Grant Opportunities in Math and Science

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Name of FunderAmountDue DateDescriptionKeywords
ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research Grants$75,000variesThe 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) variesFebruaryThis 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 $5,000variesThe 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 $5,000variesThe 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 variesvariesFaculty 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.
Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)$1,500variesThe 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 CompetitionvariesMayAwards cash prizes to students and their faculty advisors for developing new inventions in science-related fields.
Department of Education (DOE) Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships variesvariesThis 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.variesvariesThe 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 ProgramsvariesvariesThe 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 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.
Lindbergh (Charles A. and Anne Morrow) FoundationvariesJuneSupports 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.
Minnesota DNR Environmental and Conservation Partnerships Grant ProgramvariesvariesThe 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.
NASAvariesvariesOffers 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)variesvariesThe NIH provides financial support in the form of grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts. This assistance supports the advancement of the NIH mission of enhancing health, extending healthy life, and reducing the burdens of illness and disability. While NIH awards many grants specifically for research, we also provide grant opportunities that support research-related activities, including: fellowship and training, career development, scientific conferences, resource and construction. Learn more about the types of programs NIH supports. We encourage:

Projects of High Scientific Caliber

NIH looks for grant proposals of high scientific caliber that are relevant to public health needs and are within NIH Institute and Center (IC) priorities. ICs highlight their research priorities on their individual websites. Applicants are urged to contact the appropriate Institute or Center staff to discuss the relevancy and/or focus of their proposed research before submitting an application.

NIH-Requested Research

NIH Institutes and Centers regularly identify specific research areas and program priorities to carry out their scientific missions. To encourage and stimulate research and the submission of research applications in these areas, many ICs will issue funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) in the form of program announcements (PAs) and requests for applications (RFAs). These FOAs may be issued to support research in an understudied area of science, to take advantage of current scientific opportunities, to address a high scientific program priority, or to meet additional needs in research training and infrastructure. To find an FOA in your scientific field, search the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts which includes all funding opportunities offered by NIH, or to search across all Federal agencies.

Unsolicited Research

NIH supports “unsolicited” research and training applications that do not fall within the scope of NIH-requested targeted announcements. These applications originate from your research idea or training need, yet also address the scientific mission of the NIH and one or more of its ICs. These “unsolicited” applications should be submitted through “parent announcements (PAs)”, which are funding opportunity announcements that span the breadth of the NIH mission.

Unique Research Projects

Projects must be unique. By law, NIH cannot support a project already funded or pay for research that has already been done. Although you may not send the same application to more than one Public Health Service (PHS) agency at the same time, you can apply to an organization outside the PHS with the same application. If the project gets funded by another organization, however, it cannot be funded by NIH as well.
National Research Council: Senior and Postdoctoral Research AssociateshipsvariesMayProvide opportunities for scientists and engineers to perform research in participating laboratories within Federal agencies and organizations.
National Science Foundation (NSF)variesvariesThe National Science Foundation funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. It does this through grants, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations throughout the United States. The Foundation accounts for about one-fourth of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.

NSF receives approximately 40,000 proposals each year for research, education and training projects, of which approximately 11,000 are funded. In addition, the Foundation receives several thousand applications for graduate and postdoctoral fellowships.

The agency operates no laboratories itself but does support National Research Centers, user facilities, certain oceanographic vessels and Antarctic research stations. The Foundation also supports cooperative research between universities and industry, US participation in international scientific and engineering efforts, and educational activities at every academic level.
National Science Foundation (NSF): Antarctic ResearchvariesMaySupports research in Antarctica and related research and analysis in the U.S.
NSF: International Research and Education: Planning Visits and WorkshopsvariesMaySupports 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.
NSF: Undergraduate Education (DUE)variesvariesDUE’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 STEMvariesMayPrograms seek to increase the number of students successfully completing quality degree programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
National Security AgencyvariesvariesThe 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 variesvariesSingle 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.
The Spencer FoundationvariesvariesThe 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 ProgramvariesMayProvides Sun equipment to institutions of higher education who have developed creative projects that address Sun’s investment priorities and create partnerships for success.
USDA Agriculture and Food Research InitiativevariesvariesAgriculture and Food Research Initiative

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is charged with funding research, education, and extension grants and integrated research, extension, and education grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of agriculture, including farm efficiency and profitability, ranching, renewable energy, forestry (both urban and agroforestry), aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, food safety, biotechnology, and conventional breeding.
General Information

Providing this support requires that AFRI advances fundamental sciences in support of agriculture and coordinates opportunities to build on these discoveries. This necessitates efforts in education and extension that deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make informed practical decisions.

