October 2019
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News and Resources
Dear Colleague Letter: 2019 Social, Behavioral and Economic (SBE) Repositioning
In order to respond to new and emerging areas of scientific inquiry, help SBE researchers better connect their basic research plans to pressing national priorities, and make the value of basic research in the SBE sciences more apparent to a wider set of stakeholders, NSF's Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) has recently repositioned a number of its basic research programs.  Read the Dear Colleague Letter   here
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: November 1, 2019 
Award Amount: varies by award type

Harvard's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) works to increase knowledge of the cultures, economies, histories, environment, and contemporary affairs of past and present Latin America. The Center accepts proposals for faculty grants twice a year, once each semester. The program will accept only one proposal per faculty applicant per year, and will not fund multiple or repeat applications for the same project from collaborating faculty members. The committee gives priority to faculty members who have not previously received grants but will consider consecutive funding for course-based projects, on a case by case basis.
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: November 1, 2019
Award Amount: up to $10,000 (Conference Grants); up to $5,000 (Book Workshop Grants)

The Fairbank Center will consider grant applications from Harvard faculty to fund conferences or book workshops. Preference will be given to projects that support the strategic priorities of the FCCS and the mission of the Center more broadly. Additionally, the Center will consider small grant applications for time sensitive requests on a rolling basis (up to $1,500.) For Conference and Book Workshops, preference will be given to applicants who are receiving additional external funding.  
Deadline: Last day of February, May, August and November
Award Amount: $40,000 for ladder faculty; $5,000 for doctoral students and post-docs
Eligible Applicants: Harvard University full time doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and ladder faculty.

The FHBI provides seed grants to support transformative research in the social and behavioral sciences. Successful proposals will be those that promise to advance understanding of the social, institutional and biological mechanisms shaping human beliefs and behavior. Funds will be used to support interdisciplinary social science research projects based on innovative experimental or observational designs that make use of sophisticated quantitative methods. The Fund also supports seminars, conferences, and other research-related activities.
Deadline: December 6, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $15,000. Exceptional proposals or those exhibiting strong potential for scale will be considered for $25,000 or more.

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

The priority theme for the 2019-2020 funding cycle of the Culture Lab Innovation Fund is "Advancing Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging through Technology Driven Solutions." These are innovative ideas that leverage technology and data to address challenges around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at Harvard. We encourage you to review  previously awarded projects  to see a range of examples and those within this theme.
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: up to $5,000

The Harvard Data Science Initiative Faculty Special Projects Fund is intended to support one-time data science opportunities for which other funding is not readily available. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and funding will be awarded throughout the year until available funding is exhausted. Applicants may request funding of up to $5,000 to support research, community-building, outreach, and educational activities. Examples of projects that the Fund is intended to support include offsetting the cost of running workshops or seminars, data visualization or research dissemination, and video production. The HDSI welcomes applications from all fields of scholarship. 
Deadline: November 8, 2019
Award Amount: detailed budget required

The Middle East Initiative is seeking proposals for research on major policy issues affecting the region. Funding for the program is made possible by the  Emirates Leadership Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School  and the  Kuwait Program at Harvard Kennedy School. Priority will be given to HKS faculty and applicants who have not received funding through this program within the past three years. Priority topics and details on proposals for specific funding sources and types are listed below.
  1. Improving Governance: Promoting the inclusivity, accountability, responsiveness, and efficiency of governing institutions and empowering the region's citizens.
  2. Building Peace: Addressing the sources of domestic and interstate conflict and generating durable political settlements.
  3. Revitalizing the State:Reforming the Middle East's social service delivery systems with a special emphasis on health, education and social protection.
  4. Broadening Financial and Labor Markets: Working to ensure that the financial and labor markets in the Middle East are open, competitive, and beneficial to the entire population.
  5. Governing Technology: Assessing how governments in the Middle East adapt to and integrate technological changes such as the growth of cyberspace, automation, and artificial intelligence, as well as how these advances in technology have shaped governance.
  6. Adapting to the Environment: Exploring how the governments of the region can cope and are coping with the challenges of water scarcity and climate change.
Deadline: November 8, 2019; January 10, 2020; February 14, 2020; March 13, 2020
Award Amount: up to $20,000 (single applicants); up to $30,000 (teams) 

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

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

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

The Tenured Publication Fund aids tenured FAS faculty members in bringing scholarly book projects to timely completion. Funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, to help defray eligible expenses. The Fund is meant to supplement other available means of support; faculty are expected to seek departmental, center-based, and external funds before applying to this Fund.
Deadline: November 22, 2019 
Award Amount: up to $20,000

The Provost's Fund for Interfaculty Collaboration (PFIC) was developed to promote faculty collaboration across multiple Harvard Schools. This fund can be used to support a variety of projects, including but not limited to cross-School interdisciplinary course support, research working groups, and small-scale conferences. To be eligible for support, the designated faculty leader(s) must hold primary Harvard faculty appointments at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor or senior non-ladder faculty appointments including Senior Lecturer, Senior Preceptor, and Professor of Practice, and the project must engage faculty and/or students from at least two Harvard Schools. Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received funding from the grant. Colleagues from outside Harvard may be included as well. 
Deadline: To be considered, proposals must be received no later than 5 pm on the second Monday in September and first Mondays in December and March.
Award Amount: Line item budget required

