Funding Opportunties

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Intramural Funding Opportunities

There are a myriad of opportunities at AU for faculty to obtain intramural support for their research, scholarship, and creative activities. This funding can come from the Office of the Provost as well as in the academic units.

Intramural funding - Office of the Provost

Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies

 

Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning

 

Intramural funding - Academic units

Frequently funding to support faculty research is available in the academic units. Inquire at the units to obtain information about specific opportunities.

Extramural Funding Opportunities

Take a look at this weekly archived listing of funding opportunities from a variety of outside institutions.

External Funding Opportunities

Government Funding Opportunities

These calendars detail the funding cycles of several awards from federal government sources.

EPA: Extramural Research 

National Endowment for the Humanities: Grant Applications and Deadlines

National Institutes of Health: Grant Schedule and Submission Schedule

National Science Foundation: Active Funding Opportunities

 

Specific Funding Opportunities

U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Center for WIC Nutrition Education Innovations

National Science Foundation
High-Risk Research in Anthropology
Deadline: Rolling

National Science Foundation
High-Risk Research in Anthropology
Anthropological research may be conducted under unusual circumstances, often in distant locations. As a result the ability to conduct potentially important research may hinge on factors that are impossible to assess from a distance and some projects with potentially great payoffs may face difficulties in securing funding. This program gives small awards that provide investigators with the opportunity to assess the feasibility of an anthropological research project. The information gathered may then be used as the basis for preparing a more fully developed research program. Projects which face severe time constraints because of transient phenomena or access to materials may also be considered
Deadline: Proposals accepted anytime. Current closing date for applications: December 31, 2014

Compton Foundation, Inc.
Grants Program
The sponsor will support organizations building the long-term capacity to ignite change as well as providing rapid response and emerging opportunity funding. The sponsor has a particular interest in work happening within and between our traditional areas of work—peace, environment, and reproductive health and rights.

The two main areas of focus for the sponsor are: Transformative Leadership and Courageous Storytelling.
· Within the area of Transformative Leadership, the sponsor expects to support: Institutions that are training, convening, and coaching leaders with the above qualities; Networks of leaders working across difference in issue, approach, or constituency; Exemplary organizations that demonstrate new ways of working, creative collaboration, and transformative leadership qualities.
· Within the area of Courageous Storytelling they expect to support: Creative media (art, film/video, music, drama, writing, photography) that captures imagination, expands our understanding of critical social and environmental problems, and articulates a positive vision for the future; Exemplary and emerging leaders or efforts that command attention and convey clear narratives with passion, vision, and impact; Artist capacity building organizations that help creative artists engage with social and environmental change organizations or campaigns, or provide artists with experiences and/or information that can help them work more effectively on real world problems.
Deadline: Rolling

Philip L. Graham Fund
Grant Programs
The Fund's mission is to use its resources for the betterment of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area and to support activities that foster improvements in the fields of journalism and communications. Grants are awarded across five interest areas, including Arts & Humanities, Community Endeavors, Education, Health & Human Services, and Journalism & Communications. The Philip L. Graham Fund follows a two-step application process. Organizations interested in applying for funding from the Philip L. Graham Fund must first submit a letter of inquiry (LOI) through our online application system.
Deadline: December 6, 2013

Toyota U.S.A. Foundation
Grants in K-12 Education
The Toyota USA Foundation is committed to enhancing the quality of K‐12 education by supporting innovative programs and building partnerships with organizations dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, science and environmental science. Organizations must be located within and serve the people of the United States. A high priority is placed on the following:
· Creative and innovative programs which develop the potential of students and/or teachers; Programs which are broad in scope and incorporate systemic approach; and,
· Cost‐effective programs that possess a high potential for success with relatively low duplication of effort.
Deadline: Rolling

International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)
Knight International Journalism Fellowships
The Knight International Journalism Fellowships help to create news outlets and programming, training centers and schools, and innovative resources to improve the quality and free flow of news in the public interest around the world. The fellows work in Latin America/Caribbean, Central Europe/Eurasia, Asia/Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East. The center targets countries where there is great opportunity to make a lasting impact. Examples of opportunities for fellowship projects:
- New leadership or improved media laws have opened a window for better journalism;
- An end to conflict has enabled the growth of independent media; and
- Digital tools have created new ways for citizens to become active participants in their societies.

