December 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.

Please Note: Due to the upcoming Winter Recess, if a proposal submission deadline falls during the week of January 4, 2021 through January 8, 2021, please email the OSP Proposal Submission Team to let them know that a proposal will need to be quickly turned around upon return from the break.

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. 
COVID-19 Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding 

To get funding as quickly as possible to the research community, NIH is using Urgent and Emergency competing revisions and administrative supplements to existing grant awards. This approach allows NIH to leverage resident expertise, getting additional funding to those researchers who are already working with other organisms, models, or tools so that they can quickly shift focus to the novel coronavirus. Learn more here
Featured Resource: Foundation Directory Online (FDO)

Are you interested in learning more about foundation funding to support your research interests? Harvard affiliates have access to Foundation Directory Online (FDO), a searchable database that contains a wealth of information on foundations and the grants they support. For assistance navigating FDO, view our guide or contact Paige Belisle at pbelisle@fas.harvard.edu to schedule a one-on-one Zoom meeting.
Internal Opportunities
For a more comprehensive list of Harvard internal funding opportunities, please see here.
External Opportunities

Non-Federal Opportunities:

Federal Opportunities:
Internal Funding Opportunities
DivisionSocialScienceManuscript
Deadline: Proposals will be received and reviewed four times a year, with deadlines on the first business day of October, January, April, and July. Applicants will be notified, and funded if approved, within one month of the submission deadline.
Award Amount: up to $3,000

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

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

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


HarvardMellonUrbanInitiative
Deadline: January 4, 2021 
Award Amount: $2,500

The Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative (HMUI) invites applications for grants to support research projects with an urban focus, ideally with an interdisciplinary approach. Projects might include but are not limited to such issues as inequality, diversity, and climate change. HMUI is particularly interested in linking humanistic approaches to cities with spatial investigations of the built and natural environments. HMUI seeks proposals in three broad areas:
  1. development of course-related materials
  2. research in archives and online data sets that will lead to publication
  3. innovative strategies for disseminating knowledge (e.g.: data visualization, maps, multimedia history, etc.).
All Harvard affiliates are eligible to apply. Faculty and instructors can only apply to hire student research assistants. Currently-enrolled students, both undergraduate and graduate, may apply to undertake their own independent or collaborative projects. Students can indicate a faculty sponsor or request the HMUI's help in finding one. Collaborative projects that bring together faculty and students from across the university to develop new cross-disciplinary approaches to the study of urban environments, societies, and cultures are welcome. Projects can be conducted in Spring and/or Summer of 2021. 


LemannBrazil
Deadline: January 25, 2021
Award Amount: up to $150,000 payable over one or two years. It is anticipated that 5-10 grants will be awarded each year.

The Lemann Brazil Research Fund is intended to foster collaboration between scholars and to support research projects focused on current issues facing Brazil. Proposals are sought for research projects that address education management and administration; social science and its applications; public administration and policy; technological advances in education; and evidence-based research. Consideration will also be given to projects that propose collaboration between Harvard faculty and Brazilian academics in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and basic and applied sciences. Given the challenges of this year, special consideration will be given to applicants in any field proposing work related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are invited from individuals who hold a faculty appointment at a Harvard school and who have principal investigator rights at that school.


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

External Funding Opportunities
AcademyFilmScholars
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 22, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: January 29, 2021
Award Amount: $25,000 

Academy Film Scholars grants are awarded to scholars to support significant new works of film scholarship. Through the Grants program, the Academy seeks to:
  • Promote diversity
  • Bridge the opportunity divide
  • Attract and engage broad new audiences for theatrical motion pictures 
  • Provide a platform for underrepresented artists, the full range of film genres, and a variety of viewpoints and approaches 
  • Encourage filmmaking as a vocation
  • Illuminate less visible aspects of filmmaking and the film industry through scholarly research, presentations and discussions
Academy Film Scholars grants fund new English-language projects that address cultural, educational, historical, theoretical or scientific aspects of theatrical motion pictures. Applicants must be established scholars, writers, historians or researchers possessing either a significant record of achievement, or exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishments in his or her field. Applicants must have written and published at least one book of scholarship prior to applying. Each applicant must propose a new work in the English language encompassing some aspect of theatrical motion picture art, science, commerce, history or theory. Those examining elements of the film industry that have been underrepresented in the canon of film scholarship will be given priority. Works solely exploring television, video or other media arts are not eligible. Proposed works may be books, multimedia presentations, curatorial projects, interactive DVDs or Internet sites. 
AmAntiquarianNEH
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2021
Award Amount: $4,200 per month for 4-12 months

