Past Funding Announcements

PSC Funding

  • Pension Research Council, Boettner Center, LDI Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, Population Aging Research Center, Population Studies Center.
    March 31, 2017
    The Pension Research Council and the Boettner Center, LDI Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, the Population Aging Research Center, and the Population Studies Center invite interested investigators to submit pilot proposals for the annual FY 2017-18 Quartet Pilot Research Project competition. Please share this announcement with researchers who might be interested. The four sponsors promote high quality and innovative research. Proposals focusing on population health and health and aging in the following areas will be given priority: aging and the life course, economics and finances of health and aging, global health and aging, health disparities, human development and behavior, fertility and reproductive health, and biodemography. To apply, please download the Call for ProposalsInstructions for Submissions, and Terms and Conditions
    Date posted: 2/27/2017 | View listing

Penn Funding

  • Fels Policy Research Initiative
    May 1, 2017
    The Fels Policy Research Initiative seeks to increase the visibility and impact of Penn’s policy-relevant research. We are excited to issue a Call for Proposals for two opportunities, Working Groups and Conferences, with funding up to $15,000 for each project. To learn more about past grants awarded, please see the Projects section of our website. Applications can be submitted here before May 1, 2017.
    Date posted: 3/27/2017 | View listing
  • University of Pennsylvania Insitute on Aging (IOA), Alzheimer's Disease Core Center (ADCC)
    February 3, 2017
    The University of Pennsylvania Institute on Aging (IOA) and Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center (ADCC) will fund up to six (6) one-year multidisciplinary pilot grants in the 2017-2018 academic year to support biomedical, epidemiological, behavioral or health services research, as well as basic science, clinical or psychosocial research. Two of the pilots, funded by Penn’s ADCC, will focus on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related neurodegenerative disorders as well as healthy brain aging. The remaining pilots, supported by funding from the Perelman School of Medicine at Penn (PSOM) to the IOA, will focus on aging and aging-related diseases as well as healthy aging. Each pilot will be funded at a level of up to $50,000/year for personnel and supply costs, but not tuition costs, student dissertation research, equipment or instruments. The purpose of these one-year, non-renewable grants is to assist faculty in obtaining preliminary data to serve as the basis of a grant application to the NIH or other public or private agencies concerned with aging and aging related neurodegenerative disorders. A committee of IOA and ADCC members will review all proposals. Funding depends on scientific merit, and the likelihood that the pilots will lead to independent funding to continue the research beyond the pilot studies. Study design and a data analysis plan, as well as the rational for both, is essential to include in addition to sample size and power calculations. For more information about the application process and other resources see the full annoucement here.
    Date posted: 1/5/2017 | View listing
  • University of Pennsylvania
    October 28, 2016
    The URF is an intramural program that provides three funding mechanisms: Research and Conference Support, Impact Seminar Grants and Research Opportunity Development Grants. URF Research Grants and Conference Support URF Research Grants and Conference Support provides up to $50,000 in project support and up to $3,000 for conference support. Its objectives are to: 
    1. help junior faculty undertake pilot projects that will enable them to successfully apply for extramural sources of funding and aid in establishing their careers as independent investigators;
    2. help established faculty perform novel, pioneering research to determine project feasibility and develop preliminary data to support extramural grant applications;
    3. provide support in disciplines where extramural support is difficult to obtain and where significant research can be facilitated with internal funding; and
    4. provide limited institutional matching funds that are required as part of a successful external peer-reviewed application.
    URF Impact Seminar Grants URF Impact Seminar Grants will make awards up to $20,000 for support for a cross-school, cross-disciplinary large scale event to be held on Penn’s campus within a year of the award. Funding for this award can be used to augment an already scheduled University event. The event—which can be a symposium, forum or conference—should occur over one to two days and be open to the entire Penn community. It should highlight the scholarship of Penn faculty and bring distinguished scholars to Penn’s campus, with a particular focus on the University’s distinguishing strength in integrating knowledge. Documented school and/or department matching funds are required.URF Research Opportunity Development Grants (RODG) The Research Opportunity Grant program (Phase 1 and Phase 2) was designed to facilitate the intersection of the forward trajectory of Penn’s research frontiers with the trajectory of the national and global research priorities.  RODG applications should map on to emerging research areas with new opportunities for support. Awards from these programs should be used to develop preliminary information and data for new applications in these emerging research areas. The two programs are as follows.Eligibility for all award programs: Eligibility is limited to Penn assistant, associate and full professors, in any track. Instructors and research associates must provide a letter from their department chair establishing that the applicant will receive an appointment as an assistant professor by the time of the award. Assistant professors must submit a letter from their department chair describing their research independence. Adjunct faculty are not eligible to apply. Awards must be expended on University of Pennsylvania facilities, equipment and/or associated University technical staff and undergraduate students.
    Detailed information including application materials can be found here.
    Date posted: 9/20/2016 | View listing
  • Fels Institute of Public Policy
    October 28, 2016
    The Fels Policy Research Initiative seeks to increase the visibility and impact of Penn’s policy-relevant research. Because policy topics characteristically span the disciplinary boundaries of the academy, FPRI’s Collaborative Working Group Grants will support the formation of faculty working groups that gather a variety of perspectives around a topic. The grants will support working groups designed to stimulate deeper discussion on neglected or emerging areas, develop new research ideas and agendas, and heighten awareness of the policy implications of research. We hope to accelerate exploration and early collaboration and to identify potential projects for further development. These grants, for up to $15,000, can be used to support a series of talks, a series of related workshops, or some other new collaboration made possible with funding.
    Date posted: 10/24/2016 | View listing
  • February 5, 2016
    The University of Pennsylvania Institute on Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center announce a request for applications for pilots for the 2016-2017 academic year. Up to six (6) one-year multidisciplinary pilots will be funded for up to $50,000 each . The Principal Investigator (PI) for each of these pilots must be a member of the University of Pennsylvania fulltime faculty from any of its 12 schools.  For further details please read the RFA.
    Date posted: 11/16/2015 | View listing
  • University of Utah
    Utah, USA
    October 1, 2014
    See postings PRN00897F (Intervention) and PRN00898F (Quantitative).
    Date posted: 9/11/2014 | View listing
  • December 31, 2013
    Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but no applicant can receive more than one grant in a single year.
    Date posted: 4/1/2013 | View listing
  • Penn Program in Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism
    March 29, 2013
    Date posted: 1/29/2013 | View listing
  • Office of the Vice Provost for Research
    March 22, 2013
    Date posted: 3/7/2013 | View listing
  • Penn Arts & Sciences
    March 22, 2013
    Date posted: 3/7/2013 | View listing
  • Penn Arts & Sciences
    March 22, 2013
    Date posted: 3/7/2013 | View listing
  • March 1, 2013
    Date posted: 2/20/2013 | View listing
  • April 16, 2012
    Date posted: 1/18/2012 | View listing
  • April 10, 2012
    The URF provides up to $50,000 in project support to junior faculty undertaking pilot projects to launch their investigative careers and established faculty developing preliminary data on novel or pioneering ideas to support extramural applications. The URF in particular focuses on disciplines where extramural support is difficult to obtain and where significant research can be facilitated with internal funding. In addition, special attention will be paid to project proposals that include mentorship of Penn undergraduates. 

    For Penn faculty interested in convening scholarly meetings on the University’s campus, the URF provides up to $3,000 in conference support, particularly in disciplines where external funding is difficult to obtain.
    Date posted: 3/13/2012 | View listing
  • March 2, 2012
    Date posted: 2/10/2012 | View listing
  • The Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program and the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality, and Women
    February 15, 2012
    Date posted: 1/3/2012 | View listing
  • The Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program and the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality, and Women
    February 15, 2012
    Date posted: 1/3/2012 | View listing
  • January 1, 2012
    Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
    Date posted: 1/20/2011 | View listing
  • Provost's Office, University of Pennsylvania
    October 28, 2011
    The Global Engagement Fund consolidates all existing global funding initiatives of the Provost’s Office, including the Hewlett Award for Innovation in International Offerings, the Global Forum, the Distinguished International Scholars Program, and the Provost’s International Research Award. The Provost’s Office will continue to support the International Internship Program under a separate application process administered through the Office of International Programs.
    Date posted: 9/27/2011 | View listing
  • February 4, 2011
    Date posted: 1/20/2011 | View listing
  • February 1, 2011
    Date posted: 1/20/2011 | View listing
  • November 15, 2010
    Date posted: 11/5/2010 | View listing
  • May 31, 2010
    Date posted: 5/19/2010 | View listing
  • May 31, 2010
    Date posted: 5/19/2010 | View listing

NIH Funding

Other External Funding

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    March 29, 2017
    The goal of Health Policy Research Scholars is to create a large cadre of diverse doctoral students from a wide variety of research focused disciplines—students whose research, connections, and leadership will inform and influence policy toward a Culture of Health. Specifically, we aim to recruit doctoral students from a variety of field/disciplines (e.g., urban planning, political science, economics, ethnography, education, social work, sociology) who are training to be researchers. For the 2017 cohort, the Health Policy Research Scholars program will enroll up to 50 scholars interested in learning to translate their research into health policy and who are from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds. Examples of eligible individuals include, but are not limited to, first-generation college graduates, individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, individuals from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in doctoral programs, and individuals with disabilities. Scholars in this program which is designed to enhance and enrich the doctoral program—will complete the Health Policy Research Scholars program concurrently with their doctoral program.Over the course of the four- to five-year program, scholars will:
    • Receive an annual stipend of $30,000 for up to four years
    • Establish and strengthen professional ties to leaders in
    • public health, policy, equity, and many other fields and professions
    • Continue working from their home institution and applying new
    • learnings in real time
    • Receive dissertation support and mentoring
    • Be eligible for an additional dissertation grant of up to $10,000
    For more information about criteria and deadlines visit the 2017 Call for Applications website.   
    Date posted: 1/9/2017 | View listing
  • American Federation for Aging Research
    December 15, 2016
    The major goal of this program is to assist in the development of the careers of junior investigators committed to pursuing careers in the field of aging research. AFAR supports research projects concerned with understanding the basic mechanisms of aging. Projects investigating age-related diseases are also supported, especially if approached from the point of view of how basic aging processes may lead to these outcomes. Projects concerning mechanisms underlying common geriatric functional disorders are also encouraged, as long as these include connections to fundamental problems in the biology of aging. Projects that deal strictly with clinical problems such as the diagnosis and treatment of disease, health outcomes, or the social context of aging are not eligible. For more information about the eligibility, guidelines, and application procedures click here.
    Date posted: 10/13/2016 | View listing
  • Russel Sage Foundation
    November 30, 2016
    Social science research on many topics has often been hampered by the limitations associated with survey data. However, the digital age has rapidly increased access to large and comprehensive data sources such as public and private administrative databases, and unique new sources of information from online transactions, social-media interactions, and internet searches. New computational tools also allow for the extraction, coding, and analysis of large volumes of text. Advances in analytical methods for exploiting and analyzing data have accompanied the rise of these data. The emergence of these new data also raises questions about access, privacy and confidentiality.The Russell Sage Foundation’s initiative on Computational Social Science (CSS) supports innovative social science research that brings new data and methods to bear on questions of interest in its core programs in Behavioral Economics, Future of Work, Race, Ethnicity and Immigration, and Social Inequality. Limited consideration will be given to questions that pertain to core methodologies, such as causal inference and innovations in data collection. Examples of research (some recently funded by RSF) that are of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following:
    • Linked Administrative Data
    • Private Administrative Data
    • Machine-Learning
    • Online Surveys and Experiments
    • Text Analysis
    • Social Media
    For more information about RSF funding click here.
    Date posted: 9/20/2016 | View listing
  • Panel Study of Income Dynamics
    November 1, 2016
    The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), with support from the National Institute on Aging, announces a small grant competition. The competition will fund 4-6 scholars in the range of $15,000-$20,000 each to use PSID to conduct research on life course influences on later life health and wellbeing. Funded projects will generate papers that will be presented, along with other invited posters and presentations, at a conference to be held June 23, 2017 in Ann Arbor, MI. Proposals that request support to analyze PSID’s 2016 Wellbeing and Daily Life Study, the 2014 Childhood Retrospective Circumstances Study, and/or the 2013 Disability and Use of Time study are especially encouraged. Applications are due November 1, 2016. For details see the full announcement here . Questions may be directed to Vicki Freedman (vfreedma@umich.edu). Find more information here.
    Date posted: 9/20/2016 | View listing
  • April 14, 2016
    Date posted: 1/26/2016 | View listing
  • February 2, 2016
    The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), with support from the National Institute on Aging, announces a small grant competition. The competition will fund 4-8 scholars in the range of $15,000-$20,000 each to use PSID to conduct research on life course influences on later life health and wellbeing. Funded projects will generate papers that will be presented, along with other invited posters and presentations, at a conference to be held June 2017 in Ann Arbor, MI. Proposals that request support to analyze PSID's 2014 Childhood Retrospective Circumstances Study, which is described here, are especially encouraged. Applications are due February 2, 2016. For details see the full announcement here. Questions may be directed to Bob Schoeni bschoeni@umich.edu.
    Date posted: 12/3/2015 | View listing
  • April 2, 2014
    Proposal deadline: April 02, 2014, (6 p.m. ET)—The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, promotes the use of Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) and related approaches to help policy-makers in a wide range of fields incorporate health considerations into new policies, programs, plans, and projects, and make decisions that reduce unnecessary health risks, improve health, and decrease costs.This call for proposals will fund:
    • up to six Demonstration Project grants for up to $100,000 each completed within 18 months; and
    • up to five Program Grants for up to $250,000 each completed within 24 months. Program Grants must include $100,000 in matching funds or in-kind support from the grantee or partner organizations.
    Date posted: 2/12/2014 | View listing
  • Woodrow Wilson
    November 15, 2013
    For questions when filling out the application or for technical difficulties: tech-help@woodrow.org
    Date posted: 9/25/2013 | View listing
  • May 20, 2013
    Date posted: 5/10/2013 | View listing
  • IREX
    February 6, 2013
    Date posted: 9/10/2012 | View listing
  • January 31, 2013
    Date posted: 11/8/2012 | View listing
  • January 31, 2013
    Date posted: 12/13/2012 | View listing
  • January 7, 2013
    Applicants may be at any stage in their careers—from doctoral students to senior investigators. Doctoral students must have completed course work and be at the dissertation phase of their program. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the statement of interest form prior to submitting their applications. 
    Date posted: 10/9/2012 | View listing
  • The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality (CPI)
    December 15, 2012
    Date posted: 10/18/2012 | View listing
  • Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies
    November 15, 2012
    Date posted: 10/8/2012 | View listing
  • IREX
    November 14, 2012
    Date posted: 9/10/2012 | View listing
  • The National Center for Border Security and Immigration (BORDERS), a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence (COE) led by The University of Arizona
    November 9, 2012
    This peer-reviewed competition is open to U.S.-citizen researchers in any social science-related discipline. Awards will be given based on the innovativeness and quality of the proposed research for faculty ($30,000/project) and young researchers – postdoctoral fellows or doctoral students ($12,000/project). Teams are encouraged to apply, however, one person must serve as PI and only they will receive funding from BORDERS.  Note that recipients of the 2012 award are NOT eligible for funding in the 2013 round.
    Date posted: 10/9/2012 | View listing
  • IFPRI
    July 31, 2012
    Date posted: 5/10/2012 | View listing
  • Institut national d’études démographiques (INED)
    June 15, 2012
    Date posted: 5/10/2012 | View listing
  • May 22, 2012
    Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among lower-income and racial and ethnic populations at highest risk for obesity. Findings are expected to advance RWJF’s efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015.

    This call for proposals (CFP) is for two types of awards aimed at providing key decision- and policy-makers with evidence to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015. The award types are: Round 7 grants and RWJF New Connections grants awarded through the Healthy Eating Research program.There are various deadlines, please see the Call for Proposals.
    Date posted: 3/14/2012 | View listing
  • March 1, 2012
    The research programme is intended for researchers from abroad only. The programme gives priority to junior researchers from abroad, who attended their PhD less than 5 years ago. However, several grants will be awarded to senior researchers from abroad (a third maximum), who attended their Phd over 5 years ago. Applicants should hold a PhD and be affiliated with a research body in their country, where they must be resident and work.
    Date posted: 1/25/2012 | View listing
  • February 1, 2012
    A Fulbright representative is coming to Penn on November 22 at noon to speak more to students and alumni about the program and its application.  The infosession will be held in the Fireside Room in the ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk.
    Date posted: 11/16/2011 | View listing
  • The Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality (CPI)
    January 10, 2012
    Date posted: 11/9/2011 | View listing
  • IREX
    November 16, 2011
    Eligibility: Master’s students, predoctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and professionals with advanced degrees are eligible. Applicants must be US citizens.
    Date posted: 9/27/2011 | View listing
  • September 1, 2011
    Date posted: 8/8/2011 | View listing
  • May 2, 2011
    Date posted: 3/17/2011 | View listing
  • April 22, 2011
    Date posted: 3/17/2011 | View listing
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    November 2, 2010
    Date posted: 9/15/2010 | View listing
  • May 31, 2010
    Date posted: 5/19/2010 | View listing

Student Only Funding