Open Call RFPs

Guidelines for Open Call RFPs

When a sponsoring program announcement does not limit the number of submissions per institution, interested, qualified individuals are free, pending departmental policy and while working with their ORPA representative within the standard University process, to apply. When the office of Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations learns of an open Request for Proposals (RFP) opportunity, the opportunity is posted to the CEFR website and an email is sent to the relevant department chairs, deans, institute directors, departmental managers, departmental grant managers, faculty and ORPA announcing the opportunity. The submission requirements for open calls are determined by each sponsoring institution and vary by opportunity.

Those qualified and interested in applying then work with their department and grant managers, ORPA and CEFR to make sure that the external submission documents are complete and delivered on time.

If you would like assistance working with your proposal, please contact Rajiv Hota.

A list of current open requests for proposals (RFPs) appears below. RFPs are sorted according to their submission deadlines. The title of each entry links to the website with more information about the opportunity.

2017 Simons Foundation Targeted Grants in Mathematics and Physical Sciences — External Deadline: Rolling

The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for its new Targeted Grants in MPS program. The program is intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis. A typical Targeted Grant in MPS provides funding for up to five years. The funding provided is flexible and based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended funding limit. Expenses for experiments, equipment, or computations, as well as for personnel and travel, are allowable. The deadline is rolling and an applicant can submit at any time.

2017 Cisco RFP for Secure and Private Internet of Things — External Deadline: Rolling

This new Cisco RFP with a rolling deadline (an applicant can submit at any time) requests researchers to propose innovative approaches to address issues like those listed below (but not necessarily limited to these):

  • End-to-end architectures that are massively scalable, secure and privacy-preserving from the ground up
  • Development of new IoT hardware platforms, operating systems, services, application development framework and networking technologies
  • Edge computing for processing data at the edge of the network
  • End-to-End homogeneous architectures leveraging new paradigms
  • Development of security application taking into consideration its behavior when errors and exception are encountered
  • Techniques that convert the massive amount of data collected from IoT devices into usable knowledge
  • Define new cryptographic computational models and security mechanisms for IoT devices to be secure for decades or more
  • Design of ultra-low power micro controllers with integrated security, providing encryption and anonymity, and better able to evolve and adapt to changing security needs
  • Well-governed supply chain, traceable hardware and software, defensible products, trustworthiness, resilience, transparency, and agile response to incidents
  • Technical or economic analysis of any of the above proposed approaches by others.

Comcast Innovation Fund Research Grants and Open Source Development Grants - $150K Max Anticipated — External Deadline: Rolling

The Comcast Innovation Fund offers funding for researchers at leading academic institutions and elsewhere to support research that is of mutual interest to Comcast and the research community. It also provides funding to support open source software development. Research Grants can be either general or targeted. Open Source Development Grants are intended to fund new or continued development of open source software in areas of interest to Comcast or of benefit to the Internet and broadband industries. Topics of interest are listed at http://innovationfund.comcast.com/ and applicant instructions are posted at http://innovationfund.comcast.com/res/p/howtoapply/.

Smith Richardson Foundation’s Programs in International Security & Domestic Public Policy — External Deadline: Rolling

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.

  1. International Security & Foreign Policy Program: The objective of the International Security and Foreign Policy Program is to assist the U.S. policy community in developing effective national security strategies and foreign policies. The Foundation is committed to supporting projects that help the policy community face the fundamental challenge of ensuring the security of the United States, protecting and promoting American interests and values abroad, and enhancing international order.
  2. Domestic Public Policy: The Domestic Public Policy Program supports projects that will help the public and policy makers understand and address critical challenges facing the United States.  To that end, the Foundation supports research on and evaluation of existing public policies and programs, as well as projects that inject new ideas into public debates.

The Foundation has a two-stage application process. Initial inquiries should be submitted by mail in the form of the concept paper. Foundation staff will review the concept paper and, if the project is determined to be a good candidate for a grant, will ask an applicant to prepare a full-length proposal.

