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. 


WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program—Johnson & Johnson

The Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award is a $150,000 award to support women pursuing research in STEM2D (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing & Design). It aims to fuel the development of female STEM2D leaders and feed the STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring women at critical points in their research careers, in each of the STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design. The awards will fund one woman per discipline who has completed her advanced degree, who is working as an assistant professor and who is not yet tenured at an accredited university or design institution. The goal is to fuel the research passion of the awarded women and inspire career paths in their respective STEM2D fields.

Application deadline: Sept. 25

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers—National Science Foundation

The ADVANCE program seeks to develop systemic approaches to increase the participation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers.  The ADVANCE program is designed to foster gender equity through a focus on the identification and elimination of organizational barriers that impede the full participation and advancement of all women faculty in academic institution. The goals of the ADVANCE program are (1) to develop systemic approaches to increase the presentation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers; (2) to develop innovative and sustainable ways to promote gender equity that involve both men and women in the STEM academic workforce; and (3) to contribute to the research knowledge base on gender equity and the intersection of gender and other identities in STEM academic careers.

Deadline: Required letter of intent due Dec. 14

Research on Integrated Photonics Utilizing AIM Photonics Capabilities—National Science Foundation 18-095

Supports innovative exploratory and translational research by academic researchers and small businesses in all aspects of integrated photonics that utilize the current silicon photonics capabilities resident in AIM Photonics. Research projects utilizing the AIM Photonics fabrication process technologies via multi-project wafer (MPW) runs should have an objective to bring a specific innovation to integrated photonics circuits and components or to demonstrate a new approach that uses integrated photonics as its differentiator.   

Unsolicited proposals to the ECCS-EPMD core program may be submitted to FastLane any time after completion of the PAF, subject to a 12-month moratorium for resubmissions.  

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace—National Science Foundation 18-572

The SaTC program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity and privacy, and draw on expertise in one or more of these areas: computing, communication and information sciences; engineering; economics; education; mathematics; statistics; and social and behavioral sciences. Proposals that advance the field of cybersecurity and privacy within a single discipline or interdisciplinary efforts that span multiple disciplines are both encouraged.  An individual can participate as a PI, co-PI or senior personnel on no more than three SaTC proposals. Full proposals accepted anytime.

Health and Social Issues Research—The Commonwealth Fund

The Fund supports independent research on health and social issues and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy.  Dedicated to helping people become more informed about their health care and improving care for vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, people with disabilities, low-income families, minorities, and the uninsured. A letter of inquiry is the starting point for both board-level and small grants, letters of inquiry are accepted on a rolling basis; there are no deadlines. 

Health Services Research to Address the Opioids Crisis—Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The purpose of this Notice is to inform the research community that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is interested in receiving health services research grant applications to advance our nation's understanding of the opioids crisis and provide solutions for addressing it.

Applicants should clearly state in their cover letter and project summary of their grant application that they are responding to this SEN by including the title and number of this SEN (NOT-HS-18-015).  Applications responding to this SEN should be submitted on regular application receipt dates identified in the respective Funding Opportunity Announcement and will be reviewed by AHRQ standing study sections. Applicants should consider this SEN active until September 30, 2021.


ongoing opportunities by subject Area


date driven opportunities by Subject area

Opportunities noted that OVPR added to this listing in July and Aug., 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 two draft due Aug. 1 and application due Oct. 4.

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 

NEA Documentary Sustainability Project—National Endowment for the Arts. OVPR added in July.
Application deadline:  Aug. 14

Enhancing Prosecutions of Wildlife Crime—US Department of State. OVPR added in July.
Application deadline: Aug. 20 

Sampling and Monitoring Strategies for Opportunistic Pathogens in Drinking Water Distribution Systems—The Water Research Foundation. OVPR added in July.
Application deadline: Aug. 22

Media Projects—National Endowment for the Humanities. OVPR added in July.
Application deadline:  Aug. 29

Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program—Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Application deadline:  required preliminary proposals due Sept. 17. Invited proposals will be due March 20.

