Requests for Proposals

A variety of funding resources are available to members of the University research community. Here are highlights of select opportunities that are of wide appeal or applicability to University researchers. For a list of governmental funding opportunities, please visit the Office of Research and Project Administration.

If you are interested in any available non-governmental opportunity, please read Guidelines for Limited Submission RFPs or Guidelines for Open Call RFPs.

An archive of non-governmental  funding opportunities by category that have expired since August 2018 is found below. You may also view an older archive of past funding opportunities from companies and foundations here.


Corporate & Foundation Funding Opportunities

Strategy & Policy Fellows Grant Competition

The Smith Richardson Foundation sponsors an annual Strategy and Policy Fellows grant competition to support young scholars and policy thinkers on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history.
Audience: Government

2020 Mallinckrodt Grant Program – up to $180k

THIS IS A LIMITED SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITY. The 2020 Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation Grant provides $60,000 per year over three years to support early stage investigators engaged in basic biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis, or treatment of disease.
Audience: Early Career, Natural Sciences, Various Research Areas

Facebook Online Safety Benchmark

Facebook is partnering with universities to support them in building open-source datasets on which the community can measure the progress of existing techniques to reduce misleading behavior online.
Audience: Engineering

Samsung 2019 Global Research Outreach

The GRO program is an annual call for proposals that invites the world's leading universities to propose innovative research ideas which will be evaluated for their novelty and alignment with Samsung's various research fields.
Audience: Engineering

Conservation X Labs Global Cooling Prize

The Global Cooling Prize (GCP) invites innovators from across the globe to develop affordable and climate-friendly cooling solutions that meet the needs of millions of people around the world.
Audience: Engineering

Impact Grant for An Innovative Project

The Woodard & Curran Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for projects focused on protecting and promoting clean water sources.
Audience: Engineering

Whitaker International Program's Concluding Initiative #2

Concluding Initiative #2 will fund applications to propose, organize, and carry out activities in accordance with the Whitaker Foundation’s original objective.
Audience: Engineering

2020 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award

The Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award provides support for the next generation of exceptionally creative thinkers with “high-risk/high-reward” ideas that have the potential to significantly impact our understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer.
Audience: Natural Sciences

The Greenwall Foundation Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas

Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas is a program that supports research to help resolve an important emerging or unanswered bioethics problem in clinical, biomedical, or public health decision-making, policy, or practice.
Audience: Natural Sciences

Instagram RFP for Well-being and Safety Research

Instagram has focused on technology and people to remove bad content and behavior from its services. The effectiveness of these efforts relies strongly on Instagram’s engagement with foundational research and partnerships with social scientists.
Audience: Engineering

2020 Searle Scholars Program – up to $300k

THIS IS A LIMITED SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITY. Princeton was recently invited to nominate candidates for the 2020 Searle Scholars Program. The program provides $300,000 over three years to early-career scientists who have recently been appointed (on or after July 1, 2018) as tenure-track assistant professors.
Audience: Request for Proposals, Early Career, Natural Sciences, Various Research Areas

2020 Millennium Technology Prize

The Millennium Technology Prize (the “Prize”) is Finland’s tribute to innovations for a better life. The Prize highlights the extensive impact of science and innovations on the well-being of society.
Audience: Engineering

2020 MacArthur Foundation 100&Change Grants - $100M

The MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change grant program for 2020 program is a competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time. Proposals must identify a problem and offer a solution that promises significant and durable change. 100&Change...
Audience: Request for Proposals, Various Research Areas

Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water

The Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) is an international award focusing on water-related scientific innovation and judged by leading scientists from around the world.
Audience: Open to the Public, Higher Ed, Various Research Areas

2019 Comcast Cable Innovation Fund

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.
Audience: Engineering

Simons Targeted Grants in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences

The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for its Targeted Grants in MPS program. The deadline is rolling and an applicant can submit at any time.
Audience: Natural Sciences

Cisco RFP for Secure and Private Internet of Things

This Cisco RFP with a rolling deadline (an applicant can submit at any time) requests researchers to propose innovative approaches to address various issues in technology.
Audience: Engineering

Comcast Innovation Fund Research Grants and Open Source Development Grants

The Comcast Innovation Fund offers $150K Max Anticipated. The external deadline is rolling.
Audience: Various Research Areas

Smith Richardson Foundation’s Programs in International Security & Domestic Public Policy

The Smith Richardson Foundation offers funding for research in the area of public policy. The application deadline is rolling.
Audience: Humanities, Social Sciences

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) Explorer Awards

The Explorer Awards offers up to $80,000, including indirect costs for one year, non-renewable. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.
Audience: Life Sciences

Audacious Project

The Audacious Project attempts to address a major frustration faced by the world’s change-makers. Without access to venture capital or stock markets, social entrepreneurs have to pitch donors one-by-one, often a deeply inefficient process for all involved.

Audience: Request for Proposals, Various Research Areas