SIGMA XI Grants-in-Aid of Research Program (GIAR)
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 isnot a requirement
for applying for funding, approximately 75% of the funds are restricted for use
by dues paying student members.
NSF – S-STEM Scholarships in Science, Engineering, Math
Deadline: July 10, 2008 for the August 12, 2008 competition
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. Students to be awarded
scholarships must demonstrate academic talent and financial need. In addition, they
must be US citizens, permanent residents, nationals, or refugees. The S-STEM
program emphasizes the importance of recruiting students to science and engineering
disciplines, mentoring and supporting students through degree completion, and
partnering with employers to facilitate student career placement in the STEM
workforce. Participating institutions are expected to support the goals of the S-STEM
Improved educational opportunities for students;
Increased retention of students to degree achievement;
Improved student support programs at institutions of higher education;
Increased numbers of well educated and skilled employees in technical
areas of national need.
Estimated Number of Awards: 90 to 130
Anticipated Funding Amount: $50,000,000 to $70,000,000
LIMIT ON NUMBER OF PROPOSALS PER ORGANIZATION: An
Institution may submit one proposal from each constituent school or college
that awards degrees in an eligible field.
RESEARCH CORPORATION - Cottrell College Science Fund
Deadline: November 15 or May 15 for consideration at the spring or
fall Program Advisory Committee meetings.
AIR FORCE SUMMER FACULTY FELLOWSHIPS
Deadline: The application cycle is from August to November
Abstract: This program is intended for U.S. citizens or permanent residents
who have an earned doctorate in science or engineering and who hold full-time
science or engineering faculty positions at U.S. colleges, community colleges and
universities. The duration of this summer fellowship is from 8 to 12 continuous
weeks and research is performed on-site. There is a competitive weekly stipend
and relocation and daily expense allowances are available.
NASA Faculty Fellowship
Deadline: The application cycle is from October to February
Abstract: This program is intended for U.S. citizens who hold full-time science
or engineering faculty positions at U.S. colleges, community colleges and
universities. The duration of this summer fellowship is 10 weeks with a possible
option for extended support during the academic year. Research is performed
on-site. Competitive stipend, relocation and travel allowances are available.
NATIONAL DEFENSE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING GRADUATE
Deadline: The application cycle is from September to January
Abstract: The fellowship program is sponsored by the Army Research Office,
Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the DoD
High Performance Computing Modernization Program This program is intended
for U.S. citizens at or near the beginning of their graduate studies in science and/or
engineering programs. The fellowships are for three year tenures. The stipends begin
at $30,500 for first year fellows, $31,000 for second year fellows, and $31,500 for
third year fellows. Full tuition and fees and a health insurance allowance are included
as part of the program.
ONR Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program
Deadline: The application is from October to February
Abstract: This program is intended for high school students who have completed
at least Grade 9. SEAP is an eight week summer research opportunity at
participating ONR laboratories. Applicants must be 16 years of age for most
Laboratories, and U.S. citizens. A competitive stipend is available.
NSF - Astronomy and Astrophysics Research (AAG)
CFDA Number: 47-049
Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 05-608
Deadline: Submission window is September 15-November 15 each year
Abstract: Individual and collaborative research grants for observational,
theoretical, laboratory, and archival data studies in all areas of astronomy
and astrophysics including but not limited to: planetary astronomy, stellar astronomy
and astrophysics, galactic astronomy, and extragalatic astronomy and cosmology.
NSF- Physics (PHY) Active Funding Opportunities
Due: Various Dates January – December 2008
See website for details.
American Astronomical Society, International Travel Grants
Deadline: Early January and late June annually
Abstract: The goal of the program is to help defray costs of travel to overseas
scientific meetings, including the International Astronomical Union (IAU) General
Assembly. Generally, grants are limited to the cost of a round-trip economy class
NSF - Major Research Instrumentation (MRI)
Deadline: 4th Thursday in January annually – Internal USD Deadline November 15
Abstract: The MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION
(MRI) PROGRAM seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of
research and research training in science and engineering, and to foster the
integration of research and education by providing instrumentation for
research-intensive learning environments.
NSF - Course Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI)
Deadline: Full Proposal Deadline Date: January 10, 2008 f
or Phase 2 and 3 proposals.
Abstract: The CCLI program 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 education innovations, assess learning and
evaluate innovations, and conduct research on STEM teaching and learning. The
program supports three types of projectsrepresenting these different phases of
development, ranging from small exploratory investigations to large,
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION - In-Residence Fellowships
Deadline: January 14
Abstract: The SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION IN-RESIDENCE
FELLOWSHIP provide opportunities for postdoctoral and senior investigators to
conduct research in the following fields: animal behavior, ecology, environmental
science (including an emphasis on the tropics), astrophysics, astronomy, earth
sciences, paleobiology, evolutionary and systematic biology, history of science and
technology, materials research and molecular biology.
AMERICAN ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, Chretien International
Deadline: April 1 annually
Abstract: Up to $20,000 is available each year to one or more individuals
or groups to be used for the support of international observational astronomy
with an emphasis on long-term, international visits.
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)
CFDA Number: 47.041
Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 00-144
Deadline: Varies, 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
individual and collaborative research projects,
the purchase of shared-used research instrumentation, and
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.
American Physical Society, Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award
Deadline: July 1 annually.
Abstract: The award provides $2,500 plus a $4,000 travel
allowance to a woman physicist to provide her opportunities
to give lectures in her field of physics at four institutions and at an APS meeting.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE -Defense University
Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)
Deadline: August or September annually
Abstract: DURIP is a multi-agency DoD program designed to improve the
capabilities of U.S. institutions of higher education to conduct research and to
educate scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense by
providing funds for the acquisition of research equipment. Proposals may
request $50,000 to $1,000,000. Proposals for purely instructional equipment
are not eligible. General-purpose computing facilities are not appropriate for DURIP
funding, but requests for computers for DoD-relevant research programs are appropriate.
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY - Used Energy-Related Laboratory
Abstract: This program grants available excess of used energy-related laboratory
equipment to universities and colleges and other nonprofit educational institutions
of higher learning in the United States for use in energy-oriented educational
NASA - Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES)
Abstract: This program element allows proposals for upgrading the analytical,
computational, telescopic, and other instrumentation required by investigations
sponsored by the Solar System Exploration programs entitled Cosmochemistry,
Planetary Geology and Geophysics, Origins of Solar Systems, Planetary Astronomy,
Near Earth Object Observations, Planetary Atmospheres, Exobiology, and Mars
NIH - Shared Instrumentation Grant Program
Deadline: February annually, Campus limited submission
Abstract: This program funds groups of NIH-supported investigators to purchase
or upgrade commercially available instruments that cost at least $100,000. The
maximum award is $500,000. Types of instruments supported include confocal
and electron microscopes, biomedical imagers, mass spectrometers, DNA sequencers,
biosensors, cell sorters, X-ray diffraction systems, and NMR spectrometers among others.
There is no restriction on the number of applications an institution can submit to the SIG
program each year provided the applications request different types of equipment.
However, if two or more applications are submitted for similar equipment from the same
institution, documentation from a high level institutional official must be provided stating that
this is not an unintended duplication, but part of a campus-wide
NIH - Advanced Instrumentation for High Resolution
Deadlines: Standard application deadlines.
Abstract: This program is intended to ensure that ongoing and new research
projects that develop and/or apply advanced (3-D and high-resolution) EM
methods are equipped with the instruments that are needed to achieve the required
data throughput and image resolution. This applies to basic research in molecular cell
biology using EM for the structural analysis
of large macromolecular assemblies and for the imaging of macromolecules in cells.
NSF - Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program
Deadline: November 15: NSF Deadline: 4th Thursday in January Campus
Abstract: This program assists in the acquisition, development, maintenance,
and/or technical support of major research instrumentation by U.S. institutions that
is, in general, too costly for support through other NSF programs. Proposals may
be for a single instrument, a large system of instruments, or multiple instruments that
share a common research focus. Computer systems, clusters of advanced workstations,
networks, and other information infrastructure components specifically necessary for
research are encouraged. Awards for instrumentation range from $100,000 to $2 million.
An organization may submit or be included as a partner or subawardee in NO MORE
THAN THREE PROPOSALS. If an organization submits or is included as a partner or
subawardee in three proposals, at least one of the three proposals must be for instrument
NSF - Instrumentation for Materials Research - Major Instrumentation
Deadline: August annually, Campus limited submission
Abstract: This program provides support for the design and construction of
major instruments costing more than $2 million at major US facilities. NSF
accepts one proposal per institution per year.
NSF - Instrumentation for Materials Research (IMR)
Deadline: Second Thursday of January annually.
Abstract: The IMR Program supports the acquisition of research instruments
that will provide and/or advance capability to:
discover fundamental phenomena in materials;
synthesize, process, and/or characterize the composition, structure,
properties, and performance of materials; and
improve the quality, expand the scope, and foster and enable the integration
of research and education in research-intensive environments.
Only proposals seeking $100,000 or greater will be considered.
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.
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
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
includes the full text of all Requests for Applications
National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)
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
Grant Advisor Plus
Community of Science (not just Science) Now a part of the Copley Library
Has about 600 funding opportunities and is uniquely targeted to biomedical
science training and research.
PROPOSAL WRITING GUIDES - Federal Agency Guidelines
NSF Grant Proposal Guide (June 2007)
NSF Guide to Proposal Writing (Education/Human Resources Division)
EPA Grant Writing Tutorial
Grant writing tips
NIH All About Grants Tutorials
NIH Grant Application Basics
National Cancer Institute (NIH) Guide to Applications
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious
Diseases Institute – Tutorial
A Walk Through the SF 424 (R&R)
NIH Resources for New Investigators
PROPOSAL WRITING GUIDES - General Guidelines
The Grants Doctor
Grant Resources-Deborah Kluge
Proposal Writers Guide – Don Thackrey
Science Info Grants ENewsletter