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Grant Opportunities

Here is a list of public and private sponsors who support business-related initiatives.

You can also review a list of common federal granting agencies or search the COS database.

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 non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls. Awards range from $2,000 to $10,000 over one to two years.

American Philosophical Society (APS): Provides fellowships and research grants for a variety of areas, including general publication support, exploratory field studies, APS Library residency, and Native American studies. Programs include:

  • Franklin Research Grants: Supports the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. Provides up to $6,000 for supplies/expenses. 

Otto Bremer Foundation: Assists people in achieving full economic, civic, and social participation in and for the betterment of their communities. Awards typically range from $5,000 to $75,000.

Coleman Foundation: Funds educational institutions offering entrepreneurship education throughout the United States. Recent awards ranged from $20,000 to $400,000.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation: Supports projects that promote positive education and accelerate entrepreneurship in America. Awards typically range from $5,000 to $100,000.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation: Supports projects in several categories: Basic Research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; Science Education; Public Understanding of Science; Economic Performance and Quality of Life. Awards average $50,000.

U.S. Department of Education (ED): Promotes student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Example programs:

  • Business and International Education Program: Provides funds to institutions of higher education (IHEs) that enter into agreements with trade associations and businesses to improve the academic teaching of the business curriculum and to conduct outreach activities that expand the capacity of the business community to engage in international economic activities. Awards average $85,000.
  • Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education: Supports and disseminates innovative reform projects that promise to be models for improving the quality of postsecondary education and increasing student access. Awards average $700,000.
  • International Research and Studies Program: Supports surveys, studies, and development of instructional materials to improve and strengthen instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, and other international fields. Awards average $155,000. 
  • Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program: Provides funds to plan, develop, and carry out programs to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages. Awards average $85,500.

Wisconsin Historical Society: The Society Research Fellowships program supports research and writing for publication of books by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Awards of $1,000 to $2,000 are made to individuals.

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