November 2019
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Dear Colleague Letter: 2019 Social, Behavioral and Economic (SBE) Repositioning
In order to respond to new and emerging areas of scientific inquiry, help SBE researchers better connect their basic research plans to pressing national priorities, and make the value of basic research in the SBE sciences more apparent to a wider set of stakeholders, NSF's Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) has recently repositioned a number of its basic research programs.  Read the Dear Colleague Letter   here .

Many of the repositioned NSF SBE programs with upcoming deadlines are summarized in this newsletter:
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: 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: 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: January 10, 2020
Award Amount: up to $50,000 for one year

Vision-related translational science ranges from investigations of the way in which humans synthesize spatial and descriptive information about our external environment to how these mechanical and signal transduction processes give rise to sight and attempts to improve visual performance under limiting conditions. By its nature, the realm of vision science spans a variety of disparate fields such as physics, neuroscience, physiology, psychology, computer science, engineering, architecture, communication, education, and medicine.  Pilot grant proposals should describe innovative projects that, if successful, reveal a path for continued translational research aimed at improving vision health or related capabilities, e.g., clinical proof of concept or small-scale clinical studies.  Proposals may focus on a variety of vision-related concepts, including, but not limited to, the following:
  • Diagnostic or prognostic technologies;
  • Biomarkers for disease detection, disease progression, or clinical response;
  • Therapeutics or treatment modalities;
  • Enhanced visual capabilities for health (e.g. night vision) or disease settings;
  • Educational methodologies, e.g., for visually impaired individuals;
  • Facilitative technologies for the visually impaired;
  • Diagnosis, prognosis, or management of retinopathies;
  • Health disparities related to visual illness or treatment;
  • Vision related components or contributions to neurological disorders (e.g. migraine, epilepsy)
  • Vision related Public Policy; and
  • Environmental or architectural design fostering visual health or improving use for those with visual impairments.
Areas of inquiry should focus on translational research and human healthcare. Proposals requiring the use of non-human samples/models will only be considered if there is a clear and direct link to subsequent investigation of some aspect of human vision. Proposals investigating basic research questions or those solely limited to pre- clinical applications will not be considered.  Investigators from any field of vision science are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: December 20, 2019 
Award Amount: approximately $50,000

As a major internal funder of Harvard research related to China, the Harvard China Fund administers the Harvard China Faculty Grant Program to advance the research goals of Harvard faculty in collaboration with Chinese partners. For the FY20 grant cycle, the Fund is offering conference and research grants of approximately $50,000 each. The proposed conference should take place at the Harvard Center Shanghai, preferably before December 2021. The Fund welcomes conference and research proposals in any field. Preference will be given to proposed projects for which funding might not be otherwise available. Proposals are judged partially or fully on the following criteria:
  • Academic excellence and benefit to or involvement of Harvard faculty
  • Feasibility, innovation and interdisciplinary nature
  • Organizational support (from Harvard and from Chinese universities and relevant institutions)
  • Potential for impact in China
Deadline: December 6, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $15,000. Exceptional proposals or those exhibiting strong potential for scale will be considered for $25,000 or more.

The Culture Lab Innovation Fund awards grants to Harvard students, staff, faculty, and academic personnel to pursue ideas that seek to strengthen Harvard's capacity to advance a culture of belonging. Proposals should aim to focus on having a direct connection to the Harvard community and influence the University's trajectory towards sustainable inclusive excellence guided by the framework recommended by the  Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging. Proposals should aim to address critical challenges around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging by identifying innovative and creative solutions that have the potential to catalyze a culture shift at Harvard.

The priority theme for the 2019-2020 funding cycle of the Culture Lab Innovation Fund is "Advancing Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging through Technology Driven Solutions." These are innovative ideas that leverage technology and data to address challenges around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at Harvard. We encourage you to review  previously awarded projects  to see a range of examples and those within this theme.
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: January 10, 2020; February 14, 2020; March 13, 2020
Award Amount: up to $20,000 (single applicants); up to $30,000 (teams) 

The Asia Center offers faculty research grants of up to $20,000 for single applicants and of up to $30,000 for teams, to support Harvard faculty research and travel on any topic related to East, South, or Southeast Asia.
  • Senior Faculty: Funded projects must involve more than one country or region of East, South, or Southeast Asia. Applications submitted by faculty members that approach the topic from more than one discipline are strongly encouraged and will receive priority.
  • Junior Faculty: Strong preference is given to projects that involve more than one country or region of East, South, or Southeast Asia. Applications submitted by faculty members that approach the topic from more than one discipline are strongly encouraged and will receive priority.
Please note that Asia Center faculty grant recipients are likely be asked to present on their funded activities as part of the Asia Center Seminar Series. Any funds not spent by the end of the timeframe specified in the proposal will revert to the Asia Center.
Deadline: January 27, 2020 
Award Amount: up to $150,000 payable over one or two years

The Fund is intended to foster collaboration between scholars and to support research projects focused on current issues facing Brazil. Proposals are sought for research projects that address education management and administration; social science and its applications; public administration and policy; technological advances in education; and evidence-based research. Consideration will also be given to projects that propose collaboration between Harvard faculty and Brazilian academics in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and basic and applied sciences. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of academic merit, feasibility, and their anticipated advancement of the objectives of the Fund and must meet at least one of the following three criteria: 
  1. Include collaboration with Brazilian academics 
  2. Be undertaken in Brazil in whole or in part
  3. Focus on Brazil 
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. 

External Funding Opportunities
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2020 
Award Amount: $4,200 stipend per month for 4-12 months

The American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA offers long-term visiting academic research fellowships tenable for four to twelve months each year. NEH fellowships are for persons who have already completed their formal professional training. Degree candidates and persons seeking support for work in pursuit of a degree are not eligible to hold AAS-NEH fellowships. Foreign nationals who have been residents in the United States for at least three years immediately preceding the application deadline for the fellowship are eligible. Preference will be given to individuals who have not held long-term fellowships during the three years preceding the period for which the application is being made. Fellows are selected on the basis of the applicant's scholarly qualifications, the scholarly significance or importance of the project, and the appropriateness of the proposed study to  the Society's collections .

