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Use keywords to look on your own for funders using search engines. Grants.gov is a clearinghouse of federal opportunities in the sciences, humanities, and education. Click through to the Search page to insert your keywords and identify open opportunities. Searches can be narrowed by identifying the specific federal agency topic. The Open Education Database's "100+ Places to Find Funding For Your Research," is organized by subject area. It provides search engines, private funders, government sites, and other sites. 

Funding Opportunities

Federal agencies that award grant funding for research and programs include:

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. NEH offers a wide variety of grant programs. Please use the NEH Program List to help you identify grant programs to support your research or program activities.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. The Endowment is the largest national source of funds for the arts. See Artworks, which is the NEA's principal grants program. For other NEA grant opportunities, see the general list of NEA grants. 

National Science Foundation (NSF)
The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created to promote the progress of science, to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare, and to secure the national defense. The NSF annually funds approximately 20 percent of basic, federally-supported college and university research. NSF is divided according to discipline. Use the NSF Research Areas page to aid in finding opportunities in your area.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency — making important discoveries that improve health and save lives. NIH is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers, each with a specific research agenda. Use the List of Institutes and Centers to identify research funding opportunities in your area. 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration serves as the nation's forefront of such exploration and continues to pioneer in aeronautics, exploration systems, science, and space operations. See Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences. Click through to the list of open program elements to view specific research topics.  

US Department of Education (ED)
The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management, and accountability in federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents, and students. For education research projects, visit the Institute of Education Sciences Funding Opportunities page.

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute serves as a leader in providing services to enhance learning, sustain cultural heritage, and increase civic participation. See the Apply for a Grant page to access available opportunities. 

Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
The Corporation for National and Community Service is the nation's largest grant-maker supporting service and volunteering. Through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and the Learn and Serve America programs, the Corporation is a catalyst for change and offers every American a chance to contribute through service and volunteering. Click through to Funding Opportunities to view open programs. 

Specific Funding Opportunities 

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Multiple Disciplines
Arts and Humanities
Sciences
Education

Multiple Disciplines and/or Interdisciplinary Projects

Sponsor: John Templeton Foundation
Grant Name: Core Funding Areas Grants
Due: February, May, August, & November
Grants will be awarded for research projects related to scientific topics and the "big questions," character development, freedom and free enterprise, exceptional cognitive talent and genius, and genetics.  The foundation strongly prefers to fund projects that are affiliated with an institution.

Arts and Humanities

Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities
Grant Name: Awards for Faculty at Hispanic Serving Institutions (Fellowship Funding)
Due: April
Funding Range: $10,000-$60,000
NEH supports individual faculty or staff members at HSIs pursuing research of value to humanities scholars, students, or general audiences. Awards can be used for a wide range of projects that are based on humanities research. 

Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities
Grant Name: Fellowships
Due: April
Funding Range: $5,000-$60,000
Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. 

Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities
Grant Name: Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication
Due: January and June
Funding Range: $5,000-$60,000
The NEH and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation jointly support individual scholars pursuing interpretive research projects that require digital expression and digital publication. To be eligible for this special opportunity, an applicant’s plans for digital publication must be essential to the project’s research goals. 

Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities
Grant Name: Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan
Due: April
Funding Range: $5,000- $60,000
A joint activity of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the NEH, awards support research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan's international relations, and U.S.-Japan relations. Research should contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public’s understanding of issues of concern to Japan and the United States.  

Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities
Grant Name: Summer Stipends (Fellowship Funding)
Due: September
Award: $6,000
Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Eligible projects usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations, or editions. 

Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities
Grant Name: Digital Humanities Advancement
Due: January and June
Funding Range: $10,000-$325,000
Grants support digital projects throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and long-term sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of these grants, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities.

Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities
Grant Name: Humanities Connections Planning / Implementation 
Due: September
Funding Range: $35,000 - $100,000
Grants seek to expand the role of the humanities in the undergraduate curriculum at two- and four-year institutions. Grants support curricular approaches that foster partnerships among humanities faculty and their counterparts in the social and natural sciences and in pre-service or professional programs (such as business, health sciences, computer science, and other technology-driven fields).

Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities
Grant Name: Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions
Due: June
Funding Range: Up to $100,000
Grants are intended to strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities, in subjects such as history, philosophy, literature, religion, and the interpretation of the arts. These grants may be used to enhance existing humanities programs, resources, or courses, or to develop new ones.

Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities
Grant Name: Collaborative Research
Due: December
Funding Range: $50,000 - $100,000
Grants support groups of two or more scholars engaging in significant and sustained research in the humanities. The program seeks to encourage interdisciplinary work, both within the humanities and beyond. Projects that include partnerships with researchers from the natural and social sciences are encouraged, but they must remain firmly rooted in the humanities and must employ humanistic methods. 

Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts
Grant Name:  NEA Literature Fellowships: Translation Projects and Creative Writing
Due: August and December
Funding Range: $12,500 - $25,000
Supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English. Translations of writers and of work that are not well represented in English translation are encouraged. All proposed projects must be for creative translations of literary material into English.

Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts
Grant Name: NEA Research: Art Works
Due: October
Funding Range:  $10,000 - $30,000
Cost Sharing Required
NEA Research offers a framework for studying research topics critical to a broader public understanding of the arts' value and/or impact for individuals and communities.

Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts
Grant Name: NEA Art Works
Due: February and July
Funding Range: $10,000 - $100,000
Cost Sharing Required
Grants support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. 

Sciences

Sponsor: American Psychological Foundation
Grant Name: Foundation Grants
Grants for early career funding and seed grants for research and for targeted programs.  Click through to the foundation website for information on active funding opportunities.

Sponsor: Russell Sage Foundation
Grant Name: Funding Opportunities - Various Opportunities
Grants for social science research.  Click through to the foundation website for information on active funding opportunities.  

Sponsor: Sociological Initiatives Foundation
Grant Name: Call for Concept Proposals: Action Research Projects
Due: August
Funding Range: $10,000 - $20,000
The foundation supports projects that link an explicit research design to a concrete social action strategy.  Click through to the foundation website for information on active funding opportunities.  

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Grant Name: NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Program (R15)
Due: February, June, October
Funding Range: up to $300,000
Supports biomedical or behavioral sciences research. Awards provide direct costs up to $300,000 plus applicable indirect costs for a grant period of up to 36 months.  Preliminary data are not required. Program goals are to 1) support meritorious research; 2) expose students to research, and 3) strengthen the research environment of the institution.

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Grant Name: NIH Research Project Grant Program (R01)
Due: February, June, October
Funding Range: $250,000+
Supports a discrete project in an area representing the PI's specific interest and competencies. R01s can be investigator-initiated or solicited via a Request for Applications. The R01 research plan must be related to the stated program interests of one or more of the NIH Institutes and Centers

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Grant Name: NIH K01 Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award
Due: January
Award Length: No longer than 5 years
Funding Range: Varies: $20,000 - $100,000
Provides support and protected time for an intensive, supervised career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to research independence. The PI’s career level must be early career or postdoctorate / residency.  

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Grant Name: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Due: August
Funding Range: $70,000 - $120,000  
Supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the NSF. REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage students in research, which may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements that may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Grant Name: Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) and Research Opportunity Awards (ROA)
Due: Varies. See specific instructions for an NSF RUI application in your discipline on the Application Resources page. 
Funding Range: $75,000-$350,000  
RUI awards support research by faculty members at predominantly undergraduate institutions. The program engages them in their professional field(s), builds capacity for research, and supports the integration of research and undergraduate education. ROA awards similarly support faculty research at predominantly undergraduate institutions, but these awards typically allow faculty to work as visiting scientists at research-intensive organizations where they collaborate with other NSF-supported investigators.

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Grant Name: Education and Human Resources (EHR) Core Research (ECR)
Due: February and September
Funding Range: $300,000
The ECR program in STEM education provides funding in critical research areas that are essential, broad and enduring. It emphasizes the accumulation of robust evidence to inform efforts to understand, build a theory to explain and suggest interventions to address persistent challenges in STEM interest, education, learning, and participation. The ECR program funds fundamental research on human learning in STEM; learning in STEM learning environments; STEM workforce development; and research.

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Grant Name: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR)
Due: November and January
Grant Name: $300,000
The IUSE: EHR program invites proposals that address immediate challenges and opportunities that are facing undergraduate STEM education through evidence-based and evidence-generating approaches to understanding STEM learning. 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.

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Grant Name: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE GEOPATHS)
Due: May and October
Funding Range: $300,000 - $350,000
The primary goal of IUSE: GEOPATHS is to increase the number of undergraduate students interested in pursuing undergraduate degrees and/or post-graduate degrees in geoscience through the design and testing of novel approaches for engaging students in authentic, career-relevant experiences in geoscience. There are two funding tracks: (1) Engaging students in the geosciences through extra-curricular experiences and training activities (GEOPATHS-EXTRA), and (2) Improving pathways into the geosciences through institutional collaborations and transfer (GEOPATHS-IMPACT).

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Grant Name: Major Research Instrumentation (MRI)
Due: January
Funding Range: $100,000 - $4,000,000
The MRI program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports research and research training goals and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally. 

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Grant Name: Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
Due: July
Funding Range: $400,000 - $500,000
CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation who supports early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models.

Education 

Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
IES has established 12 programs of research (topics) under its Education Research Grants Program. Each of these topics accepts applications once per year. Application deadlines are announced in the Federal Register and on the  IES website. The topics are: 

Cognitive and Student Learning
Early Learning Programs and Policies
Education Leadership
Education Technology
Effective Teachers and Effective Teaching
English Learners
Improving Education Systems
Postsecondary and Adult Education
Reading and Writing
Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education
Special Topics