May 2020
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.
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Unless otherwise noted, all proposals to funders outside of Harvard must be sent for review to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) five business days prior to the sponsor deadline. We can help you navigate the routing process for your proposal.

Questions? Please contact Paige Belisle, Research Development Officer at  or 617-496-7672.

Harvard affiliates also have access to  Pivot , a funding opportunity database. You can also receive personalized suggestions on research funding opportunities via  Harvard Link

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News and Resources
COVID-19 Funding Opportunities Spotlight 

This section of the newsletter will highlight opportunities relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Upcoming Program: Strategies for Preparing a Successful NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award 
May 26th, 2020 I 2:00pm - 3:30pm 

Panelists will share key strategies for preparing both the research and education plan for the NSF CAREER award. Discussion will also focus on why the education plan is such an integral part of the proposal and resources which applicants may leverage to strengthen their education plan. Panelists will include:
  • Karen Cone, Program Director in MCB, National Science Foundation
  • Robin Wordsworth, Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Harvard University
  • Jenny Bergeron, Director of Educational Research and Evaluation, Harvard University
  • Susan Johnson, Assistant Director of Socially Engaged Learning, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University
  • Marty Samuels, Associate Director for Science, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University
Register for the Zoom event  here
COVID-19 Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding 

To get funding as quickly as possible to the research community, NIH is using Urgent and Emergency competing revisions and administrative supplements to existing grant awards. This approach allows NIH to leverage resident expertise, getting additional funding to those researchers who are already working with other organisms, models, or tools so that they can quickly shift focus to the novel coronavirus. Learn more here
U.S. Department of Defense: DARPA Discover DSO Day (D3) 
Registration Deadline: June 17, 2020

DARPA's Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a
Discover DSO Day (D3)  event to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of the DSO Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement (anticipated release date: June 2020). DSO's mission is to identify and create the next generation of scientific discovery by pursuing high-risk, high-payoff research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines and transforming these initiatives into disruptive technologies for U.S. national security. The event will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 24-25, 2020, via webinar. Registration is required at  and will close on June 17, 2020, or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first.
Featured Resource: Foundation Directory Online (FDO)

Are you interested in learning more about foundation funding to support your research interests? Harvard affiliates have access to Foundation Directory Online (FDO), a searchable database that contains a wealth of information on foundations and the grants they support. For assistance navigating FDO, view our guide or contact Paige Belisle at to schedule a one-on-one Zoom meeting.
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 29, 2020
Award Amount: stipend of $65,000, up to $2,000 to cover moving costs, plus $1,000 per semester toward research-related expenses if needed

The Committee for the Lauro De Bosis Lectureship in the History of Italian Civilization at Harvard University seeks candidates who attained their Ph.D. (or equivalent) at Harvard University within the past three years (May 2017 or after), for a postdoctoral fellowship in any aspect of Italian culture, history, or society, irrespective of their field of study, to be held during the academic year 2020-2021. Comparative work is welcome but at least half of the research and its title must be Italy-related to qualify. The fellowship is awarded for one academic year and is not renewable. 
Deadline: TBA; previously 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.

Please Note: This program plans to extend its deadline beyond May 1. A new deadline will be posted when available.
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: May 25, 2020
Award Amount: up to $10,000

The goal of the Special COVID-19 Trust in Science RFP is to enable faculty across Harvard to study issues related to trust in science, broadly construed, in the context of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The HDSI welcomes data-science related proposals from all disciplines that seek to explore issues such as: the credibility of data and data models, the spread of information and misinformation, issues related to communication of scientific findings in a pandemic, data-driven indicators of consensus around scientific findings and  recommendations, uptake of recommendations in different communities and national contexts, and the effect and impact of open data on public trust. These are examples only and applicants are encouraged to think broadly. 
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: Rolling
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: November 15, 2020  (Updated Deadline)
Award Amount: varies by award type; information on award calculations can be found  here 

AIIS offers fellowships for scholars, professionals, and artists from all disciplines who wish to conduct research or carry out artistic projects in India. The following opportunities are available: 
  • Junior Research Fellowships are available to doctoral candidates at U.S. universities in all fields of study. These grants are specifically designed to enable doctoral candidates to pursue their dissertation research in India. Junior Research Fellows establish formal affiliation with Indian universities and Indian research supervisors. Awards are available for up to 11 months.
  • Senior Research Fellowships are available to scholars with a PhD or its equivalent. These grants are designed to enable scholars who specialize in South Asia to pursue further research in India and to establish formal affiliation with an Indian institution. Short-term awards are available for up to four months. Long-term awards are available for six to nine months. A limited number of humanists will be granted fellowships paid in dollars funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Senior Scholarly/Professional Development Fellowships are available both to established scholars who have not previously specialized in Indian studies and to established professionals who have not previously worked or studied in India. Senior Scholarly/Professional Development Fellows are formally affiliated with an Indian institution. Awards may be granted for periods of six to nine months.
  • Senior Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships are available to accomplished practitioners of the performing arts of India and creative artists who demonstrate that study in India would enhance their skills, develop their capabilities to teach or perform in the U.S., enhance American involvement with India's artistic traditions or strengthen their links with peers in India. Awards will normally be for periods of up to four months, although proposals for periods of up to nine months can be considered.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 1, 2020
Award Amount: up to $20,000

