March 2020
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A Note from the Research Development Team

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our team will be working remotely. We are available to provide assistance via email, phone, or Zoom conferencing. As circumstances are evolving quickly, please also refer to our  FAS RAS website  and the  OSP website  for information about submitting proposals and managing your awards.
COVID-19 Funding Opportunities Spotlight 

This section of the newsletter will highlight opportunities relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
NSF Invites Proposals In Response to the Emergence of COVID-19

NSF has released a  Dear Colleague Letter describing the agency's interest in proposals for rapid-response fundamental, non-medical, non-clinical-care research that can immediately explore how to model and understand the spread of COVID-19, inform and educate about the science of virus transmission and prevention, or encourage the development of processes and actions to address this global challenge. Additionally, the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering is inviting RAPID proposals and supplemental funding requests that address COVID-19 challenges through data and/or software infrastructure development activities.
Internal Opportunities
For a more comprehensive list of Harvard internal funding opportunities, please see  here .
External Opportunities
Non-Federal Opportunities:

Federal Opportunities:
Internal Funding Opportunities
Deadline: May 1, 2020
Award Amount: Up to $30,000

This program's primary objective is to strengthen connections between Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI) in Chile and Harvard through innovative research projects in all disciplines, including but not limited to technology, design, humanities, science, engineering, health, public policy, business, and education. Each project must have a PI from Harvard and one from UAI. Funding will be primarily for program start-up expenses including travel to facilitate site visits, workshops, and academic research exchanges.
Deadline: May 1, 2020
Award Amount: Up to $100,000

The goal of the Mexico Innovation Fund is to deepen ties between Harvard and Mexican academia in order to address some of the most important issues facing Mexico. A project supported by this fund should propose policy improvements or provide ideas for action that might help Mexico address the specific issues related to the project. The priority fields of study are:
  1. Sustainable Urban and Regional Development
  2. Science, Technology, and Education
  3. Empowered Citizenship, State Capacity, and the Rule of Law
Projects submitted for consideration must be innovative, involve evidence-based research leading to measurable outcomes, leverage technology, where appropriate, to "leapfrog" older processes and concept, especially in areas relating to public policy and urban studies, and ideally delve deeply into one subject area while also combining multi-sector and multi-disciplinary approaches.
Deadline: Proposals will be received and reviewed four times a year, with deadlines on the first business day of October, January, April, and July. Applicants will be notified, and funded if approved, within one month of the submission deadline.
Award Amount: up to $3,000

To support the career development of its tenure track faculty, the Division of Social Science is piloting a new grant program. Contingent on continued funding, the Division of Social Science will make available to eligible tenure track faculty members small grants (up to $3,000) to support travel and other expenses associated with bringing experts to Harvard to review and offer guidance on in-progress manuscripts. This funding is intended to augment the $1,000 that is provided to each tenure track faculty member by the Dean of the FAS at the time of the initial faculty appointment (and contained in the faculty member's start-up account).
Deadline: March 27, 2020 
Award Amount: up to $5,000

The Elson Family Arts Initiative Fund supports undergraduate education in the arts and humanities and the integration of the arts into the curriculum within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Course proposals may (but need not) involve collaborations across departments and divisions of the FAS. The Elson Fund is intended to introduce art-making activities into parts of the curriculum where art-making has not traditionally been inserted. Artist instructors, however, may apply for Elson funds to support innovative projects that could not be pursued without additional funding.
Deadline: Last day of February, May, August and November
Award Amount: $40,000 for ladder faculty; $5,000 for doctoral students and post-docs
Eligible Applicants: Harvard University full time doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and ladder faculty.

The FHBI provides seed grants to support transformative research in the social and behavioral sciences. Successful proposals will be those that promise to advance understanding of the social, institutional and biological mechanisms shaping human beliefs and behavior. Funds will be used to support interdisciplinary social science research projects based on innovative experimental or observational designs that make use of sophisticated quantitative methods. The Fund also supports seminars, conferences, and other research-related activities.
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: up to $5,000

The Harvard Data Science Initiative Faculty Special Projects Fund is intended to support one-time data science opportunities for which other funding is not readily available. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and funding will be awarded throughout the year until available funding is exhausted. Applicants may request funding of up to $5,000 to support research, community-building, outreach, and educational activities. Examples of projects that the Fund is intended to support include offsetting the cost of running workshops or seminars, data visualization or research dissemination, and video production. The HDSI welcomes applications from all fields of scholarship. 
Deadline: Rolling; the OUE reviews applications twice a semester.
Award Amount: unspecified

The Office of Undergraduate Education has Course Development Funds to "strengthen undergraduate education...through the improvement of instruction and curriculum." These funds are meant for limited experiments or one-time investments that improve individual courses or whole concentrations. Recent awards have funded the purchase of cameras for art studios, the creation of manipulables to teach concepts in calculus, and research assistants to review tutorial syllabi with the view of making them more inclusive. To apply for Discretionary Funds, please send the OUE an  email  outlining the initiatives you would like to undertake and how these funds would help you achieve them.
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: up to $5,000

The FAS Tenure-Track Publication Fund  assists assistant and associate professors in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences with costs related to scholarly publications, broadly defined. For example, this might include expenses associated with research assistance, publication subsidies, copying, word processing, obtaining translations or illustrations, or creating footnotes or indices. 

The Tenured Publication Fund aids tenured FAS faculty members in bringing scholarly book projects to timely completion. Funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, to help defray eligible expenses. The Fund is meant to supplement other available means of support; faculty are expected to seek departmental, center-based, and external funds before applying to this Fund.
Deadline: To be considered, proposals must be received no later than 5 pm on the second Monday in September and first Mondays in December and March.
Award Amount: Line item budget required

Established through the generous gifts of Donald T. Regan, 66th Secretary of the Treasury, the Regan Fund supports programs that invite distinguished speakers to Harvard to present views in the fields of economics, government, and social problems of the United States and the world. Eligible programs present views that might not otherwise be available to undergraduates seeking knowledge or just curious about alternate solutions to current and future problems.

The Social Science Division seeks proposals for programs that meet the goals of the Regan Fund by bringing diverse speakers to campus to lecture to undergraduates. Proposed activities may be open to other HUID holders, but the focus must be on undergraduate students. The Division is particularly interested in supporting programs tied to academic courses, and/or developed in collaboration with the College. The Division welcomes proposals from recognized student organizations, but requires commitment of active mentorship by a faculty member or departmental administrator. 
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: unspecified; budget required with application

The Canada Program invites proposals from Harvard faculty, departments, and schools across the University, for research funding, or for support in hosting short-term visiting scholars, policy practitioners, and public figures who are engaged in Canadian comparative topics. Visiting Canadianists are welcome to present at Harvard faculty workshops or conferences, or to offer guest lectures for Harvard undergraduate and graduate students. 
Deadline: April 1, 2020 
Award Amount: up to $50,000
Eligible Applicants: Applications are invited from individuals who hold a junior faculty appointment. This includes FAS and SEAS Assistant or Associate Professors, Junior Fellows of the Harvard Society of Fellows, and those in a postdoctoral position at Harvard with a formal accepted offer to join the Junior Faculty at one of Harvard's schools. 

