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External Funding Opportunities

We’ve pulled together external funding opportunities in the fields of data science, simulation, machine learning, big data research, high-performance computation, and other cyberscience topics. Check back often to find new opportunities!

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Current Funding Opportunities

NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program

The NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program is searching for Ph.D. students who are researching topics with the potential to make major advances in the graphics and high-performance computing industries. NVIDIA will provide funding upwards of $50,000 to as many as 10 students who are investigating innovative ways of leveraging the power of the GPU during the 2019-2020 […]

Funding Organization: NVIDIA Corporation

Deadline: 09-28-2018

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New Computational Methods for Understanding the Functional Role of DNA Variants that are Associated with Mental Disorders

This research initiative aims to identify novel biological processes, mechanisms, and potential therapeutic targets. It will support developing conceptual frameworks and computational tools for evaluating, in a data-driven and unbiased manner, the functional relevance of both common and rare variants robustly associated with mental disorders. Learn more about this opportunity here.

Funding Organization: National Institutes of Health

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NSF Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS) Innovative Approaches to Science and Engineering Research on Brain Function

Computational neuroscience provides a theoretical foundation and a rich set of technical approaches for understanding complex neurobiological systems, building on the theory, methods, and findings of computer science, neuroscience, and numerous other disciplines. This opportunity is open for international collaboration. Learn more about this opportunity here.

Funding Organization: National Science Foundation

Deadline: 11-27-2018

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NSF 2026 Idea Machine

The NSF 2026 Idea Machine is a competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering. Participants can earn prizes and receive public recognition by suggesting the pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade, the next set of “Big Ideas” for future investment by the […]

Funding Organization: National Science Foundation

Deadline: 10-26-2018

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Penn State Center for Security Research and Education Faculty Fellows Program

The CSRE fellowship program provides fellows with the opportunity to propose and lead an interdisciplinary research and education program related to security. CSRE defines security broadly to include threats to homeland, national, and global peace and security; the underlying causes of these threats; strategies and techniques for prevention and consequence management; and the effects of […]

Funding Organization: The Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) at Penn State

Deadline: 11-01-2018

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Penn State Center for Security Research and Education Grant Program and Application (Various Due Dates)

The Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) at Penn State offers grants to support interdisciplinary research efforts addressing the broad range of security challenges confronting society and educational activities designed to enhance understanding of the broad range of security challenges confronting society. Applicants may seek funding to address the threats currently facing individuals, families, […]

Funding Organization: The Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) at Penn State

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NIH Research Education: Bridges to the Doctorate (R25)

The over-arching goal of this National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce. A program application must include each educational activity, and describe how they will be synergized to make a comprehensive program. This program requires partnerships between master’s degree-granting […]

Funding Organization: National Institutes of Health

Deadline: 09-25-2018

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Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research. Applicants must be junior faculty members holding at least a 60% appointment in a tenure series or its equivalent. Priority will be given to applicants who have not yet been considered for […]

Funding Organization: Greenwall

Deadline: 01-11-2019

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Energy, Power, Control, and Networks (EPCN)

The EPCN Program supports innovative research in modeling, optimization, learning, adaptation, higher-level decision making, dynamic resource allocation, risk management in the presence of uncertainty, sub-system failures, and stochastic disturbances. EPCN also invests in novel machine learning algorithms and analysis, adaptive dynamic programming, brain-like networked architectures performing real-time learning, and neuromorphic engineering. EPCN’s encourages research in […]

Funding Organization: National Science Foundation

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NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants (AAG)

AAG offers individual investigator and collaborative research grants for observational, theoretical, laboratory, and archival data studies in astronomy and astrophysics. AAG also considers proposals for projects and tools that enable or enhance astronomical research. Proposals may span multiple disciplines and/or areas of study and may utilize multiple techniques. In all cases, proposals must demonstrate the […]

Funding Organization: National Science Foundation

Deadline: 11-15-2018

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NIH Department of Health and Human Services: Genomic Innovator Award