The Marian R. Stuart Grant will further the research, practice, or education of an early career psychologist (no more than 10 years postdoctoral) on the connection between mental and physical health, particularly for work that contributes to public health. Examples include but are not limited to research-based programs that teach medical doctors counseling skills; research-based programs on the effect of behavior on health; and research-based programs on psychologists' role in medical settings for the benefit of patients. Preference will be given to psychologists working in medical schools.  
American Society for Legal History: Cromwell Fellowships
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: July 1, 2020
Award Amount: $5,000

The William Nelson Cromwell Foundation makes available a number of $5,000 fellowships to support research and writing in American legal history by early-career scholars. Early-career generally includes those researching or writing a PhD dissertation (or equivalent project) and recent recipients of a graduate degree working on their first major monograph or research project.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 15, 2020
Award Amount: up to $8,000. Please note that this award does not allow for institutional overhead, which falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.

The American Sociological Association (ASA) invites submissions for the Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD) awards. Supported by the ASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF), 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 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: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: up to $3,000; p lease note that this sponsor does not allow proposers to budget for indirect costs , which falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application. 

The Autism Science Foundation invites applications for its new COVID-19 Pivot Grant Program. This funding is intended to help researchers manage changes in research projects due to the COVID-19 emergency. The funding will not fully support a project, but rather is meant to help support new costs encountered due to adaptations or modifications to an original research plan as a result of the current shutdown across research institutions. While there are no restrictions on the level of seniority of applicants or scope of the project, priority will be given to pilot or feasibility grants that were in process as well as investigators who are early career investigators. Early career investigators are those from pre-doctoral training to 7 years after completion of a postdoctoral fellowship.  
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: May 29, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 5, 2020
Award Amount: up to $100,000

The Booz Allen Foundation has established the Innovation Fund to help nonprofits, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, innovators at colleges and universities, and startups and small businesses harness the power of data, technology, and diverse intellectual capital to improve COVID-19 relief efforts and make a difference. The Foundation wants to surface the most innovative solutions and empower the individuals and organizations behind those solutions to drive their development and implementation. Through the Innovation Fund, the Foundation is specifically targeting solutions and projects that will build lasting community resilience through protecting vulnerable populations and frontline workers or providing for the safe return to work.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals  
Sponsor Deadline: June 1, 2020 
Award Amount: residency/professional support; stipend not included

The Carey Institute for Global Good believes that an informed, educated, and engaged citizenry is essential to the functioning of democratic society. The Logan Nonfiction Program supports this belief by advancing deeply reported, long-form nonfiction about the most pressing issues of the day and helping to disseminate it on a variety of media platforms to the widest possible audience. The Institute also helps selected print fellows convert their work into audio, video or digital media through the expertise of partners. The Institute is eager to convene issue-oriented conferences related to fellows' projects to bring their reporting to policy-makers and other experts. Nonfiction writers, photographers, and documentarians are eligible to apply. 

The Logan Nonfiction Program accepts fellows for two classes per year. The spring class runs from February to April, and the fall class from October to December. Fellowships range between 5-10 weeks and take place on the Carey Institute for Global Good's historic 100-acre campus in upstate New York. This deadline is for the Fall 2020 class. There are no citizenship requirements for this residency.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 15, 2020
Award Amount: $300 - $1,000

CES Small Event Grants support workshops, lectures, symposia and other small events that share research on Europe with a wider community. Grants are awarded twice a year, in January for events taking place in the Spring semester, and August for events taking place in the Fall semester. A multi-disciplinary selection committee chooses winners and awards grants based on proposed event budgets and available funds. Any institution that receives a grant must agree to brand the event as "sponsored by the Council for European Studies at Columbia University" and provide an audio-visual or other record of the event. CES also provides promotional support for events either fully or partially funded by this program.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 15, 2021 (Updated Deadline)
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.

Please Note: The new deadline for this program is May 15, 2021. All applications that have already been submitted will be considered in the next selection round.
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: June 5, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 12, 2020
Award Amount: up to $75,000

Facebook is pleased to invite university faculty to respond to this call for research proposals on exploring unique challenges, threats, attacks, mitigations, and other considerations in the burgeoning space of AR, VR, and smart devices. Facebook is interested in a broad range of topics relating to applications like AR glasses, VR headsets, other AR or VR form-factors, smart home products, and more. Examples might include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Novel threats, attacks, mitigations, or features in the areas of silicon, hardware, supply-chain, or anti-tamper in this space
  • Privacy-preserving techniques and engineering in the context of unique sensors and use cases
  • Developments involving trust in voice assistants, smart devices, smart home cameras, biometrics, and so on
  • Proposed operating system, platform, or device system concepts that offer improvements in the technological space
  • Novel concepts in terms of identity, authentication, authorization, abuse-prevention, and more, as they pertain to said devices and technologies
  • Perspectives on unique ethical or societal considerations and challenges posed by this technology, and suggested mitigations
  • Any novel or new concepts in trust as applied to the AR/VR and smart devices space that warrant further exploration
Notice of Intent to Nominate Deadline (encouraged): October 31, 2020
Nomination Deadline: December 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 2022 in Philadelphia.
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: July 31, 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: July 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: August 1, 2020
Award Amount: $15,000 to $40,000 per year for periods of one or two years

The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world. Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Research with no relevance to understanding human problems will not be supported, nor will proposals to investigate urgent social problems where the foundation cannot be assured that useful, sound research can be done. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: no budget limit stated; research credits are meant to fully fund COVID-19 related research in accordance with the proposal submitted.

