Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Government Grant Program For Inventors!

*Please note that while this particular grant program is open to all to apply, this grant program should be of particular interest to inventors and those who deal with computer technologies

The deadline to apply for this grant is May 12, 2007!

There is no funding minimum or ceiling which I am assuming to mean that applicants can request a funding amount!

There is no cost sharing or matching requirement required!

This government grant program seeks white papers for efforts that shall develop and demonstrate technologies for the next generation components and systems in Electronic Warfare. Although white papers addressing any truly innovative idea will be considered, the primary emphasis is on technologies to Detect and Defeat Imaging Infrared and Multi-Mode Threats.

Proposed efforts should focus on development of technology and techniques to detect and/or counter advanced threat tracking systems, missiles, and other Precision Guided Munitions that:

  • Employ imaging sensors operating in the infrared spectral bands (with emphasis on the atmospheric transmission bands at roughly 1-2, 3-5, and 8-12 micrometers) designed to passively track targets, guide weapons, and negate the effectiveness of infrared countermeasures that have limited spectral or spatial fidelity to the target signature

  • Employ multiple passive and/or active modes of tracking and guidance (electro-optical imaging, infrared seeking, laser spot/beam tracking, radar homing, active radar emitting, radio frequency command guidance, etc.) that can operate sequentially or simultaneously during weapon engagement to negate the effectiveness of single-mode countermeasures.

For more information about this grant program you can contact them via phone.

Are You A Minority

Student Interested In Computers?

Our government has started a grant program that aims to significantly increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents receiving post secondary degrees in the computing disciplines, with an emphasis on students from communities with longstanding under-representation in computing. Those underrepresented groups are women, persons with disabilities, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.

This program seeks to engage the computing community to develop and implement innovative methods, frameworks, and strategies to improve recruitment and retention of these students through undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Projects that target stages of the academic pipeline from middle school through the early faculty ranks are welcome and there is a special emphasis on providing a national impact as far as application requests are concerned. (This means that your proposal / application must provide for having a national impact on society and increasing the number of those who have chosen a computer/computing-based career) That is, they should either develop an effective practice that could be widely deployed or they should deploy existing effective practices so as to reach larger audiences.

The program will support three categories of awards:

  • Alliance and Alliance Extension Projects are broad coalitions of academic institutions of higher learning, secondary (and possibly middle) schools, government, industry, professional societies, and other not-for-profit organizations that design and carry out comprehensive programs addressing underrepresentation in the computing disciplines. They have a large regional or national scope. Typically, Alliances operate across multiple stages of the academic pipeline and address multiple targeted groups. Together, Alliance participants

    • develop and implement interventions that support students and early career faculty

    • create sustainable changes in culture and practices at the institutional, departmental, and organizational levels

    • serve as models and contribute to repositories for effective practices to broaden participation

    • and leverage the work of existing efforts and other Alliances.

    Competitive projects will have significant impact both in the quality of opportunities afforded to participants and in the number of participants potentially served. Successful Alliances are eligible to compete for additional funding!

  • Demonstration Projects are more focused than Alliance projects. Typical Demonstration Projects pilot innovative programs that, once fully developed, could be incorporated into the activities of an Alliance or otherwise scaled for widespread impact. Projects might, for example, be proposed by a single institution or might focus on a single underrepresented community, a single point in the academic pipeline, or a single impediment to full participation in computing.

  • Leveraging, Scaling or Adapting Projects are intended to extend the impact of our most effective practices through leveraging, scaling and/or adaptation. Typical projects will use existing organizational structures and demonstrated best practices. For example, copy and adapt a successful regional Alliance infrastructure for a new region, combine and leverage the work of two or more Alliances, adapt an effective intervention for a different audience, or take an effective intervention and implement it across an Alliance or other organization with a broad reach.

This grant program is open to ALL to apply and that includes individuals as well as for-profit businesses!

16 of these grants are estimated to be awarded!

Maximum individual grant award is $2 Million Dollars!

Deadline to apply is May 13, 2009!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Grant Program For Breast Cancer Research!

Here is a government grant program that is open to ALL apply! This means that this grant program has an unrestricted eligibility requirement - however it is subject to any clarification in the field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility"

This grant program was started to promote new ideas that are still in the early stages of development and have the potential to yield highly impactful data and new avenues of investigation. This grant awards program supports conceptually innovative, high-risk/high-reward research that could ultimately lead to critical discoveries or major advancements that will accelerate the eradication of breast cancer.

