December 18, 2017

From NSF: The Fall 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference Webcast now available online

The Fall 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference Webcast is now available online. 

All the presentations and recordings of the plenary sessions from the NSF Grants Conference can be viewed here.

Topics include: Types of NSF Funding Opportunities, Proposal Preparation, Award Management, the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, Merit Review, and more. 

From the NIH: The Future of Animal Law: ILAR Roundtable Workshop & Pre-Workshop Webcast.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Understanding laboratory animal law is necessary and fundamental for all researchers relying on results from animal research, as well as for laboratory animal veterinarians, institutional officials, members of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs), and veterinarians in training. Both the scope and particulars of these laws are important. Those interested in or impacted by the laboratory animal laws can have significantly different perspectives about the scope or efficiency of the regulations or their implementation.

You are invited to join a workshop and a pre-workshop webcast to explore the future of federal laboratory animal law in the United States, hosted by the Roundtable on Science and Welfare in Laboratory Animal Use of the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research, the Animal Law and Policy Program and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics of the Harvard Law School.

The pre-workshop webcast on January 17, 2018 will provide overview of applicable laws and regulations governing the care and use of laboratory animals. Join at the ILAR Roundtable website Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer to view the webcast, which will go online from 12:00-12:45pm EST January 17 and will be available as a recording thereafter. No registration is necessary.

The workshop on January 26, 2018 will examine how technological advances, such as CRISPR/Cas9, may impact the current legal framework and the ability to sustainably support laboratory animal welfare. The workshop will be held at the Harvard Law School and will be webcast. Register for the workshop.

The events are free and open to the public. Video archives of both events will be posted on the ILAR Roundtable website within a week of each event. Learn more and register today!

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December 13, 2017

Finding Matching Funds for your Grant Application

SPA’s Augusta Isley and Jackie Davis led the last colloquium in the SPA series for the fall semester on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 in the Arts and Journalism Building.

This colloquium focused on finding sources of matching funds to accompany an award from a sponsor who requires you to obtain a matching amount of money from elsewhere in order to receive their award. This requirement is otherwise referred to as costsharing.

Augusta Isley leads the colloquium.

What is Costshare?

Isley and Davis define it as, “the portion of total project costs related to a sponsored project that is not provided by the sponsor.”

This is generally in the form of a direct cost that would be charged or used to support the project. Costshare can be either a fixed amount of money, a percentage of the project costs, or the commitment of a specified level of effort, but it must be quantified.

Ball State’s Stance on When to include Costshare

  • There MUST be a reason to include costshare in a project budget.
  • When it is required by the sponsor (mandatory)
  • When it is strongly encouraged (voluntary)
    • Some sponsors want to see applicant support (buy-in)

What can be used as Costshare?

The best place to begin is to work with your proposal manager to identify sources of cost-share. They can then help you review the proposal guidelines or award terms and conditions, as it will often state what can be used in those documents. After consulting with your proposal manager, utilize the following moto, "Is it allowable, allocable, and reasonable for this project?"

Sources of Costshare
The room was packed for the
last colloquium of the semester.
  • Salaries and fringe benefits- effort
  • Graduate assistantship tuition
  • Matching grant reserve (MGR)
  • Unrecovered indirect costs (if IDC is allowable on sponsor dollars)
  • Unrecovered indirect costs on BSU costshare (if allowable by sponsor)
  • Department and college funds for supplies and travel
  • Research Incentive Accounts (RIAs)
  • Internal grant funds (ASPiRE, Provost Immersive Learning, Start-up, etc.)

What cannot be used as Costshare?
  • Federal funds are not allowed as costshare for another Federally funded project.
  • Specific costs that are included as F&A in the proposals cannot be cited as direct costshare expenditures.
  • Double counting: Costshare can only be committed and reported as costshare once ($1 = $1).
  • Costs incurred prior to and after the project period.
  • Costs that are not specifically related to the performance of the project.
  • Full costs of equipment owned by Ball State, including maintenance agreements.

Costshare Considerations

It is important to consider potential project costs at the time of budgeting. Once funds are committed, whether mandatory or voluntary, upon award they can no longer be used for anything but that project.

Documentation is key! Your grant manager must keep documentation in the grant file for mandatory and voluntary committed costshare. The department and project team will be closely involved with the documentation process.

For questions regarding costshare please feel free to reach out to Augusta Isley,, or Jackie Davis,

December 08, 2017

Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin for the Week of December 8, 2017

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December 8, 2017
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Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Invites Entries for New Writer and New Illustrator Children's Book Awards
(Due: December 15, 2017)
National Science Teachers Association Invites Nominations for Shell Science Teaching Award
(Due: December 15, 2017)
American Tinnitus Association Accepting Proposals for Research Projects
(Due: December 15, 2017)
NSTA Invites Applications for DuPont Pioneer Excellence in Agricultural Science Education Award
(Due: December 15, 2017)
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Fleishhacker Foundation Accepting Applications for Special Arts Fund

POSTED: December 6, 2017
DEADLINE: January 15, 2018
Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded in support of special artistic projects or initiatives, artistic collaborations or commissions involving Bay Area artists, and/or upgrades to facilities that benefit artists and audiences....

Kresge Arts in Detroit Accepting Fellowship Applications

POSTED: December 7, 2017
DEADLINE: January 18, 2018
Fellowships for emerging and established Detroit-area artists working in live arts or film and music include a $25,000 stipend and professional practice opportunities....