The Harvard Global Health Institute is partnering with Google Cloud to enable researchers to harness the power of the Cloud in their fight against COVID-19. Google will be funding COVID-19 related research projects for potential treatments, techniques and datasets, and working with the Harvard Global Health Institute to prioritize grant recipients based on the project impact on public health. Preference will be given to projects that plan to make their datasets publicly available and referenceable. Unlike academic research seed grants, COVID-19 research grants are designed to fund urgent public health related projects in-full. COVID-19 research grants are valid for 90 days only. Projects will be evaluated based on four criteria:
  • Is the work timely and essential?
  • Is it innovative?
  • Is it feasible?
  • Is there an articulated need for Google Cloud credits?
All research approaches will be considered under this call, including areas such as clinical research, bench science research, drug delivery and therapeutics research, health services and policy research, and epidemiological research.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 1, 2020 
Award Amount: unspecified; detailed budget required

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission is a grant-making agency that supports research, education, public affairs and exchange with Japan. Its mission is to support reciprocal people-to-people understanding, and promote partnerships that advance common interests between Japan and the United States. The Commission also serves to maintain expertise on Japan Studies throughout U.S. academic and professional institutions. It supports academic and non-profit organizations that conceptualize and execute U.S.-Japan training, research and exchange programs.Grants are made in four areas: 
  • Arts and Culture; 
  • Education and Public Affairs; 
  • Exchanges and Scholarship; and 
  • Global Challenges.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Online Funding Inquiry: August 7, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Online Funding Inquiry: August 14, 2020
Award Amount: varies/wide range

The Foundation offers grants in support of research and public engagement in its major Funding Areas: Science & the Big Questions; Character Virtue Development; Individual Freedom & Free Markets; Exceptional Cognitive Talent & Genius; Genetics; and Voluntary Family Planning. A number of topics--including creativity, freedom, gratitude, love, and purpose--can be found under more than one funding area. The Foundation invests in bold ideas from contrarian thinkers, ideas that cross disciplinary boundaries and challenge conventional assumptions. The Foundation also funds innovative programs that engage the public with these ideas, in an effort to open minds, deepen understanding, and inspire curiosity.
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.
  • 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.
  • 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: July 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 15, 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: June 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: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: July 15, 2020
Award Amount: stipend of $5,000 per month

The Kluge Center encourages humanistic and social science research that makes use of the Library of Congress's large and varied collections . Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research is particularly welcome in the Kluge Fellowship program. The residential fellowship in Washington, D.C. is open to scholars in the humanities and social sciences with special consideration given to those whose projects demonstrate relevance to contemporary challenges. Scholars who have received a terminal advanced degree within the past seven years in the humanities, social sciences, or in a professional field such as architecture or law are eligible. Applicants may be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals. Fellowships are tenable for periods of four to eleven months. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Request to Apply: July 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Request to Apply: August 1, 2020
Award Amount: $500 - $3,000

Lisle International provides Global Seed Grants to support innovative projects which advance intercultural understanding through shared experiences, with the goal of creating a more just social order. Projects may seek to bridge a variety of community divides, including ethnic, cultural, religious, racial or gender perspectives, anywhere in the world. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2020
Award Amount: economy travel to and from Munich, a monthly living allowance, free housing in a furnished studio apartment in Munich, and office space

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munich is advertising up to five research fellowships for scholars active in global history. Fellows will be based at the interdisciplinary Munich Centre for Global History. During their stay, they will work on a research project of their own choice. While the program is open to all topics in global history and its neighboring fields, LMU is particularly interested in proposals that engage with a new research focus on "global dis:connections" that has recently been established in cooperation with CASLMU . Scholars who are already advanced in their academic careers and have a strong international track record are explicitly encouraged to apply. Depending on the situation of the applicant and the character of the project, the duration of the fellowship will be between one and three months. Fellowships for the summer term 2021 should be taken up between mid-April and the end of July 2021.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: June 15, 2020, or until further notice
Award Amount: Azure cloud and High-Performance Computing capabilities

This grant program provides Azure cloud and High-Performance Computing capabilities. Microsoft's team of AI for Health data science experts, whose mission is to improve the health of people and communities worldwide, is also open to collaborations with COVID-19 researchers as they tackle this critical challenge. More broadly, Microsoft's research scientists across the world, spanning computer science, biology, medicine, and public health, will also be available to provide advice and collaborate per mutual interest. Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:
  • Potential benefits and clearly defined impact to the COVID-19 response
  • Feasibility of the technical approach
  • Need for Azure Computing and/or AI to solve the problem
  • Knowledge and experience managing Azure within your organization
  • Estimated computing resource requirements
Proposers will be asked to select their project's goal from the following list:
  • Data & insights, to inform the safety of people and economic impacts
  • Treatment & diagnostics, enabling research to further development
  • Allocation of resources, such as hospital space and supply chain
  • Dissemination of accurate information, to minimize misinformation
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 11, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 18, 2020
Award Amount: varies

