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by Meghan Hauser

Quick reference

Fahs-Beck Fund For Research and Experimentation

American Psychological Foundation

The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation: Machine Learning in Chemical Sciences and Engineering

James S. McDonnell Foundation

Whitehall Foundation

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges

Simons Foundation: Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation

Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman

John Templeton Foundation LOI for Academic Cross Training Fellowship Program

William T. Grant Foundation: Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence

William T. Grant Foundation: Research Grants on Reducing Inequality

Russell Sage Foundation: Behavioral Economics

Russell Sage Foundation: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

Russell Sage Foundation: Immigration and Immigrant Integration

Russell Sage Foundation: Social, Political, and Economic Inequality

Vilcek Foundation

William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Program for Early-Career Researchers

Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation: Beckman Young Investigator

Arnold Ventures: Randomized Controlled Trials of Criminal Justice Programs and Practices

Charles Koch Foundation: Technology and Innovation Research Grants

 

What is Foundation Relations?

The Foundation Relations team cultivates relationships with private foundations whose mission and interests match the University of Georgia’s priorities in order to yield partnerships across campus. As a centralized office, we are able to assist all areas of UGA in seeking funding opportunities. We are fortunate to work closely with UGA’s Office of Research, including the Grants Office and Sponsored Projects, as we help facilitate relationships with private foundations whose interests align with the university’s mission as the state’s land- and sea-grant institution.

The Foundation Relations team strives to…

  • Collaborate with schools, colleges, units, and departments across campus on the grant submission process. We practice a holistic approach to foundation relations – from proposal to grant reporting.
  • Support stewardship efforts in order to show foundations’ impact on campus.
  • Identify prospective foundations whose interests align with research and programming at UGA.
  • Create new relationships and steward existing partnerships with foundations, acting as an advocate for UGA faculty and staff with potential foundation funders.
  • Meet with faculty and staff to discuss funding opportunities and develop cultivation plans for future funding.
  • Review and edit proposals and letters of inquiry (LOI) to ensure information is presented in such a way that it resonates with foundations’ interests and conforms to grant criteria.

Our team of experienced professionals have a passion for UGA and a desire to assist our faculty and staff in furthering their research and program areas on campus.

 

Fahs-Beck Fund For Research and Experimentation

Doctoral Dissertation Grant Program (Fahs-Beck Scholars)
Grants of up to $5,000 are available to help support dissertation expenses of doctoral students in the United States and Canada whose studies have the potential for adding significantly to knowledge about problems in the functioning or well being of children, adults, couples, families, or communities, or about interventions designed to prevent or alleviate such problems. The research for which funding is requested must focus on the United States or Canada or on a comparison between the United States or Canada and one or more other countries.

Faculty/Post-Doctoral Grant Program (Fahs-Beck Fellows)
Grants of up to $20,000 are available to help support the research of faculty members or post-doctoral researchers affiliated with non-profit human service organizations in the United States and Canada. Areas of interest to the Fund are: studies to develop, refine, evaluate, or disseminate innovative interventions designed to prevent or ameliorate major social, psychological, behavioral or public health problems affecting children, adults, couples, families, or communities, or studies that have the potential for adding significantly to knowledge about such problems. The research for which funding is requested must focus on the United States or Canada or on a comparison between the United States or Canada and one or more other countries.

To learn more, click here.

Deadline is April 1, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Shannyn Smith.

 

American Psychological Foundation

American Psychological FoundationThe APF Visionary Grants seek to seed innovation through supporting research, education and intervention projects and programs that use psychology to solve social problems in the following priority areas:

  • Applying psychology to at-risk, vulnerable populations (e.g. serious mental illness, returning military, those who are incarcerated or economically disadvantaged)
  • Preventing violence
  • Understanding the connection between behavior and health (e.g. wellness, diabetes, obesity)
  • Understanding and eliminating stigma and prejudice (e.g. race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability and socioeconomic status)

To learn more, click here.

Deadline is April 1, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Shannyn Smith.

 

The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation: Machine Learning in Chemical Sciences and Engineering

The Camille and Henry Dreyfuss FoundationThe Dreyfus program for Machine Learning in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering provides funding for innovative projects in any area of Machine Learning (ML) consistent with the Foundation’s broad objective to advance the chemical sciences and engineering. The Foundation anticipates that these projects will contribute new fundamental chemical understanding, insight, and innovation in the field.

The Foundation encourages proposals to significantly stimulate and accelerate the development of the use of ML and other related aspects of data science to the Chemical Sciences and Engineering. Below are some examples, not an exhaustive list that this program may support: molecular synthesis, including mechanisms, techniques, and applications; theory, computation, physical properties of molecules or materials; rates and mechanisms of new chemical processes; and postdoctoral support for collaborations that combine chemical science research with ML expertise.

To learn more, please click here.

Application deadline April 2, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

  

James S. McDonnell Foundation

The JSMF Opportunity Awards provide up to $250,000 in seed funds expendable over a flexible time period (between 2 and 4 years) as needed by researchers to design and carry out studies motivated by questioning, revisiting, or re-examining the current state of academic knowledge of human cognition and behavior using a dynamic, context-sensitive lens. JSMF is particularly interested in supporting applications from researchers who may not now be using the approaches described in this call for proposals, but who want to adopt this approach as an experimentally coherent way of conceptualizing, designing, and pursuing an understanding of human cognition and behavior.

To learn more, click here.

Deadline is April 14, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Shannyn Smith.

 

Whitehall Foundation

Whitehall FoundationThe foundation is interested in basic research in neurobiology, defined as follows: invertebrate and vertebrate (excluding clinical) neurobiology, with a focus on investigations of neural mechanisms involved in sensory, motor, and other complex functions of the whole organism as these relate to behavior. The overall goal should be to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior.

Research — Grants of up to $225,000 over three years will be awarded to established scientists of all ages working at an accredited institution in the United States. Grants will not be awarded to investigators who have already received, or expect to receive, substantial support from other sources, even if it is for an unrelated purpose.

Grants-in-Aid — One-year grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded to researchers at the assistant-professor level who experience difficulty in competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established. Grants-in-Aid can also be made to senior scientists.

To learn more, click here.

LOI deadline is April 15, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

 

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges

Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationAccelerating Discovery for Non-Hormonal Contraceptives: Grand Challenges seeks new approaches and concepts for the characterization of contraceptive drug targets, the identification of active contraceptive compounds, and the development of novel and impactful research tools with the potential to revolutionize the field of contraceptive R&D.

Improving Access to and Use of Safe and Appropriate Cesarean Section: Grand Challenges seeks ideas for interventions to address challenges related to cesarean section: increasing access to cesarean section where it is currently inadequate, increasing quality and safety of cesarean section to reduce iatrogenic harm to both mothers and newborns, and reducing rates of non-medically indicated cesarean section.

Innovations in Materials Science for a Transformative Menstrual Health and Hygiene Product: Grand Challenges Explorations seeks transformative and innovative ideas to support the design and development of a new menstrual health and hygiene product that meets key criteria of being responsive to user needs, focusing on discreetness, affordability, and sustainability.

Innovations for Improving the Impact of Health Campaigns: Grand Challenges Explorations seeks innovative solutions that accelerate the improvement of coverage, reach, efficiency, and effectiveness of campaign-based delivery of health interventions.

To learn more about all grant opportunities, please click here.

Deadline for Grand Challenges applications is April 22, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

 

Simons Foundation: Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)

Simons Foundation Autism Research InstituteGrants awarded through this RFA are intended to provide early support for exploratory ideas, particularly those with novel hypotheses for autism. Appropriate projects for this mechanism include those considered higher risk with less assurance of ultimate impact, but with the potential for transformative results.

Investigators new to the field of autism are encouraged to apply for these awards. The total budget of a Pilot Award is $300,000 or less, including 20 percent indirect costs, over a period of up to two (2) years.

To learn more, click here.

Deadline is April 24, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson FoundationThe Policies for Action research program is releasing Policies for Action: Research on Housing Policies That Promote Equity call for proposals (CFP) to investigate the effectiveness of state, county, and city public policies aimed at increasing housing affordability and stability; addressing racial segregation and isolation from opportunity; and increasing access to opportunity-rich neighborhoods and place-based resources. We are particularly interested in understanding how such policies affect racial equity in housing and neighborhood conditions—especially in small- and medium-sized cities having populations between 50,000 and 500,000.

To learn more, click here.

Deadline is April 29, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Shannyn Smith.

 

The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation

The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation funds research to investigators proposing research directed toward identifying new treatments or cures for cancer. The Foundation funds projects for a one-year period which will allow establishment of capabilities of new cancer researchers, or new cancer approaches by established cancer researchers. It is anticipated that this early stage funding by the Foundation may lead to subsequent and expanded support using government agency funding. Project relevance to cancer detection, treatment, or cure should be clearly identified.

To learn more, please click here.

Proposal deadline April 30, 2020

For more information and proposal support, please contact Shannyn Smith.

 

Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman

The Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Trust Award honors current or former academic faculty who, as teachers, inspired a student to establish an organization which demonstrated a significant benefit on a community at large or inspired a student to establish a concept, procedure, or movement of comparable benefit to a community. Nominations are made by a former student(s) as a means to honor the academic faculty member who inspired their work. Preference is given to educators who teach or who taught in the fields of psychology, medicine, or law.

To submit a 2020 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award nomination or for more information, click here.

Deadline is April 30, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Michelle Versfeld.

John Templeton Foundation LOI for Academic Cross Training Fellowship Program

John Templeton FoundationFellowship will provide up to $220,000 for up to thirty-three months in support of a systematic and sustained course of study in an empirical science such as physics, psychology, biology, genetics, cognitive science, neuroscience, or sociology.

Deadline is May 1.

To learn more, click here.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

 

William T. Grant Foundation: Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence

William T. Grant FoundationThe William T. Grant Foundation is seeking studies that identify, build, and test strategies to enhance the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth. The foundation is particularly interested in research on improving the use of research evidence by state and local decision makers, mid-level managers, and intermediaries. Some investigators will focus on the strategies, relationships, and other supports needed for policy and practice organizations to use research more routinely and constructively. Others may investigate structures and incentives within the research community to encourage deep engagement with decision makers. Still other researchers may examine activities that help findings inform policy ideas, shape practice responses, and improve systems.

To learn more, click here.

LOI deadline is May 6, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

 

William T. Grant Foundation: Research Grants on Reducing Inequality

The William T. Grant Foundation seek 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. The foundation prioritizes studies about reducing inequality on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins.

Proposals for studies are evaluated based on their fit with our interests in reducing inequality; the strength and feasibility of their designs, methods, and analyses; their potential to inform change; and their contribution to theory and empirical evidence.

To learn more, click here.

LOI deadline is May 6, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

 

Russell Sage Foundation: Behavioral Economics

Russell Sage FoundationThe Russell Sage Foundation’s program on Behavioral Economics supports novel research that uses insights and methods from psychology, economics, sociology, political science and other social sciences to examine and improve social and living conditions in the United States. The foundation seeks investigator-initiated research proposals that will broaden our understanding of the social, economic and political consequences of actual behaviors and decisions.

RSF is especially interested in research at the intersection of behavioral economics and behavioral sciences and its other programs—Future of WorkRace, Ethnicity and ImmigrationSocial, Political and Economic Inequality. Priority will be given to field experiments, as opposed to lab experiments. Projects that can contribute to a more unified theory of human behavior to eventually eliminate the distinction between behavioral economics and the rest of economics are also of interest.

To learn more, click here.

LOI deadline is May 21, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

 

Russell Sage Foundation: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

The Russell Sage Foundation program on Race, Ethnicity, & Immigration seeks investigator-initiated research proposals on the social, economic, and political effects of the changing racial and ethnic composition of the U.S. population, including the transformation of communities and ideas about what it means to be American. The foundation is especially interested in innovative research that examines the roles of race, ethnicity, nativity, and legal status in outcomes for immigrants, U.S.-born racial and ethnic minorities, and native-born whites.

A primary goal of the program is to encourage researchers from different social science traditions studying issues of race, ethnicity, and immigration to work together in productive and innovative ways. We encourage multi-disciplinary perspectives and methods that both strengthen the data, theory, and methods of social science research and foster an understanding of how we might better achieve the American ideals of a pluralist society.

To learn more, click here.

LOI deadline is May 21, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

 

Russell Sage Foundation: Immigration and Immigrant Integration

The Russell Sage Foundation/Carnegie Corporation Initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration seeks to support innovative research on the effects of race, citizenship, legal status and politics, political culture and public policy on outcomes for immigrants and for the native-born of different racial and ethnic groups and generations. This initiative falls under RSF’s Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration Program and represents a special area of interest within the core program, which continues to encourage proposals on a broader set of issues.

