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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 grants.gov (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

January 22, 2019

Funder: Google.org

The Google AI Impact Challenge is an open call to nonprofits, social enterprises, and research institutions around the world to submit their ideas to use AI to help address social  and environmental challenges. The projects must fit the following criteria:

  • Impact: How will the proposed project address a societal challenge? Is the application grounded in research and data about the problem and the solution? Is there a clear plan to deploy the AI  model for real-world impact, and what are the expected outcomes?
  • Feasibility: Does the team have a well-developed, realistic plan to execute on the proposal, incl. access to a meaningful dataset and technical expertise to apply AI to the problem? Have they  identified the right partners and domain experts needed for implementation?
  • Use of AI: Does the proposal apply AI technology to the issue it seeks to address?
  • Scalability: If successful, how can this project scale beyond the initial proposal?
  • Responsibility: Does the proposed use of artificial intelligence align with Google’s AI Principles?

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.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

February 1, 2019

To: Humanities, Social Science & Creative Arts chairs, center directors, and program directors
From: Lisa Lynch and Dorothy Hodgson

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has invited Brandeis to submit a proposal to its Sawyer Seminar Program for 2019. This prestigious program funds year-long research seminars that bring together scholars from a variety of fields, mainly but not exclusively in the arts, humanities and humanistic social sciences, for multi-disciplinary and comparative inquiry on historical and contemporary topics of major scholarly significance. In addition to funding the seminar, the $225,000 grant provides support for one postdoctoral fellow and for the dissertation research of two graduate students.

Brandeis’s full proposal is due at the Mellon Foundation by March 29. In order to allow sufficient time for us to choose the best proposal(s) and to work with the proposers to maximize the likelihood of success, please have interested parties submit by February 1 a concept of no more than 10 pages

(1)     The central questions to be addressed and the significance of the inquiry to be pursued;
(2)     The cases to be studied (e.g., nations, regions, time periods, cultural trends, social tensions) and the perspectives to be brought to bear on them;
(3)     The thematic “threads” that will run through the seminar;
(4)     A preliminary plan for the seminar that outlines possible session topics and provides the names and qualifications of the scholars who would ideally participate

Internal proposals should be submitted as PDFs or Word documents to limited-submissions@brandeis.edu by 5PM February 1. Internal proposals will be reviewed by a faculty committee, and we will select the university’s proposal by February 15.

I hope you will encourage your colleagues to come up with creative ideas that engage many parts of this university and colleagues around the world in bold explorations and excavations of important topics and themes. Brandeis is invited to submit Sawyer Seminar applications every three years or so and has hosted very productive Sawyer Seminars in 2013-14 and 2017-18. A full list of seminars that have been funded in the past is available on the Foundation's website.  Feel free to contact Michael Dettelbach (dettelbach@brandeis.edu) in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations with any questions or requests for assistance.

March 1, 2019

Furthermore grants in publishing, a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund, supports publication of nonfiction books that concern the arts, history, and the natural and built environment. Please contact the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations for additional guidance if you're considering an application.

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.