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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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”.


Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): Higher Education Programs (HEP): Fund for The Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE): Postsecondary Student Success Grant Program (PSSG)

The purpose of this program is to equitably improve postsecondary student outcomes, including retention, transfer (including successful transfer of completed credits), credit accumulation, and completion, by leveraging data and implementing, scaling, and rigorously evaluating evidence-based activities to support data-driven decisions and actions by institutional leaders committed to inclusive student success. 

Deadline:  09/25/2023


Research Training Programs in Special Education (84.324B)

These training programs seek to prepare individuals to conduct rigorous and relevant special education and early intervention research that advances knowledge within the field and addresses issues important to education policymakers and practitioners. For FY 2024, there is one training program in special education—early career development and mentoring. 

Letter of Intent:  08/10/2023 (optional, but encouraged)

Proposal Deadline:  09/21/2023


Special Education Research Grants (84.324A)

This program seeks to expand the knowledge base and understanding of learners with or at risk for disabilities from infancy through postsecondary education. Grants support the development and validation of measurement tools, exploratory research, the development and pilot testing of new interventions, and impact studies to evaluate programs, practices, and policies. This research program invites applications across a wide range of substantive topic areas.

Letter of Intent:  08/10/2023 (optional, but encouraged)

Proposal Deadline:  09/21/2023



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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)

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Brady Education Foundation


Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood Education

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Foundation for Child Development


The Grable Foundation

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Health Resources & Services Administration

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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.

Addressing K-12 Learning Loss

Request for Proposals that aims to reduce or eliminate disparities in math, reading, and science literacy among young people ages zero to 24 years who reside in low-income households in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. Proposals submitted for this Request for Proposals fit within the Economic Mobility program’s Educational Attainment investment area. The Foundation will consider all submitted proposals that urgently seek to increase student success in math, reading, and science literacy by providing learning opportunities in in-school, afterschool, or other wraparound learning settings that accelerate and deepen students’ mastery. The Foundation also strongly encourages collaborative proposals that engage multiple partners in the proposed activities, including sharing missions and goals, co-creating and sharing programs and services, and partnering in systems change.

Interested faculty should contact Jara Dorsey-Lash,  [email protected], in Foundation Relations.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Russell Sage Foundation

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Simons Foundation

2023 Summer Pilot Award

The mission of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (D) by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance. To this end, we solicit applications for SFARI Pilot Awards from individuals who will conduct bold, imaginative, rigorous and relevant research. The goal of the Pilot Award is to provide early support for exploratory ideas, particularly those with novel hypotheses. Appropriate projects for this mechanism include those considered higher risk but with the potential for transformative results. Projects that represent continuations of ongoing work (whether funded by SFARI or other funders) are not appropriate for this mechanism.

Internal Deadline: 09/07/2023
Organization Deadline:  09/14/2023


Spencer Foundation

NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship 

The Dissertation Fellowship seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere around the world. Fellows will attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field. This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented emerging researchers conducting dissertation research related to education. The NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship will fund 35 promising scholars for the 2024-25 academic year. Visit our website to learn more about this opportunity.

Deadline:  10/05/2023


NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Postdoctoral Fellowship supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of educational scholarship. Fellows will receive $70,000 for one academic year of research, or $35,000 for each of two contiguous years, working half-time. Fellows attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field. Applicants must have had their PhD, EdD, or equivalent research degree conferred between January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2022, to be eligible to apply this year. This fellowship is non-residential, and applications from all disciplines are encouraged. The NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship will fund 25 early-career researchers for the 2024-25 academic year. Visit our website to learn more about this opportunity.

Deadline:  11/15/2023


Equity in Math Education Research Grants (EMERG) Program

The Equity in Math Education Research Grants (EMERG) Program aims to reconceptualize and improve equitable and ambitious mathematical experiences for K-12 learners, through an innovative program of research and development. Administered by the National Academy of Education with generous funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the EMERG Program will award up to ten grants of approximately $113,000 each to be used over a period of two years. More details are available in the Call for Nominations.

Deadline:  09/28/2023


Van Ameringen Foundation

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W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research


William Penn Foundation

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William T. Grant Foundation


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


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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.”




Penn State has been invited to nominate a candidate (1 individual) for the Fall 2023 New Directions Fellowship competition. These fellowships provide support for exceptional faculty in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who received their doctorates between 2011 and 2017. Fellows undertake systematic training beyond their fields of specialization in order to acquire the new competencies needed for the pursuit of a cross-disciplinary research agenda. This fellowship does not aim to facilitate short-term outcomes, such as completion of a book. Rather, it is a longer-term investment in the scholar’s intellectual range and productivity.

What do you look for in candidates? "Above all, we want the idea of a 'new direction' to be prominent. We try very hard not to prescribe what that might look like. We seek a candidate who already has a demonstrated capacity for producing important work in their home discipline, who has imagination and creativity, and who has a thoughtful plan for systematic training in another field. A New Directions Fellow is someone whose intellectual spark is matched by incredible persistence." - Cristle Collins Judd, former program director

Please contact Kate Totino, Associate Director of Foundation Relations at University Park ([email protected]) for additional support

Internal Deadline: 09/21/2023

Organization's Deadline: 11/03/2023



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