External Funding Opportunities



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The below highlighted external opportunities are just a small snippet of funding available for projects in a variety of disciplines. Additonal opportunities can be searched using PIVOT's Research Tool or contact the ORSP so that we may coordinate a search of opportunities where your research project meets the criteria and elligibility set forth by the sponsor.

Dangers and Opportunities of Technology: Perspectives from the Humanities
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Deadline:        2-2-23

Amount:        Upper:  $150,000

You may request up to $75,000 for projects led by a single researcher. You may request up to $150,000 for projects led by collaborative teams. NEH anticipates awarding approximately $700,000 among an estimated 9-12 recipients.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Office of Digital Humanities is accepting applications for the Dangers & Opportunities of Technology: Perspectives from the Humanities program. This program supports research that examines technology and its relationship to society through the lens of the humanities. NEH is particularly interested in projects that examine the role of technology in shaping current social and cultural issues.

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AMS Subventions for Publications for Individuals or Scholarly Organizations, Societies, and Departments
American Musicological Society (AMS)

Deadline:        2-15-23; 8.31.23

Amount:        Upper:  $2,500

Through funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the generous contributions of many individual donors, the Publications Committee of the American Musicological Society makes available funds to help with expenses involved in the publication of works of musical scholarship, including books, essay collections, articles, chapters in essay collections, special issues of journals, and works in non-print media.

Subventions are granted for any topics of musicological research. The endowment supporting general musicological research was established through the generous bequests of Manfred Bukofzer, Lloyd Hibberd, Otto Kinkeldey, Dragan Plamenac, and Gustave Reese.

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Foreign Policy Research Grants
Charles Koch Foundaiton

Deadline:         Rolling

The Charles Koch Foundation partners with social entrepreneurs to remove the barriers that prevent people from reaching their potential and supports research that explores the key issues of society and funding innovations in postsecondary education.

To that end, the foundation welcomes applications for its Foreign Policy Research Grants program, which provides support to scholars and research institutions interested in challenging the current foreign policy approach of the United States, providing alternative visions for U.S. foreign policy, and engaging in research that can bridge the gap between ideas and policy. While the foundation is especially interested in foreign policy research projects from the fields of political science, international relations, history, or economics, proposals from all fields will be considered on their merits.

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American Art
Henry Luce Foundation

Deadline:          Rolling

Each year the Foundation will support a number of substantial, carefully crafted projects that propose in-depth and multi-layered approaches to the study and exhibition of discrete areas of permanent collections. Applicants are encouraged to consider working with exceptional or challenging collection areas that have been under-utilized. 

The American Art Program seeks to support curatorial training and opportunities in the form of term positions linked to Responsive grant projects. Apprentice-level positions should involve continuous mentorship by more senior curators associated with the proposed work. Each year the Program will also fund several projects located entirely in museum or collection archives.

Although independent conservation projects are funded only rarely, conservation components can be included in proposals for collections-based projects.

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Asia Program
Henry Luce Foundation

Deadline:          Rolling

In keeping with the mission of the Luce Foundation, the goals of the Asia Program are to encourage the development of expertise, capacity and resources on East and Southeast Asia, and to foster scholarly and cultural exchange between the United States and Asia. Grants awarded to institutions, support three areas: Asia-focused teaching and research in higher education; policy projects relevant to U.S.-Asia relations; and public education about Asia.

Goals are pursued through two categories of grantmaking: Responsive Grants and Special Initiatives.

Responsive Grants:
The Responsive Grants category is deliberately broad, allowing the Asia Program to respond to new ideas and keep abreast of trends, needs and priorities relevant to Asia-focused work in our three grantmaking areas (academic work, foreign policy, public education). Most awards are made to colleges, universities, think tanks, museums and other non-profit organizations based in the United States.

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The Awesome Foundation

Deadline:         Rolling

The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time.

Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.

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E-Team Program
Lemelson Foundation

Deadline:          2-1-23

Amount:  Upper:  $25,000

Every year, we award over $800,000 in non-dilutive E-Team grants.
The E-Team Program, part of the VentureWell Accelerator, supports student ventures as you embark down the path you’re likely to take as an innovator and entrepreneur. We help you advance your invention through a powerful mix of grant funding, entrepreneurship training, mentorship by dedicated staff, national recognition, and networking with peers and industry experts.

Do you have an idea that can change the world? Every year, we award E-Team grants to early-stage innovator teams that develop scalable innovations which aim to solve a large social, health, or environmental challenge.