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

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

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

External Funding Opportunities
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2019 
Award Amount: $30,000 

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. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Tenured professors are not eligible.  
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: December 23, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: January 8, 2020
Award Amount: up to $150,000

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

This program aims to extend the opportunity to participate in the digital transformation of humanistic inquiry to a greater number of humanities scholars. ACLS Digital Extension Grants support projects that have advanced beyond the start-up phase of development as they pursue one or more of the following activities:
  • Developing new systems of making established digital resources available to broader audiences and/or scholars from diverse institutions
  • Extending established digital projects and resources with content that adds diversity or interdisciplinary reach
  • Fostering new team-based collaborations between scholars at all career stages. Projects that convene, train, and empower communities of humanities faculty and/or graduate students around established digital research projects, as well as projects that allow scholars from institutions with limited digital infrastructure to exploit digital resources or to participate in existing labs or working groups, are especially welcome
  • Creating new forms and sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities. Projects that document and recognize participant engagement are strongly encouraged.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 7, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: November 15, 2019
Award Amount: varies by award type; please see below

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Innovation Grants increase understanding of suicide or test treatments and other interventions that save lives. The following types of grants are available:
  • Linked Standard Research Innovation Grants: Grants are awarded to investigators at any level performing research involving two or more unique sites with each site contributing unique expertise, as well as data collection. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent by September 15 to be eligible to apply. Award Amount: up to $300,000 over 2 years. 
  • Distinguished Investigator Innovation Grants: Grants are awarded to investigators at the level of associate professor or higher with an established record of research and publication on suicide. Award Amount: up to $125,000 over 2 years. 
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Innovation Grants: Grants are awarded to investigators who have received a Ph.D., M.D., or other doctoral degree within the preceding six years and have had no more than three years of fellowship support. Fellows receive a stipend of $46,000 per year and an institutional allowance of $6,000 per year. 
  • Standard Research Innovation Grants: Grants are awarded to individual investigators at any level. Award Amount: up to $100,000 over 2 years. 
  • Young Investigator Innovation Grants: Grants awarded to investigators at or below the level of assistant professor. These grants must allocate $10,000 ($5,000 per year) of their award for an established suicide researcher to mentor the Young Investigator. AFSP is available to assist in identifying a suitable mentor. Award Amount: up to $90,000 over 2 years. 
  • Pilot Innovation Grants: Awarded to investigators at any level, these grants provide seed funding for new projects that have the potential to lead to larger investigations. These grants typically entail feasibility studies rather than hypothesis-driven research. Examples include manual development and new biomarker development. Award Amount: up to $30,000 over one or two years.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 3, 2019
Award Amount:  $52,500, plus a small travel allowance

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

The goal of this program is to nurture the development of scientific knowledge by funding small, groundbreaking research initiatives and other important scientific research activities such as conferences. FAD awards provide scholars with "seed money" for innovative research that has the potential for challenging the discipline, stimulating new lines of research, and creating new networks of scientific collaboration. The award is intended to provide opportunities for substantive and methodological breakthroughs, broaden the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and provide leverage for acquisition of additional research funds. The ASA encourages submissions from individuals who are early in their careers, at community colleges, or based at other institutions without extensive support for research, as well as collaborations with 2-year institutions.  
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: November 18, 2019 by 12:00PM
Award Amount: $80,000 for 2 years
The  Brain Research Foundation's Annual Seed Grant Program provides start-up funding for new research projects in the field of neuroscience that will likely lead to extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other outside funding sources. The objective of the BRF Seed Grant Program is to support new and innovative projects, especially those of junior faculty, who are working in new research directions. To be eligible, the PI must be a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor studying  brain function. This includes molecular and clinical neuroscience as well as studies of neural, sensory, motor, cognitive, behavioral and emotional functioning in health and disease.
Please Note: Harvard University is limited to submitting one proposal to this opportunity. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is facilitating the internal application and review process for applicants. To be considered for the Harvard nomination, potential applicants must first submit a pre-proposal online using the link above.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2019
Award Amount: up to $77,000

The Center offers a residential fellowship program for scholars working in a diverse range of disciplines that contribute to advancing research and thinking in social science. Fellows represent the core social and behavioral sciences (anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology) but also the humanities, education, linguistics, communications, and the biological, natural, health, and computer sciences. CASBS is a collaborative environment that fosters the serendipity arising from unexpected intellectual encounters. The Center believes that cross-disciplinary interactions lead to beneficial transformations in thinking and research. The Center seeks fellows who will be influential with, and open to influence by, their colleagues in the diverse multidisciplinary cohort assembled for a given year. There is no citizenship requirement for this opportunity.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 20, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2019
Award Amount: up to $1,250