National Leadership Grants for Libraries—Institute of Museum and Library Services. OVPR added in July.
Application deadline:  Sept. 17

Humanities Connections Planning Grants—National Endowment for the Humanities. Supports innovative curricular approaches that foster productive partnerships among faculty in the social and natural sciences and in pre-service or professional programs. OVPR added in July.
Application deadline:  Oct. 17

Public Engagement with Historical Records—National Archives and Records Administration. 
Application deadline:  Oct. 4, optional drafts are due Aug. 3

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

Access to Historical Records: Major Initiatives—National Archives and Records Administration.
Application deadline:  July 11, 2019


Education/Economic and Community Development  

Research and Scholar Funding—Russell Sage Foundation. Supports basic social science research to improve social policies: 1) Social Inequality; 2) Future of Work; 3) Race, Ethnicity & Immigration; and 4) Behavioral Economics. Annual deadlines for required LOIs Aug. 20 for areas 1, 2 and 4. Additional program application deadlines include Grants for Computational Social Science Nov. 30 and Small Grants Program in Behavioral Economics/Consumer Finance applications accepted anytime. 

Acquisition Research Program—Department of Defense.  
Application deadline: required white paper due July 5, full proposal due Sept. 5

Education Research and Training Grants, Special Education Research and Training Grants—Institute of Education Sciences
Application packages available. Various application deadlines in August.

Brady Education Foundation Grants—Brady Education Foundation.  
Application Deadline:  (stage 1) August 1, (stage 2, if invited) December 1 

National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions—Department of Education. OVPR added in Aug.
Application deadline: Aug. 24

i6 Challenge and Seed Fund Support Program—U.S. Economic Development Administration. 
Application deadline: Aug. 29

Early Childhood Welfare, Early Childhood Education and Play, Parenting Education—The Caplan Foundation. OVPR added in July.
Application deadline:  letter of intent by Sept. 30

Lyle Spencer Research AwardSpencer Foundation. OVPR added in July.
Application deadline: required letter of intent due Oct. 2



Tick-Borne Disease Awards: Career Development, Idea, Investigator-Initiated Research—Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.  
Application deadline:  pre-application due June 25, full proposals due Sept. 27

Data Archives for the BRAIN Initiative—National Institutes of Health. OVPR added in July.
Application deadline: Sept. 6

NIH Director's New Innovator Award Program (DP2)—National Institute of Health 18-008. Supports early stage investigators.
Application deadline: Sept. 10

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

Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Partnership AwardConvergence Science Research AwardNew Investigator Research AwardQuality of Life Research Award—Dept. of the Army. 
Application deadline: Required pre-applications due Sept. 20

Eating Disorders Research: Junior Faculty—The Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation. OVPR added in Aug.
Application deadline: Sept. 28

Alzheimer's Disease Research Grants—Bright Focus Foundation. OVPR added in July.
Application deadline: Oct. 2

Development of Novel Nonsteroidal Contraceptive Methods (R61/R33)—National Institutes of Health 19-015.
Application deadline: letter of intent due Oct. 6

Elucidating the Functional Roles of Non-Coding RNAs in Viral Infectious Diseases (R21)—National Institutes of Health 18-025. OVPR added in July.
Application deadline: letter of intent due Oct. 15

Expanding the Human Genome Engineering Repertoire (U01)—National Institutes of Health 18-024. OVPR added in Aug.
Application deadline: required letter of intent due Sept. 18

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

E-Learning Collaborative for Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Prevention—Centers for Disease Control. 
Anticipated funding announcement in Aug. Estimated application deadline:  Oct. 12

