Highlighted External Funding Opportunities

Research program officers in Western Michigan University’s Office of the Vice President for Research are always on the lookout for interesting grants. Here are some of their highlighted choices followed by a listing of opportunities arranged by area of interest and application deadline. 


Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future—NSF

Notice supporting applications for activities that significantly accelerate materials discovery and/or development by building the fundamental knowledge base needed to design and make materials and/or devices with specific and desired functions or properties. Funds support the formation of interdisciplinary teams of researchers working synergistically in a "closed loop" fashion, building a vibrant research community, leveraging data science, providing ready access to materials data, and educating the future workforce, specifically through​ modeling, analysis, and computational simulations, validated and verified through sample preparation, characterization, and/or device demonstration. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: Synthetic materials biology; Structural materials under extreme conditions; Recyclable plastics and alternative materials for sustainable development; and Robotic materials. No individual may appear as Senior Personnel on more than one proposal.

Deadline:  Applications are accepted between January 28, 2019 and February 4, 2019

Great Lakes Protection Fund

Our support is a little different than that of most funders. Our mission is big, our niche is relatively narrow, and the improvements we seek will have regional implications. We do not have specific funding programs, nor do we have formal deadlines. We are always open to discussing ideas and we can be nimble (e.g., funding vehicles, timeframes) when an opportunity presents itself. Think of us as an investor more than a charity. Many, but not all, of the investments we make are called grants, but they more closely resemble seed capital or angel investments. We will work with you to align your innovation with the funding instrument that will help your idea make a big difference. The Fund accepts sizable risks in the quest for outsized ecological reward.

We will dedicate considerable time up front with you, prior to and during proposal development, to help hone your strategy and expand your collaborative team. This time is also used to identify the tangible ecological outcomes that can result from your work and help you craft an approach that will set your work on a path to regional scale. We know our process is different. We have found that time spent with applicants to build a strong preproposal (and subsequent full proposal) improves the likelihood of a positive funding decision, and the likelihood of significant improvements for the Great Lakes.

Deadline: no formal due date

Research to Action: Assessing and Addressing Community Expenses to Environmental Contaminants—NIH 18-260

This Funding Opportunity Announcement encourages applications using community-engaged research methods to investigate the potential health risks of environmental exposures of concern to the community and to implement an environmental public health action plan based on research findings.  The overall goal is to support changes to prevent or reduce exposure to harmful environmental exposures and improve the health of a community.

Deadline Feb. 5, 2019 

Graham Foundation Grants

These grants assist organizations with the production-related expenses that are necessary to take a project from conceptualization to realization and public presentation. These projects include, but are not limited to, publications, exhibitions, installations, films, new media projects, conferences/lectures, and other public programs. Limited submission: 1 application per academic department/unit per year.  

Deadline: Feb. 25, 2019.

Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants—National Endowment for the Humanities

These grants support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available only in inadequate editions or transcriptions. Typically, the texts and documents are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials; but other types of work, such as musical notation, are also eligible. Projects must be undertaken by at least two scholars working collaboratively. These grants support sustained full-time or part-time activities during the periods of performance of one to three years. Projects should embody the best practices recommended by the Association for Documentary Editing (ADE) or the Modern Language Association (MLA) Committee on Scholarly Editions. Translation projects must also explain the theory and method adopted for the particular work to be translated. Editions and translations produced with NEH support contain scholarly and critical apparatus appropriate to their subject matter and format. This usually means introductions and annotations that provide essential information about a text’s form, transmission, and historical and intellectual context. Proposals for editions of foreign language materials in the original language are eligible for funding, as well as proposals for editions of materials translated into English.

Deadline: Dec. 5 


Ongoing opportunities by subject area 

date driven opportunities by Subject area

Opportunities noted that OVPR added to this listing in Nov. and Dec., 2018.



MAP Fund Grants—MAP Fund.  
Deadline: first 200 proposals accepted Nov. 1 to 30. Application due Feb. 15, 2019.