AFRI provides funding for fundamental and applied research, extension, and education to address food and agricultural sciences. AFRI supersedes the National Research Initiative. AFRI Grants shall be awarded to address priorities in United States agriculture in the following areas:

Plant health and production and plant products;
Animal health and production and animal products;
Food safety, nutrition, and health;
Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment;
Agriculture systems and technology; and
Agriculture economics and rural communities.

To the maximum extent practicable, NIFA, in coordination with the Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics (REE), will make grants for high priority research, education, and extension, taking into consideration, when available, the determinations made by the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board. The authority to carry out this program has been delegated to NIFA through the Under Secretary for REE.
Simons Foundation - Grants to IndividualsvariesvariesSimons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, and the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems

Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, and the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems are outstanding theoretical scientists who receive long-term research support from the Simons Foundation. The program aims to provide a stable base of support for outstanding scientists, enabling them to undertake long-term investigations of the fundamental questions.

Simons Fellows

The Fellows Programs in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics provide funds to faculty for up to a semester long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations. Such leaves can increase creativity and provide intellectual stimulation.

Targeted Grants in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems

The program is intended to foster a culture of theory-experiment collaboration similar to that prevailing in the physical sciences by supporting the development of mathematical models that explain classes of experimental results and suggest new directions for experiment, as well as research aimed at testing theoretical ideas and expanding their reach.

Targeted Grants in the Mathematics and Physical Sciences

The Targeted Grants in MPS program is intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis.

Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians

The goal of the program is to support the “mathematical marketplace” by substantially increasing collaborative contacts in the community of mathematicians working in the United States. The foundation will make a large number of grants to accomplished, active researchers who do not otherwise have access to substantial research funding that supports travel and visitors.

AMS-Simons Travel Grants

The American Mathematical Society is overseeing a prestigious program of travel grants that will be available to mathematicians who are within four years of earning their Ph.D.s at the time the grant begins. By having travel funds available, a significant number of U.S. mathematicians will be able to travel to conferences and to work with collaborators. This promises to enhance the early stages of the research careers of these young mathematicians.
Simons Foundation - Grants to InstitutionsvariesvariesTargeted Grants to Institutes

The program is intended to support institutions in the mathematics and physical sciences through funding to centers of excellence, to help establish scientific culture and strengthen contacts within the international scientific community.

Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

In 2012, the Simons Foundation awarded funding for the establishment of a new Institute for the Theory of Computing at the University of California, Berkeley.

Math+X: Encouraging Interactions

The Simons Foundation’s Math+X program is designed to encourage novel collaborations between mathematics and other fields in science or engineering by providing substantial operating funds to create new chairs at U.S. universities that join mathematics departments with chosen partner departments through matching grants for endowment.

Africa Mathematics Project

The Simons Foundation desires to foster and nurture the development of high-quality mathematical research, not only in the United States, but also throughout the world, Africa in particular. The Project is designed to support the best mathematical talent in these countries, allowing researchers to more fully realize that talent through supported mathematical research in their home academic environments.
The foundation has awarded three grants in 2013, each 80,000 USD per year for five years, to research groups in mathematics at three universities in diverse regions across sub-Saharan Africa. A similar second round of five-year grants, comprised of new awards and/or award renewals, will be considered for 2017.
3M Foundationvariesvaries 3Mgives helps to build sustainable communities through strategic social investments and thoughtful engagement of 3Mers worldwide. 3M was one of the first companies to establish a foundation in 1953 and since that time the company has donated more than $1.4 billion in cash and in-kind gifts to non-profit organizations.

3M supports initiatives that provide evidence-based solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. We leverage our investments through partnerships with organizations with proven track records and that deliver results.

3M’s Commitment to Education

3M is a science and technology company that creates. For decades, 3M scientists and engineers have developed products that solve problems. 3M is also a company that cares – improving lives each day.

Increase primary and secondary student achievement in STEM and business curriculum
Support post-secondary programs that attract, retain and graduate students
Drive access and academic success to ensure educational equity