The Milton Fund supports research projects in the fields of medicine, geography, history and science that promote the physical and material welfare and prosperity of the human race, investigate and determine the value and importance of any discovery or invention, or assist in the discovery and perfecting of any special means of alleviating or curing human disease. Funds awarded through the Milton Fund support research to explore new ideas, to act as the catalyst between ideas and more definitive directions, and to consider new methods of approaching global solutions.  The full RFP can be found at the link above. The online application portal can be accessed  here .

External Funding Opportunities
University Area Pre-Proposal Deadline: March 30, 2020 by 5:00PM
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline (if nominated): May 21, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2020
Award Amount: $100,000 for research to be spent over a two-year duration, a $20,000 prize to enhance the economic security of the scientist, and travel & expense coverage for attendance at two annual meetings
The 1907 Trailblazer Award was established to encourage high-impact, step-change approaches to research in the brain and mind sciences for mental health. Projects must be grounded in the study of biological mechanisms underlying brain function, cognitive processes, and/or consciousness. The sponsor supports projects for basic science in addition to near-term applications (e.g. disruptive technologies and potential clinical interventions). 
Eligibility Criteria:
  • Applicants must be within ten years of the date when PhD/MD degree was awarded (whichever came later and with exceptions for maternity leave, paternity leave and other excused absences)
  • Applicants will currently be employed by a university or public research institute in the US, the UK, or Canada, with full-time employment guaranteed for the duration of the project (tenure or tenure-track and international equivalents)
  • Applicants must already work in a supervisory role (PhD, MD, Postdoctoral supervisor primary or secondary)
  • Applicants will have demonstrated independence from senior colleagues. They must be able to initiate and direct their own research as principal investigator, have full responsibility for running their labs and full control of their research funds. Postdoctoral fellows or adjunct faculty are not eligible to apply
  • Applicants will have a strong track record of scientific publications relevant to their research program
  • Research applications may be related to but cannot be identical to any other currently funded projects 
Please Note: This is a limited submission opportunity and the University Area (Cambridge Campus) may nominate two candidates for this opportunity. Applicants must be nominated by a department chair or area chair, and must submit a pre-proposal to an internal competition via the link here.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: April 1, 2020 
Award Amount: stipend of $5,000

The J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History is offered annually by the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress  and the American Historical Association to support significant scholarly research in the collections of the Library of Congress by scholars at an early stage in their careers in history. At the time of application, applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent  and must have received this degree within the past seven years.  The applicant's project in American history must be one for which the general and special collections of the Library of Congress offer unique research support.  The fellowship will be awarded for two to three months to spend in full-time residence at the Library of Congress. Winners will be notified in June and can take residency at their discretion any time until August of the following year.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: April 17, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: April 24, 2020
Award Amount: up to $3,000

The Baylor University Institute for Oral History invites individual scholars with training and experience in oral history research who are conducting oral history interviews to apply for support of up to $3,000 for one year (June through May). With this grant, the Institute seeks to partner with one scholar who is using oral history to address new questions and offer fresh perspectives on a subject area in which the research method has not yet been extensively applied. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural research on local, national, or international subjects is welcome.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Nomination Deadline: June 30, 2020
Award Amount: 400,000 euros, a diploma, and a commemorative artwork
The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards recognize fundamental contributions in a broad array of areas of scientific knowledge, technology, humanities, and artistic creation. The name of the award is intended to denote not only research work that substantially enlarges the scope of our current knowledge-pushing forward the frontiers of the known world-but also the meeting and overlap of different disciplinary areas and the emergence of new fields. 
The disciplines and domains of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards are:
  • Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics)
  • Biology and Biomedicine
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Ecology and Conservation Biology
  • Climate Change
  • Economics, Finance and Management
  • Humanities
  • Music and Opera
Any scientific or cultural organization or institution may nominate more than one candidate, but no candidate may be nominated in more than one award category. The awards are also open to scientific or cultural organizations that can be collectively credited with exceptional contributions. Candidates may be of any nationality. Self-nomination is not permitted.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: April 15, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: April 22, 2020
Award Amount: Up to $100,000 for initial grants; successful awardees have an opportunity to apply for a follow-on award of up to $1 million. This award does not cover overhead costs, which falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.
Grand Challenges is a family of initiatives fostering innovation to solve key global health and development problems. The Gates Foundation launched Grand Challenges Explorations to engage more of the world's innovators more quickly. Twice each year, Grand Challenges Explorations invites high-risk, high-reward proposals on a range of challenges. Currently open challenges include: 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: May 21, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: May 31, 2020
Award Amount:  previous grants have ranged from ~ $20,000 - $90,000

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood is an incubator of promising research and development projects that appear likely to improve the welfare of young children, from infancy through 7 years, in the United States. Welfare is broadly defined to include physical and mental health, safety, nutrition, education, play, familial support, acculturation, societal integration and childcare.  Grants are only made if a successful project outcome will likely be of significant interest to other professionals, within the grantee's field of endeavor, and would have a direct benefit and potential national application. The Foundation's goal is to provide  seed money  to implement those imaginative proposals that exhibit the greatest chance of improving the lives of young children,  on a national scale . Because of the Foundation's limited funding capability, it seeks to maximize a grant's potential impact. The Foundation provides funding in the following areas:
  • Early Childhood Welfare: Children can only reach their full potential when all aspects of their intellectual, emotional and physical development are optimally supported. Providing a safe and nurturing environment is essential as is imparting the skills of social living in a culturally diverse world. Therefore, the Foundation supports projects that seek to perfect child rearing practices and to identify models that can provide creative, caring environments in which all young children thrive.
  • Early Childhood Education and Play: Research shows that children need to be stimulated as well as nurtured, early in life, if they are to succeed in school, work and life. That preparation relates to every aspect of a child's development, from birth to age seven, and everywhere a child learns - at home, in childcare settings and in preschool. We seek to improve the quality of both early childhood teaching and learning, through the development of innovative curricula and research based pedagogical standards, as well as the design of imaginative play materials and learning environments.
  • Parenting Education: To help parents create nurturing environments for their children, we support programs that teach parents about developmental psychology, cultural child rearing differences, pedagogy, issues of health, prenatal care and diet, as well as programs which provide both cognitive and emotional support to parents.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 15, 2020
Award Amount: stipend of EUR 10,000 and reimbursement of travel expenses

The Einstein Forum is offering a fellowship for outstanding young thinkers who wish to pursue a project in a different field from that of their previous research. The purpose of the fellowship is to support those who, in addition to producing superb work in their area of specialization, are also open to other, interdisciplinary approaches - following the example set by Albert Einstein. The fellowship includes living accommodations for five to six months in the garden cottage of Einstein`s own summerhouse in Caputh, Brandenburg, only a short distance away from the universities and academic institutions of Potsdam and Berlin. Candidates must be under 35 and hold a university degree in the humanities, in the social sciences, or in the natural sciences.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for awards made to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: St ipend of $30,000, a work space, and access to EPIC's Library and research materials.   The typical period for the Scholar in Residence will be a single semester, though longer or shorter periods may be considered.  

