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:

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For Faculty & Staff

April 30, 2021

Every two years since 2015, the JM Kaplan Fund has awarded $175k/ 3 yrs to 8-10 early-stage social enterprises and their founders, "spearheading transformative early-stage projects in the fields of social justice, the environment, and heritage conservation" in the U.S.

Online applications for the 2021 Prize are due April 30 and are intentionally brief to encourage as many applications as possible. They welcome projects being "incubated" within larger, established organizations like Brandeis, so long as they are clearly on a trajectory to spin out as independent organizations. They don't even care at this stage if you have a fiscal sponsor -- ambitious students can apply, and if their ideas advance, the foundation will find them a sponsor.

2019 winners include a project based at Villanova University, training non-lawyers to provide legal services to immigrants, much like Brandies' TRII.

The program director Justin Goldbach welcomes questions at jmkinnovationprize@jmkfund.org.

May 3, 2021

The National Robotics Initiative 3.0: Innovations in Integration of Robotics (NRI-3.0) program builds upon the preceding National Robotics Initiative (NRI) programs to support fundamental research in the United States that will advance the science of robot integration. The program supports research that promotes integration of robots to the benefit of humans including human safety and human independence.

Collaboration between academic, industry, non-profit, and other organizations is encouraged to establish better linkages between fundamental science and engineering and technology development, deployment, and use.

The NRI-3.0 program is supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Transportation (DOT), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

June 11, 2021

The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise support emerging to mid-career immigrant professionals who have demonstrated exceptional achievements early in their careers. Young immigrant research scientists and artists are welcome to apply for a $50,000 cash award in the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science.

July 12, 2021

The National Science Foundation's Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (NSF/SBE) is participating in the Trans-Atlantic Platform Call for Proposals, Recovery, Renewal, and Resilience in a Post-Pandemic World (T-AP RRR). T-AP RRR is a grant competition that will support international collaborative research projects that address key gaps in our understanding of the complex and dynamic societal effects of COVID-19.

BACKGROUND: The COVID-19 pandemic is a major crisis that touches on all aspects of health, social, economic, political, and cultural life. From major disruptions to the global economy to the dislocation of normal interpersonal relationships, no society, business, community, family or individual has escaped its impacts.

SUMMARY OF OPPORTUNITY: T-AP RRR will support international collaborative research projects that advance our understanding of the complex and dynamic societal effects of COVID-19. This understanding, in turn, should advance knowledge of how to mitigate the negative societal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and support recovery and renewal in a post-pandemic world. Specifically, T-AP RRR invites research proposals that address one or more of the following challenges: reducing inequalities and vulnerabilities; building a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable society; fostering democratic governance and participation; advancing responsible and inclusive digital innovation; and/or ensuring effective and accurate communication and media.

For Students

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.