Is Your Innovation a Good Fit?
  • Social/Environmental Impact: Inventions that will scale to address a pressing social, health, or environmental need. We fund innovations that can solve challenges including health, food security, energy, and climate change.
  • Science- and Engineering-Based Inventions: An innovation that is different from other competing technologies.
  • Intent To Commercialize: A strong commitment to exploring commercialization of your innovation.
  • Student Team Identified: Teams that include two or more students and a faculty advisor.

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Defense Sciences Office Office-Wide Broad Agency Announcement
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
United States Department of Defense (DOD)
Lemelson Foundation

Deadline:          6-14-23

Amount:            DARPA anticipates multiple awards. The level of funding for individual awards made under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds.

The mission of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is to identify and create the next generation of scientific discovery to fuel innovation throughout the Agency and beyond. DSO serves as “DARPA’s DARPA” by developing and executing an aggressive and forward leaning portfolio that expands the art of the possible across a broad set of technical areas. DSO aims to create strategic surprise advantage for the DoD by pushing science towards its fundamental limits. We look to prevent technological
surprise by understanding the path commercial R&D is taking, anticipating that our adversaries will exploit what’s available to develop new capabilities in the coming decades. In addition, the office looks for changes at the global scale and the impact they may have on our nation.

In support of this mission, the DSO Office-wide BAA invites proposers to submit innovative basic or applied research concepts or studies and analysis proposals that address one or more of the following technical thrust areas: (1) Novel Materials & Structures, (2) Sensing & Measurement, (3) Computation & Processing, (4) Enabling Operations, (5) Collective Intelligence, and (6) Global Change. Each of these thrust areas is described below and includes a list of example research topics that highlight several (but not all) potential areas of interest.
Proposals must investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances. DSO is explicitly not interested in approaches or technologies that primarily result in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

Large Research Grants on Education Program
Spencer Foundation

Deadline:           1.12.23 LOI; 2.22.23 Full Proposal; 5.4.23 LOI; 6.15.23 Full Proposal

The Large Research Grants on Education Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. This program is “field-initiated,” meaning that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, or method. Our goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education. We seek to support scholarship that develops new foundational knowledge that may have a lasting impact on educational discourse.

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Bader Philanthropies, Inc.

Deadline:           Application continually open - preliminary applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with deadlines correlating to Foundation board meetings held twice each year. Once a prelininary application is submitted online, organizations can expect to hear a response regarding the status of their application within 3 weeks and may receive a requrst for submission of a full proposal and supplemental materials. Preliminary Application received by the month of May for Board Meeting consideration in Fall or in November for Spring.

Through grant making, Program Related Investments, and collaborations, we connect people to each other, with ideas, purpose, and education.
Awarding grants is what we do, and compassion is why we do it. Whether it’s funding arts programs that bridge the gap between kids and older adults, or supporting literacy programs for people of all ages, our work helps make life better for people in the communities we serve. Simply put, we connect people in need with people who can help because that’s the only way real change happens.

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Research Grants: Graduate Research Grants
Psi Chi (National Honor Society in Psychology)

Deadline:          1.15.23

Amount:  Upper:  $1,500

The annual budget for this program is $65,000, which is split as evenly as possible between three rounds. Individual grants are up to $1,500 each.
By providing funds for graduate Psi Chi student members who will serve as first author and project director, the Graduate Research Grants help to defray direct costs (barring stipends, salary, tuition, etc.) of the student's original, empirical, research project as well as introduce students to the process of applying and managing research grants. The Graduate Research Grants provides funds for well-rounded applications which demonstrate competence of and commitment to psychology's best research practices.


New Letters Literary Awards (Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction)
New Letters
University of Missouri - Kansas City

Deadline:          5.23.23

Amount:           $2,500

New Letters established its Awards for Writers in 1986 to discover and reward new writers and to encourage more established writers to try new genres or new work in competition. In order to assure fairness throughout the decision process, all judging is done anonymously and by writers outside the New Letters staff, with two rounds of judges making finalist and winner decisions.

This writing contest features:
  • The Patricia Cleary Miller Award for Poetry for the best group of three to six poems.
  • The Conger Beasley Jr. Award for Nonfiction for the best Essay.
  • The Robert Day Award for Fiction for the best short story.

