January 2020
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News and Resources
Internal Funding Opportunity: 
Star-Friedman Challenge for Promising Scientific Research
Deadline: February 28, 2020
The Star-Friedman Challenge for Promising Scientific Research provides seed funding to interdisciplinary high-risk, high-impact projects in the life, physical, and social sciences. Early-stage projects that are unlikely to receive funding from traditional grant-making agencies are encouraged. Read more about this opportunity here.

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 .

Many of the repositioned NSF SBE programs with upcoming deadlines are summarized in this newsletter:
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
Faculty Grants 
Deadline: March 16, 2020 
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: 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: February 10, 2020
Award Amount: $5,000-$100,000 for one year (the Fund will support two awards of up to $100,000 each, and two to four smaller awards of up to $50,000 each. A total of $250,000 of funding is available.)

The Harvard Data Science Initiative is connecting faculty and students across all Harvard schools to advance a new science of data. By asking the right questions, driving breakthrough scientific advances, and working with data of a size and variety that was previously unimaginable, the Initiative aims to make startling discoveries, promote better decisions, and effect positive change. The 2020 DSI Competitive Research Fund will support planning grants that coalesce and accelerate methodologically-focused research. For applied work, the program is especially interested in projects that intersect with or are likely to have impact within or across the DSI's research themes: 
  1. Data-Driven Scientific Discovery (includes discovery of new materials, drug and gene discovery, environment, astronomy, neuroscience)
  2. Markets and Networks (includes networks and influence, innovation and crowds, digital economy, jobs, data-driven decisions, blockchain)
  3. Personalized Health (includes precision medicine, precision public health, medical informatics, diagnostics, personal devices)
  4. Evidence-Based Policy (includes equality of opportunity, healthcare economics, democracy and governance, climate change -- resilience and mitigation)
Work that is primarily methodological is also strongly encouraged. The Initiative is interested in promoting advances across many areas that relate to the science of data, including causal inference, visualization, scalable and robust inference, experimental design, interpretability and robustness, ethics (including privacy and fairness), control of false discovery, human-in-the-loop systems, reinforcement learning, adaptive data systems, deep learning, streaming algorithms, theoretical foundations, reproducibility, and data sharing. Proposed projects should suggest the possibility of longer-term research programs and should describe creative and innovative approaches to advancing research over one to two years. If you would like to see an example of a successfully award, please contact  kevin_doyle@harvard.edu.
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: February 24, 2020
Award Amount: Up to three projects with a budget up to $10,000; up to one project with a budget up to $25,000

The Campus Sustainability Innovation Fund supports projects that use Harvard's campus or the neighboring community as a test bed for envisioning and piloting innovative solutions to sustainability challenges, including, but not limited to, climate and health. Projects must tackle real-world challenges faced directly on campus or in the local community, and lead to the practical application of emerging technologies or strategies that can be used to inform the University's implementation of its Sustainability Plan . The Fund will provide support for both research assistantships and original projects, and teams should be made up of at least one of each of the following: 
  1. Faculty member or researcher
  2. Student or postdoctoral fellow
  3. Staff member (should be relevant to the project)
For proposals above $25,000, please contact  David Havelick  to ask about the requirements for a one-page letter of intent. The review committee will only invite some of those teams to submit a full proposal.
Deadline: 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: January 27, 2020 
Award Amount: up to $150,000 payable over one or two years

The 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. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of academic merit, feasibility, and their anticipated advancement of the objectives of the Fund and must meet at least one of the following three criteria: 
  1. Include collaboration with Brazilian academics 
  2. Be undertaken in Brazil in whole or in part
  3. Focus on Brazil 
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: 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: February 28, 2020
Award Amount: up to $150,000 (individual investigators); up to $300,000 (collaborative proposals) 

The Star-Friedman Challenge for Promising Scientific Research (formerly known as the Star Family Challenge for Promising Scientific Research)  provides seed funding to interdisciplinary high-risk, high-impact projects in the life, physical, and social sciences. Early-stage projects that are unlikely to receive funding from traditional grant-making agencies are encouraged. This competition is open to ladder faculty members in the four participating schools (HMS, HSPH, FAS and SEAS). To qualify for a collaborative award, a project must list at least two investigators who meet the eligibility criteria. Award recipients will present and discuss their projects with a range of scholars in multiple disciplines at a Challenge event on May 7, 2020, prior to receipt of funding.
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: February 1, 2020 
Award Amount: varies by program; 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. The award must be used between June 15, 2020 and December 31, 2021.
  • 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. Awards must be used between June 15, 2020 and December 31, 2021. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: February 1, 2020 
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 the academic study of Pakistan in the U.S. and to encourage scholarly exchange between the U.S. and Pakistan. Applicants must be AIPS members to apply. The duration of the award must be for at least two and less than nine months. Research can be proposed to conduct research in Pakistan (Islamabad and/or Lahore) or another country (excluding the U.S.)
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: March 6, 2020 
Award Amount: stipend of $3,000 for one month 

