Current Funding Opportunities
Upcoming Funding Deadlines (September-December)
Temple University’s Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) works to identify current opportunities for grant funding. Please check this page regularly for updates on available opportunities and for current foundation and corporation requests for proposals (RFPs). For additional information, please contact a member of Temple University’s CFR staff.
Simons Foundation – Mathematics and Theoretical Physics Focus Areas:
The Simons Foundation works to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences. To that end, the foundation is inviting applications for the 2018 Simons Fellows Programs in both mathematics and theoretical physics. Funding:
Up to $100,000 for up to a semester-long research leave Deadline:
September 28, 2018
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Translational Research Focus Areas:
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education, and patient services. It’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
To advance these goals, the society’s Translational Research Program was developed to encourage and provide early support for clinical research in leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma focused on innovative approaches to treatment, diagnosis, and prevention. The program is designed to support new and innovative research that demonstrates high promise for translating basic biomedical knowledge to clinical application. Projects should be based on molecular, cellular, or integrated systems findings and be conceptually innovative.
$600,000 over three years
September 29, 2017 (LOI)
Google - Computer Science Research Focus Areas:
Google support cutting-edge research in broad areas of computer science, including, but not limited to: algorithms and optimization; Computational neuroscience; Cooling and power; Digital Media Processing; Geo/maps; Human-computer interaction; Information retrieval and real time content; Machine learning and data mining; Machine perception; Machine translation; Mobile; Natural language processing; Networking; Physical interfaces and immersive experiences; Privacy; Recommendation systems; Security; Social Signal Processing; Software engineering and programming; Speech; Structured data, extraction, semantic graph, and database management; and Systems (hardware and software). Funding:
September 30, 2017
Whitehall Foundation - Environment & Life Sciences and Medical Research Focus Areas:
The Whitehall Foundation provides research grants to established scientists at accredited institutions in the United States. The Foundation focuses on environmental and life sciences and medical research. Applicants are judged on the scientific merit and innovative aspects of their proposal. Research grants will not be awarded to investigators who have already received, or expect to receive, substantial support from other sources, even for unrelated purposes.
October 1, 2017
Westinghouse – STEM, environment, and community safety Focus Areas:
The Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program provides financial support in one or more areas, including education (with a focus on STEM disciplines), environmental sustainability, and community safety and vitality.
- STEM Education: Grants support education programs that improve knowledge and literacy, with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math
- Environmental Sustainability: Grants support programs with the goal of preserving or restoring land, improving air or water quality, or biodiversity.
- Community Safety and Vitality: Grants support programs that improve the overall quality of life within a community by supporting initiatives that enhance safety and public well-being.
Grant amounts are based on program budgets and are determined on an individual basis Deadline:
October 1, 2017
Spencer Foundation – Education Focus Areas:
Grants will be awarded to support intellectually ambitious large-scale education research projects. In an effort to create much-needed space for creative and ambitious research projects that promise to advance our understanding of educational practice and its improvement, the program encourages proposals from scholars across a variety of disciplines and fields. Funding:
$100,000 – $1,000,000
October 12, 2017 (LOI)
American Cancer Society & Melanoma Research Alliance – Cancer Research Focus Areas:
The American Cancer Society and the Melanoma Research Alliance have partnered to support research leading to the reduction of immune-related adverse events (irAEs) and the important overall outcomes for cancer patients treated with checkpoint immunotherapy.
Award categories include:
- Multidisciplinary Team Awards: At least one grant of up to $1 million will be awarded to foster interdisciplinary collaborative research and promote transformational advances with the potential for rapid clinical benefit
- Pilot Awards: Up to five grants of up to $200,000 each will be awarded over two years to help seed the ground in this relatively young area of checkpoint irAE research.
Funding: Up to $1 million Deadline:
October 16, for Pilot Award Proposals and August 1, 2017 for Multidisciplinary Team Award Proposals
National Blood Foundation – Medical Research Focus Areas:
The Foundation will award grants for investigator-initiated original research focused on any aspect of blood banking, transfusion medicine, cellular therapies, or patient blood management.