AAS-NEH fellows are expected to be in regular and continuous residence at the Society. They must devote full time to their study and may not accept teaching assignments or undertake any other major activities during the tenure of their award. Fellows may hold other major fellowships or grants during fellowship tenure, in addition to sabbaticals and supplemental grants from their own institutions. Other NEH-funded grants may be held serially, but not concurrently.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: December 23, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: January 8, 2020
Award Amount: up to $150,000

This program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. It is hoped that these grants will help advance humanistic scholarship by enhancing established digital projects, extending their reach to new communities of users, and supporting teams of scholars at all career stages as they participate in digital research projects.

This program aims to extend the opportunity to participate in the digital transformation of humanistic inquiry to a greater number of humanities scholars. ACLS Digital Extension Grants support projects that have advanced beyond the start-up phase of development as they pursue one or more of the following activities:
  • Developing new systems of making established digital resources available to broader audiences and/or scholars from diverse institutions
  • Extending established digital projects and resources with content that adds diversity or interdisciplinary reach
  • Fostering new team-based collaborations between scholars at all career stages. Projects that convene, train, and empower communities of humanities faculty and/or graduate students around established digital research projects, as well as projects that allow scholars from institutions with limited digital infrastructure to exploit digital resources or to participate in existing labs or working groups, are especially welcome
  • Creating new forms and sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities. Projects that document and recognize participant engagement are strongly encouraged.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 3, 2019
Award Amount:  $52,500, plus a small travel allowance

The American Political Science Association's Congressional Fellowship Program is a highly selective, nonpartisan program devoted to expanding knowledge and awareness of Congress. The program lasts nine months, beginning in November and ending in mid-August. Fellows spend the month of November in an intensive orientation where they participate in daily seminars with policy specialists, congressional staffers, scholars, and journalists. After orientation Fellows work in a personal office or committee staff within Congress. Fellows secure their own placements, with guidance from Congressional Fellowship Program staff, by interviewing with the congressional offices of their choice. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in political science completed within the last 15 years or a dissertation in political science defended by November of the fellowship year, and a scholarly interest in Congress and the policymaking process. Preference is given to those without extensive Capitol Hill experience.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: December 6, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: December 15, 2019
Award Amount: up to $8,000

The goal of this program is to nurture the development of scientific knowledge by funding small, groundbreaking research initiatives and other important scientific research activities such as conferences. FAD awards provide scholars with "seed money" for innovative research that has the potential for challenging the discipline, stimulating new lines of research, and creating new networks of scientific collaboration. The award is intended to provide opportunities for substantive and methodological breakthroughs, broaden the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and provide leverage for acquisition of additional research funds. The ASA encourages submissions from individuals who are early in their careers, at community colleges, or based at other institutions without extensive support for research, as well as collaborations with 2-year institutions.  
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 23, 2020
Award Amount: up to $11,000

The Multi-Country Research Fellowship supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates, and postdoctoral scholars. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the U.S., at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center.  Important information about the fellowship competition:
  • Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Click  here for a list of the centers.
  • Please note that in accordance with U.S. Department of State travel warnings, travel is not currently possible to the following countries with overseas research centers: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan (senior scholars may be permitted to travel to Lahore and Islamabad subject to approval), and Yemen. CAORC abides by all U.S. Department of State travel restrictions. For more information on restricted travel please be sure to visit:
  • The award is for a minimum of 90 days and Fellows may travel and carry out research between the period of May 2020 and November 2021. (The 90 day travel minimum can be split into multiple trips and does not need to be consecutive.)
  • Approximately eight awards of up to $11,000 each will be given. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Notification of fellowship status will be made available to each applicant via email by the end of April, 2020. Fellows are advised that it can take up to six months to obtain necessary research clearances and should plan accordingly. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 23, 2020
Award Amount: $5,000 per month for 4-6 months

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Senior Research Fellowship supports advanced research in the humanities. Fellowship awards are for four to six consecutive months (i.e. you can hold the fellowship for four, five, or six consecutive months). Selected fellows are awarded $5,000 per month of the award. Important information about the fellowship competition:
  • Fields of study include, but are not limited to, history, philosophy, religious studies, literature, literary criticism, and visual and performing arts. In addition, research that embraces a humanistic approach and methods will be considered.
  • Applicants must propose four consecutive months of research in an American overseas research center in one of the following countries: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Cyprus, Georgia, Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Senegal, Sri Lanka or Tunisia
  • Fellows may travel and carry out research for four to six consecutive months between the period of May 2020 to November 2021.
  • Selected fellows must work on their research full-time during their period of funding.
  • Fellowship awards will not exceed $5,000 per month.
Notification of fellowship status will be made available to each applicant via email by the end of April, 2020. Fellows are advised that it can take up to six months to obtain necessary research clearances and should plan accordingly. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have resided in the U.S. for three years prior to the application deadline.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 13, 2019
Award Amount:  Stipends are individually determined according to fellow needs and Center resources, up to a maximum of $66,500. Recent average stipends have been in the range of $50,000.

The Charles Warren Center, Harvard's research center for North American history, invites applications for a workshop on Religion and Public Life America. In this Warren Center workshop, Fellows will present their work in a seminar led by Catherine Brekus (Religion), David Holland (Religion), Jim Kloppenberg (History) that will examine the long historical relationship between religion and American public life. The workshop is especially interested in tracing the role of religion in shaping conversations about religious freedom, war, democracy, social reform, capitalism, and the common good. Since the workshop will pay particular attention to change and development over time, especially in regard to the two key terms-"religion" and "public"- proposals are welcome from historians working on all periods of American history. The Center encourages applications consistent with the workshop theme and from qualified applicants who can contribute, through their research and service, to the diversity and excellence of the community. Applicants may not be degree candidates and should have a Ph.D. or equivalent. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 8, 2020 
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2020 
Award Amount: up to $25,000 

The Foundation will consider applications from institutions for grants to hold conferences, workshops, or seminars on specific subjects related to  the Foundation's goals and objectives. Applicants are urged to seek matching funds. Applications should be filed before September 15, or January 15 for conferences to be held during the following six-month period. In principle, the Foundation does not provide funding for annual meetings. Priority will be given to collaborative projects involving institutions in Taiwan. Projects on Taiwan Studies are especially encouraged.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: December 16, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: December 31, 2019
Award Amount: up to $30,000

Digital Science is looking for original, early stage software ideas that help benefit scientific research. Catalyst Grants offer funding of up to $30,000 in addition to professional friendly advice. Initial applications are evaluated within three weeks following each deadline. Finalists will be asked to present their ideas to the Digital Science team remotely or in person at the Digital Science office in Boston. Funds can be used for any purpose that serves the project, including equipment purchases, software licensing, travel and reasonable living expenses.
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: November 27, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: December 6, 2019
Award Amount: up to $55,000

Through this Request for Applications (RFA) and with the support of the U.S. Embassy Moscow, the Eurasia Foundation (EF) invites project applications from nonprofit organizations and institutions seeking to expand U.S.-Russian communication and cooperation. EF will fund innovative projects promoting peer-to-peer collaboration and long-term engagement between Russians and Americans on topics of mutual interest. While universities and other research institutions are eligible to apply to the P2P program, funded projects must expand beyond pure research. Specifically, all P2P projects should include or culminate in concrete deliverable or deliverables, including but not limited to offering newly-developed training sessions, lectures, conferences, video/music productions, art exhibits, performances, etc. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 21, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: February 28, 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.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2019
Award Amount:  €3,400 per month for 6-12 months

The German Historical Institute (GHI) in Washington, DC is now accepting applications for its long-term visiting fellows program. Fellowships will be granted for a period of 6- to 12-months in the following thematic areas:
  • History of Family and Kinship
  • History of Knowledge
  • History of Migration
  • History of Race & Ethnicity
  • History of Religion and Religiosity
  • History of the Americas
The identified thematic areas are intended to be broad in scope. Applicants are welcome to identify up to two areas for which they wish to submit their application. The Fellow will have the opportunity to make use of the resources in the Washington metropolitan area, including the Library of Congress and the National Archives, while pursuing their own research. Travel within the U.S. to work in archives and libraries will also be possible. Candidates doing original research for a dissertation or a second book project will be given preference. The program is open to scholars based in North America and Europe.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: December 16, 2019
Award Amount: up to $20,000 for a full academic year 

The Foundation awards travel grants to individual scholars to support historical research on Venice and the former Venetian empire, and for the study of contemporary Venetian society and culture. Disciplines of the humanities and social sciences are eligible areas of study, including (but not limited to) archaeology, architecture, art, bibliography, economics, history, history of science, law, literature, music, political science, religion, and theater. Funds may be used for travel to and residence in Venice and the former Venetian empire; transportation within the Veneto; and specific research expenses. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 3, 2019
Award Amount: $40,000 for the spring semester or $60,000 for the full academic year

The Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies invites applications for the Harry Starr Fellowship in Judaica. Applicants may come from any discipline in the humanities or social sciences associated with studies in Judaica; junior faculty  are  especially encouraged to apply. The 2020-21 theme is "The Changing Contours of Jewish Thought." The  program will assemble a working group of six scholars whose work deals substantively with Jewish Thought in any of its fields or modalities. Proposals may address any topic in Jewish thought in any geographic region and in any historical period, but preference will be given to projects focusing upon the changes that scholarship in the field has undergone in the recent past.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2019
Award Amount: varies by fellowship; please see below

Sponsorship of research at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, Rhode Island is reserved exclusively for scholars whose work is centered on the colonial history of the Americas, North and South, including all aspects of European, African, and Native American engagements in global and comparative contexts.
  • Short-term fellowships are open to individuals who are engaged in pre- and post-doctoral, or independent research, regardless of nationality. Graduate students must have passed their preliminary or general examinations by the application deadline of December 1, 2019. Short-term fellowships are available for periods of two to four months and carry a stipend of $2,100 per month.
  • Long-term fellowships are open to applicants of all nationalities. They are available for 5-10 months and carry a monthly stipend of $4,200.
  • African Americas Fellowship: As part of a new initiative in the history of Africa, Africans in the Americas, and the history of slavery and the slave trade in the early modern world, JCB invites applications for short-term fellowships in 2020-21 specific to the Library's African Americas Initiative. Fellowships supported by this initiative will draw attention to the JCB's significant archive of materials related to the history of Africans and their social, cultural, and intellectual legacies in the New World. Find out more about this initiative here.
  • Collaborative Cluster Fellowship: As part of an effort to expand the disciplinary scope of research at the Library, and to emphasize the role of the JCB as a laboratory for new research methods, the fellowship committee encourages applications from small groups of between two to four scholars who would be in simultaneous residence for periods of up to one month to work in collaboration on a particular theme, object, or scholarly project. The fellowship carries a weekly stipend of $500 per person.
  • Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Library Fellowship: Supports work by academics, independent scholars and writers working on significant projects relating to the literature, history, culture, or art of the Americas before 1830. Candidates with a U.S. history topic are strongly encouraged to concentrate on the period prior to 1801. The fellowship is also open to filmmakers, novelists, creative and performing artists, and others working on projects that draw on this period of history. The four month fellowship is divided into two parts - two months of research at the John Carter Brown Library during the academic year and two months of writing at the C.V. Starr Center at Washington College in Chestertown, MD during the following summer. The stipend is $5,000 per month for a total of $20,000, plus housing and university privileges.
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: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 1, 2020 
Award Amount: Junior (untenured) fellows receive a stipend of $25,000 per semester; senior (tenured) fellows receive $30,000 per semester, plus housing

Each year, the Kroc Institute's Visiting Research Fellows program brings outstanding scholars focused on peace research to the University of Notre Dame for a semester or a full academic year. The Institute particularly seeks scholars who will actively integrate their research with ongoing Kroc research initiatives. For 2020-21, the following types of proposals are of interest:
  • Gender and Conflict/Peacebuilding
  • Nuclear Disarmament, Sustainable Development and Climate Change
  • International Mediation
  • Peace Studies (open)
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 3, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: January 10, 2020
Award Amount: Research grants awarded to doctoral students are in the $3,000-$15,000 range. Larger grants given to senior scientists and post-doctoral researchers may be funded up to $25,000.