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

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

The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman, Jordan promotes study, teaching, and increased knowledge of ancient and Middle Eastern studies with Jordan as a focus. The following residential fellowships are available:
  • NEH Fellowship: This award is intended for scholars who have a Ph.D. or have completed their professional training. Funding is provided for four to ten months. Eligible fields of research include, but are not limited to: modern and classical languages, linguistics, literature, history, jurisprudence, philosophy, archaeology, heritage studies, comparative religion, ethics, and the history, criticism, and theory of the arts. Social and political scientists are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals living in the U.S. for three years immediately preceding the application deadline. The award for ten months is $50,000, of which $32,000 is for stipend and travel and the remainder is for ACOR room and board. Shorter award periods are prorated accordingly. 
  • ACOR-CAORC Post-Doctoral Fellowship: This program offers two- to six-month fellowships for post-doctoral scholars and scholars and professionals with a terminal degree in their field, pursuing research or publication projects in the natural and social sciences, humanities, and associated disciplines relating to the Middle East. U.S. citizenship is required. The maximum award amount is $32,400. 
AmericanInstitutePakistanStudies
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: February 1, 2021 
Award Amount: All applicants will need to submit a budget that is reasonable and appropriate to the project. Budgets should include economy airfare, stipend, lodging accommodations and other research-related expenses.

The American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) is a bi-national research and educational organization with a mission to promote academic study of Pakistan in the US and to encourage scholarly exchange between the US and Pakistan. Fellows must be AIPS individual members in good standing at the time of application and throughout the tenure of the grant. Research must be at least 2 months and less than 9 months; AIPS reserves the right to shorten the duration of research, pending availability of funds. Research can be conducted in Pakistan only (Islamabad and/or Lahore), or in countries other than Pakistan and the US. 
APSPhillips
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 22, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2021
Award Amount: up to $3,500

The Phillips Fund of the American Philosophical Society provides grants for research in Native American linguistics, ethnohistory, and the history of studies of Native Americans, in the continental United States and Canada. The grants are intended for such costs as travel, tapes, films, and consultants' fees. Grants are not made for projects in archaeology, ethnography, or psycholinguistics; for the purchase of permanent equipment; or for the preparation of pedagogical materials. The committee distinguishes ethnohistory from contemporary ethnography as the study of cultures and cultural change through time.
APAPlacek
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 22, 2021 
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2021 
Award Amount: $9,000 

This program awards $9,000 to support empirical research from all fields of the behavioral and social sciences on any topic related to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender issues. The Wayne F. Placek Grant encourages research to increase the general public's understanding of homosexuality and sexual orientation, and to alleviate the stress that lesbian women, gay men, bisexual women, bisexual men and transgender individuals experience in this and future civilizations. The Wayne F. Placek Grant encourages research that addresses the following topics:
  • Heterosexuals' attitudes and behaviors toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, including prejudice, discrimination and violence.
  • Family and workplace issues relevant to LGBT people.
  • Special concerns of sectors of the LGBT population that have historically been underrepresented in scientific research.
ARCEgypt
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 18, 2021
Award Amount: varies by fellowship type; please see details below 

The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) offers funded fellowships for a wide range of scholars looking to conduct research in Egypt. Previous fellows have represented the fields of anthropology, archaeology, architecture, fine art, art history, Coptic studies, economics, Egyptology, history, the humanistic social sciences, Islamic studies, literature, political science, religious studies, and music. Decades of close collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities (MoA) and Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) enable ARCE to provide fellows with solid administrative support and advice that eases access to Egyptian museums, monuments, archaeological sites, research libraries, archives and Egyptian institutions of higher education. The following fellowships are available:
  • ARCE-CAORC Research Fellowships: This fellowship is open to U.S. citizen pre-doctoral candidates (ABD), postdoctoral scholars, faculty and senior scholars at museums, universities and institutions worldwide for a minimum stay of three months and a maximum stay of 12 months. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs funds the fellowship through a grant to the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). Four to six fellowships are funded annually. Fellowships range from $2,200-$3,520 per month based on academic rank, plus round trip airfare.
  • ARCE-NEH Fellowship: This fellowship is open to U.S. citizen postdoctoral scholars, faculty and senior scholars at universities, museums, and institutions worldwide and to foreign nationals who have been a resident in the United States for three consecutive years immediately preceding the application deadline. Advanced degree candidates must have completed all requirements-except for the actual conferral of the degree-by the deadline. One four-month fellowship will be awarded. The Fellowship provides $5,000 per month.
CabotFamily
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Concept Paper: January 25, 2021
Sponsor Deadline for Concept Paper: February 1, 2021
Award Amount: $5,000 - $50,000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recordings at Risk is a national regranting program administered by CLIR to support the preservation of rare and unique audio, audiovisual, and other time-based media of high scholarly value through digital reformatting. Awards range from $10,000 to $50,000 and cover costs of preservation reformatting for fragile and/or obsolete time-based media content by qualified external service providers. Eligible media may include, but are not necessarily limited to, magnetic audio and video tape, grooved discs, wax cylinders, wire recordings, and film (with or without sound).
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for awards made to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: Stipend of $30,000, a work space, and access to EPIC's Library and research materials. The typical period for the Scholar in Residence will be a single semester, though longer or shorter periods may be considered. 