$75,000 for one- or two-year research projects
December 1, 2017
American Tinnitus Association - Tinnitus Research
Focus areas: The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) supports cutting-edge tinnitus science, with targeted research funding. The ATA is looking to support projects that have improved medical understanding of tinnitus, developed new tinnitus management tools, and lay the foundation for future cures.
Funding: $50,000 per year, maximum of 3 years
Deadline: December 15, 2017
Limited Submission Opportunities
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Ongoing National Philanthropic Funding Opportunities
Those in search of funding may consider private gifts from foundations and corporations. The private funding sector includes thousands of national sponsors with long-established giving programs that cover a full range of missions and interests. The national foundations listed below* may be sources of support for your programs and research.
If you have any questions about the foundations listed below, or any other foundations, please contact Temple University’s Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations.
*Guidelines effective for 2017
William T. Grant Foundation - Children & Youth Development
Focus areas: The William T. Grant Foundation is interested in facilitating a better understanding of how children and youth develop and thrive when faced with inequality. Grants are used to support research projects with the potential to improve the lives of young people between the ages of 5 and 25. Evidence-based research is used to inform programs and policies that can mitigate the impact of inequality on American children and youth. The Foundation supports the following programs:
- Research grants to support theory-building and empirical research projects on reducing inequality or understanding the use of research evidence
- William T. Grant Scholars, supporting promising early-career researchers with interests in reducing inequality or understanding the use of research evidence
- Research grants range from $100,000 to $600,000 and cover two to three years of support.
- William T. Grant Scholars provide $350,000 over a five-year period.
Deadlines: Letters of inquiry (LOI) for research and fellowship grants are due January 11, 2017, May 3, 2017, and August 2, 2017. William T. Grant Scholars applications are due in July annually.
- For research grants, proposals are accepted from tax-exempt organizations. Principal investigators at any and all career stages may apply.
- William T. Grant scholars must be nominated by their institution within seven years of receiving their doctoral degrees or completion of first medical residency.
Russell Sage Foundation - Social Sciences
Focus areas: The Russell Sage Foundation supports innovative research in the social sciences. The Foundation’s three main areas of focus are:
- Social Inequality, which focuses on whether rising economic inequality has affected social, political, and economic institutions in the United States, and the extent to which increased inequality has affected equality of opportunity, social mobility, and the intergenerational transmission of advantage.
- The Future of Work, which examine causes and consequences of the declining quality of jobs for less- and moderately-educated workers in the U.S. economy and the role of changes in employer practices, the nature of the labor market and public policies on the employment, earnings, and the quality of jobs of American workers.
- Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration, which is concerned with the social, economic, and political effects of the changing racial and ethnic composition of the U.S. population, including the transformation of communities and ideas about what it means to be American.
The Foundation provides support primarily for analyzing data and writing up results and is particularly interested in innovative projects that collect or analyze new data to illuminate issues that are highly relevant to the above programs. It is especially interested in novel uses of existing data to answer emerging or long-standing questions of interest as well as analyses of new or under-utilized data. Proposals to conduct laboratory or field experiments, in-depth qualitative interviews, and ethnographies are also encouraged.
Available funding: Grants for are awarded $150,000 (including overhead) for a maximum of two years.
Deadlines: Letters of inquiry (LOIs) are due January 9, 2017 and May 31, 2017.
Charles E. Kaufman Foundation - Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Focus areas: The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation supports fundamental research addressing core principles in biology, chemistry, and physics or at the disciplinary boundaries between these fields. Grants are distributed in two areas:
- New Investigator Research grants provide research support for innovative scientists in Pennsylvania as they transition into an academic program as a new independent investigator.
- New Initiative Research grants stimulate investigators with strong records of research accomplishment to establish collaborations that facilitate innovative interdisciplinary approaches toward a common research question that requires expertise beyond any single researcher.
Available funding: New Investigator Research grants are funded at a maximum of $150,000 over two years. New Initiative Research Grants are funded at a maximum of $300,000 over two years.
Deadlines: Letters of inquiry (LOI) for both programs are due January 27, 2017.
Eligibility: Grants are accepted from investigators whose primary appointment is at an institution of higher education in Pennsylvania. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. Additional eligibility requirements for each program can be found on the Website.
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation - STEM, Economics, Energy & Environment
Focus Areas: The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation supports original research and broad-based education related to science, technology, economic performance and the quality of American life. The Foundation is unique in its focus on science, technology, and economic institutions as chief drivers of the nation’s health and prosperity. It makes both research and non-research project grants in the following areas of interest:
- STEM Research – With its STEM Research program area, the Foundation expands that understanding by funding original, high-quality research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Foundation is particularly interested in projects that center on the Deep Carbon Observatory, microbiology of the built environment, and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
- STEM Higher Education – Grants in the Science Education program area promote access to the scientific enterprise, provide information about scientific and technical careers, and encourage innovation to the structure of scientific training. The Foundation is interested in education and professional advancement for underrepresented groups and the science of learning STEM.
- Public Understanding of Science, Technology, & Economics - Grants to expand the public understanding of science and technology through the use of books, radio, film, television, theater, and new media.
- Economics - Grants to support original, high quality research and programs to enhance U.S. economic performance and the quality of American life with particular research interest in economic institutions, behavior, and performance as well as research on working longer and the labor market of older Americans.
- Digital Information Technology - Grants to advance the creation, dissemination, and democratization of access to knowledge through the use of new developments in digital information technology. The Foundation is interested in data and computational research, scholarly communication, and universal access to knowledge.
- Energy and Environment - The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation makes selective grants related to energy economics, energy technology, energy resources, and energy security.
- Sloan Research Fellowships – Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.
Available Funding: The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation makes both small grants for projects under $125,000 and large grants for projects over $125,000.
Deadlines: The Sloan Foundation accepts Letters of Inquiry for several the above-listed program areas throughout the year.
John Templeton Foundation - Human Purpose and Ultimate Reality
Focus Areas: The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality, which can include subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love, and free will. The Foundation is divided the following programs:
- Science and the Big Questions focuses on studying fundamental science notions as well as the moral and spiritual spheres through the following subfields: Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Life Sciences; Human Sciences; Philosophy and Theology; and Science in Dialogue.
- Character Virtue Developments supports a broad range of programs focused on the universal truths of character development and on the roots of good character in human nature, whether understood from a scientific, philosophical, or religious point of view.
- Individual Freedom and Free Markets encourage research and education intended to liberate the initiative of individuals and nations and to establish the necessary conditions for the success of profit-making enterprise.
- Genetics research on how major advances in the field might serve to empower individuals, leading to spiritually beneficial social and cultural changes.
Available funding: The Foundation makes both large and small grants. Large grants are those over $217,400.
Deadlines: Online funding inquiries for both small and large grants are due August 31, 2017.
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation - Entrepreneurship Education
Focus areas: At the national level, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation seeks to accelerate entrepreneurship in America. Through grant-making investments, the Foundation advances entrepreneurship education to promote start-up friendly policies and trainings and to better understand what new firms need to start and grow. Initiatives are expected to have significant potential for innovative service delivery.
Available funding: Grants for programs conducted at institutions of higher education range from $25,000 - $250,000.
Deadlines: Letters of inquiry (LOIs) are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.
Ford Foundation - Social Change
Focus areas: The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organizations who initiate social change throughout the world. Its overarching goals are to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. To achieve these goals, the Foundation funds programs focusing on one or more of the following issues: human rights; democratic and accountable government; educational opportunity and scholarship; economic fairness; metropolitan opportunity; sustainable development; freedom of expression; and gender, sexuality and reproductive justice.
Available funding: Grants for programs conducted at institutions of higher education range from $40,000 - $500,000.
Deadlines: Letters of inquiry (LOIs) are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.
Spencer Foundation - Education
Focus areas: The Spencer Foundation is intended to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world. Support from the foundation is aimed at high-quality investigation of education through challenging, original, and constructive scholarship. Funding is likely to go to research that addresses instructional practice (at the classroom level or in settings outside classrooms), links between the existing educational infrastructure and the actual character of educational practice, and research infrastructure that supports inquiry into educational practice.
Available funding: Grant awards range from $50,000 to $1,000,000 over one to six years. Additional information on various funding priorities can be found on the website.
Deadlines: Applications for the next grant cycle are due Early 2017.
