Current RFPs

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External Funding Calendar

Annual RFPs

UNITED STATES ARMY RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (ARI) BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT FOR BASIC, APPLIED, AND ADVANCED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Applications accepted on a rolling basis through April 30, 2028.

ARI is the Army’s lead agency for the conduct of research, development, and analyses for Army readiness and performance via research advances and applications of the behavioral and social sciences that address personnel, organization, and Soldier and leader development issues. Programs funded under this BAA include basic research, applied research, and advanced technology development that can improve human performance and Army readiness.

Proposals are sought from institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, and for- profit organizations, domestic or foreign.

Partnerships for Innovation (NSF)

Proposals are due in May, September, and January annually.

This program has the goal of: (1) identifying and supporting NSF-sponsored research and technologies that have the potential for accelerated commercialization; (2) supporting prior or current NSF-sponsored investigators, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations that partner with an institution of higher education in undertaking proof-of-concept work, including the development of technology prototypes that are derived from NSF-sponsored research and have potential market value; (3) promoting sustainable partnerships between NSF-funded institutions, industry, and other organizations within academia and the private sector with the purpose of accelerating the transfer of technology; (4) developing multi-disciplinary innovation ecosystems which involve and are responsive to the specific needs of academia and industry; (5) providing professional development, mentoring, and advice in entrepreneurship, project management, and technology and business development to innovators.

Research Infrastructure in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (NSF)

Proposals are accepted at any time.

This program supports projects that create computational tools and data to facilitate basic research in the social and behavioral sciences that can lead to improved health, prosperity and security. Projects should be aimed at creating computational tools and data to enable research by social scientists. Examples include, but are not limited to, data collection or assembly efforts that result in new resources for a community of researchers or software platforms that facilitate data collection efforts by others.

Research Coordination Networks (NSF)

Proposals are accepted at any time.

The goal of the RCN program is to advance a field or create new directions in research or education by supporting groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic, and international boundaries. The RCN program provides opportunities to foster new collaborations, including international partnerships where appropriate, and address interdisciplinary topics. Innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies, collaborative technologies, training, broadening participation, and development of community standards for data and meta- data are especially encouraged. RCN awards are not meant to support existing networks; nor are they meant to support the activities of established collaborations.

Advancing Informal STEM Learning (NSF)

Proposals are due in January annually.

This program is committed to funding research and practice, with continued focus on investigating a range of informal STEM learning experiences and environments that make lifelong learning a reality. The current solicitation encourages proposals from institutions and organizations that serve public audiences, and specifically focus on public engagement with and understanding of STEM, including community STEM; public participation in scientific research; science communication; intergenerational STEM engagement; and STEM media.

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (NSF)

Proposals are due annually in January and July.

This is a core NSF STEM education program that seeks to promote novel, creative, and transformative approaches to generating and using new knowledge about STEM teaching and learning to improve STEM education for undergraduate students. The program is open to application from all institutions of higher education and associated organizations. NSF places high value on educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate public.

Social Psychology (NSF)

Proposals are due annually in January 15th  and July 15th.

This program supports research to advance basic knowledge in social psychology. Proposed research should carry strong potential for creating transformative advances in the basic understanding of human social behavior. Among the many research topics supported are social cognition, attitudes, social and cultural influence, stereotypes, motivation, decision making, group dynamics, aggression, close relationships, social and affective neuroscience, social psychophysiology, emotions, prosocial behavior, health-related behavior, and personality and individual differences.

Sociology (NSF)

Proposals accepted on a rolling basis.

The Sociology Program supports basic research on all forms of human social organization — societies, institutions, groups and demography — and processes of individual and institutional change. The program encourages theoretically focused empirical investigations aimed at improving the explanation of fundamental social processes. This includes research on organizations and organizational behavior, population dynamics, social movements, social groups, labor force participation, stratification and mobility, family, social networks, socialization, gender, race and the sociology of science and technology. The program supports both original data collection and secondary data analysis that use the full range of quantitative and qualitative methodological tools. Theoretically grounded projects that offer methodological innovations and improvements for data collection and analysis are also welcomed.

Science and Technology Studies (NSF)

Proposals are due in early February and early August annually.

