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CLA Grant & Fellowship Support Newsletter
Spring 2012   

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.

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WSU Office of Grant & Research Development

Informer Online


News & Highlights

The CLA Grant & Fellowship Support Team
Who we are and what we do

The College of Liberal Arts initiated a Grant & Fellowship Support Team to assist faculty in securing extramural funding and fellowships. The GFS Team helps guide faculty through the "grant maze" in searching for funding opportunities, preparing competitive proposals, drafting contracts and certified budgets, and communicating with agency representatives. GFS is dedicated to supporting the arts and humanities, as well as the social sciences, by bridging the gap between outside funding sources and the faculty we serve. Please visit our website or contact the GFS Team to schedule an appointment.


COS Becomes Pivot

The Community of Science funding search engine, commonly referred to as COS, has recently changed its name to Pivot. With this change, the site has improved its platform and offers some additional features not previously offered by the system's predecessor. Your subscription and information will be transferred over to COS Pivot so you can sign in with the same information and transfer any searches you have created.

The COS we are familiar with will be available until June 2012, and then it will solely be available as Pivot.

To access the Pivot site, please visit This "Introducing Pivot" YouTube briefly describes what Pivot can do. If you are interested in attending an upcoming training seminar on Pivot, please email the GFS Team.

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NEH Summer Stipends

NEH Summer Stipends provide $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing, in support of individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support full-time continuous work on a humanities project for a period of two months. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development.

WSU is allowed to nominate two faculty members to the official submission. Thus, WSU must hold an internal competition. The deadline for the internal competition is July 16, 2012. More information can be located on the OGRD website or by contacting the GFS Team.

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Recent Awards

Peter Boag (history) has received a Fulbright Fellowship to further his project entitled "Gender and Sexuality in American and Western American Studies." Through this fellowship, Boag has been named the German Distinguished Chair in American Studies for the 2012–13 academic year. Such an achievement comes with a $72,000 award and international recognition. Boag will propose a "curriculum based on the history of the American West, the frontier of American culture, and the history of sexuality. Each of these is vital to American studies in the U.S. and Germany."

Peter Boag


Faith Lutze (criminal justice and criminology) was awarded $15,644 from the Washington State Department of Corrections to jointly fund a graduate research assistant, as part of an interagency agreement between the DOC and WSU. This research assistant will manage, organize, and prepare data as needed to support research projects and to respond to grant solicitations as they evolve.

Faith Lutze

Skagit County awarded Faith Lutze and Jacqueline van Wormer (criminal justice and criminology) $13,500 for their project "Skagit County DUI Enhancement Court Grant: Proposed Evaluation Design." With this funding, Van Wormer and Lutze will "analyze the Skagit County DUI enhancement court process and . . . determine effectiveness of the program."

Jacqueline van Wormer
Van Wormer

Marsha Quinlan (anthropology) was awarded a $40,000 grant from the Northwest Indian College for her project "Accessibility and Acceptability of Lummi Local, Native, and Traditional Foods." With WSU serving as a subcontractor to NWIC as part of a USDA grant, this funding will allow Quinlan to further the "intervention of a social-ecological model to implement healthy food behaviors on several levels with at least 20 Lummi Indian households" to better improve healthy food behaviors and decrease risk for type 2 diabetes.

Marsha Quinlan

Matthew Sutton (history) is the recipient of a Fulbright U.S. scholar grant in the amount of $83,000. He will hold the Mary Ball Washington Professorship of American History at University College Dublin for 2012–2013. Sutton's project, entitled "Modern American Religion, Culture, and Politics: American Evangelicals and the Global Politics of Apocalypse," will explore issues of faith, politics, and violence with students and other scholars.

Matthew Sutton

Keys to Success: Writing a Proposal that ROCS!

Last year, our faculty set CLA records for most grant submissions and largest total requested dollars. This surge in productivity produced the second highest extramural funding levels we have ever had in a given year. Last year's success was part of a five-year trend of increasing submissions and successes. Another trend of note is that these increases are coming from all areas of CLA, not just the social sciences. We are seeing more grant and fellowship activity in the arts and humanities despite the severe limitations in funding opportunities in these areas.


If you take a look at successful proposals across different areas of scholarship, some factors common to strong proposals are evident. The best grant writers, regardless of discipline, know how to write a proposal that ROCS! That is, the best proposals incorporate four key elements: (1) Relationship to the agency's goals, (2) Originality of the project, (3) Continuity with prior work, and (4) Sustainability after the funding has ended. These four elements are present in the best proposals, regardless of whether the topic is a laboratory test of a scientific hypothesis or an exhibition that engages the public.

Great proposals make a case from the beginning that there is a strong relationship between a funder's agenda and the goals of the work being proposed. What is the connection between my experiments and the questions that the agency wants answered? How will my community project fulfill the aims of the foundation that will fund it? Addressing these kinds of questions is the lead story in the best proposals. One means of insuring that you have a strong relationship to the funder's goals is to talk to the relevant program officer at the funding agency. Establishing a personal connection to the funder and getting feedback on your approach before you submit a formal proposal is often a great way to insure the relevance of your ideas to the funder.


