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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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Title/SponsorNext DeadlineDescriptionAmount/ Notes
DOD MURI: Fiscal Year 2024 Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (FOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2023-0004W911NF-23-S-0005N00014-23-S-F003)White papers due 05/19/2023The MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education that is of potential interest to DoD. The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD. Multiple FOA numbers depending on the administering agency chosen (Air Force Office of Scientific Research - AFOSR, Office of Naval Research - ONR, or Army Research Office - ARO). See announcements for specific topics of interest to each agency.$1.25-$1.5M per year over 5 years
NSF CRISES: Centers for Research and Innovation in Science, the Environment, and Society (PD 23-265Y)06/26/23This opportunity supports researchers in the social, behavioral and economic sciences who use empirical methods to grapple with crises that impact individuals, families, organizations, regions, nations or our entire planet. The Centers for Research in Science, the Environment and Society initiative invites proposals to take the first steps toward developing large-scale interdisciplinary research activities that will address today’s crises and ultimately enhance people’s quality of life.May 9, 2023 Dear Colleague Letter
NSF CCI: Centers for Chemical Innovation (NSF 23-575)preproposal due 08/10/23The Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) Program supports research centers focused on major, long-term fundamental chemical research challenges. CCIs that address these challenges will produce transformative research, lead to innovation, and attract broad scientific and public interest. CCIs are agile structures that can respond rapidly to emerging opportunities through enhanced collaborations. CCIs integrate research with strong broader impacts, including innovation, education, broadening participation, and informal science communication.
The CCI Program is a two-phase program. Both phases are described in this solicitation. Phase I CCIs receive significant resources to develop the science, management and broader impacts of a major research center before requesting Phase II funding. Satisfactory progress in Phase I is required for Phase II applications; Phase I proposals funded in FY 2024 will seek Phase II funding in FY 2027.
Phase I $1.8M for 3 years; Phase II $4M per year for 5 years
DOE Open Call: Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program                   (DE-FOA-0002844)open thru 09/2023This FOA is DOE's annual broad, open solicitation that covers all research area in SC and is open throughout the fiscal year. Any research within SC's Congressionally-authorized mission may be proposed under this FOA. Topics of particular interest include major programs such as Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, Isotope R&D and Production, and Accelerator R&D and Production. historically up to $5M, but no limits are set; $400M available for this FY
NSF Synthesis Center for Understanding Organismal Resilience (NSF 23-564)preproposal due 01/12/24IOS seeks to establish a new Synthesis Center to advance our ability to explain and predict organismal resiliency and plasticity in response to complex and dynamic environmental circumstances encountered over a lifespan through the synthesis of varied data sets and types that bridge multiple scales and levels. The Synthesis Center will enable innovative synthesis and analysis of available biological and related data by providing the vision, infrastructure, and expertise to advance new avenues of inquiry in organismal biology focused on organismal resilience and plasticity.$2M in year 1, $3M in year 2, $5M per year years 3-5
NSF Environmental Sustainability (PD 23-7643)open, full proposals accepted anytimeThe 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 anytimeThe 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 anytimeThe 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 programThe 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" 

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


CA Energy Commission: Cost share for federal funding opportunities Industrial Decarbonization and Improvement of Grid Operations (INDIGO) Program and Food Production Investment Program (FPIP)04/23/23 or 07/07/23, depending on TopicCost share for teams who have been awarded funds through DE-FOA-0002997 Multi-topic Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization or DE-FOA-0002936 Industrial Decarbonization and Emissions Reduction Demo-to-Deployment$20M for INDIGO awards and $5M for FPIP awards

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


Title/SponsorDeadlineDescriptionAmount/ Notes
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Evidence for Action: Innovative Research to Advance Racial EquityOpenEvidence 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

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


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.


Created: 09.23.21
Updated: 05.15.23