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

EPIC encourages applications from post-graduates in law, public policy, and computer science. Terminal degree must be either a J.D. or Ph.D. Mid-career experts in the data protection field are also welcome to apply. The EPIC Scholar in Residence will be encouraged to participate in the work of EPIC, to meet with outside experts, and to conduct research and writing at EPIC. The expectation is that the individual will produce substantial published work.
EurasiaP2P
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 8, 2021 
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2021 
Award Amount: up to $50,000

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. Projects should result in collaborative outcomes and deliverables that address one or more of the following areas: 
  • American business values of innovation, entrepreneurship, and fair legal and labor practices; 
  • Public health;
  • U.S.-Russian collaboration in space exploration and science;
  • Science and technology;
  • U.S.-Russian collaboration in the arts;
  • Grassroots expression of ideas through writing, art, and new media;
  • Addressing a social challenge brought about as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applicants are encouraged to include innovative methodologies and technologies to accomplish program goals and collaboration between U.S. and Russian peers. Successful projects will result in a tangible deliverable or outcome that enhances interaction and understanding between U.S. and Russian society well beyond the project end date.
EUIBraudel
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: March 30, 2021 
Award Amount: monthly stipend of €3,000

Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowships provide a framework for established academics with an international reputation to pursue their research at the EUI. Fellowships last for up to ten months in one of the EUI's four Departments which in turn invite fellows to participate in departmental activities (seminars, workshops, colloquia, etc.). Fellows are encouraged to make contact with researchers sharing their academic interests, may be involved in the teaching and thesis supervision tasks of EUI professors, and associated with one of the research projects being carried out at the EUI. 
  • Department of Economics: considers applications for the 30 March and the 30 September deadline.
  • Department of Law: considers applications only for the 30 March deadline for fellowships during the following academic year (September to June).
The fellowship lasts up to 10 months. Candidates must indicate their intended length of stay in the application but the hosting department may propose a different and/or shorter period to successful candidates subject to available funding. Fellowships are not normally awarded for the months of July and August. Fellows must live in Florence for the duration of the fellowship so that they can take an active part in the academic activities of their Department.
FACEFoundation
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 17, 2021 
Sponsor Deadline: February 24, 2021 
Award Amount: $20,000 over two years to be split equally between the French and the American teams

The Thomas Jefferson Fund provides a unique framework to enable promising and innovative projects to reach their full potential and enrich French-American research collaborations. The Thomas Jefferson Fund issues a yearly call for proposals and funds projects led by two outstanding young American and French researchers at the beginning of their careers, with mid- to long- term positions at a research or higher education institution in the United States or in France (post-doctorate level, assistant or associate professor, maître de conférences or chargé de recherche). The Fund aims to encourage cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research projects of the highest quality and especially seeks to support emerging collaborations involving a team of younger researchers. Grants will be awarded per funding cycle in each of the following fields:
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (SSH)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Sciences for Society (interdisciplinary STEM-SSH projects)
FranklinInstituteBower
Nomination Deadline: December 31, 2020
Prize Amount: $250,000
 
The Franklin lnstitute seeks nominations for the 2022 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant contributions to the scientific understanding of decision-making. The interdisciplinary field of decision-making integrates theory and methods from economics, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, and related areas to understand the mechanisms through which individuals and groups choose among competing possibilities and how these mechanisms guide behavior.
 
Nominations are encouraged in, but not limited to, the following subtopics and their intersections:
  • Psychological insights: mechanisms, development, context-dependence, individual differences, cultural variation, evolution
  • Modeling of individual or group choice behavior: valuation, social preferences, impulsivity, strategy, network models
  • Neurobiological mechanisms: human neuroscience, model organisms, behavioral neuroscience, genetic approaches, comparative approaches
  • Clinical approaches: pharmacology, psychiatric disorders, neuropsychological conditions
  • Development of interventions to improve individual and/or group decision-making outcomes
  • Broad applications: artificial intelligence, courts/law, education, finance, health/medicine, government/public policy, intelligence, labor, technology
Nominations from any individual or organization will be accepted, including self-nominations. The winner must be available to participate in The Franklin lnstitute Awards Week programs, to be held in April 2022 in Philadelphia.
FritzThyssen
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 19, 2021 
Sponsor Deadline: February 28, 2021 
Award Amount: unspecified; detailed budget required

The Fritz Thyssen Foundation supports scholarly events, in particular national and international conferences with the aim of facilitating the discussion and analysis of specific scholarly questions as well as fostering cooperation and networking of scholars working in the same field or on interdisciplinary topics. An application can be filed in the following areas of support:
Funding is basically reserved for projects that are related to the promotion areas of the Foundation and have a clear connection to the German research system. This connection can be established either at a personal level through German scientists working on the project, at an institutional level through non-German scientists being affiliated to German research institutes or through studies on topics related thematically to German research interests.
HGHIGoogleCloud
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: no budget limit stated; research credits are meant to fully fund COVID-19 related research in accordance with the proposal submitted.

The Harvard Global Health Institute is partnering with Google Cloud to enable researchers to harness the power of the Cloud in their fight against COVID-19. Google will be funding COVID-19 related research projects for potential treatments, techniques and datasets, and working with the Harvard Global Health Institute to prioritize grant recipients based on the project impact on public health. Preference will be given to projects that plan to make their datasets publicly available and referenceable. Unlike academic research seed grants, COVID-19 research grants are designed to fund urgent public health related projects in-full. COVID-19 research grants are valid for 90 days only. Projects will be evaluated based on four criteria:
  • Is the work timely and essential?
  • Is it innovative?
  • Is it feasible?
  • Is there an articulated need for Google Cloud credits?
All research approaches will be considered under this call, including areas such as clinical research, bench science research, drug delivery and therapeutics research, health services and policy research, and epidemiological research.
InternationalInstituteAsianStudies
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2021
Award Amount: stipend of €2,000/month

IIAS Fellowships are intended for outstanding researchers from around the world who wish to work on an important aspect of Asian studies research in the social sciences and humanities. The institute actively promotes innovative research and seeks the interconnection between academic disciplines. In doing so, the Institute looks for researchers focusing on the three IIAS clusters 'Asian Cities', 'Asian Heritages' and 'Global Asia'. However, some positions will be reserved for outstanding projects in any area outside of those listed. Applications that link to more than one field are also welcome. Fellows are in residence in Leiden, the Netherlands.  
JMKaplanFund
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 22, 2021 
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2021
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. 
KrocInstitute
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 1, 2021
Award Amount: Junior (untenured) fellows receive a stipend of $25,000 per semester; senior (tenured) fellows receive $30,000 per semester, plus housing

Each year, the Kroc Institute's Visiting Research Fellows program brings outstanding scholars focused on peace research to the University of Notre Dame for a semester or a full academic year. The Institute particularly seeks scholars who will actively integrate their research with ongoing Kroc research initiatives. In 2021-22, the following topics are of interest:
  • Gender, Intersectionality, Conflict, and Peacebuilding
  • Peace Accords Matrix 
  • International Mediation
  • Violence and Systemic Racism in Policing and Law Enforcement
MaryJaharisCenter
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 25, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: February 1, 2021
Award Amount: unspecified

The following grants are available: 
  • Mary Jaharis Center Project Grants support discrete and highly focused professional projects aimed at the conservation, preservation, and documentation of Byzantine archaeological sites and monuments dated from 300 CE to 1500 CE primarily in Greece and Turkey. Projects may be small stand-alone projects or discrete components of larger projects. Eligible projects might include archeological investigation, excavation, or survey; documentation, recovery, and analysis of at risk materials (e.g., architecture, mosaics, paintings in situ); and preservation (i.e., preventive measures, e.g., shelters, fences, walkways, water management) or conservation (i.e., physical hands-on treatments) of sites, buildings, or objects.
  • Mary Jaharis Center Publication Grants support book-length publications or major articles in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived. Grants are aimed at early career academics. Preference will be given to postdocs and assistant professors, though applications from non-tenure track faculty and associate and full professors will be considered. We encourage the submission of first-book projects.
MassHistorical
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2021
Award Amount: $5,000 per month for 4-12 months, plus up to $500 a month supplement for housing, and an allowance for professional expenses

The Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston offers assistance to scholars who need to use its library and archival collections. The Society will award at least two long-term MHS-NEH fellowships for the academic year 2021-2022. The stipend, governed by an NEH formula, is $5,000 per month for a minimum of four months and a maximum of 12 months. Tenure must be continuous. Within the constraints of the NEH's guidelines, the Society will supplement each stipend with a housing allowance of up to $500 per month plus an allowance for professional expenses. MHS-NEH fellowships are open to U.S. citizens and to foreign nationals who have lived in the United States for at least three years immediately preceding the application deadline.
MaxBerchem
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: March 24, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: March 31, 2021
Award Amount: unspecified; detailed budget is required 

The Max van Berchem Foundation, whose goal is to promote the study of Islamic and Arabic archaeology, history, geography, art history, epigraphy, religion and literature, awards grants for research carried out in these areas by scholars who have already received their doctorate. In recent years, the Foundation has financed archaeological excavations, research projects and studies in Islamic art and architecture in Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Spain, Hungary, Bulgaria, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, Iran, Sudan, Iraq, Turkmenistan and India. It has also provided financial support for epigraphical projects in France (the Thesaurus d'Epigraphie Islamique), Spain, Italy, Palestine, China, Yemen, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Bengal. 
NewAmerica
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: February 1, 2021
Award Amount: stipend of $15,000 - $30,000 

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

NERFC grants support work in a broad array of fields, including but not limited to: history, literature, art history, African American studies, American studies, women's and gender studies, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, religious studies, environmental studies, oceanography, and the histories of law, medicine, and technology. Member institutions hold collections that offer a historical perspective on topics in all of these fields and more. For information on each member's resources, see its listing in "Participants" and contact the institution. Each NERFC itinerary must:
  • be a minimum of eight weeks
  • include at least three different member institutions, and
  • include at least two weeks at each of these institutions.
NERFC expects fellows to visit all the repositories they list in their proposals for the length of time they specify. The Consortium's policy is to ensure that each member with collections hosts fellows every year. An applicant's proposed itinerary may be a factor in the decision whether to award a fellowship. In keeping with NERFC's regional interests, the Consortium may also favor applications that draw on institutions from more than one metropolitan area.
NYPLShortTerm
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 25, 2021
Award Amount: $1,000 per week for a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 weeks

The New York Public Library offers Short-Term Research Fellowships to support scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research. This fellowship is intended to support projects that would significantly benefit from research conducted on-site, drawing from specific items or collections unique to the New York Public Library.  
PalestinianAmericanResearchCenter
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: January 11, 2021 
Award Amount: up to $9,000 

The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) awards fellowships for research that will contribute to Palestinian Studies. Applicants must be doctoral students or scholars who have earned their PhD and must be U.S. citizens.
  • Research must contribute to Palestinian Studies. Any field of research will be considered, including the arts, humanities, social sciences, economics, law, health, and applied sciences. Purely scientific research is not eligible for this fellowship competition.
  • Research must take place in Palestine, Israel, Jordan, or Lebanon.
  • Field research must be for a minimum of two months and a maximum of one year.
  • Individual and joint research projects are eligible for this competition.
ParisInstituteAdvancedBrain
RWJohnsonFHealth
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling 
Award Amount: The average Pioneer grant in 2019 was $315,031. However, there is not an explicit range for budget requests. Grant periods are flexible, though generally range from 1 to 3 years.

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

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

Please Note: While this call for proposals is focused on broader and longer-term societal trends and shifts that were evolving prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Foundation recognizes that the unique circumstances and learning created by the COVID-19 pandemic may inform your response. It is at your discretion whether you propose a project related to the pandemic directly or indirectly.
ParisInstituteAdvancedBrain
RRFAging
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 25, 2021 
Sponsor Deadline: February 1, 2021 
Award Amount: unspecified/wide range; previous grants have ranged from $20,000 - $200,000+ 

RRF funds research that seeks to identify interventions, policies and practices to improve the well-being of older adults and/or their caregivers. Preference is given to projects aimed at generating practical knowledge and guidance that can be used by advocates, policy-makers, providers, and the aging network. Of particular interest are:
  • Interventional trials; translational studies; and health services and policy research
  • Projects that build on the investigator's past studies
  • Proposals that include robust dissemination plans, if appropriate, to assure that findings reach audiences positioned to act on them
SocietyIndustrialArcheology
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 22, 2021 
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2021 
Award Amount: $1,000 - $3,000. Matching funds are required. Please note that this sponsor does not allow indirect costs, which falls short of the 15% required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator prior to preparing a proposal. 

The Society for Industrial Archeology offers Industrial Heritage Preservation Grants (DeLony Grants) from $1000 to $3000 for the study, documentation, recordation, and/or preservation of significant historic industrial sites, structures, and objects. Awards are made to nonprofit organizations and qualified individuals. Contributions of in-kind services, as well as cash resources from the sponsoring and cosponsoring agencies may qualify for matching purposes. Funds may be used for a range of projects including, but not limited to: increasing public awareness of preservation efforts, photography, videography, preparing inventories and developing measured drawings of extant significant industrial sites, structures, maritime facilities and industrial artifacts. 
SocietyResearchChildDevelopment
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 3, 2021 
Sponsor Deadline: February 10, 2021 
Award Amount: up to $7,500 

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) advances developmental science and promotes its use to improve human lives. The years immediately following completion of the terminal degree are critical for scholars launching their own independent program of research. However, availability of funding to initiate exploratory, pilot, or extension research on which a new research program can build, varies depending on the position and institution of the researcher. Grants of up to $7,500 USD are available on a competitive basis for research projects conducted by SRCD Early Career Members who completed their degrees in the past five years, regardless of their appointment, institution or country of residence. Applicants must be SRCD members conducting child development research and must have completed the doctoral degree (or equivalent) no earlier than January 1, 2016 and/or will have completed the degree no later than June 1, 2021. 
SpencerFoundation
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 22, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2021 
Award Amount: up to $50,000 over 1-5 years 

The Small Research Grants Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. This program is "field-initiated" in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, method, or location. The Foundation's goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education. 
StanfordInternationalSecurity
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2021
Award Amount: stipend individually determined

