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Current Opportunities

  • 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 Diabetes Association (ADA) Pathway Award Program

    Deadline: Internal applications due no later than 11:59 pm, May 19, 2014. Full applications due to ADA by July 1, 2014
    Funding:
    Funding (Phase 1): Up to 2 years of support for mentored training, $100,000 (max) per year (including 10% indirect costs).
    Funding (Phase 2): Up to 5 years of support for independent research, $325,000 (max) per year (including 30% indirect costs).
    Combined support for Phase 1 and 2 may total up to $1,625,000.
    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.


  • American Honda Foundation

    Deadline: Internal applications due no later than 11:59 pm, September 19, 2014. Full applications due to the Foundation by November 3rd, 2014.
    Funding: Grants range from $20,000 to $75,000, over one-year
    Purpose: The Foundation supports youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.
    Eligibility: To determine if your program/project meets the qualifications for consideration, the Foundation has created an online Eligibility Quiz. Click here to start the quiz.


  • 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.


  • Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars

    Deadline: Internal applications due no later than 11:59 pm, April 25, 2014. Full applications due to the Foundation by 4:30 PM May 19, 2014.
    Funding: Provides a $60,000 unrestricted research grant. Of the total amount, $5,000 is to be allocated for departmental expenses associated with research and education.
    Purpose: The Foundation seeks Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars who, as independent faculty members, have demonstrated leadership in original scholarly research of outstanding quality, substantially with undergraduates, as well as excellence and dedication in undergraduate education.
    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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 - Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

    Deadline: Internal letters of intent must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014
    Funding: Up to five years in duration with a budget of up to $3,000,000
    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 research and research-related careers within and outside academe.
    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.


  • 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.