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General Grant Information

Spencer Foundation

Areas of Inquiry- Small Grants

Deadline: November 18, 2014

Excerpt from RFP: "The Foundation's research grants are organized under four areas of inquiry that identify broad topics it believes have fundamental and abiding importance for educational improvement: 

1. The Relation Between Education and Social Opportunity: The Foundation seeks to shed light on the role education plays in reducing economic and social inequalities - as well as, sometimes, reinforcing them - and to find ways to more fully realize education's potential to promote more equal opportunity. 

2. Organizational Learning in Schools, School Systems, and Higher Education Systems: Sustained improvement in educational performance requires continuous learning within and among schools, education systems, and higher education institutions. The Foundation is interested in advancing understanding of ways to strengthen the capacity of schools and education systems as learning organizations. 

3. Teaching, Learning, and Instructional Resources: A key aim of research in this initiative is to support investigations of questions that are grounded directly in teaching practice as well as in research about important aspects of teaching and learning processes that hold promise for enriching opportunities to learn and for guiding informed policymaking. The Foundation is particularly interested in studies of teaching and teacher development. 

4. Purposes and Values of Education: One important aspect of such inquiry is the question of the relationship between public and political understandings of educational purposes and values, on the one hand, and educational policies and practices on the other. 

Analytical, historical and empirical work that probes effectively and creatively into these deeply challenging and permanently important issues can contribute mightily toward social decision-making that moves education along constructive paths.

The Foundation also welcomes proposals that do not fit one of the four areas listed through its Field-Initiated Proposal program. This program is for worthwhile research that does not fit easily into even these broad categories. Applicants should explicitly address how their proposed study aligns with the Foundation's mission of research toward educational improvement."

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National Science Foundation

Law and Social Science Program

Deadline: January 15, 2015


Excerpt from RFP:"The Law &Social Sciences Program considers proposals that address social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules. The program is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-methodological. Successful proposals describe research that advances scientific theory and understanding of the connections between law or legal processes and human behavior. Social scientific studies of law often approach law as dynamic, made in multiple arenas, with the participation of multiple actors. Fields of study include many disciplines, and often address problems including though not limited to:Crime, Violence and Punishment Economic Issues Governance Legal Decision making Legal Mobilization and Conceptions of Justice Litigation and the Legal Profession LSS provides the following modes of support:Standard Research Grants and Grants for Collaborative Research Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowships Workshop and Conference Proposals The Law &Social Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation supports social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules. Successful proposals describe research that advances scientific theory and understanding of the connections between law or legal processes and human behavior. The Law &Social Sciences program funds the best proposals submitted within the field broadly defined, regardless of specific subfield, and strives to support an interdisciplinary community of scholars studying relevant topics. Social scientific studies of law often approach law as dynamic, made in multiple arenas, with the participation of multiple actors. Scholars study mobilization, the creation and implementation of law, and the meanings of rules or laws to both individuals and institutions. The program considers proposals that examine historical, social, cultural and policy-related questions that arise concerning law, and invites proposals relying upon both qualitative and quantitative methods. The program also considers and funds proposals from many different disciplines, including anthropology, communication, criminology, economics, legal scholarship, political science, public policy, psychology, and sociology. The sites for the study of law are multiple and may include appellate and trial courts;domestic and international regulatory offices;federal, state, and local law enforcement;and the variety of settings in which organizations deploy law. Proposals are welcome that address legal processes that extend beyond any single nation, as well as about how local and national legal institutions, systems, and cultures engage transnational or international phenomena."

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Political Science Program 

Deadline: January 15, 2015

Excerpt from RFP: "The Political Science Program supports scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of citizenship, government, and politics. Research proposals are expected to be theoretically motivated, conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented. Substantive areas include, but are not limited to, American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, political behavior, political economy, and political institutions.In recent years, program awards have supported research projects on bargaining processes;campaigns and elections, electoral choice, and electoral systems;citizen support in emerging and established democracies;democratization, political change, and regime transitions;domestic and international conflict;international political economy;party activism;political psychology and political tolerance. The Program also has supported research experiences for undergraduate students and infrastructural activities, including methodological innovations, in the discipline.Besides information on the Political Science Program, we invite you to also look at the SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA) web site."

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Shifting Suburbs

Politics of the Shutdown: "The GOP’s Exurban Debt Ceiling Problem"

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Dante Chinni discusses the political ramifications of the government shutdown in the suburbs.

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