Once the reviewers of a grant proposal have established that the ideas are relevant to the funder, the next thing they want to see is that your idea has originality. If the issue or problem that the funder wants addressed was a simple one, they probably would not be seeking proposals from lots of clever people. As a proposal writer, you have to make a compelling case that the project is novel and promises to break new ground so that your idea rises above the other proposals that are also relevant to the funder's goal.

Grant reviewers are looking for originality, but they also want to see that the proposal has continuity with prior work. Continuity is important because it demonstrates that your new idea is building on a strong foundation for success. Remember that funders are not just betting on your ideas—they are betting on you! You will be judged a better person to invest in if you show how your new ideas have grown out of your prior work and, if relevant, the work of others in the field.

Finally, the best proposals make the case that the grant-funded activity will produce sustainable products. No funder is interested in fleeting success. In scientific research, sustainability means that the proposed experiments are likely to lead to new published research ideas that lay the groundwork for applications that solve problems. In a proposal to initiate a new program or intervention, sustainability means that the program will continue even after the grant money runs out. Likewise, funders in the arts look for evidence that the work will be exhibited and preserved in ways that insure it can have lasting impact.


The four elements of a proposal that ROCS are present in nearly every successful grant application, but the exact form they take will depend on the circumstances. If you would like assistance in building a strong proposal around these elements for a specific submission, please contact the CLA Grant and Fellowship Support Team.

Funding Focus: National Science Foundation (NSF)

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.

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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 $25,780,770 in awarded funds over the past five years.

Resources for Faculty Applying to NSF

     •  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.

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.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter - Supporting the Social Sciences in Research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a "Dear Colleague" letter 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.

Which Directorate Is Right for Me?

NSF has the following program areas:

Crosscutting and NSF-wide: Supports research that cuts across organizational and programmatic boundaries.

Biological Sciences: Understanding of the principles and mechanisms governing life.

Computer & Information Science & Engineering: Exploring the frontiers of computing.

Cyberinfrastructure: Supports the acquisition, development, and provision of cyberinfrastructure resources, tools, and services.

Education and Human Resources: Achieves excellence in U.S. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at all levels and in all settings.

Engineering: Promotes the progress of engineering in the United States in order to enable the nation's capacity to perform.

Environmental Research & Education: Supports environmental research, education, and scientific assessment.

Geosciences: Supports research in the atmospheric, earth, and ocean sciences.

Integrative Activities: Develops, oversees, and leads cross-cutting activities, working across organizational boundaries and developing partnerships to promote the NSF mission.

International Science & Engineering: Serves as a focal point for international science and engineering activities both inside and outside NSF.

Mathematical & Physical Sciences: Makes discoveries about the universe and the laws that govern it; creates new knowledge, materials, and instruments that promote progress across science and engineering.

Polar Programs: Supports basic research and its operational support in the Arctic and the Antarctic.

Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences: Supports research that builds fundamental knowledge of human behavior, interaction, and social and economic systems, organizations, and institutions.

For Undergraduate Students: Provides funding for undergraduate students or identifies programs that focus on educational developments for this group such as curricula development, training, or retention.

For Graduate Students: Provides either direct (i.e., from NSF) or indirect (i.e., from an awardee institution) funding for graduate students or identifies programs that focus on educational developments for this group such as curricula development, training, or retention.

For Postdoctoral Fellows: Funding for postdoctoral students or identifies programs that focus on educational developments for this group such as curricula development, training, or retention.

Upcoming Deadlines

Grant Opportunities

Grand Challenges Explorations
Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative

Preservation and Access Research and Development
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

NEA Grants for Arts FY2013 - NEA GAP: Art Works & Challenge America Fast-Track
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
$10,000 – $100,000

Behavioral Interventions to Address Multiple Chronic Health Conditions in Primary Care (R01) - PA-12-024
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

All Roads Seed Grants
National Geographic Society
$1,000 – $10,000

Autism Spectrum Disorders
United States Department of Education

Law & Social Sciences (LSS) - NSF 12-507
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Summer Stipends - 20110929-FT
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Cultural Anthropology Program - PD 98-1390
National Science Foundation (NSF)
$5,000 – $450,000

Fellowship Opportunities

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

USA Fellowship Program
Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships, Inc.

Victim Assistance and Compensation Professional Development Fellowship Program - OVC-2011-3040
United States Department of Justice (DOJ)

Fulbright - South & Central Asia
Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)

Graduate Student Scholarships & Fellowships

Fall Internships
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); Department of Education

Wells Fargo American Indian Scholarship - Undergraduate and Graduate
American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)

Drug Abuse Dissertation Research: Epidemiology, Prevention, Treatment, Services, and/or Women and Sex/Gender Differences (R36)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SBE DDRIG) - NSF 11-547
National Science Foundation (NSF)

CLA Grant & Fellowship Support Team
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