Concept papers should be addressed to:

Smith Richardson Foundation

60 Jesup Road

Westport, CT 06880

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Research Grants - $750K – External Deadline: July 26 5:00 p.m. ET

The Society welcomes investigator-initiated applications for support of studies with high relevance to multiple sclerosis and the Society's research priorities. The Society supports fundamental as well as applied studies, non-clinical or clinical in nature, including projects in patient management, care and rehabilitation. To be considered for funding, all projects must show relevance to the Society's mission.

To submit a proposal for research support, investigators must first register with the Society’s online portal (https://nmss.fluxx.io/) and complete a pre-application. Staff will review the pre-application to determine whether the research plan is appropriate and relevant to the Society’s goals. Download Instructions for Online Submission of Research Grant Applications (.pdf). Download Policies and Procedures on Applying for Research Grants (.pdf).

Average award is approximately $150,000 - $250,000/year for three years, inclusive of 10% indirect costs. Pre-applications are due by 5:00 p.m. ET on July 26 and full applications are due by 5:00 p.m. ET on August 2.

2018 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry - $120K — External Deadline: August 1, 2017

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation seeks to further the development of scientific leadership in the field of environmental chemistry with a postdoctoral fellowship program. Applications are accepted from principal investigators who have well-established research efforts in environmental science or engineering. These research activities need not be located in traditional departments in the chemical sciences, and collaboration across departments and institutions is encouraged. The postdoctoral fellow is usually not already identified nor in the principal investigator's lab at the time of application. Applications most likely to be of interest should describe innovative fundamental research in the chemical sciences or engineering related to the environment. Examples include but are not limited to the chemistry associated with: the climate, the atmosphere, aquatic or marine settings, toxicology, soil or groundwater. Also of interest are chemistry-related energy research (renewable sources, sequestration, etc.), and new or green approaches to chemical synthesis and processing, both with a clearly stated relation to the environment. The submission deadline is August 1, 2017.

American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)/AGA Research Foundation Grants (3) - $100K, $270K, and $270K — 2017 External Deadlines: August 4, September 8, and September 8

1. AGA-R. Robert & Sally Funderburg Research Award in Gastric Cancer ($100K/2 years):

The objective of this award is to support an established investigator in the field of gastric biology whose research will enhance the fundamental understanding of gastric cancer pathobiology to ultimately prevent or develop a cure for the disease. Applications that do not denote a gastric biology focus and are not responsive to this announcement will not be submitted for review. The proposed research must focus on gastric cancer research, including one of the following fields:

  • Gastric mucosal cell biology
  • Regeneration and regulation of cell growth (not as they relate to peptic ulcer disease or repair)
  • Inflammation (including Helicobacter pylori) as precancerous lesions
  • Genetics of gastric carcinoma
  • Oncogenes in gastric epithelial malignancies
  • Epidemiology of gastric cancer
  • Etiology of gastric epithelial malignancies
  • Clinical research in the diagnosis or treatment of gastric carcinoma.

2. Research Scholar Award (RSA) ($270K/3 years):

The objective of the RSA is to support young gastroenterologists working toward independent and productive research careers in digestive diseases by ensuring that a major proportion of their time is protected for research (i.e. a minimum of 75 percent effort dedicated to the proposed project). The award will support young faculty (not fellows) who have demonstrated exceptional promise and have some record of accomplishment in research.

3. AGA-Takeda Pharmaceuticals Research Scholar Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease ($270K/3 years):

The objective of the AGA-Takeda Pharmaceuticals Research Scholar Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is to support young gastroenterologists working toward independent and productive research careers in IBD by ensuring that a major proportion of their time is protected for research (i.e. a minimum of 75 percent effort dedicated to the proposed project). The award will support young faculty (not fellows) who have demonstrated exceptional promise and have some record of accomplishment in research.   

