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EAR Postdoctoral Fellowships (EAR-PF)

Supports independent postdoctoral research and professional development in research areas supported by the Division of Earth Sciences.

Full Proposal Deadline:
November 2, 2022
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants (AAG)

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants (AAG) Program is an inclusive and flexible funding opportunity to support research in the astronomical sciences. The Program provides individual investigator and collaborative research grants for observational, theoretical, laboratory, and archival data studies in...
Full Proposal Window
November 15, 2022
Proposal window October 1, 2022 - November 15, 2022
Fellowship
Program

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB)

Supports postdoctoral fellows in selected areas of the life sciences who focus on broadening participation of underrepresented groups in biology; studying the rules governing interactions between genomes, environments and phenotypes; or studying plant genomes.

Full Proposal Deadline:
November 3, 2022
Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

Critical Aspects of Sustainability (CAS): Innovative Solutions to Sustainable Chemistry (CAS-SC)

Invites proposals focused on improving the efficiency with which resources are used to produce chemical products and materials, while reducing the use of hazardous substances and the generation of waste.

Posted July 28, 2022
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Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Cooperative Agreement
Program

Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science

In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of “Big Ideas,” 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering (see https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/index.jsp). The Big Ideas represent unique...
Full Proposal Deadline:
October 25, 2022
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Fellowship
Program

NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships (AAPF)

NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships provide an opportunity for highly qualified, recent doctoral scientists to carry out an integrated program of independent research and education. Fellows may engage in observational, instrumental, theoretical, laboratory or archival data research in any...
Full Proposal Window
October 24, 2022
Proposal window August 15, 2022 - October 24, 2022
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Continuing Grant
Program

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID)

Supports research on the ecological, evolutionary, organismal and social drivers that influence infectious diseases and increase quantitative and/or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics.

Full Proposal Deadline:
November 16, 2022
Fellowship
Program

Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MSPRF)

The purpose of the Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MSPRF) is to support future leaders in mathematics and statistics by facilitating their participation in postdoctoral research environments that will have maximal impact on their future scientific development. There are two...
Full Proposal Deadline:
October 19, 2022
Supplemental Funding
Dear Colleague Letter

International Collaboration Supplements in Quantum Information Science and Engineering Research

Invites requests for supplemental funding from existing quantum information science and engineering research awardees to add a new — or strengthen an existing — international dimension to their award.

Posted July 21, 2022
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Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Formal Methods in the Field (FMitF)

Supports collaborative research to develop methodologies for designing and implementing correct-by-construction computational and communication systems and applications.

Full Proposal Deadline:
February 15, 2023
Continuing Grant
Program

Engineering Technologies to Advance Underwater Sciences (ETAUS)

An Ideas Lab is an intensive meeting that brings together multiple diverse perspectives to focus on finding innovative cross-disciplinary solutions to a grand challenge problem. The aim of this Ideas Lab is to bring together experts from diverse scientific and...
Preliminary Proposal Deadline:
September 19, 2022
  • Preliminary Proposal Required
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Standard Grant
Dear Colleague Letter

UKRI/BBSRC - NSF/BIO Lead Agency Opportunity in Biological informatics, Systems Understanding of Host-Microbe Interactions, Synthetic Cells and Cellular Systems, and Synthetic Microbial Communities

Invites collaborative U.S.–U.K. proposals in several priority areas shared by NSF’s Directorate for Biological Sciences and the UKRI Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

Posted July 19, 2022
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Standard Grant
Program

Dynamic Language Infrastructure-Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DLI-DDRI)

Supports doctoral research that digitally records and documents languages — with an emphasis on endangered languages — through the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples and databases, advancing linguistic theory and the study of language.

Full Proposal Target Date
October 14, 2022
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

NSF Dynamic Language Infrastructure - NEH Documenting Endangered Languages (DLI-DEL)

Supports research and infrastructure that digitally records and documents languages — with an emphasis on endangered languages — through the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples and databases, advancing linguistic theory and the study of language.

Full Proposal Target Date
October 14, 2022
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Fellowship
Program

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

Supports fellowships for outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time, research-based masters and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering or math or STEM education.

Full Proposal Deadline:
October 17, 2022
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Partnership to Advance Conservation Science and Practice (PACSP)

Supports integrated partnerships between academic researchers and conservation practitioners for transdisciplinary, goal-directed research that advances conservation efforts and conservation science.

Full Proposal Deadline:
October 11, 2022
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (CDS&E-MSS)

Supports the development of next-generation mathematical and statistical tools, and the theory underpinning those tools, to address computational or Big Data challenges.

Full Proposal Accepted Anytime
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Mathematical Biology

The Mathematical Biology Program supports research in areas of applied and computational mathematics with relevance to the biological sciences. Successful proposals must demonstrate mathematical innovation, biological relevance and significance, and strong integration between mathematics and biology. Some projects of interest...
Full Proposal Accepted Anytime
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Paleo Perspectives on Present and Projected Climate (P4CLIMATE)

Much can be learned about the climate system using existing historical observations and models of current climate, but those records and models do not reflect the range of climate behavior on multi-decadal to millennial time scales, or capture tipping points...
Full Proposal Target Date
October 20, 2022
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

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

Supports projects that improve undergraduate STEM education and increase the rates of recruitment, retention and graduation of undergraduate STEM students at Hispanic-serving institutions.

Full Proposal Deadline:
September 30, 2022
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Program

Nuclear Physics - Theory

All proposals submitted to the Physics Division that are not governed by another solicitation (such as CAREER) must be submitted to its division-wide solicitation: Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects. --- The nuclear theory program encompasses the structure and reactions...
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Condensed Matter and Materials Theory (CMMT)

CMMT supports theoretical and computational materials research in the topical areas represented in DMR's other Topical Materials Research Programs (these are also variously known as Individual Investigator Award (IIA) Programs, or Core Programs, or Disciplinary Programs), which are: Condensed Matter...
Full Proposal Accepted Anytime
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs (DMR-TMRP)

Materials Research is the field of science where physics, chemistry, materials science, and engineering naturally converge in the pursuit of the fundamental understanding of the properties of materials and the phenomena they host. Materials are abundant and pervasive, serving as...
Full Proposal Accepted Anytime
Cooperative Agreement
Program

Synthesis Center for Molecular and Cellular Sciences (SCMCS)

Establishes a center that supports research, education and training through analysis and synthesis of biological data on complex molecular and cellular phenomena.

Preliminary Proposal Deadline:
January 13, 2023
  • Preliminary Proposal Required
  • Additional Upcoming Deadlines
Standard Grant
Continuing Grant
Program

Building Synthetic Microbial Communities for Biology, Mitigating Climate Change, Sustainability and Biotechnology (Synthetic Communities)

Supports research into synthetic microbial communities, including how they form and evolve, how to use them to address biological questions, and/or how to build them for biotechnology or bioengineering applications.

Full Proposal Deadline:
October 3, 2022