CES Small Event Grants support workshops, lectures, symposia and other small events that share research on Europe with a wider community. Grants are awarded twice a year, in January for events taking place in the Spring semester, and August for events taking place in the Fall semester. A multi-disciplinary selection committee chooses winners and awards grants based on proposed event budgets and available funds. Any institution that receives a grant must agree to brand the event as "sponsored by the Council for European Studies at Columbia University" and provide an audio-visual or other record of the event. CES also provides promotional support for events either fully or partially funded by this program.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 23, 2020
Award Amount: up to $11,000

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

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Senior Research Fellowship supports advanced research in the humanities. Fellowship awards are for four to six consecutive months (i.e. you can hold the fellowship for four, five, or six consecutive months). Selected fellows are awarded $5,000 per month of the award. Important information about the fellowship competition:
  • Fields of study include, but are not limited to, history, philosophy, religious studies, literature, literary criticism, and visual and performing arts. In addition, research that embraces a humanistic approach and methods will be considered.
  • Applicants must propose four consecutive months of research in an American overseas research center in one of the following countries: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Cyprus, Georgia, Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Senegal, Sri Lanka or Tunisia
  • Fellows may travel and carry out research for four to six consecutive months between the period of May 2020 to November 2021.
  • Selected fellows must work on their research full-time during their period of funding.
  • Fellowship awards will not exceed $5,000 per month.
Notification of fellowship status will be made available to each applicant via email by the end of April, 2020. Fellows are advised that it can take up to six months to obtain necessary research clearances and should plan accordingly. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have resided in the U.S. for three years prior to the application deadline.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 15, 2019
Award Amount: unspecified 

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) provides in-country research fellowships for U.S., Cambodian, and French scholars (or EU citizens holding a French degree) and doctoral students on a yearly basis.  CKS senior research Fellows are given direct funding for their research, access to CKS in-country resources, and provided with logistical support and contacts while in-country.  Senior Fellowships are open to scholars in all disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities to pursue further research focusing on Cambodia only, or Cambodia within a regional context.  Scholars can pursue research in other countries in mainland Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Burma, Southern China) provided that part of their research is undertaken in Cambodia.
  • Senior Long-Term Research Fellowships: Fellowships are available for 6 to 11 months of research (for U.S and Cambodian citizens) and up to 9 months of research (for French citizens). The fellowships are for scholars who already hold a PhD degree.
  • Senior Short-Term Research Fellowships: Fellowships are available for up to 4 months of research (for U.S and Cambodian scholars) and are open to scholars who already hold a PhD degree.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 13, 2019
Award Amount:  Stipends are individually determined according to fellow needs and Center resources, up to a maximum of $66,500. Recent average stipends have been in the range of $50,000.

The Charles Warren Center, Harvard's research center for North American history, invites applications for a workshop on Religion and Public Life America. In this Warren Center workshop, Fellows will present their work in a seminar led by Catherine Brekus (Religion), David Holland (Religion), Jim Kloppenberg (History) that will examine the long historical relationship between religion and American public life. The workshop is especially interested in tracing the role of religion in shaping conversations about religious freedom, war, democracy, social reform, capitalism, and the common good. Since the workshop will pay particular attention to change and development over time, especially in regard to the two key terms-"religion" and "public"- proposals are welcome from historians working on all periods of American history. The Center encourages applications consistent with the workshop theme and from qualified applicants who can contribute, through their research and service, to the diversity and excellence of the community. Applicants may not be degree candidates and should have a Ph.D. or equivalent. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 31, 2019
Award Amount: stipend of $100,000 

The International Affairs Fellowship 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, while government officials are placed 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. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens.  The duration of the fellowship is twelve months, preferably beginning in September.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for awards made to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Information: St ipend of $30,000, a work space, and access to EPIC's Library and research materials.   The typical period for the Scholar in Residence will be a single semester, though longer or shorter periods may be considered.  

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

EPIC encourages applications from post-graduates in law, public policy, and computer science. Terminal degree must be either a J.D. or Ph.D. Mid-career experts in the data protection field are also welcome to apply.  The EPIC Scholar in Residence will be encouraged to participate in the work of EPIC, to meet with outside experts, and to conduct research and writing at EPIC. The expectation is that the individual will produce substantial published work.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 27, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: December 6, 2019
Award Amount: up to $55,000

Through this Request for Applications (RFA) and with the support of the U.S. Embassy Moscow, the Eurasia Foundation (EF) invites project applications from nonprofit organizations and institutions seeking to expand U.S.-Russian communication and cooperation. EF will fund innovative projects promoting peer-to-peer collaboration and long-term engagement between Russians and Americans on topics of mutual interest. While universities and other research institutions are eligible to apply to the P2P program, funded projects must expand beyond pure research. Specifically, all P2P projects should include or culminate in concrete deliverable or deliverables, including but not limited to offering newly-developed training sessions, lectures, conferences, video/music productions, art exhibits, performances, etc. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 20, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: November 30, 2019
Award Amount: unspecified; detailed budget required
The Fritz Thyssen Foundation supports scholarly events, in particular national and international conferences with the aim of facilitating the discussion and analysis of specific scholarly questions as well as fostering cooperation and networking of scholars working in the same field or on interdisciplinary topics. An application can be filed in the following areas of support:
Funding is basically reserved for projects that are related to the promotion areas of the Foundation and have a clear connection to the German research system. This connection can be established either at a personal level through German scientists working on the project, at an institutional level through non-German scientists being affiliated to German research institutes or through studies on topics related thematically to German research interests.
FAS /SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: November 25, 2019 
Award Amount:  3,100 euros per month + supplements to support childcare

