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

May 17, 2022

The Brandeis Library's Research Excellence Prize recognizes students who apply sophisticated information literacy skills to the selection, evaluation and synthesis of sources for a research project. In addition to highlighting exemplary student scholarship, the Award serves to encourage students to engage with library resources and make use of library services. Six $250 prizes will be given!

May 18, 2022

Funding for frontier, potentially transformative research in life sciences. Two different types of fellowships are available. Long-Term and Cross-Disciplinary. Applications for high-risk projects are particularly encouraged.

May 31, 2022

Research is often driven by a compelling societal or scientific challenge; however, it may take the researcher community years to develop a solution. To deliver tangible solutions that have a nation-wide societal impact and at a more accelerated pace, the NSF Convergence Accelerator brings together multiple disciplines, expertise, and cross- cutting partnerships to develop solutions through a convergence research approach and innovation processes. 

 The funding opportunity track focuses include:

Track H: Enhancing Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities 

Track I: Sustainable Materials for Global Challenges

Track J: Food & Nutrition Security 

June 1, 2022

In this workshop, you will gain in-depth exposure to the tools and techniques used by the Allen Institute to collect in vivo physiology data at scale. The Allen Institute was a key contributor to the development of Neuropixels probes (along with researchers and engineers at HHMI Janelia Research Campus, University College London, and Imec), which are quickly becoming the standard for extracellular electrophysiology recordings. The Institute has also pioneered rigs and protocols needed for high-throughput recordings from the mouse visual system, which are now accessible to the community via the BRAIN Initiative–funded OpenScope program.

In this workshop, participants from around the world will have the opportunity to tour our in vivo electrophysiology and imaging facilities and learn the details of these methods from Allen Institute and UW scientists and staff. Lectures and demonstrations will cover all aspects of generating high-quality physiology datasets, from surgery to behavior training to neural recordings. Participants will also learn how to access data from the Allen Brain Observatory and about the OpenScope program.

You can expect to come away from the workshop with a better understanding of proven techniques for improving the quality and throughput of recordings in your own lab.

June 10, 2022

The Vilcek Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2023 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise. Three prizes of $50,000 each will be awarded in each of two categories: Biomedical Science and Music.

The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise recognize and celebrate the contributions of immigrants to the arts, culture, and society in the United States. The prizes are awarded to foreign-born scientists and artists whose early-career work represents a significant contribution to their field.

June 17, 2022

Supporting young scholars and policy thinkers on American foreign policy; international relations; international security; military policy; and diplomatic and military history. The Foundation will award at least three research grants of $60,000 each for recipients to research and write a book.

August 19, 2022

NEH is again holding its Summer Stipends competition and the revised guidelines have been posted on the Endowment’s website. The award is in the amount of $6,000 for the summer of 2023. Brandeis may nominate two faculty members for this award. Faculty who would like to be considered for this nomination should submit a one-page description of their proposed research to Josette McWilliams by August 19, 2022. The final deadline for nominees to submit for this year’s competition is September 21, 2022.

This is one of the world’s most renowned gatherings on science & technology covering a broad range of topics from healthcare, life sciences, digitalization, material sciences, energy, mobility and new ways of working together. The conference also features the awarding of the 1 million euro Future Insight Prize. Check out the renowned speakers panel, secure your ticket now and submit your abstract for presentation. United by science for a better tomorrow

October 13, 2022

Approximately 50 early-career faculty will be invited to participate as Fellows, with early career spanning the time from the first year on the faculty through recently post-tenure. To nominate yourself or another early-career scientist, please contact the program director or use the Scialog Fellow Nomination Form.

Becoming a Scialog Fellow positions the awardee for future research awards in the same Scialog field.

August 31, 2022

The application phase for the 2022 research grants has started for projects on artificial intelligence, drug discovery, chemical synthesis and sustainability. Send in your research proposal now.

For Students

The Undergraduate Research and Creative Collaborations Office (URCC) recently launched ForagerOne, a new integrated system and searchable database, to connect undergraduates with research opportunities and faculty mentors. Detailed information including instructional videos are available for students who are interested in undergraduate research fellowships and grants, paid research assistant jobs, and faculty mentors; and faculty who would like to connect with students and potential faculty collaborators at Brandeis. To get started, undergraduates and faculty can visit ForagerOne, click on “Log In” in the top right, select Brandeis from the list and log in with your Brandeis credentials. If you have any questions, please contact Margaret Lynch.

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers many resources for graduate student fellowships and grants.

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.