The Office of Sponsored Projects shares opportunities that support Arts and Sciences faculty research.
These are highly competitive and interested faculty are encouraged to contact Sarah Bricknell to ensure your research is a good match for the funder's priorities.
Sarah Bricknell, MBA, Sponsored Research Officer
Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP)
American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grants – Next deadline October 1, 2020
The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses. Franklin grants are made for noncommercial research. They are not intended to meet the expenses of attending conferences or the costs of publication. The Society does not pay overhead or indirect costs to any institution, and grant funds are not to be used to pay income tax on the award. Grants will not be made to replace salary during a leave of absence or earnings from summer teaching; pay living expenses while working at home; cover the costs of consultants or research assistants; or purchase permanent equipment such as computers, cameras, tape recorders, or laboratory apparatus. October 1st deadline for a January 2021 decision for work in February 2021 through January 2022
Louisville Institute – Deadline: October 1, 2020
Project Grant for Researchers
The Project Grant for Researchers (PGR) supports research, reflection, and writing by academics and pastors concerning Christian faith and life, the practice of ministry, and/or religious institutions. Grants of up to $30,000 support a diverse range of projects that may involve independent study, consultations, or collaboration between pastors and academics. Preference given to projects that show potential to generate reliable new data through empirical methods of inquiry and discovery. Grant Timeframe: January 1, 2021 thru December 31, 2022
Deadline: October 15, 2020 (short concept proposal)
Amount: $10,000 – $20,000
Geography: United States & US Territories
Participatory Action Research Projects
The Sociological Initiatives Foundation (SIF) is dedicated to the belief that research and action are intrinsically inseparable. We invite concept proposals for projects that link an explicit research design to a concrete social action strategy. Projects should also have specifically stated social change goals.
In the past SIF has funded projects in the areas of civic participation, community organizing, crime and law, education, health, housing, immigration, labor organizing, and language/literacy.
For this funding cycle, in recognition of our obligation to join the long overdue but growing consensus to end systemic racism in American societal institutions and organizations along with police brutalization of Black people, priority will be given to projects that explicitly promote racial justice and fairer and more equitable laws, policies and practices.
Additionally, we recognize the co-occurring public health crisis that has altered the operational capacities of many projects requiring large gatherings and other activities that may be problematic for both planning new projects or projecting completion of those already underway. Given these unusual circumstances, provide the best description possible of how your project will be implemented, and any contingent plans that you might believe are needed.
Preference is given to applicants that are:
A limited number of concept applicants will be invited to submit full proposals in the early spring of 2021. Grants will be announced in June 2021. Projects typically take two years, so applicants should think in terms of such a timeline.
Foundation’s FAQ page
List of past grants
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation - October 23, 2020 deadline
The Career Enhancement Fellowship Program seeks to increase the presence of minority junior faculty members and other faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the arts and humanities. The Fellowship, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports the Mellon Foundation's mission to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies. Applicants must currently in the third year of the tenure-track teaching appointment when applying (the award is distributed in the fourth year of the tenure track) and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. African Americans, Latinos and Latinas, Native Americans, and Native Alaskans with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, breaking down stereotypes, and promoting cross-racial understanding in their university communities are encouraged to apply. Eligible fields include: Humanities: Area/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies, Art History, Classics, English, Film, Cinema and Media Studies (theoretical focus), Musicology, Ethnomusicology and Music Theory, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Linguistics, Literature, Performance Studies (theoretical focus), Philosophy and Political Theory, Religion and Theology, Theater (theoretical focus) and Social Sciences: Anthropology and Archaeology, Demography, Sociology, Geography and Population Studies.
AAUW Grant Programs – Deadline: October 31, 2020
Short-Term Research Publication Grants
The Short-Term Research Publication Grants provide support to scholars to prepare research manuscripts for publication. Preference will be given to applicants whose work supports the vision of AAUW: to break through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance. Time must be available for eight consecutive weeks of final writing and editing in response to issues raised in critical reviews. These grants can be awarded to both tenure-track and part-time faculty, and to new and established researchers. The grants are designed to assist the candidate in obtaining tenure and other promotions. Tenured professors are not eligible.
Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation – November 1, 2020 deadline
Grants of up to $20,000 are available to help support the research of faculty members. Areas of interest to the Fund are: studies to develop, refine, evaluate, or disseminate innovative interventions designed to prevent or ameliorate major social, psychological, behavioral or public health problems affecting children, adults, couples, families, or communities, or studies that have the potential for adding significantly to knowledge about such problems. The research for which funding is requested must focus on the United States or Canada or on a comparison between the United States or Canada and one or more other countries.
Russell Sage Foundation – Next Deadline: November 11, 2020
The Russell Sage Foundation is an operating foundation dedicated to programs of social science research. RSF rarely considers projects for which the investigators have not already fully-developed the research design, the sample framework, access to data, etc. Investigators are encouraged to submit an LOI after they have developed and pre-tested survey instruments, completed preliminary data analyses if the data are publicly-available or conducted some preliminary interviews for qualitative studies. Funding priorities for the November deadline include: Future of Work, Race, Ethnicity and Immigration, Social, Political and Economic Inequality, and Immigration and Immigrant Integration.
American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grants – December 1, 2020 deadline
The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses. Franklin grants are made for noncommercial research. They are not intended to meet the expenses of attending conferences or the costs of publication. The Society does not pay overhead or indirect costs to any institution, and grant funds are not to be used to pay income tax on the award. Grants will not be made to replace salary during a leave of absence or earnings from summer teaching; pay living expenses while working at home; cover the costs of consultants or research assistants; or purchase permanent equipment such as computers, cameras, tape recorders, or laboratory apparatus.
December 1, 2020, for a March 2021 decision for work in April 2021 through January 2022
AsiaNetwork Student Faculty Fellows Program – December 1, 2020 deadline
The Student Faculty Fellows Program emphasizes five core ideas:
Students and faculty mentors develop projects and make application. Faculty mentors attend orientation at the 2021 ASIANetwork Annual Conference. Students travel to Asia with faculty mentors to pursue their projects. It is open to U.S. ASIANetwork member institutions and all academic disciplines One faculty mentor and 3 – 4 undergraduate students or two faculty mentors and 4 – 6 undergraduate students. Only one non-U.S. student/group is allowed.
All members of a project team must be from the same institution. Awards up to $5,000 per mentor and student, a maximum of $40,000 for a team of eight.
The Kress Foundation – December 1, 2020 deadline
Through its Grant Programs, the Kress Foundation supports scholarly projects that promote the appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study and teaching of European art from antiquity to the early 19th century. These areas are also supported through our Fellowships. These competitive grants are awarded to institutions only. Central to the Foundation’s grant and fellowship programs is the Foundation’s mission-driven commitment to making the fruits of its funding programs as broadly accessible as possible. To that end, the Foundation strongly urges its grantees and fellowship administrators to help diversify the next generation of art historians, art conservators, and art museum professionals by adopting an inclusive approach to all Kress-sponsored partnerships and educational and training opportunities. Similarly, the Foundation strongly encourages the adoption of sustained, open access approaches to the dissemination of Kress-funded resources that support education, research, and scholarship.
History of Art - This program area supports scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture.
Conservation - The Conservation program supports the professional practice of art conservation.
Digital Art History - This program supports efforts to integrate new technologies into the practice of art history, including classroom applications and online publishing. This program further supports the creation of important online resources in art history, including both textual and visual resources.
Searle Freedom Trust - December 1, 2020 deadline
Fosters research and education on public policy issues that affect individual freedom and economic liberty. The foundation seeks to develop solutions to the country’s most important and challenging domestic policy issues and invests primarily in scholarship that results in the publication of books, journal articles, and policy papers. Funding is typically provided in the form of research grants, fellowships, and other types of targeted project support. The Searle Freedom Trust also provides funding for public interest litigation and supports outreach to the public through a variety of forums, including sponsorship of research conferences and seminars, film and journalism projects, and new media initiatives. University and think tank scholars investigate a wide range of issues, including: Tax and budget policy, cost-benefit analysis of regulatory practices and proposals, the workings of the legal system, environmental policy, social welfare reform, and K-12 and higher education policy.
