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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
DOE AFOSR Create the Future Independent Research Effort (FOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2023-0001) 01/20/23 (opt'l white paper)    03/17/23 (proposal)A special FOA to stimulate research activity in areas that may not fall within AFOSR's existing portfolio. The topic areas that we seek to support with this FOA are independent from those described in our open BAA (Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research) and do not fall completely within any one research program. We seek to support multidisciplinary research efforts, creating synergies to speed DoD-relevant research and development in three topic areas: Astrodynamics, Materials for Quantum Information Science, and Synthetic Biology$750k-1.5M per year for 3 years
DOD Minerva Research Initiative02/09/23The Minerva Research Initiative supports social science research aimed at improving our basic understanding of security, broadly defined. All supported projects are university-based and unclassified, with the intention that all work be shared widely to support thriving stable and safe communities. The goal is to improve DoD’s basic understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the U.S.up to $1M per year, with a three- to five-year period of performance
NSF URoL:ASC Using the Rules of Life to Address Societal Challenges (NSF 23-512)02/15/23This solicitation differs in key respects from previous solicitations associated with the Understanding the Rules of Life Big Idea. First, rather than a focus on discovering rules of life, here we seek ideas about how such rules might be used for societal benefit. Second, underscoring this shift in focus, proposals should begin with a description of the expected outcomes of the research, e.g., the broader impacts, followed by details on the intellectual underpinnings of the convergent research plan. Third, proposers must adopt a co-production strategy that involves both producers and users of the research outcomes in all phases of the research1 2, e.g., in the design, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of the research impacts (see NSF Strategic Plan). Fourth, projects must integrate innovative education and training activities aimed at fostering convergent research. Fifth, projects should actively promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in all activities by involving members of underrepresented groups, such as the Missing Millions (see National Science Board Vision 2030 Report) and including women and members of groups who are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), as PIs, co-PIs, postdoctoral researchers, students, and other personnel.max $3M over 5 years
NSF BII: Biology Integration Institutes (NSF 23-511)02/21/23The aim of this solicitation is to bring researchers together around the common goal of understanding how the processes that sustain life and enable biological innovation operate and interact within and across different scales of organization, from molecules to cells, tissues to organisms, species, ecosystems, biomes and the entire Earth. The Biology Integration Institutes (BII) program supports collaborative teams of researchers investigating questions that span multiple disciplines within and beyond biology.flexible, c/b multi-million
NSF CISE (Computer and Information Science and Engineering): Core Programs, Large Projects (NSF 23-524)02/28/23Large projects must be comprehensive and well-integrated, tackling ambitious computer and information science and engineering problems that are well suited to a large-scale, integrated, collaborative project. The Core Programs, Large Projects solicitation seeks transformative ideas on any single or multi-disciplinary topic within computer and information science and engineering that clearly demonstrate the need for funding at the scale of this solicitation. Proposals should make a convincing case that the collaborative contributions of the project team will be greater than the sum of each of their individual contributions. Research agendas may tackle a major fundamental problem in a single field, or span multiple fields, or subfields.Anticipate 4 awards will be made; total program funding $20M
NSF DMREF: Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (NSF 23-530)03/13/23DMREF seeks to foster the design, discovery, and development of materials to accelerate their path to deployment by harnessing the power of data and computational tools in concert with experiment and theory. DMREF emphasizes a deep integration of experiments, computation, and theory; the use of accessible digital data across the materials development continuum; and strengthening connections among theorists, computational scientists (including data scientists), and experimentalists as well as those from academia, industry, and government.$1.5-2M over 4 years; submission window opens 2/27/23
NSF BoCP: Biodiversity on a Changing Planet (NSF 23-542)03/29/23The 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 dynamics on a changing planet, with an emphasis on integrative research into the complex intersections among climatic, geological, paleontological, and biological processes. up to $2.5M; virtual office hours 1/9/23 linked on program page
NSF Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Core Research (NSF 23-543)03/30/23Proposals to this program should describe inter-disciplinary or convergent research that addresses technological, human, and societal dimensions of future work. Technological innovations should be integrated with advances in cognitive and behavioral sciences, computer science, economic science, engineering, learning sciences, education, research on adult learning and workforce training, and the social sciences. Proposals that address the impact of large-scale disruptions such as the Covid-19 pandemic on the future of jobs and work are also of interest.up to $2M
NSF IHBEM: Incorporating Human Behavior in Epidemiological Models (NSF 23-546)04/14/23The Incorporating Human Behavior in Epidemiological Models (IHBEM) Program supports research that incorporates research on social and behavioral processes in mathematical epidemiological models. The program provides support for projects that involve balanced participation from the mathematical sciences and from the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. Examples include but are not limited to: Behavioral realism and sensitivity analysis, Incorporation of behavioral change, Incorporation of multiple environments: climate, seasonal, political, social, Incorporation of population heterogeneity and policy models, Data needs for rich mathematical epidemiological models. Projects need not focus on human pathogens or human hosts, although such research must still incorporate human behavior and/or social processes.NSF/NIH collaboration; up to $1M over 3-4 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 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: Assessing the Role of Hydrogen in California's Decarbonizing Electric System (GFO-22-304)01/23/23The purpose of this solicitation is to fund an assessment of the potential role of hydrogen production from renewable electricity and end-use conversion technologies for electric sector applications in California’s decarbonizing electric system. The goals of this assessment are to 1) provide research, development, and demonstration recommendations for California’s electric system that accelerate cost and performance improvements of key technologies, equipment, and subcomponents, and 2) inform how future Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program investments in hydrogen can best coordinate with and complement other hydrogen development and deployment programs. min $400k, max $800k over 2 years; 10% match required
California Energy Commission: Gas Pipeline Safety and Integrity Research to Support Decarbonization (GFO-22-503)02/28/23The purpose of this solicitation is to fund gas pipeline safety and integrity research and support gas system decarbonization by developing and advancing technologies that can better inspect, monitor, and assess the condition of gas pipelines.$750k-$3M depends on topic; 20% match required

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


Title/SponsorDeadlineDescriptionAmount/ Notes
Simons Collaborations in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences 11/1/22 (req'd LOI); 2/23/23 (full app)Supports research on a mathematical or theoretical topic of fundamental scientific importance, where a significant, new development creates a novel area for exploration or provides a new direction for progress in an established field. up to $8M over 4 years
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: 01.19.23