This program supports highly creative individuals in National Human Genome Research Institute priority research areas, such as the development of resources, approaches, or technologies that will accelerate genomic research on the structure of genomes, computational genomics, or research on the ethical, legal, and societal implications of genomics and genetics research. Learn more about this NIH […]

Funding Organization: National Institutes of Health

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NIH Discovery of Biomarkers, Biomarker Signatures, and Endpoints for Pain (LOI due Oct. 27)

This FOA promotes the discovery of strong candidate biomarkers and endpoints for pain that can be used to enable the development of non-opioid pain therapeutics. It is designed to support the development of computational and statistical methods that can benefit the discovery phase or prepare for validation phase activities such as approaches that will enhance […]

Funding Organization: National Institutes of Health

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Dan David Prize – Call For Nominations 2019

The Dan David Prize is an international prize endowed by the Dan David Foundation and headquartered at Tel Aviv University. Three prizes are awarded annually within three time dimensions – Past, Present, and Future. The selected fields for 2019 are macro history for the past time dimension, defending democracy for the present time dimension, and combatting […]

Funding Organization: Dan David Prize

Deadline: 11-30-2018

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Simons Foundation Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science

The intent of this program is to support scientists in their most productive years and to create new pathways for research. Eligible participants must be engaged in theoretical research in mathematics, physics, astrophysics or computer science, must have a primary appointment as a tenured faculty member, and must not have been a Simons Investigator previously.  Learn […]

Funding Organization: Simons Foundation

Deadline: 09-12-2018

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Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS)

The MMLS program supports theoretical approaches in making contributions to life sciences. A broad spectrum of research areas within the life sciences will be considered, ranging from cellular-level issues of organization, regulation, signaling and morphogenic dynamics to the properties of organisms and ecology, as well as neuroscience and evolution. Preference will be given to areas […]

Funding Organization: Simons Foundation

Deadline: 09-12-2018

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NSF Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program

The IGE program is designed to develop and implement bold, new, and possibly transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. The program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. Learn more about the IGE […]

Funding Organization: National Science Foundation

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NSF-BSF Joint Funding Programs (Various Due Dates)

The National Science Foundation and Israel Binational Science Foundation have partnered to offer various funding programs such as Computational Neuroscience, Cyber Security and Privacy, Computer Networks and Systems and Computing and Communications Foundations. Researchers within the United States must partner with a researcher from Israel for the project to be eligible. Learn more about these opportunities here. 

Funding Organization: NSF-BSF

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NIH Encouraging Development of Novel Amelogenesis Models

This FOA is looking to create and validate new models that can advance studies of healthy and diseased human conditions involving teeth. The study researches enamel formation and enamel disorders. Advances in developmental and stem cell biology, bioengineering, microfabrication, and 3D in–vitro systems-based technologies can prove to be useful in modeling the enamel. Learn more about this […]

Funding Organization: National Institutes of Health

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NIH Integrative Omics to Enhance Therapeutics Development for Healthy Aging

This FOA is a phased innovation initiative to facilitate integrative approaches to identify omics profiles for healthy aging. The relationships of genetic variants to expression profiles of RNA, proteins and metabolites that influence longevity and health are complex. These datasets, if examined by integrative approaches uniting ‘top-down’ omics data with ‘bottom-up’ biological networks in a […]

Funding Organization: National Institutes of Health

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Simons Foundation: Collaboration on the Origins of Life for Investigator Awards

The Simons Foundation established the Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life (SCOL) to advance our knowledge of the processes that led to the emergence of life. The collaboration supports innovative research on topics such as the astrophysical and planetary context of the origins of life, the development of prebiotic chemistry, the assembly of the […]

Funding Organization: Simons Foundation

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NIH Novel Approaches for Characterizing Exposure and Response to Engineered Nanomaterials (ENMs)

This opportunity solicits development or adaptation of novel technologies to enable the characterization of human exposures to engineered nanomaterials and to monitor or assess ENMs in diverse media ranging from biological samples to air and water. There is a need for improved tools including materials, methods, models, and informatics needed to address research gaps. This […]

Funding Organization: National Institutes of Health

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NSF Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS)

The INFEWS program seeks to support research that conceptualizes FEW systems, incorporating social and behavioral processes, physical processes, natural processes, biological processes, and cyber-components. Investigations of these systems may generate discoveries that cannot emerge from research on food or energy or water systems alone. The goal of this program is to catalyze well-integrated, convergent research […]

Funding Organization: National Science Foundation

Deadline: 09-26-2018

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Call for Research in Computer-Aided Design and Test

Semiconductor Research Corp. Global Research Collaboration is soliciting white papers in the area of Computer-Aided Design and Test. Individual investigators or research teams can apply. Each researcher may be involved in no more than two white papers. Learn more about CADT here.

