Highlighted External Funding Opportunities

Research program officers in Western Michigan University’s Office of the Vice President for Research are always on the lookout for interesting grants. Here are some of their highlighted choices followed by a listing of opportunities arranged by area of interest and application deadline. 

New Opportunities for April

Teacher Quality Partnership Program—Department of Education

The Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program aims to increase student achievement by improving the quality of new prospective teachers by enhancing the preparation of prospective teachers and the professional development activities for current teachers; holding teacher preparation programs at IHE—institutions of higher education accountable for preparing talented, certified or licensed and effective teachers; and recruiting effective individuals, including minorities and individuals from other occupations, into the teaching force.

More specifically, the TQP Grants Program seeks to improve the quality of new teachers by creating partnerships among IHEs, their schools/colleges of education and arts and sciences, high-need school districts (local educational agencies (LEAs)), their high-need schools, and/or high-need early childhood education (ECE) programs. These partnerships will create model teacher preparation programs at the pre-baccalaureate level (or in a 5th year initial licensing program) through the implementation of specific reforms of the IHE’s existing teacher preparation programs, or model teaching residency programs for individuals with strong academic and/or professional backgrounds but without teaching experience.
Application deadline: 2018 Department of Education full solicitation list is not out yet. Anticipated due date is June 7.

John Templeton Foundation

The foundation’s research is intended to advance the boundaries of knowledge and contribute to human well-being.
Application deadline: letters of intent accepted any time, full proposals by invitation only.

Russell Sage Foundation

One of the oldest American foundations, the Russell Sage Foundation was established by Mrs. Margaret Olivia Sage in 1907 for "the improvement of social and living conditions in the United States." In its early years the Foundation undertook major projects in low-income housing, urban planning, social work, and labor reform. The Foundation now dedicates itself exclusively to strengthening the methods, data, and theoretical core of the social sciences as a means of diagnosing social problems and improving social policies. 
Application deadline:  letter of inquiry May 24, invited proposal deadline Aug 15

Air Force Fiscal Year 2019 Young Investigator Research Program—Department of Defense, Air Force Office of Scientific Research 

Notice seeking applications supporting efforts to foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators; and increase opportunities for the young investigator to recognize the Air Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering. Funds support young in career scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees by April 1, 2012 or later, showing exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. Approximately $450,000 per award is available to support multiple awards.
Application deadline:  June 1

ongoing opportunities by subject Area


date driven opportunities by Subject area

Opportunities noted that OVPR added to this listing in March and April, 2018.



Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions—National Archives and Records AdministrationFocus on major figures from American history or cover broad historical movements in politics, social reform, business, military, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience. Two funding periods.  
Application deadline:  Cycle one draft due April 4 and application due June 13; Cycle two draft due Aug. 1 and application due Oct. 4.

American Center - Journalism Club—U.S. Mission to Vietnam. OVPR added in March.
Application deadline:  April 20

Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan—National Endowment for the Humanities. OVPR added in March.
Application deadline:  April 25

U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund—U.S. Mission to Benin. OVPR added in March.
Application deadline:  April 30

Preservation and Access Education and Training Grant—National Endowment for the Humanities.
Application deadline:  May 1

Innovations in Immunization Data Management, Use, and Improved Process Efficiency—Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. OVPR added in April.
Application deadline:  May 2

Affordable, Accessible, and Appealing: The Next Generation of Nutrition—Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. OVPR added in April.
Application deadline:  May 2

Tools and Technologies for Broad-Scale Disease Surveillance of Crop Plants in Low-Income Countries—Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. OVPR added in April.
Application deadline:  May 2

Promoting Democratic Institutions and Accountability in Panama—U.S. Mission to Panama. OVPR added in March.
Application deadline:  May 4

Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Program - 2019—Michigan DHHS. OVPR added in April.
Application deadline:  May 10

Support for Colombian Judicial Education—Bureau of International Narcotics-Law Enforcement. OVPR added in March.
Application deadline:  May 14

Common Heritage—National Endowment for the Humanities. OVPR added in April.
Application deadline:  May 30

PARTNERSHIPS with MCC Program—Millennium Challenge Corporation
Concept papers due on May 31 or Nov. 8.