DOL Nursing Expansion Grant Program
Employment and Training Administation (ETA)
United States Department of Labor (DOL)

Deadline:          1.6.23

Amount:            Upper:  $6,000,000 Lower:  $1,000,000

We expect availability of up to $80 million to fund 15-25 grants.
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications for the DOL Nursing Expansion Grant Program. This FOA will address bottlenecks in training the United States nursing workforce and expand and diversify the pipeline of qualified nursing professionals through two training tracks. The first track (Nurse Education Professional Track) will increase the number of clinical and vocational nursing instructors and educators by training new or upskilling experienced current or former nurses (including retired nurses) into advanced postsecondary credentialing necessary for nurses to become clinical and vocational nursing instructors and educators. The second track (Nursing Career Pathway Track) will train frontline healthcare professionals and paraprofessionals, including direct care workers, to advance along a career pathway and attain postsecondary credentials needed for middle- to high-skilled nursing occupations during the grant period of performance. Applicants will propose strategies to improve nursing professional, clinical instructor, and educator recruitment, preparation, development, training, and retention. Through the Nursing Career Pathway Track, grantees will develop training partnerships between clinical settings and education and training providers to support accelerated learning and expanded access to clinical residencies and specialty care rotations.

SEEF Fellowship
National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)

Deadline:          6.15.23

Amount:          -

The SEEF Fellowship helps faculty in the early stages of their career to develop skills in medical education and assessment research.

The SEEF Fellowship is designed for medical school faculty who are interested in developing skills in medical education and assessment research, and who have a commitment to working with a team of interested colleagues.
The project-based faculty development program was established to:
  • Foster professional development
  • Promote assessment-focused scholarship about innovative approaches that will enhance the assessment of individuals across the continuum of medical education and in active independent practice
  • Support a cohort of individuals who will work with a senior mentor and NBME staff to identify and develop questions and a research project that falls within one or both of the following themes:
    • Assessment of clinical reasoning/critical thinking
    • Diversity/bias and disparities in assessment

Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects (PHY)
Division of Physics (PHY)
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline:        12.6.22 Nuclear Physics; 12.13.22 Elementary Particle Physics

Amount:          Estimated Number of Awards: 300
Anticipated Funding Amount: $90,000,000

The Division of Physics (PHY) supports physics research and the preparation of future scientists in the nation's colleges and universities across a broad range of physics disciplines that span scales of space and time from the largest to the smallest and the oldest to the youngest. The Division is comprised of disciplinary programs covering experimental and theoretical research in the following major subfields of physics: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics; Elementary Particle Physics; Gravitational Physics; Integrative Activities in Physics; Nuclear Physics; Particle Astrophysics; Physics at the Information Frontier; Physics of Living Systems; Plasma Physics; and Quantum Information Science. Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to consider including specific efforts to increase diversity of the physics community and broaden participation of under-represented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).


Rapid Pathogen Research
Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research

Deadline:        12.20.22 Rolling

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research supports pioneering science that helps provide everyone access to affordable, nutritious food grown on thriving farms.

To that end, the foundation invites concept notes for its Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research (ROAR) program, which provides urgent funding in support of research and outreach to address emerging or unanticipated threats to the nation’s food supply or agricultural systems.

According to the foundation, plant and animal pests and pathogens can strike quickly, devastating crops, livestock, and livelihoods. When such unplanned events occur, it often takes months before an effective response can be mounted. Researchers must understand these pests and pathogens before developing an effective solution. While the initial period after pest or pathogen detection is critical to stopping the threat, conventional research funding opportunities take significant time and effort to pursue.

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Improving Undergraduates STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR)
Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)
Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline:        1.18.23 IUSE Level 1; 7.19.23 IUSE Level 1, 2, 3

Amount:        Estimated Number of Awards: 105
The program estimates making awards for 60 Level 1 projects, 35 Level 2 and 3 projects, and 10 Capacity-Building projects

Anticipated Funding Amount: $63,000,000

The National Science Foundation (NSF) plays a leadership role in developing and implementing efforts to enhance and improve STEM education in the United States. Through the NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) initiative, the agency continues to make a substantial commitment to the highest caliber undergraduate STEM education through a Foundation-wide framework of investments. The IUSE: EHR is a core NSF STEM education program that seeks to promote novel, creative, and transformative approaches to generating and using new knowledge about STEM teaching and learning to improve STEM education for undergraduate students. The program is open to application from all institutions of higher education and associated organizations. NSF places high value on educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate public. In pursuit of this goal, IUSE: EHR supports projects that seek to bring recent advances in STEM knowledge into undergraduate education, that adapt, improve, and incorporate evidence-based practices into STEM teaching and learning, and that lay the groundwork for institutional improvement in STEM education. In addition to innovative work at the frontier of STEM education, this program also encourages replication of research studies at different types of institutions and with different student bodies to produce deeper knowledge about the effectiveness and transferability of findings.
IUSE: EHR also seeks to support projects that have high potential for broader societal impacts, including improved diversity of students and instructors participating in STEM education, professional development for instructors to ensure adoption of new and effective pedagogical techniques that meet the changing needs of students, and projects that promote institutional partnerships for collaborative research and development. IUSE: EHR especially welcomes proposals that will pair well with the efforts of NSF INCLUDES (https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/nsfincludes/index.jsp) to develop STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society.