Fellows should meet these requirements: strong leadership qualities; entrepreneurship; ability to identify opportunities that produce results; fluency in the language of the country; demonstrated knowledge of fellowship focus; and minimum of 10 years of journalism, multimedia technology and/or media management experience.
Deadline: Rolling

National Geographic Society

Conservation Grants
The objective of the Conservation Trust is to support conservation activities around the world as they fit within the mission of the National Geographic Society. The trust will fund projects that contribute significantly to the preservation and sustainable use of the Earth's biological, cultural, and historical resources. While the Conservation Trust acknowledges the need to preserve archaeological sites and artifacts, the current budget limits prevents the trust from funding such requests. The Conservation Trust's strength lies in supporting cutting edge programs that might be overlooked by other organizations, due to the risk involved in working with new investigators and in new fields.
Deadline: Rolling (pre-application required)

Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
Humanities Program
The Foundation intends to further the humanities along a broad front, supporting projects which address the concerns of the historical studia humanitatis:

· a humanistic education rooted in the great traditions of the past;

· the formation of human beings according to cultural, moral, and aesthetic ideals derived from that past; and

· the ongoing debate over how these ideals may best be conceived and realized.

Programs in the following areas are eligible: history; archaeology; literature; languages, both classical and modern; philosophy; ethics; comparative religion; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; and those aspects of the social sciences which share the content and methods of humanistic disciplines. The Foundation welcomes projects that cross the boundaries between humanistic disciplines and explore the connection between the humanities and other areas of scholarship.
Deadline: Rolling (letter of inquiry

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Economic Institutions, Behavior, and Performance
This program supports research on the structure, behavior, and performance of the U.S. economy with the goal of providing objective and nonpartisan insights that can inform and strengthen critical decisions facing leaders, policymakers, and the public.

Grantmaking is divided into four thematic sub-programs:
1) Economic Implications of the Great Recession - Projects in this sub-program study markets and governments, specifically with regard to lessons we can draw from the recent financial crisis and Great Recession. Appropriate research topics include systemic stability; international regulatory coordination; risk measurement, capital requirements, and credit ratings; labor market recovery rates and liquidity; dataset and model development concerning labor trends.
2) Behavioral Economics and Household Finance - Projects in this sub-program study individuals and households, specifically with regard to the quality of their economic decision-making. Appropriate research topics include the annuity paradox; the energy efficiency paradox; insurance markets; risk-taking, savings, and personal bankruptcy; cognitive biases; public understanding of economics and markets for financial advice.
3) Economic Analysis of Science and Technology - Projects in this sub-program study universities and groundbreaking industries, specifically regarding human capital development and applications of information technology. Appropriate research topics include labor markets for scientists and engineers; high-skilled immigration; patterns of scientific publication, collaboration, and intellectual property protection; the economics of digitization; and the international distribution of returns on high-tech investments.
4) Empirical Economic Research Enablers - Projects in this sub-program study economic researchers, specifically with regard to their needs, opportunities, incentives, and professional practices. Appropriate research topics include legal entity identifiers; data citation standards; identification and tracking systems for scholars; federal statistics; smart disclosure platforms for obfuscated markets; data and metadata management protocols; the replicability of empirical research; and the economics of knowledge contribution and distribution.
Deadline: Rolling (letter of inquiry required)