The American Philosophical Library welcomes applications for fellowships in the Digital Humanities. These one-month fellowships are open to scholars at all stages of their careers, including graduate students. Interested scholars may choose to submit proposals for projects that: 1) utilize the APS's Library holdings to advance a digital component of an independent research project, or, 2) seek to apply existing tools and expertise to digital projects developed in collaboration with the Library's Center for Digital Scholarship. Possible collaborative projects will focus on the Center's Open Data Initiative and would explore data sets created from either a) the Benjamin Franklin postal records kept during his tenure as Postmaster of Colonial Philadelphia, 1748-1752, or b) datasets created from a stout volume of indenture records for servants and redemptioners coming through the port of Philadelphia during the 1770s. Applicants interested in working on these project need not have special expertise in early American history.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: March 2, 2020
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.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 21, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2020
Award Amount: up to $10,000

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.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for awards made to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: St ipend of $30,000, a work space, and access to EPIC's Library and research materials.   The typical period for the Scholar in Residence will be a single semester, though longer or shorter periods may be considered.  

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

EPIC encourages applications from post-graduates in law, public policy, and computer science. Terminal degree must be either a J.D. or Ph.D. Mid-career experts in the data protection field are also welcome to apply.  The EPIC Scholar in Residence will be encouraged to participate in the work of EPIC, to meet with outside experts, and to conduct research and writing at EPIC. The expectation is that the individual will produce substantial published work.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 31, 2020
Award Amount: Applicants may request a stipend of up to $1,200 for implementation of activities connected to their proposed project. EF will also organize and fund travel and logistics for SEE Independent Professionals, including international and domestic transportation (economy class), visas, lodging, and health insurance. EF will also provide a per diem living allowance.

Through this Request for Applications, the Eurasia Foundation invites project applications from professionals in the U.S. and Russia seeking to establish collaboration with international partner(s) in joint pursuit of solutions to social issues of importance to both countries.  Successful applicants will travel to their counterpart country for a period of up to 21 days. While abroad, participants will be exposed to new skills, methods, and professional networks. After travel, independent professionals will implement activities to convey or apply their new knowledge and expertise for the benefit of their colleagues and community.  EF is accepting applications for projects that have a broad bilateral impact in the following thematic areas:  Social Inclusion, Technology and Innovation for Social Good, Social Entrepreneurship, and Youth Engagement.  Projects should avoid topics related to political activism or activity, public policy reform, or the influence of public opinion.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 14, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: February 24, 2020
Award Amount: $20,000 over two years to be split equally between the French and the American teams

The Embassy of France in the United States and the FACE Foundation launched the Thomas Jefferson Fund in 2017 to support new collaborations and the most innovative projects between promising young researchers in France and the United States. The Thomas Jefferson Fund will bring young talented researchers together to initiate or strengthen their collaborative research activities, co-organize conferences, and author joint articles for high-level publications, in order to achieve game-changing discoveries. 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)
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 21, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: February 28, 2020
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: February 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: March 2, 2020
Award Amount: varies by award type; please see below

The HistoryMakers is inviting applications for fellowships - Academic Research, Digital Humanities, and Creative Study - for the period of Summer 2020 (April-September 2020). Applicant's work must use content from The HistoryMakers Digital Archive. The following fellowships are available:
  • The HistoryMakers Academic Research Fellowship awards will be awarded to faculty or graduate students pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients will produce articles, websites, blogs, digital materials, lesson plans and syllabi, conference presentations/papers, and/or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Award funds are meant to enable recipients to set aside time for writing; and provide funding for research, travel, and project support; as well as general career advancement. The fellowship awards are expected to culminate in the realization of the proposed work, as well as its presentation. Four awards of $7,500 each will be made. Applications can be submitted online here
  • The HistoryMakers Digital Humanities Fellowship awards will be awarded to digital humanities scholars pursuing interpretive research projects that require digital expression, analysis, and/or digital publication. Projects must advance a scholarly argument through digital means and tools, and should incorporate visual, audio, and/or other multimedia materials or flexible reading pathways to address issues in African American history, the digital humanities, or general humanities, as well as an active distribution plan. Stand-alone databases and other projects that lack an interpretive argument are not eligible. Award funds are meant to provide research, travel, and project support; as well as general career advancement. The fellowship awards are expected to culminate in the realization of the proposed work, as well as its presentation. Two awards of $5,000 each will be made. Applications can be submitted online here
  • The HistoryMakers Creative Study Fellowship awards will be awarded to composers, choreographers, performance artists, visual artists, writers or other kinds of artists or humanists working in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction),performance (theatrical productions, documentaries, monologues) and poetry, to enable recipients to set aside time for writing; provide research, travel, and project support; as well as general career advancement. The fellowship awards are expected to culminate in the realization of the proposed work, as well as its presentation. Two awards of $5,000 each will be made. Applications can be submitted online here
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 1, 2020
Award Amount: stipend of $20,000

