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Upcoming Funding Deadlines

*Grants that Accept Proposals at Anytime

June

NSF: IUCRC

Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program (IUCRC)

    Sponsor pre-proposal deadlines:

    • 03/09/22, 03/08/23, Second Wednesday in March annually thereafter
    • 09/08/21, 09/14/22, Second Wednesday in September annually thereafter

    Sponsor full proposal deadline:

    • 06/09/21, 06/08/22, Second Wednesday in June annually thereafter
    • 12/08//21, 12/14/22, Second Wednesday in December annually thereafter

Program Mission:

The IUCRC program catalyzes breakthrough pre-competitive research by enabling close and sustained engagement between industry innovators, world-class academic teams, and government agencies.  IUCRCs help industry partners and government agencies connect directly and efficiently with university researchers to achieve three primary objectives: 

1) Conduct high-impact research to meet shared and critical industrial needs in companies of all  sizes;

2) Enhance U.S. global leadership in driving innovative technology development, and

3) Identify, mentor and develop a diverse, highly skilled science and engineering workforce.

Program Overview:

IUCRC provides a structure for academic researchers to conduct fundamental, pre-competitive research of shared interest to industry and government organizations. These organizations pay membership fees to a consortium so that they can collectively envision and fund research, with at least 90% of Member funds allocated to the direct costs of these shared research projects.

IUCRCs are formed around research areas of strategic interest to U.S. industry. Industry is defined very broadly to include companies (large and small), startups and non-profit organizations. Principal Investigators form a Center around emerging research topics of current research interest, in a pre-competitive space but with clear pathways to applied research and commercial development. Industry partners join at inception, as an existing Center grows or they inspire the creation of a new Center by recruiting university partners to leverage NSF support. Government agencies participate in IUCRCs as Members or by partnering directly with NSF at the strategic level.  

Universities, academic researchers, and students benefit from IUCRC participation through the research funding, the establishment and growth of industry partnerships, and educational and career placement opportunities for students. Industry Members benefit by accessing knowledge, facilities, equipment, and intellectual property in a highly cost-efficient model; leveraging Center research outcomes in their future proprietary projects; interacting in an informal, collaborative way with other private sector and government entities with shared interests; and identifying and recruiting talent.  NSF provides funding to support Center administrative costs and a governance framework to manage membership, operations, and evaluation.

Successful IUCRCs require:

  • A capable research/management team with an entrepreneurial mindset;
  • Universities, faculty, and students interested in engaging in research of interest to industry;
  • A community of industry partners seeking pre-competitive, use-inspired research projects.

Each IUCRC is expected to grow and become independently sustainable by the end of the NSF support. 


NSF: TCUP

Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP)

    Preparing for TCUP Implementation (Pre-TI): 9/10/20–9/9/21; 9/10/21–9/9/22; 9/10–9/9 annually thereafter

    TCU Enterprise Advancement Centers (TEA Centers): 3/7/21–6/4/21

    Targeted STEM Infusion Projects (TSIP): 9/20/21; 9/20 annually thereafter

    Small Grants for Research (SGR): 12/10/21; 12/10 annually thereafter

    Partnerships in Geoscience Education (PAGE): 6/10/21; 6/10 annually thereafter

    Instructional Capacity Excellence in TCUP Institutions (ICE-TI): 9/6/21; 9/4 annually thereafter

Project Description: The Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) provides awards to Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaska Native-serving institutions, and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions to promote high-quality science (including sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, statistics, and other social and behavioral sciences as well as natural sciences), technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, research, and outreach. Support is available to TCUP-eligible institutions (see the Additional Eligibility subsection of Section IV of this solicitation) for transformative capacity-building projects through Instructional Capacity Excellence in TCUP Institutions (ICE-TI)Targeted STEM Infusion Projects (TSIP)TCU Enterprise Advancement Centers (TEA Centers), and Preparing for TCUP Implementation (Pre-TI). Collaborations that involve multiple institutions of higher education led by TCUP institutions are supported through Partnerships for Geoscience Education (PAGE) and Partnerships for Documentary Linguistics Education (PADLE). Finally, research studies that further the scholarly activity of individual faculty members are supported through Small Grants for Research (SGR) and Science Education Alliance Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science in Tribal Colleges and Universities (SEA-PHAGES in TCUs). Through the opportunities highlighted above, as well as collaborations with other National Science Foundation (NSF) units and other organizations, TCUP aims to increase Native individuals' participation in STEM careers and improve the quality of STEM programs at TCUP-eligible institutions. TCUP strongly encourages the inclusion of activities that will benefit veterans.

