Ongoing Grant Opportunities

National Science Foundation

  • STEP Grant
    Description: The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) seeks to increase the number of students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) receiving associate or baccalaureate degrees in established or emerging fields within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Type 1 proposals are solicited that provide for full implementation efforts at academic institutions. Type 2 proposals are solicited that support educational research projects on associate or baccalaureate degree attainment in STEM.
    Previous Deadline: Letter of Intent: January 5, 2005; Proposal: February 9, 2005
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  • MRI Grant
    Description: The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) is designed to increase access to scientific and engineering equipment for research and research training in our Nation's organizations of higher education, research museums and non-profit research organizations. This program seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, and to foster the integration of research and education by providing instrumentation for research-intensive learning environments. The MRI program encourages the development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use and in concert with private sector partners.

    The MRI program assists in the acquisition or development of major research instrumentation by organizations that is, in general, too costly for support through other NSF programs. Proposals may be for a single instrument, a large system of instruments, or multiple instruments that share a common or specific research focus.
    Previous Deadline: January 26, 2006, Fourth Thursday of January annually thereafter
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  • RUI Grant
    Description: The Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) activity supports research by faculty members of predominantly undergraduate institutions through the funding of (1) individual and collaborative research projects, (2) the purchase of shared-use research instrumentation, and (3) Research Opportunity Awards for work with NSF-supported investigators at other institutions. All NSF directorates participate in the RUI activity. RUI proposals are evaluated and funded by the NSF programs in the disciplinary areas of the proposed research. Eligible "predominantly undergraduate" institutions include U.S. two-year, four-year, masters-level, and small doctoral colleges and universities that (1) grant baccalaureate degrees in NSF-supported fields, or provide programs of instruction for students pursuing such degrees with institutional transfers (e.g., two-year schools), (2) have undergraduate enrollment exceeding graduate enrollment, and (3) award an average of no more than 10 Ph.D. or D.Sc. degrees per year in all NSF-supportable disciplines. Autonomous campuses in a system are considered independently, although they may be submitting their proposals through a central office. A Research Opportunity Award is usually funded as a supplement to the NSF grant of the host researcher, and the application is submitted by the host institution.

  • CCLI Grant
    Description: The Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program seeks to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all undergraduate students. Based on a cyclic model of knowledge production and improvement of practice, CCLI supports efforts that conduct research on STEM teaching and learning, create new learning materials and teaching strategies, develop faculty expertise, implement educational innovations, assess learning, and evaluate innovations. The program supports three types of projects representing three different phases of development, ranging from small exploratory investigations to comprehensive projects.
    Deadlines: Full Proposal Deadline(s) for Phase 2 and 3 proposals due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time: January 24, 2006
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  • CAREER Award
    Description: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers the NSF's most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of integrated contributions to research and education. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.
    Deadlines: (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time)
    July 18, 2006: Biology; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Education and Human Resources
    July 19, 2006: Engineering
    July 20, 2006: Geosciences; Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences; Office of Polar Programs
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National Institutes of Health

  • Targeting Diseases Caused by Protein Misfolding or Misprocessing
    Description: The purpose of this PAR is to invite qualified scientific investigators to submit applications designed to identify small molecule reagents that specifically prevent or ameliorate a protein folding or processing defect in simple and complex genetic diseases that are of interest to the participating institutes.
    Earliest Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 2006
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  • Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Grants
    Description: AREA grants support individual research projects in the biomedical and behavioral sciences conducted by faculty, and involving their undergraduate students, who are located in health professional schools and other academic components that have not been major recipients of NIH research grant funds.
    Deadlines: see NIH Submission Schedule
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  • K Awards for Career Development
    Mentored Research Scientist Development Award
    Independent Scientist Award
    Academic Career Award
    Career Enhancement Award for Stem Cell Research
    Career Transition Awards:
            Cancer Research
            Human Genome Research
            Environmental Health Research
            Mental Health Research
            Neurological Disorders
    Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award
    Midcareer Investigator Award In Mouse Pathobiology Research
    Deadlines: see NIH Submission Schedule
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  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
    Description: The SBIR Program works to use small businesses to stimulate technological innovation, strengthen the role of small business in meeting Federal R/R&D needs, increase private sector commercialization of innovations developed through Federal SBIR R&D, increase small business participation in Federal R/R&D, and foster and encourage participation by socially and economically disadvantaged small business concerns and women-owned business concerns in the SBIR program. The STTR and SBIR programs are similar in that both programs seek to increase the participation of small businesses in Federal R&D and to increase private sector commercialization of technology developed through Federal R&D. The unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business concern applicant organization to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II.
    Deadlines: see SBIR/STTR Submission Schedule
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  • Cancer Education Research Grant (R25)
    Description: The Cancer Education Grant Program employs the R25 grant mechanism to provide funding for the development of innovative cancer education and research dissemination projects. R25 education grants may focus on education for a variety of target audiences: science or health care students with an interest in cancer research careers; established cancer scientists seeking short term educational updates in emerging cancer science areas such as genetics and molecular drug discovery; and health care providers in need of information on the latest developments in cancer prevention and control. Grants targeting academic audiences should provide a rationale for the program in terms of clinical and scientific manpower needs
    Deadlines: see NIH Submission Schedule
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National Endowment for the Humanities

  • Challenge Grants
    Description: NEH challenge grants help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources. Awards are made to museums, public libraries, colleges, research institutions, historical societies and historic sites, public television and radio stations, universities, scholarly associations, state humanities councils, and other nonprofit entities.
    Deadlines: November 1, 2005
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John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation

  • GRANTS: Major Research; Faculty Fellowships; Archival; Doctoral Dissertation & Historical Research
    Description: The John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation provides a variety of grants for: Major Research; Faculty Fellowships; Archival; Doctoral Dissertation; and for Historical Research
    Deadline: see
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    Note: Faculty must work with F&CR in order to apply for one of these grants.

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