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

Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) Program

The Assuring Autonomy International Programme at the University of York has announced a funding call for up to ten projects researching real-world safety of Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS).
Audience: Engineering

2020 Research Starter Grant in Informatics

The PhRMA Foundation is offering financial support in the form of Research Starter Grants to individuals beginning independent research careers at the faculty level.
Audience: Natural Sciences

BWF Career Awards at the Scientific Interface

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund seek to foster the early career development of researchers in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences or engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological sciences.
Audience: Natural Sciences

Water Research Foundation RFP

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) has issued an RFP for Analysis of Corrosion Control Treatment for Lead and Copper Control. This project is part of WRF’s Research Priority Program.
Audience: Engineering

2020 American Scholar Awards

The 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provide approximately 50 teaching and/or research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.
Audience: Various Research Areas

Sony Research Award Program

The Sony Research Award Program is an academic awards program created to provide U.S. and Canadian universities funding for emerging and innovative technology research projects in collaboration with Sony's own research division.
Audience: Engineering, Life Sciences

Heising-Simons Foundation: 2020 Fellowship in Planetary Astronomy

The Heising-Simons Foundation invites applications for the 51 Pegasi b Fellowship program's 2020 cycle which is now open. The fellowship program recognizes early-career investigators of significant potential and provides them with the opportunity to conduct novel research in theory, computation, observation, instrumentation, and lab experiments...
Audience: Early Career, Natural Sciences

Simons Foundation: 2020 Targeted Grants to Institutes

The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for the 2020 Targeted Grants to Institutes program. The program is intended to support established institutes or centers in mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical computer science through funding to help strengthen contacts within the...
Audience: Natural Sciences

Simons Foundation: Simons Fellows in Mathematics & Theoretical Physics

The Simons Foundation’s Simon’s 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. Applications are invited for the Simons Fellows in Mathematics program and the Simons Fellows in Theoretical Physics program, which...
Audience: Natural Sciences

Origin of the Eukaryotic Cell: Grant Competition

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Simons Foundation will launch a new program to support novel research on the origin of the eukaryotic cell.
Audience: Natural Sciences

2020 Michelson Prizes

The Michelson Prizes are scientific awards given annually to young investigators who are applying disruptive concepts and inventive processes to advance human immunology, vaccine discovery, and immunotherapy research across major global diseases.
Audience: Engineering, Natural Sciences

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