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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

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.

  • Many others.

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 (HER): 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.
  5. Many others. Updates will be made frequently.

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
  4. Many others

Research Corporation For Science Advancement

Learn more from Research Corporation For Science Advancement website