Research Funding Resources

  • Seed Grant Funding Opportunities - Seed grant funding opportunities for faculty and graduate students.
  • Penn State Opportunities - Find announcements and applications for limited submissions and other opportunities such as Foundation Relations, Undergraduate Research, the Graduate School, as well as other internal funding programs.
  • Social Science Research Institute - SSRI - Bringing together researchers from different disciplines around emerging areas of study.
  • Research Initiation Grants Program - RIG - Assisting College of Education faculty in the developmental stages of major research projects.
  • College Endowment Research Opportunities  - seed grants to advance K-12 social issue research.
    • Power of Story: One-year projects for research and practice focused on the power of story to advance leadership, pedagogy, and social justice. Funding support by the David H. and Pamela A. Monk Endowment   Funding announcement made early Spring semester, proposal deadline March 1.
    • Social Issues:  One-year projects for capacity building and research and intervention programs. Funded in two categories: 1) Capacity Building Programs developing strategies to lead to a Research intervention Program, and 2) Research and Intervention Programs which is to advance research and intervention programs. Funding support by the King Family Impact Endowment  Funding announcement made mid-Spring semester, proposal deadline April 11.

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Active Funding Opportunities





NSF's INTERN program:  A supplemental funding program available to PIs and CO-Pis of active NSF awards that provides "for one or more graduate students to gain knowledge, skills and experiences that will augment their preparation for a successful long-term career through an internship in a non-academic setting”.

Cultural Anthropology Program Senior Research Awards (CA-SR)

The primary objective of the Cultural Anthropology Program is to support fundamental, systematic anthropological research and training to increase understanding of the causes, consequences and complexities of human social and cultural variability. The Cultural Anthropology Program welcomes proposals from researchers in all sub-fields of cultural anthropology and research at any temporal or spatial scale. Methodologies and approaches employed may include ethnographic field research, surveys, remote sensing, the collection of bio-markers, experimental research inside or outside of laboratory settings, archival research, the analysis of materials collections and extant data bases, mathematical and computational modeling and other research tools as appropriate for the proposed research. The overarching research goals should be to produce empirically grounded findings that will be generalizable beyond particular case studies and contribute to building a more robust anthropological science of human society and culture.

Sponsor Deadline:  08/15/2023









No relevant announcements at this time.

Arnold Ventures

Rigorous Impact Evaluations of Student Success Programs and Practices in Higher Education

Arnold Ventures (AV) is a nonpartisan philanthropy whose core mission is to invest in evidence-based solutions that maximize opportunity and minimize injustice. The Higher Education initiative seeks to identify and scale effective practices that improve student success and address equity gaps in higher education. Our ultimate goal in this effort is to build credible evidence about “what works” to improve student success outcomes and, in particular, to increase the number of interventions rigorously shown to produce important improvements in outcomes including but not limited to student learning, persistence, degree or certificate completion, job placement, post-college earnings, and debt burden.

For the purposes of this RFP, such interventions may be broadly defined and, for example, may include programs that target high school students or others not currently enrolled in college, so long as the proposed study will measure the outcomes of interest listed above.


INTERNAL DEADLINE:  Revolving Submission
Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis; there is no deadline


Advanced Education Research & Development Fund


Association of Public Land Grant Universities (APLU)

No current announcements


Brady Education Foundation


Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood Education

No current announcements


Foundation for Child Development

2024 Young Scholars Program (YSP)

The Foundation for Child Development is currently accepting proposals for its 2024 Young Scholars Program (YSP). YSP supports scholarship for early-career researchers. The program funds implementation research that is policy- and practice-relevant, and that examines the preparation, competency, compensation, well-being, and ongoing professional learning of the early care and education (ECE) workforce.




The Grable Foundation

No current announcements


Health Resources & Services Administration

No current announcements


Mellon Foundation

No current announcements.


Richard King Mellon Foundation

The Richard King Mellon Foundation's mission is to improve the competitive position of the region; strengthen the vitality of southwestern Pennsylvania, particularly the City of Pittsburgh and its neighborhoods; and protect important habitats and amenities in western Pennsylvania and other key landscapes. Founded in 1947, the Foundation is the largest foundation in southwestern Pennsylvania, and one of the 50 largest in the world.


No current announcements


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

No current announcements


Russell Sage Foundation

No current announcements


Simons Foundation

No current announcements.


Spencer Foundation

Vision Grants

The Spencer Foundation invests in research to improve education, broadly conceived. We have identified a critical need for innovative, methodologically and disciplinarily diverse, large-scale research projects to transform education systems for equity.

Importantly, we believe that ambitious research must begin with the challenges, problems, and opportunities in education systems. To stimulate research that addresses this need, the Spencer Foundation is investing in a new program designed to provide scholars with the time, space, resources, and support to plan a large-scale study or program of research: geared toward real-world impact on equity; based on research across disciplines and methods; reliant on meaningful collaboration with practitioners, policymakers, and communities; and focused on transforming educational systems.

Toward this end, the Vision Grants program funds the collaborative planning of innovative, methodologically diverse, interdisciplinary research on education that contributes to transforming education systems for equity. Vision Grants are research planning grants to bring together a team, for 6 to 12 months, to collaboratively develop ambitious, large-scale research projects focused on transforming educational systems toward greater equity. This program takes as core that visionary, interdisciplinary, and collaborative research projects require time, space, and thoughtfulness to incubate and plan. Vision Grants are $75,000 total and two cycles of this grant program will be held annually. Different from many of our other programs, the proposal does not yet need to be a fully fleshed out research plan. Proposals are identifying a research topic, scope for impact, process and a team that will lead to a fully fleshed out research plan by the end of the grant period.

Intent to Apply Deadline:  08/15/2023

Full Proposal Deadline:  09/14/2023


Van Ameringen Foundation

No current announcements.


W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research


William Penn Foundation

No current announcements.


William T. Grant Foundation

William T. Grant Scholars Program


The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas.

Applicants should have a track record of conducting high-quality research and an interest in pursuing a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers. We recognize that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take measured risks in their work, so this award includes a mentoring component, as well as a supportive academic community.

Awards are based on applicants’ potential to become influential researchers, as well as their plans to expand their expertise in new and significant ways. The application should make a cohesive argument for how the applicant will expand his or her expertise. The research plan should evolve in conjunction with the development of new expertise, and the mentoring plan should describe how the proposed mentors will support applicants in acquiring that expertise. Proposed research plans must address questions that are relevant to policy and practice in the Foundation’s focus areas.


Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence


This program funds research studies that advance theory and build empirical knowledge on ways to improve the use of research evidence by policymakers, agency leaders, organizational managers, intermediaries, and other decision-makers that shape youth-serving systems in the United States. Proposed studies must pursue one of the following aims:

  • Building, identifying, or testing ways to improve the use of existing research evidence.

  • Building, identifying, or testing ways to facilitate the production of new research evidence that responds to decision-makers’ needs.

  • Testing whether and under what conditions using research evidence improves decision-making and youth outcomes.



Research Grants on Reducing Inequality

This program funds research studies that aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people ages 5-25 in the United States, along dimensions of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins.




For proposal submission details, please use Penn State's InfoReady website:

No relevant announcements at this time.


Please visit the Limited Submissions website to complete the Internal Submission Requirements.  See Section titled “Currently Accepting Notices of Intent/Proposals”, select the opportunity “Apply Here.”


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