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.

Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards

FUNDER: The Simons Foundation

PROGRAM: The purpose of these awards is to help launch the careers of outstanding investigators who will advance our understanding of marine microbial ecology and evolution through experiments, modeling or theory. Projects focusing on the microbiomes of invertebrates or vertebrates or on paleontological records will not be considered this year. Investigators with backgrounds in different fields are encouraged to apply.

FUNDING INFORMATION: Grants will be for $180,000 per year, including indirect costs (limited to 20 percent of modified total direct costs), for a period of three years, subject to annual reviews and continuation of research in areas relevant to the purpose of this program. Appropriate expenses include salary support for the investigator and postdoctoral and graduate research assistants, travel, equipment, supplies and other research expenses. Awards will begin April 1, 2018.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. She/he must have carried out research in a tenure-track or equivalent independent position for at least one year and no more than eight years (start date between November 2009 and November 2016) and must currently hold a tenure-track, tenured, or equivalent independent position in a U.S. or Canadian institution. She/he must be the principal investigator (PI) or co-PI currently or within the past year on a research grant from a national governmental agency or major foundation.

PROCESS: There is no limit on number of applications from the university. Applicants must submit an LOI online that includes a biosketch (2 pg. maximum), a narrative describing their research vision and plan (2 pg. maximum), a 250-word paragraph describing the significance of their most important published work in the last 5 years, and 2 letters of recommendation (letters due on October 30, 2017).

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  • LOI: November 6, 2017
  • Full proposal (if invited): February 22, 2018

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

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.
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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.