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RFPs

request for proposals (RFP) is a funder’s written announcement inviting proposals, usually for a specific grant program. 

  • Our office serves as a clearinghouse for many RFPs. Current opportunities can be found below.
  • We disseminate select RFPs via email directly to faculty and administrators in relevant schools and centers.
  • If an RFP is a limited funding opportunity, for which a limited number of applicants per institution may apply, it is announced by our office or by the Dean of Research Office, and an internal selection committee decides on the final candidate(s).
  • Additional RFP resources are listed on the Funding Search Tools page.

November Deadlines:

Spencer Foundation
Small Research Grants Program

The Spencer Foundation's Small Research Grants program is intended to support education research projects with budgets of $50,000 or less. In keeping with the Spencer Foundation’s mission, this program aims to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. Historically, the work we have funded through these grants has spanned, a range of topics and disciplines, including education, psychology, sociology, economics, history, and anthropology, and they employ a wide range of research methods. Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-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.

Funding Amount: Up to $50K
Deadline: November 1, 2018
Guidelines:https://www.spencer.org/small-research-grants

Simons Foundation
Simons Early Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards

The purpose of these awards is to help launch the careers of outstanding investigators in the field of marine microbial ecology and evolution who will advance our understanding through experiments, modeling or theory. Projects focusing on the microbiomes of invertebrates or vertebrates or on paleontological records will not be considered this year. Investigators with backgrounds in different fields are encouraged to apply. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. She/he must have carried out research in a tenure-track or equivalent independent position for at least one year and no more than eight years (start date of first independent position between November 2010 and November 2017) and must currently hold a tenure-track, tenured, or equivalent independent position in a U.S. or Canadian institution (in a campus within these countries).

Funding Amount: $180K/yr for 3 yrs
Deadline: November 6, 2018 (Letter of Intent)
Guidelines: https://www.simonsfoundation.org/grant/simons-early-career-investigator-in-marine-microbial-ecology-and-evolution-awards/

Russell Sage Foundation
Small Research Grants Program

The Russell Sage Foundation dedicates itself exclusively to strengthening the methods, data, and theoretical core of the social sciences as a means of diagnosing social problems and improving social policies. The Foundation is accepting letters of inquiry for its Future of Work, Race, Ethnicity and Immigration, and Behavioral Economics programs. The Future of Work program supports research on the causes and consequences of changes in the quality of jobs for less- and moderately skilled workers in the United States. The Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration program is especially interested in innovative research that examines the roles of race, ethnicity, nativity, and legal status in outcomes for immigrants, U.S.-born racial and ethnic minorities, and native-born whites. The Behavioral Economics program focuses on research that uses behavioral insights from psychology, economics, sociology, political science, and other social sciences to examine and improve social and living conditions in the United States. Letters of inquiry are also accepted for special initiatives on Non-Standard Employment, Immigration & Immigrant Integration, and Computational Social Science. All applicants (both PIs and Co-PIs) must have a doctorate.

Funding Amount: Up to $175K
Deadline: November 30, 2018 (Letter of Inquiry)
Guidelines: http://www.russellsage.org/research/categories/requests-proposals

December Deadlines:

Teagle Foundation
Education in American Civic Life Initiative

Through “Education for American Civic Life,” the Teagle Foundation seeks to elevate the civic objectives of liberal arts education through faculty-led efforts within the curriculum grounded in the issues that define and challenge American democracy. The Foundation welcomes participation from a diverse array of institutions—community colleges, liberal arts colleges, comprehensive and research universities—that aim to strengthen civic education across the undergraduate curriculum and across disciplines. Successful proposals will seek to promote learning about the formation of the American republic, the crafting of its Constitution, the history of contention over the meanings of the Constitution, the development of representative political structures, and the principles of democracy. Requests from both single institutions and multiple institutions partnering together will be considered. Concept papers are accepted on a rolling basis. However, priority will be given to those submitted by December 1, 2018.

