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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.

February Deadlines:

Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund and Simons Foundation
Fellowship Awards in Neuroscience

The Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund and the Simons Foundation announce the opening of its 2018 competition for research fellowships in the neurosciences. Previously known as the Klingenstein Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences, this year's awards are the fifth from this joint project of the Klingenstein Fund and the Simons Foundation. The Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences supports, in the early stages of their careers, young investigators engaged in basic or clinical research that may lead to a better understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders. The Klingenstein Fund and the Simons Foundation recognize that to accomplish this goal it is necessary to encourage a variety of new approaches. Several areas within the neurosciences are of particular interest: 1) Cellular and molecular neuroscience—Studies of the mechanisms of neuronal excitability and development, and of the genetic basis of behavior; 2) Neural systems—Studies of the integrative function of the nervous system; and 3) Translational research—Studies designed to improve the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and our understanding of the causes of neurological and psychiatric disorders. The candidate must be an independent investigator at a university, medical center or research institute and be within 4 years of completing postdoctoral training and the start of his/her tenure track or equivalent appointment (between July 1, 2014 and July 1, 2018).

Funding Amount: $225K over 3 years
Deadline: February 15, 2018

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Resilient Communities 2018 Request for Proposals

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in partnership with Wells Fargo, created the Resilient Communities Program to help communities prepare for future impacts associated with sea level rise, sustain appropriate water quantity and quality, and enhance forest conservation. The program places special emphasis on inclusion and helping traditionally underserved, low- and moderate-income communities build capacity for resilience planning and investments in “greener” infrastructure. Focus areas are: 1) Adaptation through Regional Conservation Projects: to support highly-impactful and visible conservation projects that help prepare for fire in the Western Region, floods and droughts in the Central Region and sea-level rise in the Eastern Region, and 2) Community Capacity Building and Demonstration Projects: to support highly-impactful and visible projects that help communities understand, organize and take action to address risks and opportunities through improved resilience brought about by enhanced natural features.

Funding Amount: $100K-$500K
Deadline: February 15, 2018 (Pre-Proposal)

March Deadlines:

Alex & Rita Hillman Foundation
Hillman Innovations in Care Program

The Alex & Rita Hillman Foundation invites proposals for 2018 funding from the Hillman Innovations in Care Program. The goal of the program is to advance leading-edge, nursing-driven models of care that will improve the health and health care of vulnerable populations, including the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ people, the homeless, rural populations, and other groups that encounter barriers to accessing health-care services. We seek bold, creative, patient- and family-centered approaches that challenge conventional strategies, improve health outcomes, lower costs, and enhance patient and family caregiver experience. The Foundation specifically seeks proposals that address the health care needs of vulnerable populations in the following areas: Maternal and Child Health; Care of the Older Adult; and Chronic Illness Management. We welcome applications from institutions and care settings from across the spectrum of care, and from practitioners representing a diverse range of backgrounds.

Funding Amount: $600K
Deadline: March 5, 2018

April Deadlines:

Kress Foundation
Digital Resources Grant Program

The Kress Foundation’s Digital Resources program is intended to foster new forms of research and collaboration as well as new approaches to teaching and learning about art history. Support will also be offered for the digitization of important visual resources (especially photographic archives) in the area of pre-modern European art history; of primary textual sources (especially the literary and documentary sources of European art history); for promising initiatives in online publishing; and for innovative experiments in the field of digital art history. Please note that this grant program does not typically support the digitization of museum object collections.

Funding Amount:
Deadline: April 1, 2018

Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program
2018-2019 Fellowships

Launched in 2008, the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program provides participants with the skills, content, and hands-on experience to be able to offer policy solutions to the health challenges of an increasingly aging population and the barriers to the health care system that serves them. The program offers both a residential and non-residential track. (1) The residential track includes a placement of up to a year in Washington, D.C. or at a state agency. Fellows participate in the policymaking process as legislative assistants at the federal or state level or as professional staff members in executive branch agencies or policy organizations. (2) The non-residential track allows fellows to remain at their home institutions and requires that they dedicate at least 20% of their time to a “virtual” placement and/or project with agencies or organizations whose mission relates to health policy on aging.  Non-residential fellows may focus on a health policy project that is global, federal, state or community-based. The program has a broad interdisciplinary focus, and fellows have included physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, food scientists, city planners, healthcare administrators, epidemiologists, economists, and lawyers from academic and practice settings, spanning career stages from newly minted PhDs to senior professors and community leaders.

