Finding Funding

For Faculty & Staff

SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SPRF)

The Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) offers Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to encourage independence early in the Fellow's career through supporting his or her research and training goals. The research and training plan of each Fellowship must address important scientific questions within the scope of the SBE Directorate and the specific guidelines in this solicitation. The SPRF program offers two tracks: (I) Fundamental Research in the SBE Sciences (SPRF-FR) and (II) Broadening Participation in the SBE Sciences (SPRF-BP). See the full text of the solicitation for a detailed description of these tracks.
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  • Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): November 01, 2017
  • Estimated Number of Awards: 15 to 20
  • Between 15 to 20 total Fellowship awards will be made each year contingent upon the quality of the applications and availability of funds. Anticipated Funding Amount: $3,000,000

The U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF)

The U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) promotes scientific relations between the U.S. and Israel by supporting collaborative research projects in a wide area of basic and applied scientific fields, for peaceful and non-profit purposes. Funding for research derives from the annual interest on an endowment contributed in equal parts by the two countries. Explore the BSF website to find out more about upcoming deadlines for opportunities for support in Earth Sciences, Basic Plasma Sciences and Engineering, Materials, Ceramics, Condensed Matter and Materials Theory, Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, and more. Check out the list of programs supported with specific Calls for Proposals here.

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF)

Applications are now being accepted for the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF). STPF is the premier opportunity for outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to address today's most pressing challenges. Fellows serve yearlong assignments in all three branches of the federal government in Washington, D.C. and represent a broad range of backgrounds, disciplines and career stages. Join a growing corps of over 3,300 policy-savvy alumni fellows working across sectors to serve the nation and citizens around the world. See the recent chat we held with fellows as they shared their science policy insight, what it's like to be a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, and career impact.

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  • Applications accepted May 1 - November 1.
  • Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship and a doctoral level degree. Applicants with an M.S. in engineering and three years of professional experience also qualify.

Synergy Grants from the European Research Council

The European Research Council (ERC), an agency of the European Union, has released a call for proposals for a group of two to maximum four Principal Investigators (PIs) working together and bringing different skills and resources to tackle ambitious research problems. No specific eligibility criteria regarding the academic training are foreseen for ERC Synergy Grants. PIs must present an early achievement track-record or a ten-year track-record, whichever is most appropriate.

Proposals will be evaluated on the sole criterion of scientific excellence which, in the case the ERC Synergy Grants, takes on the additional meaning of outstanding intrinsic synergetic effect.

Synergy is intensely competitive: 1.5%-3% success rates in previous rounds. But if you have an idea of appropriate scale, structure, and potential impact, it is a unique opportunity to support the work. Ed Hackett has served on ERC Synergy and Consolidator panels, and would be happy to talk about the review process. Contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Research to set up an appointment.

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  • Synergy Grants can be up to a maximum of € 10 million for a period of 6 years (pro rata for projects of shorter duration).
  • Deadline: November 14, 2017

Call for Nominations - The Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program for Postdoctoral Scholars 2018-2019

The Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program attracts high-achieving postdoctoral researchers from premier universities in the United States to do research at one of four Israeli universities.

Once they complete their research, many Zuckerman postdocs are expected to accept faculty positions at top North American universities, weaving a network of academic collaboration and goodwill that will greatly benefit U.S.-Israeli scientific cooperation. Zuckerman scholars enjoy programming and activities specially organized for them by the Zuckerman Institute and/or by the host universities, such as sightseeing tours, educational experiences, and social programs. These activities are aimed at strengthening the scholars’ knowledge of and connection with Israel, and at cultivating an esprit de corps within the program, enabling them to exchange ideas and foster new relationships. Candidates for Zuckerman STEM Leadership Programs are assessed based on their academic and research achievements, as well as on personal merit and leadership qualities, without regard to race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or age.

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  • Submission Deadline: December 29, 2017.
  • Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholarships are for up to two years.
  • Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars receive a scholarship of $50,000 per academic year for up to two years, with $36,000 each year for living expenses and $14,000 each year for research ($10,000) and travel ($4,000) expenses.
  • If circumstances allow, Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholarships may be renewed on a competitive basis for an additional one or two years.
  • Two Brandeis PhD's who won Zuckerman STEM Leadership postdocs in 2017-18: Dr. Nick Wadleigh (PhD '17 - Dmitry Kleinbock, advisor; Technion - Math) and Dr. Mathew Cordes (PhD '16 - Ruth Charney, advisor; Technion - Math).

For Students

NSF I-Corps Pre-Application

The National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps program prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the university laboratory, and accelerates the economic and societal benefits of NSF-funded, basic-research projects that are ready to move toward commercialization.

Through I-Corps, NSF grantees learn to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research, and gain skills in entrepreneurship through training in customer discovery and guidance from established entrepreneur.

Brandeis University is among 57 Universities nationwide that is able to offer a local NSF I-Corps Program. All participants completing the local program are eligible for the national program (getting up to $50K) and SPROUT (up to $20K in funding).

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  • Full Proposal Deadline(s): October 10, 2017
  • Apply for Phase 1 of the I-Corps program and get up to $1K for expenses related to customer discovery within a targeted industry.
  • Everyone who successfully completes Phase 1 qualifies for SPROUT funding (up to $20K) and I-Corps national program participation (up to $50K).

Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fund

The Provost's Undergraduate Research Fund supports research projects for students during the summer or for an academic semester; it also provides funding to students who are presenting their work at conferences. ALL disciplines are welcome, including all areas of the creative arts and the humanities.

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  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. If you have any questions, or would like to meet in person to discuss your application, please email Meredith Monaghan at
  • More information available on the Academic Fellowships website

Additional Funding Opportunities

Provost Research Awards

Provost Research Awards support early stage, innovative scholarly inquiry and creative activities that have the potential for significant, sustained impact.

Provost’s Teaching Innovation Grants

Grants are intended to promote excellence in teaching through the development of innovative instructional methods, new methods of assessing learning or the redesign or courses using technology.

Support in the sciences

A convenient place for Division of Science faculty, postdocs, and grads to find almost everything to do with research support in the sciences.

Brandeis Virtual Incubator

The Virtual Incubator is the focal point for people at Brandeis interested in technology commercialization-the intersection of business and science.

Office of Technology Licensing SPARK program

To encourage and support entrepreneurial activity within the Brandeis community, including students (graduate and undergraduate), postdocs, faculty and staff.

Office of Technology Licensing SPROUT programs

To encourage and support entrepreneurial activity within the Brandeis community for students (graduate and undergraduate), postdocs, faculty and staff in the Division of Science.

Office of Research Administration

The Office of Research Administration also provides links to resources to provide support. Qualified pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students may Apply for Fellowship Opportunities from various funding agencies.

Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Brandeis University’s Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) is a resource for Brandeis faculty who are interested in securing support from corporations or foundations to support their research, teaching, and outreach projects. The University subscribes to comprehensive databases of government and non-government funding opportunities in all fields, searchable by discipline, eligibility, funding types, sponsor types, deadline, and keyword.

Fellowship opportunities for undergrads and recent alumni in Arts and Sciences from the Office of Academic Services

Fellowship opportunities are organized so you can search based on your class standing. Remember that "research" really means independent investigation in any field of study!

Research jobs and internships, including in lab sciences and technical writing

The Hiatt Career Center’s platform for events, internships, jobs, and employers. Hiatt also provides support for undergraduate students who pursue unpaid summer internships.