> Learning How to Learn (free online course/MOOC) This 4-week course is meant to give you practical insight on how to learn more deeply and with less frustration. The lessons in this course can help you in learning many different subjects and skills. Whether you love language or math, music or physics, psychology or history, you'll have a lot of fun, and learn a LOT about how to learn virtually any subject! No background is necessary for this course, which is suitable for everyone from college and high school students to advanced professors in the social science, humanities, and STEM disciplines who wish to help their students learn better. Start date (flexible): January 2. Source:

> CeDEM15 - Conference for e-Democracy and Open Government (May 20 - 22; Krems, Austria) It brings together e-democracy, e-participation and open government specialists working in academia, politics, government and business from to critically analyse the innovations, issues, ideas and challenges in the networked societies of the digital age. Extended deadline submission of all papers, workshop proposals, reflections: January 4. Source:

> CPRSouth 2015 - Changing Landscape of ICT Governance and Practice: Convergence and Big Data (August 26 – 28; Taipei, Taiwan) It intends to build human capacity in the South by reinforcing and developing the knowledge, skills, and commitment of ICT policy and regulation scholars in the region or with substantial interest in the region. The overall objective is to create policy intellectuals capable of informed and effective intervention in ICT policy and regulatory processes in specific country contexts. Abstracts/paper proposals on ICT policy and regulation research carried out in the Asia Pacific and Africa, or relevant to the Asia-Pacific and Africa, may be submitted for review and acceptance. Deadline: January 5. Source:

> IAMOT 2015 - 24th International Conference on Management of Technology (June 8 - 11; Cape Town, South Africa) The theme for the conference is Technology, Innovation and Management for Sustainable Growth and the primary focus of the conference is to bring together researchers, scholars and industry participants from all over the world to exchange and share their experiences and latest research results in all aspects of technology, engineering and project management as well as industrial and systems engineering. Full paper submission deadline extended to January 5th. Source:

> 2015 Asia Leadership Fellow Program (ALFP) (Sep 7 - Oct 31; Japan) ALFP is a joint program of the International House of Japan and the Japan Foundation. The theme of the 2015 program is “Seeking Our Commons in Asia: How Can We Create Visions for the Future?” Applicants must: 1) be citizens of Northeast, Southeast and South Asian countries and regions, aged 35 to 59, inclusive; 2) have a solid background in their own professions and have access to a wide audience in their country or region through publications, teaching, media, performance, etc. to disseminate their thoughts and findings; 3) have a certain degree of achievement and having demonstrated outstanding leadership ability or potential; 4) be able to think tolerantly and alternatively about different way of thinking and cultural values, and being willing to develop new social norms and value-orientations; 5) have a good command of English that will enable one to communicate and engage in deep/substantial discussions in English. Application deadline: January 5. Source:

> ICT4AgeingWell - International Conference on ICT for Ageing Well and e-Health (May 20 – 22; Lisbon, Portugal) It facilitates the exchange of information and dissemination of best practices, innovation and technical improvements in the fields of age-related health care, education, social coordination and ambient assisted living. Papers may address one or more of the listed topics, although authors should not feel limited by them: 1) Ambient Assisted Living; 2) Telemedicine and E-Health; e) Monitoring, Accessibility and User Interfaces; 4) Robotics and Devices for Independent Living; 5) HCI for Ageing Populations. Each paper should clearly indicate the nature of its technical/scientific contribution, and the problems, domains or environments to which it is applicable. Extended deadline for Regular Paper Submission: January 6. Source:

> Transforming Business, Society, and Self (free on-line course/MOOC) Learn how to create profound innovation in a time of disruptive change by leading from the emerging future. This highly experiential course is based on Theory U, a framework, method, and way of connecting to the more authentic aspects of our self. It introduces the variable of consciousness into management and the social sciences, and proposes that the quality of the results that we create in any kind of social system is a function of the quality of awareness, attention or consciousness that the participants in the system operate from. This approach to leading change is practiced by business, government, and civil society leaders around the world – many of whom you will meet during this course. Classes Start: January 7 (flexible data). Course Length: 6 weeks. Estimated effort: 4 - 8 hours/week. Source:

> Jack Kent Cooke Foundation - the Good Neighbor Grants program The program aims to identify and strengthen ties with youth-serving nonprofit organizations in the National Capital area (northern Virginia, Maryland, and metropolitan Washington, D.C., USA) that are helping students with significant financial need, reach their full potential through education. Grants will be awarded to a range of programs, including but not limited to afterschool academic enrichment opportunities, college access advising programs, arts programs, service learning, college STEM recruitment and retention strategies, programs that bridge education and technology, and internship programs. Funds may also be used for the development of educational products (e.g., handbooks, training guides, and other written and digital media) that will benefit students. Eligible applicants: 1) tax exempt organizations under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code with focus on K-12 education, college access and completion, and/or visual and performing arts education; 2) Organizations located and that serve students in the eligible geographic areas. Submission deadline for proposals: January 8 at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Source:

> Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Grant Program for Developing Countries Various grant opportunities are open with the same deadline for different target groups – global, regional and country specific. Grants are allocated to support research and capacity-building activities on topics of importance to USAID and conducted in partnership with US Government-funded partners. These partners must be investigators who will contribute to the scientific merit and impact of PEER projects through expertise, skills, methodologies, laboratory access, and synergies with ongoing projects. Interested organizations are invited to submit pre-proposal on health, science and other related research areas. Cross-disciplinary and multi-sectoral research collaborations are also encouraged. Requested funds can only be used to support costs for developing country researchers and institutions. Applicants must be an academic institution, non-profit organization, or government-managed research laboratory, center, or institute in a PEER-eligible country. PEER applicants must hold a career-track position or equivalent at their respective institution or organization. Pre-proposal submission deadline: January 9. Source:

> South East Asia Prosperity Fund 2015/ 2016 Bidding Round The South East Asia Prosperity Fund is the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) technical cooperation programme that aims to create the conditions for global growth. Working closely with project implementers and the FCO’s network of overseas missions, the Prosperity Fund has supported projects in its main markets of Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam & the Philippines - providing technical assistance, building capacity, encouraging stakeholder discussions and sharing the UK experience. Priorities vary across the region. Organizations are strongly encouraged to get in touch with the British Embassy or British High Commission in the country where the project will operate to discuss their draft project proposal. Deadline: January 9. Source:

> Global Change Leaders Program for Women in Developing Countries This is a program by the Coady International Institute, Canada. Successful candidates are provided full scholarship that includes tuition, travel, accommodations, and meals. Besides, guidance and mentorship from accomplished women leaders around the world help the participants after the completion of the intensive course too. Eligibility Criteria - Applicants must: 1) be women from developing countries and residing in those countries; 2) possess a minimum of four years of demonstrated leadership experience in a social or economic development endeavor; 3) have great drive and passion for their work, demonstrated through their outstanding contributions in their organizations and communities; 4) be practitioners in civil society organizations; 5) hold a university degree or a combination of post-secondary education and experience; 6) have strong oral and written English language competencies. Deadline: January 9. Source:

> SITE 2015 - 26th annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (March 2 - 6; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA) The Conference invites proposals from the introductory through advanced level on all topics related to: 1) the use of information technology in teacher education; 2) instruction about information technology in: a) Preservice; b) Inservice; c) Graduate Teacher Education; d) Faculty & Staff Development. Proposals which address the theory, research and applications as well as describe innovative projects are encouraged. The Conference is designed for: Teacher educators in ALL disciplines; Computer technology coordinators; K-12 administrators; Teachers; Curriculum developers; Principals; All interested in improving education through technology. Virtual Presentations have been added to the program with the same validity (publication, certification, etc.) as the face-to-face (F2F) conference and with the capability to interact with session participants. Final Call for Papers: January 9. Source:

> MUE 2015: 9th International Conference on Multimedia and Ubiquitous Engin (May 18 - 20; Hanoi, Vietnam) The new multimedia standards (for example, MPEG-21) facilitate the seamless integration of multiple modalities into interoperable multimedia frameworks, transforming the way people work and interact with multimedia data. These key technologies and multimedia solutions interact and collaborate with each other in increasingly effective ways, contributing to the multimedia revolution and having a significant impact across a wide spectrum of consumer, business, healthcare, education, and governmental domains. The goals of this conference are to provide a complete coverage of the areas outlined and to bring together the researchers from academic and industry as well as practitioners to share ideas, challenges, and solutions relating to the multifaceted aspects of this field. Paper Submission Due: January 10. Workshop Proposal Submission: January 30. Source:

> European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) Journalism and Communication Education Temporary Working Group (TWG) 1st Conference - “Professional Communication Programs in Search for Identity“ (March 5 – 6; Trier, Germany) In a time of media convergence, how can educational programs find, build, and maintain an identity? How can they help students develop their own professional identities? We are looking forward to discussing these and many more related questions with you. Deadline for abstract submission: January 10. Source:

> 65th ICA Annual Conference - Preconference: "Bringing together Social and Semantic Networks in Communication Research" (May 21; San Juan, Puerto Rico) This event is aimed to connect network analytic methodology with important developments in the field of communication research. We invite contributions that make use of social, semantic, or both types of network analysis to address relevant questions in communication research, to advance network analytic methodology for the study of communication, or to advance communication theory to integrate with network analytic methodology. Contributions can come from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds, but should relate to both network analytic methodology and communication science research questions and/or theory. All submissions must be uploaded by January 11. Source:

> MRes/MPhil/PhD programmes - LSE PhD Studentships for 2015 entry The Dept. of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) invites excellent researchers to apply for its PhD programmes. We are an interdisciplinary department conducting critical, empirical and engaged social science research in relation to media, communication and/or culture. We accept a broad range of topics and encourage innovative proposals dealing with important questions for our age. We particularly welcome projects that focus on the relationship, the impact or the role of media and/or communication, as well as culture and discourse, in relation to questions of inequality, legitimacy, privacy-publicness, voice, activism, representation, cultural critique, children/youth, media literacy, audiences and urban contexts. Deadline for applications: January 12. Source:

> Pilot Project “Making Roma women’s voice and votes count” - Call for Applications for Romani Women Implemented with the support of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the aim of the Pilot Project is to support Roma women’s role in their political participation at local, national and European level and to build their capacity to engage in effective political and advocacy activities regarding gender equality but also the empowerment and active participation of women and of Roma communities in general. Eligible Countries: Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Romania, Sweden. Eligibility Criteria: 1) Relevant experience in at least two of the following fields: a) Community development, political participation; b) Work with Roma communities and NGOs for at least three years; c) Work with local authorities and/or political parties and/or alternatively member of local councils or political parties; d) Effective advocacy and campaigning; 2) Good working level in English; 3) Sound computer skills of standard tools in office applications; 4) Good interpersonal skills; 5) Flexibility to travel as needed. Applications (CV & Motivation letter) must be sent no later than January 12. Source:

> IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP): June 1st - August 31st, Laxenburg, Austria Program Areas: Advanced Systems Analysis; Energy; Evolution and Ecology; Ecosystem Services and Management; Mitigation of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases; World Population; Risk Policy and Vulnerability; Transitions to New Technologies; Water. Applicants: 1) from all countries are welcome, although IIASA gives priority to citizens or residents of IIASA National Member Organizations (NMOs)’s countries; 2) must be advanced graduate students (about 2 years prior to receiving a PhD)/ 3) must have a study field compatible with ongoing research at IIASA; 3) would like to explore the policy implications of their work. Deadline: before 24.00 (CET) on January 12. Source:

> Innovation Fund for Implementing Mechanisms of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition The concept of innovation includes any promising new idea with the potential to bring about positive change. Innovation need not mean a radical departure from previous practice but rather could include new approaches to existing processes. Innovation also can apply to systems or processes and the generation of new knowledge. Finally, innovation extends to applying an existing strategy in a new context for the first time, thereby shedding light on how best to replicate and scale-up new approaches at the country level. The Fund strongly encourages applications from developing countries. Applicants must be members of the Coalition and active participants of an Implementing Mechanism. Deadline: January 12 by 17:00 EST. Source:

> Erasmus Mundus Action 2 – Mobility Call – 3rd Cohort of PEACE (Europe, Jordan, Lebanon, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Syria) The objective of PEACE project directly corresponds to the development of further collaboration among EU and Middle East Institutions for sending and hosting mobility of talented students and staff, enhancement capacity, transparency and employability as well as skills and qualification of institutions and individuals. The current call for applications covers a bilateral mobility from the EU to Middle East (Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria) and from Middle East to the EU. Candidates must: 1) have the nationality of one European or eligible Middle East country; 2) have sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction of the host universities they apply to. Only official certificates will be accepted as proof of knowledge; 3) belong to one of the 3 different target groups; 4) submit all documents in English or translated to English; 5) may apply for a maximum of 2 host universities. PEACE includes 5 types of mobility according to the academic level of the candidates: Undergraduate; Master; Doctorate (PhD); Post-doctorate; Academic/Administrative staff. The online application form will be available until January 12th. Source:

> Innovation Fund for Implementing Mechanisms of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition The concept of innovation includes any promising new idea with the potential to bring about positive change. Innovation need not mean a radical departure from previous practice but rather could include new approaches to existing processes. Innovation also can apply to systems or processes and the generation of new knowledge. Finally, innovation extends to applying an existing strategy in a new context for the first time, thereby shedding light on how best to replicate and scale-up new approaches at the country level. The Fund strongly encourages applications from developing countries. Applicants must be members of the Coalition and active participants of an Implementing Mechanism. Deadline: January 12 by 17:00 EST. Source:

> Youth Solidarity Fund 2014-2015 / United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) UNAOC’s policy for youth development includes networking between youth organizations based across different cultures. It supports projects to enhance cross-cultural understanding among youths from different backgrounds. In order to apply for this grant opportunity, the applicant organization: 1) has to be youth-led comprising of members and registered in the country of operation and functioning for a minimum of 2 years; 2) needs to have democratic governance structure, leadership nomination and consultative process besides maintaining standard bookkeeping practices. Gender-balance is essential and the applicant should not have received previous funding from YSF. Deadline to submit applications: January 12 at 11:59PM, New York City time. Source:

> Pilot Project “Making Roma women’s voice and votes count” - Call for Applications for Romani Women Implemented with the support of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the aim of the Pilot Project is to support Roma women’s role in their political participation at local, national and European level and to build their capacity to engage in effective political and advocacy activities regarding gender equality but also the empowerment and active participation of women and of Roma communities in general. Eligible Countries: Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Romania, Sweden. Eligibility Criteria: 1) Relevant experience in at least two of the following fields: a) Community development, political participation; b) Work with Roma communities and NGOs for at least three years; c) Work with local authorities and/or political parties and/or alternatively member of local councils or political parties; d) Effective advocacy and campaigning; 2) Good working level in English; 3) Sound computer skills of standard tools in office applications; 4) Good interpersonal skills; 5) Flexibility to travel as needed. Applications (CV & Motivation letter) must be sent no later than January 12. Source:

> Grand Challenges: Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI) for this grant opportunity. It focuses on how to effectively reach and empower the most vulnerable women and girls to improve health and development – including economic – outcomes as well as gender equality. The grant will fund innovative solutions that effectively reach the most vulnerable women and girls to simultaneously improve their health; offer development and economic outcomes for them, their families and communities; and empower women and girls and promote gender equality. Programmatic areas: Urban sanitation; Financial services for the poor; Agricultural development; HIV/AIDS; Family planning; Maternal, newborn and child health; Nutrition; Emergency relief. Applicants must be investigators in low-and middle-income countries. Partnerships with investigators in other countries where the opportunity exists to build on existing collaborations are encouraged. LOI submission deadline: January 13. Source:

> Grand Challenges South Africa: All Children Thriving Funded by Strategic Health Innovation Partnership (SHIP) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this challenge focuses on new measurement tools and new combinations of approaches to ensure all children thrive – that they not only survive, but also have the chance to live healthy productive lives. Grant Categories: a) Seed Grants; b) Full Grants. Requirements: 1) South African investigators should apply through South Africa’s Strategic Health Innovation Partnership (SHIP); 2) Projects can target impact in South Africa with the expectation that this impact will ultimately extend beyond South Africa, or it can include a component to specifically test solutions developed for South Africa for their impact in other countries; 3) Partnerships with researchers in other African countries and elsewhere, especially where the opportunity exists to build on existing collaborations are encouraged; 4) Projects must propose innovation in measurement tools, intervention packages, analytical tools; 5) Proposals must demonstrate potential to lead to prevention and treatment solutions with substantial impact. Deadline for LoI: January 13. Short listed applicants will be asked to submit a full proposal. Source:

> Special Track on Knowledge and Cognitive Science and Technologies at KCST 2015, in the context of WMSCI 2015 (July 12 – 15; Orlando, Florida, USA) Cognitive Science and Engineering (CSE) have expanded and diversified into an increasing number of disciplines, mainly including Cognitive Psychology, Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, and Philosophy. Consequently, CSE is, by nature, a multi-disciplinary domain oriented and requiring inter-disciplinary communication. Almost all (if not all) academic disciplines and trans-disciplines, and professional activities are based on some kind of knowledge. January 13th: Submission of draft papers (2000-5000), extended abstracts (600-2000), abstracts for inter-disciplinary communication (300-600 words) and Invited Sessions proposals. Source:

> 15th Annual Neuroscience Day (January 23; Chicago, IL, USA) The Brain Research Foundation is inviting researchers and graduate/post doctoral fellows to submit abstract and present poster for this event. This unique forum is intended to provide members of the Chicago area neuroscience community with opportunities to share interests in an informal setting and to stimulate scientific interactions between universities. There will be 2 Research Awards for Graduate Students (PhD, MD, or MD/PhD) and 2 Post-Doctoral Awards. Deadline: January 14 by 4:00 p.m. Accepted Posters must then be displayed by 8:00 a.m. on January 23. Source:

> Talent and Innovation Competition of the Americas (TIC Americas) 2015 It includes three award categories: Social Innovation, Economic Innovation, Eco-Challenge; and four special awards: Eco-Challenge Central America, Eco-Challenge Colombia, Caribbean Innovation Challenge, and the Americas Cultural Entrepreneurship Award. TIC Americas puts a special emphasis on innovative solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges. Eligibility - participating Teams: 1) may submit their projects and deliverables for the online semi-finals in English, Spanish, French or Portuguese; 2) members must be citizens or legal residents of the OAS member countries, and must be legally authorized to start and operate a business in their country; 3) can be Multinational Teams (from 2 or more countries); 4) members (excluding mentors) must be between 18 and 34 years of age by the deadline. Proof of age will be required for Finalists. Deadline for registration: January 15 at 05:00pm (EST Time). Source:

> PETRA 2015 - 8th PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments Conference (July 1-3; Corfu, Greece) It addresses important human living needs. This is a highly interdisciplinary conference that focuses on computational and engineering approaches to improve the quality of life and enhance human performance in a wide range of settings, in the workplace, at home, in public spaces, urban environments, and other. PETRA brings together very different types of technologies to also address important social and healthcare issues for sensitive populations, such as the elderly, persons suffering from chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Cerebral Palsy, and other disabilities or traumas. Full Paper deadline: January 15. Source:

> ICMR 2015 - ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (Jun 9 – 12; Shanghai, China) Effectively and efficiently retrieving information based on user needs is one of the most exciting areas in multimedia research. The ICMR offers a great opportunity for exchanging leading-edge multimedia retrieval ideas among researchers, practitioners and other potential users of multimedia retrieval systems. Contributions addressing the challenges of large-scale search and user behavior analysis are especially welcome. Paper/Demonstrations/Doctoral Symposium/Tutorials deadline: January 15 at 11:59pm, Baker Time Zone. Source:

> IWCMC 2015 - International Wireless Communications & Mobile Computing Conference (August 24 – 27; Dubrovnik, Croatia) Under the theme of “Communications for the 21st Century “, IWCMC 2015 will target a wide spectrum of the state-of-the-art as well as emerging topics pertaining to wireless networks, wireless communications, and mobile computing. Submission deadline: January 15. Source:

> The International Journal of Communication and Health – Call for Papers Contribution exploring any context of health communication are welcomed. The journal welcomes high-quality research and analyses from diverse theoretical and methodological approaches from all fields of communication, media, and health. The journal is particularly interested in new approaches of health and communication that have the potential to increase the body of knowledge on the subject and generate future studies. The Journal invites original empirical (qualitative or quantitative) research, literature reviews, theoretical or methodological contributions, integrative reviews, meta-analyses, Deadline of submitting articles: January 15. Source:

> III International Conference on Media Ethics (March 24 – 26; Seville, Spain) In this edition, the conference will prioritize the challenges of journalism and media in the Digital Era. The first day of the conference will be in Spanish, while sessions of 25 and 26 (both papers and plenary sessions) will be in Spanish, English and Portuguese. Abstract deadline: January 15th. Source:

> 4th International Symposium on Media Innovations (June 2; Brussels, Belgium) We invite submissions for papers on the following topics on innovation within these sectors: formats and content production; business models; distribution and delivery (trying to reach the consumer in new ways); consumption practices (new roles of users); cross- and trans-media production, delivery and consumption; advertising formats and strategies. Email your 750-word extended abstract by January 15th. Source:

> WEBDATANET Conference 2015 (May 26 – 28; Salamanca, Spain) The conference aims to bring together researchers and experts throughout the world to exchange research on topics related to web-based data collection & analysis methods. It aims to build a multidisciplinary network of web-based data collection & analysis experts - (web) survey methodologists, psychologists, sociologists, linguists, economists, Internet scientists, media researchers and public opinion researchers, statisticians - to accumulate and synthesize knowledge of methodological problems and their potential solutions that must be addressed to provide web-based data with the scientific validity that traditional research methods already enjoy. The Conference will be organized in paper presentations, poster presentations, roundtable sessions and keynotes. Deadline for paper submissions: January 15. Source:

> Narratives of the crisis: myths and realities of contemporary society International Conference (June 24; Thessaloniki, Greece) It aims to record and analyze the myths which narrate the economic crisis in Europe and particularly in Greece, and investigate the ways media and the diverse political and social discourses represent the crisis. Narratives are present in all societies. They are present in myths, legends, news, rumors, in historical and artistic texts, in politics, in everyday conversation. Stories are able to construct reality. Narrative analysis has become fundamental for the social sciences, and especially for sociology. Myth cannot always be clearly differentiated from “reality” in the social discourse (fiction seems essential to the “reproduction” of the facts): it is necessary to be understood in relation with the narrated reality. Abstract proposals of c. 250 words are due until January 15. Source:

> Jacqueline Ann Morris Memorial Foundation Grants Sponsored by the American Psychological Foundation (APF), the Foundation calls for proposals from US applicants looking to improve clinical/mental health services for low-income students in their public elementary or middle school in USA. All public elementary and low or middle schools in USA are eligible to apply. Applicant schools should: 1) identify a mental health problem they would like to address or are working to address; 2) provide information about the scope of the problem and how it has affected teaching and student learning. The program should be delivered over the course of one year, and grantees are expected to submit a final report of the program’s effectiveness and/or impact to the APF trustees and grant committee one year following receipt of the grant. Applications due: January 15. Source:

> DFATD Grants for Partnerships for Strengthening Maternal, Newborn and Child Health: Call for Proposals Proposed initiatives should be in line with one or more of the following paths: Strengthening health systems; Reducing the burden of diseases; Improving nutrition; Ensuring accountability for results. Eligibility: 1) applicants must be organizations that have been legally incorporated under the provincial, territorial or federal laws of Canada; 2) eligible Canadian organizations may choose to form consortiums with other Canadian and/or international organizations from civil society, academia and/or the private sector; 3) organizations must contribute at least 15 %of total direct program costs, in cash and/or in-kind, of which at least 5 % must be in cash, calculated on the total direct costs. Note: If you are an eligible organization with interest to work on the project, find an eligible Canadian organization and approach them to become partner for the project. Deadline: January 15 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5). Source:

> Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) for Environment Management at the University of California, USA The program provides state-of-the-art training in environmental and natural resource science, policy, and leadership to strengthen the capacities of environmental practitioners worldwide. Through exposure to innovative sustainability approaches and dialogue, ELP participants develop the tools and skills necessary to meet environmental goals that also reduce poverty and social conflict. Duration: 27 June 2015 to 18 July 2015. All the mid-career development and environmental practitioners who are challenged to solve complex cross-sectoral environmental problems from around the globe are welcome to apply. Application deadline: January 16. Source:

> Oxfam’s Health Policy Action Fund (HPAF) Call for Proposals This fund is open to support health policy work in 2015-16, in and from 36 IHP+ countries: Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, DR of Congo, Djibouti, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia. National civil society health networks and coalitions or individual civil society organisations working on a broad range of health policy issues will be eligible to apply. Deadline to receive proposal submissions is January 16 at 17h00 (Pretoria time). Source:

> JCDL 2015 - Joint Conference on Digital Libraries: Large, Dynamic and Ubiquitous - The Era of the Digital Library (June 21-25; Knoxville, TN, USA) Big Data is everywhere – from Computational Science to Digital Humanities, from Web Analytics to traditional libraries. While there do exist significant challenges in other areas, for many the biggest issue of all is a digital libraries one. January 16: Full paper submissions. January 23: Short paper, panel, poster, and demonstration submissions. January 30: Tutorial and workshop proposals Source:

> IE 2015: 11th International Conference on Intelligent Environments (July 15 – 17; Prague, Czech Republic) The concept of Intelligent Environment (IE) has matured into a vision of a technological ecosystem adaptive to human needs and active along human intentions. Every year research endeavor advances towards this vision. The IE’15 provides an open platform for interactive discussion, sharing expertise and scientific socialization. Paper categories: Regular full and short papers; Work in progress, position, demo, and video papers. Full and short papers submission: January 16. Source:

> 2015 Grants for Social Sciences in USA by Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) RSF supports social scientific research as a means of diagnosing social problems and improving social policies. The Foundation is dedicated to strengthening the methods, data, and theoretical core of the social sciences. The Foundation’s awards are restricted to support for social science research within the following five program areas: Behavioral Economics; Cultural Contact; Future of Work; Immigration; Social Inequality. Applicants must: 1) hold a Ph.D. or other advanced terminal degree for project awards; 2) demonstrate a career trajectory that supports the ability to carry-out high-level research. Deadline: January 16. Source:

> National Endowment for Democracy (NED) Grants Program NED yearly funds hundreds of projects of organizations that are working to advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions. NED funds only NGOs, which may include civic organizations, associations, independent media, and other similar organizations. NED is interested in proposals from local, independent organizations for nonpartisan programs. All proposed projects must be consistent with NED’s general purposes. NED encourages applications from organizations working in diverse environments including newly established democracies, semi-authoritarian countries, highly repressive societies and countries undergoing democratic transitions. Proposal submission deadline: January 16. Source:

> Hive Digital Media Learning Fund - Concept Proposals for Media Learning Projects Hive NYC is a network of museums, libraries, and youth-serving groups that work together to provide middle- and high-school students with opportunities to explore their passions and build new skills using digital media and technology. Grants are available only to both Hive NYC members and other qualified New York City-based tax-exempt organizations. Aim: to adapt, adopt, remix, and distribute projects created by the members of Hive NYC. Priority will be given to projects that are accessible, equitable, and use digital media and the web to provide youth and/or educators with new methods to connect out-of-school learning and participation to in-school success; help young people pursue personally relevant topics, connect with peers and mentors, and actively create products (as opposed to passively consuming content); and foster and recognize youth skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, digital and web literacies, communication, collaboration, and creativity; and use digital badges to assess, recognize, and document youth achievement. Projects should be scalable and adaptable to address the needs of different populations, sites, and settings. Proposal concepts must be emailed by January 16. Source:

> 44th annual British Society of Gerontology (BSG) conference 2015 (July 1 – 3; Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) The general theme of the conference is “Ageing in changing times - challenges and future prospects”. The conference sub-themes are: a) health and wellbeing; b) age-friendly communities; c) methodological approaches to researching later life; d) society and economy; e) arts, culture and ageing; f) technologies for ageing. The conference welcomes submissions from researchers, practitioners, educators, policy-makers, the third sector, students, and all other stakeholders interested in ageing. Submissions considering key issues in methodology, or presenting ideas, critical reflections, or case studies from industry or practice are also welcome. Submission deadline: January 16. Source:

> Programme Xu Guangqi 2015 As part of the development of Sino-French scientific cooperation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI) via the Service for Science and Technology and the Cooperation and Cultural Action Service - Chinese French Institute of the Embassy of France in China, has established a set of programs to support the mobility of researchers: 1) China Outdoor: first contact with the Chinese research;2) Xu Guangqi: supporting scientific exchanges initiated;3) Cai Yuanpei. Consolidation of scientific exchanges based around joint PhDs or codirection These programs cover the whole of the People's Republic of China excluding Hong Kong and Macao.All fields of science, natural sciences and social sciences, are affected by this program. Deadline of applications: 19 January. Source:

> Intro to Moral Imagination and Challenges in Poverty Alleviation (free online course/MOOC) This is a 6-week introductory course that will take you through a variety of materials Acumen has designed to train leaders who wish to change the way the world tackles poverty, and build a world based on dignity. Acumen’s definition of leadership starts with moral imagination: the humility to see the world as it is, and the audacity to imagine the world as it could be. Course participants will begin by further developing their personal leadership skills, cultivate more self-awareness, and discover their own style to leadership, through the lens of moral imagination. This includes exercises that ask you to dig deep and share personal stories, experiences and opinions. Hours/Week: 4 – 6; Group Size: 2 to 6. Start: January 20 (flexibel date) - end: March 9. Source:

> UK Grants to Ukrainian NGOs for Good Governance & Economic Reforms The UK Government assistance aims to support Ukraine’s economic development and political stability. Strategic priorities: a) Good governance, accountability and transparency, with a particular focus on tackling corruption; b) Implementation of economic reforms, with a particular focus on proposals to support an improved business climate. Applicants: 1) can be Ukrainian organizations or international non-government organizations (both not-for profit and for profit); 2) can be made by single organization or consortia of organizations; 3) organization must have a demonstrated reputation for high quality work in the types of activities identified; 4) must have a track record of effective delivery in former Soviet Union countries; 5) must be able to work in Russian and Ukrainian languages; 6) must submit a project that takes place in Ukraine and demonstrate strong strategic relevance to the strategic priorities identified above, added value and sustainability; 7) must submit applications via email by the deadline. Deadline: 12pm Kyiv time on January 20. Source:

> USAID/Georgia Grants: Promoting Integration, Tolerance and Awareness Program (PITA) in Georgia The program´s objectives are: a) To enhance interaction between minorities and the Government of Georgia (GOG); b) To increase levels of civic engagement and integration among and between youth of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds; c) To increase public awareness and education on diversity. Thematic Areas: Fundamental freedoms; Human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities; Democratic principles; Law & good governance. Applicants: 1) must be Georgian organizations, organized under Georgian laws and that have their principal place of business in Georgia; b) can be private, non-profit organizations (including private voluntary organizations, universities, research organizations, professional associations, and relevant special interest associations for funding) which must be majority owned by individuals who are Georgian citizens or lawful permanent residents of Georgia. The program period is 5 years; it is expected to begin in April. Deadline: January 20. For further information search for RFA-114-15-000004

> Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Grassroots Development Fellowship Program The applicant must be a Ph.D. student, must be currently enrolled in a U.S. university, and must have completed all course requirements and qualifying or comprehensive examinations for the doctoral degree before initiating IAF-funded field research. The competition is open to U.S. citizens and citizens of independent Latin American and Caribbean countries (except Cuba). Proposals for field research in Cuba, Puerto Rico or the Dutch, French and British territories are not eligible. Applicants must speak and read the language(s) appropriate to the research. An evaluation is required. Each applicant must demonstrate a planned, substantive collaboration during the field research period, with a development or applied research institution in the Latin American or Caribbean country of the research. A letter confirming this affiliation is required. Application deadline for the 2015-2016 cycle: January 20. Source:

> Creative Force Program Funding and Seed Funding The programme provides funding for collaborative projects involving organisations in Sweden and in the eligible countries (of five geographic areas). Projects should aim to promote human rights, transparency and democracy with the aid of initiatives which use either culture or the media as a method for achieving change. Applicants may be civil society organisations, foundations, public sector agencies, private sector agencies or other professional actors. Private individuals may not apply for funding under the programme. It is always the Swedish partner who is formally responsible for the application and legally accountable to the Swedish Institute. Deadline: January 21st. Source:

> INTERACT 2015 - 13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (September 14-18; Bamberg, Germany) With the theme “Connection.Tradition.Innovation” it focuses on the past, present, and future of the field of HCI and its paradigms, concepts, methods, and technology. Submissions are invited in the following track categories: Full Papers; Short Papers; Posters; Demos; Organisational Overviews; Panels; Open Space Sessions; Tutorials; Workshops; Doctoral Consortium. Submission of Full Papers: January 23. Source:

> IWPE'15 - 2015 International Workshop on Privacy Engineering (May 21; San Jose, CA, USA) Privacy engineering research is emerging as an important topic. Engineers are increasingly expected to build and maintain privacy-preserving and data-protection compliant systems in different ICT domains such as health, energy, transportation, social computing, law enforcement, public services; based on different infrastructures such as cloud, grid, or mobile computing and architectures. While there is a consensus on the benefits of an engineering approach to privacy, concrete proposals for processes, models, methodologies, techniques and tools that support engineers and organizations in this endeavor are few and in need of immediate attention. IWPE'15 focus on all the aspects surrounding privacy engineering, ranging from its theoretical foundations, engineering approaches, and support infrastructures, to its practical application in projects of different scale. Paper submission: January 23. Source:

