#FundingFriday: Grants from the Department of Agriculture, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, NASA and More

This week, more than 80 federal grants were posted on Grants.gov by government agencies. Visit Grants.gov Search to browse the latest funding opportunity announcements. Below are a few highlights from the Department of Agriculture, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Defense, NASA and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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1. Department of Agriculture – Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG)

The purpose of the CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging the federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural and forestry production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) into policy, technical manuals, guides and references or to the private sector.

2. National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) – NEA 2017 Arts Education Statewide Data Infrastructure Project

Through the Statewide Data Infrastructure Project for Arts Education, the National Endowment for the Arts will support state-level extraction, analysis and reporting of K-12 arts education data that is already being collected by states. Easy access to timely, reliable data about arts education is a prerequisite for knowing how much and to whom arts education is being delivered in schools. This data can help decision-makers determine whether they are meeting national and state-approved policies and content standards regarding arts education. In addition, this data can help state departments of education, state arts agencies, funders and others to direct resources to increase the likelihood that all students will benefit from an education that includes the arts.

3. Department of Defense – Fiscal Year 2018 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)

The Department of Defense (DoD) announces the Fiscal Year 2018 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). DURIP is designed to improve the capabilities of accredited United States institutions of higher education to conduct research and to educate scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense, by providing funds for the acquisition of research equipment or instrumentation.

4. National Aeronautics and Space Administration – NASA Astrobiology Institute – Cycle 8

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate is releasing a Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) soliciting team-based proposals for membership in the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI). The goal of CAN Cycle 8 is to maintain a multidisciplinary institute by selecting focused, interdisciplinary teams that complement without replicating the strengths of the continuing teams. The teams selected in Cycle 8 will replace the teams selected in Cycle 6, whose five-year Cooperative Agreements are expiring.

5. National Endowment for the Humanities – Humanities Access Grants

Humanities Access grants help support capacity-building for humanities programs that benefit one or more of the following groups: children, family and young adults (defined to include those between ages 18 and 30). Humanities Access grants provide funding for existing programs at institutions such as public libraries, local and regional museums, historical societies, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, archival repositories, and other cultural organizations. Programs supported by Humanities Access grants have included, for example, a young readers’ initiative sponsored by a state humanities council; a “family conversations” program at a rural historical society connecting the area’s cultural and natural resources; and internships for students at a liberal arts college to work in local cultural organizations during the summer.

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