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Current Opportunities

  • Charles A. Dana Foundation’s David Mahoney Neuroimaging Program

    Deadline: 5:00 p.m., March 23, 2015
    Funding: Grant amounts are up to $200,000 total per study.
    Purpose: The Dana Foundation’s neuroimaging research program focuses on improving human brain and brain-immune functioning to promote health and prevent and treat disease.
    Eligibility: See link.


  • National Science Foundation, Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation

    Deadline: 5:00 p.m. April 10, 2015
    Funding: Three classes of awards (See link)
    Purpose: Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) is a long-term investment focused on realizing a portion of the Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering vision and catalyzing new thinking, paradigms and practices in science and engineering.
    Eligibility: Seeking high-risk/high-reward research and education proposals.


  • U.S. Department of Energy

    Deadline: Internal letters of intent must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. February 26, 2015
    Funding: See Funding Opportunity Announement
    Purpose: Program includes two areas of interest: State Energy Planning and Innovative Opportunities for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices. OEEE SEP seeks applications to advance policies, programs, and market strategies that accelerate job creation and reduce energy consumption while achieving energy and climate security for the nation.


  • National Science Foundation - Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

    Deadline: Internal letters of intent must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. February 27, 2015
    Funding: NRT Traineeship Track Awards are expected to be up to five years in duration with a budget of up to $3,000,000. NRT IGE Track Awards are expected to be up to 2-3 years in duration with a budget between $300,000 and $500,000.
    Purpose: The NSF NRT program is designed to encourage the development of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate training that ensure that graduate students develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.
    Eligibility: Faculty members or teams of investigators


  • Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars

    Deadline: Internal letters of intent must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. March 13, 2015. Full submission to the Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar program by May 18, 2015.
    Funding: Provides a $60,000 unrestricted research grant.
    Purpose: Supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences at undergraduate institutions.
    Eligibility: Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment, be after the fourth and not after the twelfth years of their independent academic careers, and be engaged in research and teaching primarily with undergraduates.


  • American Diabetes Association (ADA) Pathway Award Program

    Deadline: Internal letters of intent must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. March 31, 2015. Full applications due to ADA by July 1, 2015
    Funding: Varies by award and phases, may total up to $1,625,000. See announcement.
    Purpose: ADA Pathway supports innovative basic, clinical, translational, epidemiological, behavioral, or health services research relevant to any diabetes type, diabetes-related disease state, or diabetes complication.
    Eligibility: See full description for more details.


  • Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Artificial Intelligence Research Program

    Deadline: Internal applications due no later than 11:59 pm, April 18, 2014. Full applications due to the Foundation by May 30, 2014
    Purpose: The program seeks to fund a select group of investigators to pursue new, pioneering research in academic settings that, collectively, ‘move the needle’ towards answering broad scientific questions. The 2014 request for proposals (RFP) focuses on three fundamental Artificial Intelligence topics: (1) Machine Reading (2) Diagram Interpretation and (3) Spatial and Temporal Reasoning.
    Eligibility: The program is especially interested in proposals that are unlikely to receive funding from traditional governmental sources.


  • American Honda Foundation's Grant Program

    Deadline: Internal applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m., March 2. Full applications are due to the Foundation by May 1, 2015.
    Funding: Grants range from $20,000 to $75,000 and cover one-year.
    Purpose: The Foundation supports youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.
    Eligibility: See link.


  • Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

    Deadline: 5:00 pm, September 12th
    Funding: Each Laureate will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds as well as an invitation to publish a review or perspective article in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences on the topic for which he/she is being recognized.
    Purpose: To support the fields of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.
    Eligibility: Your nominees must have been born in or after 1973; have earned a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.); be currently holding a faculty position at Drexel; and have made significant contributions to the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and/or chemistry.


  • Brain Research Foundation

    Deadline: No later than 11:59 pm, May 16, 2014. Full applications are due by 4:00 pm, July 1, 2014
    Funding: The grant amount is $150,000 across two years.
    Purpose: The objective of the program is to support projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings.
    Eligibility: Must be a full-time associate professor/full professor working in the area of brain function in health and disease..


  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund

    Deadline: 5 pm, September 19th, 2013 - Full applications are due to BWF by November 3rd, 2014
    Funding: $500,000 over a period of five years
    Purpose: To support accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology.
    Eligibility: The full announcement including eligibility requirements may be found on the Burroughs Wellcome Fund website.


  • Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program

    Deadline: 5:00 p.m., January 21, 2015
    Funding: $75,000 unrestricted research grant, see link.
    Purpose: Nominations must provide compelling evidence of the advance of important knowledge in the chemical sciences by the nominee.
    Eligibility: Seeks Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars who demonstrate leadership in research and education.


  • Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)

    Deadline: Internal letters of intent must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. January 16, 2015
    Funding: The largest award to date has been $1 million and the lowest $20,000.
    Purpose: To support the most creative and innovative projects and ideas that aid in the creation of new, family-sustaining jobs, the commercialization of new technologies, and the implementation of new and innovative programs that support Pennsylvania’s entrepreneurial community while enhancing the commonwealth’s overall global competitiveness.
    Eligibility: Seeking high-risk/high-reward research and education proposals.


  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Fire Prevention and Safety Grant

    Deadline: LOI by 5 p.m., February 6, 2015 - Full Submissions to FEMA by April 17, 2015
    Funding: Variety of sizes and durations, available funding is $34,000,000
    Purpose: To award grants directly to eligible applicants in order to carry out fire prevention and education, fire code enforcement, fire and arson investigation, and firefighter safety and health programming and prevention efforts.
    Eligibility: The full announcement including eligibility requirements may be found on the FEMA website.


  • Charles E. Kaufman Foundation

    Deadline: LOI’s are due on both programs by January 22, 2014 and full applications are due by April 30, 2014
    Funding: $150K and $300K over two years respectively
    Purpose: To support fundamental research in biology, chemistry, and physics at Pennsylvania institutions of higher education, supporting early and mid-career scientists.
    Eligibility: The investigators should reflect expertise in distinct disciplines or sub-disciplines in biology, chemistry or physics.


  • W.M. Keck Foundation

    Deadline: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
    Funding: $1M
    Purpose: Medical research & science and engineering research.
    Eligibility: See full description for more details.


  • Margaret Q. Landenberger Research Foundation

    Deadline: February 24, 2014
    Funding: Grants are for up to 2 years for a total of $50k-150k
    Purpose: The Margaret Q. Landenberger Foundation provides initial funding for innovative research projects in the medical sciences, with the expectation that this will help the investigator further expand their research through additional grants from other sources. The foundation focuses on early stage or new investigators focused on biomedical research
    Eligibility: The application requires that the Principal Investigator is a full-time faculty member at either the assistant professor or associate professor level. The proposal requires the full support of a scientific mentor (Chair, Section Chief, or Center/Institute Director) within Drexel University.


  • Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation

    Deadline: Internal applications due no later than 11:59 pm, June 23, 2014. Full applications due to the Foundation by August 1 2014.
    Funding: The regular grants provide $60,000 per year for a period of up to three years.
    Purpose: The mission of the Foundation is to support early stage investigators engaged in basic biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis or treatment of disease.
    Eligibility: Read full description.


  • NSF, Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP) Program

    Deadline: Internal letters of intent must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. January 5, 2015
    Funding: Awards will be in the range of $10,000,000 to $25,000,000 over a five year period
    Purpose: To significantly accelerate advances in materials research and engineering through the rapid discovery of new materials and phenomena by developing a new midscale user facility program known as the Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP) program.
    Eligibility: Seeking high-risk/high-reward research and education proposals.


  • National Science Foundation, Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) Program

    Deadline: Internal letters of intent must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. November 14th, 2014
    Funding: Awards will be in the range of $250,000-$375,000 per year for four years
    Purpose: Its focus is on nanomanufacturing challenges and societal and educational issues associated with continuing advances in nanomanufacturing and the ensuing increasing use of nanoscale materials, devices and systems.
    Eligibility: See description.


  • National Research Council of the National Academies

    Deadline: February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1 for reviews in mid-March, mid-June, mid-September and mid-January respectively.
    Funding: Annual stipends for recent Ph.D. recipients for the 2014 Program year range from $42,000 to $80,000 and Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000. Awards may be higher for additional experience.
    Purpose: To provide opportunities for Ph.D., Sc.D. or M.D. scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability to perform research on problems largely of their choosing, yet compatible with research interests of the sponsoring laboratory.
    Eligibility: Full-time Associateship will be awarded on a competitive basis.


  • NIST - Community Resilience Center of Excellence Program

    Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Friday, August 1, 2014
    Funding: Approximately $4,000,000 per year may be made available to award one
    Purpose: NIST is soliciting applications to establish a Community Resilience Center of Excellence in which NIST researchers collaborate with interdisciplinary researchers from academia and industry on development of tools and standardized methods that will enhance the disaster resilience of communities and their built environment through innovations in measurement science and in new modeling, simulation, data, and informatics tools coupled with field studies of multiple hazard events.
    Eligibility: See page for details.


