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Federal Grants & Grant-Seeking

What’s New in Federal Grants

Most requested:

NSF Biosketch 
NSF Current & Pending Support (CPS)
NSF Collaborators & Other Affiliations (COA)
NIH Biosketch

Key Info:

UNCG UEI # C13DF16LC3H4 (replaces DUNS number on federal grants)
UNCG US Congressional District: NC-006
Federal Employer ID (EIN): 56-6001468
IACUC Assurance Number: D16-00414 (A3706-01)
More institutional info available on OSP’s website here.

To search for federal grant opportunities, start at Grants.gov, which provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding, including more than 1,000 programs across federal grant-making agencies. Grants.gov’s online database of future, current, and archived funding opportunities is searchable by keyword, eligibility, agency, category, and other fields.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Created in 1950, the NSF provides 27% of total federal funding for basic research conducted by U.S. colleges and universities, and the agency provides the majority of federal funding in fields such as mathematics, computer science, and the social sciences. NSF evaluates some 43,000 proposals and makes 12,000 new grant awards each year. NSF is organized into eight “directorates” that cover the broad categories of funded research: Biological Sciences (BIO); Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE); Engineering (ENG); Geosciences (GEO); Mathematic and Physical Sciences (MPS); Social, Behaviorial, and Economic Sciences (SBE); Education and Human Resources (EHR); and the agency’s newest directorate, Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships (TIP).

Notable NSF grant programs and resources:

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) – open to tenure-track, untenured faculty with a doctoral degree in a field supported by NSF. Awards, including indirect costs, total a minimum of $400,000 for 5-year period. Deadline is the 4th Monday in July.

Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) – open to grad students pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF’s mission. Provides 3 years of financial support at $34,000 annual stipend. Application opens in late July/early August, with deadlines in late October. Some 2,000 fellowships are awarded each year.

PAPPG (Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide) – provides extensive guidance and explanation to prepare common sections of NSF grant proposals. UNCG’s OSP has a helpful NSF Proposal checklist. NSF has a helpful new FAQs document.

Research.gov – the preferred submission portal for NSF proposals.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Established in 1931, the NIH consists of 27 Institutes and Centers (ICs), each with its own research and funding strategy. NIH invests more than $32 B each year in research, making it the largest public funder of medical research in the world. Annually, NIH receives nearly 60,000 research project grant applications and makes more than 11,000 new or renewal (competing) awards. The bulk of NIH funding is distributed each year through more than 7,600 R01-equivalent grants with an average size of $571,000, for which the agency receives nearly 38,000 applications. (More info)

Notable NIH grant programs and resources: 

SF 424 (R&R) – Forms Version G – the general (G), comprehensive application instructions for NIH grants. Unless otherwise specified in the FOA, follow the standard instruction, as well as any additional program-specific instructions for each form in your application. Be sure to use the application form instructions that correspond with the funding program.

NIH Guide – the NIH’s own searchable database of funding opportunities and notices. Filter and sort by IC, activity code, and release date; and search by keyword.

NIH RePORTER Matchmaker – paste your abstract or project summary (up to 15,000 characters) into the NIH Matchmaker tool and return a list of similar funded proposals. The tool can help indentify FOAs that fit your research and to understand what sets your proposal apart.

ASSIST.gov – the preferred submission portal for NIH proposals.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Created in 1965, the NEH is one of the largest funders of the humanities, providing over $125M per year in funding to individuals, institutions, and state, local, and tribal agencies. The Division of Research Programs provides nearly $16M annually to support scholarly research that advances knowledge in the humanities as a whole and in specific fields. The Division of Education Programs provides almost $12M to strengthen humanities teaching from K-12 to university levels.

Notable NEH grant programs & resources: 

Fellowships – provide recipients time to conduct research or to produce books, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, e-books, digital materials, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, or critical editions resulting from previous research.

Public Scholar Program – supports individual scholars for research, writing, travel or other activities that lead to the creation and publication of nonfiction books in the humanities written for a public audience.

Summer Stipends – support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months.

Institutes for Higher Education Faculty – funding for organizations to create institutes to convene and provide professional development for higher ed faculty.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)