The mission of The Leakey Foundation is to increase scientific knowledge, education, and public understanding of human origins, evolution, behavior, and survival. Priority of funding is commonly given to exploratory phases of promising new research projects that meet the stated purpose of the Foundation. Advanced doctoral students (advanced to candidacy - all but dissertation) and established scientists are eligible for Leakey Foundation Research Grants. There are no citizenship restrictions; however, all applications must be written in English.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 6, 2019
Award Amount: $4,200 per month for up to 11 months

The Kluge Fellowship in Digital Studies provides an opportunity for scholars to utilize digital methods, the Library's large and varied digital collections and resources, curatorial expertise, and an emerging community of digital scholarship practitioners. Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research is particularly welcome in the Kluge Digital Studies program. The fellowship is open to scholars from all disciplines with special consideration given to those whose projects demonstrate relevance to the challenges facing democracies in the 21st century. The Digital Studies Fellowship supports a wide array of academic work that encompasses digital scholarship, digital humanities, data science, data analysis, data visualization, and digital publishing that utilize digital collections, tools, and methods. Fellows will have the opportunity to engage with various digital departments in the Library of Congress while pursing and sharing their research.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 3, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: January 10, 2020
Award Amount: approximately $5,252 per fellowship

These annual fellowships support scholars of all disciplines to study at a location or locations--either national or international--other than their home institution. The aim is to stimulate and broaden the minds of teachers so as to improve and enhance the quality of their instruction. Grants are primarily for travel and related expenses and not as salary substitutes, scholarships or grants in aid. While there is a preference toward teachers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Foundation awards fellowships across the New England area.

The Foundation does not maintain a website but application guidelines can be found  at the link above . Applicants should submit all required materials along with the  candidate information form  to the foundation via email. Additional information can be found in the foundation's  FAQs .
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2020 
Award Amount: $5,000 stipend per month for 4-12 months

The Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston, MA will award at least two long-term MHS-NEH fellowships for the academic year 2020-2021. The stipend, governed by an NEH formula, is $5,000 per month for a minimum of four months and a maximum of 12 months. Applicants must specify the number of months for which they are applying. Tenure must be continuous. Within the constraints of the NEH's guidelines, the Society will supplement each stipend with a housing allowance of up to $500 per month plus an allowance for professional expenses. MHS-NEH fellowships are open to U.S. citizens and to foreign nationals who have lived in the United States for at least three years immediately preceding the application deadline.

New NEH guidelines require prospective fellows to have completed their training for the terminal degree in their field (ordinarily the Ph.D.) by the application deadline. NEH-sponsored fellowships are not available to graduate students. The awards committee will pay special attention both to the quality of proposed projects and to their relationship to  the Society's collections . It will give preference to candidates who have not held a long-term grant during the three years prior to the proposed fellowship term.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 10, 2019
Award Amount: $45,000

Through its program of Fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.   
Awards will be made for study in research-based programs. Examples include the following major disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, cultural studies, earth sciences, economics, education, engineering, ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, urban planning, and women's studies. Also eligible are interdisciplinary ethnic studies programs, such as African American studies and Native American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs, such as area studies, peace studies, and social justice. Each Fellow is expected to begin tenure on June 1 (for 12 months) or September 1 (for 9 or 12 months) of the year in which the award is received.    
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: February 2, 2020
Award Amount: $15,000 - $30,000 stipend

New America's Fellows Program invests in thinkers - journalists, scholars, filmmakers, and public policy analysts - who generate big, bold ideas that have an impact and spark new conversations about the most pressing issues of our day.  National Fellows advance ideas through research, reporting, analysis, and storytelling. New America looks for projects that are original and ambitious, with viable plans for their implementation. There is no set template for a successful fellowship project. Some projects focus on furthering a new public policy idea through either a domestic or international lens, while others illuminate longstanding dilemmas of American life from new angles. New America's goal is to find bold, impactful thinkers and to fund them for a year; long enough to make progress on a book, develop a series of articles, produce a documentary, or work on another project that is accessible. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2019
Award Amount: $35,000 (Long-Term Fellowships); $3,000 per month (Short-Term Fellowships)

The Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program offers long-term and short-term fellowships to support scholars and writers working on projects that would benefit from access to the Center's extensive resources for the study of African diasporic history, politics, literature, and culture. The Schomburg Center is a world-renowned repository of sources on every facet of the African diasporic experience, with extensive holdings including numerous unique manuscript and archival collections as well as a comprehensive range of publications, photographs, films, audio recordings, and visual art. Long-term fellowships provide a $35,000 stipend to support postdoctoral scholars and independent researchers who work in residence at the Center for a continuous period of six months. Short-term fellowships are open to postdoctoral scholars, independent researchers, and creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets) who work in residence at the Center for a continuous period of one to three months. Short-term fellows receive a stipend of $3000 per month. Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents and foreign nationals who have been resident in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline may apply.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2020 
Award Amount: stipends are $1,000 per week for a minimum of two and maximum of four weeks 

The New York Public Library is pleased to offer Short-Term Research Fellowships to support scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research. Individuals needing to conduct on-site research in the Library's special collections are welcome to apply. Preference is given to applications making a strong case for accessing special collections materials. Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents and foreign nationals who have been resident in the United States for three years as of January 31, 2020, and live outside of the New York metropolitan area may apply.    
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Short-Term Fellowships Sponsor Deadline: December 15, 2019
Award Amount:  $2,500 per month for 1-2 months (Short-Term Fellowships)

The Newberry Library (located in Chicago, IL) offers a fellowship program providing outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship. Fellows have access to the Newberry's wide-ranging and rare archival materials as well as to a lively, interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. The Newberry expects recipients to advance scholarship in various fields, develop new interpretations, and expand understandings of the past. The collection's strengths are described   here . Citizenship requirements can be found here
OSP review not required for awards made directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount:  PAI is able to provide compensation starting at $6,600/month for Postgraduate and Junior Research Fellows, and compensation starting at $10,000/month for established mid-to-late career Research Fellows and Senior Research Fellows.   Fellowships can last from 6 months to 2 years.

The Partnership on AI (PAI) was jointly created by leading technology companies, civil society organizations, and academic institutions to maximize the benefits and confront the challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. The Partnership seeks to study and formulate best practices on AI, advance the public's understanding of AI, and serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society. Researchers at PAI's member organizations and in the wider AI community are invited to submit applications for residential fellowships based at the Partnership on AI's San Francisco offices. Three classes of Fellowships are available:
  • Postgraduate Research Fellowships are suitable for candidates who are nearing the end of a PhD or equivalent research degree;
  • Research Fellowships are suitable for early to mid-career candidates, who have a PhD and a demonstrated track record of research and/or technology policy work; or who have more than a PhD equivalent level research, technical or policy experience and output in non-academic settings; and
  • Senior Research Fellowships are suitable for well-established, senior researchers who have led successful labs or research teams or have an extensive track record of research and/or policy work.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 13, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: February 23, 2020
Award Amount: £15,000 to scale up; £2,000 for new ideas
SAGE's Concept Grant program has been developed as part of the SAGE Ocean initiative to fund innovative software ideas that support social science researchers to work with big data and new technologies. SAGE is seeking innovative proposals for software solutions that will tackle some of the challenges currently facing social scientists and enable more researchers to engage with computational methods. Proposals might look to support one or more of the following goals:
  • Support social scientists to develop new computational skills
  • Enable social scientists who do not have programming skills to analyze data at scale
  • Enable interdisciplinary research collaborations
  • Help researchers to get credit for software development
  • Open up access to vast data sets
To qualify to £15,000, researchers must have:
  • A prototype of a tool or a minimum viable product that can be tested
  • A plan for scaling up, i.e. testing a sustainability and operational model and acquire more users
To qualify for £2,000, researchers must have:
  • A solution for a challenge that fits within the goals above
  • A plan for a minimum viable product or prototype that can be built quickly and made ready for testing with the target users
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount:  Grantees will receive r esearch funding up to $50,000 via the SSRC, access to Facebook data via  Social Science One , and peer pre-review services from Social Science One. The first dataset is a database of Facebook URL shares; details about these data, including the codebook, can be found at the Social Science One  Dataverse repository . Awards provide support for up to 12 months.

Proposals for the Social Media and Democracy Research Grants should examine the impact of social media and related digital technologies on democracy and elections, generate insights to inform policy at the intersection of media, technology, and democracy, and advance new avenues for future research. This initiative seeks to study these processes in an independent, transparent, and ethical way according to the highest standards of data privacy and academic research, to improve the lives of all. Applicants must demonstrate the technical and methodological skill base to effectively work with large, complex data sets and a commitment to data privacy.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2020
Award Amount: Junior faculty and professional stipends are commensurate with experience.

The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) is Stanford University's hub for researchers tackling some of the world's most pressing security and international cooperation issues. The CISAC Fellowship Program provides an unparalleled opportunity for scholars and professionals to explore complex international problems and innovative solutions in a collegial and collaborative environment. CISAC fellows spend the academic year engaged in research and writing, and they are encouraged to participate in seminars and to interact and collaborate with leading faculty and researchers. 

CISAC  offers numerous fellowships. Applicants will be considered for all fellowships for which they are deemed eligible. Current fellowship opportunities are listed here
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days before submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling via initial survey submission 
Award Amount: Unlimited

The Audacious Project is an invitation for applicants to dream bigger than they ever dared. No idea is too big or too ambitious - the Project is looking for ideas that can and must change the world. The Audacious Project believes that the most powerful ideas both inspire and convince. 

Ideas that inspire:
  • Capture a bold, breakthrough vision that promises significant, enduring impact on a meaningful and urgent topic facing our world 
  • Present a solution that challenges "business as usual" or changes the narrative in a provocative or surprising way
  • Are designed and led by brave and visionary leader(s) with proximate and relevant experience and who bring a distinct voice to our global community
  • Tap into fundamental human emotions like wonder, curiosity, outrage and joy
Ideas that convince:
  • Show evidence that the idea will have impact, including a track record of past success and confidence that results can be sustained in the future
  • Convey a believable pathway to scale or to a breakthrough discovery, with demand for the solution from those most affected and clarity about the resources required to get there
  • Are managed by a capable and confident team, ready to deliver on an ambitious plan amidst dynamic conditions 
  • Have a clear understanding of potential risks and unintended consequences - and have plans for how to mitigate them 
  • Are housed at a nonprofit, NGO or institution (or collaboration between them) that can receive philanthropic funds and has the core infrastructure necessary to support the work. (Note: Past projects have had an annual operating budget of $1 million USD or more.)
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: December 6, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: December 15, 2019
Award Amount:  Not specified. Recent grants have ranged from $5,000-$150,000.

The United States-Japan Foundation supports US-Japan policy-related studies, initiatives and exchanges that help address issues of significant mutual concern to the United States and Japan. The Foundation seeks to respond to policy-relevant needs as identified by experts and practitioners in US-Japan policy studies field and we are therefore open to innovative projects. Projects emphasize research over dialogue, have lasting impact and practical relevance to US-Japan policymakers, encourage growth, education and interaction of younger scholars and policymakers in both countries, and disseminate results widely. Areas of current interest can be found here
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 16, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: January 24, 2020
Award Amount: up to $5,000

The Upjohn Institute invites proposals for Early Career Research Awards. These awards are intended to provide resources for junior faculty (untenured and within six years of having earned a PhD) to carry out policy-related research on labor market issues. The Institute encourages research proposals on all issues related to labor markets and public workforce policy. Early Career Research Award recipients are expected to write a research paper based on the funded work; submit the paper to the Institute's working paper series; submit the paper to a peer-reviewed journal; and prepare a synopsis of the research for use as a policy brief and for possible publication in the Institute's newsletter,  Employment Research.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 2, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: January 9, 2020
Award Amount: $5,000 - $50,000 (Officers' Research Grants); $100,000 - $600,000 (Major Research Grants) 

The Foundation's mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. One way that the Foundation pursues this mission is by investing in high-quality field-initiated studies on reducing inequality in youth outcomes.  The Foundation's focus on reducing inequality grew out of the view that research can do more than help us understand the problem of inequality: it can generate effective responses. The Foundation believes that it is time to build stronger bodies of knowledge on how to reduce inequality in the United States and to move beyond the mounting research evidence about the scope, causes, and consequences of inequality.

Toward this end, 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 Foundation prioritizes studies about reducing inequality on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: February 15, 2020
Award Amount: $5,000

The Women's Travel Club (WTC) is an organization that five Boston women established in 1934 "to promote intelligent travel and exploration by women" and "to provide help to other women travelers." Every other year the Club awards Travel Scholarships to two women for whom travel is critical for their interests and professional goals. The Club selects candidates on the basis of the compelling nature of their projects in all the arts and sciences.  There are no restrictions with regard to the destination or the age of the applicant. Recent Travel Scholars have included a violinist intending to travel to Russia to study Tuvan music, a PhD candidate traveling to Chili to study the efficacy of recently enacted legislation protecting domestic workers and a nurse-midwife creating monitoring and evaluation practices for midwives in Lesotho.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 2, 2019
Award Amount: $17,500 stipend - $10,000 to be used for summer research support and $7,500 for research assistance during the academic year

The Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award supports tenure-track faculty who have passed their midpoint review. The award is structured to free the time of junior faculty, including those from underrepresented groups and others committed to eradicating disparities in their fields, so that they can both engage in and build support systems, networks, and affinity groups that make their fields and campuses more inclusive. 