The EPIC Scholar in Residence will provide a unique opportunity to pursue work at one of the leading privacy research centers in the world. EPIC, located in Washington, DC, routinely advises Congress, courts, and international organizations about emerging privacy and civil liberties issues. EPIC also litigates significant privacy cases in federal and state courts. The EPIC Library contains several thousand volumes on privacy and related fields, as well as Congressional materials on the development and enactment of US privacy law. EPIC also has an extensive collection of documents, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, concerning government surveillance, monitoring and related programs.  

EPIC encourages applications from post-graduates in law, public policy, and computer science. Terminal degree must be either a J.D. or Ph.D. Mid-career experts in the data protection field are also welcome to apply.  The EPIC Scholar in Residence will be encouraged to participate in the work of EPIC, to meet with outside experts, and to conduct research and writing at EPIC. The expectation is that the individual will produce substantial published work.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: April 24, 2020
Sponsor Pre-Proposal Deadline: May 1, 2020
Award Amount: Previously awarded grants have ranged from $15,000 to over $500,000 with the average grant amount in recent years being $160,000. Typical project durations are about 2 years.

The EREF funds research on sustainable waste management practices. Pre-proposal topics must relate to sustainable solid waste management practices and pertain to the following topic areas:
  1. Waste minimization
  2. Recycling
  3. Waste conversion to energy, biofuels, chemicals or other useful products. This includes, but is not limited to waste-to-energy, anaerobic digestion, composting, and other thermal or biological conversion technologies.
  4. Strategies to promote diversion to higher and better uses (e.g. organics diversion, market analysis, optimized material management, logistics, etc.)
  5. Landfilling
Desirable aspects of the above topics, in addition to or as part of hypothesis driven applied research, also include: economic or cost/benefit analyses, feasibility studies for untested technologies or management strategies, life cycle analysis or inventory, and analyses of policies that relate to the above.
Notice of Intent to Nominate Deadline (encouraged): April 30, 2020
Nomination Deadline: May 31, 2020
Prize Amount: $250,000
The Franklin lnstitute seeks nominations for the 2021 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant contributions to the scientific understanding of decision-making. The interdisciplinary field of decision-making integrates theory and methods from economics, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, and related areas to understand the mechanisms through which individuals and groups choose among competing possibilities and how these mechanisms guide behavior.
Nominations are encouraged in, but not limited to, the following subtopics and their intersections:
  • Psychological insights: mechanisms, development, context-dependence, individual differences, cultural variation, evolution
  • Modeling of individual or group choice behavior: valuation, social preferences, impulsivity, strategy, network models
  • Neurobiological mechanisms: human neuroscience, model organisms, behavioral neuroscience, genetic approaches, comparative approaches
  • Clinical approaches: pharmacology, psychiatric disorders, neuropsychological conditions
  • Development of interventions to improve individual and/or group decision-making outcomes
  • Broad applications: artificial intelligence, courts/law, education, finance, health/medicine, government/public policy, intelligence, labor, technology
Nominations from any individual or organization will be accepted, including self-nominations. The winner must be available to participate in The Franklin lnstitute Awards Week programs, to be held in April 2021 in Philadelphia.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: May 21, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2020
Award Amount: unspecified; detailed budget required
The Fritz Thyssen Foundation supports scholarly events, in particular national and international conferences with the aim of facilitating the discussion and analysis of specific scholarly questions as well as fostering cooperation and networking of scholars working in the same field or on interdisciplinary topics. An application can be filed in the following areas of support:
Funding is basically reserved for projects that are related to the promotion areas of the Foundation and have a clear connection to the German research system. This connection can be established either at a personal level through German scientists working on the project, at an institutional level through non-German scientists being affiliated to German research institutes or through studies on topics related thematically to German research interests.
Gerda Henkel Foundation: General Research Grants and Scholarships
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 27, 2020
Award Amount: 3,100 euros per month + supplements to support childcare

Support is primarily provided for the historical humanities, in particular to support research projects in the fields of Archaeology, Art History, Historical Islamic Studies, History, History of Law, History of Science, Prehistory and Early History. Candidates can apply regardless of their nationality and place of work. Grants for research projects involve, depending on the type of project, the assumption of costs for personnel, travel, materials and/or other costs. Only full time scholarships are available. Support can be provided for a minimum of one month and a maximum of 24 months.  
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 1, 2020
Award Amount: € 3,400 per month for 1-5 months

The German Historical Institute (GHI) awards short-term fellowships to European and North American postdoctoral scholars to pursue research projects that draw upon primary sources located in the United States. The GHI is particularly interested in research projects that fit into the following fields: 
  • German and European history
  • The history of German-American relations
  • The role of Germany and the USA in international relations
The proposed research projects should make use of historical methods and engage with the relevant historiography. Fellowships are usually granted for periods of one to five months but, in exceptional cases and depending on the availability of funds, they can be extended by one month. The GHI will not provide funding for preliminary research, manuscript composition, or the revision of manuscripts. It will give clear priority to those postdoc projects that are designed for the "second book."
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 11, 2020
Award Amount: $3,000

Gilder Lehrman fellowships support research at archives in New York City. The Institute provides annual short-term research fellowships in the amount of $3000 each to doctoral candidates, college and university faculty at every rank, and independent scholars working in the field of American history. International scholars are eligible to apply. This year, three of the ten awards will be granted with special attention to Cold War topics, so preference will be given to applicants in that field.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Grant Proposal Letter: May 21, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Grant Proposal Letter: May 31, 2020
Award Amount: $50,000 - $150,000

The Foundation considers major grant applications in the fields of libraries and education.
  • Grants for Libraries: Grant proposals will be considered generally for resource Endowments (for example, print, film, electronic database, speakers/workshops), capital construction and capital equipment. Projects fostering broader public access to global information sources utilizing collaborative efforts, pioneering technologies and equipment are encouraged.
  • Grants for Educational Institutions: Grant proposals from universities, colleges and secondary schools will be considered generally for: educational endowments to fund scholarships based solely on educational achievements, leadership and academic ability of the student (note: need-based scholarships are not within the Foundation's mission); endowments to support fellowships and teaching chairs for educators who confine their activities primarily to classroom instruction in the liberal arts, mathematics and the sciences during the academic year; erection or endowment of buildings, wings of or additions to buildings; equipment for educational purposes; and capital equipment for educational purposes.  
A Grant Proposal Letter generally will be considered when:
  • Outside funding for the project (including governmental) is not available;
  • The project will be largely funded by the grant unless the grant request covers a discrete component of a larger project; and
  • The funds will be used for endowments, capital projects or capital equipment.
Except for endowed positions, proposals for direct salary support will not be considered. A grant that supports a research project will also not be considered. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 1, 2020
Award Amount: stipend of $20,000

The aim of the IBM Center for The Business of Government is to tap into the best minds in academe and the nonprofit sector who can use rigorous public management research and analytic techniques to help public sector executives and managers improve the effectiveness of government. The Center is looking for very practical findings and actionable recommendations - not just theory or concepts - in order to assist executives and managers to more effectively respond to mission and management challenges. Individuals receiving a stipend should produce a 10,000- to 12,000-word report. The manuscript should be submitted no later than six months after the start of the project. Recipients will select the start and end dates. The report should be written for government leaders and public managers, providing very practical knowledge and insight.
James S. McDonnell Foundation: Opportunity Awards*
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: April 7, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: April 14, 2020
Award Amount: up to $250,000 in seed funds expendable over a flexible time period (between 2 and 4 years)

With the Opportunity Awards, JSMF is seeking to fund projects leading to new conceptual and empirical studies of cognition and behavior that:
  • embrace complexity,
  • recognize the dynamic nature of action, 
  • are situated in real world contexts,
  • cross levels of analysis, and 
  • unite traditionally separate domains of inquiry (e.g. vision and speech) 
JSMF is encouraging researchers to pursue important questions using conceptual and methodological approaches that takes seriously the trajectories, biological and experiential, contributing to the ongoing development of cognition and behavior occurring across the lifespan. Individual projects need not cover the full human life span but the reasons for focusing on specific age ranges for study should be fully articulated. Research plans that only propose to document task performance of subjects at different ages (e.g. comparing 15-year-old subjects to 60-year-old subjects) are not responsive to the call for proposals.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline:  Rolling 
Award Information: Unspecified

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation seeks to support fundamental research that addresses issues of rules, norms and governance of the internet and digital platforms. Recent research, policy debates and public controversies have highlighted the absence of uniform consensus on the norms, rights and responsibilities that should govern digital services, in particular social media. The Foundation wishes to fund scholarly inquiry and novel approaches that will strengthen our democracy as the digital age progresses.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline:  Rolling 
Award Information: Unspecified

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation seeks to support fundamental research that addresses issues of rules, norms and governance of the internet and digital platforms. Recent research, policy debates and public controversies have highlighted the absence of uniform consensus on the norms, rights and responsibilities that should govern digital services, in particular social media. The Foundation wishes to fund scholarly inquiry and novel approaches that will strengthen our democracy as the digital age progresses.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission 
Sponsor Deadline: varies; please see below
Award Amount: varies; please see below

The following J-PAL initiatives are opening dedicated off-cycle rounds to fund research by J-PAL affiliates and invited researchers that will generate rapid, actionable insights that can help inform policy responses to the pandemic. Proposals for each of these off-cycle windows can be  submitted through a common application .
  • J-PAL South Asia's Cash Transfers for Child Health (CaTCH): Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis, and must involve a government partnership in India.
  • The Crime and Violence Initiative (CVIis now accepting off-cycle proposals for time-sensitive research that tests or supports strategies for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. The recommended cap for funding is $50,000, but proposals that demonstrate a clear need for additional funding will be considered. Proposals will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • J-PAL Africa's Digital Identification and Finance Initiative (DigiFI Africa): Proposals may include add-ons to existing pilots and randomized evaluations funded by J-PAL across all initiatives/ research funding. The research topics should look at the benefits or costs of digitization in a time of crisis and can be with a government, private sector, or NGO partner with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Proposals will be accepted until the end of April and will be reviewed every two weeks. The call is open to J-PAL affiliates, DigiFI invited researchers, and African scholars. Funding is capped at $50,000 for an add-on to an RCT and $10,000 for a pilot add-on.
  • Innovation in Government Initiative (IGI): IGI is accepting proposals for up to US $25,000 for short-term, quick-response technical assistance and/or analysis for government partners that has the potential to mitigate the spread and/or consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in low- and middle-income countries, particularly for low-income and other vulnerable communities. The IGI Co-Chairs will review applications on a rolling basis starting Friday March 27 and aim to issue funding decisions within 1-1.5 weeks.
  • Post-Primary Education Initiative (PPE): PPE will not have a dedicated off-cycle round for COVID-19 proposals. However, J-PAL especially welcomes strong proposals on studying interventions to mitigate the impacts of school closures on education outcomes (including online and distance learning) during the current round, closing May 3.  
  • J-PAL North America Short Term Research Management Program (STReaM): Research projects may need to adapt quickly in the context of COVID-19. STReaM makes experienced research management staff available to help researchers in the North America region navigate these challenges. STReaM will continue to accept requests for support through its regular application process.
J-PAL is prioritizing projects that can start promptly and would be willing to share preliminary results online in weeks--not months--so they can feed back to knowledge and decisions quickly in the fight against COVID-19. All applications must follow  J-PAL's COVID-19 response guidelines  and must not increase in-person interactions. All research and technical assistance must take place remotely via phone, email, video calls, etc. and have necessary IRB approvals for any research components. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 1, 2020 
Award Amount: $4,200 per month for 6-12 months

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress invites qualified scholars to apply for a post-doctoral fellowship in the field of health and spirituality. The fellowship is designed to continue Dr. Larson's legacy of promoting meaningful, scholarly study of health and spirituality, two important and increasingly interrelated fields. It seeks to encourage the pursuit of scholarly excellence in the scientific study of the relation of religiousness and spirituality to physical, mental, and social health. The fellowship provides an opportunity for a period of six to twelve months of concentrated use of the collections of the Library of Congress, through full-time residency in the Library's John W. Kluge Center. The Kluge Center is located in the splendid Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library, and it furnishes attractive work and discussion space for its scholars, as well as easy access to the Library's specialized staff and to the intellectual community of Washington, D.C. If necessary, special arrangements may be made with the National Library of Medicine for access to its materials as well. The Fellowship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents with doctoral degrees.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: April 3, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: April 10, 2020
Award Amount: up to $30,000

The National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research is partnering with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to offer a new research funding opportunity to study the impact of gun policy on law-abiding gun users. Decisions about gun laws and programs in the United States must consider the interests of gun owners as well as potential reductions in firearms violence or suicide the policies offer. Currently, however, there are few good measures of the harms or benefits to legal gun owners. To address the need for better information, the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research is offering a special call for proposals to develop an objective method for estimating the impact of gun policy on the interests of gun owners. 

