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

February 5, 2020

The Smith Family Foundation Odyssey Award was created in 2017 to generate breakthroughs and drive new directions in biomedical research. The awards will fund high-risk, high-reward pilot projects solicited from our brightest junior faculty in the region. Note: Shantanu Jadhav (Psychology) won a 2019 Odyssey Award.

Deadline: 2/5/2020 (internal submission deadline for this limited submission opportunity); 3/18/2020 (submission by nominee)

March 4, 2020

Apply now for the 2020 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program in the Basic Sciences or Clinical/Health Services Research with the Charles A. King Fellowship. King fellowships are two-year postdoctoral fellowships, for investigators pursuing research into the causes of human disease. Although many King Fellows work in medical schools, investigators at Brandeis and other local R1 Arts and Sciences faculties also regularly win these awards (two 2019 fellows are at BC).

March 25, 2020

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program addresses the need for a high quality STEM workforce in STEM disciplines supported by the program and for the increased success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The program seeks to:

1) increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in S-STEM eligible disciplines and entering the workforce or graduate programs in STEM;

2) improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need; and

3) generate knowledge to advance understanding of how interventions or evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways, and graduation of low-income students in STEM.

April 1, 2020

The $25,000 Alice award is given annually to a richly illustrated book that makes a valuable contribution to its field and demonstrates high standards of production. Books selected by the award jury for the Alice Short List each receive $5,000.

The award is intended to buttress the kind of slow reading movement that recognizes and cherishes the lasting values of the well-made illustrated book, and the special sense of intimacy it affords. Fields considered include the fine arts and the natural and built environments and related public issues.

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

For Students

February 14, 2020

Hosted by North Carolina State University, this 10-week program focuses on advanced sequencing tools that are transforming the way biologists conduct research and inclusive science. Participants learn about sequencing techniques, prepare samples in the lab, and participate in professional development opportunities and site visits. A series of workshops and service-learning opportunities promote diversity in science and learning.

February 26, 2020

The Division of Science is committed to supporting summer research by undergraduates in faculty research groups/labs, as it provides in-depth experience in the scientific process not easily acquired in a classroom setting.

The formal summer research program in Summer 2020 will run from June 1 to August 7, 2020. SciFest X will take place on Thursday, August 6, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

April 17, 2020

In order to cover certain dissertation-related expenses, especially travel, Brandeis' Office of the Provost is accepting proposals for support from doctoral students with an approved dissertation proposal.

Acceptable Reimbursable Expenses include:

  • Research-related travel expenses (airfare, train fare, etc.).
  • Archive/library (digital or in-person) access fees.
  • Special equipment and software.
  • For music composition and theory students, travel for/work with ensemble or performer who is executing composition.

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.