Applications must be submitted through the AGA Grants Management System, accessible at http://www.gastro.org/research-funding. Select the “Apply Now” button to create an account and/or submit an application by the following deadlines:

  1. AGA-R. Robert & Sally Funderburg Research Award in Gastric Cancer: August 4, 2017
  2. RSA: September 8, 2017
  3. AGA-Takeda Pharmaceuticals Research Scholar Award in IBD: September 8, 2017.

2018 Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program - $600K — External Deadline: August 14, 2017

The 2018 Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science. Projects are normally funded for a period of four years. Grants are in the range of $600,000 over the term of the project, contingent upon demonstrated progress after the second year of the award. Applicants must have tenure-track appointments but should not have completed more than three full years in the appointment. The deadline for submission of a LOI is August 14, 2017.

Russell Sage Foundation/Carnegie Corporation Initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration - $150K — External Deadline: August 21, 2017 2:00 p.m. ET

The Russell Sage Foundation (RSF)/Carnegie Corporation Initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration seeks to support innovative research on the effects of race, citizenship, legal status and politics, political culture and public policy on outcomes for immigrants and for the native-born of different racial and ethnic groups and generations. This initiative falls under RSF’s Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration Program and represents a special area of interest within the core program, which continues to encourage proposals on a broader set of issues. Applications must be limited to no more than a two-year period, with a maximum of $150,000 per project (including overhead). Refer to RSF’s website for upcoming deadlines, application guidelines, budget guidelines and FAQs. Letters of inquiry for this initiative must be received no later than August 21, 2017. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by November 15, 2017. All applications must be submitted through RFS’s online submission system. Questions should be addressed to Aixa Cintrón-Vélez, Program Director, at programs@rsage.org. Instructions on how to apply are available here. All investigators must use the RSF budget template when submitting an invited proposal. Letters of inquiry must be received no later than August 21, 2017 2:00 p.m. ET.

Russell Sage Foundation's Initiative on Computational Social Science - $150K — External Deadline: August 21, 2017 2:00 p.m. ET

The Russell Sage Foundation’s initiative on Computational Social Science (CSS) supports innovative social science research that brings new data and methods to bear on questions of interest in its core programs in Behavioral Economics; Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity and Immigration; and Social Inequality. Limited consideration will be given to questions that pertain to core methodologies, such as causal inference and innovations in data collection. Some inquiries may also be considered by RSF for joint funding, especially projects with larger scale potential that relate to behavioral economics, the economics of science and technology, regulation and industrial organization, as well as privacy, empirical methodologies, economic measurement, or administrative data curation generally. Applications must be limited to no more than a two-year period, with a maximum of $150,000 per project (including overhead). Refer to RSF’s website for application guidelines, budget guidelines and FAQs. A letter of inquiry (four pages max. excluding references, single-spaced, with standard 11 or 12-point font, and 1 inch margins) must precede a proposal to determine whether the project meets RSF’s priorities under this special initiative and available funds. All applications must be submitted through RFS’s online submission system. Questions should be addressed to James Wilson, Program Director, at programs@rsage.org. Instructions on how to apply are available here. All investigators must use the RSF budget template when submitting an invited proposal. Letters of inquiry must be received no later than August 21, 2017 2:00 p.m. ET.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Collaborative MS Research Centers - $750K – External Deadline: August 30 5:00 p.m. ET

The Society offers special funding for Collaborative Research Centers to help stimulate collaboration and interaction in MS research among independent investigators, strengthen the ties between basic and clinical research, and stimulate recruitment of researchers from other fields into MS research. This will serve to leverage already available research support. To be considered for funding, all projects must show relevance to the Society's research mission of stopping MS progression, restoring function and improving quality of life, and preventing MS.

To submit a proposal for research support, investigators must first register with the Society’s online portal (https://nmss.fluxx.io/) and complete a pre-application. Staff will review the pre-application to determine whether the research plan is appropriate and relevant to the Society’s goals. Download Instructions for Online Submission of Collaborative MS Research Center Award applications (.pdf). Download Policies and Procedures on Applying for Collaborative MS Research Center Award and Research Grants (.pdf).