The Collaborative is seeking proposals for a white paper describing a rigorous method for evaluating the benefits or harms gun policies impose on gun owners and users. The concept outlined in the white paper will ideally provide guidance for the development of a scale or measurement approach that could be used to quantify the impact of programs or policies related to gun use or possession on the interests of gun owners. The concept paper may also lead to a solicitation funding full development of the proposed measurement approach.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: April 15, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: April 22, 2020
Award Amount: up to $80,000

The Enduring Impacts: Archaeology of Sustainability Request for Proposal focuses on the gathering and analysis of archaeological, paleoenvironmental, and paleoclimatological data for the purposes of increasing our understanding of human-environmental interactions over time, to ultimately contribute to mitigating contemporary environmental and climatic crises. Current issues like climate change, overpopulation, disruptions in food security, and loss of habitat and biodiversity are threats that were faced and sometimes overcome by societies in the past. While the challenges we face today may be unprecedented in scale and demographic impact, there is a wealth of information on how people articulated with, mediated, and in many cases impacted long-term environmental trends over millennia. This knowledge can be employed in the development of future strategies in environmental sustainability- and resilience-building, and in understanding how human actions in the past continue to affect present-day communities in their ability to tackle environmental and climatic challenges.  Ideal grant applications for this RFP would consist of research projects that are: 
  • scientifically rigorous and multidisciplinary; 
  • integrate traditional ecological knowledge systems where applicable and appropriate;
  • seek stakeholding community buy-in from the outset of the project; 
  • have a robust external capacity development component; and 
  • produce archaeological, climatological, and environmental datasets that can be used in the creation of solutions for contemporary environmental issues in collaboration with local communities and/or policymakers.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 6, 2020
Award Amount: stipend (varies by individual), housing, and round trip transportation to Paris

The  Paris Institute for Advanced Study  welcomes applications from high level international scholars and scientists in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, cognitive sciences, and neurosciences for a research stay of five or ten months during the academic year 2021-2022 within the framework of its "Brain, Culture and Society" program. The Paris IAS gives its research fellows the unique opportunity to work freely on the project of their choice at the interface of neuroscience, the cognitive sciences, and the humanities and social sciences. They benefit from the scientific environment of the Institute and receive support for creating contacts with researchers in the academic institutions of Greater Paris.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: April 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: May 1, 2020
Award Amount: unspecified/wide range; previous grants have ranged from $20,000 - $200,000+ 

The Retirement Research Foundation is one of the first private foundations in the nation devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues. RRF's grants program supports projects that have a significant focus on older adults, ages 65 and over, in the following areas:
  • Advocacy: Achieve enduring social change around issues that affect older Americans
  • Direct Service: Improve availability and quality of community-based and residential long-term services and supports
  • Professional Education and Training: Increase the competency of professionals and paraprofessionals who serve older adults
  • Research: Seek causes and solutions to significant problems for older adults through support of applied and policy research for which federal funding is not available
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Intent: April 22, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Intent: April 29, 2020
Award Amount: up to $250,000 for up to 24 months

The Policies for Action research program is releasing Policies for Action: Research on Housing Policies That Promote Equity call for proposals (CFP) to investigate the effectiveness of state, county, and city public policies aimed at increasing housing affordability and stability; addressing racial segregation and isolation from opportunity; and increasing access to opportunity-rich neighborhoods and place-based resources. We are particularly interested in understanding how such policies affect racial equity in housing and neighborhood conditions-especially in small- and medium-sized cities having populations between 50,000 and 500,000. 

Please Note: The Foundation will be hosting an informational webinar on March 30, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. ET for interested researchers to learn more about this special funding opportunity and ask questions. Registration is required through  this link .
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: April 3, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: April 10, 2020
Award Amount: $250,000

The Roddenberry Prize is a call for big, bold solutions from anyone, anywhere that address the challenges of an unpredictable and fast-changing global landscape. Four game-changing and innovative solutions will each receive $250,000 for their work in one of the following fields: Education, Science, Environment, and Humanity. 


Please Note: In response to COVID-19, the Roddenberry Foundation wants to strongly encourage applications that address the range of societal, health, and economic repercussions of the pandemic.

FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: May 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: May 15, 2020
Award Amount: up to $15,000 (Advanced Development Stages); up to $25,000 (Production and Post-Production Stages)

The Miller/Packan Film Fund supports documentary films that educate, inspire and enrich. At the highest level, the Fund's subject categories are Education, the Environment and Civics. The Foundation encourages potential applicants to review its  ideals and values  for a sense of what types of topics might be supported. The Foundation is especially interested in investigations into the cost structures of social institutions, such as healthcare and education, and topics that bring the global community together. The Fund supports filmmaking in advanced development (up to $15,000), production and post-production stages (up to $25,000).
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: May 14, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: May 21, 2020
Award Amount: up to $175,000

Because of the effects of COVID-19 on all facets of American life, the Russell Sage Foundation is changing its immediate priorities for letters of inquiry for the May 21, 2020, deadline. For this deadline, RSF will only consider LOIs that satisfy at least one of the following criteria:
  • The research is so timely and time-sensitive that the project must start before April 1, 2021; or,
  • The research analyzes social, political, economic, or psychological disruptions resulting from the coronavirus crisis that affect social and living conditions in the United States.
All LOIs must focus on issues related to the foundation's core program areas and special initiatives: Behavioral Economics; Decision-Making and Human Behavior in Context; Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; Social, Political, and Economic Inequality.  Any LOIs submitted for the May 21 deadline must include an appendix of one or two pages that explains why the proposed research meets either or both criteria. This appendix does not count against the usual page limits for LOIs.  RSF will accept LOIs in all programs and special initiatives for the August 5, 2020 deadline, with funding decisions made at the March 2021 board of trustees meeting, according to its usual guidelines.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: April 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: April 15, 2020
Award Amount: Recent grants have ranged from $20,000 to $1,000,000, with the majority of grants under $100,000. Please note that it is the foundation's policy not to support overhead costs. This falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.

