November 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 pbelisle@fas.harvard.edu 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. 
Call for Expressions of Interest: Racial Equity 2030 
Internal Deadline for Expressions of Interest: January 11, 2021

Racial Equity 2030 is a global challenge that calls for bold solutions to drive an equitable future for children, their families and communities. To learn more about the opportunity and for instructions on how to submit an internal Expression of Interest, please see 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
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 pbelisle@fas.harvard.edu 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
DivisionSocialScienceManuscript
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).

HDataScienceSpecialProjects
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. 

LemannBrazil
Deadline: January 25, 2021
Award Amount: up to $150,000 payable over one or two years. It is anticipated that 5 - 10 grants will be awarded each year.
 
The Lemann Brazil Research Fund is intended to foster collaboration between scholars and to support research projects focused on current issues facing Brazil. Proposals are sought for research projects that address education management and administration; social science and its applications; public administration and policy; technological advances in education; and evidence-based research. Consideration will also be given to projects that propose collaboration between Harvard faculty and Brazilian academics in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and basic and applied sciences. Given the challenges of this year, special consideration will be given to applicants in any field proposing work related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are invited from individuals who hold a faculty appointment at a Harvard school and who have principal investigator rights at that school. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of academic merit, feasibility, and their anticipated advancement of the objectives of the Fund and must meet at least one of the following three criteria:


Motsepe
Deadline: November 30, 2020
Award Amount: up to $100,000

The primary purpose of the Fund is to support faculty-led and student-driven research projects that focus on advancing key challenges and opportunities facing Africa - whether it be emerging technologies and the Fourth Industrial Revolution; climate change and its effect on health, agriculture, water, and/or sanitation; renewable energy and its benefit to infrastructure and/or society; health; aging; materials science; and the governance and policies needed for an entrepreneurial economy. Activities the Fund may support include but are not limited to research; associated travel costs; and the publication and dissemination of findings. Special consideration will also be given to projects that propose multidisciplinary collaboration between Harvard faculty across more than one school and Africa-based academics.


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.
ReganFund
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.


WeatherheadCanada
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
AmAntiquarianAASNEH
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2021
Award Amount: $4,200 per month for 4-12 months

American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Fellows are selected on the basis of the applicant's scholarly qualifications, the scholarly significance or importance of the project, and the appropriateness of the proposed study to the Society's collections. Fellowships are for persons who have already completed their formal professional training. Foreign nationals who have been residents in the United States for at least three years immediately preceding the application deadline for the fellowship are eligible. Preference will be given to individuals who have not held long-term fellowships during the three years preceding the period for which the application is being made.

AAS-NEH fellows are expected to be in regular and continuous residence at the Society. They must devote full time to their study and may not accept teaching assignments or undertake any other major activities during the tenure of their award. Fellows may hold other major fellowships or grants during fellowship tenure, in addition to sabbaticals and supplemental grants from their own institutions. Other NEH-funded grants may be held serially, but not concurrently.
ACORFellowships
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: February 1, 2021
Award Amount: varies by fellowship; please see below

The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman, Jordan promotes study, teaching, and increased knowledge of ancient and Middle Eastern studies with Jordan as a focus. The following residential fellowships are available:
  • NEH Fellowship: This award is intended for scholars who have a Ph.D. or have completed their professional training. Funding is provided for four to ten months. Eligible fields of research include, but are not limited to: modern and classical languages, linguistics, literature, history, jurisprudence, philosophy, archaeology, heritage studies, comparative religion, ethics, and the history, criticism, and theory of the arts. Social and political scientists are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals living in the U.S. for three years immediately preceding the application deadline. The award for ten months is $50,000, of which $32,000 is for stipend and travel and the remainder is for ACOR room and board. Shorter award periods are prorated accordingly. 
  • ACOR-CAORC Post-Doctoral Fellowship: This program offers two- to six-month fellowships for post-doctoral scholars and scholars and professionals with a terminal degree in their field, pursuing research or publication projects in the natural and social sciences, humanities, and associated disciplines relating to the Middle East. U.S. citizenship is required. The maximum award amount is $32,400. 
ACLSDigitalExtension
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: December 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: December 15, 2020
Award Amount: up to $150,000

These grants are designed to advance humanistic scholarship by enhancing established digital projects, extending their reach to new communities of users, and supporting teams of scholars at all career stages as they participate in digital research. This program aims to promote inclusion and sustainability by extending the opportunity to participate in the digital transformation of humanistic inquiry to a greater number of humanities scholars. ACLS Digital Extension Grants support projects that have advanced beyond the start-up phase of development as they pursue one or more of the following activities:
  • Developing new systems of making established digital resources available to broader audiences and/or scholars from diverse institutions.
  • Extending established projects and resources with content that adds diversity to the digital domain.
  • Fostering new team-based collaborations between scholars at all career stages. Projects that convene, train, and empower communities of humanities faculty and/or graduate students around established digital research projects, as well as projects that allow scholars from institutions with limited digital infrastructure to exploit digital resources or to participate in existing labs or working groups, are especially welcome. 
  • Creating new forms and sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities. Projects that document and recognize participant engagement are strongly encouraged.
APSFranklin
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2020
Award Amount: up to $6,000

The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses. Franklin grants are made for noncommercial research. They are not intended to meet the expenses of attending conferences or the costs of publication. Grants will not be made to replace salary during a leave of absence or earnings from summer teaching; pay living expenses while working at home; cover the costs of consultants or research assistants; or purchase permanent equipment such as computers, cameras, tape recorders, or laboratory apparatus.
ACREFellowships
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 18, 2021
Award Amount: varies by fellowship type; please see details below 

The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) offers funded fellowships for a wide range of scholars looking to conduct research in Egypt. Previous fellows have represented the fields of anthropology, archaeology, architecture, fine art, art history, Coptic studies, economics, Egyptology, history, the humanistic social sciences, Islamic studies, literature, political science, religious studies, and music. Decades of close collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities (MoA) and Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) enable ARCE to provide fellows with solid administrative support and advice that eases access to Egyptian museums, monuments, archaeological sites, research libraries, archives and Egyptian institutions of higher education. The following fellowships are available:
  • ARCE-CAORC Research Fellowships: This fellowship is open to U.S. citizen pre-doctoral candidates (ABD), postdoctoral scholars, faculty and senior scholars at museums, universities and institutions worldwide for a minimum stay of three months and a maximum stay of 12 months. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs funds the fellowship through a grant to the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). Four to six fellowships are funded annually. Fellowships range from $2,200-$3,520 per month based on academic rank, plus round trip airfare.
  • ARCE-NEH Fellowship: This fellowship is open to U.S. citizen postdoctoral scholars, faculty and senior scholars at universities, museums, and institutions worldwide and to foreign nationals who have been a resident in the United States for three consecutive years immediately preceding the application deadline. Advanced degree candidates must have completed all requirements-except for the actual conferral of the degree-by the deadline. One four-month fellowship will be awarded. The Fellowship provides $5,000 per month.
BrownCarterLibraryFellows
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 15, 2020 (Short- and Long-Term Fellowships); January 15, 2021 (Collaborative Clusters) 
Award Amount: varies by opportunity; please see below

Sponsorship of research at the John Carter Brown Library is reserved exclusively for scholars whose work is centered on the colonial history of the Americas, North and South, including all aspects of European, African, and Native American engagements in global and comparative contexts. 
  • Short-term fellowships are open to individuals who are engaged in pre- and post-doctoral, or independent research, regardless of nationality. Short-term fellowships are available for periods of two to four months. Short-term fellowships are available for periods of two to four months and carry a stipend of $2,250 per month.
  • Long-term fellowships are available for periods of five to ten months and carry a monthly stipend of $5,000. Some of the long-term fellowships have citizenship requirements. 
  • Collaborative Clusters: As part of an effort to expand the disciplinary scope of research at the Library, and to emphasize the role of the JCB as a laboratory for new research methods, the fellowship committee encourages applications from small groups of between two to four scholars who would be in simultaneous residence for periods of up to one month to work in collaboration on a particular theme, object, or scholarly project. The fellowship carries a weekly stipend of $500 per person.
Additional specialized fellowships are detailed on the library's website.
CabotFamily
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Concept Paper: January 25, 2021
Sponsor Deadline for Concept Paper: February 1, 2021
Award Amount: $5,000 - $50,000

The Trust makes grant awards twice a year to nonprofit organizations in the city of Boston and contiguous communities, as well as to organizations in which Cabot family members maintain philanthropic interest. Awards are put to work in the areas of arts and culture, education and youth development, environment and conservation, health and human services, and for civic and public benefit. Within these fields, as appropriate, the trustees prefer programs mainly serving youth and young adults, with a special interest in programs focused on insuring the healthy growth and development of infants and young children, as a foundation for their future success. Applications recommended for review meet the following criteria:
  • Reflect Cabot family interests and provide benefits to communities and organizations that have been supported by family philanthropy;
  • Extend important services to individuals and groups not served adequately through other programs and institutions;
  • Manage change by assessing community needs and developing programs to meet emerging needs;
  • Promote productive cooperation and full use of resources by nonprofit organizations and community groups; and
  • Test new approaches to problems or adapt solutions that have been successful elsewhere.
The Cabot Family Charitable Trust will consider grant applications for general support, support for specific programs and activities and for capital campaigns. While most grant awards are for one year, the trustees may award multi-year funding for capital campaigns and in limited circumstances, for a period of up to three years where a longer-term commitment can be shown to accelerate positive outcomes.
CaplanFoundation
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: January 22, 2021
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: January 31, 2021
Award Amount: unspecified; past grants have ranged from $30,000 - $90,000

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood is an incubator of promising research and development projects that appear likely to improve the welfare of young children, from infancy through 7 years, in the United States. Welfare is broadly defined to include physical and mental health, safety, nutrition, education, play, familial support, acculturation, societal integration and childcare. The Foundation provides funding in the following areas:
  • Early Childhood Welfare: Children can only reach their full potential when all aspects of their intellectual, emotional and physical development are optimally supported. Providing a safe and nurturing environment is essential as is imparting the skills of social living in a culturally diverse world. Therefore, the Foundation supports projects that seek to perfect child rearing practices and to identify models that can provide creative, caring environments in which all young children thrive. 
  • Early Childhood Education and Play: Research shows that children need to be stimulated as well as nurtured, early in life, if they are to succeed in school, work and life. That preparation relates to every aspect of a child's development, from birth to age seven, and everywhere a child learns - at home, in childcare settings and in preschool. The Foundation seeks to improve the quality of both early childhood teaching and learning, through the development of innovative curricula and research based pedagogical standards, as well as the design of imaginative play materials and learning environments.
  • Parenting Education: To help parents create nurturing environments for their children, the Foundation supports programs that teach parents about developmental psychology, cultural child rearing differences, pedagogy, issues of health, prenatal care and diet, as well as programs which provide both cognitive and emotional support to parents. 
CCFConference
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 8, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2021
Award Amount: up to $25,000 

The Foundation will consider applications from institutions for grants to hold conferences, workshops, or seminars on specific subjects related to the Foundation's goals and objectives. Applicants are urged to seek matching funds. Applications should be filed before September 15, or January 15 for conferences to be held during the following six-month period. In principle, the Foundation does not provide funding for annual meetings. Priority will be given to collaborative projects involving institutions in Taiwan. Projects on Taiwan Studies are especially encouraged.
CCFPublications
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: N/A; grants are applied for by the academic publisher 
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2021
Award Amount: $5,000 - $10,000

Academic publishers may apply for subsidies for the publication of scholarly works related to the 
goals of the Foundation. The publication may be in the form of a book or a monograph. Applications will be accepted for completed book manuscripts, but not for books in a series. Priority will be given to first book projects by junior scholars. Publication Subsidy Grants may only be used to cover editing, indexing, and other relevant publication costs. Translation and research-related expenses may not be included. Priority will also be given to collaborative projects involving institutions in Taiwan. Projects on Taiwan Studies are especially encouraged.
CiscoEthics
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission 
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: Unspecified; research funds are to cover costs associated with: graduate or post graduate student employment; limited release time (1-2 months) for the PI; research support costs (e.g., equipment, laptops, incidental costs); and travel associated with research (e.g., conferences, standards). Overhead is limited to 5%. Since this amount falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy, please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.

Cisco is interested in several critical areas of research surrounding ethics in AI, including but not limited to the following:
  • Ensuring AI applications preserve privacy of individuals and their civil rights
  • Preventing AI systems from exhibiting and amplifying systemic biases
  • Providing a rational framework for reviewing how and why decisions are made
  • Ensuring AI systems (e.g., robots) maintain a healthy respect for humans
  • Providing guard-rails around Autonomous AI systems (e.g., self-driving cars)
  • Other potential ethical and societal concerns not covered by the above topics
CAORCMultiCountry
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 12, 2021
Award Amount: $11,500

The Multi-Country Research Fellowship supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates, and scholars who hold a PhD. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the U.S., at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Important information about the fellowship competition:
  • Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Click here for a list of the centers.
  • The award is for a minimum of 90 days and Fellows may travel and carry out research between the period of May 2021 and November 2022. (The 90 day travel minimum can be split into multiple trips and does not need to be consecutive.)
  • Nine awards of $11,500 each will be given. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
CAORCNEH
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 12, 2021
Award Amount: $5,000 per month for 4-6 months 

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Senior Research Fellowship supports advanced research in the humanities. Fellowship awards are for four to six consecutive months (i.e. you can hold the fellowship for four, five, or six consecutive months). Selected fellows are awarded $5,000 per month of the award. Important information about the fellowship competition:
  • Fields of study include, but are not limited to, history, philosophy, religious studies, literature, literary criticism, and visual and performing arts. In addition, research that embraces a humanistic approach and methods will be considered.
  • Applicants must propose four to six consecutive months of research in an American overseas research center in one of the following countries: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Cyprus, Georgia, Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Senegal, Sri Lanka or Tunisia.
  • Fellows may travel and carry out research for four to six consecutive months between the period of May 2021 to November 2022.
  • Selected fellows must work on their research full-time during their period of funding.
CLIRRecordings
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 22, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: January 29, 2021
Award Amount: $10,000 - $50,000

Recordings at Risk is a national regranting program administered by CLIR to support the preservation of rare and unique audio, audiovisual, and other time-based media of high scholarly value through digital reformatting. Awards range from $10,000 to $50,000 and cover costs of preservation reformatting for fragile and/or obsolete time-based media content by qualified external service providers. Eligible media may include, but are not necessarily limited to, magnetic audio and video tape, grooved discs, wax cylinders, wire recordings, and film (with or without sound).
DataSociety
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for awards made directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 16, 2020
Award Amount: Stipend of $25,000 with additional, approved project costs up to $5,000. Fellowships typically last 10 months, beginning September 1, 2021.

The fellows program at Data & Society, a NYC-based independent research institute, helps ensure that new connections and perspectives deepen and expand its community's understanding of the challenges and opportunities society faces in a data-centric world. Data & Society fellows have pursued academic research, written code, created art, brought together communities of activists and practice, run workshops and hosted convenings, worked closely with Data & Society's in-house research team across research initiatives and each other, and much more. While at Data & Society, Faculty Fellows will conduct original research, publish findings in both scholarly and public-facing venues, and engage with broader constituencies across numerous disciplines and perspectives. Faculty Fellows are expected to be active members of the Data & Society community - participating in seminars, research exchange, and events; supporting and mentoring peers in research development; and helping translate scholarly knowledge for a wide range of stakeholders.

For the 2021-2022 program, Data & Society is seeking two to three Faculty Fellows whose research projects specifically focus on issues of race and technology. Continuing Data & Society's history of work on fairness, equity, and civil rights, these faculty fellows will bring a justice-oriented perspective and intersectional approach to their interrogations of race and data. Applications are invited from faculty of any rank and discipline who are at least two years beyond receipt of their Ph.D. by the start of the fellowship. Fields can include, but are not limited to: the humanistic social sciences, African American studies, ethnic studies, Indigenous studies, Asian American studies, gender studies, Latinx studies, computer science, information and library sciences, data science, law, journalism, and media studies.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for awards made to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: Stipend 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.
FoundationSmokeFree
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: December 7, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: December 15, 2020 (5:00pm UK Greenwich Time)
Award Amount: up to $500,000

The Foundation for a Smoke-free World is seeking to conduct research at the nexus of COVID-19, smoking, and nicotine that will require significant collaboration and research efforts with outside experts and organizations. The Foundation seeks to advance knowledge of value to science and policy in these areas. The selected organization(s) will implement a range of projects relevant to the global pandemic, including well-designed and comprehensive pre-clinical, clinical, and epidemiological studies, to better understand the associations between smoking and/or nicotine use, and COVID-19 infection and outcomes. To address current knowledge gaps, this RFP seeks to accelerate research in the following areas:
  • The impacts of tobacco and nicotine products on COVID-19 outcomes
  • Opportunities for intervention to prevent or reduce COVID-19 infection, hospitalization, and disease progression
  • Interventions to promote healthier lifestyles (including but not restricted to nicotine use) in the wake of the pandemic
FranklinInstituteBower
Nomination Deadline: December 31, 2020
Prize Amount: $250,000
 
The Franklin lnstitute seeks nominations for the 2022 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.
FritzThyssen
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 19, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: February 28, 2021
Award Amount: unspecified; detailed budget required

The Fritz Thyssen Foundation supports scholarly events, in particular national and international conferences with the aim of facilitating the discussion and analysis of specific scholarly questions as well as fostering cooperation and networking of scholars working in the same field or on interdisciplinary topics. An application can be filed in the following areas of support:
Funding is basically reserved for projects that are related to the promotion areas of the Foundation and have a clear connection to the German research system. This connection can be established either at a personal level through German scientists working on the project, at an institutional level through non-German scientists being affiliated to German research institutes or through studies on topics related thematically to German research interests.
GermanHistoricalInstitute
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2020
Award Amount: €3,400 per month

The German Historical Institute (GHI) in Washington, D.C. awards fellowships to European and North American postdoctoral scholars to pursue research projects that draw upon primary sources located in the United States. Long-term fellowships will be granted for a period of 6 to 12 months in the following thematic areas:
  • History of Family and Kinship
  • History of Knowledge
  • History of Migration
  • History of Race & Ethnicity
  • History of Religion and Religiosity
  • History of the Americas
The identified thematic areas are intended to be broad in scope. Applicants are welcome to identify up to two areas for which they wish to submit their application. Applicants should make clear in the application why their research project fits within the identified area as well as why the GHI would be a good place to work on the research project.  
GladysVenice
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 15, 2020
Award Amount: up to $20,000 

The Foundation awards travel grants to individual scholars to support historical research on Venice and the former Venetian empire, and for the study of contemporary Venetian society and culture. Disciplines of the humanities and social sciences are eligible areas of study, including (but not limited to) archaeology, architecture, art, bibliography, economics, history, history of science, law, literature, music, political science, religion, and theater.

