Welcome to the HSC External Funding Opportunity resource page. The HSC Research team is working to keep you connected and informed of various funding opportunities available to support research and other scholarly activities for the HSC community.  Please browse the external funding opportunities to explore a wide-variety of open solicitations from various sponsors currently accepting proposals.  We will periodically update this resource page to provide timely and useful information on active funding opportunities.

NSF Funding Opportunities

National Science Foundation Scholarships in STEM Network

Summary: Through this solicitation, NSF seeks to foster a network of S-STEM stakeholders and further develop the infrastructure needed to generate and disseminate new knowledge, successful practices and effective design principles arising from NSF S-STEM projects nationwide. The ultimate vision of the legislation governing the S-STEM parent program and this solicitation is that all Americans, regardless of economic status, should be able to contribute to the American innovation economy if they so desire.

Proposal Due Date: June 16, 2021

National Science Foundation Dear Colleague Letter: LEAding cultural change through Professional Societies (LEAPS) of Biology

The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to encourage proposals that will facilitate collaboration among biology professional societies resulting in advancements at scale that broaden participation at all levels of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce in biology.

National Science Foundation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

Decision, Risk and Management Sciences (DRMS)

The Decision, Risk and Management Sciences program supports scientific research directed at increasing the understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, doctoral dissertation research improvement grants (DDRIGs), and conferences are funded in the areas of judgment and decision making; decision analysis and decision aids; risk analysis, perception, and communication; societal and public policy decision making; management science and organizational design.  Application receipt dates: August 18, 2021.

Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS)


This program supports collaborative activities that will advance the understanding of nervous system structure and function, mechanisms underlying nervous system disorders, and computational strategies used by the nervous system. Two classes of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation:

Research Proposals describing collaborative research projects, and Data Sharing Proposals to enable sharing of data and other resources.

Application Due Dates: November 23, 2021, November 22, 2022.

Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences: Investigator-initiated research projects (MCB)


The Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) supports quantitative, mechanistic, predictive, and theory-driven fundamental research designed to promote understanding of complex living systems at the molecular, subcellular, and cellular levels. While recognizing the need for thorough and accurate descriptions of biological complexes and pathways, the priority of the Division is to support work that advances the field by capturing the predictive power of mechanistic, quantitative, and evolutionary approaches. Full proposals are accepted anytime on a continuous basis.

A Science of Science Policy Approach to Analyzing and Innovating the Biomedical Research Enterprise (SCISIPBIO)  RFA: 19-547

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are interested in proposals that will propel our understanding of the biomedical research enterprise by drawing from the scientific expertise of the science of science policy research community.  The Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) Directorate within the NSF supports basic research on people and society. The SBE sciences focus on human behavior and social organizations and how social, economic, political, cultural, and environmental forces affect the lives of people from birth to old age and how people in turn shape those forces. SBE's Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy. Application Receipt Date: September 9, 2021.

Advanced Laboratories for Accelerating the Reach and Impact of Treatments for Youth and Adults with Mental Illness (ALACRITY) Research Centers

Advanced Laboratories for Accelerating the Reach and Impact of Treatments for Youth and Adults with Mental Illness (ALACRITY) Research Centers (P50 Clinical Trial Optional) - This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for centers to support transdisciplinary teams of clinical and mental health services researchers, behavioral scientists, social scientists, health information and communications technologists, health systems engineers, decision scientists, and mental health stakeholders (e.g., service users, family members, clinicians, payers) to engage in high-impact studies that will significantly advance clinical practice and generate knowledge that will fuel transformation of mental health care in the United States. Advanced Laboratories for Accelerating the Reach and Impact of Treatments for Youth and Adults with Mental Illness (ALACRITY) Research Centers will support the rapid development, testing, and refinement of novel and integrative approaches for (1) optimizing the effectiveness of therapeutic or preventive interventions for mental disorders within well-defined target populations; (2) organizing and delivering optimized mental health services within real world treatment settings; and (3) continuously improving the quality, impact, and durability of optimized interventions and service delivery within diverse care systems. The ALACRITY Centers program is intended to support research that maximizes synergies across various components of the mental health research ecosystem, including new discoveries in clinical research, transformative health care technologies, advances in information science, and new federal and state mechanisms for organizing mental health care. The Centers are intended for transdisciplinary projects that could not be achieved using standard research project grant mechanisms. The ALACRITY Centers program is also expected to facilitate widespread sharing of relevant data, methods, and resources that will accelerate clinical research and practice and to provide opportunities for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and early-career investigators to participate in transdisciplinary, T2 translational mental health research. Application due: May 17, 2021, May 17, 2022, May 17, 2023 https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-20-293.html

Academy for Eating Disorders Scholarship Fund

20-569   Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science

The NSF INCLUDES Big Idea is a comprehensive national initiative to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations focused on NSF's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and broadening participation in these fields.  Through this solicitation, NSF INCLUDES will support the establishment and growth of new Alliances that employ a collaborative infrastructure approach to address a critical broadening participation challenge in STEM at scale.

Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): October 04, 2021

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): January 25, 2022

Sustained Availability of Biological Infrastructure (SABI) Solicitation  19-569

The Sustained Availability of Biological Infrastructure program (SABI) supports the continued operation of extant infrastructure that will advance basic biological research.  Infrastructure supported under this program may include cyberinfrastructure, instrumentation, experimental or observational facilities, biological living stocks which have ongoing costs of operation and maintenance that exceed the reasonable capacity of the host institution.  Proposals must make a compelling case that sustained availability of the proposed infrastructure will advance or transform research in biological sciences as supported by the National Science Foundation.

Application Deadline: Rolling submission 

American Heart Association Funding Opportunities

Below are the current 2020-2021 AHA RESEARCH FUNDING APPLICATION DEADLINES for awards that will begin in calendar year 2021:

American Public Health Association

American Public Health Association - The Milton and Ruth Roemer Prize for Creative Local Public Health Work is awarded to a local health officer of a county, city or other unit of local government, in recognition for outstanding creative and innovative public health work. The prize was endowed by two devoted members of APHA Milton Roemer, MD, and Ruth Roemer, JD, both of whom envisioned an annual prize to honor a public health worker engaged in innovative public health service in their community.  For the purpose of this prize, public health work refers to organized public efforts, intended to protect, advance, or recover the health of the general population or special populations. Priority shall be given to a health officer whose work can be replicated by other health officers, has overcome opposition, and has mobilized popular support for his or her work.  Application due:  May 1, 2021.  https://www.apha.org/about-apha/apha-awards/milton-and-ruth-roemer-prize

Anthem Foundation

Community Relations & Sponsorships – The Anthem Foundation's community sponsorships support fundraising events, smaller-scale programs, and mission priorities that align with and promote its Healthy Generations program.  The Healthy Generations initiative uses innovative social mapping technology and analyzes public health data to provide a snapshot of the major health issues in each state. Today, the Foundation emphasizing efforts in five areas, while also supporting behavioral health efforts and programs that benefit people with disabilities:  Healthy Hearts, Cancer Prevention, Healthy Maternal Practices, Healthy Diabetes Prevention, and Healthy Active Lifestyle.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  https://www.anthemcorporateresponsibility.com/funding-options


Centers for Disease Control - NCIPC, Preventing Violence Affecting Young Lives (PREVAYL) 

Summary: The purpose of this funding is to address multiple forms of violence impacting adolescents and young adults, particularly in communities with high rates of violence, by implementing prevention approaches with an emphasis on the outer levels of the social-ecological model (i.e., community/societal levels). PREVAYL requires recipients to implement community/societal level strategies and approaches that address multiple forms of violence impacting adolescents and young adults, develop and/or enhance a jurisdictional violence prevention strategic plan, develop and implement an evaluation plan, develop a sustainability plan, and participate in a multi-sector coalition.

Proposal Due Date: May 1, 2021

Centers for Disease Control-NCIPC, Collecting Violent Death Information Using the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS)

Summary: This NOFO builds on previous and current work within the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) at the CDC to conduct surveillance of violence and to prevent violence.  As a state-based system, recipients collect and analyze data for their target area while CDC provides guidance to ensure the data are collected in a standardized manner and supplies access to a web-based data entry system.  All recipients share their de-identified data with CDC.  CDC combines recipient data into a multi-state database that informs national stakeholders.

Proposal Due Date: May 3, 2021

CDRMP Funding Opportunities

A few CDMRP opportunities have been highlighted below.  To review a full list of all Programs and funding opportunities available for FY20, and to obtain all program pre-application (LOI) and full application deadlines, please visit the CDMRP.

*All pre-applications (LOIs) must be submitted electronically to the Electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP). Full applications must be submitted electronically to the Grants.gov website.

The Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program has released their FY20 funding mechanisms. For a synopsis of the following award mechanisms please visit CDMRP Program Funding Opportunities.

DOD Funding Opportunities 

Defense Health Program Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program Anticipated Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21)

The Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) Defense Appropriations Bill has not been signed into law. Although FY21 funds have not been appropriated for the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP), the BCRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop ideas for submission to the anticipated FY21 funding opportunities. Subject to the FY21 Congressional appropriation for BCRP funding, FY21 BCRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms will be posted on the Grants.gov website. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcements are released.  A full list of anticipated BCRP FY21 opportunities are available at the link above.

DARPA - Small Business Programs Office (SBPO) Prototype Optical Frequency Standard

Summary: DARPA invites submissions of innovative research concepts in the technical domain(s) of Information Systems, Sensors. In particular, DARPA is interested in understanding the feasibility of prototype optical frequency standard.

Proposal Due Date: April 20, 2021

DARPA - Microsystems Technology Office Waveform Agile RF Directed Energy (WARDEN) 

Summary: DARPA is soliciting innovative research and development on extreme power, broadband amplifiers and agile waveform techniques that combine frequency, amplitude, and pulse-width modulations to improve electromagnetic coupling and disruptive effects on targeted electronics. The goal of the Waveform Agile Radio-frequency Directed Energy (WARDEN) program is to extend the range of high power microwave (HPM) back-door attack by a factor of 10 beyond the current state of the art.

Proposal Date Due: April 16, 2021

Department of the Army - USAMRAA DOD Lung Cancer, Investigator-Initiated Translational Research Award

Summary: The CDMRP Lung Cancer programs seeks to eradicate deaths and suffering from lung cancer to better the health and welfare of Service members, Veterans, and the American public.

Application Due: July 28, 2021

Environmental Protection Agency

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program
Summary: The EPA is working to improve the environment and public health conditions of low-income communities and communities of color through the advancement of racial equity and environmental justice. This funding announcement supports the priorities detailed in President Biden’s Executive Order 13985 titled Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities. This announcement places emphasis on projects focusing on COVID-19 impacts, as well as climate and disaster resiliency. Additionally, EPA is emphasizing projects addressing diesel pollution in underserved communities living near ports and railyards as part of EPA’s Ports Initiative.

Proposal Due Date: May 7, 2021

HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration)

Health Resources and Services Administration Behavioral Health Workforce Development Technical Assistance and Evaluation (BHWD TAE) Program 

Summary: The BHWET Program for Professionals aims to increase the supply of behavioral health professionals while also improving distribution of a quality behavioral health workforce and thereby increasing access to behavioral health services.

Proposal Due Date: May 3, 2021

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Medication Assisted Treatment—Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction

Summary: The purpose of this program is to expand/enhance access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services for persons with an opioid use disorder (OUD) seeking or receiving MAT.  The desired outcomes for this program are an increase in the number of individuals with OUD receiving MAT and a decrease in illicit opioid drug use and prescription opioid misuse at six-month follow-up.

Application Due Date: April 27, 2021

Administration for Community Living ACL National Falls Prevention Resource Center 

Summary: Administration for Community Living (ACL), plans to award one cooperative agreement, with two goals: Goal 1: Provide technical assistance, education, and resources to increase public awareness about the risk of falls and how to prevent them, as well as increase the number of older adults and adults with disabilities who participate in evidence-based falls prevention programs. Goal 2: Support the development and enhancement of integrated, sustainable service networks within states, regions, and tribes that provide evidence-based falls prevention programs, as well as related services that address the social and behavioral determinants of health of older adults and adults with disabilities.

Proposal Due Date: April 29, 2021


Promoting Population Health through Increased Capacity in Alcohol Epidemiology & the Prevention of Excessive Alcohol Use

The DHHR and the CDC offer this NOFO to build capacity in alcohol epidemiology in states and provide the tools and information needed to perform core public health functions related to excessive alcohol use prevention in states. This increased epidemiologic capacity will help build the public health infrastructure that is needed to reduce excessive alcohol use – a leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. The NOFO includes an additional component with one recipient for the delivery of expert technical assistance and training on population-level evidence-based strategies for preventing excessive alcohol use and related harms in states and communities, such as those recommended by the Community Preventive Services Task Force. The period of performance is 5 years with a 12-month budget period and an anticipated award date of 9/30/2021.

Application due: April 30, 2021.

Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities to Improve Health Outcomes

The HHS Office of Minority Health offers funding to support State and local collaborative teams in implementing a methodological framework and strategies for assessing and addressing structural racism in health policies, developed through a complementary policy academy initiative. In particular, awardees will: (1) Obtain governmental and public buy-in for engaging in this policy collaborative endeavor; (2) Create a multi-sector team (e.g., comprised of leadership from the governor's/mayor's office and health, behavioral health, child welfare, justice, education, commerce, community service and other agencies, and from community organizations); (3) Conduct a review of existing policies to identify the areas primed for a structural racism assessment; (4) Develop or revise a policy (or policies) to address structural racism and improve health outcomes; (5) Implement the new/revised policy and evaluate its impact on health outcomes for racial and ethnic minorities within their jurisdiction; and (6) Create and implement strategies to communicate, sustain and spread policies resulting in improved health outcomes for racial and ethnic minorities. BACKGROUND: Racial and ethnic minority populations experience a number of disparities that contribute to poor health outcomes. Structural racism, evidenced in residential segregation, inequitable allocation and quality of services and resources such as health care and education, disproportionate contact with the justice system, and lack of access to employment opportunities, plays a persistent and large role in historical disadvantage and supports the persistence of racial and ethnic health disparities. 

Application due: March 30, 2021.

Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation seeks proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. RWJF is interested in ideas that address any of these four areas of focus: Future of Evidence; Future of Social Interaction; Future of Food; Future of Work. Additionally, RWJF welcomes ideas that might fall outside of these four focus areas, but which offer unique approaches to advancing health equity and our progress toward a Culture of Health. RWJF wants to hear from scientists, anthropologists, artists, urban planners, community leaders—anyone, anywhere, who has a new or unconventional idea that could alter the trajectory of health and improve health equity and well-being for generations to come. Please note: While this call for proposals is focused on broader and longer-term societal trends and shifts that were evolving prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, RWJF recognizes the unique circumstances and learning created by the COVID-19 pandemic may inform your response. It is at your discretion whether you propose a project related to the pandemic directly or indirectly.  Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Advance Notice of Research in Transforming Health & Health Care SystemsThe Robert Wood Johnson Foundation offers this opportunity to fund research studies that examine how state Medicaid programs are using managed care payment and contracting strategies to address enrollees' social needs; the ways MCOs are responding; and the effect of these activities on enrollees, plans, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders. We strongly encourage applicants to consider how these activities affect health equity, meaning that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. The goal of this funding opportunity is to generate timely evidence on the experiences of states, MCOs, Medicaid enrollees, and community-based organizations in order to inform future decision-making by state and federal policymakers and other key stakeholders.  Projects may be generated from disciplines including health services research; economics; sociology; program evaluation; political science; public policy; public health; public administration; law; business administration; or other related fields. Letter of Intent due:  July 2, 2021.  Application due:  August 12, 2021. 

Society for Public Health Education

Society for Public Health Education - Vivian Drenckhahn Student Scholarship - This $2,500 scholarship is awarded annually to three deserving full-time undergraduate or graduate students who are national SOPHE members and who have excelled academically, demonstrated a commitment to addressing the public’s health through a career in health education, and who have demonstrated financial need.

Students applying for this award must currently be pursuing a health education degree (e.g., health education, community health education, public health education, school health education), and must have completed at least one-third of coursework required for their major.  Applications accepted on an annual basis.  Next application due:  September 31, 2021.  https://www.sophe.org/about/awards-fellowships-scholarships/vivian-drenckhahn-student-scholarship/

US Department of Education

Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program Assistance

Summary: The CCAMPIS Program supports the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education through the provision of campus-based childcare services.

Proposal Due Date: June 01, 2021

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Funding Opportunities

This RFA solicits Standard Grants, Conference Grants, Coordinated Agricultural Project Grants, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants, whereas project types solicited in this RFA are Research, Extension and Integrated Research, Education and/or Extension projects. Application Deadline Dates: vary by program area priority, see Program Area Descriptions for additional information. 

See the following site for FY 2020, 2021 and 2022 opportunities and deadlines.

WVSGC Program Funding Opportunity:

The WVSGC funds research programs that are open to competition by all faculty from the WVSGC affiliates. Each award category is judged separately based on published criteria.

WVSGC Programs for Researchers:

  • College Course Development Program
  • Joint University-Industry Research Program
  • Research Initiation Grant

For General Program Information: https://www.wvspacegrant.org/programs/researchers/
For Program Application Forms: https://www.wvspacegrant.org/resources/program-application-forms/
Application receipt date: March 8, 2021

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