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Upcoming Funding Deadlines

*Grants that Accept Proposals at Anytime

Proposals Accepted Anytime

Note: with grants that offer multiple funding tracks, there's a possibility that only certain tracks will accept proposals anytime, so be sure to read carefully through the individual requirements of each track.

iSEE Living Lab

Seed Funding Program to Promote Sustainability Research Using Campus as a Living Laboratory

Project Description: The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) has announced that it will provide seed funding for Illinois faculty members to assist in preparing a proposal for external funding that will include using campus sustainability features and projects in their research related to sustainability. Opportunities may be offered to campus sustainability units (iSEE, Facilities & Services, etc.) to enhance ongoing work and to students for improved sustainability education. Thus, seed funding promoting the use of campus as a living laboratory will offer a win-win-win solution for research and education and for campus sustainability enhancement.


NSF: I-Corps Teams

Innovation Corps Teams Program

Program Description: The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon fundamental research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society.

In order to jumpstart a national innovation ecosystem, NSF has established the NSF Innovation Corps Teams Program (NSF I-Corps Teams). The NSF I-Corps Teams purpose is to identify NSF-funded researchers who will receive additional support - in the form of mentoring and funding - to accelerate innovation that can attract subsequent third-party funding.

The purpose of the NSF I-Corps Teams grant is to give the project team access to resources to help determine the readiness to transition technology developed by previously-funded or currently-funded NSF projects. The outcomes of I-Corps Teams projects will be threefold:

  1. a clear go or no go decision regarding viability of products and service,
  2. should the decision be to move the effort forward, a transition plan for those projects to move forward
  3. a technology demonstration for potential partners

NSF: IUSE: EHR

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education

    Development and Implementation Tier for Engaged Student Learning & Institution and Community Transformation Full Proposal: 12/11/18

    Exploration and Design Tier for Engaged Student Learning & Institution and Community Transformation Full Proposal: 10/01/17-10/01/2018, 10/01/18-9/30/19

Project Description: A well-prepared, innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce is crucial to the Nation's health and economy. Indeed, recent policy actions and reports have drawn attention to the opportunities and challenges inherent in increasing the number of highly qualified STEM graduates, including STEM teachers. Priorities include educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate populace. Both of these priorities depend on the nature and quality of the undergraduate education experience. In addressing these STEM challenges and priorities, the National Science Foundation invests in evidence-based and evidence-generating approaches to understanding STEM learning; to designing, testing, and studying instruction and curricular change; to wide dissemination and implementation of best practices; and to broadening participation of individuals and institutions in STEM fields. The goals of these investments include: increasing the number and diversity of STEM students, preparing students well to participate in science for tomorrow, and improving students' STEM learning outcomes.


Simons Foundation

Simons Investigators Programs in Mathematics, Physics, Theoretical Computer Science, Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems, and Math+X Investigators

Project Description: Basis for Awards: The intent of the Investigator in Mathematics, Physics, and Theoretical Computer Science programs is to support outstanding scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing creative new research directions, providing leadership to the field and effectively mentoring junior scientists.

The intent of the Investigator in MMLS program is to help launch the research careers of outstanding junior scientists. Nominees to the program will normally be in the first few years of their first faculty appointment. Nominations will be evaluated on the basis of nominees’ potential for scientific accomplishment.


NSF: CREST & HBCU-RISE

Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (HBCU-RISE)
  • CREST Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Full Proposal: 1/30/18
  • HBCU-RISE:
    • Letter of Intent: 12/7/18

      Full Proposal: 2/14/19

  • Preliminary CREST Center:
    • Pre-Proposal: 2/15/18

      Letter of Intent: 12/1/17

  • SBIR/STTR Diversity Collaborative Supplements: Supplement Accepted Anytime
  • CREST Partnership Supplements: 2/14/19

Project Description: The Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program provides support to enhance the research capabilities of minority-serving institutions (MSI) through the establishment of centers that effectively integrate education and research. MSIs of higher education denote institutions that have undergraduate enrollments of 50% or more (based on total student enrollment) of members of minority groups underrepresented among those holding advanced degrees in science and engineering fields: African Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders. CREST promotes the development of new knowledge, enhancements of the research productivity of individual faculty, and an expanded presence of students historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. CREST Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (PRF) awards provide research experience and training for early career scientists at active CREST Centers. HBCU-RISE awards specifically target HBCUs to support the expansion of institutional research capacity as well as the production of doctoral students, especially those from groups underrepresented in STEM, at those institutions.


NSF: CH

Petrology and Geochemistry (CH)

    Proposals Accepted Anytime - Note: PIs are limited to 3 submissions per year, as PI or Co-PI

Program Description: The Petrology and Geochemistry Program supports basic research on the formation of planet Earth, including its accretion, early differentiation, and subsequent petrologic and geochemical modification via igneous and metamorphic processes. Proposals in this program generally address the petrology and high-temperature geochemistry of igneous and metamorphic rocks (including mantle samples), mineral physics, economic geology, and volcanology. Proposals that are focused on the development of analytical tools, theoretical and computational models, and experimental techniques for applications by the igneous and metamorphic petrology, and high temperature geochemistry communities are also invited.


NSF: RCN

Research Coordination Networks (RCN)

    Full Proposal Deadline Date: Submission deadlines vary by program.

Project Description: The goal of the RCN program is to advance a field or create new directions in research or education by supporting groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic and international boundaries. RCN provides opportunities to foster new collaborations, including international partnerships, and address interdisciplinary topics. Innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies, collaborative technologies, and development of community standards for data and meta-data are especially encouraged. RCN awards are not meant to support existing networks; nor are they meant to support the activities of established collaborations. RCN awards do not support primary research. RCN supports the means by which investigators can share information and ideas, coordinate ongoing or planned research activities, foster synthesis and new collaborations, develop community standards, and in other ways advance science and education through communication and sharing of ideas.


NSF: TCUP

Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP)

    Preparing for TCUP Implementation: Full Proposal Accepted Anytime

    Partnerships in Geoscience Education: 4/14/19

    Instructional Capacity Excellence in TCUP Institutions: 9/02/18, 9/02/19

    Targeted STEM Infusion Projects: 9/17/18, 9/16/19

    SEA-PHAGES in TCUs: 10/03/18, 10/03/19

    Small Grants for Research: 12/03/18, 12/02/19

Project Description: A new funding track, Partnerships for Documentary Linguistics Education (PADLE), is offered collaboratively by this program and the Documenting Endangered Languages program (DEL) in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE). The strand provides support for collaborations that will improve TCUP institutions' instructional capacity in documentary linguistics (descriptive linguistics, computational methodology, archiving and preservation); attract, retain and support TCUP students in internships and research endeavors deemed to be necessary for a complete curriculum offering; and engage partner universities to provide an academic grounding and a successful transition for students who wish to study or attain degrees in documentary linguistics.