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Funding Opportunities

American Philosophical Society

The American Philosophical Society provides funding through their Franklin Awards to scholars in order to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. The Franklin Awards program is particularly designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses. Applicants are expected to have a doctorate or to have published work of doctoral character and quality.


The American Federation for Aging Research

The American Federation for Aging Research seeks to fund research that will serve as the basis for longer term research efforts. AFAR-supported investigators study a broad range of biomedical and clinical topics including the causes of cellular senescence, the role of estrogen in the development of osteoporosis, the genetic factors associated with Alzheimer's disease, the effects of nutrition and exercise on the aging process, and much more.


The Carthage Foundation

The Carthage Foundation grant program is primarily directed toward public policy programs that address major domestic and international issues. There are no geographical restrictions.


The Graham Foundation

The Graham Foundation seeks to support  innovative, thought-provoking investigations in architecture; architectural history, theory, and criticism; design; engineering; landscape architecture; urban planning; urban studies; visual arts; and related fields of inquiry. Their interest also extends to work being done in the fine arts, humanities, and sciences that expands the boundaries of thinking about architecture and space.


The Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation seeks opportunities to invest in early child development (ages zero to eight) leading to reading proficiency by third grade, high school graduation, and pathways to meaningful employment.


The L'Oreal Foundation

L'Oreal USA Fellowships for Women in Science program is a national awards program that annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based women researchers at the beginning of their scientific careers.

  • Submit your Preliminary Assessment Request Form to the OFR
  • Deadline: December 20, 2012
  • Recipients each receive up to $60,000 that must put towards their postdoctoral research.

The Nathan Cummings Foundation

The Nathan Cummings Foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI) for research and projects that focus on the following areas: arts and culture; ecological innovation; health and resolving world issues like poverty, global warming, the economy, health care, and international peace and security.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research program supports broad studies of America’s most challenging policy issues in health and health care. Grants will be awarded to institutions to support investigators from a variety of disciplines for innovative research projects that have national policy relevance.


The San Antonio Area Foundation

The San Antonio Area Foundation is now accepting applications for their Biomedical Research Program. The foundation seeks to fund projects that focus on the treatment and prevention of cancer, diabetes and heart disease that benefit San Antonio and the South Texas community.


The Sidney Kimmel Foundation

The Sidney Kimmel Foundation is accepting grant applications to the Kimmel Scholars Award. The Kimmel Foundation is seeking accomplished young investigators dedicated to a career in cancer research.

  • Submit your Preliminary Assessment Request Form to the OFR
  • Deadline: Application must be submitted by December 5, 2012. Letters of reference must be submitted together with application.
  • Grant award is $100,000 for up to two years.

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative seeks to improve the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding, catalyzing and driving research of the greatest quality and relevance. SFARI Currently has two types of applications:

(1)SFARI Pilot Award: Application type for innovative, high-impact proposals requesting support for small-scale projects or early-stage experiments that will build on preliminary data or a prior track record and lead to competitive applications for funding by SFARI or other organizations. The maximum budget is $125,000.

(2)SFARI Research Award: Application type for investigators with demonstrated expertise, for proposals requesting support for compelling, high-impact research on an experimental hypothesis for which, in most cases, preliminary data have already been gathered. The maximum award valus is $250,000.


The Spencer Foundation

The Spencer Foundation provides funding for research projects that study education in the United States and abroad. The foundation seeks to shed light on the role education plays in reducing economic and social inequalities.


The W.M. Keck Foundation

The W.M. Keck Foundation Science and Engineering Grant program seeks to fund projects that pioneer discoveries in science and engineering. The foundation is interested in funding high-risk/high-impact research that lays the groundwork for new paradigms, technologies and discoveries that will save lives, provide innovative solutions, and add to our understanding of the world.

  • Full-time faculty are eligible to apply and are encouraged to submit their pre-proposals to their respective College. The limited submission process utilized will adhere to the guidelines established by the Office of the Vice President for Research in consultation with the Associate Deans of Research in the colleges. 
  • Internal Deadline: November 30, 2012
  • Research grants will be capped at $1 million