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)
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Research Grants – May 1, 2021 deadline
Jack Shand Research Grants support research in the social scientific study of religion. While individual grants do not ordinarily exceed $5000, it is possible to make a special request for more, to be considered at the committee's discretion. Applicants must have finished the Ph.D. degree and must be members of SSSR. In the case of co–authored requests, one author must be a member. Intellectual merit is the criterion by which proposals will be evaluated.
Wenner-Gren Post-PhD Research Grants – May 1, 2021 deadline (Awarded directly to individual; not routed through OSP)
Post-Ph.D. Research Grants support research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields. The maximum amount of the Post-Ph.D. Research Grant is US $20,000
Russell Sage Foundation – May 4, 2021 deadline
The Russell Sage Foundation is dedicated to programs of social science research. 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. For the May deadline, RSF will accept letters of inquiry (LOIs) under these core programs and special initiatives: Behavioral Economics; Decision Making & Human Behavior in Context; Future of Work; Social, Political and Economic Inequality.
In addition, RSF will also accept LOIs relevant to any of its core programs that address at least one of the following issues:
William T. Grant Foundation - May 5, 2021 deadline
The Foundation’s mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. WTG Foundation seeks studies that aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people. They prioritize studies about reducing inequality on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins. Major research grants on reducing inequality typically range between $100,000 and $600,000 and cover two to three years of support. Officers’ research grants on reducing inequality are a separate funding mechanism for smaller projects with budgets ranging from $5,000 to $50,000, and are not included in the May deadline (accepted in January and August deadlines).
NEA Grants for Arts Projects – June 16, 2021 deadline
Grants for Arts Projects is the National Endowment for the Arts’ principal grants program for organizations based in the United States. Through project-based funding, the program supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the nation, the creation of excellent art, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Applicants may request cost share/matching grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.
NSF's Developmental Sciences Program – July 15 deadline
NSF The Developmental Sciences Program supports basic research that increases our understanding of cognitive, linguistic, social, cultural, and biological processes related to human development across the lifespan. Research supported by this program will add to our knowledge of the underlying developmental processes that support social, cognitive, and behavioral functioning, thereby illuminating ways for individuals to live productive lives as members of society. Developmental Science supports research that addresses developmental processes within the domains of cognitive, social, emotional, and motor development across the lifespan by working with any appropriate populations for the topics of interest including infants, children, adolescents, adults, and non-human animals. The program also supports research investigating factors that affect developmental change including family, peers, school, community, culture, media, physical, genetic, and epigenetic influences. Additional priorities include research that: incorporates multidisciplinary, multi-method, microgenetic, and longitudinal approaches; develops new methods, models, and theories for studying development; includes participants from a range of ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and cultures; and integrates different processes (e.g., memory, emotion, perception, cognition), levels of analysis (e.g., behavioral, social, neural), and time scales.
National Science Foundation - Accountable Institutions and Behavior (AIB) Program - August 16, 2021 deadline
Supports basic scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of issues broadly related to attitudes, behavior, and institutions connected to public policy and the provision of public services. Research proposals are expected to be theoretically motivated, conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented. Substantive areas include (but are not limited to) the study of individual and group decision-making, political institutions (appointed or elected), attitude and preference formation and expression, electoral processes and voting, public administration, and public policy. This work can focus on a single case or can be done in a comparative context, either over time or cross-sectionally. The Program also supports research experiences for undergraduate students and infrastructural activities, including methodological innovations.
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.