6th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet: Chemical Safety or Sustainable and Healthy Communities—EPA.  

Beckman Center Fellowships—The Science History Institute.  
Deadline: Jan. 2, 2019

Media Projects: Development Grants—National Endowment for the Humanities. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: January 9, 2019

Public Humanities Projects—National Endowment for the Humanities. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: Jan. 9, 2019

Research Grants on Reducing Inequality or Improving Use or Research Evidence—William T. Grant Foundation. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: Jan. 9, 2019

Preservation Technology and Training Grants—National Center for Preservation Technology and Training.  
Deadline: Jan. 10, 2019

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants—National Endowment for the Humanities.  
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2019

ACLS Digital Extension Grants—American Council of Learned Societies.  
Deadline: Jan. 16, 2019

Small Grants Program—Peter and Elizabeth Tower Foundation. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: Jan 16, 2019 or May 15, 2019 

Multi-Country Research Fellowships—Council of American Overseas Research.  
Deadline: Jan. 24, 2019

Institutes for Historical Editing—National Archives and Records Administration. OVPR added in Dec.
Deadline: ​Optional draft proposals are due January 31, 2019.  Proposals are due February 21, 2019

Public Scholar ProgramNational Endowment for the Humanities. 
Deadline:  Feb. 6, 2019 

Promoting Research on Music and Health: Fundamentals and Applications (R01)—NIH 18-090. (R21) 18-091. (R61/R33) 18-015. Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement.  
Estimated application deadline: Feb. 28, 2019

Phillips Fund for Native American ResearchThe American Philosophical Society. OVPR added in Dec.
Deadline:  March 1, 2019

Archives Collaboratives—National Archives and Records Administration. OVPR added in Dec.
Deadline: Optional draft proposals are due March 1, 2019.  Proposals are due April 4, 2019 

Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions—National Archives and Records Administration. OVPR added in Dec.
Optional drafts are due April 1 and August 1, 2019.  Proposals are due June 12 and October 3, 2019

Access to Historical Records: Major Initiatives—National Archives and Records Administration.
Deadline:  July 11, 2019


Education/Economic and Community Development  

Research and Scholar Funding—Russell Sage Foundation. Supports basic social science research to improve social policies: 1) Social Inequality; 2) Future of Work; 3) Race, Ethnicity & Immigration; and 4) Behavioral Economics. Annual deadlines for required LOIs Aug. 20 for areas 1, 2 and 4. Additional program application deadlines include Grants for Computational Social Science Nov. 30 and Small Grants Program in Behavioral Economics/Consumer Finance applications accepted anytime. 

Environmental Research GrantsPierce Cedar Creek Institute. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: pre-proposal due Nov. 21, full proposal due Feb. 7, 2019

Desalination and Water Purification Research Program for Fiscal Year 2019—Bureau of Reclamation.  
Deadline: Dec. 13

Thinking for a Change Facilitator Program—National Institute of Corrections.  
Deadline: Dec. 20

Solid Waste Management Grant Program—Utilities Programs.  
Deadline: Dec. 31

Water Conservation Field Services Program—Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation. 
Deadline: Dec. 31

BJA FY 18 Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Reducing Violent Crime by Improving Justice System Performance—Dept. of Justice. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: Jan. 7, 2019

Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Education Interventions, or for Special Education Interventions—Institute of Educational Science.  
Deadline: letter of intent due Jan. 10, application due March 7, 2019.

