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 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

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, 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

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

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.

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.

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 30, 2021.  https://www.sophe.org/about/awards-fellowships-scholarships/vivian-drenckhahn-student-scholarship/

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.

Research Forrest