Research Support

Last updated: June 29, 2021

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Research Opportunities


NEH Humanities Connections Grants

The Humanities Connection program supports innovative curricular approaches that foster productive partnerships among humanities faculty and their counterparts in the social and natural sciences and in pre-service or professional programs (such as business, engineering, health sciences, law, computer science, and other technology-driven fields), in order to encourage and develop new integrative learning opportunities for students.

Planning Grants

Faculty from two or more separate departments or schools (a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities) can collaborate to design a new curricular program or initiative with Planning Grants. 

Funding available: up to $35,000

Grant Period: 12 months

Implementation Grants

Implementation Grants support interdisciplinary collaboration by faculty to implement a sustainable curricular program or initiative. 

Funding Available: up to $150,000

Grant period: 18-36 months

Send your proposal drafts or summaries to the email below.  

Optional drafts deadline: August 3, 2021

Application deadline: September 14, 2021


The Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC)  

The intention of RPIC is to provide cooperative agreement funding to eligible applicants working to promote public-private-philanthropic partnerships in rural communities that encourage economic and social development. These projects are intended to support rural America and align with the mission of existing USDA-RD programs to increase rural economic growth and improve the quality of life in rural America by supporting essential services such as housing, economic development, and required infrastructure.

Deadline: July 26, 2021

Quadratec Invites Applications for ‘Energize the Environment’ Grant Program

Quadratec is inviting applications for its Energize the Environment Grant Program. Through the program, a single grant of $3,500 will be awarded to an individual or group currently pursuing a program or initiative designed to benefit the environment in their community. Examples of eligible projects include trail building or restoration projects; park beautification events; litter-prevention initiatives; Earth-study projects; sustainable land management activities; community educational projects; and youth educational engagement events.

Deadline: June 30, 2021

JPMorgan Chase Welcomes Applications for 2021 AdvancingCities Challenge  

Address multidimensional, systemic challenges — Proposals should describe how collaborative members will implement effective, intersectional solutions that alter, align, or influence at least two opportunity systems, described as wealth accelerators or decelerators in the Wealth Creation Framework. At least one system should fall within JPMC's philanthropic focus areas: jobs and skills, financial health, small business, and/or neighborhood development.

Deadline: June 28, 2021

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 2021 Call for Proposals for Community-Based Archives

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation invites community-based archives in the United States and its territories to submit applications for its 2021 Call for Proposals to Community-Based Archives.  Grants awarded through the call will provide support to archives in one or more of the following areas of need: operational costs, including staff, space, and utilities; collections care, including the acquisition of new materials, physical and digital storage fees, and access and preservation efforts; programming activities, including events, exhibitions, and publications; and activation and advocacy efforts, including resident community activist/archivist positions, ethical preservation of social media, and increased community use.

Two-year grants ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 will be awarded, with the grant period beginning January 1, 2022, and ending December 31, 2023.

Deadline: Registration deadline June 25, 2021 at 9:00am ET.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation Invites Applications for Community Needs

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation works to develop strong partnerships with nonprofit organizations working to address issues fundamental to economic mobility and social progress in low- and moderate-income communities. To that end, the foundation welcomes proposals that address economic mobility in a community context, with a focus on affordable housing, small business, and neighborhood revitalization.

Deadline: June 25, 2021

Council for International Exchange of Scholars - Fulbright Scholar Programs

Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright is offering more opportunities for flexible, multi-country grants. Fulbright grants are budgeted to cover travel and living costs in-country for the grantee and their accompanying dependents.

Deadline: September 15, 2021

Council for International Exchange of Scholars - Fulbright Scholar - Early Career

These awards present an opportunity for new scholars to deepen their expertise, acquire new skills, work with additional resources and make connections with leading scholars in their field.

Deadline: September 15, 2021

European Commission, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions - Individual Fellowships

Fellowships are for experienced reserchers with international mobility.  At least four years of research experience is required. Researchers working across all disciplines are eligible. The stipend is 4880 Euros per month, plus mobility and family allowances.

Deadline: September 9, 2021

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation - Guggenheim Fellows

Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship, or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

Deadline: September 17, 2021

National Science Board (NSF) - Vannevar Bush Award

Honors truly exceptional lifelong leaders in science and technology who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the Nation through public service activities in science, technology, and public policy.

Deadline: September 27, 2021

New York Public Library - Cullman Center Fellowship

Offered through the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, fellowships will be awarded to fifteen scholars and writers — academics, independent scholars, journalists, creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets), translators, and visual artists — whose work could benefit directly from access to the research collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The library is one of the world’s preeminent resources for study in anthropology, art, geography, history, languages and literature, philosophy, politics, popular culture, psychology, religion, sociology, sports, and urban studies. A Cullman Center Fellow receives a stipend of up to $75,000, the use of an office with a computer, and full access to the Library’s physical and electronic resources. Fellows work at the Center for the duration of the Fellowship term, which runs from September through May.

