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 

For Faculty & Staff

In light of the emergence and spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States and abroad, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical-care research that can be used immediately to explore how to model and understand the spread of COVID-19, to inform and educate about the science of virus transmission and prevention, and to encourage the development of processes and actions to address this global challenge.

NSF encourages the research community to respond to this challenge through existing funding opportunities. In addition, we invite researchers to use the Rapid Response Research (RAPID) funding mechanism, which allows NSF to receive and review proposals having a severe urgency with regard to availability of or access to data, facilities or specialized equipment as well as quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events.

January 8, 2021

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 not as salary substitutes, scholarships, or grants in aid. Brandeis faculty have been very successful in securing these valuable funds, and I encourage you to apply. 

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

PROGRAM: 2021 Seed Grant Program
OBJECTIVES: This program provides start-up money for junior faculty developing new and innovative research projects or programs that have the potential of becoming competitive for an NIH grant or other external funding sources. It is not meant to supplement existing funding.

For Students

Apply to present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research

December 1, 2020

Deadline to Apply to present at the virtual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), which will be held from April 12-14, 2021. NCUR is an all-undergraduate conference where students from all academic disciplines and any higher educational institution can share their research. For information on how to apply, visit the NCUR website.

December 12, 2020

The National Collegiate Research Conference (NCRC) will be held on January 24-26, 2021.
NCRC is a multidisciplinary conference organized annually organized by the Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association (HCURA) for undergraduates researchers in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. In 2020, ~200 participants from nearly 75 universities across the United States and abroad attended the conference. The 2021 conference will be held over Zoom. The application deadline for general applications is December 12th, 2020 (11:59PM EST). In addition, late applications are accepted (late fee imposed) until December, 20th, 2020.

Links to resources curated to support undergraduate research.

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.