Emerging Faculty Leaders may be working in any field of the humanities or social sciences. Preference will be given to those whose work echoes and elaborates themes related to 20th- and 21st-century American history, politics, culture, and society, with emphases including but not limited to African American issues, women's issues, and/or higher education. Examples might include changing perspectives on civil rights; legal, social, and organizational responses to social change (such as affirmative action or community organizing); women in leadership; single-gender higher education; the history of coeducation in higher education; and the evolution of social institutions and movements from 1900 to the present.

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 for Preliminary Proposals: January 9, 2020 
Sponsor Deadline for Preliminary Proposals: January 16, 2020 
Award Amount: $100,000 - $350,000 for one to three years; cost sharing is required as the Commission provides no more than 50 per cent of total project costs.  

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that will significantly improve public discovery and use of major historical records collections. The Commission is especially interested in collections of America's early legal records, such as the records of colonial, territorial, county, and early statehood and tribal proceedings that document the evolution of the nation's legal history. All types of historical records are eligible, including documents, photographs, born-digital records, and analog audio and moving images. Projects may:
  • Digitize historical records collections, or related collections, held by a single institution and make them freely available online
  • Create new freely-available virtual collections drawn from historical records held by multiple institutions
  • Provide access to born-digital records
  • Create new tools and methods for users to access records
The NHPRC welcomes collaborative projects, particularly for bringing together related records from multiple institutions. Projects that address significant needs in the field and result in replicable and scalable approaches will be more competitive. The NHPRC also encourages organizations to actively engage the public in the work of the project. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 8, 2020; August 10, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2020; August 17, 2020
Award Amount: unspecified/wide range

The Accountable Institutions and Behavior (AIB) Program supports basic scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of issues broadly related to attitudes, behavior, and institutions connected to public policy and the provision of public services. Research proposals are expected to be theoretically motivated, conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented. Substantive areas include (but are not limited to) the study of individual and group decision-making, political institutions (appointed or elected), attitude and preference formation and expression, electoral processes and voting, public administration, and public policy. This work can focus on a single case or can be done in a comparative context, either over time or cross-sectionally. The Program does not fund applied research. The Program also supports research experiences for undergraduate students and infrastructural activities, including methodological innovations.
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: December 2, 2019 by 12:00PM
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 13, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: February 24, 2020
Award Amount: $600,000 maximum (including indirect costs) for 5-year awards and $400,000 maximum (including indirect costs) for 3-year awards. The average award is $275,000.
Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) funds research projects that identify (1) factors that are effective in the formation of ethical STEM researchers and (2) approaches to developing those factors in all STEM fields that NSF supports. ER2 solicits proposals for research that explores the following: "What constitutes responsible conduct for research (RCR), and which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?" Do certain labs have a 'culture of academic integrity?' What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?" Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations (e.g. Engineers without Borders) that stress responsible conduct for research, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade. Successful proposals typically have a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or among other factors, and they specify plans for developing interventions that promote the effectiveness of identified factors.
ER2 research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes or promotes responsible or irresponsible conduct of research, and how to best instill this knowledge into researchers and educators at all career stages. In some cases, projects will include the development of interventions to ensure ethical and responsible research conduct.
Please Note:  This is a limited submission opportunity and Harvard University may put forward only one proposal. Applicants for the Harvard nomination must submit a pre-proposal to an internal competition administered by the Office of the Vice Provost of Research (OVPR) at the link above.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: March 2, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: March 9, 2020
Award Amount: up to $150,000 for a period of 1 year (Planning Grants); up to $1.5M over up to 3 years (Medium Research Grants); up to $3M over up to 4 years (Large Research Grants)

The specific objectives of the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program are to (1) facilitate convergent research that employs the joint perspectives, methods, and knowledge of computer science, design, engineering, learning sciences, research on education and workforce training, and social, behavioral, and economic sciences; (2) encourage the development of a research community dedicated to designing intelligent technologies and work organization and modes inspired by their positive impact on individual workers, the work at hand, the way people learn and adapt to technological change, creative and supportive workplaces (including remote locations, homes, classrooms, or virtual spaces), and benefits for social, economic, educational, and environmental systems at different scales; (3) promote deeper basic understanding of the interdependent human-technology partnership to advance societal needs by advancing design of intelligent work technologies that operate in harmony with human workers, including consideration of how adults learn the new skills needed to interact with these technologies in the workplace, and by enabling broad workforce participation, including improving accessibility for those challenged by physical or cognitive impairment; and (4) understand, anticipate, and explore ways of mitigating potential risks arising from future work at the human-technology frontier. 

Ultimately, this research will advance understanding of how technology and people interact, distribute tasks, cooperate, and complement each other in different specific work contexts of significant societal importance. It will advance the knowledge base related to worker education and training and formal and informal learning to enable all potential workers to adapt to changing work environments. It will advance our understanding of the links between the future of work at the human-technology frontier and the surrounding society, including the intended potential of new technologies and the unintended consequences for workers and the well-being of society.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 14, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: February 24, 2020
Award Amount:  3-4 awards will be made per year. Total maximum amount for all awards per year: $4.5 million. Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds.

The Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) seeks to develop user-friendly large-scale next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research in SBE areas of study. Successful proposals will, within the financial resources provided by the award, construct such databases and/or relevant analytic techniques and produce a finished product that will enable new types of data-intensive research. The databases or techniques should have significant impacts, either across multiple fields or within broad disciplinary areas, by enabling new types of data-intensive research in the SBE sciences.