Support is primarily provided for the historical humanities, in particular to support research projects in the fields of Archaeology, Art History, Historical Islamic Studies, History, History of Law, History of Science, Prehistory and Early History. Candidates can apply regardless of their nationality and place of work. Grants for research projects involve, depending on the type of project, the assumption of costs for personnel, travel, materials and/or other costs. Only full time scholarships are available. Support can be provided for a minimum of one month and a maximum of 24 months.  
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 20, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: November 29, 2019
Award Amount: unspecified

As security-related issues, the fading role of the state and the gradual elimination of borders are central themes in both political and scholarly debates today. "Failing states" as a safe haven for terrorists, transnational organized crime, a loss of overall legitimacy, shrinking state authority in conflict-ridden regions are the relevant keywords in this context. There is good reason for a more fine-grained perspective, however. Current security issues are multi-faceted and dynamic, ranging from military protection to efficient public infrastructure and a viable social negotiation process. As a matter of fact, the state is not irrevocably losing ground in security-sensitive areas. In some areas of national and personal security, state authority and sound governmental practice are more important than ever.

The "Security, Society and the State" research programme reflects these contradictory trends. It targets new security-related issues that are prime examples of the post-Cold-War era but have been largely neglected in mainstream research. The programme is intended to encourage junior scholars to pursue unconventional research agendas that are nonetheless crucial, while providing senior scholars with the opportunity to focus intensively on work in progress for a limited period. Moreover, the objective is to combine basic theoretical research with concepts that are applicable to present-day political issues of security policy.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2019
Award Amount:  €3,400 per month for 6-12 months

The German Historical Institute (GHI) in Washington, DC is now accepting applications for its long-term visiting fellows program. Fellowships will be granted for a period of 6- to 12-months in the following thematic areas:
  • History of Family and Kinship
  • History of Knowledge
  • History of Migration
  • History of Race & Ethnicity
  • History of Religion and Religiosity
  • History of the Americas
The identified thematic areas are intended to be broad in scope. Applicants are welcome to identify up to two areas for which they wish to submit their application. The Fellow will have the opportunity to make use of the resources in the Washington metropolitan area, including the Library of Congress and the National Archives, while pursuing their own research. Travel within the U.S. to work in archives and libraries will also be possible. Candidates doing original research for a dissertation or a second book project will be given preference. The program is open to scholars based in North America and Europe.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 3, 2019
Award Amount: $40,000 for the spring semester or $60,000 for the full academic year

The Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies invites applications for the Harry Starr Fellowship in Judaica. Applicants may come from any discipline in the humanities or social sciences associated with studies in Judaica; junior faculty  are  especially encouraged to apply. The 2020-21 theme is "The Changing Contours of Jewish Thought." The  program will assemble a working group of six scholars whose work deals substantively with Jewish Thought in any of its fields or modalities. Proposals may address any topic in Jewish thought in any geographic region and in any historical period, but preference will be given to projects focusing upon the changes that scholarship in the field has undergone in the recent past.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: November 6, 2019  
Award Amount: up to $50,000 

Early Career fellowships support research and writing toward a scholarly product in English. Priority will be given to proposals based on the applicant's research in China. Research in Hong Kong, Macau, Tibet, Xinjiang, and Taiwan is eligible. In addition, proposals based on research outside these areas will also be considered. A working knowledge of Chinese is required. Stipends may be used for travel, living expenses, and research costs. Other support may be accepted (sabbatical leave or other grants) but the total received cannot exceed the 125% of the fellow's academic annual salary. There is no financial support for dependents. An applicant must hold a PhD degree conferred no earlier than January 1, 2011. Applicants who have obtained tenure, or whose tenure review will be complete before May 31, 2020, are not eligible. An applicant who is not a US or Canadian citizen/permanent resident must have an affiliation, a long-term regular research or teaching appointment, with a university or college in the United States or Canada.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: November 15, 2019 
Award Amount: varies by fellowship type 

The Huntington (San Marino, CA) awards fellowships to scholars in the fields of history, literature, art, and the history of science.  The Huntington is a collections-based research institute, which promotes scholarship on the basis of its library holdings and art collections. Although the library collections are particularly strong in British and American history; British and American literature; art history; the history of science, technology and medicine; and the history of the book, the holdings of rare books and manuscripts are much more diverse than might be expected, ranging chronologically from the 11th century to the present. The art collections features European and American art spanning more than 500 years, with particular strengths in paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, drawings, and photographs.

