Finding funding opportunities in your field of research can be a daunting and time consuming task. In order to accommodate your convenience, the staff at the Office for Research and Sponsored Programs has compiled some ongoing opportunities that might be of interest.
Funding Source: SONY Corporation of America
Sony's company-wide philanthropic efforts reflect the diverse interests of our core businesses and focus on several distinct areas: arts education, arts and culture, health and human services, civic and community outreach, education, and volunteerism. Each operating company has its own philanthropic priorities and unique resources. While positive consideration is given to efforts that promote literacy and basic educational competency, the company also seeks to apply its financial, technological, and human resources to the encouragement of the creative, artistic, technical, and scientific skills required of tomorrow's workforce.
- In the area of Education, Sony is responsive to grant-seekers and institutions who bring commitment and innovation to the task of strengthening education at the primary and secondary school levels, with consideration also given to selected higher education initiatives.
- In the area of Health and Welfare, Sony continues to support local United Way activities as a primary means of funding health and social services.
- In Minority Affairs, Sony continues its efforts to support institutions that promote equal opportunity, advancement, and recognition for groups in need.
- The company continues to support a wide range of worthy activities, including a Matching Gifts Program that matches contributions made by full-time Sony Corporation of America employees to educational institutions, hospitals and medical research foundations, arts and cultural institutions and environmental organizations up to established annual limits.
Grant Application Procedures:
The company welcomes requests for support throughout the year within the guidelines and program areas set forth. We do not consider multi-year requests for support.
There is no grant application form. Requests must be submitted in writing and should include the following information:
- A brief, written description of the organization on its official letterhead, including its legal name, history, activities, purpose, and proof of 501 C (3) status as an organization that is not a private foundation
- History of previous support from Sony Corporation of America or any other Sony business unit
- The amount being requested
- A description of the purpose for which the grant is requested
Review and Evaluation of Grant Requests:
Requests and supporting materials are carefully reviewed. If the request is within the Corporate Giving guidelines and program priorities, and available funds permit consideration of this request, the organization may be asked to provide more complete information before a decision is made.
Notification of grant request approval or rejection will be made in writing within one month of receipt of all proposed materials. We do not respond to telephone follow-ups. We appreciate your cooperation.
Since the company receives funding requests far in excess of its annual grants program budget, it must often decline support to worthy organizations and programs. Such a response does not reflect in any way a negative appraisal of the prospective organization or the value of its services.
Sony USA Foundation Inc.
550 Madison Avenue, 33rd Floor
Attention: Communications and Public Affairs Department
Funding Source: The Society for Industrial Archeology Industrial Heritage Preservation Grants
Deadline: March 1, 2012
Description: The Society for Industrial Archeology offers Industrial Heritage Preservation Grants (IHPG) from $1000 to $3000 for the study, documentation, recordation, and/or preservation of significant historic industrial sites, structures, and objects. Awards are made to nonprofit organizations and qualified individuals. Contributions of in-kind services, as well as cash resources from the sponsoring and cosponsoring agencies may qualify for matching purposes. Funds may be used for a range of projects including, but not limited to: increasing public awareness of preservation efforts, photography, videography, preparing inventories and developing measured drawings of extant significant industrial sites, structures, maritime facilities and industrial artifacts. Grant recipients must agree to prepare a written summary of their project suitable for publication in either the SIA Newsletter and/or for
Industrial Archeology, the Society's scholarly journal.
Grants are open to qualified individuals, independent scholars, nonprofit organizations and academic institutions.
Organizations are preferred over individuals. Substantial participation from state, county, or local history organizations is encouraged, although such groups do not necessarily need to be a sponsoring agency.
Awards are limited and grants may not be awarded in some years.
The decision to award grants are made once a year at the SIA Annual Meeting (usually held in late May or early June).
Applications must be received by March 1 to be considered for that year.
Please contact one of the members of the Preservation Grants Committee if you are planning to apply.
Funds from any SIA grant may not be used to pay overhead or administration costs of the grant.
Society for Industrial Archeology
Cyberlearning: Transforming Education (Cyberlearning)
Program Title: Cyberlearning: Transforming Education (Cyberlearning)
Synopsis of Program:
Cyberlearning: Transforming Education program, NSF seeks to integrate advances in technology with advances in what is known about how people learn to
- used productively to help people learn, through individual use and/or through better understand how people learn with technology and how technology can be collaborations mediated by technology;
- better use technology for collecting, analyzing, sharing, and managing data to shed light on learning, promoting learning, and designing learning environments; and
- design new technologies for these purposes, and advance understanding of how to use those technologies and integrate them into learning environments so that their potential is fulfilled.
Of particular interest are technological advances that allow more personalized learning experiences, draw in and promote learning among those in populations not served well by current educational practices, allow access to learning resources anytime and anywhere, and provide new ways of assessing capabilities. It is expected that Cyberlearning research will shed light on how technology can enable new forms of educational practice and that broad implementation of its findings will result in a more actively-engaged and productive citizenry and workforce.
Cyberlearning awards will be made in three research categories, each focusing on a different stage of research and development: Exploratory (EXP), Design and Implementation (DIP), and Integration and Deployment (INDP). The Cyberlearning program will also support small Capacity-Building Projects (CAP) and a Cyberlearning Resource Center (CRC).
National Science Foundation
Deadline: Full Proposal Target Date:January 15, 2012
January 15, Annually Thereafter
Full Proposal Target Date:August 15, 2012
Regular Research August 15,Annually Thereafter
Description: The Sociology Program supports basic research on all forms of human social organization -- societies, institutions, groups and demography -- and processes of individual and institutional change. The Program encourages theoretically focused empirical investigations aimed at improving the explanation of fundamental social processes. Included is research on organizations and organizational behavior, population dynamics, social movements, social groups, labor force participation, stratification and mobility, family, social networks, socialization, gender roles, and the sociology of science and technology. The Program supports both original data collections and secondary data analysis that use the full range of quantitative and qualitative methodological tools. Theoretically grounded projects that offer methodological innovations and improvements for data collection and analysis are also welcomed. Click here for information on Strengthening Qualitative Research through Methodological Innovation and Integration. The Sociology Program also funds doctoral dissertation research to defray direct costs associated with conducting research, for example, dataset acquisition, additional statistical or methodological training, meeting with scholars associated with original datasets, and fieldwork away from the student's home campus. Please click here for additional information on the Sociology Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant.Please Note: Principal Investigators should select PD 98-1331 in the program announcement/solicitation block on the proposal Cover Sheet for submission of projects to the Sociology Program. Projects are evaluated using the two Foundation-wide criteria, intrinsic merit and broader impacts. In assessing the intrinsic merit of proposed research, four components are key to securing support from the Sociology Program: (1) the issues investigated must be theoretically grounded; (2) the research should be based on empirical observation or be subject to empirical validation or illustration; (3) the research design must be appropriate to the questions asked; and (4) the proposed research must advance our understanding of social processes, structures and methods. The NSF also offers a number of specialized funding opportunities through its crosscutting and cross-directorate activities; some of the Sociology related opportunities are listed below. Crosscutting Research & Training Opportunities: ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Education & Human Resources Program Graduate Research Fellowship Program Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program SBE Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MPRF)Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)Science of Learning Centers (SLC)Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program To get information about these programs and others, please visit the Cross-cutting and NSF-wide Active Funding Opportunities homepage.
Funding Source: National Science Foundation
Deadline: January 27, 2012
Title: Major Research Instrumentation Program
Description: The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, museums, science centers, and not-for-profit organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by providing shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use are encouraged, as are development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at academic institutions.To accomplish these goals, the MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of shared research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. Instruments are expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. For the purposes of the MRI program, proposals must be for either acquisition or development of a single instrument or for equipment that, when combined, serves as an integrated research instrument (physical or virtual). The MRI program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories/facilities or to conduct independent research activities simultaneously. Further guidance on appropriate requests can be found in the MRI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at
http://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/programs/mri.Instrument acquisition or development proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million will be accepted from all eligible organizations. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 will also be accepted from all eligible organizations for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences and from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education for all NSF-supported disciplines.Cost-sharing at the level of 30% of the total project cost is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations. Non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education are exempt from the cost-sharing requirement. Please see the solicitation text for definitions of organizational types used for the MRI program.
Funding Source:National Institute of Health
Deadline:August 10, 2012(earliest submission date)
Title:Enhancing Developmental Biology Research at Undergraduate Institutions Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15)
Funding Source:All Children Reading Competition
Agency for International Development [Federal]
Deadline:01/31/2012 2:00 PM
Funding will be provided to eligible applicants in order to: (A) Support higher access of teachers and students to appropriate teaching and learning materials, respectively, for classroom instruction and reading practice. This is because children who report having textbooks score higher on reading tests and those who report having other books at home score even higher.
