October 5, 2006
IMLS National Leadership Grants
Deadline: February 1, 2007
Grant Amount: $50,000–$1,000,000
Grant Period: Up to three years
National Leadership Grants enable libraries and museums to help people gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors, and resources that enhance their engagement in community, work, family, and society. Projects should enable libraries and museums to address current problems in creative ways, develop and test innovative solutions, and expand the boundaries within which cultural heritage institutions operate. The results of these projects will help equip tomorrow’s libraries and museums to better meet the needs of a Nation of Learners. Successful proposals will show evidence that they will have national impact and generate results—new tools, research, models, services, practices, or alliances—that can be widely adapted or replicated to extend the benefit of federal support. Proposals will reflect an understanding of current issues and needs, showing the potential for far-reaching impact throughout the museum and/or library community. Projects will provide creative solutions to issues of national importance and provide leadership for other organizations.
Advancing Learning Communities supports new opportunities for libraries and museums to engage with other organizations to meet the educational, economic, and social needs of learners of all ages. Projects will support learning throughout the lifetime, whether that learning takes place in communities, in schools, or in the workplace. A learning society requires a new vision, in which learning is seen as a community-wide responsibility, supported by both formal and informal educational entities. The Institute will support programs based on current research in cognitive science; learning and literacy partnerships among early, adult, and community learning providers; development of innovative learning technologies using library and museum content; and exploration of new ways to integrate digital and physical services and programs.
Building Digital Resources supports the creation, use, preservation, and presentation of significant digital resources, as well as the development of tools to manage digital assets. The Institute will support projects that preserve and enhance access to valuable library and museum resources; support the development of tools to help libraries and museums manage and share digital assets; address the challenges of preserving and archiving digital media; and enhance interoperability, integration, and seamless access to digital assets, particularly projects that are of statewide, regional, thematic, or national scope.
Research and Demonstration supports basic and applied research and demonstration projects to test potential solutions to problems in a real-world environment. The Institute will support research to improve the effectiveness of library and museum services and their impacts on users; enhance understanding of learning within and across different age groups; fulfill users’ needs and expectations; investigate or develop systems of knowledge organization, such as taxonomies and ontologies; enhance information discovery; investigate knowledge integration, data curation, or interoperability; create innovative methods of preservation of digital or analog library materials; integrate physical and digital experiences; and develop new methodologies, standards, or practices.
The Institute particularly encourages projects that meet community needs through innovative collaborations between museums and libraries and with other organizations as appropriate. Partnerships between libraries and museums are particularly encouraged under this program.
All types of libraries, except federal and for-profit libraries, may apply. Eligible libraries include public, school, academic, special, private (notfor- profit), archives, library agencies, library consortia, and library associations. Research libraries and archives that give the public access to services and materials suitable for scholarly research not otherwise available and that are not part of a university or college also are eligible. Digital libraries that make library materials publicly available and provide services including selection, organization, description, reference, and preservation under the supervision of at least one permanent professional staff librarian are eligible to apply. Institutions of higher education, including public and not-for-profit universities and colleges, also are eligible. An academic unit, such as a graduate school of library and information science, may apply as part of an institution of higher education. Library applicants may apply individually or as partners.
Museums that fulfill the Eligibility Criteria for Museums may apply. Private notfor- profit museum services organizations or associations that engage in activities designed to advance the well-being of museums and the museum profession also may apply. In addition, institutions of higher education, including public and not-for-profit universities, are eligible.
Applicants may prepare and submit multiple proposals in a given fiscal year. However, the same proposal may not be submitted under more than one category. Applying to one grant program does not preclude applying to another. See Program Guidelines for specific eligibility criteria.
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Partnership for a Nation of Learners Community Collaboration Grants
Deadline: March 1, 2007
Curently, details of the FY2007 Community Collaboration Grant program have not been finalized. Pending availability of funding, the next application deadline will be March 1, 2007. Check back for information and updates on this program.
The Partnership for a Nation of Learners is a leadership initiative of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, formed in 2004. It encourages libraries, museums and public broadcasters to work collaboratively to address local needs, increase civic engagement and improve the quality of life in communities across the country. The initiative includes a competitive grant program, professional development activities, and online resources, available at www.partnershipforlearners.org.
All types of libraries, except federal and forprofit libraries, may apply. Eligible libraries include public, school, academic, special, private (not-for-profit), archives, library agencies, library consortia, and library associations. In addition, research libraries and archives that give the public access to services and materials suitable for scholarly research not otherwise available and that are not part of a university or college are eligible. Digital libraries that make library materials publicly available and provide services including selection, organization, description, reference, and preservation under the supervision of at least one permanent professional staff librarian are eligible to apply. Institutions of higher education, including public and not-for-profit universities and colleges, also are eligible. An academic unit, such as a graduate school of library and information science, may apply as part of an institution of higher education. Library applicants may apply individually or as partners.
