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7/6/2015 12:00 AM
The National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics recently announced figures showing a 6 percent decline in FY2013 funding from the previous year.

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) recently announced figures showing a 6 percent decline in FY2013 funding from the previous year. According to NCSES, federal agencies obligated $29 billion to 995 science and engineering academic institutions in FY2013, down from $31 billion to 1,073 institutions in FY2012.

After adjustment for inflation, NCSES said in a release that federal science and engineering obligations to academic institutions dropped by $1 billion from FY2011 to FY2012, and by $2 billion between FY2012 and FY2013. Those obligations fell into six categories according to the Center:

  • Research and development;

  • Research and Development Plant (facilities and fixed equipment, such as reactors, wind tunnels and particle accelerators);

  • Facilities and equipment for instruction in science and engineering;

  • Fellowships, traineeships and training grants;

  • General support for science and engineering; and

  • Other science and engineering activities.

The three largest providers of federal funding in FY2013 were the Department of Health and Human Services (58 percent); the National Science Foundation, (17 percent) and the Department of Defense (12 percent). The Department of Energy, the Department of Agriculture and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration provided the remainder of funding (11 percent combined), NCSES said. 

Ranked in terms of federal academic science and engineering obligations, the leading 20 universities accounted for 37 percent of the FY2013 federal total, NCSES said, with Johns Hopkins University continuing to receive the most federal obligations of any university at $1.5 billion.

The Center also collects information about federal obligations to independent nonprofit institutions in two categories: research and development, and research and development plant. The $6.6 billion provided to 1,068 institutions in FY2013 represented a 2 percent decrease from $6.8 billion the previous year. The leading 10 nonprofits accounted for 36 percent of fiscal 2013 funding, with the MITRE Corporation receiving the largest total at $485 million, said NCSES.

To learn more, visit www.nsf.gov/statistics/

6/29/2015 12:00 AM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced the availability of $3.2 million in funding for the FY2015 Food and Agricultural National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants Program.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has released a funding opportunity for the FY2015 Food and Agricultural National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program fthat will develop scientific and professional expertise in the food, agricultural, natural resources and human sciences through graduate level training programs.

According to the announcement, applications are currently being solicited from institutions that award graduate degrees in at least one of the following targeted expertise shortage areas:

  • animal and plant production;

  • forest resources;

  • agricultural educators and communicators;

  • agricultural management and economics;

  • food science and human nutrition;

  • sciences for agricultural biosecurity; and

  • training in integrative biosciences for sustainable food and agricultural systems.

Approximately $3.24 million total will be awarded through the program, NIFA said, and grant amounts will depend on the scope of the individual projects and the number of quality applications submitted.

Colleges and universities are eligible to apply. See the announcement for complete award and eligibility criteria.

Post-doctoral Fellowships will not be awarded under this grant announcement, NIFA said.

To learn more, visit www.grants.gov and search CFDA# 10.210.

6/22/2015 12:00 AM

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Division of Education Programs is currently seeking applications for the Enduring Questions grant program.

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Division of Education Programs is currently seeking applications for the Enduring Questions grant program to support faculty members in the preparation of a new course on a fundamental concern of human life that can be examined through the humanities.

NEH said the Enduring Questions grant program will allow faculty members to develop a new undergraduate course that grapples with a fundamental question about life.

According to the announcement, examples of Enduring Questions may include but are not limited to:

  • Are there universals in human nature?
  • What is the source of moral authority?
  • What is evil?
  • Can war be just?
  • Is peace possible?
  • What is worth dying for?
  • What is the value of education?
  • Can greed be good?
  • What is good government?
  • What is progress?

Up to $38,000 per single institution project will be available, with the amount of the award dependent on the number of faculty involved in developing the course, NEH said.

U.S. nonprofit two- or four-year colleges or universities with tax-exempt status are eligible to apply. The deadline to submit proposals is Sept. 10, 2015.

To learn more, visit www.grants.gov and search FON# 20150910-AQ.

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