(B) Support innovations in education data in order to improve student reading: education data is necessary to support decision-making, incentives, transparency, and accountability needed to improve reading. A lack of quality data on student learning and related issues (e.g., teaching methods, student and teacher performance, absenteeism, and school-level financing) hinders the development and implementation of effective educational policies and supportive classroom/school-level/community action.
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Number of Grants:
Estimated Size of Grant:
Up to $300,000
Eligibility: See RFP for full eligibility
The following may also apply:
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs): U.S. and non-U.S. private non-profit organizations
Colleges and Universities
Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs)
New Partners: i.e., applications from organizations that have never received a direct award from USAID, AusAID, or World Vision Local Organizations
Pre-proposal Conference: Cost-sharing is encouraged but not required. Cost sharing includes contributions, both cash and in-kind, which are necessary and reasonable to achieve program objectives and which are verifiable from the recipient\'s records. Cost sharing contributions may include volunteer services provided by professional and technical personnel, and un-recovered indirect costs.
All questions from interested applicants must be submitted to email@example.com later than 2 PM EST (14:00) on January 3, 2012.
Funding Source: The Simons Foundation
Deadline: January 31, 2012
Title: Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians
Funding or Pin Number:
Term of Contract: Applicants may propose activities with a period of performance of no more than two years from the date of award.
The Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences invites applications for grants to mathematicians primarily for collaboration and travel.
Rationale: 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 have access to other substantial research funding that supports travel and visitors.
Level and Duration of Funding: A Collaboration Grant will be $7,000 per year for five years. The foundation will award $5,000 per year for collaboration, travel and research expenses, plus $1,000 per year in discretionary funds for the awardee's department to enhance the research atmosphere within the department. The Simons Foundation will also pay $1,000 per year in indirect costs to the awardee's institution. The duration of the grant will be five years, commencing September 1, 2012 and ending August 31, 2017.
- $5,000 per year to the awardee. Eligible expenses in this category are:
• Scientific travel by the awardee, the awardee's graduate students and other members of the awardee's department (at the sole discretion of the awardee). Travel expenses may include direct travel expenses (economy class) and related per diem expenses at standard government rates. International travel is permitted.
• The expense of scientific visits to the awardee's home institution by the awardee's collaborators and other scientific visitors of interest to the awardee. The funds can support direct travel expenses (economy class) and per diem at standard government rates. International travel is permitted.
• Up to $1,000 per year in other research expenses (such as computers, computer support, publication expenses, stationery, supplies and books).
- $1,000 per year to the awardee's department to enhance the research atmosphere of the department. Eligible expenses in this category include support for departmental colloquia and seminars as well as teas and other research related amenities. These funds may also be used to help pay for furniture and research infrastructure such as copiers, computer servers and computer support. Funds will be expended at the discretion of the department chair.
- $1,000 per year in indirect costs to the institution.
These grants may not be used for salary or teaching buyout, whether for the awardee or for others. Only travel between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2017 will be covered by this grant; however, expenses incurred before September 1, 2012 for travel during the budget period are permissible.
Annual Report: An annual report is due no later than October 31st of each year and must be signed by an institutional officer. It must include:
- A summary of the activities supported by the grant for the prior year
- A list of all papers submitted or published by the awardee
- Current and pending support of the awardee
Awardees will be granted access to proposalCENTRAL for submitting the annual report and other documents to the foundation. Payments will be delayed if annual reports are not received within 30 days beyond the due date.
Unspent Funds: Any funds not spent in one year of the grant may be spent in subsequent years without prior approval, but unspent funds at the end of the five years must be returned to the foundation unless express permission is obtained for a specified future use.
Payment: Payments to institutions will be disbursed annually.
Other Support: Collaboration Grant awardees may not hold any other grants of over $3,000 per year that allow support for travel or visitors during the Collaboration Grant award period. Awardees are obligated to inform the foundation if they receive any such funding for the duration of their grant. If this occurs, their Collaboration Grant will be terminated at the end of the current year (August 31st). Awardees may retain all funds paid towards the grant to date, but any residual funds must be used to support the collaboration and travel of others. A final report is due by October 31st of the termination year. This report should include an acknowledgement of the additional funding. An awardee may apply for another Collaboration Grant for the period after the completion of the other grant.
Termination of Funding: The Collaboration Grant will be terminated if the awardee receives significant sources of funding, as outlined above in the Other Support section.
Basis for Awards: A selection committee of distinguished scientists will consider the applications. Awards will be based on the quality of the applicant's previous research, as outlined in the Statement of Recent Work. The committee will also consider the likely impact the Collaboration Grant would have on future research, both for the applicant and the applicant's graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows.
Number of awards: The foundation anticipates making up to 140 awards per year.
Eligibility: To be eligible to apply, an individual must:
• Have a tenure-track or tenured position, or be a professor emeritus, at a U.S. institution of higher education.
• Have a current record of active research and publication in high-quality journals.
• Not hold any other grants of over $3,000 per year that include support for travel
or visitors during the Collaboration Grant award period.
There are no citizenship requirements. For-profit organizations may not apply
How to Apply: Applicants may apply through proposalCENTRAL (http://proposalcentral.altum.com/default.asp?GMID=50) beginning September 15th, 2011. The deadline to apply is January 31st, 2012. Please coordinate submission of the proposal with the appropriate officials in accordance with Institution/University policies. Please see the Application Instructions for further information.
- Statement of Recent Work: A statement explaining the applicant's most significant work completed in the previous five years (2 page limit). While unpublished work may be included in the summary, at least some of the work must already have appeared or be accepted in high-quality refereed publications. References do not need to be included within the page limit, but should not exceed an additional page.
- Statement of Travel/Invitation Goals: A statement explaining travel/invitation goals for the first year of the Collaboration Grant (1 page limit).
- A curriculum vitae (2 page limit, applicant only), which includes Ph.D. year, institution and advisor, and positions held.
- A list of up to five publications from the previous five years, and up to five additional publications.
- A list of colloquia, research seminars and talks at research conferences that the applicant has given within the past five years (1 page limit).
- A list of current or recent (past five years) Ph.D. students, including their dissertation topics and date of likely completion.
- A list of current or recent postdoctoral fellows supervised.
- A list of current and pending support (must include Institutional signature verifying that the applicant does and will not hold any other grants of over $3,000 per year that include support for travel or visitors during the Collaboration Grant award period).
Funding decisions will be announced by August 1st, 2012 and funding will begin on September 1st, 2012.
Award Start Date
August 24, 2011
January 31, 2012
August 1, 2012
September 1, 2012
For further information:
•Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians FAQs and Application Instructions
•Mathematics & Physical Sciences Policies & Procedures
February 06, 2012 – Type I: Exploring Projects (EXP)
February 21, 2012 – Type II: Integrative Projects (INT)
Grant Program Synopsis:
Through the Smart Health and Wellbeing (SHB) Program, NSF seeks to address fundamental technical and scientific issues that would support much needed transformation of healthcare from reactive and hospital-centered to preventive, proactive, evidence-based, person-centered and focused on wellbeing rather than disease. The issues to be addressed include, but are not limited to, sensor technology, networking, information and machine learning technology, modeling cognitive processes, system and process modeling, and social and economic issues. Effective technology-based solutions must satisfy a multitude of constraints arising from clinical needs, social interactions, cognitive limitations, barriers to behavioral changes, heterogeneity of data, semantic mismatch and limitations of current cyberphysical systems.
The high degree of complexity and broad range of the problems require multidisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers to identify and address barriers limiting quality of life, independence for chronically ill and elder individuals, and other aspects of wellbeing. Fundamental technological advances are also needed to understand the impediments that prevent people from engaging in health-promoting life styles including diet and exercise and from participating in their healthcare decisions.
Proposers are invited to submit proposals in two project classes, which are defined as follows:
- Type I: Exploratory Projects (EXP) - $200,000 to $600,000 total budget with durations from two to three years; and
- Type II: Integrative Projects (INT) - $600,001 to $2,000,000 total budget with durations from four to five years
Funding Source: National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance Advanced E-Team Grants
Deadline: December 2, 2011
Grant Program Synopsis:
Grants for up to $20,000 to facilitate the development of student-designed innovative products. The overall goal of the funding agency is to support technology innovation and entrepreneurship in universities and colleges to create experiential learning opportunities for students, and successful, socially beneficial businesses. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to fund promising products and ideas that meet the aforementioned goals.
The Foundation will accept applications from E-teams. An E-Team should consist of a faculty advisor and at least two current graduate or undergraduate students for the duration of the grant period. A multidisciplinary mix of backgrounds (technical, business, humanities expertise, etc.) on the team is highly desirable. If members of an E-Team come from different schools, at least one of these schools must be a member of the NCIIA and must administer the grant.
The Foundation places a high value on grant proposals that demonstrate concern for the environment and the health and welfare of humans. We encourage creative technologies that solve critical problems and meet basic human needs (such as food, water, shelter, health, safety, and education), and pedagogical approaches that encourage awareness of, and interest in, these global issues.