Maximum award of $150,000/year in direct costs for a five year term (for a total of $750,000). Pre-applications are due by 5:00 p.m. ET on August 30 and full applications are due by 5:00 p.m. ET on September 6.

2018 John Templeton Foundation Grants - Large Grants >$217.4K, Small Grants <= $217.4K — External Deadline: August 31, 2017

The John Templeton Foundation is now accepting online funding inquiries for projects aligned with its major funding area, “Science and the Big Questions.” The program aims to support “innovative efforts to address the deepest questions facing mankind: Why are we here? How can we flourish? What are the fundamental structures of reality? What can we know about the nature and purposes of the divine?”  Funding area themes include “Fundamental Structures and Laws of Nature,” “The Nature of the Divine,” “The Nature and Potential of the Mind,” “Religion and Spirituality in Human Experience,” and “Life, Love, and Virtue.” “Large” grants are defined as requests for more than $217,400 (USD). “Small” grants are defined as requests for $217,400 (USD) or less. The Foundation invites submissions of project ideas through an Online Funding Inquiry (OFI). Applicants will be notified if a Full Proposal will be invited. Online funding inquiries are due August 31, 2017. Invited proposals for “large” grants will be due on January 31, 2018. Funding decisions will be made by June 8, 2018. Proposals for “small” grants will be due and decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

Stand Up To Cancer "Dream Team" Translational Research Grant - $10M — External Deadline: September 5, 2017 12:00 p.m. ET

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), in partnership with the American Association for Cancer Research, is inviting LOIs for a new $10 million "Dream Team" of top scientific investigators searching for new strategies to prevent or treat cancer. Unlike other "Dream Team" grant opportunities offered by SU2C in recent years, the SU2C Dream Team Translational Cancer Research Grant program is open to any type of translational cancer research. The program will support a single translational cancer research project that addresses a critical problem in patient care and has the potential to deliver near-term patient benefit through investigation by a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional, expert team of investigators. The ideas may focus on particular organ sites, patient populations (such as pediatrics) or on innovative methods of treatment. Projects must be designed to accelerate the application of new preventive, diagnostic or therapeutic approaches to the clinic (i.e., lead to patient involvement within two to three years from the beginning of the grant). To maximize creativity, innovation, and collaboration, the Dream Team must include laboratory and clinical researchers, senior and/or young investigators, and senior scientists who have not worked together in the past. LOI must be submitted by September 5, 2017 12:00 p.m. ET using the proposalCENTRAL website at proposalcentral.altum.com. The Program Guidelines and Application Instructions (PDF) and Call for Ideas (PDF) document are available online.

Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life 2018 Postdoctoral Fellowships - $186K — External Deadline: September 7, 2017

Established by the Simons Foundation, the Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life (SCOL) supports creative, innovative research on topics such as the astrophysical and planetary context of the origins of life, the development of prebiotic chemistry, the assembly of the first cells, the advent of Darwinian evolution and the earliest signs of life on the young Earth. The collaboration is now inviting applications for postdoctoral fellowships to support independent research on topics related to the origins of life at one or more laboratories or research institutions in any country. With this program, SCOL seeks to support early-career researchers at an important inflection point in origins of life research resulting from an influx of new talent, new instrumentation, a growing global community of researchers and growth of the 'systems' approach that connects disciplines, technologies and institutions. Applications from all origins-related disciplines (see topics or Critical Questions Concerning the Origins of Life) are encouraged. The application process has two phases. In the first phase, applicants must complete a first-stage proposal electronically and submit using forms provided at proposalCENTRAL. Deadline for letters of recommendation is September 7, 2017, 5:00 PM ET and deadline for submission of first-stage proposals is September 12, 2017, 5:00 PM ET.