The aim of the IBM Center for The Business of Government is to tap into the best minds in academe and the nonprofit sector who can use rigorous public management research and analytic techniques to help public sector executives and managers improve the effectiveness of government. The Center is looking for very practical findings and actionable recommendations - not just theory or concepts - in order to assist executives and managers to more effectively respond to mission and management challenges. Individuals receiving a stipend should produce a 10,000- to 12,000-word report. The manuscript should be submitted no later than six months after the start of the project. Recipients will select the start and end dates. The report should be written for government leaders and public managers, providing very practical knowledge and insight.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2020 
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. 
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: February 21, 2020 
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2020 
Award Amount: $1,500 - $15,000 

Furthermore grants assist nonfiction books having to do with art, architecture, and design; cultural history, New York City, and related public issues; and conservation and preservation. Furthermore looks for work that appeals to an informed general audience, gives evidence of high standards in editing, design, and production, and promises a reasonable shelf life. Funds apply to such specific publication components as writing, research, editing, indexing, design, illustration, photography, and printing and binding. Book projects to which a university press, nonprofit or trade publisher is already committed and for which there is a feasible distribution plan are usually preferred. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2020 
Award Amount: stipend of $2,000 for four weeks 

The Massachusetts Historical Society will offer more than 20 short-term research fellowships in 2020. Each grant will provide a stipend of $2,000 for four weeks of research at the Society sometime between 1 July 2020, and 30 June 2021. Short-term awards are open to independent scholars, advanced graduate students, and holders of the Ph.D. or the equivalent, with candidates who live 50 or more miles from Boston receiving preference. Applicants who do not reside in the U.S. must indicate their citizenship. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or already hold the J-1 visa or equivalent documents that will allow them to accept the stipend.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: March 24, 2020 
Sponsor Deadline: March 31, 2020 
Award Amount: 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. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Interest: January 28, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Interest: February 4, 2020
Award Amount: There are no maximum or minimum project cost guidelines for research awards. Dissertation awards are fixed at $25,000. Postdoctoral research fellowship awards are fixed at $50,000.

The National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research (NCGVR) will fund scientific research on topics likely to provide valuable information needed by the public and policymakers in their efforts to create programs and policies that will save lives and prevent violence. NCGVR seeks proposals for projects that use rigorous scientific methods and that forthrightly acknowledge the limitations of these methods and the projects' data sources. NCGVR prefers to fund research that will improve the quality and availability of data on gun policy or violence topics. Similarly, it prefers to fund research that integrates perspectives from multiple disciplines and research that is conducted collaboratively. For this RFP, NCGVR will fund two categories of studies: (1) descriptive or basic research studies and (2) applied or policy research studies.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: February 2, 2020
Award Amount: $15,000 - $30,000 stipend

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. New America'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. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: February 1, 2020 
Award Amount:  Each grant will provide a stipend of $5,000 for a minimum of eight weeks of research at participating institutions.

The New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, a collaboration of 30 major cultural agencies, will offer at least two dozen awards in 2020-2021. Each grant will provide a stipend of $5,000 for a minimum of eight weeks of research at participating institutions. Awards are open to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who hold the necessary U.S. government documents. Grants are designed to encourage projects that draw on the resources of several agencies.

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. Grants in the upcoming cycle are for the year June 1, 2020-May 31, 2021.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: January 31, 2020 
Award Amount: up to $3,000

The Schlesinger Library invites scholars to apply for the following programs:
  • Research Support Grants: These grants are for researchers at any career stage beyond graduate school to apply for support for their work in the library's collections. Grants of up to $3,000 will be given on a competitive basis. Applicants must have a doctoral degree or equivalent research and writing experience. Priority will be given to those who have demonstrated research productivity and whose projects require use of materials available only at the Schlesinger Library. The awards may be used to cover travel and living expenses, photocopies or other reproductions, and other incidental research expenses, but not for the purchase of equipment or travel to other sites for research.
  • Oral History Grants: These grants are for scholars who are conducting oral history interviews relevant to the history of women or gender in the United States. This grant stipulates that the interviews take place in accordance with guidelines of the Oral History Association, that consent is obtained from interviewees for their words to be viewed by researchers worldwide, and that true copies or transcripts of the original recording of the oral interviews, as well as copies of the consent forms, be deposited in the Schlesinger Library upon completion.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: March 6, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: March 15, 2020
Award Amount: up to $27,500

