- Social Science "Seed" Grant for Multidisciplinary Research (Spring 2014)
- Mathematica Summer Camp 2014
- Student Award: NCDS Data Innovation Showcase -- Due April 28
- Research Coordinator, Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
- Odum Institute Graduate Student Fellows Program
- Survey Job Openings at the Pew Research Center
- NEXUS 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference
- Congressional Research Grants
- Virtual Computing Lab Makes Software Available Remotely
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An initiative to support the development of an innovative, multidisciplinary funding proposal in the social sciences at UNC Chapel Hill
Number of anticipated awards: Two to three
Maximum size of grant: $15,000
Deadline for submission: April 18, 2014
Please submit an electronic copy of the application with a cover letter to Richard Silc at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allowable expenses: Research assistants, data collection and acquisition, software, travel to a granting agency, or other expenses directly tied to developing the proposal. No more than $7,500 per faculty member may be used for summer or academic year support. Please write your proposal so that it is understandable by a broad audience of researchers.
Eligible individuals and teams: Social science faculty from throughout the university. Teams must consist of two or more faculty members from two or more social science disciplines. At least one member of the team must be a faculty member from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Criteria for evaluating proposals:
- The quality of the proposed research and plan;
- Its likelihood of being funded;
- Its multidisciplinary nature;
- The records of the faculty on the team (taking into account the stage of their career).
Proposal length: Proposals may not exceed five pages in length. No appendices will be accepted. Font must be 12-point or larger. Margins (top, bottom and sides) must be at least one inch. The budget is limited to one page (not included in five-page limit).
Proposal outline: Please include the following sections in your proposal.
1. Description of research: Describe what you are proposing, including objectives, methods, and need for a multidisciplinary approach.
2. Significance of research: Why is what you are proposing important? How does it fit into the larger context of social and behavioral science?
3. Plan for developing proposal: How will you develop your proposal for submission? Briefly describe the tasks involved, the roles of the team, and the timeline for accomplishing your work. Include plans for handling IRB issues. If seed grant funds involve the use of human subjects, then you must obtain IRB approval for this proposal.
4. Qualifications of team: List the names of faculty involved and their academic rank, accomplishments, and years of experience.
5. Potential funders: Briefly describe potential funding agencies or organizations, such as NSF, NIH, private foundations, and other federal or state agencies.
6. Other funded research: List funded research (current or pending), including title of award, direct and indirect funding, percent effort, and years of support.
Review process: Applications will be reviewed by a multidisciplinary faculty panel, and we invite applicants to submit names of knowledgeable reviewers at UNC-Chapel Hill. You may include in your cover letter names of faculty who could serve as reviewers for your proposal. Decisions of the faculty review panel are final.
Requirements: The multidisciplinary funding team must submit a proposal run through the Odum Institute to a federal, state, or private funding agency with a copy to the Odum Institute within one year from the starting date of the seed grant. The proposal must request in direct costs a minimum of 10 times the seed grant amount received. For example, if a team receives $7,500 in seed grant funds, the team's proposal must request at least $75,000 in direct costs. If you do not feel that you can meet these conditions, please do not apply.
Researchers who resign their UNC positions before the term of the grant will no longer be eligible for funding. In addition, the research should not duplicate already funded research. The funded research award will be administered by the Odum Institute. Researchers who receive a seed grant award may be asked to review seed grant proposals in subsequent years (but no more than once).
For more information: Please send e-mails to Thomas M. Carsey, Odum Institute Director ( email@example.com) or Peter Leousis, Deputy Director (firstname.lastname@example.org at email@example.com.
Whether you are a high school student, graduate student, or researcher, we have a program for you! Check out the programs below so you can continue to grow your Mathematica knowledge through the summer.
The Mathematica Summer Camp is being held at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, July 6-18. Students will have the opportunity to learn Mathematica's computing language, work with Wolfram mentors, and interact with other students with similar interests. By the end of camp, each student will have created his or her very own Mathematica program! For more information and to apply, please go: http://www.mathematica-camp.org
Timberlake (Portugal) and IST (UTL) are jointly organizing a summer school with the theme: Information Security (InfoSec) Summer School using Mathematica. The course is designed for managers, data-security-conscious professionals, and PhD and final-year MSc students. The course will be taught in English.
