External Grants

Ways to find external funding sources

Find public and private funding opportunities by general interest area or discipline, as in the sample listing below. See each sponsor's website for the most current program details and due dates.

Arts and Humanities Grant Opportunities

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Aaron Siskind Foundation: Supports the creative endeavors of artists working in photography and photo-based art. Awards are $10,000.  

Black Rock Arts Foundation: Funds artists in support of interactive installations and performances around the world. Supports art that is accessible to the public, civic in scope, prompts the viewer to act, and can be experienced in more ways than visually. Awards range from $500 to $10,000.

College Arts Association: Promotes excellence in scholarship and teaching in the history and criticism of the visual arts and in creativity and technical skill in the teaching and practices of art.   

Creative Capital: Supports artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Literature, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. Initial awards are $10,000.   

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation: Supports artists in the early stages of their careers and who are working in a representational style in painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. Awards are $15,000.

Henry Luce Foundation: Supports exhibitions, publications, and research that emphasize an aesthetic approach to American art, specifically scholarly study of painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, decorative arts, photography, and architecture. Awards range from $10,000 to over $100,000.   

Honickman Foundation and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University: Supports American photographers of any age who have never published a book-length work and who use their cameras for creative exploration. Awards include $3,000 and publication.   

Open Society Institute: Supports projects that use an existing body of photographs to advance human rights and social justice issues. Must include a partnership of photographer and topic/community expert. Awards range from $5,000 to $30,000.   

Samuel H. Kress Foundation: Seeks scholarly projects that promote the appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study, and teaching of European art from antiquity to the early 19th century. Awards range from $10,000 to $100,000.  

Virginia A. Groot Foundation: Supports ceramic sculpture or sculpture artists to devote time to the development of their work. Awards range from $5,000 to $35,000.

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Academy of American Poets: Offers fellowships and awards in poetry and translation of poetry. Awards range from $1,000 to $100,000.   

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA): Provides funding for many artistic disciplines, including arts education, literature, music, and theater. Examples include:

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): Provides a variety funding options, including education, preservation and access, and research. Example programs:

Fellowships: Supports individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Awards provide a stipend of $4,200 per month, over 6-12 months. 

Summer Stipends: Supports two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year. Provides up to $6,000.
TIP: See the ORSP incentive program, which provides an additional $4,000. 

PEN American Center: Provides fellowships and awards for writing, including drama, poetry, and translation.   

Wisconsin Humanities Council: Provides support for public humanities programs that encourage participants to converse, connect, and reflect upon our world. From community discussion programs to media projects, from museum exhibitions to professional development for educators, these grants strengthen communities and enrich the cultural life of the state. Mini-grants provide up to $2,000; major grants are available up to $10,000.        

The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry: Provides up to $10,000 for one to three years for projects in the following areas: individual poets, developing the poetry audience, translation of poetry, and uses of poetry (e.g., curriculum development).

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American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) - Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society: Supports collaborative work of three types—planning meetings, workshops, conferences—to promote interchange among scholars who may not otherwise have the opportunity to work together. Awards range from $6,000 (planning), to $15,000 (workshops), to $25,000 (conferences).

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations: Supports projects on American foreign relations.

Japan Foundation New York - Small Grants for Arts and Culture: Support projects that will further understanding of Japanese arts and culture. Awards are up to $5,000. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

U.S. Dept. of Education – Office of Postsecondary Education: Supports a variety of programs to improve postsecondary education, including:

  • Fulbright Hays: Group Projects Abroad in Foreign Languages: Supports overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for groups of teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Awards range from $50,000 to $125,000 for up to 18 months.
  • International and Foreign Language Education: provides funds to plan, develop, and carry out programs to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages. Awards range from $50,000 to $100,000.

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American Historical Association: Encompasses every historical period and geographical area and serves professional historians in all areas of employment. Programs include:

  • J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History: Supports significant scholarly research for one semester in the collections of the Library of Congress by scholars at an early stage in their careers in history. Awards are $5,000 for two or three months. 
  • Research Grants: Supports research activities on a variety of topics. Awards are up to $1,000. 

