Funding Opportunites

There are a range of government and private sources of research funding in both STEM and HSA fields.  This is by no means exhaustive.  If you come across other relevant opportunities, be sure to let Nicole know!

STEM

National Science Foundation

The NSF funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. It does this through grants, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations throughout the United States. The Foundation accounts for about one-fourth of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.  NSF grants are the largest share of external support for faculty research at HMC. Faculty are encouraged to become familiar with the NSF website and to sign up for their email updates.

grants.gov

Managed by the Department of Health and Human Services, Grants.gov is the largest repository of federal grants in a wide range of fields. Provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities on over 1,000 grant programs and vets grant applications for federal grant-making agencies. Also includes a useful Grants 101 section.

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Science & Technology Policy Fellowships for faculty with a federal agency in Washington, DC. Various fellowships serve to build links between federal decision-makers and scientific professionals.

American Association of University Women – Research Publication Grants in Engineering, Medicine and Science

Open to women scholars conducting basic research in engineering, medicine or the physical or biological sciences and who have a doctorate degree in one of those fields. The grantee must publish their research in a scholarly publication and be listed as a primary author.

American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF)

An endowed fund that supports fundamental research directly related to petroleum or fossil fuels at nonprofit institutions (generally colleges and universities) in the United States and other countries.  Grants are intended as seed money, to enable an investigator to initiate a new research direction. The investigator should not have published or received financial support from another funding agency for the proposed research.

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation

Advances the science of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances throughout the world through a range of awards and grants, including:

  • Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained in the early years of their appointment (see below), and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $100,000.  Application Deadline Feb. 2, 2022.
  • Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences at undergraduate institutions. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. The award is based on accomplishment in scholarly research with undergraduates, as well as a compelling commitment to teaching, and provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.  Application Deadline August 5, 2021.

Ford Foundation

Through its program of fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Fulbright Scholar Program

Administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). The traditional (“core”) Fulbright Scholar Program issues grants for U.S. faculty to lecture, do research and participate in seminars at universities in foreign countries.

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

A range of Science Programs seek to advance basic science through developing new technologies, supporting imaginative research scientists and creating new collaborations at the frontiers of traditional scientific disciplines.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

The Academies offer several fellowships in science, engineering, and medicine.

National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Program

AREA grants support research in the biomedical and behavioral sciences that involves undergraduate students.  Annual deadlines are Feb. 25, June 25 and Oct. 25.

National Research Council

NRC’s Research Associateship Programs  are competitive awards to outstanding postdoctoral and senior scientists and engineers for tenure as guest researchers at participating U.S. government research agencies with facilities at more than 100 locations throughout the U.S. and abroad. Awards are available for scientists and engineers at all stages of their careers. Applications are reviewed several times throughout the year: Feb. 1, May 1, Aug 1, Nov. 1.

Organic Syntheses

In 2017, Organic Syntheses, Inc. began a program funding summer research grants for chemistry faculty at principally undergraduate institutions. Each grant award provides $8,000 to a PUI faculty member who subsequently chooses an undergraduate coworker from among the students in their department. Further information and instructions for applying for summer research grants can be found at http://www.orgsyn.org/puigrants.aspx .

Radcliffe Fellowship

Radcliffe fellows are exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, practitioners, and artists whose work is making a difference in their professional fields and in the larger world.  Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present.

Current funding focus areas include:

The deadline for applications in science, engineering, and mathematics is September 30, 2021.

Research Corporation for Science Advancement

  • Cottrell Science Awards Program program champions the very best early career teacher-scholars in chemistry, physics, and astronomy by providing significant discretionary awards for research. Nurturing an interdisciplinary community of outstanding scientific/educational/academic leaders, the CS program fosters synergy among faculty at major U.S. and Canadian research universities and primarily undergraduate institutions. Institutional matching funds (in varying amounts) are required, so it is very important for prospective proposal writers to discuss their plans with the dean of faculty.
  • Scialog  supports research, intensive dialog, and community building among early career faculty to address scientific challenges of global significance. Within each multi-year initiative, Scialog Fellows collaborate in high-risk discovery research on untested ideas and communicate their progress in annual closed conferences. Ultimately Scialog aims to advance human knowledge by empowering a national community of early career scientists and help transition awardees to obtain further funding for their innovative ideas.

Searle Scholars Program 

Makes grants to selected universities and research centers to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry.

Simons Foundation

  • The Simons Foundation makes grants in four areas: Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, autism research (Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative) and Outreach & Education.
  • The mission of the Flatiron Institute is to advance scientific research through computational methods, including data analysis, theory, modeling and simulation.  The institute, an internal research division of the Simons Foundation, is a community of scientists who are working to use modern computational tools to advance our understanding of science, both through the analysis of large, rich datasets and through the simulations of physical process.

