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

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


Engineering Research Initiation

The NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG) seeks to build engineering research capacity across the nation by investing in new academic investigators who have yet to receive research funding from Federal Agencies. The Engineering Research Initiation (ERI) program will support new investigators as they initiate their research programs and advance in their careers as researchers, educators, and innovators. This funding opportunity aims to broaden the base of investigators involved in engineering research and therefore is limited to investigators that are not affiliated with “very high research activity” R1 institutions. Faculty at all of Penn State’s Commonwealth Campuses are eligible to apply, so long as they have never received federal funding (some exceptions apply, so potential investigators should read the ERI solicitation carefully).

Deadline: October 11, 2022


Partnership to Advance Conservation Science and Practice

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation (the foundation) are partnering to support a new program, to be administered by NSF, that will support conservation science and science-informed conservation practice in the United States. The objective of the PACSP Program is to support conservation research that investigates organismal biology, ecology, and/or evolution and is designed to contribute to the development and implementation of evidence-based activities and/or technology solutions to advance biodiversity conservation. We seek proposals that involve the implementation of conservation activities with academic-conservation organization partnerships. The strongest projects will involve ongoing assessment of biodiversity outcomes, for instance via an adaptive management framework, that inform both scientific understanding and conservation actions. A significant distinction between the PACSP program and other NSF programs is that proposals to this program must make clear and well-defined connections between basic research questions and the implementation of conservation focused actions.

Deadline: October 11, 2022 at 5pm


Hearst Foundations Grants

The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations working in the fields of culture, education, health and social services. In addition, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation operates two programs, the United States Senate Youth Program and the Journalism Awards Program. Since inception, the Foundations have made over 22,200 grants to 6,300 organizations, totaling more than $1.4 billion in funds awarded.

Through its grantmaking, the Hearst Foundations support well-established nonprofit organizations that address significant issues within their major areas of focus—culture, education, health and social service—and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies. While accepting proposals in all of these areas, current emphases for the Foundation’s focus in Education this year are projects in Mental Health and Environmental or Agricultural Projects.

Internal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 4:00 pm


Request for Proposals: Innovative, Interdisciplinary Research on CO₂ Capture and Conversion

The Novo Nordisk Foundation CO2 Research Center announces this broad Request for Proposals in four areas to complement ongoing research at CORC: Conversion of CO2-derived carbon to materials with advanced properties, New approaches of COcapture from dilute sources and conversion for storage or use at scale, New approaches for developing CO2 capture by inexpensive units that work at household/community-level, Exploratory or proof-of-concept research

Application deadline:
Pre-Proposals: October 14, 2022, at 14:00 CET.

Full proposal (invited applicants only): December 2nd, 2022, at 14:00 CET


Moore Inventor Fellows 2022-2023

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is pleased to announce the eighth competition for Moore Inventor Fellows. The foundation seeks to identify outstanding inventors and innovators who harness science and technology to enhance the conduct of scientific research, strengthen environmental conservation, or improve the experience and outcomes of patient care. The Moore Inventor Fellows fellowship focuses on supporting scientist-inventors at a critical prototyping stage to capture opportunities that otherwise might be missed. We seek to provide freedom and support to promising inventors with the most compelling ideas to pursue creative and disruptive innovations.

Internal Submission Deadline: Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 4:00 pm


Scientific Infrastructure Support for Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) provides funding to support crosscutting nuclear energy research and development (R&D) and associated infrastructure support activities to develop innovative technologies that offer the promise of dramatically improved performance for advanced reactors and fuel cycle concepts, while maximizing the use of DOE resources and the sustainability of the existing light water reactor fleet

The development of nuclear energy-related infrastructure and basic capabilities in the research community is necessary to promote R&D that supports nuclear science and engineering (NS&E), DOE-NE’s mission, and the Nation’s nuclear energy challenges. Accordingly, DOE intends to facilitate the education and training of nuclear scientists, engineers, and policy-makers through graduate and undergraduate study, two-year programs, and R&D that is relevant to the Department and the U.S. nuclear energy industry in general.

Internal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 4:00 pm


Amazon Research Awards - Fall 2022 call for proposals

Amazon Research Awards (ARA) funds proposals in a variety of research areas relevant to Amazon such as robotics, machine learning, security, sustainability, and more. Together ARA and MLRA have funded more than 400 research awards at 150 universities in 28 countries around the world.

Internal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, October 19, 2022


Solar District Cup

The Solar District Cup challenges multidisciplinary student teams to design and model distributed energy systems for a campus or urban district. These systems integrate solar, storage, and other distributed energy capabilities across mixed-use districts, or groups of buildings served by a common electrical distribution feeder. The competition engages students in engineering, finance, urban planning, sustainability, and other disciplines or degree programs to reimagine how energy is generated, managed, and used in a district.

Deadline: October 20, 2022


Simons Foundation: Simons Early Career Investigator in Aquatic Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards

The Simons Foundation is now accepting applications for its Simons Early Career Investigator in Aquatic Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards.

The purpose of these awards is to help launch the careers of outstanding investigators in the fields of microbial ecology and evolution in marine or natural freshwater systems, who will advance our understanding through experiments, modeling or theory. Investigators must be currently active in basic research addressing fundamental questions in microbial ecology and/or evolution in natural aquatic systems, excluding research focusing on the microbiomes of animals or plants, problems related to pollution and paleoceanography and/or geobiology. Microbes inhabit and sustain all habitats on Earth. In both marine and freshwater systems, microbes capture solar energy, catalyze biogeochemical transformations of important elements, produce and consume greenhouse gases, and provide the base of the food web.

Internal Submission Deadline:Thursday, October 27, 2022


Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Request for Proposals: Building Portable Mass Spectrometry Systems for Atmospheric Monitoring

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is requesting proposals for a grant opportunity for the development of new instrument designs to bring the most advanced mass spectrometry detection capabilities and sensitivity levels into a lightweight, inexpensive, and easily operated system that could be portable or deployed on airborne platforms, in unattended monitoring stations, or operated by citizen scientists, for long-term analysis of the chemical composition of the atmosphere. The intent of this program is to support scientists, with a focus on undergraduates, to become inventors and innovators in this compelling area of research by building tools and instruments. Miniaturizing mass spectrometers has been an active area of research for many years, and it is timely to advance such prototype designs for broader applications for mobile monitoring. If successful, these prototype monitoring systems could have a lasting impact on informing policy decisions on sources of pollution, improving indoor and outdoor air quality, and furthering the democratization of access to clean air around the world.

Internal Submission Deadline: Friday, November 4, 2022


Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: Additional Clean Hydrogen Programs: Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs Funding Opportunity Announcement

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is releasing this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs (H2Hubs) in accordance with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). This $8 billion effort will catalyze investment in the development of H2Hubs that demonstrate the production, processing, delivery, storage, and end-use of clean hydrogen, in support of the Biden Administration’s goal to achieve a carbon-free electric grid by 2035 and a net zero emissions economy by 2050.

The H2Hubs will form the foundation of a national clean hydrogen network that will contribute substantially to decarbonizing multiple sectors of the economy. Matching the scale-up of clean hydrogen production to a growing regional demand is a key pathway to achieving large-scale, commercially viable hydrogen ecosystems. H2Hubs will enable this pathway by demonstrating low-carbon intensity and economically viable hydrogen-based energy ecosystems that can replace existing carbon-intensive processes. This will accelerate the deployment of these technologies and enabling infrastructure, attract greater investments from the private sector, and promote substantial U.S. manufacturing of numerous hydrogen related technologies.

Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 11/7/2022 5:00 PM ET


Enhanced Aquifer Recharge Performance and Potential Risk in Different Regional and Hydrogeologic Settings Request For Applications (RFA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research to improve our understanding of fit for purpose uses and risks to advance the scientific and technical foundation of enhanced aquifer recharge (EAR).

Using too much groundwater can lead to many issues that impact water quality and water availability. EAR is the practice of using various sources of water to replenish and supplement existing groundwater supplies for storage, potential reuse, augment water supplies and restore streamflow. Other terms that are used interchangeably with EAR include: managed aquifer recharge, artificial recharge, and aquifer storage and recovery. While EAR implementation and management has been an active topic of research for many years, significant knowledge gaps remain concerning “best practices” in the design, siting, performance (hydrologic and water quality), longevity, maintenance and monitoring of EAR in different land use and hydrogeologic settings.

Applications should address three of the four research areas below:

  • Research Area 1: Research on the effect of local subsurface geology and hydrology on EAR effectiveness
  • Research Area 2: Research on the effect of source-water (excluding oil and gas produced water) and the ability of sub-surface geology to degrade or attenuate conventional and emerging contaminants (including pathogens) that might be found in different sources of water
  • Research Area 3: Research on methods and technologies for monitoring and maintenance of EAR systems to improve and maintain performance and operational efficiency (both quality and quantity) and, reduce potential environmental and public health risk
  • Research Area 4: Research on computational modeling and scientific visualization

Solicitation Closing Date: November 9, 2022: 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time


Landscape Scale Restoration Grant Program 2023 Northeast and Midwest

The purpose of the Landscape Scale Restoration competitive grant program is to encourage collaborative, science-based restoration of priority rural forest landscapes. This program supports, high impact projects that lead to measurable outcomes on the landscape, leverage public and private resources, and further priorities identified in each State Forest Action Plan or equivalent restoration strategy.

Deadline: November 10, 2022


Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Solar and Wind Grid Services and Reliability Demonstration

The Systems Integration Solar and Wind Grid Services and Reliability Demonstration FOA will provide funding to demonstrate the capability of large-scale solar and wind plants to provide grid services to the bulk power grid as well as improving grid reliability.

Topic 1: Wind and Solar Grid Services Design, Implementation, and Demonstration
This topic area supports full-scale demonstration projects that seamlessly integrate renewable generation with other large-scale or aggregated distributed energy resource (DER) technologies to provide ancillary (grid) services and improve reliability.

Topic 2: Protection of Bulk Power Systems with High Contribution from Inverter-Based Resources
The goal of this topic area is to develop a better understanding of how protection systems will operate under very-high IBR scenarios through advancements in modeling and simulation capabilities and to develop and validate strategies and new technologies that can maintain system protection at any level of IBR penetration and improve reliability.

Deadline: November 10, 2022


Environmental Research and Education Foundation: General RFP

The Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) is the only private, grant making institution with a national and international scope whose sole mission is to support solid waste research and education initiatives. Our research grants program is led by our Research Council, a body of volunteers consisting of technical experts in industry, academia and consulting. The EREF Board of Directors has set an initiative to ensure research funded reflects EREF’s long-term strategic plan to address all areas of integrated solid waste management, with a strong focus towards research that increased sustainable solid waste management practices.

Internal Submission Deadline: Monday, November 21, 2022


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