Finding Funding

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At the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, we encourage researchers to apply for funding, participate in workshops, and engage in the research process at every stage.

The list below is not a complete list of opportunities. For more comprehensive funding opportunity searches the library now provides access to an aid for locating and securing research funding. answers the growing demands on research developers to quickly discover the right funding opportunities and effectively collaborate with their colleagues. Enter search terms or browse by keyword to explore the latest funding opportunities and research trends. Brandeis Researchers can create an account to manage active or tracked funding opportunities, save searches, share opportunities, and save funding records and funding searches.

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For Faculty & Staff

NSF has created a new document detailing American Rescue Plan and COVID-19 Response Update. In the document, you’ll find guiding principles for how NSF has invested the allocations, a funding breakdown, and impact stories. Page 3 gives you the breakdown of how NSF has used specific funding streams (ARP, FY21, FY20, CARES).

September 10, 2021

Part of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, the award supports scientists with outstanding records of creativity pursuing new research directions to develop pioneering approaches to major challenges in biomedical, social science, and behavioral research.

  • Open to all career stages
  • Single PI only
  • No preliminary data required
  • Must be new scientific research direction
  • Minimum of 51% research effort in first 3 years
  • 3 Letters of Reference required
  • $700,000 in direct costs per year for up to 5 years

Since 2014, the has aimed to accelerate the development and application of innovative neurotechnologies, enabling researchers to produce a new dynamic picture of the brain that reveals how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and space. It is expected that these advances will ultimately lead to new ways to treat and prevent brain disorders.

Open Date (Earliest Submission Date)

  • September 13, 2021

Expiration Date

  • October 12, 2023

September 14, 2021

Division of Education Programs

The Humanities Connections program seeks to expand the role of the humanities in undergraduate education at two- and four-year institutions. Awards support innovative curricular approaches that foster productive partnerships among humanities faculty and their counterparts in the social and natural sciences and in pre-service or professional programs (such as business, engineering, health sciences, law, computer science, and other technology-driven fields), in order to encourage and develop new integrative learning opportunities for students.

September 16, 2021

Funder: Sony Corporation of America

Objectives: The Sony Research Award Program provides funding for cutting-edge academic research and helps build collaborative relationships between faculty and Sony researchers. The Sony Faculty Innovation Award provides up to $100K USD to conduct pioneering research in Sony’s general areas of interest; The Sony Focused Research Award provides up to $150K USD for collaborative research with Sony scientists in Sony’s immediate areas of interest.

Eligibility: Full-time faculty eligible to supervise Ph.D. students may apply. PI’s may submit multiple applications.

Funding Information: $100-150K over one year, including IDC, renewable.

Process: Proposals must be submitted through the before 3 am ET September 16, 2021.

September 22, 2021

The Charles H. Hood Foundation was incorporated in 1942 to improve the health and quality of life for children throughout New England. Today's research projects encompass many disciplines that have contributed to discoveries in pediatric medicine while launching the careers of promising junior faculty. The intent of the Award is to support newly independent faculty, provide the opportunity to demonstrate creativity, and assist in the transition to other sources of funding. Research projects must have direct relevance to child health.

September 22, 2021

Do you have an idea for a business, social enterprise, app, or creative project? Participate this year in a unique extracurricular activity: the Spark program. Each week, you will learn about entrepreneurship, develop innovation skills, and meet like-minded people. You will also become eligible to win funding to develop your project. Grants range from $1,500 - $5,000.

October 18, 2021

The Theodore and Jane Norman Awards for Faculty Scholarship support faculty research, creative projects or course development. Awards of up to $3,500 per academic year are available for direct project-related expenses. Please note that retroactive applications will not be considered.

November 18, 2021

The NIH invites qualified health professionals who contractually agree to engage in NIH mission-relevant research for an average of at least 20 hours each week for at least two years, initially, to apply for an award in the Extramural LRP. The Extramural LRP repays up to $50,000 annually of a researcher's qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research at a domestic, nonprofit, or government entity. Research funding from NIH is not required to participate in the Extramural LRP. LRP awards are based on an applicant's potential to build and sustain a research career. The Program serves as an avenue for NIH to engage and promote the development of research and research programs that reflect the variety of issues and problems associated with disparities in health status. This requirement highlights the need for the involvement of a cadre of culturally competent health professionals in minority health disparities and other health disparities research.

For Students

September 21, 2021

The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports international research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students. The IRES program contributes to development of a diverse, globally engaged workforce with world-class skills. IRES focuses on active research participation by undergraduate and/or graduate students in high quality international research, education and professional development experiences in NSF-funded research areas.

Links to resources curated to support undergraduate research.

Brandeis University's Hiatt Career Center provides opportunities to support your research. See especially the Internship and Research Grants.

Financial support for research is available at Brandeis. Find targeted information for social scientists about external funding opportunities, and the staff on campus who can assist.

Find out more about opportunities across campus to fund your research and creative work.