NEH's Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations - Deadline: December 2, 2020
The Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations program makes awards to organizations to support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available only in inadequate editions or translations. Textual editing and translation are vital endeavors for the humanities, providing the very foundations for research and teaching. Typically, the texts and documents are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials, but other types of work, such as musical notation, may also be the subject of an edition. Projects must be undertaken by at least two scholars working collaboratively. These grants support sustained full-time or part-time activities during the periods of performance of one to three years.
NEH’s Collaborative Research Program– Deadline: December 2, 2020
Debate, exchange of ideas, and working together—all are basic activities that advance humanities knowledge and foster rich scholarship that would not be possible by researchers working on their own. The Collaborative Research program aims to advance humanistic knowledge through sustained collaboration between two or more scholars. Collaborators may be drawn from a single institution or several institutions across the United States; up to half of the collaborators may be based outside of the U.S. The program encourages projects that propose diverse approaches to topics, incorporate multiple points of view, and explore new avenues of inquiry in the humanities for scholars and general audiences.
The program allows projects that propose research in a single field of study, as well as interdisciplinary work. Projects that include partnerships with researchers from the natural and social sciences are encouraged, but they must remain firmly rooted in the humanities and must employ humanistic methods. Partnerships among different types of institutions are welcome. For example, research universities might partner with teaching colleges, libraries, museums, or independent research institutions. Proposed projects must lead to tangible and sustainable outcomes such as co-authored or multi-authored books; born-digital publications; themed issues of peer-reviewed journals; a series of peer-reviewed articles in academic journals or articles in general audience publications or both; and open-access digital resources. All project outcomes must be based on and must convey interpretive humanities research.
NEH Public Scholars Program - December 16, 2020 deadline
The Public Scholars program supports the creation of well-researched nonfiction books in the humanities written for the broad public. It does so by offering grants to individual authors for research, writing, travel, and other activities leading to publication. Writers with or without an academic affiliation may apply, and no advanced degree is required. The program is intended to: a) encourage non-academic writers to deepen their engagement with the humanities by strengthening the research underlying their books; and b) encourage academic writers in the humanities to communicate the significance of their research to the broadest possible range of readers. NEH especially encourages applications to this program from independent writers, researchers, scholars, and journalists.
Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation – Political Science, Public Affairs
Priority Funding Initiatives
Constitutional Order: The Bradley Foundation seeks to uphold the Constitution, and its principles of limited government, federalism, the separation of powers, and individual liberties.
Free Markets: The Bradley Foundation is committed to free markets that allow for private enterprise, entrepreneurship, and free voluntary exchange.
Civil Society: America thrives on the exceptional strength and vitality of its families, schools, churches, neighborhoods, voluntary associations, and arts and cultural institutions, which cultivate personal character, strengthen community bonds, and encourage genuine citizenship. The Bradley Foundation supports these fundamental institutions of civil society in cultivating individuals capable of self-governance.
Informed Citizens: Our liberties are secure and will endure only insofar as Americans value and uphold the principles and institutions of American exceptionalism. The Bradley Foundation supports educational efforts that help cultivate informed and capable citizens.
Nathan Cummings Foundation - Public Affairs, Women and Gender Studies, Political Science, Communication, Criminal Justice, Environmental Studies
The Nathan Cummings Foundation is a multigenerational family foundation, rooted in the Jewish tradition of social justice, working to create a more just, vibrant, sustainable, and democratic society. We partner with social movements, organizations and individuals who have creative and catalytic solutions to climate change and inequality. We focus on finding solutions to the two most challenging problems of our time – the climate crisis and growing inequality – and aim to transform the systems and mindsets that hinder progress toward a more sustainable and equitable future for all people, particularly women and people of color. The Foundation’s four focus areas (Racial + Economic Justice, Inclusive Clean Economy, Corporate and Political Accountability and Voice, Creativity and Culture) together form an integrated framework to advance a healthy planet and healthy democracy. Rolling LOI deadline.