The tenure of these awards is 1 to 12 months; the Library offers a variety of fellowships, all with differing durations and award amounts. There are no citizenship requirements; exceptions include the three long-term fellowships funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, which requires recipients be either U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have been in the U.S. for three years preceding application.  
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2019 
Award Amount: up to $75,000

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 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. 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 2020-2021 the theme will be " Science and the State ."
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2019
Award Amount: varies by fellowship; please see below

Sponsorship of research at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, Rhode Island is reserved exclusively for scholars whose work is centered on the colonial history of the Americas, North and South, including all aspects of European, African, and Native American engagements in global and comparative contexts.
  • Short-term fellowships are open to individuals who are engaged in pre- and post-doctoral, or independent research, regardless of nationality. Graduate students must have passed their preliminary or general examinations by the application deadline of December 1, 2019. Short-term fellowships are available for periods of two to four months and carry a stipend of $2,100 per month.
  • Long-term fellowships are open to applicants of all nationalities. They are available for 5-10 months and carry a monthly stipend of $4,200.
  • African Americas Fellowship: As part of a new initiative in the history of Africa, Africans in the Americas, and the history of slavery and the slave trade in the early modern world, JCB invites applications for short-term fellowships in 2020-21 specific to the Library's African Americas Initiative. Fellowships supported by this initiative will draw attention to the JCB's significant archive of materials related to the history of Africans and their social, cultural, and intellectual legacies in the New World. Find out more about this initiative here.
  • Collaborative Cluster Fellowship: As part of an effort to expand the disciplinary scope of research at the Library, and to emphasize the role of the JCB as a laboratory for new research methods, the fellowship committee encourages applications from small groups of between two to four scholars who would be in simultaneous residence for periods of up to one month to work in collaboration on a particular theme, object, or scholarly project. The fellowship carries a weekly stipend of $500 per person.
  • Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Library Fellowship: Supports work by academics, independent scholars and writers working on significant projects relating to the literature, history, culture, or art of the Americas before 1830. Candidates with a U.S. history topic are strongly encouraged to concentrate on the period prior to 1801. The fellowship is also open to filmmakers, novelists, creative and performing artists, and others working on projects that draw on this period of history. The four month fellowship is divided into two parts - two months of research at the John Carter Brown Library during the academic year and two months of writing at the C.V. Starr Center at Washington College in Chestertown, MD during the following summer. The stipend is $5,000 per month for a total of $20,000, plus housing and university privileges.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline:  Rolling 
Award Information: Unspecified

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation seeks to support fundamental research that addresses issues of rules, norms and governance of the internet and digital platforms. Recent research, policy debates and public controversies have highlighted the absence of uniform consensus on the norms, rights and responsibilities that should govern digital services, in particular social media. The Foundation wishes to fund scholarly inquiry and novel approaches that will strengthen our democracy as the digital age progresses.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2020 
Award Amount: Junior (untenured) fellows receive a stipend of $25,000 per semester; senior (tenured) fellows receive $30,000 per semester, plus housing

Each year, the Kroc Institute's Visiting Research Fellows program brings outstanding scholars focused on peace research to the University of Notre Dame for a semester or a full academic year. The Institute particularly seeks scholars who will actively integrate their research with ongoing Kroc research initiatives. For 2020-21, the following types of proposals are of interest:
  • Gender and Conflict/Peacebuilding
  • Nuclear Disarmament, Sustainable Development and Climate Change
  • International Mediation
  • Peace Studies (open)
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 6, 2019
Award Amount: $4,200 per month for up to 11 months

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

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

The Foundation does not maintain a website but application guidelines can be found  at the link above . Applicants should submit all required materials along with the  candidate information form  to the foundation via email. Additional information can be found in the foundation's  FAQs .
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 10, 2019
Award Amount: $45,000

Through its program of Fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.   
Awards will be made for study in research-based programs. Examples include the following major disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, cultural studies, earth sciences, economics, education, engineering, ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, urban planning, and women's studies. Also eligible are interdisciplinary ethnic studies programs, such as African American studies and Native American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs, such as area studies, peace studies, and social justice. Each Fellow is expected to begin tenure on June 1 (for 12 months) or September 1 (for 9 or 12 months) of the year in which the award is received.    
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2019
Award Amount: $35,000 (Long-Term Fellowships); $3,000 per month (Short-Term Fellowships)

The Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program offers long-term and short-term fellowships to support scholars and writers working on projects that would benefit from access to the Center's extensive resources for the study of African diasporic history, politics, literature, and culture. The Schomburg Center is a world-renowned repository of sources on every facet of the African diasporic experience, with extensive holdings including numerous unique manuscript and archival collections as well as a comprehensive range of publications, photographs, films, audio recordings, and visual art. Long-term fellowships provide a $35,000 stipend to support postdoctoral scholars and independent researchers who work in residence at the Center for a continuous period of six months. Short-term fellowships are open to postdoctoral scholars, independent researchers, and creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets) who work in residence at the Center for a continuous period of one to three months. Short-term fellows receive a stipend of $3000 per month. Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents and foreign nationals who have been resident in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline may apply.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Long-Term Fellowships Sponsor  Deadline: November 1, 2019
Short-Term Fellowships Sponsor Deadline: December 15, 2019
Award Amount:   $4,200 per month for 4-9 months (Long-Term Fellowships); $2,500 per month for 1-2 months (Short-Term Fellowships)

