Funding Opportunities in the Social Sciences
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Indicates opportunities new to the newsletter this month
- NSF: Restricted-Access Research Data Centers (RDCs)*
- NIH Director's Transformative Research Award
- NIH Director's Pioneer Award
- NIH Director's New Innovator Award
- Department of Defense: Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Foundation Sciences Research Unit FY19 Broad Agency Announcement*
- National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends
- Department of Defense: Minerva Research Initiative*
- NIH Director's Early Independence Award
- National Historical Publications & Records Commission: Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions
- NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Research on Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Harassment in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
- Department of Defense: Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences Broad Agency Announcement for Basic, Applied, and Advanced Research (Fiscal Years 2018-2023)*
- Other opportunities from federal sponsors (USAID, DOS, NIH, NIJ, NEH, NSF)
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Internal Funding Opportunities
Deadline: September 3, 2019 (Spring 2020 Term Courses)
Award Amount: course support (please see details below)
The Digital Teaching Fellows Program aims to facilitate the integration of digital tools and methods into FAS courses, spark innovative digital active learning projects, and foster new patterns of faculty-student interaction. Any course in the FAS that has a primarily undergraduate audience is eligible for the program. Applications must be submitted by the course instructor, and should include a description of how they plan to work with the Digital Teaching Fellows to incorporate digital methods and tools into the course. Benefits of participation include collaborative support for integrating digital methods and tools into the FAS course; support from the
Digital Scholarship Support Group
; and additional Teaching Fellow support.
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.
External Funding Opportunities
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Short Concept Proposals: August 9, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Short Concept Proposals: August 16, 2019
Award Amount: $10,000 - $20,000. The Foundation does not support overhead costs. This falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.
The Sociological Initiatives Foundation supports social change by linking research to social action. It funds research projects that investigate laws, policies, institutions, regulations, and normative practices that may limit equality in the United States and Puerto Rico. It gives priority to projects that seek to address racism, xenophobia, classism, gender bias, exploitation, or the violation of human rights and freedoms. It also supports research that furthers language learning and behavior and its intersection with social and policy questions. The Foundation supports research that focuses on improving services and systems and increasing positive social and physical conditions through:
- Policy development
- Placement and shaping of the policy agenda
- Policy adoption or implementation
- Policy blocking
- Increasing advocacy capacity and political influence
- Shaping public sentiment
- Addressing challenges related to language and literacy
Language issues include literacy, language loss and maintenance, language policy, language and national security, bilingualism, language and gender, language and law, language disabilities, language and health, language and education, different language cultures, and second language acquisition.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 25, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: August 1, 2019
$15,000 to $40,000 per year for periods of one or two years. The Foundation does not support overhead costs. This falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.
The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world. Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Research with no relevance to understanding human problems will not be supported, nor will proposals to investigate urgent social problems where the foundation cannot be assured that useful, sound research can be done. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: July 8, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: July 15, 2019
Not specified; recent grants have ranged from $5,000-$150,000
The United States-Japan Foundation supports US-Japan policy-related studies, initiatives and exchanges that help address issues of significant mutual concern to the United States and Japan. The Foundation seeks to respond to policy-relevant needs as identified by experts and practitioners in US-Japan policy studies field and is therefore open to innovative projects. Policy projects the Foundation funds:
- Emphasize research over dialogue
- Have lasting impact and practical relevance to US-Japan policymakers
- Encourage growth, education and interaction of younger scholars and policymakers in both countries
- Disseminate results widely
- Focus on the long term as opposed to addressing the "issue of the moment." Areas of current interest are:
- National Interest/Foreign Policy
- Nationalism/National Identities
- Energy and the Environment
- Managing Globalization
- Understanding Institutions
- US-Japan Trade and Economic Relations
Sponsor Registration Deadline: July 16, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 30, 2019
Sponsor Application Deadline: August 6, 2019
Award Amount: $100,000,000 over a five-year grant period
100&Change is a MacArthur Foundation competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal in any field that proposes a bold and lasting solution to an urgent, significant problem of our time. Applicants must identify both the problem they are trying to solve, as well as their proposed solution. The MacArthur Foundation seeks projects that are impactful, evidence-based, feasible, and durable. Interested applicants are encouraged to review
the last round's semi-finalists
to get a sense of these qualities. Applicants are also encouraged to review the
Trait Scoring Rubric
that will be used to assess all applications. The
organizational readiness tool
may be utilized to help potential applicants determine their readiness to compete in 100&Change. The program is not intended to support basic or clinical research, or fund tool/technology development, and does not support general operating expenses for established programs.
