Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Grants Opportunity

STS is an interdisciplinary field that investigates topics relating to the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines, including medical science. STS research uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate STEM theory and practice with regards to history and socio-cultural formation, philosophical underpinnings, and impacts of science and technology on quality of life, culture, and society. STS researchers strive to understand how STEM fields contribute to the development and use of systems of knowledge, the production and use of materials and devices, the co-evolution of socio-technical systems and their governance, and the place of science and technology in the modern world.


The STS program supports proposals across the broad spectrum of STS research areas, topics, and approaches. Examples include, but are by no means limited to:

  1. Societal aspects of emerging high-tech technologies (e.g., nanotechnology, synthetic biology, neuroscience, robotics, drones, ubiquitous computing, crowd sourcing, remote-sensing)
  2. Societal aspects of emerging low-tech technologies (e.g., paper microscopes; whirlwind wheel chairs)
  3. Issues relating to equity, ethics, governance, sustainability, public engagement, user-centeredness, and inclusiveness.
  4. Integration of traditional STS approaches with innovative perspectives from the arts or humanities.
  5. Ethical, policy, and cultural issues regarding big data, surveillance and privacy in an increasingly networked world, and
  6. The science of broadening participation in STEM disciplines.


Deadline: February 2nd, 2015
Estimated Number of Awards: 40
Anticipated Funding Amount: $6,200,000

For more information please refer to the RFP:



Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Opportunities

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now inviting applications for three new Grand Challenges:

  • Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development
  • Creating and Measuring Integrated Solutions for Healthy Birth, Growth, and Development (part of the All Children Thriving platform)
  • New Interventions for Global Health

Applications for these new challenges will be accepted beginning on November 4, 2014. Please also note that we are still accepting applications for six Grand Challenges Explorations topics.

For links to more information on these challenges, please visit the grant opportunity page at,

Boren Fellowships

Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interest

Boren Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their projects, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined.

Deadline: January 27th 2015

For more information, please refer to:

Boren Scholarships

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. 

Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined

Application deadline is February 4, 2015.

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Funding Opportunity: Information Sharing and Its Effect on Tracking Sex Offenders and Community Awareness

As part of a collaborative effort with and funding from the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing,  Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART), the National Institute of Justice  (NIJ) seeks creative and innovative proposals for research that examines how information  sharing, a key function of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification (SORNA) Act, may  have evolved since its implementation.

Specifically, NIJ is interested in assessing how  information sharing has changed how criminal justice agents, for example, law enforcement,  public safety administrators, correctional administrators, and prosecutors, track, monitor, and  prosecute offenders; what types of information are collected and shared; how the public  accesses and uses information about sex offenders in their community; and the cost of inter- and intra-jurisdictional information sharing. This research will further the SMART Office’s  mission to monitor the impact of SORNA and NIJ’s goal of partnering with federal agencies to  improve knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science.

The  deadline to apply for funding under this announcement is 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 7,

For more information please refer to:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Opportunity in Global Health and Development

Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions, is now accepting grant proposals for its latest application round. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.

Proposals are being accepted online until May 6, 2014 on the following topics:

•  New Ways of Working Together: Integrating Community-Based Interventions
•     Explore New Ways to Measure Fetal and Infant Brain Development
•    Innovations in Feedback & Accountability Systems for Agricultural Development
•     Inciting Healthy Behaviors: nudge, leapfrog, disrupt, reach
•     Novel Enabling Tools and Models Supporting the Development of Interventions for Severe Diarrhea and Enteric Dysfunction

Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at:

Grant Foundation Launches Initiative on Understanding Inequality

Through its new Understanding Inequality program, the foundation will award grants of up to $600,000 in support of research that focuses on ways to reduce disparities in the academic, behavioral, social, and economic outcomes among youth.

Priority will be given to projects related to inequality on the basis of economic, racial/ethnic, and language backgrounds; research that explores other areas of inequality will be considered based on a compelling case for its impact.


For more information please  refer to:

Dear Colleague Letter: Stimulating Research Related to the Science of Broadening Participation

Building on previous investments, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE) and the Directorate for Education & Human Resources (EHR) announce their interest in stimulating research related to the Science of Broadening Participation (SBP).

The Science of Broadening Participation will employ the theories, methods, and analytic techniques of the social, behavioral, economic, and learning sciences to better understand the barriers that hinder and factors that enhance our ability to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The results of these efforts will inform approaches to increase the access and involvement of underrepresented groups in STEM and to strengthen our national STEM capabilities and competitive advantage. Ultimately, the SBP research will provide scientific evidence that STEM educators, STEM employers, and policy makers need to make informed decisions and to design effective programs and interventions.

For more information, please refer to the RFP:

Public Health Law Research Seeks Research Projects of Laws That Improve Public Health

Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws That Improve Health, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, seeks to build the evidence for and strengthen the use of regulatory, legal, and policy solutions to improve public health. To help achieve this goal, PHLR is inviting applications from nonprofit research institutions for qualitative or quantitative research studies related to the development, implementation, mechanisms of action, or health effects of specific laws or regulations.

Studies should focus on the intersection of law and public health but may draw on a range of other disciplines, including medicine, economics, engineering, sociology, psychology, and public policy and administration. However, the primary focus of the study should be a law or policy and its influence on public health. Special consideration will be given to projects that incorporate innovative approaches such as experimental designs and simulations, the use of biological measures as outcome variables, mixed qualitative-quantitative studies, and/or the application of cutting-edge econometric and time-series models. Economic analysis as an evaluation component or as the main study design is also encouraged to demonstrate the fiscal case and demonstrate value for public health law.

Research teams that combine legal expertise with strong research design and statistical competence are particularly encouraged.

Grants will range up to $150,000 each for a period of up to eighteen months. Mapping studies  ̶  legal research that creates a multijurisdictional dataset of laws suitable for quantitative research  ̶  will also be considered, but budgets for these mapping projects should not exceed $50,000 or twelve months duration.


For more information please refer to the RFP:–making-the-case-for-laws-that-improv.html?cid=XEM_A7899

Funding Opportunity: Catalyzing New International Collaborations (CNIC)

The CNIC program will support US researchers’ participation in activities intended to catalyze new international collaborations designed to open up new scientific directions for the proposer. These include, but are not limited to: research planning visits, initial data gathering activities, proof-of-concept, single or multiple visits within a maximum 12-month time period to plan a new international research collaboration, or exploratory workshops designed to bring together US and non-US-based researchers representing several institutions and focused on a topic specified in the Project Description. Generally, CNIC-supported workshops will include between 10-25 individuals, of whom roughly half will be from the US, and are usually expected to take place abroad. However, in special circumstances, they may take place within the US if they include substantial international participation and are held for the purpose of establishing new international collaborations.

The community is invited to propose innovative mechanisms and strategies for catalyzing new international collaborations with the goal of reaching the stage that competitive follow-on full research proposals can be submitted to other specified and relevant NSF programs, for continuing support of the project. Such follow-on proposals may be submitted to any appropriate and active NSF core program

Estimated Number of Awards: 30 to 40 per year

Anticipated Funding Amount: $2,000,000 per year, pending the quality of proposals and availability of funds

Award duration (up to 12 months) and budget (up to $75,000) are expected to vary considerably depending on the scope of activities proposed.

Rolling Deadlines:  Full Proposal Target Date(s):

January 22, 2014
January 22, Annually Thereafter

April 22, 2014
April 22, Annually Thereafter

July 22, 2014
July 22, Annually Thereafter

For more information please refer to the solicitation page: