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Research Opportunities


National Science Foundation Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC)

The Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC) is a research and action competition that accelerates the transition to practice of foundational research and emerging technologies into communities through civic-engaged research. By addressing priorities at the local scale that are relevant across the US, CIVIC is laying the foundation for a broader and more fluid exchange of research and technology capabilities and civic priorities through joint partnerships involving civic stakeholders and the research community.


CIVIC is organized as a two-stage competition with two tracks centered around the following topic areas:

Track A. Living in a changing climate: pre-disaster action around adaptation, resilience, and mitigation; and

Track B. Bridging the gap between essential resources and services & community needs.


Award Information

Budgets for Stage 1 Planning Grants are up to $50,000 and Stage 2 Full Awards are up to $1,000,000. 


Deadline: Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

Stage 1: May 05, 2022

Stage 2: February 01, 2023


National Science Foundation Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC)

Communities in the United States (US) and around the world are entering a new era of transformation in which residents and their surrounding environments are increasingly connected through rapidly-changing intelligent technologies. This transformation offers great promise for improved wellbeing and prosperity but poses significant challenges at the complex intersection of technology and society. The goal of the NSF Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) program solicitation is to accelerate the creation of the scientific and engineering foundations that will enable smart and connected communities to bring about new levels of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, accessibility and inclusivity, and overall quality of life.

This S&CC solicitation will support research projects in the following categories: S&CC Integrative Research Grants (SCC-IRG) Tracks 1 and 2.  Track 1 proposals may request budgets ranging between $1,500,001 and $2,500,000, with durations of up to four years. Track 2 proposals may request budgets up to $1,500,000, with durations of up to three years. S&CC Planning Grants (SCC-PG).  


Deadline: Full Proposal Accepted Anytime Until April 1, 2024


Governors Island on-call design services

The Trust for GovernorIsland is seeking to engage consultants to perform various on-call design services, including but not limited to urban design and master planning, architecture, landscape architecture, civil engineering, and maritime engineering.

We have many ongoing and anticipated projects, including:

  • Public space and circulation studies and planning
  • Historic buildings stabilization and upgrades
  • Building renovations and adaptive reuse
  • Historic District master planning
  • Sustainable stormwater management
  • Island-wide infrastructure upgrades
  • Maritime infrastructure improvements

An optional, virtual pre-submission conference will be held on Wednesday, February 2, at 11:30am. Please refer to the RFP on our website for details.


RFP Issue Date: January 21, 2022
Pre-Submission Conference: February 2 & February 8, 2022
Questions Due: February 11, 2022
Proposals Due: March 1, 2022

Pre-Submission Conference:  9:30am (AZ), February 2 info session. Please send an email to ( to receive an invitation link for the Zoom session.

National Science Foundation CAREER Awards        

CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.


Maximum Award Amount: $500,000.00

Deadline: July 25, 2022

Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) Article Prize           

The Nineteenth Century Studies Association is pleased to announce the Article Prize, which recognizes excellence in scholarly studies from any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long nineteenth century (French Revolution to World War I). The winning article will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars representing diverse disciplines. The winner will receive a cash award of $500 to be presented at the Annual NCSA Conference. Applicants are encouraged to attend the conference at which the prize will be awarded.


Award Amount: $500.00          

Anticipated Deadline: July 1, 2022  

Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) Emerging Scholars Award

The Nineteenth Century Studies Association is pleased to announce the Emerging Scholars Award. The work of emerging scholars represents the promise and long-term future of interdisciplinary scholarship in nineteenth century studies. In recognition of the excellent publications of this constituency of emerging scholars, this award recognizes an outstanding article or essay published during the author’s doctoral studies or within the six years following conferral of a doctorate. The winning article will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars representing diverse disciplines. The winner will receive $500 to be presented at the annual NCSA Conference in 2022. Applicants are encouraged to attend the conference at which the prize will be awarded.     


Award Amount: $500.00          

Anticipated Deadline: July 1, 2022  

Society of Architectural Historians Spiro Kostof Book Award           

Every year, the Society of Architectural Historians presents awards that recognize the most distinguished publications in architectural history, urban history, landscape history, preservation, and architectural exhibition catalogues. SAH also presents the Founders' Award for an outstanding JSAH article written by an emerging scholar in the previous two years. 

