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

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


NOAA Announces FY22 Notice of Funding Opportunity to Expedite Harmful Algal Bloom Control Technologies

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) is pleased to announce a Fiscal Year 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for a project that will expedite the development and implementation of harmful algal bloom (HAB) control strategies.

NCCOS is soliciting proposals from one or more Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Units to establish a HAB Control Technologies Incubator (HCTI). The HCTI will fast track the assessment of innovative control strategies for feasibility, and facilitate deployment and implementation of the strategies proven to be cost-effective, scalable, and environmentally acceptable. NOAA anticipates making up to $7.5 M available to fund one project for five years.

Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-NOS-NCCOS-2022-2007023 
Deadline for Letters of Intent – 15 October 2021
Deadline for Full Proposals – 27 January 2022


Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program

The purpose of the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program aims to support the social sciences and humanities.

The Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program will award up to thirty-five major fellowships of $200,000 each, lasting one or two years, that will enable recipients to, among other things, travel, hire research assistants, and take sabbaticals from their institutions in order to focus on their research.

Penn State may nominate a maximum of two candidates, one junior and one senior scholar.

Internal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, October 20, 2021


2022 DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced it is accepting proposals for the 2022 DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program to support the research of outstanding scientists early in their careers. The program will support over 60 early career researchers for five years at U.S. academic institutions and DOE National Laboratories.

To be eligible for the program, a researcher must be an untenured, tenure-track assistant or associate professor at a U.S. academic institution or a full-time employee at a DOE national laboratory. The applicant must also have received a Ph.D. within the past ten years. University awards average around $750,000 for five years and national laboratory awards average around $2,500,000 for five years.

Pre-applications are mandatory and are due on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. Full proposals will be due on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Only those applicants that receive notification from DOE encouraging a formal proposal may submit full proposals.


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the quality, vitality, and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support over a five-year fellowship period for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF actively encourages women, persons who are members of groups historically underrepresented in STEM, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.

Deadline: Oct.18–22, 2021 (depending on focus area)


The Reflection Project: Looking at Who WE ARE Mini Grants

Mini grants are available for “The Reflection Project: Looking at Who WE ARE,” which provides opportunities for faculty to integrate the arts into their existing curriculum through supplemental activities, including bringing classes to performances, inviting guest speakers to campus, or research travel.

The core mission of the project, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, states that by engaging students with the arts, students can more fully discover their identities, understand other points of view, be able to confidently tell their own and others’ stories, and recognize how they fit into the world.

Proposal applications are due no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 29. 


Center for Biodevices Innovation Grants

Applications are sought for the Center for Biodevices (CfB) Innovation Grant Program to support design and prototyping through mentorship of undergraduate capstone design teams. Applications should focus on proof-of-concept prototyping for advancing biodevice technologies and/or translating research to existing and start-up companies.

Application Receipt Deadline: Noon, November 1, 2021


NIH ES-21-001 Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) NOI

The Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award is intended to identify the most talented Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) who intend to make a long-term commitment to research in the Environmental Health Sciences and assist them in launching an innovative research program focused on understanding the effects of environmental exposure on people’s health.

Internal Submission Deadline: Thursday, November 4, 2021, at 4:00 pm


NSF 19-506 Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) - Research Partnerships Track

The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) offers researchers from all disciplines of science and engineering funded by NSF the opportunity to perform translational research and technology development, catalyze partnerships and accelerate the transition of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace for societal benefit.

Internal Submission Deadline: Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at 4:00 pm


Cumulative Health Impacts at the Intersection of Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and Vulnerable Populations/Lifestages: Community-Based Research for Solutions Request for Applications

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing transdisciplinary research with approaches that explore and analyze environmental problems at the intersection of climate change, environmental justice (EJ), and vulnerable populations/lifestages. Specifically, proposed projects should address all of the following research questions: (1) What may be the most influential community-, population- or lifestage-specific vulnerabilities caused by ongoing climate change that would elevate exposure to pollutants or contaminants and further exacerbate the health effects from exposure to pollutants or contaminants in underserved communities? (2) What are the cumulative health impacts of climate change related stressors on vulnerable groups or susceptible lifestages in underserved communities? (3) How can community-based scientific research results be translated and/or applied to provide effective solutions to reduce climate change impacts on human health in underserved communities?

Deadline: Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021


ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

Oak Ridge Associated Universities' (ORAU) commitment to enriching the research skills and professional growth of young faculty members at ORAU member institutions is embodied in the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Program. These competitive research awards provide seed money for junior faculty members that often result in additional funding from other sources.

Funding is provided exclusively from non-federal monies by ORAU. The award amount provided by ORAU is $5,000. Penn State is required to match the award with at least an additional $5,000. This is a one-year grant (June 1 to May 31).

Internal Submission Deadline: Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at 4:00 pm


Proposals sought for diversity and inclusion initiatives at Penn State

The Equal Opportunity Planning Committee (EOPC) invites Penn State faculty and staff to submit proposals for EOPC funding to support the University’s diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts and advance the University’s strategic plan (see “Advancing Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity”) with investments in programs and ideas.

Funding from EOPC is intended to provide seed money for innovative pilot programs and existing initiatives that help create and support a climate of equity throughout Penn State. EOPC proposals are reviewed by volunteers who represent different campuses and units. Over the 2021-22 EOPC cycle, 33 initiatives were funded from eight different funding categories including: campus climate, curriculum, faculty and staff recruiting, faculty and staff retention, leadership development, student recruiting, student retention and graduation, and organizational change.

Deadline: Friday, December 10, 2021


Page/Johnson Legacy Scholar Grant

People. Planet. Profit. The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was one of many global calls to action to create a more sustainable future. The SDGs include several environmentally-focused goals such as clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, responsible consumption and production, and climate action. As organizations aim to ethically and responsibly achieve their sustainability goals, transparency and effective communication and reporting about sustainability initiatives is essential.

With a continued emphasis on organizations adopting and better communicating about sustainable practices, The Page Center seeks grant proposals to contribute to the scholarly and public understanding of how organizations are engaging in sustainability communication in various contexts.

Deadline: January 15, 2022


Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences Program (HEGS)

The objective of the Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences Program is to support basic scientific research about the nature, causes and/or consequences of the spatial distribution of human activity and/or environmental processes across a range of scales. Contemporary geographical research is an arena in which diverse research traditions and methodologies are valid. Recognizing the breadth of the field's contributions to science, the HEGS Program welcomes proposals for empirically grounded, theoretically engaged, and methodologically sophisticated, generalizable research in all sub-fields of geographical and spatial sciences.

Because the National Science Foundation's mandate is to support basic scientific research, the NSF Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences program does not fund research that takes as its primary goal humanistic understanding or applied research. HEGS welcomes proposals that creatively integrate scientific and critical approaches, and that engage rigorous quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods in novel ways. However, a proposal that applies geographical/spatial methods to a social problem but does not propose how that problem provides an opportunity to make a theory-testing and/or theory expanding contributions to geographical science will be returned without review. HEGS supported projects are expected to yield results that will enhance, expand, and transform fundamental geographical theory and methods, and that will have positive broader impacts that benefit society. A proposal to the HEGS Program must also articulate how the results are generalizable beyond the case study.

It should be noted that HEGS is situated in the Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Division of the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate at NSF. Therefore, it is critical that research projects submitted to the Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences Program illustrate how the proposed research questions engage human dimensions relevant and important to people and societies.

A proposal that fails to be responsive to these program expectations will be returned without review.

The deadline for submissions is Jan. 18, 2022.


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


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