Learning  and Leadership Grants—National Endowment for the Arts
Application deadline:  June 1 and Oct. 15 

Documentary Film Making for Social Activism—Department of State. OVPR added in April.
Application deadline:  June 11

2018 Request for Proposals for Agencies Interested in Establishing a Group Respite or Early Memory Loss Program for Elders with Dementia—Brookdale Foundation Group. OVPR added in April.
Application deadline:  June 27

Public Scholar ProgramNational Endowment for the Humanities. 
Application deadline:  Feb. 6, 2019


Education/Economic and Community Development  

North American Wetlands Conservation Act 2019 U.S. Standard Grants—U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  
Application deadline:  July 13 for Cycle 2. 

2018 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant ProgramAetna Foundation.  OVPR added in March.
Application deadline:  April 18

NIJ FY18 Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes—National Institute of Justice. OVPR added in Mar.
Application deadline:  April 23

NIJ FY18 Research and Evaluation on Gangs and Gang Violence—National Institute of Justice. OVPR added in Mar.
Application deadline:  April 24

2019 National Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program—United States Department of Agriculture.
Application deadline:  April 30

Inequality Research—William T. Grant Foundation. Programs that reduce inequality and improve the use of research evidence.
Application deadline: letter of inquiry by May 2

Comprehensive School Safety Initiative – 5 Funding Categories—U.S. Department of Justice. OVPR added in March.
Application deadline: May 7 

Faculty Grants—VentureWell, for creating new or transforming existing classes in sustainable technology or sustainable design. OVPR added in April.
Application deadline: May 23

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood. OVPR added in April
Application deadline: letter of intent due May 31, full applications by invitation.

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities—Administration for Community Living. OVPR added in April.
Application deadline: June 4

Let’s Get Serious: Comic Videos to Promote Study in the U.S.—U.S. Mission to India. OVPR added in April.
Application deadline: June 11

Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Fund—funds for early career psychologist no more than ten years post-doctoral. OVPR added in April.
Application deadline: June 15

Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists 2018 Request for Proposals—National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Supports developing innovative educational opportunities and job experiences for youth and young adults. OVPR added in April.
Application deadline: June 21

Accelerating Discovery: Educating the Future STEM Workforce—Directorate for Education & Human Resources. OVPR added in April.
Application deadline: Jan. 16, 2019 but proposals submitted by July 2, 2018 will be considered for FY 2018 funding.

NIJ FY18 Research and Evaluation on Promising Reentry Initiatives—National Institute of Justice. Proposals for rigorous research to examine reentry initiatives for adult or juvenile offenders that incorporate promising practices, strategies, or programs. OVPR added in April.
Application deadline: Aug. 6 



Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects Program: Health and Function—Administration for Community Living. OVPR added in March 
Application deadline:  April 23

Empowering Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities through Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs Financed by the Prevention and Public Health Fund—Administration for Community Living. Application deadline:  April 30

Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers (P30)—National Institute of Health
Application deadline: letter of intent May 4, application due June 4

Simulation Modeling and Systems Science to Address Health Disparities (R01)—National Institute of Health 18-331. 
Letter of intent by May 6, Dec. 8 or May 7, 2019

Partnership for Aging and Cancer Research (U01)—National Institute of Health 18-552.  
Letter of intent by May 8

Alcohol Use Disorders: Behavioral Treatment, Services and Recovery Research (R21)—National Institute of Health 18-202. Application deadline:  Letter of intent by May 16 (R03)—National Institute of Health 18-201. Application deadline:  Letter of intent by May 16

Breast Cancer Research Program Innovator Award, Breakthrough Awards Level 3 and 4, Distinguished Investigator Award—Department of Defense. OVPR added in March. 
Application deadlines: preproposal due May 15, invited applications only by Aug. 14

Revolutionizing Innovative, Visionary Environmental health Research (R35)—National Institute of Health.
Letter of intent by May 20