Science and Technology Studies is an interdisciplinary field that investigates the conceptual foundations, historical developments and social contexts of STEM, including medical science. The STS program supports proposals across a broad spectrum of research that uses historical, philosophical and social scientific methods to investigate STEM theory and practice. STS research may be empirical or conceptual; specifically, it may focus on the intellectual, material or social facets of STEM including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance and policy issues.

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (NSF)

Proposals are due by mid-November annually.

The multi-agency Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases program supports research on the ecological, evolutionary, organismal, and social drivers that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. The central theme of submitted projects must be the quantitative, mathematical, or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics. The intent is discovery of principles of infectious disease (re)emergence and transmission and testing mathematical or computational models that elucidate infectious disease systems. Projects should be broad, interdisciplinary efforts that go beyond the scope of typical studies.

Workplace Equity for Persons with Disabilities in STEM and STEM Education (NSF)

Proposals are due in September annually.

This program supports fundamental, applied, and translational research that advances knowledge and practice about diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible STEM and STEM education workplaces and postsecondary training environments for persons with disabilities. Supported topics include studying barriers and solutions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in STEM; applying intersectional social identity perspectives to investigate characteristics and conditions of STEM and STEM education workplaces and training environments; etc.

Evidence for Action: Innovative Research to Advance Racial Equity

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Evidence for Action (E4A), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, funds research that expands the evidence needed to build a Culture of Health, with an explicit emphasis on advancing racial equity. We recognize that achieving racial equity is not possible without a focus on the foundational and structural drivers of health, often referred to as the social determinants of health (e.g., housing, education, built environment, economic opportunity, law enforcement, and others). Therefore, we partner with researchers, practitioners, community leaders, advocates, and policymakers to develop evidence about what works to dismantle or remedy unjust systems and practices and produce more equitable outcomes for people and communities of color.

NIH Helping to End Addiction Longterm (HEAL) Initiative

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.

Wrenner-Gren Foundation – Anthropology Post-PhD Research Grant

Application Deadlines are May 1st and November 1st.

This grant program funds individual research projects undertaken by doctorates in anthropology or a closely related field. Our goal is to support vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of what it means to be human. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, topic, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that integrate two or more subfields and pioneer new approaches and ideas.

Wenner-Gren Foundation – Anthropology Conference and Workshop Grant

Application deadlines are June 1st and December 1st.  

This grant program supports meetings and events that promote the development of inclusive communities of anthropologists and advance significant and innovative research. Conferences that we support are public events directed at large audiences of anthropologists. We prioritize scholarly gatherings that bring together members of large, international anthropological organizations. Workshops that we support are closed meetings focused on pressing topics in anthropology. Small groups of scholars gather for several days to work intensively on particular themes. Our aim is to help organizers make these conferences and workshops more inclusive and accessible by covering costs for scholars who might not otherwise be able to attend.

Time-Sensitive Research Opportunities in Environmental Health Sciences (R21) (NIH)

Letters of Intent are due 30 days before standard NIH dates, through December 2025.

This program is intended to support novel environmental health research in which an unpredictable event or policy change provides a limited window of opportunity to collect human biological samples or environmental exposure data. The primary motivation of the FOA is to understand the consequences of natural and human-made disasters, emerging environmental public health threats, and policy changes in the U.S. and abroad.

Accelerating the Pace of Drug Abuse Research Using Existing Data (R21) (NIH)

Letters of Intent are are due 30 days before standard NIH dates, through November 2024.

This program aims to invite applications proposing innovative analysis of existing social science, behavioral, administrative, and neuroimaging data to study the etiology and epidemiology of substance using behaviors (defined as alcohol, tobacco, prescription, and other substances) and related disorders, prevention of substance use and HIV, and health service utilization.

Growing Research Access for Nationally Transformative Equity and Diversity (GRANTED)

Proposals accepted on a rolling basis.

GRANTED supports ambitious ideas and innovative strategies to address challenges and inequalities within the research enterprise. The research enterprise is broadly defined and includes administrative support and service infrastructure such as, but not limited to, human capital, research development and administration, research analytics, technology transfer and commercialization, corporate relations/public-private partnerships, research integrity, compliance and security, research policy, administration of student research training, and research leadership. Strengthening this administrative infrastructure supporting research and STEM training is necessary to fully utilize the Nation’s talent and capabilities and empower America’s organizations that engage in or support research, to participate in a diverse, equitable, and internationally competitive research enterprise.