> Growing our Future Food: Crops (free on-line course/MOOC) How to feed the world without exhausting planetary reserves? – understand the basics of crop production and explore the opportunities. Feeding nine billion in 2050 without exhausting the planetary reserves is perhaps the greatest challenge mankind has ever faced. This course on the basics of crop production will discuss why yields in some parts of the world are lagging behind and identify the agro-ecological drivers that shape the wide diversity of production systems. Furthermore, key issues relating to bridging of yield gaps and how these link to different visions of sustainability will be explored. This online course will be of great interest to international students and educated public from different backgrounds, both professionally and culturally, to enrich their views and action perspectives related to global food security and food systems. Classes Start: January 26 (flexible date). Course Length: 6 weeks. Estimated effort: 5 - 10 hours/week. Source:

> Support for International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) in Development Cooperation / Development Policy Programme of Finland INGOs are non-profit organisations that operate politically and administratively independent of governments. Eligible INGOs have to meet the following Minimum Requirements: a) at least three different nationalities represented in its governing structures; b) operations in more than two countries; c) be registered and/or legally competent for at least two years; d) funding from at least one other source. The applicants are requested to choose one of the sectors under which they apply for funding: 1) Promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights globally, regionally and locally, especially among most vulnerable groups and in least developed countries; 2) Conflict prevention and promoting internal cohesion and the understanding of international humanitarian law in Lebanon; 3) Improving the capacity of local governance structures to deliver basic services in Northern Syria; 4) The Rights of People with Disabilities throughout North Africa and the Middle East; 5) Support for local communities and administration in sustainable use, protection and management of natural resources and in improved livelihood in the Mekong region. Deadline: January 26 at 16.15 HRS (UTC/GMT +2). Source:

> Commonwealth Foundation awards The Commonwealth Foundation is a development organisation with an international remit and reach, uniquely situated at the interface between government and civil society. It funds sustainable development projects that contribute to effective, responsive and accountable governance with civil society participation. Applications are open to civil society organisations (CSOs) in Commonwealth Foundation eligible member countries; Multi-year funding available (up to three years). Submission deadline of the preliminary application form: January 29 at 17.00 GMT. Source:

> United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women 2015 The UN Trust Fund is a global multi-lateral mechanism supporting national efforts to end one of the most widespread human rights violations in the world. The Fund focuses on supporting the implementation of national and local laws, policies and action plans by expanding the quality and quantity of support available for on-the-ground and results based implementation of effective programmes. Eligibility: Applicants must be: 1) Organizations from, or working in, countries and/or territories in the “List of Eligible Countries”; 2) Civil society organizations and networks, including non-governmental organizations that are legally registered in the country of implementation. Or operational research/evaluation institutions specialized in gender equality and gender-based violence. Or government authorities at central/national, sub-national and/or local levels, including National Women’s Machineries and other sectoral Ministries. Determination of budget requests should be made based on an organization’s operational and absorptive capacity. In general, an organization should not request a grant amount that is more than twice its annual organization budget. Deadline for submission of initial and brief concept notes: January 29 at 23.59 EST (GMT–5). Source:

> 8th International Conference on ICT, Society and Human Beings 2015 (July 22 – 24; Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain) Conference Theme: e-Government in Tourism, Cultural Heritage and Communities. The Network period in the evolution of computer technology is very much based on the convergence and integration of three main technologies; computer technology, tele technology and media technology. Telecommunication technology is playing a more and more dominant role in this convergence, especially internet and web technology. Embedded (ubiquitous) computer technology is making the process invisible, and media technologies converge within itself (multimedia and cross media). The convergence process is enforced all the time by smaller, cheaper, and more powerful components. In general all types of research strategies are encouraged, and especially cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary studies. Deadline for Full/Short/Reflection Papers/Posters/Demonstrations/Tutorials/Panels: January 30. Source:

> World Bank’s SIEF Call for Proposals for Basic Education This call is being funded through the British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the London-based Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), which focuses on promoting early childhood development and evidence-based solutions. The purpose of this call is to promote the expansion and quality of primary and secondary education services in developing countries through non-state actors (ranging from for-profit private schools to NGO operated schools, and faith-based providers). Deadline: January 30 at 6pm (1800 hrs) Eastern Standard Time (EST). Source:

> 31st Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity (May 18 – 19; Honolulu, HI, USA) The 2015 conference theme is Deep Impact. Recognizing our shared responsibility, how can we strengthen the positive impact we already have on our communities, regions, and countries and in the world? The onference, considered one of the most ‘diverse gatherings’ in the world, encourages and respects voices from “diverse” perspective across numerous areas, including: voices from persons representing all disability areas; experiences of family members and supporters across all disability and diversity areas; responsiveness to diverse cultural and language differences; evidence of researchers and academics studying diversity and disability; stories of persons providing powerful lessons; examples of program providers, and; action plans to meet human and social needs in a globalized world. Deadline for abstracts/proposals: January 30th. Source: Website:

> AHFE 2015 - 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics and the Affiliated Conferences (July 26 - 30; Las Vegas, USA) The conference objective is to provide an international forum for the dissemination and exchange of scientific information on theoretical, generic, and applied areas of ergonomics, including, physical ergonomics, cognitive and neuroergonomics, social and occupational ergonomics, cross-cultural aspects of decision making, ergonomics modeling and usability evaluation, human digital modeling, healthcare and special populations, human factors in oil, gas and nuclear energy industries, human factors in unmanned systems, safety management and human factors, ergonomics in design, affective and pleasurable design, human factors, software, and systems engineering, transportation (road and rail, maritime and aviation), training and human performance, occupational safety management, and the human side of service engineering. Six modes of communication: keynote presentation, parallel sessions, demonstration and poster sessions, tutorials, exhibitions, and meetings of special interest groups. Abstracts and paper proposal submission deadline: January 30. Source:

