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)
The Wabash Center – February 18,2021 deadline
The Wabash Center provides funds for projects that enhance teaching and learning in the fields of religious and theological studies as taught in colleges, universities, and theological schools. We fund projects that focus on at least one of these areas:
National Endowment for the Arts – Research Grant Program – March deadline
FY21 information not available; see last year’s information here.
Research Grants in the Arts funds research that investigates the value and/or impact of the arts, either as individual components of the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life. Matching/cost share grants of $10,000 to $100,000 will be awarded.
National Endowment for the Arts - Research Lab Program – March deadline
FY21 information not available; see last year’s information here.
NEA Research Labs funds transdisciplinary research teams grounded in the social and behavioral sciences, yielding empirical insights about the arts for the benefit of arts and non-arts sectors alike. Matching/cost share cooperative agreements of up to $150,000 will be awarded.
NEA Creative Writing Fellowships – March deadline
The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Applications are reviewed through an anonymous process in which the criteria for review are the artistic excellence and artistic merit of the submitted manuscript. The program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. For FY2022 (March 2021 deadline) fellowships in prose are available and guidelines will be available in January 2021.
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.
Though your professional organizations and colleagues, have you learned of a funding opportunity that isn’t listed? If you have a potential funding/sponsorship opportunity to share with our community, please complete the information below. Sarah Bricknell will review the funder and contact you with any questions. Thank you for sharing and helping to build our database of funding opportunities.