Research projects should include a well-formulated, testable hypothesis based on strong scientific rationale. The grant program seeks applications from all areas of basic, translational, clinical, behavioral, and epidemiological research. Innovation and Impact are the most important aspects of this grant program. Here is a more specific explanation:

  • Innovation - Research deemed innovative may introduce a new paradigm, challenge current paradigms, look at existing problems from new perspectives, or exhibit other uniquely creative qualities.

  • Impact - Research that has high potential impact may significantly accelerate the eradication of breast cancer. It is the responsibility of the applicant to clearly and explicitly articulate the project’s innovation and its potential impact on breast cancer.

The sponsors of this grant award encourages applications that include meaningful and productive collaborations between two primary entities but please note that each of the co-entities will have different submission requirements. However, both should contribute to the preparation of a single application. The collaborative partners may have expertise in similar or disparate scientific disciplines but are expected to bring different strengths to the application. New collaborations are encouraged, but not required. The program is designed to support collaborations on completely new research ideas; therefore, merely continuing an existing or previous collaborative research project between the two partners is not considered innovative and does not meet the intent of this grant program.

It is the responsibility of the partners to describe how their combined expertise in the collaboration will better address the research question and explain why the work should be done together rather than through separate efforts.

Over 50 grants will be awarded from this grant program and the total amount of funding dollars for this grant program is over $40 Million Dollars!

There is no "cost-sharing" or "matching requirement" required which means that you will not have had to have secured funding BEFORE you can apply for this grant program.

The deadline to apply for this grant program is April 8, 2009!

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement via their website then you can contact them via phone or you can also send them an email!

Grant Program For Conservation!

Grant Applicants / Applications MUST address one of the following environmental concerns:

  • Water Resources

  • Soil Resources

  • Atmosphere Resources

  • Grazing Lands Energy

  • Wildlife Habitat.

This grant funding program is open to all to apply and this includes individuals as well as small for-profit businesses!

5 Grants will be awarded and the maximum individual grant amount is $75,000! And there is a cost-sharing / matching requirement required!

The deadline to apply for this grant program is May 4, 2009!

You can link to their website and download their .pdf file for a full explanation of this specific grant program. You can also contact them by email or by phone.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Funding Program For New And Existing Daycare Providers!

In one state there is a scholarship and compensation opportunity for center-based and family child care home providers. The program links education, compensation and commitment to improving the quality of early childhood care and education programs for young children.

This funding program works with new providers who are just starting out as well as existing providers who need information, training, or other assistance. This program also provides inclusion services for providers who wish to learn more about caring for children with special needs and you can find out more information about this by visiting their website. You can also request to receive a copy of their brochure for child care providers by contacting them via email. For information on the state's licensing and regulations you can contact their offices or visit the Department of Health and Senior Service's website also.

Keeping Warm!

There is a national program for the elderly, blind and/or disabled to help assist eligible, payment-troubled customers who are at least 62 years of age, blind or disabled. Program features include a lower monthly gas rate, debt forgiveness, emergency heating equipment repair or replacement, and conservation measures depending upon individual circumstances.

For more information about this program you can visit their website

Grants Don't Always Come In The Form Of Actual Cash!

For instance in one state, homeowners are eligible for a $300 property tax rebate. However they won't get that tax rebate in the form of actual cash! Instead they will receive it as a tax credit on their property tax bill. Now while $300 may not seem like much as far as reducing one's property tax bill it may make all the difference to those who need that much needed financial help to help them be able to better be able to afford to pay their property tax bills.

As you know in some areas, failure to pay one's property tax bill will result in the property being foreclosed on. So any thing that can financially help one to lower their property tax bill - I'm sure - will be highly welcomed!

Here is a note:

An interesting side note about this particular property tax "grant" program is that according to the wording of this program, this grant doesn't have to be funded if the jurisdiction is not prosperous! In other words if the locality is suffering financially then they don't have to fund this particular grant program! Of corse it is at the jurisdiction's discretion as to whether or not they are considered prosperous in any given year!

How's THAT for irony!

$10,000 Grant Program For Education!

There is a state grant program by the Verizon Foundation inviting state public schools to apply for financial grants! Only online applications will be accepted and applications are provided from their website in .pdf format!

Accepted proposals include:

  • programs to improve English, math or science skills

  • programs to improve student literacy

  • programs to help decrease school dropout rate

  • programs to help improve graduation rates

Application Deadline is April 6, 2009!

The grant award can be used for the following:

  • stipends for teachers who work out of school time

  • fees for substitute teachers

  • supplies and support materials

  • hardware or software (*some restrictions apply)

  • training

  • travel and lodging

Grant recipients are scheduled to be announced in May 2009