While the 100&Change opportunity does not limit the number of applications that may be submitted from Harvard University, given the scale of funding involved, it is recommended that applicants ensure that their cognizant dean is aware of their intent to apply. Applicants should work with their pre-award office to assemble and submit their proposal. If your team consists of two or more organizations, a fully-executed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) must be submitted in which one organization clearly has control and discretion over the use of the grant funds.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 8, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: July 15, 2019
Award Amount: up to $25,000
The mission of The Leakey Foundation is to increase scientific knowledge, education, and public understanding of human origins, evolution, behavior, and survival. The Leakey Foundation exclusively funds research related specifically to human origins. Priority of funding is commonly given to exploratory phases of promising new research projects that meet the stated purpose of the Foundation. Advanced doctoral students (advanced to candidacy - all but dissertation) and established scientists are eligible for Leakey Foundation Research Grants.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 2, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: July 10, 2019
Award Amount: $10,000 - $30,000
Human Journey focuses on learning more about who we are and what our future will be on this planet. It supports projects in a range of fields that are helping us understand the origins and development of our species; how we modified and adapted to diverse landscapes across the globe; the evolution of cultures and societies; and the current status of and trends in our cultural, linguistic, and genetic diversity. Recognizing that human society is currently out of balance with the natural world, we also seek projects that propose solutions to mitigate this imbalance.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 2, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: July 10, 2019
Typical proposals should request less than $30,000; however, applicants may request up to $50,000 if they are running a field school for students from the region.
The goal of this fund is to encourage further investigation of hominid evolution in Africa and Asia, with preference given to projects in relatively unexplored parts of those continents.Preference will also be given to applicants who are residents or citizens of the country of fieldwork, as well as to projects with strong local capacity development components. Priority will be given to projects that aim to do one or more of the following:
- Discover or explore new paleoanthropological fossil sites in Africa or Asia, particularly those in Central and West Africa and those in East, Southeast, South, and Central Asia
- Design or test new methodologies for discovering or exploring paleoanthropological sites in Africa or Asia
- Develop local capacity in human origins exploration in Africa or Asia
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: July 1, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: July 9, 2019
Award Amount: NIHCM Foundation is making approximately $500,000 available and expects to fund 8 to 9 studies from this amount. A maximum of 12% overhead may be charged to the Program Grants. This falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.
National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation supports innovative investigator-initiated research with high potential to inform improvements to the U.S. health care system. Projects must advance the existing knowledge base in the areas of health care financing, delivery, management and/or policy.
nterested researchers must submit a brief letter of inquiry (LOI) outlining their study idea by 5:00 PM EDT on July 9, 2019. Full letter of inquiry instructions and requirements can be found here.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 24, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: July 1, 2019
Up to $20,000 to further the research, practice, or education of an early career psychologist on the connection between mental and physical health, particularly for work that contributes to public health.
The Marian R. Stuart Grant will further the research, practice, or education of an early career psychologist on the connection between mental and physical health, particularly for work that contributes to public health. Examples include but are not limited to research-based programs that teach medical doctors counseling skills; research-based programs on the effect of behavior on health; and research-based programs on psychologists' role in medical settings for the benefit of patients.
Preference will be given to psychologists working in medical schools.
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: June 27, 2019
Award Amount: Scholars are provided with an office at RSF, research assistance, computer and library facilities, and salary support of up to 50 percent of their academic year salary when unavailable from research grants or other sources (up to a maximum of $125,000 for the full term, or $62,500 for half of the full term).
The Russell Sage Foundation's Visiting Scholars Program provides a unique opportunity for select scholars in the social, economic and behavioral sciences to pursue their research and writing while in residence at the Foundation's New York headquarters. Research carried out by Visiting Scholars constitutes an important part of the Foundation's ongoing effort to analyze and understand the complex and shifting nature of social and economic life in the United States. While Visiting Scholars typically work on projects related to the Foundation's current programs, a few scholars whose research falls outside these areas are occasionally invited as well.
