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

Applications are being accepted on various dates in October 2020.

New submissions under various NIH mechanisms for supporting investigator-led research projects.

Applications are due by October 31, 2020.

The International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) for Tenured International Relations Scholars offers tenured academics from a variety of scholarly backgrounds practical experience in the foreign policy-making field through placement at a U.S. government agency, in Congress, or with an international organization. The fellowship is geared toward professors who propose to work on peace and security issues and who have limited experience working at a U.S. government agency, in Congress, or at an international organization.

Applications are due by November 1, 2020.

Each year, the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, invites around twenty-five scholars to be in residence for the full academic year and pursue their own research. The theme for residencies in 2021-22 will be “Political Mobilizations and Social Movements,” but applications outside the theme are also welcomed. An interdisciplinary dialogue will be fostered and applications are strongly encouraged from scholars across the social sciences, whether or not their research corresponds to the theme.

Applications are due November 1, 2020.

The Howard Foundation, an independent foundation administered by Brown University, awards a limited number of fellowships each year for projects in selected fields. A total of nine fellowships will be awarded for 2021-2022 in the fields of History and Creative Nonfiction. The fellowships are intended for scholars and artists in early mid-career, defined as having complete their formal studies within 5-15 years of the application date and having achieved recognition for at least one major project beyond degree requirements that would be sufficient for the awarding of tenure at a research institution. These non-residential fellowships offer a stipend of $35,000 and are intended to augment paid sabbatical leaves. Fellowship funds become available on July 1st of the year of the award and may be taken anytime within four years of that day.

Applications are due November 1, 2020.

Post-Ph.D. Research Grants are awarded to individuals holding a Ph.D. or equivalent degree to support individual research projects. The program contributes to the Foundation’s overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity’s cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields.

Applications are due November 1, 2020.

$5,000 will be granted to an outstanding psychologist engaged in advancing the science of personality psychology, including areas of personality theory, personality disorders and personality assessment.

Applications are due November 1, 2020.

AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars who are pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research full time, or preparing research for publication for eight consecutive weeks. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.

Applications are due November 1, 2020.

Lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans (LGBT) people face many challenges in forming, defining and maintaining families.  This program seeks to encourage the study of LGBT family psychology and therapy through its support of promising young investigators whose graduate research is oriented toward issues in this general area.  Preference is given to advanced students who have demonstrated their commitment to this area through their dissertation research plans.

Applications are due November 2, 2020.

Early Career Fellowships are intended for pre-tenure scholars in the humanities and the humanities-related social sciences who are preparing their PhD dissertations for publication, or who are embarking on new research projects. The fellowships support research and writing with a priority given to proposals based on the applicant’s research in China (research in Hong Kong, Macau, Tibet, Xinjiang, and Taiwan are also eligible). Diaspora studies (e.g., the history of Chinese in America) are not eligible.  Applicants must hold a PhD degree conferred no earlier than January 1, 2012. Those who have obtained tenure, or whose tenure review will be complete before May 31, 2021, are not eligible. The award offers a stipend of $50,000 for two consecutive semesters released from teaching. The fellowship period must begin between June 1, 2021, and September 30, 2022. Stipends for shorter periods (minimum one semester) will be pro-rated.

Applications are due November 4, 2020.

The Russell Sage Foundation has launched a new Pipeline Grants Competition for early- and mid-career researchers in collaboration with the Economic Mobility and Opportunity program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The competition seeks to promote diversity in the social sciences broadly, including racial, ethnic, gender, disciplinary, institutional, and geographic diversity. Early and mid-career faculty who have not previously received support from RSF in the form of a Trustee or Presidential research grant or a visiting fellowship from RSF are eligible to apply.

Applications are due November 4, 2020.

The purpose of this program is to encourage IHEs to develop model programs to support veteran student success in postsecondary education by coordinating services to address the academic, financial, physical, and social needs of veteran students. A total of 16 grants of roughly $450,000 each will be awarded.

Applications are due November 5, 2020.

The Small Research Grants Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets up to $50,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. We accept applications three times per year.

Applications are due November 9, 2020.

Fellows will attain and use leadership experience to improve health, health care, health policy, and health equity. The fellowship requires a full-time commitment with a minimum 12-month residence in Washington, D.C., which prepares individuals to influence the future of health and health care in the nation.

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Applications are due November 11, 2020.

Applications are due November 15, 2020.

Applications are due November 16, 2020.

The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study will fund up to three 8-week residencies in June-July 2021 for researchers doing advanced work on gender and suffrage, voting rights, citizenship, or other related topics, as part of its Long 19th Amendment Project. Successful projects will draw in meaningful ways on Schlesinger Library collections. The stipend for each award is $15,000. Applications may be from clusters of 2-3 researchers as well as from individuals. Products that may result can include books and articles, course syllabi, datasets or interview transcripts, and podcasts or videos.

Applications are due November 16, 2020.

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) announces its 2021–2022 AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research competition for advanced graduate students. The Fellowship Program seeks proposals from advanced graduate students who are from racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in higher education (e.g., African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders). This program provides mentoring and funding support to develop research skills and conduct studies in education related fields and topics.

Applications are due November 16, 2020.

The purpose of the Network Planning Grants Program is to promote the development of integrated health care networks in order to: (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of basic health care services; and (iii) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole.

Applications are due November 16, 2020.

The DISES Program supports research projects that advance basic scientific understanding of integrated socio-environmental systems and the complex interactions (dynamics, processes, and feedbacks) within and among the environmental (biological, physical and chemical) and human (“socio”) (economic, social, political, or behavioral) components of such a system.

Applications are due November 18, 2020.

The multi-agency Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases program supports research on the ecological, evolutionary, and social drivers that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases.

Letter of intent are due November 24, 2020.

Policies for Action is issuing a call for proposals to build the evidence base exploring how national, state, and local policies can help advance racial equity and justice in the United States.  We are particularly interested in understanding how, and how well such policies work to address racial disparities in health and well-being.

Applications are due November 30, 2020.

Competitive research programs through the Climate Program Office (CPO) support high-priority climate science, assessments, decision support research, outreach, education, and capacity-building activities.

Applications are due December 1, 2020.

The IUSE: EHR 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. Note that this program has multiple tracks, with deadlines varying by track; the deadline noted above is the next occurring deadline.

Applications are due December 2, 2020. 

Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Awards recognize junior faculty candidates who balance research, teaching, and service, and give great weight to the creation of an inclusive campus community for underrepresented students and scholars. Applicants may be working in any field of the humanities or social sciences, including  history, sociology, anthropology, literature, art, gender studies, ethnic/diaspora studies, and related fields, with an emphasis on scholarly topics that relate to or provide context for the study of culture, equity, inclusion, civil rights, and education in the Americas.  Eligible applicants are typically in the fourth or fifth year of a tenure-track appointment and are still working to complete key items for their tenure dossier. They will have successfully passed the standard third-year/midpoint review or their institution’s equivalent no later than January 31, 2021. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States as of December 2, 2020.  The award provides a $17,500 stipend, with $10,000 for summer research support and $7,500 for research assistance during the academic year.

Applications are due by December 6, 2020.

The Kluge Fellowship in Digital Studies provides an opportunity for scholars to utilize digital methods, the Library’s large and varied digital collections and resources, curatorial expertise, and an emerging community of digital scholarship practitioners. Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research is particularly welcome in the Kluge Digital Studies program. The fellowship is open to scholars from all disciplines with special consideration given to those whose projects demonstrate relevance to the challenges facing democracies in the 21st century. The Digital Studies Fellowship supports a wide array of academic work that encompasses digital scholarship, digital humanities, data science, data analysis, data visualization, and digital publishing that utilize digital collections, tools, and methods. Fellows will have the opportunity to engage with various digital departments in the Library of Congress while pursing and sharing their research.

Applications are due by December 15, 2020.

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to accelerate the development of devices to treat Substance Use Disorders (SUDs). The continuing advances in technologies offer unprecedented opportunities to develop neuromodulatory or neurophysiological devices that are safe and effective SUD treatments. The objective is to move devices to their next step in the FDA approval process, with the ultimate goal of generating new, FDA approved device-based treatments for SUDs.

Applications are due by January 25, 2021.

The purpose of the Research on Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning program is to fund exploratory and synergistic research in emerging technologies (to include, but not limited to, artificial intelligence, robotics, and immersive or augmenting technologies) for teaching and learning in the future. The program accepts proposals that focus on learning, teaching, or a combination of both. The scope of the program is broad, with special interest in diverse learner/educator populations, contexts, and content, including teaching and learning in STEM and in foundational areas that enable STEM (e.g., self-regulation, literacy, communication, collaboration, creativity, and socio-emotional skills).

Applications are due by January 31, 2021.

The Center for Retirement Research sponsors the annual Steven H. SandellGrant Program for scholars in the field of retirement or disability research and policy. The program is funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration to provide opportunities for junior or non-tenured scholars (within seven years of receiving their Ph.D.) from all academic disciplines to pursue cutting-edge projects on retirement or disability issues.


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.