Economic History Association - Arthur H. Cole Grants in Aid: Supports research in economic history, regardless of time period or geographic area. Awards typically are in amounts up to $5,000. Applicants must be members of the association. 

Institute of Turkish Studies: Offers a variety of programs forscholars in the social sciences and humanities, including travel for research, publication, and development of instructional materials. 

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations: Supports projects on American foreign relations.

Wisconsin Historical Society Fellowships: Supports research and writing for publication of books by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Professional and nonprofessional writers, academics, and independent scholars are invited to apply. Awards are up to $2,000.  

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American Folklore Society - Grimshaw Prize for Folklore or Ethnomusicology: Offers faculty and student stipends to support folklore or ethnomusicology projects with a significant connection to libraries and/or archives. 

American Musicological Society: Offers  travel and research grants as well as fellowships, awards, and prizes.

Asian Cultural Council: Provides assistance to conduct research, study, receive specialized training, undertake observation tours, or pursue creative activity in Asia. Awards are up to $10,000.

MetLife Creative Connections: Serves music-makers and their audiences in the twenty-first century. Programs include:

  • New Music USA: Provides support for American composers to participate in public activities related to specific performances of their original music. Metlife Creative Connections applications are submitted by a Sponsoring Organization requesting support for one or more composers participating in public activities organized, sponsored, and/or presented by the organization. Awards range from $250 to $3,500.
  • Commissioning Music/USA: Provides commissioning fees as well as technical assistance in managing the entire life-cycle of a commissioning project. Awards range from $10,000 to $20,000. 

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation - USArtists International Performance Grants: Supports American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo performers that have been invited to perform at international festivals and for performance engagements that represent extraordinary career opportunities anywhere in the world outside of the United States. Awards range from $1,000 to $10,000.   

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American Academy of Religion: Supports individual or collaborative research on religion. Awards range from $500 to $5,000.

Association for the Sociology of Religion: Supports research in the area of women and religion--this includes religion and gender issues and feminist perspectives on religion. Awards average $5,000.

Henry Luce Foundation: Supports requests in the following categories: American Art, Asia, Higher Education, and Theology.

Journal of the History of Philosophy - Kristeller-Popkin Travel Fellowships: Awards up to $4,000 to young scholars in the history of philosophy to defray expenses while travelling to do research. Applicants must have received their PhDs but may not have received them more than six years prior to applying.

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American Antiquarian Society: The American Antiquarian Society's holdings are rich with resources relating to all aspects of women's lives throughout American history. Short-term fellowships on any topic supported by the collections offer a monthly stipend. 

American Association of University Women (AAUW): Seeks to advance educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. Provides grants and fellowships, including:

  • American Fellowships: Supports women scholars completing doctoral dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research, or finishing research for publication. Awards for research leave fellowships are $30,000; awards for short-term or summer research publication grants are $6,000. 
  • Community Action Grants: Provides seed money to women and local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or nondegree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls. Awards range from $2,000 to $10,000 over one to two years. 

National Institute of Justice: Supports research and evaluation projects to address issues related to human trafficking, violence against women, and justice issues. Awards vary by program.  

National Women's Studies Association: Offers two book prizes ($1000 or $2,000) on women and labor or multicultural feminist contributions.

Schlesinger Library - Research on History of Women in America: Sponsors research grants for those using the Schlesinger Library's (Cambridge, MA) holdings on the history of women in America. Awards are up to $3,000.

Sciences

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American Heart Association: Funds research broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke.  The association supports research in clinical and basic sciences, bioengineering, biotechnology and public health. Average awards are from $50,000 to $75,000.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute: Invites applications from scientists who study significant biological problems in all of the biomedical discplines as well as adjacent fields, such as chemical biology. 

Marine Biological Laboratory Fellowships: Offers a variety of fellowships for summer research at MBL. Areas of research include cell biology, ecology, evolution, and microbiology.

National Science Foundation: Exists as an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense." Programs include:

  • Biological Sciences: Provides support for research to advance understanding of the underlying principles and mechanisms governing life. Research studies range across progressively more complex systems and scales encompassing the structure and dynamics of biological molecules, cells, tissues, organs, organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems up to and including the global biosphere.  

Social Finance - Seed Fund: Seeks innovative solutions to furthering the field of social finance, or to address such issues in one of three focus areas, including Food & Agriculture or Ecological Stewardship.

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American Cancer Society: Offers grants for independent investigators, mentored training and career development, professorships, special initiatives, and international research programs. Awards are up to $200,000. 

American Chemical Society: Offers funding and awards, specifically the Petroleum Research Fund, which supports innovative fundamental research, advanced scientific education, and the careers of scientists, to aid in significantly increasing the world's energy options. Research grants range from $50,000 to $65,000. 

American Heart Association: Funds research broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke.  The association supports research in clinical and basic sciences, bioengineering, biotechnology and public health. Average awards are from $50,000 to $75,000.

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation: Supports young faculty of exciting potential or early accomplishment, develops leadership in environmental chemistry, supports undergraduate research with emeritus faculty, and openly solicits for projects that advance the chemical sciences at all levels. 

Howard Hughes Medical Institute: Invites applications from scientists who study significant biological problems in all of the biomedical disciplines as well as adjacent fields, such as chemical biology.

National Science Foundation: Exists as an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense." Programs include:

  • Division of Chemistry: Supports innovative research in chemical sciences, integrated with education, through strategic investment in a globally engaged workforce reflecting the diversity of America.

Research Corporation - Cottrell College Science Awards: Single or Multi-Investigator (2-3 faculty) awards available. Funds research in astronomy, chemistry, physics, and closely related fields at predominantly undergraduate institutions. The overall goal is to provide seed funding for significant research that will enhance the professional and scholarly development of beginning faculty. Awards range from $35,000 to $100,000. 

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Alexia Foundation for World Peace - Photojournalism Grant: Promotes the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice, to respect history lest we forget it and to understand cultural difference as our strength. Enables a photographer to have the financial ability to produce a substantial picture story that furthers the Foundation's goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. Award is $15,000. 

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication: Offers research/teaching grants and professional awards, averaging under $5,000. 

Center for Documentary Studies - Dorthea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize: Funds collaborative work by a writer and a photographer in the formative or fieldwork stages of a documentary project. Submissions on any subject are welcome. Award is $20,000. 

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation: Supports projects that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society; assist emerging civil societies in Central/Eastern Europe, Russia and South Africa.

Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation: Invests in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills, and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information.   

McCormick Foundation- Journalism Program: Funds educational programs, fellowships, monitoring, research, advocacy, and training. Awards average $50,000.

National Communication Association: Seeks proposals for work that will advance the discipline of communication. Average awards are up to $5,000.

Open Society Institute: Works to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. Initiatives include Arts & Culture Program (promotes cultural and artistic collaboration throughout the Soros foundations network; fosters structural changes in cultural policy; and helps develop an autonomous and innovative arts sector) and Special Initiatives (supports a set of global grant-giving projects that build upon the Soros network's strengths in promoting human rights and accountability). Awards average $10,000. 

Wallace Global Fund: Seeks to promote an informed and engaged citizenry, to fight injustice, and to protect the diversity of nature and the natural systems upon which all life depends; includes independent media and media policy.

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Army Research Office - Basic and Applied Scientific Research: Seeks research proposals for basic and scientific research in mechanical sciences, environmental sciences, mathematical and computer sciences, electronics, computational and information sciences, physics, chemistry, life sciences, and materials science. Proposals will be evaluated only if they are for scientific study and experimentation directed toward advancing the state of the art or increasing knowledge and understanding.   

Association for Information Systems (AIS): Offers several fellowships and professional awards. 

National Science Foundation- Computer and Information Science and Engineering: Supports research and education activities that invent new computing and networking technologies and that explore new ways to make use of existing technologies.