Applicants and grantees are advised to plan for the added difficulties surrounding travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. To support scholars, the Foundation has lengthened the grant period to a two-year timeframe. Grantees will be able to adjust their travel plans and submit an updated itinerary.
HarvardForestBullard
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 15, 2020
Award Amount: stipend of up to $60,000 

The Charles Bullard fellowship program at Harvard Forest supports advanced research and study by individuals who show promise of making an important contribution, either as scholars or administrators, to forestry and forest-related subjects including biology, earth sciences, economics, politics, administration, philosophy, humanities, the arts, or law. Bullard Fellowships are generally awarded to individuals in mid-career who have established themselves in academia, public service, or in the private sector. Research areas include, for example, forest ecology, tree physiology, forest soils, forest resource management, conservation and biodiversity issues, environmental policy, industrial ecological issues and management processes, forest land planning, public policy, and the arts. A major goal of the Bullard Fellowship program is to enhance research activities at Harvard Forest and build long-term collaborations that connect Harvard Forest with other parts of the University. Fellows can be based at the Harvard Forest or associated with other departments and centers at Harvard University. 
HGHIGoogleCloud
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.
KrocInstitute
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 1, 2021
Award Amount: Junior (untenured) fellows receive a stipend of $25,000 per semester; senior (tenured) fellows receive $30,000 per semester, plus housing

Each year, the Kroc Institute's Visiting Research Fellows program brings outstanding scholars focused on peace research to the University of Notre Dame for a semester or a full academic year. The Institute particularly seeks scholars who will actively integrate their research with ongoing Kroc research initiatives. In 2021-22, the following topics are of interest:
  • Gender, Intersectionality, Conflict, and Peacebuilding
  • Peace Accords Matrix 
  • International Mediation
  • Violence and Systemic Racism in Policing and Law Enforcement
LeakeyFoundation
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: December 18, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: January 10, 2021
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.
LoCKlugeFellowships
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 6, 2020
Award Amount: $5,000 per month for up to 11 months

The Kluge Fellowship in Digital Studies provides an opportunity for scholars to utilize digital methods, the Library's large and varied digital collections and resources, curatorial expertise, and an emerging community of digital scholarship practitioners. Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research is particularly welcome in the Kluge Digital Studies program. The fellowship is open to scholars from all disciplines with special consideration given to those whose projects demonstrate relevance to the challenges facing democracies in the 21st century. The Digital Studies Fellowship supports a wide array of academic work that encompasses digital scholarship, digital humanities, data science, data analysis, data visualization, and digital publishing that utilize digital collections, tools, and methods. Fellows will have the opportunity to engage with various digital departments in the Library of Congress while pursing and sharing their research.
MarionJasperWhiting
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: December 18, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: January 8, 2021
Award Amount: ~$5,000

The primary purpose of the Foundation is to award fellowships to present and prospective teachers, with an emphasis on present teachers at the college or university level, to enable them to study abroad or at some location or locations other than that with which they are most closely associated. The aim is to stimulate and broaden the minds of teachers so as to improve and enhance the quality of their instruction. Grants are primarily for travel and related expenses and not as salary substitutes, scholarships, or grants in aid.

The Foundation does not maintain a website but application guidelines can be found at the link above. Applicants should submit all required materials along with the candidate information form to the foundation via email. Additional information can be found in the foundation's FAQs.
MHSLongTerm
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2021
Award Amount: $5,000 per month for 4-12 months, plus up to $500 a month supplement for housing, and an allowance for professional expenses

The Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston offers assistance to scholars who need to use its library and archival collections. The Society will award at least two long-term MHS-NEH fellowships for the academic year 2021-2022. The stipend, governed by an NEH formula, is $5,000 per month for a minimum of four months and a maximum of 12 months. Tenure must be continuous. Within the constraints of the NEH's guidelines, the Society will supplement each stipend with a housing allowance of up to $500 per month plus an allowance for professional expenses. MHS-NEH fellowships are open to U.S. citizens and to foreign nationals who have lived in the United States for at least three years immediately preceding the application deadline.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 10, 2020
Award Amount: $50,000

Through its program of Fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.  

Awards will be made for study in research-based programs. Examples include the following major disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, cultural studies, earth sciences, economics, education, engineering, ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, urban planning, and women's studies. Also eligible are interdisciplinary ethnic studies programs, such as African American studies and Native American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs, such as area studies, peace studies, and social justice. Each Fellow is expected to begin tenure on June 1 (for 12 months) or September 1 (for 9 or 12 months) of the year in which the award is received. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
NewAmericaNationalFellows
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: February 1, 2021
Award Amount: stipend of $15,000 - $30,000 

New America's Fellows Program invests in thinkers--journalists, scholars, filmmakers, and public policy analysts--who generate big, bold ideas that have an impact and spark new conversations about the most pressing issues of our day. National Fellows advance ideas through research, reporting, analysis, and storytelling. New America looks for projects that are original and ambitious, with viable plans for their implementation. There is no set template for a successful fellowship project. Some projects focus on furthering a new public policy idea through either a domestic or international lens, while others illuminate longstanding dilemmas of American life from new angles. The program's goal is to find bold, impactful thinkers and to fund them for a year; long enough to make progress on a book, develop a series of articles, produce a documentary, or work on another project that is accessible. The Fellows Program aims to support National Fellows in three primary areas: provide funding to support talented individuals to pursue ambitious endeavors; build a community grounded in cohort gatherings that take place throughout the year; and provide access to platforms and partners that can support their work.
NewEnglandRegionalFellowship
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: February 1, 2021
Award Amount: $5,000

NERFC grants support work in a broad array of fields, including but not limited to: history, literature, art history, African American studies, American studies, women's and gender studies, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, religious studies, environmental studies, oceanography, and the histories of law, medicine, and technology. Member institutions hold collections that offer a historical perspective on topics in all of these fields and more. For information on each member's resources, see its listing in "Participants" and contact the institution. Each NERFC itinerary must:
  • be a minimum of eight weeks
  • include at least three different member institutions, and
  • include at least two weeks at each of these institutions.
NERFC expects fellows to visit all the repositories they list in their proposals for the length of time they specify. The Consortium's policy is to ensure that each member with collections hosts fellows every year. An applicant's proposed itinerary may be a factor in the decision whether to award a fellowship. In keeping with NERFC's regional interests, the Consortium may also favor applications that draw on institutions from more than one metropolitan area. 
NYPLSchomburg

The Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program offers long-term and short-term fellowships to support scholars and writers working on projects that would benefit from access to the Center's extensive resources for the study of African diasporic history, politics, literature, and culture. The Schomburg Center is a world-renowned repository of sources on every facet of the African diasporic experience, with extensive holdings including numerous unique manuscript and archival collections as well as a comprehensive range of publications, photographs, films, audio recordings, and visual art. Long-term fellowships provide a $35,000 stipend to support postdoctoral scholars and independent researchers who work in residence at the Center for a continuous period of six months. Short-term fellowships are open to postdoctoral scholars, independent researchers, and creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets) who work in residence at the Center for a continuous period of one to three months. Short-term fellows receive a stipend of $3,000 per month. Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents and foreign nationals who have been resident in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline may apply.
NYPLShortTerm
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 25, 2021
Award Amount: $1,000 per week for a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 weeks

The New York Public Library offers Short-Term Research Fellowships to support scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research. This fellowship is intended to support projects that would significantly benefit from research conducted on-site, drawing from specific items or collections unique to the New York Public Library.  
NewberryFellowships
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals  
Short-Term Fellowships Sponsor Deadline: December 15, 2020
Award Amount: $2,500 per month for 1-2 months (Short-Term Fellowships)

The Newberry Library (located in Chicago, IL) offers a fellowship program providing outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship. Fellows have access to the Newberry's wide-ranging and rare archival materials as well as to a lively, interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. The Newberry expects recipients to advance scholarship in various fields, develop new interpretations, and expand understandings of the past. The collection's strengths are described hereCitizenship requirements can be found here
ParisInstituteAdvancedBrain
RWJohnsonFHealth
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.
SSRCjusttechCOVID
ParisInstituteAdvancedBrain
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: $5,000 - $10,000

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC), as part of its Just Tech program, seeks proposals from across the social sciences and related fields that address the risks, opportunities, and challenges posed by public health surveillance stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic. We specifically encourage proposals that interrogate the role the public and private sectors may play in mitigating or exacerbating the health crisis, the effects of which are already unevenly distributed. Subjects may include, but are not limited to:
  • Contact tracing and public health surveillance
  • Voting access and rights amid "lockdowns" and widespread social distancing
  • Disparities in the collection, representation, and use of health data
  • The digital divide in remote work and learning, education, and public health
  • Precarity of labor and work in the tech industry or gig economy
  • Remote organizing, campaigning, and social movements
  • The impact of predictive algorithms on the provision of social welfare and policing
Strong teams will not simply be interdisciplinary, but multi-method or cross-sector, joining, for example:
  • humanists and social scientists
  • social and natural scientists
  • qualitative and quantitative methodologists
  • academic researchers and practitioners
  • researchers from different parts of the world
Applicants may not have another pending application with SSRC. 
StanfordCISAC
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2021
Award Amount: stipend individually determined

The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University serves as a forum for scholars and professionals to explore complex international problems and innovative solutions in a collegial and collaborative environment. The CISAC Fellowship Program is an integral part of this mission. CISAC fellows spend the academic year engaged in research and writing, and are expected to participate in seminars/workshops and to interact and collaborate with leading faculty and researchers. Natural scientists have the opportunity to conduct research on the scientific and technical aspects of security topics, as well as to work in collaboration with faculty members. ISAC offers numerous fellowships. Applicants will be considered for all fellowships for which they are deemed eligible. Current fellowship opportunities include: 
USIsraelBinational
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: December 2, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: December 9, 2020
Award Amount: up to $250,000 for up to 4 years

The U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) promotes scientific relations between the U.S. and Israel by supporting collaborative research projects in a wide area of basic and applied scientific fields, for peaceful and non-profit purposes. The BSF Research Grants program funds both U.S. and Israeli scientists who wish to work together. Applications must be submitted together by at least one scientist from each country. In 2020, the following areas of research are eligible for submission:
  • Exact and Physical Sciences: Atmospheric, Ocean & Earth Sciences; Chemistry; Computer Sciences; Energy research; Environmental research; Materials research; Mathematical Sciences; and Physics
  • Social Sciences: Economics; Psychology; and Sociology
USJapanPolicy
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: December 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: December 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 
UWashingtonJacobs
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 5, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: February 15, 2021
Award Amount: $3,000, $6,000, or $9,000; please 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 Jacobs Research Funds (JRF) and the Kinkade Language and Culture Fund (KLF) are sister organizations that fund linguistic and anthropological research on indigenous peoples of North and South America. The JRF accepts proposals on behalf of both organizations. Priority is given to research on the Pacific Northwest. However, research in other areas of the Americas will be funded if possible. 

Grants are only for studying
indigenous languages and cultures of the Americas. There are three categories of grants, with funding limits tied to the US dollar ($3,000, $6,000, and $9,000 USD). Allowed expenses include consultants, research assistants, travel, accommodation, and equipment. Disallowed expenses include researcher salaries, tuition, per diems, food, institutional overhead, and administration.
VolkswagenFoundation
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadlines: March 17, 2021 (Planning Grants)
Award Information: Planning Grants up to 150,000 Euros for 9-12 months may be requested
 
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). 
WEBDuBois
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 27, 2021
Award Amount: funded (amount unspecified)

The Fellowship Program is at the heart of the activities of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University. Started in 1975 as the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, the Institute has annually appointed scholars who conduct research for an academic year or for one semester in a range of fields related to African and African American Studies. Fellows work in such areas as art and art history, Afro-Latin American research, design and the history of design, education, hiphop, African studies, the African diaspora, African American studies, literature, journalism, and creative writing.
WilliamTGrant
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: January 6, 2021
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: January 13, 2021
Award Amount: $100,000 - $600,000 

The Foundation's mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5 - 25 in the United States. One way that the Foundation pursues this mission is by investing in high-quality field-initiated studies on reducing inequality in youth outcomes. The Foundation's focus on reducing inequality grew out of its view that research can do more than help us understand the problem of inequality: it can generate effective responses. The program believes that it is time to build stronger bodies of knowledge on how to reduce inequality in the United States and to move beyond the mounting research evidence about the scope, causes, and consequences of inequality. Toward this end, the Foundation seeks studies that aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people. The program prioritizes studies about reducing inequality on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins.
WKRacialEquity
Harvard Expression of Interest Deadline: January 11, 2021 by 12:00 pm
Sponsor Registration Deadline: January 28, 2021
FAS/SEAS/OSP Full Proposal Deadline: February 18, 2021
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline: February 25, 2021
Award Amount: Up to ten Finalists will be identified and receive $1 million in planning grants, along with nine months of capacity-building support to further develop their project and strengthen their applications. Final Awardees will be selected from the pool of Finalists. At least three Awardees will receive grants of $20 million each, and at least two Awardees will receive grants of $10 million each. These awards will be paid out over nine years.
 
