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.

This is not a complete list of opportunities. For more comprehensive funding opportunity searches visit grants.gov (for government funding agencies), or GrantForward (database available through the library's Funding & Grants: Information Resources page). And the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) maintains a comprehensive list of funding opportunity databases available to Brandeis faculty and staff, and a calendar of recurring foundation RFPs in all fields.

For Faculty & Staff

Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for Higher Education of Present and Prospective Teachers

January 11, 2019

The primary purpose of the Foundation is to award fellowships to present and prospective teachers, with an emphasis on present teachers at the college or university level, to enable them to study abroad or at some location or locations other than that with which they are most closely associated. The Foundation has been a generous supporter of Brandeis faculty for more than 30 years. Please contact the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations for more information and the solicitation letter from the foundation.

January 22, 2019

Funder: Google.org

The Google AI Impact Challenge is an open call to nonprofits, social enterprises, and research institutions around the world to submit their ideas to use AI to help address social  and environmental challenges. The projects must fit the following criteria:
Impact: How will the proposed project address a societal challenge? Is the application grounded in research and data about the problem and the solution? Is there a clear plan to deploy the AI  model for real-world impact, and what are the expected outcomes?
Feasibility: Does the team have a well-developed, realistic plan to execute on the proposal, incl. access to a meaningful dataset and technical expertise to apply AI to the problem? Have they  identified the right partners and domain experts needed for implementation?
Use of AI: Does the proposal apply AI technology to the issue it seeks to address?
Scalability: If successful, how can this project scale beyond the initial proposal?
Responsibility: Does the proposed use of artificial intelligence align with Google’s AI Principles?

The mission of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is to make strategic, early investments in science and technology that will have long-term positive impact on our nation's national security. In addition to program-specific opportunities, each DARPA technical office maintains an “office-wide” Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) that covers a range of technical areas of interest to each particular office. The office-wide BAAs are refreshed on an annual basis and offer a mechanism for researchers to reach DARPA with ideas that they feel could be valuable to national security.

The Zuckerman postdoctoral program supports future generations of leaders in science, technology, engineering and math by providing scholarships for postdoctoral students from premier universities in the United States to do research at one of seven Israeli universities: Bar-Ilan University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, University of Haifa, Weizmann Institute of Science, or Technion–Israel Institute of Technology.

Brandeis is already part of the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program: in 2016/17, Matthew Cordes participated in the Zuckerman Postdoctoral program, and in 2017/18, Nick Wadleigh also participated in the Zuckerman Postdoctoral program.

Students who are about to complete their doctorate are eligible to apply for a Zuckerman scholarship to conduct postdoctoral research in Israel—see the program guidelines for 2019-2020 and contact the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations.

The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is notifying members of the research community about the addition of a core program, called Foundations of Emerging Technologies (FET), within its Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF).

The FET core program joins the existing three core programs within CCF: Algorithmic Foundations (AF), Communications and Information Foundations (CIF), and Software Hardware Foundations (SHF). Research in quantum computing and computational biology, formerly considered across these three core programs, is now addressed by the FET program. More information about the FET and other CCF core programs, along with proposal submission guidelines, can be found in the CCF Core Programs solicitation NSF 18-568.

The Russell Sage Foundation makes external grants for social science research projects that address questions of interest under our programs and special initiatives. We provide support primarily for analyzing data and writing up results, and particularly welcome innovative projects that collect or analyze new data to illuminate issues that are highly relevant to the foundation's funding priorities. For more information, contact Brandeis' Corporate and Foundation Relations office.

March 1, 2019

Furthermore grants in publishing, a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund, supports publication of nonfiction books that concern the arts, history, and the natural and built environment. Please contact the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations for additional guidance if you're considering an application.

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.

More Information

  • 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
  • More information available on the Academic Fellowships website

Find more research opportunities for undergraduates at Academic Services.