Funding Database

A list of select funding opportunities highlighted by our staff

Welcome to GW Funding Opportunities. Search current RFPs by the categories listed to the left of this screen, including limited submission opportunities on campus. This database is updated regularly, so please bookmark it and check back. 

RFP listings within each category are arranged by deadline. RFPs with rolling deadlines appear at the bottom of the list.

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Terra Foundation—Exhibition Grants

March 01, 2021

Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art firsthand, the Terra Foundation supports exhibitions that increase the understanding and appreciation of historical American art (circa 1500–1980). The foundation has a particular interest in exhibitions that travel outside the United States or to Chicago. 

Creative Capital—Creative Capital Award

March 01, 2021

Creative Capital (CC) helps visionary artists in all disciplines build thriving careers, and every year CC reviews applications from artists ready to take the next step in their creative practices. The selected artists receive the Creative Capital Award, which includes up to $50,000 in funding for bold new projects, as well as a wide range of counsel, career development, and networking opportunities to make their work come to life. 

Carnegie Corporation of New York—Reimagining Multilateralism

March 02, 2021

The failure of international responses to COVID-19 is only the most recent and dramatic example of the inability of long-standing cooperative mechanisms and institutions to withstand the pressures

Carnegie Corporation of New York— The Domestic-International Connection

March 02, 2021

Experts, political leaders, and voters are increasingly calling for the United States to reorient its foreign and national security policies to better reflect connections between international and domestic concerns. They argue that economic, health, education, and social problems cannot be addressed by separating foreign and domestic policies and that greater integration would lead to more effective U.S. policies at home and abroad. Given the heightened interest in these issues, there is a need to explore the key factors underlying the importance of the domestic-international connection and what an integrative policy approach might look like in practice. 

National Academy of Medicine—Scholars in Diagnostic Excellence

March 03, 2021

Funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, this collaborative program with the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) supports up to 10 scholars in a one-year, part-time remote experience to enhance the scholars’ knowledge and skills in diagnostic quality and safety, and accelerate their career development in becoming national leaders in the field.   

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation—Psychosocial Research (PSR) of Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)

March 03, 2021

The PSR portfolio supports studies that develop and disseminate sound data that inform best practices and produce better outcomes and improve quality of life for people living with spinal cord injury. PSR explores the interrelation of behavioral, social and psychological factors that influence participation, health practice, lifestyle, and support systems in community and clinical settings. 

Breast Cancer Alliance—Exceptional Project Grants

March 04, 2021

To encourage a commitment to breast cancer research, the Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA) invites clinical doctors and research scientists, including post docs, whose primary focus is breast cancer research and who are at any stage of their careers, to apply for funding for the Exceptional Project Grant. This grant is open to applicants at institutions within the United States.

Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation—2021 Basic, Translational, and Clinical Research Opportunities

March 08, 2021

The Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation (NETRF) is the leading non-profit organization supporting basic, translational and clinical NET research. Their mission is to accelerate scientific discovery that will help create new and more effective therapies for NETs.  

National Academy of Medicine and Johnson & Johnson Innovation—Healthy Longevity Catalyst Awards

March 08, 2021

As part of the Healthy Longevity Global Competition, the U.S. National Academy of Medicine (“NAM”), with support from Johnson & Johnson Innovation, will issue up to 24 Catalyst Awards per year, in three annual rounds (i.e., in 2020, 2021, and 2022). Each Catalyst Award includes a $50,000 cash prize as well as travel costs to attend an annual Innovator Summit. 

Charles Koch Foundation—Foreign Policy Research Grants

March 11, 2021

The Foundation supports scholars and institutions interested in challenging the current approach, providing alternative visions for U.S. foreign policy, and engaging in research that can bridge the gap between ideas and policy. The Foundation is especially interested in foreign policy research projects from political science, international relations, history, or economics. However, proposals from all fields will be considered on their merits. 

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)—Maternal COVID-19 as a potential risk for autism: Supplemental funding for ongoing pregnancy cohorts

March 12, 2021

Grants awarded through this RFA will supplement funding from other agencies for ongoing pregnancy cohorts to broaden biospecimen collection and to extend post-natal family tracking. These cohorts and biospecimen collections can be leveraged in future research to understand the effects of gestational infection and inflammation on autism risk in children. 

Wellcome Trust—Open Health Research Fund

March 12, 2021

This funding supports researchers to develop and test incentives for making health research more open, accessible and reusable. 

Muscular Dystrophy Association—MDA Development Grants

March 15, 2021

The purpose of Development Grants is to expand the number of scientists conducting meritorious neuromuscular disease research from among investigators who may be part of a team in the laboratory of a senior investigator under whose guidance the researcher will be given flexibility to work independently or as part of a collaborative effort. 

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation—Fellowship Award

March 15, 2021

The Foundation encourages all theoretical and experimental research relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention. 

Angelman Syndrome Foundation—Special Call for Research to Address Gastrointestinal Complications

March 15, 2021

The mission of the Angelman Syndrome Foundation is to advance the awareness and treatment of Angelman syndrome through education and information, research, and support for individuals with Angelman syndrome, their families and other concerned parties. The Foundation exists to give all of them a reason to smile, with the ultimate goal of finding a cure.

The Sontag Foundation—Distinguished Scientist Award (DSA) for Brain Cancer Research

March 17, 2021

The Distinguished Scientist Award (DSA) seeks to provide career and research support to early career scientists who demonstrate outstanding promise for making scientific and medical breakthroughs in the field of brain cancer research. 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP)

March 17, 2021

The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP) offers four-year postdoctoral research awards to physicians, dentists, and nurses from historically marginalized backgrounds. Scholars should be committed to working toward eliminating health disparities by achieving senior rank in academic medicine, dentistry, or nursing. 

Cures Within Reach—CureAccelerator Live! Repurposing Research to Create Patient Impact in Pediatric Rare Diseases

March 17, 2021

This Request for Proposals (RFP) from Cures Within Reach is seeking clinical trials using repurposed treatments for any rare pediatric disease for an upcoming CureAccelerator Live! event. CureAccelerator Live! is a philanthropic pitch event, raising awareness of and funding for innovative repurposing research projects, with up to $50,000 funding for the winning project announced that evening. This RFP seeks clinical repurposing trials in any unsolved pediatric rare disease . A rare disease is defined by US standards as a condition that impacts fewer than 200,000 people, or by European standards as a condition than impacts less than 1 in 2,000 people. 

Cigna Foundation—Health and Well-Being Grants: Health Disparities

March 19, 2021

Health disparities refer to differences in care and outcomes between groups of people–and are closely linked with social, economic, and environmental factors. Within these broad areas, disparities happen across many dimensions, including race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, location, gender, disability status, and sexual orientation. 

The Whiting Foundation—Public Engagement Fellowship, 2022-23 Cycle

March 22, 2021

The Whiting Public Engagement Programs, including the Public Engagement Fellowship and the Public Engagement Seed Grant, celebrate and empower early-career humanities faculty who embrace public engagement as part of their scholarly vocation. This opportunity pertains to the Public Engagement Fellowship. (The Whiting Public Engagement Seed Grant is listed in InfoReady separately.)


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