Ucross Foundation Accepting Applications for Fall Artist Residencies

POSTED: December 8, 2017
DEADLINE: March 1, 2018
The residency program, which is located in Sheridan, Wyoming, provides uninterrupted time, work space, and living accommodations to competitively selected visual artists, writers, and composers....

Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Accepting Proposals for Collaborative Performing Arts Tours

POSTED: December 2, 2017
DEADLINE: March 2, 2018
Grants of up to $15,000 will support projects designed to increase access to live performing arts engagements for audiences across the mid-Atlantic region....

National Endowment for the Arts Accepting Applications for Challenge America Fast-Track Grants

POSTED: December 8, 2017
DEADLINE: April 12, 2018
In 2018, $10,000 grants will be awarded for projects designed to extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations....


Crayola Invites Proposals From Elementary Schools for 2018 Creative Leadership Grants

POSTED: December 4, 2017
DEADLINE: June 22, 2018
Grants will be awarded to innovative creative leadership-team building programs at the elementary school level....


Fleishhacker Foundation Accepting LOIs for Literacy Programs

POSTED: December 7, 2017
DEADLINE: December 15, 2017 (Letters of Inquiry)
Grants will be awarded to K-5 literacy programs serving disadvantaged students....


Chesapeake Bay Trust Launches RFP for Restoration Research

POSTED: December 7, 2017
DEADLINE: February 21, 2018
Grants of up to $200,000 will be awarded in support of research projects designed to answer any of several key questions that will contribute to increased confidence in the proposed project outcomes....

Conservation Alliance Invites Nominations for Conservation Projects

POSTED: December 3, 2017
DEADLINE: May 8, 2018
Grants are awarded in support of projects that seek to secure permanent and quantifiable protection of a specific wild land or waterway with clear habitat and recreational benefits....


Tufts Health Plan Accepting Applications to Community Leadership Fund

POSTED: December 6, 2017
DEADLINE: January 22, 2018
Grants will be awarded in support of community leaders in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island working with multiple stakeholders toward a common community goal....

Community Access to Child Health Seeks Applications for Community Health Programs

POSTED: December 5, 2017
DEADLINE: January 31, 2018
Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded for the planning and/or implementation of innovative community-based child health initiatives that ensure all children in a community have access to healthcare services not otherwise available....

New York State Health Foundation Invites Applications for Special Projects Fund

POSTED: December 2, 2017
DEADLINE: March 13, 2018 (Online Inquiry Form)
Grants of up to $400,000 will be awarded to organizations with a significant presence in New York State for projects focused on building healthy communities and improving transparency and affordability to empower consumers....

Society of Critical Care Medicine Invites Nominations for 2018 Grenvik Family Award for Ethics

POSTED: December 4, 2017
DEADLINE: August 1, 2018
A $1,000 grant will be awarded to a society member who has promoted the ethical and humane delivery of critical care....


American Psychoanalytic Association Seeks Nominations for Excellence in Journalism Award

POSTED: December 5, 2017
DEADLINE: September 18, 2018
The annual $1,000 prize recognizes professional reporting of outstanding merit that contributes to the public understanding of psychoanalytic and psychological principles and phenomena....


Columbia Medical Center Invites Applications for Summer Program for Underrepresented Students

POSTED: December 2, 2017
DEADLINE: February 2, 2018
The internship program, which provides a $4,000 stipend, is designed to expand the pool of medical and biomedical research applicants from diverse and economically disadvantaged groups....

Thrasher Research Fund Invites Concept Papers for Early Career Grants

POSTED: December 3, 2017
DEADLINE: March 13, 2018 (Concept Paper)
Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to new researchers to help them gain a foothold in the area of pediatric research....

A Kids' Brain Tumor Cure Accepting LOIs for PLGA Tumor Research

POSTED: December 5, 2017
DEADLINE: Ongoing (Letter of Intent)
Grants will be awarded in support of basic and translational projects with the potential to advance understanding of the underlying biology of the development and treatment of pediatric low-grade glioma tumors....


APF Issues RFP for 2018 Esther Katz Rosen Pre-college Psychology Grant Program

POSTED: December 8, 2017
DEADLINE: March 1, 2018
Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded for efforts aimed at improving the quality of education in psychological science and its application in the secondary schools for high-ability students....

APA Invites Nominations for 2018 Distinguished Contributions Award

POSTED: December 4, 2017
DEADLINE: June 1, 2018
The annual award is presented to psychologists working in any area of clinical specialization, health services provision, or consulting and services in an independent setting....


Henry Luce Foundation Accepting LOIs for Projects to Advance Scholarship on Religion and Theology

POSTED: December 5, 2017
DEADLINE: December 15, 2017 (Letters of Intent)
Grants of up to $750,000 will be awarded in support of collaborative, experimental, and field-shaping initiatives that enliven the practice of public scholarship....
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On the blog, Kyoko has five questions for Vanessa Daniel, founder and executive director of the Groundswell Fund; Laia Griñó, director of data discovery at Foundation Center, introduces the 100&Change Solutions Bank, a new data repository containing submissions to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's 100&Change competition; and Laura Wise, a regional event specialist at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, reviews the The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur, by Jonathan C. Lewis....
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