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

20th Annual P3 Awards

20th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet Request for Applications (RFA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeks applications proposing to take a holistic approach, grounded in research and innovation, to develop and demonstrate solutions to real world challenges. The People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) Program highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative technology-based projects that achieve the mutual goals of improved quality of life, economic prosperity and environmental protection. P3 encourages interdisciplinary collaborations across STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines to devise innovative solutions to environmental and public health challenges in the U.S., including those in small, rural, tribal and/or underserved communities.

Deadline: February 1, 2023


RISE Seed Grants 

The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences is pleased to announce a new round of RISE seed grants designed to provide faculty and research groups with added support related to computational research, data science, or cyberinfrastructure needs. 

The program pairs researchers with experts from ICDS’s Research Innovations with Scientists and Engineers (RISE) team. The RISE team has deep knowledge of various scientific domains as well as broad knowledge of research cyberinfrastructure. They specialize in:

  • Databases
  • Visualization
  • Code optimization
  • Application development
  • Science gateways
  • Cloud computing
  • Cyberinfrastructure development
  • Other skillsets needed for research in computational and data sciences

Faculty members from all Penn State campuses are encouraged to apply by February 3, 2023 by submitting a brief proposal.


Center for Nanoscale Science Seed Grants

The CNS is a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) supported by the National Science Foundation which enables collaborative, interdisciplinary research efforts in the area of nanoscale materials. Successful CNS seed grant proposals will show strong potential to either redirect existing interdisciplinary research groups to innovative, productive new directions or to set up new interdisciplinary research efforts to pursue future funding and/or as potential future MRSEC Interdisciplinary Research Groups in the next NSF MRSEC competition in 2025.  

The research funded by the seed grants should hold potential to show preliminary results on an 18- to 24-month timescale. Seed projects are anticipated to be funded at $75,000 in direct costs over the 18-24 month timescale and there are no indirect costs. 

Deadline: Feb. 6, 2023


Packard Fellowships for Science & Engineering 2023

The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering program invests in future leaders who have the freedom to take risks, explore new frontiers in their fields of study, and follow uncharted paths that may lead to groundbreaking discoveries. Every year, the Foundation invites the presidents of 50 universities to nominate two early-career professors each from their institutions. Nominations are carefully reviewed by the Fellowship Advisory Panel, comprised of distinguished scientists and engineers. Twenty recipients will receive individual grants of $875,000 distributed over five years.

Candidates must be faculty members who are eligible to serve as principal investigators engaged in research in the natural and physical sciences or engineering and must be within the first three years of their faculty careers, that is, whose initial faculty appointments began no earlier than May 31, 2020, and no later than May 31, 2023. Disciplines that will be considered include physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering. Candidates engaged in research in the social sciences will not be considered.

Internal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 4:00 pm


G. Harold and Leila Y. Mathers Charitable Foundation: Spring 2023

The mission of The G. Harold and Leila Y. Mathers Foundation is to advance knowledge in the life sciences by sponsoring scientific research that will benefit mankind. The foundation’s grants program seeks to support basic science, ideally with potential translational applications. Immunology, microbiome, genomics, structural biology, cellular physiology, neuroscience, etc., are some noteworthy examples of current research support. PSU may submit up to four letters of intent for each cycle.

For many years the Foundation has enjoyed special recognition in the research community in supporting “basic” scientific research, realizing that true transformative breakthroughs usually occur after a thorough understanding of the fundamental mechanisms underlying natural phenomena. More recently, and with the advent of newer investigative methodologies, technology, and tools, the Foundation now embraces innovative translational research proposals.