Nominations for the next award cycle will open in June 2022. 


Anticipated Deadline: July 31, 2022  


Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award  

Established in 1949, the Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award aims to annually recognize the most, “distinguished work of scholarship in the history of architecture published by a North American scholar.”


Anticipated Deadline: July 31, 2022  


CAPLA Grassroots Initiatives 2021 Call for Proposals  

(1) CAPLA Research Seed Grants  

The submission portal is available on the UA Competition Space.   

Submit a proposal to the 2021 CAPLA Research Seed Grants competition

(2) Budget Template for Teaching Grants and Research Grants 

Please use the budget template for both Teaching and Research grants.  Template available at the UA Competition Space.   

(3) ERAS Support (optional) 

The Engineering Research Administration Services (ERAS) ( is available to provide support on budget and budget justification, if needed.  Please contact ERAS as early as you determine interest in submitting a proposal.   

Proposal deadline: November 1st, 2021.


Budget/budget template, please contact Priscilla Corella (

All other questions, Bo Yang ( or Laura Hollengreen (

The Arizona Institutes for Resilience (AIR) TRIF-funded Resilience Grants

Visit UA Competition Space for details.

Eligibility: UA faculty, continuing-eligible academic professionals, continuing status academic professionals, and/or research scientists across all disciplines and levels are eligible to apply.

Funding Period: November 1, 2021 through August 31, 2022

Internal Submission Deadline: Monday, October 4, 2021 at 8:00 am 

Award amounts: up to $100,000


Economic Development Administration (EDA) American Rescue Plan ProgramsUnder the American Rescue Plan, EDA was allocated $3 billion in supplemental funding to assist communities nationwide in the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and to build local economies that will be resilient to future economic shock. EDA investments will have a focus on underserved communities impacted by COVID-19 and there are six funding opportunities. To learn more about the funding opportunities, click here.

Department of the Interior Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Grant Program — September 24, 2021 — Earlier this month, the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced that the National Park Service will distribute $150 million to local communities through the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership grant program. Those interested will need to go through their state's main contact, which can be found here. Read more here about the granting program and how to apply.

Arbor Day Foundation and Alliance for Community Trees Environmental Justice Initiative — September 30, 2021 — Alliance for Community Trees (ACT) welcomes community organizations outside of its network to apply to this opportunity. The Arbor Day Foundation and ACT will address climate and race-related inequities through strategic support of tree planting, tree care and community engagement initiatives around the nation. The initiative will be funded between 2021 to 2023 with $50,000 distributed for community engagement and $50,000 distributed for tree planting. To learn more about this opportunity, click here.

Department of the Interior and Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program — September 30, 2021 — The Coastal Program is a voluntary, community-based program that provides technical and financial assistance through cooperative agreements to coastal communities, conservation partners and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Coastal Program staff coordinate with partners, stakeholders and other service programs to identify geographic focus areas and develop habitat conservation goals and priorities within these focus areas. The program will award a minimum of $1 and a maximum of $500,000 with no match requirement. To learn more about this program, click here

EPA Brownfields Job Training Grants FY 2022— Applications due October 5, 2021 — EPA announced the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, to deliver Brownfields Job Training programs that recruit, train and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment across a spectrum of brownfield-related activities. More information is available here.

NOAA Climate Program Office FY 2022 — Applications due October 18, 2021 — Climate variability and change present society with significant economic, health, safety, and security challenges. As part of the NOAA climate portfolio within the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, the Climate Program Office (CPO) addresses these climate challenges. CPO is seeking applications for eight individual competitions in FY22 with $15,000,000 available. Several of these competitions are relevant to four high-priority climate risk areas CPO is focusing on to improve science understanding and/or capabilities that result in user-driven outcomes: Coastal Inundation, Marine Ecosystems, Water Resources, and Extreme Heat. To learn more about this funding opportunity, click here.

EJ4 Climate Grant Program - Proposals due November 14, 2021. A grant program that supports underserved and vulnerable communities, and Indigenous communities, in Canada, Mexico, and the United States to prepare for climate-related impacts. Possible projects under the grant program could include addressing extreme weather impacts, transitioning to clean energy and/or transportation systems, or utilizing traditional ecological knowledge and green infrastructure or nature-based solutions to address climate change impacts. More information available here.  