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

The Partnership on AI (PAI) was jointly created by leading technology companies, civil society organizations, and academic institutions to maximize the benefits and confront the challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. The Partnership seeks to study and formulate best practices on AI, advance the public's understanding of AI, and serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society. Researchers at PAI's member organizations and in the wider AI community are invited to submit applications for residential fellowships based at the Partnership on AI's San Francisco offices. Three classes of Fellowships are available:
  • Postgraduate Research Fellowships are suitable for candidates who are nearing the end of a PhD or equivalent research degree;
  • Research Fellowships are suitable for early to mid-career candidates, who have a PhD and a demonstrated track record of research and/or technology policy work; or who have more than a PhD equivalent level research, technical or policy experience and output in non-academic settings; and
  • Senior Research Fellowships are suitable for well-established, senior researchers who have led successful labs or research teams or have an extensive track record of research and/or policy work.
Princeton University: Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) Fellows Program
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 13, 2019
Award Amount: Fellows receive a research salary of one-half their ten month salary at their home institution, up to a maximum set each year before selection is made. 

The Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton invites outstanding faculty members of any discipline, independent scholars, lawyers, and judges to apply for residential fellowships for 2020-2021. LAPA Fellows devote the major portion of their time to their own research and writing on law-related subjects of empirical, interpretive, doctrinal and/or normative significance. In addition, LAPA Fellows are expected to be in residence for 10 months and participate in LAPA programs, including a biweekly seminar, a weekly luncheon discussion group, as well as some public events and conferences. The program does not support, as a primary activity, off-site fieldwork or work in remote archives, development of course materials, work in legal practice, or residence elsewhere.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 15, 2019
Award Amount:  room and board; travel assistance and stipend amounts are determined following application submission

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Program in Italy offers academics, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work, and the unparalleled opportunity to establish new connections with fellow residents from a wide array of backgrounds, disciplines, and geographies. The Foundation's Bellagio Residency Program has a track record for supporting the generation of important new knowledge addressing some of the most complex issues facing our world, and innovative new works of art that inspire reflection and understanding of global and social issues. Residencies are for 2 to 4 weeks. There is no citizenship requirement for these opportunities. 

The  Academic Writing residency  is for university and think tank-based academics, researchers, professors, and scientists working in any discipline. Successful applicants will demonstrate decades of significant professional contributions to their field or show evidence of being on a strong upward trajectory for those earlier in their careers.

The  Arts & Literary Arts residency  is for composers, fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers, and visual artists who share in the Foundation's mission of promoting the well-being of humanity around the world and whose work is inspired by or relates to global or social issues.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 21, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: December 3, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $30,000 for assistant professors; Up to $50,000 for associate professors
Eligibility: Tenure track assistant professors and associate professors who have been in the rank for less than seven years are eligible to apply. The pipeline grants competition is only available to faculty who have not previously received a research grant or a visiting fellowship from RSF.

The  Russell Sage Foundation (RSF), in partnership with the Economic Mobility and Opportunity program at the  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), seeks to advance innovative research on economic mobility and access to opportunity in the United States. The sponsors are particularly interested in research focused on diagnosing and addressing structural barriers to economic mobility in this country. This initiative is designed to support early- and mid-career tenure-track scholars, and to promote diversity by prioritizing applications from scholars who are underrepresented in the social sciences. This includes racial, ethnic, gender, disciplinary, institutional, and geographic diversity.

RSF has a long-standing goal of encouraging methodological variety and inter-disciplinary collaboration. They are interested in novel uses of new or under-utilized data, and creative uses of administrative data. Proposals might include exploratory fieldwork, a pilot study, field experiments, in-depth qualitative interviews, ethnographies, or the analysis of existing data. The full RFP at the link above includes examples of the kinds of research topics and questions that are relevant to this competition. The list is not all-encompassing and is only intended to suggest a sample range of eligible topics and questions. For all topics, research at the intersection of demographic characteristics or intersectional analyses that include race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, immigration status, socio-economic status, and/or others, is encouraged.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for Letter of Inquiry
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: November 21, 2019
Award Amount: up to $175,000 

The Russell Sage Foundation is devoted exclusively to strengthening the methods, data, and theoretical core of the social sciences as a means of improving social policies. Applicants may send Letters of Inquiry to the following programs for the November 21 deadline:
  • Social, Political and Economic Inequality: Focuses on whether rising economic inequality has affected social, political, and economic institutions in the U.S., and the extent to which increased inequality has affected equality of opportunity, social mobility, and the intergenerational transmission of advantage.
  • Future of Work: This program is concerned primarily with examining the causes and consequences of the declining quality of jobs for less- and moderately-educated workers in the U.S. economy and the role of changes in employer practices, the nature of the labor market and public policies on the employment, earnings, and the quality of jobs of American workers. 
  • Behavioral Economics: Supports research that uses insights and methods from psychology, economics, sociology, political science and other social sciences to examine and improve social and living conditions in the United States.
  • Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context: Supports innovative research on decision making across the social sciences that examines causes, consequences, processes, or context from a behavioral or alternative perspective.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 4, 2019
Award Amount: $40,000 or $50,000, plus housing