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Economic History Association- Arthur H. Cole Grants in Aid: Supports research in economic history, regardless of time period or geographic area. Awards typically are in amounts up to $5,000. 

National Science Foundation - Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences: Supports research that builds fundamental knowledge of human behavior, interaction, and social and economic systems, organizations and institutions. Includes programs in anthropology, cognition, economics, languages/linguistics, law, and political science. 

RSF Social Finance - Seed Fund: Seeks innovative solutions to furthering the field of social finance, or to address such issues in one of three focus areas (Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship). Awards are up to $5,000.

Russel Sage Foundation: Supports basic social science research within the areas of future of work, immigration, cultural contact, and social inequality. Awards range between $35,000 and $500,000.

Social Science Research Council - Fellowships and Grants: Sponsors fellowship and grant programs on a wide range of topics, and across many different career stages. Although most programs target the social sciences, many are also open to applicants from the humanities, the natural sciences, and relevant professional and practitioner communities. 

Tinker Foundation: Promotes the interchange and exchange of information within the community of those concerned with the affairs of Spain, Portugal, Ibero-America and Antarctica. Projects should address environmental policy, economic policy or governance issues. Average awards range from $20,000 to $100,000.

Upjohn Institute: Accepts applications for Policy Research Grants and Mini-Grants. Policy Research Grants are open to any interested researcher, while Mini-Grants are restricted to nontenured faculty members. Any proposal related to employment issues will be considered, but the Institute encourages research relevant to labor market issues of the recent/ongoing recession and recovery. Awards range from $5,000 to $10,000.

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American Geographical Society: Offers a variety of professional awards. 

Association of American Geographers: Offers a variety of programs and special projects to support the work of geographers in the U.S. and internationally. Also provides services for geographers and academic departments seeking to enhance diversity, obtain disciplinary data about geography, and conduct outreach activities with youth. 

Middle East Studies Association: Offers professional awards for published books, mentoring, and service. Awards are under $2,000.

National Council for Geographic Education - Grants for Research in Geographic Education: Funds research on issues related to geography education at all levels. Projects should enhance the understanding of geographic learning and teaching through original investigations of learning processes, techniques, and content. Proposals may request up to $4,000 for projects lasting up to 24 months. 

National Science Foundation: Exists as an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense." Example programs: 

  • Earth Sciences: Supports proposals for research geared toward improving the understanding of the structure, composition, and evolution of the Earth, the life it supports, and the processes that govern the formation and behavior of the Earth's materials.
  • Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences: Supports research that builds fundamental knowledge of human behavior, interaction, and social and economic systems, organizations and institutions. Includes programs in anthropology, cognition, economics, languages/linguistics, law, and political science. 

The Wenner-Gren Foundation: Supports international research collaborations between two or more qualified scholars to contribute to the development of international anthropology that values and incorporates different national perspectives and resources.

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Geological Society of America - Stephen E. Laubach Structural Diagenesis Research Award: Promotes research combining structural geology and diagenesis, and curriculum development in structural diagenesis. Awards are $2,500.

National Geographic: Supports scientific field research and exploration. All proposed projects must have both a geographical dimension and relevance to other scientific fields and be of broad scientific interest. Disciplines include anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany, geography, and geology. Awards range from $15,000 to $20,000.

National Science Foundation - Geosciences: Supports research in the atmospheric, earth, and ocean sciences. Basic research in the geosciences advances scientific knowledge of Earth's environment, including resources such as water, energy, minerals, and biological diversity. GEO-supported research also advances our ability to predict natural phenomena of economic and human significance, such as climate changes, weather, earthquakes, fish-stock fluctuations, and disruptive events in the solar-terrestrial environment.

U.S. Geological Survey - The Educational Component of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (EDMAP): Provides funds for graduate and selected undergraduate students (juniors and seniors) in academic research projects that involve geologic mapping as a major component.

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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation: Funds in several categories: Basic Research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; Science Education; Public Understanding of Science; Economic Performance and Quality of Life. 