Racial Equity 2030 is a global challenge that calls for bold solutions to drive an equitable future for children, their families and communities. This $90 million challenge seeks ideas from anywhere in the world and will scale them over the next decade to transform the systems and institutions that uphold inequity. While the term "racial equity" has specific connotations within the United States, in a global context, this challenge seeks to advance equity within hierarchies, structures, policies, systems and practices of dehumanization that perpetuate disparities for racial and ethnic groups today. Racial Equity 2030 is looking for ideas that:
  • Bring transformational change in policies, processes, institutions or power structures,
  • Address the root causes of racialized outcomes and inequitable systems with an asset-based approach,
  • Centers communities most impacted by the issue and foster equal collaboration,
  • Offer imaginative or catalytic ideas or approaches that have the potential to create sustained conditions in which children, families, and communities can thrive, and
  • Are led by teams that have the leadership, lived experience, compassion, capacity, creativity and relationships with local communities to meet their goals.
This is an opportunity to take risks, build, innovate and explore possibilities over the next decade. Early-to-mid-stage ideas are welcome.
 
Please Note: While this opportunity is not limited, the sponsor will not accept proposals of overlapping focus from the same institution, and applicants may only submit one application. In order to avoid the submission of time-consuming proposals which the sponsor may deem to be too similar, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research asks that all Harvard applicants submit an expression of interest to VPR@harvard.edu by 12:00 pm, Monday, January 11, 2021. Expressions of interest should include the following:
  • Proposal Title (working title is acceptable at this stage)
  • Names, professional titles, and affiliations of PI, Co-PIs (as applicable), and Collaborators
  • Proposal Summary of 250-500 words 
We also strongly encourage interested applicants to complete the sponsor's Organizational Readiness Tool to aid in determining if their project is a good match for the Challenge.

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.

DoDDARPAINCAS
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: December 18, 2021
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: January 8, 2021
Award Amount: The level of funding for individual awards made under this solicitation has not been predetermined and will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds. INCAS is divided into three phases, totaling 48 months. The first two phases will be 18 months each, and the third phase will be 12 months.
 
DARPA's Information Innovation Office (I2O) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of computational techniques and tools that aid analysts in detection and sensemaking of geopolitical online influence campaigns. INCAS is an applied research and development effort and is thus expected to result in portable, modular tools and technologies that operational users can assess. Towards this end, program performance will be rigorously evaluated on program-wide and technology-specific metrics for current and historical scenarios developed in consultation with operational stakeholders. Scenarios will be built around specific combinations of non-U.S. populations, topics of geopolitical interest, and online media platforms and sources. INCAS has five technical areas (TAs):
  • TA1, Influence Indicator Detection, will develop techniques to identify influence indicators in online messaging.
  • TA2, Population Response Characterization, will develop techniques to segment the responding population to a set of influence messages, characterize each segment using psychographic and demographic attributes, and identify correlations among these attributes, influence indicators, and response.
  • TA3, Influence Campaign Modeling, will develop techniques for analyst-machine sensemaking of influence campaigns including aiding analysts in assessing confidence in campaign models.
  • TA4, Data and Testbed Development, will develop the infrastructure to provide social media messaging and other data feeds from online sources to all TAs. TA4 will collect and persist social media and other online data and implement low-level data analytics. TA4 will also develop application programming interfaces (APIs) so performers in other TAs can access data and post the output of their algorithms in TA4's infrastructure. In addition, TA4 will develop the testbed infrastructure for program use.
  • TA5, Program Evaluation, will design and conduct technology evaluations (including metrics and scenario definition), develop ground truth evaluation data for program scenarios, manage a Program Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) group, coordinate with an Operational Stakeholders Group, and coordinate PI meeting events. TA5 will not be competed as part of this BAA, but is included here for informational purposes as all TAs are expected to interact with and support TA5 for program evaluation. 
Each proposal may only address one TA. DARPA anticipates multiple awards for Technical Areas (TAs) 1 and 2 and a single award for TAs 3 and 4 (no award for TA5, which is listed for information purposes only).
NIHCOVIDFull
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. 
NIHKatzR01
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 19, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: January 26, 2021
Award Amount: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum project period is 5 years.
 
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to provide a new pathway for Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) who wish to propose research projects in a new direction for which preliminary data do not exist. Proposed projects must represent a change in research direction for the ESI and should be innovative and unique. A distinct feature for this FOA is that applications must not include preliminary data.

This FOA is appropriate for ESIs who wish to initiate a research project in an area different from their previous research focus and/or training experience, and therefore have not produced preliminary data. Proposed research projects can rely on the PD/PI's prior work and expertise as its foundation, but must not be an incremental advancement, expansion, or extension of a previous research effort. The change in research direction could involve, for example, a new approach, methodology, technique, discipline, therapeutic target, and/or new paradigm, different from the ESI's previous research efforts. Importantly, the proposed direction must represent a change in research direction for the PD/PI. Because a change in research direction is heavily dependent upon the area of investigation, potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact a program director to discuss their proposed project. If the application proposes multiple Principal Investigators (MPIs), all PD/PIs must be ESIs and the research direction must be a change in research direction for all MPIs. 
 
Additional deadlines for this opportunity are May 26, 2021; September 28, 2021; January 26, 2022; May 26, 2022; September 27, 2022; January 26, 2023; May 26, 2023; and September 26, 2023.
NSFAccelNet
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: December 14, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: January 4, 2021
Award Amount: up to $250,000 over up to 2 years (Design); up to $2M over 3-5 years (Implementation)

The goals of the Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet) program are to accelerate the process of scientific discovery and prepare the next generation of U.S. researchers for multiteam international collaborations. The AccelNet program supports strategic linkages among U.S. research networks and complementary networks abroad that will leverage research and educational resources to tackle grand research challenges that require significant coordinated international efforts. The program seeks to foster high-impact science and engineering by providing opportunities to cooperatively identify and coordinate efforts to address knowledge gaps and research needs. This solicitation invites proposals for the creation of international networks of networks in research areas aligned with a grand challenge identified as a priority by the research community or NSF, such as the NSF Big Ideas or in an active program solicitation. AccelNet awards support the connections among research networks, rather than supporting fundamental research as the primary activity. Each network of networks is expected to engage in innovative collaborative activities that promote synergy of efforts across networks and provide professional development for U.S. students, postdoctoral scholars, and early-career researchers. Two proposal categories covered by this solicitation include: Design and Implementation.

