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

FY22 BETO Waste Feedstocks and Conversion R&D

This FOA (Funding Opportunity Announcement) supports two priority areas in the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) research and development (R&D) portfolio. The first of these priority areas addresses new strategies for energy and resource recovery from waste streams. Waste streams including municipal solid waste, animal manure, wastewater residuals and other organic wastes have been identified as a key feedstock for the production of biofuels and bioproducts. These wastes represent significant environmental liabilities in the forms of fugitive methane emissions, air and water quality impacts, and odors, amongst others. These wastes also disproportionately are cited in disadvantaged communities leading to a multitude of health impacts on the surrounding populations. There are also significant costs associated with the management of these waste streams including treatment, hauling, and disposal or tipping fees. These economic factors make these waste streams an economic liability to the communities managing them but also a cost-advantaged feedstock for the production of biofuels and bioproducts.

Deadline: June 7, 2022


Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust Ornamental Horticulture Grants 2022

The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust supports education and research in ornamental horticulture through grants to botanical gardens, arboreta, universities, and other charitable organizations strongly-aligned with its funding interests:

  • Research
  • Public Gardens
  • Ornamental Plants
  • Publications
  • Education

Internal Submission Deadline: Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 4:00 pm


Commonwealth Campuses Funding Opportunities

The Commonwealth Campuses Research Collaboration Development Program (CCRCDP) was established in 2018. This program provides commonwealth campus faculty the opportunity to submit research proposals that require access to Penn State’s shared facilities resources (equipment, instruments) and subject matter experts. The goals of this program are:

  • Build the foundation for a collaborative research environment
  • Build relationships between researchers at UP and CoM facilities/institutes and faculty and students at the Commonwealth Campuses
  • Accelerate research and strengthen opportunities for submission of high-quality publications and proposals
  • Increase opportunities for engaging with funding agencies and industry

Deadline: Rolling


2023 Sloan Research Fellowships

The Sloan Research Fellowship Program recognizes and rewards outstanding early-career faculty who have the potential to revolutionize their fields of study. Successful candidates for a Fellowship generally have a strong record of significant independent research accomplishments that demonstrate creativity and the potential to become future leaders in the scientific community. Nominated candidates are normally several years past the completion of their Ph.D. in order to accumulate a competitive record of independent, significant research.

Internal Submission Deadline: Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at 4:00 pm


Amazon Research Awards - Spring 2022 call for proposals

Amazon Research Awards (ARA) is announcing the spring 2022 call for proposals (CFP). The spring 2022 CFP, which is open for submissions, covers four research areas and reflects Amazon's ongoing efforts to collaborate with researchers in a variety of research fields.

  • AI for Information Security
  • Alexa – Fairness in AI
  • Amazon Advertising
  • Amazon Science Community and Machine Learning University

Proposals will be reviewed for the quality of their scientific content, creativity, and potential for impact at scale. Proposals related to theory, practice, and novel techniques are all welcome.

Internal Submission Deadline: Friday, July 8, 2022


Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation: Young Investigator Program

The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

Internal Submission Deadline: Monday, July 11, 2022


Let's Talk About Heat Challenge

To help address extreme heat, when temperatures are much hotter than average over consecutive days and is an increasing problem for all parts of the United States, the EPA and co-sponsors have launched the Let's Talk About Heat Challenge, a national competition to identify innovative and effective communication strategies that inform people of the risks of extreme heat and offer ways to keep safe during the hottest days. The challenge was developed in support of the National Climate Task Force's Extreme Heat Interagency Working Group, which is being led by EPA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with support from the White House.

Submissions Due: July 22, 2022 by 11:59 PM ET. 


Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: New Directions Fellowships

Penn State has been invited to nominate one candidate for the fall 2022 New Directions Fellowship competition. These fellowships provide support for exceptional faculty in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who received their doctorates between 2010 and 2016. Fellows pursue systematic training and academic competencies outside their own special fields in order to advance a cross-disciplinary research agenda. This fellowship does not aim to facilitate short-term outcomes, such as completion of a book. Rather, it is a longer-term investment in the scholar’s intellectual range and productivity.

Internal Submission Deadline: Friday, July 29, 2022


ICDS RISE Seed Grant

Researchers awarded a seed grant will receive between 20-300 hours of RISE team member time. Faculty members from all Penn State campuses may apply.

Applications for the current round of funding are due by July 31.


Brownfields Job Training (JT) Grants

The Brownfields Job Training (JT) Grants allow nonprofits, local governments, and other organizations to recruit, train, and place unemployed and under-employed residents of areas affected by the presence of brownfield sites. Through the JT Program, graduates develop the skills needed to secure full-time, sustainable employment in various aspects of hazardous and solid waste management and within the larger environmental field, including sustainable cleanup and reuse, and chemical safety. These green jobs reduce environmental contamination and build more sustainable futures for communities.

Applications due by August 2, 2022


H-Prize: Hydrogen Shot Incubator

This $2.6-million prize was launched by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office to identify, develop, and test disruptive technologies to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen production. This prize supports the goal of DOE’s Hydrogen Program and the Hydrogen Energy Earthshot to enable the production of clean hydrogen for $1 per 1 kilogram in 1 decade ("1 1 1").

Deadline: Wednesday, August 17, 2022


Sony Research Award Program

As part of one of the world's most innovative and recognizable brands, we are committed to support university research and innovation in the U.S., Canada, India, and select European countries, while also fostering partnerships with university faculty and researchers. The Sony Research Award Program provides funding for cutting-edge academic research and helps build a collaborative relationship between faculty and Sony researchers. With awards up to $150,000 USD* per year for each accepted proposal, both the Faculty Innovation Award and Focused Research Award create new opportunities for university faculties to engage in pioneering research that could drive new technologies, industries and the future.

Internal Submission Deadline: Thursday, September 15, 2022


American-Made Solar Prize

The American-Made Solar Prize is a multimillion-dollar prize competition designed to energize U.S. solar innovation through a series of contests that accelerate the entrepreneurial process from years to months.

Competitors leverage the American-Made Network, our innovation engine of more than 250 organizations, including world-class experts at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 17 national labs, clean tech accelerators, incubators, universities, facilities, and more.

Deadline: October 6, 2022


Climate Change and Human Health Seed Grants

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund aims to stimulate growth of new connections between scholars working in largely disconnected fields who might together change the course of climate change’s impact on human health. Over the next two years, we will dedicate $1M to supporting small, earlystage grants of $2,500 - $50,000 toward achieving this goal.

Deadline: Rolling basis through August 30, 2023


Alfred P. Sloan Foundation: Matter-to-Life Program

Sloan's Matter-to-Life program aims to sharpen our scientific understanding of life by supporting curiosity-driven research falling within three focus areas: Building Life, Principles of Life, and Signs of Life. These areas define a broad scientific scope for understanding the physical principles and mechanisms governing living systems, while also highlighting an openness to exploring life broadly conceived by instantiating the distinctive functions of living systems in entities built using various matter platforms. The program will also support scientific meetings that promote information exchange, the development of collaborations, and self-organizing efforts aimed at making a case to other funders for supporting matter-to-life research.

Deadline: Rolling through December 2025