July 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. 
Mellon Foundation Announces Transformation of its Strategic Direction and New Focus on Social Justice   

The Mellon Foundation has updated its strategic direction and announced a new central focus on social justice. The Foundation's grantmaking priorities will be divided into four revised program areas: Higher Learning, Public Knowledge, Arts and Culture, and Humanities in Place. The full press release can be found  here . To learn more, please see this recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, featuring an interview with Mellon Foundation President Elizabeth Alexander. 
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
Deadline: October 16, 2020
Award Amount: up to $150,000

The Harvard University Climate Change Solutions Fund supports research and policy initiatives intended to reduce the risks of climate change, hasten the transition from fossil fuel-based energy systems to those that rely on renewable energy sources, to develop methods for diminishing the impact of existing fossil fuel-based energy systems on the climate, to understand and prepare for the impacts of climate change, and to propel scientific, technological, legal, behavioral, policy and artistic innovations needed to accelerate progress toward cleaner energy, improved human health, and a greener world.  Applications should propose research that will advance solutions to climate change and its impact. Solutions may include both preparedness and mitigation and strong consideration will be given to projects that demonstrate a clear pathway to application, as well as riskier proposals with the potential to be transformative over time. Proposals that demonstrate imaginative and promising collaboration among faculty and students across different parts of the University will receive special consideration, as will projects that propose using the university campus as a "living laboratory".
Deadline: Proposals will be received and reviewed four times a year, with deadlines on the first business day of October, January, April, and July. Applicants will be notified, and funded if approved, within one month of the submission deadline.
Award Amount: up to $3,000

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

Deadline: Last day of February, May, August and November
Award Amount: $40,000 for ladder faculty; $5,000 for doctoral students and post-docs
Eligible Applicants: Harvard University full time doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and ladder faculty.

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

Deadline: Rolling 
Award Amount: up to $5,000

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

Deadline: Rolling; the OUE reviews applications twice a semester.
Award Amount: unspecified

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

Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: up to $5,000

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

The Tenured Publication Fund aids tenured FAS faculty members in bringing scholarly book projects to timely completion. Funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, to help defray eligible expenses. The Fund is meant to supplement other available means of support; faculty are expected to seek departmental, center-based, and external funds before applying to this Fund.
Award Amount: up to $18,000

The Radcliffe Exploratory Seminar Program provides funding to scholars, practitioners, and artists for collaboration in an interdisciplinary exploration of early-stage ideas. The program encourages intellectual risk taking as participants gather in an intensive seminar setting to explore new fields of research and inquiry. Exploratory seminars offer funding to support one- to two-day, by-invitation-only seminars for 12-20 participants at the Radcliffe Institute. The lead applicant must be either a Harvard ladder (tenured or tenure-track) faculty member (from any school) or a former or current Radcliffe fellow; co-applicants may apply with lead applicants who meet eligibility requirements.
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: Line item budget required

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

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

Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: unspecified; budget required with application

The Canada Program invites proposals from Harvard faculty, departments, and schools across the University, for research funding, or for support in hosting short-term visiting scholars, policy practitioners, and public figures who are engaged in Canadian comparative topics. Visiting Canadianists are welcome to present at Harvard faculty workshops or conferences, or to offer guest lectures for Harvard undergraduate and graduate students. 

External Funding Opportunities
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: September 25, 2020
Award Amount: Fellowship benefits include round-trip airfare, housing at the Hans Arnhold Center, partial board, and a stipend of $5,000 per month. 

The American Academy in Berlin seeks to enrich transatlantic dialogue in the arts, humanities, and public policy through the development and communication of projects of the highest scholarly merit. Past recipients have included anthropologists, art historians, literary scholars, philosophers, historians, musicologists, journalists, writers, filmmakers, sociologists, legal scholars, economists, and public policy experts, among others. For all projects, the Academy asks that candidates explain the relevance of a stay in Berlin to the development of their work. Fellowships are restricted to candidates based permanently in the United States, but U.S. citizenship is not required. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Academy during the entire term of the award, generally one academic semester.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2020
Award Amount: $30,000

AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research. The primary purpose of the Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equity for women in higher education. This fellowship is designed to assist the candidate in obtaining tenure and further promotions by enabling her to spend a year pursuing independent research.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 1, 2020
Award Amount: $7,000 - $45,000

With funds from the U.S. Department of State, Title VIII provides grants for independent, policy-relevant research abroad in the humanities and social sciences as well as language training. In recent years, American Councils scholars have conducted independent research in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, and Ukraine. 
  • The Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program provides full support for research and language instruction for three to nine consecutive months in Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe. Fellowships include international airfare; housing and living stipends; visa support; overseas health, accident, and evacuation insurance; archive access; logistical support; and up to 10 academic hours per week of individualized language instruction. 
  • The Title VIII Research Scholar Program provides full support for graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars seeking to conduct in-country, independent research for three to nine consecutive months in Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe. Fellowships include international airfare; housing and living stipends; visa support; overseas health, accident, and evacuation insurance; archive access; and logistical support.
All grants are merit-based and open to US graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty. Applicants must be US citizens.  
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: November 15, 2020
Award Amount: varies by award type; information on award calculations can be found  here 

AIIS offers fellowships for scholars, professionals, and artists from all disciplines who wish to conduct research or carry out artistic projects in India. The following opportunities are available: 
  • Junior Research Fellowships are available to doctoral candidates at U.S. universities in all fields of study. These grants are specifically designed to enable doctoral candidates to pursue their dissertation research in India. Junior Research Fellows establish formal affiliation with Indian universities and Indian research supervisors. Awards are available for up to 11 months.
  • Senior Research Fellowships are available to scholars with a PhD or its equivalent. These grants are designed to enable scholars who specialize in South Asia to pursue further research in India and to establish formal affiliation with an Indian institution. Short-term awards are available for up to four months. Long-term awards are available for six to nine months. A limited number of humanists will be granted fellowships paid in dollars funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Senior Scholarly/Professional Development Fellowships are available both to established scholars who have not previously specialized in Indian studies and to established professionals who have not previously worked or studied in India. Senior Scholarly/Professional Development Fellows are formally affiliated with an Indian institution. Awards may be granted for periods of six to nine months.
  • Senior Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships are available to accomplished practitioners of the performing arts of India and creative artists who demonstrate that study in India would enhance their skills, develop their capabilities to teach or perform in the U.S., enhance American involvement with India's artistic traditions or strengthen their links with peers in India. Awards will normally be for periods of up to four months, although proposals for periods of up to nine months can be considered.
Deadline to Request Harvard Institutional Endorsement: September 14, 2020 by 12:00 PM
Sponsor Deadline: October 1, 2020 
Award Amount: $70,000 per year for two years (taxable)
The objective of the  Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program , offered by the Government of Canada, is to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, to develop Fellows' leadership potential and to position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada's economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career. Applications are accepted from all fields in the humanities, social sciences, health research, natural sciences and engineering.
This program is open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and non-Canadian citizens. Candidates to be hosted by Harvard must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who have obtained or will obtain their PhD or equivalent from a Canadian university. Applicants must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree between September 15, 2017 and September 30, 2021 (inclusively), and before the start date of their award. Applicants who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada may apply to hold a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at a Canadian institution. Applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and who obtained their PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree from a non-Canadian university may also apply to hold a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at a Canadian institution. The program's full eligibility criteria can be viewed  here .   
There are no limits to the number of applicants that may apply to the Banting Fellowship opportunity, but those who wish to be hosted by Harvard University must include with their application an  Institutional Letter of Endorsement  signed by the Vice Provost for Research. To request this endorsement letter, candidates must submit their contact information and a copy of their proposed supervisor's statement  here  no later than 12:00 PM on September 14, 2020. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Concept Paper: August 25, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Concept Paper: September 1, 2020
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.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: September 9, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: September 16, 2020
Award Amount: Two-year grants of $165,000 ($82,500 per year inclusive of 10% indirects). This amount falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.

