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Specialized Funding Opportunities

Open Society Fellowship

Deadline: February 2, 2015

Excerpt from RFP: "The Open Society Fellowship was founded in 2008 to support individuals pursuing innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. The fellowship funds work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching and probing conversations within the Open Society Foundations and in the world.A fellowship project might identify a problem that has not previously been recognized, develop new policy ideas to address familiar problems, or offer a new advocacy strategy. Project themes should cut across at least two areas of interest to the Open Society Foundations. Among these are human rights, government transparency, access to information and to justice, and the promotion of civil society and social inclusion.Fellows are expected to take full advantage of the foundations' expansive reach and work to bring new people and fresh ideas into the organization's ambit. Successful projects should push the boundaries of current thinking and carry lessons that can be applied to a variety of settings. Fellows may produce a variety of work products, including publications such as books, reports, or blogs;innovative public-education projects;or the launch of new campaigns or organizations. They may also engage in activities such as hosting panel discussions, traveling to conferences, participating in policy debates, and aggressively promoting their ideas in public venues."

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Russel Sage Foundation

Project and Presidential Authority Awards

Deadline: January 16, 2015


Excerpt from RFP: "The Foundation is dedicated to strengthening the methods, data, and theoretical core of the social sciences. The Foundation's awards are restricted to support for social science research within the following five program areas:

Behavioral Economics –The program in Behavioral Economics focuses on research that incorporates insights of psychology and other social sciences into the study of economic behavior.

Cultural Contact –The program in Cultural Contact is focused on research that examines the effects of cultural difference on the ways in which different groups in the population understand and interact with one another, and with particular attention to the response of economic, social, and political institutions in the US to increasing diversity.

Future of Work –The program in the Future of Work is concerned primarily with examining the causes and consequences of the declining quality of jobs for less- and moderately-educated workers in the U.S. economy and the role of changes in employer practices. The program is also concerned with the nature of the labor market and public policies on the employment, earnings, and job quality of American workers.

Immigration –The program in Immigration focuses on research that examines social, economic, political, and community changes in the context of contemporary immigration and the role of race, nativity and legal status on the prospects for integration of immigrants and their children.

Social Inequality –The program in Social Inequality is focused on how rising economic inequality is related to social, political, and economic institutions in the U.S., and the extent to which increased inequality has affected equality of opportunity, social mobility, and the intergenerational transmission of advantage.

...We are particularly interested in innovative projects that collect or analyze new data to illuminate issues that are highly relevant to the Foundation's program goals." 

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Guggenheim Foundation, 

Harry Frank Research Grants 

Deadline: August 1, 2015

Excerpt from RFP: "The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world. Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Research with no relevance to understanding human problems will not be supported, nor will proposals to investigate urgent social problems where the foundation cannot be assured that useful, sound research can be done. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources. Eligibility. Applicants for a research grant may be citizens of any country. The foundation awards research grants to individuals (or a few principal investigators at most) for individual projects and does not award grants to institutions for institutional programs.While almost all recipients of this research grant possess a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree, there are no formal degree requirements for the grant. The grant, however, may not be used to support research undertaken as part of the requirements for a graduate degree. Applicants need not be affiliated with an institution of higher learning, although most are college or university professors."

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The Jacobs Foundation 

Research Grants 

Deadline: Open

Excerpt from RFP: "The Jacobs Foundation is a non-operative, grant-making, philanthropic organization with impact- orientated operational aspirations. The primary purpose is to contribute to the welfare, social productivity, and social inclusion of current and future generations of children and youth by understanding and promoting their personal development and employability, their respect for and integration with nature and culture, as well as by understanding the challenges they face due to social, economic, or technological changes.

The main objectives of the foundation are:

- To fund research on the most pressing questions in child and youth development and to advance the field. 

- To contribute to the development and implementation of evidence- and research-based interventions, practices and policies in child and youth development. 

- To create sustainable research capacities in child and youth development. 

- To give research on child and youth development the attention and recognition it deserves.

The Foundation supports innovative research projects in basic, applied, and rigorous intervention research in the field of child and youth development and related areas. Projects must be of high scientific quality and practical relevance.In its research funding, the Jacobs Foundation focuses on high-quality projects conducted by internationally recognized scientists and scholars across all disciplines that address the pressing problems of child and youth development. When funding practical intervention projects, the Jacobs Foundation focuses on four thematic priorities in selected regions. 

The four thematic priorities in Europe, Latin America and Africa all have a common denominator: Education. The Foundation deliberately adopts a broad understanding of education here;both in terms of learning fields (formal education, non-formal education and informal education) and in respect of the different stages of the education system (early childhood education, primary education and vocational education)."

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Uncharted Waters

At WIPAR, we see a lot of opportunities ever day; some new, some tried-and-true, and some that are interesting but are a bit out of the box. More information about these and other funding opportunities can be found here.

United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Public Health Impact of the Changing Policy/Legal Environment for Marijuana (R01)

Deadline: Feburary 5, 2015

Excerpt from RFP:"This initiative encourages research on the impact of changing marijuana policies and laws on public health outcomes, including marijuana exposure among children, adolescents, and adults;other licit and illicit drug use;education and professional achievement;social development;risky behaviors (e.g., drugged driving);mental health;HIV, etc." This initiative encourages research on the impact of changing marijuana policies and laws on public health outcomes, including marijuana exposure among children, adolescents, and adults;other licit and illicit drug use;education and professional achievement;social development;risky behaviors (e.g., drugged driving);mental health;HIV, etc"

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National Institute of Justice

Research on the Efficacy of Different Contraband Interdiction Modalities Used in Correctional Facilities

Deadline: April 2, 2015

Excerpt from RFP: "NIJ is seeking proposals for research to identify the different interdiction modalities correctional agencies currently use to keep contraband out of their facilities and identify what is known about their efficacy. An interdiction modality includes both (1) the policies and practices used to prevent contraband from being brought into a facility and (2) those used to detect and remove contraband that may be in the facility. Proposals should also include the statutes and regulations that govern how the agencies apply these modalities.

The deadline for applications under this solicitation is April 2. Because of the time involved, download the solicitation and get started on your proposal now."

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National Institute of Justice

Research and Evaluation on the Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Elderly Individuals

Deadline: April 7, 2015

Excerpt from RFP: "NIJ is seeking proposals for research and evaluation related to the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elderly individuals. As the elderly population grows, crimes against this population are expected to increase. NIJ will be particularly interested in funding research to:

Determine an estimate of the financial costs associated with elder abuse. Develop a taxonomy of case outcomes that can be used to define success from multiple perspectives. Examine theoretical perspectives on elder abuse that move the field toward a better understanding of why perpetrators abuse, neglect, and/or exploit elderly individuals."

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National Institute of Justice

Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes
Deadline: April 8, 2015

Excerpt from RFP: "NIJ is seeking proposals for basic or applied research and development projects that will:

Increase the body of knowledge to guide and inform forensic science policy and practice or;Result in the production of useful materials, devices, systems, or methods that have the potential for forensic application.

The intent of this program is to direct the findings of basic scientific research, research and development in broader scientific fields applicable to forensic science, and ongoing forensic science research toward the development of highly discriminating, accurate, reliable, cost-effective, and rapid methods for the identification, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence for criminal justice purposes."

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