Human Networks and Data Science (HNDS) is a two-track program. It supports research and infrastructure that uses data science to advance understanding of a full range of human networks. HNDS research will identify ways in which dynamic, distributed, and heterogeneous data can provide novel answers to fundamental questions about individual and group behavior. HNDS is especially interested in proposals that leverage data-rich insights about human networks to support improved health, prosperity, and security. HNDS has two components:
  1. Human Networks and Data Science - Infrastructure (HNDS-I). Development of data resources and relevant analytic techniques that support fundamental SBE research in the context of human networks. For FY 2020, this research is funded through this solicitation, which replaces the previous Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (RIDIR) solicitation.
  2. Human Networks and Data Science - Core Research (HNDS-R). Core research proposals use data science to generate novel understandings of human networks - particularly understandings that can improve the outcomes of significant societal opportunities and challenges. HNDS encourages core research proposals that make innovative use of HNDS infrastructure (formerly RIDIR).
The HNDS - Infrastructure solicitation is currently accepting proposals. A subsequent funding announcement for HNDS Core Research will be released in 2020, pending availability of funding.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 8, 2020; July 27, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2020; August 3, 2020
Award Amount: varies by award type; please see details below

The Law & Science Program considers proposals that address social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules, as well as studies of how science and technology are applied in legal contexts. The Program is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-methodological. Successful proposals describe research that advances scientific theory and understanding of the connections between human behavior and law, legal institutions, or legal processes; or the interactions of law and basic sciences, including biology, computer and information sciences, STEM education, engineering, geosciences, and math and physical sciences. Scientific studies of law often approach law as dynamic, interacting with multiple arenas, and with the participation of multiple actors. Fields of study include many disciplines, and often address problems including, though not limited, to:
  • Crime, Violence, and Policing
  • Cyberspace
  • Economic Issues
  • Environmental Science
  • Evidentiary Issues
  • Forensic Science
  • Governance and Courts
  • Human Rights and Comparative Law
  • Information Technology
  • Legal and Ethical Issues related to Science
  • Legal Decision Making
  • Legal Mobilization and Conceptions of Justice
  • Litigation and the Legal Profession
  • Punishment and Corrections
  • Regulation and Facilitation of Biotechnology (e.g., Gene Editing, Gene Testing, Synthetic Biology) and Other Emerging Sciences and Technologies
  • Use of Science in the Legal Processes
LS supports the following types of proposals:
  • Standard Research Grants and Grants for Collaborative Research: The grants provide support for basic research activities, infrastructure development, and other research-related expenses. These grants can support projects that require several investigators, advisors, or collaboration among Principal Investigators, including investigators at different organizations. They may involve postdoctoral researchers, or graduate or undergraduate student assistants. Generally speaking, regular and collaborative awards will not exceed $300,000 in direct costs over two to three years' duration. 
  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants: These awards provide funds for dissertation research expenses not normally available through the doctoral student's university. Dissertation awards must not exceed $20,000 in direct costs.
  • Conference Awards: The Law & Science Program will support national and international conferences and symposia that enable social scientists and legal scholars to develop, evaluate, and share new research findings. The Program encourages conferences and symposia that promote interactions between researchers across multiple disciplines within the Law & Science domain. Conference proposals do not generally exceed $50,000 in total (direct and indirect) costs.
Please Note:  The January 15, 2020 deadline is for Standard and Collaborative Research Grants, Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants, and Conference Awards. The August 3, 2020 deadline is for Standard and Collaborative Research Grants and Conference Awards.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 4, 2020 
Sponsor Deadline: February 11, 2020 
Award Amount: up to $3M over up to 5 years (Track 1: Research Grants); up to $250,000 over up to 24 months (Track 2: Planning Grants) 

Navigating the New Arctic seeks innovations in fundamental convergence research across the social, natural, environmental, and computing and information sciences, and engineering that address the interactions or connections between natural and built environments and social systems and how these connections inform our understanding of Arctic change and its local and global effects. NNA promotes initiatives that empower new research communities, diversify the next generation of Arctic researchers, integrate the co-production of knowledge, and engage partnerships, particularly among international stakeholders. NNA also strongly encourages projects with components that advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education; public understanding of the changing Arctic to benefit both citizens and policy makers; and workforce development objectives. NSF recognizes the inherently international nature of the Arctic region, and that impacts of Arctic changes span geographic and political boundaries, and encourages proposals that include significant international components.

Major goals of NSF's NNA Big Idea include:
  • Improved understanding of Arctic change and its local and global effects that capitalize on innovative and optimized observation infrastructure, advances in understanding of fundamental processes, and new approaches to modeling interactions among the natural environment, built environment, and social systems.
  • New and enhanced research communities that are diverse, integrative, and well-positioned to carry out productive research on the interactions or connections between natural and built environments and social systems and how these connections inform our understanding of Arctic change and its local and global effects.
  • Research outcomes that inform national security, economic development, and societal well-being, and enable resilient and sustainable Arctic communities.
  • Enhanced efforts in formal and informal education that focus on the social, built, and natural impacts of Arctic change on multiple scales and broadly disseminate research outcomes.
This solicitation requests proposals that fall within two tracks. Track 1 supports research activities, while Track 2 is dedicated to planning grants to develop convergence research teams to tackle projects of larger scope in the future. This solicitation is the second of what is envisioned to be at least a five-year agency-wide program to support the research and dissemination of new knowledge needed to inform the economy, security, and resilience of the Nation, the larger Arctic region, and the globe with respect to Arctic change. NSF anticipates that future calls will further define "larger scope," with the potential to include projects up to the scale of centers and/or consortia.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 8, 2020; August 10, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2020; August 17, 2020
Award Amount: unspecified/wide range

The Security and Preparedness (SAP) Program supports basic scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of issues broadly related to global and national security. Research proposals are evaluated on the criteria of intellectual merit and broader impacts; the proposed projects are expected to be theoretically motivated, conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented. Substantive areas include (but are not limited to) international relations, global and national security, human security, political violence, state stability, conflict processes, regime transition, international and comparative political economy, and peace science. Moreover, the Program supports research experiences for undergraduate students and infrastructural activities, including methodological innovations. The Program does not fund applied research.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 27, 2020; July 27, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: February 3, 2020; August 3, 2020
Award Amount: varies by award type; please see details below