Funding Amount: Up to $100K stipend (residential fellows); up to $10K for project-related expenses and travel costs (non-residential fellows)
Deadline: April 15, 2018

Breakthrough Prize Foundation
2019 Breakthrough Prizes in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics

For the seventh year, the Breakthrough Prize, recognized as the world’s largest science prize, will honor top scientists, handing out up to four prizes in Life Sciences, one in Fundamental Physics and one in Mathematics. In addition, up to six New Horizons Prizes will be presented to promising early-career researchers in the fields of Physics and Mathematics.

One 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics will recognize an individual(s) who has made profound contributions to human knowledge. It is open to all physicists – theoretical, mathematical and experimental – working on the deepest mysteries of the Universe. The prize can be shared among any number of scientists. Nominations are also open for the New Horizons in Physics Prize for junior researchers who have already produced important work in their fields.

Up to four 2019 Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences will be awarded to individuals who have made transformative advances in understanding living systems and extending human life.

One 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics will be awarded to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of mathematics. In addition, up to three New Horizons in Mathematics Prizes will be presented to early career mathematicians who have already produced important work in their fields.

While self-nominations are prohibited, anyone may nominate another person.

Funding Amount: $3M (Breakthrough Prize); $100K (New Horizons Prize)
Deadline: April 30, 2018

May Deadlines:

William T. Grant Foundation
Research Grants

The William T. Grant Foundation’s mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. Researchers interested in applying for research grants must select one focus area:

  1. Reducing Inequality: In this focus area, we support research to build, test, and increase understanding of approaches to reducing inequality in youth outcomes, particularly on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, or immigrant origin status. We are interested in research on programs, policies, and practices to reduce inequality in  academic, social, behavioral, and economic outcomes.
  2. Improving the Use of Research Evidence: In this focus area, we support research to identify, build, and test strategies to ensure that research evidence reaches the hands of decision makers, responds to their needs, and is used in ways that benefit youth. We are particularly interested in research on improving the use of evidence by state and local decision makers, mid-level managers, and intermediaries.

For both focus areas, projects involving secondary data analysis are at the lower end of the budget range, whereas projects involving new data collection and sample recruitment can be at the higher end. Proposals to launch experiments in which settings (e.g., classrooms, schools, youth programs) are randomly assigned to conditions sometimes have higher awards. Grants are made to organizations, not individuals.

Funding Amount: $100K-$600K (reducing inequality); $100K-$1M (improving the use of research)
Deadline: May 2, 2018 (Letters of Inquiry)

Sand Hill Foundation
The Wellness Partnership: Improving Systems to Support Youth Mental Health

The Sand Hill Foundation announces The Wellness Partnership: Improving Systems for Youth Mental Health, a new grant program within our Health & Opportunity portfolio. This new grant program has been inspired by the local community’s recent efforts to share knowledge and build efficiencies across a fragmented system of youth mental healthcare. It provides a unique opportunity for health and social service providers in the public and private sectors, health plans, researchers, educators, parents, school administrators, policy-makers, funders, and young people to develop or strengthen local partnerships needed to improve the coordination and accessibility of prevention and early intervention efforts. To be eligible for funding, your organization must be a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and work within our geographic areas in San Mateo County and northern Santa Clara County – specifically, Daly City to Mountain View, from the coastside to the bay. For the purpose of this grant opportunity, we will not fund: 1) Direct services (e.g., staff positions for the provision of counseling, medical care, social services, teacher positions, etc.); Medical research; Loans or funds to individuals; and Programs or capacity building for individual organizations.

Funding Amount: $50K-$200K
Deadline: May 11, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spencer Foundation
Small Research Grants

The Spencer Foundation is dedicated to the belief that research is necessary to the improvement of education. To that end, the foundation supports high-quality investigations of education through its research programs and the strengthening and renewal of the educational research community through its fellowships, training programs, and related activities. The 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, work 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. PIs and co-PIs must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. In addition, the PI must be affiliated with a college, university, school district, nonprofit research facility, or nonprofit cultural institution that is willing to serve as the fiscal agent if the grant is awarded. The Spencer Foundation does not award grants directly to individuals.

Funding Amount: Up to $50K
Deadlines: February 1, 2017; May 1, 2017; August 1, 2017; November 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

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