Grants

This is the first place to look if you are seeking external grant funding. Funding opportunities are listed by discipline. The web links and deadlines are checked every six months to make sure the information is current.

Arts

Furthermore: The Furthermore program is concerned with nonfiction book publishing about New York City; natural and historic resources; art, architecture, and design; cultural history; and civil liberties and other public issues of the day. The grants apply to writing, research, editing, design, indexing, photography, illustration, and printing and binding. Book proposals to which a university press or trade publisher is already committed and for which there is a feasible distribution plan are usually preferred. Grants from $500 to roughly $15,000 are awarded in spring and fall.
Deadline: March and September

National Endowment for the Arts: The National Endowment for the Arts is interested in projects, regardless of the size or type of applicant organization, that are of national, regional, or field-wide significance; that tour in several states; or that provide an unusual or especially valuable contribution because of geographic location. This includes local projects that can have significant effects within communities or that are likely to serve as models for a field.
Deadline: various

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Business

Delta Pi Epsilon National Research Foundation: Supports research for the advancement of technical and scientific investigation in the field of business education.
Deadline: continuous

Hagley Museum and Library: Effort is concentrated in Hagley's areas of research and collection interest: American economic, business, industrial, and technological history.
Deadline: March, June, and October

National Endowment for Financial Education: Seeks innovative research that can make a profound contribution to the field of financial literacy.
Deadline: December and June

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Provides public and private decision-makers with usable and timely information on health care policy, financing, and market developments.
Deadline: continuous

International Brand Master Award: Educational Marketing Group (EMG) of Colorado is accepting nominations for the International Brand Master Award. The award recognizes an exemplary marketing and communications professional from nominees worldwide who has demonstrated outstanding skill and expertise in education brand management during the past year.
Deadline: December

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Education

American Educational Research Association: Provides small grants, fellowships, and training for researchers who conduct studies of education policy and practice using quantitative methods and including the analysis of data from large-scale data sets.
Deadline: September

Spencer Foundation: Investigates ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world.
Deadline: various

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Humanities

Franklin Research Grant: The American Philosophical Society awards small grants (up to $6,000) to scholars in order to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge.  The Franklin Research Grant is designed "to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses." 
Deadline: October  and December

Furthermore: The Furthermore program is concerned with nonfiction book publishing about New York City; natural and historic resources; art, architecture, and design; cultural history; and civil liberties and other public issues of the day. The grants apply to writing, research, editing, design, indexing, photography, illustration, and printing and binding. Book proposals to which a university press or trade publisher is already committed and for which there is a feasible distribution plan are usually preferred. Grants from $500 to roughly $15,000 are awarded in spring and fall.
Deadline: March and September

Louisville Institute: Offers a modest general grant program which supports a limited number of individual and collaborative projects related to the priorities of the Louisville Institute, especially projects that bring pastors and academics together.
Deadline: various

Meringoff AwardsSubmissions accepted for the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers' Meringoff Awards. Three awards of $2,000 each will be offered in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. All entries should be previously unpublished.
Deadline: December

National Endowment for the Humanities Provides an extensive list of grant that supports research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.
Deadline: various

Phillips Fund of the American Philosophical Society: Provides grants for research in Native American linguistics, ethno history, and the history of studies of Native Americans. The committee favors younger scholars, who have received the doctorate. The average grant is $ 2,500; the costs for travel, tapes, films, and consultants’ fees are included.
Deadline: March

Raiziss/de Palchi Translation Awards: This grant is offered by the Academy of American poets for outstanding translations into English of modern Italian poetry. Winners will receive a $10,000 book prize. Publishers may submit books published anytime in the past, but only books by living translators of standard Italian are eligible. Self-published collections do not qualify.
Deadline: February

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America: Invites scholars whose research requires use of the library's collections to apply for research support grants from $700 to $3,000 to cover travel, living expenses, photocopying, and other incidental research expenses. In addition to the grants offered by the Library, Radcliffe Institute has its own fellowship program which supports scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishments who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts.
Deadline: March

Harry S. Truman Library Institute: The Institute's purpose is to foster the Truman Library as a center for research and as a provider of educational and public programs. It provides assistance to emerging and established scholars whose contributions illuminate the critical issues of Truman's presidency and legacy.
Deadline: April and October

United States Institute of PeaceSupports academic and applied research, the identification of promising models and effective practices, and the development of practitioner resources, tools, and training programs related to conflict management, international peace and security and peace building.
Deadline: various