Breast Cancer Research Program Era of Hope Scholar Award, Breakthrough Awards Level 1 and 2, Fellowship Award—Department of Defense. OVPR added in March. 
Application deadlines: letter of intent due May 16

HIV/AIDS High Priority Drug Abuse Research (R01)—National Institute of Health 18-063. 
Application deadlines: June 5

Promoting, Strengthening and Enhancing Disease Prevention by Collaboration with Targeted Stakeholders—Centers for Disease Control. OVPR added in April.
Application deadlines: June 11

Exploration of HL7 FHIR Standards for Clinical Research and Post-market Surveillance—U.S. Food and Drug Administration. OVPR added in April. 
Application deadlines: June 11

Pilot and Feasibility Clinical and Translational Research Studies in Digestive Diseases and Nutrition (R21)—National Institute of Health 15-317. 
Application deadline: June 16

Small Research Grant Program (R03)—Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Application deadline:  June 16

Workshops on the Use of Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Data (R25)—National Institute of Health. OVPR added in April.
Application deadline:  letter of intent due June 25, full proposal due July 25

Training Modules to Enhance the Rigor and Reproducibility of Biomedical Research (R25)—National Institute of Health.
Application deadline: June 29

Avenir Award Program for Genetics or Epigenetics of Substance Use Disorders (DP1)—National Institute of Health 18-226. The award supports early stage investigators proposing highly innovative studies.  
Application deadline:  Letter of intent by Sept. 19



Real-Time Intelligent Traveler Wayfinding—Department of Homeland Security
Application deadlines:  April 18, July 17 and Oct. 18

Navy and Marine Corps Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), Education and Workforce Program—Office of Naval Research
Applicaion deadline:  required white papers are due between April 2 and July 31

Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation—National Science Foundation.  
Application deadline:  April 18

US Special Operations Command Broad Agency Announcement—Dept. of the Army. Projects must be for scientific study and experimentation directed toward advancing the state-of-the-art or increasing knowledge or understanding.  
Application deadline:  May 4

Information Operations and Information Technology System ResearchNavy, Department of Defense, SPAWAR SYSTEMS CENTER
Application deadline: May 14

US-EU Internet Core & Edge Technologies—Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering.
Application deadline:  May 7

Cyber-Physical Systems—National Science Foundation. OVPR added in March.
Application deadline: May 9

ROSES 2018: Heliophysics Technology and Instrument Development for Science—NASA. OVPR added in March.
Application deadline:  May 18

NSF/VMware Partnership on Edge Computing Data Infrastructure—National Science Foundation. OVPR added in March.
Application deadline:  May 22

Smart and Connected Health—National Science Foundation. OVPR added in March.
Application deadline:  May 22 (and Dec. 11 annually)

Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Defense Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative—Army, Department of Defense. OVPR added in April.
Application deadline: optional inquiries and questions are due June 15. White papers are due June 29

STEM + Computing K-12 Education—National Science Foundation. OVPR added in April.
Application deadline:  July 2

ROSES 2018: Land Cover Land Use Change—NASA. OVPR added in March.
Application deadline:  Aug. 1

ROSES 2018: Rosetta Data Analysis ProgramNASA. OVPR added in March.
Application deadline:  Aug. 30

International Research Experiences for Students—National Science Foundation 15-505
Application deadline for Track II: Advaned Studies Institutes Sept. 11
Application deadline for Track III: New Concepts in International Graduate Experience: Sept. 25

ROSES 2018: NASA Energy and Water Cycle Study—NASA. OVPR added in March.
Application deadline:  Sept. 27

Innovative Cross-Domain Cyber Reactive Information Sharing—Department of Defense
Accepting white papers only until Sept. 30

Dual Use Technology Development Cooperative Agreement Notice—NASA Stennis Space Center.  
Application deadline:  Sept. 30 

Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems—Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering, National Science Foundation.
Application deadline:  letters of intent by Feb. 20, Dec. 7 and Jan. 8, 2019.

2018 Engineer Research and Development Center Broad Agency Announcement—Department of Defense, U.S. Army Engineer Research.
Pre-proposals or white papers are accepted at any time before January 31, 2019. Full proposals are due by invitation only.

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