See https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5483 for more details.


NSF: NRT

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

    Campus Pre-Proposal Deadline: 6/13/21
    (Please submit Pre-Proposals via special programs form: NRT Special Programs)

    Full Proposal Deadline: 9/6/21; 9/6/22; September 6th annually thereafter

Project Description: The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The program is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary or convergent research areas, through a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. Proposals are requested that address any interdisciplinary or convergent research theme of national priority, as noted above.

The NRT program addresses workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. The program encourages proposals that involve strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners. NRT especially welcomes proposals that include partnership with NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) and leverage INCLUDES project efforts to develop STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society (https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/includes.jsp). The collaborations between NRT proposals and existing NSF INCLUDES projects should strengthen both NRT and INCLUDES projects.


William T. Grant Foundation

William T. Grant Scholars Grant

Project Description: The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas.

Applicants should have a track record of conducting high-quality research and an interest in pursuing a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers. We recognize that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take measured risks in their work, so this award includes a mentoring component, as well as a supportive academic community.

Awards are based on applicants’ potential to become influential researchers, as well as their plans to expand their expertise in new and significant ways. The application should make a cohesive argument for how the applicant will expand his or her expertise. The research plan should evolve in conjunction with the development of new expertise, and the mentoring plan should describe how the proposed mentors will support applicants in acquiring that expertise. Proposed research plans must address questions that are relevant to policy and practice in the Foundation’s focus areas.

Click here to see Focus Areas, Awards, Eligibility, Selection Criteria, Review Process, and Resources for Applicants.


NASA Office of STEM Engagement

2021 NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
  • Community Anchor Awards for TEAM II (CAAT)
    • 2021 TEAM II NOFO pre-proposal webinar (optional overview): May 4, 2021

      2021 TEAM II CAAT pre-proposal webinar (optional in-depth walk-through): May 5, 2021

      Full proposals are due: June 17, 2021

  • Standard Awards for TEAM II (STAT)
    • 2021 TEAM II NOFO pre-proposal webinar (optional overview): May 4, 2021

      Notices of Intent Due (optional but strongly encouraged): May 26, 2021

      Full proposals are due: July 19, 2021

Program Description:

The NASA Office of STEM Engagement invites proposals from museums, science centers, planetariums, NASA Visitor Centers, youth-serving organizations, libraries, and other eligible nonprofit institutions via the 2021 NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) Notice of Funding Opportunity, NH21ZHA002N.

The 2021 TEAM II NOFO is an omnibus solicitation, offering distinct program elements to which eligible IEIs may propose, issued as appendices to the NOFO. Initially, two program elements are offered, Standard Awards for TEAM II (STAT) which is analogous to previous TEAM II NOFOs, and Community Anchor Awards for TEAM II (CAAT).

Community Anchor Awards for TEAM II (CAAT) has a Period of Performance of 1 – 2 years with an individual award range for $20K – $25K.

Standard Awards for TEAM II (STAT) have a Period of Performance of 2-4 years with an individual award range of $500K – $800K.

For general inquiries, contact: TEAMII@jpl.nasa.gov.

For more information regarding these opportunities and scheduled information sessions, please visit the 2021 NASA TEAM II NOFO landing page on the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) website and click on ‘List of Open Program Elements’.


Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program

Campus Pre-Proposal Deadline: 6/20/21
(for Campus Pre-Proposals, use this form: Teacher-Scholar Special Programs

Sponsor Deadline: 8/5/21

Project Description: The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences at undergraduate institutions. Based on institutional nominations, 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 $75,000.


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