For all the above objectives, the National Science Foundation invests primarily in evidence-based and knowledge-generating approaches to understand and improve STEM learning and learning environments, improve the diversity of STEM students and majors, and prepare STEM majors for the workforce. In addition to contributing to STEM education in the host institution(s), proposals should have the promise of adding more broadly to our understanding of effective teaching and learning practices.

The IUSE: EHR program features two tracks: (1) Engaged Student Learning and (2) Institutional and Community Transformation.

National Coastal Resilience Fund
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Deadline:        4.21.23 Preliminary Proposal; 6.30.23 Full Proposal

Amount:    based solutions to help protect coastal communities from the impacts of storms, floods, and other natural hazards and enable them to recover more quickly and enhance habitats for fish and wildlife.

All projects under this program must demonstrate a dual benefit to both coastal communities and habitats. The NCRF supports projects that will result in the creation and/or restoration of natural systems in order to increase the resilience of communities from coastal hazards and improve habitats for fish and wildlife species.
Award decisions will be made based on regional circumstances and needs, but all proposals must address the following priorities:

  • Nature-Based Solutions: Projects must focus on identifying or implementing natural, nature-based or hybrid solutions,3 such as restoring coastal marshes, reconnecting floodplains, rebuilding dunes or other natural buffers, or installing living shorelines to both reduce climate risks to communities while enhancing habitats (hereinafter “nature-based solutions”).
  • Community Resilience Benefit: Projects must show clear benefits in terms of reducing current and projected threats to communities from coastal hazards, including, but not limited to: sea-level rise, lake-level change, coastal erosion, increased frequency and intensity of storms, and impacts from other chronic or episodic factors (e.g., nuisance flooding during high tides, permafrost melt) (hereinafter collectively “coastal hazards”).
  • Fish and Wildlife Benefit: Projects must help to improve habitats for fish and wildlife species. Proposals should be as specific as possible in identifying the anticipated benefits to habitats and species that will result from the project proposed.

Responsive Grants
Retirement Research Foundation (RRF)

Deadline:        2.1.23 LOI; 2.5.23 Application

Amount:      Upper:  $250,000 Lower:  $100,000

RRF Foundation for Aging focuses on improving the quality of life for older people. In an effort to strengthen the Foundation’s impact, RRF has established Priority Areas. These Priority Areas are specific topics in aging that will be given higher priority within the Foundation’s grantmaking program.

Types of Grants
  1. Advocay: Achieve enduring social change around issues that affect older Americans
  2. Direct Service: Improve availability and quality of community-based services and supports in seven states
  3. Research: Seek causes and solutions to significant problems for older persons
  4. Professional Education & Training: Increase the competency of professionals and paraprofessionals who serve older people
  5. Organizational Capacity Building: Improve management and governance of non-profit organizations

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Economic Institutions, Behavior, and Performance
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Deadline:       Interested researchers with a relevant project idea should email a letter of inquiry. 

Projects in this sub-program study households and individuals, specifically the role of “choice architecture” on their economic decision-making. Research topics include: risk-taking and insurance markets; time inconsistencies and the annuity paradox; cognitive biases; behavioral applications to policy; experimental testing of nudges or other regulatory interventions; behavioral welfare economics; obfuscated markets; consumer finance; probabilities and perceptions of extreme events; behavioral foundations and heterogeneous agents in macroeconomics; etc.

Interested researchers with a relevant project idea should email a letter of inquiry of no more than two pages. When submitting a letter of inquiry to the program, please indicate which sub-program best fits your research project.
Before submitting a letter of inquiry, please review the Foundation's guidelines on what we do not fund.

Grants made in this program are typically:
• Empirical and hypothesis-driven;
• Policy-relevant, but neither “policy research” nor advocacy;
• Motivated by nonideological questions rather than preconceived answers;
• Engaged with fundamental puzzles, but using fresh approaches;
• Unbiased, statistically significant, and replicable;
• Careful about baselines, controls, confounding variables, and econometrics;
• Savvy about markets, institutions, regulation, transaction costs, behavioral biases, etc.;
• Contributors to research infrastructure, datasets, or resources for general use;
• Generators of highly cited and catalytic results in high-quality journals;
• Ultimately concerned with the quality of life in the United States.

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