Funding Source: Office of Naval Research (ONR) – Summer Faculty Research Program
Deadline: December 5, 2011
Grant Program Synopsis:
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) sponsors the Summer Faculty Research Program for U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who hold teaching or research appointments at U.S. colleges and universities. These programs provide an opportunity for faculty members to participate in research of mutual interest to the faculty member and professional peers at U.S. Navy Laboratories.
The Summer Faculty Research Program is a 10-week program, beginning in May 2012. There are three levels of appointment: Summer Faculty Fellow, Senior Summer Faculty Fellow, and Distinguished Summer Faculty Fellow. Stipends range from $1,400 to $1,900 per week for the summer program. Each fellow will be reimbursed for expenses incurred on an optional pre-program visit to the sponsoring laboratory and one round-trip encompassing travel to the sponsoring laboratory at the beginning of the program and travel back to their home residence at the end of the program. Relocation assistance is provided to qualifying participants. At the discretion of the Navy lab, fellows may be allowed to bring a student (undergraduate or graduate) to the lab to assist with the summer research. The students' stipends will be comparable to those in the NREIP Program.
Applications for the 2012 ONR Summer Faculty Research Program are due by December 5, 2011. Please see following link for additional information: http://onr.asee.org/
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Funding Source: Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
Grant Program Synopsis:
The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is a research campaign to improve the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding, catalyzing and driving innovative research of the greatest quality and relevance. Although SFARI's priority is to benefit individuals challenged by autism spectrum disorders, its efforts are certain to yield insights into the neural mechanisms of fundamental human capabilities, thereby promoting the broader mission of the Simons Foundation to advance the frontiers of research in the basic sciences and mathematics.
We solicit applications for SFARI Awards from individuals who will conduct bold, imaginative, rigorous and relevant research in three main research areas: cognition and behavior, gene discovery and molecular mechanisms. Please click on the links below to learn more about our two requests for applications.
The Simons Foundation does not give grants to individuals, except through their institutions.
SFARI award types
SFARI Explorer Award
Application type for proposals requesting support of exploratory experiments that will strengthen hypotheses and lead to the formulation of competitive applications for subsequent larger-scale funding by SFARI or other organizations. Innovative, high-risk/high-impact proposals are encouraged. We especially encourage applications from investigators who are new to the field of autism, but who have expertise that could be brought to bear on this complex disorder. The maximum budget is $60,000, including indirect costs, for one (1) year, non-renewable. Applications are accepted year-round and decisions about funding are made within about a month by SFARI science staff.
SFARI Pilot Award
Application type for innovative, high-impact proposals requesting support for small-scale projects, or for early-stage experiments that will build on preliminary data or prior track record, and lead to competitive applications for funding by SFARI or other organizations. Investigators new to the field of autism are encouraged to apply for Pilot Awards. The maximum budget is $125,000, including indirect costs, per year for up to two (2) years.
SFARI Research Award
Application type for investigators with demonstrated expertise for proposals requesting support for compelling, high-impact research on an experimental hypothesis for which, in most cases, preliminary data have already been gathered. The foundation will also consider projects focusing on a central hypothesis where success depends on close collaboration between two or more labs. We expect to fund proposals for a maximum of $250,000, including indirect costs, per year for up to three (3) years, but under exceptional circumstances will consider proposals at higher levels. All budgets over $250,000 per year require pre-approval by SFARI science staff (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Funding Source: The Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
Deadline: December 1, 2011 for Letters of Intent
The Social Science Research Council has announced the launch of a major new project and grants program entitled "New Directions in the Study of Prayer." Supported with funding from the John Templeton Foundation and developed in conjunction with the SSRC's program on Religion and the Public Sphere, the project aims to generate innovative research on practices of prayer and to foster the development of an interdisciplinary network of scholars engaged in the study of prayer.
The project invites proposals from scholars in all disciplines for studies that will enhance knowledge of the social, cultural, psychological, and cognitive dimensions of prayer, and of its origins, variations, and correlations in human life. Of special interest are proposals for research that will shed new light on the relationships between the practice of prayer and virtue, human flourishing, altruism, and creativity, or that examine the cognitive aspects of prayer, the embeddedness of prayer in religious and nonreligious institutions, the social dimensions of prayer, and cultural variations in prayer across societies and religious traditions.
Proposals will be especially encouraged from, but will not be restricted to, the disciplines of anthropology, cognitive science, history, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, religious studies, and sociology. New Directions in the Study of Prayer will welcome proposals for projects that study any religious tradition(s) and milieu(s), and that focus on populations in any geographical region(s) of the world. Proposals must include a clearly articulated program of empirical research. Proposals may include a focus on theology but should not be restricted to theological inquiry. Historical topics are of interest only insofar as they specifically relate to practices and understandings of prayer in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Approximately twenty to twenty-five grants, ranging from $50,000 to $200,000, each with a duration of two years, will be awarded.
Both individual and collaborative projects will be considered, and a small number of grants will also be awarded to journalists. All grantees will be asked to participate in a series of interdisciplinary workshops, conferences, and online initiatives organized in conjunction with the project.
Detailed requests for proposals from both researchers and journalists will be available at the SSRC Web site. Visit the site for complete program information and application procedures.
Funding Source: The Verizon Foundation
Deadline: 10/16/2011 11:59 PM EST
Description: Grants ranging from $5,000-$10,000 for organizations that provide support to improve education, literacy, domestic violence prevention, healthcare and accessibility, and internet safety. The purpose of this funding is to increase literacy and educational achievement, prevent domestic violence, and achieve and sustain healthy, safe lives. Organizations must track and report program outcomes as well as specific results that demonstrate measurable impact from the grant. This information will be used by the Verizon Foundation to guide grantees in achieving stated outcomes and results, and to measure the social impact of Verizon's philanthropic investments in its community partners and the programs it supports.
Estimated Size of Grant: $10,000
Eligibility: See RFP for full eligibility Eligibility is limited to tax-exempt organizations in certain 501(c)(3) subsections as defined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and elementary and secondary schools* (public and private) that are registered with the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Proposals may also be considered from eligible tax-exempt organizations in the subsection 170(B)(1)(a)(i) - Church, provided that the proposal will benefit a large portion of a community without regard to religious affiliation and does not duplicate the work of other agencies in the community.
Pre-Application Information: Verizon Foundation only accepts electronic proposals through its online application process, which is available on the Foundation's website.
The Verizon Foundation
One Verizon Way
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
Funding Source: Women’s Self Worth (WSWF) [Foundation]
Grants will be awarded to non-profit organizations nationwide, for projects that enhance women's self-sufficiency, enable them to become financially savvy, build wealth, and become assets to their communities. Proposals should be for projects that go beyond providing for basic needs; in particular, microfinance and microenterprise programs will be considered for funding. Applicants must show demonstrated successes in the Foundation's focus areas. Applicants should be engaged in activities that reflect the donor's values, strategic objectives and priorities; and demonstrate accountability and good governance.
- Seek to educate, advance and empower women beyond providing for immediate basic needs.
- Implement and teach entrepreneurial principles, training and practices, including supporting the initial stages of new women-run enterprises.
- Establish groundwork for long-term sustainability of women-owned enterprises.
- Focus beyond basic needs of women to build intellectual, social, economic and emotional strengths.
- Teach the skills of financial literacy, personal money management, business practices and job seeking skills.
- Support and guide women through the steps of business planning and forming their own enterprise.
- Provide access to credit needed to start or grow microenterprises.
- Provide access to finance and technical assistance to small and growing women-owned and operated businesses in any sector of the economy.
- Increase access to education for women, and support innovative teaching strategies that increase the achievement of women and improve literacy levels.
- Encourage women to put their financial knowledge into action by taking advantage of asset building services such as insurance, remittances, savings, matched savings, homeownership, and tax credit programs.
- Increase understanding of the role of financial education in changing financial behaviors and producing positive financial outcomes for participants.
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
See RFP for full eligibility
Applicants must have been in business for at least three years at the time of application.
Funding Source: RGK Foundation
Deadline: Ongoing. Grants Committee Meeting Dates for 2011
March 4, 2011
June 10, 2011
September 16, 2011
December 2, 2011
There is no deadline for submitting an electronic Letter of Inquiry. Foundation staff reviews electronic Letters of Inquiry on an ongoing basis and typically responds within two days, although we ask that you allow up to two weeks for a response. The Foundation will send an e-mail message either declining your request or inviting you to submit a formal application packet for further consideration. If you are invited to submit an application packet, your message will include detailed instructions on how to apply. Please allow up to four months for proposals to be reviewed by staff. In some cases, a phone conference or site visit may be scheduled as part of the review process. The Grants Committee typically meets four times each year to consider requests over $100,000 that have been recommended by staff for review. You will be notified if your proposal will be considered at one of the Grants Committee meetings or will take longer than four months to review.
RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of Education, Community, and Health/Medicine.
The Foundation's primary interests within Education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education.
Within Community, the Foundation supports a broad range of human services, community improvement, abuse prevention, and youth development programs. Human service programs of particular interest to the Foundation include children and family services, early childhood development, and parenting education. The Foundation supports a variety of Community Improvement programs including those that enhance non-profit management and promote philanthropy and voluntarism. Youth development programs supported by the Foundation typically include after-school educational enrichment programs that supplement and enhance formal education systems to increase the chances for successful outcomes in school and life. The Foundation is also interested in programs that attract female and minority students into the fields of mathematics, science, and technology.
The Foundation's current interests in the area of Health/Medicine include programs that promote the health and well-being of children, programs that promote access to health services, and Foundation-initiated programs focusing on ALS.
Although there are no geographic restrictions to the Foundation's grantmaking program, the Foundation no longer accepts unsolicited requests for international agencies or programs. While the Foundation occasionally awards grants for operating expenses, capital campaigns, endowments, and international projects, such grants are infrequent and usually initiated by the Foundation. Multiyear grants are rare; most grants are awarded for a one-year period. Click here to view listing of recent grants awarded by the Foundation.
How to Apply
RGK Foundation no longer accepts unsolicited grant proposals. All applicants must complete an electronic Letter of Inquiry from the Web site as the first step. RGK Foundation will entertain one electronic Letter of Inquiry (LOI) per organization in a twelve-month period. Organizations that submit unsolicited proposals will receive notification directing them to submit an electronic Letter of Inquiry via the Web site. After reading the remaining application guidelines, you may click on the link at the bottom of the page to begin.
Funding Source: The Hearst Foundations [Foundation]
Grants ranging up to $250,000 for nonprofit organizations addressing health, culture, education, and social service and serving a large demographic. The purpose of this funding is to support efforts to ensure that all people have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and enriched lives. Funding is provided for endowment, program support, and capital grant support.
Education grants - institutions of higher education dedicated to preparing students to succeed in a global society; undergraduate education at medium size private, liberal arts colleges and universities; compelling programmatic and capital initiatives that advance an institution’s ability to provide quality education. A limited number of grants may also be awarded to support K-12 programs and graduate level study.
Health grants - funds direct medical services that promote wellness, prevention and rehabilitation. Areas of interest include cancer, geriatrics, neonatology, perinatology, pediatrics, women's health, and the disabled. Support for advanced professional education and training is also considered in these fields.
Culture grants - fund cultural institutions that offer innovative programs in the arts and sciences, the majority of which enable access for young people. The Foundations is focused on education initiatives for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. In addition, the Foundations support programs that nurture artistic development.
Social Service grants - funds family support services, domestic violence and child abuse prevention, after-school programs, youth development, literacy, housing and homelessness, job training, economic development, and programs for older adults.
Estimated Size of Grant:
$30,000 - $250,000
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
See RFP for full eligibility
On a limited basis, the Foundations will consider requests for:
- Proposals from organizations with an operating budget under $1 million
- Start-up or seed funding
- Publishing, radio, film, television or other media-related projects
- Conferences, workshops or seminars
The Foundations will not consider requests for:
- Grants to individuals
- Grants to organizations outside of the United States, or to organizations who intend to use Hearst grant funds outside of the United States
- Advocacy and public policy research
- Special events, tickets, tables or advertising for fundraising events
- Loans, including Program Related Investments (PRI’s)
There are no deadlines. The Board of Directors meet quarterly in March, June, September and December.
Organizations located EAST of the Mississippi River should send requests to:
The Hearst Foundations
300 West 57th Street
New York, New York 10019-3741
FUNDING SOURCE: The Stavros Niarchos Foundation
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (www.SNF.org), an international philanthropic organization, makes grants in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and medicine, and social welfare. While prominent in its support of Greek-related initiatives, the Foundation’s activities are worldwide in scope. The Foundation funds institutions and projects that exhibit strong leadership and sound management and that have the potential to achieve a broad and lasting impact. We encourage grantees to collaborate, and we work closely with them to monitor their progress. In addition, the Foundation actively seeks to support projects that facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships as effective means for serving public welfare.
Education – immediate public and higher education opportunities, access to technology, academic conferences
- Social Welfare – improving access to basic needs for vulnerable populations
- Health & Medicine – quality of care, mental health, collaboration with other funding areas, and
- Arts & Culture – support for exhibitions, programming, publication, infrastructure and capital needs.
