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Access the Current Issue of Research Development and Grant Writing News

The May 2015 Issue is now available.

Some of the topics this month include:

  • NORDP (National Organization for Research Development Professionals) 2015 Conference Report
  • NIGMS Pilots New Funding Model
  • Agency Wide Insights from the NSF Cyber Learning Webinar
  • Generic vs. Specific Characteristics of Proposals
  • The Myth that Agencies Fund Good Ideas
  • Agency News, Reports, Roadmaps, etc.
  • New Funding Opportunities (OSU login required)

Access Research Development and Grant Writing News

The current issue (January 2015) is now available, see (OSU login required).  d

Some of the topics include:

  • Counseling PIs on Broader Impacts
  • Writing Successful Grants in the Humanities
  • Two New NSF Funding Mechanisms
  • Strategies for Preparing for a Site Visit
  • Agency Research News
  • New Funding Opportunities, and much more.

Institute for Population Research 2015 Seed Grant Announcement

Deadline for applications:   Friday, January 30, 2015, 5:00 p.m.

IPR offers seed grants to nurture research projects consistent with IPR’s mission to promote population science research.  IPR favors multi-disciplinary collaboration.  We especially encourage applications from junior faculty, and from faculty new to population and health research.


Funding for this seed grant program is drawn primarily from our NICHD P2C award.  See below for the scientific mission of the NICHD Population Dynamics Branch [PDB].  Priority is given to research which falls within one or more of IPR’s four thematic areas:  (i) Fertility and Reproductive Health;  (ii) Union Formation/Dissolution;  (iii) Health and Development through the Life Course;  (iv) Migration.  If you are unsure if your research fits, you are welcome to discuss with IPR Director John Casterline.  See: for examples of past IPR seed grants.


The goal of this program is to seed projects which have the potential to compete successfully for external awards — NIH, NSF or other agencies that fund research encompassed by the NICHD/IPR mission.  Hence it is expected that seed grants will lead to the submission of a grant proposal.  It is also expected that IPR will receive a portion of the indirects (e.g. 10%-20%) when an external award is secured.


The structure of seed grant projects, and the activities which they fund, can take many forms.  We are deliberately flexible, within the boundaries set by the above criteria.  In general, seed grant projects fall into one of two classes:

  1. Small and focused.  One class is the “traditional” IPR seed grant.  Typically these projects will have 1-2 investigators, twelve months’ in duration (with an option for no-cost extension), and a budget of $15,000 – $30,000.  R01, R21, and R03 applications to NIH are common outcomes
  2. Large multi-investigator project.  This class of IPR seed grant is new in this Call for Proposals. These projects should involve 3+ investigators; maximum duration is twenty-four months, and maximum budget is $75,000.  The expected outcome is a program project submission to NIH (P01), or multiple NIH R01 applications, or the equivalent.  IPR has established this new mechanism because we appreciate the challenge of organizing the scientific team and preparing the preliminary evidence and infrastructure required to compete successfully for external funding for large projects.  We give priority to multi-disciplinary teams of scholars who propose projects with innovative scientific aims and/or research designs, projects which will contribute to building IPR as a research center, and projects which effectively take advantage of other emerging strengths and investments at Ohio State, in particular the Discovery Theme initiatives.


Application Format and Deadlines

Applications must comply with IPR application format.  Please contact Jill Morris [] for templates.


Allowable expenses under IPR seed grants include:  investigator salary (academic year or summer); GRA stipend and tuition; research materials, data acquisition; preliminary analysis (including software development); pilot fieldwork and instrument development; meetings with visitors and shared support for multidisciplinary teams of researchers (including travel expenses); consultation with collaborators and experts outside OSU.


Formats for the two types of applications (#1 and #2 above) are as follows:

  1. Small projects. The application consists of text describing the proposed work (maximum three pages, plus one page for references), a cover page, budget page and short vitae.
  2. Large projects.  The application consists of text describing the proposed work (maximum six pages, plus one page for references), a cover page, budget page and short vitae for each investigator.  The text should first discuss the scientific themes which tie together the separate sub-projects, followed by sections describing each sub-project.  Additional sections should discuss:

(a)   How the proposed project will contribute to the development of IPR as an interdisciplinary population and health research center.  It is expected, for example, that project infrastructure will be based in IPR, to the extent appropriate and feasible.  You are encouraged to discuss in advance with IPR Director Casterline the resources IPR currently offers to support research projects as well as emerging plans for expanding IPR capabilities (e.g. in data and computing services).

