Grant Opportunities in Math and Science

ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research Grants
The Foundation accepts applications for grants to conduct research on important aspects of alcohol consumption and its effects. Overall, the following areas are more directly related to the mission of the Foundation, and therefore, are of greater interest:

  • Factors influencing transitions in drinking patterns and behavior
  • Effects of moderate use of alcohol on health and well-being
  • Mechanisms underlying the behavioral and biomedical effects of alcohol
  • Biobehavioral/interdisciplinary research on the etiology of alcohol misuse

The mission of the ABMRF grant program is to energize the field by helping researchers begin their careers and position them to attract greater funding from other sources with the track record resulting from a Foundation grant.

The ABMRF awards research project grants, new scientist awards, data analysis grants, and pilot/preliminary studies.

American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) 
This endowed fund, managed by the American Chemical Society, supports fundamental research directly related to petroleum or alternate energy at nonprofit institutions (generally colleges and universities) in the United States and other countries. Research areas supported include chemistry, the earth sciences, chemical and petroleum engineering, and related fields such as polymers and materials science.

The American Chemical Society Community Recognition Grants recognize activities at the community level and supports programs that advance the public’s understanding of chemistry. Grants include: Local Section Innovative Project Grants, Student Affiliate Chapter Grants, Diversity Grants, and Science Café Grants.

A primary objective of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute® (GCI) is to advance research in green chemistry by promoting funding, increasing opportunities, and developing information on the benefits of green chemistry.

Our efforts span the spectrum from theory and basic research through application and commercialization of science and technology. GCI sponsors a number of research fellowships and scientific exchanges through its grants programs.

American Chemical Society Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences 
The award recognizes individuals who have significantly stimulated or fostered the interest of women in chemistry, thereby promoting their professional development as chemists or chemical engineers, and/or increasing their appreciation of chemistry as the central science. Nominees for the award may come from any professional setting: academia, industry, government, or other independent facility.

The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. A grant of $10,000 will be made to an academic institution, designated by the recipient, to strengthen its activities in meeting the objectives of the award. Up to $1,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed.

American Chemical Society Award for Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry 
The award recognizes outstanding contributions to experimental research that have increased our understanding of chemical pedagogy and led to the improved teaching and learning of chemistry. The award recognizes research contributions involving a significant body of work rather than a single project or contribution. The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. Reasonable travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed. This is an international award.

ANL Faculty Research Participation Program 
Faculty participants in the program spend 10-12 weeks collaborating with an Argonne staff scientist or engineer on an existing project of interest to the faculty member. Argonne research falls into four broad categories: engineering research (including advanced nuclear reactors, batteries, and fuel cells); physical research (materials science, physics, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science); energy and environmental science and technology research (biology, alternate energy systems, and environmental and economic impact assessments); and technology transfer (moving the benefits of Argonne’s publicly funded research to the marketplace). Appointments are made principally for the summer; however, similar arrangements can be made during the academic year. Stipends are based on academic-year salary and round-trip travel is provided.

An appointee must be a US citizen or permanent resident who is a full-time faculty member of an accredited US college or university and must have a commitment to continue in teaching and research as a career.

APS Prize for a Faculty Member for Research in an Undergraduate Institution 
The annual prize honors a physicist whose research in an undergraduate setting has achieved wide recognition and contributed significantly to physics and who has contributed substantially to the professional development of undergraduate physics students. The award consists of a stipend to the prize recipient and a separate unrestricted grant for the research to the prize recipient’s institution. An additional allowance will be provided for travel expenses to the APS meeting at which the prize ceremony will take place, and a certificate citing the contributions by the recipient. Nominations are active for three years. Nomination guidelines are available online.

ASF Short-Term Training Program 
Grants enable US citizens and permanent residents who are at least 20 years of age to live, work, and train in Scandinavia on a temporary basis. Work assignments of eight to 12 weeks or longer (from spring through fall), are available to US students in certain fields, principally engineering, chemistry, and agriculture. The emphasis of the program is the cultural and educational experience rather than financial gain.

An applicant should be a full-time student majoring in the field in which training is sought; have at least three years of undergraduate studies completed; and have some previous related work experience. Knowledge of a Scandinavian language is not necessary.

Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)
The objective of the NSF-AWM Travel Grants program is to enable women to attend research conferences in their fields, thereby providing a valuable opportunity to advance their research activities and their visibility in the research community. By having more women attend such meetings, it also increases the size of the pool from which speakers at subsequent meetings may be drawn and thus address the persistent problem of the absence of women speakers at some research conferences.