Ford Foundation – Public Affairs, Women and Gender Studies, Political Science, Communication, Criminal Justice, Environmental Studies, Psychology
Submit project idea through short online form, notification within 45 days if we are interested in learning more. Seven program areas focused on challenging inequality (Civic Engagement and Government, Creativity and Free Expression, Future of Work(ers), Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice, Just Cities and Regions, Natural Resources and Climate Change, and Technology and Society). Rolling LOI deadline
Thomas V Giddens Jr. Foundation – Social Work Anthropology and Sociology, Psychology
The broad purpose of the Foundation is to support activities and programs that benefit neglected and abused children and youth, with a particular, but not exclusive, interest in serving youth in the Seattle metropolitan area.
Hearst Foundations - Public Affairs, Political Science, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership, Kinesiology, Social Work, Psychology
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 seek 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 and measurable impact. 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 healthcare needs, the Foundations also fund programs designed to enhance skills and increase the number of practitioners and educators across roles in healthcare. The Foundations also support medical research and the development of young investigators to help create a broad and enduring impact on the nation’s health.
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.
Charles Koch Foundation – Criminal Justice, Public Affairs, Communication, Political Science
The Charles Koch Foundation supports research that spurs social progress, contributing to a society of mutual benefit and supports proposals from individuals seeking innovative solutions. The Foundation generally does not provide support for overhead in grants made to universities, colleges, or other similar institutions. Focus areas include: Criminal Justice Reform, Toleration & Free Speech, Foreign Policy, Economic Freedom, Technology & Innovation, K–12 Education. Rolling LOI deadline.
The Henry Luce Foundation – rolling LOI deadline
The Higher Education program today makes only a small number of grants each year. These grants primarily support projects involving faculty in the humanities and qualitative social sciences. The Luce Foundation’s Theology program aims to advance understanding of religion and theology. Through grants to seminaries, divinity schools, and research universities, the program supports the work of scholars, cultivates the next generation of leaders, and promotes public engagement. The program supports projects whose engagements extend into a variety of settings—from religious communities and academic fields to activist networks and media venues. Emphasis is placed on projects that cross religious, disciplinary, and geographic borders, and on scholarship that is theoretically sophisticated, historically informed, critically reflexive, and practically invested. Particular attention is given to work that rethinks what theology is and reimagines its contemporary significance; to research that creatively examines received assumptions about religion, secularity, and public culture; and to projects located at the intersections of theological inquiry and the multidisciplinary study of religion.
Public Welfare Foundation – Public Affairs, Criminal Justice, Anthropology and Sociology, Social Work
Public Welfare Foundation awards grants to nonprofits that honor the Foundation’s core values of racial equity, economic well-being, and fundamental fairness for all. The Foundation looks for strategic points where its funds can make a significant difference and improve lives through policy and system reform that results in transformative change. General Support Grants are for day-to-day operating costs or to further the work of your organization. These grants are not earmarked for a particular program or project. Program or Project Support Grants support a specific program or activity of the organization. These are restricted grants and must be used for that program or project. Special Opportunities Grants Program supports projects reflecting the Foundation’s mission and underlying values. These are one-time only grants that are especially timely and compelling. At times, this kind of grant serves as a laboratory for new ideas.
Current funding priorities include: Criminal Justice (Sentencing Reform, Community Reinvestment), Youth Justice (Closing Youth Prisons, Racial Disparities, Raising the Age), Legacy Initiatives (Civil Legal Aid, Workers’ Rights) and Special Opportunities (Race, Redemption, and Restoration). Rolling LOI deadline.
Smith Richardson Foundation – Public Affairs, Political Science
The mission of the Smith Richardson Foundation is to contribute to important public debates and to address serious public policy challenges facing the United States. The Foundation seeks to help ensure the vitality of our social, economic, and governmental institutions. It also seeks to assist with the development of effective policies to compete internationally and to advance U.S. interests and values abroad. Rolling deadline for LOI.