High-Priority Behavioral and Social Research Networks (R24)—National Institute of Health 19-015. High-Priority Behavioral and Social Research Networks in Alzheimer's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease Related Dementias (R24)—National Institute of Health 19-016. Development of specific high-priority areas of behavioral and social research of relevance to aging.
Application deadline: letter of intent due Jan. 1, 2019, applications due Feb. 1, 2019

Accelerating Innovation in Military Medicine Research Award—Department of the Army. OVPR added in Aug.
Application deadline: Jan. 2, 2019

Graduate Research Initiative for Student Enhancement G-RISE (T32)—National Institute of Health 18-029. OVPR added in Aug.
Anticipated funding. Anticipated application deadline:  May 28, 2019

Undergraduate Research Initiative for Student Enhancement U-RISE (T32)—National Institute of Health 18-030. OVPR added in Aug.
Anticipated funding. Anticipated application deadline:  May 28, 2019

Maximizing Access to Research Careers (T34)—National Institute of Health 18-031. OVPR added in Aug.
Anticipated funding. Anticipated application deadline:  May 28, 2019



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

Minerva Research Initiative—Department of Defense. Supports research providing fundamental understanding of the social and cultural forces shaping U.S. strategic interests globally.
Application deadline:  Aug. 14

Cultural Anthropology Program Senior Research Awards—National Science Foundation.
Application deadline:  Aug. 15

Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies—Department of Energy, Golden Field Office.  
Application deadline:  Aug. 23

Disaster Resilience Research Grants Program—National Institute of Standards and Technology. OVPR added in July.
Application deadline:  Aug. 27

Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need—Department of Education. GAANN Program provides grants to academic departments and programs of institutions of higher education to support graduate fellowships for students who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.
Application deadline:  Aug. 29

ROSES 2018: Rosetta Data Analysis ProgramNASA. 
Application deadline:  Aug. 30

Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program—Navy, Department of Defense. OVPR added in July.
Application deadline:  Aug. 30

Sloan Research Fellowships—Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. For tenure track Ph.D. awarded after Sept. 2012. 
Application deadline: Sept. 17

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. 
Application deadline:  Sept. 27

STEM Grants—General Motors.  
Application deadline:  Sept. 30

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 

Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program—Department of Energy.
Application deadline:  Sept. 30 

E-Team Grants—VentureWell. Informational webinar on July 10.  
Application deadline: Oct. 3 or Feb. 6, 2019

Environmental Engineering—National Science Foundation. 
Application deadline: Oct. 1-22

Environmental Sustainability—National Science Foundation. 
Application deadline: Oct. 1-22

Fluid Dynamics—National Science Foundation. 
Application deadline: Oct. 1-22

Topology—National Science Foundation.
Application deadline:  Nov. 6

Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure: Research Core Program—National Science Foundation 18-567. OVPR added in July.
Application deadline: Nov. 1 to Nov. 15, 2018 and Oct. 31 to Nov. 14, 2019.

Bilateral Academic Research Initiative Pilot Program—Dept of the Army - Materiel Command. The BARI program supports STEM research from interactive collaborative efforts between U.S. institutions of higher education and U.K.  
Application deadline:  not set yet. Advance notice is provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive applications. 

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.

NRL Long Range Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Research—Navy, Department of Defense.  
Application deadline: white papers are accepted any time until May 9, 2019.

Predoctoral Training in Advanced Data Analytics for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Institutional Research Training Program—National Institutes of Health. 
Anticipated funding announcement in Oct. Estimated application deadline:  May 25, 2019

Accelerating Discovery: Educating the Future STEM Workforce—National Science Foundation
Application deadline: Jan. 16, 2019

Energy-Water Desalination Hub—Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. 
Anticipated funding. Application deadline:  TBD

Innovative Design Concepts for Standard Modular Hydropower and Pumped Storage Hydropower—Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. OVPR added in July.
Anticipated funding. Application deadline:  TBD

Advanced Wind R&D to Reduce Costs and Improve Environmental Performance—Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. OVPR added in July.
Anticipated funding. Application deadline:  TBD

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