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External Funding Opportunities

Below is a collection of potential external funding opportunities that are relevant to NSM faculty. Click on the grants below to read detailed descriptions regarding the funding policy, qualifications, application process including contact information, and application deadlines.

The list of external grants will be updated periodically so please check back frequently for updates on new available external grants, submission process, and the appropriate guidelines.

Research, Innovation, and Economic Development (ORIED) Website

  • This website provides you several ways to search funding, especially in your research field. ORIED can help you conduct funding searches and/or set up funding alerts to help you identify funding opportunities. Learn more from ORIED website

  • You need to register to receive funding opportunities. It allows organizations to find and apply for more than $400 billion in federal grants. is the single access point for more than 1,000 grant programs offered by all federal grant-making agencies. All proposals must submitted by ORID office. Learn more from website

Foundation Center

  • The website provides a search tool that helps you locate funding interests of foundations on local, regional, national, and international levels, as well as past foundation grants and grantees. Learn more from Foundation Center website

Funding opportunities for Mathematics

Some specific funding opportunities are available for Mathematics. Please check on the following websites for request for proposals (RFPs), deadlines and eligibilities.

Private Foundation

  • Gates Foundation

    The foundation awards the majority of its grants to U.S. 501(c)(3) organizations and other tax-exempt organizations. Check online for Funding opportunities. Many request for proposals (RFPs) are health related.

  • Thrasher Research Fund

    The Thrasher Research Fund provides grants for pediatric medical research. The Fund seeks to foster an environment of creativity and discovery aimed at finding solutions to children's health problems. The Fund awards grants for research that offers substantial promise for meaningful advances in prevention and treatment of children's diseases, particularly research that offers broad-based applications.

  • W.M. Keck Foundation

    This funding opportunity has a different proposal submission mechanism. Check with your Associate Dean for Research and Engagement first before you prepare your proposal (share with him about your research ideas).

  • The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

    The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation provides grants to researchers and non-profit research institutions in chemistry and life sciences to promote scientific discoveries, and particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of research.

  • The Dorrance Family Foundation

    The mission of The Dorrance Family Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the community by supporting education and natural resource conservation.

  • Alfred P.Sloan Foundation
    Sloan Research Fellowships; the Sloan Research Fellowships provide fund for fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. The two-year fellowship prize ($75,000) are awarded yearly to early career researchers in recognition of distinguished performace and a unique potential to substantial contributions to their field. Please read more details on its website for eligibility requirements, nomination process, deadlines, etc.

NSF funds proposals that focus on fundamental research proposals. You may search funding opportunities that are specific to your research discipline. If your proposal is focus on human health, you need to submit it to National Institute of Health (NIH) for consideration. If you are not sure about whether your proposal should be submitted to NSF for consideration, you should contact the program director ahead of time to clarify (it will be very helpful if you can send a page of proposal summary to the program director).

Some of the funding opportunities that we should specifically focus on:

  1. Research Undergraduate Institutions (RUI): This funding program is tailored specifically for Primarily Undergraduate Institutions. It is not a stand-alone grant program, but is submitted as a supplement to other NSF programs solicitations.
  2. Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): This is a team proposal allowing a group of faculty to establish a REU site.
  3. NSF Education and Human Resources (EHR): This website provides many funding opportunities related to STEM education, especially for undergraduate education. NSF has established program specifically serving Hispanic-Serving Institutions (NSF HIS). Sacramento State is an HSI. This is an institutional submission where only one proposal per institution may be submitted.
  4. Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award: Your submission of CAREER award proposals are strongly encouraged.