Deadline: September 25, 2021

University of Notre Dame, Institute for Advanced Study - Residential Fellowships

These fellowships are for scholars, artists, and scientists pursuing outstanding research in all disciplines — including the arts, engineering, humanities, law, formal, natural, and social sciences — with projects that are creative, innovative, or align with the intellectual orientation of the NDIAS. Projects that integrate questions of value, meaning, or purpose in the analyses are encouraged. The Institute seeks applicants with excellent records of accomplishment pursuing fellowships for periods ranging from three weeks to a full academic year (fall and spring semesters, August through May), including those who are established within their field and those beginning their careers with promise and who have appropriate projects.  Full-year fellowships are $90,000 -  shorter stays are prorated.

Deadline: September 15, 2021

College Art Association - Excellence in Diversity Award

The award may be made to either an institution or individual for demonstrated and significant advancement of diversity in non-profit institutions such as colleges or universities, museums or galleries, foundations, and/or cultural agencies, especially in areas related to including, embracing, and/or enhancing opportunities for people of all ages, cultures, ethnicities, religions/faiths, genders, differing abilities, and/or sexual orientations.

Deadline: September 4, 2021

Materials Research Society - Fellow

MRS seeks to recognize as MRS Fellows outstanding members whose sustained and distinguished contributions to the advancement of materials research are internationally recognized. It is intended that by representing excellence in science and engineering and dedication to the advancement of materials research, the MRS Fellows will exemplify the highest ideals of accomplishment and service embodied in the MRS Mission. 

Deadline: August 1, 2021

Materials Research Society - Innovation in Materials Characterization Award

The Innovation in Materials Characterization Award honors an outstanding advance in materials characterization that notably increases the knowledge of the structure, composition, in situ behavior under outside stimulus, electronic, mechanical, or chemical behavior, or other characterization feature, of materials. It is not limited to the method of characterization or the class of material observed. Impact of the advance on materials research will be the primary consideration in making the award. Nominations for this award may be made for scientists and engineers in all areas of materials research.

Award: $5,000

Deadline: August 1, 2021

Materials Research Society - Outstanding Young Investigator Award

The Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer. The award recipient must show exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. 

Award: $5,000

Deadline: August 1, 2021

Materials Research Society (MRS) - Impact Award

The MRS Impact Award honors outstanding individuals who have displayed excellence in areas of science communication, education, advancing diversity, mentoring, or community engagement, which reflect the Society's pursuit to advance materials science and technology to improve the quality of life. 

Award: $5,000

Deadline: August 1, 2021

Materials Research Society (MRS) - Innovation in Materials Characterization Award

The MRS is seeking to honor an outstanding advance in materials characterization that notably increases the knowledge of the structure, composition, in situ behavior under outside stimulus, electronic, mechanical, or chemical behavior, or other characterization feature, of materials. The award is not limited to the method of characterization or the class of material observed. Impact of the advance on materials research will be the primary consideration in awarding this honor.

Award: $5,000

Deadline: August 1, 2021

Materials Research Society (MRS) - Mid-Career Researcher Award

The Mid-Career Researcher Award recognizes exceptional achievements in materials research made by mid-career professionals. Nomination is open to scientists and engineers who have made exceptional advances in the middle part of their career and have become recognized leaders in the materials area. It is intended to honor an individual aged 40 to 52 at the time of nomination.  The award recipient must also demonstrate notable leadership in the materials area.

Award: $5,000

Deadline: August 1, 2021

Society of Architectural Historians - SAH Membership Grant for Emerging Professionals

SAH Membership Grants provide emerging scholars with a one-year digital SAH Individual membership to bridge the gap between the Society's subsidized student memberships and the full-cost SAH memberships. These grants are intended to open membership in SAH to emerging scholars who are engaged in the study of architectural history and its related disciplines. 

Deadline: August 31, 2021

Society of Architectural Historians - Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award

Established in 1949, the Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award aims to annually recognize the most, “distinguished work of scholarship in the history of architecture published by a North American scholar.”

Deadline: July 31, 2021

Society of Architectural Historians - Spiro Kostof Book Award

This award is given for interdisciplinary studies of urban history that make the greatest contribution to our understanding of the growth and development of cities.

Deadline: July 31, 2021

Urban Communication Foundation - Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award

The annual Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award recognizes an outstanding book, published in English, which exhibits excellence in addressing issues of urban communication.

Deadline: July 15, 2021

Award Amount: $500.00

Arizona Technology Council - Governor's Celebration of Innovation

The Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) is an annual awards gala honoring technology leaders, innovators, and academics from across the state. Nominations should be coordinated through Tech Launch.

Deadline: July 26, 2021

Lewis-Burke Announcements: 

Lewis-Burke Provides Resources on DOD Environmental Research Program     
Lewis-Burke has compiled resources for faculty interested in conducting environmental research to support the Department of Defense (DOD) under the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP).  These programs support DOD’s efforts to address environmental and sustainability challenges stemming from DOD’s platforms and installations.  SERDP funds basic and applied research to address these challenges, while ESTCP demonstrates promising and cost-effective technologies that address high-priority environmental requirements.  These programs are managed jointly by the DOD, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Department of Energy (DOE).  Faculty interested in working with these programs should review their “core statements of need,” which are released every summer and dictate DOD’s investment priorities for environmental R&D and technology demonstration.  Lewis-Burke’s analysis of this program can be found here.  More information about SERDP and ESTCP can be found here, and the statements of need can be found here

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program
This National Science Foundation (NSF) program focuses on increasing participation, retention, and graduation rates of underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.  There are three tracks available to applicants: Track 1: Planning or Pilot Projects (PPP) and Track 2: Implementation and Evaluation Projects (IEP) with a deadline of January 13, 2021 and August 25, 2021 (and annually in August thereafter).; and Track 3: Institutional Transformation Projects (ITP) with a deadline of February 10, 2021 (and annually thereafter).  NSF has $11 million funding available for the HSI program in FY 2021 that will be distributed as follows: 15-25 PPP awards at $200,000 to $300,000 for two-years; up to 10 IEP awards at $500,000 to $800,000 for three- to five-year projects; and 1-2 ITPs up to $3 million over five-years.  Additional information is available here.

Conference Opportunities, Workshops and Calls for Papers


7/20 Conversations with Olmsted: Creating Parks for the Ages

Olmsted 200 invites you to join us for the second webinar in our Conversations with Olmsted series as we explore different aspects of Frederick Law Olmsted’s far-reaching influence on America’s physical landscape and social fabric. Olmsted and the Olmsted Firm believed that thoughtfully designed public parks could unite communities and provide residents and visitors with a host of health, civic and environmental benefits. 

We are excited to have Karen Phillips, FASLA, and 2021 LAF Medal Honoree, moderate our conversation with three innovative leaders of historic Olmsted parks:

  • Susan Donoghue, President and Park Administrator, Prospect Park Alliance and NYC Parks
  • Layla George, President/CEO of Olmsted Parks Conservancy in Louisville, KY
  • Jennifer Ott, Assistant Director of HistoryLink and Steering Committee Member of Volunteer Park Trust in Seattle, WA

Time: July 20, 2021, at 3 pm EST

Registration link

Conference on Advancing Transportation Equity (CATE)

Date: September 8-10, 2021

Title: Equitable Public Participation During and After Covid-19

Faculty: Nicole Iroz-Elardo (urban planning); Helen Erickson (heritage conservation); Kristina M. Currans (urban planning)

Graduate students: Ariel Howell (landscape architecture); Melanie Olson (urban planning)

(Project sponsored by the Drachman Institute)    

Symposium on Resilience Research for Global Development Challenges

Dates: September 30, 9am-5pm & October 1, 9am-12pm, 2021
Location: ENR2, University of Arizona

AIR International Programs is coordinating a cross-campus initiative to establish the University of Arizona as a thought leader in addressing global challenges related to resilience. We seek to mobilize University of Arizona faculty, staff, and students with experience, expertise, and interest in climate change, conflict, human rights, global health, food security, migration, water resources, and other resilience-related themes. 

As a first step, we are hosting an in-person 1.5-day symposium to identify our University of Arizona community of scholars and practitioners willing to help advance knowledge to improve the lives of people around the world. The symposium provides an interactive forum for University of Arizona faculty, staff, and students to showcase their work on resilience as well as a springboard to build a community of individuals who are interested in new collaborations to pursue opportunities for research, training, and outreach related to resilience and international development.

Please fill out this survey to submit an abstract to present your research (by 8/6) or simply register to attend (by 9/24).

Mark your calendars and visit AIR International Programs for more symposium information.


Department of Energy Launches a National Initiative for Clean Heating and Cooling Systems in Buildings

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm announced a new national initiative that EERE’s Building Technologies Office will lead to advance clean heating and cooling systems in buildings.

Watch a recording of her remarks at the White House’s Principals Buildings Roundtable here.

Additional Information or Assistance

For additional information or assistance, please contact Bo Yang, interim associate dean for research, at 520-621-1009.