The School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico offers fellowships 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. The resident scholar selection process is guided by the School's longstanding commitment to support research that advances knowledge about human culture, evolution, history, and creative expression. Fellowships are for nine months. There is no citizenship requirement.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2019
Award Amount: up to $50,400 stipend per year plus $4,000 research allowance 

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program offers opportunities for independent research or study related to Smithsonian collections, facilities, and/or research interests of the Institution and its staff. Fellowships are offered to graduate students, predoctoral students, and postdoctoral and senior investigators to conduct independent research and to utilize the resources of the Institution with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff serving as advisors and hosts. Fellowships are offered for research and study in the following fields: animal behavior, ecology, and environmental science; anthropology, including archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, and physical anthropology; astrophysics and astronomy; earth sciences and paleobiology; evolutionary and systematic biology; folklife; history of science and technology; history of art, especially American, contemporary, African, and Asian art, twentieth century American crafts, and decorative arts; materials research; molecular biology; and the social and cultural history of the United States. Awards are for 3-24 months, with stipend rates prorated for periods of less than 12 months. 
Sponsor Deadline:  Rolling
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Award Information:  Grantees will receive r esearch funding up to $50,000 via the SSRC, access to Facebook data via  Social Science One , and peer pre-review services from Social Science One. The first dataset is a database of Facebook URL shares; details about these data, including the codebook, can be found at the Social Science One  Dataverse repository . Awards provide support for up to 12 months.

Proposals for the Social Media and Democracy Research Grants should examine the impact of social media and related digital technologies on democracy and elections, generate insights to inform policy at the intersection of media, technology, and democracy, and advance new avenues for future research. This initiative seeks to study these processes in an independent, transparent, and ethical way according to the highest standards of data privacy and academic research, to improve the lives of all. Applicants must demonstrate the technical and methodological skill base to effectively work with large, complex data sets and a commitment to data privacy.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days before submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling via initial survey submission 
Award Amount: Unlimited

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

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

The United States-Japan Foundation supports US-Japan policy-related studies, initiatives and exchanges that help address issues of significant mutual concern to the United States and Japan. The Foundation seeks to respond to policy-relevant needs as identified by experts and practitioners in US-Japan policy studies field and we are therefore open to innovative projects. Projects emphasize research over dialogue, have lasting impact and practical relevance to US-Japan policymakers, encourage growth, education and interaction of younger scholars and policymakers in both countries, and disseminate results widely. Areas of current interest can be found here
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: February 15, 2020
Award Amount: $5,000

