Funding Opportunities

Please note: this is not a comprehensive list

If you are interested in pursuing one of these opportunities, please contact our directors.


Rolling Deadlines

December

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Brady Education Foundation: Promoting Positive Cognitive and/or Achievement Outcomes for Children

Award: $25,000 - $800,000

The foundation seeks to support projects to develop and test the feasibility of new programs for promoting positive cognitive and/or achievement outcomes for children (birth through 18 years) from underserved groups and/or low-resourced communities (minority ethnic groups, low-income families), as well as projects that evaluate the effectiveness of such programs.

Contact:
Amanda Retartha, Amanda.Retartha@nd.edu
Elsa U. Pardee Foundation: Research Grants

Award: Average grant is $150,000

The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation funds research directed toward identifying new treatments or cures for cancer. It is anticipated that this early stage funding by the Foundation may lead to subsequent and expanded support using government agency funding. Project relevance to cancer detection, treatment, or cure should be clearly identified.

January

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Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation: Core Requests for Proposals

Award: Varies by RFP

The ADDF offers funding to researchers for Alzheimer's drug discovery and preclinical development, clinical trials, and biomarker development research. Core request for proposals include: Program to Accelerate Clinical Trials (PACT), Biomarkers Development, Prevention Beyond the Pipeline, and Preclinical Drug Discovery.

Contact:
Michelle Joyce, mjoyce@nd.edu
American Council of Learned Societies: Digital Extension Grants

Award: Up to $125,000

This program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences.

Contact:
Amanda Retartha, Amanda.Retartha@nd.edu
Samuel H. Kress Foundation: Conservation Grants Program

Award: Up to $99,000

The Conservation program supports the professional practice of art conservation, especially as it relates to European art of the pre-modern era.

Contact:
Amanda Retartha, Amanda.Retartha@nd.edu
Samuel H. Kress Foundation: History of Arts Grants Program

Award: Up to $99,000

The History of Arts program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture.

Contact:
Amanda Retartha, Amanda.Retartha@nd.edu
Whitehall Foundation: Life Science Research Grants and Grants-in-Aid

Award: Up to $225,000 over three years (Research Grants); $30,000 for one year (Grants-in-Aid)

The Whitehall Foundation assists scholarly research in the life sciences. The Foundation is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology. The Foundation does not support research focused primarily on disease(s) unless it will also provide insights into normal functioning.

Contact:
Michelle Joyce, mjoyce@nd.edu
William T. Grant Foundation: Research Grants

Award: from $100,000 to $1,000,000

The W. T. Grant Foundation funds research that increases our understanding of the programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth.

Contact:
Amanda Retartha, Amanda.Retartha@nd.edu

February

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Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation: Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards LIMITED

Award: $100,000

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained in the early years of their appointment and a demonstrated commitment to education.
Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences

Award: $225,000 over 3 years

These awards are presented to highly promising, early career scientists and are aimed at advancing cutting-edge investigations in basic or clinical research that may lead to a better understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders. The fellowship awards promote higher risk projects.
New York Stem Cell Foundation: Neuroscience Investigator Awards

Award: $1,500,000 over 5 years

The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) is soliciting applications from early career investigators for Innovator Awards in Neuroscience. The goal of this initiative is to foster truly bold, innovative scientists with the potential to transform the field of neuroscience. Applicants are encouraged in the fundamental areas of developmental, cellular, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, broadly interpreted.

Contact:
Michelle Joyce, mjoyce@nd.edu
New York Stem Cell Foundation: Stem Cell Investigator Awards

Award: $1,500,000 over 5 years

The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) is soliciting applications from early career investigators for Innovator Awards to be used for exploring the basic biology and translational potential of stem cells. The goal of this initiative is to foster bold and innovative scientists with the potential to transform the field of stem cell research, and advance understanding and use of stem cells in the development of treatments for human disease.

Contact:
Michelle Joyce, mjoyce@nd.edu
Spencer Foundation: Small Research Grants

Award: Up to $50,000

The Small Research Grants program aims to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. Proposals are encouraged from scholars across a variety of disciplines in an effort to fund field-initiated education research.