The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University serves as a forum for scholars and professionals to explore complex international problems and innovative solutions in a collegial and collaborative environment. The CISAC Fellowship Program is an integral part of this mission. CISAC fellows spend the academic year engaged in research and writing, and are expected to participate in seminars/workshops and to interact and collaborate with leading faculty and researchers. Natural scientists have the opportunity to conduct research on the scientific and technical aspects of security topics, as well as to work in collaboration with faculty members. ISAC offers numerous fellowships. Applicants will be considered for all fellowships for which they are deemed eligible. Current fellowship opportunities include: 
UCLAAhmanson
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2021 
Award Amount: $2,500/month for up to 3 months 

Ahmanson Research Fellowships for the Study of Medieval and Renaissance Books and Manuscripts support the use of any of the UCLA Library Special Collections' extensive holdings in medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and printed books. Some of these holdings include: the Ahmanson-Murphy Aldine and Early Italian Printing Collections; the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana; the Orsini Family Papers; the Bourbon del Monte de San Faustino Family Papers; the Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts Collection; the Richard and Mary Rouse Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Early Printed Books; and the Medieval and Renaissance Arabic and Persian Medical Manuscripts. The fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to graduate students or postdoctoral scholars who need to use these collections for graduate-level or postdoctoral independent research. 
UWashingtonJacobs
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 5, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: February 15, 2021
Award Amount: $3,000, $6,000, or $9,000; please note that this sponsor does not allow proposers to budget for indirect costs, which falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.

The Jacobs Research Funds (JRF) and the Kinkade Language and Culture Fund (KLF) are sister organizations that fund linguistic and anthropological research on indigenous peoples of North and South America. The JRF accepts proposals on behalf of both organizations. Priority is given to research on the Pacific Northwest. However, research in other areas of the Americas will be funded if possible. 

Grants are only for studying indigenous languages and cultures of the Americas. There are three categories of grants, with funding limits tied to the US dollar ($3,000, $6,000, and $9,000 USD). Allowed expenses include consultants, research assistants, travel, accommodation, and equipment. Disallowed expenses include researcher salaries, tuition, per diems, food, institutional overhead, and administration.
VolkswagenFoundation
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: March 10, 2021 
Sponsor Deadlines: March 17, 2021 (Planning Grants)
Award Information: Planning Grants up to 150,000 Euros for 9-12 months may be requested.
 
This funding initiative is aimed primarily at postdoctoral researchers and professors at all career levels in the social and engineering sciences who devote themselves to the challenges of artificial intelligence and society in interdisciplinary research constellations. The integration of the humanities is welcome. Against the background of the current and emerging developments in the field of "Artificial Intelligence," the Foundation wishes to support projects dealing with the development of new perspectives and insights with a view to shaping the future of society as well as technology. The aim is to enable novel project constellations and interdisciplinary cooperation in a highly topical area through a shift in thinking towards new perspectives and solutions. The leading applicant has to be based at a scientific institution in Germany but international collaborations are welcome.

The Foundation offers the option to apply for a planning grant with a duration of nine to twelve months and a maximum funding amount of EUR 150,000 in advance of submitting a full application. The financial support for this "orientation phase" is intended, among other things, to enable the composition of a suitable project team, the identification of a connecting topic, and the preparation as well as formulation of a full proposal (full grant). 
WEUpjohnEmploymentResearch
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 14, 2021 
Sponsor Deadline: January 22, 2021 
Award Amount: up to $5,000. Please note that this program does not allow indirect costs, which falls short of the 15% required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator prior to preparing a proposal.

The Upjohn Institute requests proposals for its Early Career Research Awards. These grants are intended to provide resources to junior faculty (untenured and within six years of having earned a PhD) to carry out policy-related research on labor market issues. The Institute encourages research proposals on all issues related to labor markets and public workforce policy. Early Career Research Award recipients are expected to write a research paper based on the funded work and submit the paper for the Institute's working paper series.
WEBDuBois
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 27, 2021
Award Amount: funded (amount unspecified)

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

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

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

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

NIHCOVIDFull
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: varies by NOSI
Award Amount: varies
 
NIH has compiled Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding at the link above. This includes guidance for proposal submission and award management, answers to frequently asked questions, and funding opportunities.

To get funding as quickly as possible to the research community, NIH is using Urgent and Emergency competing revisions and administrative supplements to existing grant awards. This approach allows NIH to leverage resident expertise, getting additional funding to those researchers who are already working with other organisms, models, or tools so that they can quickly shift focus to the novel coronavirus. These Urgent and Emergency competitive revision Funding Opportunity Announcements allow NIH to fund applications quickly, often in under three months, because evaluation for scientific and technical merit is done by an internal review panel convened by staff of the NIH awarding institute or center rather than by the traditional peer review process. These opportunities require applications to be submitted in response to an Emergency or Urgent Notice of Special Interest (NOSI). In addition to the opportunities for revisions and supplements to existing awards, other notices of special interest seek full research project grant proposals to conduct research on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-2019 through an array of parent FOAs. NIH is maintaining a list of COVID-19 specific notices of special interest in the funding opportunities section at the link above. 
NIHKatz
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 19, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: January 26, 2021
Award Amount: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum project period is 5 years.
 
