Grant Opportunities from the Gates Foundation and its Partners

The Gates foundation and its Grand Challenges partners are now accepting applications for the following grant programs – for more information please visit the grant opportunities page at

1.      Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions. Proposals are being accepted online until May 13, 2015. 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.

2.       Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development has launched its fifth round for innovative prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the world. The application deadline is March 27, 2015.

3.      All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development has launched two grant opportunities:

  • As part of the Technology to Support Education in Crisis and Conflict Settings Ideation Challenge, it is seeking technology-supported approaches to provide basic education in one or more of the following situations: health crisis, natural disaster, and conflict zone. The application deadline is March 30, 2015.
  • The Tracking & Tracing Books Prize Competition is seeking innovations to track books destined for early-grade classrooms and learning centers in low-income countries. The application deadline is April 1, 2015.

4.      The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT) as part of its new Grand Challenges Japan initiative has launched a Target Research Platform to fund bold ideas in drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics for a set of priority neglected infectious diseases. The application deadline is March 13, 2015

APS Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science

The APS Teaching Fund invites applications for small (up to $5,000), non-renewable grants to launch new projects that are designed to achieve any of the following priorities:

  1. disseminate resources that support effective teaching of psychology and development of effective psychology teachers;
  2. facilitate communication among teachers of psychology who share common challenges and who would benefit from sharing ideas and resources;
  3. develop means to provide expert advice and consultation to faculty engaging in projects that support the teaching of psychology; and
  4. publicize and enhance the availability of psychology teaching resources and opportunities to psychology teachers.

Upcoming application deadline: March 1st, 2015

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Funding Opportunity: Gene-Environment Interplay in Substance Use Disorders

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks to stimulate and expand research on the interplay of genetic and environmental factors in the genesis, course, and outcomes of substance and alcohol use disorders (SUDs).

Previous work in genetic epidemiology and molecular genetics has established that SUDs are highly heritable, developmental disorders with important genetic substrates.

Building on these findings, new studies using genetically informative approaches are needed to elucidate the complex interplay of genetic and environmental factors in developmental trajectories of SUDs and comorbid conditions, deepen and refine phenotypic definitions of SUDs, and meet the methodologic challenges of the field.

Such studies hold great potential to promote understanding of the true contributions of both genetic and environmental factors to initiation, progression, comorbidity, adverse outcomes, and cessation of SUDs; to elucidate mechanisms of risk; and to enhance opportunities for translation to treatment, prevention, gene-finding and molecular studies.

For more information please refer to the RFP Announcement

International Foundation for Ethical Research Invites Applications for Graduate Fellowships

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The International Foundation for Ethical Research supports the development, validation, and implementation of innovative scientific methodologies that advance science and replace the use of animals in research, testing, and education. To that end, the foundation is accepting applications for the IFER Graduate Fellowship Program from graduate students whose program of study shows the greatest potential to replace the use of animals in science.

Grants of up $15,000 will be awarded to students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs in the sciences or human/veterinary medicine to support the development of alternatives to the use of animals in research, testing, and education. Fellowships are renewable annually for up to three years. Continued funding is dependent on student progress and the availability of funds.

Fellowships will be considered for graduate students in fields such as education, psychology, humanities, journalism, and the law for projects that show promise to increase public awareness or promote changes in the legal system or public policy regarding the use of animals in research, testing, and education.

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Individuals Addressing Open Society Challenges Invited to Apply for Open Society Foundations Fellowship

The fellowship program seeks to fund work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching conversations within the Open Society Foundations and around the world.

A fellowship project might identify a problem that has previously not been recognized, advance a new policy idea to address a familiar problem, or offer a new advocacy strategy. Project themes should cut across at least two areas of interest to the Open Society Foundations, including human rights, government transparency, access to information and justice, and the promotion of civil society and social inclusion.

Fellows may produce a variety of products, including publications (books, reports, or blogs), innovative public-education projects, or even a new campaign or organization. They may also engage in activities such as hosting panel discussions, traveling to conferences, participating in policy debates, and aggressively promoting their ideas in public venues. Fellowship projects can include photography, outreach, and advocacy around documentary film and other forms of cultural production.

The program accepts proposals from anywhere in the world. Applicants should possess a deep understanding of their chosen subject and a track record of professional accomplishment. Past and current fellows have included journalists, activists, academics, and practitioners in a variety of fields. Proficiency in spoken English is required.

Full-time fellows based in the United States will receive a stipend of $80,000 or $100,000, depending on their work experience, seniority, and current income. Stipends will be pro-rated for part-time fellows. For fellows based elsewhere, appropriate adjustments will be made to reflect the cost of living in those countries. In addition to the stipend, fellows will receive a project budget.

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Provident Bank Foundation Issues RFP for Community Signature and Impact Grants

Through its Signature Grant program, the foundation supports projects in three priority areas: community enrichment, education, and health, youth, and families.  Priority will be given to initiatives that help drive ongoing community enhancement and lead to long-term change. One Signature grant of up to $100,000 will be awarded in each of the foundation’s three priority areas.

Community Enrichment: This program supports projects that drive economic development, contribute to a more well-rounded community experience, and provide increased access to information and specialized learning opportunities. LOIs should be returned no later than February 16, 2015. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a complete application by April 1, 2015.

Education: This program supports innovative programming that expands access to and improves the quality of well-rounded educational experiences for people of all ages. LOIs should be returned no later than May 18, 2015. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a complete application  by July 1, 2015.

Health, and Youth, and Families: This program supports projects designed to ensure that people of all ages and means have the ability to improve the quality of their lives, including having a safe place to live and access to quality health care. LOIs should be returned no later than August 17, 2015. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a complete application by October 1, 2015.

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Funding Opportunity from NEA/AC – Tunisia: Encouraging Positive Post-Election Progress

The Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), a program within the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Office of Assistance Coordination (NEA/AC), is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for new projects designed to strengthen Tunisia’s continued democratic consolidation.  Projects proposed should focus on addressing needs and opportunities to strengthen democratic institutions and political participation over the next two years.  This opportunity is currently open and will close at 17:00:00 Eastern Time onFebruary 04, 2015.

NEA/AC seeks innovative proposals for projects in Tunisia that contribute to MEPI’s overarching goal of building participatory, pluralistic, and prosperous societies in which citizens:

(a) Have the regular opportunity to play an active role in making decisions that affect their lives and in holding their governments accountable, and

(b) Have equal standing, protected by guaranteed rights and by independent and effective courts of law.

Proposals should address only one of the following three priority areas considered critical for the success of Tunisia’s transition.

Priority Area A: Fostering Effective and Accountable Government Institutions
Priority Area B: Encouraging Legislative Transparency and Accountability
Priority Area C: Preparing for Local Elections and Decentralization

Please visit: or to view the full Request for Proposals.

Echoing Green Fellowships

Echoing Green’s Fellowship Programs will offer more than $4.6 million in seed-stage funding and support this year to emerging leaders working to bring about positive social change. From thousands of applicants, only about 1 percent are ultimately awarded a Fellowship.

During their first two years, Fellows receive up to $90,000, participate in leadership development gatherings, and will access the powerful network of Echoing Green Fellows, partners, and friends. Echoing Green’s 2014 Barclays Brain Trust Series, sponsored in part by Barclays, is a program of roundtable and mentorship opportunities for Fellows with leading professionals working in marketing, fundraising, business development, and technology. We continue to support our Fellow community long after their initial funding period with ongoing programs and opportunities at critical inflection points in their organizations or careers

Echoing Green manages three distinct Fellowship Programs

The Global Fellowship  for smart leaders who are deeply connected to the needs and potential solutions that may work best for their communities.

The Black Male Achievement (BMA) Fellowship invests in emerging leaders dedicated to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys in the United States.

The Climate Fellowship, launched in 2013, is specifically targeted for the best next-generation social entrepreneurs committed to working on innovations in mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

Application Deadline: January 5th 2014

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Dear Colleague Letter: Seeking Community Input for Topic Ideas for Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI)

The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to invite the research community to submit suggestions for Topic Ideas to be considered for the FY 2016 Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) Program Solicitation.

Suggestions for EFRI Topic Ideas are currently solicited and vetted every two years. Selected Topics become the foci of EFRI-supported research. Solicitations are announced annually for research proposals that fall under the specified Topic areas.

This DCL is not a request for submission of a single research proposal idea; rather, it is meant to generate potential topic areas of emerging transformational research and innovation. You may submit your candidate topic idea along with a one-page description by visiting The deadline for topic idea submission is:December 19, 2014.

Ideas you submit should provide forward-looking views and identify opportunities in emerging frontiers of research and innovation; topic ideas should not simply summarize or justify your own ongoing research activities.

For more information please refer to the solicitation page:

National Cancer Institute Program Project Applications

With this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) invites applications for investigator-initiated program project (P01) grants.

Proposed program projects may address any of the broad areas of cancer research, including (but not limited to) cancer biology, cancer prevention, cancer diagnosis, cancer treatment, and cancer control. Basic, translational, clinical, and/or population-based studies in all of these research areas are appropriate.

Each Program Project application must consist of at least three projects. The projects must share a common central theme, focus, and/or overall objective.

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