Contact:
Amanda Retartha, Amanda.Retartha@nd.edu

March

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Human Frontier Science Program: Life Science Research Grants

Award: up to $450,000 per year

Human Frontier Science Program supports international, preferably intercontinental, collaborations in basic life science research. Applications are invited for grants to support innovative approaches to understanding complex mechanisms of living organisms.

Contact:
Michelle Joyce, mjoyce@nd.edu
McKnight Foundation: Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards

Award: $100,000

The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience supports innovative research designed to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain can be accurately diagnosed, prevented, and treated. To this end, the McKnight Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award assists scientists working to apply the knowledge achieved through basic research to human brain disorders that affect memory or cognition.

Contact:
Michelle Joyce, mjoyce@nd.edu

April

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Brady Education Foundation: Promoting Positive Cognitive and/or Achievement Outcomes for Children

Award: $25,000 - $800,000

The foundation seeks to support projects to develop and test the feasibility of new programs for promoting positive cognitive and/or achievement outcomes for children (birth through 18 years) from underserved groups and/or low-resourced communities (minority ethnic groups, low-income families), as well as projects that evaluate the effectiveness of such programs.

Contact:
Amanda Retartha, Amanda.Retartha@nd.edu
Elsa U. Pardee Foundation: Cancer Research Grants

Award: Average award is $150,000

The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation funds research directed toward identifying new treatments or cures for cancer.
Samuel H. Kress Foundation: Conservation Grants Program

Award: Up to $99,000

The Conservation program supports the professional practice of art conservation, especially as it relates to European art of the pre-modern era.

Contact:
Amanda Retartha, Amanda.Retartha@nd.edu
Samuel H. Kress Foundation: Digital Resources Grants Program

Award: Up to $99,000

The Digital Resources program is intended to foster new forms of research and collaboration as well as new approaches to teaching and learning.
Samuel H. Kress Foundation: History of Arts Grants Program

Award: Up to $99,000

The History of Arts program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture.

Contact:
Amanda Retartha, Amanda.Retartha@nd.edu
Simons Foundation: Pilot and Research Awards

Award: $330,000 (Pilot Awards); $1,300,000 (Research Awards)

Grants awarded through this RFA are intended to provide funding for investigators conducting bold, creative and rigorous research into the underlying biology, causes and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

Contact:
Tom Scrace, tscrace@nd.edu
Whitehall Foundation: Life Science Research Grants and Grants-in-Aid

Award: Up to $225,000 over three years (Research Grants); $30,000 for one year (Grants-in-Aid)

The Whitehall Foundation assists scholarly research in the life sciences. The Foundation is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology. The Foundation does not support research focused primarily on disease(s) unless it will also provide insights into normal functioning.

Contact:
Michelle Joyce, mjoyce@nd.edu

May

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Research Corporation for Science Advancement: Cottrell Scholars Award

Award: $100,000 over 3 years

The Cottrell Scholars (CS) program champions the best early career teacher-scholars in chemistry, physics, and astronomy by providing discretionary awards for research.

Contact:
Tom Scrace, tscrace@nd.edu
Russell Sage Foundation: Computational Social Science

Award: Up to $150,000 (including overhead)

This initiative will support innovative innovative social science research that brings new data and methods to bear questions of interest in its core programs in Behavioral Economics, Future of Work, Race, Ethnicity and Immigration, and Social Inequality.

Contact:
Suzanne DeGuilio, sdeguili@nd.edu
Russell Sage Foundation: Integrating Biology and Social Science Knowledge

Award: Up to $150,000 (including overhead)

This initiative will support innovative research on social and economic outcomes that improves our understanding of the mechanisms by which environmental influences affect biological mechanisms, and vice versa.

Contact:
Suzanne DeGuilio, sdeguili@nd.edu
Russell Sage Foundation: Race, Ethnicity & Immigration / Behavioral Economics

Award: Up to $150,000 (including overhead)

This initiative will support innovative research on the effects of race, citizenship, legal status and politics, political culture and public policy on outcomes for immigrants and for the native-born of different racial and ethnic groups and generations.

Contact:
Suzanne DeGuilio, sdeguili@nd.edu
Russell Sage Foundation: The Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act

Award: Up to $150,000 (including overhead)

This initiative will support innovative social science research on the social, economic and political effects of the Affordable Care Act. The foundation is especially interested in funding analyses that address important questions about the effects of the reform on outcomes such as financial security and family economic well-being, labor supply and demand, participation in other public programs, family and children€™'s outcomes, and differential effects by age, race, ethnicity, nativity, or disability status.

