Funding

National Endowment for the Humanities – Emergency Flood Assistance

 

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has created a fund of $1M to provide disaster recovery assistance to libraries, museums, colleges, universities, and other cultural and historical institutions in the Midwest affected by the recent flooding.

 

As an affected institution, University of Iowa units may apply immediately for emergency grants of up to $20,000 to salvage, protect, and treat historical collections damaged by the flooding. Such collections may include manuscripts, historical records, art and artifacts, recorded sound, film and videotape, rare books, photographs, and other materials of cultural or historical significance.

 

Emergency grants may cover expenses for hiring preservation professionals to assess damage to collections and advise on treatment; removal of collections to climate-controlled storage; freeze-drying of wet, paper-based materials; purchase of fans, de‑humidifiers, and salvage supplies; conservation treatment of collection materials; and similar preservation efforts.  More information is available at: http://www.neh.gov/Flood_Assistance.html

 

Deadline

Applications will be reviewed by NEH staff with recommendations being made to the Chairman as requests are received.   The University may submit multiple applications from divisions or departments with distinctly different collections and emergency needs.  The application is a 2-3 page letter addressed to the Chairman of the Endowment, Bruce Cole.

 

UI applicants are asked to first send a preliminary draft of their letters to Ann Ricketts via email at ann-ricketts@uiowa.edu.  As needed, the Office of the Vice President for Research may help coordinate requests and provide any necessary institutional information about flood recovery.  Your preliminary letter should include the following components:

 

·       the nature and extent of the emergency brought on by the disaster;

·       your plan of action to address your institution’s (unit’s) immediate recovery needs; and

·      a budget itemizing the funds you are requesting (up to $20,000) to cover costs you expect to incur in your recovery effort.

 

 

  Rapid Assessment Post-Impact of Disaster (R21)  

·      This FOA will utilize the Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism and runs in parallel with a FOA of identical scientific scope that solicits applications under the NIH Small Research (R03) grant mechanism (PAR-06-252).

·      Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact NIMH Program Staff before submitting a RAPID application to determine whether the proposed work meets the guidelines of this program, whether requested RAPID funding is likely to be available, and whether the idea should be considered for initial submission as a fully developed application.   

·      Awards issued under this FOA are contingent upon the availability of funds and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

·      The total amount awarded and the number of awards will depend upon the quality, duration, costs, as well as the number of applications received.

·      Budget and Project Period: The total project period for an application submitted in response to this funding opportunity may not exceed two years. Direct costs are limited to $275,000 over an R21 two-year period, with no more than $200,000 in direct costs allowed in any single year.

·      Eligible organizations: For-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, public or private institutions, such as universities, colleges, hospitals, and laboratories, units of State government, units of local government, eligible agencies of the Federal government, non-domestic institutions, domestic Institutions, faith-based or community-based organizations, units of State Tribal government, and units of Local Tribal government.

·      Eligible Project Directors/Principal Investigators (PD/PIs): Any individual with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research is invited to work with their institution to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH programs.

·      Applicants may submit more than one application, provided they are scientifically distinct.

·      See Section IV.1  for application materials. The application instructions for this FOA are located at the following links:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/SF424_RR_Guide_General_Ver2.doc (MS Word) and http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/SF424_RR_Guide_General_Ver2.pdf (PDF).

·      For general information on SF424 (R&R) Application and Electronic Submission, see the following Web sites:

o   SF424 (R&R) Application and Electronic Submission Information: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm

o   General information on Electronic Submission of Grant Applications: http://era.nih.gov/ElectronicReceipt/

·      Telecommunications for the hearing impaired is available at: TTY 301-451-0088.

·      Note special submission procedures.

·      The initial merit review group is convened by the NIMH Division of Extramural Activities.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (http://www.nimh.nih.gov)

 

Rapid Assessment Post-Impact of Disaster (R03) 

     The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to provide a rapid funding mechanism for research on the post-impact of disasters, in order to permit access to a disaster area in the immediate aftermath of the event.

·      This funding opportunity will utilize the R03 mechanism, and runs in parallel with a FOA of identical scientific scope that solicits applications under the Exploratory/Developmental Grant Mechanism (R21) (PAR-06-253).

·      Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact NIMH Program Staff before submitting a RAPID application to determine whether the proposed work meets the guidelines of this program, whether requested RAPID funding is likely to be available, and whether the idea should be considered for initial submission as a fully developed application.

·      The RAPID grants described in this funding opportunity announcement are designed to provide a limited sum of money for early assessment to investigators who intend to follow up with a full research application, using the preliminary data from this initial effort as a basis for their larger application. The R03 is not renewable.

·      The total amount awarded and the number of awards will depend upon the quality, duration, costs, as well as the number of applications received. Funding decisions will reflect the needs, priorities and mission of the funding IC.

·      Budget and Project Period: Budgets for direct costs of up to $50,000 per year and a project duration of up to two years may be requested for a maximum of $100,000 direct costs over a two-year project period.

·      Eligible organizations: For-profit organizations; non-profit organizations; public or private institutions, such as universities, colleges, hospitals, and laboratories; units of State government; units of local government; eligible institutions of the Federal government; domestic institutions; foreign institutions; faith-based or community-based organizations; units of State Tribal government; and units of Local Tribal government.