Summer 2024 Deadlines

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Addressing Childhood Obesity and Health Inequities

Concept papers are due by June 27, 2024.

The Foundation has issued a call for proposals addressing childhood obesity and health inequities. Through this call for proposals, the Foundation will support projects with the potential to bolster, sustain, and evolve the field by promoting systems-level change to prevent childhood obesity, address structural racism, and advance health equity. RWJF is especially interested in projects that engage with communities most impacted by childhood obesity and nutrition insecurity and organizations focused on people of color, and leverage and complement existing field assets.

American Philosophical Association’s Diversity and Inclusiveness Grant Program

Applications are due by June 30, 2024.

The American Philosophical Association, in keeping with its mission and goals and the association’s longstanding commitment to addressing philosophy’s serious lack of demographic diversity, will make available up to $20,000 in fiscal year 2025 to fund one or two projects aiming to increase the presence and participation of women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, people of low socioeconomic status, and other underrepresented groups at all levels of philosophy. The APA board of officers strongly prefers proposals that convincingly demonstrate their potential to decisively impact diversity and inclusion within philosophy.

Access to Infant and Toddler Care and Education: Research and Evaluation (ACF)

Proposals are due by July 8, 2024.

This grant opportunity will provide funding to address key research and evaluation questions related to care and education access for infants and toddlers at the national, state, or local level. Specifically, these awards will support either: descriptive research studies to document current access, shifts in access over time, or the characteristics of specific policies, practices, or other efforts that may be affecting access; or evaluations to explore the implementation or effects of specific policies, practices, or other efforts that may be affecting access. Proposed projects can include primary data collection and/or leverage secondary data sources.

Human Networks and Data Science (HNDS) – NSF

Applications are due by July 11, 2024.

The Human Networks and Data Science program (HNDS) supports research that enhances understanding of human behavior by leveraging data and network science research across a broad range of topics. HNDS research will identify ways in which dynamic, distributed, or heterogeneous data can provide novel answers to fundamental questions about individual or group behavior. HNDS is especially interested in proposals that provide data-rich insights about human networks to support improved health, prosperity, and security.

Russell Sage Foundation Core Research Grants (Core Programs and Special Initiatives)

Letters of Inquiry are due July 24, 2024.

RSF will accept letters of inquiry (LOIs) under all of its core programs and special initiatives: Behavioral Science and Decision Making in ContextFuture of WorkImmigration and Immigrant IntegrationPromoting Educational Attainment and Economic Mobility among Racially, Ethnically, and Economically Diverse Groups after the 2023 Supreme Court Decision to Ban Race-Conscious Admissions at Colleges and UniversitiesRace, Ethnicity and ImmigrationSocial, Political, and Economic Inequality. It will also accept LOIs relevant to its core programs that address the effects of social movements, such as drives for unionization and mass social protests, and the effects of racial/ethnic/gender bias and discrimination on a range of outcomes related to social and living conditions in the U.S.

LOIs must include specific information about the proposed data and research design. After peer review, about 15% of those who submit an LOI will receive an invitation to submit a proposal. If you are unsure about the foundation’s expectations, we strongly recommend that you review the grant writing guidelines on our website and also view an instructional webinar. Successful proposals from this round can have a start date on or after January 1, 2025.

Fall 2024 deadlines

Community Level Interventions to Improve Minority Health and Reduce Health Disparities (R01) (NIH)

Letters of intent are due September 5, 2024 (annually through 2026).

This program aims to support research to develop and test community-level interventions to improve minority health and reduce health disparities. Notably, this program emphasize research priorities that can be addressed through community-engaged research approaches and that utilize the NIMHD Research Framework to assess and intervene on health determinants beyond the individual level, at the interpersonal, family, organizational, neighborhood, community, and societal levels.

Specialized Alcohol Research Centers (P50) (NIH)

Letters of intent are due by October 15, 2024.

This program supports a broad-based Alcohol Research Centers program to foster and conduct interdisciplinary, collaborative research on Alcohol Use Disorder, alcohol misuse and alcohol-related problems, and other health-related consequences across the lifespan. Topics include but are not limited to, the nature, etiology, genetics, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of AUD, alcohol-related end-organ diseases, and their biomedical, psychosocial, and economic consequences across the lifespan and minority health and other NIH-designated populations that experience health disparities. Centers are also major contributors to the development of research methods, technologies, and approaches that sustain innovative goal-directed research. See also this companion RFP.

