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Two New Grant Opportunities for Research in the Humanities and Health

This is a repost of Grant News by NEH:

NEH and AHRC Announce Collaborative Grant Opportunity to Use Humanities Scholarship to Study Health and Wellbeing in the UK and US

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom (AHRC) are cooperating to advance research in the humanities that focuses on the humanities and health and well-being. Applications are invited for support of collaborative research projects that use humanities disciplines to better understand health, well-being, disability, medical science and technology, or other aspects of the health sciences. Projects might investigate, for example, literary narratives of healing, the role of culture or cultural difference in health and medicine, or comparative cultural perspectives on disability. Projects must involve scholars from both the United States and the United Kingdom.

Applications are to be submitted to the NEH’s Collaborative Research program, with funding to be provided by NEH in the United States and the AHRC in the United Kingdom.

Application Deadline: December 6, 2012

Awards will be made for a minimum of one year and up to a maximum of three years with funding of between $25,000 (£15,000) and $100,000 (£62,000) available per project per year.

More details about this grant:

http://www.neh.gov/files/grants/ahrc_additional_document_language.pdf

Information on how to apply for this grant:

http://www.neh.gov/files/grants/collaborative-research-dec-6-2012.pdf

NIH Invites Humanities Researchers to Contribute to the Study of Culture and Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), through its Opportunity Network for Basic Behavioral and Social Science Research (OppNet), has announced a special funding opportunity for basic social and behavioral research on culture, health and wellbeing. Researchers in humanities disciplines are encouraged to apply as part of projects that maintain a required majority emphasis in basic behavioral and social sciences.

A Focus on Understanding Culture

According to the NIH announcement, “Culture usually is defined in terms of beliefs and practices that are shared within a population, which itself may share attributes such as ethnicity, race, language, gender, sexuality, specific physical impairments or geographic space. These beliefs and practices reflect common values, socialization processes that are intrinsic to the population of interest, and their other shared attributes. In practice, investigators may use gross distinctions such as demographic categories or political boundaries as proxies for culture, with little attention to how well these categories capture actual shared culture. The specific processes by which culture encompasses beliefs and practices related to health may be obscured by surrogate variables to designate culture (e.g., language, national origin, race/ethnicity). There is a need for research that improves the conceptualization and measurement of culture and does this in the context of health and social and behavioral processes that influence health.”

Under this program, OppNet expects to provide grants for infrastructure support to develop, strengthen, and evaluate transdisciplinary approaches and methods for basic behavioral and/or social research on the relationships among cultural practices/beliefs, health, and wellbeing. This includes an appreciation for more comprehensive understandings of the relationships regarding cultural attitudes, beliefs, practices, and processes, on outcomes relevant to human health and wellbeing.  OppNet specifically welcomes research teams that include expertise complementary to basic social and behavioral sciences, e.g., arts, ethics, humanities, law.

Application Deadline: December 17, 2012

NIH intends to commit $1,425,000 in FY2013 for approximately 5-7 awards. Future year amounts will depend on annual appropriations. Applications must have a majority emphasis in basic behavioral and social sciences.

Information on how to apply for this grant: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-LM-12-002.html

In addition, a webinar hosted by the Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development explains this grant in greater detail: http://www.nea.gov/research/TaskForce/Oct4-2012.html

Dr. Claudia Valeggia honored with Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Congratulations to biological anthropologist and AAA member, Dr. Claudia Valeggia. The Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania will be honored with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers on October 14.

The award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education or community outreach.

The work for which Valeggia received the PECASE award was funded by the National Science Foundation and involves a group of Toba indigenous women and girls living in the province of Formosa in Argentina. The ongoing project aims to better understand three key life transitions: the move from infancy to childhood, puberty and menopause.  Valeggia and her colleagues take monthly measurements and other physiological data from the participants to chart physical changes in their lives.

Learn more about Dr. Valeggia’s work here.

Read the Presidential press release here.

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