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Current RFPs

Click above to download a monthly grant opportunities calendar, compiled by Hanover Research, a grants development firm working in partnership with UMBC-CAHSS

Click above to download a monthly grant opportunities calendar with opportunities that center on student success, compiled by Hanover Research, a grants development firm working in partnership with UMBC-CAHSS

Click above to download a grant opportunities calendar with opportunities that reflect widescale efforts to broaden participation and engage students and researchers from underrepresented groups, compiled by Hanover Research, a grants development firm working in partnership with UMBC-CAHSS

Click above to download a grant opportunities calendar for early career researchers, compiled by Hanover Research, a grants development firm working in partnership with UMBC-CAHSS

The Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative, or NIH HEAL Initiative, is a trans-NIH research effort focused on improving prevention and treatment for opioid misuse and addiction and enhancing pain management.  The NIH HEAL Initiative is organized into six research focus areas. Within those focus areas, 12 NIH Institutes and Centers are leading 25 research programs to find scientific solutions to the opioid crisis.  Click on the link above for details about the six research areas.

LOIs due by June 8, 2021; applications due by October 12, 2021.

The Foundation believes that a deeper understanding of the role of ECE professionals in enhancing young children’s early learning experiences can ultimately improve the chances for all children to reach their full potential. Scholars will become part of a growing network of the next generation of researchers whose work has the potential to strengthen the ECE workforce and improve the quality of services provided to young children and their families.

Applications due by June 16, 2021.

The goal of HES4A is to support the career development and academic advancement of researchers from historically underrepresented backgrounds who conduct health equity research. Grants will be awarded to address the challenges that underrepresented researchers experience; help them overcome obstacles to earning tenure; and make progress toward acquiring independent research funding. Grants will support three aspects of career development: research, mentorship, and connection with a community of support.

Applications due by June 18, 2021.

Climate change intensifies existing climate-sensitive health threats and creates new challenges by exposing more people in more places to hazardous weather and climate conditions (National Climate Assessment). Increasing temperatures, frequency and intensity of heat waves, heavy precipitation and flooding affects health in a number of ways. Each region of the United States experiences climate change and its impacts on health differently, due to the regions’ location-specific climate exposures The changing climate also interacts with demographic and social determinants of health to influence the extent of consequences; that is, not everyone is affected equally. Examples of populations at high risk of exposure to adverse climate related heart threats include communities of color, older adults, groups that have been economically and socially marginalized and children (NCA).

Applications due by June 24, 2021.

The Visiting Scholars Program provides a unique opportunity for select scholars in the social, economic, political and behavioral sciences to pursue their research and writing while in residence at the foundation in New York City. The fellowship period is September 1st through June 30th.

Applications due by July 1, 2021.

Up to $20,000 to further the research, practice, or education of an early career psychologist on the connection between mental and physical health, particularly for work that contributes to public health.

Applications due by July 7, 2021.

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas.  Applicants should have a track record of conducting high-quality research and an interest in pursuing a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers. We recognize that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take measured risks in their work, so this award includes a mentoring component, as well as a supportive academic community.

Awards are based on applicants’ potential to become influential researchers, as well as their plans to expand their expertise in new and significant ways. The application should make a cohesive argument for how the applicant will expand his or her expertise. The research plan should evolve in conjunction with the development of new expertise, and the mentoring plan should describe how the proposed mentors will support applicants in acquiring that expertise. Proposed research plans must address questions that are relevant to policy and practice in the Foundation’s focus areas.

LOIs due July 20, 2021; applications due by August 24, 2021.

This initiative will support observational or intervention research to understand and address the impact of structural racism and discrimination (SRD) on minority health and health disparities.

Applications due by August 4, 2021.

Applications due by August 4, 2021.

Applications due August 10, 2021.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Cutting-Edge Basic Research Award (CEBRA) is designed to foster highly innovative or conceptually creative research related to the etiology, pathophysiology, prevention, or treatment of substance use disorders (SUDs). It supports high-risk and potentially high-impact research that is underrepresented or not included in NIDA’s current portfolio that has the potential to transform SUD research. The proposed research should: 1. develop, and/or adapt, revolutionary techniques or methods for addiction research or that show promising future applicability to SUD research; and /or 2. test an innovative and significant hypothesis for which there are scant precedent or preliminary data and which, if confirmed, would transform current thinking.

Applications due by August 30, 2021.

CAORC is currently accepting applications for faculty development seminars to India, Mexico, and Senegal for community college and minority-serving institution faculty and administrators.  The seminars, which will take place in 2022, are fully-funded and allow participants to gain the first-hand experience to develop international courses, curriculum, and teaching materials.

Applications due by September 1, 2021.

HEI has established the Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award to provide funding for outstanding investigators who are beginning independent research. By providing financial support for investigators at this early point in their careers, HEI hopes to encourage highly qualified individuals to undertake research on the health effects of air pollution. The candidates may have training and experience in any of the many branches of science relevant to air pollution.  Each award will be a maximum of $500,000 for three years1 in total costs to support a research project. The funds can be used to provide salary support for the investigator and supporting junior personnel as well as
operating costs, including supplies and equipment. It is expected that the investigator will devote at least 25% of his or her time on the proposed research. HEI expects to provide one or two awards from this RFA and make
additional awards each year.

LOIs due by September 16, 2021; applications due by October 16, 2021.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications for research projects that will advance translational research to better understand risk and resilience for suicide in the context of the NIMH Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) framework, specifically the Positive Valence Systems (PVS) domain, and lead to novel interventions. The projects should focus on the identification of novel behavioral or neurobiological intervention targets for the treatment of suicidality. NIMH is particularly interested in the role of PVS deficits in suicidal thoughts and behaviors, identification of unique subtypes by behavior and neural circuitry, and associations between PVS-related subtypes and other RDoC domains in relation to suicidality.

Applications are due by October 7, 2021.

This program supports fundamental research (curiosity-driven basic research and use-inspired basic research) that contributes to the general, explanatory knowledge that underlies STEM education in one or more of the three broadly conceived Research Areas: Research on STEM Learning and Learning Environments, Research on Broadening Participation in STEM fields, and Research on STEM Workforce Development. Within this framework, the ECR program supports a wide range of fundamental STEM education research activities, aimed at learners of all groups and ages in formal and informal settings.

LOIs due by October 15, 2021; applications due by November 15, 2021.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for Comprehensive Alcohol Research Centers using the P60 mechanism which requires a dissemination core to initiate and expand community education related to the activities of the center. The overall purpose of the NIAAA Alcohol Research Center program is to provide leadership in conducting and fostering interdisciplinary, collaborative research on a wide variety of topics relevant to the Institute’s mission. These topics include, but are not limited to: the nature, etiology, genetics, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of alcohol use disorder, alcohol-related end organ diseases and their biomedical, psychosocial, and economic consequences across the lifespan and racial/ethnic groups and other health disparity populations. Centers also are regional or national resources that contribute to the development of new research methods, technologies and approaches that sustain innovative goal-directed research.


For Assistance with Proposals and Awards

Social science PIs obtain pre-award and post-grant management assistance from MIPAR, a grants administration unit housed within the Center for Social Science Scholarship. Learn how to get started with MIPAR here.

To set up an appointment, email

Go here to view CAHSS deadlines for proposal routing and submissions.

Arts and humanities faculty, please contact Rachel Brubaker in the Dresher Center for the Humanities for funding opportunities and assistance.

For faculty interested in submitting proposals to corporations or foundations, please consult Bruce Lyons in UMBC’s Office of Institutional Advancement.