Research Support Services Assistance
Contact Mark Brucki of Advancement for questions about corporate opportunities.
Contact the Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement for questions about foundation opportunities.
- FoundationSearch - Lawrence Tech's Advancement Office subscribes to FoundationSearch, a web-based service to explore funding opportunities with foundations. Please contact the Office of University Advancement to schedule an appointment to search for foundation funding opportunities.
- Foundation Center - freely available database of foundation funding opportunities. One of the largest databases of philanthropy in the United States that contains information from more than 550 institutions eager to donate their money to creative, technical, medical, scientific, and many other causes.
- Community Foundations in Michigan
- The Tinker Foundation Research Grants: The Tinker Foundation’s Field Research Grants Program is designed to provide budding scholars with a first-hand experience of their region of study, regardless of academic discipline.
- The Spencer Foundation: The Spencer Foundation provides research grants to outstanding proposals for intellectually rigorous education research.
Council on Foundations: Corporations, nonprofits, and other institutions gather here to talk best practices in philanthropy and where to find what for different projects.
- Grants.gov - Consolidated listing of government grant opportunities covering most of the agencies listed below. Though backed by the Department of Health & Human Services, Grants.gov provides a valuable resource for searching for fellowships, grants, and other funding opportunities across multiple disciplines.
- NIH.gov - The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts is the official publication for NIH medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunities. Click on the New Announcements This Week link below for active RFAs (Requests for Applications), PAs (Program Announcements), FOAs (Funding Opportunity Announcements), RFPs (Request for Proposals), and NOTs (Notices) which are updated daily.
- Department of Energy: Qualified individuals and institutions get money for bringing their energy-related ideas to life, though sustainability seems the most popular trend these days.
- Department of Defense
- Department of Education
- Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Department of Health & Human Services
- NSF (National Science Foundation): funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. It does this through grants, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations throughout the United States. The Foundation accounts for about one-fourth of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.
NSF receives approximately 40,000 proposals each year for research, education and training projects, of which approximately 11,000 are funded. In addition, the Foundation receives several thousand applications for graduate and postdoctoral fellowships. The agency operates no laboratories itself but does support National Research Centers, user facilities, certain oceanographic vessels and Antarctic research stations. The Foundation also supports cooperative research between universities and industry, US participation in international scientific and engineering efforts, and educational activities at every academic level.
Please refer to the National Science Foundation Grant Proposal Guide (January 2013 update) and the National Science Foundation Grants Proposal Manual for more information.
Engineering at NSF presentation and a Grants presentation
NASA Research Opportunities
- Department of Commerce:
- National Endowment for the Arts: The NEA’s Office of Research & Analysis will make awards to support research that investigates the value and/or impact of the arts, either as individual components within the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life.
- The Grantsmanship Center: Search for available grants by state and see what givers prefer and which ones offer up the most.
- GrantSelect: Whether looking for money to advance educational, nonprofit, artistic, or other worthwhile cause, GrantSelect makes it easy to find that funding.
- Amazon Web Services: AWS in Education will evaluate academic research support proposals from active faculty at accredited universities and colleges throughout the year. Criteria include but are not limited to the uniqueness of the work, application of Amazon Web Services, and the ability to disseminate the work publicly via papers, events, or public relations. Grant amounts will vary depending on the research proposal and usage requirements documented in the proposal.
- The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy Research Grants: The NASBA will fund and award up to three grants totaling up to $25,000 for one-year research projects for researchers at higher institutions.
- The Fulbright Program: The Fulbright Program offers grants in nearly 140 countries to further areas of education, culture, and science.
- Friends of the Princeton University Library: The Friends of the Princeton University Library offer short-term Library Research Grants to promote scholarly use of the research collections.
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: Humbolt Fellows embody the spirit of science and leadership alike, and the organization sponsors thinkers in Germany and abroad alike.
National Academy of Engineering: All the awards from NAE celebrate engineering advances, education, and media promotion.
National Parks Foundation: Americans who want to preserve their country’s gorgeous parks and trails pitch projects to this governing body, concerned largely with ecology and accessibility issues.
U.S. Department of Energy: Qualified individuals and institutions get money for bringing their energy-related ideas to life, though sustainability seems the most popular trend these days.
American Physical Society: Future Feynmans in search of the sponsorship necessary to test their theories (and explore possible applications) might want to consider applying for the APS’ suite of awards.
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation: Grants are available throughout the year, covering science and engineering and their intersection with civics, education, and economics.
American Society for Engineering Education: The Department of Defense, NASA, The National Science Foundation, and other federal agencies sponsor high school and college students who show promise in the engineering sector.
CRDF Global: Dedicated to peace and prosperity, recipients of CRDF Global grants apply their know-how to bettering social causes.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council: Students and professionals working in the physical sciences as they relate to engineering might find a few options here.
Sigma XI: Awards grants for research in areas of science, engineering, astronomy and vision. By its own admission, Sigma XI pays out 75% of its grants to members, so consider joining up when exploring science funding options.
The Whitehall Foundation: Through its program of grants and grants-in-aid, assists scholarly research in the life sciences. It is the Foundation’s policy to assist those dynamic areas of basic biological research that are not heavily supported by federal agencies or other foundations with specialized missions.
Human Frontier Science Program: Research grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories.
*The U.S. Small Business Administration: Offers research grants to small businesses that are engaged in scientific research and development projects that meet federal R&D objectives and have a high potential for commercialization.
The Geological Society of America: The primary role of the GSA research grants program is to provide partial support of master’s and doctoral thesis research in the geological sciences for graduate students enrolled in universities in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America.
The Leakey Foundation: Offers research grants of up to $25,000 to doctoral and post-doctoral students as well as senior scientists, for research related specifically to human origins.
American College of Sports Medicine: Offers several possible grants to research students in the areas of general and applied science.
Association of American Geographers
The AAG provides small grants to support research and fieldwork. Grants can be used only for direct expenses of research; salary and overhead costs are not allowed.
*U.S. National Library of Medicine: From tech to small businesses, the USNLM’s funding programs cover a diverse range of fields that feed into medicine.
American Heart Association: Most of the AHA’s research involves cardiovascular disease and stroke, with funding in these areas available in the winter and the summer.
Society for Women’s Health Research: Female engineers and scientists benefit from these grants meant to support anything that improves women’s health and education on a global scale.
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation: Every dollar donated to the DRCRF directly feeds into fellowships and awards bringing humanity closer to cancer cures and improved prevention regimens.
Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Emerging scientists working in largely under recognized and under funded biomedical fields are the main recipients of this private foundation’s money.
The Foundation for Alcohol Research: As one can probably assume from the name, The Foundation for Alcohol Research contributes to projects studying how alcohol impacts human physical and mental health.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand: These grants go towards doctors, nurses, and medical researchers concerned with curing childhood cancer.
National Cancer Institute: Thanks to a little help from their friends in Congress, the National Cancer Institute have $4.9 billion to share with medical science.
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation: Michigan-based thinkers currently developing ways to improve upon serious local and state issues might want to consider checking out what this organization might offer their ideas.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation: Nonprofit organizations dedicated to growing education, charities, health, and other social justice causes should consider this foundation.
Volkswagen Stiftung: Volkswagen devotes its grants and other funding opportunities for a diverse portfolio of charities and charity-minded individuals.
American Federation for Aging Research: AFAR provides up to $100,000 for a one- to two-year award to junior faculty (MDs and PhDs) to conduct research that will serve as the basis for longer term research efforts in the areas of Biomedical and clinical research.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association: The MDA is pursuing the full spectrum of research approaches that are geared toward combating neuromuscular diseases. MDA also helps spread this scientific knowledge and train the next generation of scientific leaders by funding national and international research conferences and career development grants.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: The CF Foundation offers competitive awards for research related to cystic fibrosis. Studies may be carried out at the subcellular, cellular, animal, or patient levels. Two of these funding mechanisms include Pilot and Feasibility Awards and Research Grants.
The National Ataxia Foundation: The NAF is committed to funding the best science relevant to hereditary and sporadic types of ataxia in both basic and translational research. NAF invites research applications from U.S.A. and International non-profit and for-profit institutions.
The March of Dimes: In keeping with its mission, the March of Dimes research portfolio funds many different areas of research on topics related to preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
The American Tinnitus Association: The American Tinnitus Association Research Grant Program financially supports scientific studies investigating tinnitus. Studies must be directly concerned with tinnitus and contribute to ATA’s goal of finding a cure.
American Brain Tumor Association: Provides multiple grants for scientists doing research in or around the field of brain tumor research.
American Cancer Society: Offers grants that support the clinical and/or research training of health professionals. These Health Professional Training Grants promote excellence in cancer prevention and control by providing incentive and support for highly qualified individuals in outstanding training programs or responsible for training.
Thrasher Research Fund: Provides grants for pediatric medical research. The Fund seeks to foster an environment of creativity and discovery aimed at finding solutions to children’s health problems. The Fund awards grants for research that offers substantial promise for meaningful advances in prevention and treatment of children’s diseases, particularly research that offers broad-based applications.
Foundation for Physical Therapy: Supports research projects in any patient care specialty.
International OCD Foundation: The IOCDF awards grants to investigators whose research focuses on the nature, causes and treatment of OCD and related disorders.
Susan G. Komen: Susan G. Komen sustains a strong commitment to supporting research that will identify and deliver cures for breast cancer.
American Association for Cancer Research: The AACR promotes and supports the highest quality cancer research. The AACR has been designated as an organization with an approved NCI* peer review and funding system.
American Thyroid Foundation: The ATA is committed to supporting research into better ways to diagnose and treat thyroid disease.
The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research: The FAER provides research grant funding for anesthesiologists and anesthesiology trainees to gain additional training in basic science, clinical and translational, health services and education research.
The Alzheimer’s Association: Funds a wide variety of investigations by scientists at every stage of their careers. Each grant is designed to meet the needs of the field and to introduce fresh ideas in Alzheimer’s research.
The Arthritis National Research Foundation: The Arthritis National Research Foundation seeks to move arthritis research forward to find new treatments and to cure arthritis.
Hereditary Disease Foundation: The focus of the Hereditary Disease Foundation is on Huntington’s disease. Support will be for research projects that will contribute to identifying and understanding the basic defect in Huntington’s disease. Areas of interest include trinucleotide expansions, animal models, gene therapy, neurobiology and development of the basal ganglia, cell survival and death, and intercellular signaling in striatal neurons.
The Children's Leukemia Research Association: The objective of the CLRA is to direct the funds of the Association into the most promising leukemia research projects, and where funding would not duplicate other funding sources.
The American Parkinson Disease Association: The APDA offers grants of up to $50,000 for Parkinson disease research to scientists affiliated with U.S. research institutions.
The Mary Kay Foundation: Offers grants to select doctors and medical scientists for research focusing on curing cancers that affect women.
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: The CCFA is a leading funder of basic and clinical research in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. CCFA supports research that increases understanding of the etiology, pathogenesis, therapy, and prevention of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons: ASES provides grants of up to $20,000 for promising shoulder and elbow research projects.
The Avon Foundation for Women: Grants from the Avon Foundation go to develop new strategies to prevent breast cancer and to researching the science behind breast cancer to increase understanding.
The International Research Grants Program: The IRGP seeks to promote research that will have a major impact in developing knowledge of Parkinson’s disease. Effort is made to promote projects that have little hope of securing traditional funding.
American Gastroenterological Association: The AGA offers multiple grants for research advancing the science and practice of Gastroenterology.
Wilson Ornithological Society Research Grants: Offers up to four grants of $1500 dollars for work in any area of ornithology.
The Obesity Society: The Obesity Society offers grants of up to $25,000 dollars to members doing research in areas related to obesity.
The Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation: The SSF Research Grants Program places a high priority on both clinical and basic scientific research into the cause, prevention, detection, treatment, and cure of Sjögren’s.The Melanoma Research Foundation: The MRF’s Research Grant Program emphasizes both basic and clinical research projects that explore innovative approaches to understanding melanoma and its treatment.
National Endowment for Democracy: NGOs dedicated to furthering the cause of peace and democracy are the only ones eligible for grants from this organization.
William T. Grant Foundation: Research and scholarship funding here goes towards advancing the cause of creating safe, healthy, and character-building environments for young people.
Russell Sage Foundation: Focuses on best practices research feeding into equality and social justice initiatives.
The Pew Charitable Trusts: Public policy is the name of the game here, where funding targets innovators looking to promote environmental, economic, and health programming reaching across demographics.
The John Randolph Haynes Foundation: Centered largely on Los Angeles, the John Randolph Haynes Foundation seeks to improve the city through a wide variety of altruistic projects.
Economic and Social Research Council: This UK-based organization provides grants to researchers concerned with studying the social sciences in a manner suiting humanity’s progress.
The American Political Science Association: Fellowships, grants, internships, visiting scholars programs, and other chances to pay for political research.
Social Science Research Council: In the interest of furthering an awareness of integral political issues, the SSRC donates to a wide range of initiatives worldwide.
Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy: Fifteen grants go out each year, covering all the social sciences and judged based on how well they fit into policymaking.
The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation: The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world.
National Endowment for the Humanities: Research grants from NEH support interpretive humanities research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars. Research must use the knowledge and perspectives of the humanities and historical or philosophical methods to enhance understanding of science, technology, medicine, and the social sciences.
American Historical Association: The American Historical Association awards several research grants to AHA members with the aim of advancing the study and exploration of history in a diverse number of subject areas. All grants are offered annually and are intended to further research in progress. Preference is given to advanced doctoral students, nontenured faculty, and unaffiliated scholars. Grants may be used for travel to a library or archive; microfilming, photography, or photocopying; borrowing or access fees; and similar research expenses.
The Dirksen Congressional Center: Offers individual grants of up to $3500 for individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress. The Center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research.
The Law School Admission Council: The LSAC Research Grant Program funds research on a wide variety of topics related to the mission of LSAC. Specifically included in the program’s scope are projects investigating precursors to legal training, selection into law schools, legal education, and the legal profession.
The Dirksen Congressional Center Research Grants: The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants of up to $35,000 to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress.
The Independent Social Research Foundation: The ISRF supports independent-minded researchers doing original and interdisciplinary studies, for solutions to social problems that are unlikely to be funded by existing funding bodies.
- ResearchGate - Free social networking site that connects members with potential collaborators around the world. Members create profiles, participate in discussion forums, share research papers, and connect with publication opportunities.
- ConferenceAlerts - Keeps you informed of upcoming academic and professional conferences in your discipline.
- Examples of successful RO1s in the 12-page format, annotated with what is positive. A MUST STUDY.
- AAAS is a very useful site. Read: How Not to Kill a Grant Application.
- Tip guide from NIH. Includes tips for new investigators and SBIR/STTR. All you wanted to know about NIH and were afraid to ask.
- 12 steps of writing a successful NSF application. By George A. Hazelrigg, National Science Foundation program director for 18 years.
- 5 common mistakes in NIH grant applications.