We are especially interested in novel uses of under-utilized data and the development of new methods for analyzing these data. Proposals to conduct laboratory or field experiments, in-depth qualitative interviews, and ethnographies are also encouraged. Smaller projects might include exploratory fieldwork, a pilot study, or the analysis of existing data. RSF encourages methodological variety and inter-disciplinary collaboration.  Proposals for comparative, cross-national work will be considered only if they have strong implications for U.S.-centered issues.

To learn more, click here.

LOI deadline is May 21, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

 

Russell Sage Foundation: Social, Political, and Economic Inequality

The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on Social, Political, and Economic Inequality supports innovative research on the many factors that contribute to social, political and economic inequalities in the U.S., and the extent to which those inequalities affect social, psychological, political, and economic outcomes, including equality of access and opportunity, social mobility, civic participation and representation, and the transmission of advantage and disadvantage within and across generations.

The foundation seeks investigator-initiated research that will contribute to a better understanding of social, political, and economic inequalities and the mechanisms by which they influence the lives of individuals and families. The program welcomes projects that explore the relevance of economic, racial, ethnic, age, gender, immigration, occupational or other statuses for the distribution of wellbeing within these groups. The foundation is most interested in social and economic outcomes as the primary indicators of wellbeing.

To learn more, click here.

LOI deadline is May 21, 2020.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

 

Vilcek Foundation

Vilcek FoundationThe Vilcek Foundation is now seeking applications for the 2021 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science and Filmmaking.

Foreign-born biomedical scientists who hold full-time positions with academic or research institutions are invited to apply for a Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science. Immigrant filmmakers – including directors, producers, cinematographers, writers, documentarians, and animators – are invited to apply for a Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Filmmaking.

To learn more, click here.

Application deadline is June 10, 2020, 5 p.m. EDT.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

 

William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Program for Early-Career Researchers

William T. Grant FoundationThe 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. The Foundation’s mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. We pursue this mission by supporting research within two focus areas. Researchers interested in applying for a William T. Grant Scholars Award must select one focus area: Reducing Inequality or Improving the Use of Research Evidence

Online application opens April 30, 2020

Deadline July 1, 2020 at 3:00 PM

To learn more, please click here.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

 

Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation: Beckman Young Investigator

Arnold & Mabel Beckman FoundationThe Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

Projects proposed for the BYI program should be truly innovative, high-risk, and show promise for contributing to significant advances in chemistry and the life sciences. They should represent a departure from current research directions rather than an extension or expansion of existing programs. Proposed research that cuts across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines is encouraged. Proposals that open new avenues of research in chemistry and life sciences by fostering the invention of methods, instruments and materials will be given additional consideration.

  • The BYI program funds promising young scientists early in their careers who have not yet received a major award from another organization. Proposals that already have substantial funding will not be considered for the BYI award (see eligibility for more information).
  • Projects are normally funded for a period of four years. Grants are in the range of $600,000 over the term of the project, contingent upon demonstrated progress after the second year of the award.
  • The Foundation does not provide for overhead or for indirect costs.

To learn more, click here.

LOI opens May 29, 2020 and closes August 4, 2020.  

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

 

Arnold Ventures: Randomized Controlled Trials of Criminal Justice Programs and Practices

Arnold VenturesArnold Ventures (AV) is a nonpartisan philanthropy whose core mission is to invest in evidence-based solutions that maximize opportunity and minimize injustice. This Request for Proposals—a joint effort of AV’s Criminal Justice and Evidence-Based Policy initiatives—seeks grant applications to conduct randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of criminal justice programs and practices (“interventions”) in the United States that fall into one of three tier: intervention is backed by promising prior evidence; intervention is widely adopted, but has not yet been rigorously evaluated; and intervention is growing in use and likely to become widely adopted, but has not yet been rigorously evaluated.

To learn more, click here.

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis; there is no deadline.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.

 

Charles Koch Foundation: Technology and Innovation Research Grants

Charles Koch FoundationThe Charles Koch Foundation seeks to support research on technology and innovation. Applied research that helps bridge the divide between theory and practice is particularly welcome.

We invite scholars and policy experts to submit proposals for work that sheds light on the various effects of technological progress (policy, cultural, or otherwise) and explores the concept of permissionless innovation. Proposals for projects in law, economics, history, political science, and philosophy are encouraged. Projects in computer science, engineering, and the hard sciences will also be considered.

To learn more, click here.

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis; there is no deadline.

For more information and proposal support, please contact Meghan Hauser.