NIH is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world, investing more than $32 billion a year to enhance life, and reduce illness and disability. NIH funded research has led to breakthroughs and new treatments, helping people live longer, healthier lives, and building the research foundation that drives discovery. You can search for more funding opportunity. For our institution, you should specifically look at the followings and then expand your research programs afterwards:

  1. NIH Support for Research Excellence (SuRE) Program (R16) (replacement of NIH SCORE funding program). The SuRE program supports research capacity building at institutions that enroll significant numbers of students from backgrounds nationally underrepresented in biomedical research (see NOT-OD-20-031), award baccalaureate and/or graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, and receive limited NIH Research Project Grant funding. It seeks to develop and sustain research excellence of faculty investigators and provide students with research opportunities while catalyzing institutional research culture and enriching the research environment. Two SuRE R16 Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs, PAR-21-169 and PAR-21-173) have been published to support investigator-initiated research projects. Please go to the NIH SuRE program website for more detailed information.
  2. NIH AREA (R15) program: The AREA Program is implemented through the R15 funding mechanism to fund: (1) meritorious research; (2) expose undergraduate and graduate students to hands-on research in eligible environments; (3) strengthen the research environment of schools that have not been major recipients of NIH support. It is distinct from other NIH initiatives that seek to increase diversity, enhance research in specific geographic areas, support individual or institutional training or career development, build research education infrastructure or capacity building. Please note for the recent changes for AREA (R15) funding mechanism.
  3. For NIH standard due dates

Funding Opportunities for Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)

1. Funding Agency: United States Department of Agriculture

Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI)

This competitive grant program is intended to promote and strengthen the ability of Hispanic-Serving Institutions to carry out higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences. Programs aim to attract outstanding students and produce graduates capable of enhancing the Nation's food and agricultural scientific and professional work force.

Proposal Deadline: check website for update

Watch for Future Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)


2. Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic Serving Institutions - LIMITED SUBMISSION

The goals of the HSI program are to enhance the quality of undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and to increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of students pursuing associate's or baccalaureate degrees in STEM.

Proposal Deadline: check website for update

Watch for Future Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)


3. Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Education

Developing HSIs (DHSI)

The Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) Program provides grants to assist HSIs to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the attainment of, Hispanic students. These grants also enable HSIs to expand and enhance their academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability.

Application Deadline: check website for update

Watch for Future Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)


4. Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) LIMITED SUBMISSION

The Division of Materials Research (DMR) Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials Research (PREM) program aims to enable, build, and grow partnerships between minority-serving institutions and DMR-supported centers and/or facilities to increase recruitment, retention and degree attainment (which defines the PREM pathway) by members of those groups most underrepresented in materials research, and at the same time support excellent research and education endeavors that strengthen such partnerships.

Proposal Deadline: check website for update

Watch for Future Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)


5. Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health

Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI)

The purpose of the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program is to expand the national capacity for research in the health sciences by providing cooperative agreement support to institutions that offer doctorate degrees in the health professions or in a health-related science and have a historical and current commitment to educating underrepresented students, and for institutions that deliver health care services, providing clinical services to medically underserved communities.

Proposal Deadline: check website for update

Watch for Future Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)


6. Funding Agency: Department of Defense

Research and Education Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI)

Applications/proposals from covered educational institutions for research and education programs that will meet the following objectives: (a). Enhance research and engineering capabilities in areas important to national defense; (b). Increase the number of graduates in STEM disciplines; and (c). Encourage research and education collaborations with other institutions of higher education and with defense organizations.

Proposal Deadline: check website for update

Watch for Future Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs).


7. Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)

(AGEP) program seeks to advance knowledge about models to improve pathways to the professoriate and success for historically underrepresented minority doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty, particularly African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders, in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields

Proposal Deadline: check website for update

Watch for Future Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs).


8. Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) - LIMITED SUBMISSION

The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program is an alliance-based program. The program's theory is based on the Tinto model for student retention referenced in the 2005 LSAMP program evaluation.1 The overall goal of the program is to assist universities and colleges in diversifying the nation's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce by increasing the number of STEM baccalaureate and graduate degrees awarded to populations historically underrepresented in these disciplines: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.

Proposal Deadline: check website for update

Watch for Future Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs).

Research Corporation For Science Advancement

Learn more from Research Corporation For Science Advancement website