Funding Organization: Semiconductor Research Corporation

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NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award

The NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award supports groundbreaking research with the potential to create new scientific models, establish new and improved clinical approaches or develop transformative technologies. Applications across all disciplines are welcome and no preliminary data is required. Projects must show the possibility to create an impact in biomedical or behavioral research. Approximately seven […]

Funding Organization: National Institutes of Health

Deadline: 09-21-2018

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BRAIN Initiative: Development and Validation of Novel Tools to Probe Cell-Specific and Circuit-Specific Processes in the Brain

This FOA is intended to support development of new tools to enable the analysis of brain cells and circuits along with providing insights into the neural circuitry and structure underlying complex behaviors. The BRAIN Initiative encourages collaborations between neurobiologists and scientists from statistics, physics, mathematics, engineering and computer and information sciences. This opportunity supports unique […]

Funding Organization: National Institutes of Health

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NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track

Eligibility for EPSCoR Program If you were considering applying for the EPSCoR funding opportunity, please note that Penn State researchers may not be the principal investigator on these grants due to the program’s eligibility. Penn State researchers may only work with or support another applying entity. Find out more information about EPSCoR below.   EPSCoR […]

Funding Organization: National Science Foundation

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NASA ROSES 2018: Heliophysics Space Weather Operations to Research

NASA is seeking applications to improve specifications and forecasts of the energetic particle and plasma conditions encountered by spacecraft within Earth’s magnetosphere. The goal of the funding opportunity is to improve numerical models and data utilization that could lead to improved understanding. Employing data assimilation and/or machine-learning techniques is also encouraged. Learn more about this […]

Funding Organization: NASA

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NSF Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships

The Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships program supports innovative, potentially transformative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. NSF expects STCs to demonstrate leadership in the involvement of groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering at all levels within the Center. To support team development and preproposal preparation, Penn State […]

Funding Organization: National Science Foundation

Deadline: 12-21-2018

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NSF Probability

The Probability Program supports research on the theory and applications of probability. Subfields include discrete probability, stochastic processes, limit theory, interacting particle systems, stochastic differential and partial differential equations, and Markov processes. Research in probability which relates to other areas of science and engineering is encouraged. Learn more here.

Funding Organization: National Science Foundation

Deadline: 09-25-2018

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NASA Rapid Response and Novel Research in Earth Science

This opportunity is seeking proposals pertaining to quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic extreme events and unanticipated or unpredictable events. Examples include major fires, volcanic eruptions, coral bleaching events and more. The research must require rapid, near-term data acquisition, field work, or other such research activities. The program also supports novel research in Earth remote sensing. Learn more here. 

Funding Organization: NASA

Deadline: 03-29-2019

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NSF Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS)

The INFEWS program supports research into food, energy, and water (FEW) systems to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability. Major goals include advancing understanding of FEW systems through quantitative, predictive and computational modeling and developing real-time, cyber-enabled interfaces that improve understanding of the behavior of FEW systems and […]

Funding Organization: National Science Foundation

Deadline: 09-26-2018

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NASA Dual Use Technology Development Cooperative Agreement Notice

This notice seeks responses from potential partners interested in entering into a Cooperative Agreement with NASA for the joint development of technologies to meet Stennis Space Center (SSC) needs. The SSC is the primary NASA rocket propulsion testing center. SSC technology interests include big data processing and analysis, computational modeling and simulation, and decision support […]

Funding Organization: NASA

Deadline: 09-30-2018

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