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) intends to grant one RSVP Field-Development Grant to a single researcher or a team of researchers pursuing a project that would facilitate research by other scholars. Two smaller awards may be given if the right projects present themselves. Eligible projects must articulate how the proposed resource will enhance the ability of other scholars to conduct significant research in the history of nineteenth-century British newspapers and periodicals. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:
  • Collaborative projects to produce print or digital publications
  • Demonstration projects that make use of new technologies
  • Research tools such as indices and bibliographies
  • Digitization efforts
  • Workshops or seminars that address research methods for the study of periodicals
Regardless of method or type, projects supported by RSVP Field Development Grants must advance the study of the nineteenth-century British periodical press in any of its manifold forms, and may range from within Britain itself to the many countries, within and outside of the Empire, where British magazines and newspapers were bought, sold, and read during the "long nineteenth century" (ca. 1780-1914).
Sponsor Letter of Inquiry Deadline (Optional): March 15, 2020
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: April 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: May 1, 2020
Award Amount: unspecified/wide range; previous grants have ranged from $20,000 - $200,000+ 

The Retirement Research Foundation is one of the first private foundations in the nation devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues. RRF's grants program supports projects that have a significant focus on older adults, ages 65 and over, in the following areas:
  • Advocacy: Achieve enduring social change around issues that affect older Americans
  • Direct Service: Improve availability and quality of community-based and residential long-term services and supports
  • Professional Education and Training: Increase the competency of professionals and paraprofessionals who serve older adults
  • Research: Seek causes and solutions to significant problems for older adults through support of applied and policy research for which federal funding is not available
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 13, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: February 23, 2020
Award Amount: £15,000 to scale up; £2,000 for new ideas
SAGE's Concept Grant program has been developed as part of the SAGE Ocean initiative to fund innovative software ideas that support social science researchers to work with big data and new technologies. SAGE is seeking innovative proposals for software solutions that will tackle some of the challenges currently facing social scientists and enable more researchers to engage with computational methods. Proposals might look to support one or more of the following goals:
  • Support social scientists to develop new computational skills
  • Enable social scientists who do not have programming skills to analyze data at scale
  • Enable interdisciplinary research collaborations
  • Help researchers to get credit for software development
  • Open up access to vast data sets
To qualify to £15,000, researchers must have:
  • A prototype of a tool or a minimum viable product that can be tested
  • A plan for scaling up, i.e. testing a sustainability and operational model and acquire more users
To qualify for £2,000, researchers must have:
  • A solution for a challenge that fits within the goals above
  • A plan for a minimum viable product or prototype that can be built quickly and made ready for testing with the target users
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 21, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2020
Award Amount: $1,000 - $3,000; grants also have a matching requirement

The Society for Industrial Archeology offers Industrial Heritage Preservation Grants (DeLony Grants) 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.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 25, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: March 3, 2020
Award Amount: up to $50,000 over 1-5 years 

The Small Research Grants Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. This program is "field-initiated" in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, method, or location. The Foundation's goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2020
Award Amount: $2,500 per month for up to three months

Ahmanson Research Fellowships 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. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 7, 2020 
Sponsor Deadline: February 15, 2020 
Award Amount: up to $9,000 

The JRF supports projects involving fieldwork with living aboriginal peoples of North and South America. Priority is given to research on endangered cultures and languages, and to research on the Pacific Northwest (the Pacific Coast from Northern California to Alaska and the Columbia Plateau in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Idaho). The JRF does not support research on non-aboriginal peoples, nor on peoples outside the Americas. Projects that produce new data are the highest priority, including proposals to digitize, transcribe and translate old materials that might otherwise become lost or inaccessible. Most funded projects fall within linguistics (including ethnolinguistics, sociolinguistics, and world view) or anthropology (including social-cultural anthropology, social organization, political organization, and folk taxonomy). Projects in religion, mythology, music, dance, and other arts are also eligible. Allowed expenses include consultants, research assistants, travel, accommodation, equipment.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: January 27, 2020 
Award Amount: stipend individually determined

The Fellowship Program is at the heart of the activities of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute. 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 individual research for a period of one to two semesters in a wide variety of fields related to African and African American Studies. Fellows work in a range of fields and interests, including 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, and creative writing. A residential appointment at the Du Bois Institute offers considerable benefits to any scholar. The Institute provides office space and a computer, use of a research assistant, and Fellows have full access to the extensive research and library resources of Harvard University. The Institute also houses the Image of the Black in Western Art archive and library, and a small reference library which is open to unlimited use during a Fellows' term of appointment.  At the Du Bois Research Institute, scholars may pursue their research while interacting with other visiting scholars working at Harvard University. Fellows are expected to participate in a number of activities, including Fellows' Workshops and, importantly, the weekly colloquium. 
Harvard Internal Deadline: March 16, 2020
Award Amount: $50,000

The Public Engagement Programs are intended to celebrate and empower early-career faculty in the humanities who embrace public engagement as part of their scholarly vocation. A nominee can propose to use the funds for nearly any ambitious public-facing project, new or ongoing, drawing on the humanities. Projects should be designed primarily to engage one or more specific publics beyond the academy, and they should benefit in a distinctive way from the involvement of a scholar. 

The Public Engagement Fellowship is for projects far enough into development or execution to present specific, compelling evidence that they will successfully engage the intended public. For the strongest Fellowship proposals, both the overall strategy and the practical plan to implement the project will be deeply developed, relationships with key collaborators will be in place, and connections with the intended public will have been cultivated. In some cases, the nominee and collaborators may have tested the idea in a pilot, or the project itself may already be underway. 

To be eligible, nominees must be full-time faculty in a humanities field at an accredited US institution of higher learning as of September 2020; they must be early-career, which the Foundation defines as pre-tenure, untenured, or having received tenure in the last five years. Please note, while the Whiting Foundation lists adjunct faculty as eligible candidates, Harvard nominees must have principal investigator rights, thus in most cases adjunct faculty would not be eligible.

Please Note: This is a limited submission opportunity. Harvard may nominate one faculty member for the Fellowship program and one faculty member for the Seed Grant program. Applicants must submit their internal applications for the Fellowship program here
Harvard Internal Deadline: March 16, 2020
Award Amount: up to $10,000

The Public Engagement Programs are intended to celebrate and empower early-career faculty in the humanities who embrace public engagement as part of their scholarly vocation. A nominee can propose to use the funds for nearly any ambitious public-facing project, new or ongoing, drawing on the humanities. Projects should be designed primarily to engage one or more specific publics beyond the academy, and they should benefit in a distinctive way from the involvement of a scholar. 

The  Public Engagement Seed Grant  supports projects at a somewhat early stage of  development, before the nominee has been able to establish a specifi c track record  of success for the proposed public - facing work. It is not, however, designed for projects starting entirely  from scratch: nominees should have fleshed out a compelling vision, including a clear sense of whose  collaboration will be required a nd the ultimate scope and outcomes. They should also have articulated  specific short - term next steps required to advance the project and understand the resources required to  complete them. The Foundation anticipates that a recipient might use the grant, for example, to  test the project on a  smaller scale or to engage deeply  in planning  with collaborators or the intended public.

To be eligible, nominees must be full-time faculty in a humanities field at an accredited US institution of higher learning as of September 2020; they must be early-career, which the Foundation defines as pre-tenure, untenured, or having received tenure in the last five years. Please note, while the Whiting Foundation lists adjunct faculty as eligible candidates, Harvard nominees must have principal investigator rights, thus in most cases adjunct faculty would not be eligible.

Please Note: This is a limited submission opportunity. Harvard may nominate one faculty member for the Fellowship program and one faculty member for the Seed Grant program. Applicants must submit their internal applications for the Seed Grant program 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 Chile 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: March 2, 2020 
Award Amount: stipend of $4,500 (one month fellowships); stipend of $18,000 (four month fellowships) 

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (GLC), part of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University, invites applications for its 2020-2021 Fellowship Program. The Center seeks to promote a better understanding of all aspects of the institution of slavery from the earliest times to the present. The Center especially welcomes proposals that will utilize the special collections of the Yale University Libraries or other research collections of the New England area, and explicitly engage issues of slavery, resistance, abolition, and their legacies. Scholars from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.   
Applicants MUST have received the Ph.D. prior to the beginning of their appointment. Both established and younger scholars are invited to apply. This is a residential fellowship. Fellows are expected to spend the majority of their time in residence at Yale, to be active participants in the intellectual life of the GLC and the larger Yale community, and to acknowledge the support of the GLC and the MacMillan Center in publications and lectures that stem from research conducted during the fellowship term. All fellows will be expected to offer one public presentation during their tenure at Yale and to record an audio interview for a podcast. Fellowships are for one or four months in length. 

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: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 22, 2020
Award Amount: $5,000 per month for 6-12 months

The Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan program is a joint activity of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program aims to promote Japan studies in the United States, to encourage U.S.-Japanese scholarly exchange, and to support the next generation of Japan scholars in the U.S. Awards support research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan's international relations, and U.S.-Japan relations. The program encourages innovative research that puts these subjects in wider regional and global contexts and is comparative and contemporary in nature. Research should contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of issues of concern to Japan and the United States. Appropriate disciplines for the research include anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, linguistics, political science, psychology, and sociology. Awards usually result in articles, monographs, books, e-books, digital materials, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources.

The fellowships are designed for researchers with advanced Japanese language skills whose research will require use of data, sources, and documents, onsite interviews, or other direct contact in Japanese. Fellows may undertake their projects in Japan, the United States, or both, and may include work in other countries for comparative purposes. Projects may be at any stage of development.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 30, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: February 6, 2020
Award Amount: up to $300,000 per year for up to 4 years

