Office of Sponsored Programs

Now located in the Wishcamper Center.

The Research Service Center (RSC) is responsible for encouraging externally funded initiatives in support of program-related activities of academic, research and development, and administrative units; and serves as the major resource to faculty and staff who wish to pursue such projects. The Center maintains information on, and promotes awareness of, funding opportunities, assists in refining project ideas and matching them with a potential sponsor's priorities and requirements, assists in the preparation of grant applications, and serves as the final approving authority for such applications.

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This competition extends from the Teagle Foundation's mission to strengthen liberal arts education and enhance teaching and learning in the arts and sciences. Funded projects will involve a team of four to six postsecondary institutions, which will engage in curricular redesign that infuses the humanities and social sciences in one of the above three target areas. Concept papers are due July 1, 2015, and will be used as the basis for inviting full-length proposals. Grants ranging between $250,000 and $300,000 are available to support projects lasting 24 to 36 months.
Building on previous investments, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE) and the Directorate for Education & Human Resources (EHR) announce their interest in stimulating research related to the Science of Broadening Participation (SBP). The Science of Broadening Participation will employ the theories, methods, and analytic techniques of the social, behavioral, economic, and learning sciences to better understand the barriers that hinder and factors that enhance our ability to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The results of these efforts will inform approaches to increase the access, involvement, and retention of underrepresented groups in STEM and to strengthen our national STEM capabilities and competitive advantage. Ultimately, the SBP research will provide scientific evidence that STEM educators, STEM employers, and policy makers need to make informed decisions and to design effective programs and interventions.
The Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute, in partnership with the Lumina Foundation, the National Conference on Citizenship, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, is inviting applications from postsecondary education institutions for the Service Year + Higher Ed Innovation Challenge. Each college or university entrant will compete for a prize to support the planning and creation of new education-affiliated service-year positions. The challenge seeks to promote innovative ideas related to the integration of learning and service during the college experience. There are three categories of entrants — public, private, and community colleges — with each category winner receiving $30,000. Additionally, an Audience Choice Award winner will receive a $10,000 prize.