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.

The list below is not a complete list of opportunities. For more comprehensive funding opportunity searches the library now provides access to an aid for locating and securing research funding. Pivot™ answers the growing demands on research developers to quickly discover the right funding opportunities and effectively collaborate with their colleagues. Enter search terms or browse by keyword to explore the latest funding opportunities and research trends. Brandeis Researchers can create an account to manage active or tracked funding opportunities, save searches, share opportunities, and save funding records and funding searches.

Here are some additional resources about Pivot:

Quick Start Guides
Pivot's educational YouTube channel
Creating and Updating Your Profile 

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) also maintains a comprehensive list of additional funding opportunity databases available to Brandeis faculty and staff, and a calendar of recurring foundation RFPs in all fields.

For Faculty & Staff

January 10, 2020

The Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation provides small travel grants (averaging about $5,700) to college and university faculty for study away from their home campuses. The purpose of the grants is "to stimulate and broaden the minds of teachers so as to improve and enhance the quality of their instruction". The grants are primarily for travel and related expenses, and should not be considered a salary substitute, scholarship, or grant in aid.

Candidate Information Form


If you plan to apply, please complete a Project Approval Form with the Office of Research Administration in advance of your submitting a proposal.

January 15, 2020

The Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars Program attracts high achieving postdoctoral scholars from premier universities in the United States to do research at one of seven Israeli universities. Once they complete their research, many Zuckerman postdocs are expected to accept faculty positions at top North American universities, weaving a network of academic collaboration and goodwill that will greatly benefit U.S. Israeli scientific cooperation.

First deadline: Applications accepted through January 15, 2020. Applications will be reviewed and ranked by the Selection Committee in February. Finalists will be announced in early March, 2020.

Second deadline: Applications accepted through March 15, 2020. Applications will be reviewed and ranked by the Selection Committee in April. Finalists will be announced in early May, 2020.

February 1, 2020

The American College of Surgeons presents scholarships focused on health policy. The scholarships can be used to subsidize attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) seeks independent researchers and physician-scientists who are pursuing discoveries in basic biology and biomedicine nationwide. HHMI provides Investigators with unusually generous and flexible support for renewable seven-year terms. We currently support nearly 300 Investigators, who maintain their academic appointments and labs at their home institutions across the U.S.

Eligible scientists apply directly, without institutional nomination or limits to the number of applicants from any of more than 200 eligible institutions. All questions should be directed to

Funding for tenure-track professors who do not have start up funds have access to $4,000 in research and travel funds. Activities to be supported by this fund include: research travel, travel to conferences, computers/software, Widener card, books, course development materials, and research assistants.

Library guide to information on funding and grants, scholarships, and fellowships, by division.

Find more research opportunities at the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, and opportunities specifically for the Division of Social Sciences.

For Students

Brandeis University's Hiatt Career Center provides opportunities to support your research. See especially the Internship and Research Grants.

Financial support for research is available at Brandeis. Find targeted information for social scientists about external funding opportunities, and the staff on campus who can assist.

Find out more about opportunities across campus to fund your research and creative work.

Find more research opportunities for undergraduates at Academic Services.