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

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

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

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

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

FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 12, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 19, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $400,000 distributed evenly over 2 years
The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is interested in receiving proposals for the  Minerva Research Initiative's  (Minerva) Defense Education and Civilian University Research (DECUR) Partnership. The DECUR Partnership aims to develop collaborative basic research partnerships between Professional Military Education (PME) Institutions and Civilian Research Universities by supporting fundamental scientific research that improves the capacity of security-related basic social science research and education. Building upon the success of Minerva's university research awards, the DECUR Partnership aims to pair civilian university researchers with PME faculty to facilitate collaborative research in the fundamental understanding of the social and cultural forces shaping U.S. strategic interests globally. Proposals must include a civilian university Principal Investigator (PI) and a PME co-PI. Outside of the civilian university PI and the PME co-PI, the size of research teams is not limited. The research questions addressed should extend beyond standard disciplinary approaches to include innovative multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary methodological approaches.
The Minerva Research Initiative competition is for research related to the following nine topics:
  • Topic 1: Peer/Near-peer Statecraft, Influence, and Regional Balance of Power
  • Topic 2: Power, Deterrence, and Escalation Management
  • Topic 3: Alliances and Burden Sharing
  • Topic 4: Economic Interdependence and Security
  • Topic 5: Economic Viability, Resilience, and Sustainability of Logistics Infrastructure
  • Topic 6: Multi-Domain Behavioral Complexity and Computational Social Modeling
  • Topic 7: Autonomy, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Ethics, and Social Interactions
  • Topic 8: Models and Methods for Understanding Covert Online Influence
  • Topic 9: Automated Cyber Vulnerability Analysis
   5-6 awards are anticipated.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: October 28, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 4, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $100,000 for 1 year.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) invites participation in Polyplexus, which is an online, professional, technical conversation between the research community and DARPA Program Managers that will lead to the opportunity to submit abstracts and full proposals for a research and development project. The shared task of this group is to rigorously explore the trends and possible applications of emerging science and technology in a specific technical area defined by a participating Program Manager. The initial technical area under consideration in this announcement is cognitive dissonance detection. The topic will be refined as the incubator conversation evolves. The updated topic can be found in the "Cognitive Dissonance Detection (Topic 16)" incubator located on the  polyplexus.com  website.
The process, evaluation criteria, abstract submission instructions, and proposal submission instructions are described in the most recent amendment of BAA for  Polyplexus Pilot 3 (HR001119S0075) .
At least one award is anticipated. In addition, the information gathered in the incubator may serve as the basis for a future program.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 12, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposals: November 19, 2019
Award Amount: Each award will include a 24-month base period (maximum of $500,000) and a possible 12-month option period called the "Director's Fellowship" (maximum of $500,000).
DARPA's Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs. In particular, this YFA will provide high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DoD capabilities. The long-term goal of the program is to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers in the research community who will focus a significant portion of their future careers on DoD and National Security issues. Once awards are made, each YFA performer will be assigned a DARPA Program Manager with interests closely related to their research topic. The Program Manager will act as project manager and mentor to the YFA award recipients. As part of the program, a number of visits/exercises at a variety of DoD sites and facilities will be scheduled.
Participation in the YFA program is limited to any current tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professors and to tenured Assistant or Associate Professors within three years of their tenure appointment at a U.S. institution of higher education or equivalent at a U.S. non-profit science and technology research institution. Previous YFA recipients are not eligible to apply to this or any future YFA program, though recipients of non-YFA DARPA awards are eligible to propose.
This Research Announcement (RA) solicits single principal investigator (PI) proposals for research and development in the following specific Technical Areas (TAs) of interest:
  1. Unlocking the Secrets of Roman Concrete
  2. In Vivo Biosensors
  3. Decision Making Algorithm for Medical Countermeasure (MCM) Development
  4. Microbial Community Modeling
  5. Biological Systems for Sensing, Reporting, and Mitigating Air Contamination
  6. Distributed Intelligence in Flexible Robots
  7. Bioinspired Soft-Matter Electrical Circuits
  8. Room-temperature Chip-scale Quantum Opto-mechanical Sensors
  9. AI System Engineering
  10. Advanced Corrosion Control
  11. Economics-driven Secure Multiparty Computation
  12. Cross-Cultural Extrapolation of Privacy-Oriented Human-Technology Interactions
  13. Scientific Model Aware Computing
  14. Push Science
  15. Visualization Innovations for Cyber Terrain Operations Representation (VICTOR)
  16. Reducing Errors in Quantum Systems
  17. Dielectrics for High-Temperature CMOS FETs
  18. A Physics-Based Re-exploration of Spectrum Allocation
  19. Detecting Cognitive Dissonance & Belief Shift Over Time
  20. Chip-scale Blind Sampled Wideband Periodogram and Time Transfer by Machine Learning
  21. Practical Antineutrino Detectors
  22. RF Power Harvesting for Remote Sensing
  23. Low Loop Latency Distributed Time Transfer
  24. High-Entropy Alloys Study
  25. Ocean Object Identification via Distributed Sensors
  26. Flame Stability and Ignition in Partially-Premixed High-Speed Flows
  27. On-Orbit Servicing Architectures for Proliferated Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Constellations
At the executive summary phase, proposing PIs are limited to one executive summary per TA. At the full proposal phase, proposing PIs are limited to submitting only one full proposal to only one topic under this RA.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: November 25, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: December 4, 2019
Award Amount: up to $50,000 (Convening Grants); up to $250,000 (Publication Grants; no more than $100,000 per year)

Collaborative Research grants support groups of two or more scholars engaging in significant and sustained research in the humanities. The program seeks to encourage projects in a single field of study, as well as interdisciplinary work, both within the humanities and beyond. Projects that include partnerships with researchers from the natural and social sciences are encouraged, but they must remain firmly rooted in the humanities and must employ humanistic methods. Collaborators may be drawn from a single institution or several institutions across the United States; up to half of the collaborators may be based outside of the U.S. Partnerships among different sorts of institutions are welcome: for example, research universities might partner with teaching colleges, libraries, museums, or independent research institutions.

Eligible projects must propose tangible and sustainable outcomes such as co-authored or multi-authored books; born-digital publications; themed issues of peer-reviewed journals; and open-access digital resources. All project outcomes must be based on and must convey interpretive humanities research. All award recipients are expected to disseminate the results of their work to scholarly audiences and/or general audiences. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of a full proposal
Sponsor Deadline: varies by program; please see details below
Award Amount: varies by program; please see details below

This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is intended to highlight for the research community that NSF, as a primary federal funder of basic science and engineering research in the United States, continues to welcome and support competitive, peer-reviewed research that advances fundamental knowledge about the nature and underlying dynamics of sexual and other forms of harassment, and mechanisms for evaluating harassment prevalence, prevention, and responses, in a range of STEM education, research, and workplace settings. A number of programs across the Foundation may be appropriate for proposals that have clear, theoretically-driven research orientations and advance generalizable knowledge about sexual or other forms of harassment in STEM contexts. Examples of potential research foci include: the nature and dynamics of harassment, including underlying social and behavioral processes; mechanisms for assessing and evaluating harassment prevalence, prevention, and responses across a range of organizational levels; and harassment dynamics with respect to ethics, diversity, and inclusivity in science. Additionally, NSF programs in any research area may elect to support basic research or conferences about sexual or other forms of harassment in a specific research field, group, or context. Proposals involving international collaboration, in which NSF supports the U.S. component of the collaborative activities, may also be considered.

To determine whether a research idea is within the scope of this DCL and appropriate for a particular program, prospective principal investigators are strongly encouraged to contact, prior to submitting proposals, the directorate/office Liaison(s) for Harassment Research  most closely aligned with the research activities to be proposed.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadlines: January 15, 2020; July 8, 2020
Award Amount:  Unspecified

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

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

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