Finding Funding

For Faculty & Staff

Synergy Grants from the European Research Council

The European Research Council (ERC), an agency of the European Union, will very likely announce another competition for Synergy grants. These are large ($10M or so) collaborative grants to address path-breaking, interdisciplinary research challenges. The prime recipient organization must be an ERC member or affiliate country, but US researchers are welcome as collaborators. If you are working with researchers in the EU and wish to develop a Synergy proposal, now is a good time to get started.    

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 with you about the review process.

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  • Expected date the call for proposals will be released: July 19, 2017
  • Expected deadline: November 14, 2017

NSF-Simons Research Centers for Mathematics of Complex Biological Systems (MathBioSys)

The purpose of the NSF-Simons Research Centers for Mathematics of Complex Biological Systems (MathBioSys) is to enable innovative collaborative research at the intersection of mathematics and molecular, cellular and organismal biology, to establish new connections between these two disciplines, and to promote interdisciplinary education and workforce training. The National Science Foundation Directorates for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) and for Biological Sciences (BIO) and the Simons Foundation Division of Mathematics and the Physical Sciences (MPS) and Division of Life Sciences shall jointly sponsor up to three new research centers to facilitate collaborations among groups of mathematicians, statisticians, and biologists.

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  • Letter of Intent Due Date: August 10, 2017
  • Full proposal deadline: September 29, 2017

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 S&T Policy Fellow, and career impact.
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  • The application deadline for the 2018-19 fellowship year is November 1, 2017.
  • 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.

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.