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EPA/NOAA/NASA: Ecology & Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms
Due October 4
Abstract: This NOAA-led program provides support for research on algal species whose populations may cause or result in deleterious effects on ecosystems and human health. Studies of the causes of such blooms, their detection, effects, mitigation, and control in U.S. coastal waters (including estuaries and Great Lakes) are solicited. ELIGIBILITY: Public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the U.S., state and local governments, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and U.S. territories or possessions are eligible to apply. Some of the partner Agencies may also be able to provide funding to international institutions, commercial organizations, and federal agencies and laboratories. FUNDING: It is anticipated that $10 million will be available for about 11 awards, including 1 regional project. Awards of federal funds are typically on the order of $150,000 per year, total costs, for up to three years for targeted studies. Multi-disciplinary regional studies for 3 to 5 years duration at correspondingly appropriate budgets will also be considered. Cost-sharing is not required.

NOAA NOAA/California Bay Watershed Education and Training Program 
The NOAA California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program provides funds to support environment-based education throughout the watersheds of San Francisco Bay, Monterey Bay, and Santa Barbara Channel.

NOAA Sea Grant  NOAA/National Sea Grant College Program: Aquatic Invasive Species Research
Due: October 11

Application Deadline: October 15 and March 15 annually.
Abstract: This program awards grants of up to $1,000 to undergraduate and graduate students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project. While membership in Sigma Xi is not a requirement for applying for funding, approximately 75% of the funds are restricted for use by dues paying student members.

Due: October 12
Abstract: LSAMP program supports sustained and comprehensive approaches to broadening participation at the baccalaureate level. These approaches facilitate the production of students who are well prepared in STEM and motivated to pursue graduate education. Projects place emphasis on aggregate baccalaureate production; attention to individual student retention and progression to baccalaureate degrees; aggregation of student progression to graduate school entry and institutionalizing, disseminating and promoting the replication of strategies and collaborative approaches proven successful to transition undergraduate STEM students to graduate STEM programs.
LSAMP activities must produce a demonstrable "near-term" increase in the numbers of STEM graduates and the promise of long-term change in the production of new Ph.D.s and their entrance into productive faculty or research careers. The strategy for implementing these projects must be clear and focused.

National Science Foundation - Geospace Environment Modeling
Due October 15
Abstract: GEM is a broad-based, community-initiated research program on the physics of the Earth's magnetosphere and the coupling of the magnetosphere to the atmosphere and to the solar wind. The purpose of the GEM program is to support basic research into the dynamical and structural properties of geospace, leading to the construction of a global Geospace General Circulation Model (GGCM) with predictive capability. This GGCM model will be modularized and will complement parallel developments of magnetohydrodynamic models. The strategy for achieving GEM goals is to undertake a series of campaigns, in both theory and observational modes, each focusing on particular aspects of the geospace environment. FUNDING: It is anticipated that $750,000 will be available for 8-12 new awards each year.

EPA STAR Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study
Abstract: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is offering Graduate Fellowships for masters and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study. The deadline for receipt of pre-applications is October 23, 2007 at 4:00 PM EST. Subject to availability of funding, the Agency plans to award approximately 65 new fellowships by July 31, 2008. Master's level students may receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years, usable over a period of four years.

National Science Foundation - Earth Sciences Research at the National Science Foundation (EAR) 
Abstract: The NSF's Division of Earth Sciences supports research and education related to the Earth's terrestrial regions, interior, and freshwater systems. Projects may employ any combination of field, laboratory, and computational studies with observational, theoretical, or experimental approaches. Support is available for research and research infrastructure through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements awarded in response to investigator-initiated proposals from U.S. universities and other eligible institutions. Human resource development and education are expected to be an integral part of most research proposals, but are also eligible for direct support. Multidisciplinary work is strongly encouraged. Projects involving disciplines outside the earth sciences will be recommended for joint support with other programs within the Foundation. EAR will consider co-funding of projects with other agencies and supports international work and collaborations.
Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time):

  • November 15, annually - Continental Dynamics (optional preliminary application: Apr. 1, annually)
  • December 1, annually - Geophysics; Hydrologic Sciences; Petrology and Geochemistry; Tectonics
  • January 16, annually - Geobiology and Environmental Geochemistry; Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics; Instrumentation and Facilities; Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology
  • June 1, annually - Geophysics; Hydrologic Sciences; Petrology and Geochemistry; Tectonics
  • July 16, annually - EarthScope; Geobiology and Environmental Geochemistry; Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics; Instrumentation and Facilities; Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology
  • August 17, annually - REU-Site proposals accepted only by Education and Human Resources Program once per year on the annual NSF-wide deadline.

The official announcement and description of this opportunity may be found on the funding agency's website:  

Institute of International Education
Fulbright Programs--Netherlands--NAF Fellowships in Water Management
Abstract: As part of its mission to initiate and support educational exchange programs between the United States and the Netherlands, the Netherlands-America Foundation (NAF) has established Water Management Fulbright Fellowships in response to the devastation of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. Given its unique geographic position (with roughly 50% of its territory below sea level), the Netherlands can provide significant insight into relevant water management issues, while also gaining benefit of United States viewpoints and expertise through the exchange. 
Objectives -- Fellowship recipients will be placed at the Water Research Centre at Delft University of Technology, one of the most advanced centers for water management studies in the world. Candidates at all degree levels are considered. Applicants should already have attained their undergraduate core technical skills, but will want to complement these with a graduate multidisciplinary study of water management aspects, such as: --Assessment of flooding risks (e.g., determining acceptable flooding risks in relation to other natural disasters; distributing risks to minimize damage; effects of climate change; assessing economic, social, environmental, and/or cultural damages using studies conducted by insurance companies; insurability); --Spatial planning in flood-prone areas (e.g., the use of simulation hydraulic modeling tools applied to complicated interdependent resource management choices); --Mitigating flood impact (e.g., influencing land development of flood-prone areas through legislation; developing of evacuation plans and disaster management).


NOAA/National Estuarine Research Reserve System - Graduate Research Fellowships

Abstract: The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) consists of estuarine areas of the United States and its territories which are designated and managed for research and educational purposes. Each reserve within the system is chosen to reflect regional differences and to include a variety of ecosystem types in accordance with the classification scheme of the national program as presented in 15 CFR part 921. Each reserve supports a wide range of beneficial uses of ecological, economic, recreational, and aesthetic values which are dependent upon the maintenance of a healthy ecosystem. The sites provide habitats for a wide range of ecologically and commercially important species of fish, shellfish, birds, and other aquatic and terrestrial wildlife. Each reserve has been designed to ensure its effectiveness as a conservation unit and as a site for long- term research and monitoring. As part of a national system, the reserves collectively provide an excellent opportunity to address research questions and estuarine management issues of national significance. ELIGIBILITY: Awards are normally made to the fellow's graduate institution through the use of a grant. However, institutions eligible to receive awards include institutions of higher education, other non- profits, commercial organizations, and state and local governments. FUNDING: The Estuarine Reserves Division anticipates that 25 Graduate Research Fellowships will be competitively awarded to provide funding to qualified graduate students whose research occurs within the boundaries of at least one reserve. Minority students are encouraged to apply. The amount of the fellowship is $20,000; at least 30% of total project cost match is required by the applicant (i.e. $8,572 match for $20,000 in federal funds for a total project cost of $28,572).

NOAA International Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program

NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics [S-STEM]
Due: November 13, Optional letter of intent by October 10
Abstract:This program makes grants to institutions of higher education to support scholarships for academically talented, financially needy students, enabling them to enter the workforce following completion of an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate level degree in science and engineering disciplines. Grantee institutions are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, reporting demographic information about student scholars, and managing the S-STEM project at the institution. The program does not make scholarship awards directly to students; students should contact their institution's Office of Financial Aid for this and other scholarship opportunities.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Abstract:The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) provides students with three years of funding -- up to $121,500 -- for research-focused Master’s and PhD degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

NSF – Geoscience Education
Due: November 15
Abstract: The goals of the Geoscience Education (GeoEd) Program are to: (a) improve the quality of geoscience education at all educational levels; (b) increase the number and competency of Earth and Space Science teachers at K-12 levels; (c) demonstrate the relevance of the geosciences by identifying and promoting traditional and non-traditional career opportunities in the field; (d) increase the number of students enrolling in geoscience courses and degree programs at all educational levels; (e) increase the number of students drawn from groups underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields in geoscience courses and degree programs; and (f) increase the public's understanding of geoscience-related issues. FUNDING: $5 million for about 45 awards.

US FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE - U.S. Small Grants ( that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act) 
Deadlines: November 30
Abstract: The US Fish and Wildlife Serviceaccepts application for the U.S. Small Grants. The Small Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (Act). These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds. 