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to provide a new pathway for Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) who wish to propose research projects in a new direction for which preliminary data do not exist. Proposed projects must represent a change in research direction for the ESI and should be innovative and unique. A distinct feature for this FOA is that applications must not include preliminary data.

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

Build and Broaden 2.0 (B2 2.0) encourages research collaborations between scholars at minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and scholars in other institutions or organizations. MSIs make considerable contributions to educating and training science leaders for U.S. economic growth and competitiveness. Yet, NSF has received comparatively few grant submissions from, or involving, scholars at MSIs. Targeted outreach activities reveal that MSIs have varying degrees of familiarity with funding opportunities within NSF and particularly within the Social, Behavioral and Economic (SBE) Sciences Directorate. As a result, NSF is limited in its ability to support research and training opportunities in the SBE sciences at these institutions. With its emphasis on broadening participation of MSIs, Build and Broaden 2.0 is designed to address this problem. SBE offers Build and Broaden 2.0 in order to increase proposal submissions, advance research collaborations and networks involving MSI scholars, and support research activities in the SBE sciences at MSIs. The Build and Broaden 2.0 solicitation is designed specifically for impact at MSIs. 

Proposals are invited from single Principal Investigators based at MSIs and from multiple co-investigators from a group of MSIs. Principal Investigators who are not affiliated with MSIs may submit proposals, but must collaborate with PIs, co-PIs, or Senior Personnel from MSIs and describe how their project will foster research partnerships or capacity-building with at least one MSI as a primary goal of the proposed work. Proposals may address any of the scientific areas supported by SBE. These areas include anthropology, archaeology, cognitive neuroscience, decision science, ecological research, economics, geography, linguistics, law and science, organizational behavior, political science, public policy, security and preparedness, psychology, and sociology. For a full list of research areas supported by SBE please visit the SBE programs page
NSFHumanNetworks
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 28, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: February 4, 2021
Award Amount: wide range/subject to availability of funds

The Human Networks and Data Science program (HNDS) supports research that enhances understanding of human behavior and how humans interact with and are influenced by their environments by leveraging data science and network science research across a broad range of topics. HNDS research will identify ways in which dynamic, distributed, and heterogeneous data can provide novel answers to fundamental questions about individual and group behavior. HNDS is especially interested in proposals that provide data-rich insights about human networks to support improved health, prosperity, and security.
 
Infrastructure proposals will address the development of data resources and relevant analytic techniques that support fundamental Social, Behavioral and Economic (SBE) research. Successful proposals will, within the financial resources provided by the award, construct user-friendly large-scale next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques and produce a finished product that will enable new types of data-intensive research. The databases or techniques should have significant impacts, either across multiple fields or within broad disciplinary areas, by enabling new types of data-intensive research in the SBE sciences.
NSFMidCareer
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 25, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: February 1, 2021
Award Amount: varies by discipline/wide range; full guidelines are described in the solicitation

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

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

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

The purpose of the Research on Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning (RETTL) program is to fund exploratory and synergistic research in emerging technologies (to include, but not limited to, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and immersive or augmenting technologies) for teaching and learning in the future. The program accepts proposals that focus on learning, teaching, or a combination of both. The scope of the program is broad, with special interest in diverse learner/educator populations, contexts, and content, including teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and in foundational areas that enable STEM (e.g., self-regulation, literacy, communication, collaboration, creativity, and socio-emotional skills). Research in this program should be informed by the convergence (synthesis) of multiple disciplines: e.g., learning sciences; discipline-based education research; computer and information science and engineering; design; and cognitive, behavioral, and social sciences. Within this broad scope, the program also encourages projects that investigate teaching and learning related to futuristic and highly technological work environments.
NSFResearchTraineeship
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: January 7, 2021 
Award Amount: up to $3M over up to 5 years 
 
The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master's and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The program is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary or convergent research areas, through a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. For FY2021, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE) have been added to the national priority areas in which the NRT Program encourages proposals. We seek proposals on any interdisciplinary research theme of national priority, with special emphasis on AI and QISE and the six research areas within NSF's 10 Big Ideas. The NSF research Big Ideas are Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR), The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF), Navigating the New Arctic (NNA), Windows on the Universe: The Era of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (WoU), The Quantum Leap: Leading the Next Quantum Revolution (QL), and Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype (URoL).
 