USDA Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program — Applications due January 10, 2022 — The Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), State and Private Forestry and Cooperative Forestry staff requests applications for this competitive grant program. The purpose of the program is to establish community forests by protecting forest land from conversion to non-forest uses and provide community benefits such as sustainable forest management; environmental benefits including clean air, water, and wildlife habitat; benefits from forest-based educational programs; benefits from serving as models of effective forest stewardship; and recreational benefits secured with public access. To learn more about eligibility and the application, click here.

Research Fellowships (Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection)

Fellowships are awarded to Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape scholars with a terminal degree (Fellowships) or degree candidates who have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a terminal degree (Junior Fellowships), and awarded for an academic year or semester. Summer Fellowships are available to Byzantine and Pre-Columbian scholars at on any level of advancement beyond the first year of graduate (post-baccalaureate) study. Fellowships are for individuals holding appropriate terminal degrees (e.g., PhD, MLA) at the time of the application deadline.

Funding: Upper $36,600USD   Lower $21,000USD

Deadline: November 1, 2021

Vitalyst Health Foundation Systems Change Grants Open for Applications

Our grant processes are designed to support collaborative projects that are improving the health of Arizonans by making systems more effective, equitable, and sustainable. Depending on the grant type, they range from $10,000-$175,000 and may extend up to three years.

Systems Change Grants

Award Amount: Ranging from $150,000-175,000 total. Three-year awards.

Letter of Intent: Due October 29, 2021 by 5:00pm

Invitation to Submit Full Proposal: December 9, 2021

Full Proposal: Due January 28, 2022 by 5:00pm

Spark Grants

Award Amount: Ranging from $10,000-20,000 total. One-year awards.

Proposal Due March 25, 2022 by 5:00pm

School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study (IAS)

The Institute for Advanced Study is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations. Each year scholars from around the world apply to come to the Institute to pursue their own research. Those who are chosen are offered a membership for a set period. Members receive access to the extensive resources of the Institute, including offices, access to libraries, subsidized restaurant and housing facilities, and some secretarial services.

Each year the School welcomes approximately forty Members selected on the basis of both external and internal review. Members in the School are appointed for either one term (first term September 20 to December 17, second term January 10 to April 8) or for two terms, amounting to a full academic year.

Funding: Upper $78,000USD   Lower $39,000USD

Deadline: October 15, 2021

Graham Foundation

For individuals, our priorities are to:

  • Provide opportunities to create, develop, and communicate a project about architecture and the designed environment that will contribute to their creative, intellectual, and professional growth at crucial or potentially transformative stages in their careers.
  • Support their efforts to take positions, develop new forms of expression, and engage debate. 
  • Help them communicate their work in the public realm and reach new and wider audiences.
  • Support new voices by giving priority to first-time applicants.

Production and Presentation Grants: up to $20,000

Research and Development Grants: up to $10,000

Inquiry Form deadline: September 15, 2021, 5:00 p.m. Central Time

NEH Humanities Connections Grants

The Humanities Connection program supports innovative curricular approaches that foster productive partnerships among humanities faculty and their counterparts in the social and natural sciences and in pre-service or professional programs (such as business, engineering, health sciences, law, computer science, and other technology-driven fields), in order to encourage and develop new integrative learning opportunities for students.

Planning Grants

Faculty from two or more separate departments or schools (a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities) can collaborate to design a new curricular program or initiative with Planning Grants. 

Funding available: up to $35,000

Grant Period: 12 months

Implementation Grants

Implementation Grants support interdisciplinary collaboration by faculty to implement a sustainable curricular program or initiative. 

Funding Available: up to $150,000

Grant period: 18-36 months

Send your proposal drafts or summaries to the email below.  

Optional drafts deadline: August 3, 2021

Application deadline: September 14, 2021



Council for International Exchange of Scholars - Fulbright Scholar Programs

Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright is offering more opportunities for flexible, multi-country grants. Fulbright grants are budgeted to cover travel and living costs in-country for the grantee and their accompanying dependents.

Deadline: September 15, 2021

Council for International Exchange of Scholars - Fulbright Scholar - Early Career

These awards present an opportunity for new scholars to deepen their expertise, acquire new skills, work with additional resources and make connections with leading scholars in their field.

Deadline: September 15, 2021

European Commission, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions - Individual Fellowships

Fellowships are for experienced reserchers with international mobility.  At least four years of research experience is required. Researchers working across all disciplines are eligible. The stipend is 4880 Euros per month, plus mobility and family allowances.

Deadline: September 9, 2021

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation - Guggenheim Fellows

Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship, or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

Deadline: September 17, 2021

National Science Board (NSF) - Vannevar Bush Award

Honors truly exceptional lifelong leaders in science and technology who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the Nation through public service activities in science, technology, and public policy.

Deadline: September 27, 2021

New York Public Library - Cullman Center Fellowship

Offered through the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, fellowships will be awarded to fifteen scholars and writers — academics, independent scholars, journalists, creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets), translators, and visual artists — whose work could benefit directly from access to the research collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The library is one of the world’s preeminent resources for study in anthropology, art, geography, history, languages and literature, philosophy, politics, popular culture, psychology, religion, sociology, sports, and urban studies. A Cullman Center Fellow receives a stipend of up to $75,000, the use of an office with a computer, and full access to the Library’s physical and electronic resources. Fellows work at the Center for the duration of the Fellowship term, which runs from September through May.

Deadline: September 25, 2021

University of Notre Dame, Institute for Advanced Study - Residential Fellowships

These fellowships are for scholars, artists, and scientists pursuing outstanding research in all disciplines — including the arts, engineering, humanities, law, formal, natural, and social sciences — with projects that are creative, innovative, or align with the intellectual orientation of the NDIAS. Projects that integrate questions of value, meaning, or purpose in the analyses are encouraged. The Institute seeks applicants with excellent records of accomplishment pursuing fellowships for periods ranging from three weeks to a full academic year (fall and spring semesters, August through May), including those who are established within their field and those beginning their careers with promise and who have appropriate projects.  Full-year fellowships are $90,000 -  shorter stays are prorated.

Deadline: September 15, 2021

College Art Association - Excellence in Diversity Award

The award may be made to either an institution or individual for demonstrated and significant advancement of diversity in non-profit institutions such as colleges or universities, museums or galleries, foundations, and/or cultural agencies, especially in areas related to including, embracing, and/or enhancing opportunities for people of all ages, cultures, ethnicities, religions/faiths, genders, differing abilities, and/or sexual orientations.

Deadline: September 4, 2021

Society of Architectural Historians - SAH Membership Grant for Emerging Professionals

SAH Membership Grants provide emerging scholars with a one-year digital SAH Individual membership to bridge the gap between the Society's subsidized student memberships and the full-cost SAH memberships. These grants are intended to open membership in SAH to emerging scholars who are engaged in the study of architectural history and its related disciplines. 

Deadline: August 31, 2021

Lewis-Burke Announcements: 

Lewis-Burke Provides Resources on DOD Environmental Research Program     
Lewis-Burke has compiled resources for faculty interested in conducting environmental research to support the Department of Defense (DOD) under the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP).  These programs support DOD’s efforts to address environmental and sustainability challenges stemming from DOD’s platforms and installations.  SERDP funds basic and applied research to address these challenges, while ESTCP demonstrates promising and cost-effective technologies that address high-priority environmental requirements.  These programs are managed jointly by the DOD, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Department of Energy (DOE).  Faculty interested in working with these programs should review their “core statements of need,” which are released every summer and dictate DOD’s investment priorities for environmental R&D and technology demonstration.  Lewis-Burke’s analysis of this program can be found here.  More information about SERDP and ESTCP can be found here, and the statements of need can be found here

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program
This National Science Foundation (NSF) program focuses on increasing participation, retention, and graduation rates of underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.  There are three tracks available to applicants: Track 1: Planning or Pilot Projects (PPP) and Track 2: Implementation and Evaluation Projects (IEP) with a deadline of January 13, 2021 and August 25, 2021 (and annually in August thereafter).; and Track 3: Institutional Transformation Projects (ITP) with a deadline of February 10, 2021 (and annually thereafter).  NSF has $11 million funding available for the HSI program in FY 2021 that will be distributed as follows: 15-25 PPP awards at $200,000 to $300,000 for two-years; up to 10 IEP awards at $500,000 to $800,000 for three- to five-year projects; and 1-2 ITPs up to $3 million over five-years.  Additional information is available here.

Conference Opportunities, Workshops
and Calls for Papers


Social and Environmental Placemaking

During the pandemic, a widespread understanding that connecting to nature is an essential part of a healthy human condition has been brought to light. For many, parks and other outdoor environments served as the go to place for mental and social healing to occur. However, many cities have not been designed to provide these experiences to all people, especially those in underserved areas.  Therefore, the question becomes what can designers, academics, and policy makers do to provide equitable urban communities.  Join us for our next LGA Fireside Chat where we will discuss these ideas and more with Alden Stoner, CEO of Nature Sacred and Angela Loder, PhD. Vice President of Research at Well Building Institute and author of Small-Scale Urban Greening, Creating Places of Health, Creativity, and Ecological Sustainability.

Thursday, October 21, 2021  | 4-5 pm (PST)

53rd Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) conference

Location: Greenville, SC

Date: June 1-4, 2022

Conference theme: Health in All Design

Proposal submission deadline: Nov 1, 2021

Call for proposals:

7/20 Conversations with Olmsted: Creating Parks for the Ages

Olmsted 200 invites you to join us for the second webinar in our Conversations with Olmsted series as we explore different aspects of Frederick Law Olmsted’s far-reaching influence on America’s physical landscape and social fabric. Olmsted and the Olmsted Firm believed that thoughtfully designed public parks could unite communities and provide residents and visitors with a host of health, civic and environmental benefits. 

We are excited to have Karen Phillips, FASLA, and 2021 LAF Medal Honoree, moderate our conversation with three innovative leaders of historic Olmsted parks:

  • Susan Donoghue, President and Park Administrator, Prospect Park Alliance and NYC Parks
  • Layla George, President/CEO of Olmsted Parks Conservancy in Louisville, KY
  • Jennifer Ott, Assistant Director of HistoryLink and Steering Committee Member of Volunteer Park Trust in Seattle, WA

Time: July 20, 2021, at 3 pm EST

Registration link

Conference on Advancing Transportation Equity (CATE)

Date: September 8-10, 2021

Title: Equitable Public Participation During and After Covid-19

Faculty: Nicole Iroz-Elardo (urban planning); Helen Erickson (heritage conservation); Kristina M. Currans (urban planning)

Graduate students: Ariel Howell (landscape architecture); Melanie Olson (urban planning)

(Project sponsored by the Drachman Institute)    

Symposium on Resilience Research for Global Development Challenges

Dates: September 30, 9am-5pm & October 1, 9am-12pm, 2021
Location: ENR2, University of Arizona

AIR International Programs is coordinating a cross-campus initiative to establish the University of Arizona as a thought leader in addressing global challenges related to resilience. We seek to mobilize University of Arizona faculty, staff, and students with experience, expertise, and interest in climate change, conflict, human rights, global health, food security, migration, water resources, and other resilience-related themes. 

As a first step, we are hosting an in-person 1.5-day symposium to identify our University of Arizona community of scholars and practitioners willing to help advance knowledge to improve the lives of people around the world. The symposium provides an interactive forum for University of Arizona faculty, staff, and students to showcase their work on resilience as well as a springboard to build a community of individuals who are interested in new collaborations to pursue opportunities for research, training, and outreach related to resilience and international development.

Please fill out this survey to submit an abstract to present your research (by 8/6) or simply register to attend (by 9/24).

Mark your calendars and visit AIR International Programs for more symposium information.

ERAS Grant Proposal Process

The following presentation includes a brief demo of the new Engineering Research Administration Services (ERAS) electronic submission of a grant proposal request for CAPLA faculty to use for grant proposal submissions:


Department of Energy Launches a National Initiative for Clean Heating and Cooling Systems in Buildings

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm announced a new national initiative that EERE’s Building Technologies Office will lead to advance clean heating and cooling systems in buildings.

Watch a recording of her remarks at the White House’s Principals Buildings Roundtable here.

Additional Information or Assistance

For additional information or assistance, please contact Bo Yang, interim associate dean for research, at 520-621-1009.