Solve is an initiative of MIT with a mission to solve world challenges. COVID-19 is the latest in a series of infectious disease emergencies, including cholera, Ebola, SARS, Chikungunya, HIV/AIDS, and influenza. In the near term, we need improved solutions for prevention, accurate detection, and rapid response. MIT Solve is seeking tech innovations that can slow and track the spread of an emerging outbreak. Examples include improving individual hygiene, developing low-cost rapid diagnostics, analyzing data that informs decision making, and providing tools that support and protect health workers. Solve is also seeking solutions that focus on preventative and mitigation measures that strengthen access to affordable primary healthcare systems, enhance disease surveillance systems, and improve healthcare supply chains.
All solutions selected will receive a $10,000 grant. In addition to this funding, the following prizes are available to Solver teams selected for the Health Security & Pandemics Challenge:
  • The Elevate Prize for Health Security will be awarded to one Solver team. The Solver team that is selected will be named an Elevate Prize Global Hero and will participate in both the MIT Solver program and the Elevate Prize Global Heroes program, receiving a minimum of $300,000 over two years and ongoing support from the Elevate Prize Foundation and MIT Solve.
  • The AI for Humanity Prize is open to solutions that are already using strong data science, artificial intelligence, or machine learning to benefit humanity, and to solutions that are not yet using these technologies but plan to do so to amplify their impact in the future. Up to $200,000 will be granted across several Solver teams.
  • Solutions that use innovative technology to improve quality of life for women and girls are eligible for the Innovation for Women Prize. Up to $75,000 will be granted across up to three Solver teams.
  • The Andan Prize for Innovation in Refugee Inclusion is open to solutions that advance the economic, financial, and political inclusion of refugees. Up to $100,000 will be granted to up to four eligible Solver teams.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: June 22, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: June 29, 2020
Award Amount: The Foundation has made $1M available for 2020-21; individual budget ceilings are unspecified.  Please note that this sponsor allows  proposers to budget for 12% indirect costs, which falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.

The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation supports innovative investigator-initiated research with high potential to inform improvements to the U.S. health care system. Projects must advance the existing knowledge base in the areas of health care financing, delivery, management, and/or policy. Studies must have strong potential to yield insights that can be used to have a positive impact on the U.S. health care system by improving efficiency, quality, access to care, preparedness or equity. Studies involving direct patient care or clinical, bench science research are not relevant for this solicitation. 
Harvard Letter of Intent Deadline: May 29, 2020 at 12pm
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline (if nominated): July 9, 2020 
Sponsor Deadline (if nominated): July 16, 2020
Award Amount: Application budgets, inclusive of an indirect rate of 20%, may be up to $45,000, up to $90,000, or up to $180,000, with a grant period of 12 months.
The Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) is a partnership that fosters collaboration between universities and colleges committed to building the nascent field of public interest technology and growing a new generation of civic-minded technologists. The goals of the network are to connect accredited nonprofit institutions of higher education in the US that seek to take the lead in establishing and defining the field of Public Interest Technology within academia; spur the development of a strong pipeline of students seeking to pursue careers in Public Interest Technology, broadly defined; and foster collaborations and connections across the network and to practitioners in the wider ecosystem.
The PIT-UN Challenge, which launched in 2019, will provide grants to support the development of new public interest technology initiatives and institutions in academia, and foster collaboration among network members. The PIT-UN Challenge will prioritize projects that center the needs of communities who have historically been denied access to new technologies, been systematically left out of conversations at the intersection of technology and policy, and who have been denied opportunities to join the technology workforce, in efforts to further the positive social impact of technology for all communities. Centering community needs may be demonstrated by incorporating community partners in the design and execution of proposed projects. Proposals will receive additional credit if they are scalable and shareable in a way that benefits other schools engaging in Public Interest Technology, and are backed by a demonstrated commitment of finances or resources by the applicant's own institution.  In Year 2 (2020), proposals addressing any of the following priority areas are welcome. Projects are especially encouraged in the two priority areas in bold.
  1. Educational Offerings
  2. Career Pipeline/Placement
  3. Faculty & Institution Building
  4. Strengthening the PIT-UN 
The Challenge will accept the following types of proposals:
  1. Proposals from new or founding network members who are proposing a new project for 2020
  2. Proposals from awarded Year 1 (2019) applicants who wish to continue and/or scale their projects
  3. Proposals from network members who were not awarded funding in Year 1 (2019) and have adjusted their previously proposed project
Please Note:  This is a limited submission opportunity and each university may submit up to three new Challenge applications; within those three, only one may fall in the $91,000 to $180,000 range. A "new Challenge application" is defined as an application for funding for a project that was not proposed for the Year 1 (2019) Challenge. An individual can only be listed as the principal investigator on one application but may be listed as a collaborator on multiple applications. Interested applicants are asked to complete and submit the LOI form as a single document to  with a copy to Autumn Bennett ( by noon on Friday, May 29.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: OTF offers direct financial support of up to $50,000 for a period of six months or less as well as technical services from trusted partners. See list of service providers and supported services  here
Given the magnitude of the global COVID-19 crisis, the Open Technology Fund (OTF) has increased the total pool of funding available through the  Rapid Response Fund  for interventions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rapid Response Fund aims to facilitate the digital emergency response community to resolve threats in a timely and comprehensive manner for individuals, communities, and organizations. Examples of COVID-19-related rapid response projects could include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Circumvention solutions to access blocked health and safety information and to respond to increased COVID-19-related censorship
  • Secure hosting for health and safety websites
  • Guidance / assistance on digital security best practices while working from home, including updating existing resources
  • Research and documentation on censorship of COVID-19 health and safety information and/or the increasing use of surveillance technology 
Support is only available through the Rapid Response Fund when there is a clear time-sensitive digital emergency in which an applicant is seeking short-term and urgent support. The Rapid Response Fund does not provide support for projects that are more long-term in nature or that aim to build digital security capacity among groups or organizations. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 1, 2020
Award Amount: Varies; see below. Please note that this sponsor allows  proposers to budget for 8% indirect costs, which falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.