The Searle Freedom Trust fosters research and education on public policy issues that affect individual freedom and economic liberty. Through its grant-making, the foundation seeks to develop solutions to the country's most important and challenging domestic policy issues. The foundation invests primarily in scholarship that results in the publication of books, journal articles, and policy papers. Funding is typically provided in the form of research grants, fellowships, and other types of targeted project support. The Searle Freedom Trust also provides funding for public interest litigation and supports outreach to the public through a variety of forums, including sponsorship of research conferences and seminars, film and journalism projects, and new media initiatives.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: April 17, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: April 24, 2020
Award Amount: The total budget of a Pilot Award is $300,000 or less, including 20% indirect costs, over a period of up to two (2) years.

Grants awarded through this RFA are intended to provide early support for exploratory ideas, particularly those with novel hypotheses for autism. Appropriate projects for this mechanism include those considered higher risk with less assurance of ultimate impact, but with the potential for transformative results.  Investigators new to the field of autism are encouraged to apply for these awards.
FAS/SEAS/OSP: June 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 15, 2020
Award Amount: $60,000

The Smith Richardson Foundation sponsors an annual Strategy and Policy Fellows grant competition to support young scholars and policy thinkers on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the U.S. community of scholars and researchers conducting policy analysis in these fields.  The Foundation will award at least three research grants of $60,000 each to enable the recipients to research and write a book. Within the academic community, this program supports junior or adjunct faculty, research associates, and post-docs who are engaged in policy-relevant research and writing. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 1, 2020
Award Amount: $21,250 for a six- to nine-month fellowship

The Fellowships in Aerospace History are offered annually by the National Aeronautics Space Administration to support significant scholarly research projects in aerospace history. These fellowships grant the opportunity to engage in significant and sustained advanced research in all aspects of the history of aerospace from the earliest human interest in flight to the present, including cultural and intellectual history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and the history of science, engineering, and management.  Three fellowships will be offered for the 2020-21 term;  applications will be entered into consideration for all three fellowships:
  • AHA Fellowship in Aerospace History
  • AHA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology
  • HSS Fellowship in Aerospace History
Applicants must possess a PhD in history or in a closely related field, or be enrolled as a student (having completed all coursework) in a doctoral degree-granting program. Preference will be given to scholars at early stages in their careers. Stipends may be awarded only to US citizens or permanent residents. The fellowship term is for a period of at least six months, but not more than nine months, and should commence no later than January of the fellowship term. The fellow will be expected to devote the term largely to the proposed research project. Residency is not required, but office space may be provided by the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress upon request for a minimum of three months. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline:  Review not required for awards made directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 20, 2020
Award Information: Stipend, accommodations, and travel expenses to support a 5- or 10-month fellowship

In partnership with Sorbonne University, the Paris Institute for Advanced Study is offering a 10-month chair or two 5-month chairs for high-level international researchers in the humanities and social sciences (HSS) during the academic year 2021-2022. The Sorbonne University-Paris IAS Fellowship gives a researcher the possibility to work on an innovative project advancing knowledge on the societal impacts and ethical dimensions of major global changes, more specifically artificial intelligence. S/he will benefit from the outstanding work conditions and the scientific environment of the Paris IAS, and will collaborate chiefly with Sorbonne University's research teams and Interdisciplinary Institutes The goal of the Sorbonne University-Paris IAS Chair on "Major Societal Changes" is to provide society with knowledge and solutions that are useful for taking action, while questioning the boundary between basic and applied research. 

Researchers from all countries are eligible. Applicants who have spent more than a total of 12 months in France during the 3 years prior to the application are not eligible. This call for applications is open to:
  • Senior university professors or researchers holding a position in a university or research institution or emeritus and having a minimum of 10 years of full-time research experience after their PhD (at the time of the application). To be considered a senior, the applicant must have received her/his PhD before April 1, 2010.
  • Junior scholars having the status of a postdoctoral researcher or holding a position in a university or research institution, and having a minimum of 2 and maximum of 9 years of research experience after the PhD. To be eligible and considered a junior, the applicant must have received her/his PhD between April 1, 2010, and April 1, 2018.
The institute is bilingual. Knowledge of English is required. The applicants are also expected to understand written and spoken French, as scientific and social activities are held in French and English.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: April 23, 2020 
Sponsor Deadline: April 30, 2020 
Award Amount: up to $1,000

TAA offers two forms of grants to assist members and non-members with some of the expenses related to publishing their academic works and textbooks.
  • Publication Grants provide reimbursement for eligible expenses directly related to bringing an academic book, textbook, or journal article to publication.
  • Contract Review Grants reimburse eligible expenses for legal review when you have a contract offer for a textbook or academic monograph or other scholarly work that includes royalty arrangements.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 15, 2020
Award Amount: stipend of $4,500 for an eight-week library residency, with a housing allowance of $2,500 as well as a research allowance of $600

The W. E. B. Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst Libraries, in collaboration with the Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), offers post-doc fellowships to assist scholars in conducting research at SCUA in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. Fellows may come from any field and any perspective, and they may work on any topic, but their research should explore the major themes that characterize Du Bois's scholarship and activism. This includes the history and meaning of racial, social, and economic justice; the problems of democracy and political inclusion; the role of capitalism in world affairs; and the global influence of African cultures. Comprehensive, searchable guides and finding aids to SCUA's collections are available  online
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadlines: July 7, 2020 for Planning Grants; October 15, 2020 for Full Grants
Award Information: Planning Grants up to 150,000 Euros for 9-12 months may be requested. Full Grants will be awarded up to 1.5M Euros for up to 4 years.
This funding initiative is aimed primarily at postdoctoral researchers and professors at all career levels in the social and engineering sciences who devote themselves to the challenges of artificial intelligence and society in interdisciplinary research constellations. The integration of the humanities is welcome. Against the background of the current and emerging developments in the field of "Artificial Intelligence," the Foundation wishes to support projects dealing with the development of new perspectives and insights with a view to shaping the future of society as well as technology. The aim is to enable novel project constellations and interdisciplinary cooperation in a highly topical area through a shift in thinking towards new perspectives and solutions. The leading applicant has to be based at a scientific institution in Germany but international collaborations are welcome.

The Foundation offers the option to apply for a planning grant with a duration of nine to twelve months and a maximum funding amount of EUR 150,000 in advance of submitting a full application. The financial support for this "orientation phase" is intended, among other things, to enable the composition of a suitable project team, the identification of a connecting topic, and the preparation as well as formulation of a full proposal (full grant). For longer-term work on a research topic developed by the consortium, applicants may apply for a total funding amount of up to 1.5 million EUR for a duration of up to four years for projects involving up to five working groups.
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FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: April 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: May 1, 2020
Award Amount: up to $20,000 

Post-Ph.D. Research Grants are awarded to individuals holding a Ph.D. or equivalent degree to support individual research projects. The program contributes to the Foundation's overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity's cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 4, 2020
Award Amount: $40,000

The Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant is awarded to writers in the process of completing a book of deeply researched and imaginatively composed nonfiction. The Whiting Foundation recognizes that these works are essential to our culture, but come into being at great cost to writers in time and resources. The grant is intended to encourage original and ambitious projects by giving recipients the additional means to do exacting research and devote time to composition. 
Deadline for Nomination: May 1, 2020
Award Amount: $50,000

The Public Engagement Programs are intended to celebrate and empower early-career faculty in the humanities who embrace public engagement as part of their scholarly vocation. A nominee can propose to use the funds for nearly any ambitious public-facing project, new or ongoing, drawing on the humanities. Projects should be designed primarily to engage one or more specific publics beyond the academy, and they should benefit in a distinctive way from the involvement of a scholar. 

The Public Engagement Fellowship is for projects far enough into development or execution to present specific, compelling evidence that they will successfully engage the intended public. For the strongest Fellowship proposals, both the overall strategy and the practical plan to implement the project will be deeply developed, relationships with key collaborators will be in place, and connections with the intended public will have been cultivated. In some cases, the nominee and collaborators may have tested the idea in a pilot, or the project itself may already be underway. 

To be eligible, nominees must be full-time faculty in a humanities field at an accredited US institution of higher learning as of September 2020; they must be early-career, which the Foundation defines as pre-tenure, untenured, or having received tenure in the last five years. Please note, while the Whiting Foundation lists adjunct faculty as eligible candidates, Harvard nominees must have principal investigator rights, thus in most cases adjunct faculty would not be eligible.

Please Note: This is a limited submission opportunity. Harvard may nominate one faculty member for the Fellowship program and one faculty member for the Seed Grant program. Please contact Erin Hale at  if you are interested in this opportunity.
Deadline for Nomination: May 1, 2020
Award Amount: up to $10,000

The Public Engagement Programs are intended to celebrate and empower early-career faculty in the humanities who embrace public engagement as part of their scholarly vocation. A nominee can propose to use the funds for nearly any ambitious public-facing project, new or ongoing, drawing on the humanities. Projects should be designed primarily to engage one or more specific publics beyond the academy, and they should benefit in a distinctive way from the involvement of a scholar. 

The Public Engagement Seed Grant  supports projects at a somewhat early stage of  development, before the nominee has been able to establish a specifi c track record  of success for the proposed public  facing work. It is not, however, designed for projects starting entirely  from scratch: nominees should have fleshed out a compelling vision, including a clear sense of whose  collaboration will be required a nd the ultimate scope and outcomes. They should also have articulated  specific short - term next steps required to advance the project and understand the resources required to  complete them. The Foundation anticipates that a recipient might use the grant, for example, to  test the project on a  smaller scale or to engage deeply  in planning  with collaborators or the intended public. 

To be eligible, nominees must be full-time faculty in a humanities field at an accredited US institution of higher learning as of September 2020; they must be early-career, which the Foundation defines as pre-tenure, untenured, or having received tenure in the last five years. Please note, while the Whiting Foundation lists adjunct faculty as eligible candidates, Harvard nominees must have principal investigator rights, thus in most cases adjunct faculty would not be eligible.

Please Note: This is a limited submission opportunity. Harvard may nominate one faculty member for the Fellowship program and one faculty member for the Seed Grant program. Please contact Erin Hale at  if you are interested in this opportunity.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: April 29, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: May 6, 2020
Award Amount: $100,000 - $1M over 2-4 years

The Foundation's mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. 
  • The "Reducing Inequality" program seeks studies to build, test, and increase understanding of responses to inequality in youth outcomes. The Foundation seeks studies that aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people. The program prioritizes studies about reducing inequality on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins.
  • The "Improving the Use of Research Evidence" program seeks studies about how to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth. The Foundation is particularly interested in research on improving the use of research evidence by state and local decision makers, mid-level managers, and intermediaries.

Federal Funding Opportunities
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling through April 29, 2023
Award Amount: Research grants and conference grants are available. 

The ARI is the Army's lead agency for the conduct of research, development, and analyses for the improvement of Army readiness and performance via research advances and applications of the behavioral and social sciences that address personnel, organization, and Soldier and leader development issues. Programs funded under this BAA include basic research, applied research, and advanced technology development that can improve human performance and Army readiness.

FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission 
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: April 23, 2020 for TA1/TA2; TBA for CE proposals
Award Amount: The level of funding for individual awards made under this BAA will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. The program will consist of three Phases and a total of 42 months for TA1/TA2: Phase 1 (Base period, 24 months), Phase 2 (Option 1,12 months), Phase 3 (Option 2, 6 months). CE will begin roughly 12 months into Phase 1 and will run the duration of the rest of the program (30 months).
The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals to create self-sustaining, adaptive, generalizable, and scalable methods for generating causal system models based on local knowledge to aid operational decision making. These computational models will include all relevant factors that contribute to predicting a system outcome, whether concrete (e.g., employment rates, rain totals) or traditionally unquantifiable (e.g., religious beliefs, historical experience). Systems of interest include those relevant to stability operations - whether related to security, socioeconomics, politics, and/or those involved with health and wellbeing. The program will make the computational models available, accessible, and understandable to operators, providing them with an "insider" view to support operational decision making. The resulting capability will be specific enough to anticipate system-level effects in response to events that are generalizable across regions and populations, adaptive as societies change over time, and self-sustaining for maintainability and persistence.

Habitus consists of two Technical Areas (TAs) and a Comparative Evaluation (CE) team in support of a government Testing and Evaluation (T&E) team:
  • TA1: Model Development
  • TA2: Engagement Mechanism
  • CE: Comparative Evaluation
This BAA comprises two proposal submission periods. The first submission period is for TAs 1 and 2. Because the engagement mechanisms will depend heavily on model development strategies, and vice versa, all proposals submitted during the first submission period must address both TA1 and TA2. The CE component is also being solicited under this BAA; however, additional technical detail regarding CE will be published in a subsequent BAA amendment. The amendment will also include requirements for submitting a proposal and due dates. The description of CE in the existing BAA is for informational purposes only in order to facilitate proposing to TA1/TA2. In order to ensure the impartiality of the evaluation of the TA1 and 2 technology, proposers selected for negotiation of an award for TA1/TA2 will not be eligible to propose to the CE BAA Amendment.

DARPA anticipates multiple awards for combined TA1/TA2 efforts and a single award for the CE team (subject of a future amendment to this BAA).
Harvard Internal Deadline: July 7, 2020 by 11:30pm 
Sponsor Deadline (if nominated): September 23, 2020
Award Amount: $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing beginning May 2021 or later

NEH Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project at any stage of development for a period of two months. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year. Eligible projects usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations, or editions. Projects must incorporate analysis and not result solely in the collection of data. NEH funds may support recipients' compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research. 