Sloan Foundation Research Fellowships

Support tenure-track faculty within six years of their PhD in chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, economics, neuroscience or computational and evolutionary molecular biology, or a related interdisciplinary field.

Candidates must be nominated by department heads or other senior researchers. The annual deadline is September 15.

HSA

grants.gov

Managed by the Department of Health and Human Services, Grants.gov is the largest repository of federal grants in a wide range of fields. Provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities on over 1,000 grant programs and vets grant applications for federal grant-making agencies. Also includes a useful Grants 101 section.

American Council of Learned Societies

ACLS fellows and grantees are engaged in creating new knowledge that benefits our understanding of the world. ACLS continues to be the leading private institution supporting scholars across a variety of humanistic disciplines. ACLS’s fellowship and grant competitions provide a range of opportunities for scholars at all career stages (from graduate students to distinguished professors to independent scholars) working with varied disciplines and methodologies in the US and abroad.

American Philosophical Society – Franklin Research Grants

The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses.

Asian Cultural Council

The Asian Cultural Council makes fellowships and grants to support cultural exchange in the arts for practicing artists, scholars, and arts professionals.

Ford Foundation

Through its program of fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Fulbright Scholar Program

Administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). The traditional (“core”) Fulbright Scholar Program issues grants for U.S. faculty to lecture, do research and participate in seminars at universities in foreign countries.

The George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation

An independent foundation administered at Brown University. It awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in selected fields, targeting its support specifically to early mid-career individuals, who have completed at least one major project and demonstrate potential to be future leaders in their fields.

A total of nine fellowships of $35,000 will be awarded in April 2022 for 2022-2023 in the fields of Photography and Film Studies Applications accepted July 1, 2021 through Nov. 1, 2022.

The Haynes Foundation

Supports social science research on topics relevant to the greater Los Angeles area. The foundation’s Faculty Fellowship Program offers grants of up to $12,000.

Huntington Library

Awards over 150 research fellowships annually. Recipients of all fellowships are expected to be in continuous residence at The Huntington and to participate in, and make a contribution to, its intellectual life.

The Huntington is a collections-based research institute, which promotes humanities scholarship on the basis of its library holdings and art collections. The Library holds more than eleven million items that span the 11th to 21st centuries. Its diverse materials center on fourteen intersecting collection strengths.

National Endowment for the Arts

Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.

National Endowment for the Humanities

  • Fellowships Program supports individual researchers pursuing advanced research of value to scholars and the general public in the humanities. Fellowships support continuous full-time work for a period of six to twelve months.
  • Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research in the humanities. The stipend is intended to support full-time work for a period of two months.

National Humanities Foundation

The National Humanities Center is unique: a free standing national resource devoted to advancing significant humanistic study and reflection and to making those insights available both inside and outside the academic world, including Residential Fellowships, Education, and Public Engagement Programs.

Radcliffe Fellowship

Radcliffe fellows are exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, practitioners, and artists whose work is making a difference in their professional fields and in the larger world.  Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present.

Current funding focus areas include:

The deadline for applications in humanities, social sciences, and creative arts is September 9, 2021.

Russell Sage Foundation 

Dedicates itself to strengthening the methods, data, and theoretical core of the social sciences as a means of diagnosing social problems and improving social policies. It also funds researchers at other institutions and supports programs intended to develop new generations of social scientists.

Social Sciences Research Council

The SSRC’s varied fellowships and prizes share a core commitment to improving conditions for social science knowledge production worldwide. Programs engage themes ranging from global issues facing the United States and Japan to security in Africa and Latin America.

Sociological Initiatives Foundation

The Sociological Initiatives Foundation supports social change by linking research to social action.  It funds research projects that investigate laws, policies, institutions, regulations, and normative practices that may limit equality in the United States and Puerto Rico.  It gives priority to projects that seek to address racism, xenophobia, classism, gender bias, exploitation, or the violation of human rights and freedoms.  It also supports research that furthers language learning and behavior and its intersection with social and policy questions.

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Now known as The Institute for Citizens & Scholars, prepares leaders and engages networks of people and organizations to meet urgent education challenges. The overarching goal is to shape an informed, productively engaged, and hopeful citizenry.

  • Career Enhancement Fellowship seeks to increase the presence of minority junior faculty members and other faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the arts and humanities.
  • Emerging Faculty Leaders Award  supports tenure-track faculty who have passed their midpoint review. The award is structured to free the time of junior faculty who have passed their midpoint tenure review—including those from underrepresented groups and others committed to eradicating disparities in their fields—so that they can both engage in and build support systems, networks, and affinity groups that make their fields and campuses more inclusive. Eligible applicants must have passed their third-year review or their institution’s equivalent.