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Advancing Informal STEM Learning Equity Resource Center

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program funds research and practice focused on the range of informal STEM learning experiences and environments that comprise life-long learning. As an NSF broadening participation emphasis program, AISL recognizes that an intentional and explicit...
Full Proposal Deadline:
May 10, 2022
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Pathways into the Earth, Ocean, Polar and Atmospheric & Geospace Sciences (GEOPAths)

The Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) supports the Pathways into the Geosciences - Earth, Ocean, Polar and Atmospheric Sciences (GEOPAths) funding opportunity. GEOPAths invites proposals that specifically address the current needs and opportunities related to education, learning, training and professional development...
Full Proposal Accepted Anytime
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Molecular Foundations for Biotechnology (MFB)

This initiative calls for fundamentally new approaches in molecular sciences to drive new directions in biotechnology, a critical and emerging technology of the 21st century. This is the second year of a campaign targeting broad annual themes to be pursued...
Letter of Intent Deadline:
February 14, 2022
  • Letter of Intent Required
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Supplemental Funding
Dear Colleague Letter

Cultural Anthropology Research Experience for Graduates (REG) and Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Supplements

The purpose of this supplemental funding is to provide promising students in cultural anthropology opportunities for independent research while also encouraging PIs to mentor students in cooperative, collaborative activities.

Posted January 13, 2022
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Continuing Grant
Program

Findable Accessible Interoperable Reusable Open Science Research Coordination Networks (FAIROS RCN)

The FAIROS RCN program seeks to create three-year Research Coordination Networks (RCNs) which will foster catalytic improvements in scientific communities focusing on the FAIR (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reuse, see Program Description for more information) guiding principles and Open Science...
Full Proposal Deadline:
April 12, 2022
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NSF Small Business Innovation Research Programs Phase II (SBIR/STTR Phase II)

Introduction to the Program: The NSF SBIR/STTR programs focus on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental or basic research activities that focus on scientific and engineering discovery itself, the NSF SBIR/STTR...
Full Proposal Window
March 3, 2022
Proposal window January 11, 2022 - March 3, 2022
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Standard Grant
Program

Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I (SBIR/STTR Phase I)

Introduction to the Program: The NSF SBIR/STTR programs focus on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental or basic research activities that focus on scientific and engineering discovery itself, the NSF SBIR/STTR...
Full Proposal Window
March 3, 2022
Proposal window January 11, 2022 - March 3, 2022
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Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Signals in the Soil

In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated, “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself." This statement remains true to this day. Soils form over hundreds of years, and yet can be destroyed in a single event. They are an...
Full Proposal Deadline:
April 14, 2022
Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

Announcement of Upcoming Topics for the 2022 NSF Convergence Accelerator Solicitation

Dear Colleague: OVERVIEW Building upon the National Science Foundation's (NSF) investments in fundamental research and discovery, the NSF Convergence Accelerator aims to accelerate solutions toward societal impact. The NSF Convergence Accelerator comprises three phases: topic ideation, followed by convergence-research phases...
Posted January 4, 2022
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Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Accelerating Innovations in Biomanufacturing Approaches through Collaboration Between NSF and the DOE BETO funded Agile BioFoundry (NSF-DOE/ABF Collaboration)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (DOE BETO) recognize the critical roles that synthetic and engineering biology play in advancing the U.S. Bioeconomy. To translate advances in synthetic and engineering biology into products...
Full Proposal Deadline:
April 4, 2022
Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

NSF and William T. Grant Foundation Partnership to Increase the Use, Usefulness, and Impact of Research about Youth

NSF and the William T. Grant Foundation are encouraging submission of proposals to help the public and private sector use research to increase quality of life for America’s youth.

Posted December 27, 2021
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Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

EHR Core Research: Building Capacity in STEM Education Research

ECR’s Building Capacity in STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER) supports projects that build investigators’ capacity to carry out high-quality STEM education research that will enhance the nation’s STEM education enterprise. In addition, ECR: BCSER seeks to broaden the pool of...
Full Proposal Deadline:
March 29, 2022
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Cooperative Agreement
Program

Cooperative Studies of the Earth's Deep Interior (CSEDI)

The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) invites the submission of proposals for collaborative, interdisciplinary studies of the Earth's interior within the framework of the community-based initiative known as Cooperative Studies of the Earth's Deep Interior (CSEDI). Funding will support basic...
Full Proposal Target Date
September 26, 2022
Standard Grant
Program

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

This PIRE competition invites visionary, ambitious, interdisciplinary, use-inspired research proposals that address scientific challenges related to climate change and/or clean energy. Many cutting-edge research questions require international collaboration to achieve important advances. They also require insights from diverse disciplines to...
Letter of Intent Target Date
February 8, 2022
  • Letter of Intent Required
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program)

The goals of the HSI program are to enhance the quality of undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and to increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of students pursuing associate's or baccalaureate degrees in STEM. Achieving these...
Full Proposal Deadline:
March 28, 2022
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Standard Grant
Cooperative Agreement
Program

Scholarships in STEM Network (S-STEM-Net)

Through this solicitation, NSF seeks to foster a network of S-STEM stakeholders and further develop the infrastructure needed to generate and disseminate new knowledge, successful practices and effective design principles arising from NSF S-STEM projects nationwide. The ultimate vision of...
Letter of Intent Deadline:
February 2, 2022
  • Letter of Intent Required
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Continuing Grant
Program

Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER)

To address ecological questions that cannot be resolved with short-term observations or experiments, NSF established the Long-Term Ecological Research Program (LTER) in 1980. Two components differentiate LTER research from projects supported by other NSF programs: 1) the research is located...
Full Proposal Deadline:
March 23, 2022
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Leading Culture Change Through Professional Societies of Biology (BIO-LEAPS)

The Leading Culture Change through Professional Societies of Biology (BIO-LEAPS) program aims to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the biological sciences broadly by leveraging the leadership, broad reach, and unique ability of professional societies to create culture change in...
Full Proposal Deadline:
July 1, 2022
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Division of Environmental Biology (DEB)

The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) Core supports research and training on evolutionary and ecological processes acting at the level of populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. DEB encourages research that elucidates fundamental principles that identify and explain the unity and...
Full Proposal Accepted Anytime
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Cooperative Agreement
Program

Hydrologic Sciences

The Hydrologic Sciences Program is a disciplinary program within the Division of Earth Sciences. Hydrologic science has a distinct focus on continental water processes at all scales, and the program supports research with a primary focus on these processes. The...
Full Proposal Accepted Anytime
Standard Grant
Program

Transport Phenomena Research at the International Space Station to Benefit Life on Earth (NSF-ISS)

The Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) in the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) is partnering with The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Inc. (CASIS) to solicit research projects in the...
Full Proposal Deadline:
March 21, 2022
Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

Geoscience Lessons for and from Other Worlds (GLOW)

Encourages proposals to develop projects which use the study of other worlds as a way to broaden and deepen our understanding of the Earth and its evolution and/or use our geoscience knowledge to understand the environments of other worlds.

Posted December 17, 2021
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Standard Grant
Cooperative Agreement
Program

NSF Convergence Accelerator 2022 Joint NSF/DOD Phases 1 and 2 for Track G: Securely Operating Through 5G Infrastructure

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Convergence Accelerator program addresses national-scale societal challenges through use-inspired convergence research. Using a convergence approach and innovation processes like human-centered design, user discovery, and team science and integration of multidisciplinary research, the Convergence Accelerator program...
Letter of Intent Deadline:
February 16, 2022
  • Letter of Intent Required
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under National Science Foundation and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Collaborative Opportunities in Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Science

Dear Colleagues: The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Research Cooperation. The MOU provides an overarching framework to encourage collaboration between U.S. and...
Posted December 16, 2021
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Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM)

Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) is a broad-based research program investigating the physics of the Earth's magnetosphere and the coupling of the magnetosphere to the atmosphere and to the solar wind. The goal of the GEM program is to make accurate...
Full Proposal Target Date
March 30, 2022
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines