Comments on: Sunday roundup: unicorns, meritocracies, and humanities grants edition History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:51:13 +0000 hourly 1 By: Indyanna Wed, 02 Mar 2011 19:26:48 +0000 Another hot funding opportunity, just listed under the “Humanities” category by our grants office, for us smallholder-humanist practitioners who may be running up against tight tenure or promotion deadlines….

Air Quality Technical Management Assistance for Indonesia
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Office of International and Tribal Affairs
Notice seeking proposals to provide assistance in developing and implementing air quality management programs in Indonesia. The overall objective is to improve urban air quality
management in Jakarta, Indonesia and engage in capacity building with air quality officials in
the City of Jakarta as well as other key Indonesian stakeholders. Proposals for should focus on
providing expert technical assistance, equipment, project management and logistics,
coordination of key stakeholders, and development of workshops and training designed for
Proposals are due by April 15, 2011. $250,000 a year is available for five years for one award.
Colleges and universities are eligible to apply.
Solicitation, notice;jsessionid=4GJQNkQGnpZT4hpHxGjNVkyb9QG1Lw
Katherine Buckley, 202/564-6426. E-mail:

May be tough to do this AND e-file with Turbotax on the same day, though…

By: Indyanna Wed, 23 Feb 2011 17:44:23 +0000 Here’s the latest “Hot Funding Opportunity for you History and English Types” offering from our Office of Pre-Award and Post-Award Process, under “Humanities”:


TITLE:Georgia Tuberculosis Prevention Project

U.S. Agency for International Development, Georgia USAID-Tbilisi Office
Notice seeking proposals that focus on the areas in which USAID’s funds will have the most
impact for not only controlling but also reducing the number of TB cases in Georgia: provide
training and increase awareness of general medical practitioners to recognize the symptoms of
TB; provide technical training and monitoring of Direct Observation Treatment Strategy (DOTS)
clinics across the country rather than focusing on several geographic areas; and provide
physical rehabilitation of selected TB outpatient clinics nationwide. ACTION:
Applications are due February 5, 2011. A total of $4.45 million is available to fund one
cooperative agreement. Colleges and universities are eligible to apply.


Whoops, the applications are (sic) due earlier this month. I guess we’ll have to recruit a time travel stakeholder to have a chance for this one…

By: Indyanna Tue, 15 Feb 2011 20:51:34 +0000 Before this post falls onto Page Two, I wanted to supply an update on the LATEST posting classified under “Grants of Interest to Humanists” by our Office of Share The Wealth:

Reducing Mercury Use and Release in Francophone West Africa Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining


U.S. Department of State; Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, (OES) Office of Environmental Policy

Notice seeking applications to stimulate actions that will lead to a higher awareness of mercury issues among stakeholders and the sustained reduction of mercury use and release in the ASGM sector.

Applications are due March 21,2011. Approximately $198,000 in funding is available to support one award. Colleges and universities are eligible to apply


I guess the fact that we’re “stakeholders” gives us some basis for having something to say here.

By: That's Grantastic! Tue, 08 Feb 2011 23:17:08 +0000 I’m sure SOME people respond to a horrific photo of maimed child in Iraq by flashing back to their 1040.

But fortunately, most folks are more sophisticated thinkers than the Tea Party, and are able to verbalize the things they don’t like with more specificity than “Taxes: They Pay For Stuff I Don’t Like.”

By: That's Grantastic! Tue, 08 Feb 2011 23:12:44 +0000 (Sorry, EVERYTHING doesn’t come from tax/tuition/research. There’s also, allegedly, the Charitable Funding Set…but in this economy the endowment really isn’t paying for much unless you’re at a top school.)

By: That's Grantastic! Tue, 08 Feb 2011 23:09:29 +0000 Sorry for previous, personalized-question post. Apparently that wedgie is back.

Here, I will try to explain what that last question reads like to me:

For this kind of “service” and attention to the special needs and characteristics of our disciplines we should be paying “overhead?”

Rhetoric that makes *just as much logical sense* as what you wrote…

Here is an email I just got about some university researcher who is being paid to do something I consider stupid or wasteful. For this kind of “service” I should be paying “taxes”?