Please Note: It is strongly recommended that prospective PIs contact the AccelNet Program Officer(s) to ascertain that the focus and budget of their proposed activities are appropriate for this solicitation.
NSFDearColleagueSAI
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: December 11, 2020 (Concept Outlines: EAGER); January 15, 2021 (EAGER Full Proposals, If Invited)
Award Amount: up to $50,000 (Conference Proposals); up to $300,000 over two years (EAGER)
 
The National Science Foundation seeks to stimulate fundamental exploratory, potentially transformative research that strengthens America's infrastructure. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) invites workshop and Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals that incorporate scientific insights about human behavior and social dynamics to better develop, design, build, rehabilitate, and maintain strong and effective American infrastructure. The DCL is intended to support exploratory work, in its early stages, on untested but potentially transformative research ideas or approaches that can identify and help build this new area of research. The activities NSF hopes to stimulate with this DCL may be considered especially "high risk - high reward" in the sense that the Foundation seeks radically different approaches, application of new expertise, or engagement of novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives. NSF is particularly interested in proposals that integrate a deep understanding of human cognition, perception, information processing, decision making, social and cultural behavior, legal frameworks, governmental structures, and related areas into the design, development, and sustainability of infrastructure. Infrastructure may be of any kind, including cyber, economic, educational, physical, and social. NSF is also interested in proposals that include development of new or improved performance metrics that can help stakeholders more effectively and efficiently assess infrastructure usability, cost-effectiveness, sustainability, resilience, and adaptability to changing circumstances.
  • Conference proposals submitted in response to this DCL must be submitted by November 30, 2020. Initial inquiries to NSF-SAI@nsf.gov are encouraged to determine fit. Awards funded in this category will provide support for a period of one year and may be requested at a level not to exceed $50,000 for the total budget (including indirect costs). Proposers should clearly outline how the conference activity will contribute to developing novel potentially transformative interdisciplinary research, the participant groups, anticipated target audience to be engaged and the plan to disseminate the findings after the conference(s). Convening events can take the form of conferences or other types of meetings and can include multiple sequential events. See PAPPG Chapter II.E.7 for specific instructions about preparing Conference proposals.
  • EAGER Proposals: Prior to submission, potential research teams are required to send a research concept outline, including project title, team members, institutions involved, and a summary of the project concept (up to two pages) by email to NSF-SAI@nsf.gov. To ensure proper processing, the subject line of the initial email inquiry should begin with: "EAGER: SAI-E". Concept outlines should be submitted by December 11, 2020 (earlier if possible). NSF Program Directors will review the research concept outlines and will authorize those that fall within the scope of this DCL for submission of a full EAGER proposal. Proposals submitted without written authorization from an NSF Program Director will be returned without review. Full proposal submissions are due January 15, 2021 and will only be accepted if accompanied by written (email) authorization to submit (obtained in response to the research concept outline).
NSFER2 
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: November 30, 2020
Sponsor Deadline (if nominated): February 22, 2021
Award Amount: $600,000 maximum for 5-year awards; $400,00 maximum for 3-year awards
 
The Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) program funds research projects that identify (1) factors that are effective in the formation of ethical STEM researchers and (2) approaches to developing those factors in all STEM fields that NSF supports.
  • Standard Research Grants and Institutional Transformation Research Grants will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes or promotes responsible or irresponsible conduct of research, and how to best instill this knowledge into researchers and educators at all career stages. Proposals can be collaborative.
  • Conference Proposals support thematic conferences designed to bring together researchers and students to foster new ER2 research, synthesize results across previously funded ER2 projects, and develop new ethical standards for STEM research. ER2 conference support is typically around $30,000 in direct costs.
  • Project Incubation Proposals provide funds for STEM researchers and administrators from multiple organizations to collaborate to develop and submit a full ER2 Standard Grant. Proposers must span at least two organizations. Those who intend to submit a proposal must consult with a cognizant NSF Program Officer before submitting to ascertain the suitability of the envisioned activity. Project Incubation proposals provide only one year of support, typically around $60,000 in direct costs.
The ER2 program will not consider proposals focused on ethics for medical students or in medical education. Proposals that address medical informatics, biomedical engineering, systems engineering and social scientific studies in health and medicine will be considered.

Please Note: Harvard University, as a single institution, is limited to submitting one proposal as the lead organization. To be considered for the Harvard nomination, potential applicants must submit an internal pre-proposal via the link above.
NSFHNDS
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 28, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: February 4, 2021
Award Amount: wide range/subject to availability of funds

The Human Networks and Data Science program (HNDS) supports research that enhances understanding of human behavior and how humans interact with and are influenced by their environments by leveraging data science and network science research across a broad range of topics. HNDS research will identify ways in which dynamic, distributed, and heterogeneous data can provide novel answers to fundamental questions about individual and group behavior. HNDS is especially interested in proposals that provide data-rich insights about human networks to support improved health, prosperity, and security.

 

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

NSFNCS
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Intent (Frontiers Proposals): December 11, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Intent (Frontiers Proposals): December 18, 2020
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Full Proposals: February 5, 2021
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: February 15, 2021
Award Amount: up to $1M over 2-4 years (Foundations); up to $1M per integrative research thread including direct and indirect costs, for a project with a duration of up to 5 years (Frontiers)

