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SPIN Funding Database 
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Federal and state 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 Grants for Arts, 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. Use the Funding Opportunities page to access the current Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) announcement. 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 Available Grants page to access current 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. See the Funding Opportunities page to view open programs. 

California Humanities (Cal Humanities)
California Humanities is an independent nonprofit organization and a partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more than 40 years, California Humanities has awarded over $30 million in grants across the state, reaching every Congressional district. See the Funding Opportunities page to view their programs.

Specific Funding Opportunities 

Multiple Disciplines
Arts and Humanities

Multiple Disciplines and/or Interdisciplinary Projects
Sponsor: John Templeton Foundation
Grant Name: Funding Areas Grants
Due: Variable - See Grant Calendar
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

National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Programs
Eligibility for all these NEH grant programs:
U.S. nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education

Digital Humanities Advancement | Due: January and June 
Purpose:  Supports digital projects at different stages throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability.
Output(s): Article, digital material, publications, workshop, report, teaching resources, digital infrastructure, software
Awards: Levels I – III range from $10,000 - $325,000; Level III may utilize $50,000 match. 

Humanities Connections Planning / Implementation | Due: September 
Purpose: Supports the interdisciplinary collaboration of faculty from two or more separate departments or schools (a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities), with the goal of designing a new, coherent curricular program or initiative.
Output(s): Curriculum, community partnerships, faculty development, teaching resources 
Awards: Up to $35,000 (Planning); Up to $150,000 (Implementation)

Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions | Due: May
Purpose: Supports the teaching and study of the humanities by developing new humanities programs, resources, or courses, or by enhancing existing ones.
Output(s): Curriculum, community partnerships, faculty development, teaching resources
Awards: Up to $150,000

Collaborative Research | Due: December
Purpose: Supports groups of two or more scholars engaging in significant and sustained research in the humanities. The program seeks to encourage projects in a single field of study, as well as interdisciplinary work, both within the humanities and beyond. 
Output(s): Book, digital material, publications, other scholarly resource, themed issue of peer-reviewed journal, conference, workshop
Award Limit: Up to $250,000 (depending on funding category)

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Programs 
$5,000 per month for up to 12 months of time dedicated to the project
Eligibility:  U.S. citizens/foreign nationals living in the U.S. for three years prior to application

1. Public Scholar Program | Due: December
Purpose: Supports the creation of well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership
Awards: $30,000-$60,000 

2. Awards for Faculty at Hispanic Serving Institutions | Due: April 
Purpose:  Seeks to strengthen the humanities at HSIs* by encouraging and expanding humanities research opportunities for individual faculty members.
*Saint Mary’s is a designated HSI.
Awards: $10,000-$60,000

3. Fellowships | Due: April 
Purpose: Supports individual scholars pursuing projects that embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clear writing
​​​​​​Awards: $30,000-$60,000

4. Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication | Due: April 
Purpose: Supports individual scholars pursuing interpretive research projects that require digital expression and digital publication.
Awards: $30,000-$60,000

5. Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan | Due: April 
Purpose: Supports 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.  
Awards: $30,000- $60,000

6. Summer Stipends | Due: September [SMC Nomination: August]
Purpose: Supports 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. 
Award: $6,000

National Endowment for the Arts Grant Programs 

NEA Grants for Art Projects | Due: February and July
Cost Sharing Required
Supports artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. 
Awards: $10,000 - $100,000

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Programs 

NEA Literature Fellowships: Translation Projects | Due: See application calendar
Purpose: 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.
Awards: $12,500 - $25,000

NEA Creative Writing Fellowships | Due: See application calendar
Purpose: Offers grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.
Awards: $25,000

California Humanities Grant Programs 
California nonprofit organizations*; municipal/public agencies
*Saint Mary’s is a nonprofit.

Humanities for All Project Grants | Due: February and August 
Purpose:  Supports the development and delivery of humanities-based learning experiences for the people of California, and encourages thoughtful reflection on important topics, in order to understand our shared heritage and diverse cultures, inspire civic participation, and shape our future. 
Awards:  $10,000-$20,000, with required 1:1 match

Humanities for All Quick Grants | Due:  February, June, and October
Purpose:  Supports public humanities learning experiences that offer participants opportunities to draw upon the methods and insights of the humanities, foster greater understanding among people, and invite thoughtful reflection and consideration of topics important to Californians.
Awards:  $1,000-$5,000; no match required

California Documentary Project (CDP) Research and Development Grants and California Documentary Project (CDP) Production Grants | Due:  November 
Purpose:  CDP Research and Development grants are designed to strengthen the humanities content and approach of documentary media productions in their earliest stages. Projects must actively involve at least three humanities advisors to help frame and contextualize subject matter. CDP Production grants support the research, development, and production stages of humanities-based documentary media projects that explore, reveal and illuminate California subjects and issues. 
Awards:  Max. of $10,000 (R&D) or $50,000 (Production)


National Science Foundation Grant Programs

Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) | Due: January
Purpose: 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. 
Awards: $100,000 - $4,000,000

Linguistics | Due: January and July
Purpose: Supports basic science in the domain of human language, encompassing investigations of the grammatical properties of individual human languages, and of natural language in general. 
Awards: $50,000 - $100,000 / year

Decision, Risk and Management Sciences (DRMS) | Due: January and August
Purpose: Supports scientific research directed at increasing the understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society.

Economics | Due: January and August 
Purpose: Supports research designed to improve the understanding of the processes and institutions of the U.S. economy and of the world system of which it is a part.

