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

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The program is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary or convergent research areas, through a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. Proposals are requested that address any interdisciplinary or convergent research theme of national priority, as noted above.

Internal Submission Deadline: Monday, June 12, 2023 at 4:00 pm


BioFoundries to Enable Access to Infrastructure and Resources for Advancing Modern Biology and Biotechnology (BioFoundries) (NSF 23-585)

The goal of this solicitation is to support the establishment of BioFoundries that focus on the innovation pipeline and research, while ensuring broad access to the research resources, training, education, and outreach to catalyze our understanding of biological or bio-engineered systems and to support the design-build-test-learn pipeline for rapid translation of basic discoveries into applications. The research must aim to integrate advances in modern biology, chemical biology, biotechnology, and related fields with innovations in automation, high-end measurement infrastructure, nanotechnology, micro-fabrication, integrated testing and data acquisition, and AI-enabled analysis and automation of the scientific discovery process.

Internal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at 4:00 pm


Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program 2023

The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences at undergraduate institutions. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. The award is based on accomplishment in scholarly research with undergraduates, as well as a compelling commitment to teaching, and provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.

Deadline: June 21, 2023


Dear Colleague Letter: Conference Proposals on Clean Energy Topics

As energy use in the United States continues to grow, the use of clean, sustainable energy sources must increase to meet demand. These sources include energy from biomass, geothermal, wind, hydropower, tidal power, and solar sources. Clean energy represents new efficient technology based on novel fundamental concepts, the energy saved through increased energy efficiency, and conservation measures for existing technologies, as well as energy derived from renewable sources.

With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the National Science Foundation (NSF) is calling for conference proposals on identifying collaborative research opportunities for advancing science and technology for clean energy. The goal of these workshops is to initiate new collaborations in clean energy topics within academia or between academia and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs). It is encouraged that Principal Investigators (PIs) organize a topical workshop in collaboration with one or more FFRDCs that have significant research activity in the proposed topic.

Deadline: June 30, 2023


DOL Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs Grant Program

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL, or the Department, or we), announces the availability of approximately $80,000,000 in grant funds authorized by the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA), as amended (codified at 29 USC 3224a) for the DOL Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs Grant Program. Pending availability of funds, we intend to make approximately $200,000,000 total available over the multiple competitive rounds of funding for this DOL Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs Grant Program. 

Deadline: July 7, 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, July 19, 2023


SAFES-RISE 2023 Seed Grant Program

The Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Science (SAFES), along with the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS), are pleased to offer faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences the opportunity to apply for funding through the SAFES-RISE 2023 Seed Grant Program.

The ICDS Research Innovations with Scientists and Engineering (RISE) team is comprised of computational scientists and software engineers who specialize in assisting Penn State investigators who would like to enhance or build research programs that need computing, programming, data management, data visualization/exploration, or workflow support.

The goal of the SAFES-RISE 2023 Seed Grant Program is to build and facilitate computational and data science support for research projects in the SAFES research themes.

Internal Submission Deadline: Friday, July 21, 2023


National Priorities: Evaluation of Antimicrobial Resistance in Wastewater and Sewage Sludge Treatment and Its Impact on the Environment Request for Applications (RFA)

In recent years, concern has increased about the occurrence of antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB) and antibiotic resistant genes (ARGs) that could make it more difficult to treat certain infections in animals and people. Wastewater treatment facilities are believed to be potential receptors and sources for ARB and ARGs and can act as a bridge to the environment. This RFA seeks research that will address knowledge gaps in the occurrence, fate and transport, and persistence of antimicrobial resistant organisms and genes found in municipal wastewater effluent and biosolids. The RFA also requests research on combined sewer overflows, septic systems, and small wastewater systems. Research should provide a better understanding of the impact of ARB and ARGs on receiving waters including information on the relative contribution of ARB and ARGs from wastewater as compared to other sources such as animal agriculture, animal husbandry, hospital sources, and direct industrial sources.  Research should also support the development of frameworks and methodologies for quantifying risk related to AMR in treated wastewater discharge, water reuse, and biosolids (and biosolids products) land application and beneficial use. Research results should improve our understanding of the nature, extent, selection, and removal of ARB and ARGs found in municipal wastewater effluent and biosolids.

Deadline: August 16, 2023


2023 EPRI University Global Research Award: Supporting a Clean Energy Future

EPRI is soliciting proposals from graduate and undergraduate universities to focus research that will transform the energy industry. We encourage proposals that are focused on exploring and/or accelerating:

  • Decarbonized (clean) energy solutions (i.e. Methods and technologies to decarbonize energy), or
  • Economy-wide decarbonization that impacts the energy industry.

This call for proposals aims to catalyze clean energy research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities at colleges and universities around the globe by awarding research funding and providing access to EPRI’s expertise.

The desired outcome of this solicitation is to help prepare students to meet the technological challenges of the evolving power system and inform the energy transition. Research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities funded under this opportunity will support technology innovation and collaboration in pursuit of economy-wide decarbonization.

Deadline: Rolling until Oct. 1, 2023