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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. 

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 

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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

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 requires $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: $35,000 - $100,000

Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions | Due: June
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 $100,000

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: $50,000 (Convening Grants); $250,000 (Publication Grants)

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Programs 
Awards:  $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: February
Purpose: Supports the creation of well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership
Awards: $5,000 per month

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: $5,000-$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: $5,000-$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: $5,000- $60,000

6. Summer Stipends | Due: September
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 Research: Art Works | Due: October
Cost Sharing Required
Purpose: Offers a framework for studying research topics critical to a broader public understanding of the arts' value and/or impact for individuals and communities.
Awards: $10,000 - $30,000

NEA Art Works | Due: February and July
Cost Sharing Required
Purpose: 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

Creative Writing | 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 
Eligibility:
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:  December, April and August 
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)

Sciences

American Psychological Foundation
Foundation Grants
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
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
Purpsoe: 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: $10,000 - $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: February, June, October
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
Awards: $250,000+

NIH K01 Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award | Due: January
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: February and September
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: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) | Due: November and January
Purpose: The 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.
Awards: $300,000

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE GEOPATHS) | Due: May and October
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

Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) | Due: January
Purpsoe: 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

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

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