The Office for Research and Sponsored Programs

Funding Opportunities

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. We also encourage you to register in PIVOT and sign-up for weekly email alerts.

2016 National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Opportunities

ENDURING QUESTIONS - Deadline: September 10, 2015

The NEH Enduring Questions grant program supports faculty members in the preparation of a new course on a fundamental concern of human life as addressed by the humanities. This question-driven course would encourage undergraduates and teachers to join together in a deep and sustained program of reading in order to encounter influential ideas, works, and thinkers over the centuries.

The course is to be developed by one or more (up to four) faculty members at a single institution, but not team taught. Enduring Questions courses must be taught from a common syllabus and must be offered during the grant period at least twice by each faculty member involved in developing the course. The grant supports the work of faculty members in designing, preparing, and assessing the new course. It may also be used for ancillary activities that enhance faculty-student intellectual community, such as visits to museums and artistic or cultural events. An Enduring Questions course may be taught by faculty from any department or discipline in the humanities or by faculty outside the humanities (for example, astronomy, biology, economics, law, mathematics, medicine, or psychology), so long as humanities sources are central to the course.

For more information, please visit:

SUMMER STIPENDS PROGRAM – internal deadline: September 17, 2015

The NEH Summer Stipends Program 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. The Summer Stipends Program provides $6,000 to grant recipients to support full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months.

According to the NEH Summer Stipend Program guidelines, “faculty members teaching at colleges and universities must be nominated by their institutions to apply for a Summer Stipend.  Once nominated by their institutions, they may submit their applications via  Each college and university in the United States and its jurisdictions may nominate two faculty members.  Any faculty member is eligible for nomination.”

Faculty interested in applying should contact the Office for Research and Sponsored Programs directly and/or visit the NEH Summer Stipends Program web site at for the most current application guidelines.

The application submitted to the Office for Research and Sponsored Programs should include:

  1. a project narrative (3pg limit) – applicants should address the following (I) research & contribution, (II) methods & work plan, (III)competencies, skills & access and (IV)final product and dissemination
  2. a bibliography (1pg limit)
  3. a resume (2pg limit)
  4. any appendices

Please be advised the internal deadline for submission of the 2016 NEH Summer Stipends Program applications to the Office for Research and Sponsored Programs is Thursday, September 17, 2015. The deadline for the on-line submission of individual applications to the NEH is Thursday, October 1 (11:59pm - Eastern time).

Please let us know of your interest in applying.

Thank you, Alice

Alice Diaz-Bonhomme
Assistant Provost
Office for Research and Sponsored Programs
Hofstra University
216 West Library Wing
Hempstead, NY 11549

Funding Source: SONY Corporation of America



Within the U.S., Sony focuses the majority of its charitable giving on arts, culture, technology and the environment, with a particular emphasis on education in each of those areas.  While support in other areas may also be considered, the Company 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.

Grant Application Procedures
The Company welcomes requests for support throughout the year within the guidelines set forth.  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 official letterhead, including its legal name, history, activities, purpose and proof of registered 501(c)(3) non-profit status
  • History of previous support from Sony
  • The amount being requested, if applicable
  • A description of the purpose for which the grant is requested

Please note that we do not consider multi-year requests for support.

Review and Evaluation of Grant Requests
If the request is within Sony’s Giving Guidelines and available funds permit consideration of it, the organization may be asked to provide more complete information before a decision is made.
Notification of grant request approval or regret will be made in writing within one month of the receipt of all proposed materials. We do not respond to telephone follow-ups.
Since the Company receives funding requests far in excess of its annual grants program budget, we 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 programs and services.


  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, religion, age, national origin or sexual orientation
  • Partisan political organizations, committees, or candidates and public office holders
  • Religious organizations in support of their sacramental or theological functions
  • Labor unions
  • Endowment or capital campaigns of national origin
  • Organizations whose primary purpose is to influence legislation
  • Testimonial dinners, in general
  • For-profit publications or organizations seeking advertisements or promotional support
  • Individuals seeking self-advancement
  • Foreign or non-U.S.-based organizations

Mailing Addresses

For additional information regarding Sony Corporation of America's Public Affairs efforts, or to submit a donation or sponsorship proposal, please send written materials to:

Sony USA Foundation Inc.
550 Madison Avenue, 33rd Floor
New York, NY 10022-3211
Attn: Communications and Public Affairs Department

For information on Sony Electronics’ Corporate Philanthropy, policies for giving and procedures for submitting a donation or sponsorship proposal, please listen to its donation information line at (858) 942-8565 and submit donation requests via e-mail to

For information on Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Corporate Philanthropy, policies for giving and how to submit a donation or sponsorship proposal, please contact Janice Pober, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Social Responsibility, via e-mail.

