Stanford Research Development Office

Curated Funding Opportunities in STEM, including Quantitative Social Sciences

Selected Open Funding Opportunities

RDO curates this list of open funding opportunities in STEM* to highlight large, collaborative, and/or strategic funding opportunities that may be of particular interest to the Stanford community. Please note that STEM* includes social sciences that utilize quantitative methods.

Summaries of selected funding opportunities have been compiled from Grants.gov, Grants.ca.gov, and other agency announcements below. See our Find Funding Overview for more ways to search funding opportunities in your area of interest. This page will be regularly updated to spotlight new opportunities.

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Federal

Title/Sponsor Next Deadline Description Amount/Notes
NSF ERC: Engineering Research Centers (NSF 24-576) 09/03/24 LOI (req'd) 09/30/24 prelim proposal The goal of the ERC program has traditionally been to integrate engineering research and education with technological innovation to transform and improve national prosperity, health, and security. Building upon this tradition, NSF is interested in supporting ERCs to develop and advance engineered systems, which if successful, will have a high Societal Impact. The ERC program supports convergent research (CR) that will lead to strong societal impact. Each ERC has interacting foundational components that go beyond the research project, including engineering workforce development (EWD) at all participant stages, where all participants gain mutual benefit, and value creation within an innovation ecosystem (IE) that will outlast the lifetime of the ERC. These foundational elements are integrated throughout ERC activities and in alignment with the Center's vision and targeted societal impact. The overall impact of the ERC program is expected within the Engineering Community, the Scientific Enterprise, and Society. up to $26M over 5 years, cost share required
NSF Biodiversity on a Changing Planet (NSF 24-574) 09/05/24 The BoCP program is a cross-directorate and international program led by NSF that invites submission of interdisciplinary proposals addressing grand challenges in biodiversity science within the context of unprecedented environmental change, including climate change. Successful BoCP proposals will test novel hypotheses about functional biodiversity and its connections to shifting biodiversity on a changing planet, with respect to both how environmental change affects taxonomic and functional biodiversity, as well as how the resulting functional biodiversity across lineages feeds back on the environment. Proposals that seek to improve predictive capability about functional biodiversity across temporal and spatial scales by considering the linkages between past, present, and future biological, climatic, and geological processes are also encouraged. While this focus complements several core programs at NSF, it differs by requiring an integrative approach to understanding functional biodiversity as it relates to shifting biodiversity under changing environmental conditions. US-only and international partnerships accepted
NSF Mathematical Foundations of Artificial Intelligence (NSF 24-569) 10/10/24 To jointly sponsor research collaborations consisting of mathematicians, statisticians, computer scientists, engineers, and social and behavioral scientists focused on the mathematical and theoretical foundations of AI. Research activities should focus on the most challenging mathematical and theoretical questions aimed at understanding the capabilities, limitations, and emerging properties of AI methods as well as the development of novel, and mathematically grounded, design and analysis principles for the current and next generation of AI approaches. $500k-$1.5M over 3 years
NSF Centers for Chemical Innovation (NSF 23-575) 10/22/24 The Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) Program supports research centers focused on major, long-term fundamental chemical research challenges. CCIs are agile structures that respond rapidly to emerging opportunities, demonstrate synergy and added value from collaborations, and engage in chemical research with high potential to transform the field. CCIs integrate research with broader impacts in innovation, higher education and professional development, broadening participation, and informal science communication. Phase II deadline in October; Phase I deadline for this round unclear at this time, Phase I required for Phase II competition. 
NSF Molecular Foundations for Sustainability: Sustainable Polymers Enabled by Emerging Data Analytics (NSF 24-567) 12/05/24 req'd LOI due The goal of MFS-SPEED is to support fundamental research enabling the accelerated discovery and ultimate manufacturing of sustainable polymers using state-of-the-art data science, and to enhance development of a cross-disciplinary workforce skilled in this area. In particular, through this solicitation the research community is encouraged to address the discovery and elaboration of new sustainable polymers or sustainable pathways to existing polymers by the creation and use of a data-centric environment where research projects are focused on new approaches to predicting structure and properties of polymers and advanced soft materials, with insights enabled by data analytics including Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning; This includes more efficient, scalable preparation of monomers and polymers using existing or new synthetic routes and this call aims to train a technical workforce that leverages data analytics to create sustainable polymers and soft materials full proposals due January 16, 2025; up to $2M over 3 years
DOE Critical Materials Accelerator (DE-FOA-0003154) Notice of Intent to issue a FOA The global effort to reduce carbon emissions is accelerating demand for clean energy technologies and the materials they rely on. The United States seeks to strengthen domestic supply of materials that are essential to a decarbonized energy infrastructure. Projects funded under this FOA will prototype and mature technologies or processes that address critical material challenges in high impact areas. NOIs include information about the direction an eventual funding opportunity will take
NSF RISBS: Research Infrastructure in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (PD 23-277Y) open, full proposals accepted anytime RISBS supports projects that create computational tools and data to facilitate basic research in the social and behavioral sciences that can lead to improved health, prosperity and security. Projects should be aimed at creating computational tools and data to enable research by social scientists. Examples include, but are not limited to, data collection or assembly efforts that result in new resources for a community of researchers or software platforms that facilitate data collection efforts by others. RISBS does not support research by PIs except in service of creation of the infrastructure. Innovation is especially encouraged.  
NSF Environmental Sustainability (PD 23-7643) open, full proposals accepted anytime The goal of the Environmental Sustainability program is to promote sustainable engineered systems that support human well-being and that are also compatible with sustaining natural (environmental) systems. These systems provide ecological services vital for human survival. Research efforts supported by the program typically consider long time horizons and may incorporate contributions from the social sciences and ethics. The program supports engineering research that seeks to balance society's need to provide ecological protection and maintain stable economic conditions.  
NSF Infrastructure Innovation for Biological Research (NSF 23-578) open, full proposals accepted anytime The Innovation Program supports research to design novel or greatly improved research tools and methods that advance contemporary biology in any research area supported by the Directorate for Biological Sciences at NSF. The Innovation Program focuses on research infrastructure that is broadly applicable to researchers in three programmatic areas: Bioinformatics, Instrumentation, and Research Methods. Infrastructure supported by this program is expected to advance biological understanding by improving scientists’ abilities to manipulate, control, analyze, or measure critical aspects of biological systems, which can be essential for addressing important fundamental research questions.  
NSF Infrastructure Capacity for Biological Research (NSF 23-580) open, full proposals accepted anytime The Capacity Program focuses on building capacity in research infrastructure that is broadly applicable to a wide range of researchers in three programmatic areas: Cyberinfrastructure, Biological Collections, and Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories. This program will also accept proposals for planning activities or workshops to facilitate coordination that may be necessary in building capacity in infrastructure that meets the needs of a research community. Areas not included in this program are instrumentation (PIs should submit to the MRI program) and, projects that develop infrastructure for a specific research project, laboratory, or institution (PIs should submitted to the relevant BIO programs that would normally support that research).  
NSF RCN: Research Coordination Networks (NSF 23-529) rolling; varies by program The goal of the RCN program is to advance a field or create new directions in research or education by supporting groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic, and international boundaries. RCN awards are not meant to support existing networks; nor are they meant to support the activities of established collaborations. RCN awards also do not support primary research. Rather, the RCN program supports the means by which investigators can share information and ideas; coordinate ongoing or planned research activities; foster synthesis and new collaborations; develop community standards; and in other ways advance science and education through communication and sharing of ideas. Participating programs in the Directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO), Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Geosciences (GEO), STEM Education (EDU), Engineering (ENG), Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), and Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP) will accept RCN proposals. PIs are encouraged to discuss suitability of an RCN topic with a program officer that manages the appropriate program. For proposals submitted to the CISE, ENG, SBE and TIP directorates consultation PRIOR to submission is mandatory  $500k; deadline varies by program, webpage indicates a full proposal is "accepted anytime"
NSF DCL: Net-Zero Climate Goals by 2050 (NSF 24-045) varies Dear Colleague Letter encouraging submission of research and education proposals related to Net-Zero Climate Goals, including innovations to create a circular economy; summary of topics of interest and programs to consider apply to core programs with topics listed
NSF DCL: Advanced Wireless (NSF 24-041) varies Dear Colleague Letter encouraging submission of research and education proposals related to Advanced Wireless as an Emerging Industry; summary of topics of interest and programs to consider apply to core programs with topics listed
NSF DCL: Biotechnology (NSF 24-040) varies Dear Colleague Letter encouraging submission of research and education proposals related to Biotechnology as an Emerging Industry; summary of topics of interest and programs to consider     apply to core programs with topics listed
NSF DCL: Quantum Information Science and Engineering (NSF 24-042) varies Dear Colleague Letter encouraging submission of research and education proposals related to QISE as an Emerging Industry; summary of topics of interest and programs to consider     apply to core programs with topics listed
NSF DCL: Artificial Intelligence (NSF 24-039) varies Dear Colleague Letter encouraging submission of research and education proposals related to AI as an Emerging Industry; summary of topics of interest and programs to consider     apply to core programs with topics listed
NSF DCL: Advanced Manufacturing (NSF 24-043) varies Dear Colleague Letter encouraging submission of research and education proposals related to Advanced Manufacturing as an Emerging Industry; summary of topics of interest and programs to consider     apply to core programs with topics listed
NSF DCL: Microelectronics and Semiconductors (NSF 24-038) varies Dear Colleague Letter encouraging submission of research and education proposals related to Microelectronics and Semiconductors as an Emerging Industry; summary of topics of interest and programs to consider     apply to core programs with topics listed

