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Welcome to WIPAR What is WIPAR? Located in the School of Public Affairs at American University, the Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research (WIPAR) serves as a bridge between academic researchers and the broader public affairs community, including public agencies, corporations, private foundations, nonprofit organizations, and interested media. WIPAR strives to share the lessons of academic research with those people and organizations that can put them to use. Practically, WIPAR advises faculty and guides them through the grant proposal process. The institute also helps disseminate research findings through public panels and briefings. U.S. Capitol at night twilight. Source: Corbis.

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Changes at WIPAR The Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research begins its fourth year with some new faces, new features, and a renewed commitment to serving the SPA research community. First, joining the WIPAR team is Dr. John Kornacki, the new assistant director and operations manager of the office. He is joined by Rachel Trello, a new program assistant who along with program assistant Cynthia Malley and Director Jon Gould complete the office now located in Ward 228. This year, Dr. Gould will also be serving as Acting Chair of the Department of Justice, Law and Society with an office in Ward 266.

Partners in the operation of WIPAR’s external grants workflow are Olivia Ivey, SPA’s reference librarian at the University Library, and Rachel Pentlarge, SPA’s grants and contracts manager for the Office Sponsored Programs. Both are working in partnership with WIPAR staff in identifying sources of funding and, in OSP’s case, with proposal budgeting, compliance, and submission.

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Research Grants Made Easier by WIPAR.


Research Opportunities The grants process follows two pathways: WIPAR will send out a regular monthly E-newsletter with general grant information to all SPA facult, and in addition, will email targeted funding briefs on specific topic areas to specialists interested in the subjects. Both types are highlighted here, in this months E-newsletter. Interested faculty should contact WIPAR for assistance in the development and/or refinement of grant proposals before they are sent to the dean’s office and OPS for finalizing a budget, as well as handling compliance issues and proposal submission.

General Grant Information Enduring Questions- National Endowment for the Humanities. Deadline 9/12/2013. Core Funding Areas: Funding Inquiry Submissions- John Templeton Foundation. Deadlines accecpted 8/0110/01/2013. ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships- American Council of Learned Societies. Deadline 9/26/2013. Political Science Program- National Science Foundation. Deadline 9/16/2013.

Targeted Funding Briefs Grants Program- Rockefeller Family Fund (RFF). Grants are made for research in RFF programs areas such as citizen participation; government accountability; institutional responsiveness; economic justice for women; and the environment. Deadline is unspecified. Effect of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination/Bias on Health Care Delivery (R21)- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); with the National Institute of Health (NIH). Deadline 10/16/2013. Healthy Schools: Environmental Factor, Childrens Health and Performance, and Sustainable Building PracticesEnvironmental Protection Agency. Deadline 10/8/2013. New Civics- Spencer Foundation. Grants made for research on the impact of tragic events on civics, civic learning, engagement, and education. Deadline 9/10/2013.

Research Bites Research Bites highlight the work and achievements of SPA research faculty. Special mentions go to: Bill Davies of the Department of Justice Law and Society received the Scouloudi Award providing funding for advanced historical research in European law and politics. He is also returning from five weeks as a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University. Diane Singerman of the Department of Government received a major Ford Foundation grant for her continuing work in understanding urban development in Egypt.

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Save the Date: The Shifting Suburbs: Changes in the Nation’s Political Fulcrum A special research briefing on early findings from SPA’s new American Communities Project. Monday September 23, 2013, Katzen Theater, 10am-Noon.

Robert Durant of the Department of Public Administration and Policy has received the John Gaus award from the American Political Science Association to recognize a lifetime of exemplary scholarship in public administration.


Washington Mall and Capitol Building from the Washington Monument, Washington DC, USA. Source: Corbis

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