Science and Technology Studies (STS) is an interdisciplinary field that investigates the conceptual foundations, historical developments, and social contexts of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The STS program supports proposals across a broad spectrum of research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate STEM theory and practice. STS research may be empirical or conceptual; specifically, it may focus on the intellectual, material, or social facets of STEM including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues. The STS program supports proposals across the broad spectrum of STS research areas, topics, and approaches. They include, but are not limited to:
  1. Studies of societal aspects of an emerging technology such as artificial intelligence, robotics, big data analysis, neuroscience, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, and quantum technologies (computers, sensors, and encryption).
  2. Research on the social organization of scientific work (e.g., organizations, groups, and collaborations) and how this shapes the knowledge that gets produced and its intellectual and social impacts.
  3. Issues relating science and engineering to broader societal concerns including ethics, policy, governance, equity, race and gender, inclusion, trust, reliability, risk and uncertainty, sustainability, user-centeredness, and globalization.
  4. Research on the historical and conceptual foundations of any of the natural, social, or formal sciences including its nature and fundamentals, its origins, or its place in modern politics, culture, and society.
  5. Mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative) approaches, and approaches that integrate traditional STS perspectives (historical, philosophical, social scientific) with each other or with innovative perspectives from the arts or humanities.
  6. Interdisciplinary projects on topics of broad societal concern that engage in integrative collaborative research involving at least one STS expert and one in some other STEM field with prospective outcomes that serve to advance both fields.
The STS program supports several distinct types of proposals in order to accommodate the diverse research needs of the STS community:
  • Standard and Collaborative Research Grants: These grants support proposals for basic STS research. They also support proposals for infrastructure development that serves to enhance STS research; program support of infrastructure projects is directed towards scholarly research and data production, rather than administrative or logistical activities. Due to budgetary constraints, total direct costs will rarely exceed $400,000 for two to three years.
  • Scholars Awards: Provide up to full-time release for an academic year and a summer to conduct research. Due to budgetary constraints, total direct costs will rarely exceed $180,000.
  • Professional Development Grants: Support specialized methodological training for post-PhD researchers in STS who have active research programs that would be enhanced by such training. Professional Development Grants have a ceiling of $75,000 and a maximum duration of 36 months. 
  • Research Community Development Grants: Support community development activities for graduate students and faculty. Such activities include field schools in the United States and abroad; summer training programs for both graduate students and faculty; software development; a program for mid-project research team meetings; and small awards for preparation of materials for archiving by retiring researchers. A typical grant is expected to be in the range of $75,000 - $100,000 per year for up to 36 months.
  • Conference Support: The STS program provides financial support for national and international conferences including symposia, and research workshops. Support for conferences typically do not exceed $25,000 in direct costs.
  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants: DDRIGs provide funds for dissertation research expenses not normally available through the student's university. Due to budgetary limitations, dissertation grants typically do not exceed $10,000 in direct costs for research in North America and $12,500 in direct costs for international research. Please note that these grants may only be submitted to August 3, 2020 deadline. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 3, 2020; September 1, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: February 10, 2020; September 9, 2020
Award Amount: unspecified/wide range

The Science of Science: Discovery, Communication, and Impact (SoS:DCI) program is designed to increase the public value of scientific activity. The program pursues this goal by supporting basic research in three fundamental areas:  
  • How to increase the rate of socially beneficial discovery;
  • How to improve science communication outcomes; and
  • How to expand the societal benefits of scientific activity. 
The SoS:DCI program, which builds upon the former Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program, funds research that builds theoretical and empirical understandings of these three areas. With this goal in mind, proposals should: 
  • Develop data, models, indicators, and associated analytical tools that constitute and enable transformative advances rather than incremental change. 
  • Identify ethical challenges and mitigate potential risks to people and institutions. 
  • Provide credible metrics and rigorous assessments of their proposed project's impact.
  • Include robust data management plans with the goal to increase the usability, validity, and reliability of scientific materials.
Of particular interest are proposals that have the highest potential to strengthen America's global leadership in science and increase national competitiveness across a broad range of domains. These include proposals that analyze strategies for strengthening and diversifying the scientific workforce, as well as ways to more effectively cultivate high-impact discovery across sectors.  The program strongly encourages convergent research and collaboration. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 8, 2020; June 30, 2020
Sponsor Deadlines: January 15, 2020; July 8, 2020
Award Amount:  Unspecified

The Science of Learning and Augmented Intelligence Program (SL) supports potentially transformative research that develops basic theoretical insights and fundamental knowledge about principles, processes and mechanisms of learning, and about augmented intelligence - how human cognitive function can be augmented through interactions with others, contextual variations, and technological advances. The program supports research addressing learning in individuals and in groups, across a wide range of domains at one or more levels of analysis.
The program also supports research on augmented intelligence that clearly articulates principled ways in which human approaches to learning and related processes can be improved through interactions with others, and/or the use of artificial intelligence in technology. For both aspects of the program, there is special interest in collaborative and collective models of learning and/or intelligence that are supported by the unprecedented speed and scale of technological connectivity. 
Projects that are convergent and/or interdisciplinary may be especially valuable in advancing basic understanding of these areas, but research within a single discipline or methodology is also appropriate. Connections between proposed research and specific technological, educational, and workforce applications will be considered as valuable broader impacts but are not necessarily central to the intellectual merit of proposed research. The program supports a variety of approaches including: experiments, field studies, surveys, computational modeling, and artificial intelligence/machine learning methods.

Research questions of interest include: What concepts, tools (including Big Data, machine learning, and other computational models), or questions will provide the most productive linkages across levels of analysis,  elating understanding of cellular and molecular mechanisms of learning in the neurons to circuit and systems-level computations of learning in the brain, to cognitive, affective, social, and behavioral processes of learning?

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.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: December 16, 2019 
Sponsor Deadline: December 31, 2019  
Award Amount: $10,000 - $100,000 

The Grants Program supports projects proposed by U.S. and Argentine academic, cultural, educational, and other non-profit organizations and/or individuals that fulfill U.S. Embassy goals and objectives: to promote economic prosperity and security through academic and cultural initiatives seeking to promote and increase understanding between U.S. and Argentine people and institutions.The Grants Program assists organizations in carrying out programs aimed at providing new opportunities for citizen engagement, and promoting and advancing issues of public importance, focusing on the following topics:
  • Entrepreneurship
  • English language teaching and learning; (priority: training secondary school teachers of underserved populations and English language teaching in institutions of higher education)
  • Democracy
  • Transparency and Rule of Law
  • Cultural, artistic, and athletic activities (priority: those aimed at improving social inclusion)
  • Science & technology cooperation
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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