Current Funding Opportunities

Upcoming Funding Deadlines (April-June)

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.

Focus Areas: Teachers as Learners is a new program that will fund education research on the science of teaching and expand our understanding of teachers as learners and as agents of change in education. The program will emphasize a cognitive science perspective on teachers as learners—including a focus on the cognitive constraints that guide teacher thinking and change in attitudes, knowledge, skills and behaviors. We need to know what aspects of cognition (e.g., memory, knowledge, goals, expertise, collaboration) help explain teachers’ learning and change, particularly as it relates to adopting evidence-based practices in classroom contexts.

Preference is given to interdisciplinary teams with diverse methodological and theoretical expertise and skills. Teams must include classroom teachers as partners. Partnerships with under-resourced schools are encouraged. Pre-proposals must include dissemination plan and translational plan for how findings will move into educational practice.

Amount: Up to $500,000 per year up to five years

Deadline: Pre-proposals are due April 26, 2017. If invited to full proposal, applicants must participate in a workshop sponsored by the Foundation on August 2–4, 2017. Full proposals are due September 1, 2017. Decisions will be made by panel review on October 27, 2017 with grants commencing in 2018.

Focus areas: The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation funds research to investigators in United States non-profit institutions proposing research directed toward identifying new treatments or cures for cancer. The Foundation particularly encourages grant applications for a one year period which will allow establishment of capabilities of new cancer researchers, or new cancer approaches by established cancer researchers. Project relevance to cancer detection, treatment, or cure should be clearly identified.

Available Funding: By design, there are no limits set on the grant amount that can be requested. It must be reasonably and clearly supported by the scope of the project outlined in the application. Applications requesting more than 15% overhead are usually not considered. 

April 30, 2017
Focus areas: The Foundation will award projects with an innovative approach to achieving a higher-value healthcare system. The goal of the program is to test new approaches and tools that organizations can readily use to improve the value of the health care they provide to their patients and communities. 

Eligible topics include strategies that significantly increase the value of traditionally high-cost procedures through mechanisms such as medical tourism or specialty treatment centers; methods or approaches that reduce routine treatments, tests, and screenings for patients for whom the potential harms (including financial) outweigh potential benefits; efforts to provide consumers with the tools to make decisions about their health care that are based on value in addition to other patient-centered factors; strategies that encourage providers and their patients with serious illnesses to engage in difficult conversations about preferences and trade-offs related to alternative treatment options; efforts to identify, highlight, and resolve structural disincentives to greater value or inefficiencies within systems or across healthcare settings; the creation of economic models that address current financial disincentives for systemic change (i.e., paying for current programs with future savings or paying for social determinants of health with the savings from lower clinical services); and worthy, inexpensive clinical interventions that are currently underused.

$600,000 over 3-5 years

LOIs are due May 1, 2017
Focus Areas: Available to faculty who started their first tenure-track appointment in 2014, the Cottrell Scholars Program provides discretionary awards for research to outstanding teacher-scholars who are recognized by their scientific communities for the quality and innovation of their research program and their academic leadership skills. Applicants are expected to provide research and educational proposals in the application. 


Deadline: May 1, 2017 (pre-proposal)
Focus Areas: The Alternative Research and Development Foundation grant supports the development, validation, and adoption on non-animal methods in biomedical research, product testing, and education.

Funding: $40,000

Deadline: May 1, 2017

Focus areas: There are currently four Global Grant Challenges offered by the Foundation:

  1.  Health Systems Strengthening: Ensuring Effective Health Supply Chains
  2.  Innovations for Integrated Diagnostics Systems
  3. New Approaches for Improving Timeliness of Routine Immunizations in Low-Resource Settings
  4. Wearables and Technology for Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Behavior Change

Deadline: May 3, 2017

Focus Areas: The Craig H Nielsen Foundation supports pilot and senior research grants to improve function and develop curative therapies for spinal cord injury along the translational spectrum to include mechanistic research, preclinical translational research and clinical research. 

Funding Amount:  $300,000-$600,000

Deadline:  May 12, 2017 (LOI)
Focus Areas: The Dresner Foundation is dedicated to transforming lives in profoundly positive ways through grants focused on health, youth, and animal welfare. The Foundation is inviting Letters of Inquiry from early-career scientists for its Myelodysplastic Syndromes Research Fund. Grants will be awarded to support cutting-edge MDS research and related programs that will lead to the future standards of care and ultimately cure, by facilitating the advancement of innovative basic science, translational, or clinical research. 

Funding: $500,000 over two years

May 12, 2017 (LOI)

Focus Areas: General Motors is committed to fostering smart, safe and sustainable communities around the world. GM is inviting proposals that will help scale strong evidence-based solutions, strive to innovate, and push boundaries to achieve the following STEM outcomes: 

  • Increase the number of students who earn a degree in STEM that matches market needs
  • Increase the presence, achievement and persistence levels for underrepresented minorities in STEM field
  • Increase the supply of qualified teachers for teacher training in STEM-related subjects 

Funding: $25,000+

Deadline: May 12, 12017 (LOI)

Focus Areas: The Russell sage Foundation’s program on Social Inequality supports innovative research on whether rising economic inequality has affected social, political, and economic institutions, and the extent to which increased inequality has affected equality of opportunity, social mobility, and the intergenerational transmission of advantage. The Foundation seeks investigator-initiated research projects that will broaden our understanding of the causes and consequences of rising economic inequalities in the United States.

Funding is available for secondary analysis of data or for original data collection. The Foundation is interested in novel uses of existing data, as well as analyses of new or underutilized data.

Funding Amount: Two year grants of up to $150,000

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Focus Areas: The Michael J. Fox Foundation seeks the development of new analytical models or technologies in biomedical computing for Parkinson’s disease therapeutic development that will ultimately lead to biomarker detection, improving clinical outcome measures, and target identification.

Funding Amount:

Deadline: May 31, 2017 (LOI)

Focus Areas: As part of the Vilcek Foundation’s mission to raise public awareness of the contributions of immigrants to the sciences, arts, and culture in the United States, the Foundation will award three prizes to young foreign-born biomedical scientists who demonstrate outstanding early achievement. Eligible work may be in basic, applied, and/or translational biomedical science.

Funding Amount: $50,000

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Focus areas: The program supports research projects related to sustainable solid waste management practices, including waste minimization; recycling; waste conversion to energy, biofuels, chemicals, or other useful products; strategies to promote diversion to higher and better uses (e.g., organics diversion, market analysis, optimized material management, logistics, etc.); and landfilling.

$15,000 - $500,000

Deadline: June 1, 2017
Focus Areas: The Children’s Heart Foundation supports basic and clinical research in heart disease including molecular genetics, biochemistry, pharmacology, and device research.

Funding Amount:

Deadline: June 2, 2017
Focus areas: The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world's leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and other neuromuscular diseases. It advances this mission by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising, and local engagement.

To that end, the organization is accepting Letters of Intent for its bi-annual Research Grants program, which awards grants to established investigators in support of projects aimed at developing treatments for muscular dystrophies and related diseases of the neuromuscular system.

$100,000 per year for one to three years

Letters of Intent are due June 15, 2017
Focus Areas: HHMI supports salary and research support for faculty members, with 2-12 years of professional experience, who bring innovating approaches to the study of biological problems in biomedical disciplines, plant biology, evolutionary biology, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology.

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Deadline: June 27, 2017

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

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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

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

Available funding:

  • 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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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