Science and Social Science

National Institutes of Health
Mechanism for Time-Sensitive Drug Abuse Research (R21) NEW!
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is issued by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH). The FOA is intended to support pilot, feasibility or exploratory research for up to 2 years in 4 priority areas, including
· responses to unexpected and time-sensitive medical system issues (e.g., opportunities to understand addiction services in the evolving health care system);
· responses to emerging drug abuse-related HIV trends and topics (e.g., rapidly evolving drug abuse-related epidemics, time-sensitive policy or environmental changes);
· responses to unexpected and time-sensitive criminal justice opportunities (e.g., new system and/or structural level changes) that relate to drug abuse and access and provision of health care service; and
· responses to unexpected and time-sensitive prescription drug abuse opportunities (e.g., new state or local efforts).
It should be clear that the knowledge gained from the proposed study is time-sensitive and that an expedited rapid review and funding are required in order for the scientific question to be answered.
Deadlines: December 9, 2013

The Wallace Foundation
Grant Programs
The foundation supports and shares effective ideas and practices that expand learning and enrichment opportunities for all U.S. citizens. The foundation focuses on the following five areas: (1) Education Leadership; (2) After School; (3) Arts Education; (4) Summer & Extended Learning Time; and (5) Audience Development for the Arts. Eligibility: Nonprofits, schools and colleges and universities; Funding: Multiple awards ranging from $40,000 to more than $1 million each.
Deadline: Inquiry e-mails accepted year round.

National Institute of Health

Academic Research Enhancement Award:
The purpose of the Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) program is to stimulate research in educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees for a significant number of the Nation's research scientists, but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. AREA grants create opportunities for scientists and institutions, otherwise unlikely to participate extensively in NIH research programs, to contribute to the Nation's biomedical and behavioral research effort. AREA grants are intended to support small-scale research projects proposed by faculty members of eligible, domestic institutions, to expose students to meritorious research projects, and to strengthen the research environment of the applicant institution.
Deadline: Open through January, 2015

TIAA-CREF
Grants:
The TIAA-CREF Institute Research Grant Program was established to encourage scholars to pursue rigorous and sophisticated research in areas of interest to TIAA-CREF and those we serve, such as retirement income security issues and strategic issues in higher education.
Deadline: Rolling

National Science Foundation
Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE)
The goal of the ADVANCE program is to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. ADVANCE also has as its goal to seminally contribute to and inform the general knowledge base on gender equity in the academic STEM disciplines. Types of Projects:

· Institutional Transformation awards are expected to include innovative and systemic organizational approaches to transform institutions of higher education in ways that will increase the participation and advancement of women in STEM academic careers. - IT-Catalyst awards are designed to support historically resource-challenged institutions in their efforts to conduct institutional self-assessment activities (i.e., data collection, data analysis, policy review) in order to identify specific issues in the recruitment, retention and promotion of women faculty in STEM disciplines.

· Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination awards may focus on one institution or organization, or they may be a partnership between several institutions and/or organizations. PAID projects can focus on all STEM disciplines, several disciplines, or only one discipline, including the social and behavioral sciences.
Deadline: October 04, 2013 (Institutional Transformation (IT) and Institutional Transformation Catalyst (IT-Catalyst))

General


Spencer Foundation
Research Grants
The Foundation's research grants are organized under four areas of inquiry that identify broad topics believed to have fundamental and abiding importance for educational improvement: (1) The Relation Between Education and Social Opportunity; (2) Organizational Learning in Schools, School Systems, and Higher Education Systems; (3) Teaching, Learning, and Instructional Resources; and (4) Purposes and Values of Education. The Foundation also welcomes proposals that do not fit one of the four areas listed through its Field-Initiated Proposal program. ELIGIBILITY: Principal Investigators (PIs) applying for a Research Grant must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. PIs must be affiliated with a college, university, research facility, school district, or cultural institution that is willing to serve as the fiscal agent if the grant is awarded. Research Grant proposals from individuals are not eligible. FUNDING: Research grants are made up to $500,000.
Deadline: Rolling

Compton Foundation, Inc.

