Large center opportunities

We have compiled a list of grants and opportunities offered through large national entities to help in your search for funding.

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Agency Program and Link Deadline Description
NSF NSF Convergence Prospectus October 15, 2018 For projects that qualify as “convergence research” as articulated in the solicitation – cross-disciplinary projects that address a specific, compelling problem.
NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track 2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations Letter of Intent due November 26, 2018
Full Application due January 25, 2019
EPSCoR initiatives involve collaboration between individual investigators, institutions, and industry partners across different jurisdictions. The Track II topic is “Harnessing the data revolution to solve problems of national importance.”
NSF Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) Second Friday in October, annually This program organizes and creates a network of collections of biological and paleontological data. Only one Thematic Collections Network (TCN) proposal may be submitted by any one organization as the lead organization.
NSF Science of Learning January 16, 2019 and the 3rd Wednesday in January, annually thereafter
July 10, 2019 and the 2nd Wednesday in July, annually thereafter
Science of Learning projects should address broad and transformative research questions. Specific science should lead to breakthroughs in addresses technological, scientific and workforce-related challenges.
NSF Gen 4 Engineering Research Centers (ERC) LOI due November 30, 2018
Preliminary proposal due January 16, 2019
Full proposal due July 12, 2019
This award will fund up to 4 new ERCs for the first 5 years.
NSF Planning Grants for Engineering Research Centers (ERC) June 6, 2018 Planning grants are for one year and support up to $100,000 in costs.
NSF Science and Technology Centers (STC) Next solicitation early 2019 (about every 3 years) This program supports transformative, long-term research and education projects. STCs may involve any areas of science and engineering that NSF supports and feature NSF Big Ideas. Funding is ~$20M for 5 years, renewable.
NSF Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) Next annual solicitation expected Spring 2019 This program supports exciting challenges in chemical research needing long-term exploration. Centers can receive multiple renewals.
NSF Materials Research Science & Engineering Centers (MRSEC) Next solicitation early 2019 (about every 3 years) MRSECs receive up to $4M/year for 6 years of interdisciplinary materials research that probes fundamental problems in science and engineering. A MRSEC may be established at a single institution or as a partnership between institutions.
NSF NSF Expeditions in Computing (Expeditions) Annually in April Provides up to approximately $2M/year for 5 years to pursue ambitious research agendas that will redefine computing and information. Applicants should bring together investigators across departments or institutions.
NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) Pre-proposals due in April and October These centers are established to conduct research that benefits both industry and the center’s faculty.
NSF Research Coordination Network (RCN) Submission deadlines vary per program. Grants to establish a research network aimed at a broad question. Participating programs in the Directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO), Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Geosciences (GEO), Education and Human Resources (EHR), Engineering (ENG) and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) will accept RCN proposals.
NSF Physics Frontier Centers (PFC) Last deadline was January 29, 2018 – no new solicitation information yet available These centers are designed to function as institutes where collective and multi-disciplinary efforts can lead to breakthroughs in physics research.
NSF Convergence Accelerators Format and timing not yet announced The NSF is planning this program to address two of its Big Ideas – “The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier” and “Harnessing the Data Revolution.”
NSF-NIH NSF-NIH Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID) Initiative November 21, 2018
Third Wednesday in November, annually
The NSF is partnering with the NIH to work towards greater ability to predict and control the ecological and biological mechanisms that contribute to disease transmission.
NSF-NIH Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS) - through NSF November 27, 2018 for FY2018
November 25, 2019 for FY2019
Supports collaborative efforts to understand nervous system structure, function, and disorders.
NASA Space Technology Research Institutes (STRI) Looking for October 2018 solicitation with proposals due July 2019 STRIs can receive up to $15M over 5 years to pursue long-term research of critical importance to the future of the space administration.
NASA Heliophysics Grand Challenge Science Centers Solicitation expected by fall with target pre-proposal deadline in February. These new centers will receive approximately $3M/year for 4-6 years as they pursue big research questions in solar and space physics using multi-disciplinary theoretical and computational modeling tools.
NASA NASA Astrobiology Institute Teams Cooperative Agreement Notice 8 was issued in February 2017. They are issued every 2-3 years, so a new solicitation is possible in 2019. The over 700 scientists on NAI’s 10 teams are located at universities, national laboratories, and NASA centers where they work on integrated research problems.