The Foundation annually awards about 17 residential fellowships to social scientists who are at least 3 years beyond the Ph.D. Visiting Scholar positions begin September 1st and ordinarily run through June 30th. On rare occasions, scholars visit for only half this period, starting either in September or in February.
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: June 17, 2019
Award Amount: $60,000
The Smith Richardson Foundation sponsors an annual Strategy and Policy Fellows grant competition to support young scholars and policy thinkers on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history.
The purpose of the program is to strengthen the U.S. community of scholars and researchers conducting policy analysis in these fields.
Within the academic community, this program supports junior or adjunct faculty, research associates, and post-docs who are engaged in policy-relevant research and writing.
Please note that the Fellowship program will only consider single-author book projects. It will not consider collaborative projects (e.g., edited or multi-authored books, conference volumes or reports, or a collection of previously published articles, chapters or essays.)
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 7, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: June 15, 2019
Award Amount: up to $8,000.
The Foundation does not support overhead costs.
This falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.
The American Sociological Association (ASA) invites submissions for the Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD) awards. Supported by the ASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF), the goal of this program is to nurture the development of scientific knowledge by funding small, groundbreaking research initiatives and other important scientific research activities such as conferences. FAD awards provide scholars with "seed money" for innovative research that has the potential for challenging the discipline, stimulating new lines of research, and creating new networks of scientific collaboration. The award is intended to provide opportunities for substantive and methodological breakthroughs, broaden the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and provide leverage for acquisition of additional research funds. The ASA encourages submissions from individuals who are early in their careers, at community colleges, or based at other institutions without extensive support for research, as well as collaborations with 2-year institutions.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 5, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: June 12, 2019
Award Amount: varies by award type
Support is primarily provided for the historical humanities, in particular to support research projects in the fields of Archaeology, Art History, Historical Islamic Studies, History, History of Law, History of Science, Prehistory and Early History.
Candidates can apply regardless of their nationality and place of work. Grants for research projects involve, depending on the type of project, the assumption of costs for personnel, travel, materials and/or other costs. For projects that are conducted by one scholar alone, a research scholarship has to be applied for.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for awards made to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Information: St
ipend of $30,000, a work space, and access to EPIC's Library and research materials.
The typical period for the Scholar in Residence will be a single semester, though longer or shorter periods may be considered.
The EPIC Scholar in Residence will provide a unique opportunity to pursue work at one of the leading privacy research centers in the world. EPIC, located in Washington, DC, routinely advises Congress, courts, and international organizations about emerging privacy and civil liberties issues. EPIC also litigates significant privacy cases in federal and state courts. The EPIC Library contains several thousand volumes on privacy and related fields, as well as Congressional materials on the development and enactment of US privacy law. EPIC also has an extensive collection of documents, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, concerning government surveillance, monitoring and related programs.
EPIC encourages applications from post-graduates in law, public policy, and computer science. Terminal degree must be either a J.D. or Ph.D. Mid-career experts in the data protection field are also welcome to apply.
The EPIC Scholar in Residence will be encouraged to participate in the work of EPIC, to meet with outside experts, and to conduct research and writing at EPIC. The expectation is that the individual will produce substantial published work.
OSP review not required for awards made directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
PAI is able to provide compensation starting at $6,600/month for Postgraduate and Junior Research Fellows, and compensation starting at $10,000/month for established mid-to-late career Research Fellows and Senior Research Fellows.
Fellowships can last from 6 months to 2 years.
The Partnership on AI (PAI) was jointly created by leading technology companies, civil society organizations, and academic institutions to maximize the benefits and confront the challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. The Partnership seeks to study and formulate best practices on AI, advance the public's understanding of AI, and serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society. Researchers at PAI's member organizations and in the wider AI community are invited to submit applications for residential fellowships based at the Partnership on AI's San Francisco offices. Three classes of Fellowships are available:
- Postgraduate Research Fellowships are suitable for candidates who are nearing the end of a PhD or equivalent research degree;
- Research Fellowships are suitable for early to mid-career candidates, who have a PhD and a demonstrated track record of research and/or technology policy work; or who have more than a PhD equivalent level research, technical or policy experience and output in non-academic settings; and
- Senior Research Fellowships are suitable for well-established, senior researchers who have led successful labs or research teams or have an extensive track record of research and/or policy work.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Grantees will receive r
esearch funding up to $50,000 via the SSRC, access to Facebook data via
Social Science One
, and peer pre-review services from Social Science One. The first dataset is a database of Facebook URL shares; details about these data, including the codebook, can be found at the Social Science One
. Awards provide support for up to 12 months.