The mission of the Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation is to promote innovative research to find better treatments and cures for paralysis; support efforts to improve the quality of life of individuals with spinal cord dysfunction until treatments are found; and train post-doctoral fellow investigators and encourage them to specialize in the area of spinal cord research. 
The Foundation supports one or two-year grants in four areas of emphasis:
  1. Laboratory research in the basic sciences related to spinal cord injury or disease. Grants funded up to $75,000 for 1 year or up to $150,000 for 2 years.
  2. Clinical and functional studies of the medical, psychosocial, and economic effects of spinal cord injury or disease, and/or interventions proposed to alleviate these effects. Grants funded up to $75,000 for 1 year or up to $150,000 for 2 years.
  3. Design and development of new or improved rehabilitative and assistive devices to improve function for individuals with spinal cord injury or disease. Funding may be used to develop drawings, schematics, or prototypes, and for the testing necessary to further the design of assistive technology devices. Grants funded up to $75,000 for one year or up to $150,000 for 2 years.
  4. Fellowships for postdoctoral students in basic science, clinical applications, or design and development, intended to encourage training and specialization in the field of spinal cord research. Grants funded up to $50,000 for 1 year or up to $100,000 for 2 years.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling 
Award Amount:  The average Pioneer grant in 2019 was $315,031. However, there is not an explicit range for budget requests. Grant periods are flexible, though generally range from 1 to 3 years.

Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health seeks proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. The Foundation is interested in ideas that address any of these four areas of focus: Future of Evidence; Future of Social Interaction; Future of Food; and Future of Work. Additionally, the Foundation welcomes ideas that might fall outside of these four focus areas, but which offer unique approaches to advancing health equity and progress toward a Culture of Health.

The Foundation wants to hear from scientists, anthropologists, artists, urban planners, and community leaders--anyone, anywhere who has a new or unconventional idea that could alter the trajectory of health, and improve health equity and well-being for generations to come. The changes the Foundation seeks require diverse perspectives and cannot be accomplished by any one person, organization, or sector. 

Please Note:  While this call for proposals is focused on broader and longer-term societal trends and shifts that were evolving prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Foundation recognizes that the unique circumstances and learning created by the COVID-19 pandemic may inform your response. It is at your discretion whether you propose a project related to the pandemic directly or indirectly.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: June 25, 2020
Award Amount: varies; full calculation details can be found here

The Russell Sage Foundation's  Visiting Scholars Program  provides a unique opportunity for select scholars in the social, economic and behavioral sciences to pursue their research and writing while in residence at the Foundation's New York headquarters. Research carried out by Visiting Scholars constitutes an important part of the Foundation's ongoing effort to analyze and understand the complex and shifting nature of social and economic life in the United States. While Visiting Scholars typically work on projects related to the Foundation's  current programs , a few scholars whose research falls outside these areas are occasionally invited as well. Descriptions of prior  Visiting Scholar classes  along with summaries of their projects attest to the diversity of scholars, disciplines and projects selected.
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: June 9, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 16, 2020
Award Amount: up to $50,000

The Social Data Research Fellowship seeks to encourage multifaceted pathways for the collection and analysis of social data, with the larger aim of cultivating robust research on technology and society. In particular, the SSRC is interested in supporting research that makes creative use of available social data to investigate how social media interacts with democracy and elections. Expanding ethical scholarly access, use, and analysis of a range of social data is critical to understanding the complex ways that social media and other technologies impact political life and processes. Fellowships will support research projects of up to 12 months in length that are focused on two key areas: 
  1. Advancing scholarly research on the role of social media in elections and democracy, with an emphasis on the 2020 US elections, including local, state, and/or national primary or general elections. Topics may include (but are not limited to) disinformation, polarization, election integrity, political engagement, political advertising, microtargeting, voter suppression, forms of algorithmic bias related to elections, the impact of news reporting and changes to the media ecosystem, or other related areas. Research that explores more than one social media platform or the relationship between social media platforms is particularly welcome, as is research that explores the disproportionate effects on the political participation of women and under-represented groups.
  2. Expanding best practices and methods for accessing and analyzing relevant data that can inform our understanding of the impact of social media on democracy, including (but not limited to) new methods of data collection and sharing; exploring implications for data privacy and ethics; alternative proxy data to inform our broader understanding of proprietary social media data; and ethnographic, journalistic, or other qualitative approaches to data collection.
COVID-19: The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly changed the policy, electoral, and media landscapes related to the 2020 US elections. This grant opportunity's primary emphasis is related to social media and the 2020 elections, as described above; however, applications that investigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as it intersects with the core themes outlined above are particularly encouraged. For example, explorations of policy debates, news, or disinformation circulated via social media on topics relevant to the 2020 US elections and amplified by circumstances related to COVID-19--such as vote-by-mail debates, health care policy, COVID-19 disinformation campaigns related to the election, and so on--are welcome.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Concept Proposals: August 7, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Concept Proposals: August 16, 2020
Award Amount: $10,000 - $20,000