The program will be held July 7-10 at Instituto Superior T√©cnico-Lisbon, Portugal.
Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics is an intensive six-week encounter with college-level mathematics for talented and highly motivated high school students. This program will be held June 29-August 9, 2014. For more information about their program, please visit: http://www.hcssim.org.
For students age 11-14 who show high promise and love mathematics, there is Math Path Advanced Summer Camp, held this year at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA from June 29 to July 27:
We look forward to seeing you at one or more of our programs this summer. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In brief, the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS) Data Science is pleased to give students the opportunity to present their research posters at our NCDS Data Innovation Showcase on May 21, 2014 at RENCI, the Renaissance Computing Institute in Chapel Hill, NC. The Student Poster Session will give students in data science, informatics, information science, and related fields the chance to highlight their work . This CFP is open to current graduate and undergraduate students at NCDS member academic institutions. This includes UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, Duke University, UNC Charlotte, Texas A & M University, North Carolina A & T State University, and Drexel University. For more information about the Consortium and the Call for Proposals: NCDS Student Poster Session, please refer to:
Thank you again for your assistance and please don't hesitate to contact us with questions.
Call for Proposals: NCDS Student Poster Session
The National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS) is pleased to give students the opportunity to present their research posters at the NCDS Data Innovation Showcase Thursday, May 21, at RENCI*, the Renaissance Computing Institute in Chapel Hill, NC. The Student Poster Session will give students in data science, informatics, information science, and related fields the chance to highlight their work on a 24x36 printed poster. The posters will be on display all day long, and students will be expected to be available to talk about their work during official poster sessions in the morning (8:30 a.m.Ė9 :30 a.m.) and at lunchtime (11:30 a.m.Ė1 p.m.).
The Poster Session is open to current graduate and undergraduate students at NCDS founding member academic institutions. This includes UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, Duke University, UNC Charlotte, Texas A & M University, North Carolina A&T and Drexel University. Posters should address novel, interesting and innovative approaches to data science research questions. Topics could include (but are not limited to) data discovery, sharing, security or archiving, data-intensive computing, data analysis techniques, data management, or strategies for handling big data and heterogeneous/unstructured data. Submissions by teams of students are acceptable (limit one submission per team). Some travel support will be available to students traveling in from outside of the triangle area to attend the
Data Innovation Showcase.
Students are responsible for producing and printing a 24 x 36" poster (either vertical or horizontal is OK). Posters will be displayed on poster boards (thumb tacks will be provided).
Fill out the form on the NCDS website www.data2discovery.org/submit-poster).
1. A brief (250 words or less) abstract about your work, its goals, methodology and its relevance to moving the field of data science forward.
2. A draft of your poster, uploaded as a PDFóno PowerPoint (8MB max)
All submissions must be received by April 28, 2014.
All who submit proposals will be notified by May 9, 2014. Three poster submissions will be chosen as top posters based on scientific merit and relevance to the work of the NCDS. Those students will be asked to give short (10 minute) presentations about their work and will each receive a $250 award from the NCDS. In addition, a Peopleís Choice award will be presented to a poster that best communicates scientific information and this recipient will receive a $250 award. All participants in the Poster Session will receive certificates of appreciation and have the opportunity to publish their posters on the NCDS website.
Please contact email@example.com with questions or call David Knowles at 919-445-9677.
About the NCDS
The National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS) is a collaboration of leaders in academia, industry and government to address the data challenges of the 21st century. The Consortium was founded as a mechanism to help the U.S. take advantage of the ever-increasing flow of digital data in ways that result in new jobs and industries, new advances in healthcare, transformative discoveries in science, and competitive advantages for U.S. industry. The NCDS provides the structure and leadership to cultivate a focused data science community and break through the challenges of big data to drive the field forward.
*RENCI is located at 100 Europa Drive, Suite 540, Chapel Hill, NC, 27517. Free visitor parking is available on the top level of the parking deck.