Find medical-related funding opportunities at Stanford Medicine's Research Management Group

State

Title/Sponsor Deadline Description Amount/Notes
CEC: Feasibility of Underground Hydrogen Storage in California not yet released To investigate the technical and economic viability of large-volume geologic hydrogen storage opportunities to help meet the state's climate goals.      anticipated release January - April 2024
CEC: BRIDGE 2024: Bringing Rapid Innovation Development to Green Energy not yet released To fund the continued development, specifically in applied research or technology demonstration and deployment, of high potential, high impact energy technologies that are too early for significant private-sector investment anticipated release March - June 2024
CEC: Evaluating Air Quality, Health, and Equity in CA's Clean Energy Transition not yet released To advance research on air quality and health impacts of clean energy transitions in CA and to develop framework to equitably allocate benefits of energy transition fairly among under-resourced communities anticipated release March-June 2024
CEC: Enviro-SET: Environmental Sustainability of Clean Energy Transitions not yet released Possible topics may include monitoring environmental and land use change in response to solar expansion, assessing wildfire risk from renewable energy generation and the built environment, and finding mitigation solutions. anticipated release April-July 2024
CEC: Modeling and Monitoring Air Quality and Co-benefits of Energy Interventions not yet released To improve existing ambient air quality modeling and measurement approaches and conduct analyses to quantify the air quality implications and related human health impacts of clean energy interventions across energy use sectors. anticipated release June - September 2024

Find more funding opportunities from the State of California at the California Grants Portal

Foundations

Title/Sponsor Deadline Description Amount/Notes
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Evidence for Action: Innovative Research to Advance Racial Equity Open Evidence for action prioritizes research to evaluate specific interventions that have the potential to counteract the harms of structural and systemic racism and improve health, well-being, and equity outcomes. This funding is focused on studies about upstream causes of health inequities, such as the systems, structures, laws, policies, norms, and practices that determine the distribution of resources and opportunities, which in turn influence individuals' options and behaviors. Research should center on the needs and experiences of communities exhibiting the greatest health burdens and be motivated by real-world priorities. It should be able to inform a specific course of action and/or establish beneficial practices, not stop at characterizing or documenting the extent of a problem.     varies, $200-500k
Simons Foundation: Targeted Grants in Mathematics and Physical Sciences Open This program supports high-rish theoretical mathematics, physics, and computer science projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis Letter of inquiry accepted any time

Find more funding opportunities from foundations at Stanford University Corporate and Foundation Relations

Other

Other funding opportunities can also be found on the funding page curated by Stanford's Office of Technology Licensing

Recurring Funding Opportunities by Topic

Funding Opportunities in the Humanities, Arts, and Interpretive Social Sciences

The RDO team also curates a list of funding opportunities for researchers in the Humanities, Arts, and Interpretive Social Sciences.