To address ethical issues in translation, this Funding Opportunity (FOA) will support Research Project Grant (R01) applications that propose to study the ethical issues in translational science research, including the legal and societal implications of such issues. Applications can propose empiric data generating quantitative and qualitative approaches, legal, economic, and normative analyses, and other types of analytic and conceptual research methodologies, including those that involve direct engagement of diverse stakeholders. Applications may address research on ethical issues at any stage of the translational research spectrum, including basic to pre-clinical, pre-clinical to clinical research, clinical implementation, and public health. This FOA also seeks opportunities to consider the integration of research on ethical issues with research in broad areas of translational research. Examples of areas where ethics research could inform translational research include, but are not limited to:
  • Ethical issues associated with general and personalized synthetic biology; integrated and complex organoids; tissue chip platforms; iPS cells; and human-animal chimeras
  • Studies that explore the ethical and societal challenges of medical use of machine learning, artificial intelligence, machine intelligence, and algorithmic medicine
  • Ethical issues associated with data collection, de-identification, ownership, licensing, data sharing, data access, data integration, data mining, data repurposing from perspective of data providers, data users, and society
  • Ethical implications of development and use of gene editing, genomic editing, gene drive for discovery, therapeutic, preventive, enhancement, and societal purposes
  • Individual, community, and societal impact of development, implementation, and use of personalized and precision research and medicine, including but not limited to, issues of access, equity, autonomy, or justice
  • Ethical challenges of innovative research project designs, collaborations, business models for conduct and implementation of translational research among diverse stakeholders
  • Ethical issues in translational research across privacy/confidentiality/transparency/security spectrum impacting individuals, communities, entrepreneurs, industry, society; gaps and needs related to current regulatory models
  • Ethical issues in translational research in development and implementation of behavior change/modification at individual, community, and society level
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 29, 2020 
Sponsor Deadline: February 5, 2020 
Award Amount: varies/wide range

This program invites applications that propose to study the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of human genome research. Applications may propose studies using either single or mixed methods. Proposed approaches may include but are not limited to data-generating qualitative and quantitative approaches, legal, economic and normative analyses, and other types of analytical and conceptual research methodologies, such as those involving the direct engagement of stakeholders. To address the broad scope and reach of genomic advances in society, applications are invited from investigators representing a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to ethics, genetics and genomics, clinical medicine, law, health services research, public health, bioinformatics and health information sciences, behavioral and social sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, communication science) and the humanities (e.g., history, religion, philosophy, literature). 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 10, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: August 17, 2020
Award Amount: unspecified/wide range

The Accountable Institutions and Behavior (AIB) Program supports basic scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of issues broadly related to attitudes, behavior, and institutions connected to public policy and the provision of public services. Research proposals are expected to be theoretically motivated, conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented. Substantive areas include (but are not limited to) the study of individual and group decision-making, political institutions (appointed or elected), attitude and preference formation and expression, electoral processes and voting, public administration, and public policy. This work can focus on a single case or can be done in a comparative context, either over time or cross-sectionally. The Program does not fund applied research. The Program also supports research experiences for undergraduate students and infrastructural activities, including methodological innovations.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: March 2, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: March 9, 2020
Award Amount: up to $150,000 for a period of 1 year (Planning Grants); up to $1.5M over up to 3 years (Medium Research Grants); up to $3M over up to 4 years (Large Research Grants)

The specific objectives of the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program are to (1) facilitate convergent research that employs the joint perspectives, methods, and knowledge of computer science, design, engineering, learning sciences, research on education and workforce training, and social, behavioral, and economic sciences; (2) encourage the development of a research community dedicated to designing intelligent technologies and work organization and modes inspired by their positive impact on individual workers, the work at hand, the way people learn and adapt to technological change, creative and supportive workplaces (including remote locations, homes, classrooms, or virtual spaces), and benefits for social, economic, educational, and environmental systems at different scales; (3) promote deeper basic understanding of the interdependent human-technology partnership to advance societal needs by advancing design of intelligent work technologies that operate in harmony with human workers, including consideration of how adults learn the new skills needed to interact with these technologies in the workplace, and by enabling broad workforce participation, including improving accessibility for those challenged by physical or cognitive impairment; and (4) understand, anticipate, and explore ways of mitigating potential risks arising from future work at the human-technology frontier. 

Ultimately, this research will advance understanding of how technology and people interact, distribute tasks, cooperate, and complement each other in different specific work contexts of significant societal importance. It will advance the knowledge base related to worker education and training and formal and informal learning to enable all potential workers to adapt to changing work environments. It will advance our understanding of the links between the future of work at the human-technology frontier and the surrounding society, including the intended potential of new technologies and the unintended consequences for workers and the well-being of society.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 14, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: February 24, 2020
Award Amount:  3-4 awards will be made per year. Total maximum amount for all awards per year: $4.5 million. Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds.

The Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) seeks to develop user-friendly large-scale next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research in SBE areas of study. Successful proposals will, within the financial resources provided by the award, construct such databases and/or 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.