Please Note:  This is a limited submission opportunity. Harvard may put forward two nominees for this program. Please submit an application  here  to be considered for nomination.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 22, 2020
Award Amount: $5,000 per month for 6-12 months

The Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan program is a joint activity of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program aims to promote Japan studies in the United States, to encourage U.S.-Japanese scholarly exchange, and to support the next generation of Japan scholars in the U.S. Awards support research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan's international relations, and U.S.-Japan relations. The program encourages innovative research that puts these subjects in wider regional and global contexts and is comparative and contemporary in nature. Research should contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of issues of concern to Japan and the United States. Appropriate disciplines for the research include anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, linguistics, political science, psychology, and sociology. Awards usually result in articles, monographs, books, e-books, digital materials, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources.

The fellowships are designed for researchers with advanced Japanese language skills whose research will require use of data, sources, and documents, onsite interviews, or other direct contact in Japanese. Fellows may undertake their projects in Japan, the United States, or both, and may include work in other countries for comparative purposes. Projects may be at any stage of development.
Sponsor Draft Deadline (optional): April 1, 2020
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 3, 2020 
Sponsor Deadline: June 10, 2020 
Award Amount: up to $175,000 

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records. Projects may focus on broad historical movements in U.S. history, such as politics, law (including the social and cultural history of the law), social reform, business, military, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience, or may be centered on the papers of major figures from American history. Whether conceived as a thematic or a biographical edition, the historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project.  The Commission is especially interested in projects to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The Commission encourages applications that use collections to examine the ideals behind the founding of the United States and the continual interpretation and debate over those ideals over the past 250 years. The Commission welcomes projects that engage the public, expand civic education, and promote understanding of the nation's history, democracy, and culture from the founding era to the present day.

All new projects (those which have never received NHPRC funding) must have definitive plans for publishing and preserving a digital edition which provides online access to a searchable, fully-transcribed and annotated collection of documents. New projects may also prepare print editions (including ebooks and searchable PDFs posted online) as part of their overall publishing plan, but the contents of those volumes must be published in a fully-searchable digital edition within a reasonable period of time following print publication. The NHPRC encourages projects to provide free public access to online editions. Projects that do not have definitive plans for digital dissemination and preservation in place at the time of application will not be considered.
Sponsor Deadline: June 1, 2020­­­­
Award Amount: $50,000-$2,000,000
Target Applicants: Groups of three or more PIs on active, distinct NIH research awards
The S10 programs include the  Shared Instrumentation Grant Program ( for direct costs $50,000-$600,000), the  High End Instrumentation Grant Program ( for direct costs $600,001-$2,000,000), and the  Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research Grant Program (SIFAR)  (for direct costs $50,000-$750,000 for instrumentation to support research using animals or related materials). The objective of the NIH S10 Instrumentation Grant Programs is to make available to institutions expensive research instruments that can only be justified on a shared-use basis and that are needed for NIH-supported projects in basic, translational or clinical areas of biomedical/behavioral research.The program provides funds to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instrument or an integrated instrumentation system.

While there is no restriction on the number of applications an institution can submit for these opportunities, there are restrictions to applications submitted for similar equipment from the same institution. In order to determine if there are any overlapping requests within Harvard, potential applicants from FAS and SEAS are asked to submit a brief statement of intent to Erin Hale a at  erin_hale@fas.harvard.eduThe statement of intent should include the following:
  • PI Name
  • Instrumentation Program (Shared Instrumentation, High End Instrumentation, or SIFAR)
  • Brief description of the proposed instrument (one brief paragraph)
  • Major user group (three or more investigators who are Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) on three distinct active NIH research grants)
  • Proposed location of the instrument, if funded
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: varies
Award Amount: varies
In light of the emergence and spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States and abroad, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical-care research that can be used immediately to explore how to model and understand the spread of COVID-19, to inform and educate about the science of virus transmission and prevention, and to encourage the development of processes and actions to address this global challenge. NSF encourages the research community to respond to this challenge through  existing funding opportunities . In addition, we invite researchers to use the Rapid Response Research (RAPID) funding mechanism, which allows NSF to receive and review proposals having a severe urgency with regard to availability of or access to data, facilities or specialized equipment as well as quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events. Requests for RAPID proposals may be for up to $200K and up to one year in duration. Well-justified proposals that exceed these limits may be entertained. All questions should be directed either to a program officer managing an NSF program with which the research would be aligned or t
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: varies
Award Amount: varies
This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) complements a separate National Science Foundation (NSF) DCL ( NSF 20-052 ) that referred to the emergence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and expressed NSF's interest in accepting proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical-care research that can be used immediately to better understand how to model and understand the spread of COVID-19; to inform and educate about the science of virus transmission and prevention; and to encourage the development of processes and actions to address this global challenge. Through this DCL, the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering is inviting RAPID proposals and supplemental funding requests to existing awards that address COVID-19 challenges through data and/or software infrastructure development activities. Such activities would be funded by the  Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E) program  or the  Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) program . Before submitting a RAPID proposal or supplemental funding request in response to this DCL, investigators must first contact one of the cognizant OAC program officers listed in the DCL to determine whether the proposed activities meet NSF guidelines for these types of submissions.

FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline:  Rolling through December 31, 2020
Award Information: There are no minimum or maximum award amounts, and the period of performance will be determined by the applicant's proposal and subject to negotiation by HUD. HUD is making approximately $1M available for Research Partnerships. Applicants must provide cost sharing for at least 50 percent of the total project cost from philanthropic entities or Federal, state or local government agencies. The number of awards will be based on the number of proposals HUD reviews, approves, and funds.
HUD developed the Research Partnerships vehicle to allow greater flexibility in addressing important policy questions and to better utilize external expertise in evaluating the local innovations and effectiveness of programs affecting residents of urban, suburban, rural and tribal areas. Through this notice, HUD can accept unsolicited research proposals that address current research priorities and allow innovative research projects that could inform HUD's policies and programs. The documents that establish a framework for HUD's research priorities are the  HUD Strategic Plan 2018-2022, which specifies the Department's mission and strategic goals for program activities; and the  HUD Research Roadmap: 2017 Update , which is the most recent integration of diverse stakeholder viewpoints into a five-year research and learning agenda. In considering potential research partnerships, PD&R urges organizations to consider ways to take advantage of key research assets, HUD's data infrastructure, that the Roadmap Update identifies as part of HUD's comparative advantage.
Other Federal Funding Opportunities:

Agency for International Development (USAID)

Department of State

National Institute of Justice
National Institutes of Health

National Endowment for the Humanities
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Paige Belisle
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