Finding Funding

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At the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, we encourage researchers to apply for funding, participate in workshops, and engage in the research process at every stage.

This is not a complete list of opportunities. For more comprehensive funding opportunity searches visit (for government funding agencies), or GrantForward (database available through the library's Funding & Grants: Information Resources page). And the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) maintains a comprehensive list of funding opportunity databases available to Brandeis faculty and staff, and a calendar of recurring foundation RFPs in all fields.

For Faculty & Staff

September 16, 2018

The Brandeis NSF I-Corps ™ program is one of four I-Corps sites in Massachusetts. It provides funding and support to accelerate the economic and social benefits of science and technology research. This fall, Brandeis University’s Innovation Center, which administers the I-Corps site, is offering fellowships for doctoral students and postdocs.

You can apply with or without a specific idea or technology. Fellows applying with a research idea will be paired with business and/or computer science students to help build their ideas.

Brandeis Innovation I-Corps Fellows will receive 7 weeks of training in research & innovation:

  •     How to test a research finding to see if it can become a viable solution to an existing scientific, engineering, or social challenge
  •     How to gather evidence of the practical impact of your research
  •     How to obtain funding and get your idea into the commercialization pipeline

Fellows will receive:

  •     A $750 stipend to use for their professional development or research expenses    An opportunity to apply for up to $70,000 in seed funding
  •     National Science Foundation I-Corps digital badge and certificate of completion

Fellows will work together in cross-disciplinary teams to develop research ideas that could become products, learning skills in a collaborative program. This is your opportunity to develop your research within the context of an NSF grant. The Fellowship is considered an NSF award, making recipients eligible for further NSF funding upon successful completion of the Fellowship program.

The mission of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is to make strategic, early investments in science and technology that will have long-term positive impact on our nation's national security. In addition to program-specific opportunities, each DARPA technical office maintains an “office-wide” Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) that covers a range of technical areas of interest to each particular office. The office-wide BAAs are refreshed on an annual basis and offer a mechanism for researchers to reach DARPA with ideas that they feel could be valuable to national security.

August 9, 2018
Dear Colleagues:

The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is notifying members of the research community about the addition of a core program, called Foundations of Emerging Technologies (FET), within its Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF).

FET aims to enable radical innovations across all areas traditionally supported by CCF, through research in emerging computing and communication paradigms at the intersection of computing and biological systems, nanoscale science and engineering, quantum information science, and other nascent, yet promising, areas. The FET program welcomes research in the theory, algorithms, software, hardware, and architecture of such emerging computing and communication systems.

A unique aspect of the FET program is that interdisciplinary collaborations between computer and information scientists and engineers as well as those in various other fields such as biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and physics are highly encouraged, with the fundamental aim of pursuing foundational breakthroughs in computer and information science and engineering.

If you have questions about the FET Core Program, please contact: Mitra Basu, Program Director, CISE/CCF; and/or Dmitry Maslov, Program Director, CISE/CCF.

The FET core program joins the existing three core programs within CCF: Algorithmic Foundations (AF), Communications and Information Foundations (CIF), and Software Hardware Foundations (SHF). Research in quantum computing and computational biology, formerly considered across these three core programs, is now addressed by the FET program. More information about the FET and other CCF core programs, along with proposal submission guidelines, can be found in the CCF Core Programs solicitation NSF 18-568.

Erwin Gianchandani
Acting Assistant Director, CISE

For Students

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.

More Information

  • 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
  • More information available on the Academic Fellowships website

Find more research opportunities for undergraduates at Academic Services. 

Future Opportunities

October 1, 2018

The Lawrence Fellowship is a highly-competitive postdoctoral position at LLNL that is open to all technical disciplines. Fellowships are awarded to candidates with exceptional talent, scientific track records, and potential for significant achievements. Typically, two to four fellowships are awarded each year, and the awards are for three years. Fellows are free to pursue their own research agenda under the guidance of a senior staff scientist who serves as a mentor. The fellows most often conduct their research in a collaborative, multidisciplinary manner with others in a team environment.

October 5, 2018

The American Academy in Berlin seeks to enrich transatlantic dialogue in the arts, humanities, and public policy through the development and communication of projects of the highest scholarly merit. For 2019-20, the Academy is also interested in considering projects that address the themes of migration and social integration, questions of race in comparative perspective, and the interplay of exile and return.

October 13, 2018

The Open Philanthropy Project is interested in promoting exploratory research into novel or atypical biological processes that have the potential for application in human medicine or design of new tools or materials. The objective is to identify proposals that demonstrate significant innovative potential. Our aim is to encourage exploration of biological processes, mechanisms, and components that may provide new insights or experimental tools of broad utility.

Promising projects will be funded at up to $150,000, with the potential for future funding.

Special call for researchers from the following disciplines: chemistry, chemical engineering, biophysics, epidemiology; computational biology; bioengineering, molecular biology and other life sciences; infectious disease; animal health; ecology; biosecurity; weapons of mass destruction security; disaster management, risk assessment; and any other relevant disciplines. We are looking for creative applications of biomimicry.

November 1, 2018

The Rome Prize supports innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities. Rome Prize Fellowships include a stipend, room and board, and an individual work space at AAR’s eleven-acre campus in Rome.

Fellowships are awarded in the following disciplines: Ancient Studies, Architecture, Design (includes graphic, industrial, interior, exhibition, set, costume, and fashion design, urban design, city planning, engineering, and other design fields), Historic Preservation and Conservation, Landscape Architecture (includes environmental design and planning, landscape/ecological urbanism, landscape history, sustainability and ecological studies, and geography), Literature (includes fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry), Medieval Studies, Modern Italian Studies, Musical Composition, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and Visual Arts (includes painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, film/video, installation, new media, digital arts, and other visual arts fields).