Eligibility: Principal investigators must have earned a doctorate in an academic discipline and be affiliated with a college, university, school district, non-profit research facility, or non-profit cultural institution.
Google Faculty Research Awards - Computer Science and Engineering
Focus areas: The Google Faculty Research Awards supports academic research in computer science, engineering, and related fields. Google focuses on projects that are highly technical and made openly available to the research community. Specific areas of interest include: computational neuroscience; geo/maps; human-computer interaction; information retrieval; machine learning and data mining; machine perception; mobile; natural language processing; networking; physical interfaces; privacy; security; software engineering; structured data and database management; and systems (hardware and software).
Available funding: Grants maximums are $150,000 over one year.
Deadlines: Applications for 2017 will be available in late summer 2017.
Surdna Foundation - Sustainable Communities & Social Justice
Focus Areas: The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the U.S. The Foundation is guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by its three programs:
- The Sustainable Environments Program seeks to overhaul low-performing infrastructure to improve transit systems, make buildings more energy efficient, better manage water systems, and rebuild regional food systems.
- The Strong Local Economies Program develops sustainable economies that spur the development and growth of local businesses, encourage equitable economic development, and improve the quality and availability of jobs for under-resourced people.
- The Thriving Cultures Program supports efforts to encourage teenagers to explore the arts, involve artists in community development projects, and foster the growth of local artists as economic engines and/or agents for social change.
Surdna views its grants as opportunities to build the capacity of the field, spark innovative ideas, and connect stakeholders.
Available funding: Grants can range from $25,000 to $600,000 and cover one to three years of support.
Deadlines: Letters of inquiry (LOIs) are accepted on a rolling basis through the online application form. Grants at the full proposal state are approved in April, July, and December each year.
Nathan Cummings Foundation - Inequality & Climate Change
Focus areas: The Nathan Cummings Foundation seeks to build a socially and economically just society by awarding grants to programs that address inequality and climate change.
- To address inequality, the Foundation invests in work with strong potential to create pathways to economic opportunity, improve the quality of life for the poor, and challenge current economic structures.
- Climate change funding is given to promising work in increasing access to modern energy for the world’s poor, stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations, and improving resilience for those most vulnerable to climate change.
Available funding: Grants for programs conducted at institutions of higher education range from $25,000 - $300,000.
Deadlines: Letters of inquiry (LOIs) are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.
Henry Luce Foundation - Art, Asia, Religion
Focus areas: The Henry Luce Foundation makes responsive grants in several areas that ultimately seek to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious, and art communities. The Foundation has several program areas that allow applications (responsive grants) from institutions and faculty. Areas of interest for responsive grants include:
- American Art – Museums can apply for projects related to American art, including,but are not limited to, permanent collection reinstallations, digitization, and archives of material.
- Asia - The Foundation supports efforts to improve understanding between the United States and the Asia-Pacific region. Responsive grants typically support research, create new scholarly and public resources, or promote the exchange of ideas and information between Americans and Asians.
- Religion – The Foundations aims to advance understanding of religion and theology. Through grants to seminaries, divinity schools, and research universities, it supports the work of scholars, cultivates the next generation of leaders, and promotes public engagement. Particular attention is given to work that rethinks what theology is and reimagines its contemporary significance; to research that creatively examines received assumptions about religion, secularity, and public culture; and to projects located at the intersections of theological inquiry and the multidisciplinary study of religion.
Available Funding: Awards for each program can be viewed on their website and can range from $25,000 to $300,000+ over one to three years.
Deadlines: The responsive grant process begins with a letter of inquiry, and can be submitted throughout the year.
Whitehall Foundation - Environment & Life Sciences and Medical Research
Focus areas: The Whitehall Foundation provides research grants to established scientists at accredited institutions in the United States. The Foundation focuses on environmental and life sciences and medical research. Applicants are judged on the scientific merit and innovative aspects of their proposal. Research grants will not be awarded to investigators who have already received, or expect to receive, substantial support from other sources, even for unrelated purposes.
Available funding: Grants for programs conducted at institutions of higher education range from $90,000-$225,000 over three years.
Deadlines: Letters of inquiry (LOIs) are on January 15, April 15, and October 1 annually