Society for Industrial Archeology

March 1, yearly


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.

Funding Source:

National Science Foundation

Deadline: Full Proposal Target Date:January 15, 2015

Regular Research
January 15, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Target Date:August 15, 2015
Regular Research August 15,Annually Thereafter

Title: Sociology

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

January 22, 2015
January 13, 2016
Second Wednesday in January, anually thereafter.

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

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Funding Source: The Simons Foundation
Deadline: January 31, annually
Title: Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians

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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.

Funding Source:  Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative

Deadline:  Rolling


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.

For information on the SFARI award types -

Funding Source: The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) - For information on all SSRC fellowships and awards, visit the website.

Funding Source: RGK Foundation
Deadline: Ongoing. Grants Committee Meeting Dates for 2015 (only for requests over $100,000)
                                    March 6, 2015
                                    June 12, 2015
                                    September 16, 2015

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 three 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.

Funding Source: The Hearst Foundations [Foundation]
Deadline: Ongoing

The Hearst Foundations support well-established nonprofit organizations that address significant issues within their major areas of interests – culture, education, health and social service – and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies. In each area of funding, the Foundations look to identify those organizations achieving truly differentiated results relative to other organizations making similar efforts for similar populations. The Foundations also look for evidence of sustainability beyond their support.

Culture - The Hearst Foundations fund cultural institutions that offer meaningful programs in the arts and sciences, prioritizing those which enable engagement by young people and create a lasting impression. The Foundations also fund select programs nurturing and developing artistic talent.

Education- The Hearst Foundations fund educational institutions demonstrating uncommon success in preparing students to thrive in a global society. The Foundations’ focus is largely on higher education, but they also fund innovative models of early childhood and K-12 education, as well as professional development.

Health - The Hearst Foundations assist leading regional hospitals, medical centers and specialized medical institutions providing access to high-quality healthcare for low-income populations. In response to the shortage of healthcare professionals necessary to meet the country’s evolving needs, the Foundations also fund programs designed to enhance skills and increase the number of practitioners and educators across roles in healthcare. Because the Foundations seek to use their funds to create a broad and enduring impact on the nation’s health, support for medical research and the development of young investigators is also considered.

Social Service - The Hearst Foundations fund direct-service organizations that tackle the roots of chronic poverty by applying effective solutions to the most challenging social and economic problems. The Foundations prioritize supporting programs that have proven successful in facilitating economic independence and in strengthening families. Preference is also given to programs with the potential to scale productive practices in order to reach more people in need.

FUNDING SOURCE: The Stavros Niarchos Foundation



The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) makes grants to nonprofit organizations within four program areas: arts and culture, education, health and sports, and social welfare.

All applicants should submit the grant request electronically by completing the relevant form available under the Application Form category. The Foundation receives grant inquiries throughout the year. Applications are evaluated by the Programs Department and all inquiries will receive a written response.

Funding Source: Alavi Foundation

Deadline: Apply Anytime



The Alavi Foundation has been giving grants to colleges and universities since 1984. These grants were made in support of Shia studies, Iranian studies and the teaching of Persian language. In the past twenty five years, Alavi Foundation has distributed over several millions of dollars in the form of grants to over thirty colleges and universities in North America.

Among the academic institutions that have received grants are: Harvard University, Princeton University, Columbia University, University of California, McGill University, Rutgers University, Catholic University of America, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Arizona, Portland State University, Binghamton State University, San Diego State University, Sacred Heart University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin, Boston University, Georgia State University, Ohio State University, University of Virginia, University of Texas, Carleton University, University of Alberta, University of Southern California, California State University, Kutztown University, Hunter College, Bard College, Lake Forest College, and Hartford Seminary.

The absence of diplomatic relations between Iran and the United States has resulted in a substantially diminished exchange of scholars and students between the two countries. As a result, Shia studies, Iranian studies, and especially the teaching of Persian language have all drastically been reduced or even eliminated from many university programs. Therefore, the Alavi Foundation's academic grant program has been vital to the community and toward the preservation of Shia studies, Iranian studies, and the teaching of persian language.

The 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.

Funding Source: Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Deadline: Various – See website for program areas and deadlines.



The Burroughs Wellcome Fund's grantmaking strategies support biomedical scientists at the beginning of their careers and areas of science that are poised for significant advancement but are currently undervalued and underfunded.  

BWF has programs which support primary and secondary students, science and mathematics teachers, institutions, and academic scientists: postdoctoral-faculty bridging awards and faculty awards.

The majority of the BWF’s grantmaking is through competitive award programs. Most awards are made to degree-granting institutions in the United States and Canada on behalf of individual researchers, who must be nominated by their institution.  All institutions receiving awards must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations.