This page includes current funding opportunities, as well as opportunities where no date was specified. (These could include rolling applications, or the data feed may just not have included the date. Please check the Website in each funding opportunity.) The list is sorted in descending order by final deadline date.

To search all funding opportunities in the IEE Database, visit the passed deadlines and opportunities database, which are older than one year.

The Penn State Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Office also lists seed grant funding opportunities.

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Jessie Ball duPont Fund
USD $$125,000 (USD unless defined below)

Energy Conservation Initiative grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the 37 small private colleges eligible for funding from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.

Phase I grants support submetering campus buildings, collecting energy data and developing campus energy policies and plans in order to save dollars and reduce carbon emissions.

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Seabirds and shorebirds, some of the most threatened animals on Earth, are dependent upon and contribute to robust ocean and coastal ecosystems. Invasive predators on seabird islands reduce their breeding success. Endangered seabirds, like albatrosses and petrels, are caught inadvertently in fishing gear on the high seas.

All of the Divisions in the following Directorates are participating in clean energy technology research and education through ongoing funding opportunities: Biological Sciences (BIO)Engineering (ENG), and Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS).

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

A deeper understanding of how plants function and respond to stress is essential to address global challenges such as climate change, the increasing demand for food and the consequences that both have for Earth?s environment and the quality of life. In collaboration with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the HHMI/GBMF Plant Biology Investigator Program seeks to improve this ...

Pen American Center
USD $$10,000 (USD unless defined below)

The PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award celebrates writing that exemplifies literary excellence on the subject of physical and biological sciences. The winner receives a cash award of $10,000 and will be honored at the PEN Literary Awards.

Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Pre-Proposal / LOI Deadline:
Oct 18, 2016

The CTSI invites applicants for pilot projects designed to break down roadblocks across any stage of the translational science spectrum. Read the complete RFA, eligibility criteria and submission requirements 

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

From the natural sciences to the social sciences to the humanities to the arts, the availability of more data and cheaper computing is transforming research. As costs for sensors, sequencing, and other forms of data collection decline, researchers can generate data at greater and greater scale, relying on parallel increases in computational power to make sense of it all and allowing the ...

Pre-Proposal / LOI Deadline:
Nov 10, 2015

 An application for the DOE EERE (energy efficiency and renewable energy), Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of U.S.

USD $$10,000 (USD unless defined below)
Pre-Proposal / LOI Deadline:
Mar 16, 2016

The Materials Research Institute (MRI) and Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE) have identified three themes of convergence where we are asking faculty to develop high risk, high impact, transformative ideas that will enable Penn State faculty to obtain preliminary data that can be used to pursue larger federal grants in the area of:

Oak Ridge Associated Universities

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellowships is seeking leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy.

American Chemical Society

Purpose: This annual National ACS award recognizes outstanding reporting directly to the public, which materially increases the public's knowledge and understanding of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related fields.


Pre-Proposal / LOI Deadline:
Sep 14, 2015

The SSRI is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2016-2017 Faculty Fellows Program. The SSRI Faculty Fellows Program supports faculty members in the social and behavioral sciences to develop new interdisciplinary collaborations aimed at building a novel line of sustainable research through securing external funding. Priority will be giv

The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation of The Pittsburgh Foundation will award annual research grants in 2016 to researchers at Pennsylvania universities to carry out fundamental research in the areas of biology, chemistry, and physics.

Empire State Development Corporation
USD $$200,000 (USD unless defined below)

The Environmental Investment Program (EIP) is a financial assistance program to help businesses capture the economic benefits associated with pollution prevention, waste reduction, re-use and recycling.

Richard King Mellon Foundation

With assets over $2 billion at December 31, 2013, the Richard King Mellon Foundation has built on the vision of these founders. The Foundation?s current giving priorities primarily serve Southwestern Pennsylvania with a program focus on Regional Economic Development and Conservation, along with Education and Human Services and Nonprofit Capacity Building. The Foundation gives first ...

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

The Interdisciplinary Training in Genes and the Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will address the critical need for well-trained scientists who have an understanding of, and commitment to, cutting-edge research at the intersection of molecular and environmental exposure biology, and statistical and computational methods.

Water Research Foundation
USD $$100,000 (USD unless defined below)

The Water Research Foundation

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) is a centralized, nonprofit research organization for the water community whose mission is to advance the science of water to improve the quality of life. This is achieved through the timely identification and funding of needed research, followed by the communication of the research findings which ultimately allows ...

American Geophysical Union

The Early Career Hydrologic Science Award is given annually to one honoree in recognition of outstanding contribution to the science of hydrology

an early career scientist (no more than six years post-degree by 1 January of the year of the award presentation) in recognition of outstanding contributions to the hydrological sciences.


New Energy Foundation

Applying for a New Energy Foundation Research Grant

Pre-Proposal / LOI Deadline:
Jan 06, 2016

The Environmental Research and Education Foundation is accepting pre-proposals for its Research in Sustainable Solid Waste Management grants program.