Grants Program:
The sponsor will support organizations building the long-term capacity to ignite change as well as providing rapid response and emerging opportunity funding. The two main areas of focus for the sponsor are: Transformative Leadership and Courageous Storytelling. The sponsor has a particular interest in work happening within and between our traditional areas of work—peace, environment, and reproductive health and rights. Within the area of Transformative Leadership, the sponsor expects to support: Institutions that are training, convening, and coaching leaders with the above qualities; Networks of leaders working across difference in issue, approach, or constituency; Exemplary organizations that demonstrate new ways of working, creative collaboration, and transformative leadership qualities. Within the area of Courageous Storytelling they expect to support: Creative media (art, film/video, music, drama, writing, photography) that captures imagination, expands our understanding of critical social and environmental problems, and articulates a positive vision for the future; Exemplary and emerging leaders or efforts that command attention and convey clear narratives with passion, vision, and impact; Artist capacity building organizations that help creative artists engage with social and environmental change organizations or campaigns, or provide artists with experiences and/or information that can help them work more effectively on real world problems.
Deadline: Rolling

Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Grants:
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund's (RBF) grantmaking is organized around three themes: Democratic Practice, Peacebuilding, and Sustainable Development, and three pivotal places: New York City, Southern China, and the Western Balkans.
Deadline: Rolling

Arts and Humanities

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
Humanities Performing Arts Program:
The Foundation intends to further the humanities along a broad front, supporting projects which address the concerns of the historical studia humanitatis: a humanistic education rooted in the great traditions of the past; the formation of human beings according to cultural, moral, and aesthetic ideals derived from that past; and the ongoing debate over how these ideals may best be conceived and realized.

Programs in the following areas are eligible: history; archaeology; literature; languages, both classical and modern; philosophy; ethics; comparative religion; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; and those aspects of the social sciences which share the content and methods of humanistic disciplines. The Foundation welcomes projects that cross the boundaries between humanistic disciplines and explore the connection between the humanities and other areas of scholarship.
Deadline: Rolling

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
The Research Library Program:
The Research Library Program concentrates primarily in those areas of its founders’ interests and aims to be fully complementary to the Foundation’s other program areas (i.e., humanities scholarship, performing arts, and Venetian history and culture).

The overall objective of the Research Library Program is to improve the ability of research libraries to serve the needs of scholarship in the humanities and the performing arts, and to help make their resources more widely accessible to scholars and the general public.
Deadline: Rolling

Arts and Humanities

The Spencer Foundation
Initiative on Philosophy in Educational Policy and Practice:
As part of a new institutional initiative, the Spencer Foundation will make several awards of up to $40,000 for research projects in Philosophy as it relates to educational policy and practice. They encourage applicants to understand educational policy and practice in broad terms, including issues that directly relate to K-12 schools and higher education institutions, but also concerning policies that influence children’s growth and development in the family and in other areas of social life including children’s upbringing, educational issues in family life and in the workplace, the educational effects of welfare policy. They also encourage diverse kinds of philosophical research ranging from the highly abstract to the highly applied.
Deadline: Rolling

The Nathan Cummings Foundation
Grant Program:
The Foundation's core programs include arts and culture; the environment; health; interprogram initiatives for social and economic justice; and the Jewish life and values/contemplative practice programs.

Several basic themes run through all of these programs and inform the Foundation's approach to grantmaking:

· concern for the poor, disadvantaged, and underserved;
· respect for diversity;
· promotion of understanding across cultures; and
· empowerment of communities in need.
Deadline: Rolling

National Institute of Mental Health
Rapid Assessment Post-Impact of Disaster (R21):
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide an expedited funding mechanism for research in the aftermath of disasters and mass casualty events. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact NIMH Program Staff before submitting a RAPID application to determine whether or not the proposed work meets the guidelines of this program, whether requested RAPID funding is likely to be available, and whether the idea should be considered for initial submission as a fully developed, non-expedited application via a regular/parent FOA. RAPID grants descried in this FOA may be used to facilitate initial research for investigators who intend to follow up with a full research application, using the preliminary time sensitive data from a RAPID grant as the basis for their subsequent application.
Deadline: Applications should be submitted within approximately six weeks of the identified disaster event.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization:
The Robert Wood John Foundation has released a Call for Proposals for the Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization program. Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) supports research, policy analysis and evaluation projects that provide policy leaders timely information on health care policy, financing and organization issues. Supported projects include:

* examining significant issues and interventions related to health care financing and organization and their effects on health care costs, quality and access; and

* exploring or testing major new ways to finance and organize health care that have the potential to improve access to more affordable and higher quality health services.
Deadline: Rolling

Cummings (Nathan) Foundation
Grants Program:
The Foundation's core programs include arts and culture; the environment; health; interprogram initiatives for social and economic justice; and the Jewish life and values/contemplative practice programs.
Deadline: Rolling

Ford Foundation
Grants:
Each year the Ford Foundation receives about 40,000 proposals and makes about 1,400 grants. Requests are accepted in categories such as project planning and support; general support; and endowments. Types of support include grants, recoverable grants, loans and loan guarantees. Our grant making focuses on reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity and achievement.
Deadline: Rolling

Oak Foundation
Grants Programme:
Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. The foundation funds a variety of time-bound projects, core costs, technical assistance and collaborative activities.
Deadline: Rolling

U.S. Department of Commerce
Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program
Under the Planning program, Economic Development Administration (EDA) assists eligible recipients in creating regional economic development plans designed to stimulate and guide the economic development efforts of a community or region. As part of this program, EDA supports Partnership Planning investments to facilitate the development, implementation, revision, or replacement of Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS), which articulate and prioritize the strategic economic goals of recipients' respective regions. In general, EDA provides Partnership Planning grants to the designated planning organization (e.g., District Organization) serving EDA-designated Economic Development Districts to enable these organizations to develop and implement relevant CEDS. In addition, EDA provides Partnership Planning grants to Indian Tribes to help develop and implement CEDS and associated economic development activities. The Planning program also helps support planning organizations with Short Term and State Planning investments designed to guide the eventual creation and retention of higher-skill, higher-wage jobs, particularly for the unemployed and underemployed in the Nation’s most economically distressed regions. The Local Technical Assistance program strengthens the capacity of local or State organizations, institutions of higher education, and other eligible recipients to undertake and promote effective economic development programs through projects such as feasibility analyses and impact studies.
Deadline: Rolling; Applications are accepted on a continuing basis and processed as received.

National Science Foundation
SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
The National Science Foundation's Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES), National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), and the SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA) award grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research. These grants provide funds for items not normally available through the student's university. Additionally, these grants allow doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus that would not otherwise be possible. Proposals are judged on the basis of their scientific merit, including the theoretical importance of the research question and the appropriateness of the proposed data and methodology to be used in addressing the question. Requirements vary across programs.
Deadline: Various

Spencer Foundation
Relation Between Education and Social Opportunity:
The Spencer Foundation provides funding for research projects that study education in the United States and abroad. The foundation seeks to shed light on the role education plays in reducing economic and social inequalities - as well as, sometimes, reinforcing them - and to find ways to more fully realize education's potential to promote more equal opportunity. Expanded opportunity is important not only to a society's economic well being but to the character of its civic, cultural, and social life as well.
Deadline: Rolling (Preliminary proposal); December 1, 2012 (Invited full proposal)

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Human Rights and International Justice
The MacArthur Foundation believes that respect for human rights is fundamental to human security, individual well-being, and good governance; that promotion of both international and local human rights is necessary for realizing rights in diverse geographies and cultures; and that an accessible, integrated system of international justice is essential for protecting human rights around the globe. MacArthur’s grantmaking objectives in human rights and international justice include strengthening human rights inquiry and implementation internationally; encouraging the advancement of the rule of law and human rights protections in the countries of Russia, Nigeria, and Mexico; and facilitating the development of an international justice system.
Deadline: Rolling (letter of inquiry required)