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Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
Deadline: December 15, 2006
Grant Amount: $50,000–$1,000,000
The program supports projects to develop faculty and library leaders, to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians, to conduct research, to attract high school and college students to consider careers in libraries, to build institutional capacity in graduate schools of library and information science, and to assist in the professional development of librarians and library staff. Categories of funding are as follows:
• Develop faculty to educate the next generation of library professionals. In particular, increase the number of students enrolled in doctoral programs that will prepare faculty to teach master’s students who will work in school, public, and academic libraries.
• Develop the next generation of library leaders. In particular, increase the number of students enrolled in doctoral programs that will prepare them to assume positions as library managers and administrators.
Master’s Level Programs
• Educate the next generation of librarians. In particular, increase the number of students enrolled in nationally accredited graduate library programs preparing for careers of service in libraries.
• Support the early career development of new faculty members who are likely to become leaders in library and information science by supporting innovative research by untenured, tenure-track faculty. See Program Guidelines for specific eligibility criteria. Proposed research should be in the investigator’s own field of inquiry and need not relate to library education or librarianship as a career. For more information on the early career development program, contact Stephanie Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org and see Special Conditions of Eligibility for Institutions of Higher Education in the program guidelines. See also Frequently Asked Questions About the IMLS Early Careers Development Program.
• Provide the library community with information needed to support successful recruitment and education of the next generation of librarians. In particular, through funded research, establish baseline data on professional demographics and job availability, and evaluate current programs in library education for their capacity to meet the identified needs.
• Conduct research and establish ongoing research capacity in the field of library and information science, particularly the evaluation of library and information services, assessment of the value and use of public libraries and their services by the public, and assessment of the public value and use of the Internet.
• Recruit future professionals in library and information science. In particular, attract promising junior high, high school of college students to consider careers in library and information science through statewide or regional pilot projects employing recruitment strategies that are cost-effective and measurable.
• Introduce high school or college students to potential careers in library and information science by employing them to assist with library disaster recovery or service operations in areas that have suffered major disasters. Participation of at least one library, as the applicant or as an official partner, in a location certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a major disaster area in 2005 or 2006, is required.
Programs to Build Institutional Capacity
• Develop or enhance curricula within graduate schools of library and information science. In particular:
• Develop or enhance courses or programs of study for library, museum, and archives professionals in the creation, management, preservation, presentation, and use of digital assets.
• Develop or enhance courses or programs of study related to the development of critical thinking skills, such as organization leadership and research methods.
• Broaden the library and information science curriculum by incorporating perspectives from other disciplines and fields of scholarship, such as public policy, ethics, American studies, urban planning, mass communication, and instructional design.
• Develop projects or programs in data curation as training programs for graduate students in library and information science. Data curation includes the authentication, archiving, management, preservation, retrieval and representation of high-quality digital data for use and re-use over time. No limitations on topic or data format are imposed. Successful proposals will involve collaborations with existing data repositories of sufficient scale and complexity to provide a rich testbed for education and investigation. Collaborations with repositories or programs within the same institution as the applicant are permitted. One or more awards may be made.
• Develop or enhance programs of continuing education and training in library and information science for librarians and library staff.
• Develop or enhance programs to enable librarians and library staff to improve services to audiences with special needs such as youth at risk, seniors, and those with language, physical or other barriers to service.
• Develop or enhance programs to promote collaboration between educators and librarians employed in educational institutions.
• Provide internships in conservation practice in libraries that have suffered disaster-related collections damage. Participation of at least one library, as the applicant or as an official partner, in a location certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a major disaster area in 2005 or 2006, is required.
All types of libraries, except federal and for profit libraries, may apply. Eligible libraries include public, school, academic, special, private (not-for-profit), archives, library agencies, library consortia, and library associations. In addition, research libraries that give the public access to services and materials suitable for scholarly research not otherwise available to the public and that are not part of a university or college are eligible. Institutions of higher education, including public and not-for-profit universities and colleges, also are eligible. Graduate schools of library and information science may apply as part of an institution of higher education. See Program Guidelines for specific eligibility criteria.
Special Conditions of Eligibility for Institutions of Higher Education
In addition to all eligible applicants listed above, institutions of higher education as noted under Categories 1, 2, 4, and 5 are eligible to apply with these special conditions:
• All graduate schools of library and information science offering programs of study at the doctoral level are eligible to apply for funding of doctoral-level scholarships and fellowships, either individually or in a partnership.
• Graduate schools of library and information science or school library media certification programs are eligible to apply for funds to educate students at the master’s level if they apply in a partnership that includes one or more eligible library entities. Any of the eligible applicants in the partnership may serve as the lead applicant.
• For early career development projects, see Frequently Asked Questions about the IMLS Early Career Development Program.
• For all other research projects, all eligible library entities may apply, either individually or in a partnership.
