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Grant Opportunities: Natural Science

Funding Agency Deadline[Annual]

American Academy of Arts & Sciences

The Academy seeks proposals that relate to its research areas: Humanities & Culture; Science, Technology & Global Security; Social Policy & American Institutions; and Education. Projects that address American cultural, social, or political issues from the founding period to the present are welcome, as are studies on the history of science. Scholars are chosen by means of a national competition. Applications are reviewed by Academy Fellows expert in the candidates' fields.


American Association of University Women

AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe.


American Chemical Society

The goals of ACS Petroleum Research Fund are: 1. To support fundamental research in the petroleum field. 2. To develop the next generation of engineers and scientists through support of advanced scientific education.  

The Undergraduate Research (UR) grants program supports the research programs of established scientists and engineers at non-doctoral departments and provides financial support for students at those institutions to become involved in advanced research activities, in preparation for continued study in graduate school or employment.

The Undergraduate New Investigator Grants Program is intended to initiate the research program of new scientists and engineers who are faculty members at undergraduate research institutions and to provide financial incentives for students at those institutions to become involved in research activities leading to employment or continued study in graduate school.


The American Mathematical Society

Centennial Fellowships provide one-year fellowships for research in mathematics.


Council of American Overseas Research Centers

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams.


Council for International Exchange of Scholars

The core Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) promotes linkages between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. The program is designed to award grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term collaborative 2 to 6 week projects at host institutions in over 100 countries worldwide. International travel costs and a stipend are funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating host institutions cover grantee in-country expenses or provide in-kind services.

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Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained within the first five years of their appointment as independent researchers, and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.

The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program is based on accomplishment in scholarly research with undergraduates, as well as a compelling commitment to teaching. The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $60,000.

Faculty Start-up Awards Program (this program is suspended until further notice)

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Ford Foundation

The Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides one year of support for individuals engaged in postdoctoral study after the attainment of the Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree.  


Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression ($15,000 to $40,000). Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world.


Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Promote academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and in Germany.  


National Geographic Society

Applications are generally limited to the following disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany, geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, and zoology.  While grant amounts vary greatly, most range from U.S. $15,000 to $20,000.


National Humanities Center

The National Humanities Center offers 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities during the academic year.  In addition to scholars from all fields of the humanities, the Center accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects.


National Institutes of Health

NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Program (R15) supports small-scale research projects in the biomedical and behavior sciences conducted by faculty and students at educational institutions that have not been major recipients (~$6 million per year in NIH support in each of 4 of the last 7 years) of NIH research funds.


National Research Council

The mission of the NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) is to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U. S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.


National Science Foundation

Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program


Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)

Current college and university faculty looking for collaboration opportunities at national laboratories or other federal research labs; available programs include faculty/student programs, summer research opportunities, and sabbatical experiences.


Radcliff Institute for Advance Study

Each of the more than 500 fellows who have been in residence at the Radcliffe Institute has pursued an independent project, but the collaborative experience unites all of them.


Research Corporation for Science Advancement

The Cottrell College Science Award (CCSA) program, RCSA's oldest initiative, was created in the early 1970s to promote basic research as a vital component of undergraduate education at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs). Over the decades the CCSA program has consistently:

  • Strengthened teacher-scholars while supporting high-quality research at PUIs;
  • Helped early career faculty to become competitive for federal funding;
  • Encouraged faculty to conduct meaningful collaborative work with undergraduate researchers, and;
  • Enhanced the research culture of numerous science departments at public and private institutions in the United States.

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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.


Smithsonian Institute 

Applicants must propose to conduct research at the Smithsonian in one of its areas of research as outlined in the publication, Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study, for a period of three to twelve months, or ten weeks for the Graduate Student Fellowship.


John Templeton Foundation

The Foundation has honored Sir John's vision of the Big Questions by supporting a wide range of research projects, as well as other activities of a more practical or educational purpose, in the following areas:

  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Human Sciences
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Science in Dialogue


Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF)

The VEF Fellowship Program is one of the key components of VEF's mandate to enhance bilateral relations between the United States and Vietnam through international educational exchange programs that help improve Vietnamese Science and Technology (S&T) capacities.


Simons Foundation

Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians is a program that supports the "mathematical marketplace" by substantially increasing collaborative contacts in the community of mathematicians working in the United States.  A Collaboration Grant will be $7,000 per year for five years.  


Grants Advisor Plus - Sciences

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