Funding Amount: $100K-$400K
Deadline: December 1, 2018
Guidelines: http://www.teaglefoundation.org/Grants-Initiatives/Current-Initiatives-Listing/Initiatives/Education-for-American-Civic-Life/Education-for-American-Civic-Life-RFP

McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience
2018 McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards

Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards support scientists who work on novel and creative approaches to understanding brain function. The program seeks to advance and enlarge the range of technologies available to the neurosciences. It does not support research based primarily on existing techniques. The Endowment Fund is especially interested in how technology may be used or adapted to monitor, manipulate, analyze, or model brain function at any level, from the molecular to the entire organism. Technology may take any form, from biochemical tools to instruments to software and mathematical approaches. A goal of the Technological Innovations awards is to foster collaboration between the neurosciences and other disciplines; therefore, collaborative and cross-disciplinary applications are explicitly invited. Funds may be used toward a variety of research activities but not the recipient’s salary. Candidates must: hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor or higher, e.g. associate professor or professor, at institutions within the U.S., and be developing new techniques or applying techniques to neuroscience in new ways.

Funding Amount: $200K
Deadline: December 10, 2018 (Letters of Intent)
Guidelines: https://www.mcknight.org/programs/the-mcknight-endowment-fund-for-neuroscience/technology-awards/

Nathan Cummings Foundation
Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship

The Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship supports visionary leaders by giving them boundless space to turn an inspired idea in the field of social justice into a world-changing reality. The Fellowship awards three individuals up to $150,000 each to pursue an innovative project that seeks to address a challenge related to climate change or inequality – or within the intersection of these two major issues. An NCF Fellowship must align with at least one of the Foundation’s core focus areas: Inclusive Clean Economy; Racial and Economic Justice; Corporate and Political Accountability; and Voice, Creativity and Culture. We welcome a diverse pool of applicants representing practitioners in a variety of fields. Applicants should hold a deep understanding of their subject area, possess a clear analysis of their field and be able to demonstrate a proven history of professional accomplishment and risk-taking. While the work product may be as diverse as the problems applicants seek to remedy, the projects should be clear, concrete, actionable and inspiring. A Fellow's work might include the creation of a product such as a book or report, white paper, blog, video, public hearing or presentation, the launch of an initiative, campaign or nonprofit organization, or other creative work product.

Funding Amount: $150K
Deadline: December 14, 2018
Guidelines: http://nathancummings.org/what-we-fund/nathan-cummings-foundation-fellowship/fellowship-guidelines

Ongoing Deadlines:

American Honda Foundation
Youth Education Programs

The American Honda Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Honda Motor Company, is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations and schools for youth education programs with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Environmental projects, job training, and literacy programs also will be considered.

Funding Amount: $20K-$75K
Deadlines: February 1, May 1, August 1, November 1
Guidelines:http://corporate.honda.com/america/philanthropy.aspx?id=ahf

California Wellness Foundation
Responsive Grantmaking Program

The California Wellness Foundation’s Responsive Grantmaking Program is accepting letters of interest from nonprofit organizations that provide direct services in disease prevention, health promotion, and wellness education in California. Focus areas include: diversity in the health professions; environmental health; healthy aging; mental health; teenage pregnancy prevention; violence prevention; women's health; and work and health. In addition, funding for special projects that relate to emerging health issues or issues outside these eight priorities will be considered.

Funding Amount: $20K-$300K
Deadline: Letter of Interest accepted anytime
Guidelines:http://www.calwellness.org/how_to_apply/index.htm

Nathan Cummings Foundation
Environment Program

The Nathan Cummings Foundation is accepting letters of inquiry for its Climate Program, which has two objectives. The first objective is to increase access to cleaner energy in poor regions, while simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Strategies include: supporting investment and cross-sector collaborations in energy-innovation technology; catalyzing domestic policy pathways that will reduce emissions and promote equitable and sustainable economic growth in the US and in the developing world; and funding research, public education, and activism to shift public opinion and advance commonly accepted standards for global energy access.