Hanover Research calendars

Sponsored Programs grants digest

Hanover’s Sponsored Programs Digest provides a succinct overview of notable grants with deadlines in the coming months, focusing on institutional programmatic opportunities in the areas such as student success, education, capacity building, and economic/workforce development.

Health Equity
Click above to download a grant opportunities calendar for minority serving institutions, compiled by Hanover Research, a grants development firm working in partnership with UMBC-CAHSS.

Hanover Research Grants Calendar for Minority Serving Institutions
Click above to download a grant opportunities calendar for minority serving institutions, compiled by Hanover Research, a grants development firm working in partnership with UMBC-CAHSS.

Hanover Research Grants Calendar – Education Research & Programs

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

Hanover Research Grants Calendar – Health Research

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

Hanover Research Grants Calendar – Interdisciplinary Research

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

Hanover Research Grants Calendar – Student Success

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

Hanover Research Grants Calendar – Early Career Research

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

Hanover Research Grants Calendar: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Click above to download a grant opportunities calendar specific to diversity, equity, and inclusion, compiled by Hanover Research, a grants development firm working in partnership with UMBC-CAHSS.

Hanover Research Grants Calendar:  Environmental Sustainability

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

Hanover Research Grants Calendar:  Research Centers

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


Other resources

Research Infrastructure in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Program (RISBS) 

The U.S. National Science Foundation plays a critical role in supporting research infrastructure across a wide range of scientific disciplines, from telescopes to field stations. But sometimes research infrastructure takes less tangible or visible forms—things like large data repositories, long-running surveys, or web-based research tools. The new Research Infrastructure in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Program, or RISBS, supports critical research infrastructure in the social, behavioral and economic sciences, and its creation is part of an effort to make this infrastructure more visible and draw attention to its importance.

The Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences has a deep history of supporting research infrastructure, including three long-running data collection projects that provide critical information about U.S. society:

  • The American National Election Study, which started in 1948 and has been funded by NSF since 1977, provides gold standard data on voting, public opinion and political participation in U.S. national elections.
  • The General Social Survey, a nationally representative interview survey of the U.S. adult population, collects data on a wide range of topics and has been funded by NSF since its inception in 1972.
  • The Panel Study of Income Dynamics, a longitudinal survey of a nationally representative sample of U.S. families begun in 1968 (with NSF taking over most of its funding in 1980) collects data on a wide array of economic, social and health factors.

In addition to these projects, RISBS will support other projects that create computational tools and data to facilitate basic research in the social and behavioral sciences that can lead to improved health, prosperity and security. Prospective primary investigators are encouraged to contact the program directors listed on the RISBS web page for more information.

Hanover’s 2024 Grants Webinar Schedule

Register for upcoming sessions here.

NIH’s New Scientific Data Sharing Website

NIH has a long-standing commitment to making the research it funds available to the public. This commitment is demonstrated through a variety of sharing policies that function to increase the transparency and availability of scientific data and resources.  NIH policies expect:

  • The appropriate sharing of scientific data to be maximized
  • Data from large scale genomic studies to be broadly and responsibly shared
  • Research tools developed with NIH funding to be made accessible to other researchers
  • Unique model organisms to be made available to the scientific community
  • Clinical trials to be registered and summary results reported in ClinicalTrials.gov
  • Peer reviewed manuscripts to be publicly available on PubMed Central

The new website will help you navigate these policies, providing you with step-by-step guides, infographics, tools and resources to help you on your way. In the case of clinical trials and public access policies, the site provides a central access point and visibility to these policies, and links out to existing NIH sites for more information.

View a list of COVID-19-related funding opportunities maintained by GrantForward.


Other funding opportunities as well as databases and tools, including Grant Forward and Foundations Online, are available via UMBC’s Office of the Vice Provost for Research. Staff in UMBC’s Office of Sponsored Programs are available to meet with faculty to provide an overview of how to search for funding opportunities.

Researchers may also be interested in the eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA), which routinely adds opportunities, as well as the Governor’s Grants Office, which provides Maryland State specific funding opportunities. There are also institutional grant opportunities available through the Maryland Higher Education Commission.