Here is an email from my departmental administrator saying that s/he royally screwed up and did not submit my personnel forms, so Payroll won’t be depositing my money this month. For this kind of “service” I should pay overhead on my research grant?

The contractors tearing up the sidewalk outside my building haven’t put down any plywood to walk on, and the whole area has been muddy, snowy, and handicapped inaccessible for a week and a half now. For this kind of “service” I should pay overhead on my research grant?

Every time I go to use the bathroom before class, every last toilet is plugged. Either the custodians don’t feel like keeping it clean or the facilities are rotting from the plumbing up. For this kind of “facility” I should pay tuition dollars?”

Other “Bad Things Happening At My University” are discussed by blaming a specific person or a policy or structure, not the effing funding source (everything there comes from tuition, research overhead, or taxes! Everything!)

But woe be unto you, research tax collectors, lest you behave like every other unit and perform imperfectly or bureaucratically or with less customer service than someone expects, as (unlike Physical Plant or Libraries) it will be presumed that you are simultaneously stealing – yes, STEALING – 50 cents on every dollar that should rightfully flow to some individual faculty member’s discretion…

By: That's Grantastic! Tue, 08 Feb 2011 22:26:38 +0000 Man, that looks like a dumb email. Good thing that (according to your posts) you are not in fact HAVING to pay overhead. Somebody else subsidizes it! ;)

I’m curious — what is the exact nature of your beef with the system? That your grants people suck? Okay. Well, you could demand better service from them, but it’s hard to do that when you keep your “scholarly stuff off-site and out of channel.” Bit of a chicken/egg problem.

I don’t even understand how you do that. Are you at a community college or SLAC or regional U? An adjunct? I am just so baffled by the positions you are taking here — for instance, the idea that you are somehow only contractually bound to teach courses (though you a) recognize there are still 3 “legs” on the institutional stool; b) do perform scholarly stuff; c) do have a grants office at your institution — so, the idea that you’re budgeted as 100% instruction just doesn’t seem to figure).

By: Indyanna Tue, 08 Feb 2011 18:59:16 +0000 Dear Fellow Humanists:

Here’s an example from the latest weekly “flyE-r” we get from the Graduate School and Research grants office about an exciting opportunity of “possible interest to humanities faculty.” Viz:

Reduction of Vulnerability to Coastal Natural Hazards in Asia
U.S. Agency for International Development; Bureau for Democracy,
Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance; Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster
Notice seeking applications proposing disaster risk reduction programs
to increase resilience to coastal hazards and strengthen a culture of
DRR among the most vulnerable coastal communities in Asia.
Applications are due by March 7, 2011. Approximately $3.75 million is
available to support multiple awards. Colleges and universities are
eligible to apply. USG and USAID regulations generally treat colleges
and universities as Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO).
LINKS: notice

Anyone want to jump-start a blog-wide collaborative
E-nitiative to try to throw a coastal protection program with an emphasis on resiliency-inducing factors together in, say about 27 days? This is one of only five things in this week’s net, and far from the most abstruse. For this kind of “service” and attention to the special needs and characteristics of our disciplines we should be paying “overhead?”

By: That's Grantastic! Mon, 07 Feb 2011 21:33:06 +0000 One last thing for today (!) I heartily disagree with the inclusion of good PR for the U on your list of indirect cost reducers in a better world. Think for a second about how that would work: feel-good projects get more money? Big projects get more money? Experimental potential failures have an even bigger hurdle to overcome?

Your university’s policy doc is actually quite good. Look at priorities #4 and #5 (which you were to address in your ) — will this grant support junior faculty and/or experimental/difficult-to-fund research such that you do not have alternate funding sources? Will the waived costs go to increase student support?

These factors favor you much more solidly than “PR,” which does not actually make your project unique or give it a good argument for special treatment.

Note that a justification of why YOU should get special treatment while OTHERS should not is priority #1 in your explanation.

By: That's Grantastic! Mon, 07 Feb 2011 21:09:05 +0000 Let me be clearer about the waiver – I would hate to be the cause of more confusion.

26% isn’t some secret statewide basement rate. It’s your university’s standard off-campus negotiated rate, which you might be able to get if you ask.

The waiver is for grants w/ $10k in indirect, per [your university's] policy [#6080]. I would encourage you to read that document, as it also outlines what information you are to include in an indirect cost waiver request.