The second objective is to improve resilience for those most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Strategies include: encouraging the leadership and creativity of communities on the frontlines of climate change to develop solutions to the problems that affect them and building multilateral bridges among local communities and energy innovators to ensure that community priorities are embedded in the plans and projects of the energy innovation sector and that the roles of arts, culture, religious traditions and contemplative practices, and spiritual traditions are elevated.

Funding Amount: Not specified
Deadline: Letter of Inquiry accepted anytime
Guidelines: http://ncf.org/what-we-fund/our-focus/climate

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is accepting Letters of Intent for its Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health, a national program that supports the foundation’s commitment to building a Culture of Health in the United States. The program aims to provide individuals, organizations, communities, policymakers, and researchers with the empirical evidence needed to address the key determinants of health encompassed in the Culture of Health Action Framework, as well as efforts to assess outcomes and set priorities for action. It will do this by encouraging and supporting creative, rigorous research on the impact of innovative programs, policies, and partnerships on health and well-being, and on novel approaches to measuring health determinants and outcomes. Applicants must be either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Investigators from a variety of areas and disciplines, including anthropology, architecture, business, community planning, criminal justice, economics, epidemiology, health policy, medicine, nursing, psychology, history, public health, social work, and sociology, are encouraged to apply.

Funding Amount: Varies
Deadline: Letter of Intent accepted anytime
Guidelines: http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2015/evidence-for-action-investigator-initiated-research-to-build-a-culture-of-health.html

The Lawrence Foundation
Funding for Environmental, Education, Human Services Projects

The Lawrence Foundation awards grants to organizations working in the areas of the environment, education, human services, and disaster relief. The foundation awards both program and operating grants with no geographic restrictions to nonprofit organizations that qualify for tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as well as public schools and libraries.

Funding Amount: Varies
Deadlines: April 30, November 1
Guidelines:http://www.thelawrencefoundation.org/grants/guidelines.php

James S. McDonnell Foundation
21st Century Collaborative Activity Awards

The James S. McDonnell Foundation offers Collaborative Activity Awards to initiate interdisciplinary discussions on problems or issues, to help launch interdisciplinary research networks, or to fund communities of researchers/practitioners dedicated to developing new methods, tools, and applications of basic research to applied problems. In each case the focus of the collaborative activity must meet the program guidelines for one of the following program areas: Studying Complex Systems, Understanding Human Cognition, or Mathematical & Complex Systems Approaches for Brain Cancer. Strong preference will be given to applications involving multi-institutional collaboration. There are no geographic restrictions on these awards and the foundation encourages international applications.

Funding Amount: Not specified
Deadline: Letter of Inquiry accepted anytime
Guidelines: https://www.jsmf.org/apply/

RGK Foundation
Grants in Education, Community, and Health/Medicine

RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of education, community, and health/medicine. The Foundation's primary interests within education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education. Within the community program area, they support a broad range of human services, community improvement, abuse prevention, and youth development programs. The Foundation is also interested in programs that attract female and minority students into the fields of mathematics, science, and technology. Their current interests in the area of health/medicine include programs that promote the health and well-being of children, programs that promote access to health services, and Foundation-initiated programs focusing on ALS.

Funding Amount: Average grant size is $25K
Deadline: Letter of Intent accepted anytime
Guidelines:http://www.rgkfoundation.org/public/guidelines

Simons Foundation
Targeted Grants in Mathematics and Physical Sciences

The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for its new Targeted Grants in MPS program. The program is intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis. A typical Targeted Grant in MPS provides funding for up to five years. The funding provided is flexible and based on the type of support requested in the proposal. Indirect costs are limited to 20% of direct costs, with the following exceptions: equipment, tuition, and any subcontracts with budgets, including indirect expenses. Indirect costs paid to a subcontractor may not exceed 20 percent of the direct costs paid to the subcontractor. Expenses for experiments, equipment, or computations, as well as for personnel and travel, are allowable. Applications may be submitted by established U.S. and foreign public and private educational institutions and stand-alone research centers.