The Sociological Initiatives Foundation supports social change by linking research to social action. It funds research projects that investigate laws, policies, institutions, regulations, and normative practices that may limit equality in the United States and Puerto Rico. It gives priority to projects that seek to address racism, xenophobia, classism, gender bias, exploitation, or the violation of human rights and freedoms. It also supports research that furthers language learning and behavior and its intersection with social and policy questions.  The Foundation supports research that focuses on improving services and systems and increasing positive social and physical conditions through:
  • Policy development
  • Placement and shaping of the policy agenda
  • Policy adoption or implementation
  • Policy blocking
  • Increasing advocacy capacity and political influence
  • Shaping public sentiment
  • Addressing challenges related to language and literacy
Language issues include literacy, language loss and maintenance, language policy, language and national security, bilingualism, language and gender, language and law, language disabilities, language and health, language and education, different language cultures, and second language acquisition.  In the context of social and racial inequality dating back centuries, the Foundation supports projects that address institutional rather than individual or behavioral change. It seeks to fund research and initiatives that provide insight into sociological and linguistic issues that can help specific groups and or communities expand opportunities and challenge injustices. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 1, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 8, 2020
Award Amount: up to $50,000

The COVID-19 Related Research Grants support education research projects that will contribute to understanding the rapid shifts in education in this time of crisis and change. The Spencer Foundation is especially interested in supporting two primary categories of projects. First, the Foundation is interested in supporting studies that aim to understand and disrupt the reproduction and deepening of educational inequality caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Second, the Foundation also recognizes that in times of great disruption and change, there may be opportunities to remake and imagine anew forms of equitable education. Thus, the Foundation is also interested in research projects that are working to reimagine educational opportunities in these times.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 1, 2020
Award Amount: up to $50,000 over 1-5 years

The Small Research Grants Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. This program is "field-initiated" in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, method, or location. The Foundation's goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: July 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: July 15, 2020
Award Amount: unspecified budget ceiling; please note that the  Foundation limits overhead expenses to 10% of the total project budget,  which falls short of 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS. Please discuss with your grants administrator prior to preparing your proposal.

The United States-Japan Foundation supports U.S.-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 the U.S.-Japan policy studies field and is 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: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadlines: October 15, 2020; March 17, 2021 (Planning 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.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 28, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: August 4, 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.

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: July 1, 2020 
Sponsor Deadline: July 9, 2020 
Award Amount: $100,000 - $350,000 over one to three years. The Commission provides no more than 50 percent of total project costs; cost sharing is required. 

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
  • Provide access to born-digital records
  • Create new freely-available virtual collections drawn from historical records held by multiple institutions
  • 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: 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.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: varies by NOSI
Award Amount: varies
NIH has compiled Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding at the link above. This includes guidance for proposal submission and award management, answers to frequently asked questions, and funding opportunities.

To get funding as quickly as possible to the research community, NIH is using Urgent and Emergency competing revisions and administrative supplements to existing grant awards. This approach allows NIH to leverage resident expertise, getting additional funding to those researchers who are already working with other organisms, models, or tools so that they can quickly shift focus to the novel coronavirus. These Urgent and Emergency competitive revision Funding Opportunity Announcements allow NIH to fund applications quickly, often in under three months, because evaluation for scientific and technical merit is done by an internal review panel convened by staff of the NIH awarding institute or center rather than by  the  traditional peer review process. These opportunities require applications to be submitted in response to an Emergency or Urgent Notice of Special Interest (NOSI). In addition to the opportunities for revisions and supplements to existing awards, other notices of special interest seek full research project grant proposals to conduct research on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-2019 through an array of parent FOAs. NIH is maintaining a list of COVID-19 specific notices of special interest in the funding opportunities section at the link above. 

Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline (not required): June 1, 2020
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 15, 2020
Award Amount: The total costs (direct and indirect) for a project awarded under this FOA will not exceed $500,000 in any given year and $1,000,000 for the entire project period. The project period may not exceed 2 years.  

This Funding Opportunity Announcement invites R01 grant applications for funding to support novel, high-impact studies evaluating the responsiveness of healthcare delivery systems, healthcare professionals, and the overall U.S. healthcare system to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is interested in funding critical research focused on evaluating topics such as effects on quality, safety, and value of health system response to COVID-19; the role of primary care practices and professionals during the COVID-19 epidemic; understanding how the response to COVID-19 affected socially vulnerable populations and people with multiple chronic conditions; and digital healthcare including innovations and challenges encountered in the rapid expansion of telehealth response to COVID-19.  AHRQ encourages multi-method, rapid-cycle research with the ability to: produce and disseminate initial findings (e.g. observations, lessons learned, or findings) within 6 months after award and then regularly throughout the remainder of the award period.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 10, 2020 
Sponsor Deadline: 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.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 1, 2020
Award Amount: up to $50,000 for 4 months

The Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC) is a research and action competition in the Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) domain designed to build a more cohesive research-to-innovation pipeline and foster a collaborative spirit. Building on the NSF S&CC program and the extensive S&CC ecosystem, CIVIC aims to accelerate the impact of S&CC research, and deepen cooperation and information sharing across sectors and regions. CIVIC will lay a foundation for a broader and more fluid exchange of research interests and civic priorities that will create new instances of collaboration and introduce new areas of technical and social scientific discovery. CIVIC will fund projects that can produce significant community impact within 12 months (following a four-month planning phase) - in contrast to many community-university partnerships that take years to provide tangible benefits to communities - and have the potential for lasting impact beyond the period of the CIVIC award.

CIVIC introduces several unique features that differentiate it from the NSF S&CC program: (1) CIVIC flips the community-university dynamic, asking communities to identify civic priorities ripe for innovation and then to partner with researchers to address those priorities; (2) CIVIC focuses on research that is ready for piloting in and with communities on a short timescale, where real-world impact can be evaluated within 12 months; (3) CIVIC requires the inclusion of civic partners in the core project team, to emphasize civic engagement; and (4) CIVIC organizes and fosters "communities of practice" around high-need problem areas that allow for meaningful knowledge sharing and cross-site collaboration during both pre-development and piloting. For purposes of clarity, civic partners may include local, state, or tribal government officials; non-profit representatives; community organizers or advocates; community service providers; and/or others working to improve their communities. CIVIC is organized as a two-stage competition with two tracks centered around the following topic areas:
  • Track A. Communities and Mobility: Offering Better Mobility Options to Solve the Spatial Mismatch Between Housing Affordability and Jobs; and
  • Track B. Resilience to Natural Disasters: Equipping Communities for Greater Preparedness and Resilience to Natural Disasters.
In the first stage (Stage 1), up to 12 awards per track will be made for Planning Grants - each with a budget of up to $50,000 for four months to undertake pre-development activities, including solidifying the team, maturing the project plans, and preparing to submit a well-developed full proposal for Stage 2. Only awardees of Stage 1 will be eligible to submit proposals for Stage 2. In the second stage (Stage 2), up to four teams per track will be selected from Stage 1 award recipients to receive a full award- each with a budget of up to $1,000,000 for up to 12 months to execute and evaluate their research-centered pilot projects.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Intent: August 3, 2020 (Focused Hubs); September 21, 2020 (Large-Scale Hubs) 
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Intent: August 10, 2020 (Focused Hubs); September 28, 2020 (Large-Scale Hubs)
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Full Proposal: September 1, 2020 (Focused Hubs); October 21, 2020 (Large-Scale Hubs)
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposal: September 9, 2020 (Focused Hubs); October 28, 2020 (Large-Scale Hubs)
Award Amount: up to $1M per year for 3-5 years (Focused Hubs); up to $2M-$4M per year for up to 5 years (Large-Scale Hubs)
Scientific research into complex coastal systems and the interplay with coastal hazards is vital for predicting, responding to and mitigating threats in these regions. Understanding the risks associated with coastal hazards requires a holistic Earth Systems approach that integrates improved understanding of and, where possible, predictions about natural, social, and technological processes with efforts to increase the resilience of coastal systems. The Coastlines and People program supports diverse, innovative, multi-institution awards that are focused on critically important coastlines and people research that is integrated with broadening participation goals. The objective of this solicitation is to support Coastal Research Hubs, structured using a convergent science approach, at the nexus between coastal sustainability, human dimensions, and coastal processes to transform understanding of interactions among natural, human-built, and social systems in coastal, populated environments.
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: June 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 1, 2020
Award Amount: up to $1M over up to 5 years (Track I: Research Grants); up to $250,000 over up to 24 months (Track II: Planning Grants)

This solicitation supports fundamental research to enable transformative change in our ability to detect, disrupt and disable illicit supply networks that traffic in persons, and tangible and virtual goods. These transformations will require well-coordinated, multi-disciplinary approaches that complement long-standing law-enforcement, victim-centric and trafficking domain-focused research efforts with fundamental, innovative, and high-risk research that draws from multiple domains of engineering, computer and information science, and the social, behavioral and economic sciences. Trafficking networks comprise complex, interconnected collections of entities, sometimes under centralized control but with decentralized information sharing. Research proposals should take a holistic, system-focused approach to understanding the operations and dynamics of illicit supply networks, including such issues as mapping illicit supply chains, characterizing their elements and their use of communications, transportation, financial infrastructures; understanding geospatial data patterns and networks of transactions that provide actionable insight into their activity; understanding how illicit production co-mingles with legal production in commercial supply chains and the underlying value chain that creates wealth through illicit activities; and how individuals are incentivized and/or exploited to participate in these activities. Major goals of NSF's D-ISN include:
  • Improve understanding of the operations of illicit supply networks and strengthen the ability to detect, disrupt, and dismantle them. 
  • Enhance research communities that effectively integrate operational, computational, social, cultural and economic expertise to provide methods and strategies to combat this complex and elusive global security challenge.
  • Catalyze game-changing technological innovations that can improve discovery and traceability of illicitly sourced products and illicitly sourced labor inputs to products.
  • Provide research outcomes that inform U.S. national security, law enforcement and economic development needs and policies.
This solicitation is the first of what is envisioned to be a three-year program to support the research needed to inform the economy, security, and resilience of the Nation and the world in responding to the global threat posed by illicit supply networks. The solicitation calls for fundamental research across engineering, computer and information science, and social science with two proposal submission tracks. Track 1 research proposals should address at least one or more of the five focus domain areas listed in the solicitation. Under Track 2, D-ISN calls for proposals for planning grants to support activities leading to convergence research team formation and capacity-building within the research communities interested in addressing larger-scope challenges in the future.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: September 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: September 15, 2020
Award Amount: varies by award type

This funding partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning dynamic language infrastructure in the context of endangered human languages-languages that are both understudied and at risk of falling out of use. Made urgent by the imminent loss of roughly half of the approximately 7000 currently used languages, this effort aims to exploit advances in information technology to build computational infrastructure for endangered language research. The program supports projects that contribute to data management and archiving, and to the development of the next generation of researchers. Funding can support fieldwork and other activities relevant to the digital recording, documentation and analysis, and archiving of endangered language data, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. Funding will be available in the form of one- to three-year senior research grants, fellowships from six to twelve months, and conference proposals.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 27, 2020 
Sponsor Deadline: 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 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 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 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 August 3, 2020 deadline is for Standard and Collaborative Research Grants and Conference Awards.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 6, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 13, 2020
Award Amount:  $750,000 - $1.25M over up to 3 years

NSF and Amazon are partnering to jointly support computational research focused on fairness in AI, with the goal of contributing to trustworthy AI systems that are readily accepted and deployed to tackle grand challenges facing society. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to transparency, explainability, accountability, potential adverse biases and effects, mitigation strategies, algorithmic advances, fairness objectives, validation of fairness, and advances in broad accessibility and utility. Funded projects will enable broadened acceptance of AI systems, helping the U.S. further capitalize on the potential of AI technologies. Although Amazon provides partial funding for this program, it will not play a role in the selection of proposals for award.

Advancing AI is a highly interdisciplinary endeavor drawing on fields such as computer science, information science, engineering, statistics, mathematics, cognitive science, and psychology. As such, NSF and Amazon expect these varied perspectives to be critical for the study of fairness in AI. NSF's ability to bring together multiple scientific disciplines uniquely positions the agency in this collaboration, while building AI that is fair and unbiased is an important aspect of Amazon's AI initiatives. This program supports the conduct of fundamental computer science research into theories, techniques, and methodologies that go well beyond today's capabilities and are motivated by challenges and requirements in real systems.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 10, 2020 
Sponsor Deadline: 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: July 27, 2020 
Sponsor Deadline: 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 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 for national and international conferences including symposia, and research workshops. Support for conferences typically does not exceed $25,000 in direct costs.
  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants 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. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 30, 2020
Sponsor Deadlines: 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: September 1, 2020 
Sponsor Deadline: 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: May 28, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 4, 2020
Award Amount: varies by award type

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently added a program area to its main Agricultural and Food Research Initiative  RFA : Rapid Response to Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Impacts Across Food and Agricultural Systems.  There are four areas of priority: 
  • Health and Security of Livestock; 
  • Well-being of Farm, Food Service Providers, and Rural Americans; 
  • Economic Security; and 
  • Food Safety. 
Applicants should focus on critical and urgent research, extension, or integrated solutions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the nation's food and agricultural system. Applications should include strategies and knowledge that can be rapidly implemented to minimize or eliminate COVID-19 impacts on the nation's food and agricultural system. NIFA will expedite application evaluation and awards review to ensure rapid project start-up.

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: June 5, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 12, 2020
Award Amount: up to $1M

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL)
announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications in support
of the goal of combatting corruption arising in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Countries around the world are grappling with unprecedented challenges as they tackle the
COVID-19 pandemic. While the first responsibility of every government is to care for its
people, an effective response to a public health crisis like COVID-19 requires government
transparency and accountability, the full participation of civil society, and access to information.
Corruption in particular thrives during times of crisis and makes governments and the
international community less able to respond swiftly and effectively. Governments and
international donors are now providing unprecedented sums of money to support COVID-19
response efforts, sometimes without necessary anti-corruption safeguards. Emergency
procurement processes and the suspension of oversight measures in many cases are further
heightening corruption risks. This is providing new opportunities for corrupt government
officials and criminal organizations to enrich themselves at the expense of public health, as well
as raising the potential for public officials to become involved in bribery and corruption by virtue
of their position and influence, which can further erode public trust in government and
undermine the COVID-19 response.

DRL seeks a project to enhance transparency and empower civil society and media to monitor
and promote accountability of government responses to COVID-19. A competitive applicant
will be able to work across multiple countries with a consortium of civil society organizations,
media entities, and anti-corruption advocates to support enhanced transparency and
accountability in public procurement processes; take advantage and build upon recently-launched  multilateral and multi-stakeholder initiatives to promote government transparency in government  responses to COVID-19, including the "Open Response + Open Recovery" campaign initiated  by the Open Government Partnership; increase the effectiveness of civil society-led advocacy to  promote accountability of government response and the use of public funds to combat COVID- 19; strengthen existing national and regional anti-corruption frameworks and government  oversight mechanisms; and expand space for freedom of expression and access to information  including by protecting corruption whistleblowers from criminal prosecution, arrest, and other  forms of retaliation.
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