Education Grants—National League for Nursing.  
Deadline: Feb. 4, 2019

Field Initiated Projects Program—Administration for Community Living. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: estimated Feb. 5, 2019

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program—EPA. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline:  Feb. 15, 2019

Unsolicited Grant Opportunities—Dept. of Ed. Institute of Education Sciences. OVPR added in Dec.
Deadline:  prospectus due by March 5, 2019

ILA Elva Knight Research Grant—International Literacy Assoc.  
Deadline: March 15, 2019

Collaborative Approach for Youth Engagement in Sports—Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.  
Anticipated funding. Anticipated deadline:  March 29, 2019

Title V Competitive Sexual Risk Avoidance Education—Administration for Children & Families.  
Deadline: estimated April 23, 2019

Help America Vote Act (HAVA) Training and Technical AssistanceAdministration for Community Living. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: estimated May 10, 2019

Career Pathways Secondary Data Analysis Grants—Administration for Children and Families. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: estimated May 31, 2019



NIH = National Institute of Health

Simulation Modeling and Systems Science to Address Health Disparities (R01)—NIH 18-331. 
Letter of intent by Dec. 8 or May 7, 2019  

Translational Devices to Treat Pain (UG3/UH3)—NIH 19-009. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: estimated Dec. 15

High-Priority Behavioral and Social Research Networks (R24)—NIH 19-015. High-Priority Behavioral and Social Research Networks in Alzheimer's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease Related Dementias (R24)—NIH 19-016. Development of specific high-priority areas of behavioral and social research of relevance to aging.
Deadline: letter of intent due Jan. 1, 2019, applications due Feb. 1, 2019

Accelerating Innovation in Military Medicine Research Award—Department of the Army.  
Deadline: Jan. 2, 2019

Building in vivo Preclinical Assays of Circuit Engagement for Application in Therapeutic Development (R01)—NIH 19-235. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: letter of intent by Jan. 4, 2019

Promoting Research on Music and Health: Fundamentals and Applications (R21)—NIH 19-009, (R01) 19-008,  Phased Innovation Award for Music Interventions (R61/R33) 19-001. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: optional letter of intent by Jan. 15, 2019, applications due Feb. 28, 2019.

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Access, Care, and Engagement Technical Assistance Center—Health Resources and Services Administration.  
Deadline: Jan. 22, 2019

Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Program - Health and Function—Administration for Community Living. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: Jan. 28, 2019

Enabling Technologies to Accelerate Development of Oral Biodevices—NIH (R21)19-008, (R01) 19-009. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: Letter of intent due Dec. 28, full proposal due Jan. 28, 2019

2019 Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Program—Administration for Community Living.  
Daedline: estimated Jan. 29, 2019

Basic Neurodevelopmental Biology of Brain Circuits and Behavior—NIH  (R21)19-028. (R01) 19-027.  
Deadline: Feb. 4, 2019

Exploring Molecular Links Between Dietary Interventions and Circadian Rhythm (R01)—NIH 19-029. OVPR added in Dec.
Deadline: letter of intent due Feb. 6, application due March 6, 2019.

Optimization of Non-addictive Therapies [Small Molecules and Biologics] to Treat Pain (UG3 and UH3)—NIH 19-010. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: Letter of intent due Feb. 6, full proposal due March 6, 2019

Addressing Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Human-Animal Interaction—Human Animal Bond Research Institute. OVPR added in Dec.
Deadline: Feb. 7, 2019

A Census of Cells and Circuits in the Aging Brain (R01)—NIH 19-027.  
Deadline: optional letters of intent are due February 8, 2019. Applications are due March 8, 2019.

Grants to Support New Investigators in Addressing Cross-Cutting Violence Prevention and Opioid Overdose PreventionCenters for Disease Control and Prevention.
Deadline: estimated Feb. 12, 2019

Development of Translational Devices to Treat Pain (U18)—NIH 18-030. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: estimated Feb. 15, 2019

Bioengineering Research Grants (R01)—NIH 18-026. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: estimated Feb. 15, 2019

Evaluation of Return to School Programs for Traumatic Brain InjuryCenters for Disease Control and Prevention.  
Deadline: estimated Feb. 25,2019

Improving Outcomes for Disorders of Human Communication—NIH 18-288
Deadline: Feb. 16, 2019

Biofabricated 3D Tissue Models of Nociception, Opioid Use Disorder and Overdose for Drug Screening (UH2/UH3)—NIH 19-006.  
Deadline: estimated Feb. 28, 2019