Funding Amount: Varies
Deadline: Letter of Intent accepted anytime
Guidelines: https://www.simonsfoundation.org/funding/funding-opportunities/mathematics-physical-sciences/targeted-grants-in-mps/

Smith Richardson Foundation
Domestic Public Policy Program

The mission of the Smith Richardson Foundation is to contribute to important public debates and to address serious public policy challenges facing the United States.  The foundation seeks to help ensure the vitality of our social, economic, and governmental institutions.  It also seeks to assist with the development of effective policies to compete internationally and to advance U.S. interests and values abroad. The Domestic Public Policy Program supports projects that will help the public and policy makers understand and address critical challenges facing the United States.  To that end, the foundation supports research on and the evaluation of existing public policies and programs, as well as projects that inject new ideas into public debates.

Funding Amount: Varies
Deadline: Concept papers accepted anytime
Guidelines: https://www.srf.org/programs/domestic-public-policy/

Surdna Foundation
Sustainable Environments Program

The Surdna Foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry from nonprofit organizations for programs that connect and improve the infrastructure systems of urban places and surrounding areas in ways that maximize positive impacts and minimize negative environmental, economic, and social consequences. Through the Sustainable Environments program, the foundation supports four main categories of work: sustainable transportation networks and equitable development patterns, energy efficiency in the built environment, urban water management, and regional food supply. Requested grant amounts should relate directly to the size of the organization's budget and the amount needed to successfully complete the project. Organizations should promote meaningful collaborations and an integrated approach to infrastructure solutions; focus on infrastructure decisions that better meet the needs of historically underserved communities, including low-income communities and people of color; promote long-term solutions and leverage strategic infrastructure investments; and/or highlight, especially through communications, the multiple benefits of next generation infrastructure.

Funding Amount: Varies
Deadline: Letter of Intent accepted anytime
Guidelines: http://www.surdna.org/what-we-fund/sustainable-environments.html

Toyota USA Foundation
K-12 Math, Science, Environmental Science Initiatives

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. Priority consideration for: 1) Creative and innovative programs which develop the potential of students and/or teachers; 2) Programs which are broad in scope and incorporate systemic approach; and 3) Cost‐effective programs that possess a high potential for success with relatively low duplication of effort.

Funding Amount: $50K-$500K
Deadline: Online application accepted anytime
Guidelines:http://www.toyota.com/about/philanthropy/guidelines/foundation.html

The Unger Vetlesen Foundation
Grants in Natural and Earth Sciences

The G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation makes grants for research and operational support in marine and ocean conservation, earth sciences, climate change, and wildlife management. Grants are to nonprofit organizations, mainly in the U.S., for projects ranging from local to international.

Funding Amount: Varies
Deadline: Letters of inquiry accepted anytime
Guidelines:http://www.monellvetlesen.org/vetlesen/appguide.htm

Whitehall Foundation
Research Grants and Grants-in-Aid Programs

The Whitehall Foundation, through its program of grants and grants-in-aid, assists scholarly research in the life sciences. It is the foundation's policy to assist those dynamic areas of basic biological research that are not heavily supported by federal agencies or other foundations with specialized missions. The foundation emphasizes the support of young scientists at the beginning of their careers and productive senior scientists who wish to move into new fields of interest. Consideration is given, however, to applicants of all ages.

Research grants are available to established scientists of all ages working at accredited U.S. institutions. Grants-in-Aid are designed for researchers at the assistant professor level who experience difficulty in competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established. Grants-in-Aid can also be made to senior scientists. The principal investigator must hold no less than the position of assistant professor, or the equivalent, in order to participate in the application process. The foundation does not award funds to investigators who have substantial existing or potential support, even if it is for an unrelated purpose.

The foundation is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology, defined as follows: Invertebrate and vertebrate (excluding clinical) neurobiology, specifically investigations of neural mechanisms involved in sensory, motor, and other complex functions of the whole organism as these relate to behavior. The overall goal should be to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior. The foundation does not support research focused primarily on disease(s) unless it will also provide insights into normal functioning.

Funding Amount: Up to $225K over 3 yrs (Research Grants); Up to $30K (Grants-in-Aid)
Deadlines: January 15; April 15; October 1
Guidelines: http://www.whitehall.org/grants/

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