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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

Commonwealth Campuses Research Collaboration Development Program

Penn State will offer 20 awards of up to $10,000 to support independent and collaborative research at its Commonwealth campuses. Faculty members can submit proposals requiring the use of Penn State’s shared facilities. There will be two information sessions held at the Behrend (Nov. 8) and Altoona (Nov. 29) campuses.

Funding Organization: Penn State Research

Deadline: 03-01-2019

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NHLBI Omics Phenotypes of Heart, Lung, and Blood Disorders

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is funding research into common, complex disorders. There is a particular interest from NHLBI on studies focusing on sickle cell and other rare blood disorders. Research applicants from Institutions of higher education are encouraged to apply. The Letter of Intent is due Sept. 18, 2019.

Funding Organization: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Deadline: 10-18-2019

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DOE High Energy Physics Grants

The U.S. Department of Energy will put up to $100 million in university grants over the next three years toward the study of high energy physics. The grants could cover work including proton-proton collisions at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the study of neutrinos, the search for dark matter and dark energy, the advance of particle […]

Funding Organization: U.S. Department of Energy

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Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship

The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking undergraduate students and recent graduates for its summer term internship positions in 17 participating laboratories and facilities. The term runs for 10 weeks and provides opportunities to perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Funding Organization: U.S. Department of Energy

Deadline: 01-10-2019

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DOE Office of Science Visiting Faculty Program

The U.S. Department of Energy aims to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community. Faculty members will be selected to collaborate on a research project and may bring up to two students (one of which may be a graduate student). The program will run for 10 weeks during the […]

Funding Organization: U.S. Department of Energy

Deadline: 01-10-2019

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NSF Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future

This National Science Foundation program supports activities that significantly accelerate materials discovery and/or development by building the fundamental knowledge base needed to design and make materials and/or devices with specific and desired functions or properties. Proposals must be submitted on behalf of faculty members by accredited institutions of higher education.

Funding Organization: National Science Foundation

Deadline: 02-04-2019

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Erickson Discovery Grants

The Rodney A. Erickson Discovery Grant Program supports undergraduate student engagement in original research, scholarship, and creative work under the direct supervision of a faculty member in areas such as arts, engineering, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Penn State undergraduate students from all campuses in all fields of study may apply for a grant. The grants may be used to cover living expenses […]

Funding Organization: Penn State Undergraduate Research

Deadline: 03-24-2019

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National Oceanographic Partnership Program

The Office of Naval Research’s program will encompass seven identified ocean research and technology topics of mutual and emerging interest. Eligibility is unrestricted. Funding for one of the selected projects can last up to three years.

Funding Organization: Office of Naval Research

Deadline: 12-21-2018

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NCHRP Determination of Encroachment Conditions in Work Zones

The National Cooperative Highway Research Program is seeking proposals on how to best evaluate work zone encroachments and develop guidance to improve safety for workers and the traveling public in roadway work zones. The research proposal can address a number of areas, including methods to collect encroachment data in work zones, analyzing driver behavior in work zones, and develop guidance […]

Funding Organization: National Cooperative Highway Research Program

Deadline: 12-13-2018

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HHS Supporting Interstate Placement through Electronic Systems

The 20 anticipated grants will go toward the development and refinement of an electronic case-processing system to expedite interstate placements of children in foster, guardianship, or adoptive homes. In conjunction with the National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE) project, which allows state-to-state transfer of data on children who need placements across state lines, the grants will […]

Funding Organization: Department of Health and Human Services

Deadline: 05-03-2019

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AFSOR Research Interests

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research is soliciting research proposals to foster revolutionary scientific breakthroughs enabling the Air Force and U.S. industry to produce world-class, militarily significant, and commercially valuable products. Any qualified applicants from academia, non-profits, or elsewhere throughout the industry are welcome to submit proposals. The deadline is ongoing. Learn more about this […]

Funding Organization: Air Force Office of Scientific Research

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AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program

The Agricultural and Food Research Initiative supports grants to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. The grants are for six different areas of agriculture and food research — Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and […]

Funding Organization: Agricultural and Food Research Initiative

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PCC Micro-Grants

This Partnership for Clean Competition (PCC) program helps quickly fund quality research projects that fill immediate gaps in anti-doping knowledge. Qualified research must be limited to less than six months for completion and requires less than $75,000 in funding. PCC is seeking projects that enhance knowledge surrounding performance enhancing substances, provide reference materials, collect and test samples […]

Funding Organization: Partnership for Clean Competition

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NSF Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation

This NSF program supports interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidly advancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research. Proposals that key in on chromatin and epigenetic engineering and continuum, compliant, and configurable soft robotics engineering will be considered.

Funding Organization: National Science Foundation

Deadline: 01-07-2019

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NSF Documenting Endangered Languages

This National Science Foundation grant searches for projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Funding can support fieldwork and other activities relevant to the digital recording, documenting, and archiving of endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. Proposals are accepted anytime.

Funding Organization: National Science Foundation

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National Geographic Big Cats Conservation

National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative hopes to advance conservation efforts benefiting big cat populations, protecting and restoring them and their habitats via field-based, action-oriented, direct, and quantifiable strategic programs. Applicants may request up to $100,000.

Funding Organization: National Geographic

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National Geographic Conservation Technologies

National Geographic seeks to create novel tools and technologies to monitor ecosystem health. Priority is given to low-cost, scalable proposals that develop tools or capabilities needed to generate data and insights on ecosystem health, biodiversity distribution, patterns, and trends, as well as create or reimagine sensing modalities that can be applied to determine ecological health and implement new processing techniques that can […]

Funding Organization: National Geographic

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NSF AccelNet

The Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations aims to prepare the next generation of U.S. researchers for multi-team international collaborations. The program seeks to foster high-impact science and engineering by providing opportunities to create new collaborations and new combinations of resources and ideas among linked global networks.

Funding Organization: National Science Foundation

Deadline: 02-28-2019

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NSF Windows on the Universe

NSF’s Big Idea “Windows on the Universe” aims to build the capabilities and accelerate the synergy of electromagnetic waves, high-energy particles including neutrinos and cosmic rays, and gravitational waves. Research can be submitted in a number of different fields that address either the coordinator, observations, or interpretations of the multi-messenger universe. Proposal due dates depend on which […]

Funding Organization: National Science Foundation

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NSF Computer Science for All

The NSF Computer Science for All program has a goal to provide educational opportunities in computer science in schools at the pre-K through 12 levels. The funding for this project would enable researcher-practitioner partnerships that focus on the development needed to bring computer science and computational thinking education to schools.

Funding Organization: National Science Foundation

Deadline: 02-12-2019

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NSF Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs

NSF’s BD Hubs program, which features four Hubs across the United States for the building and sustaining of a successful national big data innovation ecosystem, will provide four research projects with a maximum of $4 million for up to four years. The funded projects will enable research in the foundations of data science, advanced cyberinfrastructure, […]

Funding Organization: National Science Foundation

Deadline: 12-18-2018

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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