The intent of the Child Health Research Awards Program is to support newly independent faculty, provide the opportunity to demonstrate creativity, and assist in the transition to other sources of research funding. 
Two-year grants of $165,000 ($82,500 per year inclusive of 10% indirects)  are awarded to researchers who are within five (PhD scientists) or seven (physician-scientists) years of employment following completion of training. Applicants must be working in nonprofit academic, medical or research institutions within the six New England states. Grants support hypothesis-driven clinical, basic science, public health, health services research, and epidemiology projects focused on child health.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: September 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: September 15, 2020
Award Amount: up to $25,000 

The Foundation will consider applications from institutions for grants to hold conferences, workshops, or seminars on specific subjects related to  the Foundation's goals and objectives.  Applicants are urged to seek matching funds. The September 15 deadline is for Conferences and Seminars to be held from January 2021 through June 2021. In principle, the Foundation does not provide funding for annual meetings. Priority will be given to collaborative projects involving institutions in Taiwan. Projects on Taiwan Studies are especially encouraged.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: N/A; grants are applied for by the academic publisher 
Sponsor Deadline: September 15, 2020
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.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: October 7, 2020 
Sponsor Deadline: October 15, 2020
Award Amount: $20,000 - $35,000 

Professors may apply for a CCK Scholar Grant to help replace half of their salary while they're on sabbatical, or for time off for research and writing. If grants from other sources are also awarded to the applicant, the Foundation's grant, when added to these other grants, must not exceed the recipient's annual salary. This grant will be for one year. The Foundation's grants provide support for research on Chinese Studies in the humanities and social sciences. Priority will be given to collaborative projects involving institutions in Taiwan. Projects on Taiwan Studies are especially encouraged. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: unspecified

Pandemics have far reaching consequences that range from deaths to shutting down the economy as witnessed during the recent COVID-19 crisis. Cisco Research is interested in topics ranging from predictive analytics innovative devices for saving lives to technology for devising voting machines. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Mathematical models for spread and the impact of pandemics.
  • Scalable simulation techniques for pandemics (e.g. with multi agents).
  • Biomedical/Nano sensor devices for detecting symptoms and agents.
  • Algorithms for rapid exploration of the drug screening and discovery workflows (e.g. use reinforcement learning).
  • Advanced computational biology techniques for sequencing, detecting viral evolution (e.g. in COVID-19).
  • Algorithms and systems for contact tracing (with privacy preserving).
  • Algorithms and recommendation systems for curating media and news.
  • Collaboration techniques for more effective health, and efficiency during pandemics.
  • Improved identity and security techniques.
  • Distributed ledgers, their applications and their governance for and during pandemics.
  • Pandemic data science - understanding the patterns and the impact of a pandemic like COVID-19; creation of curated data sets.
Cisco Research is interested in both the science and technology aspects of these problem sets, and, particularly, in the intersections between them. By cultivating stronger partnerships between scientists, technologists, and the broader community, Cisco hopes to achieve an acceleration of scientific research and conservation outcomes as it pushes the boundaries of technologies and architectures to support larger-scale studies, more sophisticated analyses, and translation of learnings across multiple domain areas.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 31, 2020
Award Amount: stipend of $105,000 for 12 months

The International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) is the hallmark fellowship program of CFR. It aims to bridge the gap between the study and making of U.S. foreign policy by creating the next generation of scholar-practitioners. The program offers its fellows the unique chance to experience a new field and gain a different perspective at a pivotal moment in their careers. Academics are thus placed in public service and policy-oriented settings and government officials in scholarly settings. 

The IAF Program is only open to mid-career professionals who have a demonstrated commitment to a career in foreign policy. The program welcomes applicants from a broad range of professional, academic, and personal backgrounds. Although a PhD is not a requirement, selected fellows generally hold an advanced degree and possess a strong record of work experience as well as a firm grounding in the field of foreign policy. The program does not fund pre- or postdoctoral research, work toward a degree, or the completion of projects on which substantial progress has been made prior to the fellowship period. For candidates looking to go into government (those in academia or the private sector), preference will be given to candidates with no significant previous work experience in the U.S. government or at an international organization. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for awards made to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: St ipend of $30,000, a work space, and access to EPIC's Library and research materials.   The typical period for the Scholar in Residence will be a single semester, though longer or shorter periods may be considered.  

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

EPIC encourages applications from post-graduates in law, public policy, and computer science. Terminal degree must be either a J.D. or Ph.D. Mid-career experts in the data protection field are also welcome to apply.  The EPIC Scholar in Residence will be encouraged to participate in the work of EPIC, to meet with outside experts, and to conduct research and writing at EPIC. The expectation is that the individual will produce substantial published work.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants not awarded to Harvard University
Sponsor Deadline: September 9, 2020
Award Amount: The grant provides an allowance to cover living, travel and family costs. In addition, the EU contributes to the training, networking and research costs of the fellow, as well as to the management and indirect costs of the project. The grant is awarded to the host organization, usually a university, research center or a company in Europe.

The Individual Fellowships program provides experienced researchers with the opportunity to work abroad. All disciplines are eligible for funding. There are two types of Individual Fellowships: European Fellowships and Global Fellowships. 
  • European Fellowships are open to researchers moving within Europe, as well as those coming in from other parts of the world; can restart a research career after a break, such as parental leave; and can help researchers coming back to Europe find a new position. These Fellowships are held in the EU or associated countries and last for one to two years.
  • Global Fellowships fund positions outside Europe for researchers based in the EU or associated countries and last between two and three years. The researcher has to come back for one year to an organization based in the EU or associated countries.
Both types of Fellowship can also include a secondment period of up to three or six months in another organization in Europe.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: $10,000 - $500,000

Science funding mechanisms are too slow in normal times and may be much too slow during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fast Grants are an effort to correct this. S cientists at academic institutions currently working on COVID-19 related projects are invited to apply for a Fast Grant. Decisions are made in under 14 days.
Notice of Intent to Nominate Deadline (encouraged): October 31, 2020
Nomination Deadline: December 31, 2020
Prize Amount: $250,000
The Franklin lnstitute seeks nominations for the 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.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: September 15, 2020
Award Amount: Award guidelines can be found here .

The French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Programme offers 10-month fellowships in the four Institutes of Paris, Lyon, Montpellier and Marseille. It welcomes applications from high level international scholars and scientists primarily in the fields of the social sciences and the humanities (SSH).  31 positions are available for the 2021-2022 Academic Year:
The call is open to all disciplines in the SSH and all research fields. Research projects from other sciences that propose a transversal dialogue with SSH are also eligible. Some of the four IAS have scientific priorities they will focus on more specifically.  The Fellows will benefit from the support and conducive scientific environment offered by the IAS, in an interdisciplinary cohort of fellows and in close relation to the local research potential. The fellows will be free to organize their work and conduct research as they wish.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 1, 2020
Award Amount: €3,400 per month for 1-5 months

The German Historical Institute (GHI) in Washington, D.C. awards short-term fellowships to European and North American postdoctoral scholars to pursue research projects that draw upon primary sources located in the United States. The GHI is particularly interested in research projects that fit into the following fields: 
  • German and European history
  • The history of German-American relations
  • The role of Germany and the USA in international relations
The proposed research projects should make use of historical methods and engage with the relevant historiography. Fellowships are usually granted for periods of one to five months but, in exceptional cases and depending on the availability of funds, they can be extended by one month. The GHI will not provide funding for preliminary research, manuscript composition, or the revision of manuscripts. It will give clear priority to those postdoc projects that are designed for the "second book." 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: July 31, 2020
Award Amount: $3,000

Gilder Lehrman fellowships support research at archives in New York City. The Institute provides annual short-term research fellowships in the amount of $3,000 each to doctoral candidates, college and university faculty at every rank, and independent scholars working in the field of American history. International scholars are eligible to apply. This year, three of the ten awards will be granted with special attention to Cold War topics, so preference will be given to applicants in that field.
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: August 17, 2020 at 12 PM
Sponsor Letter of Inquiry Deadline (if nominated): September 21, 2020
Award Amount: 50% salary support for three years. In addition, the Foundation provides $5,000 each year for limited project support and travel.
The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award that enables junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research. It supports research that goes beyond current work in bioethics to help resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical, biomedical, and public health decision-making, policy, and practice, and creates a community that enhances future bioethics research. Priority will be given to applicants who have not yet been considered for tenure; whose research will have an impact on clinical, biomedical, and public health decision-making, policy, and practice; and who will make important contributions to the field of bioethics over their careers. Within this group, priority will be given to applicants whose research addresses innovative ideas and/or emerging topics. Lower priority will be given to applicants who are primarily carrying out educational reform or theoretical work with limited applicability to practice, research, or policy. Outstanding candidates with less direct experience in bioethics will also be considered if their proposed work aims to advance the bioethics field. Additional information about this opportunity is available on the  Greenwall Foundation website . Applicants must hold a faculty appointment that allows at least 50 percent of their effort to be used toward performing research. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: no budget limit stated; research credits are meant to fully fund COVID-19 related research in accordance with the proposal submitted.

The Harvard Global Health Institute is partnering with Google Cloud to enable researchers to harness the power of the Cloud in their fight against COVID-19. Google will be funding COVID-19 related research projects for potential treatments, techniques and datasets, and working with the Harvard Global Health Institute to prioritize grant recipients based on the project impact on public health. Preference will be given to projects that plan to make their datasets publicly available and referenceable. Unlike academic research seed grants, COVID-19 research grants are designed to fund urgent public health related projects in-full. COVID-19 research grants are valid for 90 days only. Projects will be evaluated based on four criteria:
  • Is the work timely and essential?
  • Is it innovative?
  • Is it feasible?
  • Is there an articulated need for Google Cloud credits?
All research approaches will be considered under this call, including areas such as clinical research, bench science research, drug delivery and therapeutics research, health services and policy research, and epidemiological research.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 28, 2020
Award Amount: $55,000, plus $3,000 for project-related research and travel costs and $5,000 to support attendance at an ACLS-hosted media workshop in Fall 2021 as well as other media training and engagement activities of the fellow's choosing

ACLS invites applications for fellowships offered by the Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs, made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation. The program deepens public understanding of religion by advancing innovative scholarship on religion in international contexts and equipping individual scholars and institutions of higher education with the capacities to connect their work to journalism and the media and to engage audiences beyond the academy.  Designed for scholars in all disciplines of the  humanities and related social sciences , Luce/ACLS fellowships support research on any aspect of religion in an international context and encourage scholars to connect their specialist knowledge with journalists and media practitioners. As religion plays important roles in many dimensions of society, this program welcomes proposals that explore connections between religion and the environment, gender rights, health and medicine, migration and immigration, politics and economic policy, and media and entertainment, among others. The ultimate goal of the research should be a significant piece of scholarly work by the applicant and concrete steps to engage journalistic and media audiences. Please note that this program does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.  The awards are portable and are tenable at any appropriate site for research. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 15, 2020
Award Amount: Information on stipend calculations can be found here .

The Institute for Advanced Study is an independent private institution in Princeton, New Jersey focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations. The School of Historical Studies bears no resemblance to a traditional academic history department, but rather supports all learning for which historical methods are appropriate. The School embraces a historical approach to research throughout the humanistic disciplines, from socioeconomic developments, political theory, and modern international relations, to the history of art, science, philosophy, music, and literature. In geographical terms, the School concentrates primarily on the history of Western, Near Eastern, and Far Eastern civilizations, with emphasis on Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, and East Asia. Support has been extended to the history of other regions, including Central Asia, India, and Africa.

The Faculty and Members of the School do not adhere to any one point of view but practice a range of methods of inquiry and scholarly styles, both traditional and innovative. Uniquely positioned to sponsor work that crosses conventional departmental and professional boundaries, the School actively promotes interdisciplinary research and cross-fertilization of ideas. It thereby encourages the creation of new historical enterprises. The School of Historical Studies supports scholarship in all fields of historical research, but it is concerned principally with the following: Greek and Roman civilizations, Medieval Europe, Modern Europe, The Islamic World, Philosophy and International Relations, History of Art, East Asian Studies.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2020
Award Amount: The School attempts to provide half of the current academic base salary for all Members, up to a maximum stipend of $75,000.

The School of Social Science takes as its mission the analysis of contemporary societies and social change. It is devoted to a pluralistic and critical approach to social research, from a multidisciplinary and international perspective. Each year, the School invites approximately twenty-five visiting scholars with various perspectives, methods and topics, providing a space for intellectual debate and mutual enrichment. Scholars are drawn from a wide range of fields, notably political theory, economics, law, psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, and literature. Members pursue their own research, and participate in collective activities, including a weekly seminar at which on-going work is presented. To facilitate scientific engagement among the visiting scholars, the School defines a theme for each year. Approximately one half of Members selected pursue work related to it and contribute to a corresponding seminar, while the other half conduct their research on other topics. For 2021-22 the theme will be " Political Mobilizations and Social Movements. "
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals  
Sponsor Deadline: September 30, 2020
Award Amount: varies by fellowship; see details below

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation offers competitive research fellowships to scholars and students who wish to make use of the archival holdings (including audiovisual materials) of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
  • Marjorie Kovler Research Fellowship: Offers a stipend of up to $5,000 for research on foreign intelligence and the presidency, or a related topic.
  • Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Research FellowshipOffers a stipend of up to $5,000. Preference is given to research in either of the following areas: the foreign policy of the Kennedy Presidency, especially in the Western Hemisphere; or the Kennedy Administration's domestic policy, particularly with regard to racial justice or the conservation of natural resources.
  • Abba P. Schwartz Research Fellowship: Offers a stipend of up to $3,100. Preference is given to research on immigration, naturalization, or refugee policy.
  • Theodore C. Sorensen Research Fellowship: Offers a stipend of up to $3,600. Preference is given to research on domestic policy, political journalism, polling, or press relations.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 25, 2020 
Sponsor Deadline: September 1, 2020 
Award Amount: $1,500 - $15,000

Furthermore grants assist nonfiction books having to do with art, architecture, and design; cultural history, New York City, and related public issues; and conservation and preservation. Furthermore looks for work that appeals to an informed general audience, gives evidence of high standards in editing, design, and production, and promises a reasonable shelf life. Funds apply to such specific publication components as writing, research, editing, indexing, design, illustration, photography, and printing and binding. Book projects to which a university press, nonprofit or trade publisher is already committed and for which there is a feasible distribution plan are usually preferred.     
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals   
Sponsor Deadline: September 17, 2020 
Award Amount: varies; see details below

Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Fellowships are made for a minimum of six months and a maximum of twelve months. Since the purpose of the program is to help provide Fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, Fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work.

The amounts of grants vary, taking into consideration the Fellows' other resources and the purpose and scope of their plans. Members of the teaching profession receiving sabbatical leave on full or part salary are eligible for appointment, as are those holding other fellowships and appointments at research centers. All applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada at the time of application.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Online Funding Inquiry: August 7, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Online Funding Inquiry: August 14, 2020
Award Amount: varies/wide range

The Foundation offers grants in support of research and public engagement in its major Funding Areas: Science & the Big Questions; Character Virtue Development; Individual Freedom & Free Markets; Exceptional Cognitive Talent & Genius; Genetics; and Voluntary Family Planning. A number of topics--including creativity, freedom, gratitude, love, and purpose--can be found under more than one funding area. The Foundation invests in bold ideas from contrarian thinkers, ideas that cross disciplinary boundaries and challenge conventional assumptions. The Foundation also funds innovative programs that engage the public with these ideas, in an effort to open minds, deepen understanding, and inspire curiosity.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: September 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: September 15, 2020
Award Amount: unspecified; please note that the Foundation does not allow overhead costs, which falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.

