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

August 8, 2018

Young Faculty Award (YFA) Proposers Day

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a Proposers Day to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of an anticipated Research Announcement (RA) for the Young Faculty Award (YFA) program. The Proposers Day will be held on August 8, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM. The event will be held via a webcast only. Advance registration is required for viewing the webcast.

August 31, 2018

IBM is funding an annual contest called “Call for Code” in which developers can win up to $200,000 for creating tools that solve problems involving humanitarian crises. This inaugural year, the competition seeks new software that can help people respond to, or prepare for, environmental catastrophes.

The winner of the Call for Code Global Award will receive:

  •     The Call for Code Global Award presented by a jury of eminent technologists at the Call for Code Award Event.
  •     $200,000 USD cash prize.
  •     Long-term open source project support from The Linux Foundation.
  •     Venture capitalist introduction and pitch to turn your idea into a funded company.
  •     The opportunity to deploy your solution with an IBM Corporate Service Corps team.

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

September 12, 2018

Since 1976, the Rita Allen Foundation has awarded millions of dollars in grants to early-career biomedical scholars. These grants allow them to establish labs and pursue research directions with above-average risk and promise.

The Rita Allen Foundation currently makes grants for charitable purposes in two primary domains:

  • Investing in young leaders in science and social innovation, and
  • Promoting civic literacy and engagement.

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

  • Visual Arts (includes painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, film/video, installation, new media, digital arts, and other visual arts fields)