Basic Research on Sleep and Circadian-Dependent Mechanisms Contributing to Opiate Use Disorder and Response to Medication Assisted Treatment—NIH (R01)18-656. (U01) 18-655.  
Deadline: estimated Feb. 28, 2019

Tissue Chips to Model Nociception, Addiction, and Overdose (UG3/UH3)—NCATS.  
Deadline: estimated Feb. 28, 2019

Alzheimer's Disease Programs Initiative—Administration for Community Living. OVPR added in Dec.
Deadline: estimated March 4, 2019

Field Initiated Projects ProgramAdministration for Community Living. To develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology. OVPR added in Dec.
Deadline:  March 7, 2019

Damon Runyon Fellowship Award—Damon Runyon Foundation.  
Deadline: March 15, 2019

Novel Mechanism Research on Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Alzheimers Dementia (R21)—NIH 19-511, (R01)—NIH 19-510.  
Deadline: March 19, 2019

Botanical Dietary Supplements Research Centers (U19)—Office of Dietary Supplements. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: estimated April 15, 2019

Centers on the Demography and Economics of; Aging (P30)—NIH 20-001, Alzheimer's Disease and Alzheimer's Related Dementias (P30)—NIH 20-002, Aging and AD-ADRD Coordinating Center (R24)—NIH 20-003.  OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: optional letter of intent by May 3, 2019, applications by June 3, 2019

Pragmatic Research in Healthcare Settings to Improve Diabetes and Obesity Prevention and Care (R18)—NIH 18-925. Planning Grant (R34)—NIH 18-924. OVPR added in Dec.
Deadline: applications due Feb. 14, May 14 or Nov 1, 2019

Graduate Research Initiative for Student Enhancement G-RISE (T32)—NIH 18-029.  
Anticipated funding. Anticipated deadline:  May 28, 2019

Undergraduate Research Initiative for Student Enhancement U-RISE (T32)—NIH 18-030.  
Anticipated funding. Anticipated deadline:  May 28, 2019

Maximizing Access to Research Careers (T34)—NIH 18-031.  
Anticipated funding. Anticipated deadline:  May 28, 2019

NIOSH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Up to $20,000 to support high quality, investigator-initiated scientific conferences/meetings that are relevant to its scientific mission and to the public health. OVPR added in Nov.
Anticipated funding. Estimated deadline:  Dec. 12, 2019



NSF = National Science Foundation

Cyberspace (SaTC) Socio-Technical Interdisciplinary Collaborations—NSF.  
Deadline: Dec. 12

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers—NSF.  
Deadline: Required letter of intent due Dec. 14

NSF Quantum Computing & Information Science Faculty Fellows—NSF. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: preliminary proposal due Dec. 17 or July 1, 2019. 

Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems—Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering, NSF.
Deadline:  letters of intent by Dec. 7 or Jan. 8, 2019.

Formal Methods in the Field—for computer and information science and engineering to jointly develop rigorous and reproducible methodologies for designing and implementing correct-by-construction systems and applications with provable guarantees—NSF 18-596.  
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2019

Accelerating Discovery: Educating the Future STEM Workforce—NSF
Deadline: Jan. 16, 2019

Joint DMS NLM Initiative on Generalizable Data Science Methods for Biomedical Research—NSF.  
Deadline:  Jan. 16, 2019

Scalable Parallelism in the Extreme—NSF. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: Jan. 17, 2019

Dynamically and Controllably Reconfigurable Antennas through Physical Deformation Processes—Dept. of Defense. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: Jan. 18, 2019

FY2019 Research Opportunities in High Energy Physics—Office of Science. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: Jan. 22, 2019. Encouraged letter of intent by Dec. 5.