The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization at the University of Connecticut, is looking for a professional to coordinate its new research unit and provide administrative support to the executive director. Responsibilities
include: assist with grant research, proposal preparation, and reporting; assist with the preparation of substantive reports, press releases, communications, and outreach; organize programs and conferences; liaison to faculty groups, university offices, and Center advisory Board. Reports to executive director; available to assist senior staff with specific assignments.
Qualifications: Bachelorís degree in social sciences or public policy, Masterís degree or Ph.D. preferred; two years of experience in research involving public opinion data; proven ability to evaluate and produce reliable results, problem-solve and troubleshoot problems. Candidate must be a team player, highly organized, good at handling multiple tasks, and comfortable working with people at all levels. S/he must have excellent writing and editing ability; knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint, and statistics; knowledge of SPSS/other statistical packages. Experience grant writing or support for proposal preparation a plus.
This full time position is available immediately. Salary is commensurate with experience. For more details see
*To apply*:**For full consideration*, *submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and contact information for 3 references to www.jobs.uconn.edu
The Roper Center and the University of Connecticut are EEO/AA employers.
The Odum Institute for Research in Social Science is seeking applications for our first cohort of Graduate Student Fellows.
The deadline is March 7 at 5 p.m.
Applicants must be nominated by their Department or other relevant unit. Departments may nominate no more than Two (2) applicants for this award.
Odum Graduate Student Fellows will receive $2,500 to be used as a stipend or for research-related expenses. Fellows will also be provided with a desk in the Odum Institute along with access to a computer and software, meeting rooms, and Odum staff during their Fellowship period. In exchange, Fellows will be expected to participate in the activities described below that constitute the Fellows program.
Applications must include:
- a cover letter (limited to 2 pages, 12pt. font, single spaced)
- a CV
- a letter of recommendation from the studentís advisor, and
- a short note verifying nomination by the studentís department or school (e.g note from DGS, Chair, etc.). The application materials should outline the studentís: (a) qualifications for the program, (b) research plan for the fellowship year, and (c) how the student will both benefit from and contribute to the Odum Graduate Student Fellows program. Application materials should be e-mailed to Tom Carsey (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the Subject line ďOdum Fellows Application.Ē
The program is open to any graduate student at UHC-CH pursuing a Ph.D. in any area of social science, broadly defined, who is in good standing in their current program. Primary consideration will be given to the overall potential of the student and the methodological and/or theoretical sophistication of the studentís proposed research. Preference will be given to students who are planning to be on the academic job market for the first time during the 2015-16 Academic year. Preference will also be given to students who would benefit from, and contribute to, an interdisciplinary experience substantively and/or methodologically.
The program will run for the 2014 calendar year and will include several elements.
- This Spring, Fellows will participate in some short workshops designed to support their professional development. Topics might include publishing, grant seeking, and team science, along with discussing each Fellowís research work in progress.
- Fellows will focus on conducting their own research during the Summer.
- The Fall will be devoted primarily to a public speaker series. Each Fellow will identify a guest speaker from another U.S. university working in their area of research to give a public research presentation. Each Fellow will serve as local host for the speaker they select. In addition, Fellows themselves will each give a formal presentation of their own research.
- During the fellowship year, each Fellow will be given the opportunity to lead a workshop as part of Odumís ongoing series of methodological workshops.
Questions about the Odum Graduate Student Fellows Program should be sent to the Director of the Odum Institute, Tom Carsey, via e-mail at email@example.com.
Founded in 1924, the Odum Institute is the oldest and one of the nationís leading interdisciplinary social science research institutes.
The Pew Research Center currently has three openings for researchers, one in our Religion and Public Life Project and the other two in the Global Attitudes Project.
Additional detail about all three, including how to apply, can be found on our careers page: http://www.pewresearch.org/about/careers.
Pew Research Center is seeking a research assistant to support the Global Attitudes Project. The research assistant will be primarily responsible for fact-checking and proof-reading, organizing relevant polling data, and performing research and analysis as required. The ideal candidate has a bachelorís degree with a concentration in political science or international affairs, strong quantitative skills, and experience in internet and other research.
The Global Attitudes Project is also recruiting a research associate.
The research associate will assist in the design and drafting of poll questionnaires, create toplines and tables for survey reports, perform statistical analysis, assist with fact-checking and other aspects of report production, and help to write and review survey reports. The research associate is also responsible for helping manage projects and fielding requests for information from the press, government officials and other target audiences. The ideal candidate has a masterís degree (Ph.D. preferred) in political science, sociology, or other social sciences and proven experience in undertaking research involving data analysis, including using SPSS, Excel and other software.
The third position is a research associate to support the Religion and Public Life Project. The Research Associate will be primarily responsible for quantitative analysis of attitudinal and behavioral survey data as well as the evaluation and development of survey sampling plans. He or she will also support all other aspects of the Religion projectís international survey research agenda, including developing questionnaires and creating toplines. The ideal candidate has a Ph.D. in political science, sociology, or related field, knowledge and interest in international affairs, and proven experience in undertaking research involving data analysis, including using SPSS, Stata, Excel and other software.
March 5-8, 2014
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA will host the NEXUS 2014: Water, Food, Climate, and Energy Conference on March 5-8, 2014.
The conference will bring together leaders in government, NGOs, business, and academia to discuss innovative and sustainable solutions to the world's increasing demand for energy, food
and water. It is increasingly clear: There is no place in an interlinked world for isolated solutions aimed at just one sector. The challenges are becoming even more critical with the impacts of
climate change, and water will be the medium by which we will address much of the nexus.
To view the full agenda for the Nexus Conference, please click here.
Co-directors of the Conference are Jamie Bartram, Director of the Water Institute at UNC, and Felix Dodds, Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute.
Deadline: All proposals must be received no later than March 1, 2014.
The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen, is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization devoted to the study of Congress. Since 1978, the Congressional Research Grants program has invested more than $915,136 to support over 425 projects. Applications are accepted at any time, but the deadline is March 1 for the annual selections, which are announced in April.
The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress. Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible. The Center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside in the United States.
The grants program does not fund undergraduate or pre-Ph.D. study. Organizations are not eligible. Research teams of two or more individuals are eligible. No institutional overhead or indirect costs may be claimed against a Congressional Research Grant.
Download the Word document -- Congressional Research Grant Application -- http://dirksencenter.org/crg_app2014.doc -- and complete the required entries. You may send the application as a Word or PDF attachment to an e-mail directed to Frank Mackaman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please insert the following in the Subject Line: "CRG Application [insert your surname]." Thank you.
The Congressional Research Grant Application contains the following elements: Applicant Information, Congressional Research Grant Project Description, Budget, Curriculum Vita, Reference Letter (for graduate students only), and Overhead Waiver Letter.
The entire application when printed must NOT exceed ten pages. Applications may be single-spaced. Please use fonts no smaller than 10-point. This total does NOT include the reference letter (one additional page) or the Overhead Waiver Letter (one additional page).
All application materials must be received on or before March 1 of the current year. Grants will be announced in April.
Complete information about what kind of research projects are eligible for consideration, what could a Congressional Research Grant pay for, application procedures, and how recipients are selected may be found at The Center's Website: http://www.dirksencenter.org/print_grants_CRGs.htm. Please read thoroughly. Frank Mackaman is the program officer - email@example.com
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The Odum Institute, in partnership with ITS Research Computing, has made available several lab applications on the Virtual Computing Laboratory (VCL). Located at vcl.unc.edu, you can reserve an environment with many of the applications available in the Odum Institute computer labs from any computer with a remote desktop client (such as a Windows, Mac, or Linux computer). The service is available to any UNC student, faculty, or staff member.
Odum Institute environments available:
- GIS/Spatial Analysis Applications (with ArcGIS 9.3.1, ENVI+IDL, and many other spatial analysis applications)
- LaTeX (with TeXNicCenter, MikTeX, and JabRef)
To get started, visit vcl.unc.edu, or read one of the help documents below:
Quick User Guide
Odum Institute Detailed User Guide (PDF)
VCL Help Topics
If you have any problems or difficulties with using the VCL, please e-mail email@example.com. For problems or questions about the Odum Institute VCL images, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NIH Funding Opportunity: Translating Basic Behavioral and Social Science Discoveries into Interventions to Improve Health-related Behaviors
For more information, click here.
Faculty Research Grants: Exploration in Global Health Grants