Other Funding Opportunities

Researchers looking for funding opportunities can find Penn State limited submission listings as well as occasional calls and announcements from outside of the University. 

Upcoming Opportunities

2024 Dreyfus Foundation: Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented early career faculty in the chemical sciences. The Award, which requires an institutional nomination, is based on an independent body of scholarship attained in the early years of their appointment (see below), and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award provides an unrestricted research grant of $100,000.

Internal Submission Deadline: Tuesday, December 5, 2023


Sun Grant Program Northeast Region Request for Applications

The Sun Grant Program – Northeast Regional Center (NE Sun Grant Center) announces the availability of competitive funds and seeks proposals from qualified institutions and investigators from the Northeast Region (CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, and WV) that address the following regional strategic research areas:

  1. Net-zero or carbon negative biomass feedstock, bioenergy, and bioproduct systems and technologies. Climate benefits, including carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emission reductions, should be estimated in the proposal. Climate impacts and other sustainability criteria should be further documented during the research project using quantitative tools such as technoeconomic analysis and life-cycle assessment.
  2. Regionally relevant biomass feedstocks for bioenergy, bioproducts, and biofuels including perennial crops, winter crops, and agricultural, forestry, industrial and urban residues. Strategies that allow distributed and decentralized production or aggregate multiple feedstocks to achieve economies of scale are particularly encouraged.
  3. Research to support development and deployment of regional carbon negative bioenergy and/or bioproduct manufacturing enterprises, including technology advances, resource assessments, social, economic, marketing, and/or policy research. Specific barriers to commercialization should be identified and the proposal should indicate how these will be addressed. Collaborations with commercial businesses, state agencies, and/or economic development organizations are strongly encouraged.

Internal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at 5:00 pm


Research for Understanding PFAS Uptake and Bioaccumulation in Plant and Animals in Agricultural, Rural, and Tribal Communities Request for Applications (RFA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applicants for research to better understand per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) uptake in agricultural plants and animals and to help agricultural, rural, and Tribal communities mitigate and manage the impacts of PFAS exposure.

Deadline: December 6, 2023


McKnight Foundation: 2024 McKnight Scholar Awards

The McKnight Scholar Awards are given to exceptional young scientists who are in the early stages of establishing an independent laboratory and research career. The intent of the program is to foster the commitment by these scientists to research careers that will have an important impact on the study of the brain. The program seeks to support scientists committed to mentoring neuroscientists from underrepresented groups at all levels of training. Applicants for the McKnight Scholar Award must demonstrate their ability to solve significant problems in neuroscience, which may include the translation of basic research to clinical practice, with a goal of addressing problems with imminent clinical implications. They should also demonstrate a commitment to an equitable and inclusive lab environment.

Internal Submission Deadline: Friday, December 8, 2023


Critical Materials Accelerator

The Critical Materials Accelerator aims to validate and prototype technologies and processes that address critical materials challenges by developing alternatives, diversifying and expanding supply, increasing manufacturing and material efficiency, and establishing a circular economy. The Accelerator intends to speed up the adoption of innovation while promoting safe, sustainable, economic, and environmentally just solutions to meet current and future critical materials supply chain needs.

Internal Submission Deadline: Monday, December 11, 2023 at 4:00 pm


FY2024-2025 National Sea Grant BIL Marine Debris Community Action Coalitions

To strengthen efforts in prevention and mitigation of marine debris, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) has
directed NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program to execute $50 million over five years “for marine debris
prevention and removal.” There are many types, sources, and causes of marine debris, defined for the purposes of
this competition as "any persistent solid material that is manufactured or processed and directly or indirectly,
intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned into the marine environment or the Great Lakes" (15
C.F.R. § 909.1).

Deadline: December 14, 2023


Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience Grants for Tribes and Underserved Communities, Under the BIL and IRA

The principal objective of this funding opportunity is to support opportunities for tribes, and/or tribal entities, and underserved communities to meaningfully engage in coastal habitat restoration activities. NOAA anticipates up to $45 million will be available under this opportunity, of which $20 million will specifically be available as direct awards and subawards to Indian tribes (as defined in 25 U.S.C. Section 5304 (e)) and Native American organizations that represent Indian tribes through formal legal agreements (e.g. tribal commissions, tribal consortia, tribal conservation districts, and tribal cooperatives). The remaining $25 million will be available to all eligible applicants. Funding will prioritize capacity building, science support, and restoration project activities that enhance resilience of tribes, tribal entities, and underserved communities and have the greatest potential to lead to habitat restoration in coastal, estuarine, marine, and Great Lakes areas. 

Deadline: December 19, 2023


RSOI: National Information Collaboration on Ecohydraulics (NICE): Beneficial Use for Fisheries

The goal of this project is to gather data for the beneficial use of dredged material related to fisheries in order to advance the management of navigation channel maintenance in environmentally sensitive locations. Many beneficial use demonstration projects are underway in the Chesapeake Bay region and elsewhere in the United States (San Francisco Bay, Lower Columbia River, etc). How fish, particularly ESA-listed fish, locate, occupy, and ultimately contribute to population-level processes is vital to understanding the larger ecosystem benefits associated with beneficial reuse. Multidimensional models of how water moves into and out of beneficial use sites and, in turn, how fish respond to these multidimensional flow fields are needed. The influence of emergent vegetation on these outcomes over time and the interconnected sediment budget are important to consider. Aspects of the studies will include the development of high-resolution multidimensional fish tracks in shallow water locations that are or may be future beneficial use locations. The location for the field studies will be in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.

Deadline: December 27, 2023


William T. Grant Foundation: Research Grants on Reducing Inequality

This program funds research studies that aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people ages 5-25 in the United States, along dimensions of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins.

Internal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, January 3, 2024


William T. Grant Foundation: Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence

This program supports research on strategies focused on improving the use, usefulness, and impact of evidence in ways that benefit young people ages 5-25 in the United States. We want to know what it takes to produce useful research evidence, what it takes to get research used by decision-makers, and what happens when research is used.

Internal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, January 3, 2024


Natural Resource Condition Assessment for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

This project will provide the National Park Service (NPS) with a Natural Resource Condition Assessment (NRCA) of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument (KAWW; Attachment 1). Using existing data, NRCAs evaluate and report on current conditions, condition trends, critical data gaps, and selected resource condition influences for a subset of the park’s most important natural resources. The project will deliver credible science-based information that is relevant and useful to park managers for strategic planning and decision-making purposes. Project findings will also help parks report to government ‘resource condition status’ accountability measures.

Deadline: January 19, 2024


FY2024-2025 National Sea Grant BIL Marine Debris Challenge Competition

The National Sea Grant College Program was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1966 (amended in 2020, Public Law
116-221) to support leveraged federal and state partnerships that harness the intellectual capacity of the nation’s
universities and research institutions to solve problems and generate opportunities in coastal communities.
Subject to the availability of funding in fiscal years 2024 and 2025, Sea Grant anticipates approximately
$16,000,000 will be available to support innovative, transformational research to application (R2A) projects that will
address the prevention and/or removal of marine debris, with award periods of three years. “Research to application”
or R2A refers to research and development projects that transition into tangible, scalable outcomes and outputs.
Examples include (but are not limited to) new prototypes, products, processes, or tools.

Deadline: January 31, 2024


Identification and Mitigation of Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs) in Stormwater in Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Communities of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) and the Virginia Water Resources Research Center (VWRRC), with support from the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) and its partners: the Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant programs (MD, PA, NY, DE, NJ, NC); select USGS-funded WRRCs in the Chesapeake Bay (DE, NY, PA, NC); and the Chesapeake Bay Toxic Contaminants Workgroup are seeking two single or multi-investigator proposals relevant to the identification and mitigation of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) in stormwater in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. For the purpose of this research call, CECs include, but are not limited to pharmaceuticals, personal care or household cleaning products, industrial chemicals, per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS), lawn care and agricultural products, and microfibers. Microplastics will not be considered as part of this call. 

Deadline: February 16, 2024


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Indigenous-led Solutions to Advance Health Equity and Wellbeing

The purpose of this call for proposals (CFP) is to support Indigenous-led systematic inquiry to enhance the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples and generate approaches to improve health equity. This will be achieved by funding community-prioritized investigation, elevating and integrating Indigenous cultures and knowledge-building practices. To support a diverse range of projects tailored to different phases of development and scope, awards will be made through two tracks, as described later in this solicitation.

Internal Submission Deadline: Friday, February 16, 2024


2023-24 Call for Computer Programming Support for Climate Change and Health Research

The Population Research Institute (PRI) at The Pennsylvania State University is accepting requests for computer programming support to advance research projects on climate change and health (CCH). Examples of this support include but are not limited to assistance with the extraction of climate data, linkages between climate and population health datasets, mapping, data visualization, and data cleaning. PRI may support a wide range of CCH projects and projects at many different stages of development.

Deadline: Rolling/March 1, 2024

2023-24 Call for Computer Programming Support for Climate Change and Health Research

Global Funding for Rubber Innovation (GFRI) Programme

The MRC Global Funding for Rubber Innovation is a grant provided by the Malaysian Rubber Council (MRC) to seed innovative inter-disciplinary non-fundamental research with the potential to promote investments in high-value products and technologies within rubber and rubber products industry.

MRC Global Funding for Rubber Innovation aims to encourage the generation of ideas, innovations and inventions for rubber products and technologies with good commercial viability to attract investment by the Malaysian rubber industry.

Deadline: Rolling