External Funding Opportunites

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Featured external funding opportunities

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Growing Convergence Research

Deadlines: May 1, 2018; October 15, 2018

Award amount: Total proposed budget may not exceed $1 million, and the proposed project duration should not exceed three years.

This Dear Colleague Letter seeks to identify potential future research areas that go beyond NSF's Big Ideas, require a convergence approach, cross internal and/or external organizational and disciplinary boundaries, and advance the progress of science as articulated in NSF's mission. NSF encourages the submission of prospectuses to identify these new areas and specific projects within them. Interested researchers who would like to compete for FY 2018 and FY 2019 funding must submit a prospectus describing a new area of research and an exploratory research project within it to the convergpro@nsf.gov mailbox.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evidence for Action: Making Health a Shared Value

Deadline: June 1, 2018 (Letter of Intent); August 31, 2018 (Full Proposal)

Award amount: Varies

RWJF seeks evidence on the extent to which "Action Area 1 driver" – mindsets and expectations, sense of community, and civic engagement – can be changed through intervention at the individual or population levels to result in better health, well-being, and equity outcomes. There are two key aims for funding:

  • Aim 1: To test the effects of specific interventions on the Action Area 1 drivers to determine the extent to which they can be changed
  • Aim 2: To establish evidence of causal relationships between Action Area 1 drivers and health outcomes.

More on finding external funding through Pivot

Pivot is a comprehensive worldwide database that includes funding opportunities and profiles of millions of potential collaborators. You can search for funding by keywords or funding organization's name, track individual opportunities, and receive ongoing alerts. No need to run the same search over and over – you can set up individualized searches, and receive one weekly email that lists all the new opportunities from those searches.

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Pivot’s Quick Search is also an easy way to search across all available funding opportunities to get broad results.

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