Due: December 12
Abstract: The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes provide U.S. graduate students in science and engineering:  1) first-hand research experience in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science and science policy infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) orientation to the society, culture and language. The primary goals of EAPSI are to introduce students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research setting, and to help students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts. The institutes last approximately eight weeks from June to August.

NSF-Ecological Biology 
NSF PD 04-1128 in FastLane                  
Abstract: Supports studies of community ecology and population interactions at diverse spatial and temporal scales. These include (1) dynamics and processes within particular habitats; (2) food-web structure; (3) landscape patterns and processes; (4) paleoecology; (5) biotic interactions, including mutualism, competition, predation and parasitism; (6) mechanisms of coexistence and community assembly; (7) co-evolution, and (8) chemical ecology. Ecology particularly encourages studies that reveal causal mechanisms, patterns, and ecological processes or that apply to a wide range of habitats and taxa. Studies focusing on population dynamics of single species should be directed to the Population and Evolutionary Processes cluster.

NSF-Population and Evolutionary Processes
NSF PD 04-1127 in FastLane
Abstract: Focuses on population properties that lead to variation within and among populations. Approaches include empirical and theoretical studies of microevolution, organismal adaptation, geographical differentiation, natural hybridization and speciation, as well as processes that lead to macroevolutionary patterns of trait evolution. Research is funded in these areas: population dynamics, evolutionary ecology, evolutionary genetics, and molecular population biology. Inter- and multi-disciplinary proposals that fall across traditional programmatic boundaries are welcomed and encouraged.

NSF - Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB)
Abstract: Proposals aimed at generating long time series of biological and environmental data that address particular ecological and evolutionary processes. NSF will support competitively reviewed projects that continue critical and novel long-term data collection aimed at resolving important issues in environmental biology. Researchers must demonstrate at least six years of data collection to qualify for funding, and the proposal must convey a rationale for at least ten additional years of data collection. As part of the requirements for funding, projects must show how collected data will be shared broadly with the scientific community and the interested public.

NSF - Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) 
07-543                                    CFDA Number: 47.076  
Abstract: CCLI seeks to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for all undergraduate students. The program supports efforts to create new learning materials and teaching strategies, develop faculty expertise, implement educational innovations, assess learning and evaluate innovations, and conduct research on STEM learning and teaching. The program supports three types of projects representing three different phases of development: Phase 1 projects address one program component and involve a limited number of students and faculty (maximum award $150,000 for up to 3 years; Phase 2 projects refine and test Phase 1 type outcomes on diverse users in several settings (maximum award $5000,000 for 2 to 4 years); Phase 3 projects combine established results and mature products from Phase 1 and 2-type projects in an effort that has national impact (maximum award up to $2M for 3 to 5 years).

NSF - Science and Society Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants 
The National Science Foundation invites applications for the Science and Society program's Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants. S&S considers proposals that examine questions that arise in the interactions of engineering, science, technology, and society. There are four components: Ethics and Values in Science, Engineering and Technology; History and Philosophy of Science, Engineering and Technology; Social Studies of Science, Engineering and Technology; and Studies of Policy, Science, Engineering and Technology. Proposals are welcome from varied disciplinary perspectives, including history, philosophy, and the social sciences. S&S provides funds for dissertation research expenses not normally available through the student's university. The usual limits on a dissertation award are $8,000 for research in North America and $12,000 for international research. Electronic submission is required via FastLane, so please consult with your ORS contact to determine FastLane procedure. Citizenship: US..

NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION - Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (Knauss Fellowship Program) 
Deadline: Feb. 29, 2008
Abstract: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration requests applications for the Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (Knauss Fellowship). The Knauss Fellowship is a program initiated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Sea Grant Office (NSGO), in fulfilling its broad educational responsibilities and legislative mandate of the Sea Grant Act, to provide educational experience in the policies and processes of the Legislative and Executive Branches of the Federal Government to graduate students in marine and aquatic-related fields.
Applicant Type: Any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 29, 2008, is in a graduate or professional program in a marine or aquatic-related field at a United States accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories may apply.
Eligible graduate students must submit applications to state Sea Grant college programs. Applications from prospective fellows to the State Sea Grant College Programs (SGCP) are due February 29, 2008. 
Award Amount: $43,500

NSF - Small Grants for Exploratory Research (SGER)

Abstract: The SGER program funds small-scale, exploratory, high-risk research in the fields of science, engineering and education normally supported by NSF. Investigators are strongly encouraged to contact the program officer prior to submission to ensure that their project meets the guidelines.