Proposals for the Social Media and Democracy Research Grants should examine the impact of social media and related digital technologies on democracy and elections, generate insights to inform policy at the intersection of media, technology, and democracy, and advance new avenues for future research. This initiative seeks to study these processes in an independent, transparent, and ethical way according to the highest standards of data privacy and academic research, to improve the lives of all. Applicants must demonstrate the technical and methodological skill base to effectively work with large, complex data sets and a commitment to data privacy.
Federal Funding Opportunities
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: September 23, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: September 30, 2019
Investigators may request up to $100,000 a year over a 1-3 year period to cover start-up costs for new RDCs. NSF programs collectively expect to contribute no more than $300,000 per year to new RDC awards, pending availability of appropriations.
This solicitation invites proposals for the establishment of new Research Data Centers (RDCs). RDCs are secure Census Bureau facilities within which external researchers are given access to confidential micro data in accordance with specific statutory requirements. NSF will provide start-up costs for new RDC facilities. RDCs are expected to engage researchers from across the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. Potential investigators first must contact Census regarding the feasibility of sponsoring an RDC prior to submitting a proposal to NSF. Information about the current RDCs is available at
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: September 13, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: September 20, 2019
Award Amount: Application budgets are not limited but should reflect the needs of the proposed project.
The NIH Director's Transformative Research Award supports individual scientists or groups of scientists proposing groundbreaking, exceptionally innovative, original, and/or unconventional research with the potential to create new scientific paradigms, establish entirely new and improved clinical approaches, or develop transformative technologies. Applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds and in any topic relevant to the broad mission of NIH are welcome. Little or no preliminary data are expected. Projects must clearly demonstrate the potential to produce a major impact in a broad area of biomedical or behavioral research.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 29, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: September 6, 2019
Award Amount: $700,000/year for 5 years
The NIH Director's Pioneer Award supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose highly innovative approaches to addressing major challenges in the biomedical or behavioral sciences towards the goal of enhancing human health. Applications proposing research on any topic within the broad mission of NIH are welcome. Emphases are on the qualities of the investigator and the innovativeness and potential impact of the proposed research. Preliminary data and detailed experimental plans are not requested.
To be considered pioneering, the proposed research must reflect substantially different ideas from those being pursued in the investigator's current research program or elsewhere. The Pioneer Award is not intended to expand a current research program into the area of the proposed project. While the research direction may rely on the applicant's prior work and expertise as its foundation, it cannot be an obvious extension or scale-up of a current research enterprise which may be competitive as a new or renewal R01 application. Rather, the proposed project must reflect a fundamental new insight into the potential solution of a problem, which may develop from exceptionally innovative approaches and/or radically unconventional hypotheses.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 19, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: August 26, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $1,500,000 over five years
The NIH Director's New Innovator Award supports exceptionally creative Early Stage Investigators who propose highly innovative research projects with the potential for unusually high impact. The award is designed specifically to support unusually creative investigators with highly innovative research ideas at an early stage of their career when they may lack the preliminary data required for an R01 grant application. The emphasis is on innovation and creativity; preliminary data are not required, but may be included. No detailed, annual budget is requested in the application. The review process emphasizes the individual's creativity, the innovativeness of the research approaches, and the potential of the project, if successful, to have a significant impact on an important biomedical or behavioral research problem.
Applicants must meet the definition of an Early Stage Investigator (ESI) at the time of application. An ESI is a new investigator (defined as a PD/PI who has not competed successfully for a significant NIH independent research award) who is within 10 years of completing his/her terminal research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 5, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: July 12, 2019
No award floor or ceiling thresholds have been established for individual awards under this BAA.
This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Foundational Science Research Unit (FSRU) of the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) solicits new proposals for its fiscal year 2019 program of basic research in behavioral science. 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. The mission of the Basic Research Program is to develop fundamental theories and investigate new domain areas in behavioral and social sciences with high potential impact on Army issues related to personnel readiness.
While all proposals will be considered, ARI has identified several domains as particularly germane to its basic research needs, one of which is Personnel Testing and Performance, including the creation of new techniques to handle complex psychometric data sets and provide real time data analytics, and improving existing methods to accurately examine complex longitudinal data. A second area of interest is Learning in Formal and Informal Environments, including developing and demonstration of novel (e.g., focused on behavioral, high dimensional, and longitudinal data) construct validation methods for inferring learner psychological states across diverse levels of theoretical granularity (e.g., from low level behaviors to high level self-concepts).
This funding opportunity is divided into two types of proposals for basic research:
- Standard Proposals. Most basic research awards are awarded in response to Standard Proposals provided by Applicants with experienced researchers. In recent years, the performance period of these has typically been two to three years with a median total award of $840,785.
- Early Career Proposals. To foster the development of innovative and creative researchers, ARI solicits proposals from Applicants with individuals who are early in their research careers (PI must have received their PhD within five years of proposal submission) and have never received ARI funding as a Principal Investigator. All ARI evaluation criteria will be used to evaluate Early Career Proposals, except the criteria that address the experience of the Principal Investigator. Projects should be designed for one year of funding at a level of approximately $110,000.
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: July 8, 2019 by 11:30 PM
Sponsor Deadline (if nominated): September 25, 2019
Award Amount: $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing beginning May 2020 or later
NEH Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project at any stage of development for a period of two months. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year. Eligible projects usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations, or editions. Projects must incorporate analysis and not result solely in the collection of data. NEH funds may support recipients' compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research.
This is a limited submission opportunity. Faculty members who teach full-time at institutions of higher education must be nominated by their institutions to apply for a Summer Stipend. Harvard may nominate two faculty members for this program. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will conduct the internal competition to select the Harvard nominees. To be considered for the Harvard nomination, potential applicants must submit an internal pre-proposal via the link above.
Sponsor Deadline for White Papers (strongly encouraged): June 20, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: September 19, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: September 26, 2019
$150,000-$1M per year for three to five years. 10-12 awards are anticipated.
The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is interested in receiving proposals for the
Minerva Research Initiative
, a university-led defense social science program seeking fundamental understanding of the social and cultural forces shaping U.S. strategic interests globally. OSD is particularly interested in projects that align with and support the
National Defense Strategy
. The Minerva Research Initiative emphasizes questions of strategic importance to U.S. national security policy. It seeks to increase the Department's intellectual capital in the social sciences and improve its ability to address future challenges and build bridges between the Department and the social science community. Minerva brings together universities and other research institutions around the world and supports multidisciplinary and cross-institutional projects addressing specific interest areas determined by the Department of Defense. Proposals will be considered both for single-investigator awards as well as larger teams. Minerva funds basic, not applied, research.
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: June 19, 2019 by 5:00 PM
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline (if nominated): September 6, 2019
Sponsor Deadline (if nominated): September 13, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $250,000/year for five years plus applicable indirect costs
Eligible Applicants: Date of terminal doctoral degree or completion of post-graduate clinical training of the PI must be between June 1, 2018 and September 30, 2020. At the sponsor application deadline, the PI must not have served as a post-doctoral fellow following a previous doctoral degree for more than twelve months and must not yet have research independence.
The NIH Director's Early Independence Award Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career. Though most newly graduated doctoral-level researchers would benefit from post-doctoral training, a small number of outstanding junior investigators would benefit instead by launching directly into an independent research career. Applications in all topics relevant to the broad mission of NIH are welcome, including, but not limited to, topics in the behavioral, social, biomedical, applied, and formal sciences and topics that may involve basic, translational, or clinical research. The paramount features of the research proposed must be innovation and magnitude of potential impact.
To be eligible, at the time of application, candidates must have received their most recent doctoral degree or completed clinical training within the previous fifteen months or expect to do so within the following twelve months. By the end of the award period, the Early Independence Award investigator is expected to be competitive for continued funding of his/her research program through other NIH funding activities and for a permanent research-oriented position.
his is a limited submission opportunity and only two applications may be submitted by Harvard University from the University Area (Cambridge Campus). Potential applicants to be hosted by Harvard schools in the University Area must submit a pre-proposal to Jennifer Corby via email at
no later than 5PM on June 19, 2019 in order to be considered for the Harvard nominations. The pre-proposal should include:
- A two-page research proposal. Subsequent pages for references and/or graphics may be included and do not count toward the page limit.