Sociology | Due: January and August
Purpose: Supports basic research on all forms of human social organization -- societies, institutions, groups and demography -- and processes of individual and institutional change. 

Cultural Anthropology Program Senior Research Awards (CA-SR) | Due: January and August
Purpose: Supports  fundamental, systematic anthropological research and training to increase understanding of the causes, consequences, and complexities of human social and cultural variability.
Awards: $50,000 - $100,000 / year

Science of Organizations (SoO) | Due: February and September 
Purpose: Funds research that advances our fundamental understanding of how organizations develop, form and operate. 

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) | Due: July
Purpose: 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.
Awards: $400,000 - $500,000

Archaeology and Archaeometry | Due: July and December
Purpose: The goal of the Archaeology Program is to fund research which furthers anthropologically relevant archaeological knowledge. 
Awards: $50,000 - $100,000 / year

Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) | Due: February
Purpose: Accelerates the creation of the scientific and engineering foundations that will enable smart and connected communities to bring about new levels of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, and overall quality of life.
Awards: $50,000 - $100,000 / year

Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) | Due: Rolling
Purpose: Supplemental proposal category to support research by faculty at predominantly undergraduate institutions.  
Awards: $75,000-$350,000  

American Psychological Foundation Foundation Grants | Due: Varies
Purpose: 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.

Russell Sage Foundation
Funding Opportunities - Various Opportunities | Due: Varies
Purpose: Grants for social science research.  Click through to the foundation website for information on active funding opportunities.  

Sociological Initiatives Foundation
Call for Concept Proposals: Action Research Projects | Due: August
Purpose: 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.  
Awards: $15,000 - $20,000

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grant Programs 

NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Program (R15) | Due: February, June, October
Purpose: 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.
Awards: up to $300,000

NIH Research Project Grant Program (R01) | Due: Varies
Purpose: 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

NIH K01 Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award | Due: Varies
Purpose: 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.  
Award Length: No longer than 5 years
Awards: Varies: $20,000 - $100,000

National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant Programs 

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) | Due: August
Purpose: 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.
Awards:​​​​​​ $70,000 - $120,000  

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
Purpose: Supports 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.
Awards:​​​​​​ $75,000-$350,000  

Education and Human Resources (EHR) Core Research (ECR) | Due: October
Purpose: 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.
Awards:​​​​​​ $300,000

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Earth, Ocean, Polar and Atmospheric Geospace Sciences (IUSE GEOPATHS) | Due: January [LOI: Nov.]
Purpose: 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).
Awards: $300,000 - $350,000

Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) | Due: Rolling
Purpose: Supports research aimed at improving our understanding of organisms as integrated units of biological organization.  
Awards: $50,000 - $100,000 / year

Environmental Biology (DEB) | Due: Rolling
Purpose: Supports research and training on evolutionary and ecological processes acting at the level of populations, species, communities, and ecosystems.
Awards:  $50,000 - $100,000 / year

Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) | Due: July and December
Purpose: Support planning efforts necessary to build capacity to establish future centers, alliances, or other large-scale networks endeavoring to address a broadening participation challenge in STEM at scale.

Advancing Informal STEM Learning  (AISL) | Due: January
Purpose: Supports six types of projects: (1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-Analyses, and (6) Conferences.
Awards: up to $300,000 up to 2 years

Materials Research (DMR) | Due: see NSF solicitation for deadline
Purpose: Research supported by the Division of Materials Research (DMR) focuses on advancing materials discovery, design, synthesis, and characterization.
Awards: $50,000 - $100,000 / year

Mathematical Sciences (DMS) | Due: see NSF solicitation for deadline
Purpose: Supports a wide range of research in mathematics and statistics aimed at developing and exploring the properties and applications of mathematical structures. 
Awards: $50,000 - $100,000 / year

Physics (PHY) | Due: see NSF solicitation for deadline
Purpose: Supports fundamental research across the intellectual frontiers of physics, to support research that has broader impacts on other fields of science and on the health, economic strength, and defense of society, to enhance education at all levels and share the excitement of science with the public through integration of education and research, and to steward the physics community so as to maintain the intellectual capital essential for future advances.  
Awards: $50,000 - $100,000 / year

Environmental Research and Education (ERE) | Due: see NSF solicitation for deadline
Purpose: Support for environmental research is focused on understanding fundamental processes involved in physical, biological, and human system interactions. Examples include research in the areas of ecosystem dynamics, cell function, atmospheric chemistry, biogeochemical cycles, political or economic institutional processes, coastal ocean processes, population biology and physiological ecology.
Awards:  $50,000 - $100,000 / year

Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) | Due: see NSF solicitation for deadline
Purpose: Supports fundamental research regarding physical, chemical, and biological processes that impact the composition and physical phenomena and behavior of matter between the sun and the surface of the Earth. 
Awards: $50,000 - $100,000 / year

Earth Sciences (EAR)| Due: see NSF solicitation for deadline
Purpose: Supports proposals for research geared toward improving the understanding of the structure, composition, and evolution of the Earth, the life it supports, and the processes that govern the formation and behavior of the Earth's materials.  
Awards: $50,000 - $100,000 / year

Chemistry (CHE) | Due: see NSF solicitation for deadline
Purpose: Supports innovative research in chemical sciences, integrated with education, through strategic investment in developing a globally engaged U.S. chemistry workforce reflecting the diversity of America.
Awards: $50,000 - $100,000 / year


Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
IES establishes programs of research (topics) under its Education Research Grants Program each year. Each topic accepts applications once per year. Applications are announced in the Federal Register and on the  IES website.

In recent years, applications have been announced in late spring, with deadlines falling during the summer.  Recent topics are listed below: 

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