Applications must be for projects which conform to the mission of the Learning Disabilities Foundation of America by responding to an unmet need in the field of learning disabilities. Funds are granted for charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes or for the identification, ongoing evaluation, education of and services for children and adults with learning disabilities. Examples of project areas that fall within this philosophy:
  • Innovative research into the causes, the prevention and/or the alleviation of learning disabilities
  • Distinctive public awareness programs to advance public understanding of the needs of persons with learning disabilities
  • Innovative programs to advance the achievement of persons with learning disabilities, increase the support skills of their families, support academic and professional advisors, and enhance the understanding of learning disabilities by their colleagues and employer
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 9, 2020
Award Amount: documented travel costs for travel to the foreign institute and back; daily rates between € 27.00 and € 62.00 depending on the host country; lodging in one of the institute's inexpensive guest rooms depending on the host country chosen and on availability

The Max Weber Foundation (MWS) confers Gerald D. Feldman Travel Grants to young academics with an international focus. The travel grants are meant to improve the career opportunities for humanities and social science academics in their qualification phase. The scientists conduct a self-chosen research project in at least two and at most three host countries which are home to MWS institutes and branches or at the Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History. Countries and regions include China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, and the USA. The total term of funding shall not exceed three months. Placements (at most one month per host country; shorter stays are possible) are to be used for research, especially in libraries and archives. Academics are expected to produce transnational and transregional studies, providing research with new and original ideas. The research placements should ideally be completed within 12 months, or at most 24. However, due to the current pandemic situation, research placements can be postponed beyond the period of 24 months - subject to financial resources and in consultation with the Max Weber Foundation.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: October 14, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: October 21, 2020
Award Amount: up to $80,000

The Enduring Impacts: Archaeology of Sustainability Request for Proposal (RFP) focuses on the gathering and analysis of archaeological, paleoenvironmental, and paleoclimatological data for the purposes of increasing our understanding of human-environmental interactions over time, to ultimately contribute to mitigating contemporary environmental and climatic crises. Current issues like climate change, overpopulation, disruptions in food security, and loss of habitat and biodiversity are threats that were faced and sometimes overcome by societies in the past. While the challenges we face today may be unprecedented in scale and demographic impact, there is a wealth of information on how people articulated with, mediated, and in many cases impacted long-term environmental trends over millennia. This knowledge can be employed in the development of future strategies in environmental sustainability- and resilience-building, and in understanding how human actions in the past continue to affect present-day communities in their ability to tackle environmental and climatic challenges.  Ideal grant applications for this RFP would consist of research projects that are:
  • scientifically rigorous and multidisciplinary; 
  • integrate traditional ecological knowledge systems where applicable and appropriate;
  • seek stakeholding community buy-in from the outset of the project; 
  • have a robust external capacity development component; and 
  • produce archaeological, climatological, and environmental datasets that can be used in the creation of solutions for contemporary environmental issues in collaboration with local communities and/or policymakers.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: September 25, 2020
Award Amount: up to $75,000

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers offers fellowships to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. Renowned for the extraordinary comprehensiveness of its collections, the Library is one of the world's preeminent resources for study in anthropology, art, geography, history, languages and literature, philosophy, politics, popular culture, psychology, religion, sociology, and sports. The Cullman Center's Selection Committee awards up to 15 fellowships a year to outstanding scholars and writers-academics, independent scholars, journalists, and creative writers. The Cullman Center looks for top-quality writing from academics as well as from creative writers and independent scholars. It aims to promote dynamic communication about literature and scholarship at the very highest level-within the Center, in public forums throughout the Library, and in the Fellows' published work. The tenure of the award is September through May.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 5, 2020
Award Amount: Faculty Fellows typically receive up to half their salary per academic year (up to $75,000), subsidized housing, a research allowance of up to $500 per semester, and a private office at the NDIAS.

The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study awards 10-15 Faculty Fellowships annually to researchers whose work addresses the Institute's yearly  Research Theme . During the 2021-2022 academic year, the NDIAS is sponsoring residential research projects that will deepen understanding of  ResilienceThis project brings together humanists, scientists, social scientists, legal scholars, and artists to consider how organisms, people, species, and social structures adapt or fail to adapt to novel challenges and the ethical implications of such adaptation. Potential research proposal topics on resilience may address, but are not limited to:
  • Law and policy-focused issues: e.g., how social and environmental systems might adapt to climate change; how public health systems might adapt to pandemics; how institutions adapt to technological disruptions; how cultural groups respond to oppression; topics where multiple policy spheres overlap; historical analyses of how systems responded (or failed to respond) to shocks.
  • The downsides of resilience: e.g., predicting and responding to genetic alterations of pathogenic viruses and bacteria; issues with understanding cancer pathology; understanding the efficacy of terrorist groups; the threats posed by self-directed AI systems.
  • Philosophical and theological investigations: e.g., whether resilience is a moral virtue; moral theory related to extinction, preservation, and adaptation; the role that adaptability has played in sacred texts and traditions; resilience in the history of religious communities.
  • Health, psychology, disability studies, and individual resilience: e.g., a study of the personality traits or situations that promote psychological resilience; how context, culture, or built-environment affects assessments of resilience.
  • Engineering and design: e.g., how we build more adaptable structures; how we measure adaptability in different systems and environments.
  • Theoretical analyses: e.g., an exploration of whether resilience emerges from intrinsic features of an individual or system or is primarily determined by environment; discussion of whether resilience in a particular domain is better understood as resistance to change (rather than adaptability).
  • Creative projects and research into the fine arts: e.g., artistic works that explore dimensions of resilience through music, visual arts, fiction, dance, and other fine arts; scholarship on artistic engagement with resilience.
Projects can explore resilience at different durations or scales. The Institute encourages proposals that consider novel ways to translate models of resilience from one disciplinary domain to another. The Institute aims to recruit a diverse, dynamic cohort of scholars who, by virtue of the year of deep collaboration and intensive research, will advance our common understanding of how systems respond to change.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: OTF offers direct financial support of up to $50,000 for a period of six months or less as well as technical services from trusted partners. See list of service providers and supported services  here
Given the magnitude of the global COVID-19 crisis, the Open Technology Fund (OTF) has increased the total pool of funding available through the  Rapid Response Fund  for interventions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rapid Response Fund aims to facilitate the digital emergency response community to resolve threats in a timely and comprehensive manner for individuals, communities, and organizations. Examples of COVID-19-related rapid response projects could include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Circumvention solutions to access blocked health and safety information and to respond to increased COVID-19-related censorship
  • Secure hosting for health and safety websites
  • Guidance / assistance on digital security best practices while working from home, including updating existing resources
  • Research and documentation on censorship of COVID-19 health and safety information and/or the increasing use of surveillance technology 
Support is only available through the Rapid Response Fund when there is a clear time-sensitive digital emergency in which an applicant is seeking short-term and urgent support. The Rapid Response Fund does not provide support for projects that are more long-term in nature or that aim to build digital security capacity among groups or organizations. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: September 10, 2020 for Humanities, Social Sciences, and Creative Arts; October 1, 2020 for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics
Award Amount: stipend of $78,000 plus an additional $5,000 to cover project expenses

Radcliffe fellows are exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, practitioners, and artists whose work is making a difference in their professional fields and in the larger world. Based in Radcliffe Yard-a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University-fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard's unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present. The following areas are of particular interest:
  • Radcliffe supports engaged scholarship. Radcliffe welcomes applications from scholars, artists, and practitioners proposing innovative work that confronts pressing social and policy issues and seeks to engage audiences beyond academia.
  • Radcliffe welcomes proposals relevant to the Institute's focus areas, which include:
    • Law, education, and justice
    • Youth leadership and civic engagement
    • Legacies of slavery 
  • Reflecting Radcliffe's unique history and institutional legacy, Radcliffe welcomes proposals that focus on women, gender, and society or draw on the Schlesinger Library's rich collections.
  • Interdisciplinary exchange is a hallmark of the Radcliffe Fellowship, and Radcliffe welcomes proposals that take advantage of its uniquely diverse intellectual community by engaging with concepts and ideas that cross disciplinary boundaries.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling 
Award Amount:  The average Pioneer grant in 2019 was $315,031. However, there is not an explicit range for budget requests. Grant periods are flexible, though generally range from 1 to 3 years.

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

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

Please Note:  While this call for proposals is focused on broader and longer-term societal trends and shifts that were evolving prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Foundation recognizes that the unique circumstances and learning created by the COVID-19 pandemic may inform your response. It is at your discretion whether you propose a project related to the pandemic directly or indirectly.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: August 26, 2020
Award Amount: up to $15,000

The SCAR Fellowship program is for PhD students, or those within five years of having completed a PhD on the day of the deadline for applications, to undertake research at an institute in one of the 44 SCAR Member countries (for a full list of countries, please see th e  information about SCAR Member Countries ). Topics for support should link to the objectives of one or more of SCAR's science groups, including the  Humanities and Social Sciences group . In order to apply for a fellowship, candidates will be required to first contact and liaise with appropriate host Antarctic projects or programs in order to secure the support and mentorship of an active team capable of including them in their own research program or project group.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 2, 2020
Award Amount: varies by fellowship

Resident scholar fellowships are awarded annually by the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, New Mexico to up to six scholars who have completed their research and who need time to prepare manuscripts or dissertations on topics important to the understanding of humankind. Resident scholars may approach their research from the perspective of anthropology or from related fields such as history and sociology. Scholars from the humanities and social sciences are encouraged to apply. Competitive proposals have a strong empirical dimension, meaning that they address the facts of human life on the ground. They also situate the proposed research within a specific cultural or historical context and engage a broad scholarly literature. Applicants should make a convincing case for the intellectual significance of their projects and their potential contribution to a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 12, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: August 19, 2020
Award Amount:  Recent grants have ranged from $20,000 to $1,000,000, with the majority of grants under $100,000. Please note that it is the foundation's policy not to support overhead costs. This falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.  

The Searle Freedom Trust fosters research and education on public policy issues that affect individual freedom and economic liberty. Through its grant-making, the foundation seeks to develop solutions to the country's most important and challenging domestic policy issues. The foundation invests primarily in scholarship that results in the publication of books, journal articles, and policy papers. Funding is typically provided in the form of research grants, fellowships, and other types of targeted project support. The Searle Freedom Trust also provides funding for public interest litigation and supports outreach to the public through a variety of forums, including sponsorship of research conferences and seminars, film and journalism projects, and new media initiatives. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 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. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Concept Proposals: October 7, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Concept Proposals: October 15, 2020 (Updated Deadline)
Award Amount: $10,000 - $20,000

(Please note that this deadline and summary has been changed in response to the Foundation's recent updates.) The Sociological Initiatives Foundation is dedicated to the belief that research and action are intrinsically inseparable. The Foundation invites concept proposals for projects that link an explicit research design to a concrete social action strategy. Projects should also have specifically stated social change goals. In the past, the Foundation has funded projects in the areas of civic participation, community organizing, crime and law, education, health, housing, immigration, labor organizing, and language/literacy.

For this funding cycle, in recognition of the Foundation's obligation to join the long overdue but growing consensus to end systemic racism in American societal institutions and organizations along with police brutalization of Black people, priority will be given to projects that explicitly promote racial justice and fairer and more equitable laws, policies and practices. Additionally, the Foundation recognizes the co-occurring public health crisis that has altered the operational capacities of many projects requiring large gatherings and other activities that may be problematic for both planning new projects or projecting completion of those already underway. Given these unusual circumstances, applicants are encouraged to provide the best description possible of how projects will be implemented and any contingent plans. Preference is given to applicants that are:
  • community-led academic partnerships
  • advocacy or community groups that conduct research that can withstand challenge in academic and policy arenas
  • grassroots organizations that organize or link to a constituency through their research
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: October 23, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: October 31, 2020
Award Amount: up to $1,000

TAA offers two forms of grants to assist members and non-members with some of the expenses related to publishing their academic works and textbooks.
  • Publication Grants provide reimbursement for eligible expenses directly related to bringing an academic book, textbook, or journal article to publication.
  • Contract Review Grants reimburse eligible expenses for legal review when you have a contract offer for a textbook or academic monograph or other scholarly work that includes royalty arrangements.
UCambridgeTrinity UCambridgeTrinity
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: August 27, 2020
Award Amount: For each year spent doing research in Cambridge, a Research Fellow receives a stipend from the College of £27,658.

A Research Fellowship provides an opportunity to spend up to four years in Cambridge undertaking post-doctoral research or scholarly work at an early stage of an academic career; this research may be on a topic essentially of the Fellow's own choice. The College wishes to encourage applications from a wide range of candidates and the Fellowships are available in all branches of University studies. The basic obligation of a Research Fellow is to engage full-time in research and its dissemination. When applying, candidates will be asked to confirm their eligibility by selecting either: 
  1. I am a doctoral research student, or
  2. I have submitted my doctoral dissertation on November 1, 2019 or later.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadlines: October 15, 2020; March 17, 2021 (Planning Grants)
Award Information: Planning Grants up to 150,000 Euros for 9-12 months may be requested. Full Grants will be awarded up to 1.5M Euros for up to 4 years.
This funding initiative is aimed primarily at postdoctoral researchers and professors at all career levels in the social and engineering sciences who devote themselves to the challenges of artificial intelligence and society in interdisciplinary research constellations. The integration of the humanities is welcome. Against the background of the current and emerging developments in the field of "Artificial Intelligence," the Foundation wishes to support projects dealing with the development of new perspectives and insights with a view to shaping the future of society as well as technology. The aim is to enable novel project constellations and interdisciplinary cooperation in a highly topical area through a shift in thinking towards new perspectives and solutions. The leading applicant has to be based at a scientific institution in Germany but international collaborations are welcome.

The Foundation offers the option to apply for a planning grant with a duration of nine to twelve months and a maximum funding amount of EUR 150,000 in advance of submitting a full application. The financial support for this "orientation phase" is intended, among other things, to enable the composition of a suitable project team, the identification of a connecting topic, and the preparation as well as formulation of a full proposal (full grant). For longer-term work on a research topic developed by the consortium, applicants may apply for a total funding amount of up to 1.5 million EUR for a duration of up to four years for projects involving up to five working groups.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: October 23, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2020
Award Amount: up to $20,000

Post-Ph.D. Research Grants are awarded to individuals holding a Ph.D. or equivalent degree to support individual research projects. The program contributes to the Foundation's overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity's cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields.  
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 1, 2020
Award Amount: stipend of $90,000

Through an international competition, the Center offers 9-month residential fellowships. The Wilson Center invites scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in its flagship international Fellowship Program. Fellows conduct research and write in their areas of interest, while interacting with policymakers in Washington and Wilson Center staff and other scholars in residence. The Center accepts policy-relevant, non-advocacy fellowship proposals that address key challenges confronting the United States and the world. Fellows are expected to be in residence for the entire U.S. academic year (early September through May). Occasionally, fellowships are awarded for shorter periods, with a minimum of four months. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: September 30, 2020 (Updated Deadline)
Award Amount: monthly stipend of $4,000 for 3 months

The Kennan Institute seeks applicants for the George F. Kennan Fellowship from diverse, policy-oriented sectors such as media, business, local government, law, civil society, and academia to examine important political, social, economic, cultural, and historical issues in Russia, Ukraine, and the region. Among the aims of the new fellowships are to build bridges between traditional academia and the policy world, as well as to maintain and increase collaboration among researchers from Russia, Ukraine, the U.S., and around the globe. Fellows will be based at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. for 3-month residencies. There are no citizenship requirements for this grant.

The George F. Kennan Fellowship offers a monthly stipend of $4,000, research facilities, computer access, and some travel support. Health insurance and accommodation expenses are not directly covered by this grant. Awardees are expected to begin their three-month appointments within six months of accepting the fellowship. Fellows are required to be in residence at the Kennan Institute, Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. for the duration of the grant.

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.

Sponsor Registration Deadline (required): August 26, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (required): August 28, 2020
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): January 8, 2021
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals (if invited): January 15, 2021
Award Amount: The maximum award will be $3M over 5 years.
The Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (VBFF) program supports innovative basic research within academia, as well as opportunities intended to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers for the defense workforce. This FOA seeks distinguished researchers for the purpose of conducting innovative basic research in areas of interest to the DoD and fostering long-term relationships between the VBFF Fellows and the DoD. VBFF is oriented towards bold and ambitious "blue sky" research that may lead to extraordinary outcomes such as revolutionizing entire disciplines, creating entirely new fields, or disrupting accepted theories and perspectives. Faculty with tenure at the time of proposal submission, with a record of substantial scientific contributions and the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to conduct the proposed research as the principal investigator (PI), are invited to submit an application. The PI must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
This FOA is for single investigator grant proposals for basic research in one or more of the following technical subject categories of interest to the DoD. Submitted proposals must identify which of those areas it best corresponds to. Innovative ideas that do not fall under any of the defined categories in that list are also welcome, and can be submitted under the "Other" category:
  • Applied Mathematics and Computational Science
  • Networks and Artificial Intelligence
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Fundamentals of Bioengineering
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Electronics, Photonics and Quantum Materials
  • Engineered Materials and Structures
  • Other Fields of Research
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline (if nominated): September 23, 2020
Award Amount: $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing beginning May 2021 or later

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

Please Note:  This is a limited submission opportunity. Harvard may put forward two nominees for this program. Please write to Erin Hale at (erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu) to inquire about submitting an application.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: September 23, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: September 30, 2020
Award Amount: up to $150,000

The Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Research program makes awards to institutions and organizations conducting empirical field research to answer significant questions in the humanities. Archaeology and ethnography are important methodologies utilized by many disciplines across the humanities and social sciences that provide observational and experiential data on human history and culture. Archaeological methods may include field survey and field-based remote sensing, documentation or visualization, and/or excavations in support of answering research questions in all aspects of the human past, including but not limited to ancient studies, anthropology, art history, classical studies, regional studies, epigraphy, and other related disciplines. Ethnographic methods may include participant observation, surveys and interviews, and documentation or recording in pursuit of research questions in anthropology, ethnolinguistics, oral history, ethnomusicology, performance studies, folklore studies, and related disciplines. Projects may be led by individuals with institutional affiliation or by teams of collaborating scholars from the same or multiple eligible institutions. Awards provide up to three years of support for fieldwork and data processing. While the ultimate expectation of such awards is the dissemination of results through publications and other media, this program supports costs related to fieldwork such as travel, accommodation, and equipment as well as compensation for field staff and salary replacement for the project director and collaborating scholars. 

