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July 23, 2021

July 23, 2021 Special Higher Education Update

JULY 23, 2021

Federal Funding Opportunities

NEW: U.S. Department of Commerce; Economic Development Administration American Rescue Plan Act Build Back Better Regional Challenge Phase 1 concept proposals due October 19, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act Build Back Better Regional Challenge is designed to assist communities in their efforts to build back better by accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks. This two-phase competition will help regions develop transformational economic development strategies and fund the implementation of those strategies that will create and grow regional growth clusters through planning, infrastructure, innovation and entrepreneurship, workforce development, and access to capital.

NEW: U.S. Department of Commerce; Economic Development Administration American Rescue Plan Act Good Jobs Challenge applications due January 26, 2022

The American Rescue Plan Act Good Jobs Challenge aims to get Americans back to work by building and strengthening systems and partnerships that bring together employers who have hiring needs with other key entities to train workers with in-demand skills that lead to good-paying jobs. Collaborative skills training systems and partnerships will create and implement industry-led training programs, designed to provide skills for and connect unemployed or underemployed workers to existing and emerging job opportunities. Ultimately, these systems are designed to train workers with the skills to secure a quality job that provides good pay, benefits, and growth opportunities. Proposals within the following three phases, as applicable to regional needs, will be funded:

  • System Development: Help establish and develop a regional workforce training system comprised of multiple sector partnerships
  • Program Design: Develop the skills training curriculum and materials, and secure technical expertise needed to train workers
  • Program Implementation: Implement non-construction projects needed to provide workforce training and connect workers with quality jobs, including wrap-around services

U.S. Department of Commerce; Economic Development Administration American Rescue Plan Act Economic Adjustment Assistance applications encouraged before March 31, 2022

The American Rescue Plan Act Economic Development Administration funding opportunity is designed to provide a wide range of financial assistance to communities and regions as they respond to, and recover from, the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, including long-term recovery and resilience to future economic disasters. grants made under this program will help communities across the nation plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through construction or non-construction projects designed to meet local needs. A wide range of technical, planning, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and public works and infrastructure projects are eligible for funding under this program.

NEW: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Health Resources and Services Administration Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Training Program applications due August 30, 2021

The purpose of this program is to plan, develop, operate or participate in health professions and nursing training activities using evidence-based or evidence-informed strategies, to reduce and address burnout, suicide, mental health conditions and substance use disorders and promote resiliency among health care students, residents, professionals, paraprofessionals, trainees, public safety officers, and employers of such individuals in rural and underserved communities.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; National Institutes of Health Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation Program applications due September 24, 2021

The purpose of the Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Cohort is to transform culture at National Institutes of Health-funded extramural institutions by building a self-reinforcing community of scientists committed to diversity and inclusive excellence. Implementing and sustaining cultures of inclusive excellence within the program has the potential to be transformational for biomedical research at the awardee institutions and beyond. This community will be built through recruitment of faculty who are competitive for an advertised research tenure-track or equivalent faculty position, have not held a position at this level, and have demonstrated strong commitment to promoting diversity and inclusive excellence.

National Science Foundation Advancing Informal STEM Learning proposals due January 18, 2022

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.

National Science Foundation; Division of Materials Research releases new Topical Materials Research Programs solicitation

Research supported by the Division of Materials Research (DMR) focuses on advancing the fundamental understanding of materials, materials discovery, design, synthesis, characterization, properties, and materials-related phenomena. DMR awards enable understanding of the electronic, atomic, and molecular structures, mechanisms, and processes that govern nanoscale to macroscale morphology and properties; manipulation and control of these properties; discovery of emerging phenomena of matter and materials; and creation of novel design, synthesis, and processing strategies that lead to new materials with unique characteristics. This solicitation applies to seven DMR Topical Materials Research Programs: Biomaterials, Ceramics, Condensed Matter Physics, Electronic and Photonic Materials, Metals and Metallic Nanostructures, Polymers, and Solid State and Materials Chemistry.

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