  • NSF Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships Program

    Deadline: 5:00 p.m. September 2, 2014
    Funding: up to $16,000,000 in the first year, and, thereafter, $20,000,000 annually, pending the availability of funds.
    Eligibility: See link.


  • National Science Foundation, Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI: BIC) Program

    Deadline: Internal letters of intent must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. November 14th, 2014.
    Funding: Awards may be up to $1,000,000, with an award duration of three (3) years.
    Purpose: The Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) program establishes and expands partnerships so that existing research discoveries can provide the motivation and foundation to develop technological areas with high potential for fruitful integration into service systems.
    Eligibility: See link.


  • NSF IUSE / Professional Formation of Engineers

    Deadline: 5:00 p.m. September 26th, 2014
    Funding: Five to ten awards will be made, each in an amount from $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 total for a duration of up to 60 months
    Purpose: To create and support an innovative and inclusive engineering profession for the 21st Century.
    Eligibility: Read full description.


  • National Science Foundation - Major Research Instrumentation Program

    Deadline: 5:00 p.m. October 24, 2014
    Funding: Upper budget limit of $4 million
    Purpose: The MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of shared research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs.
    Eligibility: Read full description.


  • National Science Foundation, Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM)

    Deadline: Letters of intent must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2014, full proposal by the June 16, 2014
    Funding: $5,000,000 pending the availability of funds
    Purpose: To find high-risk/high-reward research and education proposals with a focus on nanomanufacturing challenges and societal and educational issues associated with continuing advances in nanomanufacturing and the ensuing increasing use of nanoscale materials, devices and systems.
    Eligibility: Faculty members or teams of investigators.


  • NSF Sustainability Research Networks

    Deadline: Letters of intent must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Friday, February 28, 2014
    Purpose: The goal of the Sustainability Research Networks (SRN) competition is to bring together multidisciplinary teams of researchers, educators, managers, policymakers and other stakeholders to conduct collaborative research that addresses fundamental challenges in sustainability.


  • Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED)

    Deadline: November 20, 2014
    Funding: The largest award to date has been $1 million and the lowest $20,000
    Purpose: See link.
    Eligibility: Seeking high-risk/high-reward research and education proposals.


  • Career Exploration and Networking Opportunity for STEM Graduate Students and Postdocs

    Deadline: September 16, 2014
    Funding: See link for details
    Purpose: To interact with PepsiCo's R&D leadership, learn about their efforts to develop products rooted in science-based nutrition.
    Eligibility: Fifty exceptional students and early career scientists (MS, PhD, postdoc) will be selected.


  • Pew Scholars Program

    Deadline: June 20th, 2014
    Funding: Awards are for 4 years, at $60k/year. Indirect costs are limited to 8%, and salary support is limited to $10k/year
    Purpose: To demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health.
    Eligibility: Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but brings in concepts and theories from more diverse fields, are encouraged to apply.


  • Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

    Deadline: 5:00 p.m. August 15, 2014
    Funding: It is anticipated that $10,000,000 to $15,000,000 will be available annually, for all awards, pending the availability of funds; the average award size is expected to be approximately $4 million over 5 years.
    Purpose: The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration.
    Eligibility: Faculty members or teams of investigators interested in submitting a PIRE proposal to NSF must first submit an internal mandatory letter of intent to the Office of Research.


  • W.W. Smith Charitable Trust Cancer and AIDS Research Program

    Deadline: No later than 11:59 pm, May 9, 2014. Full applications are due by 4:30 PM June 13, 2014
    Funding: View a full description of the program.
    Purpose: The Trust is looking to fund those projects that will hopefully have an immediate and direct influence upon the fight against cancer disease and AIDS.
    Eligibility: The Trust tries to select promising researchers who have the potential to attract the National Institutes of Health or other large funding organizations after the Trust’s support.


  • W.W. Smith Charitable Trust Heart Research Program

    Deadline: 5:00 p.m., August 22, 2014
    Funding: See Full Description
    Purpose: The Trust is looking to fund those projects that will hopefully have an immediate and direct influence upon the fight against heart disease.
    Eligibility: The Trust tries to select promising researchers who have the potential to attract the National Institutes of Health or other large funding organizations after the Trust’s support.


  • U.S. Department of Energy

    Deadline: no later than 11:59 pm, March 17, 2014. Concept papers are due to DOE-ERRE by March 31, 2014
    Funding: Individual awards may vary between $500,000 and $2 million
    Purpose: The mission of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is to engage in research and development (R&D) and demonstration and deployment (D&D) activities to transform renewable biomass resources into commercially viable, high-performance biofuels, and bioproducts, and biopower that enable biofuels production.
    Eligibility: U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are eligible to apply for funding as a Prime Recipient or Subrecipient.