Requests for Proposals


Corporate & Foundation Funding Opportunities

2021 Searle Scholars Program — $300K — Internal Deadline: July 6, 2020

The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected universities and research centers to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry.
Audience: Request for Proposals, Life Sciences, Various Research Areas

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI): Imaging Scientists – Up to $1,250,9000 – Applications Due: July 30, 2020

CZI’s Imaging Scientists program aims to advance the field of imaging by increasing collaboration between biologists and technology experts and improving the imaging tools that scientists use. CZI invites applications for its new Imaging Scientists Request for Applications (RFA). These five-year grants will support up to 15 Imaging Scientists who...
Audience: Request for Proposals, Engineering, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Various Research Areas

Burroughs Wellcome Fund: 2021 Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease — $500K — Pre-proposals Due: July 31, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

Wolf Foundation: 2021 Wolf Prize in the Sciences and Arts — $100K — Nominations Due: August 3, 2020

The WOLF Prizes in the Sciences and Arts are awarded since 1978 to outstanding artists and scientists for their achievements for the benefit of mankind (sic) and brotherly (sic) relations among peoples, regardless of nationality, race, color, religion, sex or political views. Each nominee must have had a distinguished international career.
Audience: Humanities, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Various Research Areas

CZI Essential Open Source Software for Science: Cycle 3 — Up to $250K — Proposals Due August 4, 2020

In a new effort to support open source software for science, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is currently inviting applications for software projects that are essential to biomedical research, have already demonstrated impact, and can show potential for continued improvement.
Audience: Request for Proposals, Engineering, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Various Research Areas

Russell Sage Foundation (RSF): Research Grants (Core Programs & Special Initiatives) — Up to $175K — Due Date for LOIs: August 5, 2020

The severe consequences of the Covid19-pandemic, including its economic disruptions, and the recent mass protests to combat systemic racial inequality in policing and other institutions have reaffirmed the importance of social science research examining economic, political, racial, ethnic, generational, and social inequalities relevant to public...
Audience: Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Various Research Areas

Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD Bank Group; TD): 2020 Ready Challenge — Up to $745K — Submission Due: August 13, 2020 4:00p.m. ET

The TD Ready Challenge is an annual North American initiative, which supports organizations developing innovative solutions for a changing world. Recipients must be organizations that have impactful and measurable solutions focused on helping to open doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow.
Audience: Request for Proposals, Engineering, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Various Research Areas

John Templeton Foundation: 2020 Small & Large Grants — Up to >$234,800 — Applications Due: August 14, 2020


The John Templeton Foundation is inviting you to submit your project idea through an Online Funding Inquiry (OFI). The Foundation distinguishes between small and large financial requests.

Audience: Engineering, Humanities, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Various Research Areas

Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology: 2020 Global Research Outreach — Funding, Variable — Applications Due: August 24, 2020, 8:00 p.m. ET US

Samsung offers a specific collaboration platform to global universities, the Global Research Outreach (GRO) program. 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, Various Research Areas

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — Evidence for Action: Approaches to Advance Gender Equity From Around the Globe, CFP — Up to $250K — Full Proposals Due: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 03:00 PM ET

Despite tremendous progress toward gender equity in the United States, bias and discrimination, harmful social norms, and practices and policies at all levels have created deep-rooted barriers to good health for women, girls, and other groups marginalized based on gender or sexual identity, and hold back society as a whole.
Audience: Request for Proposals, Diversity, Social Sciences, Various Research Areas, Women

Merck KGaA: 2020 Research Grants – Up to €1,500,000 (€500K/year for 3 years) – Applications Due: August 31, 2020 (Rolling for Pandemic Preparedness)

In 2020, Merck KGaA is offering a series of research grants to stimulate innovative research in challenging areas of future importance in the areas of: Drug Discovery, Bioreactor Design for Cultured Meat, Next Generation Machine Learning and Pandemic Preparedness.
Audience: Engineering, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Various Research Areas

Pivotal Ventures/Lever for Change: 2021 Equality Can’t Wait Challenge — Up to $10M — Register by September 1, 2020

Pivotal Ventures, Melinda Gates’ investment and incubation company, with additional support from MacKenzie Bezos, and in collaboration with Lever for Change, is launching the Equality Can’t Wait Challenge (ECWC), which will award $30 million to help expand women’s power and influence in the United States by 2030. Grants will be awarded to the...
Audience: Diversity, Various Research Areas, Women

Google Cloud Platform: COVID-19 Research Credits Program — $ in Accordance with Research Requirement — Rolling Due Dates

Google’s Cloud Platform (GCP) team has partnered with the Harvard Global Health Institute to fund companies, government agencies, non-profit organizations and academic institutions working on COVID-19 research. Researchers in approved countries are eligible to apply for COVID-19 related research credits.
Audience: Request for Proposals, Engineering, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Various Research Areas

Simons Targeted Grants in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences – Up to $200K – Due Date: September 25, 2020

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

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

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health – Average Grant Funding: $315K – Rolling Submission Dates

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) new call, Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health, seeks proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. The Foundation is interested in ideas that address any of these four areas of focus: • Future of Evidence • Future of Social Interaction • Future of...
Audience: Engineering, Humanities, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Various Research Areas