Opportunities

Berry Family Faculty Excellence Fellows
WSU College of Liberal Arts
Maximum Award: $25,000
Deadline: November 1, 2011

Long-Term Fellowships
Folger Shakespeare Foundation
Maximum Award: $50,000
Deadline: November 1, 2011

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships
National Research Council
Maximum Award: $40,000
Deadline: November 17, 2011

Graduate Student Scholarships & Fellowships

SMART Scholarships
Department of Defense
Maximum Award: $41,800
Deadline: December 1, 2011

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship
Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA)
Maximum Award: $60,000
Deadline: November 15, 2011

Anthropology Internship Program
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Maximum Award: Varies
Deadline: December 1, 2011

CLA Grant & Fellowship Support Team
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