Divers Alert Network, Durham, NC – assisting emergency medical advice and help for underwater diving injuries
New York Philharmonic, New York City – support for a special Memorial Celebration to mark the fiftieth anniversary of conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos’s death
Funding Source: Alavi Foundation
Deadline: Apply Anytime
The Alavi Foundation is a private not-for-profit organization devoted to the promotion and support of Islamic culture and Persian language, literature and civilization. The Foundation has done this for over 30 years by financially supporting charitable and philanthropic causes through educational, religious, and cultural programs.
We strive to meet our mission through 8 core program areas:
- Grants to colleges and universities Alavi Foundation encourages universities in North America to offer courses on Persian language, Iranian studies and the Islamic culture with a focus on Shi'ite studies. Alavi Foundation grants are instrumental in building the continuity and quality of such higher education programs.
Grant Applicants must:
- Establish a six-year matching funds program (preferably a tenure track position)
- Submit quarterly progress reports to Alavi Foundation
- Fully comply with terms and conditions set by Alavi Foundation in a prepared contract signed by both parties
- Donations to Persian schools
- Donations and loans to Islamic organizations
- Free distribution of Islamic books
- Donations for disaster relief funds
- Support of the arts
- Scholarly research
- Student loans
Alavi Foundation grants are renewed on a yearly basis and are dependent on positive progress reports. Generally, the Foundation's grants do not cover overhead expenses.
To apply, please send your detailed proposal to:
C/O Colleges & Universities
500 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2320
New York, NY 10110
Funding Source: Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Deadline: December 1, 2011
Guidelines: The Burroughs Wellcome Fund's Collaborative Research Travel Grants program provides up to $15,000 in support for Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty researchers from degree-granting institutions in the U.S. or Canada to travel either domestically or internationally to a laboratory to acquire a new research technique, to facilitate a collaboration, or to attend a laboratory/lecture course.
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or be studying for a Ph.D. in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering and be interested in investigating research opportunities in the biological sciences. Biologists interested in working with physical scientists, mathematicians, engineers, chemists, statisticians, or computer scientists to incorporate their ideas and approaches to answering biological questions are also eligible to apply.
Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada at the time of application.
Grants cannot be used for travel to domestic or international meetings or to cover salary support. Awards will be made to North American degree-granting institutions on behalf of the named award recipients.
Visit the BWF Web site for complete program guidelines, FAQs, eligibility quiz, and the application.
Contact: Link to Complete RFP
Funding Source: The Doug Flutie Foundation
Deadline: September 30, 2011
Grant Making Philosophy/Program Emphasis: The priorities of the foundation are to (1) assist financially disadvantaged families who need assistance in caring for their children with autism spectrum disorder (through nonprofit autism organizations), (2) fund education and advocacy for individuals with autism and (3) support therapeutic, recreational and social skills programs.
Family Assistance: Community Organizations actively assisting children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and their families through direct family support; safety equipment; respite services, recreational programs, social skills training, and other opportunities that will enhance the quality of life for those affected.
Education and Advocacy: Education and Advocacy programs for all individuals on the Autism Spectrum; Community awareness initiatives; Educational opportunities that provide practical experience for family members and professionals working in the field of autism (The Foundation does not fund expenses related to large scale conferences); and scholarships for students pursuing a degree in the field of special education and more specifically, developmental disabilities. (Please note that we cannot fund individual students but encourage Universities to apply through a related program.)
Amount Requested: The average grant size will be in the $10,000-$20,000 range. Please do not request more than $20,000. Requests for endowments or multi-year grants will not be accepted, and grant recipients must re-apply each year. Indirect Costs of up to 10% of the total project budget will be considered for funding. Anything over 10% will not be considered.
- Other New England States including Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut
- New York
- New Jersey
- Southern California including San Diego County, Los Angeles County and Orange County
- National Educational and Advocacy Programs
- Select Canadian Provinces including Alberta, British Columbia & Ontario.
What the Grant Committee looks for:
There are a number of factors considered by the Grant Committee when reviewing applications. These factors include, but are not limited to:
- Organization and Thoroughness of the proposal itself.
- Impact of the services on the population (issue or need addressed).
- Financial Need: How critical is the Flutie Foundation grant to the proposed project?
- Sustainability and Continuity of the Organization and/or Program.
- Uniqueness of the Request.
- Project Budget: Is it detailed and clearly outlined?
- Duplication: Can the program be duplicated or shared with others?