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

NSF 24-558: Focus on Recruiting Emerging Climate and Adaptation Scientists and Transformers - Track 1 "Coordination Hub"

The FORECAST solicitation invites creative proposals designed to prepare students to enter the work environment and conduct community and partner-engaged science in benefit of society. Using a student-centered approach, the goals of the program are to:

  • Catalyze entrepreneurship and innovation while fostering supportive student cohorts and professional development opportunities that would result in a new generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and scientists trained in “engaged translational research” and aware of governmental processes;
  • Increase capacity for master’s degree programs at ERIs to train diverse cohorts of transdisciplinary STEM professionals for a range of research and research-related careers within the workforce;
  • Promote building innovative community flexibility and adaptability to environmental change by fostering community resilience and the translation of core research outcomes for societal benefits.

Creation of sustainable programmatic capacity at institutions is an expected outcome. Consequently, all proposals should describe mechanisms to institutionalize effective training elements after award expiration and provide appropriate documentation of institutional support for such efforts (see Proposal Preparation Instructions, section V.A.).

Internal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, August 14, 2024 at 4:00 pm


Occurrence and Implications of De Facto Water Reuse on Drinking Water Supplies

Throughout the nation, drinking water supplies of many communities are directly influenced by the presence of treated municipal wastewater through the process of “de facto water reuse.” De facto water reuse occurs when a drinking water supply contains a significant fraction of wastewater effluent, typically from upstream wastewater discharges. This contrasts with planned potable reuse where highly treated wastewater is purposefully used to supplement drinking water supplies. Understanding the risks from this form of unplanned water reuse is important to ensure clean and safe drinking water. De facto reuse is a common occurrence across the U.S. and other countries, but there is relatively little known about the impacts and potential risks. Additional research is needed to better understand the impact of de facto reuse nationwide, including potential human health risks and the interventions needed to mitigate those risks. This National Priorities funding opportunity solicits innovative research to address the knowledge gaps on the impact, risk, and mitigation of de facto reuse in drinking water sources across the United States.

Deadline: August 21, 2024


Heising-Simons Foundation: Support of Science Events and Gatherings

The Heising-Simons Foundation’s Science program solicits proposals for support of meetings, workshops, conferences, summer schools, research collaboration gatherings, and other events related to astronomy, cosmology, fundamental physics, climate change science, as well as increasing the representation and retention of underrepresented groups within these areas. With this open call process, the Science program seeks to broaden its reach in the scientific community. The Foundation hopes to form new partnerships with scientists, institutions, and communities they have not yet worked with.

Internal Submission Deadline: Friday, August 23, 2024


NSF's Eddie Bernice Johnson Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) Initiative (NSF 22-622)

In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of "Big Ideas," 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering. The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to position our Nation at the cutting edge of global science and engineering leadership by bringing together diverse disciplinary perspectives to support convergence research. As such, when responding to this solicitation, even though proposals must be submitted to the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) / Division of Human Resource Development (HRD), once received, the proposals will be managed by a cross-disciplinary team of NSF Program Directors.

Internal Submission Deadline: Monday, August 26, 2024


2024 Climate Solutions Accelerator Program Call for Project Proposals

Accelerating and expanding solutions to the climate crisis requires bold research innovation and rapid and effective societal translation. Building on Penn State’s land grant mission to support local and global issues facing people and our planet, the Climate Consortium is requesting proposals for Climate Solutions Accelerator Teams to promote interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral partnerships to design climate-smart solutions that are equitable and sustainable, supporting human and environmental well-being.

Climate Solutions Accelerator Teams are expected to accelerate the translation of evidence-based climate solutions through co-production with key partners. Proposed projects should be beyond the idea/concept (“seed”) phase and should be ready to scale and/or be implemented by the end of the anticipated two-year funding period.

Internal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, September 4, 2024


Neurobiology in Changing Ecosystems (NiCE) (NSF 24-044)

Understanding the neurobiological mechanisms that underlie neural, physiological, and behavioral responses to anthropogenic environmental change is of vital importance in today's rapidly evolving world. The nervous system serves as an interface between an organism and its environment, and through it, perceives, responds, and adapts to change. Anthropogenic stressors such as noise pollution, ocean acidification, chemical pollution, temperature fluctuation and other human-generated environmental perturbations pose severe threats to organisms, thereby affecting biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Internal Submission Deadline: Monday, September 30, 2024 at 4:00 pm


XPRIZE Foundation Healthspan

XPRIZE Healthspan is a 7-year, $101M global competition announced in December 2023 and ending in 2030, to revolutionize the way we approach aging. People around the world are living longer, but not necessarily in better health. To tackle this challenge, competing teams will develop and test therapeutic target biological aging to improve function and extend healthy life. This globally collaborative effort will bring together scientists, clinicians, policymakers, industry experts and non-governmental agencies to drive new science and create a future where healthy aging is made possible for all.

Internal Submission Deadline: Thursday, October 31, 2024


XPrize Foundation Revolutionizing Desalinization for Global Water Use

XPRIZE Water Scarcity is a 5-year global competition set to drive a step change in desalination technologies - reimagining systems, methods, and materials. Thereby facilitating the widespread use of desalination in a manner that supports greater socio-economic equity and environmental sustainability.

This competition will address issues across desalination and water scarcity in three ways:

  1. through encouraging new desalination systems to be more robust, affordable, and sustainable;
  2. by supporting novel membrane materials to make existing desalination more robust, affordable, and sustainable; and
  3. by exciting innovators across the globe to get involved in developing public perception campaigns to address water scarcity from a broader perspective.

Internal Submission Deadline: Monday, January 6, 2025