Programs to Build Institutional Capacity
• All graduate schools of library and information science are eligible to apply for funding to build institutional capacity, either individually or in a partnership.
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October 4, 2006
NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Deadlines: November 15, 2006
April 3, 2007
Maximum award: $30,000
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants is the first new program under the NEH’s new Digital Humanities Initiative. The name "Start-Up Grant" is deliberately evocative of the technology start-up--a company like an Apple Computer or a Google that took a brilliant idea and, with a small amount of seed money, was able to grow it into a new way of doing business. NEH's Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants will encourage scholars with bright new ideas and provide the funds to get their projects off the ground. Some projects will be practical, others completely blue sky. Some will fail while others will succeed wildly and develop into important projects. But all will incorporate new ways of studying the humanities.
The cross-divisional nature of the Start-Up Grants is a key. Applicants don't need to be concerned with determining exactly which NEH division or program is best suited for their projects. Their job is to be innovative and the NEH's job is to provide the funding they need to be successful. NEH staff will work with potential applicants in the pre-application stages to help them craft their submissions.
NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants are offered for the planning or initial stages of digital humanities initiatives in all areas of NEH concern: research, publication, preservation, access, teacher training, and dissemination in informal or formal educational settings. The maximum award is $30,000. Applications should describe the concept or problem that is being addressed, the plan of work, the experience of the project team as it relates to the plan, and the intended outcomes of both the grant and the larger project that the grant will initiate.
Application guidelines for this program are available at:
General information about the NEH’s Digital Humanities Initiative is available at:
Questions? Please contact: email@example.com
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Critical Initiatives in Research and Scholarship
Pre-proposal Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 5, 2006
The Vice Chancellor for Research Office is extremely pleased to release the Call for Pre-Proposals for the Critical Initiatives in Research and Scholarship (CIRS) Program, which
was established to stimulate continued innovation and outstandingscholarship at UIUC. The preceding Critical Research Initiatives (CRI) program has been expanded this year to help catalyze and engage all areas of the campus in pursuing large-scale problems of broad scope. To that end, we are pleased to announce a special call for pre-proposals that is described
below. In addition, the program staff has expanded the CIRS program information on the CIRS website to facilitate proposal preparation and the application process.
During the last eleven years, the CRI program has been an outstanding catalyst for discovery and has resulted in several high-profile programs for the campus. The CIRS program seeks to support innovation in research and scholarship by supporting interaction between and among disciplines that are not traditionally affiliated. The program provides support for broad multidisciplinary research themes that will position the campus to become a national or international leader in emerging areas of inquiry or scholarship. A key review criterion is that projects have the potential for transformative impact on the University. In addition, projects
should leverage existing campus strengths and distinguish UIUC from peer institutions.
* Stimulate creation of multidisciplinary programs or projects
* Expedite exploration of innovative ideas that will lead to new research paradigms
* Initiate bold new programs in the humanities, arts and social sciences
* Fund high risk projects that have the potential for significant rewards
CIRS is not intended to provide interim support to ongoing research or scholarly activities.
Special Call for Pre-proposals: The Behavioral and Social Dimensions of Major Societal Issues. As recognition that large scale societal issues, often global in their scope, have a profound impact not only upon individuals but also upon the larger societies, cultural milieus, and communities of which they are a part, a portion of this year's CIRS budget will be directed toward funding pre-proposals submitted under a special call addressing Behavioral and Social Dimensions of Major Societal Issues. Issues related to aging, poverty, family cohesion, personal relationships, ethnicity and inter-group relations, obesity, physical disabilities, substance abuse, mental health, the effects of new communications technologies and systems, and personal and community change associated with immigration or the impact of globalization on employment are but some of the complex, multi-dimensional challenges faced by modern societies that lend themselves well to goal-directed research carried out by teams involving social and behavioral scientists. Singly andtogether these and other major societal issues (e.g., escalating energy consumption, lack of access to technology by persons in rural or low income areas, environmental impact and change, increasing economic disparity, response to disasters) present opportunities to explore the interplay of individual, social, and cultural dimensions as critical aspects of these concerns and the interventions addressing them.
This special call is intended to stimulate increased collaboration among UIUC social and behavioral scientists across distinct, complementary areas of expertise as well as increasing their presence as integral to research teams that include faculty from other areas of campus addressing aspects of critical societal issues. Full and planning pre-proposals may be
submitted to The Behavioral and Social Dimensions of Major Societal Issues. In general, planning pre-proposals are well suited to fund projects where team building activities may occupy a significant portion of the project's first year or in situations where the team must conduct preliminary research or build connections with a population of interest before fully developing a proposed research program. Full pre-proposals are the appropriate mechanism for funding already established teams with one or two new members or projects where relationships with populations of interest already exist.
Please visit the CIRS website for information on how to apply:
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