- A current CV
- A letter of support from the department chair or program director of the candidate's proposed host department/program at Harvard. The letter should describe the position details, the institutional resources to be committed, and the commitment of the host to the career development of the applicant
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 5, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: June 12, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $200,000. The Commission provides no more than 50 percent of total direct project costs so cost sharing is required.
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records. The goal of this program is to provide access to, and editorial context for, the historical documents and records that tell the American story. Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American history or cover broad historical movements in politics, social reform, business, military, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience. The historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project. Applicants should demonstrate familiarity with the best practices recommended by the
Association for Documentary Editing
Modern Language Association Committee on Scholarly Editions.
All new projects (those which have never received NHPRC funding) must have definitive plans for publishing and preserving a digital edition which provides online access to a searchable collection of documents. New projects may also prepare print editions (including ebooks and searchable PDFs posted online) as part of their overall publishing plan, but the contents of those volumes must be published in a fully-searchable digital edition within a reasonable period of time following print publication.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of a full proposal
Sponsor Deadline: varies by program; please see details below
Award Amount: varies by program; please see details below
This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is intended to highlight for the research community that NSF, as a primary federal funder of basic science and engineering research in the United States, continues to welcome and support competitive, peer-reviewed research that advances fundamental knowledge about the nature and underlying dynamics of sexual and other forms of harassment, and mechanisms for evaluating harassment prevalence, prevention, and responses, in a range of STEM education, research, and workplace settings. A number of programs across the Foundation may be appropriate for proposals that have clear, theoretically-driven research orientations and advance generalizable knowledge about sexual or other forms of harassment in STEM contexts. Examples of potential research foci include: the nature and dynamics of harassment, including underlying social and behavioral processes; mechanisms for assessing and evaluating harassment prevalence, prevention, and responses across a range of organizational levels; and harassment dynamics with respect to ethics, diversity, and inclusivity in science. Additionally, NSF programs in any research area may elect to support basic research or conferences about sexual or other forms of harassment in a specific research field, group, or context. Proposals involving international collaboration, in which NSF supports the U.S. component of the collaborative activities, may also be considered.
To determine whether a research idea is within the scope of this DCL and appropriate for a particular program, prospective principal investigators are strongly encouraged to contact, prior to submitting proposals, the directorate/office
Liaison(s) for Harassment Research
most closely aligned with the research activities to be proposed.
5 business days prior to submission
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.
Other Federal Funding Opportunities:
Agency for International Development (USAID)
Department of State
National Institute of Justice
National Institutes of Health
- Accelerating the Pace of Child Health Research Using Existing Data from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study (R01) - June 5, 2019; October 5, 2019*
- Addressing the Etiology of Health Disparities and Health Advantages Among Immigrant Populations (R01) - June 5, 2019; October 5, 2019*
- Development and Optimization of Tasks and Measures for Functional Domains of Behavior (R01) - June 5, 2019; October 5, 2019*
- Emotion Regulation, Aging and Mental Disorder (R01) - June 5, 2019; October 5, 2019*
- Fundamental Science Research on Mind and Body Approaches (R01) - June 5, 2019; October 5, 2019*
- Health Promotion Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Males (R01) - June 5, 2019; October 5, 2019*
- Leveraging Population-Based Cancer Registry Data to Study Health Disparities - June 5, 2019; October 5, 2019*
- Methodology and Measurement in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R01) - June 5, 2019; October 5, 2019*
- Multidisciplinary Studies of HIV/AIDS and Aging (R01) - September 7, 2019*
- See all current NIH opportunities
- Perception, Action & Cognition (PAC) - June 17, 2019
- Political Science Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (PS DDRIG) - June 17, 2019
- Archaeology and Archaeometry - July 1, 2019
- Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Frontiers - July 5, 2019 (Letters of Inquiry)
- Science of Learning (SL) - July 10, 2019
- Developmental Sciences (DS) - July 15, 2019
- Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) - July 19, 2019 for SBE
- Biological Anthropology - July 22, 2019
- Science, Technology, and Society - August 5, 2019*
- Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics - August 29, 2019
- High Risk Research in Biological Anthropology and Archeology - Rolling
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