Contact:
Suzanne DeGuilio, sdeguili@nd.edu
Spencer Foundation: Small Research Grants

Award: Up to $50,000

The Small Research Grants program aims to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. Proposals are encouraged from scholars across a variety of disciplines in an effort to fund field-initiated education research.

Contact:
Amanda Retartha, Amanda.Retartha@nd.edu
William T. Grant Foundation: Research Grants

Award: From $100,000 to $1,000,000

The W. T. Grant Foundation funds research that increases our understanding of the programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth.

Contact:
Amanda Retartha, Amanda.Retartha@nd.edu

June

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Smith Richardson Foundation: Strategy & Policy Fellows Program

Award: $60,000

The Smith Richardson Foundation sponsors an annual Strategy and Policy Fellows grant competition to support young scholars and policy thinkers on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history.

Contact:
Suzanne DeGuilio, sdeguili@nd.edu

July

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Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation: Core Requests for Proposals

Award: Varies by RFP

The ADDF offers funding to researchers for Alzheimer's drug discovery and preclinical development, clinical trials, and biomarker development research. Core request for proposals include: Program to Accelerate Clinical Trials (PACT), Biomarkers Development, Prevention Beyond the Pipeline, and Preclinical Drug Discovery.

Contact:
Michelle Joyce, mjoyce@nd.edu
Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

Award: $500,000 over five years

The Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (PATH) award supports investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology, shedding light on how human and microbial systems are affected by their encounters.

Contact:
Michelle Joyce, mjoyce@nd.edu
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation: Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Awards

Award: $300,000 for Stage 1 award with the opportunity for an additional $300,000 in Stage 2

The Innovation Award is designed to provide support for the next generation of exceptionally creative thinkers with "high-risk/high-reward" ideas that have the potential to significantly impact our understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of cancer.

Contact:
Michelle Joyce, mjoyce@nd.edu
The Pew Charitable Trusts: Pew Biomedical Scholars Program LIMITED

Award: $300,000

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level.

Contact:
Michelle Joyce, mjoyce@nd.edu

August

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Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation: Beckman Young Investigator Program

Award: $600,000

The Beckman Young Investigator Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

Contact:
Michelle Joyce, mjoyce@nd.edu
Brady Education Foundation: Promoting Positive Cognitive and/or Achievement Outcomes for Children

Award: $25,000 - $800,000

The foundation seeks to support projects to develop and test the feasibility of new programs for promoting positive cognitive and/or achievement outcomes for children (birth through 18 years) from underserved groups and/or low-resourced communities (minority ethnic groups, low-income families), as well as projects that evaluate the effectiveness of such programs.

Contact:
Amanda Retartha, Amanda.Retartha@nd.edu
Elsa U. Pardee: Cancer Research Grants

Award: Average award is $150,000

The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation funds research directed toward identifying new treatments or cures for cancer.
John Templeton Foundation: Large Grants

Award: More than $234,800

The Foundation welcomes proposals that address Core Funding Areas: Science and the Big Questions; Character Virtue Development; Individual Freedom & Free Markets; Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius; and Genetics.

Contact:
Michelle Joyce, mjoyce@nd.edu
John Templeton Foundation: Small Grants

Award: Up to $234,800

The Foundation welcomes proposals that address Core Funding Areas: Science and the Big Questions; Character Virtue Development; Individual Freedom & Free Markets; Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius; and Genetics.

Contact:
Michelle Joyce, mjoyce@nd.edu
Russell Sage Foundation: Integrating Biology and Social Science Knowledge

Award: Up to $150,000 (including overhead)

This initiative will support innovative social science research on social and economic outcomes that improves our understanding of the mechanisms by which environmental influences affect biological mechanisms, and vice versa.

Contact:
Suzanne DeGuilio, sdeguili@nd.edu
Russell Sage Foundation: Regular Programs

Award: Up to $150,000 (including overhead)

Grants will be made under the following programs: Race, Ethnicity & Immigrations / Behavioral Economics.

Contact:
Suzanne DeGuilio, sdeguili@nd.edu
Spencer Foundation: Small Research Grants

Award: Up to $50,000

The Small Research Grants program aims to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. Proposals are encouraged from scholars across a variety of disciplines in an effort to fund field-initiated education research.

Contact:
Amanda Retartha, Amanda.Retartha@nd.edu
Susan G. Komen: Career Catalyst Research Grants

Award: Up to $450,000 over 3 years

Career Catalyst Research Grants provide opportunities for scientists who have held faculty positions for no more than five years. This program supports hypothesis-driven research projects that have significant potential to advance our understanding of breast cancer, lead to reductions in incidence and mortality, and move us toward the goal of a world without breast cancer.
William T. Grant Foundation: Research Grants

Award: $100,000 to $1,000,000

The W.T. Grant Foundation funds research that increases understanding of programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and research that identifies, builds, and tests strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth.

Contact:
Amanda Retartha, Amanda.Retartha@nd.edu

September

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Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships

Award: $70,000

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. Fellowships awarded for scholars whose research is in one of the eight SRF fields: Chemistry, Computer Science, Computational & Evolutionary Molecular Biology, Economics, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Ocean Science, and Physics. Note: In order to be considered for a Sloan Research Fellowship, a candidate must be officially nominated by a department head or other senior researcher.

Contact:
Tom Scrace, tscrace@nd.edu
American Council of Learned Societies: Fellowships

Award: $40,000 - $70,000

The ACLS Fellowship program invites research applications in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. ACLS Fellowships are intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing.

Contact:
Amanda Retartha, Amanda.Retartha@nd.edu
Searle Funds at Chicago Community Trust: Searle Scholars Program LIMITED

Award: $300,000 over 3 years

The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected universities and research centers to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry.

Contact:
Michelle Joyce, mjoyce@nd.edu
Simons Foundation: Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life Postdoctoral Fellowships

Award: $276,000

The Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life is now inviting applications for postdoctoral fellowships to support independent research on topics related to the origins of life.

Contact:
Tom Scrace, tscrace@nd.edu
Simons Foundation: Simons Fellows Program in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Award: Up to $100,000

The Simons Fellows program is intended to make research leaves more productive by enabling their extension from one academic term to a full academic year.

Contact:
Tom Scrace, tscrace@nd.edu
Simons Foundation: Targeted Grants to Institutes (Mathematics and Physical Sciences)

Award: $200,000 per year for 3-5 years

The Targeted Grants to Institutes program is intended to support established institutes or centers in mathematics and physical sciences through funding to help strengthen contacts within the international science community. The aim is to enable institutes to extend and enhance their missions; this program will not provide primary support for operating or establishing an institute.

Contact:
Tom Scrace, tscrace@nd.edu

October

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GRAMMY Foundation: Archiving and Preservation Projects

Award: Up to $20,000

The GRAMMY Foundation awards grants to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations.
Life Sciences Research Foundation

Award: $186,000 over 3 years

The Life Sciences Research Foundation aims to identify and fund exceptional young scientists at a critical juncture of their training in all areas of basic life sciences. Note: Individuals who have held a PhD or MD degree for more than 5 years at time of application are not eligible.

Contact:
Michelle Joyce, mjoyce@nd.edu
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Building Trust and Mutual Respect to Improve Health Care

Award: Up to $250,000

This opportunity will fund empirical research studies to help better understand how to build trust and mutual respect to meet vulnerable patients'€™ health care needs.

Contact:
Suzanne DeGuilio, sdeguili@nd.edu
Samuel H. Kress Foundation: Conservation Grants Program

Award: $10,000-$90,000

The Conservation program supports the professional practice of art conservation, especially as it relates to European art of the pre-modern era.

Contact:
Amanda Retartha, Amanda.Retartha@nd.edu
Samuel H. Kress Foundation: Digital Resources Grants Program

Award: $10,000-$90,000

The Digital Resources program is intended to foster new forms of research and collaboration as well as new approaches to teaching and learning.

Contact:
Amanda Retartha, Amanda.Retartha@nd.edu
Samuel H. Kress Foundation: History of Art Grants Program

Award: $10,000-$90,000

The History of Arts program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture.

