External Funding Opportunites

Funding your work through external sources

There are many tools available to help you locate funding from external sources to support your work.

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Featured external funding opportunities

Sony Research Awards Program

Deadlines: September 15, 2018

Award Amount: up to $150,000

This Research Award Program provides funding for cutting-edge academic research and helps build a collaborative relationship between faculty and Sony researchers. Both the Faculty Innovation Award and Focused Research Award create new opportunities for university faculties to engage in pioneering research that could drive new technologies, industries and the future. Sony Faculty Innovation Award provides up to $100K in funds to conduct pioneering research in the areas of information technology, devices and materials, and biomedical and life sciences. The Sony Focused Research Award provides up to $150k to conduct collaborative, focused research. If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, IU Corporate and Foundation Relations by email at cfrforms@iu.edu.


Russell Sage Foundation

Deadline: August 20, 2018

Award amount: Varies

The Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) is dedicated to programs of social science research. RSF funds research projects in four principal programs—Behavioral Economics; the Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; and Social Inequality—and in a number of special initiatives. RSF also hosts working groups that develop and cultivate original social science research in new or understudied fields. Currently, RSF is accepting letters of inquiry for three programs:

  • The Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act
  • Integrating Biology and Social Science Knowledge
  • Regular programs: Future of Work / Social Inequality / Behavioral Economics

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, contact IU Corporate and Foundation Relations by email at cfrforms@iu.edu.

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.

Quick guide: Using Pivot

Pivot's support section also offers several guides for finding funding opportunities.

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