2018 ERDC Broad Agency Announcement—conducting research of a great number of things, one being water quality.  
Deadline:  Jan. 31, 2019

Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians—Simons Foundation.  
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2019

2018 Engineer Research and Development Center Broad Agency Announcement—Department of Defense, U.S. Army Engineer Research.
Pre-proposals or white papers are accepted at any time before January 31, 2019. Full proposals are due by invitation only.

Understanding the Rules of Life: Epigenetics—NSF.  
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2019

Materials Innovation Platforms—NSF. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: Feb. 4, 2019

E-Team Grants—VentureWell. 
Deadline: Feb. 6, 2019, usually a deadline in Oct. as well.

EarthCube—NSF 19-523. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: Feb. 11, 2019

Spectrum Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, and Security (SpecEES): Enabling Spectrum for All—NSF. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: Feb. 13, 2019

Navigating the New Arctic—NSF.  
Deadline: Feb. 14, 2019

NSF/CASIS Collaboration on Tissue Engineering and Mechanobiology on the International Space Station (ISS) to Benefit Life on Earth—NSF. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019

Algorithms for Threat Detection—Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences.  
Deadline: Feb. 19, 2019

Campus Cyberinfrastructure—NSF 19-533. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: Feb. 20, 2019

Development of Passive Sampling Methodologies for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances—DoD. OVPR added in Dec.
Deadline:  March 5, 2019


Quantitative Groundwater Plume Characterization to Support Transition Assessments—DoD. OVPR added in Dec.
Deadline:  March 5, 2019

Forensic Methods for Source Tracking and Allocation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances—DoD. OVPR added in Dec.
Deadline:  March 5, 2019

Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC) Broad Agency Announcement—Environmental Research and Education FoundationDeadline: pre-proposal due dates: December 1, 2018 and May 1, 2019. OVPR added in Nov. 

NRL Long Range Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Research—Navy, Department of Defense.  
Deadline: white papers are accepted any time until May 9, 2019.

Mid-scale Research Infrastructure—NSF 19-537. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline:  May 20, 2019

Geoinformatics—Directorate for Geosciences. OVPR added in Nov.
Deadline: July 1, 2019

Development of Analytical Methods to Assess Leaching and Mobility of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances from Soils, Sediments, and Solid Wastes—DoD. OVPR added in Dec.
Deadline: Aug. 15, 2019

Environmental Chemical Sciences—NSF. OVPR added in Dec.
Deadline: Aug. 15, 2019


Information Innovation Office (I2O)—Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.  
Deadline: Aug. 30, 2019

3D Elevation Program—Geological Survey.  
Deadline:  Proposals considered for review until Sept. 30, 2019

Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure: Research Core Program—NSF 18-567.  
Deadline:  Oct. 31 to Nov. 14, 2019.

Advanced Informal STEM Learning—NSF 17-573.   
Deadline:  Nov. 6, 2019

Anticipated Funding

Predoctoral Training in Advanced Data Analytics for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Institutional Research Training Program—NIH. 
Anticipated funding announcement in Oct. Estimated deadline:  May 25, 2019

Energy-Water Desalination Hub—Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. 
Anticipated funding. Deadline:  TBD

Innovative Design Concepts for Standard Modular Hydropower and Pumped Storage Hydropower—Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  
Anticipated funding. Deadline:  TBD

Advanced Next-generation High-efficiency Lightweight Wind Turbine Generator—Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. OVPR added in Nov.
Anticipated funding. Deadline:  TBD

Advanced Wind R&D to Reduce Costs and Improve Environmental Performance—Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  
Anticipated funding. Deadline:  TBD

Advanced Solar Systems Integration Technologies—Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.   
Anticipated funding. Deadline:  TBD

Bilateral Academic Research Initiative Pilot Program—Dept of the Army - Materiel Command. The BARI program supports STEM research from interactive collaborative efforts between U.S. institutions of higher education and U.K.  
Deadline:  not set yet. Advance notice is provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive applications. 

Phase I: Research on Research Integrity—Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.  
Anticipated funding announcement in Dec. Estimated  deadline:  March 29, 2019

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