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities: Offers a variety of grant opportunities to nonprofit organizations seeking funding to develop public humanities programs for audiences in Virginia. The grant program encourages projects that increase public understanding of important issues and enrich the cultural life of Virginia.
Deadline: April and October

William Faulkner- William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition: The Faulkner Society accepts entries for its annual William Faulkner- William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. The competition is for previously unpublished work. Competition categories include novel, novella, narrative non-fiction, shorty story, novel-in progress, essay, and poetry.
Deadline: April

Harold Morton Landon Translation Award: Submissions are being accepted for the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, offered by the Academy of American Poets, for a published translation of poetry from any language into English. The winner will receive a $1,000 prize.
Deadline: February

Story Prize: The Story Prize is awarded annually to the author of an outstanding collection of short fiction (at least two stories and/or novellas). The winner receives a $20,000 cash award and each of two runners-up receive $5,000. Eligible books must be written in English and first published in the U.S. during the calendar year, in either hardcover or paperback, an available for purchase by the general public. Collections must also include work previously unpublished in book form.
Deadline: July and November

Donald Keene Translation Award: The Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture annually awards $6,000 prizes for the best translation of a modern work or a classical work of Japanese literature into English.
Deadline: June

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International

American-Scandinavian Foundation: Promotes the cultures of the Nordic countries in the United States and American culture in the Nordic countries by encouraging programs that will enhance public appreciation of culture, art, and thought. It offers fellowships and grants from $5,000 to $23,000 to individuals to pursue research or study in one of more Scandinavian country for up to one year.
Deadline: November

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange: Research grants. Researchers focusing on the social, cultural, economic or political development of Taiwan over the past few decades are especially encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to collaborative projects with scholars in Taiwan. 
Deadline: October

Human Frontier Science Program: Promotes international collaboration in researching life sciences as well as to encourage researchers. Emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring together scientists preferably from different disciplines to focus on problems in the life sciences.  
Deadline: various

Sepmeyer Research Grant Program: The International Education Research Foundation conducts research and disseminates information on world educational systems. The program supports comprehensive, quality research on world educational systems, shares the U.S. research findings with the international community, and provides research-based credentials evaluations and related services. Grants are normally awarded in amounts up to $5,000.
Deadline: February and August

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Multidisciplinary

Center for Field Research: Creating a public offering of significant research that addresses scientific, environmental, and public policy problems.
Deadline: continuous

Franklin Research Grant: The American Philosophical Society awards small grants (up to $6,000) to scholars in order to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. The Franklin Research Grant is designed "to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses."
Deadlines: October and December

Templeton Research Grant Program: promotes research between the physical, biological, and human sciences and those modes of inquiry and understanding generally found within the domains of theology, religious studies, and philosophy. The program offers grant awards of $500,000 over three-to-four years as a catalyst for original research.
Deadlines: October

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Sciences

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences: Offers support to eligible institutions for projects that propose to advance the science of chemistry in innovative ways. Examples of areas of interest include (but are not limited to): the increase in public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the chemical sciences; innovative approaches to chemistry education at all levels (K-12, undergraduate, and graduate); and efforts to make chemistry careers more attractive. Research proposals are not customarily considered.
Deadline: early 2015

Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program: Supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences at undergraduate institutions. The program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. The award is based on accomplishment in scholarly research with undergraduates, as well as a compelling commitment to teaching, and provides an unrestricted research grant of $60,000.
Deadline: May

Cottrell College Science Awards: support significant research that contributes to the advancement of science and to the professional and scholarly development of faculty at undergraduate institutions along with their students. Awards are approved for one or two years, provide direct expenses for support of the proposed research, and average about $35,000. 
Deadline: May and August

Franklin Research Grant: The American Philosophical Society awards small grants (up to $6,000) to scholars in order to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. The Franklin Research Grant is designed "to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses."
Deadlines: October and December

Jeffress Memorial Trust: Supports basic research in the natural sciences, generally considered to include chemistry, physics, biology (with the exception of field studies, classification, other largely observational studies), studies in the basic medical sciences, such as biochemistry, microbiology, and others.  Funds should be requested for only one year, maximum $30,000.   After the first year, one-year renewals can be requested for up to $10,000 per year for up to two additional years.  For more information, contact Ed Hamilton (375-2409, hamilton@roanoke.edu).
Deadlines: March and September

Environmental Protection Agency: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides grants to support high-quality research that will improve the scientific basis for decisions on national environmental issues and help EPA achieve its goals.
Deadlines: various                              

National Institutes of Health: The primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. Composed of 27 Institutes and Centers, the NIH provides leadership and financial support to researchers in every state and throughout the world.
Deadlines: various

National Science Foundation : The NSF funds research and education in science and engineering, through grants, contracts , and cooperative agreements. The Foundation accounts for about 20 percent of federal support to academic institutions for basic research. Most NSF funding opportunities are divided into broad program areas, which are listed below.
Deadlines: various

NSF Biology: Most NSF programs in biology are funded through the Directorate for Biological Sciences . However, activities with biological relevance are supported by virtually all parts of the Foundation. NSF does not normally support bioscience research with disease-related goals.

NSF Computer and Information Sciences: The Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering promotes basic research and education in the computer and information sciences and engineering, and helps maintain the nation's preeminence in these fields.

NSF Crosscutting Programs: Crosscutting programs at the NSF include interdisciplinary programs, programs that are supported by multiple Directorates at NSF, and programs jointly supported by NSF and other Federal agencies.

NSF Education & Human Resources: Many NSF programs in science, mathematics, and engineering education are funded through the Directorate for Education and Human Resources.

NSF Geosciences: The National Science Foundation supports research, education, and infrastructure to advance the state of knowledge about Earth, including its atmosphere, continents, oceans, interior, and the processes the modify them as well as link them together.

NSF International: NSF enables and encourages U.S. scientists, engineers, and their institutions to avail themselves of opportunities to enhance their research and education programs through international cooperation.

NSF Math, Physical Sciences: The Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate (MPS) supports a strong and diverse portfolio of research and education in mathematics, astronomical science, physics, chemistry, and materials research.

Templeton Research Grant Program: Promotes research between the physical, biological, and human sciences and those modes of inquiry and understanding generally found within the domains of theology, religious studies, and philosophy. The program offers grant awards of $500,000 over three-to-four years as a catalyst for original research.
Deadlines: October

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Social Sciences

Foundation for Suicide Prevention: AFSP Suicide Research Grants support studies aimed at increasing our understanding of the causes of suicide and factors related to suicide risk, or that test treatments and other interventions designed to prevent suicide. Investigators from all academic disciplines are eligible to apply, and both basic science and applied research projects will be considered, provided that the proposed study has an essential focus on suicide or suicide prevention.
Deadline: November

Franklin Research Grant: The American Philosophical Society awards small grants (up to $6,000) to scholars in order to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. The Franklin Research Grant is designed "to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses."
Deadlines: October and December

NSF Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences: NSF makes grants and awards for social, behavioral, and economic research that build fundamental knowledge of human behavior, interaction, and social and economic systems, organizations and institutions.

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues: Supports research on the psychological aspects of important social issues.
Deadline: various

Templeton Research Grant Program: Promotes research between the physical, biological, and human sciences and those modes of inquiry and understanding generally found within the domains of theology, religious studies, and philosophy. The program offers grant awards of $500,000 over three-to-four years as a catalyst for original research.
Deadline: October

Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize: Brandeis University accepts nominations for the Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize, which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to racial, ethnic, and/or religious relations. The award includes a $25,000 cash prize and a medal. Both the prize and medal are awarded at a reception and includes a public lecture by the recipient.
Deadline: April

Maghrib Studies Awards: The American Institute for Maghrib Studies offers grants to U.S. scholars interested in conducting research on North Africa in any Maghrib country, specifically Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, or Tunisia. Short-term grants are for one to three months with awards up to $6,000. These awards may also be used in combination with grants from other sources for projects of longer duration. Long-term grants are for projects longer than three months with awards of up to $15,000.
Deadline: January

Distinguished Fellows Award: The William T. Grant Foundation offers the Distinguished Fellows for midcareer professionals who study young people between the ages 8 and 25. A maximum of four scholars will each receive up to $25,000 to each recipient for housing costs.
Deadline: May and August

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Search Engines

Federal Government Grants : grants.gov allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies.

Foundation Directory Online: home to an entire universe of U.S. foundations, corporate giving programs, and grant making public charities — over 77,000 funders in all.
*Faculty members must access the Foundation Directory through the Office of Academic Grants and Foundation Relations.

 

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