Saturday, February 9, 2008

A $15 MILLION Dollar Government Grant Program Open To The Public!

This means that ANY one (or any organization) can apply for this grant!

However be forewarned that the deadline to apply for this grant is

February 18, 2008!

This government grant program invites investigators who possess the theoretical, methodological, measurement, and managerial skills, as well as institutional resources, to undertake a large-scale survey data collection project to submit proposals to conduct a general survey and an international survey. This survey is a personal interview survey that collects data on a wide range of topics: behavioral items such as group membership and voting; personal psychological evaluations, including measures of happiness, misanthropy, and life satisfaction; attitudinal questions on such public issues as abortion, crime and punishment, race relations, gender roles, and spending priorities; demographic characteristics of respondents and their parents. The basic survey design is a repeated cross-sectional survey of a nationally representative sample of non-institutionalized adults who speak either English or Spanish. The survey consists of a 90-minute in-person interview, with forty-five minutes devoted to the core items, 15 minutes to questions selected as part of the international survey program, and 30 minutes allocated to topical modules. The “core” consists of questions that regularly appear on the general survey, allowing long-term comparisons. The topical modules are used to introduce new topics not previously investigated by the general survey and to cover existing topics in greater detail. The topical modules are currently supported by external funding secured by the principal investigator (PI).

Basically what this means is that if you are an individual or organization (you can be either a for-profit or non-profit) then you are eligible to apply for this grant program which basically consists of gathering some survey information. If you are an individual or organization that has some experience with taking surveys then why not benefit by being able to get a grant for doing the kind(s) of surveys that you would be doing on a regular basis anyway?

This government grant program may make one award for the next four-year funding cycle which is FY 2009-2012, to support the 2010 and 2012 general survey program and the U.S. component of the international survey program. It is anticipated that the government agency in charge of this grant award will award in the range of $10 million and at most $15 million, over four years (approximately $2.5 million, but not more than $3.75 million per year) to support data collection and dissemination activities of the survey process.

The expected starting date is November 2008!

The following activities are eligible for award funding

  • Two waves, 2010 and 2012, of data collection for the general survey, including the United State international surveys.

  • Participation in the international survey.

  • Continued development and refinement of the supported module on public knowledge and attitudes concerning science and technology.

  • Survey instrument and module development and experimentation for both the general and international surveys based on scientific expertise in relevant social sciences.

  • Survey design, innovations, and continual enhancement (based on assessment and analysis) of both the cross-sectional survey and panel designs.

  • Post data collection editing, processing, and generation of constructed variables, datafiles and codebooks.

  • Data dissemination through a cutting-edge web-based data archive.

  • Provision of user assistance.

  • Support for a Board of Overseers.


Anticipated Type of Award: Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 1

Anticipated Funding Amount: $10,000,000 to $15,000,000 for up to 4 years, pending availabilty of funds.


Organization Limit: None Specified - (this means there is no limit on the kind of organization that is eligible to apply for this grant)

Only one proposal is allowed from an organization.

Letters of Intent(required):

To expedite the review process for this grant program, proposals must be submitted via the government's official website process by 5:00 PM, proposer's local time, on the due date (February 18, 2008). This letter of intent should contain the following information:

  • the title of the project,

  • a brief project description,

  • the names and affiliations of the principal investigators and other senior personnel and professionals, and

  • the names of any other participating institutions.

Only one letter of intent per group should be submitted. Failure to meet the letter of intent deadline will disqualify a proposal from consideration. Letters of intent are not evaluated for scientific merit; rather, they are used to assemble review panels with appropriate expertise. Please direct any questions about the letter of intent to the Program Officer listed as Contacts for Additional Information.

Notification of the award is made to the submitting organization by a Grants Officer in the Division of Grants and Agreements. Organizations whose proposals are declined will be advised as promptly as possible by the cognizant Program administering the program. Verbatim copies of reviews, not including the identity of the reviewer, will be provided automatically to the Principal Investigator.

To get the latest information about program deadlines, to download copies of publications relating to specific grant programs, and to access abstracts of awards, visit the government website.

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