Please Note: This is a limited submission opportunity. Please submit an internal pre-proposal via the link above to be considered for the Harvard nomination. 
NSFSmartConnectedCommunities
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: February 24, 2021 
Award Amount: varies by award type; please see details below 

The S&CC program encourages researchers to work with community stakeholders to identify and define challenges they are facing, enabling those challenges to motivate use-inspired research questions. For this solicitation, community stakeholders may include some or all of the following: residents, neighborhood or community groups, nonprofit or philanthropic organizations, businesses, as well as municipal organizations such as libraries, museums, educational institutions, public works departments, and health and social services agencies. The S&CC program supports integrative research that addresses fundamental technological and social science dimensions of smart and connected communities and pilots solutions together with communities. Importantly, the program is interested in projects that consider the sustainability of the research outcomes beyond the life of the project, including the scalability and transferability of the proposed solutions. This S&CC solicitation will support research projects in the following categories:
  • S&CC Integrative Research Grants (SCC-IRG) Tracks 1 and 2. Awards in this category will support fundamental integrative research that addresses technological and social science dimensions of smart and connected communities and pilots solutions together with communities. Track 1 proposals may request budgets ranging between $1,500,001 and $2,500,000, with durations of up to four years. Track 2 proposals may request budgets up to $1,500,000, with durations of up to three years. Note that NSF is working with the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) to support joint US-Japan IRG Track 2 proposals (SCC-IRG JST) that address topics related to recovery from COVID-19 and future resilience planning related to pandemics and disasters, including how the proposed research will enable community adjustment to life in the new normal of a post-COVID-19 society.
  • S&CC Planning Grants (SCC-PG). Awards in this category are for capacity building to prepare project teams to propose future well-developed SCC-IRG proposals. Each of these awards will provide support for a period of one year and may be requested at a level not to exceed $150,000 for the total budget.
  • S&CC Virtual Organization (SCC-VO). Proposals are being sought to establish a Virtual Organization that will: (i) facilitate and foster interaction and exchanges among S&CC PIs and their teams, including community partners; (ii) enable sharing of artifacts and knowledge generated by S&CC projects with the broader scientific and non-academic communities (e.g., local community stakeholders as described in this solicitation); and (iii) facilitate and foster collaboration and information exchange between S&CC researchers, community stakeholders, and others. No more than one S&CC-VO proposal will be funded. Funding of up to $250,000 per year for up to three years may be requested.
NSFSmartHealthBiomed
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 8, 2021 
Sponsor Deadline: February 16, 2021 
Award Amount: up to $1,200,000 over up to 4 years (up to $300,000 per year)
 
The purpose of this interagency program solicitation is to support the development of transformative high-risk, high-reward advances in computer and information science, engineering, mathematics, statistics, behavioral and/or cognitive research to address pressing questions in the biomedical and public health communities. Transformations hinge on scientific and engineering innovations by interdisciplinary teams that develop novel methods to intuitively and intelligently collect, sense, connect, analyze and interpret data from individuals, devices and systems to enable discovery and optimize health. Solutions to these complex biomedical or public health problems demand the formation of interdisciplinary teams that are ready to address these issues, while advancing fundamental science and engineering. Themes of interest include but are not limited to:
  • Information Infrastructure
  • Transformative Data Science
  • Novel Multimodal Sensor System Hardware
  • Effective Usability
  • Automating Health
  • Medical Image Interpretation
  • Unpacking Health Disparities
NSFSRSRNs
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 4, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: January 11, 2021
Award Amount: up to $15M over 5 years (Full Scale Awards); up to $150,000 over 1 year (Planning Grants)
 
Sustainable regional systems (SRS) are connected urban and rural systems that are transforming their structures and processes collaboratively with the goal of measurably and equitably advancing the well-being of people and the planet. The purpose of the SRS RNs competition is to develop and support interdisciplinary, multi-organizational teams of investigators and stakeholders working collaboratively to produce cutting-edge convergent research, education, and outreach that addresses grand challenges in sustainable regional systems. SRS RNs will study multiscale regional systems to further SRS science, engineering, and education. Key elements will include new data, methods, and models to understand interactions between natural, human-built, and social systems; improved understanding of interdependencies, mutual benefits, and trade-offs of different wellbeing outcomes for humans and the environment; new and generalizable theories of change relevant to SRS; the co-production of knowledge; and exploration of concepts of social equity in sustainable regional systems across spatial and temporal scales. SRS RN outcomes will have the potential to inform societal actions for sustainability across urban systems and the connected rural communities that make up regional systems. Subject to availability of funds and quality of proposals, this SRS RN solicitation will support projects in the following categories:
  • SRS RNs Full Scale Awards (Track 1): These awards will support fundamental convergent research, education, and outreach that addresses engineering, environmental (biology, chemistry - including sensing, chemical analytics, and recyclable plastics, atmospheric sciences, hydrology, geology), computer and data sciences, and social and behavioral sciences of sustainable regional systems in partnerships that may embrace universities, colleges, practitioners, non-profit organizations, local governments, industry, and community groups. The award size is up to $15 million total with a duration of 5 years.
  • SRS RNs Planning Grants (Track 2): These awards are for capacity building to prepare project teams to propose future well-developed SRS RN Full Scale (Track 1) proposals. Each of these Track 2 awards will provide support for a period of one year and may be requested at a level not to exceed $150,000 for the total budget.
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