Program staff will host a webinar for prospective applicants on August 10 at 3:00 pm Eastern Time.  Register here .
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: October 6, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: October 14, 2020
Award Amount: up to $100,000

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers the Dialogues on the Experience of War (Dialogues) program as part of its current initiative,  Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War . The program supports the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war, in the belief that these sources can help U.S. military veterans and others think more deeply about the issues raised by war and military service. Dialogues is primarily designed to reach military veterans; however, men and women in active service, military families, and interested members of the public may also participate.  Awards will support:
  • The convening of at least two sustained discussion programs for no fewer than fifteen participants
  • The creation of a preparatory program to recruit and train discussion leaders
Preparatory training and discussion programs may take place in veterans' centers, at public libraries or cultural centers, on college and university campuses, and at other community venues.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 11, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: August 18, 2020
Award Amount: Level I awards offer up to $50,000 in NEH funding for participating U.S. organization(s) and up to £60,000 in AHRC funding for the U.K. organization(s) for up to 2 years. Level II awards offer up to $150,000 in NEH funding for participating U.S. organization(s) and up to £250,000 in AHRC funding for the U.K. organization(s) for up to 3 years. This program anticipates making 10-15 awards.

This program is a joint initiative between the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.K. Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The overarching goal of the program is to advance digital scholarship in cultural institutions such as museums, libraries, galleries, and archives. This program will fund teams in the U.S. and U.K. working collaboratively to deliver transformational impact on digital methods and digital research in cultural institutions.  Applicants are encouraged to address one or more of the following themes or to propose new areas of inquiry relevant to digital scholarship and cultural institutions:
  • Employing machine learning and artificial intelligence in cultural institutions
  • Fostering digitally-enabled participation
  • Developing enhanced information on cultural institution visitors
  • Creating and interrogating all document types and unlocking new data
Two levels of funding are available. Level 1 awards will support planning and preliminary work for future, larger-scale projects; small-scale collaborative projects; and outreach activities. Level II awards will include support for projects developing new or improved research methods, tools, or infrastructure; projects linking dispersed collections or resources; projects researching and developing digital methods, standards, and workflows; and training and skills development opportunities.  Applications must be submitted by teams, composed of at least one organization from the U.S. and one from the U.K., in which each country is represented by at least one cultural institution. An eligible U.S. organization must submit the application with a U.S.-specific budget to the NEH. The lead U.K. organization must submit the same application with a U.K.-specific budget to AHRC. NEH will fund the participating U.S. organization(s), and AHRC will fund the participating U.K. organization(s).
Draft Deadline (Optional): August 10, 2020
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: October 1, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: October 8, 2020
Award Amount: up to $150,000 over one to two years

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that will significantly improve online public discovery and use of historical records collections. The Commission is especially interested in collections of America's early legal records, such as the records of colonial, territorial, county, and early statehood and tribal proceedings that document the evolution of the nation's legal history. Additionally the Commission is interested in projects to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The Commission encourages applications that use collections to examine the ideals behind the founding of the United States and the continual interpretation and debate over those ideals these past 250 years. The Commission welcomes projects that engage the public, expand civic education, and promote understanding of the nation's history, democracy, and culture from the founding era to the present day. Projects may preserve and process historical records to:
  • Convert existing description for online access
  • Create new online Finding Aids to collections
  • Digitize historical records collections and make them freely available online
All types of historical records are eligible, including documents, photographs, born-digital records, and analog audio and moving images. The successful application will demonstrate the value of the contents of the collection, will outline a project that addresses best practices for the work and is appropriately staffed, will propose a budget that accomplishes the project in a cost-effective manner, and will outline activities that bring researchers to the collections included in the project as well as the rest of the repository's holdings.
Draft Deadline (Optional): August 10, 2020
FAS/OSP Deadline: October 1, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: October 8, 2020
Award Amount: $50,000 - $150,000 over 1-3 years

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that encourage public engagement with historical records, including the development of new tools that enable people to engage online. The NHPRC is looking for projects that create models and technologies that other institutions can freely adopt. In general, collaborations between archivists, documentary editors, historians, educators, and/or community-based individuals are more likely to create a competitive proposal. Projects that focus on innovative methods to introduce primary source materials and how to use them in multiple locations also are more likely to create a competitive proposal. Projects might create and develop programs to engage people in the study and use of historical records for institutional, educational or personal reasons. For example, an applicant can:
  • Enlist volunteer "citizen archivists" in projects to accelerate access to historical records, especially those online. This may include, but is not limited to, efforts to identify, tag, transcribe, annotate, or otherwise enhance digitized historical records.
  • Develop educational programs for K-12 students, undergraduate classes, or community members that encourage them to engage with historical records already in repositories or that are collected as part of the project.
  • Collect primary source material from people through public gatherings and sponsor discussions or websites about the results.
  • Use historical records in artistic endeavors. This could include K-12 students, undergraduate classes, or community members. Examples include projects that encourage researching and writing life stories for performance; using record facsimiles in painting, sculpture, or audiovisual collages; or using text as lyrics for music or as music.
  • Develop technologies that encourage the sharing of information about historical records.
Draft Deadline (Optional): August 3, 2020
FAS/OSP Deadline: October 1, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: October 8, 2020
Award Amount: up to $175,000 

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

All new projects (those which have never received NHPRC funding) must have definitive plans for publishing and preserving a digital edition which provides online access to a searchable, fully-transcribed and annotated collection of documents. New projects may also prepare print editions (including ebooks and searchable PDFs posted online) as part of their overall publishing plan, but the contents of those volumes must be published in a fully-searchable digital edition within a reasonable period of time following print publication. The NHPRC encourages projects to provide free public access to online editions. Projects that do not have definitive plans for digital dissemination and preservation in place at the time of application will not be considered.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 21, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: August 28, 2020
Award Amount: Application budgets are limited to $500,000 direct costs annually. The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum period is 5 years.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages research with NIH-designated health disparity populations and other vulnerable groups on community interventions to address the adverse psychosocial, behavioral, and socioeconomic effects of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  Applications are sought to test: 1) the impacts of mitigation strategies to prevent COVID-19 transmission and acquisition; and 2) already implemented, new, or adapted interventions to address the adverse consequences of the pandemic on the health of these groups.  Key questions include: 
  • To what extent do existing interventions slow the spread of COVID-19 in specific populations and geographic hotspots? 
  • To what extent do policies, guidelines, and other interventions facilitate adherence and mitigate the multifaceted impacts of COVID-19 on health in populations that experience health disparities and in other vulnerable groups? 
  • Can established models of crisis and disaster response and recovery be applied to address the needs of health disparate and other vulnerable populations? 
Projects may evaluate existing or ongoing community-based programs or policies (referred to hereafter as natural experiments) or prospectively test new or adapted interventions (referred to as prospective interventions). Projects should be designed to test hypotheses about mechanisms of action that account for an intervention's effects; mechanisms may operate at any level of analysis. Projects must focus on health disparity or other COVID-19 vulnerable populations in the U.S. and, where possible, explore moderating factors (e.g., age, sex/gender).
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: varies by NOSI
Award Amount: varies
NIH has compiled Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding at the link above. This includes guidance for proposal submission and award management, answers to frequently asked questions, and funding opportunities.