Internal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 4:00 pm


Energy Innovation Hub Program: Research to Enable Next-Generation Batteries and Energy Storage (DE-FOA-0002923)

The DOE SC program in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) hereby announces its interest in receiving new applications for Energy Innovation Hub projects pursuing multi-investigator, cross-disciplinary fundamental research to address emerging new directions as well as long-standing challenges for the next generation of rechargeable batteries and related electrochemical energy storage technologies. Electrochemical energy storage is typically viewed as the bidirectional interconversion of electricity and chemical potential energy using electrochemistry for the purpose of storing electrical energy for later use, with lithium (Li)-ion and lead acid batteries being representative of the current generation of electrochemical energy storage. Discovery and scientific exploration of new battery chemistries, materials, and architectures for energy storage are encouraged. Research on electrolyzer/fuel cell combinations using hydrogen or hydrocarbons as the chemical storage media are supported elsewhere within DOE programs and are specifically excluded from this FOA. Regardless of materials and electrochemical processes involved, the focus must be on fundamental scientific concepts and understanding for the next generation of batteries and electrochemical energy storage.

Internal Submission Deadline: Monday, February 20, 2023 at 4:00 pm


Pennsylvania Sea Grant College Program

The Pennsylvania Sea Grant College Program seeks pre-proposals for its next funding cycle, February 1, 2024 - January 31, 2026. Researchers who develop projects that specifically impact Pennsylvania’s watersheds and coastal communities in the focus areas of healthy coastal ecosystems, resilient communities and economies, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, and environmental literacy and workforce development as outlined in Pennsylvania Sea Grant’s strategic plan are encouraged to apply. Principal investigators should focus on outcomes that can be achieved in a 24-month period. Proposals must include a clear outreach plan for disseminating information to targeted audiences. We anticipate funding five to seven grants at approximately $50,000 per year per grant (not including indirect costs).

Deadline: February 22, 2023, 5 p.m.


National Science Foundation Mid-Career Advancement

The MCA program offers an opportunity for scientists and engineers at the mid-career stage (see restrictions under Additional Eligibility Information) to substantively enhance and advance their research program and career trajectory. Mid-career scientists are at a critical career transition stage where they need to advance their research programs to ensure long-term productivity and creativity but are often constrained by service, teaching, or other activities that limit the amount of time devoted to research. MCA support is expected to help lift these constraints to reduce workload inequities and enable a more diverse scientific workforce (more women, persons with disabilities, and individuals from groups that have been underrepresented) at high academic ranks.

Deadline: March 1, 2023


Center for Security Research and Education Spring 2023 Grant Program

CSRE is pleased to launch its 2023 grant program. The Center’s mission is to enhance interdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach relevant to the protection and preservation of individuals, infrastructure, institutions, and society.

Social and ethical changes, demographic shifts, urbanization, global norms, environmental change, access to natural resources, diseases, the global economy, supply chains, natural resources, governance, technology’s role in military and civil capabilities, shifts in global power centers – these are the security drivers affecting the future. CSRE is interested in your ideas on how to study these factors and create interdisciplinary solutions.

The Center is looking for innovative concepts with high risk/high reward approaches. Proposals must demonstrate inter-, multi-, or trans-disciplinarity and we highly encourage teams with representation from multiple units across the University System and partners with other universities and research centers, industry, and/or government organizations.

Internal Submission Deadline: Monday, March 13, 2023


NASA Earth Science Applications: Ecological Conservation

The focus of A.40 Earth Science Applications: Ecological Conservation (formerly Ecological Forecasting) is on applications and decision support in the areas of ecological conservation and management. Specifically, this program element solicits proposals for activities and products that will achieve operational deployment and sustained use in decision-making by the end user(s).

Deadline: March 14, 2023


Dear Colleague Letter: Critical Aspects of Sustainability: Innovative Solutions to Climate Change

This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) encourages the science and engineering communities to develop forward-thinking research that will demonstrably aid in the Nation's goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and developing approaches for adapting to the change that is already occurring. CAS: Innovative Solutions to Climate Change is a call to action that encourages the submission of certain types of proposals to appropriate existing NSF core programs to lay the foundation for disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and to answer fundamental questions related to novel approaches and solutions to climate change.

Deadline: Rolling