NIH Program Project/Center Grants (P Series) FOAs issued by the various NIH institutes and centers to indicate their interest in funding this type of program. Program Project/Center Grants are large, multi-project efforts that generally include a diverse array of research activities.
NIH Cooperative Agreement Grants (U Series) FOAs issued by the various NIH institutes and centers to indicate their interest in funding this type of program. Cooperative grants support a research program of multiple projects in support of a major objective or theme, requiring a long-term, multi-disciplinary approach.
NIH Research Projects with Complex Structure (RM Series) FOAs issued by the various NIH institutes and centers to indicate their interest in funding this type of program. RM series grants support a large-scale research project with a complex structure that cannot be categorized into an available single component activity code. The performance period may extend up to seven years.
NIH Centers of Excellence in Genomic Science (CEGS) (RM1) LOI due April19, 2019
Application due May 20, 2019
Supports big teams developing high-risk, high-reward genomic approaches to biomedical problems. Up to $1.75M of direct funding available per year for 5 years.
NIH Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) Research Centers of Excellence (U54) LOIs due early August, Applications due in early September of 2019 and 2020. CounterACT (U54) is designed to support programs conducting three or more projects that will greatly reduce mortality and morbidity in the aftermath of a chemical attack.
NIH NIBIB Quantum Program: Technological Innovation to Solve a Major Medical or Public Health Challenge (U01) Past solicitations were posted in November with LOIs due in December and full applications due in January. NIBIB expects to issue a solicitation, pending appropriations and the appointment of a new NIBIB Director. This program provides approximately $1M/year direct costs for 4 years to fund essential bioengineering research that will prevent, detect, or treat a public health problem or major disease.
NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) (U54) Past solicitations posted in December with LOI due in January and full application due in early February Large, generally institution-level awards from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) to foster translational and clinical research and innovation.
NIH Bioengineering Research Partnerships (U01) Past solicitations released in November with deadlines in May and September This program provides up to 5 years of funding to encourage bioengineering applications for promising tools and technologies. The project should improve understandings in life science and/or the practice of medicine within 5-10 years.
NIH IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)(P20 Clinical Trial Optional) Letter of Intent due February 25, 2019
Application due March 27, 2019
IDeA networks are intended to strengthen an entire state’s biomedical research capacity. These grants should establish a scientific focus that will enhance research and increase the number of qualified investigators in the state.
NIH-NSF NIH-NSF Ecology of Infectious Diseases Initiative (EEID) November 21, 2018
Third Wednesday in November, annually
The NIH’s Fogarty International Center is partnering with the NSF to work towards greater ability to predict and control the ecological and biological mechanisms that contribute to disease transmission.
NIH-NSF Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS)-through NIH November 27, 2018 for FY2018
November 25, 2019 for FY2019
Supports collaborative efforts to understand nervous system structure, function, and disorders.
DOE Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) Expecting new solicitation Awards facilitate partnerships between universities, national labs, for-profit, and not-for-profit companies to solve our toughest energy challenges.
DOE Mathematical Multifaceted Integrative Capability Center (MMICC) Past solicitation was issued April 4, 2018
Pre-proposals were due April 30, 2018, Encourage/Discourage notification was on May 4, and Full Proposals were due on May 25, 2018
This grant enables mathematicians to work together to solve the DOE’s biggest computing challenges.
DOE ARPA-E Open Next solicitation expected 2021 (every 3 years). Concept Papers due in February and Final Applications due in July. In addition to FOAs that target specific energy technologies, ARPA uses the Open solicitation to identify exciting projects that are outside of DOE’s current portfolio.
DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRC) Four centers were established in 2017 with 5 years of funding, so a new solicitation is expected in 2021. BRCs catalyze the development of cellulosic ethanol and other biofuels supporting DOE’s goal to lead in the diversification of clean energy sources.
DOE Clean Water Technology Centers Format and timing not yet announced. DOE held two workshops in 2017 to better conceptualize the centers. BRCs will be administered by the Advanced Manufacturing Office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).
DOE Predictive Science Academic Alliances New funding phases are announced periodically. The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and 4 national labs are seeking university partners to further V&V/UQ predictive science and Exascale computing.
DOE Energy Innovation Hubs (HUBS) Contact a particular hub for more information about becoming a partner or collaborator. DOE currently has 4 hubs – each has many university and industry partners working on its core issue: fuels from sunlight, nuclear energy modeling, energy storage, and critical materials.
DOD Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives (MURI) FY2019: White Paper deadline was on June 29, 2018 and Full Proposals due October 16, 2018 MURI grants are awarded by the Office of Naval Research and must address an annual research topic of highest importance to the Navy. Projects should draw on the expertise of investigators in multiple disciplines and the approach should be innovative.
DOD Air Force Centers of Excellence (COEs) New funding opportunities are announced periodically. While not a regularly released solicitation, the Air Force announces COEs to pursue topics of significant benefit to their mission. Funding is approximately $1M/year for 5 years.
DOD Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Collaborative Technology and Research Alliances (CTA/CRA) ARL releases these solicitations on an ad hoc basis to address specific technology needs. CTAs are partnerships between Army labs, private industry, and academia to develop technologies pertinent to the Army’s mission.
DHS Science and Technology Centers of Excellence (COE) New funding opportunities are announced periodically. Centers receive awards of $20-30M over 5 years to develop technologies that solve homeland security challenges.
DOT University Transportation Centers Solicitation expected by FY 2021. Supports consortiums of universities researching a topic that will improve transportation technology compatibly with environmental and societal goals.
DOT Federal Aviation Administration Centers of Excellence Several COEs have been designated annually for the past ten years. New opportunities expected for FY 2019. A university-industry-government partnership to advance aviation technology and support the innovative work of aviation scientists and professionals.
DOE Education and Special Education Research Grant Programs Deadlines vary by program between August 2018 – March 2019. The program supports research carried out by a U.S. research institution in coordination with state and local education entities. The funding announcement prescribes areas of interest for the DOE and applications must conform to the range of topics such as low-cost, short duration education interventions.
NOAA Cooperative Institutes (CIs) CI competitions are announced as NOAA identifies research needs. Recent competitions have been announced in December with due dates in February. This funding supports universities that are conducting research pertinent to NOAA’s strategic goals.
NEH Humanities Connection Planning Grants Application due October 17, 2018 These grants are for the design of an innovative multi-disciplinary humanities curriculum project with long-term support from the institution.
NEH Dialogues on the Experience of War Application due November 15, 2018 This is a program designed to create dialogue about war and military service – the project must include at least two discussion programs and a curriculum to train and guide discussion leaders.
NEH Collaborative Research Grants Application due December 5, 2018 These grants support two or more scholars working on important, long-term research in the humanities. Convening Grants, Publication Grants, and Archaeology Grants available.
NEH Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant Application due December 5, 2018 Projects should involve at least one editor or translator and one other collaborating scholar.
NEH Public Humanities Projects Applications available early summer and due in August. Public Humanities Project grants allow scholars to bring their work to the public or to partner with community members to present the exhibition or performance.
Foundation American Association for Cancer Research Team Science Award Teams may be nominated early each August by any scientist involved in cancer research, whether or not a member of AACR. This award recognizes the importance of interdisciplinary teams and industry partnerships for understanding cancer and turning discoveries into clinical applications.
Foundation Adelson Medical Research Foundation Awards Submit a 1-2 page proposal to the foundation at any time. The foundation supports highly collaborative, cross-institutional projects that can accelerate progress towards effective disease interventions.
Foundation American Heart Association Collaborative Sciences Award Letter of Intent due October 9, 2018
Application due January 31, 2019
This award encourages collaborators from disparate disciplines, at least one of them in and at least one of them outside the field of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and at different career points, to team up to do innovative research.
Foundation American Heart Association Strategically Focused Research Networks (SFRN) Topics are announced early spring and FOAs are available late spring and early fall. Sign up for email alerts about FOAs. Two SFRNs are funded each year for 4 years and are made up of 3-5 centers working on 3 separate projects.
Foundation MacArthur Foundation Research Networks More information about networks and projects at The foundation’s 4 active research networks address big problems identified by the foundation and bring together big teams to address them for 6-10 years.
Foundation Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement (RCSA) Scialog Program Topics and conferences announced periodically – watch RCSA website for details Scialog holds annual meetings by research topic and encourages participants to collaborate and devise multi-participant projects around its big ideas.