To get funding as quickly as possible to the research community, NIH is using Urgent and Emergency competing revisions and administrative supplements to existing grant awards. This approach allows NIH to leverage resident expertise, getting additional funding to those researchers who are already working with other organisms, models, or tools so that they can quickly shift focus to the novel coronavirus. These Urgent and Emergency competitive revision Funding Opportunity Announcements allow NIH to fund applications quickly, often in under three months, because evaluation for scientific and technical merit is done by an internal review panel convened by staff of the NIH awarding institute or center rather than by  the  traditional peer review process. These opportunities require applications to be submitted in response to an Emergency or Urgent Notice of Special Interest (NOSI). In addition to the opportunities for revisions and supplements to existing awards, other notices of special interest seek full research project grant proposals to conduct research on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-2019 through an array of parent FOAs. NIH is maintaining a list of COVID-19 specific notices of special interest in the funding opportunities section at the link above. 
Sponsor Letters of Intent Deadline (not required): August 4, 2020
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline (if nominated): August 28, 2020
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline (if nominated): September 4, 2020
Award Amount: Up to $250,000/year in direct costs for up to 5 years plus applicable indirect costs
Eligible Applicants: Date of terminal doctoral degree or completion of post-graduate clinical training of the PI must be between June 1, 2019 and September 30, 2021. At the sponsor application deadline, the PI must not have served as a post-doctoral fellow following a previous doctoral degree for more than twelve months and must not yet have research independence.
The NIH Director's Early Independence Award Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral degree or post-graduate clinical training, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career. Though most newly graduated doctoral-level researchers would benefit from post-doctoral training, a small number of outstanding junior investigators would benefit instead by launching directly into an independent research career. Applications in all topics relevant to the broad mission of NIH are welcome, including, but not limited to, topics in the behavioral, social, biomedical, applied, and formal sciences and topics that may involve basic, translational, or clinical research. The primary requirements are that the research be highly innovative and have the potential for unusually broad impact.
To be eligible, at the time of application, candidates must have received their most recent doctoral degree or completed clinical training within the previous fifteen months or expect to do so within the following twelve months. By the end of the award period, Early Independence Award investigators are expected to be competitive for continued funding of their research program through other NIH funding activities and for permanent research-oriented positions.
This is a limited submission opportunity and only two applications may be submitted by Harvard University from the University Area (Cambridge Campus) to each solicitation (COVID and non-COVID). Potential applicants to be hosted by Harvard schools in the University Area must submit a pre-proposal to Erin Hale via email at erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu  in order to be considered for the Harvard nominations. The pre-proposal should include:
  • A two-page research proposal. Subsequent pages for references and/or graphics may be included and do not count toward the page limit.
  • A current CV
  • A letter of support from the department chair or program director of the candidate's proposed host department/program at Harvard. The letter should describe the position details, the institutional resources to be committed, and the commitment of the host to the career development of the applicant.
Applicants should also specify if they intend to apply to funding opportunity announcement RFA-RM-20-014 (non-COVID-19-related research) or funding opportunity announcement 
RFA-RM-20-021  (COVID-19-related research).
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 14, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: August 21, 2020
Award Amount: Up to $1,500,000 in direct costs for 5 years
The NIH Director's New Innovator Award supports early stage investigators of exceptional creativity who propose highly innovative research projects with the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important areas relevant to the mission of NIH,  including, but not limited to, topics in the behavioral, social, biomedical, applied, and formal sciences and topics that may involve basic, translational, or clinical research. The award is designed specifically to support unusually creative investigators with highly innovative research ideas at an early stage of their career when they may lack the preliminary data required for an R01 grant application. The emphasis is on innovation and creativity; preliminary data are not required, but may be included. No detailed, annual budget is requested in the application. The review process emphasizes the individual's creativity, the innovativeness of the research approaches, and the potential of the project, if successful, to have a significant impact on an important biomedical or behavioral research problem. 
Applicants must meet the definition of an Early Stage Investigator (ESI) at the time of application. An ESI is a new investigator (defined as a PD/PI who has not competed successfully for a significant NIH independent research award) who is within 10 years of completing his/her terminal research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training. Applicants must hold an independent research position at a U.S. institution by September 1, 2021.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: September 3, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: September 11, 2020
Award Amount: $700,000/year in direct costs for up to 5 years plus applicable indirect costs
The NIH Director's Pioneer Award supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose highly innovative approaches to addressing major challenges in the biomedical or behavioral sciences towards the goal of enhancing human health. Applications proposing research on any topic within the broad mission of NIH are welcome. Emphases are on the qualities of the investigator and the innovativeness and potential impact of the proposed research. Preliminary data and detailed experimental plans are not requested. To be considered pioneering, the proposed research must reflect substantially different ideas from those being pursued in the investigator's current research program or elsewhere. The Pioneer Award is not intended to expand a current research program into the area of the proposed project. While the research direction may rely on the applicant's prior work and expertise as its foundation, it cannot be an obvious extension or scale-up of a current research enterprise. Rather, the proposed project must reflect a fundamental new insight into the potential solution of a problem, which may develop from exceptionally innovative approaches and/or radically unconventional hypotheses. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: September 23, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: September 30, 2020
Award Amount: Application budgets are not limited but should reflect the needs of the proposed project.
The NIH Director's Transformative Research Award supports individual scientists or groups of scientists proposing groundbreaking, exceptionally innovative, original, and/or unconventional research with the potential to create new scientific paradigms, establish entirely new and improved clinical approaches, or develop transformative technologies. Consistent with this focus, Transformative Research Award applications should propose research substantially different from current mainstream research. Applications are welcome in all topics relevant to the broad mission of NIH, including, but not limited to, topics in the behavioral, social, biomedical, applied, and formal sciences and topics that may involve basic, translational, or clinical research. Little or no preliminary data are expected. The Transformative Research application focuses on the importance of the problem, the novelty of the hypothesis and/or the proposed methodology, and the magnitude of the potential impact rather than on preliminary data or experimental details.
Towards the objective of funding the best possible science, NIH is piloting a process for initial peer review of applications received in response to this FOA in which the identity of the investigators and institutions are withheld until the last phase of review. Instructions for anonymizing components of the application must be carefully followed.
Non-COVID-19-related research proposals should apply to funding opportunity announcement RFA-RM-20-013 . COVID-19-related research proposals should apply to funding opportunity announcement  RFA-RM-20-020 .
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: September 28, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: October 5, 2020
Award Amount: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum period is 5 years.

The overarching goal of this FOA is to invite robust investigative and collaborative research focused on understanding the long-term effects of disasters on health disparity populations and the health care systems that serve them, including the influence of risk factors or vulnerabilities of both the systems and the communities preceding the event(s). This initiative focuses on (i) describing the direct effects of disasters on health care systems, and specifically on the delivery, coordination, safety and quality of health care services, physical and organizational infrastructure, health care workforce and changes in health care needs and disparities of the communities they serve, and (ii) identifying strategies or best practices that health care systems or communities have implemented that promote appropriate system function and delivery of services during and after the disaster, maintenance of optimal continuity of care, and resilience of health care systems and populations for future events. Projects should include a focus on one or more NIH-designated U.S. health disparity populations, which include Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minorities living in the 50 States, tribal lands, and the U.S. territories.

For the purpose of this initiative, disasters are defined as presidentially declared emergencies or major disasters under the Stafford Act, a public health emergency declared by the Secretary of the HHS, or other local, regional or national disaster(s), and include extreme weather-related disasters (e.g., hurricanes, typhoons, tsunamis, floods, mudslides, tornadoes, volcano eruptions, earthquakes, snowstorms, wildfires and others), human-made disasters (e.g., oil and chemical spills and contamination, nuclear testing and contamination, and water contamination), and their long-term consequences in the infrastructure (e.g., extended power outages, extended disruptions in the water systems, food supply, communications, transportation and housing). Public health emergencies may include the COVID-19 pandemic, influenza, zika, chikungunya or dengue outbreaks, and other epidemics. Disasters could be current, recent or past. Long-term is defined as 1 year or longer after the sentinel event(s). 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 10, 2020 
Sponsor Deadline: August 17, 2020 
Award Amount: unspecified/wide range