(b)  How the proposed project will take advantage of other existing and emerging initiatives and resources at Ohio State.

Applications must be received by Friday, January 30, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

Submit to Jill Morris [].  Review will be completed by March 13, and earliest start-date will be May 15, 2015.




NICHD Population Dynamics Branch [PDB] scientific mission:


PDB supports research in demography, reproductive health, and population health:

  • In demography, the Branch supports research on the scientific study of human populations, including fertility, mortality and morbidity, migration, population distribution, nuptiality, family demography, population growth and decline, and the causes and consequences of demographic change.
  • In reproductive health, the Branch supports behavioral and social science research on sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, family planning, and infertility.
  • In population health, the Branch supports data collection and research on human health, productivity, behavior, and development at the population level, using such methods as inferential statistics, natural experiments, policy experiments, statistical modeling, and gene/environment interaction studies.

Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Grants

AHEC faculty community engagement grant

To encourage community engagement work targeting underserved populations, the OSU Area Health Education Center is offering up to four grants of $5,000 for proposals from Health Sciences, Social Work, and FAES/Extension faculty. Funding preference will be for faculty-lead projects that involve trainees in addressing important community health-related needs. The project period is Feb. 15, 2015-June 30, 2016. Applications are due Jan. 15.
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Access the November/December 2014 Research Development and grant Writing News

The November/December 2014 Issue is now available, see (OSU login required).

Some of the topics include:

  • Planning for Funding Success
  • Planning to Write as a Team
  • NSF SBE Funding Update
  • NSF’s New GRIP Program? An Integrative Model
  • STEM Education Data?
  • Funding Agency News, Workshops, & Roadmaps

New Funding Opportunities

Oak Ridge Associated Universities – Event Sponsorship Programs – University Partnerships Office

Up to $4,000 can be requested to support events which involve participants from more than one ORAU institution. Two Calls for Proposals will be issued each year. Typical events might include visits to an ORAU institution by a renowned speaker, conferences or workshops with a focused theme, or a technology transfer/business plan competition.

The internal intent deadline for this nomination is January 13, 2015; view the complete details for this opportunity including  the applicant instruction.

David and Lucille Packard Foundation, Fellowships for Science and Engineering (David and Lucille Packard Foundation)

The intent of the Fellowship Program is to provide support for unusually creative researchers early in their careers; faculty members who are well established and well funded are less likely to receive the award. It is further the intent of the Foundation to emphasize support for innovative individual research that involves the Fellows, their students, and junior colleagues, rather than extensions or components of large-scale, ongoing research programs.

The internal intent deadline to be nominated for this program is  January 12, 2015.

View the complete description of this program and how to apply.

The Big Read (National Endowment for the Arts)

The Big Read is designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read provides organizations with grants and comprehensive resources that support their efforts to inspire their community to read and discuss a single book or the work of a poet. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest.

The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, panel discussions, lectures, art exhibits, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, and other events and activities related to the community’s chosen book or poet.

Successful Big Read programming should facilitate and encourage reading and discussion of the selected book or poet. In addition, through effective partnerships, organizations should supplement book-based programming with creative and engaging community activities. Proposed Big Read programming should reach a wide variety of audiences with diversity in age, cultural background, educational level, and occupation.

Sponsor deadline is January 28, 2015.

View the internal candidate requirements.

Grants (Conservation, Food and Health Foundation)

The foundation’s primary purpose is to assist in the conservation of natural resources, the production and distribution of food, and the improvement and promotion of health in the developing world. Through grants to support research and through targeted grants to help solve specific problems, the foundation helps build capacity within developing countries in its three areas of interest:

1. Conservation
2. Food
3. Health

The foundation supports projects that demonstrate strong local leadership, promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences, develop the capacity of local organizations, and address a particular problem in the field. It prefers to support projects addressing under-funded issues and geographic areas.

The foundation’s geographic focus is the developing world. It prefers to support organizations located in developing countries or to developed country organizations whose activities are of direct and immediate benefit to developing countries.

This program requires an internal nomination; only one application per institution is permitted.  Learn more about the internal candidate requirements.

Integrative health and wellness pilot grants and research awards

The Center for Integrative Health and Wellness will award three pilot grants and two research awards in Fall 2014. OSU faculty and students at all levels of training are welcome to apply. Project topics must be focused on improving the evidence base regarding integrative health and wellness. Applications are available from Jennifer Long and are due by Sunday (8/31).
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