·      Eligible Project Director/Principal Investigators (PD/PIs): Individuals with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research are invited to work with their institution to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH programs.

·      Applicants may submit more than one application, provided they are scientifically distinct.

·      See Section IV.1 for application materials. For general information on SF424 (R&R) Application and Electronic Submission, see the following Web sites:

 

o    SF424 (R&R) Application and Electronic Submission Information: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm

o    General information on Electronic Submission of Grant Applications: http://era.nih.gov/ElectronicReceipt/

 

·      Telecommunications for the hearing impaired is available at: TTY 301-451-0088.

·      Note special submission procedures.

·      The initial merit review group is convened by the NIMH Division of Extramural Activities

NSF Small Grants for Exploratory Research (SGER) Proposals 

Proposals for small-scale, exploratory, high-risk research in the fields of science, engineering and education normally supported by NSF may be submitted to individual programs. Such research is characterized as:

 

·         preliminary work on untested and novel ideas;

·         ventures into emerging and potentially transformative research ideas;

·         application of new expertise or new approaches to “established” research topics;

·         having a severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to data, facilities or specialized equipment, including quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events; or

·         efforts of similar character likely to catalyze rapid and innovative advances.

 

Investigators are strongly encouraged to contact the NSF program(s) most germane to the proposal topic before submitting an SGER proposal. This will facilitate determining whether the proposed work meets the guidelines described above and availability and appropriateness for SGER funding, or whether the work is more appropriate for submission as a fully reviewed proposal. The project description must be brief (no more than two to five pages) and include clear statements as to why the proposed research should be considered particularly exploratory and high risk, the nature and significance of its potential impact on the field, and why an SGER grant would be a suitable means of supporting the work.

 

Brief biographical information is required for the PI and co-PI(s) only, and must list no more than five significant publications or other research products. The box for “Small Grant for Exploratory Research” must be checked on the proposal Cover Sheet.

 

These proposals will be subject to internal NSF merit review only. Renewed funding of SGER awards may be requested only through submission of a non-SGER proposal that will be subject to full merit review. The maximum SGER award amount will not exceed $200,000. Although the maximum award amount is $200,000, the award amount usually will be substantially less than a given program’s average award amount. The project’s duration will normally be one year, but may be up to two years.

 

At the discretion of the Program Officer, and with the concurrence of the Division Director, a small fraction of especially promising SGER awards may be extended for a period of six additional months and supplemented with up to $50,000 in additional funding. The SGER award extensions will be possible for awards of two-year initial duration as well as for those of shorter initial duration. Requests for extensions must be submitted one to two months before the expiration date of the initial award. A project report and outline of proposed research, not to exceed five pages, must be included.

 

Report flood, storm and tornado damage of cultural, historical and art properties, assets

 

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is urging Iowans to report recent flood, storm and tornado damage of cultural, historical and art properties and assets to a special email account and through a series of upcoming conference calls.

 

DCA is requesting reports about cultural, historical and art properties and assets that include – but are not limited to – art galleries, art museums, performance art centers, artist’s studios, historic buildings, cemeteries, archaeological sites, artifacts, museum collections and archives.

 

“We are receiving scattered reports already, but we are urging Iowans to contact us through the special email account and on the conference calls so we can develop a comprehensive report of the damage our cultural, historical and art properties and assets have suffered,” said Cyndi Pederson, director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. “This information will be critical in determining the financial assistance Iowans will need to recover and rebuild.”

 

Iowans can report damage to a special email account at CulturalResources.Flooding@iowa.gov (please note the “.” between “Resources” and “Flooding”). In the subject line, please identify the community and the cultural resource impacted by the flooding. Replies will not be issued from this email account.

 

Iowans can also report damage during a series of conference calls at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19; 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 24; and 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26. Iowans should call toll-free at 866-685-1580; the conference code is 5152816320#.

 

Iowans can also visit www.culturalaffairs.org for technical assistance, disaster response and financial resource information. The information is directed primarily to cultural, historical and art organizations and historic property owners, but can also be applied to most dwellings and collections. Examples of information include:

 

·         treating flood-damaged homes and properties

·         working with contractors and architects

·         salvaging water-damaged collections

·         links to nearly two dozen organizations that offer a wide variety of technical assistance

 

The Web site also offers directions for applying for emergency Historic Resource Development Program grants.

 

“Water and loss of humidity and temperature control can cause enormous damage to historical documents, artifacts, historic buildings, archaeological sites, cemeteries, government records and art collections,” Pederson said. “A single flood can erase substantial portions of a community’s unique recorded history, and water distorts paper and causes ink and other media to run or even disappear. Wet records, artifacts and art pieces can grow mold within 48 hours, so even a small water disaster requires a prompt response.”

 

FEMA  Pre-disaster Mitigation Grants Program

http://www.fema.gov/government/grant/pdm/index.shtm

 

Grants & Assistance for States; Disaster-Specific Programs found at:

http://www.fema.gov/government/grant/government.shtm#0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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