Human Networks and Data Science (HNDS) is a two-track program. It supports research and infrastructure that uses data science to advance understanding of a full range of human networks. 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 leverage data-rich insights about human networks to support improved health, prosperity, and security. HNDS has two components:
  1. Human Networks and Data Science - Infrastructure (HNDS-I). Development of data resources and relevant analytic techniques that support fundamental SBE research in the context of human networks. For FY 2020, this research is funded through this solicitation, which replaces the previous Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (RIDIR) solicitation.
  2. Human Networks and Data Science - Core Research (HNDS-R). Core research proposals use data science to generate novel understandings of human networks - particularly understandings that can improve the outcomes of significant societal opportunities and challenges. HNDS encourages core research proposals that make innovative use of HNDS infrastructure (formerly RIDIR).
The HNDS - Infrastructure solicitation is currently accepting proposals. A subsequent funding announcement for HNDS Core Research will be released in 2020, pending availability of funding.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 27, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: August 3, 2020
Award Amount: varies by award type; please see details below

The Law & Science Program considers proposals that address social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules, as well as studies of how science and technology are applied in legal contexts. The Program is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-methodological. Successful proposals describe research that advances scientific theory and understanding of the connections between human behavior and law, legal institutions, or legal processes; or the interactions of law and basic sciences, including biology, computer and information sciences, STEM education, engineering, geosciences, and math and physical sciences. Scientific studies of law often approach law as dynamic, interacting with multiple arenas, and with the participation of multiple actors. Fields of study include many disciplines, and often address problems including, though not limited, to:
  • Crime, Violence, and Policing
  • Cyberspace
  • Economic Issues
  • Environmental Science
  • Evidentiary Issues
  • Forensic Science
  • Governance and Courts
  • Human Rights and Comparative Law
  • Information Technology
  • Legal and Ethical Issues related to Science
  • Legal Decision Making
  • Legal Mobilization and Conceptions of Justice
  • Litigation and the Legal Profession
  • Punishment and Corrections
  • Regulation and Facilitation of Biotechnology (e.g., Gene Editing, Gene Testing, Synthetic Biology) and Other Emerging Sciences and Technologies
  • Use of Science in the Legal Processes
LS supports the following types of proposals:
  • Standard Research Grants and Grants for Collaborative Research: The grants provide support for basic research activities, infrastructure development, and other research-related expenses. These grants can support projects that require several investigators, advisors, or collaboration among Principal Investigators, including investigators at different organizations. They may involve postdoctoral researchers, or graduate or undergraduate student assistants. Generally speaking, regular and collaborative awards will not exceed $300,000 in direct costs over two to three years' duration. 
  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants: These awards provide funds for dissertation research expenses not normally available through the doctoral student's university. Dissertation awards must not exceed $20,000 in direct costs.
  • Conference Awards: The Law & Science Program will support national and international conferences and symposia that enable social scientists and legal scholars to develop, evaluate, and share new research findings. The Program encourages conferences and symposia that promote interactions between researchers across multiple disciplines within the Law & Science domain. Conference proposals do not generally exceed $50,000 in total (direct and indirect) costs.
Please Note:  The August 3, 2020 deadline is for Standard and Collaborative Research Grants and Conference Awards.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 4, 2020 
Sponsor Deadline: February 11, 2020 
Award Amount: up to $3M over up to 5 years (Track 1: Research Grants); up to $250,000 over up to 24 months (Track 2: Planning Grants) 

Navigating the New Arctic seeks innovations in fundamental convergence research across the social, natural, environmental, and computing and information sciences, and engineering that address the interactions or connections between natural and built environments and social systems and how these connections inform our understanding of Arctic change and its local and global effects. NNA promotes initiatives that empower new research communities, diversify the next generation of Arctic researchers, integrate the co-production of knowledge, and engage partnerships, particularly among international stakeholders. NNA also strongly encourages projects with components that advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education; public understanding of the changing Arctic to benefit both citizens and policy makers; and workforce development objectives. NSF recognizes the inherently international nature of the Arctic region, and that impacts of Arctic changes span geographic and political boundaries, and encourages proposals that include significant international components.

Major goals of NSF's NNA Big Idea include:
  • Improved understanding of Arctic change and its local and global effects that capitalize on innovative and optimized observation infrastructure, advances in understanding of fundamental processes, and new approaches to modeling interactions among the natural environment, built environment, and social systems.
  • New and enhanced research communities that are diverse, integrative, and well-positioned to carry out productive research on the interactions or connections between natural and built environments and social systems and how these connections inform our understanding of Arctic change and its local and global effects.
  • Research outcomes that inform national security, economic development, and societal well-being, and enable resilient and sustainable Arctic communities.
  • Enhanced efforts in formal and informal education that focus on the social, built, and natural impacts of Arctic change on multiple scales and broadly disseminate research outcomes.
This solicitation requests proposals that fall within two tracks. Track 1 supports research activities, while Track 2 is dedicated to planning grants to develop convergence research teams to tackle projects of larger scope in the future. This solicitation is the second 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. NSF anticipates that future calls will further define "larger scope," with the potential to include projects up to the scale of centers and/or consortia.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 10, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: August 17, 2020
Award Amount: unspecified/wide range

The Security and Preparedness (SAP) Program supports basic scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of issues broadly related to global and national security. Research proposals are evaluated on the criteria of intellectual merit and broader impacts; the proposed projects are expected to be theoretically motivated, conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented. Substantive areas include (but are not limited to) international relations, global and national security, human security, political violence, state stability, conflict processes, regime transition, international and comparative political economy, and peace science. Moreover, the Program supports research experiences for undergraduate students and infrastructural activities, including methodological innovations. The Program does not fund applied research.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: January 27, 2020; July 27, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: February 3, 2020; August 3, 2020
Award Amount: varies by award type; please see details below

Science and Technology Studies (STS) is an interdisciplinary field that investigates the conceptual foundations, historical developments, and social contexts of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The STS program supports proposals across a broad spectrum of research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate STEM theory and practice. STS research may be empirical or conceptual; specifically, it may focus on the intellectual, material, or social facets of STEM including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues. The STS program supports proposals across the broad spectrum of STS research areas, topics, and approaches. They include, but are not limited to:
  1. Studies of societal aspects of an emerging technology such as artificial intelligence, robotics, big data analysis, neuroscience, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, and quantum technologies (computers, sensors, and encryption).
  2. Research on the social organization of scientific work (e.g., organizations, groups, and collaborations) and how this shapes the knowledge that gets produced and its intellectual and social impacts.
  3. Issues relating science and engineering to broader societal concerns including ethics, policy, governance, equity, race and gender, inclusion, trust, reliability, risk and uncertainty, sustainability, user-centeredness, and globalization.
  4. Research on the historical and conceptual foundations of any of the natural, social, or formal sciences including its nature and fundamentals, its origins, or its place in modern politics, culture, and society.
  5. Mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative) approaches, and approaches that integrate traditional STS perspectives (historical, philosophical, social scientific) with each other or with innovative perspectives from the arts or humanities.
  6. Interdisciplinary projects on topics of broad societal concern that engage in integrative collaborative research involving at least one STS expert and one in some other STEM field with prospective outcomes that serve to advance both fields.
The STS program supports several distinct types of proposals in order to accommodate the diverse research needs of the STS community:
  • Standard and Collaborative Research Grants: These grants support proposals for basic STS research. They also support proposals for infrastructure development that serves to enhance STS research; program support of infrastructure projects is directed towards scholarly research and data production, rather than administrative or logistical activities. Due to budgetary constraints, total direct costs will rarely exceed $400,000 for two to three years.
  • Scholars Awards: Provide up to full-time release for an academic year and a summer to conduct research. Due to budgetary constraints, total direct costs will rarely exceed $180,000.
  • Professional Development Grants: Support specialized methodological training for post-PhD researchers in STS who have active research programs that would be enhanced by such training. Professional Development Grants have a ceiling of $75,000 and a maximum duration of 36 months. 
  • Research Community Development Grants: Support community development activities for graduate students and faculty. Such activities include field schools in the United States and abroad; summer training programs for both graduate students and faculty; software development; a program for mid-project research team meetings; and small awards for preparation of materials for archiving by retiring researchers. A typical grant is expected to be in the range of $75,000 - $100,000 per year for up to 36 months.
  • Conference Support: The STS program provides financial support for national and international conferences including symposia, and research workshops. Support for conferences typically do not exceed $25,000 in direct costs.
  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants: DDRIGs provide funds for dissertation research expenses not normally available through the student's university. Due to budgetary limitations, dissertation grants typically do not exceed $10,000 in direct costs for research in North America and $12,500 in direct costs for international research. Please note that these grants may only be submitted to August 3, 2020 deadline. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: February 3, 2020; September 1, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: February 10, 2020; September 9, 2020
Award Amount: unspecified/wide range

The Science of Science: Discovery, Communication, and Impact (SoS:DCI) program is designed to increase the public value of scientific activity. The program pursues this goal by supporting basic research in three fundamental areas:  
  • How to increase the rate of socially beneficial discovery;
  • How to improve science communication outcomes; and
  • How to expand the societal benefits of scientific activity. 
The SoS:DCI program, which builds upon the former Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program, funds research that builds theoretical and empirical understandings of these three areas. With this goal in mind, proposals should: 
  • Develop data, models, indicators, and associated analytical tools that constitute and enable transformative advances rather than incremental change. 
  • Identify ethical challenges and mitigate potential risks to people and institutions. 
  • Provide credible metrics and rigorous assessments of their proposed project's impact.
  • Include robust data management plans with the goal to increase the usability, validity, and reliability of scientific materials.
Of particular interest are proposals that have the highest potential to strengthen America's global leadership in science and increase national competitiveness across a broad range of domains. These include proposals that analyze strategies for strengthening and diversifying the scientific workforce, as well as ways to more effectively cultivate high-impact discovery across sectors.  The program strongly encourages convergent research and collaboration. 
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 30, 2020
Sponsor Deadlines: July 8, 2020
Award Amount:  Unspecified

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

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

FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 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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