2018 Simons Fellows Programs in Mathematics ($110K) and Theoretical Physics ($125K) — External Deadline: September 28, 2017, 11:59:59 PM ET

The Simons Fellows programs in both Mathematics and Theoretical Physics provide funds to faculty for up to a semester long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations. Such leaves can increase creativity and provide intellectual stimulation. The goal of the Simons Fellows Program is to make it easier to take such leaves, or to extend sabbatical leaves by an extra half year. Grants awarded will be restricted to sabbatical-eligible faculty who wish to use the grant for the purpose of extending a single term sabbatical leave to a full academic year. The award includes: (1) salary replacement for up to 50 percent (up to a maximum of $100,000) of the Fellow’s current academic-year salary, whether normally paid over 9 or 12 months, and (2) up to $10,000 (in mathematics) or $25,000 (in theoretical physics) for expenses related to the leave. The award is administered through the Fellow’s home institution, which will receive an additional 20 percent overhead on allowable expenses. Applicants must apply through proposalCENTRAL. Refer to the Application Instructions online or download the PDF for further information on and requirements for submitting an application. New applicants and their institutions are strongly encouraged to start the registration process at least four weeks prior to the application due date. Application deadline is September 28, 2017, 11:59:59 PM ET.

2018 Spring Whitehall Foundation Research Grants/Grants-in-Aid - $225K — External Deadline: October 1, 2017

The Whitehall Foundation supports scholarly research in the life sciences through its research grants and grants-in-aid programs. It is the foundation's policy to support those dynamic areas of basic biological research that are not heavily supported by federal agencies or other foundations with specialized missions. The foundation emphasizes the support of young scientists at the beginning of their careers and productive senior scientists who wish to move into new fields of interest. Letters of inquiry for spring session are due by October 1, 2017.

AWM Mathematics Travel Grants for Women Mathematicians - $3.5K — 2017 External Deadline: October 1, 2017

The Mathematics Travel Grants from the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) provides full or partial support for travel and subsistence for a meeting or conference in the applicant’s field of specialization. All awards will be determined on a competitive basis by a selection panel consisting of distinguished mathematicians appointed by the AWM. A maximum of $2,300 for domestic travel and of $3,500 for foreign travel will be funded. These travel funds are provided by the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The conference or the applicant’s research must be in an area supported by DMS. The list of research areas supported by NSF/DMS is available at this link. All applicants must first complete the online pre-survey. External deadlines for 2017 are May 1 and October 1 (application sites open approximately 45 days in advance of the deadline).

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Pilot Research Grants - $44K – External Deadline: October 4, 2017

The Society funds high-risk pilot grants to quickly test novel ideas. Funding is provided for one year to test innovative, cutting-edge ideas or untested methods, and to gather sufficient preliminary data to apply for longer-term funding. Researchers who have completed their post-doctoral training, and who are considered eligible by their institutions to apply for a research grant, are invited to apply. The Society welcomes applications for studies related to multiple sclerosis that may serve to advance its mission of stopping MS progression, restoring function and improving quality of life, and preventing MS.  

Lyle Spencer Research Awards - $50K (min) to $1M (max) — External Deadline: October 12, 2017 5:00 p.m. ET

The Spencer Foundation is accepting Letters of Intent from investigators for its Lyle Spencer Research Awards program. Its aim is to support intellectually ambitious, large-scale education research projects with typical budgets between $100,000 and $1,000,000. This program encourages proposals initiated by scholars across a variety of disciplines and fields in an effort to create much-needed space for creative and ambitious research projects that promise to advance our understanding of educational practice and its improvement. The Foundation wants the scholars who seek its support to have convincing, well-reasoned answers to the question: How in the end does the work you are undertaking contribute to making the practice of education better? Instructions for submitting the LOI can be found under the LOI Guidelines. If you have never accessed the Spencer Foundation online system, you must register and create a profile by going to https://spencer.smartsimple.us and clicking the “Register Here” button. LOI is due by October 12, 2017 5:00 p.m. ET.