American Mathematical Society: Offers several funding options, including travel, fellowships to expand skills, and pre-college and college programs that nurture mathematical talent. Awards range from under $5,000 (travel) to over $80,000 (fellowships).

Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) - Travel Grants: Supports travel for conferences, research, junior faculty to visit with mentors, and collaboration. Awards range from $1,500 to $5,000. 

Mathematical Association of America: Offers several grant programs for pre-college programs, undergraduates, and faculty. Average award is $6,000.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: Offers research resources and travel grants.

National Science Foundation - Mathematical Sciences: Supports a wide range of projects aimed at developing and exploring the properties and applications of mathematical structures.

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American Astronomical Society: Offers many grants, prizes, and awards. Grants include small research (up to $7,000) and international travel. 

American Physical Society: Offers prizes, awards, and fellowships  to recognize outstanding achievements in research, education and public service. 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES): Includes solicitations for many research programs, including Origins of the Solar Systems, Planetary Geology and Geophysics, Planetary Astronomy, and Near Earth Object Observations.

National Science Foundation: Exists as an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense." Programs include:

  • Astronomical Sciences: Supports research in all areas of astronomy and astrophysics and related multidisciplinary studies. Modes of support include single-investigator and collaborative awards, as well as funding for acquisition and development of astronomical instrumentation, technology development for future ground-based facilities, and educational projects that leverage the Division's research investments to build research and workforce capacity and to increase scientific literacy. 
  • Physics: Supports fundamental research across the intellectual frontiers of physics, to support research that has broader impacts on other fields of science and on the health, economic strength, and defense of society, to enhance education at all levels and share the excitement of science with the public through integration of education and research, and to steward the physics community so as to maintain the intellectual capital essential for future advances.  Modes of support include single investigator awards, group awards, centers and institutes, some interdisciplinary in nature, and several national user facilities, as well as research equipment/instrumentation development grants.

Research Corporation - Cottrell College Science Awards: Single or Multi-Investigator (2-3 faculty) awards available. Funds research in astronomy, chemistry, physics, and closely related fields at predominantly undergraduate institutions. The overall goal is to provide seed funding for significant research that will enhance the professional and scholarly development of beginning faculty. Awards range from $35,000 to $100,000.

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American Political Science Association: Supports research in all fields of political science. The intent of these grants is to support the research of political scientists who are not employed at PhD-granting department in the field and to help further the careers of these scholars. Individual grants do not exceed $2,500.

Bradley Foundation: Funds projects that focus on cultivating a renewed, healthier, and more vigorous sense of citizenship among the American people, and among peoples of other nations. Wisconsin-based projects are of particular interest. For example, improving the life of the community through increased cultural and educational opportunities, grassroots economic development, and effective and humane social and health services. Average awards range from $20,000 to $100,000. 

National Institute of Justice: Supports research and evaluation projects to address issues related to human trafficking, violence against women, and justice issues. Awards vary by program. 

National Science Foundation - Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences: Supports research that builds fundamental knowledge of human behavior, interaction, and social and economic systems, organizations and institutions. Includes programs in anthropology, cognition, economics, languages/linguistics, law, and political science. 

Social Science Research Council: Sponsors fellowship and grant programs on a wide range of topics, and across many different career stages. Although most programs target the social sciences, many are also open to applicants from the humanities, the natural sciences, and relevant professional and practitioner communities. 

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations: Supports projects on American foreign relations. 

Tinker Foundation: Promotes the interchange and exchange of information within the community of those concerned with the affairs of Spain, Portugal, Ibero-America and Antarctica. Projects should address environmental policy, economic policy or governance issues. Average awards range from $20,000 to $100,000.

Upjohn Institute: Accepts applications for Policy Research Grants and Mini-Grants. Policy Research Grants are open to any interested researcher, while Mini-Grants are restricted to nontenured faculty members. Any proposal related to employment issues will be considered, but the Institute encourages research relevant to labor market issues of the recent/ongoing recession and recovery. Awards range from $5,000 to $10,000.

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ): Offers funding opportunities to conduct research, to support law enforcement activities in state and local jurisdictions, to provide training and technical assistance, and to implement programs that improve the criminal justice system in three sub-departments: Office of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women, Community Oriented Policing Services.

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American Psychological Association: Provides a diverse range of scholarships, grants, and awards with the aim of advancing research in psychology. Research grants range from $5,000 to $35,000.

National Science Foundation - Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences: Supports research that builds fundamental knowledge of human behavior, interaction, and social and economic systems, organizations and institutions. Includes programs in anthropology, cognition, economics, languages/linguistics, law, and political science. 

Russel Sage Foundation: Supports basic social science research within the areas of future of work, immigration, cultural contact, and social inequality. Awards range between $35,000 and $500,000. 

The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues: Provides awards for faculty and students, including scientific research in social problem areas, best article/paper, best teaching/mentoring. Average awards are under $5,000. 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Seeks to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. Has several active initiatives, including Prevention and Awarness of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness, Military Families (ensure needed behavioral health services are accessible and outcomes are successful), Jobs and Economy, and Behavioral Health Workforce.

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American Sociological Association: Supports the development of scientific knowledge by funding small, groundbreaking research initiatives and other important scientific research activities such as conferences. 

Association for the Sociology of Religion: Supports research in the area of women and religion--this includes religion and gender issues and feminist perspectives on religion. Awards average $5,000.

National Institute of Justice: Offers a variety of programs with topics including criminal justice, human trafficking, internet child safety, and stalking.

National Science Foundation - Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences: Supports research that builds fundamental knowledge of human behavior, interaction, and social and economic systems, organizations and institutions. Includes programs in anthropology, cognition, economics, languages/linguistics, law, and political science.

Russel Sage Foundation: Supports basic social science research within the areas of future of work, immigration, cultural contact, and social inequality. Awards range between $35,000 and $500,000. 

Social Science Research Council: Sponsors fellowship and grant programs on a wide range of topics, and across many different career stages. Although most programs target the social sciences, many are also open to applicants from the humanities, the natural sciences, and relevant professional and practitioner communities. 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Seeks to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. Has several active initiatives, including Prevention and Awarness of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness, Military Families (ensure needed behavioral health services are accessible and outcomes are successful), Jobs and Economy, and Behavioral Health Workforce.

Business

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American Accounting Association: Fosters academics' understanding of the contemporary external reporting and governance challenges faced by preparers. Activities can include field research, field studies, and working in the field. Awards are up to $10,000. 

Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business: Funds timely research on accounting and financial management subjects that can be applied to current and emerging business issues. The program is currently seeking research proposals in the following areas: Sustainability Reporting (SR) and Business Intelligence/Analytics (BI/A). 

RSF Social Finance - Seed Fund: Seeks innovative solutions to furthering the field of social finance, or to address such issues in one of three focus areas, including Food & Agriculture or Ecological Stewardship.

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Association for Business Communication: Supports innovative research projects in the field of business communication. Awards range from $1,000 to $3,500 for one year.

Society for New Communications Research: Hosts an awards program to honor individuals, educational institutions, etc. that are innovating the use of social media and Internet communications technologies (ICT) in the areas of business, media, journalism and professional communications, entertainment, education, social initiatives, government and politics.

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Army Research Office: Seeks research proposals for basic and scientific research in a variety of fields, including mathematical and computer sciences, electronics, computational and information sciences.   

Association for Computing Machinery: Offers travel or fellowship grants to support research on the association's history to advance computing as a science and a profession. Awards range from $2,500 to $5,000.

National Science Foundation: Exists as an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense." Programs include:

  • Computer and Information Science and Engineering: Supports investigator initiated research in all areas of computer and information science and engineering, helps develop and maintain cutting-edge national computing and information infrastructure for research and education generally, and contributes to the education and training of the next generation of computer scientists and engineers.

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Helen Bader Foundation: Seeks to make Wisconsin a leader, not just in how we address the challenges posed by Alzheimer's disease, but in how we view growing older and the later stages of life. Through an emphasis on program development, applied research, and public policy, the Foundation aims to offer hope to families grappling with Alzheimer's. In the broader interest of healthy aging, the Foundation supports education and training efforts that raise the capacity of professionals who serve older adults. 

