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

Water Quality Benefits 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 that will address how measurable attributes of water quality improvements can be valued, either directly or through indicators. Research under this Request for Applications (RFA) is intended to focus on national level studies and/or valuation for underrepresented water body types and regions, improvements to water quality indices, and environmental justice valuation.

Solicitation Closing Date: January 26, 2022


Bridgestone Americas Tire Management Sustainability

Bridgestone, the world’s largest tire manufacturer, would like to work with a university partner to develop a highly sustainable and cost-efficient tire program focused on class 2-3 vehicle segment. Bridgestone is looking for researchers who can work collaboratively with them to implement and perfect their tire-management plan on a fleet of small to mid-sized vehicles (work trucks, vans). Bridgestone can supply tires, retreads, tire sensors, the baseline management plan, and wages for investigators.

Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2022.



FFAR New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award - 2022

The Foundation for Food & Agricultural Research (FFAR) seeks nominations for its 2022 New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award. With this program, FFAR intends to support and promote the future generation of exceptionally talented and creative new faculty who are conducting critical and highly innovative research, and are establishing research programs that will lead to expanded availability of food and facilitate the global practice of sustainable agriculture as the world’s population grows to more than nine billion people by the year 2050.

Internal Submission Deadline:Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 4:00 pm


Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship

The Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (VBFF), the Department of Defense’s most prestigious single-investigator award, supports basic research with the potential for transformative impact. As a 5-year fellowship with up to $3 million total funding, the VBFF supports new, out-of-the box ideas where researcher creativity intersects with the unknown. Vannevar Bush Fellows represent a cadre of experts who provide invaluable direction to the DoD in its scientific efforts and also train the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Deadline: Feb. 4, 2022


Packard Fellowships for Science & Engineering 2022

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.

Internal Submission Deadline:Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 4:00 pm


Documenting Changes in the Flora of Catoctin Mountain Park (CATO), Thurmont, MD

Catoctin Mountain Park (CATO) has issued an RSOI for a project that will help the CATO complete a list of plants in the park, compare it to previous lists, and explore resilience and climate change facets. CATO needs updated baseline information in order to have acceptable options for more sustainable management of park resources. The park has a mosaic of plant communities at varying successional stages. Deer regulate both the cover and architecture of CATO’s vegetation—understory, mid-layers, and overstory, which in turn profoundly affects other species. Understanding these impacts, CATO has been actively managing deer since 2009. The park is using adaptive management to implement deer culling. Data from NPS Inventory & Monitoring plots shows some change in vegetation since culling began, but the recovery is much slower than previously expected. Due to concern over the level of habitat damage from decades of overabundant deer pressure (1960-2009), CATO needs to know what local extinctions of flora have occurred in the park and if accelerated environmental changes have magnified the impacts. The park will better understand current and emerging issues in habitat conservation and changes in vegetation conservation status by completing a flora of the park. The conservation status of park native vascular plants and the need for control of nonnative plants may be reassessed based on this study’s results.

Deadline: Feb. 11, 2022, at 4 p.m.


2022 Erickson Discovery Grants

The Rodney A. Erickson Discovery Grant Program, named in honor of Penn State's seventeenth President, supports undergraduate student engagement in original research, scholarship, and creative work under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Approximately 60 Erickson Discovery Grants, each in the amount of $3,500, are available through the Office of Undergraduate Education for summer 2021. Additional grants may be funded through college support.

The Erickson Discovery Grants are directed to student-initiated projects in the arts, humanities, engineering, sciences, and social sciences that provide experience in all facets of the research, scholarship, or creative processes. This includes conceptualization of a question or focus, proposal writing, identification and implementation of methods, and communication of results (reporting, exhibition, or performance). Projects should be primarily the student's own work; although the project may be related to the supervising faculty member's research or scholarly interests, it should not simply provide assistance to faculty work.

Internal Submission Deadline: Sunday, February 13, 2022


USDA - Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS) 2022

For the Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields (WAMS) program, NIFA will support projects with a target audience of K-14 students (kindergarten through twelfth grade plus two years of post-secondary schooling (e.g., vocational technical institutions or community or junior colleges)). Four-year undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral focused projects will not be awarded under this grant announcement. Projects with a primary target of four-year undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral studies should consider other NIFA’s workforce development focused programs.

Internal Submission Deadline: Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at 4:00 pm


Enhanced Air Quality Monitoring for Communities

Pursuant to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), this notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities to conduct ambient air monitoring of pollutants of greatest concern in communities with environmental and health outcome disparities stemming from pollution and the COVID-19 pandemic. EPA will award funds to support community and local efforts to monitor their own air quality and to promote air quality monitoring partnerships between communities and tribal, state, and local governments. 

The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $20,000,000. Approximately $2 million dollars of this amount will be awarded to tribal governments under a tribal government set-aside, and approximately $2 million will be awarded to eligible community-based organizations under a community-based organization set-aside.

Deadline: February 25, 2022


Environmental Security Technology Certification Program FY 2023 Solicitation

Researchers from Federal organizations, universities, and private industry can apply for ESTCP funding. All proposals must respond to a Topic Area associated with the solicitation. ESTCP projects are formal demonstrations in which innovative technologies are rigorously evaluated. ESTCP demonstrations are conducted at DoD facilities and sites to document improved efficiency, reduced liability, improved environmental outcomes, enhanced resilience, and cost savings.

Topics include: Environmental Restoration, Resource Conservation and Resiliency, Energy Resilience on DoD Installations, Use of Thermal Microgrids to Improve Energy Efficiency and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Improved Water Resilience on DoD Installations, Installation Energy and Water, Impact of Climate Change on DoD Buildings, Climate Impacts on DoD Water Infrastructure

Pre-proposals are due March 10, 2022, prior to 2:00 p.m. (ET).


2023 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science

Nominations for the 2023 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science are now being accepted. This award is presented annually to a member of the international science and engineering community for outstanding work in a unique field of study in the basic, applied, or engineering sciences. The theme of the 2023 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science is Safe, Sustainable, Resilient Civil Infrastructure.

Nominations are due by Thursday, March 31, 2022.


Drivers and Environmental Impacts of Energy Transitions in Underserved Communities Request for Applications

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing community-engaged research that will address the drivers and environmental impacts of energy transitions in underserved communities.

Rapid large-scale transformations of energy and transportation systems to low-carbon, renewable, and energy efficient sources and technologies are essential to avoiding the most severe impacts of climate change. These energy transitions provide challenges and opportunities to improve environmental and public health in ways that also reduce the inequities prevalent in the current energy and transportation systems, such as the disproportionate impact of environmental hazards on minority and low-income populations.

Applications will be accepted through April 27, 2022.


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


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