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Current RFPs

Click above to download a monthly grant opportunities calendar, compiled by Hanover Research, a grants development firm working in partnership with UMBC-CAHSS

Click above to download a grant opportunities calendar for early career researchers, compiled by Hanover Research, a grants development firm working in partnership with UMBC-CAHSS

Letter of intent are due November 24, 2020.

Policies for Action is issuing a call for proposals to build the evidence base exploring how national, state, and local policies can help advance racial equity and justice in the United States.  We are particularly interested in understanding how, and how well such policies work to address racial disparities in health and well-being.

Applications are due November 30, 2020.

Competitive research programs through the Climate Program Office (CPO) support high-priority climate science, assessments, decision support research, outreach, education, and capacity-building activities.

Applications are due November 30, 2020.

ProQuest will provide five research teams with six months free access to TDM Studio, ProQuest’s powerful new text and data mining solution. This program is open to any research team globally conducting research at an academic institution.

Applications are due December 1, 2020.

The IUSE: EHR is a core NSF STEM education program that seeks to promote novel, creative, and transformative approaches to generating and using new knowledge about STEM teaching and learning to improve STEM education for undergraduate students. Note that this program has multiple tracks, with deadlines varying by track; the deadline noted above is the next occurring deadline.

Applications are due December 1, 2020.

Applications are due December 1, 2020.

Applications are due December 2, 2020. 

Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Awards recognize junior faculty candidates who balance research, teaching, and service, and give great weight to the creation of an inclusive campus community for underrepresented students and scholars. Applicants may be working in any field of the humanities or social sciences, including  history, sociology, anthropology, literature, art, gender studies, ethnic/diaspora studies, and related fields, with an emphasis on scholarly topics that relate to or provide context for the study of culture, equity, inclusion, civil rights, and education in the Americas.  Eligible applicants are typically in the fourth or fifth year of a tenure-track appointment and are still working to complete key items for their tenure dossier. They will have successfully passed the standard third-year/midpoint review or their institution’s equivalent no later than January 31, 2021. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States as of December 2, 2020.  The award provides a $17,500 stipend, with $10,000 for summer research support and $7,500 for research assistance during the academic year.

Applications are due by December 6, 2020.

The Kluge Fellowship in Digital Studies provides an opportunity for scholars to utilize digital methods, the Library’s large and varied digital collections and resources, curatorial expertise, and an emerging community of digital scholarship practitioners. Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research is particularly welcome in the Kluge Digital Studies program. The fellowship is open to scholars from all disciplines with special consideration given to those whose projects demonstrate relevance to the challenges facing democracies in the 21st century. The Digital Studies Fellowship supports a wide array of academic work that encompasses digital scholarship, digital humanities, data science, data analysis, data visualization, and digital publishing that utilize digital collections, tools, and methods. Fellows will have the opportunity to engage with various digital departments in the Library of Congress while pursing and sharing their research.

Applications are due by December 12, 2020.

In honor of the Spencer Foundation’s 50th Anniversary, the Foundation has launched The Racial Equity Special Research Grants program to support education research projects that will contribute to understanding and ameliorating racial inequality in education. We are interested in funding studies that aim to understand and disrupt the reproduction and deepening of educational inequality in education, and which seek to remake and imagine new forms of equitable education. Thus, we are also interested in research projects that are working to reimagine educational opportunities in a multiplicity of education systems, levels, settings, and developmental ranges and that reach beyond documenting conditions and paradigms that contribute to persistent racial inequalities.  We will be accepting applications for projects ranging from one to five years with budgets up to $75,000.

Applications are due by December 15, 2020.

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to accelerate the development of devices to treat Substance Use Disorders (SUDs). The continuing advances in technologies offer unprecedented opportunities to develop neuromodulatory or neurophysiological devices that are safe and effective SUD treatments. The objective is to move devices to their next step in the FDA approval process, with the ultimate goal of generating new, FDA approved device-based treatments for SUDs.

Applications are due by January 15, 2021.

The Law & Science Program considers proposals that address social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules, as well as studies of how science and technology are applied in legal contexts. The Program is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-methodological. Successful proposals describe research that advances scientific theory and understanding of the connections between human behavior and law, legal institutions, or legal processes; or the interactions of law and basic sciences, including biology, computer and information sciences, STEM education, engineering, geosciences, and math and physical sciences.

Applications are due by January 25, 2021.

The purpose of the Research on Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning program is to fund exploratory and synergistic research in emerging technologies (to include, but not limited to, artificial intelligence, robotics, and immersive or augmenting technologies) for teaching and learning in the future. The program accepts proposals that focus on learning, teaching, or a combination of both. The scope of the program is broad, with special interest in diverse learner/educator populations, contexts, and content, including teaching and learning in STEM and in foundational areas that enable STEM (e.g., self-regulation, literacy, communication, collaboration, creativity, and socio-emotional skills).

Applications are due by January 31, 2021.

The Center for Retirement Research sponsors the annual Steven H. Sandell Grant Program for scholars in the field of retirement or disability research and policy. The program is funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration to provide opportunities for junior or non-tenured scholars (within seven years of receiving their Ph.D.) from all academic disciplines to pursue cutting-edge projects on retirement or disability issues.

  • Mid Career Advancement (MCA) Program (NSF)

Applications are due by February 1, 2021.

The MCA offers an opportunity for scientists and engineers at the Associate Professor rank (or equivalent) to substantively enhance and advance their research program through synergistic and mutually beneficial partnerships, typically at an institution other than their home institution. Projects that envision new insights on existing problems or identify new but related problems previously inaccessible without new methodology or expertise from other fields are encouraged.

Applications are due by May 4, 2021.

RSF recently approved nineteen Presidential Authority grants and one supplemental grant in the foundation’s programs on Future of WorkRace, Ethnicity, and Immigration; and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality. Additional grants were made in its special initiatives on Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context and Immigration and Immigrant Integration.

For Assistance with Proposals and Awards

Social science PIs obtain pre-award and post-grant management assistance from MIPAR, a grants administration unit housed within the Center for Social Science Scholarship. Learn how to get started with MIPAR here.

To set up an appointment, email

Go here to view CAHSS deadlines for proposal routing and submissions.

View internal funding opportunities for the social sciences at UMBC.

Arts and humanities faculty, please contact Rachel Brubaker in the Dresher Center for the Humanities for funding opportunities and assistance.

For faculty interested in submitting proposals to corporations or foundations, please consult Bruce Lyons in UMBC’s Office of Institutional Advancement.