May 2014
Vol. 28, Issue 5
on available
state, federal
and private


inside for:

  • Grants to support electronic media and film organizations
  • Funding to support innovative HIV vaccine research
  • Scholar awards for individuals conducting breast cancer research
  • Funding for individual concept papers on pediatric research
  • Fellowship for postdoctoral students to study the earth sciences
  • Scholar awards for cultural anthropologists to upgrade their methodological skills and abilities
  • Grant writing classes


Grants Action News
New York State Assembly
Alfred E. Smith Building
80 S. Swan St.
Suite 1710
Albany, NY 12248

On the state level...

All not-for-profit applicants must now pre-qualify on the NYS Grants Reform website at in order to apply for certain New York State grant solicitations. Potential not-for-profit applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the process of registering and prequalifying immediately, as this is a lengthy process.

Wave Farm

Wave Farm’s Media Arts Assistance Fund is a Regrant Partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts, Electronic Media and Film Program. Grants address capacity and technology needs in three areas critical for New York state media arts organizations which face unique challenges in a field of rapid technology development. Organizational development grants enable organizations to hire consultants to work with organizations in the evaluation and assessment of programs and operations, and planning for sustainability and growth. Professional development grants help build knowledge and technical expertise of media arts organizational staff and board members. Convening grants support open lines of communication, information, consortium building and resource sharing among media arts organizations, including staff and sponsored artist attendance at New York state conferences.

  • Eligibility: Media arts nonprofit organizations located in New York state with a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants must have a strong commitment to media arts programming. Priority is given to organizations whose primary activities are specific to media as an art form including time-based and moving image media, and emergent technology. Multi-disciplinary organizations are eligible to submit requests for support, but should do so only for organizational and professional development projects that specifically address their media arts programs.

  • Funding: Awards will be made of up to $4,000 per request.

  • Deadline: July 1, 2014

  • Contact: Email:

On the federal level...

Department of Health and Human Services

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), through the Department of Health and Human Services, is accepting applications for its Innovation for HIV Vaccine Discovery funding opportunity. The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage applications from institutions or organizations proposing innovative, high-risk, high-impact research to identify novel vaccine concepts and targets that will aid in the design and development of an effective immunogen that may provide long-term protection from either acquisition of or ongoing infection by HIV. The emphasis of this FOA is early discovery research that incorporates new ideas leading to the development of newly engineered conventional or entirely novel approaches for vaccines that may have a significant impact on the design of immunogens or immunization strategies for an effective HIV vaccine.

U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisitions Activity

Applications for the 2014 Era of Hope Scholar Award, under the Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP), are being solicited by the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisitions Activity. The Era of Hope Scholar Award supports individuals who are early in their careers and have demonstrated significant potential for innovation in breast cancer research. These individuals should be exceptionally talented scientists who have shown that they are the “best and brightest” in their field(s) through extraordinary creativity, vision and productivity. They should have demonstrated experience in forming effective partnerships and collaborations and should exhibit strong potential for leadership in the breast cancer research community. Since the intent of the Era of Hope Scholar Award is to recognize creative and innovative individuals rather than projects, the central feature of the award is the innovative contribution that the Principal Investigator (PI) can make toward ending breast cancer. The PI should articulate a vision that challenges current dogma and demonstrates an ability to look beyond tradition and convention.

On the private level...

Gerber Foundation

The Gerber Foundation is accepting concept papers for health and/or nutrition-related research having a significant impact on issues facing infants and young children from the first year before birth to age 3. The foundation is particularly interested in fresh approaches to solving newborn or pediatric problems or emerging issues with a predictable time frame to clinical application. Projects should be focused on issues faced by care providers that, when implemented, will improve the health, nutrition and/or developmental outcomes for infants and young children. Projects may include:

Competitive requests will be focused in a way to achieve measurable outcomes that could result in systemic practice changes within a reasonable period of time. The Foundation gives priority to projects of national or regional impact.

Scholar Awards…

National Science Foundation

The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR), through the National Science Foundation, is accepting applications for their Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship. Chosen Fellows must develop and implement 1) research projects that seek to address scientific questions within the purview of EAR programs, and 2) plan to broaden participation in earth sciences. The program supports researchers for a period of up to two years with fellowships that can be taken to the institution of their choice (including facilities abroad). The program is intended to recognize beginning investigators of significant potential, and provide them with research experience, mentorship and training that will establish them in leadership positions in the earth sciences community. Because the fellowships are offered only to postdoctoral scientists early in their careers, doctoral advisors are encouraged to discuss the availability of EAR postdoctoral fellowships with their graduate students early in their doctoral programs.

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation announced an opportunity for methodological training by cultural anthropologists who are active researchers. The Cultural Anthropology Scholars Awards’ purpose is to help cultural anthropologists upgrade their methodological skills by learning a specific analytical technique which will improve their research abilities. For example, support may be requested to learn new methods of cross-cultural research, demography, remote sensing and GIS, ecological field survey, linguistics, etc. Support may be requested to learn any methodological skill that is necessary to advance the scholar’s research agenda, as justified in the proposal with reference to published results from prior work.

The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center has scheduled the following free training classes.
Grant writing

Grant-seeking Basics: June 11
Attendees will learn how the Center’s resources help make them more effective grantseekers. For beginners, this introduction to the library provides instruction in foundation research and identification of potential funders. A tour of the library will follow.

Introduction to Finding Funders: June 11, 21
This class provides a hands-on introduction on how to use the center’s comprehensive online database – The Foundation Directory Online – to research and identify potential funders. The Foundation Directory Online contains over 100,000 profiles of grant-making institutions.

Proposal Writing Basics: June 10
Attendees will learn about the basics of writing a proposal for their nonprofit organization.

Proposal Budgeting Basics:June 10
Attendees will learn how to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. This session is geared toward novice grantseekers.

In addition:

Classes are held at The Foundation Center, located at:

New York Library
79 Fifth Ave. 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003

Space is limited, so register as soon as possible.

For additional training opportunities, to register, or for more information, call 212-620-4230 or visit

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