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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
NSF FRGMS: Focused Research Groups in the Mathematical Sciences (NSF 23-621)12/06/23The purpose of the Focused Research Group activity is to support synergistic research collaborations that respond to recognized scientific needs of pressing importance or that take advantage of current scientific opportunities; in each case, progress must depend on developing significant new advances in mathematics or statistics. Groups may include, in addition to mathematicians and statisticians, researchers from other scientific and engineering disciplines appropriate to the proposed research. Projects supported under this activity should be essentially collaborative in nature and depend for their advancement on the coordinated interaction of a group of researchers.up to $500k/year for up to 3 years
NSF ORCC: Organismal Response to Climate Change (NSF 23-622)12/13/23Supports research, research coordination networks and conferences that integrate ecological and evolutionary approaches with genomic, physiological, structural, developmental, neural or behavioral understanding of organismal responses to climate change 
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 RITEL: Research on Innovative Technologies for Enhanced Learning (NSF 23-624)01/24/24RITEL is an exploratory research program that serves as an incubator to support cutting-edge research in advanced learning and teaching technologies. Research should be theory-driven and apply human-centered design methods to explore proof-of-concept or feasibility of innovative learning technologies in support of new learning and/or teaching experiences. Emerging and innovative technologies have the potential to reshape teaching and learning processes, which in turn can influence new technology designs. RITEL encourages projects that explore new ideas and involve risk. RITEL is unique in its requirement that projects must advance fundamental research in both learning (and/or teaching) and technology.up to $900k over 3 years
NSF IHBEM: Incorporating Human Behavior in Epidemiological Models (NSF 24-507)02/14/24The purpose of the Incorporating Human Behavior in Epidemiological Models activity is to support interdisciplinary collaborations that integrate research on behavioral and/or social processes in mathematical epidemiological models. Projects supported under this activity should be collaborative in nature and depend for their advancement on the coordinated interaction of two or more PIs/co-PIs, with balanced participation from both the mathematical sciences and the social, behavioral, and economic sciences.up to $1M over up to 4 years
NSF Trailblazer Engineering Impact Award (NSF 23-629)02/15/24The NSF Trailblazer Engineering Impact Award (TRAILBLAZER) program supports individual engineers and scientists who propose novel research projects with the potential to innovatively and creatively address major societal challenges, advance US leadership, and catalyze the convergence of engineering and science domains. up to $3M over three years
DoD DURIP: Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (N00014-24-S-F001)02/16/24A central purpose of the DURIP is to provide equipment and instrumentation to enhance research related education in areas of interest and priority to the DoD. Therefore, your proposal must address the impact of the equipment or instrumentation on your institution's ability to educate students through research in disciplines important to DoD missions.$50k - $3M
NSF Mathematical Sciences Research Institutes (NSF 23-606)03/14/24Mathematical Sciences Research Institutes are national resources that aim to advance research in the mathematical sciences through programs supporting discovery and dissemination of knowledge in mathematics and statistics and enhancing connections to related fields in which the mathematical sciences can play important roles. The goals of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institutes program include advancing research in the mathematical sciences, increasing the impact of the mathematical sciences in other disciplines, and expanding the talent base engaged in mathematical research in the United States.$2.5-6M a year for up to 5 years
DOE Critical Materials Accelerator (DE-FOA-0003154)Notice of Intent to issue a FOAThe 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 anytimeRISBS 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 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


Title/SponsorDeadlineDescriptionAmount/ Notes
California Energy Commission: Quantifying Exposures to Indoor Air Pollutatns in Multifamily Homes that Cook with Gas or Alternatives (GFO-23-501)01/31/24This grant will support a field study to quantify and characterize residents' exposure to indoor air pollutants generated from kitchen stoves (gas, electric, and induction) in multifamily homespreapplication workshop 11/20; $2M; 5% match req'd

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.