The complexities of brain and behavior pose fundamental questions in many areas of science and engineering, drawing intense interest across a broad spectrum of disciplinary perspectives while eluding explanation by any one of them. Rapid advances within and across disciplines are leading to an increasingly interwoven fabric of theories, models, empirical methods and findings, and educational approaches, opening new opportunities to understand complex aspects of neural and cognitive systems through integrative multidisciplinary approaches. This program calls for innovative, convergent, boundary-crossing proposals that can best capture those opportunities and map out new research frontiers. NSF seeks proposals that pursue high-value scientific and technical risks by transcending the perspectives and approaches typical of disciplinary research efforts. This cross-directorate program is one element of NSF's participation in the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. NSF envisions a connected portfolio of transformative, integrative projects that create synergistic links across investigators and communities, yielding novel ways of tackling the challenges of understanding the brain in action and in context. The program focuses on four aspects of neural and cognitive systems that are current targets of converging interdisciplinary interests. NCS projects must advance the foundations of one or more of these focus areas:
  1. Neuroengineering and Brain-Inspired Concepts and Designs
  2. Individuality and Variation
  3. Cognitive and Neural Processes in Realistic, Complex Environments
  4. Data-Intensive Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
Proposals must address both risk and reward: high-risk, high-payoff approaches are expected. Proposals must also go beyond the scope of any NSF core program, or they will not be considered responsive to this solicitation. NCS will consider two classes of proposals. Foundations awards will support high-risk, high-payoff projects that advance the foundations of one or more NCS focus areas. Frontiers awards will support ambitious, highly integrative, interdisciplinary projects that advance and connect multiple integrative research threads to tackle challenges that would be intractable without a high level of collaboration and coordination. Community-driven efforts such as workshops or synthesis papers are also encouraged, to map out new frontiers at the interface of neuroscience and other disciplines that could reshape brain research and its applications.
NSFMidCareer
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 25, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: February 1, 2021
Award Amount: varies by discipline/wide range; full guidelines are described in the solicitation

An academic career often does not provide the uninterrupted stretches of time necessary for acquiring and building new skills to enhance and advance one's research program. Mid-career scientists in particular are at a critical career stage where they need to advance their research programs to ensure long-term productivity and creativity but are often constrained by service, teaching, or other activities that limit the amount of time devoted to research. The MCA offers an opportunity for scientists and engineers at the Associate Professor rank (or equivalent) to substantively enhance and advance their research program through synergistic and mutually beneficial partnerships, typically at an institution other than their home institution. Projects that envision new insights on existing problems or identify new but related problems previously inaccessible without new methodology or expertise from other fields are encouraged. Partners from outside the PI's own sub-discipline or discipline are encouraged, but not required, to enhance interdisciplinary networking and convergence across science and engineering fields.
NSFNavArctic
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 26, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: March 5, 2021
Award Amount: up to $300,000 over up to 24 months (Planning Grants); up to $3M over up to 5 years (Research Grants); Collaboratory Grants have no budget restrictions/can be funded for up to 5 years

Arctic temperatures are warming faster than nearly everywhere else on Earth, with some models projecting that continued warming could produce an ice-free Arctic Ocean in a few decades. The rapid and wide-scale changes occurring in response to this warming portend new opportunities and unprecedented risks to natural environments; social and cultural systems; economic, political and legal systems; and built environments of the Arctic and across the globe. Gaps in scientific observations and the prevalence of interdependent social, natural, and built systems in the Arctic make it challenging to predict the region's future. Understanding and adapting to a changing Arctic requires creative new directions for Arctic-related research, education, workforce development, and leveraging of science, engineering, and technology advances from outside the Arctic. Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) embodies an important forward-looking response by the Foundation to these profound challenges. NNA seeks innovations in fundamental convergence research across the social, natural, environmental, computing and information sciences, and engineering that address the interactions or connections among natural and built environments and social systems, and how these connections inform our understanding of Arctic change and its local and global effects.

This solicitation requests proposals that fall within one of three tracks: NNA Planning Grants, dedicated to developing convergence research questions and teams to tackle projects of larger scope in the future; NNA Research Grants, aimed to support creative projects on fundamental research that address convergent scientific and engineering challenges related to the rapidly changing Arctic; and NNA Collaboratory Grants, designed to support collaborative teams undertaking research and training initiatives on critical themes of a broad scope related to the New Arctic. This solicitation is the third of what is envisioned to be at least a five-year agency-wide program to support the research and dissemination of new knowledge needed to inform the economy, security, and resilience of the Nation, the larger Arctic region, and the globe with respect to Arctic change.
NSFResearchEmergingTech
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 15, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: January 25, 2021
Award Amount: up to $850,000 over 3 years

The purpose of the Research on Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning (RETTL) program is to fund exploratory and synergistic research in emerging technologies (to include, but not limited to, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and immersive or augmenting technologies) for teaching and learning in the future. The program accepts proposals that focus on learning, teaching, or a combination of both. The scope of the program is broad, with special interest in diverse learner/educator populations, contexts, and content, including teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and in foundational areas that enable STEM (e.g., self-regulation, literacy, communication, collaboration, creativity, and socio-emotional skills). Research in this program should be informed by the convergence (synthesis) of multiple disciplines: e.g., learning sciences; discipline-based education research; computer and information science and engineering; design; and cognitive, behavioral, and social sciences. Within this broad scope, the program also encourages projects that investigate teaching and learning related to futuristic and highly technological work environments.
NSFSRSRNs
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 4, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: January 11, 2021
Award Amount: up to $15M over 5 years (Full Scale Awards); up to $150,000 over 1 year (Planning Grants)
 
Sustainable regional systems (SRS) are connected urban and rural systems that are transforming their structures and processes collaboratively with the goal of measurably and equitably advancing the well-being of people and the planet. The purpose of the SRS RNs competition is to develop and support interdisciplinary, multi-organizational teams of investigators and stakeholders working collaboratively to produce cutting-edge convergent research, education, and outreach that addresses grand challenges in sustainable regional systems. SRS RNs will study multiscale regional systems to further SRS science, engineering, and education. Key elements will include new data, methods, and models to understand interactions between natural, human-built, and social systems; improved understanding of interdependencies, mutual benefits, and trade-offs of different wellbeing outcomes for humans and the environment; new and generalizable theories of change relevant to SRS; the co-production of knowledge; and exploration of concepts of social equity in sustainable regional systems across spatial and temporal scales. SRS RN outcomes will have the potential to inform societal actions for sustainability across urban systems and the connected rural communities that make up regional systems. Subject to availability of funds and quality of proposals, this SRS RN solicitation will support projects in the following categories:
  • SRS RNs Full Scale Awards (Track 1): These awards will support fundamental convergent research, education, and outreach that addresses engineering, environmental (biology, chemistry - including sensing, chemical analytics, and recyclable plastics, atmospheric sciences, hydrology, geology), computer and data sciences, and social and behavioral sciences of sustainable regional systems in partnerships that may embrace universities, colleges, practitioners, non-profit organizations, local governments, industry, and community groups. The award size is up to $15 million total with a duration of 5 years.
  • SRS RNs Planning Grants (Track 2): These awards are for capacity building to prepare project teams to propose future well-developed SRS RN Full Scale (Track 1) proposals. Each of these Track 2 awards will provide support for a period of one year and may be requested at a level not to exceed $150,000 for the total budget.
USHUD
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: December 11, 2020
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.
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