NSF - Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)
NSF 00-144                                    CFDA Number: 47.041 
Application Deadline: this program accepts proposals at any time during the year and has no fixed due dates.
Abstract: The RUI program supports research by faculty members of predominately undergraduate institutions through the funding of 1) individual and collaborative research projects, 2) the purchase of shared-used research instrumentation, and 3) Research Opportunity Awards for work with NSF-supported investigators at other institutions. All NSF directorates participate in the RUI activity; proposals are evaluated and funded by the NSF programs in the disciplinary areas of the proposed research.

Deadline: anytime, preliminary proposals
PHONE: 978/461-0081    FAX: 978/461-2332
Abstract: Earthwatch Institute is an international non-profit organization that supports scholarly field research worldwide in the biological, physical, social, and cultural sciences. The Research Program at Earthwatch is responsible for soliciting, reviewing, and recommending research proposals for support. 
ELIGIBILITY: Earthwatch supports doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, or researchers with equivalent scholarship or commensurate life experience. 
FUNDING: Earthwatch awards research grants on a per capita basis; the total grant amount is determined by multiplying the per capita grant by the number of Earthwatch volunteers participating on a project. Per capita grants average $850, and the average project grant range is between $17,000 and $51,000 for one full season. A project usually involves 30 to 60 total volunteers per field season, with 5 to 12 volunteers each on 4 to 5 teams. Each team typically spends 8 to 15 days in the field. Earthwatch grants cover the cost of maintaining volunteers and
principal research staff in the field. The grants may also assist with other project expenses, but cannot be used for PI salaries, capital equipment, or overhead costs.

AAAS Fellowships
Deadline: Various
Abstract: AAAS offers fellowships in six programmatic areas. Click on the programs shown for a brief description. You can also click on the placement opportunities for more detail on the types of assignments available. Specific host offices and assignments vary from year to year.

NSF, Travel Grants for NATO Advanced Study Institutes
Deadline: None
Abstract: NSF offers travel awards of $1,000 each to enable United States graduate students and early postdocs to attend Advanced Study Institutes sponsored by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The institutes are 10- to 15-day instructive courses conducted by scientists and engineers of international standing in NATO member countries, partner countries, and Mediterranean Dialogue countries.


EARTH SCIENCES: Instrumentation and Facilities (EAR/IF) 
Deadlines: Third Thursday in March and second Thursday in September annually. 
Abstract: This program supports: Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment; Development of New Instrumentation, Analytical Techniques, Software or Cyberinfrastructure; Support of National or Regional Multi-User Facilities; Support of Research Technicians.

Deadline: First Friday in March annually. 
Abstract: NSF invites proposals to upgrade or improve equipment and facilities at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories, such that they can offer modern laboratories and educational spaces, up-to-date equipment, appropriate personal accommodations for visiting scientists and students, and modern communications and data management systems for a broad array of users.

Deadline: Last Friday in August annually. 
WebsiteInstrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR) 
Abstract: This Program supports the development of novel or of substantially improved instrumentation likely to have a significant impact on the study of biological systems at any level. The development of new, or substantial improvement of existing, software for the operation of instruments, analysis of data, or the analysis of images is also supported where these have the effect of improving instrument performance.

Email Grant Alert Systems
Many of the funding organization and database e-mail services send out announcements to registered individuals. Such providers include:

  •  provides an email alert system for opportunities offered by federal agencies.

  • MyNSF

Formerly the Custom News Service of the National Science Foundation, allows you to receive notifications about new content posted on the NSF website. Notification can be received via email

  • NASA

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) includes the full text of all Requests for Applications

  • National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)

Bimonthly Reports

  • ScienceWise Alert, is an e-mail service that delivers federal research opportunities within your areas of interest. Participating agencies include: DOD, NASA, EPA, ONR, AFOSR, NIH, and USDA.

  • Chronicle of Higher Education – Academe Today


  • GrantsNet at, has about 600 funding opportunities and is uniquely targeted to biomedical science training and research.



Federal Agency Guidelines

  • NSF Grant Proposal Guide (June 2007)

  • NSF Guide to Proposal Writing (Education/Human Resources Division)

  • EPA Grant Writing Tutorial

  • NIH Resources

  • National Cancer Institute (NIH) Guide to Applications

  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Institute – Tutorial

  • A Walk Through the SF 424 (R&R)

General  Proposal Writing Guides

  • The Grants Doctor

  • Grant Resources-Deborah Kluge

  • Proposal Writers Guide – Don Thackrey

  • Science Info Grants ENewsletter