Travel Grants provide full or partial support for travel and subsistence for a meeting or conference in the applicant’s field of specialization. A maximum of $1,500 for domestic travel and of $2,000 for foreign travel will be available

The Mathematics Education Research Travel grants provide full or partial support for travel and subsistence in math/math education research, for mathematicians attending a math education research conference or math education researchers attending a math conference. A maximum of $1,500 for domestic travel and $2,000 for foreign travel will be available.

Collegiate Inventors Competition
Awards cash prizes to students and their faculty advisors for developing new inventions in science-related fields.
Deadline: usually May
Phone: 330-849-6887

Department of Education (DOE) Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships 
This program places students in paid internships in Science and Engineering at any of several Department of Energy facilities. Many of the participants in the program have decided on a career in science and engineering because of the nature of the experience. Students work with scientists or engineers on projects related to the laboratories’ research programs. The different laboratories each offer different research opportunities. The summer programs at the various laboratories will run from late May to mid-August, fall programs run from August through December and spring programs from January through May. Students who are majoring in any branch of science, math, engineering and technology are encouraged to apply. Housing allowances, transportation, and stipends are offered to participants at all the laboratories.

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.
The Foundation’s purpose is “to advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances.”

The programs support young faculty of exciting potential or early accomplishment, develop leadership in environmental chemistry, support undergraduate research with emeritus faculty, and openly solicit for projects that advance the chemical sciences at all levels.

The foundation sponsors multiple grants including: the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program, the Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program, the New Faculty Awards Program, the Faculty Start-up Awards Program, the Senior Scientist Mentor Program, the Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry, the Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences, the ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences, the ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences, and the Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Undergraduate Scholarships for Excellence in Chemistry.

Fulbright Programs
The traditional 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 Specialists Program is designed to provide short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals. Shorter grant lengths give specialists greater flexibility to pursue a grant that works best with their current academic or professional commitments.

Lindbergh (Charles A. and Anne Morrow) Foundation
Supports research on agriculture, aviation/aerospace, conservation of natural resources, education exploration, health, and wast maximization and management. Seeks projects that further a balance between nature and technology.
Deadline: usually June
Phone: 763-576-1596

Minnesota DNR Environmental and Conservation Partnerships Grant Program
The purpose of the program is to encourage the enhancement of fish, wildlife, and native plant habitats; research and surveys of fish and wildlife directly related to specific habitat improvement projects; and to encourage environmental projects and related education activities through cooperation by private organizations and local governments.

Private organizations, counties, cities, townships, and school districts are eligible to apply.

Habitat Enhancement projects include: restoration of native plant communities; reforestation; protection of wetlands; and abatement of soil erosion. Plantings must consist only of native species. Native Plant Policy

Research/Survey projects include: monitoring environmental indicators and researching methods to conserve or enhance fish, wildlife and native plant habitat. These research/survey projects must be directly related to a specific habitat improvement project.

Environmental Service projects include: clean up of natural areas such as streams, lakes and wetlands, and developing educational exhibits that demonstrate environmental conservation principles. Other creative project ideas that meet the program purpose above are encouraged.

Ineligible activities include: curriculum development; construction of trails, buildings, and boardwalks; project administration, overhead, and indirect costs.

Offers several opportunities for faculty and students for research and collaboration. Opportunities include: Aeropscae Eduation Services Project, Digital Learning Network,

Education Associates, internships, Summer Research Projects, Summer Faculty Fellowships, Faculty Student Teams Project, Kennedy Space Center Internship Project.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

R15 NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA)
Supports small research projects in the biomedical and behavioral sciences conducted by students and faculty in health professional schools and other academic components that have not been major recipients of NIH research grant funds.
Eligibility limited (see /grants/funding/area.htm)
Direct cost limited to $150,000 over entire project period
Project period limited to up to 3 years
All NIH ICs utilize except FIC an NCMHD
See parent FOA at /grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-042.html
Three deadlines per year

National Research Council: Senior and Postdoctoral Research Associateships
Provide opportunities for scientists and engineers to perform research in participating laboratories within Federal agencies and organizations.

Deadline: usually May

Phone: 202-334-2760

National Science Foundation (NSF): Antarctic Research
Supports research in Antarctica and related research and analysis in the U.S.

Deadline: usually May

Phone: 703-292-8033

NSF: International Research and Education: Planning Visits and Workshops
Supports the initial phases of developing and coordinating integrated research and education activities with foreign partners. Support is primarily for travel and subsistence expenses; salaries and stipends are not typically supported.

Deadline: usually May (workshops)

NSF: Undergraduate Education (DUE)
DUE’s current programs, which are described in the documents on this Web site, constitute a comprehensive approach to strengthening STEM education at two- and four-year colleges and universities by improving curricula, instruction, laboratories, infrastructure, assessment, diversity of students and faculty, and collaborations.

NSF: Alliance for Broadening Participation in STEM
Programs seek to increase the number of students successfully completing quality degree programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
Deadline: usually May (letter of intent—graduate programs)
Phone: 703-292-8640

National Security Agency
The National Security Agency Mathematical Sciences Program (MSP) funds high quality mathematical research in the areas of Algebra, Number Theory, Discrete Mathematics, Probability, and Statistics. Program officers are especially interested in supporting research in pure mathematics that relates to the underlying theory, development, analysis, implementation, and application of mathematical algorithms in these areas.

The MSP program offers four types of grants: the Young Investigators Grant, the Standard Grant, the Senior Investigators Grant, and the Conferences, Workshops, and Special Situations Grant. These four categories are discussed separately on the website and sample title pages for each are included. Sample budget pages for research grants and conference grants may also be found on the website. NSA is particularly interested in providing modest summer salary grants for promising young investigators..

Cottrell College Science Awards (CCSA) program 
Single Investigator Cottrell College Science Awards

Support of significant research that contributes to the advancement of science and to the professional and scholarly development of faculty at undergraduate institutions along with their students. The principal investigator must have a faculty appointment at a US college or university in a department of astronomy, chemistry or physics, or, if from another department, propose research that significantly overlaps with research in astronomy, chemistry or physics. The applicant’s home department must offer at least baccalaureate, but not doctoral, degrees. At the time of application the applicant must be within the first three years of her/his first tenure track appointment.

The potential of a proposed research project to add to fundamental scientific knowledge is a prime criterion in its evaluation, as is its potential for developing into a long term viable program capable of attracting future support from other agencies. Other factors considered are the environment for research at the institution, student participation, and the contribution the research will make to the college’s science programs.

Cottrell College Science Awards provide direct expenses for support of the proposed research. Total requests for Research Corporation (RC) funds for the two-year award must be within the range of $25,000 to $45,000, depending on the needs of the proposed project. Expenses are limited to five budget categories: equipment, supplies, student stipends, faculty stipends, and travel away from the home institution to conduct research.

Target dates for completed applications are November 15 or May 15 for consideration at the spring or fall Program Advisory Committee meetings, respectively. All potential applicants begin the submission process by completing the Eligibility Quiz. If you meet the basic eligibility guidelines you will be directed to submit a brief pre-proposal that is due 60 days in advance of the proposal target date. For example, pre-proposals for the November 15, 2008, target date will be due on September 15, 2008. All eligible applicants must complete the pre-proposal. See the complete program guidelines for further details.

The Spencer Foundation
The Spencer Foundation provides funding for research projects that study education in the United States and abroad. The Foundation funds research grants that range in size from smaller grants that can be completed within a year, to larger, multi-year endeavors.

The Spencer Foundation has been moving towards more focused grant making in four specific areas of interest:

The Relation between Education and Social Opportunity; Organizational Learning in Schools, School Systems, and Higher Education Institutions; Teaching, Learning, and Instructional Resources; and, Purposes and Values of Education.

In addition to proposals in these defined areas, the Foundation will continue to accept proposals that do not fit one of these areas. The Foundation’s fellowship programs support scholars engaged in educational research at different stages of their professional lives.

Sun Microsystems, Inc. Academic Excellence Grant Program
Provides Sun equipment to institutions of higher education who have developed creative projects that address Sun’s investment priorities and create partnerships for success.
Deadline: usually May

USDA: National Research Initiative—Competitive Grants Program 
Supports research in a variety of fields related to agriculture; topics covered by June deadlines are: Air Quality (202-401-6417); Animal Genome (202-401-5823); Animal Growth and Nutrient Use (202-401-4336); Arthropods and Nematodes—Suborganismal Biology, Tools (202-401-0222); Human Nutrition—Obesity (202-401-5178); Small Farms—Agricultural Prosperity (202-720-7536), and; Plant Biosecurity (202-401-5042)
Deadline: usually June