The Accountable Institutions and Behavior (AIB) Program supports basic scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of issues broadly related to attitudes, behavior, and institutions connected to public policy and the provision of public services. Research proposals are expected to be theoretically motivated, conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented. Substantive areas include (but are not limited to) the study of individual and group decision-making, political institutions (appointed or elected), attitude and preference formation and expression, electoral processes and voting, public administration, and public policy. This work can focus on a single case or can be done in a comparative context, either over time or cross-sectionally. The Program does not fund applied research. The Program also supports research experiences for undergraduate students and infrastructural activities, including methodological innovations.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Intent: August 3, 2020 (Focused Hubs); September 21, 2020 (Large-Scale Hubs) 
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Intent: August 10, 2020 (Focused Hubs); September 28, 2020 (Large-Scale Hubs)
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Full Proposal: September 1, 2020 (Focused Hubs); October 21, 2020 (Large-Scale Hubs)
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposal: September 9, 2020 (Focused Hubs); October 28, 2020 (Large-Scale Hubs)
Award Amount: up to $1M per year for 3-5 years (Focused Hubs); up to $2M-$4M per year for up to 5 years (Large-Scale Hubs)
Scientific research into complex coastal systems and the interplay with coastal hazards is vital for predicting, responding to and mitigating threats in these regions. Understanding the risks associated with coastal hazards requires a holistic Earth Systems approach that integrates improved understanding of and, where possible, predictions about natural, social, and technological processes with efforts to increase the resilience of coastal systems. The Coastlines and People program supports diverse, innovative, multi-institution awards that are focused on critically important coastlines and people research that is integrated with broadening participation goals. The objective of this solicitation is to support Coastal Research Hubs, structured using a convergent science approach, at the nexus between coastal sustainability, human dimensions, and coastal processes to transform understanding of interactions among natural, human-built, and social systems in coastal, populated environments.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: September 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: September 15, 2020
Award Amount: varies by award type

This funding partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning dynamic language infrastructure in the context of endangered human languages-languages that are both understudied and at risk of falling out of use. Made urgent by the imminent loss of roughly half of the approximately 7000 currently used languages, this effort aims to exploit advances in information technology to build computational infrastructure for endangered language research. The program supports projects that contribute to data management and archiving, and to the development of the next generation of researchers. Funding can support fieldwork and other activities relevant to the digital recording, documentation and analysis, and archiving of endangered language data, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. Funding will be available in the form of one- to three-year senior research grants, fellowships from six to twelve months, and conference proposals.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 6, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: November 16, 2020
Award Amount:  up to $1.6M over 2-5 years (Research Projects); up to $500,000 over 4-5 years (Research Coordination Networks)

The DISES Program supports research projects that advance basic scientific understanding of integrated socio-environmental systems and the complex interactions (dynamics, processes, and feedbacks) within and among the environmental (biological, physical and chemical) and human ("socio") (economic, social, political, or behavioral) components of such a system. The program seeks proposals that emphasize the truly integrated nature of a socio-environmental system versus two discrete systems (a natural one and a human one) that are coupled. DISES projects must explore a connected and integrated socio-environmental system that includes explicit analysis of the processes and dynamics between the environmental and human components of the system. PIs are encouraged to develop proposals that push conceptual boundaries and build new theoretical framing of the understanding of socio-environmental systems. Additionally, NSF encourages the exploration of multi-scalar dynamics, processes, and feedbacks between and within the socio-environmental system.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 10, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: November 18, 2020
Award Amount: T he maximum award size for all years for the US component is $2.5 million, including indirect costs. The minimum award size is $1.5 million total project costs for all years, except for international collaborative proposals (US-UK, US-Israel, and US-China Collaborative Projects) that have a minimum award size of $1.0 million for the US component. The maximum award size for RCN proposals is $500,000 as per the RCN solicitation. For international Collaborative RCN proposals, the maximum award size for the US component is $500,000.

The multi-agency Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases program supports research on the ecological, evolutionary, and social drivers that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. The central theme of submitted projects must be the quantitative or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics. The intent is discovery of principles of infectious disease transmission and testing mathematical or computational models that elucidate infectious disease systems. Projects should be broad, interdisciplinary efforts that go beyond the scope of typical studies. They should focus on the determinants and interactions of transmission among any host species, including but not limited to humans, non-human animals, and/or plants. This includes, for example, the spread of pathogens; the influence of environmental factors such as climate; the population dynamics and genetics of reservoir species or hosts; the feedback between ecological transmission and evolutionary dynamics; and the cultural, social, behavioral, and economic dimensions of pathogen transmission. Research may be on zoonotic, environmentally-borne, vector-borne, or enteric pathogens of either terrestrial or aquatic systems and organisms, including diseases of animals and plants, at any scale from specific pathogens to inclusive environmental systems. Proposals for research on disease systems of public health concern to developing countries are strongly encouraged, as are disease systems of concern in agricultural systems. Investigators are encouraged to develop the appropriate multidisciplinary team, including for example, anthropologists, modelers, ecologists, bioinformaticians, genomics researchers, social scientists, economists, oceanographers, mathematical scientists, epidemiologists, evolutionary biologists, entomologists, parasitologists, microbiologists, bacteriologists, virologists, pathologists or veterinarians, with the goal of integrating knowledge across disciplines to enhance our ability to predict and control infectious diseases.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: September 1, 2020 
Sponsor Deadline: September 9, 2020 
Award Amount: unspecified/wide range

The Science of Science: Discovery, Communication, and Impact (SoS:DCI) program is designed to increase the public value of scientific activity. The program pursues this goal by supporting basic research in three fundamental areas:  
  • How to increase the rate of socially beneficial discovery;
  • How to improve science communication outcomes; and
  • How to expand the societal benefits of scientific activity. 
The SoS:DCI program, which builds upon the former Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program, funds research that builds theoretical and empirical understandings of these three areas. With this goal in mind, proposals should: 
  • Develop data, models, indicators, and associated analytical tools that constitute and enable transformative advances rather than incremental change. 
  • Identify ethical challenges and mitigate potential risks to people and institutions. 
  • Provide credible metrics and rigorous assessments of their proposed project's impact.
  • Include robust data management plans with the goal to increase the usability, validity, and reliability of scientific materials.
Of particular interest are proposals that have the highest potential to strengthen America's global leadership in science and increase national competitiveness across a broad range of domains. These include proposals that analyze strategies for strengthening and diversifying the scientific workforce, as well as ways to more effectively cultivate high-impact discovery across sectors.  The program strongly encourages convergent research and collaboration. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 10, 2020 
Sponsor Deadline: August 17, 2020 
Award Amount: unspecified/wide range

The Security and Preparedness (SAP) Program supports basic scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of issues broadly related to global and national security. Research proposals are evaluated on the criteria of intellectual merit and broader impacts; the proposed projects are expected to be theoretically motivated, conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented. Substantive areas include (but are not limited to) international relations, global and national security, human security, political violence, state stability, conflict processes, regime transition, international and comparative political economy, and peace science. Moreover, the Program supports research experiences for undergraduate students and infrastructural activities, including methodological innovations. The Program does not fund applied research. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling through December 31, 2020
Award Information: There are no minimum or maximum award amounts, and the period of performance will be determined by the applicant's proposal and subject to negotiation by HUD. HUD is making approximately $1M available for Research Partnerships. Applicants must provide cost sharing for at least 50 percent of the total project cost from philanthropic entities or Federal, state or local government agencies. The number of awards will be based on the number of proposals HUD reviews, approves, and funds.
HUD developed the Research Partnerships vehicle to allow greater flexibility in addressing important policy questions and to better utilize external expertise in evaluating the local innovations and effectiveness of programs affecting residents of urban, suburban, rural and tribal areas. Through this notice, HUD can accept unsolicited research proposals that address current research priorities and allow innovative research projects that could inform HUD's policies and programs. The documents that establish a framework for HUD's research priorities are the  HUD Strategic Plan 2018-2022 , which specifies the Department's mission and strategic goals for program activities; and the  HUD Research Roadmap: 2017 Update , which is the most recent integration of diverse stakeholder viewpoints into a five-year research and learning agenda. In considering potential research partnerships, PD&R urges organizations to consider ways to take advantage of key research assets, HUD's data infrastructure, that the Roadmap Update identifies as part of HUD's comparative advantage.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals/external institutions 
Sponsor Deadline: September 15, 2020 
Award Amount: Grant benefits vary by country and type of award. Generally speaking, Fulbright grants are budgeted to cover travel and living costs in-country for the grantee and their accompanying dependents.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers approximately 470 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright offers flexible awards including multi-country opportunities. Awards are held for two to twelve months. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. 
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