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.

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George Gund Foundation

Human well-being is inextricably linked to the quality of the environment, and urban areas bring this fact into sharp focus as historic disregard for the environment and modern development pressures create great challenges. The Foundation responds to these challenges by making grants to organizations that address environmental issues in Northeast Ohio.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

To protect existing development from sea_level rise and shoreline migration through dune creation and maintenance, beach fill projects and repair of existing shore protection structures.


Pre-Proposal / LOI Deadline:
Aug 03, 2015

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): Summer Stipends Program

Deadline: October 1, 2015
Institutional Limit: Two Faculty Members


USD $$80,000 (USD unless defined below)

Graduate students in kinesiology and other graduate programs at Penn State have a unique opportunity to become innovators in physiology, bioinformatics, and genomics fields thanks to a recently awarded grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

USD $$20,000 (USD unless defined below)

The National Geographic Society awards grants for scientific field research and exploration through its Committee for Research and Exploration. All proposed projects must have both a geographical dimension and relevance to other scientific fields and be of broad scientific interest.

Energy Foundation

The Climate Program seeks to build support for effective policies that would put a price on carbon and help us avoid the most serious impacts of climate change.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities

The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program provides opportunities for exceptional undergraduate and graduate students and recent Bachelor's, Master's, and Postdoctoral graduates to participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency?s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) research and administrative projects at multiple EPA laboratories and research centers.

Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund
USD $$100,000 (USD unless defined below)

Supports mentored doctoral research projects in priority areas of arboriculture and urban forestry. The Research Fellowship Grant is offered as funds are available.

Award amount: $100,000


The Marine Geology and Geophysics Core Program supports research on all aspects of the geology and geophysics of the present ocean basins and margins, as well as those of the Great Lakes.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The goal of Sloan's Synthetic Biology initiative is to identify the risks associated with research in and applications of synthetic biology and to assess the ethical, regulatory, and public policy implications of these risks. Grantmaking aims to educate scientists, policy makers, journalists and the public about synthetic biology, improve biosecurity and biosafety within the field, lay ...

Energy Foundation

Our goal is to change the public narrative about clean energy and climate change by engaging with influential allies and communities from across the political spectrum.

We synthesize strategy, identify leaders, and deploy resources in order to make the greatest progress. We enhance the impact of our grantmaking by building the communications and outreach capacity of grantees and ...

Pre-Proposal / LOI Deadline:
Apr 01, 2016

It is anticipated that approximately $400 million will be available for DOE Office of Science new, renewal, continuing, and supplemental grant and cooperative agreement awards under this and other, more targeted FOAs

Pre-Proposal / LOI Deadline:
Jun 01, 2016

EREF Research Grant Pre-Proposal Deadline is June 1, 2016

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The Bigelow Award is presented "to those who make significant inquiries into the phenomena of the sea." The award was established in 1960 by the Institution's Board of Trustees in honor of the first Director, biologist Henry Bryant Bigelow, who was also the first recipient.

USD $$2,000,000 (USD unless defined below)

Energy Department Announces $10 Million for Innovative Technologies for Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement

Environmental Research & Education Foundation
Pre-Proposal / LOI Deadline:
Jan 06, 2016
Joshua Tree National Park Association
USD $$4,000 (USD unless defined below)

The Robert Lee Graduate Student Research Grant Program encourages independent field research by graduate students enrolled in accredited institutions. Funded by the Lee Family Foundation with contributions by the Joshua Tree National Park Association, the program provides student researchers with the opportunity to demonstrate how their research can apply to land management issues.

W. W. Smith Charitable Trust

Maritime grants provide funding support to non-profit organizations in the Philadelphia, Delaware River, area for maritime educational activities designed to: preserve historic maritime resources, increase public awareness, develop an appreciation for the maritime heritage of Philadelphia, or teach basic or advanced maritime skills.

Ford Foundation

The goal of this work is to promote climate change policies that meet the needs of rural poor communities worldwide.

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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.