> PANAM 2015 - Governance and Public Service Media in Knowledge Societies / IAMCR 2015 post-conference (July 16-17; Québec, Montréal) Despite many reservations, the notion of governance has a double heuristic interest to understand the changes occurring in capitalism and democracy. First, because it encompasses both the economic and political orders regulations; second because it refers to a shift in identifying power locations and increases the number of social actors involved in the different stages of public debate and decision making. In this conference, we focus specifically on the governance of communication systems, that is to say, the mass media, cultural industries and information and communication technology, which are playing an increasing role in our societies over decades and have registered significant changes over the last thirty years. Abstracts (in English or French) should be sent before January 31st. Source:

> VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture - Call for Papers: Archive Based Productions, Vol. 4, Issue 8, Fall 2015 This issue of VIEW invites scholars, archivists, producers and other practitioners to consider, highlight and elaborate on the use and re-use of moving image archives in media productions (for cinema, television, web, etc.). Contributions are welcome in the form of (short) articles or video essays. Contributions are encouraged from authors with different kinds of expertise and interests in television and media history. Paper proposals (max. 500 words) are due on January 31st. Source:

> PSPC 2015 - 8th Annual Poverty and Social Protection Conference (March 9 - 11, Bangkok, Thailand) This conference will focus on issues of poverty and its eradication, social inequality, race relations and policy management and mismanagement with an international perspective. As poverty continues to be an ongoing, often-inhumane problem, this conference aims to provide a comparative perspective in analyzing past/current trends and conditions to better understand the never-ending downward spiral many individuals and families find themselves in. We welcome: oral, poster and virtual presentations. Early submissions are strongly encouraged due to limited space in the venue, as applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis - as long as space is available or by February 10th 2015 at latest. Suggested submission deadline: January 31st. Source:

> Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) Funding for members and Non-members With Consultative Status at the United Nations, ACWW gives women a voice at International level through its links with United Nations agencies. ACWW also funds small scale local development projects which are requested by local women to suit their needs. Funding is given for the specific activity proposed and not for general core costs. The duration of the projects we support is usually from 9 to 12 months. We only fund projects that take place in the same country where the organisation is registered and directly benefit women and children in those countries. The bank account provided must be in the country where the project is to be implemented. Due to our limited monitoring resources ACWW is not able to support projects in unstable countries. At the moment the countries in which ACWW is not able to fund projects include: Nigeria, DRC, Congo, Mali, Burundi, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria, Afghanistan. Submission deadline: January 31st. Source:

> Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL) Grant: Exploratory Research Grants (ERG) It will support approaches that promise to produce credible research results that will be useful for policy-making. It will promote research related to private enterprises of all sizes and will initially focus on four research themes: a) Modelling market frictions in LICs using newly available data; b) Understanding how constraints interact using micro-founded macro models; c) The dynamics of SMEs: Informality and entrepreneurship; d) The role of export-oriented industries in driving growth. Proposals that address the following cross-cutting issues will be encouraged: Fragile and conflict affected states; Gender; Climate, environment and social compliance. The programme is open to mixed / multi-disciplinary approaches. But the core of the approach should be related to the literature in economics and grounded primarily in economic issues. Only individuals can apply. Deadline: January 31st at 17:00 BST. Source:

> American College Health Foundation (ACHF) - Applications for Student Health 101 Award College is a perfect environment in which to engage young adults in the establishment of life-long healthy habits while avoiding behaviors with adverse consequences. Health promotion delivered in creative ways with measurable outcomes is an invaluable tool to that end. In support of those goals, ACHF, in partnership with Student Health 101, will award a grant in support of an initiative involving health promotion communications, research, advocacy, and other activities related to preventive health strategies affecting college students. The program is designed to fund the development of a creative initiative that involves student peers in an effort to promote healthy behaviors. Only campus health professionals who are American College Health Association members are eligible to apply. Deadline: January 31st Source:

> Maypole Funds’ Small Grants for Women’s Protection Against Violence Maypole Funds helps women who aim to works for women’s political and social autonomy around the globe. We welcome applications that meet the following aims of the Fund: 1) Peace initiatives, disarmament and action against the arms trade; 2) Anti-militarism and action against male violence; 3) Nuclear issues; 4) Environmental issues; 5) The promotion of women’s social and political autonomy throughout the world; 6) International, national and/or regional networking between women for the above purposes. We give precedence to projects by individual women or women’s groups; we prefer specific one-off projects and projects not yet started to projects already started or completed; we particularly welcome applications from women who do not have access to other sources of money or whose projects find it difficult to attract funding elsewhere. Deadline: January 31st . Source:

> Alcoa Foundation Grants All of our funding decisions and engagement priorities are guided by two key themes: 1) Environment: Bringing about measurable and systemic improvements in environmental sustainability through best practices in environmental management and pioneering solutions. 2) Education: Supporting education and training where Alcoa can offer expertise and make a difference in manufacturing, the environment, and safety. All requests for funding must be directed to your local Alcoa office. Eligibility: 1) U.S. organizations must be classified by the USA as not-for-profit public charities and tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3); Non-U.S. organizations must either a) agree to receive a grant under an Expenditure Responsibility Agreement or b) operate as the equivalent of a U.S. 501(c)(3) public charity and complete the required affidavit to certify this status, as well as provide their organizing documents in English; 2) Public educational institutions and government entities may be eligible, provided that the funds are used for charitable purposes; 3) Programs must fall within Alcoa Foundation guidelines. Source:

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