Marketing Science Institute: Funds high-quality research that deals with topics of importance to member companies, particularly those with potential for application by managers as well as more basic or exploratory work. Awards range from $3,000 to $20,000.

Society for Human Resource Management: Funds original rigorous empirical research projects that advance the HR profession. Awards are up to $200,000.

W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research: Provides resources to junior faculty (untenured and within six years of earning their PhD) to carry out policy-related research on labor market issues. Awards are up to $5,000.

Education + Human Sciences

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation: Supports the advancement of knowledge in this field and seeks to improve the lives of people with speech, language, or hearing disorders. Programs include: 

  • Clinical Research Grant: Seeks to advance knowledge of the efficacy of treatment and assessment practices in speech-language pathology and audiology. Priority will be given to proposals investigating approaches to improve the everyday functioning of individuals with, or at-risk for, communication and related impairments. Awards are up to $75,000 for two years. 
  • New Century Scholars Research Grant: Supports studies that are innovative, groundbreaking, or that can meet research needs not yet addressed. Awards are up to $10,000 for up to two years. 
  • New Investigators Research Grant: Seeks to help further research activities of new investigators and should have particular clinical relevance to audiology and/or speech-language pathology. Awards are $5,000. 
  • Speech Science Research Grant: Supports research on the acoustic properties of speech production and perception. Awards are $5,000. 

Autism Speaks: Supports research into the diagnosis, causes, prevention, and treatment of autism or its disabling symptoms. Awards range from $60,000 to $150,000.

Deafness Research Foundation: Seeks novel investigations of auditory and vestibular function and dysfunction. All research proposals in hearing and balance science, including those for basic, translational and applied clinical research, will be considered for funding. Awards are up to $25,000 for one year. 

Helen Bader Foundation: Seeks to make Wisconsin a leader, not just in how we address the challenges posed by Alzheimer's disease, but in how we view growing older and the later stages of life. Through an emphasis on program development, applied research, and public policy, the Foundation aims to offer hope to families grappling with Alzheimer's. In the broader interest of healthy aging, the Foundation supports education and training efforts that raise the capacity of professionals who serve older adults.   

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International Reading Association: Offers a variety of awards and grants, including honors for teaching, service to the profession, research, media coverage of reading, and authorship of children's books. Awards range from $1,000 to $8,000.

National Education Association: Support new ideas and practices to strengthen teaching and learning. Programs include:

  • Student Achievement Grants: Provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). Awards are $5,000.    
  • Learning & Leadership Grants: Provides opportunities for teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff to engage in high-quality professional development and lead their colleagues in professional growth.  Awards are $2,000 for individuals; $5,000 for groups. 

U.S. Dept. of Education - Education Research Grants: Effective Teachers and Effective Teaching: Supports research on teacher professional development for reading, writing, mathematics, and science education. Also, projects can address recruitment, retention, and certification of teachers, as well as exploratory research on preservice training of teachers. Awards range from $100,000 to $400,000 per year. 

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction - Mathematics and Science Partnerships: Supports efforts to increase the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers. Partnerships between high-need school districts and the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) faculty in institutions of higher education are at the core of these improvement efforts. Other partners may include state education agencies, public charter schools or other public schools, businesses, and nonprofit or for-profit organizations. 

Wisconsin Improving Teacher Quality: Supports projects to improve the teaching and principal quality at the K-12 level in Wisconsin's public and private schools, leading to student achievement in the arts, civics and government, economics, English, foreign languages, geography, history, mathematics, reading or language arts, and science. Awards are up to $100,000.

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American College of Sports Medicine: Offers several programs that support basic and applied research in exercise science. Awards range from $5,000 to $10,000. 

Association for Applied Sport Psychology: Offers small awards for new faculty research and community outreach projects. Awards range from $250 to $5,000.

Kappa Omicron Nu: Supports research in human sciences, including athletic training, exercise science, and kinesiology. Awards are up to $3,000.