Contact:
Amanda Retartha, Amanda.Retartha@nd.edu
Simons Foundation: Simons Collaboration in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences

Award: Maximum of $2,000,000 per year for 4 years

The aim of the Simons Collaborations in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences (MPS) program is to stimulate progress on fundamental scientific questions of major importance in mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical computer science. The questions addressed by the collaboration may be concrete or conceptual, but there should be little doubt that answering them would constitute a major scientific milestone. The project should involve outstanding researchers with a range of career stages. Excellence of the scientific leadership is one of the main criteria in the selection process. The project should be organized and managed in a manner engendering a high level of collaboration.

Contact:
Tom Scrace, tscrace@nd.edu
Spencer Foundation: Lyle Spencer Research Awards: Advancing Understanding of Education Practice and Its Improvement

Award: Up to $1,000,000

The Advancing Understanding of Education Practice and Its Improvement program aims to support intellectually ambitious, large-scale education research projects. It encourages proposals initiated by scholars across a variety of disciplines and fields in an effort to create much needed-space for creative and ambitious research projects that promise to advance our understanding of educational practice and its improvement.

Contact:
Amanda Retartha, Amanda.Retartha@nd.edu
Whitehall Foundation: Life Science Research Grants and Grants-in-Aid

Award: Up to $225,000 over three years (Research Grants); $30,000 for one year (Grants-in-Aid)

The Whitehall Foundation assists scholarly research in the life sciences. The Foundation is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology. The Foundation does not support research focused primarily on disease(s) unless it will also provide insights into normal functioning.

Contact:
Michelle Joyce, mjoyce@nd.edu

November

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Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation: Core Requests for Proposals

Award: Varies by RFP

The ADDF offers funding to researchers for Alzheimer's drug discovery and preclinical development, clinical trials, and biomarker development research. Core request for proposals include: Program to Accelerate Clinical Trials (PACT), Biomarkers Development, Prevention Beyond the Pipeline, and Preclinical Drug Discovery.

Contact:
Michelle Joyce, mjoyce@nd.edu
Russell Sage Foundation: Computational Social Science

Award: Up to $150,000 (including overhead)

The Russell Sage Foundation's initiative on supports innovative social science research that brings new data and methods to bear on questions of interest in its core programs in Behavioral Economics, Future of Work, Race, Ethnicity and Immigration, and Social Inequality.

Contact:
Suzanne DeGuilio, sdeguili@nd.edu
Russell Sage Foundation: Future of Work / Social Inequality / Behavioral Economics

Award: Up to $150,000

Grants will be made under the following programs: Future of Work / Social Inequality / Behavioral Economics.

Contact:
Suzanne DeGuilio, sdeguili@nd.edu
Russell Sage Foundation: Immigration and Immigrant Integration

Award: Up to $150,000 (including overhead)

This initiative will support innovative research on the effects of race, citizenship, legal status and politics, political culture and public policy on outcomes for immigrants and for the native-born of different racial and ethnic groups and generations.

Contact:
Suzanne DeGuilio, sdeguili@nd.edu
Russell Sage Foundation: The Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act

Award: Up to $150,000

This initiative will support innovative social science research on the social, economic and political effects of the Affordable Care Act. The foundation is especially interested in funding analyses that address important questions about the effects of the reform on outcomes such as financial security and family economic well-being, labor supply and demand, participation in other public programs, family and children’s outcomes, and differential effects by age, race, ethnicity, nativity, or disability status.

Contact:
Suzanne DeGuilio, sdeguili@nd.edu
Spencer Foundation: Small Research Grants

Award: Up to $50,000

The Small Research Grants program aims to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. Proposals are encouraged from scholars across a variety of disciplines in an effort to fund field-initiated education research.

Contact:
Amanda Retartha, Amanda.Retartha@nd.edu

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Public Welfare Foundation Grants

Award: Up to $70,000

This award program accepts inquiries throughout the year, and its three core programs include: Criminal Justice, Youth Justice, and Workers' Rights.

Contact:
Suzanne DeGuilio, sdeguili@nd.edu
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI): Explorer Awards

Award: Up to $70,000

This award program is designed to enhance autism research by providing timely resources to enable focused experiments highly relevant to the mission of improving the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

Contact:
Tom Scrace, tscrace@nd.edu
Simons Foundation: Targeted Grants in Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Award: NO limit specified

The program is intended to support high-risk theoretical mathematics, physics and computer science projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis.

Contact:
Tom Scrace, tscrace@nd.edu