U.S. Dept. of Education - National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research: Provides leadership and support for a comprehensive program of research related to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. All of our programmatic efforts are aimed at improving the lives of individuals with disabilities from birth through adulthood.

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American Cancer Society: Offers grants for independent investigators, mentored training and career development, professorships, special initiatives, and international research programs. Has several grants for oncology social work. Awards are up to $200,000. 

Helen Bader Foundation: Seeks to make Wisconsin a leader, not just in how we address the challenges posed by Alzheimer's disease, but in how we view growing older and the later stages of life. Through an emphasis on program development, applied research, and public policy, the Foundation aims to offer hope to families grappling with Alzheimer's. In the broader interest of healthy aging, the Foundation supports education and training efforts that raise the capacity of professionals who serve older adults. 

National Association of Social Workers Foundation: Offers fellowship, scholarship and research awards. Awards are up to $3,000. 

National Science Foundation - Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences: Supports research that builds fundamental knowledge of human behavior, interaction, and social and economic systems, organizations and institutions. Includes programs in anthropology, cognition, economics, languages/linguistics, law, and political science. 

Silberman Fund: Supports the systematic investigation of innovations in social work practice, policy and education.  Funding ranges from $20,000 to $40,000.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Seeks to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. Has several active initiatives, including Prevention and Awareness of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness, Military Families (ensure needed behavioral health services are accessible and outcomes are successful), Jobs and Economy, and Behavioral Health Workforce. 

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National Education Association: Support new ideas and practices to strengthen teaching and learning. Programs include: 

  • Student Achievement Grants: Provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). Awards are $5,000.    
  • Learning & Leadership Grants: Provides opportunities for teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff to engage in high-quality professional development and lead their colleagues in professional growth.  Awards are $2,000 for individuals; $5,000 for groups. 

U.S. Dept. of Education - Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services: Provides a wide array of supports to parents and individuals, school districts and states in three main areas: special education, vocational rehabilitation and research.

Nursing + Health Sciences

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American Association of Critical Care Nurses: Offers several research grants to drive change in high acuity and critical care nursing practice. Awards range from $1,500 to $50,000.

National Institute of Nursing Research: Seeks to improve the health and health care of Americans through funding nursing research and research training.

American Nurses Foundation: Provides funds to beginner and experienced nurse researchers to conduct studies that contribute toward the advancement of nursing science and the enhancement of patient care. Awards are given in all areas of nursing, including healthy patient outcomes, health care policy development, gerontology, community and family intervention. Average awards are under $5,000. 

National League for Nursing - Nursing Education Research Grants: Supports high-quality studies that contribute to the development of the science of nursing education. Awards average $7,500.  

National Patient Safety Foundation: seeks to stimulate new, innovative projects directed toward enhancing patient safety in the United States. The program's objective is to promote studies leading to the prevention of human errors, system errors, patient injuries, and the consequences of such adverse events in the health care setting. Awards are up to $100,000. 

Oncology Nursing Society: Provides awards, scholarships, and research grants. Average awards are $5,000 to $10,000. 

Sigma Theta Tau International: provide leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research, STTI and collaborating nursing organizations present the following research grant opportunities to nurses around the globe. Awards are up to $10,000. 

Wisconsin Partnership Program: Offers the Community-Academic Partnership Fund and the Collaborative Health Sciences Program. Awards range from $100,000 to $500,000.

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Health Effects Institute: Supports research on exposure to and health effects of air pollutants, especially multipollutant exposure; epidemiology and toxicology; emerging fuels and technologies; and accountability. Average awards range from $70,000 to $300,000. 

RSF Social Finance - Seed Fund: Seeks innovative solutions to furthering the field of social finance, or to address such issues in one of three focus areas, including Food & Agriculture or Ecological Stewardship.   

Wisconsin Partnership Program: Offers three types of grants: the Community-Academic Partnership Fund, the Collaborative Health Sciences Program and the New Investigator Program. Awards range from $100,000 to $500,000.

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